Mike Merril

Mike 1BB BeforeAfterI’ll start by saying that I’ve been working out since I was 18, becoming more serious about it around 21. I actually worked with Gary in 2002 when he still owned the gym in Whitecourt, and got fantastic results back then too!   In 2006, I became involved in powerlifting and quickly added size and strength over the next 8 years, capturing the national title in the 242lb (110kg) open weight class twice.  After all this my bodyweight ballooned up to 270lbs on Dec 10 2014.  That was the tipping point for me and although I had contacted Gary earlier, now I was ready to commit to an online / distance training system that he was developing.

Gary and I have stayed in touch over the years, and he knew what I wanted to achieve.  I wanted to lose body fat and trim down, but wanted to ensure that I would maintain as much of my muscle and strength as possible.  He was certainly up for the challenge!  Also, I work an oil patch shift work job, and I’m on a 24hr call-out basis, so timing was the hardest part of this plan. I had to force myself out of bed at 4-4:30am every morning before my shift started just to get my workouts in.  I didn’t know if I’d even be home that evening, let alone have the time or energy to get in a great workout. 

Mike 1B BeforeAfterGary created a plan for me, and we started in January 2015.  Within weeks we noticed the weight dropping off!  We had weekly phone calls, texts, and updates to the nutrient macros and training as I adapted. The fat continued to drop off, but the strength and muscle maintained… and even increased in some cases!  After 5 months on the program, I was able to achieve a long term powerlifting goal of deadlifting 3X my bodyweight.  (I pulled 700lbs at a bodyweight of 230lbs!!!) 

I can’t say enough about what Gary has helped me to achieve!  This is easily the best shape I’ve been in since getting this big, and I couldn’t have asked for better results.  Losing fat, and losing inches, but still maintaining all the strength and hard earned muscle I built from years of powerlifting!

I’m now looking forward to a summer off, enjoying the new found energy, but am also looking forward to starting again with Gary in 2016, to try and achieve an even leaner body for next summer.


Thanks for everything Gary; it’s been a pleasure working with you… as always!

Mike Merrill