Spotlight Athlete of the Week: Meet Jason Chimera

June 26th, 2015

This weeks spotlight athlete is Washington Capital Jason Chimera, the longest training athlete at Premier Strength. Having trained with Barry for the better part of 15 years, Jason epitomizes what it means to be a Premier Strength athlete. Viciously dedicated, Jason has rarely missed a workout in the past 15 years. His competitiveness and energy continues to fuel the morning workouts as players younger than him try to match his monstrous strength and wicked speed. Chimera holds multiple records at the gym including a 325 bench press and a seemingly untouchable 2.65 20m sprint.

Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1997 NHL entry draft, Chimera has carved out a successful NHL career, playing for three NHL teams (Edmonton, Columbus and Washington) and playing in 869 regular season NHL games. Jason still remains one of the league’s fastest skaters despite his solid 6’3 frame. A fierce competitor, Chimera shows no sign of slowing down, as he continues to be a key player for the Washington Capitals, registering 7 points in 14 playoff games this season, including the game winning goal in game 2 against the New York Islanders. Jason has represented Canada three times in International competition, winning the IIHF World Championships in 2007. Chimera is a true pro and a great role model for younger players. His work ethic and competitiveness has made him a NHL stalwart and Premier Strength is proud to have been a part of his career for the last 15 years.



Optimize Your Workouts with Neur-ON!

June 25th, 2015

Neur-ON by Optimum EFX is a balanced neural drive product used to maximize motor unit recruitment and enhance focus under conditions of fatigue. Neur-ON enhances neural drive, increases endurance, heightens focus and concentration all while diminishing the perception of fatigue. The balanced combination of ingredients helps to optimize your power output, and delay nervous system fatigue.

Through training experimentation, supplement creator Ian Danney has documented increases as much as 12% in weight load during training, up to 22cm increases in standing long jump scores and a 20% reduction in rest time that allows for athletes to maintain the same load in training for more sets. A major difference between Neur-ON v1.2 and common pre workout supplements is the lack of caffeine. Caffeine can stimulate the CNS directly, leading to increased neural drive. However, it can affect all athletes differently. Some athletes using caffiene may have the tendency to become scattered and over-stimulated. This is where Neur-ON differs. Using a combination of nutrients and co-factors, Neur-ON is able to maximize motor unit recruitment all without jitters or a caffeine crash. A unique quality of Neur-ON’s formula is the ability to mobilize stored fat as an energy source. For athletes looking for the nervous system edge to sprint faster and maximize explosive force, focus and concentration, talk to Barry about adding Neur-ON into your supplementation program.

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Fit3D Body Scan

June 23rd, 2015

Last week, we were fortunate enough to have Liz Thompson from Fit3D come in to perform follow up body scans on phase 3 athletes and conduct initial assessments on athletes who missed the initial screenings at April fitness testing. We had the chance to sit down with Liz to find out more about the technology and what exactly it measures.

What is it?

The Fit 3D Pro Scanner is a test that lasts less than one minute, and takes body measurements through photo imaging technology. The client stands on a moving platform that rotates 360 degrees while scanning your exact measurements. The end result is a computerized 3D avatar that holds multiple benefits.

What it’s measuring?

Using 500 data points, the Fit 3D Pro Scanner measures and displays the measurements of various points of the body.

Who should do this?

This is a great tool that can be utilized by anyone tracking his or her weight and muscle growth. While there are numerous benefits in tracking weight in the average population, athletes can benefit from tracking changes in their muscle development over a training period.


There are numerous benefits to using the Fit 3D Pro Scanner, starting with preventing variation due to human error in taking measurements with a measuring tape. It is also a simple method that allows a client to compare their exact body avatars from scan to scan. Not only can a client see the numbers of their measurements, but also can visibly see the definition of their own body, and how that definition has changed.

Athletes can maintain strength and conditioning throughout the season. Many hockey players tend to lose the progress they’ve gained as the season starts, but by being aware of their test scores, and knowing what training their body needs to maintain, these players can become stronger athletes by maintaining their strength and conditioning all season long.

What can it tell us?

The Fit 3D Pro Scanner can tell us many things, including a postural analysis, training and conditioning growth, and bilateral imbalance which can be used in injury prevention by addressing imbalances in the body.

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The Creatine Advantage

June 23rd, 2015

Creatine is synthesized in the body and utilized by muscle for short bursts of high intensity exercise. The muscle generates energy through a number of chemical reactions with ATP, the major energy source for all bodily functions. The body can only store enough creatine for about 4-5 seconds of work, that is why creatine supplementation is suggested, with the goal of increasing muscle phosphocreatine, making more ATP available to fuel the working muscles in short burst, high intensity exercise. This allows the athlete to perform more repeated high intensity bouts before becoming fatigued. For hockey players, creatine supplementation can help with being more explosive on short shifts and being able to recover quicker between each shift. Creatine supplementation can increase free muscle creatine which helps to replenish the ATP that your body uses to perform explosive bursts of high energy exercise.

Research has also found that creatine supplementation has a positive correlation on working memory and intelligence tasks that require fast cognitive processing. Long term creatine use has been found to increase protein synthesis and has shown to increase maximal strength and endurance as much as 15%. Power output in short burst/ interval activities has also shown as much as a 30% increase. For supplementation, we suggest adding 5g of Allmax Creatine into your post workout shake. Are you getting the creatine advantage?

Spotlight Athlete of the Week: Meet Aaron Irving

June 23rd, 2015

This week’s spotlight player is 3rd year Premier Strength athlete Aaron Irving. Aaron combines both speed and strength that makes him a force to be reckoned with both on the ice and in the gym. In 5 weeks of training, he has already shaved 6 hundredths off of his 20m sprint and posted impressive numbers in both his bench and squat maxes. Aaron is dedicated to his training and a very hard worker. He often can be found sneaking in extra sets or heating up his post workout chicken and quinoa meal after training is done.

On the ice, Aaron is a solid two way defensemen who prides himself on his physical play. Aaron was a key part of the Oil Kings successful Ed Chenowyth and Memorial Cup runs in 2013-14 season registering 9 goals and 21 assists in 63 regular season games and dressing for 21 playoff games. Aaron finished the championship season with a +26 and was selected in NHL draft by the Nashville Predators. Aaron’s goal is to play pro next year and with his work ethic Premier Strength is excited to help him work towards his goal.


EPS Strong at Premier Strength

June 23rd, 2015

The death of EPS Constable Daniel Woodall hit the Premier Strength family hard as the Constable was the partner of a Premier Strength athlete’s father. To show our support for both the families affected as well as  all the men and women of the Edmonton Police Service, all Premier Strength athletes wore blue for last Wednesday’s workout. Here is a look of the sea of blue that took over the Shamrock.

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