Are you working hard in the gym, but not seeing results? Do you feel like your diet is decent, but that you’re still missing something? Do you feel paralyzed by an overload of information, and are therefore unsure of how you should be training or eating to get the body you want? Are you afraid to get started?
The process of transforming your physique is pretty straightforward. Just eat at a caloric deficit or surplus depending on your goal, get enough protein, and do some progressive strength training. Simple, right? Sure, it’s simple enough in concept. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to execute consistently.
The problem is that there’s so much conflicting information out there, and much of it is focused on details that don’t really make much of a difference to the big picture. But all of it sounds so compelling that it’s easy to get stuck doing things that don’t work or, worse, not doing anything at all.
That’s where coaching can help. My job is to keep you focused on the stuff that really matters in getting you to where you want to be. I’ll help you get results without having to run on a hamster wheel of indecision about unimportant details. I’ll offer support, accountability, feedback, and perspective. I’ll monitor your progress, adjust your plan as needed, and help you prioritize and plan your next steps.
What’s my coaching like?
My coaching is perfect for independent learners, those who thrive with accountability and structure, and for those who want to focus on the process while leaving the plan design to someone else. In short, I take the guesswork out of it. Your plan will be completely customized to you and will evolve with you. I’ll monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed.
On a personal level, am supportive and encouraging, yet direct when needed. I welcome emails or texts anytime you need support or have a question, and I strive to be reasonably and consistently responsive. I love to educate my clients as thoroughly as I can, empower them, and encourage autonomy.
I strive to be flexible, non-dogmatic, and open to exploring what works for you. I try not to hitch my horse to any specific diet or training ideologies. Yes, there are certain principles we simply can’t ignore, such as energy balance, progressive overload, safe technique, and so forth. Beyond the non-negotiables, however, we have a lot of wiggle room to figure out what works for you.
If you come to me a blank slate, I will set you up with a plan that I think will work well. But I also respect and understand that there is usually more than one way to get to the same result. So once you’ve been with me for a while, my coaching is less about telling you what to do at every step of the way, and more about giving you the information you need to make an educated decision about what is right for you.
I have a lengthy communication style, which a lot of people love, but it isn’t for everyone. If long detailed emails or digging deep into topics isn’t something you want to be bothered with, then I may not be the best fit for you. If you just want “numbers that work” and that’s it, my coaching style may not be a good fit.
If you want help with diet, I ask that you’re willing to track your food intake using an app such as MyFitnessPal. While I don’t believe that everyone needs to track, or that it’s even a good fit for everyone, it’s the tool I’ve chosen to use and have had the most success with.
I’ll provide you with overall daily calorie and macronutrient targets, tracking guidelines, example meals, suggestions for meal timing, and guidance as to how to hit your targets with foods that you enjoy. While I don’t expect you to eat tilapia and asparagus for every meal, I’m also not a proponent of eating whatever you want as long as it fits your macros. I believe that both caloric intake and the quality of the diet matter.
Your calorie and macronutrient targets, goal tracking, dietary adherence, and body weight will be tracked in a shared Google spreadsheet, which you’ll be responsible for updating regularly. I’ll review your progress weekly and make adjustments as needed to ensure continued progress.
My training is geared toward intermediate to advanced physique goals, though I am happy to program for general fitness as well. While I have some experience with powerlifting and I’m a big fan of getting strong in general, I typically don’t program for competitive strength athletes specifically. If you’re interested in competitive lifting, I’d be happy to refer you to some awesome coaches who specialize in that kind of thing.
With my programs, everyone gets something a little bit different. I take a detailed training history and gather as much information as I can about you. I then design your program to reflect your goals, preferences, injury history, experience level, equipment availability, and schedule.
But one thing that they all have in common is that for each client, we pick several cornerstone compound lifts that work for your body and that we can progressively load. We’ll swap out accessory lifts every so often, and vary rep schemes as needed. On the whole, however, your training will be consistent enough that we have a barometer by which we can monitor your progress over time.
Your training program will be delivered and tracked in a shared Google spreadsheet, which you’ll be responsible for updating each workout. Each week, I’ll review your comments and increase your workload slightly for the following week to ensure that you’re making steady progress.
Who do I work with?
I coach regular people with serious physique goals — who want to be leaner and more muscular, who love to train hard, and who already know the basics of diet and training but could use some advanced guidance. So if that sounds like you, and if the following points describe you, you’re in the right place.
Nobody gets the body of their dreams in twelve weeks. Physiques take years to build, decades even. So I want to make sure we’re on the same page about the fact that I don’t do crash diets or quick transformations, nor do I guarantee that you’ll lose a set amount of weight within a certain time-frame.
Building muscle, losing fat, and transforming your physique take time, and it’s not a linear path to muscular and shredded. It usually needs to happen in stages, and you won’t necessarily be 100% comfortable in every stage. But that’s the nature of the beast. We must keep long-term progress in mind, and understand that this is a marathon not a sprint.
A program is only as effective as your willingness to execute it. I could write you the absolute perfect program, but what good is it if you can’t adhere to it? In order for coaching to work, you need to be intrinsically motivated to do your part, and to do so on a consistent basis — day in and day out, not just when you feel like it.
We all need patience and encouragement from time to time, and I’m more than happy to provide that. But that can’t be used as a crutch to get you to do the basics. You need to come into this willing and ready to work. If you think that the mere act of hiring me will make you ready, I’ll be up front in saying that it probably won’t.
If you like the idea of change but you’re not ready to buckle down and follow a plan with consistency, coaching may not be the right choice for you right now. I’m not the type of coach who will chase after you to get you to do what you need to do. You need to be ready. Once you’re ready, you know where to find me.
Online coaching is a fantastic option for those who are already somewhat proficient in performing basic compound lifts and who are familiar with all standard gym equipment. To get the most out of an online program, you should be able to perform exercises such as squats, deadlifts, rows and presses with good technique.
You certainly don’t have to be an advanced lifter, and we’ll improve your technique as we work together through video or written correspondence, depending on the package you choose. But you need a solid foundation to start from so that you can get good results from following a program.
If you’re new to lifting, my coaching is overkill for you. I suggest working with a skilled in-person trainer before working with an online coach, so that you can become comfortable and proficient with the basics. Once you’ve laid the foundation, you can revisit whether online coaching is a good fit.
While I don’t want to discount the role that a good coach can play in improving a person’s physique, fitness and health, I also need to stay in my lane. I’m not a medical doctor, rehabilitation professional, licensed dietitian, licensed nutritionist, or any other licensed health professional. This means that it is beyond my scope of practice to diagnose, prescribe meal plans, treat eating disorders, or use exercise or dietary interventions to treat medical conditions.
So you’re struggling with your health and need answers, or if you need dietary or exercise interventions to treat a condition, please see a physician, registered dietitian, or other qualified medical professional first. Your health is absolutely paramount. Highly specific approaches to dieting and training can come later.
If you’re suffering with an eating disorder, I completely understand how it can seem like a personal trainer or diet coach might be what you need. Or maybe they just seem like safer options than treatment specialists because since they operate out of the fitness industry, maybe your behaviors will seem normal to them and they won’t ask you to recover.
But I promise you that if you’re dealing with an eating disorder, a fitness coach is not the way out. If your relationship to food and your body is already strained, it is not within a coach’s power to make that better. In fact, we are more likely to make it worse than we are to improve it.
Eating disorders are funny like that. When we’re in the grips of one, all of the information we consume goes through that distorted and anxious eating disorder filter. Even the soundest, most reasonable, evidence-based information that would work great for a healthy person can become blown out of proportion, cause anxiety, or be used as a weapon against the self.
So if you’re struggling, please hear me when I say that a diet is not what you need right now. Instead, you need to focus on your physical and mental health first. If you’re severely under-eating, I’m certainly not going to support that, but I’m also probably not going to be able to magically get you to stop. If you’re bingeing or bingeing and purging, counting calories in an app is not going to make that better.
Eating disorders go much deeper than that. And you will need to dive into the depths before you can gain the sort of perspective that will enable you to approach fitness healthfully. Eating disorders have nothing to do with needing more structure or accountability. In fact, adding more rigidity will probably just add fuel to the fire.
Getting the body you want can come later, but it can only happen when your relationship to yourself and to food are solid. Without that foundation, we’d just be building a house of cards. If you’re suffering, I promise you that you will be healthy and strong again one day, and that it is possible to approach diet and physique change from a healthy place. But now is not that time.
If you are struggling, please see a medical professional, not a coach. Talk to your family physician, or seek out a therapist who is trained in eating disorder treatment. They may refer you to a registered dietitian who can also help. Get a team behind you. Get healthy first. The rest of this shit will be there when you’re ready for it. And you will be ready one day. But please take care of your well being first.
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Plans typically take me between a few days and a week to finalize after I’ve received all the forms back. After I’m finished, we’ll hop on an introductory call to get to know one another and go over everything. During the call, you’ll have as much time as you need to ask any questions you have.
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