"As a top level competitor I always did what I thought has worked well for me in the past. After feeling like I hit a rut of no progress or just not getting the results I wanted, I decided to let Jason run my program going into Raw Unity Meet 7. He did my program for squat and bench. I was very skeptical but decided the only way I can do this is if I put 100 percent into the program and trust him. After 4 weeks on his program he told me I would bench 501 guaranteed and I would have a possible 507-513 in me. He also said I would squat 600 in just knee sleeves at RUM which would actually top my best squat with knee wraps. End result was a 596 squat in just knee sleeves (35lb PR) and a 501 raw bench. Funny thing is I had more in my on both my 3rd attempts. Jason's attempt selection was on point and I hit all time meet PR of 1752@198 and I will continue to use his programming."
-Garrett GUNZ Griffin, (198 lb./220 lb. Weight Class) , ANIMAL & Iron Rebel Sponsored Athlete
"I first met Jason at the Raw Unity 7 meet, where I underperformed on my bench. I was only able to go 1 for 3, hitting 30 pounds under my goal. After the meet, Jason and I discussed a bit about his approach to training the bench press. I was a little hesitant when I found out I’d be benching three times a week, but after looking at Jason’s track record, I decided I had nothing to lose. At the beginning of the training cycle, Jason noticed I was cutting my pauses short and got on my case. At first I let my ego get in the way, but soon realized this was the reason I fell short at Raw Unity. After taking his advice and being more honest with my pauses, I quickly saw positive results. In the 18 weeks of working with Jason, I was able to hit a 49 pound meet PR on my bench, helping me set the all-time drug tested world record in the 181 pound weight class. Not only is Jason’s programming superb, but also he’s willing to be brutally honest, when you’re cutting yourself short. I highly recommend his training for anyone looking to better themselves as a lifter not only in the bench press but in all 3 powerlifting disciplines."
-John Haack, (83 kg. Weight Class)
"Game day (Raw Nationals) was coming up. I was nervous and knew I needed an experienced coach/lifter in my corner. Jason told me about his Meet Day Planning service and I hired him. It was one of the best decisions I made as he made all the right calls for my attempts all the way up into my final deadlift to help me bring home the gold. If you're looking for someone, he's your guy."
-Bill Tenerelli (US National Team 59kg. Weight Class)
"There are some Powerlifting coaches that not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Jason as an outstanding Bench Presser and one of the top ranked full power competitors in the world has shown continued success as both a lifter and Powerlifting coach. Due to the knowledge he had shared with me regarding the success he has had with several lifters due to specificity and frequency of bench pressing I was influenced to change the way I train weeks prior to this meet. I can't wait to use his programming in prep for a full power meet in a couple months. With his planning, proven science behind it, and attention to detail, I truly feel I can take another big step to be among the top bench specialists and full meet competitors in the World."
-Phillip Brewer, (165 lb. Weight Class) Former All-Time World Record Holder (500 lb. Raw Bench @ 164 bodyweight), First man in history to Bench Press 500 lbs. in the 165 lb. Weight Class.
"I was struggling with my bench press, coming back from a rotator cuff tear and surgery that I had in 2012. Jason's tips, programming and instruction's really helped me to see some of the best gains I have had in my bench press in years. I saw an increase in my max paused bench of about 45 pounds over the course of 4 months using one of his bench press programs. I have had numerous discussions with him on the phone and online and he has always been available when I have needed to bounce some ideas off of him."
-Perry Ellis, (275 lb. Weight Class) 2075 total Unequipped without knee wraps (805 squat, 825 deadlift)
"I've known Jason for a while now. Having never met, he invited me to his gym to train, which turned out to be one of my better bench sessions. After the hospitality he showed I felt welcome back anytime. Jason was the first person I reached out to when my own training methods felt stale. Prior to the 10 week program he put me on in preparation for an upcoming contest I was just "free styling"/training by feel. With his coaching I felt the need to push harder in an effort to get the most out of this methodology, which was all new to me. Doing so enabled me to earn another world record with a bench press of 636 lbs. in a drug tested raw federation. I will be going back for more."
-Pedro "The Brooklyn Beast" Mejias, (SHW)
"My experience with Jason Manenkoff has always been the same. He says what's on his mind and he stands by his decisions. He expresses his knowledge with passion and every conversation leaves me with a better understanding of whatever topic we were on. With that being said, Jason has that uncanny ability to bring the fire, strength, and focus out of his clients/colleagues. Jason embodies what it means to be a true coach."
-Edwin Vera, Performance Coach, Powerlifter (198 lb. Weight Class)
"When I first got started into powerlifting, I knew that if I was going to have any success in the sport, it wasn't going to be on my own. Jason retooled all my techniques during an evaluation and it was just the beginning. Since that day Jason's programming has been on point into building a bigger total each and every meet. Jason expects the lifter to give 110% without cutting corners and he has no problem letting you know if he notices it. His track record on the platform speaks for itself but it's his expertise and knowledge in all three disciplines as a coach that separates him from the rest. His meet-day coaching is unparalleled and prides himself on perfect attempt selection. If you need any aspect of coaching in the powerlifting world, look no further than Jason Manenkoff and Iron Arena Powerlifting."
-Stephen Borchard (181 lb./82kg Weight Class)
"With the amount of benching, squatting, and deadlift as much as I did in a week, I was really skeptical at first. My squat and bench were stuck for the last 2 years and sucked compared to my deadlift. Hearing about John Haacks success so far I had to try the online programming. Jason kept in touch weekly and is blunt on what I need to do and what to fix. The training is rigorous but amazing. The meet I just competed in I opened with my meet PR squat but had depth issues, nonetheless in training I was doing PRs every week with ease! After 14 weeks I hit a meet PR of 33lb after 2 years of being stuck and bad shoulders!! My deadlift I had a 14lb meet PR and amazing numbers in training including an easy 670x3!! Total was 1531lb @ 180 drug free which is a 71lb PR!! I asked Jason how he comes up with his programming and this is the best answer ever: "Much like a master chef in the kitchen. He can give you his recipes and show you how to do it but would you be able to prepare a dish as good as him? It's all about the tweaks etc and from years of experience you get good at your craft." To me that's a mark of a great coach!! Everything was done online and on the phone with about 2000+ miles between us! My numbers speak for the training I received!!"
-Brett Lanier, (181 lb. Weight Class) 705 lb. Deadlift
"I've been lifting for nearly 36 years and during that time I've had the privilege of meeting and talking to some of the best lifters and coaches in the country. In my experience, too many coaches use cookie cutter routines taken from other lifters and pass it off as it it will be a magic bullet. What sets Jason apart as one of the best in the business is the ability to customize programs for the specific needs of individual clients. I've been using one of Jason's programs on one of my lifters and she's increased her squat from 240 to 270 in just 5 weeks! It takes a lot to be able to do programming for an average lifter as well as world class champions like Phillip Brewer!"
-Danny Aguirre, (181 lb. Weight Class)
"I have known Jason for over 2 years now and have had nothing but positive experiences with him. He is an intelligent, well-informed knowledgeable coach and lifter. He not only talks the talk but also walks the walk as a highly ranked powerlifter in a very tough class of 165 competitors. Although having never “coached me” he has gone out of his way numerous times to give me advice. I have actually had him call my attempts at meets in realtime via text messages and miraculously, he has always been right on the money! This past weekend he once again assisted in my attempt selection via text message, which paved my way to a 550 lb. raw squat (no knee wraps) at 165 lb. bodyweight, which is the 5th best squat in history of the world in that weight class. The thing I like most about Jason is his straightforwardness and honesty. He pulls no punches in terms of telling you what you did wrong and what needs to be fixed."
-Justin Caputo, (165 lb. Weight Class.)
"After my last powerlifting meet I knew that I had technique issues with my lifts, particularly in the squat. I knew that Jason was an expert in technique so I had to pay a visit to the doctor. I went to Iron Arena with an open mind. I was prepared to let go of old habits and open to listening to what Jason would suggest. It was uncomfortable at first both physically and mentally to try new things. Within one session with Jason he revamped my technique in the squat and deadlift. I practiced the new technique and competed this past weekend using Jason’s methods and I put 25 lbs on my squat and 15 lbs on my deadlift. I’d highly recommend working with Jason if you want to get the most out of your lifting."
-Eric Schwartz, Brand Manager at Universal Nutrition (ANIMAL), Powerlifter (198/220 lb. Weight Class)
"When I first approached Jason, I wasn't a complete beginner - in fact, I did have some success on the platform with a Top 20 total in my weight class. But I scratched and clawed my way to every small PR, especially on the bench press which was always a struggle for me. I expect a lot from myself, but if you told me that, in less than five months, I would add 85 lbs. to my total (while staying in the same weight class), crack the Top 10, or have a full meet bench that would be good enough to qualify for the bench-only portion of Raw Unity, I would have thought you were nuts. But all of those things did in fact happen. It was up to me to put the work in, but Jason's programming and technique instruction, along with one of the best training environments out there, helped tremendously. Investing in a coach is not any easy decision by any means, but with results that exceed even the loftiest of expectations, I know I made the right choice, and I'll continue to work with Jason as I climb the rankings and compete among the best full meet lifters in the world."
- Manny Prieto, Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, (132 lb./66 kg. Weight Class)
"In 2013, I became frustrated with my numbers and lifting. I hadn't made much progress on my bench press since undergoing surgery in 2010 (torn pectoral tendon) and only made small increases in my squat/deadlift. This was partly due to poor programming and too much time spent in the classroom as a kinesiology student and working as a personal trainer with my own clients. In a little over one (1) year of training together, Jason took my squat from 455lbs to 505lbs, my bench press from 225lbs to 285lbs, and my deadlift from 450lbs to 500lbs. Jason is an amazing coach and motivator. I love how honest and upfront he is with everyone he works with as a lifter or client. He doesn't sugar coat anything but speaks the truth because he wants each individual to be successful and reach their potential in the iron game. Jason's programming also focuses a lot on volume and frequency of the main lifts. A year ago I would of thought he was crazy with the amount of work we do each week but I am a full time believer. Jason is a valuable coach and asset to the sport of powerlifting. We need more individuals like him who want to see our sport grow and become better known among the masses."
-Joshua Guillory, Aspiring Kinesiology Graduate Student, Personal Trainer, (165 lb. Weight Class)
"I’ve been friends with Jason since 2008. Since that time, we have both developed personally and professionally…. He has really taken his skill set to the next level, while also elevating my fitness level. My first powerlifting meet was in November 2013. Thanks to his coaching and expertise, I took first place in the 198 lb. in my division. More importantly, I set three new personal records. A year later, I competed in my second meet, with the same end results, personal records in each of the three lifts and 90 lbs. added to my total. No bullshit, it’s very obvious that the level of skill and technique for Iron Arena athletes really sets the bar at these meets. I’m not even at a level where I notice every minute detail, but its surely noticeable. He’s got a good thing going on and I’m glad to be a part of it!"
-Jason Lombari (198/220 lb. Weight Class)