This FAQ is for people that have read the coaching page but would still like to know more.
- What are the reasons for each requirement on the coaching page?
- What should I do if I am new to strength training?
- Do you offer nutritional coaching as a stand-alone package?
- Is this one of those typical chicken/broccoli diet things?
- How often do you make adjustments for clients?
- What kinds of clients have you worked with?
- Why do you only work with men?
- Do you have any terms and conditions?
What are the reasons for each requirement on the coaching page?
- The age requirement is for legal reasons.
- The no injury or medical condition requirement is there to set professional boundaries of my expertise and what I can and cannot advise on.
- The reason I want people to have experience counting macros is so that we can get off to the best start, rather than spend the first few weeks getting used to it.
- The training experience requirement is there because online coaching is not suited to novice trainees who may have issues with their form, or have trouble pushing themselves hard in the gym. – The best plans are laid to waste if not executed properly. (Advice below.)
- I don’t work with vegetarians because I’ve found them difficult to work with on average, as a group.
- I don’t work with anabolic steroid users because I have neither the knowledge nor desire, to go into this area. I have nothing against people that choose to use them, but once someone has chosen to do so, the answer for them when gains have plateaued is to use more drugs, not to figure out what is wrong. I’m a problem solver, this does not interest me at all.
- I have a strict no-phone emailing policy for reasons covered on the coaching page.
What should I do if I am new to strength training?
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.
Do you offer nutritional coaching as a stand-alone package?
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.
Is this one of those typical chicken/broccoli diet things?
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.
How often do you make adjustments for clients?
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 complications 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.
What kinds of clients have you worked with?
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.
Why do you only work with men?
I felt that early on in my career, the narrower the area I focus on; the better I can become in that niche. Recognizing that a large component of successful dieting is psychological, I decided to focus on working with male strength trainees. As one myself, that is who I feel understand the mindset of, and can build the greatest sense of connection with.
I have coached exclusively men since 2011. This is where I do my best work and I’m only interested in doing my best work.
Do you have any terms and conditions?
Sure, you can see those here.
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