Episode 88. Ask Me Anything: An Open Discussion with the Coach
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Scott takes questions from his audience about workout program design, food and eating issues, fat loss, and other fitness-related topics.
Highlights from the Discussion
- Workout journals: People tend to record the wrong things, often just in numerical values. It’s better to record qualitative biofeedback, not quantitative such as weights, reps and sets, because these numbers won’t be meaningful six months from now.
- Treat your workout journal like a diary. Record things like energy level, workout felt easy, workout felt hard, etc. Workout journals including just reps and sets would be like a diary that includes facts only, such as got up at 6, brushed teeth, went to work, etc, thus lacking substantial info.
- Don’t think about what you’re not supposed to think about. Telling yourself “don’t think about zebras” only makes you think about zebras. Likewise, thinking about dealing with a food issue only makes you think about the food issue. This causes your brain to focus indirectly on the thought, so, to focus on what not to think about only makes you think about it.
- Supplements aren’t necessary if you’re eating healthy. This is well documented in many medical [and nutrition] research papers.
- Appetite suppressants are a bad idea. They interrupt your body’s biofeedback.
- The scale doesn’t tell you what’s actually going on with your body. For instance, scale weight loss could be from water weight loss, and not from a sustained weight loss. The mirror doesn’t lie [neither does time].
- When training for physique, designing a program around what produces the best pump makes sense.
- “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
- There’s no need to go to the gym twice a day. More is not always better.
- Fitness lifestyle should be fun. Ask yourself, “what is this lifestyle doing for my life, or what is it doing to my life?” Fitness should be a lifestyle, not a life.
- Motivation is like an unseen muscle: it requires exercise [and discipline].
- Caffeine pre-workout is a good idea and well documented in the literature.
- The Hardgainer Solution is an excellent program for physique trainees who travel, as well as trainees over 50.
- Getting ripped isn’t a result of a workout program; it’s a result of diet strategy. But you have to feed metabolism. You can’t out-train a poor diet.
- Accept challenge instead of fighting it. How you meet resistance determines your outcome. Think about resistance as life; the pressure of it getting to you and how you interact back can change you forever, but you can always transform for the better and even life (your perspective of it) while preserving your essence.
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