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Reflections from my Strongman act in Lake George, the foundation and the mindset

I’m writing this from a hotel room in Lake George before my strongman act combined with an inspirational speech tomorrow morning but won’t post  this until I get home.

It was a crazy drive up here going through snow and freezing rain.  Knowing that the drive was going to be treacherous my wife displayed her displeasure at me going.  I told her I said I was going to be here and that’s all there is to it.

What does any of this have to do with strength, health and fitness?  I’ll tell you 🙂

First, is the foundation.  The future of your fitness and health is built upon the foundation that you set early on.  That’s why in my system of training I analyze the way you move, because if we program on top of a faulty foundation, everything above it will also be faulty.  In the case of me being a motivational speaker, one of the biggest fears that meeting planners have when they hire a speaker is whether or not they will show up in the first place.  It’s important for my reputation early on that I’m a man of my word.

Second is about the mindset that leads to successful transformations. You see with the right mindset, a mindset that is committed to making it happen that’s where success is built.  As a matter of fact, I turn people away if I don’t think they are committed to their own goals, simply because if you aren’t committed, there is nothing I can do to help you.

Tomorrow morning (today by the time this is posted) I have a group of teenagers that I am determined to inspire.  I was not going to let neither a snowflake, nor a legion of them stop me.  Do what it takes, it’s that simple.

If you need guidance from a personal trainer in Boonton Township or Mountain Lakes New Jersey who actually knows what they’re doing, and are committed to your own goals, I welcome you to test drive my training program.

train and recover so you can adapt effectively

Earlier today I performed back to back strongman acts. Right before the 2nd show someone had remarked, “It’s got to be really tiring doing that twice in a row.”

Yes it can be, but so can so many other things all which take effect on your recovery. I used to have a short questionnaire before every session where I would ask my personal training clients how their sleep had been, how their nutrition had been, what their work week was like. I did this to gauge how hard they should train.

Someone who is going through a divorce, barely slept the night before, has a huge project that is running behind schedule and ate crappy food isn’t likely going to be able to train as hard as someone of similar genes who naps twice a day, eats like a monk and has a therapeutic massage as their regular day to day affair. And because this sort of thing can change day to day, often times training needs to be calibrated on the daily.

It’s a 3 part process. Train (give your body a stimulus to adapt to) + recover (give your body a chance to adapt before it breaks down) = adaptation (by becoming stronger, increasing endurance etc.)

The amounts and the speed of adaptation depend on the person, but are sped up when given in the right doses.

If you need help with this, and are looking for a personal trainer in the Boonton Township or Mountain Lakes area of New Jersey, try test driving my program. It doesn’t cost anything to try it out.

The Greatest Workout Song

Clever and funny yes…but I’m an old school metal head and prefer the likes of Judas Priest for training 🙂

In actuality I normally don’t have any music playing while training. You see there is an internal monolog that happens while you’re training that music can help tune out, however I want myself and my personal training clients to be able to tune that out without the aid of music.

Besides that I don’t like to have to yell out instructions and cues. I want people to hear me at conversational volume and I like the small groups to be able to socialize and keep a light and enjoyable atmosphere.

If you are in the Boonton Township area of New Jersey and are looking for a personal trainer, I have a one week test drive so you can try it out and see if it’s right for you.

Netflix and Strong

Earlier today while I was between clients, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw the post above by The Chive (Chive on!).

Though I appreciate the humor of this it highlights an issue that should be addressed.  For one thing he knows what he’s doing and is deceptive about it.  It’s not uncommon for me to hear things like “My dietician said only clear liquids. Vodka is a clear liquid so I’m having that.”

Yes vodka is a clear liquid, and not that I’m opposed to having a drink or two but who do you think you’re fooling and what do you think you’re getting away with?

Second, is why not just get stronger, leaner, fitter, or healthier while you’re there at least?  It is no secret that people who exercise are healthier, happier, more productive and a zillion other bulletpoints that if you were to put it into a bottle would be a best seller in no time.

Training doesn’t have to be miserable to be effective and can provide a worthwhile and meaningful pursuit in itself.  Every time one of my personal training clients hits a personal record and the cowbell is rung to commemorate it, I see the look  that the feeling of accomplishment gives them.  I know the feeling well myself.

Set a goal, go after it.  When you achieve it set another one.  There are many things to pursue.

If you don’t know how, hire a coach or personal trainer (one that knows what they are doing of course) to teach you and provide effective feedback.  If you can’t afford one, buy a book or dvd course that can at least show you proper training.  If nothing else, learn from your mistakes.

If you are in the Morris County area near Boonton Township, look me up.  I’ll set you up with a trial membership, teach you a thing or 2 and we can see if you are a good fit to continue as one of my accolytes of awesomeness.

How to get strong by taking it easier than you might think.

I was having a discussion with 2 separate people on 2 separate days on my approach to training.  Both of them had been subjected to things like;

“You need to train to failure in order to get stronger.”

and

“You need to keep moving, rest less in between exercises”

I disagree.  Who am I to disagree?  Well I come at it from 2 different perspectives.  I’m a professional performing strongman and I’m a personal trainer (and a good one too).

As a personal trainer I have to dispel some of the things that other well meaning but misinformed personal trainers say.  And my approach often causes argument because it goes against the things they believed.

First off about that whole training to failure thing.  I used to believe that too.  It was brainwashing by bodybuilding magazines, and it was the writings of Pavel Tsatsouline that had changed my course of thinking.

Here’s the thing.  With strength training I like to explain it as a process.

The brain sends a command through the central nervous system to tell your muscle fibers to contract.  Muscle pulls on tendon which pulls on bone and that’s how movement occurs.

The central nervous system in the average person only normally contracts 20-30% of their muscle fibers.  The strength is there in you already, you just don’t have access to it yet.  Paul McIlroy has a quote that I love “Strength isn’t built, it’s granted by the nervous system.”

By teaching your body to use more of what you already have, you can get stronger, without having to train like a maniac, without getting bulky and you do it much faster.  This is why I recommend people take my no cost trial.

Because during the no cost trial you’ll discover noticeable differences in your strength…within the week…oftentimes within the first session.

So how is this accomplished?  By training to success not failure.  By being generous with rest periods so that you can recover between sets.  And by taking advantage of various neurological “tricks” that teach your body to activate more of what it’s already got more effectively.

Do yourself a favor and train effectively the first time by taking advantage of my no cost trial.

You can join my many success stories and get in the best shape of your life, even if you’ve failed before.

Would you rather use a treadmill… or get results?

My personal training studio is also listed under gyms in the Morris County area.  And even though it’s tucked away in the back of the building I sometimes still get walk in traffic. Most of my business has either come from word of mouth, someone seeing me during one of my strongman performances/public speaking, google searches or from a deal of the day site etc. but when I get walk ins it’s a nice surprise….but it almost always results in the same question.

“Where are the treadmills?”

Now I’m not going to turn this into an anti treadmill rant but I’ll just say, I’m not into them.  I’ve had opportunities to buy commercial grade ones for cheap, but opted not to because they are simply a waste of space in my studio.  My response to this question is simply;

“I don’t have any. I’ve found them to not be useful in getting people to achieve the results they hire me for. I’ve filled my personal training studio with more useful things.”

I’ll try to do a run down of the different things I have, but I may forget some because I’m not at the studio to itemize it at the moment.  Some of them don’t sound like exercise equipment but trust me, they work when you know how to use them correctly.

  • Full range of kettlebells varying from 5lbs to 106lbs
  • Barbell with plates
  • Squat rack
  • adjustable lock out stands
  • pull up bars
  • dip station
  • junglegym2 suspension trainer
  • jump stretch bands
  • adjustable dumbbells
  • sandbags
  • sotsky exerciser
  • hammer
  • dowels
  • steel bars
  • nails
  • cards
  • phonebooks
  • chairs
  • FMS assessment kit
  • lateral resistance bands
  • Gray Cook band
  • lacrosse ball
  • fugly rubber
  • grippers
  • eagle claws
  • chains
  • ab ball
  • power ball
  • decline sit up bench

Out of those, the possible combinations are endless and pack far more punch than walking on a human hamster wheel.  And there may be more that I’m not remembering at the moment but beyond the equipment is how to use it for best results.  Even if I had nothing more than an empty room I’d still get you great results.

I’ve gotten knowledge from over a decade of experience training various types of people with a great track record. From cutting edge training theories backed by science, to the nearly lost subculture of steel bending super-humans to simply observing what’s working and what’s not with real people.  Yes I have a veritable alphabet soup of letters after my name of various certifications I’ve attained but my real credentials are my success stories.

And that’s the thing really.  Are you actually looking for a treadmill, or are you looking to make the change? Sometimes it really is a choice between the two and the decision you make will determine your future.

If you want to take my system for a test drive, I’m offering a trial at no cost. This way you can see if I’m the thing you’re looking for to help you achieve what you want.

Click here to try my trial at no cost and find out how to register.

12 reasons Turkish Getups will make you awesome

This past Saturday (3/26/16) the personal record cowbell was rung twice.  One by Tom Daly who achieved his first get up of 80lbs. and one by Maria who in just her second session with me did a get up with 40lbs.

Now if you are unfamiliar with some of the benefits that comes with a getup here I’ll list them really quick but I’ll warn you…it’s REALLY geeky.

(via Strongfirst™)

  1. Promotes cross lateralization (getting right brain to work with left side)
  2. Promotes upper body stability
  3. Promotes lower body stability
  4. Promotes reflexive stability of the trunk and extremities
  5. Ties the right arm to the left leg, and left arm to the rightleg
  6. Gets the upper extremities working reciprocally (legs too)
  7. Stimulates the vestibular system (1 of the 3 senses that contribute to balance)
  8. Stimulates the visual system (2nd of 3 senses that contribute to balance)
  9. Stimulates the proprioception system (3rd of the 3 systems that contribute to balance)
  10. Promotes spatial awareness
  11. Develops a front/back weight shift
  12. Develops upper body strength, trunks strength, and hip strength
 Now if you find that confusing I don’t blame you.  It’s not your job to understand this stuff it’s mine.  I’ll sum it up for you here…
Turkish Get Ups Will Make You Awesome….plain and simple.
The problem with Turkish Get Ups is that the devil is in the details and it takes a skilled coach who knows how to both demonstrate and teach it, and that’s assuming you are able to perform it without issue (ie, medical limitations)
In my personal training studio I’ll check for this when I assess you.  I check to see if this is something relevant to your goal, and something that you can safely perform.
And currently I offer a 1 week free trial that includes:
1) fitness evaluation and program customization session (I see what exercises you should do, and teach you how to do them)
2) 3 group personal training sessions (I train you with your custom program along side my regular clients during my normal group personal training hours)
3) A one on one goal assessment session. (we dig deep into your goals and see what needs to be done in order for you to get there)
To sign up for this is simple…just send a text to 973 476 5328 and tell me your name and what you want to accomplish.  Yes it’s that easy.
Eric

Welcome!

And now some crappy poetry by Eric Moss

Dear Reader,

“Many people believe it is their fate, to go through life weak, sick and overweight. But that is not the case you see, because Eric Moss Fitness is located right here in Parsippany. I’ll get you results that you’ll both see and feel!. You’ll get stronger, leaner fitter and healthier, just like my client Neal. So all you have to do is call or text me and say “Eric I want to start your no cost trial today!”

Hey there, my name is Eric Moss and I stink at poetry. My talents are elsewhere, I am a Parsippany personal trainer that is great at coaching people just like you to have success even if nothing else has worked previously. I have a tremendous amount of success working with people who have injured backs, who are highly out of shape and at getting fast results for people who don’t know where to start or how to begin. Well chances are that you landed on my website because you wanted to get in shape and have probably failed in the past or are looking for something better. What you need is a customized, proven program from someone who knows what they are doing. Eric Moss Fitness can help you achieve your goals with this tried and true formula.

Expert coaching + guidance, support and accountability = results…and it works…it really does.

(check out some of our success stories if you want to see for yourself)!

Not sure if you can afford a customized program? Not a problem, my group personal training allows for camaraderie that makes it both fun and affordable because the groups are kept small so that you still get the customized program and the attention you need to get the best results possible safely and effectively. It’s all focused on you and your goals. Be forewarned though, not everybody is invited to continue. We don’t allow people in that don’t have a sense of humor or don’t facilitate the atmosphere we keep. Even though this is a “no frills” training center there is no gym intimidation here.

Not sure if the schedule will work for you? We have many open times to train as long as it’s within the group personal training hours.

Here is how to get started,

Step 1: Either call or text me at 973 476 5328 or send an email to Eric@EricMossFitness.com and ask for the no cost no obligation trial.

Step 2: We will schedule your 1 on 1 beginner evaluation/customization session where we will take your before measurements (so we can have something to measure progress to) analyze your movement to customize your program to what is going to be both safe and effective for you and teach you the exercises.

Step 3: Set the group training appointment and I’ll guide you through your program with high level coaching.

Step 4: 1 on 1 Goal Assessment Session where we will dig deep into your goals and determine the best options for you.

Yes, it’s that simple.