PLEASE NOTE: We are undergoing a name change. Unleashed Training is now Sprint Ninja. We still offer high quality strength and conditioning along with personal training, with our specialty being sprint training.
Name: Chris Lyons
Coaching Specialty: Sprint training (for team sports and track & field)
Other Expertise: Strength & conditioning, strongman training, powerlifting and general personal training.
Coaching Since: 2002
Range of Clients Trained: Athletes from junior to elite, kids, weight loss (including morbidly obese clients referred from a doctor), general fat loss, general health & fitness, muscle gain and elderly clients (oldest client was 91).
Location: Sydney, NSW Australia.
Personal Athletic Background: Track sprinting – 100m, state level, personal best 10.72; rugby – breakaway position; competitive full contact karate amateur level; traditional martial arts – hapkido; and mixed martial arts as an amateur fighter. Now age 32, the goal is to continue to compete in track events and make a debut into strongman competitions in the under 90kg weight class.
Chris Lyons is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, having trained athletes of all ages and levels since 2002. Chris specialises in coaching athletes for speed and power specific to fast-moving sports such as rugby league, rugby union, soccer, Aussie rules football etc. Since 2002 Chris has conducted close to 15,000 hours of training and coaching directly with athletes and members of the general population. From this experience comes Unleashed Training, based on tried and tested training methods combined with up to date research. Chris continues to challenge himself not only as a coach, but also as an athlete, competing in sprinting events, strongman and Olympic-style weightlifting.
Why Did I Become a Trainer/Coach?
From a very early age I was fascinated with physical conditioning. I did karate and took a keen interest in a wide range of sports, some as a competitor and some as a spectator. From the age of around 10 I started admiring those that were at the top of their chosen sport. I studied and followed many athletes and I was always trying to figure out what made them so good at what they did. This led to a very early introduction to human anatomy and physiology, as well as researching the best methods to achieve a specific physical goal. At the age of 12 I spent a lot of time studying sprinters and how they trained, along with athletes from other fields, even bodybuilders. I wanted to know what it took to be elite, to break world records. This consumed much of my childhood. I would take endless notes about my own training efforts, emphasise what was working and discard what wasn’t. It was continuous self-experimentation combined with as much research as I could find before the age of the internet. I joined a gym and was mentored for a number of years by Vince, the owner of Come Alive Gym in Batemans Bay, on the south coast of NSW. This was where my love of strength training began.
As I got older I refined my own sporting efforts and narrowed it down to a select few areas of interest. Mainly 100m sprint, lifting weights and rugby. They fit together nicely. I managed to reach a high standing in track as a teen and ran a 100m time of 10.72 in the state all-schools competition at age 16. At this time I was always in the gym, which eventually led to me training my friends and setting them up with strength training programs. This included many members of the rugby team, both junior players and 1st grade.
At age 19 I signed up at the Tafe college to do a certificate 3 in fitness to become a fitness instructor in a gym environment. I completed the certificate 3 and decided to continue my studies with a certificate 4, which allowed me to become a personal trainer. Over the next few years I added to my studies doing other courses and specialising in strength and conditioning, while also working as a self-employed personal trainer. From 2008 onwards I developed a system for developing sprinting speed, both on the sporting field and on the track. From then on it was sprint coaching and strength and conditioning that dominated my personal training and coaching sessions.
Unleashed Training was founded in 2012 as a strength and conditioning company for athletes and members of the general population. Unleashed Training coaches people of all types, from those just looking to lose fat, gain muscle and improve their general health and fitness, to athletes from juniors to elite, including those competing as amateurs on the weekends.
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YOUR COACH – Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, having trained athletes of all ages and levels since 2002. Chris specialises in coaching athletes for speed and power specific to fast-moving sports such as rugby league, rugby union, soccer, Aussie rules football etc. Since 2002 Chris has conducted close to 15,000 hours of training and coaching directly with athletes and members of the general population. From this experience comes Sprint Ninja, based on tried and tested training methods combined with up to date research. Chris continues to challenge himself not only as a coach, but also as an athlete, competing in sprinting events, strongman and Olympic-style weightlifting.