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Thats how much time there is until the latest Your Ultimate Transformation kicks off.
Some Your Ultimate Transformation classes are a few months in, and the results have been phenomenal. For example, this is one user's results in just 16 weeks.
Don't wait until right until the deadline, because spots tend to fill up right before the class starts.
Conspiracy theorists can teach us a lot about how we should approach fitness.
If this sounds like a stretch, consider this. What if I told you that 9/11 were a hoax?
Now before you write this statement off, I want you to look at this website:
In disparate parts, these facts are incredibly convincing. Let's consider them:
If someone wrote an article in which the first paragraph said "black men are rapists," how do you think the Internet would react?
Probably not very well. Yet, somehow, something analogous to that just happened. On a site that tries to position itself as a beacon for change, no less.
An article by Phoenix Tso (no relation to the General) on Jezebel begins verbatim with the following paragraph:
This is based on the acts of two asshat characters, Eddie Huang and David Choe. Admittedly, calling out their misogynist douchebaggery is fully warranted.
"Love ya, brah," I said hugging Brian as we stepped out of our interview with Bloomberg TV.
This was arguably the coolest coverage we've been fortunate enough to do as founders, and yet this wasn't without a tinge of sadness.
That's because this might be the last time that we appear in the media together.
I made the decision to withdraw from my daily role at Fitocracy. Effective immediately I will no longer be an employee of the company that I started three years ago with my college best friend.
I started off as Fitocracy's CTO (we're all glad that phase is over) with a limited understanding of fitness (I'd only coached half a dozen clients) and zero understanding of the fitness space. Since then, I moved into the role of Chief Growth Officer where I oversaw analytics and helped forge a number of partnerships including one with the Great Oak himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(I'm starting a new class via Fitocracy Team Fitness. Readers of this blog can get 20% off by using the coupon code "sett")
Have you ever been blown away by a transformation picture? If you’ve ever seen any supplement ad or infomercial, chances are you have.
And, if you’re like most people, you wish you were the person in that before-and-after picture.
But if transformations were common, you’d see them everywhere. Sadly, only a very small percentage of people are able to make them.
… That is, unless you are a client of mine.
I try to stay away from writing about the actual specifics of training and bodybuilding. There's enough shit on T-Nation, Bodybuilding.com, and the like. Why waste time re-inventing the wheel?
Instead, I usually write about client psychology and behavior. There's a serious dearth of that in the industry. Let's create more shit around that.
There's one exception to this, and it's a place I can add a ton of value – building a 3D chest.
Everywhere I look, there are people who start lifting with Starting Strength and come out looking like centaurs.
On the contrary, I've taken my chest from something was sadly concave and turned it into my best body part. Really, the first thing that people notice about me is that my chesticular region might have its own gravitational pull.
Women, especially short women, seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to fat loss. Despite seemingly-endless amounts of cardio and dieting, it is really fucking hard for some women to lose fat, especially once they start to plateau.
You're probably saying "duh they just need fewer calories," and you wouldn't be wrong, it's just that the problem – and the solution – is a bit more nuanced than that.
Jane is 5'2 and 180 lbs. She was once 200 lbs or so, and through sheer brute force, lost 20 lbs from diet and exercise. She has unable to lose weight in the past few years; no matter how hard she tries, she just can't seem to break 180. Due to cycles of dieting and binging, she hovers between 180 and 190 and feels like she's forever doomed to remain within this weight range.
A look at calories burned and metabolism
Note: Despite all of the resources on scale weight, the "whoosh effect," bloat, and whatnot, I've yet to find a comprehensive guide that addresses the finer parts of fat loss interpretation for both the trainee and the coach. This is my attempt at such.
There are few morning things that have the power to absolutely dictate my mood for the day. A loss in my fantasy league, for example, will pretty much ensure that I'm scowling even on the nicest of days.
More relevant thing to you, my dear reader, is the number that I see when I step on the scale while I'm on a fat loss diet.
Fortunately the scale reading is only a number. Like all pieces of data, this number may or may not be an accurate reflection of whether or not you are losing fat.
Let's look at problems with over relying on your scale weight and how we can better interpret said weight.
As my most astute readers already know, I don't think that exercise – especially cardio – in and of itself is a very viable solution to weight loss. In fact, I'd go as far as to make the argument that exercise is not necessarily for everyone just starting out with fitness.
Now, I'm probably in disagreement with 99% of the population here (which should tell you something about going against the grain, since I probably get the top 1% of results from sedentary individuals), but I'm not alone.
I've written about this before. Cardio is just not a good ROI of your time, because it's not an effective weight loss therapy. And thankfully, other reputable folk have a similar opinion.
Yet, I've also met a non-trivial amount of people in the wild who claim to have lost weight with exercise – mostly cardio – and no explicit dietary intervention. (I can only name one person who claims that she dropped a considerable amount of weight from strength training alone with no dietary intervention.) These stories cannot automatically be disregarded.
Naturally, this got me thinking. Is there a certain cohort out there that successfully loses weight from exercise alone? If so, what's different about them?