Testimonials

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Picking a coach is a very important choice if you plan on getting serious with Powerlifting. I knew I had to pick a coach I would put all of my trust into and feel comfortable with. After working with Arian, I knew I couldn’t have made a better choice. He is attentive, responsive, and flexible to all of my needs as an athlete. Before working with Arian, I felt like many of my numbers were at a standstill. We worked together to understand my weaknesses and what worked best for me personally in order to achieve my goals. I am constantly seeing progress and feeling stronger with each passing training session and meet. Whenever I feel like I’ve hit any sort of bump, I can always rely on Arian to give me instant advice on how to move forward. I can’t see myself working with or trusting any other coach as much as I trust Arian. 

-Shannon Chipman

I decided to work with Arian after I qualified for Raw National's 2017. I knew I wasn't going to compete that year, but I promised myself I would in 2018. I wanted to take my training to the next level and hiring a coach was the next step. I wanted a knowledgeable coach who had the potential to make me one of the best. Arian had quite the squad of top female competitors, and I didn't think that was just a coincidence. After speaking with him I decided he was a good fit for me and what I needed from a coach. Arian is probably the busiest human I know, but he never makes me feel like he is too busy to be my coach. Two meets and a year and change later, we have added 32.5kg to my total. I am very happy with the progress I've made and truly believe I would not have been able to do it without Arian. National's was an extremely hectic environment, but Arian somehow kept me relaxed and focused. His handling skills are impeccable and a big contributor to how well my first National's meet went. I am excited to continue growing as an athlete with Arian and look forward to many more PRs together. 

-Lauren Rounds

Even though the 2018 IPF Classic World Championships didn't go exactly as I had wanted or expected it to my training leading up to that meet was spectacular. Arian provided me with 2 free 8 weeks cycles in preparation for the meet, and though it was difficult at times, I saw good gains in strength that resulted in personal records and a tie at the end of the first 8 weeks. I had never done a DUP training cycle(s) before, but I had been interested in that training style since Raw Nationals last year and Arian did a fantastic job at explaining the main principles to me. I am so thankful for Arian and his guidance that helped me prepare for my first Raw World Championships. I'm excited to continue using what I learned from Arian to progress further in the sport and execute better the next time I'm on the platform.

-Sam Kroll

 

Arian Khamesi is not your run of the mill powerlifting coach. Rather, I believe his coaching abilities to be much stronger. He stays true to scientific, evidence-based principles of strength training, and has always accounted for my individual differences and abilities. His incredible attention to detail, tenacity to technique, and heartfelt care for his clients, even from thousands of miles away, truly shows in his interactions with me. I believe Arian goes above and beyond the average expectations one would typically have for a remote coach. I am so thankful that Arian Khamesi has come across my life and brought out my, what I believe to be, true potential, as a lifter. He has never failed to answer any of my countless questions. The decisions and suggestions that he gives me never fail to both impress me and bring light to the truth of the subject matter. If you’ve ever noticed him on a livestream, I believe that you can view his passion for his athletes’ best performance in just his gaze. The passion that I have seen in his eyes is unlike that which I have seen among most powerlifting coaches. I am honored to call Arian Khamesi my powerlifting coach, friend, and most importantly: my supporter. 

-Parsa Najmaie

 

I've been working with Arian for over two years now and I'm not going anywhere!

Three things about Arian stand out to me:
1. Flexibility: Arian's lifting programming is tailored towards my schedule (including vacations), my gym's limitations/available equipment, and my dynamic personal fitness goals.
2. Nutritional sanity: Arian's nutritional advice allows room for me to eat foods I love while still making weight for competitions. I've been surprised at the amount I could eat while still cutting down at a good pace!
3. Communication: Arian can be easily reached and responds in a very timely manner for all things: programming tweaks, fitness questions, diet tips, and emotional support. 

These traits ensure excellent work-life-training balance, and makes for a sustainable programming and dieting regimen. It is no wonder he's won Coach of the Year :) 

-Elaine Wang

 

I started powerlifting 3 1/2 years ago: state championships, titles, records, Elite standing- however I was still a novice in SO many ways and training under the model of "no pain, no gain" moving from program to program for each competition. It got the best of me (over training, multiple injuries, compromised recovery) and while I was still competing regularly, I lost my drive and love of the sport. A conversation with a fellow lifter and client of Arian's led me to one of the best decisions I've made in my lifting career! From initial contact, his professionalism and extensive knowledge was unmistakable. I felt absolutely confident in entrusting his expertise into my training. His insight, excercise selection and programming has been absolutely fantastic- I'm back to being excited to train, progressing my lifts, enthusiastic about new movements- and with the benefit of Arian's tremendous experience and direction, I look forward to future successes on the platform! 

-Lauren Roseman

 

When it comes to looking for a coach, you want someone who is accessible, provides feedback and analysis of your lifts, and treats you no different than they would their world-level elite athlete, or beginner lifter. Arian checks off these requirements and more! I’ve been with Arian for almost 2 years now and through setbacks and surgery, he has provided adjustments to weekly (and even daily) workouts, is available for instant feedback and updates, and takes his job (and your prep) seriously. If you want a real coach that won’t send you cookie cutter programs, or is only available during certain hours on certain days, give Arian a try. He is fully committed to your long term growth as a lifter.

-Rob Sikes

 

Arian was my coach at the 2015 IPF Classic Raw Powerlifting World Championships in Salo, Finland. I had never worked with Arian Prior to then. When I arrived I was handled right from the beginning by Arian. He told me where to sit, when to warm up, where to warm up, he loaded the plates and told me how many reps to do. He reminded me to eat when I needed to and to stay hydrated. He timed my warm ups perfectly so that right after my last warm up I was on the platform lifting within ten minutes. He paid strict attention to the effort I was putting into my warm up lifts so he could accurately call my attempts. He kept me focused, he did not joke around, he was not my buddy, he was there to make sure I was successful because success for me meant success for the team and the USA. Arian took away all of the anxiety that goes along with having to make decisions at a big meet. I had to think about nothing but lifting the weight on the bar. Until someone does that for you, you have no idea how beneficial it is and Arian is a real pro in that regard.

Arian called all of my attempts perfectly. I went 9 for 9 and did not have more than 5 more pounds in me on any of the lifts. I left practically nothing on the platform. As a result I brought home two silver medals and Bronze overall as well as 5 American records. He got everything out of me that I had to give on that day. I would highly recommend Arian to any serious lifter that wants to perform well at an important meet. I hope to be able to work with him often in the future. Arian is a true professional and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him.

– Randy Cairns

 

We met Arian in October 2014 at a meet at {Boynton Barbell Center} and I knew immediately that Arian could help both Chelsea and I reach the next level with our training. We were cross fitters and we wanted to make the transition into powerlifting but we were unsure how to go about doing it. Arian took us under his wing and we have been working with him ever since. Before Arian’s coaching we had no idea what we were doing. Our form was atrocious and we were just winging it. Arian changed things slowly and we never felt overwhelmed. Personally, I switched from high bar back squat to low bar, added a slight arch to my bench and went from conventional deadlift to sumo deadlift. He is always available to give constructive criticism and he is always on top of providing a new training block on time. Most recently we competed at the USAPL Summer Showdown in June and having Arian there to handle us was amazing. We didn’t have to stress about anything. He would load our warm-up weights and he had all of our attempts carefully planned out and in an excel spreadsheet. Since being under Arian’s coaching I have put 22 pounds on my back squat, going from 308# to 330.7#, bench press 150#-160# and deadlift 402#-419#. Chelsea has also improved each of her lifts: back squat 235#-286#, bench 150#-165# and deadlift 280#-303#. I would highly recommend Arian to anyone from a novice lifter to and elite lifter. Having confidence in your coach is extremely important and I have 100% confidence in Arian.

-Natalie Terrana

 

I came to Arian for coaching when I decided that I was tired of training solely for aesthetic purposes, and wanted to get stronger and feel like an athlete.  In less than a year, he has brought me so far.  I did not think I would be ready to do my first meet for a long time, but a few weeks ago I competed at Raw Nationals.  He has quite a few very talented lifters that he coaches, and I’m very much a beginner in comparison, but he has always made me feel like I’m just as important as the rest of them. His programming has improved my lifts immensely-my squat and deadlift max were around 160 and 175 when I started, and at my last meet I squatted 205 and deadlifted 231. I have learned so much from working with him in addition to gaining strength, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent coach.

– Elisabeth Mackechnie

 

I can certainly attest for Arian in the fact that he is great at programming; knowledgeable in the sport, and science of exercise. He is punctual with sending me my programs, and  answering questions I have. He is knowledgeable in the mechanics of the lifts, and the effect that they will have.

I have had Arian writing my programming for 9 months now, I started right after a meet in February. I got 1036 total at 83kg before his programming. My last meet was Aug 8th, so 6 months later I got an 1150 total at 181. I am competing again, in 10 days and hope to reach a 1200 total at 83kg. That’s going to be 170ish lbs on my total in under a year, at the same body weight. His programming works, if you put the time and effort in.

The good thing about Arian is he has been coached by many of the greats; and he applies all of their great techniques, and methods to his coaching. He listens to what works, what doesn’t, and alters things that will be best and catered to you. I would, and do recommend Arian as an Online coach, or if you are lucky enough to have him as a personal coach.

– Cody Wilson

 

Firstly and probably most importantly I would 100% recommend Arian as a coach and it is for this reason I have hired him for the next year. His communication is top drawer and his exercise selection is fantastic. He is able to analyse form break down and select appropriate exercises to fix the issues. Also he is able to select good attempts and warm up weights in competition. His coaching helped me to break a British squat record with a 5 kilo PB, and helped me to place 3rd overall in the British championships. I also pulled a 2.5kg PB on deadlift in the British championship. One other things that sets Arian apart is that if for any reason you miss sessions, he is able to adapt and is understanding.

– Jake Leach

 

For the last 4.25 months leading up to this meet, I have been working with my coach Arian Khamesi. And let me tell you- it was the best choice I’ve made that completely changed my way of training. Arian holds such a strong presence in USA Powerlifting as the Raw Sub Junior & Junior Head Coach, and Senior International Coach, among many other roles. He has been able to work with many of the top lifters in the industry and to be learning alongside him has been one heck of an experience with his knowledge on programming, technique analysis, and powerlifting in general. If you’re looking for a dedicated, intelligent coach at very reasonable prices, then I would definitely check him out…

– Bobby Paulshock