Most people have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how they should go about designing their training sessions.
They walk into the gym and immediately head over to the free-weights or machines— without warming up—and dive in, head first, into an incredibly inefficient training session; and, in most cases I observe, a workout that usually does more harm to their bodies than good.
This is because not only are they performing exercises incorrectly, with bad form and/or in the wrong sequences, but they are also just focusing on one aspect of a training session: lifting.
Continue reading “The Perfect Workout”
I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.
One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.
I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff may have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life—and even more so if they were severely overweight.
Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy”
We are officially one whole month into the New Year!
You know what that means.
It’s just about time for the majority of people who started the year off with the resolution to lose weight and get “healthy” to give up and try again next year.
I can already see it happening at my gym.
Continue reading “You’re Doing It Wrong”
People love to complicate sh*t.
Carbohydrate timing is a perfect example.
Ask twenty different health “experts” or your local gym bro about when the best time to eat carbohydrates is, and you will undoubtedly get twenty different answers.
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Let’s face it.
Most of us don’t have the best genetics.
On top of that, we don’t sleep enough, we don’t always hydrate adequately or eat the right foods, and we’re stressed out 24-7 from our work and home life.
Continue reading “Train Smarter”
Let’s face it, butts are “in.”
From music videos, to movies, to Instagram
liars models—rear ends have infiltrated the culture and become the new symbol of sexy for women everywhere.
The appeal of the flat booty of the eighties and nineties has slowly drifted away (Thank you, Black Jesus), and folks are making room for a little more junk in their trunk.
It’s no longer just for those rap guys’ girlfriends, either.
Continue reading “I Like Big Butts”
One of the biggest mistakes I often see at the gym is people trying to do too much in regards to weekly training volume.
There’s a very fine line between maximizing training sessions and over doing it.
While burning calories is a big part of losing body fat, one must consider other important variables as well.
The hormonal signals we send our bodies are just as important as the ‘net calories burned’ on your heart rate monitor.
Continue reading “The Minimum Effective Dose”
I like that sh*t.
If I can do something in less time and get the same (or better) results, I’m all for it; and I’m sure that most of you out there reading this feel the same way.
That’s why I’m here to tell you that if your goals are to burn fat, build muscle, and get in ridiculously good shape, you need to stop jogging— I believe it’s a soft J — and start sprinting!
Continue reading “Sprint!”
“I don’t want to get big; I just want to tone.”
“Heavy weights are for men only.”
“I read somewhere that if you want to burn fat you should do low weight and high repetitions.”
“I just can’t seem to lose these last five pounds; I guess I need to do more cardio.”
I have been a personal trainer now for five years, and these are statements that I hear on a daily basis from females at the gym.
The irony of it all is that when I am training a client for fat loss, I do the EXACT opposite.
Continue reading ““I Just Want To Tone.””