"Baker's Performance System is truly something special. It's a cliche to say such a thing, but he goes way beyond the call of duty for what one might look for in a strength and conditioning coach or personal trainer. His methods will produce results that will make you a better, more capable athlete.
My first run in with Baker came about one year ago. Some of my teammates on the Colorado School of Mines Wrestling team had been going to him, and I was very impressed with the progress and gains that they were seeing. The three athletes in question, Robert Gambrel, Keenan Willits, and Jacob Feldman, all had stellar seasons displaying immense gas tanks, but, more noticeably to me, they were getting stronger.
At the time of my noticing my teammates' success, I was not doing particularly well. I had recently come off a torn pec tear that I had to get surgically repaired that I was still rehabbing. And the year before that I had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis that caused the end to my wrestling career. Before I injured my pec, I had been doing CrossFit and some strength training on my own.
I thought I knew what I was doing, but I was wrong.
It was at this time that I started to notice the aforementioned progress my friends had made. It was then that I felt I needed to go see Baker. I needed to know why they, who were not dedicated to pure strength training as I was, were seeing progress at a vastly accelerated rate. So I went.
At the time of my first session, I thought I was strong. Although my bench was putrid as a result of the injury, my best squat had been 405 for a double, and my best deadlift was 485 for a single. Again, I thought was strong, but as I would soon come to realize, this wasn't the case at all.
Baker immediately noticed where I was weak. We were doing box squats and deadlifts in the workout for my first session. He noticed the flaws and prescribed movements to fix them. Within 2 months of going, I had hit a 505-pound deadlift, and my squat had climbed up to 435. I was hooked.
Just as I had seen with my friends, my strength began to explode. My body composition improved, and my numbers started to climb higher. After three months of Baker's system, I had hit a 525-pound deadlift, and a month later, I hit 440 on the squat for a triple. A month after that, I hit a 550 deadlift, and then one more month saw a squat of 465. Baker recognized my goal was to get stronger and he delivered in spades. He took care to ease me back into benching as well allowing me to literally add 100 pounds to it in a few short months with no tightness or pain.
Baker is a master at spotting one's weaknesses and training them to maximize their ability. I have seen it over and over. No one should train anything but optimally, and Baker has the best system out there. My goal was to get strong, and I got strong. My friends' goals were to become better wrestler's, and they became better wrestlers. I wish I had known Baker during my wrestling career because only now do I see the advantages that I had left on the table.
My only advice to anyone thinking about going to Baker is to get there as soon as you can. What you are doing now is not good enough. He will make you better at your sport. Take it from me. I was there. I put my pride and ego on the shelf, and I went looking to learn. It has proven to be one of the better choices I've made in the past couple of years. You will be pleased with the results; Baker's System is the best." - Karl Breidenbach