FtM Muscle Building Pre T

FtM Muscle Building Pre T

How to Build Muscle: A 3 step guide for pre-hormone FtM guys.   Hey, all of you FtM guys out there don’t wait until you are on testosterone to start building muscle. Putting on muscle takes a long time. The sooner you start the better! Also now is the perfect time to lay down a good foundation of strength so that you are ready for when you do start testosterone.   Step 1. Lift weights More specifically lift progressively heavier weights. When you are looking at programs remember that frequency is important for non-enhanced lifters. You will make faster progress doing a full body program 3x a week and hitting every muscle group 3x a week than you will doing … Continue Reading


How To Identify Snake Oil Salesmen

Identify Snake Oil Salesmen

How to identify a snake oil salesman. The very first thing you want to do is, follow the money! Ask yourself does this person stand to make any money by convincing you that this product works. If you find that the answer is yes it does not mean that they are automatically not trustworthy it just means that it is time to be a little bit more sceptical of their claims. The second thing that you want to ask yourself is, does this person seem to care at all about my long term results. Or do they just want you to give them your money and then never see you The second thing that you want to ask yourself is, … Continue Reading


How To Be Successful

How To Be Successful

How to stick to your program and be successful. First thing you want to do is to be honest with yourself about why you are doing this. It does not have to be a socially acceptable reason and it does not have to be a reason that anyone else has suggested to you. It has to be your reason, the actual reason that you are doing this. You are going to remind yourself of this reason as often as you can and you are going to write it down. Preferably you are going to write it down in a place where you can always have access to it. You want to be able to have a look at it every … Continue Reading


How Online Training Works

How Online Training Works

How online training with me works. The first thing you are going to do when you sign up for online personal training with me is fill out your intake form. Take your before pictures and also take a video of yourself doing the 3 movement screening exercises. I will use all of that information as well as everything that we talked about during your consultation to write you your individualized exercise program. From this point on your level of support depends on exactly how much you want. You can take videos of yourself doing the exercises that I have given you. I will make sure that you are doing them with good form and will make any corrections as needed. … Continue Reading


How To Build Confidence

Build Confidence

Weight lifting helps people build confidence. Today I want to talk about why. Over the years I have seen a very interesting side effect of weight lifting in my clients. They started to build a whole lot of confidence. Something that they were not expecting or really hoping for but it just sort of happened. And I think it is just due to the nature of weight lifting itself. When someone starts weight lifting a lot of the time doing something like deadlifting 200lbs off of the floor seems like a goal that they could never accomplish. But then a few months down the line all of a sudden they are able to do it and do it with ease. … Continue Reading


What Is Fitness

What Is Fitness

Let’s talk about what fitness is. If you ask me fitness is not just about fitting into a certain size of clothing or looking a certain way. Fitness is about a lot of things. It is about increased quality of life. It is about longevity. It is about increased confidence. It is about being pain-free. Fitness is about feeling good and taking care of yourself and being the best version of yourself that you can be! Fitness is not just about changing your body, it is about changing your mind too. Fitness is about building a body that will not get in the way of what you want to do with your life, but will help facilitate it. To me … Continue Reading


achieve your goals

Goal Achievement

How to reach your goals. First thing’s first you have to understand that reaching your goal will take time! There will be no magic pill, no easy fix. You will have to put in the time and the effort to get the results that you are looking for. If you are honest with yourself and you set the expectation that you need to work for your goal right off the bat you will be much better off. One of the best pieces of advice I can give to someone who is working towards a goal, especially a fitness goal, is to build a support network. Sometimes you will be in the position where that support network is not going to … Continue Reading


Exercise Tempo

Exercise Tempo

Let’s talk about exercise tempo. In your exercise program from me you will see a 4 number notation. That is the exercise tempo that you will be working at. The first number is the eccentric phase of the lift. This is when, say, during the bench press you are lowering the bar towards your chest. The second number is the pause at the bottom of the lift. The third number is how long it is going to take you to push the bar back up to the top. The last number is how long you pause before you start the next repetition. For example, if you are doing some more explosive work your notation might look something like: 2-0-1-0.  What … Continue Reading


Good Form Why

Good Form

Why good form is important. If you ask me one of the keys to success in they gym along with consistency and a good diet is good exercise form. That is for a few reasons. First reason, and one I bet you already guessed, is that it reduces the risk of injury. When you are working towards a goal in the gym the last thing want is to be out on an injury. Another reason that you want to make sure that you are using good form is because you want to make sure that you are targeting the correct muscles when you are working out. Good form is also important for optimal strength and muscle gains over the long … Continue Reading