I hope you are keeping your training high quality, and not doing endless reps for the sake of it. I highlighted some of the problems with this methodolgy last week in this post right here (click here)
Before I crack on, I thought I’d mention that I have seen the end!!!!!! It was in Dalaman airport in Turkey – Pic at the end of this article!!!
Quality over Quantity
Last week, I mentioned that people tend to go for more and more volume of sub-standard training exercises, sets, reps etc. I wrote mainly about exercise and that people often do more work on low quality choices and some more tips. Today I want to address 3 topics.
We all know what is good for us. Don’t we?
Ok, so maybe a lot of people swallow the crap that they hear:
‘wholegrain’ is good for you,
‘this fizzy drink is ok because its diet’
‘look! only 89 calories per serving!’
I hope you are a member of the website (if not – click here – its fr.ee!) and have read most (if not all) of my articles over the past few years. I identified in ‘The Calorie Conundrum'(click to view), that Quality is far more important that Quantity. If you havent got time to read it….ask yourself this:
Whats better for me to eat?
a) 400 kcals of grass fed beef and some broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes etc.
b) 300 kcals of crisps, chocolate and diet coke?
Im sure even the most eager of calorie-counters out there know the answer.
Stop counting calories! Use the extra hours you ll save, by shopping for QUALITY food regularly, and exercising hard, and frequently.
2: Quality and Quantity: Pricing
Is an expensive car (BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Bentley etc) the same to drive as a more affordable car (___insert your own car brand here!_____) ?
I’l say that I am probably not the cheapest coach in Hull if you are interested in losing fat and getting leaner, while getting stronger at the same time. Then again, I am probably not the most expensive either.
It all boils down to QUALITY and VALUE FOR MONEY.
There were occasions at the old health club I used to work out of, when people would ask about my pricing………and then I would see them being coached the very next day with another trainer (probably because they got a session free, or it was cheaper etc.)
Little did the client know that they would spend half-to-most of the time on looooooong boooooring cardio – that they could have done themselves!!!!!!
" Hey! You can pay me to press a button and talk to you!
When you pay for coaching – coaching is what you should get. Not just a physical beating!!!
In fact, highly successful coach Joe De Franco once said
“Remember that it’s easy for a coach to make an athlete tired, but it takes a true professional to get an athlete stronger, faster, more flexible and better conditioned. “
Do you want a clue when your trainer does not have a clue?
They do not follow any kind of program or system for getting you results. Ie, they do not have a program on a clipboard in front of them 90% of the time…..or they are really dis-organised.
If you hear your trainer say ” Hmmmm what shall we do next? I know, let’s ____(insert on-the-spot-exercise-just-thought-up-now here) ______ “…..then RUN.
Another clue your trainer is clueless. Doing 'fun' exercises that do next to nothing!
Quality and Quantity – Your Gym membership
Have you ever ran some numbers and come out a little perplexed? How about this. Ask your gym roughly how many members they have. You will be blown away.
They are likely to have more than you think. Can you imagine, what if, just for one day (not unreasonable), say that your gym has 5000 members, and we say that 20% (not a lot it would seem – yet it is 1000 people) decide to train at the busiest time (eg monday night 6pm). You get havoc.
You see, gyms sell people memberships, hoping they will sign up for the year, get stuck in a 12 month contract, come 5 times a week for a month……….and then return once every summer for a while to lose some weight before their holidays.
Big gyms, rarely care about what you do after you have signed up. If yours does care – then congrats! You re in the minority.
If this wasn’t true, then why do big gyms have so many ‘sales advisors’ and next to no gym staff around? Or if there are gym members – they’re all round the desk laughing and joking (and being intimidating or anti social?!)
I feel good to know that I know what every client needs, and what will help them go where they want to go. If something is not working, we can work out another route.
Its all about Quality and Value!
Hope you loved this post anyway. If you have any topics you want me to write about – drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and Il see what I can do.
Oh, I nearly forgot!!! Here is ‘the end’ that I mentioned at the start of todays blog post. The MEGA MAC!!
The ‘Mega Mac’ is a classic example of quantity over quality………
I’m sure you know that this is probably not the best meal to have. (Im sure you can find a better meal for less in an airport too!)
Have a good week – Let me know if you are hankering for a free Bootcamp trial tomorrow night (Wednesday 13th July). You re not scared of a bit of quality conditioning are ya? 😉