So you want to drop body fat? Start Here

Want to start losing fat start here | Fitness Revolution RowlettDisclaimer: This blog is intended for the beginner NOT the advanced gym rat or seasoned fitness buff, when you have several years of successful dieting under your belt you think differently because your circumstances (athletic performance could be one) are different. This is step one of many to get a beginner to where you are at now. We are just trying to master one thing at a time.

The nutrition world is SO overwhelming.

Even I say that, and I’ve been in the industry for a number of years, so I know the beginner is just freaking swamped with trying to figure out what to do.

Many people that come in our doors just don’t know what to do with all the conflicting info out there, and I mean, its no wonder.

Do they do Atkins, Paleo, Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Not Eat after 6, or was it 7, do time zones matter? What about whole grains, ever hear of IIFYM, South Beach, North Beach, WEST SIDE!, Mediterranean, is butter a carb…?

$hit the list goes on!

Personally I feel this is why so many beginners just give the big middle finger to “dieting” and eat whatever they want.

After talking to so many people I decided to help clear the air of all of these “diets” and start with the bare bones science of this world to help YOU have the best idea of where to start. After that we will get into the nitty gritty of this world.

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Do “fit” people struggle with fat loss

Photo Courtesy of: Elizaveta Mukminova

Photo Courtesy of: Elizaveta Mukminova

About several days ago I had an interesting conversation with a fellow personal trainer and business owner and a comment was made that put into words something that I had thought for quite sometime time.

“Compared to the average person we eat pretty clean and workout regularly but we still can’t believe that we are not leaner than we are.”

There are people are there that workout and eat fairly well, compared to the majority of the population; personal trainers, fitness buffs and gym rats to name a few. These are people that eat breathe and sleep workouts and proper nutrition, you know the ones that I’m talking about.

A question comes up from these people

“I workout 5x a week eat fairly well, but I can’t seem to stay lean or in shape.”

Now ,YES that is very variable based question with LOTS of what if’s and criteria to it, but let’s take this one step at a time.

Being a trainer I’ve run into all walks of life from people that seem to cut weight rather quickly and others that it’s a damn fight for every pound, and that doesn’t’ always include the beginner, but the people that have several years of lifting seasons under their belt.

These veterans get it, they workout and eat right, so why don’t they have a year around lean look?

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14 Lessons of 2014

imagesAbout this time last year I did my 13 Lessons of 2013 and I figured why not continue that trend. 2014 was, in my opinion, one of the years that I learned more than any other year prior. Not just with training, but business, life, myself, the list goes on; but for the purposes of this blog I’m going to keep everything as fitness related as possible because some of the lessons that I did learn were game changers for our clients.

 

1. The cheapest food is always the most expensive food

I see this more often that people will actually tell me that they cannot afford to eat healthy; that their budget only allows them to live on the dollar menu at McDonald’s or less expensive gas station food. 

Not too long ago I would call BS at this, but to be completely honest it’s not their fault because a lot of the masses have been led to believe that  eating “healthy” is expensive. That you have to have grassfed or free range meats, organic produce and gluten free what ever and YES that will cost a BIT more. But in all reality you MAY save SOME money at first by living off processed and fast food but you will pay a compound interest later in life when your medical bills are sky high from years of eating fake food.

I wish I could find it but I wrote a piece awhile back where I stated that processed cheap foods lead to higher divorce rates. <=== Bit of a stretch, maybe. But if you feel like crap how do you think that’s going to carry over in a relationship? [Read more…]

Resolutioners

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I once read “ People complain about the “New Year’s Resolutioners” in the gym at this time of the year… well, maybe if you HELPED THEM instead of giving them a hard time they would say all year.

I couldn’t agree more, in fact it inspired me to get into this business.

Personally when ever I have worked with people that started up after the holidays they ended up fitting into TWO camps:

Camp 1: People that just fell off the wagon from the holidays, feel like crap and need someone to light a fire under the a$$.

Camp 2: People that have TRIED multiple times but never found the fit, AND a lot of those had admitted that they didn’t go to the gym because they were intimidated.

Do either one of those sound like you?

I feel for those people that are just starting out or starting over and I don’t care if they are labeled as “Resolutioners” or not, just the the fact that they are trying to make a change is what matters.

Personally it motivates me to work even harder to see someone trying to make a change in their life, we all know how challenging that can be.

Let’s think about Camp 2 for example, a big reason people stopped going to the gym was they never found a “fit” AND they were intimidated. $hit those people are some bada$$es in my opinion.

These people have fallen off the wagon, more than once, but STILL CAME BACK. On top of that they are coming to a place where over 50% of the people that workout there are pretty fit as it is; so they feel they stand out BUT are still willing to try again.

How does that NOT put you in a mindset to be better and work harder!?

BUT with that said, that brings me to a point that as a trainer I get asked, A LOT.
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Misleading Transformations

Transformation Truths | Fitness Revolution RowlettSo I’ve been dieting for two days and I haven’t lost any weight!

I had this question sent to me this morning on Facebook.

Now I’ll attest that not too long back I would simply “lol” this off as a person that “clearly doesn’t get it”, that doesn’t understand losing weight is a life style and NOT a diet.

BUT to be honest this isn’t the first time I’ve had this question proposed to me, I’ve had people ask how come after one week of working out they haven’t lost any weight, how come after 1 month of working out they still have flab or how come after losing 50lbs they don’t look the ways these models look.

And it’s really not those people’s fault.

Why?

Well any major media loves to show these mind boggling transformations to sell a service or product, it’s business, but some of these claims of;  30lbs in 30 days, supermodel figure super fast, the Victoria’s Secret diet, etc.. have flooded people’s mind that they believe if they eat a few “super foods” and do these special workouts they too will have a banging body.

Hell at one point in time I believed it.

AND… that sucks

I mean don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in the fitness industry for nearly 15 years and I’ve seen some amazing transformations in just a 12 week time frame but even I admit they are few and far between. [Read more…]

Client Study: Brandi Laughlin

Fitness Revolution Rowlett | Client Brandi Laughlin

Background

One year ago Brandi Laughlin walked in our doors and wanted to essentially compete bikini competition within one year’s time.

She had already lost about 60 pounds on her own through making better eating choices,  running for the past five years, and had just really started getting into lifting weights; but she even testified that she wasn’t quite sure if she was doing everything correctly.

After spending more time talking to her I realize that she had actually taken care of a lot of the hard things its comes to when training someone. Things such as hormonal imbalances, changing lifestyle habits, ridding the notion that the number on the scale is a reflection of her health and fitness, etc…

Those make a trainers job a lot easier since we have to spend quite a bit of our time coaching, not just the education process that goes with exercising and diet, but coaching a person to transition to healthier habits that lead to their end goal.

After our conversation and movement assessment I decided to treat this as we were going to start from the ground up, other words a clean slate.

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Worlds Shortest Blog Post

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Rather cheeky, don’t you think ;)

 

In Health and Awesomeness,

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Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, (and other cool letters behind the name) is the Owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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My Go-To Supplements Stacks

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I need to start off by saying…

I AM NOT A DOCTOR, and these recommendations that I’m going to make are based on the research that I read and experiences from clients and myself so please use this information for education ONLY and NOT medical advice. Consult a dr. if you have questions about your health.

Ok so that was a bit of a buzz kill intro wasn’t it (sigh)…

What I’ve done below is list out the raw ingredients that you can pick up just about anywhere (I personally use Amazon) that I like to see in supplements from fat burners to muscle builders. The reason I like raw ingredients is this way you know exactly how much you are putting into your body and not relying on the proprietary blend that we talked about in the last blog

So what is listed below are the bulk of the ingredients that cause majority of supplements to work without any of the filler. Your welcome.

Traditionally I don’t do too many blogs on supplements because I’ve seen some people quickly run to the store or online in hopes this is the magic pill and not understand that the eating is essentially what makes these supplements work.

 

At best supplement stacks will give you about a 5% edge 

 

I’ve accepted you were simply going to get some recommendations from somewhere so at least this is better than getting it from the GNC guy that obviously doesn’t work out or the 18-year-old supplement guy working behind the counter.

I think that was my justification for writing this. Lame, right? LOL

 

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Proprietary Blend AKA “not really telling you what’s in here”

Proprietary Blend | What's in them | Fitness Revolution Rowlett

After my pre-workout hack bit there were a few messages from people asking me what about ‘this’ pre-workout and ‘that’ pre-workout, ‘this’ test booster and other stuff.

I’m no supplement expert here but I have learned a few lessons that I figured I could pass along your way to make sure you don’t run into the same expensive mistakes I did with crappy supplements.

Consider that when you are dealing with supplements that make larger than life claims, remember my orgasms on the gym floor claim form the last blog, you will want to take a look at the back of the label to see in the ingredients and nutrition label.

You’ll see a bunch of words that most likely you have no idea what the mean so with that said my first piece of advice is to take a cell phone shot of the label, wait till you go home and look up the ingredients on the label… seriously I wish I had someone tell me that years ago. Why put in anything in your body that you’re not quite sure what it is in the first place, but I digress.

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My Pre-workout Hack That Saves Money

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Recently I got this question on Facebook: Travis, what pre workout do you recommend?

SHEEEEET… that is a loaded question.

First off let me just say that pre-workout is not mandatory for every workout, BUT I do understand that it’s almost equivalent of a proverbial switch that flips in the brain to let you know it’s time to kick a$$ and work out… to a lot of people it’s ritualistic that they fill their shaker cup with water and start chugging their liquid energy.

Hey I get it, I have been guilty of this myself on many occasions and still find myself picking up an RTD (ready to drink) pre workout if I was ill prepared for the day.

 

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