I had been strength training for about 5-6 years before working with SNS. I had a number of different coaches before coming to Erin, each with different focuses, and really believe in the power of a good coach! In the summer of 2021, I just felt like I had lost my love and drive for lifting. Workouts started to feel mundane and like a chore, and I wasn't as motivated as I had been in the past. I had always trained with the big 3 lifts and as a young trainer and lifter had dreamed about maybe powerlifting one day in a competition. I decided that now was as good a time as ever and that competition would give me more drive, and a goal to work towards to help motivate my training. Watching Erin's powerlifting journey really inspired me! Being a coach, I can tell good coaches when I see them and I could tell at the time and can 100% vouch now that Erin cares so so much. She takes so much pride in her work as a coach and puts her absolute all into her clients. That's all you can really ask for! Having powerlifting specific training and a coach to help me make sure I am pushing hard enough to improve while also regulating intensity, volume, and recovery has been the biggest game-changers. At the beginning of January 2022 we decided to more seriously keep track of how much food I was eating and my overall protein intake, and in 6 weeks (after having trained for 5-6 years) I put on 4 pounds of muscle and lost body fat. The gains I have made since working with Erin are insane, and I was 100% one of those people resigned to my genetics being not ideal for putting on muscle. My biggest surprise has been by far how much I have improved in strength since working with Erin and SNS. The goals I had set for myself at the beginning of this meet prep were WAY too low. Along the way when I doubted myself, Erin told me that I had no idea how strong I was and I honestly didn't believe her at first. When you've been lifting for a while you can kinda get resigned to be at the numbers that you're at, but holy smokes. Never in a million years did I think I would be squatting 225 or deadlifting over 300 at my first ever powerlifting meet!