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1000 Reps Workout Challenge

Hey Guys, I know it’s been ages since have posted a workout…or ANYTHING FITNESS RELATED…if we’re going to be honest with ourselves :/ :/ :/

I guess we have sort of taken a Sabbatical from our personal training careers…

We have been working out and staying fit, but because our workouts are very basic and “maintenance” oriented, I guess we felt they were a bit boring to share.

Sorry, if some of you missed our posts/emails about fitness and healthy recipes.

We’re honestly going to start sharing some stuff about fitness more often. We promise! ***with our fingers crossed behind our backs*** 😛

So for the first workout post, we have Ruby to thank. She liked our 1000 Rep Workout Challenge (back in our Maxfit days) and wanted to do it again, but she couldn’t remember the whole workout, so she contacted us…

So Ruby, here it is, just for you…and of course for anyone else who wants a good challenging and sweat inducing workout!

Please note that it’s a bit revised (from the one we did at Maxfit) as we know not everyone has tires, battle ropes or sledge hammers available 😛

Happy Workout and May the Muscle Aches Be Kind to you the Day After 😛

6 Steps to Set Up Your Goals….and create massive ACTION

***This is a Goal Setting Workshop***

Last week we talked about motivation. And I shared how I find my motivation. I also touched on how HAVING GOALS (or something to look forward to) is essential to success.

How does one create a goal? And how do we find out what we want? This is what I did…

Step 1. Take 5 minutes to write down on a piece of paper (or computer) as many goals you can think of that you want to achieve in 3 different categories:

  1. Personal development goals like: speaking fluent Spanish or learning salsa dancing
  2. Acquirement goals like: getting a new car or motorcycle, owning a house or private jet 😛
  3. Financial goals like: how much income per month you think you need or how much money you would like to have in your nest egg by the end of the year.

 

Go crazy on this and let your mind go wild, be just like a kid and think of all the stuff you want. Think big and keep writing for 5 min long for each category

Step 2. You should have at least 1 page full of stuff you wanted to have or acheive…so now choose from each category 1 goal you absolute must have or want to achieve in less than a year.

For me this was:

  1. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GOAL: Speak fluent Spanish. (very handy in south America and some parts in Europe)
  2. PERSONAL ACQUIREMENT GOAL: Start my around the world journey on my new Triple Black GS1200
  3. FINANCIAL GOAL: Selling my 2 fitness studios in Bangkok to have some CA$H to fund my trip. I’ve already succeeded in this and it isn’t the end of the year yet, so my next goal is to make at least 3000USD per month with our online training business or website affiliates.

 

I know this works because I have already achieved most of the list above (and half the year isn’t over yet) because I was clear about what I really wanted. And I worked EVERYDAY towards my goals and take massive action!

Step 3 Create the WHY I should achieve these goals and what will happen if I don’t achieve them.

Take 5mins to write down all the good things that will happen if you achieve your goals. But then also take 5mins to write down the bad things that will happen if you don’t achieve them.

How would your life look like after 5 years or 10 years if you do nothing?

How would you feel?

How would you look? Older or Younger?

Would you be Happy or Sad?

Step 4. TAKE MASSIVE ACTION EVERYDAY!!

Make a plan and take action everyday. This is a tough one, but if you take some action, even if it’s a small one, you will get closer to your goal.

See what’s working or isn’t. If something doesn’t work, don’t give up, but do try something new and see if that works. Keep on trying so you know what works or not.

Step 5. Become a Master

Practice what works for you and do it over and over till it becomes easy and part of your second nature.

Step 6. Power of Focus

What you focus on the most, is what you will get. If you focus on the negative you will get that, even if you are focusing on NOT getting it. Focus on the POSITIVE.

Take 30mins every day to focus on your goals, go to a quite dark room, play some meditation music, relax, and take some deep breaths and when breathing out visual yourself achieving your goals. Make a movie in your head of yourself accomplishing your goals and how you would look/be if you already completed your top 3 goals.

For me, my mind-movie is about how I am already on my new motorbike, traveling the world, making money online and speaking fluent Spanish.

I do this every morning when I wake up and in the evening before I sleep. I visualize my goals which gives me massive motivation to go out there and kick butt.

Please share your goals with us and if it’s fitness/weight loss related we might able to help!

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3 Steps to Get Super Motivated

How to get motivated and what IS motivation???

Hey there,

We have been talking a lot about motivation and we’ve been giving you some workout tips, fitness tips and sharing our stories.

But what is motivation and how do we get motivated?

For me motivation is very important, it drives me, it make me want to go for something and do it. I see motivation as a desire, an energy that drives me to take action in life, in my training, in my business and it propels me to follow my dreams and achieve MY GOALS.

But that’s the thing, without any goals it’s impossible to get motivated…and I promise we will talk more about setting goals in my next blog post. Today, I will stick to my subject and talk about what motivation means to me and how I use “motivation” in my everyday life.

3 Simple Steps to Motivate Yourself Every Day Into Taking ACTION.

Step 1: First you set a goal and find the “reason” you want it and create and absolute desire to achieve this goal. For me its traveling around the world on my motorbike. My secondary personal goal is to take care of my body, be fit strong, and staying as healthy as possible. But this will differ from person to person; so this will be totally different for you, but to get “motivated” you need to find what you Absolutely Desire…

Here’s a list of some of the things I do to keep my Absolute Desire Alive:

  • Every morning and evening visualize your goal, stoke the flames of your desire and see yourself already doing what you want to do.
  • Write it down on a piece of paper.
  • Every day I always ask myself why am I waking up and going to work. I then remember the big picture and find myself motivated…

***Fun Goal Setting Post coming SOON!

Step 2: Then the next step is to ask yourself the right questions, questions that empower you like:

What am I happy about in my life right now?

What excites me?

What am I grateful about in my life?

What am I proud of in my life?

Who loves me and who do I love?

After answering these questions honestly to yourself, you will find yourself empowered. I usually find myself filled with excitement and power, and I’m eager to start my day!

Step 3: Laser focus on one thing at the time and have fun doing it…

Once you have a goal, make a plan and mini goals on how to achieve it!

Make a to do list and focus on the 2 most important tasks that need to be done FIRST and completely kill it and make it happen. After you complete those 2 mini-goals, then you can relax, play with your phone, and have some down time.

Remember when you were a kid? Homework first and then you could go out to play…practice that as an adult and you’ll be surprised with how much more you’ll get done.

How to make the to do list and what’s important?

Make sure everything you do will move you towards your goal. Don’t know what to do or where to start? Find people who did it and ask. Get a coach, if its fitness we can help.

Once you’ve figured out your goals then the next most important thing is to make it fun achieving those goals.

Straight up, doing something you flat out despise won’t be something you will, or can keep up with. The second you can, you will drop it like a bad habit.

For that reason, whatever you’re doing — be it saving up money for that new car or losing 15 pounds — you got to make it enjoyable. The more enjoyable it is, the more you’ll do it. The more you’ll do it, the better you’ll get at it. The better you get at it, the quicker the end result will come.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Do you hate jogging? No problem. Take a MuayThai class — the fat will fall off that way, too. Horrible at writing papers? Change to a topic that drives you. Can’t save money to save your life? Switch environments. Your world is yours to create — what you make of it can change your motivation (and your life) entirely.

 

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Blogging Blues…quitting is NEVER a solution…

We promised a fitness motivation post every Monday…

Monday came and went and we totally forgot…

I guess I was having one of those days where I was lazy, I knew I was supposed to post but I kept procrastinating…until I forgot.

Why? Because I had the Blogging Blues. Does that happen to you? I’m pretty sure every beginner blogger has one of those days.

I just felt “blah”…

I felt that probably no one was reading my blog…so why bother blogging???

I subconsciously wanted to QUIT..

But I kicked myself in b*tt and told myself, “Who cares if no one else is reading!”

This blog is for ME and for those of you who find it (perhaps stumble upon it) you will  find something helpful.

It’s also an online journal of sorts.

Who knows, maybe this blog will blow up one day and I’ll become an uber successful blogger. And then I’ll read this post and remember from whence I came 😛

So apologies in advance for this late post. I suppose it’s better “Late than Never” and in posting a day late, I’m proving to myself that I can commit to this blog…and that I’m NOT QUITTING!!

So here’s the post (quote) that was supposed to be for yesterday. I guess I didn’t really have anything specific to share yesterday, but today I did, and this quote is exactly what I needed to come across.

I hope it helps you like it did me.

The best part of the words above is that it can be applied to so many aspects of our lives.

Stop and think about it…

Do you agree?

1 Wedding, 1 Motorbike & Losing 1 Kilo…

So, we’re back! For those who didn’t know, we went away for a mini-holiday, and I guess you are new to our blog…so WELCOME… we’re happy to have you visit our space… animated-welcome-image-0276

Last week we took a break from training in the gym to attend Marie’s childhood friend’s wedding. It was beautiful! And folks from pretty much the four corners of the globe flew to Thailand to celebrate the start of their new life together. It was a privilege to attend!

For us it was a special trip as it was the first time we had a long ride (over 1000km) without our own trusty 8yr old GS1200…that baby is now with a new “daddy.” And it was a bit of a milestone in our transition to the nomad lifestyle, this was our first time to be away for more than a weekend and were excited to see how we would stay fit, keep up with our blog, and manage our online fitness business.

But before we could even start on our exciting first foray/trial run into our
new lifestyle we ran into a bit of an obstacle when we realized…WE NO LONGER HAD A MOTORBIKE!!!

We had no idea that our baby would have already moved on when Ana’s wedding would come around. You know how things are, you get so excited about the big event, and you totally forget about the small important detail of having no transport…

Everyone else was all organized to fly in or bus down from Bangkok. We were like, don’t worry about us, we’ll ride down and we’ll swing by the Cambodian border too, since it’s so close 😉

Fortunately, we know this really cool guy named Jamil. He came to our rescue and when we asked him if we borrow his baby for the wedding expedition he was like “Sure!” even though we knew he was a little jealous that he wasn’t able to ride around and take a week off…

Our borrowed baby came with some awesome spacious panniers. When I looked at all the stuff my wife “needed” to bring with her, I almost had a heart-attack.

4 pairs of shoes???

2 cases of make up???

Hair extensions???

Massive bottles of hair spray and I’m not sure what else…

She was like, “Honey, I’m the makeup artiste for the bride and maid of honor and I’m not sure what dress I’m actually going to wear so I have to bring 2 pairs of heels to match my 2 dresses and ALL of my makeup!”

I was like ok, you can bring whatever you manage to fit in your pannier and maybe 1 small bag can go in the top box…I want to keep that empty for our jackets, gloves, etc.

She said “Of course babe, I’ll fit it all in…”

And you know what, she did! I have no idea if this bodes well for our trip around the world, but I was damned impressed with how she packed everything in. The only thing she forgot was all her bras…

Fortunately, a couple of her sports bras managed to sneak in, and we were going for a beach wedding after all, so we were running around in swim wear most of the time but yeah, she brought EVERYTHING IN HER CLOSET besides bras!!

Wow, I’ve gotten complete side-tracked. I think this post is supposed to be about staying fit and work-efficient while on the road, but I’ve gone on a tangent and ended up talking about my wife’s magical packing talent…

So back to the point…

We did it! While there are many things we want to do while we are on the road (for real starting in June 2017) this week away we wanted to accomplish 3 main things…besides enjoying time with our friends and the participating in the wedding celebrations of course…

These are the 3 things we really wanted to make sure we did…

  1. We wanted to maintain our fitness and make sure to squeeze in at least 3 workouts that week
  2. We wanted to keep up with our blog and post our 3 posts per week (Monday Motivation, Wednesday Workout & Fit Food Friday)
  3. We wanted to make sure our online clients still were getting their workouts while we were away

And I’m proud to say, we did all the above and we on even managed to get the ball rolling with sending out some sponsorship requests for the gear/gadgets we will need for the trip.

WE ALSO LOST A KILO EACH!! I lost a kilo by making sure I fit in a HIIT workout or a swim before breakfast and Marie lost hers by climbing a mountain with 3km of stairs while having heeled leather riding boots on (see video below :D) and I guess all the stress of needing to do the bride’s and maid of honor’s makeup…LOL!

Well, to wrap this all up…

Make small and specific goals for a short period of time and you’ll find it easier to accomplish them…

We set those three goals and gave ourselves only 1 week!

When the week was over, it was easy to see if we accomplished our goals or not.

The same goes for weight loss, progress in a sport or completing a work assignment.

The goal to lose 1 kilo a month is so much easier to manage that losing 12 kilos in a year, don’t you think?

Shorts lists.

Short time frames.

Specific goals.

This is what works for us. Try it and let us know if it helps you too.

 

5 Workout Secrets

If having a lean and sculpted body is your goal then I’ve got good news for you: follow these 5 Workout Secrets and your goal will quickly become a reality.

These secrets aren’t secret in the sense that you’ve never heard them before, because you likely have heard them. The secret is that by faithfully following each and every one of these 5 steps your progress will become automatic and your results will be guaranteed.

Workout Secret #1: Consistency is KEY

If you want a fit body then exercise MUST be a consistent part of your life. You can’t exercise hard this week and then take the next two weeks off and expect to see results. Results come from consistency.

 Workout Secret #2: Set ATTAINABLE goals

Let’s be realistic here, you aren’t going to lose 20 pounds in a week. That’s not an attainable goal! Those who achieve the most amazing body transformations do so by reaching a series of progressive, attainable goals. If you would like help in determining what an appropriate, attainable goal would be for yourself then simply reach out to me, I’d be happy to help.

 Workout Secret #3: Make it CONVENIENT

Are you straining to include your chosen exercise routine into your life? If your exercise time isn’t a seamless part of your daily life, if it causes too much of a strain and headache to accomplish, then you won’t stick with it. Find a time, a place and a modality of exercise that is as convenient to your real life as possible, so that you can be faithful to Workout Secret #1 by staying consistent.

 Workout Secret #4: Find something you LOVE

Similar to Workout Secret #3, finding a modality of exercise that you LOVE is key to making this a permanent part of your life. You may never love swimming because you hate getting your ears wet, or you may never love biking because you’ve always struggled with balance. If you’re straining to get through a modality of exercise that you loathe, then you won’t stick with it. It’s best to move on to something different that you would enjoy more.

**Note for exercise-haters: If deep down you consider yourself an exercise hater, then DO NOT take this Workout Secret as a free pass to forego exercise altogether under the guise of not loving it. Part of becoming fit for life is learning to find a type of exercise that you can learn to love.

 Workout Secret #5: Work with a PRO

This is my favorite Workout Secret because this is where I get to work with you! My passion and focus is in helping folks like yourself integrate fun, challenging, health-promoting exercise into your daily routine so that you reach your body and health transformation goals.

Don’t wait another minute! Call or email me today to get started on your personal body transformation.

If you’d like me to design a training + nutrition plan for your body, and the equipment you have available, check out our Online Personal Training option–we give a 30 Day Free Trial + 60 days money back guarantee… 😀 😀 😀

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5 Steps You SHOULD do to get Flat Abs

5 steps to flat abs

Ok, so my last post was all about the 5 Flat abs Myths, what you should NOT do if you want flat abs.

Today I will show you 5 steps you SHOULD do if you want flat abs.

Step One: Stop eating junk. (You can enjoy your favorite foods SOMETIMES ?)

The best way to do this is by purging your kitchen. Throw out the sugary, processed and fat-filled foods. Once the junk has been cleared out, don’t buy any more of it. Remember that your beach-ready abs depend on what you eat – don’t eat junk! Instead eat more organic unprocessed food.

This is how my daily meal intake looks like:


Breakfast: protein pancakes. See the recipe here: https://youtu.be/ZarwX-p7mQk

Snack: Blueberry Blast Protein Shake ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ You can get 20+ DELICIOUS protein shake recipes HERE

Lunch: Paleo meal from www.paleorobbie.com

Snack: Strawberry Macadamia Protein Shake

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1 – 2 scoops Whey Protein Powder

1/4 cup Macadamia Nut Shavings

4 Frozen Strawberries

1 cup water

4 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on medium-high for 45-60 seconds.

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Dinner: Paleo meal. (Usually I order a big Paleo meal from www.paleorobbie.com and eat only half of it for lunch and the other half for dinner)


I know, I know, that’s like eating 5x a day? Isn’t that too much???

No, you see eating small meals every 3-4 hours will actually increase your metabolism and make your body burn fat all day!

And like I said in my previous post DON’T STAY AWAY FROM CARBS ALL THE TIME because your body needs healthy carbs for energy.

Of course you should minimize unhealthy carbs such as pastries, burgers and alcohol…but if you only “cheat” once in awhile (no more than 3x a week) you can still enjoy yourself and stay on track.

Step 2:  Lift weights

Using compound movements with barbells, dumbbells or just your body weight will burn way more calories then all those fancy machines in the gym.

Basic power lifting  are the most effective exercises because they using multiple muscles to complete them.

But if you don’t have any equipment available or if you are traveling like my wife and I will be SOON…here’s a body weight variation anybody can do–anywhere at anytime ?

Step 3: Cardio

I’m not talking about walking or running on the treadmill or spending hours on the elliptical (cross trainer)…

I’m talking about HIIT  (high intensity interval training)

High Intensity Interval Training involves alternating between very intense bouts of exercise and low intensity exercise. For example, sprinting for 30 seconds, then walking for 60 seconds is high intensity interval training.

HIIT can be used both anaerobically (in the gym with weights) and aerobically with cardio.

My favorite HIIT exercises involve pushing or pulling loads (something that has weight or something that you can put weight in!!)

Like a tire pull ↓

Or a motorbike push ↓

Or pushing your car or golf cart ↓ ***make sure someone is steering safely 😛

You might have seen this type of training in the strong man competitions, except those guys go to the extreme and push or drag trucks and trains :O

It takes some balls to train like this, but the results are worth your time…Just 10mins of pulling a tire with a bit of weight  in it (10-20kgs) will give you all the fat-burning cardio you need and you will burn 5x more calories that boring yourself to death on the treadmill for an hour…

Pushing or pulling something will increase the resistance a lot and will tire you out quickly. You’ll attack your legs but also your core and upper body muscles. Having to exert strength and power to move that weight across the distance will also jack up your heart rate which is important for cardiovascular health.

You’ll also be moving your body, instead of sitting stationary at some machine. You will activate so many more muscles in your body that even after 38 hours you will still be burning due to this style of HIIT training. We call this the afterburner–and believe you me–YOU WANT AS MUCH AFTERBURN AS POSSIBLE AS THAT’S WHEN YOUR BELLY FLAB START GETTING TORCHED!!

Another benefit to pushing and pulling some weights like a tire or motorbike is that it’s low impact cardio. This means your joints won’t get beat up as much as sprinting, jumping  or bouncing around like most cardio exercises make you do.

Disclaimer: But that doesn’t mean push and pull work is any easier than lifting—anyone who has ever done it knows that it can be devastating. Don’t blame me if you puke ?the first time you try it…AND IF YOU HAVE ANY HEART PROBLEMS DO NOT DO THIS. We can give you an alternative which will also have similar benefits…just contact me now. 

Step 4: Set some goals and measure them

One of the most important benefits in setting fitness goals is identifying the barriers and facilitators to reaching those goals. … When setting a 12 week goal, also set shorter term goals such as 1 – 2 week goals. To be helpful these goals should be measurable, and realistic.

We use different measurements in our program to keep you accountable and focused. And we try to keep is SIMPLE!

For instance, the weekend is a few days away and you have guests coming to visit. You jot down a quick list of things to do before your guests arrive. These are your goals.

The list serves as a reminder of what your goals are and helps you organize your thoughts and you strategize about how to get them done. Next, you begin to perform tasks on the list and you systematically cross off the items that you have accomplished on the list, feeling a sense of achievement.

Apply the simple method above to your fitness goals!!!

Step 5: Get a coach…. 

If you’re a beginner and you don’t know where to start, you might get some advice from friends and the ending up doing something completely wrong or dangerous.

Some people are worried about their injuries and don’t want to make it worse.

And a lot of people are frustrated because they have reached a lot of their fitness goals already but are now on a plateau and  don’t know how to push themselves to the next level.

Or perhaps the 5 Steps I just outline here are still too vague and you want it all laid out for you.

This is why we are here for you…let us be your coach and we’ll help you to flatten your belly the fastest and safest way possible…

If you’d like me to design a training + nutrition plan for your body, and the equipment you have available, check out our Online Personal Training option–we give a 30 Day Free Trial + 60 days money back guarantee… 😀 😀 😀

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5 Things you should NEVER do if you want Flat Abs

5 Flat Abs Myths (part 1)

Most people want to slim down before baring it all, so I’m here to warn you of the 5 Flat Abs Myths that DON’T WORK!!

Myth #1: Do extra crunches to flatten your abs.
Excessive crunches aren’t the answer for tight abs. In order to achieve a toned look you’ll have to focus on burning off the layer of fat that is covering up your tummy.

  • Tip: Don’t obsess about crunches – instead focus on fat burning and full body “ab” exercises like planks, mountain climbers and burpees

Myth #2: Take diet pills to speed results.
I know it’s so tempting! The ads make compelling claims about the power of popping a pill, but don’t fall for it. There is no ‘magic pill’. Diet pills are more likely to burn through your pocketbook than to slim you down.

  • Tip: Don’t pop a pill – instead burn calories with intense exercise and A CUPPA  BLACK COFFEE 😉

Myth #3: Turn to packaged diet products to boost results.
Don’t fall for the foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ aids. Quite often these products are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need, and certainly won’t help you attain that tight tummy.

  • Tip: Don’t eat packaged diet foods – instead stick with nutritious whole foods.

 

Myth #4: Avoid all carbohydrates in order to achieve tight abs.
Carbohydrates have been given a bad rap, which is unfortunate because you can (and should) eat carbs while slimming down. The key is to stick with whole grains, oatmeal and brown rice while avoiding processed and refined flours and sugars.

  • Tip: Don’t give up all carbohydrates – instead stick with wholesome carbs like sweet potato, rolled oats, lentils, quinoa, corn on the cob etc.

 

Myth #5: Starve the chub away.
Trying to lose weight by starving yourself is not only ineffective it can also be dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and by doing so you’ll disrupt your metabolism and slow your results.

  • Tip: Don’t starve yourself – instead eat small wholesome meals throughout the day. You can download 42 awesome FREE HEALTHY RECIPES HERE

Now that you know what not to do in order to achieve tight abs, next Monday I will show you 5 Thing you SHOULD DO to get Flat Abs.

If you’d like me to design a training + nutrition plan for your body, and the equipment you have available, check out our Online Personal Training option–we give a 30 Day Free Trial + 60 days money back guarantee… 😀 😀 😀

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Why Dieting (only) Doesn’t Work!

How many times have you attempted to reshape your body by dieting (or eating “healthy”) alone? Or by doing hours of cardio, walking in the park, running on a treadmill? But after all the sweat and tears, you see no results. It’s frustrating and bit depressing, no?

Why?

Because exercise is an equally important factor when it comes to fat loss. While clean eating helps by restricting fattening calories, exercise revs up your metabolism for an all-day calorie burn.

Sad but true fact: Dieting alone won’t cut it.

The best and healthy way to get the best results is a combo of weight training, cardio and nutrition (or what most folks call dieting)

I am speaking from my own frustrating experience.

I was a fat teenager. I loved to eat so I didn’t want to “diet” or eat healthy. But I was desperate to stop being “fat” so …

⇒ ⇒ ⇒ I ran on the treadmill for hours.

⇒ ⇒ ⇒ I jumped around and did all the aerobic exercises on TV to try to sweat and “burn” all my fat off.

I succeeded somewhat, because after a few months of hard BORING gym workouts I lost 5 kilos…whoohooo!

But I still felt terrible and I didn’t really look all that different. I still was fat and flabby because I didn’t just burn of my fat…I also burnt some of my precious muscle mass.

Fortunately, I met this fitness pro who helped me on the right path of truly transforming my body. He told me to do LESS CARDIO and focus on weight training. He made me do  basic movements like: squats, deadlifts, bench press and pull exercises.

I don’t know about you, but weight training was soooo much less boring than endless hours of cardio…

He also told me to eat every 3-4 hours small meals high in protein and low in carbs and fill up on veggies.

I still did some cardio but instead of running around like a chicken for 1 hour, I did intervals in the pool– I swam fast for 1 lap, and then slowed down for 1 lap.

These 2 simple changes transformed my body from a fat and chubby 120kg insecure 20yr old into to 95kg and 4% body fat amateur bodybuilder…

Now that might not be your goal– but I completed my transformation 15 years ago and now I have 15 years of helping hundreds of folks with their own transformations and lifestyle changes since then.

You can download my free “Fat 2 Fit” e-book for more details about HOW I did it and how you can be on your way to get the fastest fitness results ever!

Click here to get your FREE e-book now! 

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3 Steps to “Fix” your lower back pain (without surgery)

 

Step by step guide to alleviate and avoid lower back pain.

A lot of people struggle with lower back pain these days…

According to  http://www.thegoodbody.com/back-pain-statistics/ 10% of the world population suffers from back pain…and I’m one of them.

This is a bit of an embarrassing confession, because I’m a personal trainer and most folk’s ideas of personal trainers are that they are perfectly fit and healthy.

But I’ve decided having back pain has made me an even better trainer because I’ve had to study and learn even more about the human body than what my personal training course taught me.

Because of my injury and limitations, I’ve learned  how to challenge my clients and give them a good workout without causing more (back) injury and I’ve discovered my simple 3 Step Routine to “fixing” back pain.

But first let me tell you my story of how I got my back pain…

It all started about 12 years ago, I had just started to get serious with my bodybuilding and felt huge and strong. I want to show off to my dad and got the brilliant idea to snatch him above my head.

Ok, I’m not a small guy (around 6ft and 100kg) but my dad is a bit bigger than me–he weighed at least 110-120kg of Heineken 😛 and I was lucky that I did manage to get him hoisted above my head…

But while I was holding my dad above my head I heard a loud “crrrraaack” and I felt a sharp pain in my back. I quickly put my dad down and laughed off the incident. I was showing off so the last thing I wanted was for folks to know I had hurt my back with that stunt.

I was young (I was only 22yrs old at that time) and strong, buff like a bull, so the back pain didn’t bother me so much then. I felt a dull pain in my back for a couple of weeks but because I could train and lift my weights I kept on going.

I was passionate about fitness and building muscle so a little niggling back pain was not going to stop me..,LOL!

It was around this time that I decided to become a full time personal trainer. I overhauled my life and quit my secure and fairly well-paid job as a master electrician in my home town of Den Haag and moved to Thailand.

In Bangkok, Thailand I opened two successful personal training fitness studios (Maxfit Performance and Maxfit Bangkok) and continued my love affair with heavy weight lifting.

All was going well, but one day while dead lifting my regular weight of 180kgs I felt and heard the “craaaack” again. This time the pain was unbearable, and my lower back muscles just completely seized up on me. I couldn’t walk, I was literally rolling on the gym floor writhing in pain.

This was a massively embarrassing experience for me, as I was working out by myself, so some other dudes in the gym (complete strangers to me) had to roll me into a cab so I could get to a hospital.

It was really bad this time and I ended up not being able to walk for 2 weeks and had to go for an MRI to see what really was wrong with my back. The MRI confirmed that my L4 and L5 were degenerative and quite damaged from a serious injury from awhile ago.

It took me a second to remember when I got injured, because I had not taken the pain I had experienced when I was 22 seriously. I was a bit shocked, I guess I had thought I was healthy, strong, packed with muscle and indestructible.

I’ve come to realize, and admit to myself, that if I had taken care of myself back then, and hadn’t chosen to ignore the pain I felt, I might not have the serious back condition I have now.

Tweaking my back and not being able to walk has happened a few times now and the last time the doctors recommended that I have surgery. But after some research and asking folks who have had surgery to fix the condition I have, I decided to see if I could “fix” my back without surgery.

Ok, I can’t technically “fix” my degenerated discs as the damage has been done. But because I’m a personal trainer and constantly helping other folks get their strength and mobility back after injuries I figured I should try to “fix” my back through modified exercises and mobility work first—before committing to surgery.

I also took this as a great opportunity to learn more how to train other folks with back pain or back injuries like myself.

I devoured books like:

The 7‑Day Back Pain Cure: How Thousands of People Got Relief Without Doctors, Drugs By Jesse Cannone

Healing Back Pain By John E. Sarno,

Treat Your Own Back By Robin McKenzie

Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Pain: A Self-Treatment Workbook By by Mary Biancalana and Sharon Sauer 

I also learned a lot from Donnie Thompson he’s a great power lifter and Physical Therapist with a lot of knowledge about back injury. You can watch me practice some of his tips of how to relieve back pain using a resistance band in Step 2 below.

It took a bit of time for me to decide what really worked for me. But I believe I have narrowed down my “fix back pain” routine to 3 steps which I will share with you soon…I promise!

So, if you don’t have time to read all the books I posted above. And if you’re not sure how to implement all the exercises/stretches your physiotherapist says you should do, you can try to follow the 3 steps that worked for me.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, physiotherapist or physical therapist. But I am an experienced personal trainer that experiences back pain and I’d like to share with you what worked for me. If you have tried the conventional methods to alleviate your back pain and they haven’t worked for you, you can try my routine. Just do it slowly and listen to your body. If any of the movements I share with you trigger your back pain, instead of relieving it, my routine is probably not for you.

Let’s get it started. Here’s my simple 3 Step Routine to “Fix” my Back Pain

Step 1. Trigger point massage using a foam roller or trigger ball.

Why trigger point massage? Giving yourself a trigger point massage (aka myofascial massage) is important before and after a workout to loosen your muscles and encourage better circulation in the injury prone area. It will also help the tight or strained muscles to “release” thereby giving you immediate pain relief. If your back is really stiff, you should spend 5-10mins doing this every day.

Instead of giving you a lengthy description of how to do your own trigger point massage. I will show you how to do it in this video

To get your own foam roller just click HERE

I use a tennis ball and a lawn hockey ball (which is quite hard) in my video.

You can get proper trigger point therapy balls HERE

Step 2. Mobility stretches to promote flexibility. (You will need a heavy-duty resistance band)

Your back is connected to a lot of muscles and your hip joints. If these muscles are tight and your hips are inflexible they can cause stress on your spine and you will feel back pain.

Making sure you stretch and keep these muscles and joints (I’m mainly talking about your quadratus lumborum and your hips) healthy, mobile and flexible will go a long way to avoid back pain. But how to do this?

Watch my video here:

Step 3. Strengthen the muscles “connected” to the back.

Ok, some of these muscles aren’t connected “directly” to the spine. But if these muscles are weak, your body will compensate and will use your injured back to perform the movements required for our day to day activities.

I’m talking about your core (front and back) your glutes and your hamstrings.

Sadly, most of the conventional exercises to strengthen the muscles above (like sit ups, squats and deadlifts—which were my favorite) will no longer work, because it causes too much pressure on the spine. But I have found some exercises to “replace” those exercises.

Watch my video here to find a variety of exercises you can do without “loading” your spine.

The first exercise will focus a lot on the hips and the outer thighs.  Use bigger and stronger bands once you get stronger. You can purchase your own set of bands HERE

So that it! My 3 Step Routine to “Fixing” (lower) back pain.

If you have back pain and you would like me to make a training program that won’t injure or hurt your back further. Contact me by filling out the form below for a free online training program specifically made for you and your personal situation.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

–Stefan Lamping

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