Lessons learned from a life of fitness, bodybuilding competitions and psychology ...
I would like to share a bit of my background in fitness and psychology, the experience gained, the lessons learned and, finally, how I can apply my experience to help you achieve a level of health and well-being beyond your dreams.
Throughout my career, I have trained athletes, military personnel, people with brain injuries and many other psychological disorders, and of course, thousands of men and women from all walks of life in many countries. I worked as an elite personal trainer in London, the Caribbean and Paris. I have also traveled and studied the fitness industry and psychology in Europe and the United States. Having worked in gyms, bootcamps, preparing athletes, personal training, managing projects, writing blogs has provided me with so much knowledge. With so much knowledge in health, fitness and psychology, I am always looking for ways to improve myself and others.
My journey to this point was not easy or without challenges. Looking back, my relationship with exercise began in my childhood years, growing up on a strict diet of action films like the rocky saga, karate kid and, well ... any movie of Schwarzenegger. I had some influences very early on to get into health and fitness. What also motivated me was my family, my dad is a fitness fanatic and bodybuilder, my aunts are athletic bodybuilders like my cousins, and my uncles are martial arts champions. One of my uncles was British Ti-Chi champion in 1992.
Determined to emulate my idols on the big screen, I spent hours every day doing pushups, pull ups and abs over and over again in my room, after a few months of unrelenting work, my efforts were finally starting to bear fruit. Not long after, I was showing my family and friends how strong I was, with my relentless demonstrations of exercise techniques, although it ultimately had a negative effect on the people around me. One day, my peers told me that I was not fit for bodybuilding and that "I just did not have the kind of body that could become muscular." As you can imagine, it was bad news for me at such a young age, and since they knew a lot more about the WWF (world wrestling federation) than I did at the time, I thought they knew what he was talking about.
A few years passed and despite the disappointment, I continued to train, I saw some improvements and I gained a considerable muscle size, but I was never very muscular, and those negative thoughts were never far from my mind. During my studies in psychology at the University of Lincoln, I realized that more and more people came to me for advice on how to get in shape. During my last year at university, I realized that I was a personal trainer for years without even realizing it, I had found my ideal career, I just needed a qualification official and I could really go into this world and start helping as many people as possible.
In my early years as a personal trainer, I was getting pretty decent results with my clients, helping people become more active, and facing some of the beliefs holding them back. But all was not positive, in my own physical training, I often struggled to progress. Knowing that I really wanted to put on lots of muscle mass and the quality stuff not lots of fat, I ate and ate and ate at the same time I did 2 hours of sport a day, not realizing that I needed to rest and give time for my muscles to heal.
From that moment, I realized that I needed to study a lot more about nutrition and physiology if I was going to reach my goal of reaching 100 kg with less than 10% fat. It was not until 2015 that I put my studies and my knowledge to the test. Until then, I was happy helping others achieve their goals and I was pretty satisfied with my body.
Some of the questions I asked myself were:
Was running really the best way to go out and burn body fat?
Absolutely not! In fact, I was running away from muscle mass! Now I'm sprinting and walking, jogging is a thing of the past for me and my clients!
Was it always better to lift as heavily as possible?
I found that I could gain muscle by manipulating periods of rest and intervals of repetitions. Of course, I always like to lift heavy but I tend to leave that for the last series.
Was breakfast really the most important meal of the day?
It may be true that your first meal of the day is the most important, but it is not necessarily the in the morning. Some athletes use intermittent fasting to recover faster and stay drier, which means they do not eat their first meal until noon. I tried this and it really works.
Are protein shakes and other well-marketed supplements really a necessity?
Under close scrutiny, it turned out that many of the best supplements on the market were nothing more than milk protein, sugar and preservatives. There is definitely a place for supplementation, but you have to be careful not to be caught by the hype!
Was training two or three times a day as an athlete the best way to ensure success?
No! It pushed me more and more into fatigue and really slowed down my results, I started to train 3-4 times a week, I shortened my workouts and got very good results.
During the year, I tested and adopted many advanced workout regimes, nutritional guidelines and ways to force my body to change. This process is starting to have greater adoption and has now received the appropriate name of "biohacking."
At the end of the year, for the first time in my life, I was 'that guy' I had always seen in fitness magazines. I had made a change that I knew in theory was possible, but I never had the absolute conviction that I could do it myself. For me, it was a very stimulating moment and finally a change of life.
That kindled a fire inside me, I felt like the best kept secret of the fitness industry and my explicit goal was to explain my techniques to as many people as possible that I could communicate to.
From there, I built up my reputation as a personal trainer by performing fast bodily transformations, taking the ones that had never worked out before and turning them into a model in a matter of months. During my career, I started to have more and more opportunities, and awards, I also had the chance to work with people who had achieved incredible worldly success. During this great experience, I noticed that no matter where people were in their lives, the majority made huge sacrifices with their health in pursuit of a great body or personal ambition.
I realized that I had something really important to offer them, something that I thought was missing or at the bottom of their list of priorities.
Many people end up getting sick by chasing their dream body or dream job, the reason is that they do not get enough rest. They work long hours and then undergo physical torture in the gym to finally get sick and lose all that they have their earnings. We must learn to listen to our body, it really wants only the best for us.
Over the years, I have learned that by including Oriental medicine, meditation, nutritional therapy to create a strong but balanced body, we can endure the physical demands of sport and the psychological demands of everyday life and construction of a career.
Some of the questions people ask me at the moment and some surprising results:
What effect does stress have on my physical training?
The relationship between stress and results is so deep that I can not believe we don't talk about as much as we should. A stressed mind and body can not function in the same way as a calm body, not only that but in a state of stress, intense exercise can actually push you more and more into fatigue.
How does inflammation of all kinds affect my health?
It is important to understand that inflammation is a form of immune response in your body. This means that allowing the inflammation to not be controlled will weaken your immune system and invite poor health in your life.
What can I do to improve recovery and increase energy?
As you strengthen your body, recovery becomes more and more important. I learned to recover quickly, by improving my sleep quality and setting up a hot and cold treatment which helps to speed up recovery.
What supplements, foods, or actions can I take to improve my immune system and prevent common diseases?
It's an ongoing process because there is always new research coming out, but I have found fantastic foods and supplements to improve the immune system. In fact, I believe that it should be a goal at the beginning of the year to have 365 days of good health without illness. I did it and have helped my clients to do the same thing.
Could digestion be improved to avoid common or recurring problems?
Absolutely! Too often people see their digestion as pre-ordered, but there are plenty of adjustments you can make to improve your digestion, I went from a crumbling digestive system to symptom free in 6 months.
What is the best way to calm the mind and free it from limiting beliefs or negative self-talk?
Meditation, yoga, and nature walks have helped me keep my mind open and open the door to creativity. Establishing a daily practice of mindfulness and productivity is essential to the pursuit of your ambitions.
Enriched again with a new approach to my work, I went out to try to help as many people as possible. My message had changed, I started working with a wider range of clients. I could not only develop good physiques, but also help to avoid, compensate and reverse health problems, reduce drug dependence and create a balance between body and mind.
It seemed to me that there was no scenario in which to sacrifice one's health was justified or even productive, no matter how aesthetically pleasing a physique or how much personal success had been achieved, a total health should always remain a priority because once neglected to the point of no return, no amount of worldly success can bring it back.
I have seen the same patterns of behavior all over the world, the same desire for fulfillment, self-esteem and success, and similar costs to bear for them, often the price is too much, our health. Closer to home, I saw members of my own family lose their lives because of a lack of knowledge about what to eat to stay healthy and because they could not take care of the principles of basic health. I can only imagine how many people are here today on a similar and avoidable trajectory.
My ambition is to provide as much help as possible to people who are looking to improve their health, to refine their physique and to fuel their ambition. Health literacy is, in my opinion, a fundamental human right and my mission is to provide this life-changing knowledge to as many people, homes and workplaces as I can around the world.
For those who want to optimize their fitness, while achieving their life goals without paying the cost of their health, this is where my tailor-made customized online personal training programs, and their fitness content online offer a constantly evolving solution. I am happy to join you as we work together for a long and healthy life.