Article last updated: June 2019 by Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer
Hello, it’s Oskar here!
Today, I want to share a podcast I did with Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes.
Alexander is a personal trainer in Hollywood and works for one of the world’s leading bodybuilding coaches John Meadows under John’s brand Mountain Dog Diet.
Besides that he’s also a writer for the popular fitness website EliteFTS.
In this podcast, Alexander and I discuss how to overcome skinny-fat genetics and the personal training industry.
Here’s the breakdown of the podcast:
- 00:00-18:00 >> Personal training industry and Alexander’s background.
- 18:00-41:00 >> Skinny-fat genetics and the best strategies to overcome a skinny-fat body.
- 41:00-Finish >> Personal training industry.
Listen To The Podcast Below:
Skinny-Fat Genetics Notes:
“When someone has skinny-fat genetics so to speak… their body is not going to be in a place metabolically or hormonally where bulking is ever going to be advantageous or good… It’s essentially going to be digging into your health.”
“Create base-line health and then you can begin making positive changes.”
“One thing that happens for guys with skinny-fat genetics… They often don’t have the “newbie” gains as people call them.”
Skinny fat guys: “Train upper body as much as possible.”
General Training Advice:
“The best thing you can do in your 20s is to build absolutely as much muscle tissue as you can because that sets you up for later in your 30s.” >> For many guys 20’s are a “lost decade” because they chase strength gains and end up injured rather than chasing muscle gains. Instead, you can start applying that muscle later to get very strong when you have a solid base.
“Women don’t care about what your numbers are in anything.”
“If you’ve been bench pressing for 2 years and your chest development is lousy, it’s not a good chest exercise for you.”
How to Train If You’re Skinny-Fat:
“The worst thing you can do is going low reps, get strong and bulk.”
“You can build muscle with any rep range, but with skinny-fat genetics you don’t have the genetics to get strong.”
“Powerlifting has created a huge misconception in the fitness industry… That going heavy with 3-5 reps is a magical number for muscle building… which it is not.”
“Muscle is built in response to SUSTAINED stress.” >> In other words, it’s built in response to a large volume of training.”
“Before you look into training a lot, ask yourself if you can recover a lot.”
“If you manage your stress, you can train body parts at higher frequencies.”
Advanced Training Programming (2+ years of serious training)
Human Response Curve: Most people will adapt to something in 3-4 weeks. Therefore, do high frequency training cycles of 3-4 weeks.
Instinctive training: How to develop the training instinct (27 minutes).
Minor pain is not necessarily bad. It might just be a signal that you should change up your training and do less for a period.
Your Muscular Potential
“The bodyweight you are at after 5 years of training is pretty much what you will weight. MAYBE you will gain another 10 pounds after another 5 years of training or lose 10 pounds if you want to be a bit more shredded for the beach, but your weight will be pretty much set in that range.”
Your body is only going to add as much muscle as your body can handle (unless you go the enhanced route).
“Your most muscular body-part will be whatever you train the most. (Once you hit your bodyweight set point).”
Personal Training Industry Notes:
“Personal trainers have a bad reputation with divorce lawyers.”
“Pretty much any personal trainer I know who’s married has met their wife because their wife was a client of theirs.”
3 traits that make a good personal trainer:
(2) LOVE OF HELPING PEOPLE
(3) BE PASSIONATE ABOUT HEALTH
“You must be able to communicate your passion for fitness and love of helping other people reach their fitness goals.”
Top personal training mistakes:
(1) THINKING THAT IT’S EASY
Arrogant personal trainers who care about their own training but not the people they coach. Also, business aspect neglected.
(2) NOT BEING CONFIDENT WITH EITHER PHYSICALITY OR KNOWLEDGE.
Confidence factor one of the most important traits. If you can speak with confidence.
“The more impressive you look physically, the easier it will be to sell training. With that said, it’s not a necessity.”
Alexander’s Website and Social Media
Be proud but stay hungry,
PS: I met with YouTube fitness star Elliott Hulse today and will be working out at his gym in St. Petersburg tomorrow!