Meet Kirk Wiley
I first met Kirk Wiley when he came to Fenton Fitness in January of 2016 after just finishing up physical therapy with Mike O’Hara. Kirk had previously completed an Ultra Marathon and was on the path to doing so once again. At 50 years old, he weighed 233 lbs. and had 32.3% body fat at our first visit. Kirk started our Nutrition Coaching program, began supervised training with us once a week, and followed a training plan we put together for him on one or two more days. In his first nine months with us, he got down to 204 lb.s and 25% body fat. After a foot injury while hiking/climbing out west that wouldn’t resolve while he was running, Kirk gave up on the plan to do the Ultra Marathon. He continued to train, but It was apparent that the lack of a goal was decreasing his focus and consistency. I knew how consistent and hardworking he had been with a clear goal, so I presented the idea to him of doing a Powerlifting meet. Kirk was game and in October of 2018, he did his first Powerlifting meet. When he started training for the meet, he was 225 lbs. and had 25% body fat. Kirk did great at his first meet squatting 330 lbs., benching 209 lbs., and deadlifting 407 lbs. for a total of 946 lbs. at 53 years old. Kirk was hooked and his razor-sharp focus had returned. Over the last year, he has competed in four more meets culminating in the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals on October 20th in Illinois. At Nationals, he finished sixth place in his age/weight class (54 years old/120kg), breaking his state record on the squat and deadlift. Kirk squatted 533.5 lbs., deadlifted 522.5 lbs., and hit a new high total of 1,287 lbs. between his three lifts. His most recent stats have him weighing 248 lbs. and 19% body fat. Kirk wasn’t being overly focused on his diet, he was simply training hard, getting stronger, and following his plan. In his 50’s, he went from 157 lbs. of lean mass to 191 lbs. Lean mass is hard to put on at any age. To put on 34 lbs. in under three years in your 50’s is phenomenal. Even though Kirk’s scale weight has gone up by 15 lbs. from when he started with us, his fat mass is down 28 lbs.! He has continued to get stronger, setting personal and state records each time he lifts, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
If Kirk’s results aren’t amazing enough on their own, his schedule and dedication in the midst of work, family, travel, etc. is amazing. People are full of excuses, but not Kirk. He is a CEO of an engineering firm in Ohio and travels there weekly for work. As of October 17th, he has stayed at hotels for 130 nights so far this year. He’s had two extended vacations in New Zealand and Puerto Rico where he made sure to find gyms and keep up with his training. Kirk isn’t obsessive with his training, he simply gets in 2-3 workouts each week, every week. He notes that “Finding a gym with even half the resources of Fenton Fitness has often been a challenge. And it really helps me appreciate what we have at home.” Other experienced lifters that he has talked with at the various meets he’s done over the last year have been impressed by the fact that Kirk’s training plan focuses on adaptation instead of testing limits each workout. Kirk loves the camaraderie he finds at Fenton Fitness. Whether he’s lifting with the barbell club on Wednesday, training solo late Friday night or Saturday or Sunday afternoon, he can always count on seeing familiar faces, receiving encouragement, and laughing along the way. In talking to him about his experience and journey here, he gave me the following quote, “I believe people can improve business performance, make a great impact on the world broadly and in their individual life. Whether you talk about the 50 mile race I trained for and completed six years ago or the powerlifting competitions I’m training for and competing in now, these things are all an extension of the same mindset. With a willingness to try and solid coaching to guide you along the way and an environment of support… we are each capable of doing neat things.”
Jeff Tirrell, CSCS, CSFC, Pn1