First, watch the video above:
One week in Tampa I train with my good friend and one of the absolute top coaches in the business, Adam Bisek; and we ended up in the background of Derek Lunsford’s (super nice guy, btw) video shoot. The next, I grab a lift with my friend and former client, one of the best IFBB pro athletes in MN state history, Donna Randall. The next, I join my long-time buddy, Mike Duffy, an expert who’s trained with special teams. Next, I workout with another good friend and former business partner, an LEO who squatted 700lbs in high school. Whether it was last Fall in Europe or Winter in Ohio and Georgia, whether it’s with an elite coach/athlete or a novice/beginner/outsider, I get something out of every different interaction.
Not everybody will hire an expert all the time for every single fitness decision. Ok. So start hanging out with friends and working out with them. Let’s normalize that.
Sure, I get the advantage of owning a movement lab, Elev8wellness, where I gain 50 more hours of professional experience every week. And I have to be honest: I did make some of the most outrageous strength gains in private isolation without distraction. I have clients who in virtual workouts made more progress than I’ve ever seen gym-goers make. BUT that’s not applicable to most people. Most people’s interface with fitness is watching some influencer girl do bridges on her IKEA couch in her studio apartment.
You need some active feedback. You need some interaction. Not ready for a professional coach? Totally fine. Just start making “workout lunches,” “gym coffees,” “lifting dates.” Let’s normalize it. Your friend who’s never been to the gym has the same or more experience than some of the top influencer accounts I’ve seen. We need to support each other in actual reality. And we can all use live input and feedback.