Episode 93: A Peek behind the Curtain of Personal Trainers

November 26, 2015
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Ever wonder what it is like to be a personal trainer? 

I have been in the fitness industry over 10 years and I have seen a lot of things. It is the end of the year and I took a little time to reflect on the fitness industry.

This is no doubt an industry rife with scam artists, incompetents and scum. But for every one of those there is a person who got into fitness to do the right thing. These are the people you seldom hear of because this is a tough business. Doing the right thing requires long, tough hours. It also requires you to be a marketer, business owner, student and teacher. Each of those jobs are full-time jobs in themselves. Especially if you are young. I mean really, you guys don't even know how to listen to good music yet. How can you be expected to run a business.

So that is what this episode is about. If you are a young trainer, there are some good guys to follow. Let's give them a shout out.

  • Joe Cannon
  • Bedros Keullian
  • Ryan Lee
  • Pat Rigsby
  • Doug Holt
  • Alwyn Cosgrove
If you are looking for mentors, this is a good place to go. In this episode I tell the story of the guy (a former trainer? funny, doesn't look like one) who was trying to sell me on a 45 day mastermind group. The price? A mere $18,000. Ha Ha ha!

I hope you enjoy the episode,
Michael 


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Episode 92: What To Do When The Universe Screws You!

November 19, 2015
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If you have been following the podcast the last couple of weeks, you know we have talking about the brain. Specifically how you can alter your feelings by changing your thoughts. Change the input into the brain and you change the output. Not as easy as it sounds because some people are used to be victims of their thoughts. Almost like an escalator. Life throws a couple jabs at them and they found themselves on an escalator going down. Just like an escalator, they go deeper and deeper into a spiral. 

The big issue with this is that people see this as reality. It isn't. It is just an interpretation of reality. A changeable interpretation. 

The second issue is that the brain has trouble separating reality from this imagined reality. So as your thoughts get worse, even thought the events aren't happening, the brain sees them as real. This leads to real physiological changes within the body. Negative thoughts can be interpreted as real events.

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Example: Say you text your son/daughter to see how they are and you don't get a response. There are a number of reasons why they aren't responding. Maybe the phone is off. Maybe they are watching a movie and have it on mute. You don't know. But you decide to freak out about this. He/she has been kidnapped and is in dire trouble. Your heart rate goes up. Your blood pressure goes up. The body gets flooded with cortisone. Everything else in your life stops as you imagine the horrible things going on. Then they walk in the door. They didn't want to answer your text because they were driving. You sink into a chair relieved at how lucky you are he/she is alright.

Except for the fact that you made it all up in your head. real changes happened in your body from an imagined series of events. 

Do you realize how often this happens to most people who watch the news or gossip all day? Their lives are spent stressed out over things that either never happened or never will happen. This is a terrible situation for anyone trying to lose fat and get back in shape.

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Well, the universe really tried to screw with me today. I lead you on a blow by blow account of what could have been a bad day. One of those days where you wake up to a swirling hell of trouble. The events are real. How you react to them are your choice.

I hope you enjoy.

Michael

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Episode 91: Crucial Fitness Tips and Some Not So Crucial Ones

November 13, 2015
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Wow, episode 91! I wish I knew what great nuggets of information are in here but I don't. I have had a crazy couple of weeks and I didn't get to this part of the process for a while. Too long. I have forgotten everything about it except for I have a feeling it is pretty good.

But you be the judge of that.

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Episode 90: Why You Deserve a Fitness Philosphy

November 5, 2015
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Note: This blog post is very different from the podcast. 

People generally don't like philosophy. They don't want to examine their life. It is a whole lot easier to pick apart someone else's life on tv than stare in the mirror. I get that. 

But this isn't sitting under the Buddah tree for days upon days. This isn't negative and I don't want to get in touch with your inner child. 

All I want you to do is take a few minutes and get an idea of what you want to look and feel like. More to the point, get a realistic idea of what you are willing to do to achieve this. Everybody thinks about this but few people actually formulate what they want. Given your situation and the where you are in your life, what would make you happy?

Bad Example:

"Dude, I want to get shredded. I want an 8 pack and I want chicks hanging all over me and guys to be afraid of me. I weigh 140 pounds and work a job and go to school. I have 20 minutes to workout and I can do that 3 times a week."

You may be laughing but this is not uncommon. The goal is unrealistic and the time frame is unrealistic. His understanding of exercise is minimal at best. This does not make for a philosophy. This makes him a sitting duck for supplement companies promising to "Jack You Up". He may say this and get high 5's from his "bros", but it is not system of thought. At best it is a weird daydream/fantasy.

Good Example:

"I want to use weight lifting as a way to get stronger and shape my body. I don't care about being the strongest or biggest guy on the block or having an 8 pack. What is important to me is to have a strong body that feels good, moves well and functions without pain. I want to enjoy life and eat what I want without feeling guilty. I will do this as long as my body fat stays between 10%-12%. Any higher and I will take corrective action. I will live a healthy, fit life without obsessing over every detail."

That is my personal fitness philosophy. This way of thinking makes fitness a tool for me to use to improve my life, not tie me down.

Tips on creating a philosophy of fitness

1. Make it realistic. You can always upgrade later on. Make it "Good Enough".

2. What type of exercise will get you there the quickest? 

Example: Don't choose running if you want to build muscle.

3. Is that type of exercise appropriate for someone who is your age, health and experience level? Do you need to work up to it? 

Example: Don't join CrossFit if you are 50 pounds overweight and never lifted a weight in your life. Work up to it.

4. Can you fit that type of exercise into the times you have available to workout?  

Example: Don't expect massive change with 20 minute workouts 3 x week. Even if you hear it on an infomercial at 3 A.M!

5. Are you going to like it or can you make it work for you? I don't expect my clients to laugh and giggle at the thought of doing squats. 

Quick Tangent: Does it bug you when you watch a workout DVD and everyone is smiling and high fiving each other? Yeah, me too.

Chances are you don't look forward to brushing your teeth or taking the trash out but you know you need to do it. All I am asking you to do is get started. Once you get into a routine, you will recognize the fitness landscape. 

Get in the game, then make changes on the fly. 

Example of a good change on the fly:

"Kettlebells look interesting. I already have a good strength base, let's try this out."

Bad example of a change on the fly:

"Dude, Shaun T is ripped. I can get that in 10 minutes a day? Screw the weights, man, I am doing jumping jacks!"

I hope this helps. If you need help, get in contact with me. I offer online and in home training and do consultations over the phone.

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