"Why are you making me eat so much food? Aren't I trying to lose weight?"
That's essentially the question that someone asked in my Minimum Viable Fitness training group. More specifically, he felt silly stuffing his face every day with ice cream and the like on a program focused on fat loss. He wanted to know if he could just have minimum numbers of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, then eat until satiety.
Here's my candid response to him. I apologize for typos and whatnot... I did not intend on turning this into a blog post.
I'll explain my reasoning as to why I'm grinning maniacally while everyone has tummy aches from feeling too full. Please read in full.
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.
I am writing this 8-week guide in conjunction with my "Ask an Expert" LifeHacker Q&A. I will be linking to the Q&A as soon as it is up. I am happy to answer questions if you have your own plan, but I highly suggest that you use this one and stick to it!
I’m the co-founder of a startup. Unfortunately, as all entrepreneurs know, this means that there is very little stability in my day-to-day life. I’ll often not know where or when my next meal will be or when I’ll have time to go to the gym. Or sleep. Or shower. (You get the point.)
I should also mention that my startup, Fitocracy, is a fitness startup, and its 1.2 million members look to me to tell them what is “healthy.”
The word “healthy” is emotional for me, as I’ve dealt with it for as long as I can remember. My parents are doctors, and growing up, they always instructed me on what foods or activities were “healthy” or “unhealthy.”
As much as I could, I did my best to do healthy activities, like running, despite hating many of them. I didn’t always make healthy choices, but I figured that I would just make it a point to do as many as I can. After all, “it all adds up,” right?
Unfortunately, by the time I was 16, I topped the scales at 220 lbs and most definitely wasn’t healthy.
I'll be brief, since I rarely want to use this blog to upsell things.
People might not know this, but one of my favorite jobs in the world is coaching people to reach their fitness goals, especially 1-on-1. I've freed up a chunk of time to take a limited amount of clients, and I'm taking signups for the next few days.
AND I'll teach you how to take the perfect cat selfie.
This post was originally made on schwarzenegger.com. I've reposted it here so that my followers can read it.
In the three years since starting Fitocracy, I’ve personally interacted with tens of thousands of people attempting to transform themselves.
Many succeeded, but many have failed. For those who failed, it wasn’t for a lack of trying or initial motivation. After all, many did attempt to emulate the same iron willpower and work ethic that they saw in Arnold.
Thankfully I’ve also seen many success stories, many of which are in Arnold’s 1% Challenge group, whose members just last week hit a cumulative one million workouts.
If you look around the group and its success stories, you won’t see many folks who would call themselves athletic. If anything, you’ll find a scrappy, try-hard, bunch of geeks, moms, and Average Joe’s, who’ve found their spark.
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:
Fitocracy is testing out a new platform so for the next 12 hours, I'm taking group training clients. First come, first serve. The price is $60/month.
Most of you reading this have probably already been following my work, but if you haven't, you can see some of my client results here.
I stop taking clients at midnight. If you have any questions, reach me at richard at fitocracy dot com.
If you're interested you can sign up here.
(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.
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.