Real training and eating healthier


I just finished clearing a table of five when the assistant manager said, “We’re shorthanded today. Dishwasher called in sick.”

As a busser at a casual burger joint, not only did I have to clear tables that day, I had to attend to the dishes as well. On the surface, I was relaxed. But with an hour away before the lunch rush, I was dripping with anxiety. Sure enough, once my shift ended I took a deep breath in.

“Screw it. I’m done with this.”

That was my last day in the restaurant biz. It was officially spring break, and after that mess I had every intention of not returning. Looking back, I should have been more professional. My misfortune perfectly illustrates what many of you do out of sheer frustration when you start to encounter turbulence trying to get in better shape.

Weather the storm.

Q: You’ve opened up my eyes to what real training is. I’ve been going to the gym on my own for a year, and I got pretty decent results. But the progress I’ve made working with you has trumped that.

A: Despite what’s been proven time and time again, both through evidence and reliable anecdote, most women still have difficulty shifting away from circuit and aerobic based workouts. For some of you, you’ll feel like you’re behind the eight ball if you don’t gas yourself out. You can certainly experience modest improvements if that’s your wheelhouse. There’s nothing wrong pulling on that thread particularly if you enjoy it and can do it over the long haul. After all, consistency is a big deal and you should do whatever makes you feel like a badass. Still, it’s worth repeating hours upon hours of cardio pales in comparison to strength training.

Q: I’m not where I want to be, but seeing small changes is huge motivation. Planning to get more serious with the diet. It’s taken a long time to get in the right headspace.

A: That’s awesome. Just so we’re on the same page, remember you’re not entirely out of the gate just because you eat clean wholesome meals. Yes—they may be healthier options, but you can still gain weight if you eat in excess. Portion control still applies.

Dre De Los Santos | Author
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