Our Client of the Month for March 2017 is one of our SOHC Powerlifting Athletes, Jack Huybers!
Jack came to Force Barbell back in 2016 to train with us to compete in the Special Olympics Summer Games. For the first 3 months of training, Jack progressively got stronger. During the games, he was able to put up a big 85 pound bench press!
After the games, Jack decided to continue his training at Force Barbell. Since the 2016 games ended, Jack has come in every week and has put up some hard work. Today, Jack has been much more physically active then ever before. His training programs today consist of benching, squatting, and other weight-bearing exercises. Jack continues to get stronger throughout the months and always brings a positive vibe into the gym.
Force Barbell: Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, and why you train.
Jack Huybers: My name is Jack Huybers. I’m a very positive, humble person and am always focusing on how I can do better with anything. I’m a junior at Hamilton Southeastern High School. Special Olympics is what got me started here to train so I’ve been here for almost a year. I wasn’t really excited to start working out here in the beginning, but I feel like Justin and Tyler adapted the training so I could do it and at the same time they pushed me. This gave me a good opportunity for me to stay physically active.
FB: What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t at school or working out?
JH: I’m interested in technology. I spend a lot of my free time with computers. I’m going to start doing Unified Track at HSE, throwing shotput. It’s going to take some work, but I’m determined. I love movies and TV shows, anything that’s comedic or funny. I’m also into your typical action-based kind of stuff. I’m a big sports fan, mostly a football and basketball guy; pro or college. I watch more college then I do pro.
FB: What’s your favorite exercise here at Force Barbell?
JH: Squats out of the chair because I feel like I’m motivated to touch the top of the pull-up rig in the specific amount of time. It helps me set a goal. Getting to that goal is what I enjoy to do and motivates me to work harder.
FB: What made you get into Special Olympics and specifically the sport of Powerlifting?
JH: Like I said, I wasn’t very excited to do it at first but it gave me an opportunity to compete. I feel with Powerlifting there’s more of an opportunity to make yourself better and stronger. It got me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone because I don’t want to be contempt or satisfied with where I’m at and I want to keep getting better.
FB: What goals do you expect to accomplish at this year’s Special Olympics?
JH: Last time I was there, I got an 85 pound bench press. It would be nice to work up over 100 pounds this year. I would like to eventually do the squat and deadlift because I don’t want to limit myself to just the bench press. This year might not be the year, but that’s my goal for the years to come.
FB: What advice do you have for somebody looking to start training?
JH: It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re at. When I first started training here, I had that moment where I thought this wasn’t right for me, but I did it anyway. I’m glad that I did now. Don’t be too skeptical about starting a training program. At first I thought people who worked out were very egotistical and I’m not that kind of person. But then I realized that’s not the case. What really matters is that you decided to start training. I became aware to the fact that all the goals that the coaches set in your program are realistic. Even though it seems like they set the bar too high, seeing yourself accomplish those goals gives me more motivation to keep training.
We look forward to seeing what Jack has in store for him in the future.
Keep up the great work, Jack!