5 things you can’t say to your trainer

When I thought I got to hear all the excuses in the world, new ones come up from all kinds of clients. These excuses come disguised as questions, or just plain sarcasm. Let’s dig in.

-But didn’t you say less is more?

Yes I said it, but you have to earn it first. You have to have busted your ass in the gym and diet to the max to reach a point where you can maybe take it easy and still get reasonable results. The thing is that when you start training, your body’s learning curve is virgin, so he can take a beating with high volume, high intensity and probably anything you can throw at him. As you get some years of training experience under your belt, your body can generate the same results with less work, but still the same intensity though. For example, take a newbie and give him the training of an advanced trainee, he will find it hard but not as hard as the advance trainee. You have to know which exercise works the most, you train and you learn, you absorb information like a sponge. You use compounds exercises like the deadlifts and high pulls instead of the tricep kickbacks and the bosu. So yes, less is more, but use this analogy correctly with the right tools.

 -I want to be ripped

So what you are really saying is that you will dedicate the next 3 months (if not more) to eating clean, analyzing every aspect of you lifestyle to tweak it the best you can to achieve the ripped magazine look? You will be able to have little to no social life, sometimes going against what people think as normal eating behavior and be criticized by your friend as being ‘’not normal’’ and ‘’no fun’’? You will dedicate at least 4 to 5 days a week to lifting weights, for a good 12 weeks? You are absolutely positive on the fact that you will take every supplement you need to take in order to achieve that ripped look? That you will take at least 2 to 3 liters of water every single day? Then, my friend, you will be ripped and in the best shape of your life…

-I don’t believe in that GMO crap, it’s only to make more money.

Than I ask, what is GMO? The answer I get is usually as clear as someone who tries to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon. Basically, they are genetically modified plants or animals that have been manipulated in a lab by other plants, animals, bacteria and/or viruse’s DNA. Why? They have to modify it so their produce will be more resistant to herbicides, and they also do it to contain built-in pesticides. Problem is that although we know that GMOs have not been proven safe, long-term use on health and environment has not been properly studied. I don’t know about you, but I like real food, and I don’t like to eat pesticides.

-Is it ok if I indulge once in a while in sugar or just some little treats?

First, define once in a while. Once a day or every other day is not acceptable. Second you are not a dog, you don’t have to reward your self with food. Last, most processed food contains benzoic acid, which can inhibit the function of digestive enzymes, Monosodium glutamate (MSG) aka flavor enhancers, which can and will probably cause headaches, nausea and burning sensation for most people. Did you know that the average American can consme 6 to 9 lbs of additives in a year? You like candies? Raspberry candies and sweets often use Beaver anal glands to enhance the flavor. Female beetle secretions are responsible for the nice shine on skittles and ice cream sprinkles. Really don’t know if this is true, but…no anal glands are gonna find some way to my mouth…no sir.

-I think I’m stuck on plateau

Only once you have done everything accordingly you can say that you are stuck on a plateau. I think you know what you should do and what you are really trying to do is find some magic trick that will make you keep in your little comfortable place without any great effort or increased intensity. You can stay there for as long as you want, but the truth is that you are not that far from getting back on track. What’s sad is that most of the time, you know why you are stuck there, and you know what to do to get out of it. There is no easy way out.

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