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David Baar

 I've been training with a Jacques for 2 months now and am seriously impressed by the progress I have made. I would describe myself as the typical traditional cyclists, who loves to climb and hence is almost ‘scared’ of lifting weights. However, I do have an open mind and once I was introduced to Jacques Maximum Overload Method I knew that if I wanted to break the stagnation of the last year and get to a new level, I had to try it out. The immediate results were amazing, after 3 weeks I set a new w/kg personal best for a 1-min effort, 5% higher than what I tested just the weekend before Jacques started my training. The next eye-opener was another 3 weeks later, when I lined up for the Taiwan KOM Challenge, which features probably one of the toughest climbs on this planet. Continuously climbing from sea level to 3,275m, the last 10km are the real test of mental and physical fitness. This last stretch of the 85km climb features gradients as high as 27% and averages around 15%. It was brutal and beautiful at the same time. The best part was the confidence I gained after I went over the first steeper part and realized, that after four hours of climbing, the power was still there to push through, even if it was getting steeper and steeper. This was new to me, and I solely attribute that to the maximum overload approach, as that is exactly what we focused on. After this realization I couldn’t wait to get back to Los Angeles and to continue my training with Jacques in preparation of the 2017 season. If the first 6 weeks are an indicator, it should definitely be a real good one. At this point I’m 2 months into my training and the improvements occurred exactly as predicted by Jacques: power is up, body weight remains the same, and climbing never felt as awesome!

 

David Baar
Professional Cyclist