Posts Tagged ‘Personal Training


Darryl Talks About Personal Training With the Fitness Connection Nation

Darryl has made great progress in muscle growth and loss of body fat.  It’s exciting to watch people make changes in body composition and completely change their lives.

Watch the video to see Darryl talk about his experience with personal training and changing his body composition.


3 Examples of People Making Progress In Strength Training

I’m excited about the things happening with 3 people who are making great progress in their strength and fitness goals.

I’m seeing all kinds of great things going on.  From gaining bucket loads of strength to showing vast improvement in body composition and muscle tone.  People are making tremendous improvements in their training and getting healthier every day.

For instance George.  When he first started training could only bench press the bar, by itself, just a few reps.  Now George is benching 130 pounds at 6 reps.  And then on top of that super-setting with 6 reps of triceps bench dips.  The man is a monster now.  He’s on fire and getting stronger every day.  It’s just amazing to watch someone like George make the progress he’s made in such a short period of time.

Then there’s Jane.  Jane swore to me three weeks ago she could not do a single push up.  She started out doing the girlie type push up with her knees on the ground.  Then she quickly progressed to knees off the ground.  Jane went from not being able to do a single push up to doing 48 push ups in one training session.  Talk about someone who’s made a real metamorphosis in the strength of their body.  Jane is a real champion.

Darryl nearly passed out and had to stop his first training session early to go throw up.  I never try to work people so hard they pass out or throw up.  My point of view is that it’s counter productive to have to stop a training session because someone gets sick.  But, Darryl was so out of shape he could not get through his first training session.

This week Darryl completed one of the most challenging training session I could throw at him.  He did a whole hour of complexes.  Complexes will make you cry for mercy even when you have been strength training for years.

Darryl did great.  He went through the whole hour and at the end asked me if it was okay if he did some light cardio for 15  minutes.  What kind of person nearly passes out on his first training session and three weeks later is training like mad and asking for more?

All three share something in common.  They all told me they couldn’t do something and are now doing what they said they could not.

My mother had a saying when I was growing up that I never understood, but for some reason it stayed with me.  Whenever I would tell her that I couldn’t do something she would say “Can’t never could do anything.”  That made no sense to me when I was growing up.  Mom’s a little bit country, as we say here in the south.  But today I realize the wisdom of her simple statement.

If you continue to tell yourself you can’t do something, you will probably never do it.  You have to surround yourself with people who believe in you and you have to change your mindset.  Most important, you have to stop telling yourself you can’t do whatever it is you have told yourself you can’t do.

You are much stronger than you ever imagined.  You just have to believe that you can bench press that heavy weight, you can do push ups, you can do a rigorous workout.

But most of all, believe that as strong as you are physically, you are even stronger in your determination.

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Gaining Strenght and Adding Muscle with Pushups and Pullups

The past four weeks I’ve been training my chest and back muscles hard.  Usually, I recommend that you have at least 24 hours rest between workouts of the same muscle group.  I recommend this rest because generally muscle needs at least a days rest between workouts.  This is so that the muscle can repair itself and build stronger tissue in place of the tissue that was damaged during the workout.

But for the past four weeks I’ve decided to do something different.  For five days out of the week I do 100 pushups and 50 pullups.  NO, not all at the same time.  I split it up into three sets.  Something like a 40-40-20 for pushups and 20-20-10 for pullups.

At first this was exhausting because I was doing either an upper or a lower body workout along with the 100 pushups and 50 pullups.  The first week was the hardest.  But after the first week it’s been great.

Here’s what I’ve experienced.  An extreme boost in strength and endurance.  So much so that at first I was somewhat alarmed.

After 3 weeks of doing 100 pushups and 50 pullups per workout, I decided to do some unassisted dips.  My usual max on dips was right at twelve per set.  However, on the first set I reached 12 with ease and went right on to 15.  Doing 15 reps of unassisted dips kind of freaked me out and I did the last two sets of 12 dips.

The next day, after getting over the initial shock of the day before, I decided to see just how many reps I could do at one time of unassisted dips.  This time I went to 20.  That’s almost double what my max was before I started doing pushups and pullups everyday.

I’ve become so sold on basic pushups and pullups that I’m having most of my clients do them each workout.  Right now I don’t think they appreciate doing so many pushups and pullups as I do.  But I am certain that they will in a few weeks.

If you want to gain lots of strength and lots of muscle, then do pushups and pullups in each training session.  It’s that simple.  Not a whole lot of complication.  Just remember to do the simple stuff.  By simple I don’t mean easy.

See for yourself how far you can progress in a short period of time.  Have fun and train hard.

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Beth's First Training Session

Check out Beth’s first workout session.  She did great.  Always remember to eat something like a carb or quick digesting protein before a training session.

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Complexes = Fat Loss and Muscle Gain

So you want to lose body fat and gain muscle at the same time?  But, you’ve been told you can’t do that.  You’ve been told that you have to either lose body fat or build muscle, you can’t do both at the same time.

Well, while this may be true for most types of training, it’s not entirely true for all types of training.  I train my clients with complexes to get maximum results in a shortest period of time.

I will warn you.  Complexes are not for beginners.  In fact, if you have been training for less than one year don’t bother going any further.  You really need a sound training foundation to be able to do complexes.

The first thing I need to do is explain what I mean by complexes.  When you do a single lift, like say a curl, that is called an isolation type exercise.  Simply because it isolates the bicep muscle.  When you do a single exercise that works out more than one muscle group that is called a compound exercise.  An example of a compound exercise is a bench press.

Now, when you do two exercises together, one right after the other, that is called a super set.  And when you do three exercises one after the other that is called a giant set.

The best way to build muscle is to do super and giant sets.

Complexes are exercises that involve four or more exercises done one after the other without stopping to rest.

The wonderful thing about doing complexes is that you only need one barbell and you stay in the same spot the entire time.  So if you are in a crowded gym, you don’t have to wait to get the weights you need or have someone cut in with you.

Here is an example:

Bent Over Barbell Row
5 sets of 5 reps

BB Bent over Row
5 sets of 5 reps

Front Squat Push Press
5 sets of 5 reps

Jump Squat
Good Mornings
5 sets of 5 reps

Good Mornings

These complexes consist of doing each exercise – Bent Over Barbell Row, Front Squat + Push Press, Jump Squat, Good Mornings – one after the other without stopping.  When you complete all four exercises then you have done one set.  You will do a total of five sets.  To do all four exercise groups should take you from forty five minutes to an hour to complete.

Sound intense?  Oh no, this is only the first part of the complexes.  There are three other parts that you would need to complete.

In order to get the three other parts of the complexes you have to sign up for online training.

Complexes are only one tool that I use to help my clients build muscle and lose body fat.  And I have to tell you, complexes are not for everyone.  They are difficult and often times have the most conditioned crying for mama by the time we are finished.

If you think you are ready to do complexes, sign up for online training at


Looking Great Half Naked On The Beach

It’s getting to be that time of year.  Before you know it summer will be here. Heck, it’s already Spring Break  for some folks.  Seems like just yesterday it was January 1st and everyone was making their New Year’s Resolution.  Well, hopefully YOU didn’t because you know a flimsy “resolution” doesn’t get you anywhere.

You know it takes much more than that. You know you need:

Written  goals

A solid exercise program

Social support




A burning desire to succeed

Changes in your lifestyle


Proper nutrition

In other words, you know you need to GET REAL about fat loss. You know  it makes no sense to fall for the same old miracle promise or “easy” solution. Whether it’s January 1st or Bathing Suit season doesn’t matter. The proven approach to looking great on the beach is good old fashioned effort.

It would be nice if I could tell you that getting in shape is going to be easy. Sure, it would make my job a lot easier.  Most people are happy to spend their hard earned money on the latest miracle pill or potion.  But I wouldn’t be able to look at myself in a mirror. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. And that’s why I’ll never be the one to lie to you about what it takes to transform your body.

Do the right thing this Bathing Suit Season. Use it as a catalyst to really change your life.  I’d be thrilled to help you.  I’d love it if you’d place your trust in me and let me show you the right way to do things.

If you arm yourself with the right knowledge and approach this with a great attitude you’ll have the body you’ve always wanted and look great on the beach.

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