wher I am now!
hope you have enjoyed following my story. In the last 4 parts you have seen my journey from the Marines to becoming a trainer and setting up my own studio, we just left of when we discovered my real father was Darth Vader and it was down to me to destroy the death star. In this final part we will cover my core beliefs and how I operate today, hope you enjoy!
My journey has led me to a place where I now operate from a set of core beliefs. These now enable me to get the most out of everyone who comes to train with me.
My core belief around Nutrition is that we should eat clean healthy food that give to our bodies, and eat them in such a way as to get the maximum benefit. I believe in starting where a client is at, some people are ready straight away to go into my 30 day plan, and others just need a few weeks build up to it, working on just one habit at a time.
Once 30 days on the plan is up I like to help clients continue to improve on nutrition, and continue to develop good habits and learn about their bodies. I like clients to do the plan at least once per year, and I think that long term a client should be allowed to indulge in a culinary indulgence, life is to be enjoyed and food is a big part of that, we eat at least three times a day, that’s one thousand and ninety five times a year, its probably a good idea to get good at easting well.
I think that water taste better when you have been in the desert all day, and puddings taste nicer when you have gone without one for a while. Nutrition is a very individual thing, we all have to learn what works for us based on the principles discussed ( clean quality food) , whilst people are learning about this, I am conscious of not altering food relationships in a bad way ( all carbs are bad, I am a pig if I eat this etc)
On a practical basis this means the first session with a client I work out which approach is best for them (a few weeks build up or straight into it) every single week I like to give my clients a new task based around these key concepts (even during the 30 day plan I like to work on things like eat until 80% full for a week and then maybe move onto hydration or fruit and veg intake) as I learn more my concepts change. I also believe in being the best example of this myself before I teach it to others.
My core believe around exercise
Exercise should be specific to the client at that point in time, with a beginner I usually focus on postural awareness and core foundation, as they progress we push things a bit more. I like to do big compound movements and I am a stickler for technique, I will often stop a set, decrease the weight or regress the exercise if I think the client is struggling. I also believe in having a set program and keeping them on that program until no more gains are made, sometimes I just adjust one exercise at a time and keep them going.
As much as possible I think an exercise session should be fun, people are scared of gyms and new clients are often afraid of getting things wrong, I like to crack a few jokes whilst working out and just laugh it all goes pear shaped now and then. Most of all I guess I like working hard, really hard, I am known to push people and my clients call me the punisher ( bastards) I get this from the days when I boxed, and from the marines, I have an intensity when I train myself and I Like to bring that out in others.
On a practical basis that means I have a set program for all clients, exercise is very much a way of life so I also give homework exercises to work on bringing up challenging areas with YOUTUBE links. I make sure that when we exercise we focus as much as possible on what we are doing, in between sets we can relax a bit and maybe do some other stuff like prehab work or sometimes more core. The intensity of the session varies depending on the level of the client and the stage of training.
My core belief about mindset and goal achievemen
This is something that intuitively makes sense to clients when it’s gotten across in the right way, it’s like explaining what they already know in a way they have not heard it. The mind controls the body and it’s a major part of the battle, a client who sees themselves as being "fat" will struggle to lose weight. A client who accepts themselves like a marriage vowel will find the journey much easier. I like people to be focused and positive and I fine people if they say negative things about themselves in my session ( I have a piggy bank for a local charity that they have to donate to if they say things like " I am rubbish at this" or " I am sick of being fat") long term my goal is to help clients learn acceptance of their bodies as they age and to be able to find a purpose and meaning in life. As far as goal achievement goes I like to set a point they are heading towards, and help them to think of that goal in the now but really focus on the journey to get their too.
On a practical basis I do goal setting sessions with all clients, its not uncommon for clients to cry when we dig deep into the reasoning behind their goals, this is not my aim or anything , but I am acutely aware that these are delicate areas I am dealing with and wish to remain careful where I step. I am also mindful that people don't just tell me what they think I want to hear. I remind people often during their sessions about their goals and it can help motivate them especially during hard sessions
core belief relating to Strength
I believe that for the most part women are a lot stronger than they give themselves credit for, and that lifting reasonably heavy weight with big compound movements can go a long way to helping them achieve their goals, I also believe that being strong is one of the best ways to get in good shape, improve confidence and benefit the body hormonally. I do not however subscribe to the notion that strength should be confined to just squats; deadlifts etc, in fact there are clients who will never be able to do those exercises correctly so I just don't bother. Strength can just be relative to a movement such as 1 leg hip or quad dominant exercises or even the ability to do press ups.
On a practical level this means that I push clients past their comfort zones often, at the end of most sets I ask could you have got more out or gone heavier?. Next set we adjust. I listen to concerns of getting "too big" and assure them that if they feel this is the case we can adjust the program. I keep a record of past glories in various lifts that I can whip out when we do any exercise to help them push themselves and achieve more on their journey through health.
The purpose of my business
We live to guide people to become their true Super selves and stop settling for less. We do this by using the S.U.P.E.R. You principles
Self Belief and acceptance
Unique Nutrition plan
Your already there! there's nothing wrong with you, no matter what you think is wrong with you!
I make a bold promise that anyone who follows my system, will drop a dress/ jean size in 21 days, I promise to work hard on my clients behalf to help create a life changing transformation of mindset and character, so that you they feel better about themselves, and you have a better relationship with food, knowing which ones work best for them.
We take you to your Super Self!
For the most part I help successful women aged 30+ who are ready to make massive changes to their health to completely change their eating, thinking and moving habits so that they feel much happier about themselves and about keeping those results!
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