My name is Brad Dayman, I have an unmatched passion for training athletes. I’m a Westside Barbell special strengths certified coach and the owner of Elite Athlete Training Systems (E.A.T.S.). I’ve been working with athletes for 7 years now and in that time I’ve worked with all different ages and skill levels from Jr. high to professional athletes. I’ve trained football, basketball, hockey and baseball players; as well as BMX racers, bull riders, and strength athletes. I specialise in athlete development, which means I don’t train athletes for a specific sport but rather I make them a better all-around athlete; I think of athlete development as building a pyramid, a pyramid's height is directly proportional to the size of its base; my job as a strength coach is to build that base as big as possible so your sport coach can build that pyramid as tall as possible.
I played football in Spruce Grove/Parkland for 10 years, after my playing career ended I spent 8 years as the strength and conditioning coach for the Parkland Panthers high school team. In 2010 I began competing in powerlifting, in 2014 I won best overall lifter at provincials and at my last meet in 2017 I was able to squat 904lbs and bench 633lbs. I believe years of powerlifting have given me an interesting perspective on athlete development. Despite the fact that you’ll never make a penny powerlifting I treated it as if it was my profession, for 7 years everything I did was to be the best powerlifter I could be; this has given me interesting insight into the world of being a professional athlete. I think that experience helps me connect with my athletes on a deeper level, I have an understanding of the lifestyle of a professional athlete that most coaches probably don’t.
I’m blessed to be making a living doing what I love every day and I’m honored that my athletes are willing to put their trust in me. I understand the importance of the work done in the gym and the role it plays in reaching their goals. I always tell my athletes they’ll get my best effort every day, and if I can get the same from them in return nothing can stop us!
After 2 years of being contracted at a local leisure center gym I finally made the move to open my own facility. In February of 2016 Elite Athlete Training Systems opened The Gorilla Compound; a private elite athlete training facility in Spruce Grove, AB (15 minutes west of Edmonton) dedicated to providing optimal training for all of our athletes to help them reach their goals. It’s a small, hard core gym with an extremely competitive atmosphere and a “work day” mentality. We consider all of our athletes to be family, regardless of what sport or team someone plays for, we are all here to get better and we push each other to do just that. Nothing cute or fancy, just science based, results driven training. We have TONS of specialty equipment that enables us to develop elite athletes such as: