I have the best clients in the world.
Seriously, I do.
They work extraordinarily hard, dedicate incredible amounts of time, and do everything in their power to achieve their ultimate goals.
I am very lucky to work with such remarkable individuals.
The best part about my relationship with each client is that we delve deeper than most coach/client arrangements; far beyond the realm of business and deep into the domain of friendship.
We become friends.
Sometimes even best friends.
With that in mind, I’m honored to present 11 transformations – jaw dropping transformations – of my best friends.
Let their success inspire you to achieve more than you ever imagined possible.
Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal.
This is where my journey has taken me, every step has lead to this point. Today the scale reads 173lbs, just 12 weeks ago this same scale read 228lbs, and 14 weeks ago that scale read 237lbs. Looking down at that number, I realize how far I’ve come not just in these past 12 weeks but in the past few years. I look back and I see a past that I don’t care to think about. That part of my life is behind me now, as well as every pound that I carried with me from each of those painful memories. Every Big Mac was a hug that I didn’t get, every chocolate cake was approval that I sought after so longingly, every pound I packed on was just an emotion that I couldn’t deal with. These last 12 weeks have given me the chance to let go of those emotions, all 55lbs of them.
I have been an athlete my entire life, and I’ve played just about any sport you can think of. I started playing sports as soon as I could walk, it’s just in my DNA. However, I have had two sports in my life that I have fallen in love with, Rugby and Powerlifting. These sports are my passions, they are all I can think about some days and even now after I have stopped playing rugby, I find myself dreaming of running out onto the pitch again. These days my focus is solely on powerlifting, this sport is like a drug and once you’ve gotten hooked, you’ll be an addict till the day you die. Powerlifting is a very special sport that attracts a very specific breed of people. This breed of people all have a similar mentality, and that is they need to be stronger. No PR is ever enough, there is no finish line, and victory is as fleeting as the few seconds between your last deadlift and the time you get back to the warm up room. Those few seconds before you decide what your next goal is, that brief moment when you get to be happy with your PR, that moment is the essence of powerlifting.
When I started powerlifting at age 16, I fell into the belief that you had to be big to be strong. I started eating massive amounts of food, and as my weight started climbing so did the numbers I was able to put up in the gym. By the time I was 19 I was 230lbs, and I looked horrible. Sure, I was big and I was pretty damn strong but I felt terrible most of the time and I had become somewhat useless. Doing everyday chores were quite a struggle and I started to consider getting dressed to be a form of cardio. Fast-forward a year, I’m 20 years old and nearing 240lbs, this was my wake up call. I was pre-diabetic, sloppily fat, but strong as an ox. I was putting up bigger numbers than ever before but I felt worse than I had ever felt before. This is when I reached out to Jordan Syatt. Jordan and I have worked together a few times before, and every time we do it is absolutely fantastic. I basically told him that I was done being fat and I was ready to be jacked. He immediately began working with me on how to prepare for dieting and what to expect from the next 12 weeks.
When I started my journey I’ll admit I was scared, I was scared I was going to lose huge amounts of strength and that I’d fall back into my old ways immediately following my 12 weeks. Jordan reassured me that if I did everything correctly, not only would I be able to maintain my strength but I could actually be stronger even at a lower weight class as well as be able to adopt a new, healthier lifestyle. The first few weeks were rough; I ended up getting sick and not being able to train for 2 weeks. However, after overcoming that illness I was more motivated than ever to get back at it full force. My first day back in the gym after being sick I was pumped, it was a heavy squat day and I was ready to get in there and smash some weight. My first set with just 135 felt like the weight of the world, but I kept going up weight just trying to push through it, I only ended up working up to 205lbs that day. Just a few months before that I had used the same weight for light speed work, needless to say my ego was crushed. This turned out to be the single best thing that has ever happened to my training.
I realized I needed to let go of the old me, it was time for a clean slate. I had to forget about all weights I could move in the 220’s, and just hit the reset button on my powerlifting career. This is where I feel my journey of just losing weight ended and where my journey to be a new person started. I had approached this journey all wrong from the beginning, it wasn’t just a diet and new training program, it was a complete overhaul of my lifestyle. As the weeks went by I lost more and more weight before I knew it I had lost 30lbs. Not only that but I was getting comfortable with my new lifestyle and I was happy, truly happy for the first time in a long time. I was finally able to let go of some of those emotions that I had been hiding in my weight. I remember the night that I stepped on the scale and saw 188lbs. I just broke down and started crying, all of this emotion that I had kept pent up inside me was finally able to be let go of. I sent Jordan a text message letting him know I had lost 40lbs and that I had broken down. He immediately called me and we talked for nearly an hour having a heart-to-heart conversation about how far I had come and what this all meant for me. That was my moment of clarity, I realized for the first time I was finally the real me. I was able to be the person that I wanted to be for so long but was trapped by my weight and all my emotions that I had been afraid to feel. That was the moment my life truly began.
These past 12 weeks have changed my life and I will never go back to the life I left behind. I fought too damn hard to just give up and go back to the way I used to be. Every day brings a new challenge, a new opportunity to better myself or worsen myself; it is all up to me. I hope my story can help other people realize that they have a choice, a choice to be who they are truly meant to be. I encourage everyone to reach out to someone who can help them, just as I reached out to Jordan. This is not a journey you can do on your own, I don’t care who you are, everyone needs someone to be there to point them in the right direction. The rest is up to you and it is not easy, you will work harder than you have ever worked in your life, I can promise you that. In a day and age where everyone is selling a quick fix to all your problems it comes to no surprise that the majority of people aren’t living the lives they want to live. If this journey has taught me anything, it is that life is never easy. To be truly happy and live the life you were meant to live you need to work hard, you need to be dedicated, and you need to hold yourself accountable for everything you do. The first step is always the hardest one, so take that first step today and tomorrow the second step will be that much easier.
“I called for help. Jordan answered. I contacted him through his online coaching program to help me break through a year-long fat loss plateau. Having no movement in my weight for a year and recently hitting a milestone birthday, I was convinced that my fate was sealed and I was destined to be that size for the rest of my life. Jordan said that was hogwash and set me on a training and nutrition plan to show me the way.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I received my nutrition plan and first four weeks of programming, I knew this was going to be fun! Jordan readily answered all my questions and off we went on our journey.
About 10 days in, my weight hadn’t budged. Without a word from me, Jordan sent a new nutrition plan and almost immediately things started moving and haven’t stopped since! All along the way, Jordan has tweaked and finessed my program as he felt necessary. He has also provided endless words of support and encouragement which helped immensely to keep me motivated. I look forward to our brief chat every day and the best part of the month is when my new four week program arrives!
Jordan has helped me tremendously with my technique. Whether polishing off my deadlift, or making major corrections in other areas (ahem, push-ups), I just sent a video to Jordan. He’d return a critique including what I was doing well and pointers on how to improve – or even tell me everything looked fine. He’d also request a follow up video to ensure i’d successfully applied his tips.
In our time working together, I’ve learned how I can eat fruit and bread and still make progress. I’ve learned how I can indulge, celebrate and even imbibe at family functions and on vacation and still make progress. I’ve learned how to warm-up properly and how important doing things properly is!
I was 15 the last time I weighed what I weigh now. Jordan didn’t help me break through that plateau, he helped me to SMASH through it. I’m the leanest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m almost where I want to be and look forward to having Jordan teach me about maintenance and planning my new goals! If you’re considering working with Jordan, don’t hesitate! He’s a wizard!“
Squat: 308lbs to 330lbs (+22lbs)
Bench Press: 209lbs to 231lbs (+22lbs)
Deadlift: 374lbs to 407lbs (+33lbslbs)
Total: 891lbs to 968lbs (+77lbslbs)
Squat: 185lbs to 250lbs (+65lbs)
Bench Press: 150lbs to 185lbs (+35lbs)
Deadlift: 200lbs to 300lbs (+100lbs)
Total: 535 to 735 (+200lbs)
“When I first came across Jordan and Syatt Fitness I was going through one of the lowest points in my life. I had just come out of surgery to remove malignant tumors from my body. I also was faced with a 25-30% chance that the cancer would return and had to go through monthly CT scans, blood tests, x rays, and many sleepless nights. I couldn’t work, train, hell… I couldn’t even walk! What I could do was read, and that’s what really drew me to Jordan. He possess the unique ability to provide great, well researched information all while making it easy and fun to read.
After months of recovery I was finally given the clear to start moving again. I decided to contact Jordan and asked him to make me a program focused around strength and losing some of the fat I accumulated during my recovery. He was quick to respond and extremely helpful right off the bat. The aspect of his personality that really stood out to me was how genuine he was. I felt like he really cared about me and my success.
Looking at my progress over the past year and a bit, from my diagnosis to my latest Squat PR, I feel proud, but even more so, thankful. Jordan obviously helped me get stronger and look better as I improved my total by 200lbs and lost 20lbs of fat, but what he really did was help me rebuild my sense of self. When I beat cancer I was weaker than I had ever been, both mentally and physically. With Jordan’s unwavering support I have rebuilt myself into a much more determined and confident person. He was the one who really convinced me to believe in myself and at this point I consider Jordan more of a comrade and friend than a coach. Now when I go to the hospital for blood work or scans I don’t feel afraid, I feel confident that I’ll be okay. That is something that I can never truly repay Jordan for.
Thanks Jordan! You’re the man!“
Squat: 350lbs to 363lbs (+13lbs)
Bench Press: 220lbs to 242lbs (+22lbs)
Deadlift: 385lbs to 462lbs (+77lbs)
Total: 955lbs to 1,023lbs (+112lbs)
I was very fortunate to find Jordan’s fitness page a few months ago and I was instantly hooked into reading all his articles. I found everything he said just made a lot of sense and when i noticed Jordan offered online help it was a no brainer – I needed this guy’s help!
My weight lifting goals have shifted towards Power Lifting and with Jordan’s passion and expertise in this field (as well as everything else!) I knew this was the guy that was going to get me very strong. I am not ashamed to admit that I am also a personal trainer and sometimes it’s really nice to have someone take the guess work out for you.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jordan for his constant help and communication with me. He is always emailing me asking how I’m getting on and it honestly speaks volumes about the man – His passion and expertise is clear as day and I cannot thank him enough. With his help I have also managed to hit some new personal bests in just 12 weeks and look forward to many more with him by my side.
Oh and with this gentleman’s help I managed to rape the 110 pound dumbbells the other day – Boom!
Winner of the GET STRONG Challenge!!!
Squat: 297lbs to 396lbs (+99lbs)
Bench Press: 242lbs to 286lbs (+44lbs)
Deadlift: 385lbs to 440lbs (+55lbs)
Total: 924lbs to 1,122 (+198lbs)
Squat: 355lbs to 385lbs (+30lbs)
Bench Press: 227lbs to 267lbs (+40lbs)
Deadlift: 417lbs to 457lbs (+40lbs)
Total: 1,001 to 1,111lbs (+110lbs)
“As a Strength Coach myself, I have specific criteria and a high standard when picking a coach to entrust my training, body and results to. They need to well educated, spend time grinding under a bar, be an outstanding coach getting the most out of their clients and most importantly, they need to constantly strive to improve their skill-set. Jordan is all of these things – educated and certified, a record-holding powerlifter himself, he gets excellent results with his clients and is pushing himself to be the best he can be on a daily basis. My progress with him speaks for itself: 30lbs on my squat, 40lbs on my bench and 40lbs on my deadlift for 110lbs on my total in 12 weeks of training, and I hit 2 lifetime PRs. On top of that, Jordan kept me motivated to excel, I walked into the gym excited to train and I truly enjoyed the process. Jordan is an exceptional coach and I can’t recommend him enough.“
Squat: 350lbs to 395lbs (+45lbs)
Bench Press: 235lbs to 255lbs (+20lbs)
Deadlift: 425lbs to 485lbs (+60lbs)
Total: 1,010 to 1,135 (+125lbs)
“Working with Jordan not only increased my performance but it made me unlock my true potential. His programming was individualized to my weak points. Even though it was tough sometimes, I put my trust in him and now I have no regrets. Not only did he optimize my form but while working with him I saw an amazing increase in strength. He guided me through my first powerlifting meet (in which I got first in my weight class) and even though he was miles away, he was always available when I needed his help. All the way from training, weigh ins to choosing my numbers correctly and what to do on the day of the meet, having Jordan definitely gave me an advantage. Besides my increase in strength the biggest thing I got from working with Jordan was knowledge. He taught me to concentrate on what really matters and not to over-think things, which I always tend to do. I learned so much from him and I cant wait to work with him again preparing for the next meet.”
Squat: 300lbs to 325lbs (+25lbs)
Bench Press: 185lbs to 205lbs (+20lbs)
Deadlift: 335lbs to 415lbs (+80lbs)
Total: 830lbs to 1,135lbs (+125lbs)
Squat: 290lbs to 325lbs (+35lbs)
Bench Press: 195lbs to 215lbs (+20lbs)
Deadlift: 290lbs to 335lbs (+45lbs)
Total: 775lbs to 875lbs (+100lbs)
“I have been lifting for 3 years but progress was slow and I was pretty well-read on the subject. My squat and deadlift were still below 300lbs and progress wasn’t occurring. It had nothing to do with programming or nutrition, it was mental. I was afraid of pushing myself to the limits with weights that were heavy to me. I started working with Jordan and although progress was still slow, I’ve been able to get over this mental bump and I’m currently crushing PRs on my squat and deadlift every week. Not only is Jordan a great trainer, he provides great support for you to reach your goals.“
“The thing that caught my attention about Jordan Syatt is that I really liked his take on women and strength training so I felt like us working together would be a great fit and it was! My biggest fitness goal is that I want to get stronger; my job is very physically demanding and the last thing I wanted was to be “that girl” holding everyone back. Jordan published an article that I really enjoyed reading about other women who do powerlifting and it’s really inspirational to see a female who is 5’4, 130 and benching 200+. When I saw that a girl had the potential to achieve this feat of strength then I thought, why not me? I was not primarily concerned with just my bench press alone, but I wanted to to increase my overall strength.
I’ve been weight training for over 10 years so I’m very familiar with the exercises but a component that was weak was my diet. I understand that it is mostly 80-85% of my fitness outcome so I would really like a plan that compliments my strength goals. During my research, I discovered that it was very difficult to find any plans online tailored toward a woman who wants to get stronger/lift heavier/put on more muscle, however, Jordan Syatt has that background.
I really did not care about weight loss because I believe that if you focus on strength then everything takes care of itself. However, I did receive amazing results when I asked Jordan for diet advice in order to achieve my strength goals. When I started I was 150lbs and currently benching 135lbs and set my bench goal would be to hit 185lbs. Now I am 138lbs achieving a 1RM of 205lbs. Weighted chin-ups utilizing a 25lb plates is the norm and I have increased my deadlifts from 155lbs to 280lbs. During the time I worked with Jordan, I particpated in several fitness competitions, one in which I pulled a truck and another in which I was 14 seconds away from placing overall out of men and women. Jordan has helped me increase my atheleticism and I am constantly achieving new PRs because he has given me the tools I need to continue reaching my fitness goals!
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