March Client of the Month: Jaye Kerzner

March Client of the Month: Jaye Kerzner

Though it can seem that the Client of the Month Award would go to clients who lose the most weight, gain the most muscle, and so on, that’s not always the case. Jaye has won this award for the month of March because of her relentless determination to consistently improve even in the face of setbacks such as surgery and past injuries. I came to Matt with very specific training parameters that I was being tested on for a competitive paddling team – along with a pair of sore knees and some trepidation. In coming to Matt, my overall goal was to be the best that I can be given my limitations, but my specific goal was to be able to bench 100 lb. in my fitness test and to do at least 1 pull up (maybe more).  My fear in returning to a personal trainer was that I was going to feel beat up at the gym physically and emotionally after an already grueling week of practices. I am pleased to report that I have reached my (short term) goals and that I have never felt beat up after a workout – tired and a bit sore maybe, but not trashed. As a 59 year old woman paddling on a team with others up to 35 years younger, I appreciate the accommodations that Matt makes to the exercises that allow me build my strength without feeling punished in the gym. I feel that I am making steady progress, but more important to me, I feel that I am learning the proper way to do the exercises. Matt is...
February Client of the Month: Dylan Buckley

February Client of the Month: Dylan Buckley

This month’s featured client is Dylan – a fairly new client to StrongerYou (he’s been with us just shy of 4 months now). Despite the short timeframe, Dylan has made exceptional progress by pushing himself and trusting the process. His original goals were to drop some bodyfat and be able to climb the stairs without having to stop to catch his breath. He now makes easy work of prowler pushes and has lost over 20lbs. When I started working with Chad my goal was simple, lose weight. After just four months of working with him I couldn’t be happier with how it’s going, losing over 20 pounds in that time. Working with Chad hasn’t only helped me lose weight but as by-product has helped me improve my mobility, strength, and posture. It by no means has been easy work, working out 3 (sometimes 4) times a week, watching calorie intake and doing extra mobility work at home but I wasn’t looking for a quick fix. I wanted a long term fix, something manageable that won’t let me fall back into old bad habits. Overall the experience has been enjoyable, sure there are aspects of the training that are hard and I hate the thought of doing (split squats been one!) but like everything in life if it’s worth doing it’s going to be hard, and it gets easier down the line. With the huge personal progress I’ve made in the first 4 months I’m looking forward to what the next 4 months, and beyond, bring. -Dylan Buckley One of the coolest parts with working with clients like Dylan is...
January Client of the Month: Andy Gibb

January Client of the Month: Andy Gibb

Our first Client of the Month for the New Year is Andy Gibb! He’s been working with us for nearly a year now and has made phenomenal progress. His hiking and mobilty have both improved greatly and he’s found a way to love his workouts even though he’s more of an outdoors kind of guy. “I’ve been working with Matt for 7 months now, with a goal of general strength and mobility improvements. Although I have no specific targets for strength or weight loss, I figure that a proactive approach to keeping fit will serve me better in the long run. And it’s nice to rediscover that being fit inspires me to stay fit. My initial skepticism of personal training was quickly dispelled by Matt’s calm approach, maintaining a steady routine and focusing on form to keep me making progress. And while I’d rather be outside hiking, backpacking, or snowshoeing, I’m surprised by how much I look forward to that hour in the gym each week, with its tangible feel-good factors of worked muscles and the sense of improvement over the previous session. It’s given me greater all-round strength, increased mobility, and improved balance, all of which help me to keep doing what I enjoy most- spending time in the backcountry. – Andy Gibb” It’s a pleasure to work with you, Andy. Looking forward to hearing all the cool hiking stories you have this year come hiking season! In the meantime, enjoy your new SYPT gear. Want to be featured as our next client of the month? Check out our personal training methods and take the first step towards...
October Client of the Month: Kristine Adams

October Client of the Month: Kristine Adams

Our client of the month for October is Kristine. She began with us while prepping for her first competition over a year ago and has PR’d in her total and each lift in pretty much each competition since then, including a medal finish in almost all of her competitions thus far. It’s such a pleasure to be able to take athletes in right from the start of their competitive career and help them realize their full physical potential. I started with Matt about 15 months ago. I was looking to do my first powerlifting meet. I met him through my friend Meghie so I decided to go with him. My initial total after my first meet was 695 (275/135/285) and now I have an 855 total (319/165/369). I liked that he told me straight up what to do and what not to do. For example, avoiding going for 1RM’s at the gym because they do not matter, therefore, I never max out at the gym which is why I’ve been injury free and I’ve been progressing well. I sometimes don’t like how serious it is but a coach is not there to be your friend or hold your hand. I am currently prepping for my 5th meet with him and will be making silent gains in my off season post-Centrals! – Kristine Kristine is an absolute beast and I have no doubt in my mind that she will one day squat 365+ and deadlift 400+ given enough time and hard training. Keep up the great work, Kristine! Watch out for her in the Open class at Centrals at the beginning...
September Client of the Month: Meghie Smids

September Client of the Month: Meghie Smids

This month, our client of the month is a bit different that anyone we’ve celebrated in the past. Meghie is one of our online powerlifting clients whom we began coaching well over a year ago. When we began working together, Meghie was working towards her first powerlifting meet (competition) in Ontario and has since competed in 2 additional meets and gotten stronger across the board on each one! not to mention leaning out a bit for summer earlier this year! She is a pleasure to work with and always willing to go the extra mile when the going gets tough. I have been training with Matt for 16 months now. When I started out with him I had been training the powerlifting lifts seriously for about half a year and was already signed up for my first meet. He took my lifts and broke them down into easy to understand cues to help me improve my technique and the difference between my form now and when I started with him is night and day. My strength has also increased. Before I started training with Matt in April 2015 my maximum lifts were: 205 lb squat, 110 lb bench, and 245 lb deadlift. At my most recent meet in August 2016 my best attempts were: 253 lb squat, 143 lb bench, and 297 lb deadlift. Not only has the weight on the bar increased, but so has my self confidence and level of comfort being under the bar. It is a huge weight off my shoulders to have Matt on my side in helping me prepare for meets and knowing...
August Client of the Month: Dylan Kurp

August Client of the Month: Dylan Kurp

This month’s client of the month is a long time client of StrongerYou. Dylan has been working with us for just about 2 years now and has made one of the most drastic weight GAIN transformations that I’ve seen in my clients to date. He is a prime example of trusting in the process and reaping the rewards. I still remember one of our first training sessions where I asked him to squat the empty barbell (45lbs) and he was unable to do it for even one repetition… Fast forward to nowadays and he has a personal best squat of 195lbs! Quite the improvement. Dylan has also gained a considerable amount of muscle – roughly 35 lbs of it over the last couple of years all from good diet and strength training. “I’ve been working with Matt Taylor for close to two years now and his guidance and wealth of knowledge have been key to me achieving my personal fitness goals.  Prior to working with Matt I was struggling to gain any weight or strength.  He got me started on a program where I went from being unable to squat a bar to being able to squat over my own body weight.  I had done other workouts prior to training with Matt, but his was the one that got me out of my slump and propelled me towards actually getting results.  It’s been a lot of work but it’s been worth it!” Looking forwards to keeping the gain train going, Dylan! Enjoy your new SYPT merch and here’s to even more strength and muscle gains in the years to...