Hope you had a great Holiday season. Here’s what I got for you this time around:
1. Its been in the works for awhile, but we have a new website coming for you soon. Here’s the deal. After ten years of training (and thousands of hours reading and studying) I believe I have the information you need to get into shape. But the key to your success is not what I know, it has and always will be about what you do.
We think we’ve found a more effective and efficient way of getting that information across to you, and in practical terms that will make it stick (and hopefully get you to apply it). We’ve talked to several friends and colleagues and they are excited about the project, and more importantly the method of delivery. With information overload these days, we have to make sure you take away the key principles we want you to take away from our writing. We’re not writing just for the hell of it (although sometimes I am, its fun), we’re writing to help give you the tools you need to succeed.
Several of my colleagues (doctors, physical therapists, trainers, and other fitness professionals) have agreed to come on board and share their stories and tips with all of you as well. We are planning weekly interviews and/or videos. Should make for a fun and productive year, and an educational year for all of you.
2. We’re less than 3 weeks away from our Ironman Naturally competition. I’m excited about it, but mostly for my wife who will be entering her first fitness competition. She wanted to go through the process (a) To have a reason to not eat junk over the long Holiday season. (b) To see if my training and nutrition theories work for women just as well as men. (c) For the personal challenge. (d) For practical experience. She’s coming on board as a contributing writer, and wanted to have firsthand experience at training specifically for body composition transformation.
She started at 145lbs and weighed in the other day at 127lbs. Not that scale weight matters — pictures, mirror, and how her clothes fit told us everything, but we just wanted to see. She lifted weights 4 days a week, did no cardio, and is following a moderate carbohydrate diet. Not the typical no carb, 2 hours of cardio a day excessive approach (who can maintain that in the long run). Many figure girls who follow that approach destroy their metabolism and hormonal health to get in competition shape, and end up fifty or more pounds overweight a year after their show. Several have contacted me because of that very reason.
If a diet is not sustainable in the long term, it is meaningless. Sure things will tighten up and become more strict when you are peaking for something (like a show, photo shoot, or more typical life goals like a wedding or beach season), but the base structure needs to be something you can maintain as a lifestyle. Otherwise, you’ll be constantly yo yo’ing back and forth. That’s not good for anyone.
As for me, 6-packs are for pussies. I’m going for a 12-pack. Haha, just kidding.
No matter what happens at the show, both of us are in the best shape of our lives. That was the main goal, and we’ve succeeded with that goal. The rest of this year will be dedicated to our new website, and getting YOU into the best shape of YOUR life.