Testimonials from Fitness Professionals
Pain-Free and Inspired!
First off I am a certified Personal Trainer and I highly recommend Brian Copeland as a Personal Trainer. He has so much knowledge of effective training that only comes from years of experience and hard work. When I need help training my clients I go to Brian for his knowledge.
Years ago I was involved in two back-to-back car accidents that caused me severe injuries in my neck and lower back. My pain was so bad that I could not even ride in a car as the bumps caused so much pain. I went to some physical therapists but never saw any real results. I thought I was doomed to spend an eternity in pain and immobility. Luckily I knew Brian. Brian showed me some simple daily exercises that allowed me to gradually progress in my recovery. At first I didn’t believe these simple exercises would work, I wasn’t working very hard at all. But within what seemed like a short amount of time I noticed the following results; I could do a full squat all the way to the floor, my ankles, which had been very weak, were now strong and flexible and were no longer crooked from the car accident. I could pick things up, ride in a car and best of all I didn’t have the pain anymore.
Then I was hooked, not wanting to stop there I had Brian show me more. Now I can do 8 ‘guy-pushups’ on my toes! I was so inspired by the ability to help people I decided to go to school to become a personal trainer.
Tore a Full Deck of Cards Duct Taped!
I have purchased your ebook about a month ago. Your book very much summarizing all aspects of strength training for bending/tearing. You also give great plan for improving the strength, following this plan leads to success for sure. I just tore a full deck of cards into half, so I know what I am talking about… 🙂
Also, I just did a vertical tear and I also wrapped duct tape around a deck and tore it!
Able to See Immediate Results
Brian Copeland changed my entire prespective on training and nutrition after just one session. Not only was I able to see immediate results but the knowledge, sincerity, and eagerness to help me succeed were uncanny. I highly recommend anyone who is lookng for a change from trainiers who just count reps work with Brian.
About 2 months before I was headed off to my RKC training, I wanted to get some extra help and feedback from another RKC instructor. I was suffering from some external impingement in my shoulder – not good if you are going to a 3 day RKC training.
When I visited and had my session with Brian he had typed up a page of information to help me get ready for RKC and protect/strengthen my shoulder. He took time to check each one of my exercises and give solid feedback on each one.
His tips really paid off. I am 2 days away from going to MINN. and I am all in 1 piece!
Brian is very clear with his teaching cues and offers very helpful feedback. He is patient and takes his instruction very seriously.
I am very happy that I spent that time with Brian.
I can’t actually recommend Brian ENOUGH!!
I have known Brian T. Copeland for many years and in several environments. First as his immediate supervisor, then as a peer and finally as a business partner. I can’t actually recommend Brian ENOUGH!!
He is a dedicated passionate person who knows more about fitness than anyone human should! His enthusiasm is contagious and his awareness is superlative. He will help you reach levels you didn’t even know you could aspire too. Whether weight loss or bolt bending, Brian will guide you to heal and surpass your strength and fitness goals. All the while you will laugh and love life!
I continue to be amazed how I’m feeling
Brian Copeland and the Z-Health System have been enormously valuable in helping me overcome chronic pain. For years I’ve dealt with pain: back pain, shoulder pain, and most recently Achilles pain and plantar fasciitis. I’ve explored physical therapy, chiropractic, accupuncture, various massage methods and just about everything else that should’ve helped me eliminate my pain. The Z-Health System has taken me forward with great leaps. And now that I’ve worked with Brian, I’ve moved far further forward than I could have on my own. Schedule a session with him right now if you want to feel and perform better.
110 Snatches in 5 minutes with a 53 lb kettlebell!
I began working with Brian about a year ago after reading his posts on the Dragondoor forum. I don’t live anywhere near him, but I chose him because I could tell he knew what he was talking about, his advice is level-headed, and he was always respectful on the forum. At first I paid to have him set up a training regimen for me that I was using for much of the last year.
I finally flew out to see him and received excellent 1-on-1 instruction on technique.
When I signed up for the RKC cert in Philly, I called Brian right away. I had 9 weeks to prepare. Brian set me up with a strict diet of the 6 moves they teach and I was off to “practice” my strength. He followed the Light-Med-Heavy pattern we know from Pavel’s work, but he streamlined it to passing the RKC. By the time came for the RKC, I had passed the snatch test 5 times on my own, with my best being 110 reps in 5 mins. I showed up at the event with the knowledge that I would own 100, and I did.
For anyone that has been through an RKC knows, the snatch test is the first 5 minutes of 3 days of hell. Beyond the fact that my hands and forearms hurt too bad to close after the first day and about 3,000 swings, I really did feel prepared. Brian, with his background in Z-Health and KB’s, made sure my training was precise, but also made sure that I showed up fresh and able to nail the 6 moves with a calm body. He made me train fresh and rock the Z-Health. I would say that I felt as physically prepared as one can feel for such a challenging 3 days. I would recommend Brian to anyone who wants a to nail down their strength and fitness goals.
A Gifted Instructor
Brian is a gifted instructor with a keen eye for form and for what can work for each individual. Not only does he bring enthusiasm and a sense of humor to his training, but a wide understanding of joint, muscle anatomy and function which is so important for injury prevention and rehab.
If Brian’s martial arts and sports background, combined with his first hand experience with severe back injury and his own incredible recovery into a pain free ‘strong man’ isn’t enough, his ever increasing physical knowledge base – which now includes material written on grip training – makes him the right man to work with. I recommend his training and coaching style highly for anyone who is interested in pursuing kettlebells, strength and fitness!
Technique Comes First
I have a B.S. in Exercise Science and am studying to become a CHEK practitioner. I purchased some kettlebells for some variety in training for my clients and myself. I purchased some private sessions with Brian after a referral from a friend. I thought Brian could show me a couple pointers as how to properly train with kettlebells.
By the fist lesson I learned that I had greatly underestimated the intricacies of true kettlebell training. I was so impressed with Brain and the RKC system of training that I am going to get certified this summer. To help me prepare Brian developed a home program that I have no doubt will get me where I need to be in time for the certification.
As a fitness professional I would highly recommend Brian not only for his kettlebell knowledge, but also his knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and his easy to follow teaching style.