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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Website Is Being Updated, Excuse The Mess!

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I’m making quite a number of changes to the website currently, so there may be a few cosmetic blemishes throughout the site while it’s under construction.

I’ve upgraded the security of the site. I’ve started transitioning the primary color scheme to match what I’ve been using at the studio, in mailing lists, on social media, in excel files, etc…To create more uniformity. 

I will attempt to condense some of the content of the site to make viewing a bit more efficient. I ...

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NEW PAGE | You Ask, I Answer | FAQ

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I’ve opened a new section to the website called “You Ask, I Answer“, it’s simply a FAQ page. I will start adding to this page weekly or bi weekly with questions that I receive from emails and/or social media accounts. For the most part will stick to training, nutrition, and recovery. 

How often should I work out?

It really depends on an infinite ...

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A Few Referral Updates | RP Diet | MyProtein.com

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Just a few site updates I made. I now have a direct referral link to MyProtein.com in the menu’s throughout the site. I get my whey and casein protein through them. By following that link they’ll give you 30% off your first order of $35. You can also use the code “TAYLOR-RT8“.

MyProtein is significantly cheaper than other places and they’re ranked very high on labdoor.com which is an independent supplement testing site. You can also buy 10lb bags ...

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How To Track Your Weight, Averages Are Best

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You may have a nice program like MyFitnessPal or my FREE Taylor Carpenter Personal Training app to log your body weight, both give you fancy charts to see progress trends. They’re fine, but if you take it up a notch I’d recommend averaging out your “normal” days and monitoring that from week to week.

Below is a list of my scale averages and notices since the beginning of January. I intentionally go through long fat loss phases, short ...

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A few site & services updates and RP diet templates

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I made a few cosmetic site changes this morning here and there, updated a couple of photos. The gym is constantly changing as I’m often acquiring new equipment. By the time I post new pictures I’ve already added a piece or rearranged a few others!

As Black Friday draws near I’ve been on the lookout for new gear and already brought in a large deadlift jack, a more durable triceps attachment for the cable machine and plan to pickup a hip ...

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101 Days Until Thanksgiving, Start Fat Loss Diet Now!

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As I write this on August 13th there are 101 days to go until Thanksgiving, about 14.5 weeks. If your goal is fat loss then today is time to get serious about it. Very few people are going to be successful dieting for weight loss during the holidays and if you attempt to diet during that period you’re not designing a plan with the likelihood of a positive outcome. Start dieting today, get strict for about 12 weeks and then ...

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You cannot “eyeball” your calories, you don’t know how!

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I often receive the guarantee from new clients that they will “eyeball” their food or monitor their portions opposed to accurately tracking their food (against my recommendations). 

The problem here right off the bat is the average person has no idea how many calories are in a particular food by looking at it. The portion of food you eat or the amount of fullness you feel is not necessarily indicative of the calories you’ve consumed!

If we make an analogy to the ...

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Amazon Meal Prep Guide

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Simply put, you’re more likely to succeed if you take the time to plan ahead. Below are items that I use on a daily basis that allow me to spend my time more efficiently, keep me constantly prepared, and leaves my ability to adhere to my diet pretty seamless. What makes dieting fairly easy for me is I’m always prepared, food is always cooked and ready in the fridge at all times, I always have apples, bread, protein powder, etc. ...

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INTERVIEW: How To Start A Personal Training Business

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I was recently interviewed by Nathan Change for his Seven Interviews series, this topic in particular being “How To Start A Personal Training Business

He selected 7 top trainers to share secrets on their career successes. I’ve started from the ground up and now run my own private 1 on 1 training facility exactly as I hoped and set out to do. Fortunately, everything fell into place pretty well once my fitness career got underway, I discuss that, obstacles that got ...

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