Thursday, June 8, 2017

One Year Update - By R.J. Hicks

1 year later training at

Over the past year I have had the privilege to train with Bob Whelan through his site I've gained more in this past year training with Coach Whelan than my last 9 years of training combined. My bodyweight has climbed nearly 20 solid pounds in a year with all of my lifts increasing between 20-90 pounds. Furthermore, the knowledge I have gained in strength training, coaching and the iron game is insurmountable.

Coach Whelan is far more than a strength coach, he is a teacher, motivator, and a mentor. Through our many phone calls, I have been able to gain insight to the most important principles of strength training, enabling me to sort between the "has-beens" and the "good guys" in the field today. I've been able to form my own strength training philosophy while keeping an open mind to the fact that many other methods and tools work as long as they stay in line with the fundamentals of strength training. Coach Whelan expects a lot whether through my increases in poundage, commitment to eating, or academics to become a strength coach. None-the-less, coach Whelan is always there to provide positive encouragement and to remind me of my end goal. Most importantly, I receive a great deal of mentoring from Coach Whelan on a weekly basis. We talk about the importance of  education through degrees, which certifications to receive, books to read, and future business strategies. I cannot be more grateful for the opportunity to train with Bob Whelan and I look forward to our next year of training together.

Lt. R.J. Hicks
Malmstrom AFB, Montana

R.J. ... Thank you so much. It has been a pleasure working with you.  Keep going strong!
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