Ep. 28 – News, Beachbody, real weight loss success, steups, Yoga for injuries, and how to divide up your workouts

Ep. 28 – News, Beachbody, real weight loss success, steups, Yoga for injuries, and how to divide up your workouts


 

Hey crew and welcome to episode 28 of Coach Taylor Radio!!!!!!

I won’t lie I get pretty fired up this episode!! After ‘chatting’ with some beachbody people this last week, well, I got fired up. Check it out – starts around minute 22 :)

Here are this episodes topics!!!!


 

News (3:00)

  • QandA on my TV episodes – a great chance to learn and to work with me
  • Intermittent fasting update
  • Mini beachbody rant and weight loss scams
  • France banning too thin models
  • How your abs work and how to train them
  • No such thing as flat feet
  • Orthotics suck
  • Is weightlifting everyday dangerous?

Beachbody Rant (22:00)

Like I said – I get really fired up here!!!! I was asked if it’s OK if beachbody coaches act simply as motivators and accountability people and NOT as health and fitness coaches.

Fuck. No.

Healthy Weight Loss (32:00)

I share a story from one of my listeners about her weight loss. Why? Because it is a shining example of HOW to properly focus on weight loss and health!!!!!!

Step-Ups (38:10)

This REALLY under-utilized exercise really needs to have a place in your fitness program!!!!

Yoga and Stretching for Injury Prevention (41:20)

Is this a good way to prevent injury or deal with current injuries. I have great respect for yoga, however, there is a time and a place for everything!

Your Workout Mix (47:15)

What percentage of your workout should you devote to exercise? What percent to stretching? What percentage to mobility?

I break down the OPTIMAL program for health based on this listener question!!!!


 

That is episode 28 of Coach Taylor Radio!!!

As always I truly hope that this information helps you with whatever your personal health and fitness goals might be! And if you know anyone who needs to hear any of this information, please do not hesitate to share this or to send them my way!!!!!

Everything talked about in this episode can be found on my facebook fanpage!!!!!!

Until Episode 29!!!!!

-Coach Taylor

The most important thing I have ever written.

How the Fitness Industry Destroys Itself; and How To Fix It

A Manifesto

By: Coach Taylor Simon


Prefer an audio version? CLICK HERE 


 

This has been percolating a long time in my head.

The fitness industry is broken. It defeats itself. It stands in its own way and prevents some truly passionate, educated, and intelligent individuals from being able to truly make the health of our entire population better.

The health and fitness industry struggles to help the population at large deal with the continued epidemic of lack of activity combined with an indulgence of poor nutritional practices. We blog about it, post about it, make TV shows intended to inspire people to change their lives, publish hundreds of magazine every month filled with information to assist people to make positive change.

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And all the while it is the fitness industry itself that is the problem.

Yes. It is us. It is the gym owners, bloggers, personal trainers, fitness coaches, strength coaches, aerobics instructors, crossfitters, nutritional coaches, figure models, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts who are the real culprits behind the lack of efficacy in delivering the right message to the population. The message that could actually make everyone live a healthier life.

We like to sit on our high horse and blame Dr. Oz, magazine publishers, and a plethora of others for creating the issues. And don’t get me wrong; magazine publishers don’t give a fuck about your health. They just want to increase readership using the same tactics CNN utilizes to maintain viewership – sensationalization. And Dr. Oz – not much to really hash out there – if anyone still listens to any of his advice there is nothing that is going to get through that wall in their head.

But the age of the Internet should have taken away control from the mass media and allowed professionals to deliver true health information.

Alas, it has not.

Personal websites, Instagram, and Facebook pages of the vast majority of individuals and businesses in the fitness world do nothing but spew out a constant barrage of self-indulgent images and information that is so obviously a narcissistic need to garner support to bolster personal egos and feelings, that we are no better than the media conglomerates doing whatever it takes to make a buck.

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The fitness industry itself does not even know what health is. The so called ‘fitness professionals’ have completely lost the definition of health. Somehow we have perverted what the word health is. There is an overriding belief that the measure of health is somehow related to appearance.

This could not be further from the truth. You cannot judge a person’s health based on their appearance. Period. Yes there are some outward indicators that can speak to the health of an individual. Jaundice is visible, anorexia is visible, morbid obesity is visible. But the real things that matter are not visible. Blood pressure, VO2 max, respiratory function, strength, mental health, stress, cancer, diabetes, and just about every actual health issue we should be concerned about is not readily apparent based on what we look like.

Yet consistently EVERYTHING in the fitness world is based on what we look like. Magazines, modelling, and celebrity aside, it is the fitness industry itself that perpetrates this delusion. It is the majority of personal trainers, fitness business owners, group exercise instructors, yoga and Pilates instructors, sport coaches, and strength coaches that cause the very problems they pretend to want to solve.

Where does it come from? When did we lose what the true meaning of health really is?


Focus on the aesthetic is nothing new. Since antiquity we have talked about the human form. However, this discussion was always combined with a focus, an association, on work and performance. The appearance of the body was idolized as a way to demonstrate

Mosaïque_des_bikinis,_Piazza_Armerina (1)the physical feats of what the body was capable of accomplishing. It wasn’t until the rise of bodybuilding, which began around the year 1900 that the focus of what health was began to shift towards purely the aesthetic. Even as late as the 1950’s the majority of what we idolized as healthy were the strongmen and athletes, who did not poses the aesthetic of 6 pack abs and stick thin limbs.

Between 1900 and the late 1950’s we shifted from valuing strength and function to valuing leanness and thinness. After that, the population became less physically active and a larger percentage of people had the resources to access as much food as they could consume and the size of people began to swell. This further continued the shift towards focus on physique over strength and health as the bodies of people in developed countries drifted further away from a perceived notion of health based on aesthetics.

In 1963 we saw the formation of the first diet program, Weight Watchers, which is still one of the largest health organizations in the world today. I mean, just look at the words in the name, weight watchers. A focus on what you weigh, as if that had anything to do with your health. By the late 1970’s and early 1980’s we see the emergence of facilities catering to physical fitness for the general population with the advent of the gym.

Understand that gymnasiums have existed since the days of the Greeks and from 1700’s to the 1900’s gymnasium facilities existed based on German and Nordic models. But as the Western population grew and our daily activity decreased to levels of inactivity never before seen in large human populations in the late 20th century, more and more people began to seek out facilities to partake in physical exercise.

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Welcome to the rise of the modern gym. And who opened, designed, operated, and grew this flourishing gym business? The bodybuilding community did. Almost everything in modern fitness stems from the bodybuilders of the late 1960’s through the 1980’s. And today what we epitomize as ‘fitness’ are bodybuilders, figure models, and other physique focused groups.

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We are only now slowly seeing a shift away from bodybuilding style training; however, it isn’t a shift in the right direction. Today, 2016, we are slowing starting to move away from the aesthetic focus. Instead we are now idolizing only the most elite of the elite. American Ninja Warrior, the Crossfit Games, and The Biggest Loser.

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All impressive feats and all out of reach for the vast majority of the population. They promote such an elite and physically demanding approach to fitness that anyone not properly prepared for the rigors of participation are doing more harm than good to their health.

The new attitude that fitness is only effective if you barf during training and cannot walk normally for days has combined with the bollocks belief that the leaner the body is the healthier it is. This has created an even larger misconception amongst the population as to what true health and fitness truly is.

I had hoped that the rise of the Internet would help to counteract this. That we could move away form pure focus on the aesthetic and move towards a focus on physical fitness that actually was focused on improving health.

It has not. Instead we continue to put those with very specific physiques on a pedestal as the perfection of health. And the supposed leaders of the fitness industry who have pledged to help the population become healthier, merely continues to ingrain and persist the notion that fitness = appearance.

Don’t believe me?

Check out various covers Men’s and Women’s Health Magazines from 2015. Note the name of the magazines, Men’s HEALTH and Women’s HEALTH.

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There is a lot of debate and discussion amongst the fitness community that these publications need to change and stop canonizing these images as the epitome of health but then the same fitness community DOES THE EXAcT SAME THING.

The majority of people who think they are helping to make us healthier and fitter are actually driving the majority of people away and perpetrating the very false beliefs they fervently rally against.

How?

Go through the images, posts, and publications of various well-known fitness names and business on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. What do you see?

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Before and after photos, weight loss challenges, photos of very lean individuals, success photos in clothes that don’t fit anymore, and picture, after picture, after picture, of wannabe ‘health professionals’ showing off their bodies.

We idolize everything we are supposed to be trying to change.

Every selfie of your abs, every snap of you without a shirt on, every post of your plastic containers of perfectly measured organic, gmo-free, gluten free, paleo approved, low carb, low cal, free range, local diet, is teaching people that there is only one way to be healthy and only one way to measure what healthy is.

Every fitness program, every fitness challenge, every fitness business, every fitness inspiration story celebrates the same thing. Getting smaller, losing weight, looking a certain way, and fitting into a false notion of what health is.

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Before and after photos. Transformation challenges. Skinny jeans programs. Weight loss competitions. The message: skinny is healthy, being smaller is better. This idea that the measure of a persons health is in anyway related to what they look like is fucking preposterous and yet everything the fitness industry does is built on the back of doing everything possible to fit into an aesthetic ideal.


The fitness industry today is a narcissistic fantasyland of people who think they are helping to motivate the population to health and fitness but are actually driving the vast majority of people away.


Most of these fitness people truly think they are helping. I guess I can’t fault them for that. They want to help and they are going about it the best way they know how. The way they learned, from the people before them, who did the same thing.

Those people learned from the people before them. It all stems back to the rise of modern fitness, which as we discussed, is based on the ideals of the bodybuilding world that created the gym world that made fitness and health what it is today.


The part that really nauseates me is that the vast majority of these ‘fitness professionals’ who truly believe they are helping people have not and are not, required to learn anything or garner the pre-requisites necessary, to be qualified educators and coaches.


Being able to get yourself lean and have a muscular physique DOES NOT qualify you to assist others to do the same. The fact that you LOVE fitness does not mean you have to try and make everyone else love fitness. Your ability to stringently monitor your nutrition is not an indicator that you are exemplifying the best strategy for diet that all humans should adhere to.

The problems facing the fitness industry are resultant of two factors:

  1. Most fitness people are narcissists
  2. Most fitness people in the industry do NOT have the requisite knowledge of physiology, biology, psychology and motivation to be responsible for others health and fitness

(It might look like we are about to head off on a tangent as you continue on – but bear with me – this is all going to tie together at the end!!!!! We are going to explore point number two and then bring it back to point #1)

I have been in many debates with trainers and coaches over the years concerning the fact that personal trainers and fitness coaches step out of their scope of practice ALL THE TIME.

The fact that the vast majority of personal trainers, fitness coaches,

group exercise instructors, and others involved in the fitness industry DO NOT have anywhere near enough education and experience in physiology and biology is not the point of this article. It is not the primary issue confronting us. It’s horrific, yes, but it is not the root of why the fitness industry really fucking sucks.

 

So much of the fitness industry’s focus is on motivation. That we should be talking to our clients to understand their needs, to understand the issues in their lives, to delve into the real reasons behind their fat gain, to source out the issues with their personal lives and how it is affecting their health.

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PERSONAL TRAINERS AND FITNESS COACHES ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO TALK TO CLIENTS OR TRY AND ASSIST CLIENTS WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH ISSUES, PERSONAL ISSUES, AND MOTIVATIONAL ISSUES.


We are fitness professionals. We build fitness programs. We teach fitness techniques. We monitor progress. We motivate people to try their best during a workout. We give guidelines for nutrition and what to eat.

That. Is. It.

Sitting with your crying client to try and understand what is happening in her personal life or in her past and how that is affecting her ability to commit to the fitness program she is desperately trying to stick to IS FAR BEYOND YOUR SCOPE OF PRACTICE.

Trying to employ tactics to increase adherence to a fitness program and motivate people to train more regularly is BEYOND YOUR SCOPE OF PRACTICE.

Your job is to provide exercise knowledge, physiology knowledge, support during training and programs, cueing, and long term tracking of progress towards the client’s goals.

That is it. That is all we are supposed to do.

And we aren’t even very good at that in the fitness industry. We literally do not even have standards across the industry to ensure that the basic aspects of what fitness professionals are supposed to do are done adequately and with integrity. We are really quite bad at even what should be the core of our profession.

We vehemently skewer and gorge dozens of other professions for overstepping their scopes of practice. We lambaste doctors for giving fitness advice. We bicker amongst ourselves at who is allowed to teach certain fitness techniques. Personal trainers lament that group exercise instructors attempt to teach advanced exercise form. Group exercise instructors are aghast that personal trainers start their own bootcamp programs. Everyone in fitness explodes when chiropractors or massage therapists give exercise advice.

And then we go and pretend like the most important part of our job is the work of a trained therapist, counsellor, or psychologist.

And because we feel qualified to dispense this kind of advice and information without a proper understanding of human psychology and behaviour and without ANY formal training in the field we are actually doing FAR MORE harm than good to the population.


(HERE WE GO! The moment you have been waiting for – where the fuck am I going with all of this??)


The narcissistic atmosphere of the fitness industry and the focus on the aesthetic has combined with our lack of understanding of human psychology and motivation to destroy our ability to improve people’s health and fitness.


You think you are motivating people when you post an after workout selfie in your sports bra.

You think you are motivating people to want to exercise when you snap a video of fitness advice in front of a mirror with no shirt on with your abs popping.

You think showing the progress of your glute development on your Instagram account with your ass at eye level to the camera will make people want to deadlift.

You think posting photos of your perfectly portioned meals for the week in their perfect little plastic containers is helping teach people how to eat well.

You think a Facebook post talking about how hard you work and how difficult all of your choices to be a fit person are is encouraging people that they can make the same decisions.

YOU. ARE. WRONG.

Dead fucking wrong.

All of these things that fitness people do that they think are motivating others to make changes and be to be healthier and fitter, aren’t. All this talk about making sacrifices and that you must suffer through the hardships in order to be healthy does not make people want to make changes.

The truth is that all of these things are DEMOTIVATING people to be healthy. They are turning people away from the fitness industry.

All of these things are driving the majority of the population into the arms of Dr. Oz, the food babe, David Wolfe, and the rest of the ‘health’ charlatans.

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We spend so much time denouncing these people without ever realizing that the reason they have amassed such a huge influence is because WE HAVE DRIVEN THEM THERE due to our lack of understanding of human psychology and motivation and a narcissism that underlies the very core of the fitness world.


It is time for the fitness industry to become an actual profession, to grow up, to mature and until we do there will be no change.


What actually happens when we post half naked selfies, constantly promote health as a specific body image (almost always young and very low fat), and talk about how much hard work and sacrifice people will have to make to be healthy and fit?

We turn them off.

The best way to learn this is to read, The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly41-vHbuLMFL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ McGonigal, Ph.D. It is a fantastic introduction to the world of human motivation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember in the 90’s when anti-drug campaigns were all the rage? Did you know that they actually increased marijuana use?! How? They kept talking about how many other kids were using marijuana, especially all the star athletes and popular kids, and to just say ‘no’ when they approached you.

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So they told you all the popular people are smoking pot. Leading to everyone to the realization that way more people were getting high and that those kids were popular. And humans want to be a part of the popular group. Off went many more kids to take a toke.

That’s real psychology and motivation at work.

 

We know that people like to be comfortable and minimize work. Yet we spend countless hours telling people how much work they will have to do and how many sacrifices they will have to make in order to achieve the ultimate fitness goal of leaner limbs and 6 pack abs. Guess what? This drives people away from wanting to take up exercise or change their diet. They want to be comfortable. They don’t want to do hard work.

And then we report over and over how only 10% of people exercise regularly, and more and more people are becoming obese, that most people don’t exercise and everyone eats unhealthy food.

Do you see it? Do you see what we are doing?

We are, AT SCALE, telling people that most people don’t exercise, don’t like exercising, and are eating whatever they want. We then tell them that to be a part of the minority of people who are different is going to be hard work, require a ton of sacrifice, and be uncomfortable.

Do you see it?

WE ARE DRIVING THEM AWAY. People want to belong to the group. To do what everyone else is doing. We live in a culture that loves to believe in individuality and that everyone is unique. Unfortunately, this is just not true. People actually want to fit in, not stand out, and be a part of the group. That is basic human behaviour.

And off goes the fitness industry doing exactly the opposite of what we need to be doing to actually having an impact on the health and fitness of the population.

I recognize there are many other issues contributing to the current health issues of our population. Mass media messages, schools, and other cultural and institutionalized processes also play a part. Those are beyond our control as fitness professionals. But how we teach people about health and fitness is within our control.

And the modern Internet age SHOULD be allowing us to get the real message out.

Yet the vast majority of fitness wannabe professionals are actually pushing out a constant barrage of messaging that is driving away the majority of the public.

And I very much believe it is as much a result of narcissism as it is the result of lack of understanding and education (not school based, you don’t need University to be educated).

Fitness professionals need to educate themselves on the topics of biology and physiology. They need to understand what they are doing and stop simply copying what other people are doing. Teaching fitness isn’t about grabbing exercises off YouTube or from another persons program and giving it to a client.

Fitness professionals need to stop trying to be psychologists and therapists. This is way beyond our scope of practice. Period.

Fitness professionals should not be posting picture of themselves. Obviously a professional profile photo is just fine. But fucking stop it with the shirtless pics, the sports bra and booty shorts Facebook banners and Instagram posts, the close-ups of your ‘glute progress’, and the diatribes on your perfectly portioned meals for the week. THAT IS NOT WHAT A FUCKING PROFESSIONAL DOES. PERIOD.

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It IS NOT motivating people to want to achieve what you are doing. It is you showing the fuck off and hoping someone tells you how awesome you are, how great your story is, and how well you are doing. FUCK OFF.

Go ahead and have your own personal accounts to fulfill every little narcissistic cell reverberating in your body, all the power to you. But if you want to be a professional, if you want to help make the term fitness professional MEAN something, you need to act like a professional.

I cannot remember the last time I saw a doctor, lawyer, or physiotherapist post a picture of themselves without a shirt or in a skin tight sport bra and short shorts talking about how their progress is coming along or showing off the #gainzbro.

 


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What can we do? Where can we go? What should we be doing?

My business and practices over the years have been guilty of many of the things I am speaking out against. But we have learned. We are changing. We are making new commitments.

What is fitness? What is health?

There are 3 common definitions of fitness.

  1. The condition of being physically fit and healthy.
  2. The quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.
  3. An organism’s ability to survive and reproduce in a particular environment.

(Source: Google definition search: fitness)

Understanding these definitions of fitness can guide the future of the industry.

Number 1 is not definable. To be physically fit and healthy. What does that mean? How do you measure that? It is so variable and esoteric a concept that we should not pay any attention to it.

Number 3 is our biological imperative – our ability to stay alive and reproduce. That is not resultant from the fitness industry – that is modern technology and society itself. It is not a concern of the fitness industry.

But the second definition; the quality of being able to fulfill a task or a particular role, that is the real purpose of the entire health and fitness industry. We now calling it functional fitness and it’s a growing trend. You will hear statements like, ‘being in shape for what you want to do.’ That is looking at fitness as a measure of the ability to perform a task or activity specific to the person at that time.

We need to be able to fulfil a particular role or task.

Play with our kids. Compete in an event or race. Balance our blood sugar so as to not die of diabetes. Decrease our blood pressure to prevent a heart attack. Have endurance to explore new places while travelling. Be an athlete. Maintain flexibility and mobility into old age. This list could go on indefinitely.

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These are real health and fitness goals. These are the things that will actually make the population better. That will actually improve the quality of people’s lives.

If people want to be able to call themselves a fitness professional they need to be promoting REAL health goals and outcomes.


No more before and after photos. No more celebrating weight loss. No more photos of people in their early 20’s with under 10% bodyfat (which isn’t healthy by the way), no more focus on how many inches people lose. We need to change our focus on the outcomes that REALLY MATTER.

Where are the photos of Sally who trained 200 times last year, Ed who met his goal of training 4 times a week, of Sue who competed in a sport tournament, of Paul who hiked with his grandkids last weekend, of Barb who no longer has diabetes, of Phil who improved his cholesterol and blood pressure, Anne who is not battling anorexia anymore, or Chris who improved his vo2 max over the last three months?

You know – all the things that ACTUALLY make your health and fitness better. That ACTUALLY makes your life better – forever. Not just for your vacation next month.

We are changing our direction. We are leading the change.

At my business, Taylored Training, we will only be promoting the measurable things that are within our scope of practice that will lead to long-term positive health changes.

Two things are our primary focus going forward and what I believe what the entire fitness industry needs to focus on.


Frequency of activity and level of effort during activity.


Firstly, frequent activity. The human body was meant to be active and moving daily. And it is meant to be able to move and work vigorously. Those are the variables.

Encourage people to be active as frequently as possible (our members average 4.5 training sessions a week) and when they are engaging in activity to exert an effort level of 80% of their personal maximum.

Do they have to be active in a gym or fitness facility? No. They can play sports, hike, bike, surf, run, walk, whatever. Unfortunately, the truth is that our modern culture is necessitating the use of fitness facilities and coaches. The lack of physical activity in our daily lives and the pressures and commitments on our time have led us to the point that participating in a structured fitness program is no longer a hobby for the few.

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My father hates this fact but it is now necessary for people to partake in a structured and rigorous physical activity program. It is not a hobby anymore. Modern western culture is so devoid of physical activity and effort that we must now recognize the need of a formal exercise program.

Secondly, we must ensure people are working at 80% of their personal maximum. It is well documented that the perceived exertion scale, is quite accurate at measuring how hard we are working. And setting a standard on this means that everyone from a couch potato to extreme athlete can adjust their effort according to their ability. And this allows the individual to adjust the level of exertion based on their current state of health and physical ability.

Both of these fitness and health goals also come without an expiration date.

MOST fitness standards all have an end date. Weight loss, inches lost, a special diet, a race or even, and even fitting into clothing, a vacation or trip, or a figure show, all have end dates.

Then what? Where do we go from there? “Just pick another goal!” is the shout from personal trainers. No. That doesn’t work. It might for the small percentage of the population who love fitness and exercise, but we need to talk about the general population. And they have very few, and very limited goals. We need to be setting goals that last for the rest of our lives.

The target of regular frequency and high levels of effort never end. They are goals that are set for life. All other goals, such as the ones I just mentioned, can be achieved and worked towards with a focus on frequency of training and effort during training. Because when it really comes down to fitness programming and training, those are really the most important variables anyway.
Workout frequently, and workout with purposeful effort.


I hope that this message reaches many people. I hope it can start a new conversation and a new dialogue.

I want to see the fitness industry mature, to grow up, to change to what it can be. We have the most important job on the planet.

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Personal trainers, group exercise instructors, fitness coaches, and many other members of the fitness community are more important than doctors, politicians, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Those professions are very important as well. They are necessary.

But it is the fitness industry that has the most power to affect change for the entire population with the lowest cost and effort.

We have to  mature, educate ourselves, and work together. When we do that, when we drop the ego, when we banish the narcissism, then we will truly be the force that changes the world.

 

-Coach Taylor

The Most Important Thing I Have Ever Written – (Audio Version)

How the Fitness Industry Destroys Itself; and How To Fix It

A Manifesto

By: Coach Taylor Simon


Prefer to read the full article? CLICK HERE


I know a 5000 word article is a little long for many!

So I have recorded this audio version as a podcast for anyone who prefers alternate ways of consuming content.

This is the most important thing I have ever written.

I do not say this from a place of ego. There is far better writing out there in the world.
But this message is a culmination of everything I have learned and experienced over the last 14 years as an active participant and contributor to the health and fitness industry.

If you are a personal trainer, fitness coach, online coach, group exercise instructor, health researcher, or health professional such as a doctor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, or chiropractor, it is IMPERATIVE that you read this.

If you know anyone who I just mentioned above, please help me to get this message to them.

For those who have struggled with their health and fitness, I believe that this message is just as important. If you have experienced failure with any of the fitness programs and diets you have embarked on over the years you need to hear this message. Before you join a gym, begin a new program, or seek out other avenues to make changes to your health, you need to understand this message.

If you know anyone who lets their life be affected by their weight, what they look like, or how other perceive their level of fitness, please help me get this message to them.

What we call ‘fitness’ is broken. It is controlled by and designed for a narcissistic minority group of people who are consistently destroying our ability to help people achieve better health.

It is possible to change it. To fix it. To make it better. To make it more effective. But to do that we must first understand what is wrong.

This is my manifesto. This is what will guide the next chapter of my involvement in the health and fitness industry. I will continue to fight to create the change that is so desperately needed.

-Coach Taylor

Episode 27 -Intermittent fasting, are kettlebells a time waster, anterior vs. posterior training, supplement store staff, BMI, death of squats and other news

Welcome to episode 27 of Coach Taylor Radio!


Intermittent fasting, are kettlebells a time waster, anterior vs. posterior training, supplement store staff, BMI, death of squats and other news


This is the longest episode yet – and I am hoping that tides over all of the listeners who want me to make more frequent podcasts!!!!

 

On this episode:

 

Intermittent Fasting (43:00)

What it is, why I am experimenting with it myself, and where to get more information about it. I have been interested in this nutritional pattern for some time and the research behind it is strong.

I always feel I need to test things before recommending them so I am on a 1 year trial.

For more info on this journey – check my snapchat (coachtaylors) or instagram (coach_taylor_simon)

 

Conversations with a supplement store (34:00)

Take what you hear at the supplement store with a grain of salt (whey protein?). They are not there to serve YOUR interests. Go over a recent interaction I had with a store manager because it is a great example of what the stores are REALLY after.

 

Are kettlebells a waste of your time (26:00)

Spoiler alert. No. They most definitely are not! Here is why I believe everyone should be doing them, which exercises are most important, and how they will protect you from the evil winter task of shoveling snow.

 

Anterior vs. Posterior training (20:50)

Why you should be training your backside more than your front side. Your long term health is very dependant on this!

 

News overview (1:55)

Taking a look at:

-The death of squats

-The BMI has mislabeled many healthy people

-Is the calorie a useful measurement

-Do I base my comments on research or personal observation?

-Why poor research has led to the belief exercise isn’t that important

 

Thank you all so much for taking the time out of your busy life to listen. I will continue to strive daily to bring you the best, evidence based, health and fitness information out there that is free of the usual bullshit and rhetoric found in the industry!

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Coach Taylor Podcast – episode 26

Ep 26: the latest overview, why functional is better, fat loss and scales, your lifestyle is VERY important


Hi everyone! It has been a while since my last podcast – almost 3 months actually!

I haven’t stopped putting out content! I have just switched it over to doing a lot more video content. If you haven’t checked recently, I have a video show that is becoming my favorite way to spread good fitness info. Additionally, I am putting up weekly posts and videos on facebook and youtube – so if you miss me – head over that way and check it out.

Keep in touch with me: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and on twitter – tags and handles at bottom of this post!


 

In episode 26 I chat about:

Fitness news 

A summary of all the stuff I have been chatting, blogging, and posting about for the lat bit. I get into a pretty good rant – actually scared my dog out of the room with it….
-Some topics: cannot foam roller away cellulite, cryo chambers, moving in multiple directions, machines are dumb, stop explaining yourself to others, and pushup hand position

Functional Movement

This is a topic that has been butchered and is starting to bring out bad connotations. But give this section a listen as I think it is vitally important to YOUR training and health. And for those trainers and coaches out there – you NEED to hear this.

Fat Loss, the Scale, and Keeping Up With Your Goals

This is a lengthy section. But it needs to be. I go over the most important parts of my recent fat loss seminar as well as discuss the scale and BMI, mostly to emphasize why they are stupid. And useless. And I hate them.

Lifestyle

This is THE MOST under thought about aspect of your health and yet is the most important aspect of long term success. I talk about an app to help you track your goals as well as meditation. Yeah. I know. Meditation. WTF.


 

Thank you all for investing the time to listen to this episode!!! I very sincerely appreciate it!!!

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This Holiday Season, Don’t Be an Asshole

Seriously though. I mean it.

Don’t be an asshole this holiday season.donkey

A good chunk of the world will be celebrating holidays over the next two weeks and fitness people just can’t seem to keep their stupid mouths shut.

I am the first to apologize about it. I used to be a fitness holiday asshole too. Maybe we should get that hashtag going – #fitnessholidayasshole.

It’s like the entire industry decides that the best thing we can do at this time of year is attempt to make your life miserable. And not just by telling you how many stupid things you do, how you don’t exercise enough, and how you don’t have any willpower. We also tell you that any kind of life enjoyment will make you over fat and probably die. But just as bad is the amount of time trying to get you to do things that simply make you look like an asshole to everyone else in your life.

I’m sorry. I promise not to do that to you anymore.

Yet I am still inundated by a non-stop barrage of chastity worthy articles, posts, rules, and comments from fitness people trying to turn you into a fitness asshole.

Did you know that 90% percent of the population HATES exercise, globoHATES fitness, and HATES your constant annoying self-righteousness at their holiday parties. I rant about this a lot around Halloween. The incessant barrage of ideas on how to prevent kids from eating too much Halloween candy.

Here’s an idea – if you’re that worried about it, don’t let them go out with a sack or pail and collect copious quantities of plastic wrapped shit (sorry, hardened sugar and fat that tastes delicious). That is strategy one.

Strategy two. Let them eat as much as they want. Gorge themselves. Get it done! Trust me, it is not Halloween candy that is causing the epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes. No. That is from the shit, candy, sugary drinks, and other ‘typical’ kid fare the rest of the year. Halloween ain’t the problem.

And this leads to the holiday season.

There are going to be parties. Events. Dinner. Family get togethers. Celebrations. Let’s be honest. Some holiday cookies and a rum laced egg nog are probably all that will get you through the season without being involved in an incident that will get you a staring role on Criminal Minds.


Then it begins. Trainers, nutritionists, and the rest of the industry start laying into you about what you should be doing to make sure that you don’t gain 20 pounds over the holidays.

Most of them seem to forget the basic laws of physiology that tell us gaining 20 pounds of fat over two or three weeks is pretty fucking ridiculous. Sure you could gain some fat, who knows, I bet no one is actually measuring their fat. The scale may inch up (note: if you weigh yourself fucking stop it) but that is mostly water getting retained after consuming half a fruit cake. Wait – do people actually eat fruit cake?

So the industry rambles n doing it’s best to make you feel like a piece of shit or at the very least act like an asshole. Let’s look at some common recommendations.


Pack up your own healthy snacks and food so you are sure healthy options are at the party.

What. The. FUCK. Seriously? Who the fuck things this is a good idea? Yeah. Pack up your own food into little containers and show up at the party. Then you can be a fully pretentious asshole sitting in the corner dunking your carrot sticks in your home made GMO free hummus giving dirty looks to the rest of the party scoffing down traditional holiday fare.

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You’re not an inspiration. Everyone else is laughing at you. And when you leave the room they are talking about you and how ridiculous you are being.

So you probably won’t get invited again next year. And guess what else you did? You just confirmed the worst fears of everyone at the party. That in order to be healthy you have to avoid everything in life you love and you have to sit in the corner of the room dipping carrot sticks into hummus.

No one wants to be that person.

If someone asks you why you are making healthy choices, tell them your trainer is making you!

No. Please don’t. Don’t make people hate fitness coaches and perpetuate the belief that we are all horrible overlords dictating every aspect of your life.

If they ask you. Tell them the truth. Maybe they really want to know. If you choose not to drink booze or mow down on the baking platter because you are attempting to avoid a sugar spike that will put you within sight of cardiac arrest, that is your choice. It isn’t their business. Just do what you are going to to.

 

Practice Table Push Aways

Eat. And then push yourself away from the table so you theoretically can’t eat anymore.

Hey, how about try being a fucking grown up and just stop eating when youre full. Or if it your mom’s famous Christmas dinner feast, join your dog and eat until you are so stuffed you puke and then go back from thirds. Hey, it’s Christmas dinner. Enjoy it.

The point here? Do whatever you want and don’t feel guilty about it. It’s the holidays. If you eat that much the rest of the year you have problems. Don’t blame the holidays.

 

Fast All Day

Yeah. Good. Starve yourself. You won’t over do it that way.

I can’t even say more about this one.

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Use This as an Opportunity to Educate Others

No. Don’t.

Don’t sit on your high horse lecturing everyone around you about all the bad decisions they are making and compare them to the super healthy decisions you are making. Making other people feel like shit is only going to make them LESS interested in fitness then they were before and any chance they will come to you for advice later is pretty much shot.

Besides, they already think you’re an asshole for showing up with all your little pre-packed food containers. Preaching off your soap box is NOT going to help you.

 

Don’t Go to Holiday Events

One of my favorites. Ignore your friends and family, sit at home, eat your veggie sticks, and watch reruns of The Biggest Loser for some motivation.

It’s the holidays. You should be family, friends, and whomever else you enjoy spending time with. ‘Tis the season.

 


 

These are just a few common things I see get passed around EVERY SINGLE HOLIDAY. Stop my friends. Just stop.

Now to be fair, there are a lot of really great recommendations out there as well and a good chunk of the fitness world is starting to get the point and shift towards realistic ideas that won’t turn you into the holiday fitness asshole.

What should you do this holiday season?

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  1. Eat, drink, and be merry.
  2. Be active every, single, day.
  3. Eat your regular healthy food as normal because you aren’t at parties 24/7 for 3 weeks.

We created a 30 Day Challenge (check our Instagram: tayloredtraining or search #TT30daychallenge on IG) designed to build positive habits through the holidays and still help people enjoy themselves. Check it out if you like!

Enjoy yourself. Be with the people who matter to you. Use tequila shots to dull the pain of being with the people you ‘have’ to be around. Do something active daily. Most of the time, eat your usual food. When you are at an event or a party, enjoy it and have a good time.

Don’t be a fitness asshole.

Don’t preach. Don’t lecture. Don’t take your own fucking food to someone else’s party.
Be smart, enjoy the season, keep your activity up, and know that the other 11 and a half months of the year is FAR more important to your health then a few weeks a year celebrating life with those around you.

-Coach Taylor

Coach Taylor TV

For anyone who is not aware, I thought I would share my new Coach Taylor TV videos.

Here are the first two episodes!! Hope the new format is helpful and that I am answering questions that provide everyone with solid information that helps with your fitness goals.

I will be basing this show around questions from viewers – so if there is anything pressing you would like to have me answer or simply get my opinion on – reach out!

Email, twitter, facebook, and commenting on here or youtube are all easy ways to get your questions to me!!!


Coach Taylor TV – Ep. 01

-what does it take to get abs
-what are the best ab exercises
-how often should you workout
-how much cardio vs. strength training should you be doing
-why do you need to train if you’re already lean


 

Coach Taylor TV – Episode 2
What awesomeness did we cover in this episode?
*Baby GOT BACK – how Sir Mix-a-Lot figured out fitness 23 years ago!
*Are crunches bad for you?
*Should you do full body workouts or split your workouts into separate body parts?
*What is the best time of day to workout?
*What is the best warm-up on earth? Is 5 minutes on the treadmill the best way to warm-up?


 

Again – send your questions or comments my way!!!!! I am here to give you the information you want to help with your fitness goals!!!

-Coach Taylor

Ep 25 – girls aren’t weak, how to change the fitness world, my apology, why do we talk about athletes, nutrient timing, no trophies for kids

Ep 25 – girls aren’t weak, how to change the fitness world, my apology, why do we talk about athletes, nutrient timing, no trophies for kids


Welcome to episode 25 of Coach Taylor Radio!!

Here is what is in this episode!

News and Stuff

  • The vsit
  • Can kettlebells improve athletes
  • High school gym teachers
  • Left Side vs right side issues
  • Cellulite wraps don’t work
  • Free weights ARE safer than machines

How to Change the Fitness Industry (36:55)

This is for everyone and not just trainers and coaches. The industry is full of sacred cows that need to be taken to slaughter. Stop weighing and measuring yourself, stop tracking how much weight you lift, and stop setting goals. That is how we make the world a healthier place!

My Apology (31:45)

I need to apologize for the way I was. Throwing up and being so sore you can barely move are NOT things that should be a part of the fitness world. They are NOT good things and we need to stop setting them up on a pedestal as aspirations for fitness.

Why Do We Always Talk About Athletes? (27:05)

You hear it and see it all the time: “this is good for athletes but you don’t need to worry about it!” Why? What does this mean and why is it important to your fitness?

Girls Make Themselves Weak Because They Believe They Are (13:30)

Women are taught to be physically weak and to accept that that is the norm. It is a bunch of bullshit and we need to really start focusing on changing this belief!!!!

Nutrient Timing (22:40)

This was a hot topic for a decade in fitness – what is it and how does it relate to you?

Don’t Give Trophies to Kids (10:25)

Even professional athletes agree!!!!!


As always – thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my podcast. I truly hope that the discussion and information I post is able to help make your life and fitness just a little bit better!

Any questions or comments please feel free to contact me! I am always happy to answer your questions!

Sincerely,

Coach Taylor

How to Change (Fix) The Fitness Industry

The fitness industry has failed.

This is not going to be another blog about unrealistic expectations or the horror of modern fitness. This is much deeper than that. The fitness industry is flawed right down to its roots, to the very foundation of everything the fitness community coaches and markets.

It is flawed. And as the world changes it is getting even worse.

To my fellow fitness professionals I want to offer my condolences, note that I do not say apologies because I am not sorry. I do offer my sympathies because this is going to hurt. It is going to turn everything you believe on its head and wound everything you thought you know about what you do.

Also note that this is about the general population. This is not pertinent to athletes. Athletes are a whole different story and have a completely different set of needs and values. This is for the other 99% of the population that struggles ceaselessly to improve the quality of their lives, alas, to no avail.
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Seth Godin talks about the sacred cows of an industry. These are the that any industry has that are held as the standards of what makes the industry what it is. They are the things that everyone so wholeheartedly believes are necessary that no one ever bothers to question their efficacy.

“Every organization is filled with vestigal activities, sacred cows that feel as though they must be defended. We defend them at our peril… do it too long, and the whole thing is gone.” – Seth Godin

As Mr. Godin states, we defend these sacred cows even though they are destroying what we do. And in order to make things grow and change we must first analyze and possibly destroy these long held beliefs.

How then does this apply to the fitness industry.

Let me describe it by a small description of what I do with my clients and what my business, Taylored Training, which I co-own with my wife, has stopped doing.

The sacred cows we let go of years ago.

We do not weigh people. We do not track and record how much weight clients lift. We do not track what workouts people have done. We do not periodize programs. We do not build individual workouts for each client. We do not track measurements. We do not record food journals. We do not do extensive postural and alignment screens.

Holy.

Fucking.

Shit.

What terrible fitness professionals we must be! All fellow fitness professionals (and the wannabe professionals) just had cardiac arrest.

We never do this…..

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These tracking metrics are the sacred cows of the fitness industry. They are the strategies and metrics that everyone believes MUST be tracked and recorded in order to ensure success.

The general public has been taught that any fitness professional worth the money will have an extensive list of tracking metrics that will measure their progress. They think being measured, poked, prodded, pinched, and photographed is normal. Even though it scares the shit out of most people.

Remember, I am not some internet quack making this stuff up to be controversial and get a lot of blog hits. I live and practice this stuff every day.

Is it true? Could we slaughter these sacred cows and still make people happy, healthy, and fit?

Yes. Yes you can. Proof? Since getting rid of the sacred cows of the fitness industry our business has grown almost 100%, our staff have grown 300%, our referrals have increased by 100%, and our conversion rate from potential members to full members has increased to 90%.

The most telling statistic though is our renewal percentage. Repeat business is the heart and soul of any company and is a clear indication of how well you are matching the needs and wants of your clients. If we take out members who leave because they move out of town or lose their jobs, my business has an industry drool worth renewal rate of 90%.

That means that 90% of our members sign up for another year-long membership when their membership expires. 90%.

I can’t really give you stats on how many times people renew because we have barely had any members who renew once not continue to renew. They are still our member today and we hope for the rest of their lives.

Why do I cite these stats? For the simple reason that it is proof slaughtering the sacred cows of the fitness industry is not only achievable but, in fact, it is beneficial!

What is Wrong with the Sacred Cows? Kill These Sacred Cows. 5 Sacred Cows That Need to Die.

Why? Why is tracking weight, weight lifted, measurements, and workouts doing more harm than good? How is it possible that this is hurting the fitness world, and in turn the fitness of the population?

All of these traditional goal setting strategies and progress strategies instantly setup all of our clients for failure. I will delve into a couple of examples.

Weight.

It goes up and down. There is a lower limit. You will never weigh 50lbs. You’ll die first. So at some point you will reach a lowest weightsadwomanscale amount. Then what? You will most likely increase your weight again. Which will freak you the fuck out and spiral you into a yo-yo weight battle.

And lower weight doesn’t make people happy. Being 130lb vs. 140lbs doesn’t mean anything. People really care what they look like. What clothes they fit. Happiness doesn’t come at a certain weight. I have seen it time and time again. ‘Oh, I lost 10lbs, I could go for another 5 though…”

Specific Weight Lifted.

You are NOT superman. There is a limit to how much weight you can lift for any given exercise or movement. You will never bench press 5000 pounds. Disregarding the fact that 99.5% of human beings should never bench press.

This means that at some point you will have lifted the most weight you will ever possibly lift. From there on out it is all down hill. It is a constant message to yourself that you are not as good as you used to be.

Tracking Workouts.

I have done it. The little journal or book tracking every exercise, set, rep, weight, and other details about every training session. Where are all of those journals and books now?

I have no fucking idea.

I rarely even went back and redid a workout. The only thing the journal did was show specific weights on specific exercises, which I just mentioned about how stupid I believe this metric to be. It is normal to lift more one week and less the next and then back up again. Totally normal. So tracking this, again, leads to failure.

Yes, I recognize that it can also lead to success. But why the fuck would I want to use goals that I know a significant percentage of the time will lead to failure?

Postural and Biomechanical Assessments.

Just the tittle alone is enough to scare people away from your measuring tape, protractor, and spread sheet.

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We have to know people are fit enough to handle exercise and we use a movement screen to ensure this. In fact we built our warm-up, that EVERY SINGLE member does at our facility, EVERY SINGLE training session, to include all the movement assessments we need to see.

Here is the deal. The human body is a fucking remarkable piece of machinery. But it isn’t perfect. In fact it is so fucking remarkable that is can perform at very high levels when it is totally messed up. Don’t believe me? Watch the Paralympics sometime and see just how spectacular the human body is! Those athletes are fucking remarkable!

Yet our industry insists on analyzing every joint, every angle, every imbalance, and every imperfection to see if it matches some kind of idealized model that in reality doesn’t exist. And when you don’t meet that model we work tirelessly to ‘fix’ you, to ‘correct’ you, and to ‘repair’ you.

The human body isn’t perfect. Striving to make it perfect is just simply going to dishearten people. Making sure they are safe is one thing but we have gone to a corrective exercise lala land attempting to mould everyone’s body into an ideal that changes every 5 years as we learn more about the body.

Individualized Programs.

You are not a unique snowflake. I know. It hurts. I do not want to belittle your uniqueness but from a purely physiological standpoint we are all pretty similar.snflk

Sure, there are a few basic differences between different parts of the population so some variety of programming is essential. But not much. So this inane need to create individual and unique programs for each person because everybody is different is just simple marketing to justify the need of one on one trainers to charge you $100 an hour.

If you look through history the times the human population has been the most fit coincides with very general programming, training, and fitness that was spread among the entire population. We still do this today with sports training. I have yet to see a soccer practice or swimming practice where each player on the team has their own unique training objectives and are each doing their own thing. Yet we instantly fall back onto this when it comes to fitness training for the general population.


This is not an exhaustive list of the sacred cows I have listed at the beginning of this article. However, I think that the general point has been made. All of these core beliefs are hurting our ability to improve the health of the population. We need to let go of these things in order to truly change the world and to change the direction we are headed.

I recognize that humans need goals and objectives. People need something to strive for. To build towards. We all need some way to gauge if we are on the right track and doing the right things.

And we do this.

I believe in tracking two things.


Frequency

How frequently do you exercise. I truly believe that this is THE MOST IMPORTANT single thing we can track to ensure we are improving our health and fitness.

Gone are the days of telling people that 2 sessions a week for 30 minutes is all they need for their fitness.

This is THE BIGGEST BULLSHIT LIE we are being fed and that the ENTIRE FITNESS industry has to STOP FUCKING SAYING. Maybe it is because we are so scared of turning people off and losing a sale. Too worried to tell the truth.

Two half hour workouts a week ARE NOT ENOUGH.

Maybe at one point it was. But it isn’t anymore. Our obsessive need for convenience and ease has changed what we need. We don’t even open doors anymore, or walk up stairs, or cut our own food up, or walk a block to the corner store.

Now we sweep our foot or push a button and the door opens. We take escalators and elevators, even to the second floor. We buy pre-cut veggies. And we order food online and pick it up already bagged at the grocery store.

Each of these little things adds up. We barely move. We never lift anything. We barely raise our heart rate or challenge our hearts and lungs.

Your body was meant to move. To lift, twist, jump, throw, drag, climb, and carry. You HAVE to do all of these things EVERYDAY. No longer is a fitness program a luxury or a hobby. It is an essential part of our lives. Lack of a fitness program is literally KILLING huge portions of the population.

Yet the fitness industry loves to toss around these sacred cows. You HAVE to wait at least 24 hours between training sessions. You can only train each body part once a week. NEVER train longer than an hour. Keep your heart rate in this specific range. I could go on for pages.

But it is all bullshit. It is based on no science or poor science. Don’t you dare train two days in a row! But soccer practice 6 days a week is OK. What. The. Fuck. That doesn’t even make sense.

Frequency is king. And that is the primary goal we set for all of our members. We strive for a minimum of 4 days a week. As people get into the groove we recommend 6 to 10 training sessions a week.

Yes, sometimes that is 2 times a day. The right fitness creates an environment that makes this not only completely safe but actually good for you. This is why crossfit and The Biggest Loser can be so dangerous. You can’t train like THAT 10 times a week.

We want people being active, training, 6-10 times a week. This can include playing sports, quick workouts at home, training at our facility, or a host of other physical activities.

And I am not sorry to all of those out there who disagree. You are wrong. The human body was designed to move and be active many hours every single day. It is time we began to treat it like that.

Frequency is also a sustainable goal. It isn’t like the rest of the industry sacred cows. Training a minimum of 4 days a week never changes. It never ends. It is irregardless of age, sex, experience, or injury.

It takes away the negative aspect of all the other goals we typically use like weight, food journals, lifting more weight, or corrective exercise. Even if you have a week where you only get 2 sessions – no problem! Just do 5 the next 2 weeks and make them up. Problem solved. The world hasn’t ended. No negative feelings.


Effort

How do we track the success of these training sessions? Simple. Effort.

You should be sweating and breathing hard. You should be working out with focused effort. At each and every training session.
So it doesn’t matter if you weigh more today than yesterday, or if you are lifting 30 pounds today instead of 35 pounds last week. Totally does not matter. Are you lifting with enough effort that you are sweating and breathing hard.

That is all you need to track.

Often people go train and hit specific goal numbers. Yet they don’t break a sweat. Other times people train and they are busting their ass, sweating, breathing hard, maxing their effort, yet are lifting or doing less than a week or two ago.

Can you see how these sacred cows of the fitness world are not actually helping? How they can even be detrimental?


When it comes down to it, every single fitness goal can be met by only tracking these two metrics. Frequency and effort.

Want to run a marathon or tough mudder race? If you are consistently training 5 days a week with good effort for a year or more, running a marathon is going to be much easier.

Want to be stronger or just improve your health? I have yet to see someone train 5 days a week with good effort who does not improve their health and get stronger.

Want to lose weight? Training with good intensity 5 days a week leads to all sorts of changes, including eating healthier food. Weight loss will come if you train intensely, 5 times a week, and eat well most of the time.

Want to look hot in a bathing suit on vacation? You guessed it. You are going to look a lot better in a bathing suit if you train 5 days a week, with good intensity, and eat well most of the time.

See how these all build upon each other and they all have the same base?! And the best part is that there is no failure built in. There is no end point to hit and then ‘fall off the wagon’ or have to spend weeks soul searching for a ‘new goal.’

Yes, you can still have specific goals, and you should. Do an adventure race this year. Climb a mountain next year. Look hot in a bathing suit on a cruise the year after. And then join a sports league the year after that.

All the same tracking metrics apply and ALL are BEST achieved with frequent training at a high level of effort.

Is WHAT you are doing important? Absolutely. I also believe that everyone needs a fitness coach. I do not believe that people can do it on their own.

Lets say you are going to have a heart attack next week. So you need heart surgery. You and your friends read a few books and magazines, do some online research, buy some equipment and the local hardware store, and then get prepped.

Good idea? Fuck no. You don’t know the details about the surgery, the physiology. You don’t have the support staff (nurses, anesthesiologists, cleaners, etc). You don’t’ have the right tools or facility. It’s ludacris.

Your health and your body are important and complex. You cannot do it on your own and you shouldn’t. You need a coach to ensure that your programming and exercise choices are appropriate. That is their job.

Your job is to commit to adequate frequency and effort of training.


My final message to my peers and to the population in general is this:

Let go of the sacred cows of the fitness industry. Focus on what really matters. Focus what is effective and sustainable. Focus on what works for everyone. Focus on treating the body the way it is supposed to work. Stop trying to make it easy or fit within an otherwise crappy lifestyle.

 

Train frequently. Train with effort.

Everything else will begin to fall into place.

 

-Coach Taylor

Ep 24 – latest news, don’t debate me, elder training, when to eat carbs, smith machine, should you do sets and reps, lessons from dad

Ep 24 – latest news, don’t debate me, elder training, when to eat carbs, smith machine, should you do sets and reps, lessons from dad


Welcome to episode 24 of Coach Taylor Radio!

Sorry for the long delay in a new podcast – no excuse! Just got busy with life and put it on the backburner!!!!

This is a great episode, in my humble opinion, and there are a couple of really personal messages in here. Please listen to the first segment, Don’t Debate Me, and the last segment, Lessons from Dad. Both of these are highly personal and messages I think are important to get out there!

My dad had a hear attack last week and was rushed to the hospital. A stent was put in right away but so many other blockages were found that a triple bypass has been scheduled for 5 weeks from now. It is this situation that really inspired some of this podcast. And I want everyone to really hear those two sections!


 

Overview

Just a quick overview of everything health and fitness I have been chatting about over the last while!

Don’t debate me

This topic I am passionate about. Very. There is a lot of non-PR language and some other hard to hear stuff that may ruffle some feather. Oh well. They are feathers that must be ruffled.

Training the elderly

It is being done terribly. We treat the elderly like fragile eggs and I really believe that we are doing more harm than good!

When to eat carbs

One of the more hotly debated topics in fitness nutrition and something that I think is uber filled with really bad and anecdotal reasoning. I will clear some of that up!!!!!

Smith Machine

It sucks. Get off of it. Melt it down. Scrap that piece of shit. And all machines. But WHY? I try and answer that for you.

Set and reps

This is how almost ALL fitness is tracked. But is there a better way? Where did the sets and reps come from? It is something that we are changing with the way we train!

Lessons from Dad

This is important. Skinny DOES NOT equal healthy. And while I have been preaching this for a long time, this past week as REALLY demonstrated just how important this message is. I hope that this segment can really make a difference in how some people think.


As always – know that I truly appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. I hope that the information I provide is able to positively influence at least a few people and help to change the lives of many!

If you have questions, comments, or if there is anything you would like me to cover in future blogs, posts, or on my FB page, please do not hesitate to reach out!!!!

-Coach Taylor

Strength and Fitness Coach