|We Build Muscle the Old Fashioned Way - With
Sweat and Steel - OSHIIT
Are the Key
are the way to financial success as a trainer
One would think the best way to
success as a personal trainer is to get
results for your clients. WRONG! The best way to make money as a personal
trainer is to have a lot of clients. And the best way to have a lot of
clients is to make the training look like a workout
without actually having the client work hard. People like
the idea of going to the gym, they dream of getting fit, gaining muscle, and
but they're not so keen on actually putting in the effort
it takes to get the results they want. So trainers have clients do a lot twisting and turning, twiddling,
ball tossing, doing
hundreds of reps with weights too light to ever develop any muscle or tone. They
try every new gimmick or exercise trend that comes along. It all looks very
official and has the appearance of working out; However, most of it is useless. I call these
workouts. It's a biological fact that the body doesn't grow muscle or improve
cardiovascular fitness unless you push it to near its current capacity. And the
intensity of WEAKLING workouts is far too low to ever cause the
body to generate a physiological change.
I can't begin to tell you how many personal trainers have their clients
performing WEAKLING workouts. You can't blame them though.
Experienced personal trainers know that WEAKLING workouts are the easy
way to financial success as a personal trainer. And trainers know from experience that if they start
putting their clients through ACTUAL workouts that are
effective, many of their clients will simply either drop out or switch to other
trainers who do subscribe to the WEAKLING principle.
So you see clients doing lifts with
ridiculously light weights, or using machines almost exclusively, ignoring the
major lifts such as deadlifts and squats, etc. The cardio they do is usually no
more effective than taking a walk around the mall. Actually, most people would
get a better workout pushing a vacuum cleaner around their house then they will
from what they do at the gym. Of course these people generally get very poor results, but that rarely seems to bother them.
You can't starve yourself fit
If the client does get any results, it's generally due to dieting, not
exercise. And while you can starve yourself skinny, you can't starve yourself
fit! True fitness is a combination of proper diet and proper exercise.
If you can read a book while doing
cardio, you are wasting your time - Unless it's a good book
Now everyone has to start somewhere, and if you are really out of shape, then yes,
easy workouts are the way to get the ball rolling. But use them as a springboard
with the goal of moving up to harder workouts. The reality is, if you are
basically healthy, reasonably fit, and reading a book while doing cardio, then
you are wasting your time - Unless you are enjoying the book. Your workouts
lack the intensity to either get you fit or burn any significant amount of fat.
The other extreme is overtraining. When I
talk about an effective workout, I'm not referring to the kind of workouts you
see in movies and TV shows where some drill instructor is standing over someone
screaming, "give me one more!" Those kind of workouts, while very dramatic and
make good movie scenes, only lead to overtraining and injury. And while the
workouts in my advanced programs are grueling (those are only for advanced
trainees who are looking for very rapid results or preparing for contests), a workout doesn't have to be grueling and painful
to be effective, but it should make you work
hard and breath hard. My clients work out with intensity. It's the intensity that makes our workouts effective. The goal is to work at a level that's intense
enough to trigger a physiological response in your body without over stressing
it. I've had clients tell me that they hurt less from my workouts than compared to what they used to do, yet they make faster progress
with my workouts. Your workouts have to have intensity, but they also must
not damage the body and they must allow for adequate recovery between workouts.
And remember, as hard as you work out, you must rest hard also.
It's actually quite shocking how many successful personal trainers aren't in
shape their self. Now granted, just because someone can get their self in shape
doesn't automatically mean they will be a good personal trainer. However, if
they can't figure out how to get their own self in shape, why would you
think they could ever figure out how to get you in shape? Hmmm…
TRUE STORY: I once observed three men working out together with a personal
trainer. They were all in their mid 30's with beer bellies and skinny arms and
legs - including the trainer! And of course they were doing completely worthless
exercises. I asked them how they liked their trainer. "We love him," they
responded. Since they clearly looked like beginners, I asked how long they had
been working with their trainer. They had been working with their trainer for
three years! Three years, and yet not a one of them had any kind of muscle tone or
appearance of fitness. But to be fair, if their trainer had actually tried to
make them do an effective workout, they probably would have quit him years ago.
So their trainer and WEAKLING workouts were the correct combination
for all involved. CHA-CHING!
TRUE STORY II: A girl who had been working with personal trainers for over
two years told me that she had hit a plateau and was going to try to break it by
doing extra workouts. I explained that people generally do better at plateau
busting by increasing the QUALITY, not the quantity of their workouts. Simply repeating the
same workout that got them stuck where they are over and over is not likely to
improve things. (Reread that
sentence and think about it for a minute). People improve by doing better
workouts, not by doing more of the same. I showed her one of my basic full-body
cardio workouts. She lasted less than 5 minutes before she was too exhausted to
continue. This is a workout that I expect even my weakest female clients to be
able to do 15 minutes of after ONLY 2 MONTHS of training. She had over TWO YEARS
of working with personal trainers and couldn't last 5 minutes on a workout that
she should have been able to do 15 minutes of after only 2 months of training.
Her problem wasn't that she hit a plateau. Her problem was she spent two years
twirling around on balance balls and walking on treadmills and had NEVER DONE
ANYTHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE HER FIT. And if you aren't fit, how are you
going to look fit?
Don't be a WEAKLING
Make your workouts effective and make them work for you.
Up as Lean
|Another True Story
The other day I overheard a gym patron complaining to the
management that the guy next to him on a cardio machine was sweating too
much! The irony was the guy complaining was your typical middle-aged
overweight male. His idea of cardio was walking on a treadmill while
reading a book. He was clearly utilizing the WEAKLING principle. The
sweating guy was about 10 years older and very fit. I guess that's a
common problem for gyms. People actually trying to get fit are annoying