New to strength training but wish to be coached by me?

You’re set to have an excellent year ahead, as you’re about to get the biggest gains of your training career if you get things right. Unfortunately however I can’t take you on right now. I train people online, and though it works very well in most situations it has severe limitations for novices. For me to be able to get you the results that you want, you’re going to need to perform the training plan I’ll set you effectively, otherwise your body won’t have the stimulus to adapt and grow that it needs.

I need you to have experience with the main compound lifts (Squats, Deadlifts, etc.). This means spending some time under the bar and getting your form right.

Squat, Bench, DL

“Why?”

Novice trainees often have issues with their form. These 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. Most people learn this way, but some people don’t seem to be able to do that.

I would love to be able to simply suggest that everyone simply hire a trainer at their local gym to show them the lifts, but the unfortunate fact is that 99% of staff in commercial gyms don’t know how to coach these lifts because they haven’t been taught themselves. Also, I don’t believe that form is something that be effectively coached online so it isn’t a service I offer. (‘Effective to me means that issues can be successfully corrected, the vast majority of the time, on a consistent basis.)

Advice

You’re keen to get coached. I get it. The usual reaction to this is to read the book, watch all the videos, give it a couple of weeks in the gym lifting and then mail me telling me that you are confident that form won’t be an issue. I hope you’re right, but in fairness two weeks isn’t long enough to gauge that. I want you to be successful. I just don’t want anyone to have paid me and be unsuccessful due to something I have no control over.

Before we move forward with this please give yourself a minimum of three honest and sincere months work at the strength training before applying.

  • This frees us to focus on the diet instead of learning multiple new things at once.
  • This gives me a good idea of how you are likely to progress,
  • enables me to make an accurate prediction,
  • and solid suggestion on how we are best to move forward,
  • and ultimately puts us in a better position to make the most out of our time working together.

I create independence in my clients so that they can be successful and happy in the long term. I only aim to work with people once, so if we’re going to do this let’s do it right.

You’ll find the training guides and reference materials you need here.

PS: Be sure not to confuse a smith machine (a barbell on stabilisation rails) with a squat rack. You don’t ride a bike with trainer wheels and to get the right training effect you don’t want to squat with them either. More on this in the FAQ.

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