I have to admit I was not a huge fan of Vinnie after listening to him on Rich Roll’s podcast. But, the guy grew on me. I listened to his podcast for awhile until I felt it lacked actionable information besides don’t eat sugar and grains. I’ve had his book Fitness Confidential for awhile now and finally decided to read it.
Well through following a plant based diet I noticed fatigue, bloating, muscle loss, etc.. and decided to look into a white colored and hairy tongue (gross I know). Long story short it lead me work on healing my gut from leaky gut, Candida yeast, and parasites.
After reading a few books I have subscribed to the GAPS diet. Low and behold that author also recommended a no refined sugar or carb diet. You can have a little natural sugar from fruits like berries, and natural carbs from vegetables, etc. I will write another post all about this when I see results or not. So after reading everything about how the gut works.. I am now convinced that plants are cleansers for the body and animal meat provide energy and building blocks. To be optimal one need both.
Figured I would actually read Vinnie’s book Fitness Confidential as he may have been on to something with the diet, and I am also studying for my personal training certificate (Vinnie is a personal trainer in LA).
Vinnie usually trains people from 4am to 10pm. He feels like a psychologist as people are in their homes in private and tell him many personal things. He strives to show up on time, be reliable, and pay attention with what mood and personality they are in so he knows how to motivate them. He loves his job and exercises with his clients.
Whether its hiking up a mountain, biking 60 miles, running through town, etc. All without a 9-5 schedule. Strive to give clients a little something extra. If he bikes with them for six hours he only charges them for one. This comes back to a basic law of success that states.. provide more value than you get paid for. Provide a service that is unmatched by anyone.
A pro trainer has to be a combo of running, weight lifting coach, nutritionist, streching instructor, amateur orthopedist, motivational speaker and life counselor. Success isn’t measured by money or material. It is through the success of clients. Many popular diet programs like Weight Watchers, or Jenny Craig are actually in the food service industry. They want to keep membership low to get you in the door and buy their food system for the rest of your life.
Doughtnuts = Instant fat pills.
Counting calories or relying on will power will not be a long term solution. Eventually will power will win and no one has the will power to starve. Weight loss = Don’t eat sugar and grains How long will it take me to lose weight? Why are you going to stop when you get there? With this diet you can lose weight easily and maintain it fairly easy. You will lose weight if you cut calories and they are coming from proteins and fats. If they are coming from carbs you will lose less. The body responds differently to different foods. Sugar and grains create an insulin response in the blood and stores glucose in cells as fat. Natural sugar from fruit is better because it gives you the short term burst but it slowed down by fiber. The refined sugar and grains give you the spike, but then you crash and you want to eat MORE! It creates a cycle that just keeps you eating and storing fat.
Fat is our bodies long term energy source. Fat is used for energy, fruits and vegetables are used for short term energy, and protein is to rebuild our cells. When you stop the insulin cycle you stop becoming a bottomless pit. You will feel full much quicker. How many fat carnivores are there in the wild? NONE Don’f follow fads, just follow results! Be quick to study, but slow to change. If clients don’t look good the trainer goes broke. You body may feel a little lethargic after starting this way of eating since its transitioning from the sugar roller coaster its been on to the way it was meant to function.
After a day or so you should have more energy than ever. Your body will start to release fat stores and use them for fuel. Leaving you feeling great and losing weight at the same time. This doesn’t mean you can never have a treat again, just don’t do it everyday.
Exercise goes hand in hand with healthy eating. If we don’t get exercise naturally throughout our day we need to get it another way.Exercise is what changed Vinnie’s life. He training with a guy named Joe. What was interesting is that Joe told him that he is to train there 5 days a week. If he missed a day don’t ever come back. Exercising can start with simply walking and not being a couch potato.
The body will adapt to whatever it does.
GYMS – They are not in the business of making people healthy. They are basically a collection company. They want your credit card so that they can keep billing you when you don’t come anymore. Shop around and look for discounts and coupons they may be running. Pay for an entire year up front for a discount. Join during October when membership is over. I would guess its really not beach weather anymore so people stop coming in for awhile. Once new year hits they are back trying to get in shape for the following beach season. How do you get the most out of a gym membership? SHOW UP and workout. Most people quit after a few weeks. For workouts do 40 minutes of cardio and then do 20 minutes of resistance training 3-5 times a week. Sweat does not equal fat loss.
Only by working on your diet will you get fat loss.
So you don’t have to exercise to loss weight. Which is most peoples goal. So why do it?
Because to obtain optimal health and fitness we need to move our bodies and exercise.
There are all kinds of health benefits by doing so. Most people don’t care and we need to appeal to their vanity to get healthy and toned/muscled up. Exercise gives you better looks and health. Two for one! Putting on lean muscle mass will help you look better. You don’t want to look like a drug addict. But lean muscle mass isn’t cheap and you can’t buy it with money. You have to put in the work. The more days/work you put in the more you will get back.
For lower body focus on leg press, squats, and lunges. Goal is to do three sets of ten. When you can do three sets with the same weight and 12 reps.. up the weight so you can only do 10 again. Upper body – Bench, shoulder press, and lat pull downs. Put some variety in there though. Once day all cardio, one day two leg exercises.. etc.
Gyms take 50-70% of the money a personal trainer makes. So why would one be training there? Because they are not good enough to get clients on their own. Use a cheap daily multi-vitamin and get a all in one electrolight capsule from a running or cycling store.
As if you sweat a lot you will need them. Stay away from supplements and just get your nutrients through food.
Best piece of fitness equipment is the jump rope.
Its easy to say you’re going to do something but hard to actually do it when it’s not a matter of life or death, so we look for excuses not to. Excuses are given daily, but if its a physical problem its game over. Health is the number one priority.
Help people lead by example by looking and feeling great. Fitness is more of a mental game than a physical one.
There is no reason a workout shouldn’t be fun. In fact a good trainer should make sure it is. When the brain is having a good time the body won’t focus on the pain of the workout as much.
We do things that are worthwhile, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Riding is Vinnies passion. And he has always looked for someone to share that passion with him than try to change it. The other person needs to understand this passion. Taking money out of a sport like Ultra keeps it pure. Its just about you and the sport.
Just like the economy is losing the middle class we are losing the middle class of fitness. There is more ultra athletes or obese people and less in the middle. Vinnie says to do so we need to stay away from sugar and grains, exercise and cut the crap (do things that are hard).