Online Coaching FAQ
This FAQ is for people that have read the coaching page but would still like to know more.
- How much does coaching cost?
- Do you sell separate diet & training plans?
- Why do you only work with men?
- 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?
- Do you have any terms and conditions?
How much does coaching cost?
My monthly fee is around the cost of an average new car payment. Pricing is the same for all, however, I would like to have a conversation and make a suggestion and prediction for you first before discussing it. This helps us to see if we are compatible and will get along, and it helps me to demonstrate value and how thorough I am.
There’s no obligation to work with me after applying. If you are choosing a coach based on price, you need to look elsewhere, as I will not be the cheapest.
Do you sell separate diet & training plans?
No. Both diet and training 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.
Why do you only work with men?
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.
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 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.
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.
Do you have any terms and conditions?
Sure, you can see those here.
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