Welcome to part one of a four-part series!

Okay maybe it’s not that exciting, but I’m always jazzed to talk health and fitness. I’m such a nerd that if you buy me a beer, I will talk about it all night. 🙂

To be clear, I won’t take offense if you never take me up on my offer. It’s not that I wouldn’t enjoy your company (or the beer), but most of the information would probably be useless to you. You see,  the more years I spend in this business, the more I keep coming back to the basics.

The point of this series is to provide you with some health and fitness truths that you can use in your own life. Let’s circle back to this idea of basic.

Internet gurus want you to think everything is complicated. They throw out big words and try to dazzle you with knowledge and the perception of expertise. To be honest, when I watch these guys, I am usually left with one of two impressions:

  • They don’t know what they’re talking about, or
  • They don’t have much experience actually working with people

On the first point, at least, I’m in pretty good company. It was Albert Einstein who said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” I must admit I had fallen into this when I was a young trainer. It felt good to rattle off the names of muscle attachments, joint structures, and complicated nutrition jargon while the heads of my colleagues and clients would spin. Boy, was I missing the mark!

The second point refers to selling a perception rather than experience. The ripped, shirtless guy talking about his keto solution, supplement stack, the timing of macros and the ghrelin response to fasting can sound pretty convincing. After all, he looks good and seems like he knows what he’s talking about. It’s almost like we are wired to believe it.

But how has this information translated to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle? Is there more to it than just a fad or quick fix that “normal” people can’t follow let alone keep following. In my experience, most of this information doesn’t apply, is misdirected or just plain wrong.

Over the next three Thursdays, I am going to breakdown what I have learned over the years while working with hundreds of people in my gym. I’m going to break down the topics into the three areas vital to your health:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Recovery
  3. Movement

I call these the Three Foundations of Health & Fitness and each one has a vital part to play. Talk to you next week!

– Coach Brad

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