It wasn’t that many years ago that I was in the same, or worse, shape than most of the people who may be thinking about coming to me. It’s not like I was 22 years old and never had an ounce of body fat. I was a lawyer with a small internet company and tipped the scales at over 280 lbs. I had just finished two Coney Island cheese dogs and a chocolate milk shake at my favorite hot dog joint when it hit me like a ton of bricks – “I have to do something – I’m just disgusted with myself”. It was like an alcoholic hitting rock bottom. As I walked out of the hot dog shop, right next-door was a personal training gym. I was just hoping to lose a few pounds and a couple inches off my rather ample waist. I never dreamed that walking into that gym would totally change my life.
I had the good luck to meet a personal trainer who was a former competitive bodybuilder. After speaking with him, I just made up my mind that I was going to listen to everything he said and follow the program to the letter. It wasn’t anything he said – it was really just reaching that point mentally where I was ready to do it and willing to make the sacrifices and put in the hard work that would get the job done. I know what you’re thinking, because I did the same thing myself. For I don’t know how many years I was going to start a diet every Monday, but by 10:00 a.m. I had a snickers bar so I would put it off till Tuesday. But then, I would remember the lunch meeting I had scheduled for Wednesday, so I would wait till Thursday. By Thursday, I decided we’re so close to the weekend I will wait till Sunday. On Sunday I would rationalize that it was still the weekend so I will start Monday. The cycle just continued until that fateful day – I can’t explain exactly why, but I new I was really ready and I was going to do it. If you utilize my program with this approach, I promise you will love the results.
After that, it was easy. Not that dieting and exercise is always easy. But, having mentally accepted the challenge, it wasn’t that hard to stay on the program. I worked with my trainer for almost a year – but my weight came off in about 3 months and I was building the body I always wanted (don’t freak out – particularly you ladies. I’m not talking about the muscle bound photos you may associate with bodybuilding). I saw my trainer work with people of all ages and sizes. Accordingly, I learned something very important. Nobody knows how to burn fat more efficiently than professional bodybuilders because that is what they do for a living. When I received my personal training certification and started training on my own, it was theses techniques (both diet and exercise) that I applied. We’re not talking about super heavy lifting, drugs or crazy diets. However, there are certain basic principles which bodybuilders employ that apply to the general public.
I took what I learned from my trainer, improved on it and made the program much more user friendly, and started training my own clients. I still practiced law at the time and never saw personal training as my full time occupation. My clients, however, got such great results that soon I was training so many people that I didn’t have to practice law. While the results of my clients were no surprise because I know the program works, I was floored by the way my business took off. Now, I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can help others achieve all of their fitness goals. All you have to do is make the commitment to follow the program. I promise you won’t be on a perpetual diet. I can also assure you that once you get used to the exercise, you’ll miss it if you have to skip a workout. You’ve already taken a big step. By checking out my website you have demonstrated you are ready to get in shape. Now, there’s nothing left but to get started. Remember, if I can do it, anyone can.
Tommy Gerber Personal Training
5100 Poplar Ave (Clark Tower)
Memphis, TN 38117
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1) Don't let anyone tell you you are too old to get in shape - I have plenty of clients in their 80's still going strong; 2) You must utilize some form of resistance training to meet your goals - cardio alone won't do it; 3) Vary your exercicse routine - if not you will get bored and actually slow down your progress; 4) Stay hydrated - drink a lot of water (a gallon a day is good); 5) Watch your sugar intake - sugar is the enemy; 6) If you engage in a sport include sport specific exercises in your general fitness program; 7) Don't over do it - your body needs the proper amount of rest for best results; 8) always be very nice to the trainer's dog; 9) Don't let anyone tell you that it takes a long time to see results - if you are on the right program and giving it your best shot, results will come quickly; and 10) Be careful - if you are not familiar with an exercise, a machine or how to get in shape in general, ask for help.