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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The Top Secret To Curb Your Cravings!

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The title sounds like a lie and a scam, the secret to stopping your cravings. All too often now, a new quick fix solution is marketed to build more muscle or lose more weight without investing too much effort. I run into these advertisements on a regular basis by running a personal training studio. It’s unfortunate for most of us but the real solution is hard work, often times restriction and a realignment of our priorities. Nothing worth having is ...

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RP Diet Templates Are Highly Recommended

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I have added a section to the website describing and recommending the Renaissance Periodization Diet Templates as my preferred option for client diet management.

I’ve also recently began offering 1 on 1 Nutrition Classes at the studio for individuals struggling with either MyFitnessPal or the RP Diet Templates. Both can be easy to learn and invaluable tools but there may be a learning curve especially if you have not performed a proper diet before, prepared ...

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The Top 3 Keys To Advancing Your Lifting Skills

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Most people lift weights to look better, improve athletic performance, increase strength, or a combo of the three. In most scenarios, when trying to boost strength there is an increase in load (weight lifted) and when trying to grow muscle the volume is added upon.

What you’re trying to accomplish with ultimately prioritize your keys to success but what I’ve written below should apply to everyone.

ADHERENCE
More than anything else, if you don’t stick to something you’re going to fail. ...

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Updated Training and Diet Philosophies

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I was reading over my philosophy page and realized a lot of my thoughts and opinions have changed somewhat since I originally wrote it.

I’ve expanded and elaborated more on how I view diet and training. Now including my thoughts on training for performance vs body composition, cardio, walking, goal setting, and more.

I Philosophy, Personal Training, Personal Trainer, Ballantyne, Charlotte, NCbelieve in progressive training. This is either increasing the ...

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