Why Training twice a week doesn’t do…
Shit! Yes, some might say that 2 are better than none and others may use the excuse that it’s the only time they have.
Ok than I’m good with that. But let’s be honest
You don’t need to ‘’maintain’’ and if you are because of a busy schedule, reorganize and find time. No one maintains indefinitely.
Some might say that they are in their ‘’deload’’ week. Like cheat meals, you have to earn them.
It is very easy to get in that comfortable zone and stay there. Unfortunately, some trainers will let you stay there because of their own lack of motivation. Regroup and get it done.
Why you need supplements.
Yes, you need them. You need the basics like Fish oils, enzymes, and multivitamins. You see, supplements are like the keys to unlock some of your hidden potential. The goal is to individualize the protocols which is where it can get complicated. Isn’t that what we trainers should do, make complicated things easier for you to understand?
Everyone has some type of nutrient needs or requirement for their goals or health problems/concern. Feeling depressed or always tired? It’s not a lack of Prozac or caffeine. Can’t seem to find motivation or have digestion problems? Read on.
Multivitamins will help anything that can support detoxification phases for environmental toxins and the crap you supposedly are not eating. It also provides other essential vitamins and minerals supporting thousands of chemical process that happens in our body every single day.
Fish oils can support mood and motivation in more ways than you can imagine.
There is quite a record of health benefits that fish oils can provide. Here is a little list with the most prevalent benefits.
- May help reduce risk of coronary heart disease
- Stimulates blood circulation & reduce blood pressure
- Helpful in cases of depression & anxiety
- Possible anti-cancer effects (breast, colon, prostate)
- Improves thickness of carotid arteries
- Improved immune system in infants
- Significant help in children with learning & behavioral issues
- Pain relief & anti-inflammatory
- Maintenance of joint health
- Improved memory, recall, focus, and reasoning
One of the reasons why people can’t seem to feel the benefits is that they take very low amounts compared to the research which dosages range from 10 to 30 grams of fish oils a day. Most people take about 2 caps a day, which is about 3 grams a day.
One of the most overlooked supplements is digestive enzymes and HCL. As your stress goes up, stomach enzymes go down. If you are bloated, constipated or have acid reflux symptoms, you have low stomach enzymes and acidity.
One important fact to mention is that if your stomach enzymes are under par, some of the other supplements you are taking might lose their effectiveness since you can’t break them down properly.
Do this little test. Take 1 cap of the supplement called Enzymatic control from ATP during your regular meal (consisting of at least 30-40 gr of animal protein, veggies and fat). If you feel a warm or little burning sensation (light acid reflux) afterwards, it means that your enzymes are up to par. If not, next meal, take 2 caps during your meal. And so on until you reach 3 caps. If you reach 3 caps with no burning sensation, you have found a major problem that may be the reason for the lack of results. If that is the case, take 3 caps every meal (assuming you eat well) until you feel that light burning sensation and than go down to 2 caps and so on. It could take a few weeks to a few months, even more.
Why you need to assess body composition
I’m the type of trainer that wants more results than clients. If the clients don’t want to take their bodyfat because they know they messed up for a few days, I’m obviously not going to bug them with it and wait a few days before I try again.
However, some trainers say they don’t believe in taking bodyfats or measures. So what they really are saying is that they don’t want to feel accountable for the lack of results.
I personally use the BioPrint from Charles Poliquin with all clients and evaluations for body composition.
First things first, if you think it’s your trainers fault (although it can be), you are often mistaken. They may spend 3-4 hours a week with you, that is 240 minutes of training, explaining (I hope) and fixing up and readjusting the plan accordingly.
You have 164 hours, 9840 minutes to do on your own, making the right decisions. Isn’t it amazing how little time we have with you and how much time you have to mess up on your own???
You think it’s expensive to hire a professional? Wait until you hire an amateur.
No one was ever able to make a perfect plan from the get go and no one can predict the outcome of a given plan. Even the same plan, although successful at once, may not be the second time around.
Ask questions and they will answer without holding back. The traits of great trainers is their ability to answer in a way you can understand. If they can’t, they should do all they can to find the answers or refer you to someone who does. Those are the traits of effective trainers.