Why the hell are you doing planks?... Are you, a mime or a statue?

When you come from old school like me it's hard to swallow some of the new crap/ information that keeps showing up on the market. Over the years it's made me question my own philosophy and for what I stand. I realize there is a mentality that if you want to stay relevant you have to adapt or die. This is not an absolute, however you won't know that until you become a seasoned veteran. 

My philosophy and strategy related to exercise and nutrition is based on a pragmatic approach, which to a degree mirrors the great late coach of the Green Bay Packers named Vince Lombardi. Because of his success, he became a national symbol of single minded determination to win, which made him legendary. Like most things, there's usually a winning formula that produces results.

He believed in perfect execution every single time. His philosophy and strategy was to do less, get a bigger, better, and more efficient result, hence his single minded determination. His team's execution was so on point, no opponents defense could successfully stop them with any degree of consistency. This is a perfect example of a methodology that is specific and highly functional to an objective.   

Although his coaching tactic to the naked eye appeared effortless to execute, it required thousands of hours and repetitions to achieve mastery, but ultimately produced massive results. Under his leadership the Green Bay Packers won five championships. Winning in this fashion is a reflection of a great system.

So how is this content relevant to the headline of this blog? The health an fitness industry has a bad case of SOS ( shiny object syndrome ). More and more crap keeps hitting the market mainly to keep people from being bored, but at the expense of producing less than desired results. 

I know exactly why people are doing planks, but this doesn't change my question. Ask yourself or your trainer if you are doing planks as a part of functional training? If the answer is yes, what the hell is the function, to be a mime or a statue? WTF.

You can't handle the truth

The statement above pertains to clients and trainer's. As a trainer you're walking a tight rope at times, whether to be diplomatic or tell it like it is. Most of us can't handle the bare naked truth, and quite frankly it's hard to dish out, unless by nature you're an ass hole. 

I've known a few people who actually get off on being A-holes. Admittedly I've envied them because it seems so freeing. But when you're a trainer dealing with clients sometimes who come to you with more baggage than a 747 jumbo jet you gotta use some tact, otherwise you'll be training yourself, or other ass holes. 

Overall in my three plus decades in the biz, I've had a great clientele, but then there's been that small but challenging group of clients who have tested my resolve. Part of me took it as a personal challenge to see if I could turn them around, making them productive. The reality here is that some people you just can't reach, but that doesn't mean a trainer shouldn't keep trying, because that's exactly what they should do. 

No matter what, your job as a trainer is to provide a client with all of the necessary information for them to succeed, but they have to be willing to participate, otherwise you've done your part. In some cases throughout my personal training career I've had to sit down my client, and let them know they are better off somewhere else, because they're wasting  their time, money, and energy.

That talk most of the time is a defining moment for trainer and client. Trainer either looses a client or gets a client who pulls their head out of their ass and become one of their best clients ever. Know this trainer, your career is based on your ability to produce and reproduce results for a wide range of people. Remember, you're only as good as the last time you've produced results, and if you can't handle that truth, you're wasting your time, money, and energy. 

Trainer, are you their buddy? 

What a fucking disaster this is on so many levels. Although this is an imaginary line, if or when it's crossed, it could become a major problem. The zoo animals at this point are now running your show. 

It's true that personal training is in part about developing relationships, but you have to be careful how the relationship develops. The main objective is always about the goals of the client, and what you will do to help them achieve them, not the other way around. 

As a trainer, it's imperative to set the tone from the git go, otherwise you've already exposed yourself as a weak leader.This is about boundaries and certain lines that shouldn't be crossed, and if so, it MUST be consequential on all sides. 

It doesn't mean you can't have fun, because part of a personal training experience should be a vibrant atmosphere that creates a unique vibe. A legit trainer is always mindful of this, along with providing the client with cutting edge information especially regarding the three crucial training components.

Just as important to this dynamic is the environment that will be anything but boring, in fact  purposely designed to make each training session interesting, thought provoking, even a bit inappropriate, or at least awkward for the sake of a great training session.This is part of your gig as a trainer who brings something special to the table providing your clients with something they can't get anywhere else.This is job security baby!

Keep in mind, this imaginary line can be a tricky one if and when crossed, but a legit trainer will at times push the envelope, knowing in order for a client to stay motivated, and dedicated to keep showing up, it has to be much more than an average training program. Trainers to a degree can become a buddy to their client but never at the expense of losing control of the relationship.  

The mindset or routine, which came first?

It's like asking about the chicken and the egg. If we try and analyze, looking for a conclusive, or logical answer, it maybe an ongoing debate. I often struggle with this because I'm the type who likes things logically explained in black, and white terms, yet it's never that simple.

So that said, maybe there are multiple answers, or at least two, or perhaps none. If you can harness the potential of your mind's power which most of us can't, then mindset rather than routine came first. Logically I think mindset, which is all encompassing must be the most logical conclusion. But maybe not, but why not?

Probably because not everything is tied up neatly in a pretty red bow, which would be logical, much like it shouldn't be logical that bumble bees fly. Based on physics they shouldn't, yet although their body is way too big for their wingspan they blow that reasoning out of the water. 

Here's a thought, what if not knowing whether it was mindset or routine was part of the plan.  Maybe the discovery of this was dependent upon trial and error, in addition based on human nature. Some things are better understood and appreciated if more effort is put forth. Hmm.?

Understanding why anything happens takes will, determination, and belief. With time a revelation will occur producing some kind of outcome, in addition creating awareness and clarity, but beyond that, it develops intuition, strength of character, and the will to persevere. This is a good thing. 

I guess the answer to which came first, mindset, or routine is inconsequential because they both are one in the same, much like identical twins, in many ways needing each other to endure.The moral of this story is that trainers have to wear many hats other than just trainer. Legit trainers will always go the extra mile finding out the why about everything to the inth degree.  Does yours?

Muscle really does have memory

I learned this valuable lesson conclusively after once being paralyzed. Up to that point, especially as a bodybuilder with undying blind faith I just believed it, along with the importance of the mind and muscle connection. These two training principles went hand and hand with one another, and as I learned with time, leaving one of them out of the mix was a definite compromise. 

To develop a memory within a muscle is a result of repetition, as it's the mother of skill. Repetitions from resistance training produce a permanent imprint on all of your DNA, like a permanent stamp, hence the term muscle memory. 

In addition, think of your DNA like a cloud file where you won't lose information even if your computer crashes, in this case we're obviously referring to your body, which is amazing that way. Unless you have a strong belief system or first hand knowledge, you'd  probably never believe this phenomena.

This is important to know, and a useful benefit for those who are starting an exercise program. First of all, it's not uncommon for individuals to begin a program, then suddenly quit. In fact, big chain health clubs know this factual statistic, which is the reason they're constantly over selling  their capacity which I find highly irritating, devious, yet truthful. 

Here's an interesting fact. When an individual quits an exercise program, it's not all waisted effort, here's why. The length of time the average person, especially a newbie sticks with an exercise program is twenty seven days, but by then your DNA has been forever stamped, as a matter of speaking. 

Bottom line, many who quit exercise will once again return giving it another go with new found motivation, guilt or urgent necessity. The good news is once the DNA has initially been stamped, it's never like starting over from scratch, so in essence when a person restarts a previously failed exercise program, they're automatically ahead of the game.

Reason this is worth knowing, is because many mistaking think if they quit, what's the point of restarting if it's like starting over, which can be an unnecessary obstacle, but more often a lame excuse.

As a trainer, this is valuable knowledge as you can provide an immediate solution to a  client, which gives you instant street credibility and the perception you're an expert in your field. It's a win, win. Trainer's should keep in mind it only takes one person you make successful that end up becoming your most loyal client. I've personally witnessed it. 

Make a promise.... follow through

It's all about accountability, and exactly what's missing everywhere these days. It's a sign of the times, and from my perspective not a good one. I've been in the personal training business long enough to have seen my fill.

Through the years I've witnessed a generation that has gotten soft, with the next getting progressively worse. There's lack of fortitude and increasing cases, lack of respect for oneself and others. Our youth have gotten pathetically passive, not 100% being their fault. I come from a time when I was young, where I had to do chores before and after school, with consequences if I slacked off.

Now I'm sounding like my dad, little did I know how right he was. He was teaching me lifelong lessons in which I was completely oblivious. How could I know, I was freaking ten. Growing up on a family farm was one of the best things that happened to me. Thanks dad. 

That was my launching pad for life that helped me get through school, sports, kids, divorce, and life in general. Along with learning that accountability was important, knowing there were consequences for my actions or lack thereof has turned out to be the big daddy of all life lessons.

When I see what's happening in today's society I'm sure some good ole fashion manual labor is the answer. I know for a fact this is key, using my own kids as the example. Although they were not raised on a dairy farm with chores, that didn't get them off the hook. 

In their case I used sports to teach and develope their life long lessons.Through sport they learned the value of accountability, adversity, perseverance, and consequences. They're now at an age where they understand that. Listen, it's not if life is going to kick you in the ass, it's when. You have to be grounded at your foundation to be able to tolerate what comes your way. 

So here's today's training tip and life lesson. Make a promise, first to yourself, and to others when it applies, then follow through, with consequences if you don't. 

Cholesterol is healthy

This maybe a news flash for most people, but if it's your trainer, you might wonder why. I learned the real scoop about cholesterol after writing a book with a brilliant doctor, and my friend whose name is Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale. Some of you may have heard of the book, it's called The Anabolic Diet. 

In a nutshell Mauro was the genius behind this diet, and I was the guinea pig who followed it to the letter. This was a high fat diet, not entirely unique, yet it was specifically. Year's before, there was a popular diet on the market called The Atkins diet. He positioned this style of eating to the market as a low carbohydrate diet primarily for marketing purposes to give it a more commercial appeal. 

Back then there was even a dimmer view on eating fat. The Anabolic Diet proved with legit, unbiased research, that eating fat was not the culprit, it was actually carbohydrates. I'm sure for some of you, reading this fact will make you sit up an adjust your shorts, but it's the damn truth. 

I'll be forthright when I tell you I tried the Atkins diet, and it flat out worked, but the biggest issue for me, as it was for others was the lack of variety of food, which led to the consumer getting bored. This is where The Anabolic Diet was specifically unique.To be crystal clear, in terms of mechanics, both diets operate the same way, simply because they both access the free fatty acid metabolism, as opposed to the glucose metabolism. Most consumers are unaware that our bodies have two distinct metabolisms (glucose/ free fatty acid), that are differentiated by carbohydrate intake. 

As to how cholesterol is healthy. First, every cell of our body is made up of cholesterol. It's a steroid, and a lipid that synthesizes protein, carbs, and fats. It maintains balance, and regulates hormones, in addition helps with proper organ function. Here's the bottom line, like everything else in life, too much of anything consumed can be harmful. Did you know that you can drown if you drink too much water? It's called water intoxication. 

It only takes three hours

Are you sure you want to get in shape, get healthy, or feel better, because you don't act like it. Actions speak louder than words. You like many, enjoy hearing yourself talk. It all sounds good like when singing in the shower, but the truth is you sound like dog crap. 

The idea of something appealing really gets you riled up, because to dream of that is where it's at. The only problem with that snow job is when you wake up, because the reality and the dream usually don't match up. Dreaming takes way less energy. Damn you think!!

It's amazing how many of you think you're an expert on things, yet you're not, but it doesn't matter because you'll always find someone out there who will believe you.There are definitely others like you, as people are often attracted to those who are most like themselves. 

That can be an unfortunate fact in so many cases especially if it perpetuates all of the weak points you're aiming to strengthen.That's a nightmare in itself, but not as bad as your worst nightmare when you have that moment in a room all alone with a mirror. The moment of truth, when you really do come to grips that you're living the lie, not the dream. 

You get the he'll outta that room ASAP, and go back out into your fake world where you find your like minded people, and the lies continue. All better now, even though you know it's not real, but so what it feels good for now. Thank goodness for denial, and deception. 

However, there's hope and good news on the horizon. Somehow you just magically stumbled upon on something by accident at your local coffee shop while sucking down a foo foo coffee that has at least 750 calories. 

You can't believe what you're hearing from the next table over, listening to what appears to be a legit personal trainer having a heart to heart conversation with a future client. Yes the personal trainer states, "it only takes three hours per week to get in the best shape of your life". Is this really a dream you wonder? 

Health may not be the most important thing!

That's right, I said it. I learned this philosophy back in the late eighties from a head coach of the Bulgarian National Olympic Weightlifting Team who at the time were dominating the sport, which in that part of the world was bigger than the second coming. 

The secret to their success was based on focusing on the objective, which in this case was developing the strongest lifters in the world. I didn't realize how serious they were about that damn objective until I got a birds eye view, front and center. Sometimes you gotta see things with your own eyes before you believe.

My first encounter was in their olympic training center where they were hoisting some serious ass weight, not only one training session per day, but five. That was my first eye opener which prompted my first question. I asked the head coach, "why do you train so often, each time with that amount of weight"? His response was telling, when he remarked that repetition is the mother of skill, and the training they were putting their athletes through was specific to their olympic competitions. 

From that perspective, it made sense, but what really floored me, making it a wee bit difficult to get my head around was their philosophy on the type of diet they prescribed. High fat diet!!! WTF I thought. I was certain this coach had either lost his mind, or simply didn't care about his athlete's health. 

Coming from my background as a competitive bodybuilder, we were all about eating clean, so when this coach told me they had their athletes on a high fat diet, l asked "isn't that unhealthy"?. His response was " it didn't matter". I couldn't believe what I was hearing, proceeding to ask why not?. "Because eating a diet high in fat produces and provides the best result for developing optimum strength". I will admit, it took me sometime to understand that line of thinking, but eventually I did. There are always tradeoffs in life, this as an example of one of them. 

Don't let your brain beat you

It's only five pounds more. So many times throughout my personal training career I've watched clients meltdown when I give them this Intel. You can see it in their eyes, and body language. I already know when they attempt that next set they're going to fail. 

They've sent the message to their brain, and already beat themselves. The crazy thing is that in most instances their failing had nothing to do with not being physically strong enough. This is how powerful your brain is, in fact thought is the most powerful weapon we humans have. 

It's knowing how to harness all of this horsepower to create the right effect. So many times we just can't get out of our own way, yet when we do miraculous things happen. It's definitely a tug of war we all wrestle with. The solution of how we overcome this ongoing soap opera in our head is more important than the self induced distraction/ problem we create. 

Failure is an obstacle, but also the antidote, because like in the example above where only five pounds more was a deal breaker in spite of there being enough strength, the fear of failing was a hindrance.Yet when you face failure, and fear repeatedly, the perceived threat in your mind changes. 

In other words fail, fail, fail again, and fail hard until you overcome, and achieve. There's a small but huge distinction between knowing that you can do something, rather than hoping you can. This approach is direct and effective, the trade-off is having a face off with your fear, over, and again. 

The only way you can manage fear is fully understanding often times we exaggerate the fear which becomes a mountain instead of a mohill. Logically one should be able to process this objectively, but it's all too emotional. Stress plays a major role and exacerbates the problem. 

Fighting fear using a physical tactic such as weight training is a highly effective way to combat stress, relieving anxiety, which changes the mindset, and the perception of fear. Applying this strategy eventually changes the perception of failure, where you can now begin to exist in an environment where you can and will succeed. 

Devil is in the details

There are three sections of a coherent training program, start, middle, and finish. Before you ever start you should have a plan of attack. Your program should be designed around things like the level of your experience, pre existing and existing injuries, available and type of exercise equipment, and times per week of training. 

A common denominator of any training program is the beginning.This is your foundation, otherwise a base for all that will come afterward, so you musn't get overzealous and in a hurry to get through your workout. Accuracy is speed, meaning in the beginning be disciplined making sure your form and technique are impeccable. Fyi, this is easier said then done. 

After form and technique have been addressed, correctly implemented for each body part, it's time to move forward and start creating training tempo, that are defined by three categories, including slow, medium, and fast, which are all effective, and necessary for a well thought out program poised for reaching ones full training potential. 

In conjunction with the development and implementation of the various training tempos, one should also focus on the quality of repetitions for each body part, with the objective to feel each an everyone. This takes a boatload of discipline. You're now just getting outta the starting blocks of a training program. 

Getting into the middle section of a training program is to develope the meat and potatoes so to speak. Now it's time to fact find, determining which exercises are really the ones made for you, in other words, although all exercises work to a degree, there will be certain ones that are drastically  more effective. These are known, soon to be identified as your go to exercises which never fail to produce results.

The middle section is where the bulk of all results are attained, and also the section where mindset, perfect willingness and discipline will be defined, because it will make or break you. It's where so many lose it because it's a potential breaking point. In the middle section you'll have to learn how to tolerate various obstacles like training monotony, pain, and suffering. It's part of the equation, formula and price you pay for results. By the way this is the longer section of the three, start wrapping your head around that. 

Now, for the third section. Think of this as the refining part of the overall training program, like putting that fine shine on your shoes. By the time you arrive at this section you've learned how to produce results at will. You've become masterful, highly accomplished, to the extent watching you train is like a hypnotic dance with iron. The clanging of weights, and the pace at which you train is in fact artful, however unless you're at this level, most are oblivious, or unaware.

Does your trainer show or tell?

This new gym environment sucks... what the hell are these trainers doing. I've been in the personal training business for thirty six years, and at times it's unrecognizable as to what the hell these fakers are up to. I wish I was exaggerating but I'm not. These goof balls are all over the place with no semblance of anyone who knows their shit.Training clients have become more like show and tell, not for their clients mind you, instead for their own amusement.There's no doubt these bozos like hearing themselves talk, over, and over again. 

A legit trainer does and says less as opposed to more, and interestingly you get more.Their demeanor is that of complete control, and a certain calm that is almost hypnotic.There's no question they have absolute command, and it's quite apparent everyone around them feel it too  because it's obvious the energy and atmosphere in the entire room changes. 

When you ask them a question they have answers because they've been around long enough where they know a thing or two. When you're in their presence you know your in good hands and that you'll reach your goals no matter what. Regardless if they're training you, or explaining something very technical about nutrition, they do it effortlessly, in a manner which you can understand. In the fashion industry this ease of well calculated effort is known as sprezzatura. 

It's inevitable at some point the newness of your training program will wear off, but the reason you keep coming back in so many many instances is because of them. Not only are your results  undeniable, they've created an environment and made you feel like you never want to quit, disappoint, or let them down.This has nothing to do with feeling guilty, it goes way beyond. 

This legit trainer has evoked emotion and a new belief system at your core that never once existed. It's addicting as hell, and you love and crave it. No, there's no show and tell with this trainer, it's way more than that. The real question here is what kind of trainer do you have in your pocket. 

You can't handle the truth

No-one really likes hearing the truth, unless it's convenient truth. It can be harsh and revealing however much different when you're on the other side giving it to someone else, because that's a horse of a different color. You justify your brutal honesty deeming it necessary talking directly with language that's forthright and without filters, all the while dishing out the truth without hesitation, because you truly believe you're right, and that's that. You certainly don't take into consideration hurt feelings because you also justify your directness by stating emphatically "well, it's true", which at times is the damn truth. So be it!

Yet when the shoe is on the other foot you get defensive, pouty, and downright mean. You can't believe someone would say such things to you, even though in some cases you've asked for the truth. What kind of bullshit is that. It took alot of years for me to believe and understand, that truth really does set you free, but you have to be willing to tolerate the trade-offs. 

Be free, or bite your tongue instead of telling it like it is, perhaps because it's uncomfortable, or you care too fucking much about what other people think. If you're in this spot you have a dilemma my friend, foe, or who ever the hell you may be. Either you're all in to the truth or not, make up your damn mind, otherwise you're stuck in the middle like ham in a ham sandwich.

Am I getting a little too real for you right about now? Too fucking bad, maybe you can't handle the truth. If you're a legit trainer you better thicken up your skin, and this applies to you client. Many times you both bring a ton of baggage, and a whole lot of drama and denial to this potential relationship you're about to embark on. 

In some cases spouses blame one another for their own demise claiming as a result they've become wide load with yellows, which is code for fat asses. Trainers, you're no better with some of your stupid ass excuses for why you can't make your training session, consequently leaving your clients high and dry. Listen up both of you. If neither of you can speak the truth about what you need and expect from one another, including consequences due to lack of follow through, then you both can't handle the truth. Stop taking up valuable space. 

Is your trainer a yes guy, or yes girl?

This scenario often times happens especially with fake trainers because they don't have knowledge or strength of character. First of all, a legit trainer has a plan of attack, for themselves and their clients based on a ton of first hand experience, theory, and pure logic.They're always at least one step ahead of the game with a backup plan in case the original doesn't go like it should, and by the way it usually doesn't. 

There are so many ways to skin a cat, but you definitely don't skin every cat the same way, metaphorically speaking. Trainers who are not legit are always operating from behind, with their training strategy being nothing more than a series of after thoughts. 

This is one of first signs a trainer has a crack in their armor. Social media has created a crisis to a degree in the health and fitness industry because it lowers the bar for credibility, and promotes lack of accountability. Everybody and their dog these days are internet/social media experts. It's gotta be true because it's on the internet right? WRONG!

Fake trainer's are yes people, yet they need to say no at appropriate times. They read information somewhere, try it on a limited basis, and implement on their client. Yes they say, this is a great way to get results, but they really don't know why, but do a good job of perpetually nodding their head yes. 

If you're one of those clients who have a yes trainer it's not the worse thing in the world, however close. If ever you work with a legit trainer, they're bound to ruin you because then you'll have a valid reference, realizing that getting consistent results 75% of the time is much more significant that what a fake trainer can produce. Legit trainers are hard to come by, so be prepared to settle for mediocrity, unless you're willing to say no yourself. 

You may not get what you want, instead what you need

When you first start a training program, you don't really know what you want, except that you want it all. That's all fine and dandy but not a very good idea. First of all, it's overwhelming to your physiology plus it's inefficient, and counterproductive.

The fact you have goals in the first place is a definite positive, and if you can manage to consistently show up to your scheduled training sessions, you're half way in the ball game. Weight training, cardio conditioning, and nutrition are not rocket science, but if you're training yourself be mindful that eventually you'll figure it out, but I assure you it will be a long learning curve.

It's important to understand there will be alot of trial and error, even more failure, but it's part of the process and the price of admission as they say. From a perspective of efficiency, and experience, I would highly recommend considering a trained professional for putting together a coherent training regimen that will shorten the learning curve, minimizing natural crossroads of a program which often derail individuals due to frustration from lack of results. 

My recommendation at this stage is to hire a trainer for one solid month, as there is nothing quite the same as learning how to train in real time, which gives immediate insight on things like proper form, technique, training tempo, and rest periods. Completing a month provides a reference, and a good beginning point to put you on the right path. From here, meeting with a trainer once a month for a training tune up to check form, technique, and execution will keep progress moving forward nicely.

And finally, the next natural progression for facilitating progress is hiring a trainer full time where they will get into much greater detail in other important elements of a training program, in addition motivating you in ways far too advanced due to your lack of experience.  

Are you that trainer?

You dumb ass, you wonder why you can't make a living as a personal trainer. Well, I'll tell you why, other than being undisciplined, you're lazy, dramatic, and you give out shitty information, otherwise you're a peach. If I'm not making myself clear, I can repeat. 

We all have to start somewhere, I get that, but some of you fake idiots are not willing to learn the business in the right way. You gotta do the work man, put in the time, day in, day out. Early on based on all the time you'll end up investing, you're working for cheap as far as what you can eventually charge down the road for your service as a personal trainer. Here's why...

Besides knowing everything regarding nutrition and training, there's another world of information you should understand like the back of your hand. In other words, great trainers wear many hats, otherwise they fall way short of their full potential, eventually being exposed for who they really are, a fake trainer.

You see, you're  only as good as your weakest link. In case you're wondering what some of those are, here are a couple of examples.You gotta be a shrink of sorts if you want to make your clients perform to their full potiental. A great trainer has the ability to get in their client's head in a big way, very subtly I might add, to the point they don't even know it, the client that is.  

Great trainer's also have canny bedside manners, ranging from empathic to smart ass, funny or even degrading, however never at the expense of compromising client workouts. No, this is all calculated and contrived and part of the method to their madness.

It's all about creating an interesting environment or a specific edge in the training program to get the most production from the client. Great trainers know it's about the end game helping clients reach their goals, in addition knowing what it's going to take to get them there. Are you that trainer?

It doesn't have to go to hell in a hand basket

Get off the slippery slope and get back on the wagon. Look we're flawed humans who screw up from time to time. So what, pull your head out of your ass immediately. Don't look for a reason to fail, because that's what most people do. It's easier to use this strategy because it's a way to let yourself off the hook. 

That's bullshit thinking on every level.This is my training philosophy today as it's been for the last thirty six years. If you're willing to let yourself off the hook on a regular basis, you've already set yourself for failure, no mater what you're trying to achieve. 

The main problem is your head. You keep getting in your own way impeding results, not aware that it's gut check time for you in a big way. You have no idea how you're setting yourself for a major setback. I'm not making this up. I assure you you're preaching to the choir with all of these weak ass excuses you manage to dream up to appease yourself. 

If you don't stop this madness you're living with, meaning you, the pied piper will come calling, and you're not going to like it. You'll be so far in a hole, not even outside help with a rope will be enough to pull you out. Why can't human nature get that through their thick skulls and yet they don't. 

My advice for you as your concerned trainer is to break the cycle in your head. It's that negative pre recorded tape that's been looping in your head for years. Just say stop, either out loud or to yourself, doesn't matter, just say it now!! 

You're now on the right path because you've now switched from the useless pre recorded voice of destruct in your head, to listen mode. As your trainer I can help you, because potentially you're ready to accept my advice instead of your own.

I've tried everything... nothing works

Can't tell you how many times over the last thirty six years I've heard this statement. Let's be clear, it's a bullshit statement, one that most losers use. It's easier to give in, than to fight the fight. We know that if we're willing to admit it, but who the fuck wants to do that. 

My job as a legit trainer has always been to diceifer bullshit from the real when clients are talking to me. Sometimes I think I've been around too long in this industry, to the point I can't listen anymore. I find myself analyzing every word people say, which for the most part irritates the living shit out of me. Perhaps I've arrived at a stage of true mastery in the human condition, however only focusing on its weaknesses. Oh oh!

When I first got into personal training, using the apple as a metaphor, I was eating it, taking giant bites, getting fantastic pleasure.That apple seemed huge, I'm talking infinity huge, with no rotten spots any where, just big juicy beautiful bites, but then came that one day.

What the fuck was that I thought as my face cringed after taking a bite... it was a sour spot in the apple. It started happening more often, but I just rationalized it was because I was eating more of the apple. That's how the law of averages work, right? 

Actually yes, but there was more to it than that, but it was too early to know what was also going on. Albert Einstein was dead on when he said real knowledge is experience. With more years of experience it started becoming crystal clear.

The apple from which I had gloriously been eating had slowly over the years started eating me one bite at a time. I had come full circle, now what? It was time to reinvent myself into a different form or a better version of myself or just cave in like most losers, claiming I've tried everything, and nothing worked. No fucking way!!

Do discipline everyday

If you don't exercise discipline everyday in some way shape or form, it's not sustainable. Lack of discipline over time will promote apathy, and dissaray which are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The cause and effect of these contrasting emotions create a domino effect of psychological and physiological disruption.

Your life at this juncture will seem like a continuous spinning wheel where it's near impossible to break through to connect with yourself. This is when your life begins to spin out of control, which  can become a dangerous cycle if you don't pull out of it, so what do you do. 

A football coach once told me "do something even if it's wrong, because it's better than doing nothing at all". I never realized how profound a statement this was especially at that young age, but time and experience are great life lessons. 

When you're in this crazy spin cycle it can cause chaos and adversity, which in itself isn't a bad thing depending on how you use it. Instead, this is newfound energy that can be used as an advantage for creating momentum, which can create a path of least resistance. For example, kicking a soccer ball to a teammate down the field, rather than dribbling it yourself creates a path of least resistance, and a better use of energy. 

Once there's energy, an objective must be created, no matter what it is. Objectives create focus that eventually lead directly to discipline. Discipline loves repetition.You must understand, there's a process for developing something systematic, especially when results can seemingly at will be repeated. Remember, great things don't just happen unless you have targeted effort. Imagine how powerful that can make you. 

Creating discipline is like adding muscle to the body, meaning repetition is the mother of skill, and a process of a repetitive action over time. Most things in life are not final, but temporary, which is good news, because that means discipline is never forever lost, especially if you do even a small amount everyday. 

Someone's always doing something wrong, is it you?

Look around you idiots, I guarantee someone is doing something wrong inside the gym. Legit trainers are mindful of that, especially if they work with multiple clients at one time, yet surprisingly most don't take this advice seriously. 

You would never know it if you saw some of these trainers by the way they carry on while training their clients, because it appears they're on it, paying close attention. It's like when you see everything, but can't see things right in front of you. The challenge is maintaining the necessary discipline keeping one's self the most accountable of the group, not some of the time, but always. 

Human nature falls prey to things that become too routine. It's like a baby being rocked to sleep. There's no question many of these trainers are asleep at the wheel, walking around with their eyes open, training their clients, but they're not really awake, and they don't even know it. 

A legit trainer understands the ultimate goal is to make every aspect of every training session productive, whether you're training one, or multiple clients. Don't fall into the training trap of cruise control mode, suddenly becoming aware you have all your clients on a training program that is more similar than personalized. 

Don't be that trainer who slowly forgets what made them unique to that client who outta the blue starts missing training sessions. This is a sign you've strayed off the beat and path from what you originally intended, which was to be fully engaged with your client and the main objective being to get them in the best shape of their lives.

It will happen before you realize it, where all of a sudden you have a client deficit.Then it hits you right between your eyes, and you wake up. You were once a trainer who was mindful, correcting your clients because they were doing something wrong, now it was you.