2020 Year End Review

TSG 2020 Year End Review

2020 was a year like no other. We’d like to share some of our 2020 Year End Review highlights.

Australian Bush Fire Relief

Australian Wildfire Relief

We began a one week donation campaign at the start of January through our Coaching for a Cause program to provide financial assistance to the NSW Rural Fire Service (@nswrfs) in their fight against the fires. We managed to raise and donate $400 CAD to the organization during this one week campaign.

Athlete Management System Upgrade

Athlete Management System

Our group took another step forward in February when we released the 6th Edition of our Athlete Management System. This tool has opened up more program design & data analysis possibilities than we’ve ever had before. Including advancements in VBT, RPE profiling, and the analysis of training load data.

2020 Year In Review New Coach Vanessa Gale

Welcoming Vanessa Gale to the Team

At the beginning of February we welcomed Dr. Vanessa Gale (@prettystronglife) as our newest coach. Vanessa’s knowledge of the body and of different training techniques, as well as her presence within our community have been a tremendous asset to TSG. We look forward to continuing our work alongside her in the future.

2020 Year End Recap Teresa Parsons Cindy Leighton Nicola Paviglianiti

Canadian Powerlifting Nationals

In March 2020, TSG sent our biggest athlete Team to date to Canadian Powerlifting Nationals held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. TSG Coaches Jason @jasontsg and Alfred @alfredtsg attended to handle and support.

This Nationals proved to be a proud moment and highlight for our Team, including 5 National Champions and a 89% attempt success rate across all our athletes. Firstly, our M1 57kg athlete, @cindy_leighton winning her first M1 debut! TSG also had 4 National Open Champions (@storiesnotselfies, @mark_tbs8, @teresaparsons, @biggestben10). Notably, Ben Langley @biggestben10 successfully defended his 74kg Open National Championship and finished the meet as both the Best Overall Male Lifter, and Best Male Open Lifter across the competition.

Ben Langley Mark Tobias
Ben Langley & Mark Tobias
2020 Year End Recap CPU Nationals Mark Tobias
Mark Tobias

Tyler Wasyluk
Tyler Wasyluk
2020 Year End Recap CPU Nationals
Jason Tremblay, Teresa Parsons, Nicola Paviglianiti, Alfred Jong
2020 Recap Christine Aaron

Internship Program Recap

Another thing that we’re proud of this year is the steps forward that we’ve taken to improve our internship program. Each of our staff members has benefitted from having excellent mentors throughout their careers. In 2020 we improved how we are paying the mentorships we’ve received forward through group discussions and work on exciting new projects. Here is a list of what interns @tyler_hakamaki, @christinetrac, @aaron_edgley, @urbanmur, @7ann0, and @igorshvartsman and staff @alfredtsg, @jasontsg and @prettystronglife have worked on or discussed in the past year:

– Creating a calculator to perform meet math & projections

– Content creation for @PositionsOfPower about the fundamental theory of why specificity and variation are important for training.

– Exploring the ins & outs of programming, video analysis, client communication, and organization.

– Working with our 8-week training athletes @b.e.n.j.e.w_ & @jlu_lifts to apply learning into practice.

– Viewing the construction of the Calgary Flames 2021 Sports Science Hub

– Analysis of 2019-20 performance data to create statistical categories for the 2021 Flames season

– Transfer of historical data to the 2021 Sports Science Hub for the upcoming Flames season.

The internship program has been a pleasure to lead and we look forward to having it around schedules permitting for a long, long time to come. Thank you to Tyler, Christine, Aaron, Urban, Tanno, and Igor as well as Alfred and Vanessa for their contributions to our internship calls.

Urban Mur
2020 Recap Tanno De Pender
2020 Year End Review Igor Shvartsman
2020 Year In Review Jason U of C
Jason Tremblay Conducting Lecture at University of Calgary
2020 Year End Review Virtual Meet Champs

Virtual Powerlifting Meet

In October 2020, TSG hosted 49 competitors from 4 different continents in our first ever online powerlifting meet.  A panel of 12 volunteer IPF International referees judged videos to create a fair and world class competition experience. Notably, we had 11 Zimbabwe athletes participate, providing an accessible global meet with our charity partner Lift4Life Worldwide

2020 Year In Review Taylor Atwood

Record Breaking Performance of Taylor Atwood

TSG Athlete @t_atwood became the first 74 kg lifter to break the 800 kg mark. At 73.7 kg bodyweight he hit an incredible 293 kg (NR) squat, 199 kg (NR) bench, and 320 kg (NR) deadlift to total 812 kg (119.46 GL) ranking him 2nd all time in @theipf rankings behind Jesse Norris.

2020 Year End Recap Heidi Lewis

Record Breaking Performance of Heidi Lewis

TSG Athlete @heidistrong_  competed in the 84+ Female Junior Class and went 9/9 with all white lights. She hit huge PR’s including a 240.5kg deadlift which was a Junior American deadlift record, unofficial World Record, and was the 10th heaviest in the IPF across all female lifters. Heidi’s powerlifting journey has been supported by numerous TSG Coaches along the way, and very special was the fact this meet marked exactly 5 years to the day from her first USAPL meet in 2015.

2020 Year End Evie Corrigan

Record Breaking Performance of Evie Corrigan

TSG Athlete @beeevie win the 57 kg Female Open Class at New Zealand Nationals. Evie’s hard work and persistence paid off with personal bests in Squat (168kg), Bench Press (96.5kg) and Deadlift (200kg). Her total of 464.5 kg is the 3rd highest total ever recorded in the 57 kg weight class, and is 8 kg under the current world record!

Did You Enjoy Our 2020 Year End Review?

We would like to thank our athletes, TSG Team, and supporters for an incredible year. Looking forward to 2021.

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Origin Story – Hypertrophy Hub Podcast

The origin story of The Strength Guys as told by Jason Tremblay on the The Hypertrophy Hub podcast

Origin Story Hypertrophy Hub Podcast

Founder and president @jasontsg came on the podcast a while back to speak about the journey of starting one of my most competitive and innovative science based strength companies in the world.

James Walsham, The Hypertrophyhub
Taylor Atwood at 2019 IPF Worlds
Taylor Atwood at 2019 IPF Worlds

Origin Story Timestamps:

01:30:Introduction and the origin story of The Strength Guys.
08:20: What kind of content was TSG putting out online at the time?
18:00: Remaking The Strength Guys.
22:30: Jason’s thought process dealing with success.
30:00: Nationals and Taylor Atwood.
44:00: What Jason wish he knew more about
54:00: Finding people to build a great company with.
1:02:00: When Ben Esgro joined the company.
1:11:00: Is it ever hard to keep track of the purpose?
1:21:00: Where to find Jason and The Strength Guys online.

The podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes, stitcher and wherever else you get your podcasts!

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Origin Story TSG

2019 Year In Review

In 2019 we learned more, gave more, and achieved more than ever before. We’re proud to share our Top 10 2019 year in review highlights with you.

Happy New Year!

TSG NYE 2019 Year in Review IPF World Championship

Kicking off with our historic achievements at the world championship in Sweden, giving back to the community, and breaking new ground with the Calgary Flames!

IPF World Championship

Taylor Atwood back to back champ. Eli Burks 2x champ.

TSG NYE 2019 Year in Review Giving Back
TSG NYE 2019 Year in Review Calgary Flames
TSG NYE 2019 Supporting Students
TSG NYE 2019 Supporting Community

Check out Our Team

TSG NYE 2019 Growing Our Team
TSG NYE 2019 Get Your Power Forums

Get Your Power Forums

National Championships

TSG NYE 2019 Year In Review National Championships
TSG NYE 2019 Continental Championships

Continental Championships

2019 Year in Review Achievements

TSG NYE 2019 Achievements

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HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at The Strength Guys


2019 IPF Worlds Recap

The Strength Guys athletes and coaches celebrated huge success at 2019 IPF Worlds in Helsingborg, Sweden.

2019 IPF Worlds Recap
Daniel Tan at 2019 IPF Worlds

Daniel Tan (@daniolbro) competed Junior u59kg divison. He took home a gold in squats, silver in deadlifts, silver overall, a new national squat record, and a nice little total PB.
Congratulations Daniel and coach Alfred Jong!

Mark Tobias at 2019 IPF Worlds

Mark Tobias (@mark_tbs8) competed in the Open u66kg division. He earned himself a bronze in squats and sixth overall in his first IPF Worlds

The Strength Gals Hit The Platform

The Strength Gals sponsored athlete, Teresa Parsons @teresaparsons had a great day at 2019 IPF Worlds.
She finished with a 160kg squat, 97.5kg bench, and 187.5kg deadlift for a 445kg total, which was good for 6th place in the very competitive 63kg division.

Teresa is coached by Jason @jasontsg & Ben @benesgro, with nutrition by @kedrictsg .
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Carli Dillen (@carli_dillen) competed in the u63kg division at 2019 IPF Worlds. She ended up placing 8th in a very competitive class, going 9 for 9, setting person PB’s, and best of all, setting a new New Zealand National Record!

Carli with coaches Kedric Kwan (nutrition) and Alfred Jong (programming).

Taylor Atwood 74 kg Champ

Taylor Atwood at 2019 IPF Worlds
Taylor Atwood 2019 IPF Worlds 74kg Gold Medalist

Taylor Atwood @t_atwood – Historic 790.5 kg total from the 74 kg division at the 2019 IPF Worlds. Taylor broke the World Record in Squat and shattered the World Record in Total by 33 kg en route to his 2nd World Championship and the Best Overall Lifter award.

Best Overall Lifter – Taylor Atwood

Jason, Ben and Kedric accepted trophy on Taylor Atwood's behalf for Best Overall Lifter
Jure Rus at 2019 IPF Worlds

Jure Rus @power_dentist competed at 2019 IPF Worlds in the 83kg class for Team Slovenia

Coached under Jason @jasontsg & Ben @benesgro he finished 10th overall in a very competitive class with a 277,5 kg Squat, 162,5kg Bench Press and 302,5 kg Deadlift

Owen Hubbard at 2019 IPF Worlds

Owen Hubbard @ohubb competed in the Open 83kg division at 2019 IPF Worlds placing 6th overall.

Owen finished off the day placing 6th out of 23 athletes, along with a new World Record in bench press (215.5kg). He also squatted 275kg & deadlifted 267.5kg.

Owen competed for Great Britain, and is coached by Alfred @alfredtsg & Jason @jasontsg

 at 2019 IPF Worlds

Eli Burks ( @eliburks3 ) celebrates his second world championship title in the 105 kg division. Coached by  @benesgro and @jasontsg  

Congratulations to all TSG athletes and coaches for your success at 2019 IPF Worlds in Sweden!