“The most valuable lesson I learned was patience and consistency.
Every time I’ve tried cutting on my own, I make changes too quickly because I always try to lose too much too fast. I learned it takes time to get lean if you want to hang on to your muscle and strength.
Being a competitive powerlifter, I was concerned that I would have to do higher reps or cardio to get this lean. Instead, I kept my strength very high. (Bench stayed over 2X BW and repping Deadlift with over 3X BW) I was very surprised by that. I did pull a muscle about halfway through the cut and was able to still make progress.
Learning how to properly track was also a big lesson for me. It seems so obvious now, but I had never thought about all the measurements or averaging my weight for the week.
I was glad that you didn’t push me into intermittent fasting or some other form of named ‘diet.’ It was nice that you listen to your clients and take their opinions into consideration.
I also learned that coaching isn’t always about telling someone exactly what to do at all times.
It was the accountability of having a coach that made me make the most progress. I was investing time and money into my goals, and I had to report every 2 weeks. I wasn’t going to cheat on my diet or cheat myself when I’m going to report back to a coach.
I gained a lot of confidence moving forward that I can keep up with cutting and bulking the right way. Also having this site to use as a reference is great.”