TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

Michelle Watson Deloso

Age : 22

Sex : Female

Where did you train before PTC and what were your results? I was with a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness.

I had my first bench session with my PT and struggled with 20kg. I was deadlifting 70kg max and squatting about 30kg? Something like that ☺

 

Why did you start training at PTC? When working out I realised I only liked the lifting side of things. I hated running or any cardio. Through my old PT, I heard of Powerlifting. I found out about PTC and came in for a visit. I wanted a gym that specialised in the sport. Somewhere I could get stronger and not be limited to 1 plate. PTC is that place

 

What results have you achieved so far at PTC Sydney? When starting at PTC my one rep maxes were Squat – 70kg / bench – 45 (I think) / Deadlift 100kg

I have been at PTC for a little over half a year and my new one rep maxes are squat 125kg / bench - 57.5 / Deadlift – 155kg (dirty PB)  

 

What do you like about PTC Sydney?

The ENVIRONMENT! It is like one big strong family! Everyone is so welcoming and willing to help. They will push you to your limits and encourage you but will also be there to support you when you do not get your lift.

Everyone is always up for a good laugh. It just feels right training there. I could not imagine training anywhere else.

What competitions have you competed in at PTC Sydney? Novice and Sydney Cup 2015

What do you enjoy about competing? EVERYTHING! (though I find myself getting really tired and grumpy when it is time to deadlift lol).

What would be your advice to anyone who has not competed previously? HAVE FUN! Don’t worry about everyone's number. Worry about your own and if you do not get your number remember there is always next time. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

What advice would you give to other people who are thinking about becoming a member at PTC Sydney? Come in and try the place out. You may be greeted by another gym member or me speaking to you like we have known you for a lifetime but that is just how it is at PTC. Don’t be scared by the loud noises, the heavy metal, the big bearded men and super strong women – everyone here is the sweetest. Don’t knock it till you have tried it they say ☺


What have you learnt from training at PTC Sydney? I've learnt how important technique is. I've learnt powerlifting is a lifetime sport, you are not going to get that 200kg squat in a week but if you put in the hard work it will come (you will get closer) and it will pay off. ( I am currently working towards that 200kg goal).
 

David Quinlan 

Age : 40

Sex : Male

Where did you train before PTC and what were your results?

I came to powerlifting via Crossfit.  Nothing against Crossfit, but at 195cm and 140-ish kg I was not the perfect fit!  I loved the lifting, however, and just before I left in February 2015, I was squatting 155kg, 

benching 90kg, and deadlifting 200kg.

Why did you start training at PTC?

Having been involved in sports at various level up to my mid 20’s, I wanted to be involved in a competitive sport again.  However, my family and work commitments mean that training times had to be on my terms and be flexible.  Given that I enjoyed lifting so much, powerlifting was the perfect fit.  

A quick email to PTC and I was up and running with online coaching, which soon led more and more frequent visits to PTC.  

What results have you achieved so far at PTC Sydney?

At the Sydney Cup in October 2015, I squatted 240kg, benched 117kg, and deadlifted 260kg.

What do you like about PTC Sydney?

The best thing about PTC is the people.  Everyone is incredibly supportive; it is unlike any other training environment I have ever been a part of.  It is common for the entire gym to stop what they are doing to cheer on a lifter attempting a heavy set.  On any given day, you could find world record holders happily spotting rank beginners and offering advice.  It is a unique environment that is incredibly conducive to training hard and surpassing goals.

What competitions have you competed in at PTC Sydney?

2015: Sydney Cup.

Planned for 2016: NSW State Titles.  Australian Titles (if I qualify).  Sydney Cup.

What did you enjoy about competing?

The uncertainty of facing a weight on a platform in front of an audience that I had never lifted before.  

I enjoy the rush of making the lift and celebrating with friends.  The disappointment of not making it and getting a well-timed kick up the backside from the same friends.  The satisfaction of knowing that since all the training is complete: the weight lifted on the day would be what I was capable of, no more or less.

What would be your advice to anyone who has not competed previously?

Do it.  Sign up now.  Find a 12-week program (preferably from one of the fine coaches at PTC Sydney) 

and follow it to the letter.  Enjoy the satisfaction of working hard and reaping the reward at the end.  

It really is a lot of fun.

What advice would you give to other people who are thinking about becoming a member at PTC Sydney?

If you have even the slightest opportunity, you should make it happen.  You get results faster at PTC just by being around people who are stronger than you.  Even if it is once a month, it is worth it.  It is on a completely different level to a commercial gym; you cannot even compare the two.

What have you learnt from training at PTC Sydney?

Consistency is everything.  Turn up, train, go home, eat, sleep.  Rinse and repeat.  Just keep going no matter what.

 

Sujie Huo

Age: 27    

Where were you before PTC and what were your results?    

    
No results. Lifts never measured.

Why did you start training at PTC?

To not look like a starving refugee anymore.

What results have you achieved so far from PTC Sydney?

Put on a little weight and hit PBs, even if they are not high.

What do you like about PTC Sydney?

People take their lifting seriously and are always willing to lend a hand.

What competitions have you competed in at PTC Sydney?

Novice comp.

What did you enjoy about competing?

Friendly atmosphere. Aiming to achieve goals.

What would be your advice to others thinking of competing but have not before?

It is not a competition with other people.  You compete with yourself.
 

What advice would you give to other people who are thinking about becoming a member at PTC Sydney?

Trent is a good coach, and you will learn good form to hit your goals.


What have you learnt from training at PTC Sydney?

Better form for all my lifts.

 

 

 

Branda Truong

Age : 20

Sex : Female

Where did you train before PTC and what were your results? Anytime Fitness, Fit n Fast – commercial gyms. I did not notice much progress regarding strength or goals. I lost motivation quickly.

Why did you start training at PTC? To start the sport of Powerlifting and to one day compete in the sport.

What results have you achieved so far from PTC Sydney? Competed in my first competition at Novice and have gained strength mentally and physically, overall.

What do you like about PTC Sydney? Gym culture. Everyone is willing to help and support one another no matter how experienced you are. Whether you are a beginner or an elite – everyone is supportive of each other.

What competitions have you competed in at PTC Sydney? Novice Redemption.

What do you enjoy about competing? The support and encouragement from everyone, even from strangers.

What would be your advice to anyone who has not competed previously? Go for it! Gives you something to look back on, regarding how much you’ve progressed throughout your training and what you might need to improve on. You also get the chance to network with others within the sport.

What advice would you give to other people who are thinking about becoming a member at PTC Sydney? Don’t be intimidated to join!  Everyone is willing to help and encourage you throughout your progress of training at PTC.

What have you learnt from training at PTC Sydney?  PTC has taught me to become a stronger person not only physically but also mentally. With the supportive nature of PTC, it has allowed me to build my self-confidence. I am no longer afraid to try new things and see what my limits are within the sport of powerlifting.

 

Rachael Fisher

Age :  23

Sex : Female

Where were you before PTC and what were your results?
Previously a Fernwood Fox. I had lost ~10kg (75kg > 65kg), but was still unhappy with my body composition. My first assessment at PTC (March, 2012) results were 45/30/55 (squat/bench/deadlift).

Why did you start training at PTC?
Aaron convinced me to join (he gained a pretty awesome training partner IMO), even though I was intimated. Back then, there weren’t many girls.

What results did have achieved from PTC?
My lifts are currently 97/52.5/125 (squat/bench/deadlift). I’ve also improved my body composition, but I guess that’s been achieved outside the gym.

The best part about PTC?
The community. Everyone is supportive, friendly and willing to help out. AND, there’s always someone there to spot you!

Why should a person join PTC?
PTC has the best equipment, and members. A great environment for anyone who is serious about their training.

Amanda Price

Age : 32

Sex : Female

Where did you train before PTC and what were your results?
I was training with a PT, just for general fitness.

Why did you start training at PTC?
The weights my PT was giving me did not feel challenging enough, and she was struggling to lift them herself. I searched for a strength gym and found PTC Sydney, I did not even know that the sport of Powerlifting existed, I just wanted to lift heavy things. It was also important to me to find a place where I felt my age, body shape or size did not matter, and I found that at PTC.  

What results have you achieved at PTC?

My 1 rep max squat has increased from 60kg on my first day to 205kg, bench press from 40kg to 87.5kg and deadlift from 110kg to 205kg within 2 years of training at PTC Sydney.
 

The best part about PTC?

It is not only a gym but more like a little community. I know it may seem intimidating at first (I was initially terrified to walk in the place!) but the members are all really lovely people.  Whether you goal is to be a competitive Powerlifter or just improve your strength and fitness, everyone is supportive of your goals. That, and between the coaches and members there is a wealth of knowledge about everything strength related
 

Why should a person join PTC?
If your goal is to get stronger and do it successfully and safely, I do not believe there are many places outside of PTC where this is possible. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to be where I am today simply training with a PT whose knowledge and experience did not extend to strength training. Also, the community mindedness is a big plus. You are never short of someone willing to help, give you a spot, advice, etc. I could never find that in a 24-hour franchise gym.

 

Troy Conley

Age: 32

Where did you train before PTC and what were your results?

Training by myself in commercial gyms.

Squat 100kg

Bench 80kg

Deadlift 180kg

Why did you start training at PTC?
To get better at Strongman by using the strongman equipment.

What results have you achieved so far with PTC Sydney?

Well, when I did my first strongman comp in 2013 I got 0 in 3 out of 5 events.

In 2014, I took 3rd place in Men's Novice and 2015 I got 1st place in the Sydney Strongman Series as well as multiple Top 3 placing throughout the year in various competitions throughout Australia.

What do you like most about PTC Sydney?

The people. Everyone from the trainers through to every single lifter, males, females, everybody - it is like a family rather than just “gym members.”

What competitions have you competed in at PTC Sydney?

Sydney Strongman Series 2014

2 x Novice Powerlifting Comps 2014

What did you enjoy about competing?

The excitement of the crowd and the lifters.

Being there to witness first-hand people doing things they never thought possible and watching them break through their perceived limitations is bloody awesome to watch and be a part of.

What would be your advice to anyone thinking of competing who has not competed before?

Just do it- the only people who fail in a competition are those who do not turn up.

Yes, there may be prizes for 1st place, but every single person who gets up and has a go is a winner in my book.

What advice would you give to people who are thinking about becoming a member at PTC Sydney?

Come on down and meet everyone. Do a session yourself, ask for help/advice, join us for a gym night out or hell, just watch Amanda squat over 220kg. If you are still not inspired to see what YOU can do, then join me for a Strongman session and let’s just have some fun.

Trust me joining PTC is the best thing you can do to achieve your goals. Whether that is making it to a professional level, or you just want to be fit and healthy, PTC is for everybody.


What have you learnt from training at PTC Sydney?

Ask questions. Ask lots and lots and lots of questions, we have an amazing group of people in this place so utilise it, ask for tips and advice, watch others and learn from them.

Always continue striving to be better, and better at everything. Nutrition, reps, max weights, attitudes and recovery. Oh and have fun, we are the blessed few who get to lift some heavy shit so enjoy it and have some damn fun with it, laugh at yourself and be the best you that you can be.