Birthday: March 25, 1992
Hometown: London, UK
School: Salisbury University
Strength and conditioning coach in the D.C metro area working out of Healthy Baller.
Associate of swim strength coach Lee Sommers over the past 2 years, developing swim athletes of all ages.
Has experience running dryland sessions for some of the region’s big swim clubs, including Nation’s Capital and RMSC.
In addition to working as a full-time strength and conditioning coach with Healthy Baller, Matthew volunteers his time as a volunteer EMT with his local fire department where he was voted EMT of the year for 2019.
The best swimmers aren’t made exclusively in the pool.
Great swimmers may tackle grueling sets in the wee hours of the morning. They may shuffle in after draining school days and still find a way to crush the workout. Great swimmers pour every ounce of energy, grit, and athleticism into those 1-4 allotted hours, and more than likely, they see their efforts reflected on the results sheet. The best swimmers, however, find an extra edge outside the natatorium.
Matt Pulleng is here for those swimmers.
“I focus primarily on the strength and conditioning side of swimming. I emphasize strength techniques and mechanics of lifting–even if it is bodyweight for younger swimmers–to develop strength. I emphasize performing exercises that not only enhance the athletic ability of a swimmer, but also reduce the likelihood of injury. Additionally, I like to focus on mobility and exercises that have the athlete feeling good.”
An associate of Lee Sommers (Katie Ledecky’s strength and conditioning coach for the four years leading up to the Rio Olympic Games), Matt has taken a special interest in the science behind swimming.
“With [Sommers], I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills to develop swim athletes. It was from working with Lee, that I actually became interested and invested in the sport of swimming. I learned more about the strokes and the biomechanics behind each one. I learned about the various technical components involved in swimming as to better develop an athlete in dryland training, and thus perform better in the water.”
While Matt designs workouts to help build functional strength in swimmers, he also weaves in dual-function mobility exercises, preventing injury while increasing the athlete’s range of motion. Putting the swimmer’s overall health at the forefront, Matt hopes to build strong, flexible, resilient athletes–i.e. faster swimmers.
“I use my past experience in training swimmers and the success they experience in the water to help mold the way I coach other athletes. I take what has worked and been successful and continue to mold that to an athlete. No two swimmers are the same, nor do they swim the same stroke or distance. Therefore, I have to take an individual approach with each swimmer I take on. When working with groups, I like to have a basic blueprint, but still make adjustments based on the needs of the group, whether they have a meet coming up and need to taper or are ramping up their training following a meet.”
Matt isn’t one to stop at his job description, however, whether it’s volunteering as an EMT at his local fire department after a full day of work, or cultivating relationships with each and every one of his athletes, Matt is ready to go the extra mile with anyone willing to join him.
“I don’t only strive to make my athletes stronger or better in their respective sports, but I genuinely care about them as people, and I hope that they are succeeding in all aspects of life. I follow up and always respond to my athletes; I enjoy watching them compete in person. I think taking the time to actively show interest in their personal lives goes a long way. This shows them that I care, and in turn, they trust and work harder for me.”
Do you want to elevate your game? Let Matt show you the way!