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Death of The Holiday Diet

I overheard something CRAZY yesterday

 

Yet thinking about it, it’s a phrase I hear ALL the damn time

 

Maybe you’ve even said it…..?

 

“I’m going on holiday in 6 weeks, better start going to the gym”

 

SH*T

 

This is classic lazy human behaviour

 

But just cos we all crash diet doesn’t make it right

 

Reason being, MOMENTUM always wins…

 

6-12 weeks of being Rocky Balboa will not reverse 40-odd weeks of being unhealthy

 

It’s like being overdrawn on your bank account

 

You have to put money in just to get your balance back to ZERO

 

Or performing a hill start when your car is rolling backwards

 

You have to put your foot down just to get your car to stand STILL

 

Many of you will be EXTREMELY, MASSIVELY ‘overdrawn’ in fitness

 

> poor mobility and flexibility

 

> poor muscle mass

 

> high levels of body fat

 

> poor posture

 

> poor response to food (as hormones out of balance)

 

LISTEN

 

it may take 6-12 months to reverse the damage

 

….here comes the (more) painful part…

 

You don’t have a way round this! 

 

You can’t bypass this fact at all

 

There is not a diet in the world that will correct a serious hormonal imbalance in 6 weeks

 

Or cure super fatigued adrenal glands in 4 weeks

 

The crash diet is DEAD

 

Rather than live an unhealthy life and try to reverse momentum in 6 weeks

 

Wouldn’t you prefer to live a healthy life with a few drinks on the weekend?

 

And enjoy a guilt free and SHAME free holiday where you can eat what you like before the holiday (because you’re already in shape)

 

Enjoy the time whilst you are away (because your body looks great)

 

And enjoy your time when you’re back (because you aren’t living with the shame of being seen in your swimsuit and NOT seen on any of the photos)

 

That’s a real break, a rejuvenating holiday

 

Not stress before, during and after

 

And it’s bigger than holidays too remember

 

Being healthy IMPROVES how your kids look up to you

 

Being healthy IMPROVES what your boss or clients think of you

 

Being healthy IMPROVES how you think of yourself!

 

And most importantly, being healthy IMPROVES what you can give back to your loved ones

 

And I know, I KNOW….

 

You may want to ignore this message

 

Think that ‘it’s too late in the year’ to take action

 

But remember what I said about momentum and 6-12 months of effort just to get your body back to a baseline level of health?

 

so YES, it is the right time of year to talk about this

 

Want help to sort your life out?

 

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

 

And we can discuss which of our 6 private body transformation programs is right for you

 

Go take ACTION!

 

Anthony Shaw

 

Head Coach

Raw Strength Gym, Warrington

 

PS – we have very few places left this year so please reach out if you want to talk about your goals and how we can help

 

We always begin with an 8 or 12 week intensive transformation

APPLY HERE: http://rawstrength.co.uk/apply-now/

 

After that we move into longer term 6-12 month goals and work with you so your whole lifestyle improves

 

On every program you will get:

 

1) Our habit based, rule based nutrition system so you can get leaner and healthier super quick

 

2) Your own coach for every step of the program, so you can progress step-by-step in a fast, controlled way 

 

3) You will learn how to lift weights from scratch, or advance your skill to a higher level, whilst building strength, muscle and having FUN doing so

Fill out the application form and take action NOW:
 

http://rawstrength.co.uk/apply-now/

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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And On The Seventh Day God said... "Sit Down And Rest Will You?!"

When approaching an exercise program we all come across problems of our own creation, often these are due to urban myths, bro science or simply a misunderstanding of how the body works and responds to exercise.

Think back to the last time you planned a new exercise regime, it may have been the first time back at it after a long period off or it could have been a plan to take the next step up in your training. I bet you went through and planned out each and every days exercise... Am I right?

Yesterday I went back into my old workout diaries... this is a genuine week of exercise that I planned for myself during Lacrosse season: 

As you can clearly see it is a rammed schedule, not a single day of rest!

On top of the planned exercise program, I would have to train and play for my club twice a week and then head down to Wales for an eight hour training camp with the National team I played for, before heading home and hitting a sprint routine the next morning.

Im not saying this is an impossible schedule, after all i did successfully do this for three weeks.
But what happened after 3 weeks?

I was burnt out, i had picked up a few choice injuries including a pretty serious tweak in my lower back that put me out for 6 weeks.

So what had I achieved in my three weeks of intense exercise?

The answer is NOTHING, as any progress I made was cancelled out completely by the following six weeks sitting around rehabbing my injuries and resting up.

We often over train like this because of our own fears:

> Fear that we might not be doing enough
> Fear that if we train less, we may never achieve our goals

When we ignore logic and go without rest, we risk serious injury. Your body only builds muscle tissue when in rest, NOT whilst weight training or performing any other type of training. 

Not allowing adequate time between training sessions and not getting enough sleep can result in injuries occurring, loss of energy and make it nearly impossible to grow muscle tissue. When we exercise we are essentially damaging the muscles, causing microtears in the muscle tissue. In order to build muscle we need to allow these tears to heal.

Sleep is a major and often overlooked factor in the growth of muscle tissue and without adequate sleep it can become nearly impossible to build muscle.

So how do I ensure I'm doing enough to achieve my goal but still allowing enough time for recovery?

Don’t get carried away, keep the faith and resist the urge to add exercise after exercise and session after session to your program.

On the majority of our programs we train a MAXIMUM of 3 days per week, which is more than enough to build strength, muscle and increase cardiovascular fitness, and with the right exercises we can kick-start the fat-burning process and ensure we burn fat ROUND THE CLOCK, not only around our workouts.

Only with a well-written program designed completely around an individual do we recommend up to 6 days of training, as we can control the training volume, rehab and recovery working closely with a Physio. By using our unique High Frequency Training Matrix™ created by Head Coach Anthony for our Movie Star Transformation clients, we can determine with the client whether a muscle group is ok to train and the intensity in which we can train that day.

if you need to step up, then add to the volume and intensity of your current program. I.E. Do more reps at the same weight or slowly increase the weight at the same number of reps, so your overall weekly volume increases.

Don't Train on consecutive days, allow a full day's rest between intense lifting sessions to allow your muscles to recover and grow.

Carrying an injury? Take a step back and remind yourself how much time you will lose if you become seriously injured. Even with the slightest of injury or muscle tightness always stretch, perform soft tissue release with a foam roller or ball and recover. It's better to lose one session today than multiple sessions in the future from continuing to push an injury!

Sleep like a pro! Make sure you get an minimum of 8 hours sleep. Try and go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. A consistent sleep schedule will help you get into a good sleep pattern and ensures maximum muscle growth and recovery.

Be consistent! 12 weeks on consistent effort 3 x per week is better than 6 x per week for 4 weeks before you burn out, or worse, get injured!

If you are unsure about your current program volume, and would like some advice, reply to this email and we'll be more than happy to help you out!

Stay strong and consistent and the results will come.

Jay.

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Are You Scared Of The Big Bad GYM?

Fear comes from a number of different places in the human psyche, fear of the Unknown, fear of change, of uncertainty, hell I know someone who has an irrational fear of woollen jumpers (it's a texture thing).

When it comes to the gym people are usually afraid of the same thing, a fear of failure or more accurately not living up to expectations (both our own and those of others).

Commercial gyms are a minefield for breeding this fear, any sane person would not be judged for coming to the conclusion when first entering a normal gym that the whole place is filled with posers and not a single person cares about your progress, or if you even turn up, keep paying your monthly subscription and you can be a member for life just another number on the system that no one knows.

So imagine you entered a gym for the first time and were instantly greeted by your own coach, smiling and happy, they already know your name and invite you to sit down so they can go through a quick pre exercise assessment, when you sit down the group of people sat at the bar also introduce themselves and welcome you to the group. Would that calm your nerves? I am certain it would certainly help, I have always hated the sterile, faceless image of the commercial gym, it's why I'm so proud of what we have a Raw Strength.

So just for a second let's imagine you have joined a lesser gym environment, you haven't got a world class coaching staff and support group of friends on your side. How on earth can we go about distilling that fear and ensure you don't quit at the first hurdle?
 

1. Do your research

Have a plan, even if it is a bad one. It's daunting enough walking into a new gym, bright lights, bad pop music blaring a host of confusing machines laid out in a seemingly random order and everyone seems to know what they are doing but you.

Don't go in blind, make sure you have a plan and write it down, what body parts am I going to hit? How far am I going to run? What sets/reps etc. Even if you plan is not world breaking, writing it down will give you that initial confidence, at least you have direction.
 

2. Set yourself a goal

Not just a small goal, something big, something you really want, something you have been thinking, dreaming, desiring for a long time. After all you have just joined a gym, I would imagine you have a fitness goal your striving for.

Write this goal down and put it somewhere visible in your house, front door, fridge, dogs head. On those hard days where you are lacking in energy and enthusiasm, when you are doubting your progress or simply scared to head to the gym, look back on that goal and use it as your driver to distill your fears and doubts.
 

3. Be accountable to you and your dream

Like I said, a major selling point of our gym is the atmosphere, a staff that cares about you as an individual but also the fact you are training with a group of like minded friendly individuals who will drive you.

But you haven't got a coach or a gym partner to hold you accountable, so make yourself accountable to your own dream.

I'm sure you'll agree that being held accountable to someone or something else is a huge driver. No one WANTS to sit in an office for seven hours a day! You WANT to be on a beach in the Maldives or in the park playing with our kids, but you NEED to get paid and if you don't run up you will be held accountable.

Think of your goal as another job, but this one is all about you and your dreams, if you skip a session then think of it as missing a pay check, we have missed our chance to be better, mark it in your Calendar and move your goal date back a week, you'll be amazed how quickly you change your ways as your goal is moved further and further back.
 

Now get out there, push aside your fears, ignore the naysayers and make yourself accountable for your dreams!



Speak Soon,

Jason Jones
Assistant S&C Coach
Raw Strength Gym

 

P.S.

We now have a brand new Semi-Private Personal Training program starting 5th September 2016. I'm so excited to be helping people on a deeper level, as we have so much coaching knowledge that can be translated into faster, better results and more help/guidance for anybody who wants it or needs it.

Our Vital Performance Packages are fully customised programs and detailed nutrition plans, coached in groups of 4 people max.
 

The options are:

> VITAL PERFORMANCE - 2x per week.

> VITAL PERFORMANCE MAX - 3x per week.

We also have THE MOVIE STAR TRANSFORMATION - 6x per week, all meals included so you don't have to cook or plan your meals for a whole 12 week period! 
This is an epic transformation program, a once in a lifetime life-changing experience.

Kevin has been coming in and training with myself and Head Coach Anthony 1-1 for 6 days per week on this incredible program, and just has to eat the meals we give him. In 7 weeks on the program his Back Squat has increased by 25kg, Bench Press by 20kg and Deadlift by 30kg! 

Follow this link > http://www.rawstrength.uk/vital-performance-kevin > And take a look at Kevin's story so far...

And if you're tired of not seeing the results you've always dreamt of, are ready to push aside fears, doubts and excuses, just like Kevin, you can learn all about our Breakthrough Call process and discuss the possibility of working together.

I hope to greet you, smiling and happy, for your first session with us very soon!

Jason
RSG