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Outperforme Athletics - Meet Our Athlete - Ekam Dhaliwal

I was born on January 16, 2005 in Victoria, British Columbia. I moved to Brandon with my family in 2012 where I started playing hockey and developed a passion for the game. Hockey is the only sport I play right now but I also played soccer in my younger years. I have been at Delta Hockey academy these past 2 years most recently playing with the Bantam Prep Green team. My next future ambition is to play junior A hockey.

Outperforme Athletics (OPA) - You are one of the first to switch the online programming template, how has the adjustment been?

Ekam - The adjustment has been fine the workouts are still really good and you can get a good sweat going from home.

OPA – Good to see your face after a full season! Ekam was the test case for online programming, made it easy on us.


OPA - For those who are thinking of switching to the online programming, what’s the best part and the reason others should consider it as well?

Ekam - The best part of the online program is you don’t actually need a gym or a lot of equipment as there are a lot of very good body weight exercises you can do. Paul will FaceTime you and walk you through the program he sets up for you. If the government shuts the gyms down because of the covid-19 it’s not going to help you to just sit at home. With the online program you can keep working out and staying on top of your goals.


OPA - How long has training been an important part of your life?

Ekam - I have been hockey training for about 7 years. But I started in the gym around second year atom or first year pee wee, so about 4 or 5 years ago.


OPA - How long have you been training with Outperforme Athletics?

Ekam - I have been training with outperform since I started training in the gym so about 4-5 years.

OPA – One of my first clients, Ekam has been there just as long as I have been.


OPA - Do you have any specific long-term athletic and training goals?

Ekam - My long-term goal is to train hard every day and play hockey at the highest level.


OPA - What is your most memorable accomplishment since joining Outperforme?

Ekam - Playing with Delta Hockey Academy Green team and Winning the WHL Cup in Seattle this past season.

OPA – My favorite memories are making and winning bets with you.


OPA - What is your favourite exercise and why?

Ekam - Favourite exercise would be the trap bar deadlift because I like to see how much I can lift and if I can lift more than last time.


OPA - What is your least favourite exercise and why?

Ekam - I Don’t really have a least favourite.

OPA – There aren’t too many that you aren’t very good at either.


OPA - What is your favourite song to listen to before working out or competition?

Ekam - Goosebumps by Travis Scott.


OPA - How do you describe the concept of the Outperforme Family to someone who hasn’t trained here before?

Ekam - It is a fun place to work out and you get to know a lot of athletes there including the trainers. It is a great place to work out for someone that is committed to a goal as they help you achieve it.

OPA – Ekam is the epitome of what it means to be a member of the OPA family. Your hard work and unmatched dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed over the years and we appreciate it!


OPA - What is something you have learned since joining the Outperforme Family?

Ekam - At Outperforme I learned that you are not going to reach your goal in one day it is an everyday commitment.


OPA - What is your most memorable Outperforme Training moment?

Ekam - About three years ago I was working out with Paul and I was doing trap bar deadlifts and I got excited that I lifted the most weight I had ever done before. I was so excited that I tripped on something and got a cut on my rib and now I have a scar there.

OPA - ^^^ Only scar in OPA history not on a shin bone!


OPA - Who is your favourite Outperforme Athlete to train with and why?

Ekam - I usually train on my own but I have had some opportunity to train with my past teammates from Brandon: Clarke Caswell and Keenan Skrupa. They are both really good friends of mine; we are competitive and usually get some good hockey conversations going when we are together.


OPA - Do you have a favourite post-training meal or smoothie?

Ekam - Post workout I like to have a smoothie and my favourite is ripped berry at Booster Juice.


Posted 2 weeks ago

Meet Our Athlete – Ava Plamondon

Ava was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. She’s in grade 9 at Vincent Massey High School. She made the JV Volleyball team this year as a grade nine and she says she got lucky to be the setter for the team! Ava has been playing volleyball for 5 years now. She is currently playing on the Cats club team. Along with sports, school is a huge priority to her as she is always trying to keep her grades up. After high school she plans to go to university and hope to continue with playing volleyball for as long as she can!

Outperforme Athletics (OPA) - How long has training been an important part of your life?

Ava - I started training a while ago, but as of about 2 years ago I started to go a lot more frequently have been putting in time and effort since.

Matt – The consistency is showing great results!


OPA - How long have you been training with Outperforme Athletics?

Ava - I have been training with Outperforme for about 5 years! Shout out to Victor who I started with!


OPA - Do you have any specific long-term athletic and training goals?

Ava - In the future I hope to hit my top potential in training and volleyball. No matter what level that is, I want to keep training so I can be the best I can be.


OPA - What is your most memorable accomplishment since joining Outperforme?

Ava - I think for me it would be being on the court with my cats club teammates on the championship point to win Nationals back in May.


OPA - What is your favourite exercise and why?

Ava - Matt introduced an ab workout called ‘same side deadbugs’ and I really enjoy doing those actually! Core is a huge thing to succeed on the volleyball court.


OPA - What is your least favourite exercise and why?

Ava - My least favorite would have to be pushups or pull-ups. To be completely honest, I’m not sure why. I just really don’t enjoy those two workouts although I know they help me get stronger!


OPA - What is your favourite song to listen to before working out or competition?

Ava - My favorite song to listen to would have to be ‘All I Do is Win- By DJ Khaled’ I started listening to it before hockey games a few years ago and continued last volleyball season and it seemed to bring a bit of luck to us!


OPA - How do you describe the concept of the Outperforme Family to someone who hasn’t trained here before?

Ava - The Outperforme family is a really big reason why I love the gym so much. Every single person who works there is so nice and very involved in the lives of the people they train with. They make people feel welcomed into the gym rather than intimidated to workout there.


OPA - What is something you have learned since joining the Outperforme Family?

Ava - I have learnt that in order to be your best you have to put in time to have it pay off. Ever since I started training regularly I have seen a difference in my game of volleyball so it has really taught me to work hard and I will be rewarded!

Matt- Ava has done a great job being consistent with her training.


OPA - What is your most memorable Outperforme Training moment?

Ava - Probably the fact that coming to outperforme and training has gotten me a lot stronger. One thing that stands out a lot for me is the time when I could barely do 5 push-ups, so the first time I surpassed 10 it was a huge accomplishment for me.

Matt- This was a great moment! It attests the hard work Ava has been putting in.


OPA - Who is your favourite Outperforme Athlete to train with and why?

Ava - I would have to say really any of my volleyball teammates. We are all training to be better on the court so we can continue to be a great competitor to teams around Manitoba and Canada. I love training with them to push myself to work my hardest!


OPA - Do you have a favourite post-training meal or smoothie?

Ava - After I work out, I like really any type of smoothie. I don’t always have the same one but any kind of smoothie after a workout is my favorite!


OPA - What if your favourite movie and why?

Ava - My favourite movie would have to be anything Star Wars or Marvel. Really any Disney movies are movies that I love!


Matt – It has been great getting to work with Ava and I am excited to see where her hard work is going to take her!


Posted 8 weeks ago

Meet Our Athlete – Lynden McCallum

Lynden lived in Portage until the age of 13, and then his family moved to Brandon. As soon as they set up shop in Brandon, he began training with the Outperforme team. His birthday is January 26th, 2000. He is currently playing hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings and attending Brandon University part time. He is on the pursuit of being the best hockey player he can be.

Outperforme Athletics (OPA) - How long have you been a part of Outperforme?

Lynden (L) - This past year marked my 6th full summer of training at Outperforme. I would have to say choosing Outperforme has been one of the best decisions of my life.


OPA - You’ve had a unique summer this year - recovering from a significant injury while also trying to prepare for the upcoming season with the Wheat Kings. Can you tell us a little bit about your summer and how Outperforme helped you accomplish your goals while you were actively rehabbing?

L - On April 1st, I had surgery to stabilize my right shoulder. On May 1st I started physiotherapy with Bobbi Schram and also started doing unique leg and cardiovascular workouts that were very beneficial, but also cooperated with all restrictions I had with my shoulder. Bobbi used her great amount of knowledge and experience to design my workouts, and Paul was right by my side in the gym overseeing my form and progress. As the summer and my shoulder rehabilitation progressed, it allowed me to start getting back to a more and more typical summer at Outperforme. By July, I was back to skating, SAQ, and upper and lower body splits. Though my circumstances were unideal to begin with, Outperforme helped me make significant gains in my strength, power and stability in my lower body, and regain my upper body strength and power, while improving my stability to better than it was before my injury.

OPA – You’ve set an excellent example for other athletes going through injuries, showing how hard work can pay off despite limitations!


OPA - How did Outperforme coordinate with your medical team to help you achieve your goals?

L - Due to Bobbi Schram’s significant involvement with both Outperforme and Dynamic Physiotherapy, the communication of my status and the actions that needed to be taken as a result, was flawless. Bobbi was right there every step of the way on the physio and rehab side, and did a great job of communicating my progress to my surgeon Dr. MacDonald. Because Bobbi knew exactly what was happening, she could overlook my training side of things as well, and did a great job communicating with not only my strength coach, Paul, but also the SAQ coaches, Matt and Maddie.


OPA - What are you most proud of from this past off season?

L - I am most proud of the fact that I was able to improve more this past summer, than in any previous one, while dealing with a large rehab schedule at the same time.


OPA - Favourite OPA memory?

L - Winning the 1st annual Butters Cup

OPA – Arguably a bigger accomplishment than the rehab! Also tied for the gym record for total Butters Cup wins. Although likely too humble to admit it, Lynden has had more accomplishments in his life and hockey career so far than most.


OPA - Favourite exercise and why?

L - Bulgarian Split Squat – I feel it is a great way to build lower body strength and stability that transfers directly into hockey.


OPA - Least favourite exercise and why?

L - Don’t really have a least favourite.


OPA - Nutrition is a key part of training - what is your favourite pre and post work out snack?

L - Pre: avocado smoothie

Post: protein shake with a peanut butter sandwich


OPA - Who has mentored you, and who have you mentored at OPA?  OR…. If you had advice for younger athletes about strength and conditioning, what would it be?

L - My advice would be to listen to what the staff at Outperforme tells you. The whole operation is second to none and if you follow your programming and work hard, the results will follow.


OPA - Do you work out all year long?  How is training at OPA different during the in season compared to the off season?  

L - In the season we workout at the rink as a team. Outperforme is great with checking up throughout the season, to monitor how you are feeling and see if they are able to help in any way. Before I played with the Wheat Kings, I took advantage of Outperforme’s in season programming and it was very beneficial in keeping me healthy and strong.

OPA – Make sure to catch Lynden and the Wheat Kings Friday, September 20th at the home opener! Thanks Lynden.

Posted 28 weeks ago

On-Ice Speed Agility and Quickness (SAQ) Sessions – Available in Brandon

On-Ice SAQ is designed to work on speed, agility and quickness training on the ice. In these sessions we use a variety of methods to enhance foot speed/agility, conditioning, power, and quickness. Many of our athletes have reported that the On-Ice SAQ sessions help them to transfer what they’ve learned in the gym to functional movement patterns on the ice. On-Ice SAQ sessions not only focus on functional movements patterns through skating, but they also feature skill development. We recommend that these sessions do not replace your current dry-land SAQ sessions.

These sessions will feature coaches who are experienced in both strength and conditioning and hockey, Paul Thompson (Brandon Head Strength Coach & former SW Cougar) along with other Outperforme representatives. The sessions will run in one block, Wednesday mornings from July 3rd - August 14th (7 sessions). The schedule can be seen below. Sessions are separated into 3 groups during the same ice-time. We will have a younger group together ages 10-14 and an older group age 15 & up. On-Ice SAQ is something we encourage our athletes to do as it both extremely beneficial for their offseason training and it is also a fun atmosphere with a chance for athletes to have some friendly competition.

-       Wednesday July 3: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 10: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 17: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 24: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 31: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday August 7: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday August 14: 7:30-8:45 am

If you have any questions about the On-Ice SAQ program or would like any more information please don’t hesitate to consult with your coach, Paul at paul@outperforme.com or Maddie at admin@outperforme.com . We are once again doing an online registration form for the On-Ice SAQ program. The link to it is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xzjqNfl7P6YD_sbViGHIOaM6MYLPE70EpLH6NAB4QZQ/ or you can find it on our website www.outperforme.com. Sessions are capped at a maximum number of athletes so be sure to register to reserve your spot by March 31st, 2019 (we need to get an idea of numbers).

In terms of billing we sell On-Ice SAQ as one package with 7 sessions. Price can be seen below. ON-ICE SAQ PACKAGES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. The only exception being a medical condition that prevents training. Packages can be prorated under the following circumstance: they have to leave early in August for the start of their season. In this case Paul or Maddie needs to be notified so the package can be billed appropriately. Beyond this exception the package is purchased as 7 sessions. If your package is not purchased online prior to June 26th, 2019 then you will be invoiced and billed for it.

-       On-Ice SAQ (7 sessions): $316.40 + GST

Posted 44 weeks ago

Meet Our Recommended Massage Therapist - Geoff Dumas

As a way of giving our athletes the best in strength & conditioning when it comes to reaching their goals, we would like to introduce our recommended massage therapist, Geoff Dumas. Geoff is currently a member of Outperforme Athletics, with a background in lifting, and is currently working with our friends at Dynamic Physiotherapy. We believe that he is the perfect person for our athletes to see in the off-season!

Here is the best part of this “Meet Our Recommended Massage Therapist” post! If you like the post, share, retweet, tag a friend in the comments, you will be entered in to win a FREE massage! You have until April 30, 2019 to enter on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter with the winner chosen on May 1, 2019.

Without further ado, Meet Geoff:

Like many athletes, Geoff has tried all sorts of different sports. At fifteen years old, he participated in an eco-challenge which required him to backpack approximately 40 km in the Yukon Territory with an 80-pound backpack in one day. There were different tasks and challenges on this eco-challenge, two of which were repelling and building a rope bridge. Some of the conventional sports that Geoff participated in were Japanese martial arts, where he competed at a national level, Olympic style wrestling, again reaching a national level but not competing in, fencing, which he dabbled in (his younger brother was much better than him), and summer biathlon - which was running and target shooting. Other sports that he tried his hand at include volleyball, rugby and Olympic weightlifting.

During the years playing sports, Geoff was fortunate enough to have never sustained any catastrophic injuries. Just some funny stories and minor injuries. However, it wasn’t until his military career, six years, that he honed his ability to recover from surgeries. While on the mend, Geoff utilized massage therapy to enhance his recovery. In fact, he used it so much that he eventually started to form an opinion on the modality. From there he began some self-study on the subject at the end of fifteen-hour work days as a personal trainer (six years). It wasn’t long until he formalized his knowledge at Robertson College, achieving academic distinction in a two-year program.

Geoff has seen firsthand the benefits of massage during his own recovery, and subsequently as a weekend warrior athlete. It was from his personal experience that he gained a respect for massage therapy and wanted to in turn share this asset with others. His training experience gives him an uncommonly wide knowledge base when working in athletic populations. His history with injury gives him a level of empathy that isn’t standard in the rehabilitation setting. His time in the military gives him dedication and focus like athletes that take their sport seriously.


Posted 51 weeks ago

On-Ice Speed Agility and Quickness (SAQ) Sessions – Available in Brandon

On-Ice SAQ is designed to work on speed, agility and quickness training on the ice. In these sessions we use a variety of methods to enhance foot speed/agility, conditioning, power, and quickness. Many of our athletes have reported that the On-Ice SAQ sessions help them to transfer what they’ve learned in the gym to functional movement patterns on the ice. On-Ice SAQ sessions not only focus on functional movements patterns through skating, but they also feature skill development. We recommend that these sessions do not replace your current dry-land SAQ sessions.

These sessions will feature coaches who are experienced in both strength and conditioning and hockey, Paul Thompson (Brandon Head Strength Coach & former SW Cougar) along with other Outperforme representatives. The sessions will run in one block, Wednesday mornings from July 3rd - August 14th (7 sessions). The schedule can be seen below. Sessions are separated into 3 groups during the same ice-time. We will have a younger group together ages 10-14 and an older group age 15 & up. On-Ice SAQ is something we encourage our athletes to do as it both extremely beneficial for their offseason training and it is also a fun atmosphere with a chance for athletes to have some friendly competition.

-       Wednesday July 3: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 10: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 17: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 24: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday July 31: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday August 7: 7:30-8:45 am

-       Wednesday August 14: 7:30-8:45 am

If you have any questions about the On-Ice SAQ program or would like any more information please don’t hesitate to consult with your coach, Paul at paul@outperforme.com or Maddie at admin@outperforme.com . We are once again doing an online registration form for the On-Ice SAQ program. The link to it is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xzjqNfl7P6YD_sbViGHIOaM6MYLPE70EpLH6NAB4QZQ/ or you can find it on our website www.outperforme.com. Sessions are capped at a maximum number of athletes so be sure to register to reserve your spot by March 31st, 2019 (we need to get an idea of numbers).

In terms of billing we sell On-Ice SAQ as one package with 7 sessions. Price can be seen below. ON-ICE SAQ PACKAGES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. The only exception being a medical condition that prevents training. Packages can be prorated under the following circumstance: they have to leave early in August for the start of their season. In this case Paul or Maddie needs to be notified so the package can be billed appropriately. Beyond this exception the package is purchased as 7 sessions. If your package is not purchased online prior to June 26th, 2019 then you will be invoiced and billed for it.

-       On-Ice SAQ (7 sessions): $316.40 + GST


Posted 55 weeks ago

Meet Our Partner – Paul Thompson

Outperforme Athletics is extremely excited to announce Paul Thompson will be joining the Outperforme Family as a Partner! Paul has been the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach since December of 2014 and we are excited to have him join us in a larger capacity.

Where are you from and what are your connections to the Westman area?

I grew up in Pierson, Manitoba and my family moved to Brandon in 2008. Growing up, I played hockey and baseball in all the small towns around Westman, Brandon, Winnipeg, and basically everywhere else in Manitoba. I’m a product of the great minor hockey and baseball systems that really helped me get to know the Westman area and all it can offer for development of athletes and of good people.

 

Tell us about your education – we’d love to hear not only about your qualifications but also about your experiences as a student athlete on scholarship.

I went to high school in Pierson, and then from there moved on to Minot, North Dakota to play baseball. There I took my bachelor’s degree in Corporate Fitness, getting my CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) along the way. From there I started working in gyms around Minot and with the University’s strength and conditioning program. A few years later, I earned my CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification through the NSCA.

My experience as a student athlete is one that I really cherish. I had a decent career as a pitcher in Minot, but wasn’t quite good enough to make a career out of it. I had a great opportunity to pitch at a high level and see a lot of the country, as well as make some lifelong friends that most people experience through playing sports. Minot is also where my passion for strength and conditioning developed. Growing up in a small town there wasn’t much opportunity for training, and it wasn’t until I got to the university setting that I began to learn about the benefits of offseason and in-season strength and conditioning. After seeing the huge difference that it can have on athletes, it’s something that I wish I had started much earlier in my career.

 

What are your specific interests related to health and fitness?

A lot of my health and fitness interests are in athlete/sport specific training. In working at Outperforme, I’ve come to learn about more sports than I previously had knowledge in, and the different training that each sport requires. You’re starting to see it more and more through social media and in the professional sports setting, but the trend is starting where more and more people are realizing that individualization in training is much more beneficial than the standard “cookie cutter” formula. I’ve done hundreds of assessments of different people, and I’ve never had two people assess the exact same. Something I try to research and improve upon as much as possible is how to correctly assess, and what exercises and corrections are best for improving health and performance. Sometimes these small adjustments can make for huge improvements and I think that is why I find myself so interested in individualization.

 

 

What are your specific interests related to the business side of health and fitness?

One of the first things that became clearer to me as I moved into the business side of health and fitness was how important customer satisfaction and customer experience is. In order for clients to meet their long-term goals they have to be happy with their trainer, the gym atmosphere, each 1-on-1 session, and everything else that goes into a good gym experience. The more that we can meet the client’s needs, the more beneficial it is to them, and to us at Outperforme as well. At Outperforme I think we do a great job of going the extra mile when it is within our power for the clientele, and it’s something that I strive for day in – day out. Client retention, client satisfaction, and being a solid support system is something I’m interested in and take very seriously; it is also a big contributor to the success of Outperforme.

 

 

Do you have any courses or education options that you are thinking about pursuing in the future?

One thing that I can improve upon is my nutrition knowledge. I took courses in university for nutrition, but it is such a broad and ever-changing subject that I would love to explore it more. We have a great nutritionist associated with Outperforme, but I would love to have a broader knowledge on the topic for both my clients, and for myself personally as well.

 

If you could give one piece of advice to your athletes, what would it be?

I would say not to neglect the mental side of training. When people think of training, they think of the physical elements, but the mental components are just as important. During a full training cycle, it’s no doubt difficult on the body physically but mentally as well. Showing up to the gym every day, taking care of your body in cooldowns and warmups, on top of a part time job, family commitments, etc. is as much of a mental grind as it is physical. My advice would be to work on your mental health just as much your physical, either with a professional, or finding out what works for you. High level athletes more and more are working full time with sport psychologists and other mental health professionals to take their game to the next level. It is an incredibly overlooked and undervalued part of the training cycle.

 

 

If you could give one piece of advice to others in the strength & conditioning field, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to try things that scare you. I believe it is the only way to expand yourself and ultimately make you better. Through Outperforme I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very high-level athletes playing on university, professional, and international platforms. My first time working with these teams/athletes was a very intimidating situation. These athletes demand the best, and there is little room for error in their training regimes. Mostly I was terrified to get started, but I’ve learned it isn’t permanent, and it’s the only way to learn and improve yourself. Jumping right in is going to help you get better.

 

 

Favourite Outperforme moment thus far.

For me, it’s not really a gym moment or moments, but seeing the results from clients pay off for them are the highlights for me. Seeing Joel Edmundson and Zach Whitecloud make their NHL debuts was a special moment. Seeing Jordy Stallard’s name pop up during the NHL draft was special. Connor Gutenberg, Zach Wytinck, and Lynden McCallum making the Wheat Kings were huge moments for them and for me. They are all examples of hard work paying off. These are just a few examples, but you see it at all levels from minor sport up through the professional ranks. The moments like the ones I listed above are definitely my favorites.

 

 

What books are you reading? Name a book that you would recommend to clients.

One that I just finished reading is called The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business.  I would highly recommend it to anybody. It takes a deep dive into habit forming in people and societies and offers vast knowledge into improving your daily habits to make life more productive and enjoyable.

Another book I just started reading is called Quiet: The power of introverts. Just started this one, but so far, so good.

 

 

A unique fact about yourself that the Outperforme family likely does not know.

I’m a big fan of video games and board games. If anybody wants to challenge me at NHL 2019 or the board game Settlers of Catan, hit me up.

 

 

Outperforme has always been about putting our athletes first, and putting their best interest as our top priority, what does this mean to you?

I think it’s about sacrifice, and for lack of better word the “greater good.” Almost every athlete I’ve worked with has a lot on the line, with tryouts coming up, camps, and everything in between that they need to be in outstanding condition for. Sometimes that may mean that some sacrifice has to take place. Placing the athlete first may mean that their trainer will have to sacrifice some time in the evenings, weekends, etc. for that “greater good.” It’s an understanding that at any given time, you aren’t the most important person in the weight room. People come to Outperforme to be a priority, and everybody should have that feeling when they walk through the doors. It’s not just the trainers that sacrifice either – parents, teammates, drivers, and anybody else involved in the athletes’ lives make huge sacrifices to make each athlete a priority.

 

 

What excites you most about joining the Outperforme staff as a partner?

It’s something that was a goal of mine from the very first job interview when I learned that there may be opportunity at some point to become a partner. They say to surround yourself with people that will lift you up, and I believe that’s what I’ve found at Outperforme. The other partners, Bobbi and Jon, have been wonderful to work with as well as the other trainers on staff Maddie, Matt, Sean, and Britt. Continuing to work with the great athletes and people around the Westman area is incredibly fulfilling, and having my name attached to Outperforme is something that I take great pride in.

 

Posted 58 weeks ago

Meet Our Athlete - Landon Broome

My name is Landon Broome, and I was born in Brandon where I also grew up. Growing up I played house league hockey and club volleyball until last year. Right now, I am boxing and hoping to go far in the sport. When I get out of high school I either want to continue with boxing, become a firefighter or a police officer. 


Outperforme Athletics (OPA) - How long has training been an important part of your life?

Landon (L) – Training has an important part of my life ever since I started club volleyball, so around Grade 7.


OPA - How long have you been training with Outperforme Athletics?

L – I started training at Outperforme at around the same time I started club volleyball. I was introduced to the jump training class which I attended once a week.

OPA - Do you have any specific long-term athletic and training goals?

L – For boxing I went want to see how far I go, either international tournaments such as the Olympics as an amateur or go pro. For fitness, I want to be able to increase my running abilities, such as running longer and faster.

OPA – The boxing match in Brandon was one of my favorite OPA Athlete competitions I’ve ever attended. Hopefully you’re doing it for a long time!

OPA - What is your most memorable accomplishment since joining Outperforme?

L – My most memorable accomplishment since joining Outperforme is when I first deadlifted 200 pounds.

OPA - What is your favourite exercise and why?

L – My favourite exercise is the deadlift because I feel that is my strongest lift and one that I enjoy doing and improving.

OPA – Everybody seems to enjoy the things they’re good at!

OPA - What is your least favourite exercise and why?

L – My least favourite exercise is probably toe touches or leg raises. I don’t like them because of my extra-long legs.

OPA - What is your favourite song to listen to before working out or competition? 

L – I prefer silence, usually before a fight or a workout I don’t listen to anything.

OPA - How do you describe the concept of the Outperforme Family to someone who hasn’t trained here before?

L – The Outperforme Family strives to make you reach your goals, nobody judges you and everyone is always ready to help.

OPA – OPA is lucky to have somebody with as much drive and positive attitude that you do!

OPA - What is something you have learned since joining the Outperforme Family?

L – Since joining Outperforme, I have learned how to take care of my body. I learned lots of stretches to prevent injuries and not make me feel sore.

OPA – You’re off to a great start so far.

OPA - What is your most memorable Outperforme Training moment?

L – I’m not sure I remember a specific moment, but to me, every time is a memorable one.

OPA - Who is your favourite Outperforme Athlete to train with and why?

L – My favourite Outperforme Athletics to train with is Paul because he always pushes me to my limits while making it enjoyable.

OPA – Good answer!

OPA - Do you have a favourite post-training meal or smoothie?

L – I don’t eat anything really specific after training but usually it is some sort of chicken.

Posted 60 weeks ago

Meet Our Athlete - Emma Creasy

My name is Emma Creasy, and I was born July 30, 2002 and have called Brandon, Manitoba home ever since.  I am currently in grade 11 at Neelin.  I used to ride horses competitively but ended riding two years ago.  Now I love to hike and ski, and I enjoy photography.  I hope to see more improvements as I progress with Outperforme.

Outperforme Athletics (OPA) - How long has training been an important part of your life?

Emma (E) - Training has been important to me since I was about 14, when I was very competitive with my horses.


OPA - How long have you been training with Outperforme Athletics?

E - I have been training with Outperforme for about a year now. I saw the progress my brother made with Matt.  I started out once a week.  Now I train twice a week.  With spares at school and acquiring my drivers licence I am hoping to add one or two more times a week next semester.  

OPA – We love having you around the gym, the more often the better!


OPA - Do you have any specific long-term athletic and training goals?

E - My long-term goals are to keep myself fit and active and to be comfortable with myself. I would also like to ski the Alps someday.

OPA – Skiing the Alps sounds like a cool bucket list item!


OPA - What is your most memorable accomplishment since joining Outperforme?

E - My most memorable accomplishment has to be hiking the Grand Canyon.  It was a bucket list trip of a lifetime.


OPA - What is your favourite exercise and why?

E - I love doing medicine ball slams.  I always feel adrenaline rushing through me and it makes me want to slam it harder.

OPA – You’re good at them too!


OPA - What is your least favourite exercise and why?

E - My least favorite is Mountain Climbers.  I know they are helping but they are painful and use a lot of my energy.


OPA - What is your favourite song to listen to before working out or competition? 

E - My favorite songs right now would be Next To Me by Imagine Dragons, Pull The Trigger by Russ, and Welcome To The Party by Diplo, French Montana, and Lil Pump.


OPA - How do you describe the concept of the Outperforme Family to someone who hasn’t trained here before?

E - Just like it sounds, like a family.  Whenever I am working out, I can talk to anyone there if I need any help. I had very high anxiety when I started. Maddie made me feel very special and took the extra time to talk me through what I was dealing with.  She suggested starting my workouts in the basement, so my nervousness wasn’t peaking.  I no longer have any struggles with being there and I can workout with out stress.  The trainers take the time to assess each clients’ needs and adjust to them.  

OPA – We love this, Emma. You have truly come such a long way since you started with us. Not only have you gained confidence in yourself and your abilities, but you have become stronger, faster and developed a great desire to continue improving in the gym.


OPA - What is something you have learned since joining the Outperforme Family?

E - I have learned that it is okay to come and start working out wherever you are in your life.  No one is there to judge you.  Outperforme just wants to see you improve.

OPA – This is great, everyone has to start somewhere. And you’re right, Outperforme is a judgement free zone and there’s nothing we love more than seeing our athletes improve!  


OPA - What is your most memorable Outperforme Training moment?

E - When I dead lifted 100lbs.  It made me realize I can actually do this!!

OPA – Yes, you can do it!!


OPA - Who is your favourite Outperforme Athlete to train with and why?

E - Maddie is my favorite.  She makes me feel like I am her favorite client and like she is really happy to see me each week.  It makes showing up that much easier.

OPA – I am always happy to see you, you brighten my day!


OPA - Do you have a favourite post-training meal or smoothie?

E - My favorite post-training smoothie would be the Pomegranate Smoothie from Booster Juice.


OPA - If you could meet any celebrity alive or dead. Which one would it be and why?

E - I love food channels, so I would love to meet Gordan Ramsey.  I would love to see him in action.


OPA - What is your favourite book and why would you recommend it to others?

E - My favorite book would have to be Love Her Wild by Atticus. It is a book of poetry. I enjoyed it as it helped me to improve my personal life.


OPA - What are you currently reading?

E - I am currently reading 13 Reasons Why.  I think a book or movie that gets your brain thinking is a good thing.

Posted 68 weeks ago

Meet Our Athlete – Kim Gradwell

Kim hails from Brandon, Manitoba and is currently a Trail Runner. She is a great person to work. Matt is very excited to see how far she has come in the way she moves, her hard work to build strength, and improving her mobility has made such a difference and has transferred over to her running. She is a testament to what hard work and trusting the process can do. Matt looks forward to continue watching her improve and reach her trail running goals!

Outperforme Athletics (OPA) - How long has training been an important part of your life?  

Kim (K) - This could be a very long answer so I’ll try and summarize in a few words.  I’ve trained pretty much my whole life.  I would consider the starting point to be joining the Brandon Sundowners Track Club in 1972 when I was 12.   I was a young girl who loved to run.  Fast forward 46 years, and I’ve done all kinds of road races, 15 years of triathlons and in 2014 took up trail running.  I started out doing a couple of 20 to 25km events and moved up to 50km events. The young girl inside me who loves to run lives on…no one told her to stop running!

OPA - How long have you been training with Outperforme Athletics?

K - I started training at Outperforme in October, 2017.

OPA - Do you have any specific long-term athletic and training goals?

K - I want to stay strong and healthy as long as possible. I never thought I’d be doing some of the events that I’ve done in the past couple of years.  In 2019, I plan on doing some more trail ultras around the 42 to 50km distances…beyond that I dream of doing a 100miler someday.

OPA - What is your most memorable accomplishment since joining Outperforme?  

K - In 2018, I managed to finish 3 – 50km trail runs in a 6 week period. The 3rd run in that 6 weeks took place in the mountains of Wyoming.  I then pulled off a 4th run in September at marathon distance on a trail – a tough course along Lake Superior in Minnesota. I’m not fast, but I’m steady – like the proverbial tortoise.

OPA - What is your favourite exercise and why?  

K - Lately, I’ve been enjoying doing the agility exercises. I’m noticing a big difference in my ability to navigate technical trails.

OPA - What is your least favourite exercise and why?  

K - Fire hydrant – ouch.

OPA - What is your favourite song to listen to before working out or competition? 

K - Anything by the Black Keys, but if I hear Chariots of Fire played at the start line, I’ll cry.

OPA - How do you describe the concept of the Outperforme Family to someone who hasn’t trained here before?  

K - I tell friends I run with that the staff at Outperforme are uniquely qualified to coach athletes due to their educational backgrounds and specialized training.  The training facility is a friendly and welcoming environment and for me, I love seeing the young athletes there training to become the best they can be in their chosen sports.  

OPA - What is something you have learned since joining the Outperforme Family?

K - You need to seek information from people who are qualified and specialists in what they do.  I have made mistakes over the years thinking I could solve my own training issues and injuries on my own.  This simply was not the case and more often than not, I made things worse for myself.

OPA - What is your most memorable Outperforme Training moment?

K - Matt noticing the progression of my fitness.  I feel stronger, but it has been a somewhat gradual process over the past year.  To have someone else validate the progression is an amazing feeling and very encouraging.

OPA - Do you have a favourite post-training meal or smoothie?

K - Not really – after 5 or 6 hours of running, I’ll eat anything…cold pizza is a favourite though if I have any in the fridge.


Posted 73 weeks ago