Category: lifting

 

Stop Giving up before Getting Started

The other day I was having a conversation with one of my personal training clients.  She was getting stronger, losing body fat and basically all the things that personal trainers typically put into the bullet points of the ad copy on their website and flyers.  She’s a hard worker, she works two jobs, she consistently comes in, she puts in the effort, and it’s paying off.  Do the right things, and the right things happen.  

When the right things happen, people start to notice. When people start to notice, they often give compliments and ask questions about “How?”

And when they hear how, they often give up before getting started. 

As she was explaining the training and the nutrition philosophy (slow carb diet, google it…but do it after you finish reading this) they might say things like “Oh I could never give up bread”….or pasta or insert whatever beloved food you enjoy eating that prevents you from reaching your health and fitness goals. And btw, she LOVES doughnuts but understands how delayed gratification will benefit her in the long run.

They are giving up, before getting started.  They are letting the perceived discomfort of what it takes to achieve the goal beat them into submission.  And it’s a shame because giving something up temporarily is not that difficult.  In the case of the slow carb diet, one day a week you can have anything you want, so in essence, you only have to save it for Saturday (the recommended go nuts day).

 

The thing is when you are committed, truly committed you don’t let anything stop you.  You come into it with the mentality of “I’m going to make this happen” and then simply do so.   As my first strongman mentor the late, great New Jersey’s Superman Greg Matonick used to say “Set your mind on what you’re doing.” and then simply do the things necessary to make what’s on your mind into a reality. My current strongman coach Hairculese Chris Rider would say the same thing.

My personal training studio is exclusive, it’s not because I’m some elitist type person on my high horse trying to put a metaphorical velvet rope to keep the peasants out.  It’s because, among other things, I ask people to rate their level of commitment on a scale from 1-10.  If it’s less than the number I’m looking for, it tells me they are not willing to do the things I ask, which is the actions it takes to make their goal a reality.  If they aren’t willing to do that, then they have no business being in my studio and distracting me from my other personal training clients.  It doesn’t matter how much money they are willing to spend if they are stingy with their sweat equity.

You’ve got to be willing to do the things that are in your best interest.  If you are committed but simply don’t know what those things are and are willing to be held accountable to your actions, I’d be happy to teach you. And the guidance, support and accountability I provide work…plain and simple.

Try it out yourself with the personal training trial membership in the small group supportive environment of my studio. Get started by texting me at 973 476 5328 to schedule your session.


Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.

Myths about Self Employment and Strength and Fitness

One of the myths about working for yourself is that you have tons and tons of freedom.  Not really.  Your schedule goes where the market goes and you’re always at work because you don’t really leave it behind. 

In the back of my mind, I plan out new feats of strength.  I got the idea for my “Strongman in the Box” feat by watching an escape artist a year or two ago when my wife took me to see the Illusionists 1903 show.  It also dominates my mind everytime I go to Home Depot.  With every bit of hardware I see I think to myself “Can I break it? and if so, would it be cool in a show?”

Strongman in the Box, I’m trapped inside of a wooden box constructed of 2×4’s and held shut with locks and chains. The only way out is using my strength and breaking out.

I also have a hard time leaving the personal trainer in me at home.  A week or two ago, I was out with my wife and daughter and overheard a conversation about training and had to bite my tongue. I’ve been a personal trainer for around 15 years now, I’ve distinguished myself and was asked to teach at personal training certification courses nationally and internationally, given advice to celebrity trainers, trained people that were on MTV and am a world record holding professional performing strongman.  Basically, I know a thing or two about training. They already know this but I kept quiet because I knew that even if I explained in detail, they simply wouldn’t be ready to hear it.

If you are open minded, keep reading 🙂

Myth

“Strength training makes you inflexible.”

Nope.   Here’s the deal.  Your strength and your flexibility aren’t really about the muscles themselves.  Both of them are regulated by the central nervous system.

Just like this gif illustration shows the central nervous system telling the muscle fibers to “contract”, it can also tell them to “relax” into a longer length. They are like a yin and yang of each other.  Your muscle fibers are already long enough to perform full splits and things that contortionists do, but what stops them is that your central nervous system doesn’t perceive what you are doing as being safe and hence puts the breaks on.  Your nervous system remembers the positions you are in habitually (if you don’t use it you lose it). With regular strength training, alongside regular flexibility training, you don’t have to rob Peter to pay Paul.

Myth

“You need to do lots of different stuff”

Nope, variety in training is overrated.  Everything you do, competes with every other thing you do for growth and adaptation.  The jack of all trades is the master of none.  The high bang for the buck exercises will carry over to the things you don’t regularly train (we call this transfer and it’s the reason athletes have strength and conditioning coaches and not just skill coaches).  Doing heavy deadlifts, transfers to making you better at most things.

Myth, kind of

“You don’t need to lift more than 5lbs”

Technically, yes.  You need food, water, air, and to a certain extent human connection.  You don’t need to lift more than 5lbs to survive…but why just survive when you can thrive?  Thriving is partially about growth, improvement, and expansion.  If you want to change your body, you need to challenge your body.  You need to do something that tells your body “Hey, we need to get stronger so that we are better equipped to handle this (the stimulus) in the future”.  And strength carries over to multiple goals.  Using weight loss as an example, heavier weights burn more calories than lighter weights.  They also deplete more glycogen and tell your body to release more of those hormones that keep you lean.  You don’t “need” to get stronger, but you “should” get stronger if you want to improve yourself.

I also find that many people come to me for weight loss, and they lose weight but are more excited about the all-purpose strength they gained training with me.  And as Mark Rippetoe famously said;

Strong people are harder to kill and more useful in general

If you need help with this, I have a one-week trial membership available.  Text me at 973 476 5328 to get started.


Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.

Avengers Infinity War and the “secret” behind superhero physiques.

So this past weekend I finally got a chance to go out and see Avengers Infinite War.  Don’t worry I won’t spoil it, but I do recommend you watch all of the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe before checking it out.

Now having watched it gave me a chance to discuss it with some of my clients and of the topics to come up was the topic of casting.  I think everyone was cast very well…with the exception of Black Widow and that’s mainly because she’s supposed to be a Russian agent, but doesn’t have a Russian accent.

In this discussion, came up the topic of the physiques behind the characters, notably Thor and Captain America.  When they were cast, they weren’t well-known actors.  Chris Hemsworth (Thor) had Star Trek to his credit, even though his part was short, and Chris Evans (Captain America) had Fantastic 4, which wasn’t very successful.

Basically, they were a blank slate.  They were a fresh start that could make or break the actor’s career.  The big names in their origin movies were supporting cast members.  In Thor, it was Natalie Portman.  In Captain America, it was Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving.

And following the origin stories were sequels and cameos that I’m sure were written into the contracts.  For Captain America, there were 3 movies as the leading role, plus 3 appearances in Avengers.  For Thor, there were 3 movies as the leading role, plus 3 appearances in Avengers, and a cameo in Dr. Strange.

And there are more movies to come.

But the original’s success was hinged on the actor’s physiques, which brings me to the main point of this article.

A multimillion-dollar movie career is one heck of a motivating force to get in shape.  Add to that the guidance and support system of having a personal trainer, plus nutritionist etc. and that is where their success comes from, though I can’t deny that there is a high likeliness of PEDS as well as there is always risk of this whenever money is on the line.

When people say to me “The only time I have is in the morning, but I just can’t get up.” I know it’s not completely true.  They just don’t have the same mindset.  If they were offered a million dollars to wake up at 5:30am I guarantee they won’t hit the snooze.

Now, I know you likely won’t be offered a multimillion-dollar picture deal but that doesn’t mean that a fit, powerful, capable superhero physique isn’t worth pursuing.  Life is simply better when you are all around strong, lean and healthy.

And maybe you won’t reach the levels that they do…naturally.  But with the right guidance and support system in place, you’ll surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.  If you are unsure of what to do, that’s what I’m here to teach.

If you would like to try out my program to see if I’m right for you, send me a text at 973 476 5328.  I’ll get you set up on your trial membership which includes, a movement analysis session/intro session, 3 personal training sessions done in a relaxed group environment and a goal assessment interview.  It doesn’t cost anything and the only thing you have to lose is weakness and body fat.

Do it now, because success likes speed.


Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.