Cameron "use your good hand" Martinot
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I have had the pleasure of working with Cameron for a year now. Cameron and I first met when he visited a popular powerlifting gym that I was training out of. Cameron sought the advice of a famous powerlifter but was redirected into my hands and we spent the day going over a couple of the big lifts. I would later meet Cameron again just prior to a world’s competition where his paid “team” decided not to show up to support him. I assisted in handling him for the meet and wrapped his knees for squats. Cameron fired his team and decided he should work with me instead. Good choice in my opinion.
Cameron had been running westside type programming and after an immediate increase in his total for powerlifting, hit a hard plateau. He would gain a few pounds on his lifts between every competition but Cameron knew he could progress faster than that. Cameron started as a programming client, then to a programming client with occasional sessions, and finally as a Starting Strength Online Coaching Client.
The initial priorities I set were to improve Cameron’s volume tolerance and to increase his muscular bodyweight. While he was adequate at displaying strength, his positional endurance, training capacity, and consistency between repetitions were lacking. This was addressed with a volume and intensity split focusing on moderate sets of fives and multiple heavy sets of doubles and triples. For a period of time this worked better than either of us would have guessed and he made progress at an astounding rate. Unfortunately, we came to realize it was unsustainable. Being that our primary contact was through programming sheets and not face to face; Cameron, with his outstanding work ethic, drove himself into a deep hole of fatigue.
After a lengthy period of de-loading and several conversations it was decided that velocity would be an excellent tool to autoregulate Cameron’s enthusiasm. We rebuilt as we carefully titrated the meters per second of each lift, for each percentage, in accordance with his unique abilities. The velocity tool provided the objective assessment of Cameron’s ability each given day, guiding load selection just as a skilled coach in person would do.
Finally, we were back on track and despite a very demanding work life, Cameron made fantastic progress. A small back injury, awkwardly occurring weeks before a big competition, was easily managed with in person coaching and careful adjustment of load.
After many trials, challenges, and experimentation Cameron stepped onto the stage to compete and put up the best total of his life. At worlds Cameron squatted 400, benched 290, and deadlifted 490. This latest competition, only weeks after a back injury, he squatted 485, benched 325, and deadlifted 540lbs. Once fully recovered he is capable of much more!
I have enjoyed working with Cameron because of his commitment to the detail. Every single session, every single time, is performed exactly as described. I have never witnessed such compliance before. Cameron also has a wicked good coaches eye and can pick up even the smallest details. If he lived closer he would be my top pick to bring on as a coach. He also has this funny way of getting really excited about even the smallest PR. He invests his emotion into every single session.
After much experimentation I believe Cameron is dialed in for some amazing progress in the near future. I cannot wait to see what he can accomplish. We enjoy your presence on the team Cameron and look forward to seeing you continue to grow and accomplish.