Friday, April 26, 2013

Evolution of my Progressive Power, Precision & Pump Program.

This is the training program we build up to in my Online Personal Training aka Coaching Via Email program, and it's also how I train in the gym. Generally speaking, it's pretty similar to what I'll be having my clients in Brunswick doing as well.

But that's not to say it's a "one size fits all" approach. Although it is a movement based program, and it's simply based on natural movements that make for a comprehensive and effective full body training program. Generally speaking, we have basic pushing, pulling, bending at the knee, and bending at the hips exercises that all human beings should be performing, unless they have a very good reason not to. With that being said, there are a variety of exercises to choose from when building a training program that covers all of these movements. And a different choice of exercise may be more suitable and more beneficial for different clients.

So within the Coaching Via Email program, we follow the program utilising a variety of exercises for each of these movements as well as for complimentary accessory exercises. The Coaching Via Email program culminates in the creation of a custom training program, built from the clients own choice of exercises within the basic framework of the movement based program.

Here's now the program evolved. It started off as a very simple, 2 day, push / pull split. As follows:


  • 2 day split movement based program, 
  • pushing movements one day, 
  • pulling movements the next. 
  • horizontal and vertical pushing and pulling movements 
  • with suitable accessory exercises to complement each. 
  • also pushing or pulling lower body movements, 
  • and suitable accessory exercises for each. 

Simple, but within this 2 day split we have two variations: as follows:


  • Let's call it Split A, beginning with the horizontal movement. 
  • and Split B, beginning with the vertical movement. 
  • on each split, the lower body / leg exercises are in the middle of the session. 

But wait... doesn't that mean we are doing twice as much upper body work as lower body work?


  • Balance that out with a new split with more leg work. 
  • This time start with legs, 
  • then some upper body, 
  • and finish with more legs. 

At some point in time... actually quite early on I decided I wanted to do a multiple angle program, rather than just vertical and horizontal movements. Therefore:


  • Split C, as described above and the upper body work is an incline press on push day, 
  • and a high to low row on pull day. 
  • Split D, as described above but the upper body work is a decline press on push day, 
  • and a low to high, or upright row on pull day. 

It's starting to be damn complicated right? There's more though. Different rep ranges, depending on the movement and exercise:


  • POWER selection, higher resistance (aka heavier weights) for less reps. 
  • also, PROGRESSIVE POWER selection, increasingly heavy weights for decreasing reps. aka pyramid sets. 
  • PRECISION exercises, higher reps, moderate weight, focussing on strict technique to target a specific muscle or muscle group. 
  • PUMP section, highest reps for endurance and blood volume. 
  • but also, a little bit of super high reps stolen from my earlier "NEXT LEVEL" program from a few years ago. 
  • and we throw in some pre and post fatigue supersets as well. 

So... covering every angle on pushing and pulling movements, cycling through a variety of accessory exercises, and utilising a wide variety of rep ranges.

Why?

Because why choose? ALL of this stuff is good and beneficial. A wise strategist would use everything available to them, rather than deciding "this is better than that, so I'm just going to do this all of the time".

So the end result? I'm a little biased but I think it has to be about the most comprehensive, well balanced program you ever heard of.

And the results speak for themselves.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Why hire a personal trainer for weight loss?

Really though. That's not a rhetorical question.

I know a few trainers (good ones at that) who refuse to make any recommendations on nutrition, because as far as they're concerned their job is to teach movement, correct imbalances, and get people lifting some heavy ass weights. Quite correctly, really.

Regardless though, the majority of Personal Training clients are looking for a weight loss solution, and weight loss is a huge part of the industry. Why though? Let's speculate.

On the one hand, getting fit and active goes hand in hand with getting into shape and losing weight. On the other hand though, there is a well known adage about success in getting into shape being 20% exercise and 80% nutrition. "You can't out train a bad diet" is another one.

So... if diet and nutrition is so crucial, shouldn't people be seeking out a dietician or a nutritionist? That's the advice my respected colleagues referred to in the first paragraph would give: if you want a meal plan go to a nutritionist, not a trainer. I'm inclined to agree... however I also understand why people don't. From a real nutritionist, you'd expect quite a strict meal plan based on only the most nutritious and healthy foods.

That's hard to argue against, but I'd speculate that people don't really want to completely change their eating habits to that extent. Don't want to, or just know that they won't be able to. I'd say this is a big part of the success of fad diets that tell people "just cut out bread" or whatever... it's the promise of a seemingly minor change solving all your problems.

So what are your other options? You might think "how about a doctor" but it seems like doctors give terrible advice about weight loss. You know, surgery and starvation. If you look at some of the diet programs put out by actual doctors, it is frightening how poor a grasp they seem to have on nutrition for weight management. Read my call out post about "The Five Bite Diet" if you doubt me. It's the worst thing I ever heard of. Which is not to be disrespectful to doctors in general, just the ones who put out bullshit diet programs... oh and bariatric surgery as well. None of that stuff is necessary, healthy or good.

So doctors... not so helpful. Nutritionists... falls into the too hard basket. Forget about fad diets, meal replacement products and all of the other scams... people have tried and failed with those too, because they simply don't work. So it is down to Personal Trainers to fill in the void and provide a solution.

Can it work though? Well it depends.

You could be overweight due to a relatively slight excess in calorie intake, and exercising regularly could be enough to create a calorific deficit suitable for weight loss. To my way of thinking though, that is still leaving things to chance.

So what makes for a good choice in a Personal Trainer for weight loss?

Well... simply put, they need to have an understanding of calorific and macronutrient requirements in human beings of different sex, height and age, suitable to fuel, adapt and recover from training and to maintain a normal healthy weight. These days we know that with the IIFYM strategy, we can produce the desired results without requiring an ultra strict or restrictive diet. Simply put, with some planning you can meet your macronutritional requirements with your own choice of foods.

However, not all trainers know about this. Many are still pushing the same fad diets and urban myths that your average unsuccessful weight loss candidate might adopt. Some might be excellent fitness coaches, others are... not so great. Either way, if they don't know and understand this stuff about macronutrition, they're not a good choice for a weight loss plan. And most don't know it.

The ones who do know it have learned it the way I did, not from registered training providers within the fitness industry (again, they're more interested in the latest fads than simple stuff that works) but by reading and listening to body builders, who are the experts in maintaining a particular weight with relatively low body fat.

So in my opinion, a weight loss coach should know this stuff, and should have experience actually applying it personally and to clients, with a proven track record of success.




Saturday, April 13, 2013

Truth: It doesn't take anything special to get into shape

A couple of topics in one here today and I'll warn you in advance, if you like your blogging politically correct you've come to the wrong place.

So, getting into shape. There's a quote going around from the Pirate movies where Captain Jack says "the problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem", and I think this applies so well to people trying to lose weight and get into shape. Especially with political correctness, there's an attitude that "in shape" is some sort of elite condition that requires exceptional circumstances, and is not a realistic expectation for most people. As a result... people either give up before they even try, and accept a false belief that they are "supposed to be" fat, OR they go to extreme, counter productive lengths.

Let's clear a couple of things up early on.

Ripped abs, very low body fat, extra muscle mass... this is not the natural state of a human being and there is no reason for anyone to feel that they should look like that, unless of course that they decide that's what they want. In which case, they'll need to train quite specifically and strategically towards that goal. I've written in the past that this elite level of training is really beyond the level of activity that is natural to a human being, and so it is essential to fuel appropriately.

Let's define this as "getting into ELITE shape", and it only happens through the right amount and type of training combined with appropriate nutrition.

Just being "in shape" though... we're talking about being in a normal state, quite literally "the shape of a human being", the physical condition that you should be in under normal circumstances. There's a nice, politically correct, "feel good" notion out there that people come in any variety of shapes and sizes, all of them are fine and healthy, and it is unreasonable (and quite horrible) to think that any of them are better than any others.

Well, unfortunately it is my sad duty to inform you that that is all bullshit. People do come in different shapes and sizes under normal conditions, and they wouldn't be super-ripped... but there is a limit on this. Being in normal shape requires nothing out of the ordinary. Contrary to what those nice, kind, politically correct people will tell you, it is being excessively out of shape (aka obese or morbidly obese) that is the result of exceptional circumstances.

So let's wrap it up.

To get into normal shape, or even beyond normal shape and into GREAT shape is simple.

  • Eat an amount of food suitable for an adult human being.
  • Train in a manner that makes up for the lack of strenuous activity in modern life, by pushing and pulling some heavy objects around for up to an hour a day.
That's all. Some days you'll eat more, some days you'll eat less... as long as it's about right on average, your body will utilise it as fuel and to adapt to training.

Here's what's not required and is actually counter productive.
  • Overly strict, starvation diets with restrictive food choices.
  • Excessive calorie burning (calorie wasting, I should say) exercise.
Unfortunately, that's what most people do though. Why? Because they have been TRICKED into thinking that "in shape" is a condition that requires exceptional circumstances. Ridiculously, people have been taught that the way to get a healthy body is through unhealthy measures such as these. How does that make any sense at all?

When you excessively restrict calorie intake, while also excessively burning calories, your body's response is to conserve and store energy. This is an exceptional circumstance that leads to unhealthy weight gain, just the same as inactivity and excessive consumption would.

Bottom line: you're an adult, act like one.

A sensible adult would not over eat on lollies and cheetos, and pretend that this is normal. Neither would one expect to achieve a healthy, normal body type by starvation. 




Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why my Online Coaching Program gets such AMAZING results

Unless you've been living under a rock somewhere you're already aware that I have a FREE Weight Loss Education & Exercise Program available over on my wordpress site, as well as my DHPT Online Coaching Via Email program. Also over on my wordpress blog I do a lot of scam busting, spam busting, and general calling out of scumbags pushing dodgy products and unhealthy methods.

So, it works out nicely because a lot of people find the site because maybe they're tired of spam and they're like "what the hell is this shit anyway?" and so they google and find a post on my site ripping the hell out of whatever product that's so bad they need to employ an army of spammers to promote it because they have no actual success stories other than pictures they stole from unrelated weight loss blogs. Actually speaking of scumbags stealing people's progress pictures to promote their shit products via spam floods, dig it. In the photo to the right you can see one of MY girls photos being used by spammers promoting some scam diet. Suffice to say, we put a stop to that shit very quickly!

Now because I have integrity I'll tell you the truth, this girl already made some amazing progress on her own, simply by eating sensibly and smashing some weights. Since my program is built on the same principles, it makes sense that she's now on board to keep making progress to the next level with a more structured training program and of course my custom macronutrition guidelines as well.

So the proof is in the results. Of the people on my DHPT Via Email program... the ones who were overweight to begin with are reporting in at their lowest weights ever and still making progress, even with less than perfect adherence. And the ones who started off at normal weights are all starting to look like lingerie models. Check the testimonials pages on both of my sites if you think I'm exaggerating.

People doing the program are amazed at how easy it is to get results. Honestly, even I'm a bit amazed.

So why does it work so well so easily? 

This goes back to something I've written about in depth in the past. You need to put your politically correct "I'm a nice person" leanings aside for a moment though. There's a lot of talk these days about "people come in all different shapes and sizes and all bodies are beautiful", and if you disagree you're a horrible person, apparently. Well, I worked in security for 10 years before this, remember? I'm used to upsetting people who can't handle the truth and I've already heard any insult you want to throw at me a dozen times over.

So here's the deal:

  1. People are supposed to be "normal sized".
    Different people do come in different shapes and sizes, but these normal sizes are all somewhere around 18 - 25 on the BMI.
    Don't get me started on BMI deniers. I get it, you want to be nice to people and teilling them whatever size they are is fine and healthy makes you feel like a nice person... but all you're doing is holding them down. Sometimes being "nice" isn't so nice.
  2. People need to eat a "normal amount", to support their normal weight. 
    Most diets proscribe extreme calorie restriction, which is both impossible and unhealthy to stick to. Other programs restrict food choices, which can also be impossible to stick to and may be unhealthy due to misguided exclusion of carbohydrates. In my opinion these sort of diets and weight loss programs are a good way to encourage eating disorders in vulnerable people. Again this is something I have covered extensively in the past. Apart from being difficult and unhealthy, it doesn't even work.
  3. People need to train in exercises and activities that mimic natural human behaviour, to make up for the lack of strenuous activity in modern lifestyles.This means more resistance training, strength training, weight training... whatever you want to call it. Ideally with a balance of pushing and pulling movements for both upper and lower body, and utilising a variety of rep ranges and levels of resistance. A small amount of cardiovascular exercise to complement this will help, excessive cardio will not.
So the reason it works so amazing well, and seemingly so easily is this:
  1. That's the weight that people are supposed to be.
  2. That's the amount of food that people are supposed to eat.
  3. That's the kind of activities people are supposed to do.
Simple.



Thursday, April 4, 2013

The weight loss spam I get is kinda hilarious

Over on my Lose Weight No Bullshit site, I mean. That site has become really popular, and it gets smashed pretty hard with lots of traffic every day. In case you just haven't been paying attention, I have a whole free weight loss system over there, as well as a blog where I have achieved some level of internet fame by calling out weight loss scam artists, spam pedlars and assorted scumbags.

The spam I get on my main business site as a Brunswick Personal Trainer is a little different but I'll tell you about it as well. You see, when a website is successful, it becomes easier for people to find on google. And the easier it is to find, the more successful it becomes. So since my site is quite successful and easy to find, what sort of spam do you think I get a lot of? No, you guessed wrong. I get "your site isn't very easy to find, but I can help you with a better google rank" spam from SEO (search engine optimisation) people. Constantly. Even though my contact page specifically states that I don't want to be contacted about that.

You gotta wonder if my site is so hard to find, how do they find it in order to spam me? Anyway stay with me I am going somewhere with this.

Back to Lose Weight No Bullshit though, and I have comments open on that site, but I have to approve them before they show up, right? So I'll get an email, go check it out and it'll be a comment that's like "good information, thanks for posting" and they sneak a link in there to some spam site. If it's a legit site run by another trainer or something that's all good but if it's a spam site or a scam or pushing unhealthy weightloss products then obviously I'm not going to approve the comment. I swear to god I actually got one with a link to Fat Loss Factor hidden in there. Newsflash idiots, I'm the guy who figured out that you were behind the weightloss spam floods on tumblr and pinterest, in particular the stuff targeting kids with eating disorders... you think I'm not going to detect your spam in my comments? On the very same blog where I've called you out like 1/2 a dozen times?

Rocket scientists I swear to god.

The fat loss factor one was super ironic but that's just one example. Mostly you get comments with a link to some other "health and fitness" or "weight loss" type of website. And when you click around a bit, you quickly notice that the information on there is TERRIBLE. Mostly it's just rehashing all the most common urban myths about "eating 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones" or whatever else, and often in terrible English as well. The one I got today was all about "loose weight with low crab diets". I swear to god, low crab diets.

So what's going on is that the SEO people (maybe not the very same ones, but you get my point) who spam me via email saying they can improve my google rank are building these sites... and then I guess if I slip 'em a few bucks they put a link from their site to mine, google crawls through it, and it boosts my rank and I go up a position in the search results, or something. The issue is though... it's just more bad information being put out on the internet that is going to add to people's confusion. I think I've successfully proven already that most of the "commonly accepted facts" about weight loss are a load of crap, and people need to realise that they're a load of crap and do what actually works instead. But when people search for information and find more and more articles pushing the same inaccurate nonsense, it becomes harder and harder to de-program them from going along with these false ideas.

So... the point I'm trying to make is to be careful with what you read, and don't believe everything that's on the internet. Increasingly so these days, the vast majority of it seems to be written be SEO people with no qualification or knowledge of the subject matter.

I'll tell you what else... legit people in the health, fitness and weight loss business should NOT be paying these scammers to fill the internet with more rubbish.

That's what I think.