May 23, 2015

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Matt Barr, 32,

The University of Manitoba's new strength and conditioning coach

Matt Barr, University of Manitoba's new strength and conditioning coach.


Matt Barr, University of Manitoba's new strength and conditioning coach. Photo Store


Rugby Canada's strength and conditioning coach, 2009-13. Has a bachelor of exercise and sport science from the U of M and a master's of science degree in biomechanics and coaching from the University of Western Ontario. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an NCCP Level II Olympic weightlifting coach.

Favourite workout:

"10 sets of clean and jerk."

(Clean and jerk is a two-stage type of lift in weightlifting during which the barbell is first lifted from the floor to the shoulders and next lifted over the head)

Favourite workout song:

"I don't listen to music when I train."

Fitness tip:

"If you want to look like an athlete, train like one."

What's in your fridge?

"Spinach leaves, things like different types of nuts like almonds, some dried cranberries. I cook up some chicken breasts once a week and cut it up. Grab all those things and throw it into a container to make a salad on the go."

What's your guilty pleasure?

"I try not to treat eating like a religion and try not to treat foods like sin. If you train hard enough and frequently enough, any food in moderation is OK. I try to set my diet to support my training goals and follow it for at least 90 per cent of my meals. I don't really have a 'guilty pleasure' food because I approach eating in this way."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2013 0

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