Read below to hear what just a few of our Sport specific clients have to say about their experience with our Hamilton Sport Specific Training team
“From out of shape Dad to a world classl powerlifter”
In December of 1999 I decided to make a “New Millenium” resolution.. ..to finally get in shape. I was at least 25 pounds overweight at 226 pounds, my body fat percentage was just under 30%, my blood cholesterol level was very high (6.80), my self esteem was very low, my clothes didn’t fit well anymore and I was constantly tired and burned out. I had lifted weights, on and off since I was 16 years old (for about 16 years), and thought I knew what I was doing! So I dusted off my Phoenix Fitness membership card, and in the first week of January 2000, I headed for the gym….this time I was going to stick with it! I worked out on my own for about a month, with a little guidance from Murray. He gave me pointers, suggestions, helped me put together a program that would help me achieve my goals and would occasionally help me with some exercises.
I kept at it! By the end of the year I was down to 2l0 pounds and my
Lets go for 185 and 15 % body fat….numbers I had once reserved for “athletes” and had convinced myself that I
“I went from knee surgery to a tackling machine”
When returning to train with Murray for my second summer I was excited but nervous. I was coming off a serious knee injury, a torn meniscus, which required surgery and myself being on crutches for 7 weeks. The following months after I was off the crutches were spent in physiotherapy and attempting to regain an active lifestyle. By the time my first session with Murray came around my knee was still not at 100% and my overall health and fitness level were at a low. My training with Murray would go from April 16 to August 17, four times a week.
With Murray’s expertise and motivation I was quickly back at 100% and looking for more. My training consisted of intense cross-fit workouts using everything from gymnastic rings to tractor tires. These workouts produced immediate results in improving strength, cardiovascular conditioning, and fat loss. These were by far the best all around workouts I have ever participated in. On top of the cross-fit workouts Murray used a combination of one-rep max and high endurance lifts to improve my strength and explosiveness. Murray’s knowledge does not stop at weight lifting and training. He also instructed and monitored my daily nutrition and supplementation, as well as my sleeping patterns. With the combination of all these things my results by the end of the summer were dramatic. I was able to lift weights that at the start of the sessions I would have thought would be impossible for myself.
This is a look at some of my gains from the start of the summer to the end:
Start – End
Bench Press 7@225 – 22@225
Squat 6@225 – 10@315
Clean 7@185 – 10@265
What impressed me was that although I put on 20 pounds during the training I did not have to sacrifice any speed or agility. In fact, it had improved along with my strength. At the start of the summer when I had asked Murray if I would have to trade being fast for being strong he simply replied, “Why can’t you be both?” When I left that summer for training camp I was in the best all around shape that I had ever been in. My knee injury had been forgotten and I was confident that I could physically match up with almost anyone on the field.
As much as I would like to take the credit for this, most of it must go to Murray. He is an exceptional trainer with a gift for motivation. You would be hard pressed to find a trainer with such a wide range of knowledge. For me to be in the shape I wanted it took an overall lifestyle change, Murray was able to instruct me in every aspect of this transition.
Linebacker, University of Guelph