I had a really great experience at StrongerYou Personal Training. My trainer, Matt, was very attentive to my goals, and assessed my diet and my current fitness level so he could tailor the sessions perfectly for me and advise me about how I could enhance my diet. He demonstrated the workouts for me and provided me with feedback on where I needed to improve so I could maximize my results. He also provided me with session recap emails so I could keep the momentum going with the progress he helped me achieve. Overall, I had a very positive experience training with Matt, and would recommend (and have) to anyone!Owen Smith
Incredible. Matt has brought me to a level of fitness I haven’t experienced in years. Having trained with over a dozen different trainers in Vancouver, I can honestly say Matt is head and shoulders above the rest. His solid knowledge and honest encouragement is a fantastic benefit to anyone looking to reach their true potential. But the most important trait he brings to the table is his attention to detail. The perfection of movement and form he imparts reaches a level where you feel the difference. Every session builds upon the last, and I have made amazing strides thanks to his smart approach to goal-setting and continuous progress. Imagine the body you want, and the confidence that comes with it. Matt will get you there.
Since beginning training with Matt, I have achieved:
-5 lbs of fat loss
-muscle size and density increase
– better sense of flexibility
– adoption of myofascial release exercises
– greater awareness of daily calaoric intake
– improved movement and form during exercises
Being my first time working with a trainer, I wasn’t sure what to fully expect and was concerned if we could find the right workouts to suit my needs. From his experiences as both a personal trainer and powerlifter, Matt was able to choose the right exercises for me which have allowed me to get the most out of every workout. My original goals when I started working with Matt in late October of 2015 were to get stronger while maintaining a lean build as well as gaining 5-10lbs of lean muscle. In the last 8 months, we have added 60+ lbs to my squats, 80+lbs on deadlifts, 40+lbs on my bench press, and i have gained 5 lbs of muscle. Every workout so far has been beneficial and enjoyable.Dan Topping
Chad is a great trainer and I would recommend him to anyone. He is willing to go above and beyond to help you reach your goals. He is very knowledgeable and encouraging. Chad has improved my form and attitude towards exercising and strength training and I can’t thank him enough!Ben Woodbridge
Don’t let Matt’s age fool you, he has more knowledge in mobility, strength training, and body building than any trainer I have met. If you go by Matt’s rules, the results will come. I’ve been training with Matt on and off for over a year now, and the results speak for themselves.
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 that I’m only responsible for putting in the work. His willingness and flexibility in working around issues that life presents such as work and school is greatly appreciated. He is always thinking of the future and has a plan set in place to reach that. Matt navigated me through both gaining muscle and losing weight when necessary through IIFYM, which fit into my daily lifestyle. Whenever I need him he is just a message away and he responds promptly and explains everything in easy-to-understand detail. I am looking forward to the future of my powerlifting (currently prepping for my 4th meet) and continuing to work with MattMeghie Smids
Where to begin!
Approxinately 4 months ago, I came to Chad with a list of injuries and a hint of frustration/despondency. I wanted to get out of that negative mindset and start making a physical change to strengthen my knee and shoulders. Let’s be real, I want to be able to do physically challenging activities/sports for a very long time.
Everything from the initial assessment to the following sessions was straighforward and exciting! Chad was able to cater to my goals and reinforce the notion that above all else– mobility, posture and strength will carry you far in everything you do. I see him only once per week but I always look forward to our training sessions. The “homework” Chad gives me are easy and require little to no equipment but I can’t stress enough about doing the extra work outside of the sessions especially if I go once per week. It has made a huge improvement to the stability of my knee where I don’t even need to wear my brace anymore. From that alone, I feel very positive about what the next months will bring. I owe my relatively “quick” (as my doctors have mentioned) recovery to all of the targeted trainnig Chad puts me through and despite a few setbacks, I can now participate fully in Jiujitsu and boxing sessions. I can’t tell you enough how great it feels to roll again!
Not only is Chad super attentive, he constantly reminds me to breathe and to take things slowly. It’s all about balance and he ensures that I’m not overexerting myself (like I tend to do) too much.
If there’s anything that I think anyone should take away from all of this, it’s to be kind to yourself (there are going to be difficult days, and that’s fine) and to try. If you have the will, [Chad] will get you there. I don’t normally write reviews but I just have to give a huge shout-out for all of the progress I’ve made in a relatively short time span.
Chad, thank you for helping me get back on track and for all of your support– I couldn’t have gotten this far without you. You are simply the best! 🙂Daisy Le
I began training with Matt seven months ago; starting from nothing. I had never lifted weights in my life. Having a background in gymnastics made it easier to understand physical queues, but I still had no idea what I was doing. Now I have others complimenting my form any time I step into the squat rack (and I thought they were supposed to be difficult!). My trainer not only knows how to lift, but how to adjust training depending on your individual body, in order to achieve your goals. Starting with an incredible trainer has paid off and I plan to continue working with Matt and seeing how far I can push myself. If anyone can help you realise your potential, it’s him. You’ll be glad you signed up.Shayla Fowler
Chad aka Chadé is not your average personal trainer. He’s one of the few trainers who practices exactly what he preaches! He’s always attending courses to gain knowledge and help as many people as possible move better and perform better! If you want a trainer who actually cares about you and puts in hard work, Chad is the man.Shawn Adair
I was having a lot of problems with my shoulder and hips, and Matt made a world of difference for me. He his highly focused on injury prevention and healing through mobility, which is exactly what helped get me back into shape after my shoulder injury. He also helped me increase my squat weight by about 40lbs in about 3months through proper technique. I highly recommend Matt.Ryan Thomas
On April 7, 2014 I met Matt for the first time. As I was totally ready to start working out, I followed every instruction Matt gave – usually through his demonstration first – with explanations as to where I should be feeling the workout. Since I began with him, I have lost well over 50lbs and am still gaining strength and losing fat!
I love each session with Matt, feeling like I am getting somewhere, on a fascinating journey that my body has never taken before. It was, and is, life-changing. How I use this change is up to me. I have a strong desire to compete in the Summer Olympics at some point, right now I am working on a stronger me.
Having a talented, detail oriented, smart, professional, personal trainer like Matt is great. Working out with a personal trainer, any personal trainer is not a one-way street.
Two-way communication is key because it is my body and I have to tell exactly where a particular movement may or may not affect me, and he always always comes through with a solution that takes my workout to that higher level where I finish feeling absolutely fantastic. I have never ever felt pain before, during, or after working out with Matt. He is one of the smartest people I know because not only does he tell me how to perform a movement but he observes how I execute and if there is a flaw in my performance of the movement, Matt is on it right away and he will stop me and demonstrate once again exactly how I should do it correctly so that I keep myself safe and get the best results.
This is why I workout with my personal trainer – I feel like $1 million!Elizabeth Mortensen, 69
Matt is an absolute pleasure to work with. He’s very knowledgeable and patient. He’s also very hungry to learn more all the time and teach you what he’s learned eagerly. He’s very enthusiastic and makes the initial hesitation of working out dissapear very soon after starting with him.Frankie Stellato
Matt’s training has been nothing but beneficial in moving towards my goals. My deadlift increased over 150 pounds in under a year working with him, and my flexibility and mobility have improved by leaps and bounds. Matt has taken me from an average gym goer to a champion athlete. Matt’s thirst for perfection in his work is the main reason I continue to work with him as my trainer.Steve
Matt taught me key exercises and stretches that were specific to my goals to improve my sport performance (higher strength to weight ratio, explosive power, higher vertical jump, ect.). He was professional and extremely knowledgeable about weight lifting form and technique. I especially appreciated his motivational attitude. He pushed me to surpass my own expectations of myself (as a woman in a mostly male weight room, I gained confidence in my abilities and Matt encouraged me to ignore any pre-conceived notions of what types of exercises women can and/or should do). He emphasizes stretching, accommodates injuries (I had a broken little toe midway through training), and writes out progressive workout plans. A great overall experience.Sonja Brenner
Matt Taylor has been my Personal Trainer for about 6 months. I had very little experience with weight lifting before I started training with Matt. He is thorough and make sure that you get a good foundation for each exercise so that you can maximize your performance without injuring yourself. He has a vast knowledge on how the body works, and if you have any trouble with a technique he always has a solution on how to fix that particular issue. From when I started working with Matt to where I’m right now my back squats have gone from 85×5 lbs to 195×5 lbs, my dead lift from 95×5 lbs to 205×5 lbs, and I cannot wait to see where I’ll be 6 month from now.Fredrik Salomonsson, Vancouver
I’ve been working with Chad for a couple of months now and I can’t say enough good things about him. Chad’s positive attitude is contagious and really helps to keep you on track and motivated. He knows a lot and is more than happy to share it all with you. Never judgmental and always in it with you 100 percent. Chad has really helped kick start my fitness journey and work towards my goals. He always pushes you to the right amount, helps you find that extra 10% you didn’t know you had. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Chad to anyone.Dylan Buckley
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 of 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 far 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 muscled 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.
I’m so happy. I feel stronger than ever, and I’m even starting to look the part now too, with my body transforming in a better version of me with every workout.
I just wish I’d signed up with [Matt] earlier!Piyush Khengar