Tony has had somewhat of a REMARKABLE Year. He went from “always drinking, mindless eating Tony” to Loving life, Loving Bootcamp (!), and still loving a drink Tony.” (He has still been able to make great progress even when going out, as he sticks to the plan!)
Since then, it has been harder but some things are even clearer than before.
Here are his words from just the other day….
” I just thought as the year comes to an end I would update you all on my weight loss journey, its been nearly six months since I posted my first article and Im sure you have all been on the edge of your seats wondering how things have gone :O)
I turned 40 in june and as you know I had reached the 21 stone bracket a target that John had set for me, as happy as I was with the weight loss I was more happy with other things my body shape was changing quickly, I was looking leaner and training hard and really enjoying it, so with this in mind I decided not to focus too much on my weight and focus more on eating healthily and to carry on enjoying exercise I knew if I did that I would carry on losing more weight, while bootcamp was my mainstay I started looking for other things to test myself I started going on longer walks something I want to do even more of next year, I also started doing some boxing training at the gym something else I really enjoyed not bad for a fella who 12 months ago was struggling going up the stairs!!!
Tony Enjoying himself on the Xmas Bootcamp night out!
So as we head towards the end of the year I am weighing in at 19stone 11 pounds ive lost 12″ from my waist and over eight from my chest, but above all that I feel great and looking forward to setting myself plenty of new challenges for next year .
Thanks for reading il give you a shout in six months x
As You can see – Tony has made a real difference to his life, and he’s on a bit of a mission. It took a lot of effort in the beginning, but was managed to stay strong even when it got tough, both training and his food/lifestyle. He decided to make a difference…… will you?!
Often the conversation goes a long the lines of this:
“So you’re a trainer eh? So….how do I get rid of this?” (Points or grabs hip/waist/belly)
I then have a few options.
a) Spend 10-15 minutes going through various foods and training scenarios – only to find that there is ‘no way’ that said person could give up this food or that time, or train so many days a week.
Or lift heavy things.
Or drink water on its own.
Or ___(insert your own strategy)___ .
b) Get onto another topic – because hey! I’m not at work! 😉
‘b)’ tends to be more popular these days! Truth be told, I do usually give a bit of good info – but honestly, nothing get’s done until someone steps through my door READY TO TAKE ACTION .
Anyway, while I may only have 2 options, if you want to lose weight (fat in particular)…….YOU in fact, have MANY OPTIONS!!
Do it on your own.
This is hard. You maybe have a gym membership or you have some home equipment.
Either way, you need to get yourself motivated to do the work, and with no one else doing it with you (or even making sure you stay on track) – It can be so much nicer to just sack it off
Cam’s top tip: If you go this route – try and get a training partner.
1, They will be ready to train and make you turn up (you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to turn up!)
2, They will push you to train harder . These benefits will help them also – its WIN WIN! This just ONE of the options we have at YOUR NEXT LEVEL FITNESS(opens in Facebook)… and is simple…you train together, maybe use similar exercises and reps, but change some things if they do not suit you.
So one of you might do step ups, one of you might squat to a bench if you have sore knees. One of you might use more weight on the dumbell press.
Either way, you all train in a nice place, and it’s win win!
If you’re at a gym,the main drawback is that it can cost more money….. say 10 years at a gym from £30-£50 per month is £3600-£6000 over 10 years. Home equipment will just cost you the outlay of equipment.
If you want a home set-up I would recommend resistance like a barbell and some other stuff if you want it.
Using resistance is the easiest – if not the only way to shape your body. Now, it doesn’t matter too much if you use barbells, dumbells, sandbags, kettlebells, or bales of hay!
Whatever the tool – you need it to be hard for your body to change to adapt to the workload.
If you are serious and can afford to spend upwards of a few hundred quid , I recommend a power rack,
The problem with calorie counting is that it’s not an exact science, as your body deals with chemicals – not just heat. (Measuring the heat given off by burning foods is how we know roughly how many calories are in them)
If you want my opinion on calories on one sentence = Calories do matter for weight gain/loss………..however the type of food is more important, and 95% of the time I don’t have client count calories because that time (A LOT OF TIME) could be better spent exercising and preparing meals.
After all – if calories were all that mattered – then weight watchers would be all we would need.
And that leads us perfectly on to slimming groups!
Weight watchers and slimming world appear to be the main slimming groups (I am aware there are many more)
The good thing about these groups (and why they are successful) is that if you change your food habits for the better – really good things can happen. Just check out some of the success stories HERE)
All these didn’t just exercise, they changed their nutritional habits.
Simply being in a group and trying to change your habits is a lot easier than going it alone. You can see where others are going wrong – and they can help you too. Often it’s not that the slimming group has thr right information – just that the social and accountability involved makes the difference.
This gets around the problem of not having a friend to train with or make sure you actually turn up. Other like-minded people will train in a class with you……it could be a spin class, a boxing class, a bodypump class………there are many to choose from!
Pros: You turn up because others do
You may evcen make a few extra friends to hang out with outside of training
Pushes you harder
You can get a lot iof work inside an hour with an instructor not letting you slack
Often you have to go along at the ability level of the rest of the class
Even when there are progressions to make it harder – usually the amount of weight on the bar is the easiest to change – and most studios don’t have enough plates.
Our classes use plenty of weights so that this is not a limiting factor.
Classes usually do too much aerobic work. Yes, you get a sweat on as you are nearly constantly moving – but your body soon adapts (maybe 6-8 weeks) and then your body will hardly change unless you make it SIGNIFICANTLY harder.
Technique – while this is better than on your own unsupervised – often in a class of 20 people it will be really hard to correct – especially in a lot of classes where the instructor takes part.
5. You can hire a personal trainer. I’ll try not to be too biased!
The biggest downside of hiring a personal trainer is the cost. £20,30,40,50+ per hour is a lot of money – and when I first started out I thought it was unusually high.
However (!), Now that I am wiser, more knowledgeable, and better looking (my wife may argue differently) – I really see the value……ESPECIALLY in the first few sessions.
Why the first few sessions?
a) You learn HOW to lift properly.
I wish I had even known about personal trainers when I was 16 – I would have invested a few months pocket money for 1 hour of solid advice no problem. (Reason being I spent tons of time doing bench presses, shoulder presses and curls in my bedroom and shed………… with my weights from ARGOS .
I did, I’m pleased to add, do a lot of squats and lunges off the old WEIDER posters that came with the weights!!
I would say that the weight training on my legs is what helped make me such a fast football player. Beside, no guy wants chicken legs do they????
b) You learn what the best foods are to eat to build muscle and lose body fat. What can I say? This is priceless.
c) You’re more likely to stay injury free (because you are lifting properly)
d) If the trainer is really good – you’ll learn how to program your own sessions. Yes they may not be perfect as you re not under the direct supervision of a trainer, but they will be better than 90-99% of the other people in the gym randomly lifting and spinning their wheels……or watching TV!!!
e) You get support in future
f) You get the accountability factor
“If I can get to bootcamp – I can get through the session!” Is what I remember hearing a few times last summer. If you book in with someone – you are less likely to cancel than if it was just you saying to yourself “I’ll train tomorrow morning.”
Also, Do they do nutrition? Food is a MASSIVE part of the fat loss equation – and if you have someone who ‘just trains’ – they might not be the on for you. Oh, you may want to see their insurance if you are really unsure.
Bootcamps are everywhere these days. On the plus side – they can be fun, effective and are cheaper than personal training sessions.
However, like all things – There is a downside!
Depending on the bootcamp – there are a number of things to consider.
What’s the goal of the program?
Is it safe?
What about injuries?
Ability levels and modifications!
Some programs are ‘fitness’ programs and will focus on aerobic exercise. Great for aerobic fitness, not so time-efficient for fat loss. It has been documented that aerobics are not that great for fat loss when you factor in the calorie burn post workout. Things like interval training would do better – given the amount of time you invest. (That’s not to say that aerobic exercise is ‘bad’…….just that it’s not the best use of your ……..say……3 hours a week you have available to train. )
That said – if you don’t like to train shorter and harder – then you have to do the exercise that you will stick with!
Is it safe?
If you’ve read my work on my website before – you will know that I am not a supporter of running if quite overweight.
This is where you have to be a bit wary of some classes as it can be as easy as you, yourself starting up a bootcamp of your own!!!!
“Hey! I’m in a field, and let’s start a weight loss class where we run laps and then we might do some press ups here and there – thanks for the money!
If overweight, running is a lot of stress on your joints. Also, if doing press ups (a chest exercise – front of the body) and nothing for the back – pulling exercises – you are causing an imbalance at the shoulder joint (which can then affect posture….and lead to back pain and more).
Some can be all pain and no gain!
Click this link to read an interesting article regarding some bootcamps.
Anyway, I started HULL’S FIRST BOOTCAMP back in 2009 – and I learned gradually how to design and manage large groups effectively. We started out with a handful in the summer – and became smaller in the winter!
The weather was poor here – check this vid out…..hard work! (CLICK ON THE PIC BELOW)
There are many more too – and you can be one of them! The most successful often invest in a 1-on-1 to go through nutrition and they stick to the plan 🙂
We simply encourage you to do your best – while we provide the food tips, training sessions – and a supportive community. I feel like we use the best bits from all the options laid out above – and we try to strengthen the weaker points.
I hope you enjoyed this post – and that you realise that you DO have quite a few options 🙂
A friend is trying to help you solve your problem.
You want to lose fat.
You don’t really know where to start – you just know THAT YOU HAVE TO START.
A personal trainer is one of the many options you have. You actually have quite a lot of options. (I will go through many next week!)
This short blog post will assume you’ve decided that hiring a personal trainer is what you have decided on, here we will outline what to look for, and what to look out for!
1. Trust and feeling comfortable
You simply need to feel comfortable talking to this person. They could be the best personal trainer in the world, with the right education, loads of experience, a body that you think is better than most peoples – but if you just……. don’t……. feel comfortable………..
My advice? ……..LEAVE! You need to feel that you could go through your personal problems (no matter how personal ) and they can try to help you come up with a solution – and you don’t feel silly or anything negative.
2 . Education and Training
Look for some kind of education (you thought this would be the top one didn’t you!)
Regardless of results – first, you need to be SAFE. If there is a personal trainer that tries to sell you on some whacky exercise that is ‘brand new’ and ‘isolates belly fat’ and has you wobbling all over an inflatable object with a dumbbell in your hand singing #Nelly the elephant # …….be suspicious. (Admit it, now you are singing Nelly the Elephant)
Safety first, then judge the training.
Going back to number 1 – if you feel comfortable with a trainer – you probably have a good hunch that they are ok.
Saying that, check they have some sort of degree, diploma or certification, and ask what they had to do. (If in doubt, remember the name of their qualification and google it on the net later!)
You can now do some courses over a few weekends and you can decide if that’s enough to be training people like you (I personally think that they should be working for a gym getting experience first)
Which brings me onto my next point…..
3. Do they look the part?
No, a personal trainer doesn’t need to look like a bodybuilding mr or mrs universe……
Because in fact, that might make you feel even more uncomfortable! (See reason # 1)
They should look after their own bodies, and not be either obese or weak………as they would just be a hypocrite. (See below)
Whats their philosophy? Do you agree?
If a personal trainer says that you need one piece of magical equipment eg kettlebells or vibrating plates or ropes etc and only these tools to get lean – do you agree? Do you agree with food recomendations?
This can be a double-edged sword as sometimes, we do need to change what we have originally thought – because sometimes we are just plain wrong……….we have believed others lies for so long and that has got us to where we are today. When I first started out I used to believe the cardio hype too! It was only when I saw better results with weight training that I knew I had to change my training methods too.
So keep an open mind – but be vigilant and ask questions if unsure.
Who have they trained?
Anyone you know?
Do they have some evidence of others they have trained?
and part 2 HERE – http://www.yournextlevelfitness.co.uk/?p=2602
This part 3 will focus on stocking fillers and small things that may go a long way if someone you know loves to stay in great shape.
Interval trainingis one of the most efficient ways to burn body fat – and is a valuable tool in what I use with all my personal training and bootcamp clients in Hull. You can do workouts at home – but looking at the clock is annoying!
We spoke about the FAT GRIPZ in part 2 last week. These are cheap, simple and effective (If you remember to do them) Click the pic for more info….
I will probably get several books this year – you can learn and apply things that others have learned from – they can save you years of mistakes.
Santa got me Dan John’s book last year (Thanks Santa! I knew I had been a good boy) and I read it really quickly. It has a good deal on philosophy and lifting weights – a solid read if you like to clean and press, bench press, squat and deadlift 🙂
Click below for more. (By the way, you can probably find 90% of it online – but I find it easier reading the book)………… if you like kindle – GO HERE
I have always liked Jonny Bowden’s approach, some of it can be a bit complicated with supplements etc – but one resource I can turn to is his 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth book.
If you want to know something – it’s most likely in here
I hope you enjoyed this edition and it inspired a few ideas!