This FAQ is for people that have read the coaching page but would still like to know more.
I train people online, and though it works very well in most situations it has it’s limitations for beginners.
For me to be able to get you the results that you want, I need you to be experienced and competent enough that you will be able to properly perform the training plan that I will give you. This means spending some time under the bar and getting your form right.
Form issues will stop you from progressing unless you figure them out, which is usually just about more time and practice. You can teach yourself from books, and online tutorials, then videoing and comparing your form. In many cases, this can be better than hiring someone locally who may or may not be able to guide you competently.
This is an honors system. If you feel that deep down you probably need to get more training experience training first, please do that before applying.
This frees us to focus on the diet strategy and executing the training program, instead of learning multiple new things at once, and puts us in a better position to make the most out of our time working together.
There is one exception, but principally, no. Diet and training strategies need to be in synergy to get results. You can’t effectively break them into their separate parts and I need to be able to control both.
The single exception I will make is for experienced CrossFit trainees with a fat-loss goal. This is because I am part of a nutritional video course collaboration with WODprep coach Ben Dziwulski and said I would help out his athletes who meet my client intake criteria if they wished for one-on-one attention.
Why fat loss only?
When the goal is fat loss, for someone who knows how to train hard, the right nutritional strategy is everything. The training stimulus needs to be enough (but not too much) to signal the body to preserve muscle mass, which can be managed without me needing to interfere with the exact programming.
I am unwilling to offer nutritional coaching for someone looking to bulk without being in charge of the training programming. When bulking, the right diet is merely permissive of muscle growth, but the right training strategy needs to be present for it to be effective.
Definitely not. Any successful diet needs to be comprised of your favorite foods. I’ll guide you on how you can hit your macros, you choose what foods you use to reach those targets. Within reason of course. More on this here.
The best situation is where everything proceeds as planned and we don’t have to make any diet changes for as long as possible. We certainly don’t want to wish for complication and adjust things unnecessarily.
In around 25% of cases where the focus is on fat loss, I won’t need to make any dietary adjustments during a full 12 week period. For most people, it’s normal to need to make a change at some point. As I’m fairly good at guessing initial calorie intakes and suitable macro settings, I’d say that the majority of the adjustments that do take place come in the 8th week or onwards, but obviously, it varies depending on the individual circumstances.
Serious recreational trainees make up the majority of clients.
However, I have also worked with military personnel (~50 people), martial arts practitioners (~30 people), powerlifters, actors, physique models (~10 people), a few stage competitors (~8-9 people), many coaches and personal trainers.
I can’t/don’t claim to have made any of these people successful. They were hard working and dedicated from the start. I just helped guide them.
Short answer: The narrower the area I focus, the better I can become. I have decided to focus to male strength trainees because as one myself, that is who I connect and work best with. For high-level physique coaching then the 3DMJ Team are the best in the business. I also trust and recommend Joy Victoria and JCDeen.
Longer answer: In addition to what I have said above I have some ethical and moral issues.
Firstly, a large component of successful dieting is psychological. I have coached exclusively men since 2011. I know how they tend to think and I have a wide experience coaching them through it. I don’t for women.
Secondly, bone mineral density for women peaks in their mid-20s. After that point, it’s all down hill. The only question is how fast that rate of loss will be. Obviously maintaining bone mineral density is crucial for preventing osteoporosis, but low bone mineral density is also associated with decreased life expectancy and increased risk of metabolic diseases (since your bones actually play an important role in hormone regulation due to the fact that they’re your body’s major depot for calcium, and calcium plays a very important signaling role in a multitude of endocrine and neurological pathways).
If you lose your period and you’re below ~25 years old, your bone mineral increases will halt, and you could start losing bone mineral density even at a young age. If you lose your period and you’re older than that, you start losing bone mineral density at a substantially increased pace, and you can’t get it back.
The female body naturally wants to hold onto more fat than the male body because a certain amount of body fat is necessary for bringing a fetus to term and producing milk – you may want to get shredded, but your body’s first priority is having babies. I don’t mean for that to come off as sexist, but its basic biology. When you get too lean, it tells your body that you’d have no chance of bringing a fetus to term in your current condition, so your estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels (all of which positively impact bone health) drop substantially. The sign that those hormonal changes are taking place is your loss of a period (or, for some women, your period becoming more irregular. For many women this is their first warning sign, preceding full cessation of menses.).
The level of leanness a woman can attain before these things happen varies considerably from person to person. Some women can become shredded with no issues, but others need to maintain more body fat to keep their period. Because of the multitude of major, indiscriminately negative, long-term effects that go along with cessation of menses, it is imperative that every client communicates about their cycle throughout the coaching process. If they lose their period, it would be time to stop the cut. – A six-pack isn’t worth risking long-term health for. However, the problem is that I don’t trust the highly motivated competitor client to be honest about the loss of their menses, and thus I have a moral and ethical issue with working with this category of people.
It is for these combined reasons that I am comfortable, and firm, in my decision to only coach men.
Sure, you can see those here.