I started training with Hygieia with the intention of getting big and strong. Back then, I had minimal experience with the barbell. Not only was I weak on squats, deadlifts, and presses, I had no idea how to perform the movements efficiently and safely. Fast forward to now, I have added 40kg to my max(1RM) squat, 30kg to my 1RM benchpress, and 50kg to my 1RM deadlift. I also put on a significant amount of muscle mass while staying injury-free and relatively lean. I attribute the results to Shaun’s well-rounded and thoughtful programming. I also unlocked a new milestone at my last strengthlifting meet, overhead-pressing 92kg (202 lbs), and again I credit this to my coach!
I highly recommend this gym to all aspiring lifters who desire the most straightforward, efficient and safe path to getting strong under the barbell. In particular, I strongly encourage middle-aged and elderly people to join, seeing as how Hygieia has helped my older lifting mates get strong (much stronger than most younger folks!) and vastly improve their overall quality of life. Starting Strength Coaches Shaun and Marvin are incredibly knowledgeable, meticulous, and encouraging. Although training can get challenging at times, especially when compounded by the inevitable stressors of everyday life, the coaches are always supportive and will have a constant hand in regulating the training intensity and volume to ensure the optimal dose of training stress for each lifter. Moreover, the sense of community within the gym is unparalleled. I’ve built friendships with the coaches and fellow lifters which I deeply treasure. Thank you Hygieia!