September 2014 Athlete of the Month: Tyler Wilkinson

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Tyler Wilkinson is a mathematics teacher and soccer/basketball coach at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD.  Tyler has been training with Peerless Athletics for 1 year and 6 months.  After a back injury, he started using Peerless Athletics as his training tool because he wanted a regimented workout that he knew was safe.

At just 23, Tyler suffered a herniated disc in L5,S1 and had a partial discectomy in April of 2013.

"The stuff I was doing in the gym 100%  put me at risk"  Tyler said.  " I was going to the gym and I would have a plan but I would just try to go heavy all the time.  I went into a 'cross-fit' type style of workout where I wasn’t focused on form, just on weight and pushing myself."

Unfortunately for Tyler, the injury to his back forced him to undergo surgery. Doctors told him the reason for his injury was due to the fact that he lacked core strength.  "I could do as many crunches as I wanted and had a six pack but they still told me my core was weak."

What gave Tyler the confidence to trust Peerless Athletics to help him rehabilitate after Physical Therapy?

"First of all, the whole flexibility series, foam rolling and stretching was stuff I did at PT.  The warm up and the activations/corrections were things I had done at PT and were in my (Peerless) program. This made me comfortable doing these workouts" Tyler said.

"Everything has a core component, which was a big thing coming out of surgery. 90% of the exercises use some type of core focus and you are reminded of that every time you watch one of the videos."

With Peerless Athletics, Tyler built up strength in his core and back and is actually stronger than he has ever been before. Through progression and time, Tyler has become the strongest version of himself over the past year and a half.

"I know my Clean is way stronger than it was, even when I was at my strongest before the surgery.  My 1 rep max was 185 and that was inconsistent.  Now I rep 185 like it's nothing."

"When I started I was dumbbell bench pressing 50 lbs, now I'm doing 80 lbs for 8 reps."

Even after a year and a half on the Peerless Athletics program, Tyler continues to see gains in his mobility, flexibility, strength and power.

"I like the variety of the exercises.  Every 3 weeks I get something new to work on and even now, a year into the program, I am getting exercises I haven’t done before.  I always have something I need to work on and I never get into a routine so I don’t get stagnate or bored.  And obviously, I have had positive results as well."

The programs not only helped Tyler understand the type of training that is necessary to build strength and power safely, but has also helped him teach the same concepts to his players.

"It helped with coaching and how to program for athletes. The stretching, the plyos and core exercises are things I use regularly with my teams.  And since I've done it before, I feel comfortable teaching it."

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Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell - CEO and Co-Founder Through my passion to forge myself into the best athlete possible, I developed a love for performance training. I learned and experienced that with the right training and the right coach, any athlete can change their body and maximize their performance. The passion I experienced as an athlete trying to find the best training regimen to achieve all my goals was the foundation for starting Peerless Athletics. I began a journey to find the “Holy Grail” of training by learning from great coaches and combining the best parts of each system into one complete training system: Peerless Athletics. I have personally been trained by the best performance coaches in the country including: - Mike Boyle (Director of S&C for the Boston Red Sox) - Dennis Logan (Head of NFL Combine Prep Program at EXOS) - Keenan Robinson (North Baltimore Swim Club and Michael Phelps’ SC) - Rob Oshinskie (Owner/Founder of Victory Sports and Performance) - Joel Saunders (Director of Adult Performance Training at EXOS) - Dennis Keiser (Owner/Founder of Keiser pneumantics) - Rob Taylor (Owner of Smarter Team Training) - Mike Gittleson (Fmr. U. of Michigan S&C Coach) - Augie Maurelli (Fmr. U. of Delaware S&C Coach) - Scott Moody (Owner/Founder of AthleteFIT) - Kevin Boyle (Director for Explosive Performance) - Chris Gorres (Regional Director for Explosive Performance) Athletic Accomplishments: As a walk-on at the University of Delaware, I beat the odds by earning a starting position and a full athletic scholarship. I played fullback/h-back and linebacker for the Blue Hens from 2009-2011. In 2010 we won our conference, the CAA, and went to the D-1 FCS Championship Game. After college, I used the Peerless Athletics Training System to improve my combine stats dramatically. I was invited to the NFL Super Regional Combine to workout in front of all 32 NFL teams. I would have never got to that stage without Peerless Athletics Training Systems which is why I am now dedicated to providing every person I work with the opportunity to use our system and become the best version of themselves.