Are you thinking of taking CAN FIT PRO Certification?

I finished my CAN FIT PRO course this past weekend. I was pretty disappointed. I guess I was expecting to see more instruction on how to work with clients. 
Things like:
  • Frequently asked questions from clients
  • Common barriers to success
  • How to collect feed back from clients
  • How to recognize signs of boredom
  • Scripts for rapport building with a new client
Instead I got tired lectures about anatomy and “bio energetics”. 
Whatever. I’m really fed up with the focus on latin words and muscle insertions. 
Our instructor was not a scientist he was a trainer/life coach. His expertise was on customer service not science. We spent 24 and half hours reading anatomy and physiology off of a projection screen all the while everything we needed to know was already in the text book or on the web.
But I guess that’s the state of education everywhere these days.
The CAN FIT course should have been an opportunity to really learn what being a great personal trainer is all about. 
It should have been an opportunity to network and exchange business ideas with other personal trainers. 

The Fattening Of The Hambeast

The American Food and Drug Administration states that sugar is generally regarded as safe and can be used in unlimited quantities. I regard the FDA as utterly useless.

Enter The Hambeast
The average American consumes 12 teaspoons of sugar everyday, and national sugar consumption has increased 300% in 30 years. Sugar is sneaking into our foods, and UCSF scientists say that “Its sugar not obesity that is the real health threat”.
Like a bad oil spill, sugar is getting in everything. Breads, cereals processed foods are all containing higher and higher levels of sugar. Sugar appears on labels as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, hydrolysed starch, invert sugar, corn syrup and honey.
The FDA be damned- I hereby declare these foods as candy. These foods are fattening hell and contributing to epidemic levels of chronic diseases like diabetes, and we are all paying healthcare bill while the FDA allows food companies to add more and more sugar.
We are turning into a generation of Hambeasts with expensive medical care. Our whole generation will have the battle of our lives to try and kick this sugar addiction.
We need a public policy against processed foods for their cost to our medical care. It should be taxed heavily to make up for the overwhelming burden on health care costs since it is primarily responsible for a whole range of chronic diseases which are reaching epidemic levels.
Sugar is toxic, addictive and should be age restricted.
It’s not just a question of personal responsibility. It is addictive and children physically cannot resist it.

The Vanity Of Working Out In A Gym

A thought that often comes up is whether machines and weights have done mankind more harm than good. I think this because I remember so many times in my life when I wanted to “workout”, but I simply didn’t have gym access.
 In fact that was not the real barrier.
The real barrier was the misconception of gym access being integral with my fitness. I really believed that my fitness was measured in barbell exercises and erg scores, but in fact that was just another invalidated belief system
I missed out on a lot of opportunity because of that misconception. As a coach I also missed out on a lot of opportunity for my athletes by limiting our strength sessions to the gym, and opting for cardio when we didn’t have gym access. As if that is a valid excuse! If I had a time machine I would be kicking my ass!
The reality is that strength is a skill and it requires practice every day.

No, It doesn’t require a 2 hour slog in the gym it requires tens of minutes of high resistance body weight exercises. You simply would not believe how effective they are! Resistance means so much more than the weight on a barbell.

There are SIMPLE body weight exercises that still produce more resistance than any machine or activity limited to the gym.

one-arm push up
one-arm one-leg pushup
one leg squat (or pistols)
one arm chin ups
Just to name a few!
Chaffing you ass on an exercise bike is also in vain because losing fat it is as simple as taking a cold shower.
Sigh…
If I only knew that it was this simple 5 years ago!

Dreamline

If there were no way of failing
If you were 10X smarter than anyone else in the world
What would you do?
What would you be?
What would you have?


In 6 months


In 12 months.

Here’s my 6mo dream line:

do: 

  1. build a successful muse business generating $1000/mo in profits via website



be: 

  1. A personal trainer based in Victoria with 10 clients training them all 3hrs a week for a total for 30 hrs a week



have: 

  1. Organic food delivered to my house. ($100/wk)
  2. RKC diploma ($2000)
  3. A personal Set of Kettlebells ($300)
My 12mo dream line:
do:
  1. Move to a neighbourhood that is quieter and has less road traffic ($600 /mo)
  2. Travel to Europe, Australia and India ($4000)
  3. See my Niece ($500)
Be: 
  1. Enroll in Camosun College for Diploma of Wellness and Health ($2500/semester)

Have:
  1. An electric car ($30 000)
  2. A snowboard (1 000)
PS This is my rough draft 🙂

Personal Trainers should make it to the first page

Starting a personal blog is a lot of work.
Making content and industry subject matter a defining website that has your name on it is trying at best.
One thing cannot define me and it cannot define you, but when you know that you love the nature of the content you are posting then starting a blog is a great idea.
Learning to produce content is a pleasure like working out and seeing progress, and so it learning to start a website.
Starting a blog is a good career move because clients who want a body transformation start their search with google. Im a PT in Victoria and my client’s will google “Victoria Personal Trainer“.
If your a personal trainer in a specific area, then consider clients who start their search with google. I hope you are on the first page.

Content, page views and keywords can get you to the top of google organic searches. There’s no way to cheat… Your going to have to start your blog. No better time than today!

Take for example: 
Aqil from blogybuilding.com In one year he has climbed to the top of an industry and is getting exclusive interviews with industry leaders in the fitness and modelling world. Was it easy? Hell no, but I bet it was fun!

http://www.blogybuilding.com/2011/08/better-late-than-never/

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10 Minute Ice Bath

During my bike trip from Ottawa to Vancouver one of my favorite things for recuperating was to jump into a cold mountain lake on my way through the interior of British Columbia. While it was hard to get in sometimes, it paid off that day or the next day in a great feeling of suppleness.
Maybe you heard during the coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games that Michael Phelps eats 12 000 calories a day. I did.
I heard it again, but this time in Tim Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Body. Apparently the reason swimmers are such voracious eaters is due to the fact that calories are burned far faster when one is submerged in water. The energy required to keep the body warm in enormous, cold water submersion also interacts with your physiology. It has a higher thermal load than air.
Physiology
We have two types of fat, they are called white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT).
The function of WAT is for efficient storage of energy and insulation of organs. The BAT is different because it specializes in producing heat by burning fat and glucose. For the purposes of losing fat, we are interested in BAT. (Hey that rhymes!)
Tim Ferris suggests that one can double or triple the rate of weight loss by subjecting themselves to an intense 20 minute ice bath. Less dramatic methods include ice pack to the upper back or 10 minute showers. All just three times a week
Here are some anecdotes from that chapter of the The Four Hour Body
-Cold exposure releases fatty acids that fuels shivering
-Shivering activates GLUT-4 receptors of muscles and increases recovery rates
-Cold exposure can increase protein hormone, adiponectin, and glucose uptake from cells even long after exposure ends
-Effective treatment for depression
-Increased levels of norepinephrine account for immunostimulating effects
The founder of this method, Ray Cronise, maintains a website called Hypothermics. An amazing resource.
Update: It’s been a while since I’ve done a cold dunk in the bath, but the article inspired me to jump in the tub again with 5kg of ice. Enjoy!
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How to start Rowing today

So maybe your new years resolution was to add more cardio to your weekly schedule. Here are two pieces of information that are worth ten thousand pieces of gold, now yours ABSOLUTELY FREE!

1. Breathe through your nose

Learn to adapt to high CO2 blood concentrations instead of focusing on getting more O2. Difficult to do, but potentially the most game breaking new technique for athletes. It may help resolve hyperventilation and is apparently a part of a brilliant solution for asthma sufferers. (link : Buteyo Method )

Elite rowers are doubting me?
What do you think the simplest way to tell that you are doing CAT 5-6 training?
I rest my case.

2. Start rowing today

Concept 2 rowing machines, or ergometers, are literally everywhere. Your university, your health club and even at your cross fit gym.

Unfortunately this happens. And if I see you rowing like this guy, well, you are dead to me.

don’t be THAT GUY.

Instead take a piece of advice from my old coach and all around bad ass Lubo Kisiov

Good luck and enjoy! With your new breathing technique you will be able to log 3 times the mileage every month by decreasing your recovery time. Its what ultra marathoners do.

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1 Simple Cooking Recipe That Can Transform Your Body

World healthiest quiche is herecheap ingredients and an AMAZING nutritional profile.

 Note: Try to get your hands on the World Greatest Eggs. Don’t take it from me. Take it from Tucker Max because I haven’t had the pleasure of trying them yet.

Ingredients:
Dozen free run eggs
300g frozen spinach
1 finely chopped onion
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Salt/Pepper

Directions:
Combine
Stir
350 degrees for 50 minutes

Let me do it LIVE for you

Youtube isn’t my specialty, if you don’t like it then you can quiche my ass. I mean,




See you tomorrow, Amigo!

Get Big Or Die Trying

I have something to ask you… Do you understand just how much a successful body builder is eating?

It is insane.

If you are a bodybuilder, then consuming a daily dose of 200g of protein is not just good homework it is mandatory.

If you are not a body builder, then reflect on a point in your life when all you wanted was to look like the incredible hulk.

FACT: young men inspire to look like hulk. Look within your heart young hulkling you know it to be true!

There sure was a time in my life like that. A time when I spent WAY too much time in the gym with friends going around memeing “Get Big Or Die Trying!”

There are people who are inspiring men and women around the world to be as GIGANTIC as possible all the while screaming “light weight”!

Take for instance Ronnie Coleman he’s the worlds scariest cop by week day and seven-time eight-time Mr. Olympia on the weekend, or Arnold Schwarzenegger who made the world’s greatest action movies, and has now made a name for himself as the Governor of California.

Words of wisdom and inspiration by Conan
OKAY so, the average perception is that as a young man of hulk-like proportions you would have to be going to the gym for three hours a day every day for your whole life. Even sacrificing sleep and recovery to the labour of the daily workout routine.


In fact, that is THE WORST approach to building mass. While it’s true that one has to put in an amazing amount of effort, but that effort should be put focused on stuffing your face over the kitchen counter not sweating up your local gym 20 hours a week!
Putting on mass is as simple a gallon of milk a day or #GOMAD and performing 1 set to failure for the following exercises emphasizing the negative three times a week. Workouts shouldn’t last more than an hour. Give lots of rest time between sets. At least 5 minutes, bring some music or reading material to pass the time.

GEEK TO FREAK PROGRAM:

Aim for 10 reps
Pull Overs

Yates Bent Row

 Shoulder-Width Leg Press

Pec-Deck

Weighted Dips

Leg Curl

Reverse Thick Bar Curl


Seated Calf Raises

Manual Neck Resistance

Machine Crunches

Want to learn more?
required reading:
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Go forth young hulkling, and let me know how your results turn out in the next 4 weeks.

I will show you how to eat 12 eggs a day soon In a cool video called

Egg-pocalypse Now
Debunking the lipid hypothesis of heart disease

It will be eggsellent. you wont regret watching me eat a dozen hard-boiled eggs on youtube

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Are you a personal trainer?

If there is one thing that every personal trainer has to do in order to generate income it is this: find and maintain clients. That is it. 
It does not matter that you are BEAUTIFUL (it is not a beauty contest)

It does not matter that you are RIPPED like a genetically mutated dog

Hi! Im your new personal trainer

OK OK I’m going on a tangent let me say that in another way:

What matters is you are PERSONAL with someone who has goals. That is it. If you can help them reach that goal and they have the mind to pay you for it, then congratulations- you are a personal trainer.

Aim for students. Offer free consultation.
Aiming for professionals and charge a high rate so they know you’re worth it, but work your ass off for them! Try to make your service worth ten times what they are paying you.

Your only job is to find and maintain clients.

As a personal trainer, you are NOT a flashy commercial that one spots on late night TV- something which is known for generating quick sales and low results.

If you want to learn the science behind personal training then try to study the relationship between two types of people: The trainer and the client.

Maintaining clients is more important than the sale. It is the sale. Its a subscription service… !!! 


Imagine one day you had 30 clients and all of them thought that you were the best thing that happened to them. You wouldn’t not need any more clients! Time to retire the hardest part of your job, and take up a hobby because focusing on maintaining clients is 80% of the PT game.
What’s the other 20%? Marketing. I’ll talk about that another time.

If you want to be personal with your clients then you have to learn how to do marketing that targets a few people.

Take it from me,
Personally

Camron Sabour


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