3 Benefits of Starting Your Fitness Journey In January

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I’ll preface this post with an annual downside first. Gyms are always super crowded in January, the rush quickly dies off. At my studio it’s always 1 on 1, private, and never something you would have to worry about all year long!

So why is it good to start your improved fitness journey in January? Whether you’re shooting for weight loss, muscle gain, or improved strength you’re likely busy with the holidays in November and December. As a result, activity levels, ...

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Personal Training Packages Updated for 2019

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I have updated the Personal Training Rates page on the website for 2019.

The “4 Sessions Per Week (16 per month)” option has been discontinued, it simply doesn’t provide enough time/opportunity to get makeups in within a billing cycle. I discontinued the “5 Sessions Per Week” option a few years ago. Currently 100% of the clients are on 1-3x per week packages so it seemed like the appropriate ...

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Will I get “bulky” by working out with weights?

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I get this question of concern a lot. Most of the time its from women but occasionally from men as well.

In short, NO, you won’t get “bulky” from working out with weights unless you have the intent of getting bulky by eating in a caloric surplus and really pushing your training volume. 

If you’re concerned about looking like a bodybuilder, you will need to accidentally have 4-6 pretty intense high volume training sessions weekly and you will need to eat a ...

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What is the best diet?

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How nutrition will help you reach your fat loss and muscle gain goals…

The best answer I can give any individual would be: the one that they adhere to. 

I’m very high on the Renaissance Periodization Diet Templates, they’re the best that I’ve ever used. I’ve been saying this for 4-5 years now (as of 2018). I’m very structured/organized, I meal prep, and I make zero excuses when it comes to food. If you’re none of those things, ...

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2 Questions and 2 Answers About Taylor Carpenter Personal Training

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I continue to try and answer a few questions each week on my “You Ask, I answer” frequently asked questions page.

What is it like working out at your studio?

I have a 1250 square foot facility, top of the line equipment, and I keep it cleaner than any gym you’ll find.

I only provide 1 on 1 training so this means the client I’m training as everything all to themselves, no sharing, full 100% access. Can also listen to whatever music you ...

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Should I eat before working out? If so, what should it be?

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The short answer would be, yes.

When you are about to expend energy, it would be ideal to have fuel for that process. I would also prefer to have fuel during the process (protein, high glycemic carb) assuming there are no dietary restrictions. Perfect world, your highest percentage of carb intake (energy resource) would be taken around your workout window.

Your own adherence will ultimately dictate what is good for you and what is not. If eating something before hand makes you ...

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How Long Should I Mass For?

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Clients are usually timid about massing (gaining weight) but eating in a surplus is the best way to go about building and growing muscle tissue. Not only do you typically have improved energy and recovery but the only way to gain is to be in a surplus.

With massing phases, the pro is you build muscle but the con is you add on fat. You typically can’t gain one without the other but ideally you would gain slowly, pair it with resistance ...

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Belt Squat Likely Coming Soon To Charlotte Personal Training Studio

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To provide an update on my previous 2018 Black Friday Wish List post…I’ve made an update and now intend to pickup the Rogue Belt Squat machine as my big ticket item for my Ballantyne personal training studio. The only likely scenario where I don’t pick this up is if Rogue happens to sell out before I purchase it.

Most clients have been unfamiliar with the machine so I wanted to explain and share some images.

First are the ...

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Which Supplements Should I Be Taking?

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Which Supplements Should I Be Taking?

Your personal doctor is probably the person you should be asking this question to before your personal trainer. With that being said, most people probably don’t need too many supplements, they simply need to fix their diet.

If you choose to eliminate a food group (meat, carbs, etc) you’re likely starting out with a greater deficiency somewhere versus someone with a well rounded diet. Most any diet can be “healthy” or result in weight loss/weight gain ...

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Early Black Friday 2018 Wish List

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Every year since I’ve opened my Ballantyne personal training studio in Charlotte NC I’ve literally invested thousands of dollars in gym upgrades annually. I’m now in the 7th year of my lease at the same location, and 2018 will likely be no different. 

I already have my eyes set on a number of items, and feedback/requests are always welcome (within reason). Black Friday saves me a lot of cash so the quality of deals I end up getting may dictate what ...

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