Testimonials

"Without Paul and the Athlete Factory there is almost definitely no Olympic medal."

Jan Hudec
Canada Alpine Ski
Olympic and World Cup Medalist

“When everyone around you is bringing their A-game, you are motivated to bring yours. At the Athlete Factory, excellence is
fueled by passion and it’s contagious. There is no doubt, the Athlete Factory program is my choice. Without Paul and the
Athlete Factory there is almost definitely no Olympic medal.”

"The Athlete Factory helped me rehab when I did not think it was possible."

Ken Kotyk
Canada Bobsleigh
Olympian, World Champion & World Cup Medalist

“Throughout my bobsleigh career I have had countless coaches look at me in the weight room and look at what I could lift and
say to me “you should be faster”. I would think, great tell my how? Cause I never shied away from work. But no one could give
me a good answer until I met Paul Balsom at the Athlete Factory. I once got asked to rank the track/sprint coaching I have
received over the years and without a doubt I rank Paul number one. At the end of my career I suffered from Central Nervous
System breakdown and adrenal failure issues because of taking it to the max every single week with my sprinting, lifting,
jumping. This is a major problem in sport. It took me a long time to recover from this, years, and yes Paul Balsom and the
Athlete Factory helped me rehab when I did not think it was possible”.

“Athlete Factory Performance Director Paul Balsom’s work and research will revolutionize football in North America.”

Jim Barker
CFL Coach & Manager

“Athlete Factory Performance Director Paul Balsom’s work and research will revolutionize football in North America.”

“Their knowledge and concepts of speed and power and effective coordination development with a foundation of injury prevention and all round athletic programing, can move elite athletes to new levels of performance."

Mark Sharp
Panorama Ski Club
Former Head Coach Canadian National Ski Team

“Over my years as head coach I have worked closely with many athletic trainers and sports science experts. Many come from similar backgrounds in sport science education and many of the practices and training methods show to be very much along the same lines. Although the concepts and work that was done was decent work, I always found the athletes to lack certain qualities in the area of fast functional directional force application. The work and discussions I have experienced with Paul has proven to me that he has come at this area of physical development from a different direction to most and seeing the results of his work has confirmed his understanding of power and speed and how to develop it with a strong foundation of injury prevention.

 

Paul’s ability to rehabilitate elite athletes quickly and effectively is one of his strengths. We have had elite skiers spending years of severe injury rehabilitation following traditional methods only to find that they can never get back to a training level that isn’t compromised in some form. One world class case example I have seen directly is the rehabilitation of Jan Hudec, Olympic Downhill racer.  Jan has had 5 knee surgeries and severe lower back issues. Before the 2014 Sochi Olympics Jan was seriously limited in his training. Jan followed traditional methods with the National trainers for years but could never get his level of fitness or strength back to the level it needed to be.

 

Jan discovered Paul Balsom. Paul was able to totally re train Jan in ways that he hadn’t trained in years and psychologically hadn’t felt confidence in performing certain moves for a very long time. After several months the evidence was clear that Jan again had a chance. Later that year Jan was on the Super G Olympic podium. We are lucky here in Western Canada to have a person with the skills and knowledge that Paul has developed in the critical areas of elite athletic performance and injury prevention training.

 

Paul would be a huge asset to any sporting organization. His knowledge and concepts of speed and power and effective coordination development with a foundation of injury prevention and all round athletic programing, can only move elite athletes to new levels of performance.”

"Instrumental in the jump from Junior, to NCAA, and now to professional hockey."

Sheldon Rempal
Hockey NHL – LA Kings

“I have seen large results and the work I’ve put in during the off-season, including the one on one attention and focus, was instrumental in the jump from Junior, to NCAA, and now to professional. I would like to give a great deal of thanks to the Athlete Factory as I wouldn’t be in the situation I am now without everyone who was involved in my development”.

"Ten Years of chronic morning backache disappeared after 1 session at the Athlete Factory."

Mark Hudon
Personal Training Client

Ten years of chronic morning backache disappeared after 1 session at the Athlete Factory.

 

A back strain at age 18 became a condition with occasional but severe flare-ups by age 30. By age 50, these flare-ups would happen 2-3 times a year and would be incapacitating. Morning backache was a constant companion. This was now getting in the way of most of my favourite pastimes: skiing, golf, running would all aggravate my back. My homegrown exercise regimen of back exercises and stretches didn’t give the sustained relief I hoped for. Exercise levels dropped off and I became less fit. As a result, I became even more prone to re-injuring my back.

 

Eventually, I found my way to the Athlete Factory. I was hesitant at first thinking that any kind of resolution of my back problems would mean countless hours in the gym before I would see any benefit. My first session consisted of a few straightforward exercises meant to strengthen my back muscles, with the proper technique and posture. I didn’t break a sweat and figured it would take many more sessions before any improvement would be noticed. However, the next morning I got out of bed and something was missing – no backache! I’m sold. After 2 months my posture and movement patterns changed for the better. Now I continue to train regularly and I’m back at my favourite activities without paying the price the next day.

 

My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner – I could have saved myself a lot of discomfort.

"The biggest difference I've noticed is my first three steps are way faster and my core stability is way better."

Peyton Krebs
WHL, Canada U18 Captain, Projected Top 5 – 2019 NHL Draft

“My speed and power have increase significantly. The biggest difference I’ve noticed is my first three steps are way faster and my core stability is way better to allow me to win more battles and knock guys over. The Athlete Factory conditioning is a lot more transferable to hockey, they have me conditioned to go as hard as I can, I’m not just pacing myself.”

"I’m stronger and in better shape than I have ever been."

Linden Gaydosh
Football CFL / NFL

“I feel like I’m 280 pounds but I’m 310.  My legs are bigger, my stomach is smaller. Overall, I’m stronger and in better shape than I have ever been. My previous injuries don’t bother me at all when I’m training. I feel really good”.

"Three years of struggling to manage a chronic back injury and numerous failed rehab attempts had left me unsure about my future… Since working with at the Athlete Factory, I have significantly reduced my pain level and… increased my overall strength."

Joel Greenshields
University of Arizona
Canada Swim Team
Olympic Finalist, National and World record holder

“Three years of struggling to manage a chronic back injury and numerous failed rehab attempts had left me unsure about my future in swimming. Since working with at the Athlete Factory, I have significantly reduced my pain level and have begun to build my training in the pool for the first time in three years. I have significantly increased my overall strength translating into training improvements in my kick, explosion, power and overall ability to hold technique”.

"I was pushing skeleton start times in the top 7 in the World Cup tour and personal bests in almost every race."

Deanna Panting
Canada Skeleton Team, World Cup Medalist

“Being an older athlete, I had unique training and recovery issues, as well as, the rehabilitation of major injuries during this time. To actually be able to work with and adjust training to allow a 37-year-old body to be it’s fastest ever is quite an accomplishment. This came after recovery from a near career ending calf tear. I was pushing Skeleton start times in the top 7 in the World Cup tour and personal bests in almost every race!”

"The Athlete Factory got me back when nobody else could."

Cole Davis
Canada Rugby

“One of the best rugby academies in the world released me because they couldn’t solve my injury problems. The Athlete Factory got me back when nobody else could. Through my training with the Athlete Factory I have seen a significant decrease in preventable injuries as well as steady improvements in my size, strength and explosiveness, all of which have significantly helped my performances on the rugby pitch. I owe a lot of my success to them”.

"Power and explosive speed have improved, without putting on any extra bodyweight."

Hakeem Dawodu
UFC Fighter, MMA

“Over the last three years training at the Athlete Factory, my strength, power and explosive speed have improved, without putting on any extra bodyweight.”

"I’ve noticed an improvement in my endurance, quickness, and power."

Tyler Fidler
Pro Basketball (Europe)

Since I started training at the Athlete Factory, I’ve noticed an improvement in my endurance, quickness, and power. The increased power has helped my ability to finish at the rim with contact; it has also helped my first step and ability to get by defenders.

"20% improvement in bone density. Overall, at 50 I am healthier and stronger than I was at 30, not to mention feeling younger."

Pat Baker
Personal Training Client

After being diagnosed with having very low bone density for my age, my doctor recommended a program of weight training to help avoid the onset of osteoporosis. I wanted to ensure that I was embarking on the right program for my problem as my workout routine up to that point had obviously not been very effective. Trying to increase bone density, as I found out, is a very long slow process and even minimal increases are seen as positive.

 

I asked Paul Balsom to work with me so that I could regain some of the lost bone density. As a result of the program that Paul has designed for me, each bone density test result has shown positive improvements. Not only have I seen improvements in the results, but they have far exceeded the minimal increases that are typical in others. The doctors told me a 2% improvement in bone density after a year would be significant, after training with Paul for six months I had a 20% improvement. The latest tests show me to have normal bone density in my hips and the levels in my spine are still improving.

Although my focus has been on the issues around my bone density, my overall fitness levels have increased significantly. Through Paul’s direction, I eat healthier and maintain a regular program, and a recent cholesterol test shows me significantly below normal. Overall, at 50 I am healthier and stronger than I was at 30, not to mention feeling younger – which is always a good thing!

"I have not met a better conditioning coach than Paul Balsom."

Phil Vickery
England Rugby Captain, World Cup Winner

“It should not be taken lightly, considering my experience working with many, very good conditioning coaches, when I say I have not met a better conditioning coach than Paul Balsom”.

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"Was able to qualify some new tricks this summer. Thanks you to The Athlete Factory for helping me become stronger for this season! Can’t wait to get back on the slopes with my amazing ski team, Southern Alberta Freestyle Ski Club.
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"The Athlete Factory completely blows these previous programs away. The level of experience and knowledge, paired with their constant supervision and support helped me reach a level in strength training I would not have thought possible."

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