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Steve
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Steve

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    1. Steve
      Steve
      No fear, I'm sure I'll be sick of it soon. :p
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    2. amagheti
      amagheti
      steve! that bug in your signature always makes me want to smack my computer screen LOL
    3. Karebare
      Karebare
      sorry to hear about your run in with the candy corn.....did he look like this?
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    4. pattireiffersch
      pattireiffersch
      Can you put you reply on my profile page?otherwise I probably will not be able to find it.Thanks.Yes I am somewhat illiterate to the site.LOL
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    5. pattireiffersch
      pattireiffersch
      Hi Steve.You seem like you surf the site often and I have a quick question and hoping to get a quick response.I received an e-mail where ShakeAndBake 444 wanted to become friends..My dilema is that when I went to connect her as a friend it didn't work..so I checked the member list and can't seem to find her in there either.I thought maybe I could track her through past posts but that didn't work either.Any suggestions on how to track her down?
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    6. Steve
      Steve
      First, I highly suggest reading the stickie threads.

      Second, generally higher weight, less reps is ideal for muscle preservation. Give your body a reason to hold onto the good stuff. But it depends really.
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    7. Poisonhearts
      Poisonhearts
      Okay thanks for your advice. I guess I should hit the weights again. I was doing regular weight lifting for about a month in the beginning but I eventually just stopped. Would you say lower weights more reps or more weight less reps? I have access to all the college gyms so I have a wide variety of equiptment at my disposal.
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    8. Steve
      Steve
      Here's the problem. You're going to get too skinny (at least IMO) before you are happy with your leanness. A proper weight loss strategy entails obviously a caloric deficit, some cardio, and the part a lot of people forget about is weight training. Without weight training, people, especially those who don't have all that much to lose, really set themselves up for failure. Not that they can't lose weight without weight training... but more importantly they won't be happy with the end result in terms of physique once they do reach that weight. Losing weight is easy. Preserving lean mass while shedding fat, which ultimately is what people desire, takes a little bit of work.
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    9. Poisonhearts
      Poisonhearts
      No I'm male.
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    10. Steve
      Steve
      ARe you female?
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    11. Poisonhearts
      Poisonhearts
      Hey Steve, I'm hoping you could give me some advice and answer a couple questions of mine.

      As of now I'm still going through weight loss. Currently I'm at 158 lbs, down from 210 lbs. My ultimate goal is to have low body fat and tone up a bit. Right now I've been doing most of the weight loss through a calorie defecit with little exercise and I feel it's been going well enough, I'd even say I've lost minimal muscle weight through the weight loss which is good. I'm wondering how I should go about things now.

      I don't have a current measure of my body fat but there is still plently to lose, I'm just a bit over 5'10" and 158 lbs. Would you recommend me to continue the weight loss with the way I'm doing it now and go down to a low body fat then start some weight lifting to tone up from there? Or would you say I should start weight lifting now while I continue the diet, or cut out the diet while weight lifting, or adjust the diet while weight lifting? I really don't know how to go about things. Ultimately I want a six pack and some muscle definition.

      Thanks for any advice you can give me.
    12. Steve
      Steve
      Oh wow, I must have been delirious when I wrote that! My bad.

      NASM is what you want to start with. National Academy of Sports Med
    13. RJAZ520
      RJAZ520
      heh... this is the first I've heard of NASM. You're my go to guy with stuff, and in your response you said ACSM was easier than NSCA. Hence my decision :D
    14. Steve
      Steve
      What made you decide to go with ACSM? NASM is easier than ACSM. ACSM is actually tough, up there with NSCA. However, it's more clinical with special populations and I've never been a fan of their data.
    15. RJAZ520
      RJAZ520
      that getbodysmart site is awesome! My girlfriend is a LMT she thinks its a great site too. Shes gonna let me borrow some of her anatomy and kinesiology books.

      I think i'm going to start with the ACSM just to get a easy goal out of the way first. I went to the site and requested their certification guide.

      I'm pretty stoked about learning more, and being able to make a difference in peoples lives. I have a decent job working with the post office for only 6 hours a day m-f. I'm not going to be in this for the money. Although the thought of potentially having my own facility one day is very appealing :)
    16. Steve
      Steve
      No problem, you're welcome.

      The thing is this: I know plenty of people who get a preliminary introduction simply by reading and learning from the personal training certification book. The books from the good organizations are pretty in depth. But the human body is a very complex thing and even with the length of these books, they're only giving you a bird's eye view of it all.

      That's why I make the suggestion, especially if you don't have prior education, to start with the basic components such as anatomy, kines, etc.

      The truth is, you could easily get your certification without doing any prior self-education and call yourself a trainer. It's all a matter of how you want to present yourself. To be the guy that lost a bunch of weight and looks great with a PT cert, that doesn't take much. You've already accomplished most of what you need.

      To be the guy who lost a bunch of weight, looks great, and understands pretty much everything that is thrown at him in the spectrum of what a PT should be responsible for... that's something entirely different.

      And one is not necessarily better than the other. Of course IMO the latter is best. But if you're just looking to help out some buddies and what the credibility of a certification, the latter really isn't all that necessary.

      Certifications I recommend - National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and/or American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Both of these together compliment each other nicely. The ACSM is much, much easier than the NSCA.

      Anatomy you can start learning today on the web for free. It's not fun though. There are a lot of muscles and hardly any of them are named with friendly terminology. But www.getbodysmart.com can get you on a start. That site doesn't highlight every section of the body but it does a good job with the areas it does focus on.

      Any 101 level anatomy book will also suffice really.

      For Kinesiology, I like Manual of Structural Kinesiology as an entry level text.

      Biomechanics is also critical, I have a few books at home I will recommend if you're interested.

      Ya know, asking me about books is dangerous, lol. I love a ton of them and none of them are cheap!

      But again, it's really up to you what path you want to take.
    17. RJAZ520
      RJAZ520
      Thank you for providing valuable info. I honestly have no idea what Kinesiology is, at least by definition., and a very basic knowledge of anatomy. So I'm going to start there. Any specific titles you might recommend?

      I'm interested in doing it more as a hobby and to help people.
      If I'm going to do something, I like to do it right with full effort.

      thanks again!
    18. Steve
      Steve
      What exactly do you mean? I'm sure books exist generally discussing the personal training industry. If you ask me though, they most likely suck. If you're interested in becoming a trainer, here is the ideal order of books you should read in my opinion:

      Anatomy
      Kinesiology
      Nutrition
      Certification Manual

      Of course it doesn't end there. But that would get you in the gym and ahead of most tool bag trainers. After that you start refining your skills with more niche type things; psychology, sport specific training, prehab/rehab, etc, etc.

      But I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for or not.
    19. RJAZ520
      RJAZ520
      Hey Steve, got any suggested readings on becoming a personal trainer? thanks!
    20. Steve
      Steve
      Hey Matt, I really appreciate it. I love the web but there are days it sucks. Miscommunications occur so easily which lead to monster assumptions that seem to impact people emotionally. It's unfortunate. I should keep my cool better than I do but anger management isn't my strong suit, lol.

      I could go the route where I simply ignore the bullshit. However, this is my livelihood and a few personal attacks can fall upon a large number of ears, so I find it necessary to defend myself, unfortunately.

      I know I don't owe you an explanation, but since you took the time out of your day to say this, I thought one was due.

      Thanks again.
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