I am a working Man Now

Hey what is up everyone I now have gotten somewhat settled in to my new job.( Thank goodness only took about 7 months). I get to work with a fantastic group of people on a daily basis. I work with a very large range of people from young freshmen in high school athletes to 72 year old women. Everyday I learn something new. I will try to write some of the things that I have learned while working the last 7 months.

1. Not many people care how much you know.
People hope that their trainer knows a lot about training and all the latest training protocols and fancy terms. What they really care about is how much you care about how them and help them achieve their goals.  If you show your clients how much you care about them they will listen to you and give you their all. If you’re unable to build a strong bond they will be less likely to give their all and commit themselves to the program. Want successful clients? show them some love and they will get results.

2. Long hours
Be prepared to work very long hours. Some days will start my morning at 5:00am and wont be done until 7:30pm. Even though the hours are long are long and the pay is “ok” I would not trade it for the world. Hopefully you get to work with some clients that help keep you motivated.

3.Text book vs. Real Life.
Real life will always trump Text book every time. You will ask a client to perform an exercise and it will not hit the target muscle group or they wake up the next day sore in a completely different spot.  Even worse is when a client will nail a movement one day and two days later you start from the ground up again. You will run into that a lot but hey that is why you’re there to make sure they are performing everything right.

4. Don’t be afraid to fire a client
If you have a client who constantly stands you up or wont follow the program and/or doesn’t treat you with any respect. You can fire a client. Don’t let yourself be a push over. You’re there to try to help someone try to reach their goals. If they are not compliant to the program and don’t get results. What happens? They begin to talk to their friends and families saying that they trained with you and they did not get any better. Now your reputation is tarnished because they did not comply to the program that you developed. They wont say that to their friends though. If you start seeing signs of a non compliant client don’t be afraid to let them go.( unless you are hurting for the money.)

These are only a few lessons that I have learned over the last couple of months as I keep learning and getting more experiences I will continue to post here. Have a good one.

Reflection time

Some days when I do get a chance to sit and rest for a little bit I get to reflect on my life. I ask myself am I doing the best that I can? Am I sticking to my core principles? If I am not staying with my core principles what can I do to get myself back on track? These are some questions that you may have to ask yourself once and a while to help keep yourself in line.

Quotes from Dan John

If you don’t know who Dan John is I highly recommend that you pick up his books and start reading.  Here are some of his Quotes

1. “It depends.” – On anything and everything.

2. “If you want to be healthier, floss” – On health vs fitness

3. “The best CORRECTIVES are REGRESSIONS.” – On corrective exercise

4. “Fat loss is about finding ways to make exercise INEFFICIENT.” – On fat loss

5. “Mastery of the basic human movements trumps EVERYTHING else.”

6. “Eat like an adult.”

7. “Everything you are NOT doing, DO!” – On the world’s fastest personalized exercise program.

8. “If you just add in farmers walks and goblet squats, any program gets better universally.”

9. “I don’t care HOW it works, IF it works.” – On exercise/strength training

10. “Strength what is weak, stretch what is tight.” – On NOT overcomplicating things

11. “Standards and gaps must be CONSTANTLY assessed…in a REASONABLE approach.”

12. “Eat more protein, eat more fiber, drinks more water, take fish oil, and wear your seatbelt.”

13. “Be REASONABLE, folks!” – Advocating a REASONABLE diet and exercise program over a TOUGH diet and exercise program.

14. “Keep the GOAL the GOAL.”

15. “Everything works. Just pick SOMETHING and STICK to it!

BONUS: “I thought I could cure a necrotic hip by myself, because, well, do you know who I am?” – On curing his necrotic hip by himself and not succeeding

BONUS 2: All that other horseshit you see online, the INVENTOR takes offense to!” – On learning the goblet squat

Life update

It has been a while since my last update  The last few months have been a whirlwind of changes. I am now a Trainer at Performance QSA LLC. Which is honestly a fantastic opportunity for me to learn and develop as a trainer. I feel that this opportunity will allow me to move further in my career as a strength coach.  We both share a very similar training philosophy and it is an environment that is built upon hard work and integrity. I will be uploading some videos that I have been working on in time. So just give a me a chance.

Questions to all those  following what are ya’ll up to and what are some changes in your life.

Exercise Rant #2

This is another rant about what I have experienced in commercial exercise facilities.

Bosu Ball
Why is everyone and their parents using the Bosu ball for all of their exercises? Is it a new hipster trend that you must workout on unstable ground? I can understand that the Bosu ball is a great tool in rehab and physical therapy setting that forces people to activate stabilizing muscles ( potentially cause greater activation in abdominal and hip region in the body.)  In a study publish in Strength training and Conditioning Research 2008 found that there was not  difference in muscle activation while performing exercise on the Bosu ball. They used highly conditioned athletes so the study could be biased because well conditioned athletes have more experienced using these devices.  In all honesty I see many people trying to perform squats and lunges on the bosu ball and it is absolutely pitiful.  Most normal people cannot perform a correct squat on stable ground but they try to squat down on the Bosu ball and only reach about quarter of the way down. Listen whenever a muscle has to perform double duty as in provide force for movement and also contribute to balance. Most of the force production will be cut in half. So now you will have to use a lot lighter weight and not even the full range of motion. On the plus side it feels like your are doing a lot right?


People doing Curls squat rack
This has me baffled more than anything else in the world. Why do people curl with a barbell in the squat rack?  There are machine and bars and chairs specially made for curling and people still don’t think it is enough. Now if they are there first I usually move on with my program and perform a different exercise but these dudes(dudettes) stay on curls for about 40 mins most of the time flexing in the mirror talking about how buff they are.  Out of all the muscles the bicep and chest  in my opinion are the two most overworked muscles in the gym.  Honestly do everyone a favor and stay out of the squat rack if you’re doing curls. You’re just taking up valuable space and time.


People who go to the gym and don’t want to sweat.
I guess this is more personal but when I go to the gym I plan on breaking a good sweat. When I go but this week is a deload(light) week for me allowing my body to recover and I was on the Elliptical(don’t judge me) Getting in a Tabata for conditioning and there was this woman next to me.   She had been on the elliptical for  roughly 40 mins without breaking a sweat. She had burned maybe 250 total. She then got of  the machine and went home. I gave her the benefit of doubt and she probably did a workout before I got there. She was moving at 45rpm(note get below 40 rpm the machine cuts off or goes into Pause mode). Now she came in the next day and I saw her entire workout 40 mins on elliptical barely moving then leave to go home. I thought to myself whats the point coming to the gym if you’re not going to break a sweat or anything. That is a honest waste of money. If your reading this go to a gym, don’t worry about getting to sweaty, work hard and push your self, you will feel a lot better about. Don’t short change yourself.  A gym is made for you to get sweaty and to try to improve your well being. So go out and enjoy yourself.