Coach Taylor Radio – Episode 2!!

July 21st, 2014

Welcome to Episode 2 of Coach Taylor Radio!

Had a great response from last weeks episode – including a few listener questions! Keep those coming!

This week on episode 2

  • Training young athletes

 

  • Running for fat loss

 

  • Top 3 things you need for success with your health and fitness program

 

Without further adieu – episode 2!

If there is something you would like to have included in an upcoming episode – drop a message on facebook or twitter – or EMAIL it straight to me! taylor at tayloredtraining.ca

 

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Welcome to Coach Taylor Radio!

July 17th, 2014

Welcome to episode 1 of Coach Taylor Radio!!!

What is Coach Taylor Radio?!

Starting this week, I will be releasing a weekly streaming radio show for anyone who wants some real, no crap, no holds barred health and fitness information. Each episode will cover a variety of topics chosen from the deep recesses of my brain or from questions sent in to me.

Episode one has a brief introduction before I discuss the following topics:

  • How low should you be squatting?
  • Is barefoot better than shoes?
  • Why does eating healthy make you a leper?

For now you can stream the show via this site. In the coming weeks it will be posted on an all new Coach Taylor Radio site, as well as be available for download. Additionally, it will be available via itunes to stream and subscribe.

Now there is no need for any quiet time! Listen as you commute to work or need a work break ! And as always – I would love feedback and questions!! I just may answer some in future episodes!

-Coach Taylor

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It’s Not Your Program – It’s You

March 12th, 2013

This might come across a little harsh and I would like to say that I am sorry about that – but I’m not.

The fact is that when you are working with great fitness professionals and you are not getting results the problem isn’t with with the program – the problem is with you.

Yes – with you.   

I am going to use my fitness facility as the example here. This way I know that what I am talking about it true. We only build and offer our members world class programing based on the most cutting edge research and practices within the fitness world. We don’t build some programs better than others. One member isn’t on a pretty good program while another member is on an AWESOME program. We don’t hold out the good stuff for members who pay more or have been with us longer.

No, all of our programs are custom designed to the specific individual to maximize their results.

Our group training classes are an even better example of what I am talking about. Everyone does the same workout. There is no difference between programming for group coaching participants – instead we build wicked programs that kick everyones ass.

Why then do some people get better results than others? Why do I hear people bemoan on a regular basis how they aren’t happy with their results and wish they could get results like (insert someone else’s name here). If the programming calibre is the same across the board, then what is it? What is the differentiating factor between people following a fitness program?

The answer is that it is you. It is the individual. It is about how much you put into it.

The people who are getting the best results are the people who work the hardest. Who do the last rep. Who put in the extra effort. Who don’t try and slowly move between sets to get a little extra rest. Who don’t whine and cry that it’s hard and their muscles hurt.

I see it everyday. People on the same program getting vastly different results. I watch those people and see the difference in intensity levels that they put out. And believe me, there is a huge difference. Just showing up to the gym doesn’t mean you did a workout. Just because you go through the motions and ‘do’ the workout doesn’t mean you DO the workout.

There is a huge difference between doing your workout to get through it and doing your workout with purpose. With intent. You have to WANT to work hard. You have to sweat. You have to sacrifice. You have to hurt. You have to get out of you comfort zone. Plain and simple – you will get out of it what you put into it.

So the next time you are looking at someone and thinking how you just wish you could get the results they seem to achieving you have to realize that it is not their program that is getting their results. THEY are getting their results. Period. They are busting their ass and putting in the effort, in and out of the gym.

Every single time I watch people not achieve the results they want I also see that they aren’t really working that hard. They half ass reps, they ‘mostly’ follow their diet, and they ‘almost never’ miss their workouts.

Want their results? Do their work. It is all about what you are willing to put into it.

-Taylor

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What My Parents Taught Me

January 21st, 2013

My recent blog on why we work in fitness got me thinking a little further.

Over the holidays my parents spent a month with my wife and I. Don’t worry, not as stressful as it sounds, we actually like them being around. After working on some health and fitness goals with them, I wanted to share some thoughts with my fellow fitness pros.

Maybe some out there won’t agree. I really don’t give a shit. I have been doing this over ten years, have built up an amazingly successful fitness business with my wife, obtained a masters degree, and hold more certs than I can remember (literally, sometimes I forget them). The fact is, what I am about to say really is the truth.

Fitness professionals worry too much and we set highly unrealistic expectations of our clients. We expect them to be us. 

Let’s think about that for a second. Who are we?

We are fitness geeks. We live, breathe, and study fitness. It’s what we do. It’s our passion, our hobby, our career. We read fitness books, blogs and magazines. Our Facebook lists are filled with other fitness people and fitness fanpages. We travel to fitness conferences, visit other gyms – for FUN – and socialize with other fitness professionals and enthusiasts.

We think it is totally normal to not eat cake at birthday parties, to skip nights at the pub. People don’t like coming to our parties because the food is healthy and we don’t really drink much. Vacations filled with fitness classes and workouts being planned around hotel fitness facilities is totally NORMAL for us.

We really are fitness geeks. 

Well guess what: to the other 99.9% of the population we are freaks. We aren’t fun. They think we just need to live a little, relax and eat some poutine. They can’t understand that what we do, we do because we love it. We aren’t being forced. We choose this lifestyle and we like it.

They don’t get it.

I think a lot of the frustration many fitness professionals and enthusiasts have is the fact that we spend so much time trying to get our clients to be like us. When they aren’t – we get frustrated and angry.  

And really, the truth is, they don’t need to be like us. They really don’t.

This is what I recently realized even more during my parents visit. They have not taken care of their health and fitness over the past few years. So of course during their stay my wife and I started planning out  nutrition programs and workouts for them (we are fun to visit, really!).  

Then it hit me. Ten years of being a fitness coach all fell into place. 

They don’t need a nutrition plan. They don’t need a regimented and periodized fitness program. Not only don’t they need it, they won’t do it. Ever. No matter how encouraging we are or what strategies we come up with.

Sure, they could make some better nutrition choices and they definitely need to do more exercise. But they aren’t us. They don’t want to be. My dad wants to eat his two pieces of toast with butter and a coffee for his signature nighttime snack. He has been doing it for 20 years and that might take some time to change.

What I realized is that they need a basic fitness program that is fun and keeps them fit enough to enjoy life. They don’t need to be us.

They want to be able explore on vacation, go for walks, keep their blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels and play with their grandkids. They want to be mobile and happy. That’s it. That’s what they want. And as fitness professionals we should strive to meet those goals. Not attempt to make them bodybuilders, figure models, or athletes.

Obviously, it is important to take care of their movement, joint range of motion, and strength. We want to make sure they are eating a healthy diet so they are around with us for a long time and not reliant on medication to stay alive.

The thing is they have been with us for almost 60 years and they are doing alright so far. Whatever they have been doing can’t be so bad. Is it perfect? No. Are they as fit as they should be? No. But we can work with that.

Let’s be honest. They are set in their ways. Some things I am not going to change. They grew up drinking fruit juice and thinking it was healthy for them. It’s a generational thing. I am not going to get them to give up their orange juice (about as much a chance as they had telling me what to do when I was 16. Lol). So instead, I helped them find reduced sugar options with a little more fiber and a little less sugar.

Little steps. They can do that.

And I realized there is no need for a 12 month periodized program that will turn them into athletes. They don’t give a shit about that. It’s too complex. They will be bored. And I guarantee they will never follow it. 

But a few days a week spending 30 minutes on a TRX and doing some pushups, amongst other body weight exercises and some fun mini circuits they can do together is fun. They will do that. Just enough that they will get stronger and be able to easily hoist the grandkids up.  They will be happy, feel good, and enjoy life. Why isn’t that good enough?

See, I think that most fitness professionals are way too extreme. We expect too much. Well, perhaps I should say the younger fitness professionals. When you look at us over 30’s who have been doing this a long time, well, we are a little different. And when you look at the top pro’s – the Gray Cooks, the Cosgroves, Mike Boyles, and Dr. John Berardi’s, THE people in the biz, you see a really different outlook. One I have adopted myself.

If someone has a specific condition or if someone truly wants to have a six pack or participate in a specific sporting event of course this is an exception to this rule and it’s time to get serious.  But for the majority of your clients, for the majority of the people who come to us, relax a little. They want to feel better, they want to drop a couple sizes, they want to play with their kids and be able to have some fun on vacation.

So don’t look for ‘fitness professional perfection’. Focus on making your clients happy, keeping them fit, sneaking in a few little things they won’t even realize that will improve their health and quality of life. It’s realistic and it’s doing what we are supposed to be doing – making people happy and healthy.

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New Year’s Message to My Collegues

January 9th, 2013

It’s that time of year in the fitness world. New Years Resolutioners are slogging it out to the gyms and fitness facilities don’t even need a sales staff; they can just leave blank contracts on the front desk and let people sign themselves up.

It’s about as much support and assistance as they are going to get for the rest of the year anyway…but I digress.

As I was training a few clients the other day I suddenly had an epiphany that I felt needed to be shared with the fitness world at large.

‘Tis the season.

The fitness season.

This time of year I think fitness professionals lose their focus – lose their direction – lose the WHY – of what this season is all about. Gyms are packed, new clients abound, classes fill up and waiting lists burst binders.

And while we are an altruistic group – generally speaking – we as fitness professionals get caught up in the spirit of the season. It’s like Christmas for us! The aspects most trainers, coaches, and instructors hate – sales, marketing, contracts etc. – are essentially taken care of for us (more like bobbing for apples then hunting for food).

In the fitness industry the Christmas season is full throttle. Sign up clients, get contracts, work for referrals, start new programs and max out capacity. There isn’t much room for anything else.

Watch the bulging little eyes of the salivating fitness staff just about anywhere.
And this is when I think we forget who we are and what we do.

To be fair, this is an issue I think is truly apparent ALL YEAR but this season seems to really highlight it. As I was standing listening to a couple of clients it really struck home with me.

Why are we fitness professionals? Do we ever really sit back and ask ourselves this? Or has it all become a business, numbers, income, sessions, packages, roll calls, heads in class?

Yes, we all have a couple people with great results; those few shining stars who you have helped to great success. I don’t want to be inundated by comments saying, ‘well what about Joe,” “Sara had her best year ever.” Yes, there are always individual examples, we all have those. I am not talking about that. Let’s all just take a second and step back.

We can get so bogged down in the day to day worrying about the business. We stress so much when our clients have one ‘off’ meal or perhaps skip a workout or two. We expect perfection all the time, we expect our clients to love this as much as we do.

We all know the mundane day to day stuff I am talking about. And we get so lost in it. I think we forget to step back every single day and think about why it is we do what we do.

Step back and think about what we really do. I mean really think about it. Not just the generic, “I like to help people,” rhetoric most fitness people love to throw around.

We change lives. Sure, that might include building a washboard stomach and dropping dress sizes, but the important thing to focus on is we change lives.

We watch people become more confident. We see them enjoy life more. We watch them start to travel and enjoy life. Successful clients start trying to do things they have never tried before and they love it. They change careers and they get job promotions.

The success we facilitate makes people love themselves. We change lives not just physically, but in every aspect of what makes people love themselves. We help people wake up in the morning and love themselves. Love being them. Love being alive. There is nothing greater we can do for any people. We make peoples’ lives better.

So this January, I want you to step back and think about that. Think about why we really do what we do.

Just for a few minutes every day don’t think about strategies to commit people to their diets, how to decrease their blood pressure or the fancy new program that you can’t wait to unleash. Forget about the marketing strategy and ignore the sales pressure. Let go of the anger in the overly packed gym you are trying to snag a bench and a dumbbell in. Forget about the other fitness people spewing out advice. Let go of the Internet debates and controversy. Don’t stress over which debate on proper squat form has the best evidence or makes the most sense to you. Try to stop strategizing about how to afford that new revolutionary piece of fitness equipment you have to have.

Step back.

Remember why we do this. Every single day find someplace quiet or put on some headphones with your favorite track and focus on it.

We make peoples’ live better; every aspect of it. We help people live their life. Love themselves, their family, their friends, and everyone else in their lives.
Why do we do this? For that small smile on our clients lips when they realize that they are happy and they can’t wait to wake up in the morning and see what their future holds.

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Women Can’t Do Pullups

November 7th, 2012

 

Recently the New York Times published and article with this purposely controversy raising title – Why Women Can’t Do Pullups (read the full article HERE).

 

Lazy people everywhere rejoiced at yet another excuse to be lazy and fit people everywhere locked and loaded their weapons to go on a rampage at the injustice of this claim.

Women can’t do pullups. Really? Hmmmm. Here is a video we threw together randomly one morning….  Women Pullups

At first my fit minded feeling was straight indignation at the authors of the so called scientific journal article where the information was published. My second set of nasty thoughts was aimed directly at the author of the article and lastly I wished destruction upon the media outlets publishing such crap.

As I am inclined to do, however, I decided to research before rant.

The article claims researchers recently released data supporting the idea that women, even fit women as the news article highlights, can’t do pullups. I contacted some of the people I know who are much better researchers than I and asked if they could find this article, because of course the newspaper article didn’t bother to ACTUALLY CITE A SOURCE. No, that would be fair and honest reporting.

What we were all able to find was an article from the same researchers at the quoted University with similar details that the news article reported. Why am I using such ambiguous terminology? Well, because the news article doesn’t really match the research article.

This is when I realized that the research article was in no way intended to be used in the manner that was used/butchered in. Odd, it seems that a reporter misled the public by manipulating research to create controversy. Strange.

You see the actual research article is from the year 2000 (I like how science fiction-y and impressive that sounds in an oddly Orwellian way), which is actually 12 years since publication and most likely about 14 years since the research was actually performed. 14 years?  I hadn’t even graduated high school yet. A lot has changed for me since high school, and I know a lot has changed in exercise, fitness, and strength training since then too. I mean, 14 years ago women were still lifting little 5lbs weights and doing step aerobics to the caressing lyrics of Mariah Carey.

So researchers didn’t ‘just discover this.’ Reporter lie = busted.

When reading the research paper I was quickly flabbergasted by the fact that the research was conducted in an effort to discover if pullups were a useful test for the military or fire services to help determine the fitness level of women. The results of the research – pullups are not a good test because most women can’t do a pullup.

The researchers wanted to determine if a standard exercise program involving the muscles needed to perform a pullup (lattisimus dorsi and biceps) would lead to women being able to actually complete a pullup. So 20 (not 17 as the newspaper article reports) women with little to no fitness training were given a 12 week exercise progam including such things as lat pull downs and bicep curls. They trained three times a week for 12 weeks with University students and their diet was not monitored.

Results – only 3 of the women by the end of 12 weeks were able to perform a pullup.

Thus, even fit women can’t do pullups.

Oh, now I see, that makes total sense.

Train for 12 weeks in a half assed manner, don’t actually do the exercise you are being asked to be tested on, eat what you like, and surprise of surprises, the chances of doing a pullup are less than 25%.

Therefore even fit women can’t do pullups.

Let’s break it down.

Even the researchers commented that the training program wasn’t designed to make the women capable of performing a pullup. No. Their goal was to see if moderately fit women could do a pullup after a general strength training program. Their goal wasn’t to see if women were capable of completing a pullup. They wanted to know if it was fair for the military or fire forces to use pullups as an assessment tool for women applicants who were moderately fit.

So in no way was this a test of whether women COULD perform pullups.

Of course most of the women in this study couldn’t do pullups at the end of the study. THEY DIDN’T EVEN DO ANY PULLUPS DURING THE TRAINING!!!! I am actually surprised that any of them could do a pullup afterwards.

From a fitness perspective all we can discern from this 14 year old research done haphazardly on a whopping 20 people, is that if you do a training program without pull ups, you most likely won’t be able to do a pull up at the end of 12 weeks.

Mind blowing stuff.

I would actually like to see this same protocol used on men in exactly the same manner. Because after 10 years in this business I would say that the same fitness level and training on men would lead to exactly the same result, because guess what, moderately fit men CANT DO PULLUPS EITHER.

So please don’t berate research or trash science. This is a clear cut case of a bored reporter attempting to make a name for herself by showcasing a clear lack of knowledge about fitness and lack of educational ability to actually read and understand scientific research. Should we be more mad at her or the New York Times for allowing such misconstrued bullshit to get published? I am not sure.

The thing is, I can’t change the fact it was written or published. I can’t help convince all the lazy bastards out there using this crap as an excuse to never try and achieve what they are capable of achieving. All I can do is show those who are ready to see what they can accomplish the path to greatness.

Because women can do pullups. I see it every single day.

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Runners and Cyclists – Read This!

September 22nd, 2012

This is something that I have to drill into endurance athletes brains all the time. Yet for some reason it doesn’t seem to matter how much drilling I do the message gets lost.
Endurance athletes – you need to strength train

 

Yes I recognize that you do endurance activity so the idea that heavy squatting and deadlifting doesn’t seem to make much sense. Or flipping big tires around a parking lot. Or spending entire workouts doing just short sprints instead of going on another long run.

 

The fact is, however, that in order to improve your endurance activities you need to be doing all of the things I just listed above. The reasons are many and I am going to refrain from delving too far into the detailed physiology of it mostly because you will all stop reading!

 

It comes down to metabolic efficiency. All the endurance athletes out there have heard of VO2 max. This is essentially a measure of how efficient your endurance system is and how well you can get oxygen where it needs to go.
So step one with improving your endurance activity is to improve your VO2 max. And the best way to do that is with short burst of high intensity. Sprints. HIT training. That’s right, short high intensity bursts improve VO2 max far more than running, cycling, or swimming further. Research has shown hockey players and 100m sprinters have some of the highest VO2 max test results in the world.

 

This means that adding in short (10 seconds is a good length) bursts of close to max exercise with 30 second rests in between each set. Do this 10 times with an activity that you are comfortable and familiar with. How hard is hard enough? If you could go longer than 10 seconds – wasn’t hard enough.

 

The second thing we will talk about is muscular strength. You need to make your muscles strong. This improves stride length, cycle power, swimming strength and pretty much anything else related to endurance activities. You want your muscles to get stronger.

 

You will be able to exert more power, your joints will be better protected, you will recover faster, you won’t get as sore, and you will have some wicked muscle definition to show off at parties.

 

This is where people falter. They start strength training and they go way too light with way too many repetitions. The goal here is to increase strength. In order to increase strength you have to work to muscular failure in the 6-8 repetition range. So grabbing 20lb dumbells and cranking out 20 reps is not going to make you stronger!

 

You have to use enough resistance that your muscles fail in the appropriate rep range. While you might  think this doesn’t make sense because the reps are so low that is not the case. When you do a lot of high rep work (ie. Run, cycle, swim) you are actually DECREASING your strength. So when it comes to a conditioning workout to enhance your endurance activity you want to be working the aspects of your physiology that those activities are not working. Like your strength!

 

Don’t be afraid of muscular failure. You need to push your muscles to that point with enough resistance that you cant get passed 8 repetitions. That is where you will increase your strength. And increased strength makes you stronger, faster, and enhances your recovery. Yay. Who wouldn’t want that?

 

The moral of the story is you train for your sport when you are doing your sport. When you are looking to use your time in the gym to enhance your abilities in that sport, make sure you are training the aspects of your physiology that are being ignored during the rest of your training!

 

-Strength Coach Taylor

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If you don’t have anything nice to say…

June 27th, 2012

We have had a rash of surprising comments on the Taylored Training Fanpage recently as we post before and after photos of the Naked Nutrition and Naked Workout participants.

Every single participant saw very definitive changes! All of them are closer to their goals and very happy with the progress they achieved.

Yet for some reason others want to belittle and take away from this success. Ironically it always seems to be people who don’t exercise and watch their nutrition well. Why they feel it is appropriate to comment on the success or failure of others when they can’t even take care of their own fitness is totally baffling to me.

These are probably the same people stuffing their face at the office lunch just because some idiot thinks it’s appropriate to eat a cake for lunch on a Wednesday.

Here are some facts. It is just as difficult for someone who is already lean with low body fat to make changes to their body as it is for someone who is 100lbs overweight to lose 50lbs. It is just as impressive as well.

In fact I think it is more impressive. They didn’t let themselves get over fat in the first place. They have been keeping themselves lean and healthy and in addition to that they are STILL striving to achieve even MORE. That is impressive! It’s awesome.

Because you are unhappy with your body, appearance, and level of fitness does not give you the right, nor the justification to comment on other people’s success. Yeah, their ‘before’ body and pictures might be what you want to achieve, they might already be in great shape. That’s awesome. Don’t chastise them for that or tell them they aren’t motivational just because you are too lazy to take care of yourself. That’s not their fault.

And when they spend 8 weeks dedicated to furthering their success even more and they see changes you should either congratulate them or shut your mouth. No need to highlight your lack of success by belittling the achievements of others.

Like my blog, “leave my fucking clients alone”, years ago, leave others alone if you have anything positive to say. Didn’t your mothers teach you that? If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.

We are very proud of all of our members who achieve any success that motivates them even further to take care of their health and fitness and makes them feel great about themselves.

If you can’t celebrate that with us, go eat a cake and keep your thoughts to yourself.

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Personal Trainer or Exercise Coach

June 27th, 2012

What is a personal trainer?

There are some definite ideas that come to peoples’ minds when they hear the term personal trainer. These preconceptions are often misguided and lead to an understanding of our profession that is not an accurate reflection of what we do, correction, what we should be doing, on a daily and weekly basis.

The first thing that comes to mind is – expensive. Unlike other health professionals trainers typically see their clients 2 or more times a week. At $60 to $100 a session this can be truly cost prohibitive, especially when we are thinking about a long term relationship – which is what you have to have from a fitness professional to truly reap the benefits.

What about the day to day with a trainer? People either imagine a personal trainer as a drill sergeant screaming at them to do two more reps (thank you for that Biggest Loser) or, trainers are seen as a compassionate soul, ready to listen to all the trials and tribulations of in a client’s life. The truth of the matter is we write a fitness program, push you through it, correct form and technique, make you work harder than you would push yourself, and monitor your progress towards your goals.

My personal favorite is the pedestal people put trainers on. We eat the perfect diet, love to exercise hours a day, and going into work at 6am is our absolute favorite thing in the world and we jump out of bed in the morning like Santa is waiting in the living room. Sorry. Trainers are human. We like deep fried stuff, chips, candy, and sugar. We choose not to eat much of it but that doesn’t mean it is easier for us than our clients. Training is our job. It is work. When it is Saturday morning and you’re enjoying your day off by starting with a fun workout – we are at work. Yes, we enjoy our job, but it is our job. It is work. We actually have other interests and likes and dislikes.

Lastly, we do enjoy exercise. But we do it for the same reasons our clients do. To feel better, look great, and stay healthy. Yes, sometimes even trainers need some motivation and don’t feel like exercising. The last expectation is that you have a qualified professional with experience spending an hour focused solely on you.

Ever wonder why most trainers are early 20’s with little to no experience? Maybe it is because we are expected to be cheap, educated professionals with a very limited income. 8 clients in a day is a lot for an average trainer. At $30 an hour in pocket that is only $240 a day on a 5 day work works out to an annual salary of around $50,000. This is a demanding client load and doesn’t account for the extra time educating, learning, writing programs etc. This is with no benefits, no pension, and little job security. Find a doctor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, or chiropractor working with those restrictions. You don’t have long term experienced trainers because they have to move on. People want cheap trainers with experience and education. I want a BMW for the price of a Honda Civic. Good luck with that. You either get cheap or you get quality. Take your pick.

 

Changing the Way Fitness Works

 

What makes more sense is for fitness professionals to change the way we work. We are coaches. We build a plan, teach you to do it, monitor the progress, assess the outcome, and then revamp the program to achieve the next level of success. Just like a coach. We are fitness coaches. Our job is to teach you how to become and remain fit and then keep you motivated to those goals.

A coach supervises a group of people as they work towards a specific goal. In sport that is a game or competition, in fitness it can be any number of objectives; however it is exactly the same thing.

Here is the rant part. We are not counsellors.

We are not a replacement for internal motivation. We are not your parents. We are not your sounding board. We are your fitness coach. We will keep you on track with your customized program and track your progress. We are your coach. You are still responsible for doing the work and putting in effort.

We are your guides to make sure that effort is fully maximized. At Taylored Training you will see the term ‘Personal Trainer’ disappear. It is a changing occupation and while there will always be a market for people willing to pay high fees for one on one personal training sessions, it is an outdated and dying market. One on one training is cost prohibitive which makes it hard to do what we really want to do in this industry – change the health and fitness of the population!

You need a coach, not a supervisor. The goal is not that you become reliant on an individual to motivate and supervise your fitness program but that you work with a skilled team that teaches you how to exercise and motivate yourself to follow a fun and enjoyable fitness program. And like any other team with a coach, you need teammates. Exercise has become such a lonely endeavor for people and for some reason everyone thinks they need to go at it on their own. The most fun fitness activities and the most successful participants work as a team. You slave away at the gym, but you love playing a game with friends. Why don’t we try and put those things together? Build a team of people interested in fitness so that you can actually enjoy working out? Novel idea? Apparently! But necessary and sorely lacking in most current fitness programs.

We have been moving towards this for the last few years at Taylored Training and it has had awesome success. There are a few people who seem to be more interested in one on one attention from someone so they have somewhere to vent their problems and issues as is to be expected. We are not the place for that. Instead we have an awesome team environment. People talk, laugh, motivate and support each other. People have fun. They are held accountable to their programs by coaches and by other teammates. What else could you want from your fitness program and facility?

The Taylored Training team of professional fitness coaches is here to supervise, motivate, and push the entire member team at Taylored Training to achieve awesome results in minimal time and love every step of it along the way!

Changing the way fitness is done.

-Strength Coach Taylor

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Running will hurt your heart

June 11th, 2012

As is always the case with research interpretation for the general public there is a media need to create sensationalism. Sex sells, death sells, crime, destruction, and financial ruin all sell. So printing a segment from a peer reviewed abstract is just about the kiss of death for any journalist.

So last week’s publication from the Mayo clinic about heart health and endurance training led to headlines such as, ‘Marathon running can ‘scar’ the heart, researchers warn.’ Scary right?

You all know I am not a runner. I don’t know how I became the ‘ant-running’ guy, however it appears to be an adage that is sticking, and I really don’t mind. To be fair, I am not anti-running, I am simply attempting to educate people as to the true nature of running and your body and health.

This latest research actually exemplifies what I have been talking about for a long time. Long term long duration low intensity exercise is not that good for you.

People do not recognize just how physically demanding and taxing on your body running can be. You are performing thousands of plyometric lunges on hard surfaces, with poor footwear, all the while slowing your metabolism. How is this good for you?

The Mayo study shows actual evidence that long term running can cause damage to the heart and arteries from the changes that occur to heart function. Yes, scarring in these areas is very bad for your health.

Here are some basic points that you need to know about running and other long duration activities.

  • Your body was not designed to log the miles current endurance running programs advocate
    • Runners today over train for many months out of the year
    • Overuse injuries are so common amongst runners that they think it is normal
    • I typically decrease runners total volume by half or more, ad in a solid strength and conditioning program and watch them all hit personal best times
  • Slowing your metabolism
    • Efficient to your body is expending less energy. So the less energy you can use to accomplish a task the happier your body is
    • The longer you can run, cycle, or swim the slower your metabolism will work
    • It is simple physiology
  • You will decrease your strength and muscle
    • Don’t believe me? Come watch me put my marathoner’s through basic strength training exercises
  • You will not improve your cardiovascular health
    • Short duration high intensity exercise has been shown in study after study to have a much larger and more positive impact on your cardiovascular health
  • Running and cycling are terrible for your bodies movement
    • Both of these activities shorten joint ranges of motion leading to a host of issues and potential injury down the road

Here is the deal. If you love to run – then run. Go for it. But please, please, please, do it right! Learn from a coach, not a staff member at a retail outlet. And make sure you have a good strength and conditioning coach and that at least 50% of your workout time is spent doing full body, high weight, full range strength training.

If you run because you want to look hot. Stop it. You won’t.

Want a nice ass? Squats, deadlifts, and lunges. Sexy back? Pullups. Lean legs? Step-ups and sled drags. Arms with some defined shape? Pushups, military press, and some dumbbell shoulder work.

If you want to be healthy long term: short duration, high intensity interval training is much better for you in both the short term and in the long term.

If you love to run, run. If you do it to be healthy, fit, jacked, or feel a little more sexy. Stop it. It won’t work.

-Strength Coach Taylor

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