My Training Philosophy
Over the last 10 years in the fitness industry, I've completed many trial and error experiences, countless hours of study and continuing education, and attained real, lasting transformations with dozens of clients. It's safe to say that I know what I'm talking about at this point, and I have the body to back it up. I don't say that to impress you, but to impress upon you that I have taught myself, and many others, how to achieve the body of their dreams.
What makes me different than the average coach is that I don't believe (anymore) that you need to alter your lifestyle drastically to reach the goals you have.
You can transform your body in a fraction of the time it took me, and actually enjoy the process.
Here are the pillars of my teaching that I have settled on. They may stand out because they go against the grain of common gym mentality:
1. I believe fitness should be a part of your life, it shouldn't dominate it.
I was always unhappy while trying to "get big" or "get ripped". It seemed like a full-time job. Every coach I followed set an example that you must spend a lot of time in the kitchen, eat every couple of hours or you will lose your progress, and that you need to lift 4-6 times per week for maximum gains. I will prove to you that that is all bullshit and you can still enjoy your life while on the journey.
2. I skip breakfast and eat two satisfying meals per day.
Intermittent Fasting is an approach to eating that has been the most fulfilling and beneficial to my body and my lifestyle. The list of benefits is enormous, and it is at the core of my nutrition strategy. It doesn't require that you eliminate foods you enjoy, just that you eat them within a set time period. I call it "the Hidden Secret to Effortless Fat Loss."
3. I am flexible in my dieting, but always aware of my consumption.
I believe you can eat what makes you happy, to a point. I call my allowed daily calorie totals a "calorie budget" and I stay within the budget pretty much every day. This is the most relaxed and enjoyable approach to dieting that you can practice while still making great progress.
4. I train a maximum of 3 times per week, and I train to build strength and dense muscle.
Once I started owning my programs and not being shy to go against the grain, I realized that results can come with less time spent in the gym. I lift heavy, sure, but my workouts don't last more than an hour, and I keep a strong, lean, muscular physique year round.
5. Mobility work is the single biggest factor in staying injury free
I have learned this the hard way. Over and over again (read: I've been injured more times than I can count). Now I know better: a little bit of time spent on injury prevention gives you a lot of time back in being able to lift for the long term. A few extra minutes spent on a proper warm up, deep tissue work, and flexibility training go a long way to keep you pain free and lifting for the long term.