I’ve been working with Jake for the past year. Initially just out of powerlifting curiosity. Based on my age and have suffered from back pain for years I wasn’t even sure it was something I could do. I had never even tried a deadlift but, with encouragement, expertise and unwavering support, Jake proved that I could not only do it, but he also helped me develop to the competitive stage and become the Welsh Record holder for my age and weight class. To say he’s been a life changer for me is an understatement!
I have been working with Jake as an online client for two years and in that time I have achieved things that I had never felt were possible. To list a few I reached a very long term goal of getting a double bodyweight squat, squatted 100 unbroken reps at 65kg, got leaner than ever and completed a double marathon on a rowing machine, all within the same 12 month period.
Jake has always been very supportive and his video check-ins help build my motivation and knowledge each week, he also checks my form on lifts via video and really does seem to be able to read my mind when suggesting new goals and challenges.
I would recommend Jake to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and caring coach who always displays integrity. You don’t have to be a powerlifter, Jake will help you reach your goals whether it be fat loss, improved health or spending 7.5hrs on an indoor rowing machine.
There are a lot of coaches and PTs out there, I found one of the good ones
Josh Harvey (<74kg lifter)
I worked with Jake through a 3-month meet prep leading into my first powerlifting meet. The programming prior to the meet was a little different than I was used to. My programming was customized to my needs, looking at weak points, and was congruent with all the current recommendations for strength programming. The weekly evaluations of technique, form and even the social support from Jake were extremely encouraging and helpful. Following 12 weeks with Jake, I was stronger, marginally leaner and more confident in lifting. I competed in Swansea and thus was able to get on the day coaching from Jake, as a team effort I was able to achieve 9/9 lifts and new personal best in the squat and deadlift overall. I highly recommend Jake to take your training to the next level, he is efficient, supportive, empathic and very passionate in his coaching. Jake offers a fantastic package and he really cares for your goals! I will be working with Jake again for sure
Beverley Rogers (<63kg lifter)
I originally started working with Jake on just my nutrition to better manage my weight around competitions. Then having seen the progress of some of his lifters we progressed to online programming support as well. In the 2 years I worked with Jake I made significant improvements in all 3 lifts and he was also there with words of wisdom in the times I felt things weren’t going so well to provide perspective to help me turn things around and tackle things with a more positive mindset. Jakes approach definitely caters for the individual in front of him which is great and his personable approach made the relationship work well. I would definitely recommend him if you’re looking for a powerlifting coach.
Gloria Lola Alabi (u72kg lifter)
I worked with Jake and Donut Barbell for 4 months and I can honestly say that the transformation in my strength and form is evident from my success in this sport. Before training with Donut Barbell, I was not able to squat past 120kg or shift past 140kg deadlift. 2 months into my new training plan, I qualified for GB championship with a 145kg squat and 170kg deadlift – results came quick!
Jake provides specific training sessions for each athlete and works around your schedule which is so important to me as I’m a student and working but I’m able to get the balance just right and most importantly- I really enjoy the sessions because they’re always different!
A great trainer and truly encouraging!
Jack Clark (<93kg lifter)
3-months working with Jake has been phenomenal! My numbers have rocketed and I have PB’d on all lifts with his coaching and programming, including 227.5kg deadlift for 11 reps! I could not have achieved this without his determination for me to succeed and my passion! ‘Donut’ hesitate about getting on board with his coaching, you will not be disappointed!