So as most of you know I have a 'little' brother. I type it like that because, yes, he is 4 years younger than me, but he is definitely not little. Up until about a year ago, he competed in both powerlifting and strong man competitions.
I have never met someone in my life who commits themselves to something like my brother does. Matthew has crazy determination. About this time last year he became an ELITE powerlifter (based on your weight you have to hit a certain total of combined pounds between three lifts-- bench, dead lift and squat). This was a huge accomplishment and something he'd been working towards for a long time.
After becoming ELITE, he completely changed up his workout goals. He went from this:
Where I am I going with this? He obviously knows what he's doing in the gym (and he would want me to let you know that he's got a mean beard game). Not only does he know how to do this for himself, he gives up so much of his time to help other guys at the gym just because he loves it so much and wants to see them succeed. He's pretty much awesome.
So while I was home last weekend I enlisted him to make me a workout plan. I told him I need to get some muscles before the Spartan Sprint in March!!
I started the strength training plan today and let me tell you... I can barely walk up and down the stairs. He did a great job customizing it just for me (only 3 days a week, short, concentrated, not a whole bunch of different moves that I'll forget). He's been super supportive (as long as it's your muscles hurting that's good, joints hurting = bad) and we're going to see where I am come Christmas.
I really think he should open his own gym someday or at the very least start charging for personal training. He's my brother (so of course in my opinion he hung the moon and can't anyone tell me otherwise) but he's truly an amazing person. Just wanted him to know how much I love and appreciate him!