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Juice diets are a joke.
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Juice diets are a joke.

They make NO impact on markers of health, happiness or performance

They dramatically REDUCE these, in fact

All for the sake of a quick loss of a few pounds of water weight and dropping a few pounds of undigested food (there's no food in the system, hence you're lighter)

If you know someone who's tried a juice diet

Or you've done a 'course' yourself

Trust me, all you'll see is negatives...

> hunger

> cravings

> tiredness and fatigue

When you then fail to improve your body shape

You blame yourself when in reality you've simply been conned

Fitness and the weight loss industry is worth BILLIONS of dollars globally

Do you think there may be just a few people in it just for the money?

You bet

Herbalife, juice plus and all the rest make money from distributors kicking profits up the chain

First one personal trainer is recruited and sells his clients a juice diet

Then part of his profits are paid up to his 'mentor'

Then he recruits five other trainers who sell to their clients and kick profits up to him

And on and on

Essentially it's a pyramid scheme that they call 'multilevel marketing' (how cunning)

It is Based around MONEY

Nothing to do with HEALTH and helping you get LEANER

The list of ingredients in the shakes is enough to confuse a cheap drug dealer, chemicals and sugar water basically

Your body is unhealthy, and so loses weight quickly at first, then stops - note I said 'weight' and not body fat

Instead You must base your diet around FOOD

Foods with ONE ingredient, not shakes with a hundred

There are NO shortcuts in getting the body you want

Smart, fast and simple methods, sure

But nothing life changing is gonna be achieved in 3-4 weeks.

More like 6-12 months

Let's face it, people, maybe you included, only fall for these scams because it seems easier

We are wired to take the easy option

> stay in bed vs get up for work

> watch TV vs walk the dog

> drink juice shakes vs train harder than rocky

Thing is, anyone can get in shape

You just need the motivation, knowledge and environment you're in to be based around success and support

DEFINITELY not someone who offers juice plus or herbalife to his/her clients

...and I have seen quite a few in Warrington....

Run like hell if you're around someone like this, there's no integrity or care for you

but thats another story I can rant about another time :-)

Remember - beware of juice scammers, it's not healthy, it's potentially fraudulent and illegal and you're only gonna lose cash in the long run. Start a program designed for strength, fitness, health and happiness over the long term

Play the long game and get in shape properly

Apply for a strategy call where we'll help you get clear on exactly what you want to achieve and how to get there

https://anthonyshaw2.typeform.com/to/uhdv3M

We have 7 places left this month on our 8 week summer body transformation

Typical results are...

Losing 1-2 dress sizes and transforming the way you look and feel... just in time for summer hols

Unlike juice diets you're going to eat whole, healthy and clean foods and lots of them with our Raw Strength Nutrition System

Plus - we have a great time training as a team and with your own coach

But first you need to apply and we can go through the details on a call

Apply now:

https://anthonyshaw2.typeform.com/to/uhdv3M

Speak soon

Anthony Shaw

Head Coach Raw Strength Gym, Warrington

How to Build More Muscle and Strength

Most people struggle with building muscle more than any other goal

You may think fat loss is hard to achieve?

Maybe you can’t improve on your pull-up strength?

Is your nutrition and meal prep overwhelming you and not getting done at the moment?

Well…

ALL of those areas pale in comparison to building muscle.

Reason being it’s relatively simple to burn fat

on a basic level - develop fitness & eat optimally and you’re done

It’s also relatively simple to build strength

Simply repeat a technique, for example, deadlift - over and over again with progressively heavier weights and you’ll get stronger - simple right?

But ah, the holy grail of training is building lean muscle

It’s hard, nigh-on impossible for 99% of men and women to do

But why?

Let’s dive in:

The body ADAPTS to training - because training is a stimulus

The first 6-10 weeks of your strength & fitness improvements on a program will OVERWHELMINGLY be neural

NOT building new muscle, but instead re-wiring the nervous system

This is a GOOD thing, or we’d all be building muscle from driving the car every day

Or learning to play the piano would result in forearms like Popeye!

Basically the body is smart with saving energy

And it takes a LOT of energy to build muscle

So I want you to think of your body as a Tony Soprano type character

And muscle building like being promoted within the ‘family’

You don’t just ask for a promotion and get it

Hell no!

You gotta earn it, kill, steal, extort and build up a reputation for months and years

THEN you get the promotion

Same with building muscle…

ATTACK 1: You hit the gym and work on chest for muscle growth

DEFENCE 1: The body will see that you are bench pressing and re-wire your nervous system to make you more efficient

Damn!

ATTACK 2: You hit the gym the week after and add more weight to the bar… this has gotta work!

DEFENCE 2: Nope! The body has DORMANT muscle fibres that are only awakened when you lift super heavy (Motor Units), these guys jump in and help, then also get re-wired and more efficient

Double damn!

Still no muscle growth!

ATTACK 3: You bench yet again on week 3! More reps and more weight, that’ll fix it!

DEFENCE 3: Foiled again! The body now brings in other muscle groups to help out, your shoulders and triceps now wake-up and join the fight to stop your chest from getting overly fatigued. Now the whole lot get re-wired and more efficient.

Around now, most people give up

The body goes back to rest mode

And over time the co-ordination and improved efficiency in the bench press wilts away

Meaning you have 3-4 weeks off heavy training, then hit the gym again and wonder why you can never build muscle….

….because the body doesn’t want you to, it’s the least efficient adaptation!

So how do we build muscle?

> Long-term approach

> Fuel the body so it has enough SURPLUS energy to allocate to muscle growth

> Constantly vary the exercises so you max-out neural adaptation and force the body to build muscle as a last resort

> Constantly vary the types of training, yet keep them fairly similar at the same time (I explain below)

Here’s the commandments:

1) push through a solid 8 week block of training with no expectation of muscle gain

2) constantly vary your exercises, same but different exercises, e.g. Squat, front squat, single leg squat are all similar but varied.

3) vary the amount of reps you lift, have an easy week 1 (10-30 reps per lift), then a high volume week 2 (40-50 reps per lift) whilst continuing to change the exercises as above.

3)  constantly vary the types of training, e.g. 4 weeks of heavy strength work, then 4 weeks of higher rep ‘bodybuilding’ work, then 4 weeks of low rep high volume work (EDT, supersets, GVT…things for you to google now!)

4) ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS do your strength work first. This wakes up the dormant muscle fibres so you optimise your later exercises in the same workouts. Getting stronger means you can lift more weight and stimulate more muscle fibres to grow. Strength drives muscle growth essentially.

And that’s pretty much it for the basics

Obviously eat clean, eat more than you think and be prepared to spend 1-2 years getting the body you want

That goes for ladies just as much as men

If you want my help to put together a 12 week plan for strength and muscle growth then it’s important that we know exactly where you are right now with your fitness

…What you want to achieve short term AND long term

…And exactly what your goal is.

Fill out THE FITNESS BREAKTHROUGH QUESTIONNAIRE as your first positive step today!

It’s right here: https://rawstrengthgym.wufoo.eu/forms/the-fitness-breakthrough-questionnaire/

Your situation doesn’t change until You do.

Speak soon

Anthony Shaw
Head Coach

Raw Strength Gym, Warrington

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5 Stages of Being AVERAGE

A really ruthless one today folks! 

But hey, the truth hurts right?

 

So spend 5 mins reading this and be truly honest with yourself

 

This world is full of opportunity, believe me.

Nobody deserve to be average in any area

So just know that if you’re experiencing less than desirable fitness results right now

That’s down to your mind not being razor sharp

And hey, sometimes you just don’t have the tools you need to succeed, right!?

That’s where a coach comes in

Someone who can give you those tools.

 

But sometimes you KNOW what to do, but you aren’t doing the work.

So what the hell is going on here?

 

Well, I call it the 5 stages of average….

 

DENIAL

ANGER

BARGAINING

DEPRESSION

ACCEPTANCE

 

These come out in the form of reasons why you can’t/haven’t/won’t achieve your goals

 

Ever said any of the following?

 

DENIAL

“I’m not that overweight”

“I’d only need 6 weeks to get in shape”

 

ANGER

“I can’t believe I’ve let myself get this fat!!”

“My fitness is gone, I’m so weak”

 

BARGAINING

“I’ll go to the gym….just after I’m back from my holiday”

“I’ll eat clean monday to friday, but I’m not giving up wine on the weekends”

 

DEPRESSION

“I’ll never look like J-Lo! My genetics are shite”

“I hate training, I’ll never be in shape”

 

ACCEPTANCE

“Well, I guess this is just the body I’ve been given”

“I’ve never been very strong, that’s just how it is”

 

 

Thinking or saying any of the above is a HUGE indicator of a problem.

 

The problem?

AVERAGE

 

Fuck being average

You don’t deserve average

You deserve AMAZING

And there’s 5 things you need to cure being average

MASSIVE ACTION

OBSESSION

DRIVE

COMMITTED

A HIGHER PURPOSE

Whatever you want to call it, step your shit up and average just won’t feature in your life.

 

Look, life is hard, fitness can be confusing

But YOU must depend on YOU

Catch yourself saying any of the above and realise that you’re on the path to average if you don’t change to a new model of thinking

Don’t add in healthy eating to unhealthy THINKING

It’s like putting premium fuel into a rusty old car

Won’t make much of a difference

 

Instead work hard to have a SHIFT in your mind

Be prepared to put in 10 times the effort, actions and time you originally thought necessary and you will smash through your body’s natural resistance to change

Normally people get the basics RIGHT in fitness

> Clean eating? 

CHECK

> Intense training?

CHECK

> Support and training partners?

CHECK

 

Yet they don’t account for the fact that the time, repetition, effort and hustle necessary to achieve their goal may require 10X what they originally thought

You may have to eat clean for 6 months before your body learns to rebuild itself from 6 years of eating shit

You may have to train hard for 12 months before you get above a base level of strength

You may have to change gyms and continually push yourself to more and more positive environments

 

It ain’t cut and dry

It isn’t the same for everyone

But what I can guarantee

Is if you move from the 5 stages of average

To an OBSESSED mindset

You’ll be a different person from day one.

Once you realise that success is a journey, you have to keep pushing for the rest of your life

You don’t just make a few changes and get in shape then get to keep the benefits forever

So learn a way of living and training that will make your life change

 

If you guys want any help at all just send me an email at rawstrengthgym@gmail.com

 

Speak soon

Anthony Shaw

Head Coach

Raw Strength Gym, Warrington

 

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Obsession is Good for You!

FLASHBACK!

I’m 15 years old

I just get Bruce Lee’s workout book in the post, called “The Art of Expressing the Human Body”

(Epic read by the way)

And I was on Summer hols, no rugby, no job, and I lived in the middle of the countryside and obviously couldn’t drive yet

So I had pretty much NO friends or social life either!

But I didn’t give a f*ck!

I trained 3 times a day!!

I copied all of Bruce Lee’s workouts and nearly bloody killed myself in the process

I balanced one-legged on tree stumps

I did hill sprints and rock carries

I did thousands of push-ups, ‘deck of cards’ squats and isometrics

It was great! 

I’d wake-up, workout, eat, lounge about for 2-3 hours then repeat

Ah, to be a teenager again.

But here’s my point….

 

When I got back to school that september, after 6 weeks of training like Bruce

I was the fittest and strongest I’d ever been

I think I was about 70kg and 5 foot 10, lean and strong

I dominated on the rugby pitch against other 15 year olds who’d spent their summers doing nothing

And ALL my friends called me a fitness FREAK

I kind of got offended at that. 

Regardless, that year I played district schools level rugby, my school side went to the last 8 in Wales, and my club side was undefeated ALL season.

 

But then people told me I was OBSESSED with rugby

Teachers kept asking, “what do you want to do when you leave school?”
I’d say, “play pro-rugby, or failing that, be a coach”
 

And they’d tell me to GROW UP and pick a REAL job!

Well hahaha school careers guy, I’m now a coach and I love it.

Therefore my obsession changed my life in the best way possible.

 

SO here’s the thing team…

> When you want to be successful people will LABEL you as obsessed

Or a fitness freak

Or tell you to grow up

> But what these people are doing are TURNING a positive into a negative

 

I mean, why the hell do people want to say that an obsession for success and a healthy pursuit of excellence is a bad thing?

 

It is a GOOD THING TO BE OBSESSED.

 

You want to shift 5 stone of body fat?

Get obsessed with that goal!

You want to deadlift 200kg?

Get obsessed with that goal!

You want the sexiest, biggest bum you can imagine?

Get obsessed with that goal!

 

TRUE fulfilment comes when you chase your dreams all day long

Then go to sleep and dream about your obsession

 

Don’t let anybody tell you what your goals should be

Don’t let anybody fool you that being obsessed, a fitness freak or a weirdo is a bad thing

Chances are, in 12 months you’ll change your life and they’ll ask HOW they can do it too

 

Trust me on that

:-)

 

Have a great day team

Go get obsessed, 10X your actions and let’s spend just the next 30 days absolutely smashing goals out of the park

Take a look at our programs and then email me at rawstrengthgym@gmail.com with what you want to get obsessed about

 

Speak soon

Anthony Shaw

Head Coach
Raw Strength Gym,
Warrington

WHEN Should I See Progress?

I get this a lot, clients and friends who are on a new exercise regime approach me with a worried grin and say the exact same phrase, one filled with doubt and laced with the anxious tone of one who has lost their direction...

"I don't feel like I'm making any progress"

This is a natural feeling for those who are around four weeks into a new programme, after all a month feels a long time, you are settling into your exercise, crushing every workout and the initial 'back to the gym' shock has worn off.

You start to feel like you should be SEEING progress as well as feeling it.

This isn't how your body works however...

It is possible to see and feel some strength and conditioning gains within your first few weeks, but noticeable differences in your physique (when coupled with a kick ass nutrition system) takes longer.

The old adage is true; it takes at least four weeks for you to see and feel a difference, eight weeks for your friends and family to see a difference and twelve weeks for the rest of the world to see a difference.

BUT this requires the right type of training, an experienced and skilled coach to keep you motivated and progressing, and a nutritional system specific for you and your goals PLUS the last final secret ingredient...

A mix of desire, passion, character and belief.

This is going to be hard, harder than you think.

There will be dark moments. Cold, rainy mornings where you could quite easily miss the gym and stay wrapped up in bed.

But those that ignore the weather, the free donuts in the break room; those are the people who progress, who reach their goals and carry on reaching greater heights.

Make sure you stay consistent, and regularly measure progress (BUT stay off the scales!) and I assure you, change will happen!

Speak soon, 
Jay

P.S. Next week I will talk about a different area of judging progress, more specifically strength and max rep testing... Speak soon!

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How to Kick Ass & Get Stronger in SEPTEMBER

They say there are TWO starts to the year

Jan 1st

And September 1st

It’s when the schools go back to class, university starts, lots of sporting seasons fire up

So let’s use this as a re-set for the mind and body!

I don’t want you to be like most people from now on.

If you want a leaner, stronger body - will doing what you’ve done over the past 3 months get you there?

Only you know. 

SO be honest!

 

MOST people will ignore their health progressively through Sept > Nov

MOST people will hit ZERO workouts in December

MOST people will start being aware of their lack in fitness around Dec 31st

MOST people will set a New Year’s Resolution to get in shape Jan 1st onwards

…..which always ends up being Jan 2nd or 3rd after the inevitable hangovers and weekends etc.

 

My question is:

DO YOU WANT TO BE LIKE MOST PEOPLE?

 

Why the hell would you want to waste…..let me just check the exact amount of days left this year….

121 DAYS left in 2016!!!

 

Our top, TOP program can get someone ripped to the bone, in incredible shape in 84 days

And we could still run 1 and a half of those programs before Dec 31st!

Our group programs get people to drop an average of 1.5 stone in 84 days

And so we could get 2.25 stone lost before the end of 2016!

MOST people won’t bother with the facts and will instead make excuses

 

“I don’t have time, September is so busy for me”

And on, and on, and on.

 

Do you think excuses are valid or helpful ways of progressing your life though?

Cos look, you have MORE than enough resources to create not only a massive change in your health and fitness

But a TOTALLY NEW lifestyle, new personality, feelings of boundless energy and confidence every day and on and on after that.

 

Let’s look at the facts right now….

> You have an UNLIMITED amount of times you can put healthy food into your mouth

> You have an UNLIMITED amount of times you can ask for help from a coach

> You have an UNLIMITED amount of times you can wake-up 30 minutes early and go for a walk, stretch or meditate (breathe!)

> You have an UNLIMITED amount of times you can walk into a gym and train your body

 

There is NO shortage of these things

Until you die, of course

But do you want to die now and wait 50 years to make it official?

Or do you want to live your strongest self today?

 

Take some action

Email us at rawstrengthgym@gmail.com and let’s talk about your goals

 

Have a great day

Ant.

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8 Ways to Re-Ignite Fitness After Summer

Good morning Raw Strength fans!

It’s a tough time of year

Self-reflection time!

Realising that you probably haven’t been as healthy as you should have been is painful

I’ll include myself in this for sure, I’ve had a great summer!

But when you need to get focused, what are the best ways?

I’ve put together a quick list of my favourite ways that myself and my clients use to re-focus MENTALLY on fitness…

 

1) Agree a date with yourself to START taking fitness seriously again. And make a 30 day calendar to tick off the days and build momentum. Put that calendar on your fridge door.

2) Think back to when you were getting the best results…..what were you doing that you could now replicate? Make a quick list and begin!

3) Alcohol consumption likely increased due to more weddings, parties, holidays over the summer….start ordering still water or diet coke at your next meal out and just exercise a little control again - have a beer or glass of wine at the meal AFTER that, of course. But be healthy at your next social event, just to prove to yourself that you can.

4) Go one month without ordering takeaways, grabbing a frozen pizza or ready meal - make your own meals for one month.

5) Finish every workout with a 10-15 minute INTENSE burst of conditioning work. Burpees, sprints on the rowing machine, kettle bell complexes, hurricanes, tabata front squats and interval work are my go-to methods. This inspires you to eat clean, cos what’s the point going through that much pain only to ruin it with shite eating habits!

6) Join or create a team of positive people to train with. This might be a new sport, a new group training program (hint hint!), or just a quality group of friends to have fun with and hang out in the gym. 

7) SHIFT the way you think about fitness from a short-term intensive period, to a long-term ‘for the rest of my life’ mindset. You will have your body until you die. Look after it. 

> Don’t retreat into apathy and ignore glaring issues such as joint pain, muscle tightness, body fat gain etc. 

> Don’t do a 14 day bikini body plan then spend 3 years getting fat. 

> DO slowly spend 3 years getting lean in an enjoyable way then spend 14 days enjoying yourself on holiday. Shift the think!

8) Eat foods that are simple to prepare. Perhaps not the healthiest but a transition from ‘shit’ to ‘better’.

For example, a can of no-drain tuna, a bag of microwave rice (Uncle Ben's’ spicy Mexican rice is awesome….just saying) and a handful of pre-mixed salad will take 3 MINUTES to prepare. This has protein, veggies and carbs in a (fairly) natural way. 

In the future you can shift to fresh tuna on the grill and baked sweet potatoes. But the goal here, is to NOT get overwhelmed…

* * *

That’ll do, I could’ve kept going but lets keep this as simple as possible team!

If you want a ton of resources on WHAT to eat, HOW much to eat, how to progress your nutrition, how to tweak your food intake depending on your current weight and goals and a load more….

Well this is part of our nutrition process for ALL our clients.

What’s your goal? What do you want to achieve before the end of the year and why?!
Send me an email at rawstrengthgym@gmail.com and tell me what your goal is

Summer is still here! 

Let’s enjoy it

Speak soon
Anthony

MONDAY MOTIVATION (on a Tuesday...)

I’m pretty damn sure none of you needed much motivation yesterday

Because it was a chill day for most

Yet here you are, with the Monday blues on a Tuesday

So let’s get the mind ready to kick some ass….

REALISE that your fitness goals will not come true unless you apply what I’m about to share

In fact, without implementing and hammering this skill into your brain

None of your life goals will be achieved at all!

Scary stuff.

Yet this ONE thing is a simple rule:

 

“MOTIVATION COMES NATURALLY WHEN YOUR GOAL HAS A PURPOSE”

 

Read that again.

Now let’s hit some examples…

Let’s say subject A is a dad, 45 years old with 3 kids

And subject B is an exact carbon copy, a clone.

…..

Subject A ‘just wants to get in shape’

That’s his goal.

Subject B, however, has added purpose to his goal…

He ‘just wants to get in shape so his kids have a role model, a healthy father who can support them as he hits his 60s and 70s, and so right now he can spend quality time playing with them, teaching them about health and having fun.’

Makes sense right? This purpose thing?

Now let’s hit a few scenarios….

Subject A has just had a bank holiday Monday off work, he also skipped out on his usual Monday gym workout.

But hey! It’s OK because he ‘just wants to get in shape’

So he’s gonna get right back to the gym on his usual Wednesday workout. 

After all, what’s the harm in one session missed when you only want a general goal with no purpose?

(Can you tell this is a pet peeve of mine haha!)

Anyway…

Subject B has also had a bank holiday Monday off work, he ALSO skipped out on his usual Monday gym workout

But it’s NOT OK! Because he knows that his kids will see him being lazy and copy him

He doesn’t want that

He can see that his health, after drinking a few too many beers over the weekend, is going to go backwards if he skips a workout

He doesn’t want that either

SO he hits the gym on the Tuesday, catches back up with his workout plan

And then goes again on the Wednesday to get up to speed.

Here’s the CRITICAL thing to understand….

Subject B doesn’t want to hit the gym on Tuesday

He doesn’t want to sacrifice his spare time just to go to the gym

He doesn’t want to feel guilty or bloated from eating loads of crap over the weekend

But his PURPOSE drives him to do it anyway.

And really that’s all you want from a goal, right?

Something that drives you to do the work when you don’t want to do it.

So what’s your goal?

Is it wet and empty?

Or is it solid, filled with purpose and does it fire you up?!

Here’s some things to remember:

> We are all ageing and health does not last forever, do you want to be a crippled old person and spend your final decades in pain and weakness? No? Then get strong, build muscle and maintain it!

> Health is extremely fragile. You never know what’s around the corner. For example, a fall down the stairs for a strong, fit and lean person is going to leave nothing more than a bruise. 

Yet for a weak, unfit and heavy person…well something’s going to break…and it’s even harder to motivate yourself to go to the gym when you’re on crutches.

:-)

Maybe you think this is a little negative

But uncomfortable truths hurt!

 

If your goal sucks YOU have the power to change it!

If your purpose sucks YOU have the power to think about what a good purpose would be for you!

 

“MOTIVATION COMES NATURALLY WHEN YOUR GOAL HAS A PURPOSE”

 

Have a great day

Speak soon,

Anthony Shaw
Head Coach
Raw Strength Gym, Warrington

PS - want help or advice on transforming your body and getting STRONG? 

Just send us an email and let's talk: rawstrengthgym@gmail.com

How To 10X Your Fitness Results...

One benefit I've always had since starting out in fitness

Is that I've always trained the 'right' way

There's so much confusion about what the right way is in fitness

Because on the one hand; you've got scientists, coaches, athletes

....people who study and practice what GETS RESULTS

On the other hand; you've got entrepreneurs, businesspeople and salesmen

...people who study what MAKES MONEY

And what they offer as the product for you to buy is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

But why do you think that is?

Let me tell you (and save you years of heartache getting ripped off by fads!)

THE RIGHT WAY TO 'DO' FITNESS IS EXTREMELY HARD TO SELL BECAUSE IT'S FUCKING PAINFUL TO TRAIN AND EAT IN THIS 'RIGHT WAY'

Luckily for me ever since I started out lifting aged 11, I always followed basic programs

This emphasis on the basics has been my saving grace

If I lose fitness due to injuries or excessive work or travel

BECAUSE OF THE BASICS > I always maintain more muscle than anyone else in these times

BECAUSE OF THE BASICS > I always get back to strength and peak fitness FAST

Why is this?

Doing heavy, basic lifts each week (squats, bench press, overhead press, deadlifts and pull-ups) builds the most muscle

You can spend less time in the gym and more time living your life

You can forget sit-ups, curls and 'fancy' extra work if you like, because the basics make your body build new, lean muscle

The basics is all you should worry about :-)

Yet, it's bloody painful to set a new max in squat, bench press or deadlift

 - just google 'Eddie Hall deadlifting 500kg' and you'd agree, he does NOT look comfortable after the lift - 

So how can businesses make money from this? 

If it's so painful to get in shape, why do it?

Well, in my opinion if the choice is between living a strong, healthy life

Or a life riddled by weakness, not feeling confident and looking fat and wobbly

Well, I choose STRONG

If the choice is between just 3 hours a week of training like a LION (or lioness!)

Or just 3 extra hours watching Netflix

Well, I choose to live like a LION for those 3 extra hours

Invest time, energy and money in improving your strength

It will pay you back 10 times

Be AWARE of people trying to sell you secrets, potions and powders

If it seems easy, too good to be true or doesn't require serious effort

THEN IT WILL NOT WORK, YOUR BODY WILL NOT CHANGE, BUT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WILL BE DENTED

If you want my help to show you what a real program looks like

If you want me to wake you up from the matrix and show you how the fitness world really works

Well email me back and we'll set up a phone call to discuss your fitness currently and where you want to get to

Or take a look at all our programs and decide which fits your goals the best

Either way, step up and live STRONG

Lost your Way in Fitness and Diet?

So there I was, grabbing my rolls of belly fat, staring at my body in the mirror....

....upset at my lack of 'sexy bod'. AGAIN.

After perhaps the most consistent 4 month training period of my life starting March this year

I'd built incredible strength levels, added 4kg of muscle, dieted down for a holiday this summer

Then I'm seemingly back at square one!

You've been there're right?

Of course!

You'd be lying if you said you hadn't

And we all get off track from time to time

For me, constant travel was the self-destruct button

For you? Maybe work suddenly got tough

Perhaps you got injured

Or you've just not had the motivation or direction to get up and make a lasting change in your health

So right now, I hope this email helps you refocus your efforts as I show you a little of how I'm getting myself back on track...

Here we go...

There are two things to consider and improve:

1) motivation

2) nutrition

****

Firstly, motivation comes from anchoring your training to a purpose, not necessarily a goal

For example, 'losing 3 stone and looking leaner' is a goal

But that will not motivate you!!

Start with WHY you want this

For example, 'by losing 3 stone I can play with my kids in the park and not feel like a fat dad'

Or think about the single most focused athletes on the face of the planet...

BRIDES!

Those girls don't want to look fat on their wedding pics and have their insecurities immortalised in photo and memory for the rest of their lives

So they train their assess off! 

Every bride I've ever trained has come into the gym like a navy SEAL, primed and ready to kill.

Makes sense right?

So what's your purpose?

What fires you up?

For me it's entering a beginners tournament in Jiu-jitsu, I don't want to compete and get hurt, or embarrassed, so training is VITAL

Once I know this, my training becomes consistent because I have a reason to hit the gym.

****

Secondly, after I've got a purpose linked to my training, then it's time to clean up my diet

Simple habits come into play here:

> I start my day with a simple protein smoothie (frozen cherries, whey protein, almond milk) because I was missing meals when travelling, generating huge hunger later in the day, then eating shite for lunch

> I end my day with a big portion of protein and fresh veggies (e.g. Steak, Cucumber and peppers, not boiled veggies) - this just makes me feel healthier right away, and that mental aspect is what we want to focus on when getting back on track. Also this makes waking up much easier the next day (my body is hydrated, I've had a deep sleep due to stable blood sugars)

> I stay away from bread, sugar and dairy throughout the middle of the day, and eat 1-2 other meals in this time frame.

****

NOTE: I will say this again, this is my method for getting back on track with clean eating and training

After a week or maybe two at this level my nutrition always shifts to tracking calories, macros (protein, fat and carbs) and weighing my food - because you can't get lean if you don't know exactly how's much you're eating. And I make tweaks every week so my body instantly looks leaner and stronger

****

So just know you aren't alone when you feel off track, or if you can grab a roll of fat that wasn't there before

Trigger your motivation

Clean up your diet

And you'll get in incredible shape before the year is out!

Want my help and advice?
Email me back

Want to talk about setting some goals and working together to guarantee your body changes
Take a look at our programs

Take a small step today and you'll be back on track this time next week!

 

Anthony Shaw

Head Coach
Raw Strength Gym, Warrington

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