Jeremy got into powerlifting in 2014 when a friend of his invited him to do a competition that he was doing. He grew a love for the sport alongside a growing community, and between 2014-2019 he has competed in thirteen competitions in New Zealand and Australia, most notably in 2016 the Asia/Oceania Championships where he was 2nd in the 66kg Junior Class. He has been a national record holder in the squat (172.5kg), deadlift (215kg), and total (495kg) in the 66kg Junior class between 2016-2018 in the NZPF.
Jeremy’s passion for nutrition and exercise science led him to study at Massey University, New Zealand, where between 2011-2015 he completed a Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition and Exercise and Sports Science), A BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sports Science, and a MSc in Exercise and Sports Science, with his thesis topic being “A comparison between a traditionally periodised programme and a load-autoregulated programme on maximal strength gain in the squat, bench press, and deadlift, in weight trained males” – So essentially a powerlifting study!
Jeremy is also a certified Powerlifting Australia Coach Level 1 (2019).
In 2014 Jeremy started to coach his friends in powerlifting and bodybuilding, on a “casual” basis until 2015 where he branded his business, Catalyst Strength and Physique Coaching. This was run solely online until 2016 when he moved to Hobart, Tasmania and started working his business out of a gym (Stomp Fitness until late 2017, and now GTT Performance Centre) as well as online, and he has worked with 100s of clients with varying goals, mostly bodybuilding or powerlifting related.
Jeremy now primarily focuses on coaching powerlifters, and has worked with over 38 competitive powerlifters alone. Most of these he guided through their first competition. Growing the lifting community and amount of people competing in powerlifting is one of Jeremy’s biggest passions.
High level client achievements:
– Jasmine Knowles in 2014 in NZPF – national squat record in the 57kg Junior Class and 2nd at nationals in her 1st year of competing. Jasmine more recently came 3rd in the 58kg Open Class at Powerlifting Australia Championships 2019.
– Robyn Hall, 2017 Oceania champion in the 63kg Junior Class and 3rd place in the 63kg Junior Class at NZPF Nationals 2017.
– Rachel Sinclair, 2015 NZPF champion in the 57kg Open Class.
– Damien Singer, 3rd place in the 74kg Open Class at NZPF Nationals 2018 and 2019.
– Deb Proud, 2nd place in the 72kg M1 Class at PA Nationals 2018.
– Daniel Reardon, 3nd place in the 120kg+ Open Class at PA Nationals 2019.
– Esther Cawthorn, 2nd place in the 100kg+ M45-49 Class at PA Nationals 2019.
Jeremy’s favourite lift is the deadlift.