Welcome to FitnessWalkthrough.com!
This website is for the average trainee who wants to have a strong, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing physique. Here you will find no-nonsense, practical advice for gaining strength, muscle, and losing fat, with a little extra love thrown in for my fellow skinny guys! I am a teacher at heart (and by trade for that matter), and my aim is to show you how to:
In short, instead of giving you a fish, I want to teach you to fish.
The Good News:
I am a firm believer in the fact that most people's physique goals are actually much closer than they think. Most people make fitness out to be a lot more complicated than it needs to be, and who can blame them? The sheer amount of misinformation in this industry is staggering. Between well-meaning doctors who offer advice based on a nutrition class they took 20 years ago, and various fitness "gurus" who will tell you exactly what you want to hear in order to sell you their latest product, the average person is hard pressed to find sound, reliable information.
I should know: It took me nearly 10 years to start making real progress towards my physique goals. I was your classic "hardgainer" skinny guy, and it seemed like no matter how hard I tried I couldn't make progress. I spun my wheels through various bodybuilding splits and wasted money on overpriced supplements/weightgainers. I blamed genetics. I blamed my gym's lack of equipment...it wasn't until I decided to stop and take a critical look at my lifestyle, training and nutrition that things started to change.
Here's the thing. When proper nutrition and training is applied, your body will respond.The key is being consistent and creating realistic time frames. When I stumbled upon the writings of Lyle McDonald, Alan Aragon, and Martin Berkhan, I completely revamped my entire philosophy on training and nutrition. Guess what happened?
I made more progress in one year than I did in the 10 previous years combined.
I'm still skinny, but I'm skinny on my terms. I'm happy with my appearance and for the first time I have a body image that is healthy and realistic.
The Bad News:
There are no magic bullets. No secret exercises or supplements that will allow you to gain 10+ pounds of lean muscle in a month; no fat loss pill that will let you lose weight while eating whatever you want...no short cuts. If it seems to good to be true, it most likely is.
The biggest secret of the fitness industry is that there are no secrets! This is actually a good thing: You don't need to waste time scouring magazines and forums for some silver bullet that will magically transform your physique. You don't need to worry that you're somehow "missing out" on some secret piece of information.
The thing is, there are relatively few aspects of fitness that are non-negotiable. Outside of these core truths, there are many paths to the physique you desire. I'll get more in depth with this in future articles, but one of the reasons you will see so much conflicting advice about how to build muscle or lose fat is because there are many different ways of achieving the same goals.
Once you've covered your bases regarding the above-mentioned "core truths," you really have a lot of leeway in how you can go about attaining your goals. This is why you may see two guys with equally impressive physiques giving advice that seems contradictory. One may advise eating 6-8 small meals per day and working out four times per week with relatively high volume. The other may only eat 2-3 meals per day and swear by low volume, high intensity training. Both of these people achieved great results, yet they use fairly different approaches. Does this make their results any less valid? The key is finding an approach that works for you. Don't get caught up in the details.
Once you have the correct training and nutritional principles in place, adherence trumps everything else. Being consistent and sticking to a plan is the only way you're going to make measurable progress on your goals.
How do you do that?
Have fun. Make sure you include foods that you love in your diet. Don't force yourself to constantly perform a certain exercise that you have poor mechanics for simply because you've been told it's the "king" of all exercises. Fitness needs to become a part of your lifestyle. If you're miserable because of your diet or training, you're doing it wrong.
So that's it. If you're ready to open your eyes to truth about diet and fitness, I can equip you with the tools necessary to transform your physique and become confident in your own skin. I have a lot more material on the way, but until then, sign up for the mailing list. You can expect an email once every month or so tops. No spam.