It is a pretty cool thing being able to work with people all over the world who want to lose weight, get stronger, and gain lean muscle mass. Seeing people get results 3,000 miles away is something I really enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I love training people in person too, but being able to call people up and talk about a crazy week they had and talk them off the edge of calling Pizza Hut is a completely different ballgame.
- Replying to 1,000+ word e-mails about crazy gym or boyfriend/girlfriend stories
- Shooting almost 300 videos for my clients
- Looking at what they are consuming every single day and giving them feedback
- Changing programs on the fly with a text message, phone call, or skype conversation.
To put it simply, I am willing to just about everything in my power to guarantee my clients success. I am not joking that I give my personal cell phone number to all of my clients. Why not? They should be able to contact me just like if I was training them in person. This is why I have kept just about every client I have ever had. I get results. Plain and simple.
(NOT one of my clients…)
This last year or so I have been able to get some great results with my online clients. Recently, some of my clients sent in e-mails discussing their time with me. Yes, these are real people, you probably even heard me read one of their e-mails on the podcast:
I have been training with Kevin for the last five months and can honestly say that I have made the biggest transformation in both my training and diet. It is obvious that Kevin commits a lot of time into designing the workout and nutrition as he really tailors it to your goal. My workouts have been amazing and he has pushed my intensity level to a new high. Furthermore, he is great at answering questions and really listens to what his clients have to say. I would recommend Kevin to anyone who is looking to make a serious commitment to transforming their body.
Working with Kevin has been both fun and effective. He is so knowledgeable that I can already see specific results based on what my goals are. His programming is interesting, enjoyable, and it WORKS! He is so passionate about what he does, that it is infectious and makes me want to go after it that much harder in the gym. Even though we don’t get to train together, Kevin’s energy is contagious and more motivating than most of the trainers I’ve worked with in person. I can’t say enough about how great it is to be working a program that is well designed and is specifically for me, and how much I appreciate the thought and effort that goes into each aspect of my program. I have the utmost confidence in Kevin, and that translates into confidence in myself. What more can you ask for?
Both of those testimonials are from online clients that have been KILLING it! even with incredibly busy lives with, school, work, family, and a social life! I even got to meet Michelle during the Perform better Seminar in June and get a bite to eat (and as a bonus, got a ride back to my hotel. No taxi fare FTW!).
I have kicked things up a notch too with the new online training software I am using that gives clients access to 150 exercise videos with another 150 coming in about a week or so that cover speed, agility, ladder work, plyometrics, olympic lifting, and more!
Two online PT spots are currently open now as I get things locked down with the new software. If you have been stuck not getting results, or have been doing boring workouts, or just want to be in the best shape of your life, we can work together to achieve your goals. And not to get all infomercial like, but we are talking about $4 a day for online training. I know most spend more on their morning coffee, and it probably has sugar, heavy cream, and a syrup that should be on ice cream. Which will help you meet your goals?
The Type of Diet
Let’s get this out of the way first, we, as humans, are incredibly complex, diverse, and above all else weird. This is why something like the Atkin’s Diet will work great for Bobby Joe, but will cause Johnny Ballgame to binge three days into the same diet. What about the fad of liquid diets? Low Fat, high carb, moderate protein? High Fat, high protein, low carbohydrate? No carbs (i.e. Anabolic Diet)? Fasting? Straight up calorie restriction is fine too, as long as you make sure you get in adequate protein and carbohydrates to complement you training. But since many people like to follow a designed program or a set of guidelines I will help you decide if one of these diets are right for you. Read more
This weekend is the annual Perform Better Summit in Providence, RI. The summit consists of three days of presentations and, “learn by doing” sessions. In the past I have only gone to the 1-day seminars that Perform Better puts on, so this will be a little bit of a different beast. To be honest, I am only going on Saturday and Sunday because I have a full schedule of clients on Friday. So the plan is for myself and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning staff members Dave Rak and Evan Levy to drive down to RI on Saturday Morning around 6:30am.
The summit lineup is just incredible from Todd Durkin, to Stuart McGill, to Dos Remedios, Mike Boyle, to Dr. John Berardi, to Sue Falsone (pumped for her talk on thoracic mobility), to Martin Rooney, to… You get the picture…
Since I will be staying overnight there are a few necessities I have to pack first. This might not sound like a big deal but it really is. And I think this list can translate into any trip for someone that is a fitness enthusiast or professional.
1. CASE of Spike
Best to get the most obvious one out of the way. Why a case? Because I know I will drink at least 4 over the weekend, plus I plan of getting Bret Contreras hooked on them. Plus let’s be real, no one is going to sleep this weekend. The Perform Better Summits are the equivalent of the Catalina Wine Mixer. We are going to go all out. (WARNING VIDEO IS NSFW DUE TO LANGUAGE…BUT WHO CARES IT IS FUNNY AS SH*T).
2. Large Cooler Packed With:
- 2% Plain Greek Yogurts
- Pre grilled Chicken/Steak
- Cottage Cheese
- Fresh and Frozen Fruit
- Raw Vegetables
3. Dry Goods
- Beef/Buffalo/Turkey Jerky
- Protein Powder
4. Magic Bullet
For smoothies… And mixed drinks….
Keeps water cold, and looks bad ass.
Everyone just made a huge deal about the KFC Double Down. The DD is child’s play compared to what I have for you today! The Double Down (only?) has 540 calories, and a ridiculous amount of sodium. How about a 1,000 breakfast? Or how about putting a piece of cheese cake in between a stack of pancakes? Ladies and Gentlemen…SHIT JUST GOT REAL.
1. The IHOP Stacker: We start this list off with the IHOP Stacker. This fat S.O.B. consists of two pancakes with a piece of cheesecake in between them. BUT WAIT! I am not done yet! Then we put “fruit chipole” and whipped cream to top it off. I am surprised this shit and flowered and dunked into a deep fryer too.
2. Hardee’s Biscuit of Death: Wow, this doesn’t even look like it would taste good. People are crazy… Anyways, this bad mama-jamma consists of two biscuits, eggs, sausage, and gravy. (uhh I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Seriously! Look at this monster!
3. More Bad News For Chocolate Lovers: A resent study done on people’s mood and the food they eat showed that people who had 12 servings per month were the most depressed. The people that ate the least (5.4 servings/month) were also the least depressed. So if you want to feel better put down the Hershey’s and Russell Stover’s before you load your iPod up with the Cure and cry yourself to sleep. (The Cure is an awesome band, just not when you are crying like Dawson/QB2 from Varsity Blues.
I find it pretty astounding when I see people grocery shopping and being so indecisive. Did they just decided that they are low on food so why not go to the grocery store and see what they have? This morning I saw one woman look at yogurt for 4 minutes and 32 seconds (yes I really timed) before buying 3 cups of Yoplait fat free yogurt. What was going through her mind? Maybe something like, “Well, I heard on ‘Doctor Oz’ that I should get Greek yogurt because it is better for digestion…But last time I tried it, I didn’t like that there was so much real fruit in it, that is gross. Not to mention there is so much sugar in there (looking at the fruit versions). I will go with this low carb Yoplait stuff with Splenda in it instead!” All of this, while she had, no joke, ice cream, a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (although an epically great cereal) and bagels in her cart.
You need to go into the grocery store with a plan the likes of attacking the Death Star. Have a list of what you NEED, not what you want.
Anyways, that being said, here are what I consider to be the grocery essentials.
1. Lean Beef: I am a HUGE fan of the 96% lean burgers. Quick, convenient, and most importantly high in protein, low in calories, and taste awesome!
2. 50% Salted Almonds: A great on the go snack and essential for Greek Yogurt concoctions.
3. Egg Whites: The first ingredient in every omelet. Also great for many protein bars recipes.
4. Frozen fruit Vegetables: Unless you are going to be using those fruits/vegetables within three or four days of purchasing them, you would be much better off buying frozen. I have written about it before, “The best tasting frozen vegetables are spinach, green beans, and broccoli. Frozen fruits and vegetables are almost always fresher than those found in the produce section because they’re flash frozen the day they were harvested.”
Here is a video from way back where we make some protein smoothies with some frozen fruit:
I Love this tea. Seriously, I sleep with a box in my arms every single night, excited that in 6 or 7 hours I will get to drink it’s sweet and spicy, energy injecting goodness. I have never had a better tasting tea in my life. Green tea? I can live without it. Black tea is my new hotness…literally… Specifically Good Earth Original.
Brian St. Pierre actually turned me onto this stuff when I was visiting Cressey Performance a while back. When I smelled it I immediately asked what kind of tea it was. Brian went into the trash and got the wrapper for me so I could track the tea down and try it myself. He said that he bought his from Whole Foods, unfortunately, there isn’t a whole foods near my house so I tried four separate stores before ordering mine off Amazon.com. Amazon has a 6 box pack for under $20. Whole Foods sells the tea for $4/box. A pretty nice savings if I do say so myself. It is even cheaper if you subscribe (I have for 1 case/month).
Each serving is 3 calories and has about 50mg of caffeine. If you want to replace that morning cup of coffee with something different this would be a great alternative. Black tea has been shown to work as an anti-inflammatory in some studies as well . No sweetener is needed, trust me! Black tea is jam packed with antioxidants as well, like it’s green brother.
Good Earth also has a Caffeine Free version which tastes just as good. I am drinking a cup right now at 8:30pm. I really love this stuff. And please don’t stress out about 3 freakin’ calories.
Buy some, you won’t regret it.