I reached out to Matt after injuring my back, having trained for powerlifting on my own for several years prior. I was just looking to rehab and get to a place where I could safely compete again, but within 2 months he had completely changed the way I was moving inside and outside of the gym, and for the first time in years I wasn’t dealing with constant back pain.
Working with Matt leading up to my most recent powerlifting meet took away so much of the stress of competing, and I was able to PR my total by 7.5kg after a long plateau. His attention to detail has helped me improve my brace and overall technique, and has made me much more comfortable with my heavier lifts.
I highly recommend Matt for powerlifters, injured or not. He is incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging, and constantly uses my feedback to make my program more effective and enjoyable. Can’t wait to see what we can do for my next meet!
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
Matt and Chad helped get me into shape the way no other trainer has ever done! I was strong, lean and fit. They also have awesome nutrition advice and were very accommodating when it came to my crazy work schedule. If you want to look and eel your best training with them is a must! I hope to be back in the gym with them very soon!
I saw & heard the great things Chad and Matt had done for my paddling team-mate.
I was needing some help and direction, like a re-boot, to my own training and these guys were great! I really appreciated their attention to detail and form. They paid attention and were always present…(not getting distracted by other people)..I felt their attention was on me which was good…I couldn’t get away with anything! I only had 4 weeks or so, but the things I learned I took with me, and practice. They made a difference.
Working with Matt was a great experience! Not only did I get stronger but I also learned a lot about, technique, programming and stretching/mobility/corrective exercises.
He helped me achieve my goal of Front Squatting 315 lbs (previously 295lbs) and getting my OHP to 185lbs (previously 175lbs) at 175lbs bodyweight. The communication with him was always timely and clear, whether it was a question I had or just updating him when I was done for the week’s program.
He is extremely knowledgeable and more importantly effective at communicating that knowledge to his clients. Also, he is just a good dude! I highly recommend his services!
In the past year of training with StrongerYou my main goal is to build strength with emphasis on injury rehabilitation and general health. Apart from training with StrongerYou I play tennis several times a week at an intermediate to advanced level. Previous to training with StrongerYou I had been struggling with reaching my peak due to a shoulder injury from a car accident a year earlier. The injury and the irritations would prevent me from both lifting and tennis for weeks at a time.
After being introduced to Matt and Chad I was able to get to the same level of what took myself two years to achieve in less than four months. Since then I have been on a stable path to getting stronger and hitting new PRs. I no longer have any pain or irritation from my injury and my tennis game is now better than ever. I reacting faster to the ball and hitting noticeably harder. The results speak for itself and anyone who trains with StrongerYou will see the value immediately from their knowledge and attention to detail. Thank you for your support and everything that you have done, I’m excited to see what’s to come!
I met Matthew at one of my first powerlifting competitions. I had no coach at the time, and was feeling a little overwhelmed by the numbers my rivals had on me.
On top of all that, I also had been going through a low back injury that left me unable to squat or deadlift. Feeling defeated, Matt offered to help guide me in this sport and I have never looked back.
Each session was another lesson in improving how I move and how I could push myself. It took time and a lot of effort on both our parts, but slowly I healed. After that, each year I made better and better progress at putting higher numbers on the platform, improving my overall total by 100kg.
When the times got tough because of mistakes or injuries, he knew exactly what to do to work within my constraints. Matt is always learning how to make his coaching even better and it inspires me to be better as well.
I am so grateful to Matt for introducing me to two important concepts. The first is RiR (reps in reserve). This has helped me bring up my intensity to where it actually needs to be to move toward better totals.
Second, he steered me toward a PRI concept, that of left AIC and right BC, which is already helping me better “unwind” some of my body twist patterns. I feel that this (in conjunction with mobility work from Leanne Kedrosky) means my life and lifting are both improving greatly as a result.
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! 🙂
I started with Matt in August of 2017, at the ripe ol’ age of almost-32. I was decidedly a non-athlete for the bulk of my life, but eventually began exercising and progressed to lifting around 2015-16. I fell in love with the empowerment that came with getting stronger and began fielding questions about powerlifting. I had never considered doing anything competitive before, so I found this absolutely intriguing.
Upon meeting Matt’s fellow coach Chad and taking his recommendation, I contacted Matt. We decided that I might be able to do something with this, and off we went! My first competition was February 2018 and I’ve been hooked ever since.
In my opinion, Matt’s biggest strength as a coach lies in his innate ability to “know the athlete.” He seemingly never forgets anything that has ever happened throughout my few years of lifting with him. Whether it’s appeasing my vanity, or knowing when to tell me it’s time to forget about it, he seems to always have the right answer. Throughout injuries and my own neuroticism, he’s time and again navigated perfectly and found the path of least resistance to get me moving again.
My ultimate goal is to hopefully compete at the National level as a Masters. Matt’s gotten me the first step of the way, coaching me into a QT for Provincials. I would never leave him as an athlete, regardless of where I am. I’m more than convinced he’s the only one I want getting me to Nationals.
I loved my training sessions here with Chad. He was very knowledgeable and very patient with me….and we always had a good laugh. He was so accomodating with my crazy schedule as well. I learned alot and feel great and look forward to coming back soon.
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
Mat and Chad are excellent gym trainers and also both have a lot of experience in coaching.
My wife and I signed up last year and we achieved our goals, losing weight and gaining muscles in a sustainable manner. Chad also helped us to regulate and adapt our eating habits to a healthier and more sustainable diet.
We are very pleased with Chad and Mat and we are currently training with Chad every week.
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.
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 just wish I’d signed up with [Matt] earlier!
I came to Matt at StrongerYou to focus on muscle groups that have been really weak and troubling to me as a dancer and dance instructor.
In a matter of weeks, I saw an improvement and I’ve had less injuries since. Matt designed a workout program just for me and I really appreciate that he makes sure I have proper technique before I can move on to a harder progressions.
Even during this COVID pandemic he is able to help me adapt my workout from the gym to my home. Matt and his team are very knowledgable guides and excellent motivators.
My experience here was lovely. Matt was very knowledgable, accommodating and great to work with!
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!
Wow! I came here with the goal of building strength in my hamstrings and glutes and correcting hunched shoulders from cycling.
My trainer Chad has helped me train the right muscles to do their right jobs and what a difference it is making! Chad is very professional and knowledgable. He takes the time to explain, demonstrate and adapt the training to my needs. I feel terrific and the best part is what I am learning is sustainable. I would recommend StrongerYou Personal Training to anyone who believes that you can feel just a bit stronger and happier and want professional and result oriented trainers.