Hi there and welcome!I’m so glad you’ve made it here. My name is Corey Nielsen, I’m a personal trainer who specializes in fat loss, an author, and public speaker based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.
MY TAKE ON TRAINING
I’ve made countless mistakes along the way. I remember starting out and not having much of a clue how to train, eat, what supplements to take and so on. I’d go from machine to machine with no real idea what I was doing, or wanting to do. I would read magazines and forums that had the new “secret” exercise. I was searching but not receiving the results I truly wanted.
Fast forward a few years, and I’m now leaps and bounds more informed when it comes to fitness as a whole. However, I’m anxiously scrounging for more knowledge. I think that when most individuals first begin lifting weights, they dive in a little too enthusiastically and end up overwhelming their bodies with too much volume, too little rest, and too few of the right exercises. Typically, this ends with them working their bodies into the ground and calling it quits before they’ve really given proper exercise a fighting chance.
I believe in prioritizing the compound movements and using accessory exercises later, if at all. I believe in lifting heavy weights whether you’re trying to lean out or gain size. I believe that training should complement your diet, not compensate for your bad nutrition. I believe that pink dumbbells should be used for rehab purposes only (yes, I’m talking to you ladies), and that all people should know how to lift weights properly and effectively, your health needs it.
KEEPING AN OPEN MIND
I know these long-held beliefs may be hard to let go of, but I encourage you to keep an open mind. Food is meant to be enjoyed, not feared. Sure, it’s sustenance, it’s calories, it’s nutrients; but it’s also a means of bringing people together. It’s a shared experience; it’s a sweet rush of momentary joy after a long day of frustrations. I’m not advocating an emotional relationship with food – I simply want you to recognize its value (or lack thereof).
Food is important, but it’s not that important. Specifically in America, we think far too much about what kinds of meals we’re eating and how much we should consume. We’re gluttons for food and over-analysis. Paired together, we are presented with today’s obesity epidemic, which has been predicted to only get worse in future years. In fact, in September of 2015 a study was presented stating that 34.9% of Americans are obese!
It’s absolutely normal to feel like you’re a part of something. Social psychology has proven that we as human beings gravitate toward blending in. However, I think it would be safe to say that you’d be doing yourself and the contrary a disservice by contributing to this nation-wide problem. Hopefully you don’t need more convincing of why we should steer clear of becoming obese.