The issue usually is not the amount of sleep as measured in time, but the quality of sleep that you have, and this goes back to your habits and rituals if you will tha your have established over your lifetime. There is usually no preparation for sleep time, and if you are over the age of 10 years old you have not had a ritual for sleep time that has worked to help you sleep in over 20-30 plus years, but even with that said we still fought the idea of going to sleep “early” before 9 pm. I remember when I was around 8-9 years old and it was the beginning of the school year and the time had not changed and it was still light at my bedtime( 6pm) and I literally had a temper tantrum in the bed kicking and crying because I could hear the other neighborhood kids playing outside and here I was being put to bed like a baby.
You are well on your way to hitting the 30 lb weight loss goal you set for yourself on January 1st 2019. You are 1 month and 15 days into your training and nutrition regimen, and you are 10 lbs down (that breaks down to about 1 lb -1.5 lb per week).
Here are the Atlas Pro Training’s top 3 options to help you lose that last 20 lb over the next 12 weeks so you can be ready for the summer by early May 2019!
1) Intermittent Fasting -
This is a basic form of calorie restriction. Although there are several different versions of intermittent fasting, they all have the same fundamental rule; No Food or drink with a caloric value are to be consumed during the fast.
One of the most popular versions is the 16/8 method where you fast for the first 16 hours of the day, then you eat during the last 8 hours of the day consuming 1-2 meals.
Reduces insulin resistance - which is key in helping manage certain metabolic issues
May improve Heart health
May improve brain function and health
May interfere with Mood (for the first few days or weeks)
May interfere with social eating
Digestive issues - Constipation due to limited fluid consumption
This is a true trial and error and behavioral modification method
2) Increase Workload/Intensity -
This is tried and true way to increasing your energy expenditure to 525-625cal of energy per day. This could possibly help you hit that 1 lb- 1.5 lb fat loss per week. However, the 1# rule to remember is that you can not train yourself out of a bad or inconsistent nutrition/diet routine. The key in any exercise plan is have some variety and different variations of physical activity that match your goals and your personality. For example, some people like to lift weights and hate cardio (that’s me :-)) and vice versa. For example, you could increase your workload, ie., distance of running, increasing the weight that you lift, increasing the amount of reps, etc. You can also add or increase a different type of physical activity to your training program, ie., add more running/ walking/ sprinting to your training program, reduce your rest times between sets to less than 30 sec. (This adds a “cardio” element to your weight lifting session , which can help you increase your energy expenditure leading to more fat loss). You can incorporate a weightlifting circuit in your daily training program. Doing so will improve strength level and allows you to gain more lean muscle. This action will increase your metabolic rate and your increased energy expenditure will lead to fat loss.
This method increases your physical activity
Adds variety to your training routine
Can help create balance within your training program
Adds time to your training session
This training method works best when it is combined with a diet and or nutrition plan
Requires additional effort to track results
3) Track & Count Macros along with Body composition Testing analysis
This is a more holistic way of planning out your weightloss program, and in my opinion, this should be the first method you should try to lose unwanted fat.
Tracking and counting your macronutrients (i.e. Fats(9 calories per gram), Protein(4 calories per gram), Carbohydrates(4 calories per gram), can take the guesswork out of planning your meals in regards to calculating an accurate caloric balance that fits your lifestyle and or training program.
Body Composition testing and analysis - This is an essential element to reach your fat loss goals. When combined with tracking your macros, these tools can help you create a nutrition program that fits your lifestyle, health, and fitness goals. Body Composition testing gives you hard, accurate numbers that will allow the necessary adjustments to your health and fitness plan. This helps you see your total fat loss not just your weight loss
This method is accurate
With the assistance of a Professional you can help hold you accountable to your goals
This method can be applied to everyone
This a labor intensive method and requires your full attention
You have to obtain access to credible body composition testing equipment
Counting Calories - Need I say more
The assessment that I use to evaluate the movement of my clients is inspired by the FMS and there are elements of the FMS in my 4 point movement assessment. What I am looking for with my basic knowledge of human movement and kinesiology is making sure that the athlete has good, ankle, hip, and shoulder. I also assess Thoracic mobility and stability which affects everything from your breathing to your shoulder and lower back health. I started producing a series of videos showing exercises that I use to improve the strength and the mobility of these three key areas, here is one of them......
As I continue my journey as a father, coach/trainer, (ex-husband lol) and entrepreneur/business owner, sometimes I can have in a bit of a negative disposition, if I allow these short-term situations within the surrounding environment around me control my attitude and my approach towards my daily activities that negative environment will influence my behavior to a certain extent and if I don’t recognize this negative influence my environment will create my reality, which will influence my behavior and when that happens my environment is creating who I am..... Unless I make a conscious effort to maintain a positive environment.
As I write this post I continue to ask myself are you, Caesar? And to be honest I would like to think that I am and I see myself in that way (most of the time) but sometimes my impatience leads me in the opposite direction; not all of the time but enough for me to see it. I truly love helping people and seeing them reach their goals and go beyond any perceived limitations. I truly care about the well-being of everyone because I feel showing someone that they matter and that they are acknowledged and their opinions and points of view are valued leads to them passing those valuable traits onto someone else and leading them to hopefully develop other leaders.
Regardless of what method you chose to use for your body composition measurement, it is best to use one testing and analysis method to insure accurate and consistent results to limit conflict and false information. Take a few minutes to research and find the best method for you and measure your progress beyond the scale. No matter what your health and fitness goals body composition testing and analysis will be a game changer for you and give you the information you need to truly transform your body.
As I discussed before in the previous blogs in this series about Energy System Development (EDS) training you can create a training program that is specific to your training goals by training specific energy systems. In this final series, I am going to talk about training within the ATP-CP and glycolytic energy systems with resistance exercises that are programmed using a couple of different training methods.
Lifting heavy weights to become stronger is one of the most popular reasons to lift weights. But the combination of using various weightlifting principles and program variations to improve muscular Hypertrophy (increase in muscular tone and size) is even more effective and fun. Lifting to increase muscular size helps individuals improve not only their physical appearance but also their physical performance. One of the factors that are important is the use of set and rep manipulation. Which means programming different sequences sets and reps to increase the stress applied to the muscles that are being trained and. In theory, the number of sets should be about 2-4 sets and the reps should be 8-12 reps using 65%-85% of the maximum weight you can lift for 1 rep for that exercise to achieve hypertrophy. One other important factor is limiting your rest in between sets to less than 1 minute. This limit in the recovery time will increase the stress on your muscles which increases the growth response your muscles have during the recovery process. THE MAGIC HAPPENS IN THE RECOVERY!
For example, John 1 rep maximum for the Squat is 305 lb, for John to lift for muscular Hypertrophy his squat workout could be programmed in a linear progression either in a progressive overload fashion or in a regressive load fashion or a Drop set.
Linear Progressive Overload
1st set - 65% 198 lbs for 10-12 reps
rest 30-45 sec
2nd set - 70% 214 lb for 10-12 reps
rest 30-45 sec
3rd set - 75% 229 lb for 10 - 8 reps
rest 30-45 sec
4th set - 80% 244 for an AMRAP or 10-8 reps
Linear Regressive Loading (Drop Sets)
1st set - 80% 244 for 10-8 reps
rest 30-45 sec
2nd set - 75% 229 lb for 10 - 8 reps
rest 30-45 sec
3rd set - 70% 214 lb for 10+ reps
rest 30-45 sec
4th set - 65% 198 lbs for AMRAP
These are just a couple of examples of the type of set/rep manipulation that can be applied to your training program, but there other ways that are used to achieve the same result depending on your training schedule and or training goals. I primarily use the Tier system and a combination of Undulating Periodization for the majority of my clients.
There are numerous ways to create a training program the fits your training schedule and access to training equipments the fits your specific training needs. But the most important ingredient is CONSISTENCY. Over the last several years as a health and performance coach I have been apart of some amazing transformations and some disappointing results, and the common tread that all of my successful clients have in common was consistent effort and discipline with their nutrition and rest habits. The common thread in the disappointments and misses was inconsistency, excuses, and looking for a magical drink or pill that would get them out of the working hard and changing their behavior in order to get the results they want to achieve. Everything costs and your time is the most important commodity you have to give, there are no shortcuts that will help you sustain the results your want long term, it will just lead to disappointment in the long term.
Several Years back I wrote a blog called ARE YOU A F.R.E.A.K LIKE ME
this blog post was one of my first as a trainer/coach. This blog was originally published for my youth athletes and clients who wanted to train beyond just losing that first 20lb and are dedicated to the process of improving their quality of life and have the option to participate in a physical activity without the threat of injury or long recovery time due to unmanageable soreness.
Definition: The gradual increase of stress placed upon the body during the execution of a movement.
Progressive overload is the key to training any training program. No matter if the goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or prepare for the a sport or competition. The principle of progressive overload were developed by Thomas Delorme, M.Dwhile rehabilitating wounded soldiers after the second world war. Progressive overload is the foundation of my training programing whether this principle is applied to resistance training, EDS training (Energy System Development), or any form of stressor that is applied to one of my training programs. The principle of Progressive Overload is based on a simple scientific principle to increase the stress of the stimulus as the body adapts to the training stimulus. For example if the goal of the client is to improve there upper body strength and the movement chosen to measure their upper body strength is the bench press, as a trainer you would apply the principle of Progression Overload to the three main variables which are:
Volume- The amount of sets and reps programmed for the bench press
The Intensity- The amount of resistance or weight applied to the bench press exercise
The Frequency- The amount of bench press training bouts that are programed within a set time period.
Depending on the individuals training experience, fitness level, and or time available to train the principles of Progressive Overload allows the trainer to track and gauge the progress of the individual being trained, and show results as the training stimulus is applied. This is essential to helping the client set bench mark goals, to improve their confidence while training, and minimize the chance of injury. Applying the principles of Progressive Overload is key to increasing strength, aerobic fitness, mobility, speed, in most cases agility (depending on the level of fitness in the for mentioned areas).
As a professional trainer/coach I apply the principle of Progressive Overload to the all three variables of training mentioned above which are, Volume, Intensity, and Frequency (depending on time the individual has made themselves available to train) within my training programs, whichis applied due to various factors effecting the training program which includes but is not limited to:
the body adaptation to the training stimulus
the individual sustains a injury (which rarely happens within my training program)
the individual has limited time to train
to keep the training program interesting and fresh to the individual.
The Progressive Overload principle should be applied to all modes of training to improve the efficiency of the training program and allow the individual to reach there health and performance goals but to see holistic improvement in their muscular strength, endurance, overall health and performance.