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Curtin Stadium staff member raises the bar

[Posted: 10 May 2016]

Stadium fitness instructor shows his strength

Callan Gibbons

Curtin Exercise and Sports Science graduate and Curtin Stadium staff member Callan Gibbons recently placed first in the Lifters Labyrinth in his weight category in April at the Lifters Den. 

The 23 year old power lifter placed first in the under 83kg class with the following lifts:

Squat - 212.5kg

Bench press - 120kg

Deadlift - 285kg

As well as training himself, Callan also started working as a fitness trainer at Curtin Stadium in January this year.

He has also competed in the Powerlifting Australia Perth Open championships.

We asked Callan a couple of questions about his training:

What qualifications and courses have you completed?

I have a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science). I wanted to increase my knowledge of the human body and its physiology in order to assist people in improving their physical performance in sport and everyday life.

What type of clients have you worked with and what kind of training have you done with them?

The majority of my clients have been looking to increase their strength with a specific focus on powerlifting. I have also worked with clients looking to gain muscle or lose fat. Most of the training I do with them involves resistance exercise (specifically free weights), with some cardio as well (usually HIIT).

What kind of music do you listen to in the gym whilst training?

Either hard style or post-hardcore rock, anything with high energy that gets me in the zone.

What are your training goals?

My main goal is to reach a 300kg deadlift at 83kg body weight. I am also training to compete in the powerlifting competition at the Perth fitness expo in August this year. After that I aim to compete at the Australian open nationals this year or next year.

What is your favourite post workout snack?

Either a Quest bar and a banana or chicken with brown rice because they both have a good amount of protein as well as carbohydrates, which are both essential for recovery.

What advice would you give to anyone struggling to stay on track with their fitness goals?

The best piece of advice I can give is to stay consistent with your training. Choose a program and stick with it as well as staying consistent with your diet if you are trying to lose or gain weight.