Frequently Asked Questions and more:
Q: Have you been able to replicate your results with other people? How about middle-aged “skinny fat” lifetime non-athletes?
Reliably, given that the lessons and trainings are properly applied. To give you some context, most of my 1-on-1 clients are male, 30-50 years of age, executive types. I've trained Presidents, CEO's, Directors and the like from large corporations to small businesses. Majority I would say did not come from an overly athletic background. The results came from implementing the new lifestyle habits of eating and exercise that I refer to as a "system" (since it is measurable and repeatable.)
Q: Do you question assumptions & “best practices”?
Do you experiment?
Constantly. Challenging mainstream fitness knowledge is what got me to where I am today as a fitness coach. Also setting ego and old beliefs aside in the face of new evidence. I am one of the only trainers I know that has a never ending fire to stay current with the latest research around health and fitness. This has led to my controversial approaches such as skipping breakfast (intermittent fasting), eating carbs at night (carb back-loading) strength training while dieting (opposite of most protocols). The results speak for themselves and the science is undeniable about the effectiveness. I've always experimented on myself first before including these strategies in my core programs.
Q: If I’m feeling like I can’t do something, but you think I can – How would you approach that?
In this situation I would ask you and let you decide. My style is firm and supportive yet flexible. I don't believe that we need to kill ourselves every workout and I believe in the saying that "there's always another workout." Meaning, if today you don't feel at 100%, we can always go for progress another time, no need to push if you don't want to push today. When I myself am working out, and feel like I can't do something or I'm not fully confident, I honour that and leave it for another day. Great question.
What it looks like, from experience, is they are:
- Very inquisitive
- Digest the material as it's given (prioritize the learning)
- Proactive about progress and implementing new habits
- Take action immediately on homework
- Not letting old excuses dictate current habits
- Tracking food intake daily
- Completing any assigned workouts on time
- Showing up to the workout ahead of time to complete warm up
- Preparing a separate gym bag and bringing it every time
- Preparing meals in advance and bringing food everywhere in a lunch bag
- Dedicating time to grocery shopping and meal prepping every week
- Not letting friends and family control nutrition habits (being a leader for health in every social circle)
- Understanding fully that this is a lifestyle change and that the body that comes in 6 months is a result of habits that are implemented daily
I could keep going but this is a good summary of the characteristics of the people who achieve their fitness goals.
Q: If you had a student that was willing to do whatever you prescribed to become strong, muscular, healthy, what would that look like?
Q: I’m curious about Occam's Protocol (as mentioned in Tim Ferriss' book "The 4-Hour Work Week" What do you think it is good for & what is it not good for.
3 thoughts on this:
1. My opinion is that it may work for a short time but my guess it will get boring really quickly. If I remember correctly, the person he used it with in the book was a complete beginner to weightlifting, so that person is prime to gain muscle rapidly with almost any program. There's even a term for it, it's called "beginner gains." Once you're more advanced, rapid gains are nearly impossible for the body, they come much more gradually after the first half year or so.
2. 5 second cadence both ways is effective in increasing time under tension for the muscles (which leads to muscle tissue breakdown, which creates potential for muscle growth. Note potential), yet will not lead to strength gains because it's not training in a fashion that creates enough stimulus to induce strength adaptations by the central nervous system.
3. I do not recommend this program for anyone looking to build muscle or strength and I do not train people like this. It's structure is ignorant of several key aspects that we can discuss in detail in person. That being said, if you really (like REALLY) want to test this out - I can organize the program, we can try it properly for a month, track progress, then readjust as needed.
Yes absolutely. That's what I recommend for everyone.