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

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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.


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!!!

If you want me to keep making a podcast – message me, post on my FB wall, tweet me, snap me, instagram tag me. Let me know. I will make episodes whenever I get enough requests for them!

Until then, stay up to date!!!!

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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.


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.



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?


  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!


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.

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.




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

We never do this…..


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!



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

Ep 23 – All About HIT Training, News, Fan Questions, Physics Doesn’t Apply, Lift Lighter Weights

Ep 23 – All About HIT Training, News, Fan Questions, Physics Doesn’t Apply, Lift Lighter Weights


Welcome to Episode 23 of Coach Taylor Radio

Lot’s of awesome stuff this episode, if I do say so myself!

For any of the blogs or videos I talk about in this episode – check out my FB fanpage or Youtube channel as I try and post everything there for you!!!!

The main segment is all about HIT training.

People get so confused about what HIT training is, why it is better than cardio is, what cardio is, how it affects them, and how they should be training! I feel your pain!

I take some time to break down what HIT training is and hopefully give you a better understanding of how your body works so that you can decide what the best kind of training for you is!

Fan Questions!

  • How to firm up the upper arms
  • How to help someone with an eating disorder
  • Celebrity diets are a bunch of misleading bullshit


Lifting lighter weights will get you strong and is better for you than heavier weights.

Ummmmm….. I call bullshit.


A recent blog called out the idea that not eating enough is leading to people gaining weight.

It was just plain wrong and I will tell you why!!!!

One of the things I deal with everyday is people who aren’t successful with their fitness goals because they aren’t eating enough!!!


In the recent news segment:

-Naked athletes, kettlebells, importance of strength, healthy fat, high heels, rotating the low back, no girl pushups, your bodyfat scale, and truth about flip flops!!!!


As always, my most sincere thanks for dedicating a segment of your life to listening to my podcast. I hope to give you valuable fitness information that applies directly to your life and your efforts to improve your health and fitness!

Any questions, please feel free to message me or touch base on Facebook! I love talking and mostly about topics that are important to you!!!

-Coach Taylor


Is your body fat scale accurate?

I was asked a question yesterday that everyone needs to hear the answer to.

How accurate is my body fat scale?


The answer is that it is not very accurate and it is very accurate.


Here is the deal: for actually telling you how much body fat you have they are woefully inaccurate.

For telling you if you are gaining or losing body fat they are quite accurate. What does this mean for you?

First, let’s understand what these scales are and how they work. Bioelectrical impedance. The brief/simple explanation is that the device sends electricity through your body from one sensor to the other and measures how long it takes. More accurately it measures resistance to the electrical current.

From this information total body water can be estimated and when used in conjunction with your body mass an estimate of your body fat can be calculated.

Key words for you: estimates, body water, and speed.

Why is that important? Because there are so many variables that are being guessed that a truly accurate number CANNOT be gleaned from this method. The least accurate bio impedance is the two point setup.

Like that scale you stand on with a sensor under each foot. Two points. The next most accurate is the four point system, which is two sensors on your feet and one on each of your hands. There is also an eight point system, which as you can guess, is more accurate than the four point system.

Most people will purchase the scale you stand on, so it is safe to assume a two point system is the most common unit out there.

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What will affect the signal? Water. How much water is in your body will determine the results. This is determined by a number of factors: how much muscle you have, how much fat you have, how hydrated you are, how long your limbs are, and a few other factors. Even how recently you ate or exercised will affect this.

That means that changes to any of these variables will affect the resulting reading.

The scales don’t know how long your legs are, so really, how can they know how to measure the resistance? And what if you store more fat in your abdomen? That won’t even really become a part of the measurement. Leg to leg.

What and when you eat, how hydrated you are, the length of your limbs, and a ton of other variables affect the reading and subsequent measurement.

So, no, the reading is NOT very accurate. They are notorious for UNDERESTIMATING your true body fat percentage.

Now, they can be useful for tracking changes in your body composition over time. If a person uses the same device (scale) regularly over a long period of time and averages the results you will have a fairly accurate guide as to changes in that individuals body composition.

We don’t use them. Or any other scale for that matter.

Take photos of yourself. If you like them –awesome! If you want to have less fat – eat well, exercise and in a month take more photos. If you like the changes you are on track! If not, tighten up the diet ad some more exercise intensity.

We will also use measurements such as hips, waist, chest, arms, and thighs. Measure them. In a month measure again. If they change, you are changing. Combine these with photos and you have the only body fat and weight tracking system you need.over_weight_measure_tape_waist_man

Our base rule: if your clothes are fitting looser you are on the right track. If they are getting tighter you are heading in the wrong direction.

Strength and Fitness Coach