I don’t normally share much about my personal life on here, but last weekend was too good not to!

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Great times with some even better people! I’m very grateful to have you all.

My best advice for making progress:

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Write it down.
Unless you put something on paper, a goal, a plan of action, and what you’re actually willing to sacrifice to get it a goal is just a nice idea.
What is something you do daily, or weekly to move you towards your goal

Know your prime directive.

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I consider myself, first and foremost, a communicator.
My primary role is to be the best person I can be, so I can help support clients be the beat person they can be in and outside of the gym.
Only when I’ve taken one step forward can I help my clients do the same.
You can be the smartest, most hard working, muscular or leanest person in the room, but if people don’t like you, they don’t want to follow you. Your talents & potential live and die with you.
Or alternatively, those who can’t do, teach right?

How to make friends and poison people.

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In the 1920’s, there was a health trend.
Something very new, very sexy, and very appealing: Radium.
So yeah, like, literally radioactive water… Ain’t hindsight sweet?
“Before the atom bomb made radioactivity very scary”, radioactive water was being marketed and sold as a health product.
We look back on this as an OBVIOUS & ridiculous example of less advanced/educated people falling under the spell of Novelty, it would be absurd to think we aren’t falling victim to similar cases every day.
Here’s a list to trigger you, Q: What do these all have in common:
– Radioactive water
– Acupuncture
– Homeopathy
– Magnetic, performance enhancing wrist band (come on, who had one? 🖐)
– Ammonia (1)
– Expensive wine (2)
– Essential oils (3)
– Putting the same amount of weight on both sides of a leg press
– Kissing a boo-boo A: Placebo and/or dark magic
– Placebo doesn’t have any objective effects, only subjective. Which means it may help distract* you which may be a harmless, or potentially helpful intervention. However in the case of illness or disease, as serious as cancer or as “mildly as asthma, this can easily slide to being dangerous or even lethal.
*Basic distraction also reduces pain – think, showing a toddler something shiny after they fall over, as does releasing endorphins
Extracts from the brilliant book:
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe
By Steven Novella

Tips for keeping muscle while on holidays (or taking a break from the gym) – 1️⃣Be in a calorie surplus ✅ If you’re overeating calories, your not very likely to drop much muscle. – ❎ You may however, be fat when you return, so you may need to account for that. – However, providing you’re not too fussed with a bit of extra body fat when you come back (maybe you leaned down a bit before you went on a break) means you shouldn’t stress too much. You’re not likely to “waste away” taking some time off from the gym. – 2️⃣ Prioritize protein ✅ Even with higher calories you still want to make sure you’re getting your protein in. – ✅ Protein helps to both build, and maintain muscle, so it makes sense to focus on that. Chances are all of the holiday food will contain MORE than enough fats and carbs anyway. – 3️⃣ Drink water. Nothing in like is a magic pill Except water. Water is magic. – 🇩🇰 Enjoy yourself, life is about balance (kind of). If you’re used to training hard then a few weeks off won’t kill you, you likely won’t move backwards very far and once you’re back to routine you’ll get back to where you left off pretty quickly! 🇩🇰

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If only it was that easy, right? – *Trigger warning* If you get stressed ordering food of a menu, you’ll probably get stressed making life altering decisions 🤐😂 – Ever said you’re going through an “Existential Crisis”? Ever overthink the big picture (or meaning of life?) Here’s something to think about, hope it helps or challenges you: – How about trying this: Take the next reasonable opportunity presented to you, and make it your mission to commit fully to that task. How long for? Where will that take you? Who knows – probably longer than you think and not where you expected. If/when something better comes along – take that opportunity and repeat. – Existentialism itself emphasizes the individuals ability to choose & act out of free will. – According to my boi Kierkegaard (aka a pioneer of Existential Philosophy); by forfeiting (stalling) your ability to act/make a decision, you’re giving up what it means to be an individual. You’re a sheep meow, waiting to be told what to do. – That doesn’t sound great, does it? – What if it turns out you took the “wrong” opportunity? Easy fix: If/when something better comes along – take that opportunity and repeat. – To summarize: a lot of anxiety comes not from the decision itself, but from delaying the decision. Use only the time needed to truly assess your options, and practice exercising your terrifying right to be an individual doomed to make choices and stand by the consequences.

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Want to bring up a weak body part? – ❌ Don’t just think “train harder”. – ✅ Do Increase Volume More volume, Think outside the box – more volume across the week, month or mesocycle etc! – ❌ Don’t focus on moving the a heavy weight. – ✅ Do focus on progressive overload. Focus on a few key exercises, make sure the form is perfect, and allow yourself to get stronger or do more reps over time! – ❌ Don’t just try new things to try and “shock the muscle”. – ✅ Do emphasize Mind-Muscle connection. Understand the target muscle, and make sure that you feel the exercise in the right place! – For me, shoulders and arms have always been a weak point but I’m determined to make them a highlight! – 💪 What muscles do you find the hardest to grow?? Send me a message and I’ll give you some tips! 💪

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