When I was 17 and getting ready to graduate high school, I was 5’6 tall and weighed a whopping 118 pounds. The nickname “stickman” was given to me and stuck for a number of years until I decided I’d had enough.
Being rail thin and bullied throughout middle and high school motivated me to start using weights in hopes of getting big and strong. So I spent my twenties training hard, learning what worked and what didn’t, and then getting certified as a personal trainer.
I fell in love the the fitness business and dedicated my time to learning how the body works and how exactly to get mine into top notch shape. And I did.
When I was 26, my body fat was 6.5% and I was as muscular as I’ve ever been. But more importantly, I felt great.
In the 19 years since, fitness coaching has been an important part of my life, even when I was working a full-time desk job and struggling with my marriage.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with hundreds of awesome people all over the country, written more exercise programs than I can count and seen so many lives change right before my eyes.
It’s why I do this.
As with anything, we get better the more we practice and I’ve heard it said that we can legitimately call ourselves an expert when we’ve studied and practiced our art for at least 10,000 hours.
Now I’ve never added up the hours I’ve logged nor do I know everything; far from it.
And in all honesty, some of my early programs and advice were garbage. I didn’t know what I know now about proper training techniques and progression and it’s a continual learning experience.
With that said, I’ve had incredible success with my clients and have developed certain programming “hacks” for lack of a better term and use them to train my clients today with phenomenal results.
How Does This Help You?
I get emails every day from dads wondering how to workout effectively, how to use cardio and weight training together, how to train with limited time, and how to train with no equipment or gym membership.
There is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there and most of it is crap.
I’m a firm believer in having a plan and in this example, for your body. Wandering around the gym looking for a free piece of equipment is not a plan. Googling “chest workouts” 10 minutes before you hit the gym is not a plan. And using a workout created for any of the millions of men who read Men’s Health magazine is not a plan.
A good plan will include:
- A progressive strength training component
- A cardiovascular exercise component (think HIIT, circuits, metcon, etc.)
- A warm up and cool down component
- It should be be specific to your goals, abilities, limitations, resources, and schedule.
Workout programs are a dime a dozen and you can find thousands of them with a quick Google search. The problem I have, and which is one of my pet peeves, is that it’s mass marketed to everyone and sold as one size fits all.
And that’s not the way to train.
You wouldn’t go to your doctor and tell them what’s wrong with you and expect him to give you a diagnosis based on the symptoms of the guy in room 2, so why use someone else’s program?
To be fair, pretty much any program will work for anyone for a certain time and that’s just the nature of muscle confusion, overloading, and weight training. Push your body and it responds. Pretty straight forward, right?
But if it were that simple there would be no fitness coaches.
In order to get the best results and minimize your chances of getting injured, it makes the most sense to use a workout program specific to your goals, needs, abilities, resources, and schedule.
I mean if you have 20 minutes to workout daily but you’re following the p90x, things aren’t going to turn out well for you. If you are trying to burn calories by running but you hate running, it won’t be long before you quit.
And many of you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I do my best to help you reach your fitness goals here on FitDadNation.com and want you to be able to use me as a resource to guide you through the confusing and evolving world of fitness.
Many of you have indicated wanting to work one on one with me via my online coaching program, but don’t have the cash for it.
I get it.
So I’ve created a program that will lay out a detailed road map for all your workouts for the next 12 weeks and will give you incredible results at a fraction of the cost.
The whole 3 month program costs about what I charge for a single session with my clients, so I’d say it’s a pretty phenomenal deal.
This 12 week program is only for those who are ready to commit to themselves and to getting into the best shape of their lives.
Is that you?