What was your background or story prior to GTS?
Aside from having an eight-year career in marching band, I wouldn’t call myself an athlete.
For most of my life, I was pretty overweight and didn’t work out at all until I got to college. A friend of mine got me interested in lifting weights my freshman year and from then on, I was hooked on being able to see progress in the mirror and in the gym.
How long have you been training with GTS?
I’ve been training with GTS since September 2016, so just over two years!
What was your initial motivation to find a coach?
When I reached out to Game Time Strength initially, I was looking for someone to teach me great technique in the competition lifts and to take my strength to the next level. They say “you don’t know what you don’t know” and I certainly had no idea how much I had to learn.
What attracted you to the GTS Coaching system and why did you stick around?
From day one, I knew I was in capable hands, and immediately felt “part of the team.” The staff at GTS is knowledgeable in so many aspects of training and nutrition that you almost feel uncomfortable calling them “trainers”; they’re so much more than that.
I never for a moment felt like I was just one client out of many. My individual needs were always addressed and aspects of my programming were tailored towards my personal goals. That’s pretty amazing when you consider how many athletes are coached by the GTS staff.
Just as an aside, I can’t really express how much it meant to me when, on my second day, Jason told me I should sign up for a meet. As someone who never considered himself an athlete, I was startled by the suggestion, and my mindset changed entirely. I started calling myself an athlete then and never looked back.
What were the most helpful habits or rituals you started implementing in your day to day life to move you closer to achieving your goals?
When I started treating myself like an athlete, I also started making training a non-negotiable part of my day. As I started to get more and more invested in my performance under the bar, I also began to appreciate how consistency in my other habits, such as nutrition and sleep, should also be non-negotiable.
What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at GTS?
I’ve had so many amazing training sessions since I joined GTS, but I’ve also had ones that didn’t go entirely my way. Same goes with nutrition and sleep.
Staying motivated and positive is easy when you’re hitting PRs every session.
The coaching staff at GTS has taught me to find value in the lows as well as the highs, because long-term success comes from consistency.
What has been your biggest accomplishment during your time at GTS?
The lessons I’ve learned from being an athlete at GTS have not only contributed to personal records in the gym and improved body composition (those have been sweet), but also to my life more broadly.
I’m a more responsible, more patient, more confident, and more helpful person now than I was in 2016. I believe that I am strong, I believe that I am capable, and I believe that I can do anything I put my mind to.
As someone pursuing a career in medicine, there is no more helpful mindset than that.
What advice would you like to pass on to your teammates or new athletes on the path to improving their overall health, nutrition, and performance?
Believe in the power of consistency, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and learn as much you can.
You’re not alone, you have so much to learn, and your hard work will pay off.
Any other comments or thoughts you want to share?
Game Time Strength truly is a gem. They represent everything that you could possibly want in a coaching staff. The fitness industry is rife with people who either don’t know what they’re knowing, don’t care about you as an individual, or both.
I used to drive 90 minutes twice a week in LA traffic to get coaching at GTS and would do it all over again.