My name is Matt Sneath and I’m a university and club rugby player from Toronto, Ontario. I first met Craig when he trained my university team in the winter of 2014. At this point I was relatively experienced in weightlifting and athletic training, however training with Craig helped me to make massive improvements in my strength that prior to that winter, I had not been able to achieve. With a history shoulder dislocation, I had previously limited most of my upper body work to rehab type exercises and light weights, and things like heavy barbell presses were out of the question. I had little confidence in the strength and resilience of my shoulders, which can be mentally devastating when you play a full contact sport. Everything I had tried so far to fix and strengthen my shoulders hadn’t worked, so when I had the opportunity to try power lifting with Craig, I figured I would dive in headfirst. With 4 months of programming, technical coaching and dieting help, I was able to overcome what had been a massive hurdle in getting my shoulder and upper body strength to a point where I no longer worried about re-injuring them in play.
The experience I had with Craig caused me seek him out again, this time to train me prior playing rugby abroad in the U.K. while on an academic exchange at the University of Birmingham. The goals were slightly different this time around, but once again we got it done. Craig’s expertise and training has been invaluable to me in the pursuit of athletic improvement. He truly is an expert in his field, and has a true passion for what he does. He’s a great guy in general, and one of the most positive and motivating people I’ve ever met. When I train with him in person, I always leave the gym in a better state of mind than I’d had when I walked in. Serious strength and athletic training really isn’t something you can just do for an hour a day in your spare time; it’s a lifestyle, and Craig showed me how to really embrace it, as well as the benefits of doing so. I’d recommend him to anyone looking to improve themselves physically and mentally, whether for sports or general fitness, and I look forward to working with him again in the future.