Client Update: I Believe I Can Fly

by Jordan Syatt May 22, 2012

I love my job 🙂

I absolutely, positively, completely and utterly love my job!

On a daily basis I get to work with a wide variety of individuals looking to create, set, and work to achieve their specific goals.

While I could go on and on about the processes and challenges associated with successful goal management, I’ve previously written about such topics in articles like A Basic Approach to Goal Setting and My Take on Success. If you haven’t read them already they have both received a great deal of positive feedback and may be worth your while.

In the meantime, however, just bookmark those pages because today I’m excited to share an absolutely incredible client success story!

Today’s featured client, Joe, is a long-term client of mine and was in fact previously featured on this site after his first successful bulk.

Following his mass gain program, Joe approached me with a new goal; a long time ambition of his which he had worked very hard to achieve but always seemed to remain, quite literally, inches out of his reach.

Joe wanted to dunk.

To be perfectly honest, when Joe told me his goal I was ecstatic. I am highly interested in explosive power/speed based training and, as a coach, couldn’t wait to put my knowledge to the test.

After reviewing his strength stats, analyzing video footage(provided below), and discussing his individual goals, I designed a jump-specific training program largely based off of Westside Barbell’s Conjugate Method.

To give you a basic idea of how Joe trained, below I have provided a brief outline of his weekly routine.

Day 1 (Monday): Max Effort Squat/Deadlift

  1. Work up to a 1-3RM in a Variation of the Squat or Deadlift
  2. Strength-Focused Hamstring/Glute Development
  3. Hamstring/Glute/Core Development
  4. Core Development
  5. Low(er) Volume Jump Routine

Day 2 (Wednesday): Max Effort Bench

Day 3 (Friday): Dynamic Effort Squat/Deadlift

  1. 10-12 x 2 Speed Box Squat Variation at 75-85% 1RM
  2. High(er) Volume  Jump Routine
  3. Hamstring/Glute Development
  4. Hamstring/Glute/Core Development
  5. Core Development

Day 4 (Saturday): Dynamic Effort Bench

As you can see, it wasn’t complex, incredibly detailed, or hard to follow. In fact it was extremely simple, basic, and to the point.


Because that’s what works! 

So what happened? What were the results?

Well, I’ll let you see for yourself 🙂


Joe Before:


Joe After (roughly 18 weeks later):

The angle of the video makes it appear as though the hoop is lower but I assure you it is a standard 10ft. 

After watching those videos there really isn’t much else to say other than…

Congratulations, Joe!!!! You devoted an incredible amount of time and hard work to achieve your goal and I can’t begin to express how impressed I am with your consistency, passion, and dedication. I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to work with you and cannot wait to see your continued success in the future.

Interested in a Consultation?

If you’re interested in consulting with me I am currently accepting new clients. However, slots will only be open for 1 more week (until May 28th) as I’ll be travelling through the Czech Republic, Poland, and Israel until mid August and will not have the time to appropriately dedicate to a full-client load. As such, if you’re interested in consulting with me please e-mail me at with “QUERY” in the subject line and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Finally, for those of you interested in what I’m doing this summer, I’ll be working as a tour guide in each place I visit. As I’ve said before, I’m a huge travel buff and want to go everywhere/anywhere I can so to have this opportunity is a dream come true.

As for this website, I’ll be devoting most (if not all) of my posts to a number of video-based articles detailing how to train for strength with minimal time and equipment availability. The majority of my training sessions will be taking place in apartments, hostels, and/or on the beach so there will be lots of new and applicable information especially for those of you constantly on-the-go.

If you have any ideas/questions/comments/recommendations please e-mail me, tweet at me, friend me on Facebook, or post in the Question’s section on this site.

Until next time.

Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal.



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