Sunday, July 21, 2019

Chill the "F" out ......

In today’s episode of the Gym Laird show, I am joined in studio with my client Rachael Bertram Mathews.
I ask Rachael to share her story as she has done what a lot of women do to lose weight only to gain weight.
She shares how she:
– Was training boot camp 4 days a week at 5am
– How her previous coach told her to add more cardio once she plateaued
– How her motivation dwindled and she couldn’t bring herself to go to boot camp
– Discovered powerlifting when her friend told her about Gym Laird
– Why I told her she needed to train less and calm down when they started working together
– Once she got her nutrition and exercise in check how her moods changed
– Why she benefits from having a coach
– Why self care is important
Left pic:
3 years of 3-4 times a week 5 am boot camp. Last 6-8 months added a second session a day. Weight was 160 lbs and gaining weight while overtraining.
Right pic:
Training with me for 3 years. Strength training 3 times per week. 4 powerlifting meets, lifestyle change, making sleep and getting outside a priority. Stress management and nutrition. Weight is 135 lbs.
Best Lifts:
Squat 220 lbs
Bench 126 lbs
Deadlift 303 lbs

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Capacity vs Recovery

In this episode,  I talk about what it means to have and build capacity when it comes to training.
I also covers these points:
– Training hard enough for recovery to be an issue
– Why people are training more since things are “outsourced”
– Why kids need to go outside more
– The importance of having a library of movement
– How manual labor is helpful for stresses from the gym
– How to build capacity
– Why eating refined processed foods from childhood causes issues later in life
– How to build resiliency
– If a trainer or gym owner, why you need to be a good “beginner coach”
– Consistency is key in all things
– Proper recovery
Click here to listen:  Capacity vs Recovery 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mistakes an opportunity for learning.

Mistakes they are all part of the learning experience.  I go over some of mine, learn from me so you don't have to make some of same mistakes I did.


Click to listen:  Learning opportunities 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Q&A Gym Laird class structure

John asks about current class programming at Gym Laird Strength and Conditioning.  John bought Bootcamp in a box.   Some things I didn't cover in video, class is a general strength and conditioning program.  Anyone that wants to do barbell lifts or has specific performance goals does a combination of semi-privates and class.  Clients end class with a reset or some form of relaxation drill. 

Ben Bruno Landmine Exercises 



One of my favorite GHR variations, one of my soccer girls does a great job with it, notice the reach, she does an excellent job of not extending through the low back at the top. 







Monday, February 27, 2017

Craig Caudell interview....

We have an entire generation of fokes that have never spent a significant amount of time in the outdoors.  Craig Caudell and I discuss strategies to get people outside, the importance of getting outdoors and its health benefits.  We also get into basic survival skills and preparedness. 

Click here:  Craig Caudell interview 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Q&A Starting a Lifting group

Diana asks an excellent question:

Starting a women's lifting group with limited equipment.






Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tips to lasting change.

Many times people in a bad place get overwhelmed and don't know where to start here is show I did that gives three simple steps to start a lasting change.  This is a perfect show to share with a family member or a beginner that is just starting out.

click: Steps to lasting change