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 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 Matt!
~ Meghie Smids
If you’re into the powerlifting scene, keep an eye out for Meghie as she gears up for Provincials in November, and likely Nationals early into 2017! She’s got some serious potential in her.
Enjoy your new SYPT swag and I look forward to getting you stronger than ever as we go down the road.