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Matt Barr, 32,

The University of Manitoba's new strength and conditioning coach

Achievements:

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."

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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

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