Stefan was an online client of mine who participated in my 12 week program. He came to me with the novel goal. To beat his wife …. In a fat-loss competition they had together! He was a hard-working client who was already in pretty good shape when we started, but was stuck in a bit of a rut. Here is how I helped my client to make the necessary changes. After analysing his current program I got him to do 3 things:
The result? He lost 7.5kg without losing any muscle (and won the bet). So just to make things clear:
Tell most personal trainers that I had done this, and they would tell you to back away carefully, but I’m not most trainers. If a client is eating too much protein then I will get him to eat less (protein calories are still calories after all). If a client is spending nearly 2 hours in the gym, then he probably needs a more intense program. If a client wants to lose weight (but is already exercising a lot) then it’s diet which needs to be addressed. Stefan may have thought I was crazy but he followed my advice anyway.
Sometimes you can be too ‘good’ to get results, super-long exercise sessions, too many supplements, even too much protein. Fat loss is in one sense simple (consume less calories than you expend) but also very complex. To get the best results you need to track your food, you need to periodize your training, and get your macros right. You need well thought out goals, and the ability to implement them without disrupting your life. This is what my coaching offers.
Matt ‘wife beater’ Smith
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.