Matthew S. Ibrahim
I consider myself a lifelong student of the field. In my decade of experience, I have had the privilege of coaching thousands of clients and athletes in the private sector and in the team atmosphere. It has become my personal mission to help the fields of strength and conditioning and sports performance grow as much as possible.
I have been fortunate to have had a unique path in the field, while building a skill set drawn from multiple outlets. I have been a Strength & Conditioning Coach since 2009—my primary position. Additionally, I have also been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2016 (licensed, but no longer treating) and a physical therapy rehabilitation aide from 2011-2017.
My ultimate goal is to consistently provide simple information that is digestible to the masses. Intelligent movement, strength and performance should be no secret—this information should be shared through the proper avenues to help promote physical strength development in training and to help reduce the rate of injury in performance. This is what drives me.
Currently, I am the Co-Owner, Director of Strength & Conditioning and Internship Coordinator at TD Athletes Edge in Salem, MA. I have a strong passion for athletic development, sport performance and context-rich assessment protocols to enhance performance output and build a foundation of resilience for the athletes and clients I work with.
Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of strength and conditioning, physical therapy and performance training facilities, which was highlighted by my time spent interning at the world-renowned Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning facility. I have worked with youth and high school athletes, collegiate athletes and members in professional sports in the NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, MMA and UFC. I have also spent time working with general population clientele from all walks of life, including powerlifters, weightlifters, marathon runners, triathletes, Ironman competitors and post-physical therapy clients.
Working with healthy and injured athletes alike, I have been utilized regularly as a consultant with sports teams, collegiate athletic programs and corporate companies. Most importantly, I view human connection, effective communication and complete individualization as the most powerful coaching and teaching tools.
I am a big fan of interacting with coaches, clinicians, athletes and people around the world on social media, where I routinely post information about training, performance, recovery and professional growth. Connect with me on Instagram and be sure to check out my #StrengthCoachToolbox series, where the posts are dedicated toward giving back and paying it forward to field of strength and conditioning.
I place a strong emphasis on personal growth and continuing education, in order to better serve the individuals I work with. Primarily, I focus on a movement-based approach through progressive strength development and technical skill acquisition.
A proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Sciences there in 2013. After several failed application attempts toward Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs, I completed a License in Massage Therapy at the Cortiva Institute in 2016. Currently, I am a graduate student at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions obtaining a M.S. in Health Science with a focus in Sport Performance, which has a direct track into a PhD in Human and Sport Performance.
As someone who stresses the value of walking the walk alongside my athletes and clients, I have placed a great value on consistently working on my own physical preparation with athletic endeavors in powerlifting competitions (April 2016, October 2016, April 2018, December 2018, April 2019 and October 2019), hardstyle kettlebell training and endurance training.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD
Currently, I serve as an Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science at two separate undergraduate programs.
I have been an invited guest speaker nationally in over 10 U.S. states, which was highlighted by presentations at EXOS at Google Headquarters, Stanford University Sports Performance Department, Equinox Sports Club Boston and Lululemon, in addition to guest speaking internationally in Milan, Italy. My professional work has been featured in Men’s Fitness, STACK Media, The Personal Trainer Development Center, Stronger Experts and Juggernaut Training Systems.
After having taken an unorthodox career path filled with many failures and ups and downs, I view it as my personal mission to pay it forward and give back to the next generation of professionals in the field through educating and teaching. Through this lens, I have provided academic guest lectures and in-services at the University of Massachusetts Boston (4x), the University of Massachusetts Lowell (3x), Springfield College (3x), Maryville University (2x), Salem State University (2x), Babson College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Endicott College, Lasell College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Merrimack College.
In May of 2017, I was honored with receiving the "Exercise and Health Sciences Alumni Award" from my alma mater. This award is presented at the Annual Research and Scholarship Day to the University of Massachusetts Boston alumni student who exhibits the mission and goals of the EHS Department through educating, mentoring and giving back to the current student community.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."