Each week, we shine the spotlight on one of our online coaching clients. The simple idea of making ourselves stronger through training brings together people of all different backgrounds and for all different purposes. In sharing our clients’ experiences we hope to share part of what makes our online community of lifters unique.

Tyler Austin

There are two very clear loves in Tyler’s life: dogs and lifting! He’s been with BLOC for 2.5 years! He’s also active in the Coaching Academy and plans to become an SSC, to coach full time. He’s coached by Jayson Ball and has a pretty sweet home gym setup. Tyler, Blank Space is an excellent song, do not be ashamed.

What is your occupation?

Currently, it is dog care. But I plan on becoming a SSC this year and coaching full time.

What is something your coach has had to tell you a million and one times?

Do not overshoot the programmed RPE!

What is your favorite lift?


Where do you live?

Milford New Hampshire

Gym cat or dog?


How long have you been training?

Approaching 2-1/2 years. All of that with BLOC!

Why did you start lifting?

To become stronger, healthier, and harder to kill

What do you love about training?

The physical and psychological confidence it gives me. Lifting has made me more socially confident. Getting myself stronger is something only I and I alone can do. No one else can make that happen.

(Very wise words!)

What lifting achievement are you most proud of?

350 Deadlift

Did you ever think at any point in your life that someday you’d be as strong as you are now?


Describe a time after you started training when someone noticed your gains. What was it like?

Family and Friends noticing my gainzZz and saying that I look much bigger and broader. When people notice it feels awesome!

How many shirts and pairs of pants have you torn?


(good gracious!)

What or who gets you to train when your motivation is really low?

Videos of Kirk Karwowski and other old school powerlifters can be quite motivating. Also, the fact that I don’t want to disappoint my coach is also a huge motivator.

What are some of your go-to lifting songs?

TNT by ACDC (My go to deadlift PR song)

Thunderstruck by ACDC

Back In The Game by Airbourne

Snap Yo Fingers by Lil Jon

I Have Faith by Nathan Fair

X Gon Give It To Ya by DMX

What is the most embarrassing song you like?

Blank Space by Taylor Swift

What’s one of your personal lifting superstitions?

When putting on wrist wraps, I have to put them on backwards. (Left hand wrist wrap on right hand and vise-versa)

What are some of your lifting-related goals for this year?  

I would like to hit a 405 Deadlift, 160 Press, and 225 Bench Press

Do you plan on competing in a meet this year? If so, what are your goals?

No, but I do plan on competing in the USSF in the future.

What have you learned about yourself from barbell training?

That I am capable of more than I think I am.

Who is someone you’d love to try barbell training and why?

My parents because I would like them to go into their latter years stronger, healthier, and staying as independent for as long as possible.

Do you have a role model? Who is it and why?

I can’t say that I have one individual that is my role model, but I highly look up to those of the likes of Michael Monsoor and Michael Murphy. Their selfless sacrifice for their brothers is something to be revered. That level of friendship and loyalty is unmatched.

Dead or alive, who would you love to lift with?

Bill Starr or Tommy Suggs. Although I would probably spend more time picking their brains than I would lifting.

If BLOC made a yearbook, which do you think you’d most likely win?

Well, being 5’2 I would probably be the shortest BLOC client. At least the shortest male.

Do you love to eat?

I like to eat, but eating because I “have to” or eating till I’m full is not something I particularly enjoy.

How much do you love to eat?


What’s your favorite meal? Please use as much detail as possible.

That’s a tough one. A nice pan seared steak comes to mind.

What was your favorite childhood TV show?

Mail Call with R. Lee Ermey

What are a couple of your favorite books?

Some of my favorite non-training related books are:

Among Heroes by Brandon Webb

Unintended Consequences by John Ross

12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Free To Choose by Milton Friedman

Which one?

Star Trek


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