The Call to Action: Nine reasons you need a trainer like me

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We all need that extra push, by design humans are geared towards monotony, it doesn’t matter if you’re experienced or new to the gym or fitness. A personal trainer can be the difference between results, and being stuck in the same rut, you’ve been in for a while. Most people shy away from the investments that can change their lives, sometimes its monetary reasons, other times they aren’t sure if they will get their moneys worth.

This is a journey

I train like a SAVAGE, I have four certifications, and I will soon have more, I have an arsenal, of programs, that will push you to your limits and beyond. If you want to get in shape I can take you there, if you want to lose weight I can take you there. Outside of personal training I am writing this blog and writing fitness books as well. The journey that has led me to this point has been a long one, had I decided to be Average I would not be here. If you continue to remain Average you will continue to get what you’ve always gotten, but together we can change that.

9 Reasons why you need  a SAVAGE Trainer

You Prefer to workout at home, but recently Joined the Gym

I used to workout at home and I still do from time to time, but at home no one cares that your working out. What I mean by that is that friends and family will serve as a distraction, in most cases. Even though they don’t mean to they honestly in most cases don’t share the vision you have or seeing yourself in shape. The kids will still be kids, and run to you every five seconds tattling (my gym has a day care by the way.), Your mom will still call your name, to do random chores, and your significant other will still want you to watch tv with them or do some other things, that will call your attention away from your workout.

Outside of those reasons, when you finally go to the gym, you may be overwhelmed and not sure where to begin, and listening to the gym professors(i.e the guys who workout there, and give bad advice, unintentionally.) will only get you so far. Having a trainer can show you how to get the best workouts of your life, as well as the tailor workouts and programs to your needs.

Not Seeing Results

You’ve hit a plateau and haven’t been reaching your goals, so why not seek the advice of someone, who has the knowledge to get you over that hump. How else can you over come the struggle of trying to lose weight, or build muscle. A good trainer can critique your eating habits and create a more balanced nutritional and fitness program for you.

You need that Motivation

Think about it, when you’ve invested your money in an opportunity to change your life, you’ll show up every time. When someone is there to push you or at least take you through workouts, you’ve never dreamed of or considered doing you will find that motivation. Stop trying to learn from the same guys who have a physique similar or worst than yours, that’s the equivalent of learning math from a tutor whose failing the class.

You need the Challenge

I train all my clients, like SAVAGES, I help them overcome self-imposed limitations, and push them and groom them to find that hidden strength needed, to achieve their dreams.

You have had a setback/injury or condition

I partner with physical therapist and other medical professionals to design programs, that will safely allow individuals to achieve their fitness goals. I pride myself of pushing those with past injuries or health conditions to become something more, rather than dwell on the person they were before their set back.

You need the supervision

Some people, avoid exercises because they aren’t sure how to preform them. Having a skilled trainer can definitely allow you to find the perfect form that works for you, and can open up the doors to new training techniques.

You are not sure how your journey should begin

You need, a nutritional program or you need a complete program designed around your specific needs, but designing one yourself can be overwhelming. You want to know how to improve your cardiovascular health, or flexibility and mobility. Or you want to improve your weight training, having a knowledgeable trainer in your corner can only aid you in your goals. That way you can ensure success and avoid failure.

You are an Athlete and you need to train like one

If you went to  a high school like the one I went too, you might not of had the best coaches guiding you so your talents, more or less went wasted or unused. I still see and hear outdated methods being used on the athletes I train, because their coaches haven’t updated their skill set in years. That’s where I come in I find out your needs and walk you through a program designed to be your map to success.

You workout with your Mom or Dad or Friend

Your are working out with someone who, you know for a fact, is not giving you optimum advice, so this is where training under the supervision of a personal trainer, or group instructor, comes in handy. I always see people who are consistent, in coming to the gym work out.  But the problem lies in their training methods, some people try to be know it alls, and that can be the down fall unfortunately to your fitness goals.

In summary

You don’t make decisions because they’re Easy,  Cheap, or Popular you make them because they’re RIGHT. You can only build a better life, body and mind by making the decision to do and invest in what will inevitably make you successful. If you are truly interested in doing so, you know where to find me.

Update Savage Weight loss: 12 weeks of hard work

Stephanie lost 40 pounds in 12 weeks, Weight loss testimonials,
Follow Stephanie’s Weight loss journey, and her diet, and supplement plan

In her words: “Darius, gave me a practical method to follow, to lose weight, I cut the fads, and followed his directions, and the weight just came off.”-Stephanie’s Weight loss testimonial 

STEPHANIE’S Hectic Life Style

  1.  Full time mom
  2.  Part time Student
  3.  Full time Director (60 hrs a week workload)
  4.  Not to mention an Active social-life
  5.  She is a Full time mom, a fact, which we can’t ignore!!!
  6. Had knee surgery 8 months prior to seeing me.

WHY STEPHANIE DECIDED TO TRANSFORM

“I had hit a wall, I was waking up day and day out, going to the gym early, in order to get in shape, but I had reached a point where the weight wasn’t going anywhere. I thought I would see progress if I could get out to the gym everyday”

Stephanie, had hit a plateau, a  even though she was working out, she was not getting the results she wanted. A lot of people often,  reach out to me, in the gym, when they notice, my clients, have significantly transformed, while they’ve stayed the same. They want information, and they want to know how they can break out of this rough patch they’ve entered.

Like Stephanie, some of us will keep at it, and grind away, making sure we rise early and get to the gym and push ourselves, because if we do the results will come right?

Let’s dive a little deeper than surface level and find out how she manage to lose weight, more rapidly than she ever did before.

Her progress

Outside of leading a busy life, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance, she needed still managed to get to the gym.While Stephanie wasn’t new to the gym setting, she didn’t have an effective trainer, or effective training methods.  She had long ago plateaued and needed a change. Stephanie, needed to figure out how to lose weight, in a more effective manner.

With that being said, we have to commend her, for sticking to her weight loss goals. But her time was not being used as effectively as it could of been.

Stephanie is among many who’ve been stuck in a weight loss routine, that wasn’t working for her, so she decided to do something about it. Most of us don’t think we need extra help, or we think that we can figure it out on our own. 

We think if we really wanted to we could drop those extra ten pounds, or build muscle without a problem. But if it was really as easy as we rationalized it, we would be satisfied with ourselves.

Stephanie, wanted a better body, and she knew the quote unquote traditional methods (the ineffective methods media outlets, and infomercials preach to us.), which consist of doing a ton of cardio, and using light weights, wasn’t enough to help her reach her goals.

At best she was losing water weight, and then gaining it back and then she linked up with me and I put her on a meal plan, gave her a supplement regimen, and 12 week online training program, and she not only lost weight. But she has a better idea of how to keep the weight off and keep her self healthy.

These are just a few of the things that helped Stephanie, achieve her weight loss goal thus Far.

Wearing a polar ft-60

Basically a lot of people focus  calorie counting, while in the gym, so in order to count them they only do cardio. But, If your heart rate is not in the proper training zone you will not see effective results. The polar ft-60 finds your heart rate and of course tells you how many calories your burnt. So no matter the activity you can see how many calories your burning.

SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELPED STEPHANIE’S WEIGHT LOSS

  1. Protein powder
  2. CLA
  3. BCAA’s
  4. Multi-vitamins
  5. Powdered Superfoods

SAMPLE OF STEPHANIE’S WEIGHT LOSS DIET PLAN

  1. Lean proteins
    1. Salmon
    2. Chicken
    3. Ground Turkey
  2. Healthy Fats
    1. Coconut oil
    2. Avocados
  3. Green Veggies
  4. Brown Rice

TRAINING LIKE A SAVAGE

In order to lose weight effectively I had Stephanie  do something she never done before, and that’s train like a SAVAGE. Most women don’t lift weights, in order to lose weight, let alone, lift heavy; if they even bother to pick up a dumbbell. So I put her through a couple tough training sessions, and instilled a new set of weight loss principles in her.

 SAVAGE WEIGHT LOSS

In order to lose weight, the basic principle we have to follow, which is more calories should be burned than what is consumed. We also have to into account, that that old weight loss methods don’t work. Such as following average weight loss fads, we see on day time TV or infomercials. For SAVAGE weight loss to occur, you have to adapt, and adopt a new set of principles, and don’t be afraid of hard work and sweat. There are a ton of weight loss testimonials on TV which make it seem like if you follow their methods, you will lose weight over night, which may work for some. But the best way to lose weight is through proven methods, customized to your specific needs, not through an infomercial special.

 

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What makes TRX training so special?

In this post, I will give a quick overview of the TRX and its benefits, in some following  posts, I will cover different exercises that can be done on with the TRX so stay tuned.

Darius Savage Training on the Trx

 

Why I consider the TRX indispensable in any training program.

First off What is the TRX?

The TRX is essentially a suspension/strength/body-weight training method, yes it really incorporates all of the above into its system. The TRX allows the user to manipulate the difficulty of the workout by adjusting the straps, to either progress or regress to and easier training style, depending on their fitness level.

Nothing new

Essentially suspension training is nothing new, gymnast train  similarly to this in my opinion. Also, in many prisons inmates use bed sheets and the bars on their cell to train in a similar fashion as well. In its earlier days with date back as early as the 1800’s it was called rope training. The term TRX is more of a brand name for this style of training. Much like how we use the term “googling”, instead of saying  “searching” when we are looking for info online.

Why is TRX training beneficial?

The main thing I advocate when training is to engage your core during every exercise you preform, not many people will do this on their own. The TRX on the other hand doesn’t give you a choice, it lights your core up! It also forces your transverse abdomonis to work harder than it normally would under most circumstances. Not matter what movement you preform, the TRX forces your core to work hard.

Outside of core stability you will also develop endurance, balance and strength. Your full body is integrated, as well, because instead of moving in one plane of motion your body is now being challenged to much in multiple planes at one time. Which gives you a more intense workout and is something that is more natural to our bodies in terms of building functional strength. All machines, and some dumbbell and barbell movements restrict you to moving in one plane of motion, so the strength built on the bench press of in a bicep curl won’t necessarily make a smooth transition to real world, functional strength. The TRX allows you to train safer, and smarter, allowing you to workout faster, and prevent injuries as well.

What does all this information mean to you?

Basically you can supplement or swap out your current fitness program, with a few TRX exercises, since it engages your whole body, and especially your core; you will immediately notice how differently your body responds to suspension training.  By moving in multiple planes you can really integrate not only your core but other muscle groups as well.

Also its safe enough that anyone can use it and see improvements, whether they’re young or old, athletes or not. I don’t see a lot of people using the TRX in my gym trainers included, so hopefully this post will encourage some of you guys to give the TRX a second look.

Conclusion

Whether your Advanced, or a Novice the TRX allows you to progress, or regress based on your needs. Its a tool used by everyday people, the armed forces and athletes alike.

The movements performed on the TRX transfer directly over to real-life, and integrates your whole body seamlessly into your workout. I will follow up this posts with more in-depth posts and videos, so stay tuned and thanks for reading.

 

Making today count

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Everyday is merely preparation for the next.

My name is Darius Savage, and I have decided to make a conscience effort to sharpen and groom those around, both spiritually and physically. This is why I’ve become a personal trainer, and the purpose of this article series, will be to introduce to you guys, some of the information those in my inner circle receive. I believe if we share and promote the proper information which each other we can grow, in ways we’ve never would of been able to.

Do Something different

Every summer my nephew visits, me in Chicago and something I always try to instill in him, are what I call savage principles and laws. I try to remind not only him but his siblings as well,  that we are something different; so we should do things differently. We were meant to be savages, but the type of savages we were meant to be, are of a different breed. Anything that we apply ourselves and minds to we are capable of doing. Despite, what our circumstances, friends, family, or environment says we are capable of doing.

Now when I use the term savages, I don’t mean it in a negative, sense, it is a reference to the hunter and gather spirit that we all have. In ancient times, when we were hunter and gathers, those who were savages went and captured food, for their respective communities. Those who were average stayed in the village, and throughout time these principles have relatively remained the same .

So when I use this term savage, what we can really boil it down to is, how we play this game of life. We have to make decisions that are right for us in order to be successful.  I ask him, if he understands the importance of Making Today Count, vs. just living day to day. He of course has a grasp on this concept, but doesn’t fully understand it, so I hand him a book, by John C. Maxwell called Making Today Count. And explain to him that if he is not making use of his time, he will inevitably have things taken from him, such as money, opportunities,  and commodities. So he asks me, “How do I avoid losing opportunities and having things taken from me.”

So I had him  re-watch a show called Psycho Pass episode 12 around the 11:50 mark, in which Shinya Kogami says “If you want to stop things from being taken from you, then join the people who do the taking.” Unfortunately some things aren’t readily available in our communities to provide proper venue’s for us to explore and make money rapidly in a legal manner.  In our cave man days, we had to make use with the tools, given to us by society and develop tools to ensure we succeed.  Making today count, reminds us of twelve free tools that we have at our disposal.

1. Attitude
Think act and talk like the person you want to be. Value others, look for the best in others and treat them well. Find something positive in everything, say something positive in every conversation, and find positive allies. Give others sincere compliments, praise and recognition. Appreciate the life you have and be grateful for the little things.

2. Priorities
Take control and responsibility for how you spend your time. Think about what things you must do, what are your greatest strengths (most productive) and what gives you the greatest reward (satisfaction). Fulfill what you must do, focus in your areas of strength and don’t forget to include activities that you find rewarding. Plan your time and follow the plan.

3. Health
Have a purpose for living. Do work you enjoy and value. Find your pace, don’t burn out. Eat the right things and in moderation. Exercise consistently, just do something, get started. Handle stress by not letting it build up, deal with issues as they arise. Maintain a positive self image. Laugh.

4. Family
Put the most effort into gaining the respect of your family, rather than the respect of others. Make your family a conscious priority and communicate with them daily. Spend time together. Have common positive experiences. Create family traditions and common values. Give your family your best energy.

5. Thinking
Practice thinking and improve it. Go from bad ideas, to good ideas, to great ideas. Have a set time and place where you can think when you are at your best and you will not be disturbed. Identify your process and triggers that stimulate your thinking. Have a system to record your thoughts. Put thoughts into action quickly.

6. Commitment
First count the cost and determine you are willing to pay the price. Increase commitment by dedication to excellence in that area. Renew the commitment by reading and reviewing your commitment daily. Expect a struggle and go in knowing it will require work, not just talent. Single-mindedly focus on your choices (internal) not external conditions and excuses.

7. Finances
Be grateful for what you have now. Don’t compare yourself to others. Materialism is not about possessions it is about obsession. It is OK to have the things you need and to have enough so you can give. Have a plan and divide up your money for giving, living and investing for the future. Reduce debt, invest, give and spend what’s left.

8. Faith
Faith is the strong beliefs we have for which we don’t have tangible proof of their truth. Deepen and live out your faith. Practice your faith to strengthen it. Adopt an outlook of hope through faith. Embrace the value of faith. Faith is the means by which your spiritual growth can occur.

9. Relationships
Initiate, invest and take responsibility for relationships by; giving others confidence, listening, giving hope, speaking to their needs, encouraging and helping them to win. Give respect freely, but expect to earn it from others. Make a conscious effort to deposit good will with others. Focus on giving.

10. Generosity
Greatness is defined by what we give, not what we receive. Don’t wait for prosperity to become generous. Value others and give value to others. Give of yourself and give of your money. Find a reason to give by finding a cause you believe in where there is an urgent need for generosity.

11. Values
Know what your values are by creating and refining your list of values. Embrace your values and focus your activities around your values and you will be successful. Review and reflect on your values daily. Identify how you will live out your values, write it down. Maintain a small gap between your values and your actions.

12. Growth
Have a personal plan for growth, it’s not automatic. Set your growth goals in areas of strength. Be purposeful and intentional as part of your daily routine. Read, listen to others, take notes, file and organize your notes and thoughts. Apply what you learn and learn to enjoy the journey.

Identify what’s important to you, decide to act upon them and manage your actions, daily.

This list was borrowed from here.

In order to win, I explain to my nephew, we have to use the tools available to us, and some of the best tools, we have are around us and these, 12 principles remind us of that fact.