Episode 7. Case Study: Staying Ripped While Travelling in a High-Pressure Job
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In Part 2 of our interview with Trevor Timmins, we focused much more about the nitty gritty of his hectic, high-pressure schedule, and how he is able to stay lean year round, and stick to his diet and training.
Trevor is actually currently doing Scott’s Hardgainer Solution, partly because he’s in his mid-40s and partly just because the program is very flexible.
There are a few things worth noting about Trevor’s schedule:
- He calls ahead and generally has some idea of what gyms he’ll try. In our modern day, he’s almost always guaranteed to find some place that’s “pretty good.” Sometimes not, granted, but he can usually find something, and if not, he can go for a walk, or use whatever the hotel’s got
- Trevor makes a point to get his work out in, because it keeps him balanced and focused for everything else he has to do. It’s less that he has to fit it in “on top of everything else,” and more that getting it in makes everything else that much easier. He feels MORE energy after working out.
- Trevor would rather miss a meal than a workout.
- He doesn’t count calories, though he knows what makes a generally healthy meal, and he’s very in touch with his body and his body’s biofeedback. He knows what he needs to stay energized. He knows when he’s not getting enough carbs, for example, because he feels “flat.”
- At fast-food places, you can usually find *something,* even if it’s just eggs, or a grilled chicken burger without the bun and a salad. Lots of places have something. The trick is to focus on finding the protein.
- For fancier restaurants and business dinners, Trevor stresses that they’ll pretty much make what you ask them to make. Steak, chicken, some other protein, grilled, plus a salad or baked potato or some other side, and it’s not too hard, assuming you’re not stressing over counting each last calorie.
Links / Resources mentioned
The researcher who writes about flow and being in a flow state is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
When Mike mentioned that sometimes you have to go “out of flow” during training, he was referring to research on deliberate practice. See Daniel Coyle’s book, The Talent Code.
Trevor’s Profile Page on the Montreal Canadiens’ website.
Trevor’s client page on Scott’s site.
Up In the Air trailer, where George Clooney’s character makes airport travelling into a science.
The program Trevor is doing is Scott’s The Hardgainer Solution.