About Dylan

“Dylan found a love for strength training at the age of 14 and spent his teenage years reading and applying every bit of information he possible could on the subject. Unfortunately, Dylan sustained a spinal injury due to improper coaching and had spinal surgery in 2007. Following surgery, Dylan began his quest toward full recovery including physical therapy and learning how to move properly. After graduating college with a degree in Kinesiology, Dylan embarked on a career as a Personal Trainer and taught professionally for the National Personal Training Institute.”

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  • 5 star review  Dylan works hard to listen to your specific need / goals and designs a personal program. He supports the program with great communication and fast feedback. He doesn't hesitate to take time out of his own workouts to watch your sets and give feedback. I would recommend him and big 3 strength to anyone in the powerlifting community.

    thumb Guy Vignoli

    5 star review  I signed up for both 1:1 and meet day coaching with Dylan. While it’s ideal to have in-person coaching, I constantly received detailed, constructive feedback when sending videos of my lifts to him. Whether I was coached in person or virtually, Dylan aimed to make sure everything moved properly, and my lifts have felt better (read: pain-free) because he hones in on technique. I am very excited to compete for my first time in two days, and it’s comforting knowing he will be there to coach me. Have a session with him. You’ll learn a lot 🙂

    thumb Hannah P

    5 star review  Dylan is great! I’m a newbie to lifting and I have not once felt like I’ve been talked down to. You can tell he knows his stuff. No cookie cutter programs; if you have an issue he’ll fix things for you. He offers good feedback and his response times are awesome.

    thumb Christine D.
  • 5 star review  I met Dylan at a USAPL coaching certification that he was assisting with at his home gym in Manassas, VA. I was impressed with his knowledge and the fact that Matt Gary recommend him as a coach. I hired Dylan for Virtual Coaching about three months ago and have never felt more challenged... in all of the best ways! Dylan has made a point to be extremely specific about what he's looking for in the technique of my lifts and has really held me to a high standard of execution. His programming is very specific to the areas that I need the most work - this is NOT a one-size fits all program. Over the past three months Dylan has made significant adaptations to all three of my lifts - all of which I had previously been plateaued in for quite some time. As a strength athlete and a personal trainer myself, I am extremely pleased with my decision to hire Big Three Strength for Virtual Coaching.

    thumb Ilona Price

    5 star review  Dylan Smith is the epitome of strength training. I have known him for over 12 years and seen the dedication he puts into his craft. He is someone you can absolutely rely on when embarking on any sort of strength training program and you can be rest assured to receive honest feedback. Lifting with Dylan on and off over the years, I have seen how he has constantly added to his knowledge base, being ever-dedicated to honing his skills as a lifter and coach. His positive approach and never quit attitude raises the level of anyone around him. Whenever I have gone to him for advice on my lifting program (which I often do), he has always been great at pointing me in the right direction to continue to improve. He has not only trained myself, several of my friends, but also my own mom which is a testament to the breadth of his knowledge and his ability to help out people of all ages and training goals. With zero reservations, he is the first person I would recommend to anyone looking to begin or continue a strength training regimen.

    thumb Raffi Teperdjian

    5 star review  Dylan has excellent attention to detail, whether it is through in-person coaching or online coaching. One of the first things that surprised me about him was his ability to pick up on the lesser known or less commonly considered challenges in improving technique. He's a lot of fun to work with and gives excellent feedback. He is direct and does not beat around the bush, which is very much appreciated. Dylan is extremely knowledgeable and tries to be as flexible as possible with his scheduling. He provides a quick feedback turnaround, but does not sacrifice quality. He places an extreme amount of emphasis on technique and body movement. I have never had a powerlifting coach before, but I very much appreciate and highly recommend Dylan. I will say that a concern of mine, when I was originally looking for a coach, was being a female in a male-dominated sport. Dylan is absolutely fantastic though, he has never once pointed out gender-specific challenges or adjustments. An athlete is an athlete in his eyes, and he wants to help us all reach our goals, if not surpass them.

    thumb Alexandria Tyler