Starting Spring Strong: Spring Squad kicks off

Posted April 16, 2018


Heath H. blast through a 310 pound squat PR during the last week of Winter Strength Squad.

Just as Winter Strength Squad was wrapping up and the Spring season was about to kick off, Heath H. got one step closer to hitting his goal of adding three 45lb plates to each side for his squat, with a whopping 310lb squat PR.

“When I first started Strength Squad last September, we were doing more 3×5 sets. In Winter Squad, we switched to doing a more advanced program,” said Heath. “From the beginning, I knew I wanted to hit a 300lb squat. I ended up hitting that goal much quicker than I was expecting because of the amount of work I was putting in with Ron and the team.”

But when it comes down to it, Heath’s ultimate goal is to lift more than his younger brother.

“He makes fun of me because he can lift more than me – or at least he used to,” said Heath. While a student athlete at Case Western Reserve University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Heath set several school records in freestyle swimming – all of which his younger brother has now broken as a swimmer at the same university. Blasting a 300-plus squat was Heath’s answer to the broken records.

Throughout the Spring season, Heath plans to add more High-Intensity Interval Training classes into his regimen.

While the beginning of Spring Strength Squad means continuing with a several months-long detailed training program for Heath, fresh Squad Members are still just getting into the swing of things.

For Chelsea J., joining Strength Squad for the first time gives her the technical guidance she’s been looking for with her workouts.

“I’ve done some weightlifting before, but my issue was that I didn’t have anybody to help me on the technical part of my form. When I started increasing my weight, I noticed my form breaking and was fearful I could hurt myself,” said Chelsea. “But also getting my wife into weightlifting so we can do these things together has been really fun. So that way we can grow and PR together.

While Chelsea is looking forward to the technical guidance Strength Squad offers, her wife Laura M. is excited to have the benefits of the team accountability and routine which come along with the program.

Erica L. grins as she prepares to attempt a new deadlift personal record during the her first session of Spring Strength Squad.

Erica L. grins as she prepares to attempt a new deadlift personal record during the her first session of Spring Strength Squad.

Strength Squad Trainer Zach Platis enjoys coaching the program for the same reasons. “What makes Strength Squad unique is the small-group atmosphere,” said Zach. “Everyone helps spot each other and learn from one another. Also, the Squads are always designed just for the clients’ needs. So every day is a little different. It’s really cool to see people progress who before might not have even been interested in weight training.”

Each Spring Strength Squad will meet twice a week until the season ends on June 30, after which the season of Summer Strength Squad will begin. Those interested in more information on summer enrollment can contact us for all the details.

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