Gym Laird #36 | Rachael Bertram Mathews - From Overtraining With Cardio To Powerlifting

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In today’s episode of the Gym Laird show, Jim is joined in studio with his client Rachael Bertram Mathews.

Jim asked Rachael to share her story as she has done what a lot of women do to lose weight only to gain weight.

She shares how she:

– Was training boot camp 4 days a week at 5am
– How her previous coach told her to add more cardio once she plateaued
– How her motivation dwindled and she couldn’t bring herself to go to boot camp
– Discovered powerlifting when her friend told her about Gym Laird
– Why Jim told her she needed to train less and calm down when they started working together
– How she started working with Alex Navarro and used Carb Nite® and Carb Backloading™
– Once she got her nutrition and exercise in check how her moods changed
– Why she benefits from having a coach
– Why self care is important

Left pic:
3 years of 3-4 times a week 5 am boot camp. Last 6-8 months added a second session a day. Weight was 160 lbs and gaining weight while overtraining.

Right pic:
Training with Jim for 3 years. Strength training 3 times per week. 4 powerlifting meets, lifestyle change, making sleep and getting outside a priority. Stress management and nutrition. Weight is 135 lbs.

Best Lifts:
Squat 220 lbs
Bench 126 lbs
Deadlift 303 lbs


Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector. He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB. Jim has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division 1 schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters. As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high level performance goal, and he want to help others do the same. Learn more about Jim on his blog:

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