Fitness and Nutrition are constantly changing. We live in a fast pace society and through social media we are given so much information it’s hard to really know whats legit. During my time at Red Deer College you could talk to one professor who would swear up and down about whats best and turn around and talk to another that had a way different opinion. At the end of the day it’s just that opinion. Now don’t get me wrong there is a lot of science and research in nutrition and exercise but at the end of the day each coach is going to develop a bias. I have a bias but I still know what my goals are and what my clients goals are…Health and Fitness.
Upon opening the gym I would have agreed with you that if you ate clean and exercised you would get the results your wanted. I was one of those people myself! I was doing what every other gym owner/CrossFitter was doing, following Zone/Paleo diets. Don’t get me wrong I was happy to do so because just like any nutrition plan when you start and make changes to your nutrition you will see results! I saw such good results I was convinced this was the only way!
Two years into it I started to feel really crappy! I wasn’t sleeping, I had terrible anxiety, I was dealing with depression without knowing it and on top of that I was training 2-3 hours a day and NOT really getting anywhere. I went to a local competition and got my ass handed to me and started crying. My dad looked at me and said “what are you missing?” I said, I needed to find my own coaches.
I signed up for some programming which was great! I loved the new challenges! I loved having a coach in CrossFit, I had never had that before, I was my own coach! Lastly I researched the top athletes, and noticed they all had the same nutrition coach. I sent an email and it was the hardest because your nutrition is like your SIN number, It tells everything about you.
Mike was so open and honest with me, we did some tests to put to rest the guess and test and I had my work cut out for me. I was severely under eating causing my hormones to be a complete wreck. I wasn’t sleeping or consuming enough water adding to the mess. I wasn’t ready to give up any of my training, which delays your response to fixing adrenal fatigue and then on top of that like most people who reverse diet I gained weight.
I have been 3+ years working at fixing the mess I created. Mind you, I got pregnant and had Bentley so that’s whole new ball game being a Mom with little sleep and a lot of stress but through it all I was so happy to have Mike helping me and supporting me. He has taught me that its more important to be flexible and to be consistent then to push ourselves to the point where its so unbearable that we fall off and can’t maintain everything we have worked for.
Working with Mike and having such a positive relationship and long lasting results is the reason I have been working on all things nutrition. He’s the reason I decided to work on certifications and open a second business.
So what is so special about this? Well you have a coach. A real life coach. Someone who is going to help you work through it all. We are going to start by looking at your current lifestyle from training to food, to stress to sleep and everything else in between. We are going to work on stress management, time management and figuring out what it really holding you back. We are going to prioritize your health over your abs. We are going to talk weekly and make sure your staying focused on your plan while understanding life doesn’t always go according to plan. We are going to work together at achieving your results! Your coach keeps you honest and accountable. While showing compassion, reality checks are always needed! A good coach knows to look a the data and make rational decisions vs prioritizing what you think you want/need in the heat of the moment.
Coaches need coaches because like you we are all human. We all have moments of self doubt and frustration. We all have times where we need a helping hand to remind us to keep going! Coaches who have coaches are great because we can relate to the fact that we to did not want to trust the process, we did not want to take the slow and steady, we wanted it all and we wanted it now, BUT because of our AMAZING coaches we are there to talk you through it because we have been through it.