Q: What seems to be the biggest obstacle to navigate when you’re working with people whose primary goal is to look better?
A: Circumstances vary from one person to the next, so it’s hard to say which variable generally weighs people down the most. For some folks, they view exercise as a chore, whereas others scoff at the concept of dieting. Very simply, everyone is different.
Personally, taking into account every detail that has a measurable impact on your goals, and most of all, long-term adherence, the environmental factor is a tough barrier to navigate. For instance, when your circle of friends habitually invites you out for dinner and drinks, it’s hard to resist. Licks, bites, and tastes usually get out of hand.
Look, I’m not saying you have to be a robot. There’s nothing wrong with being social. But at the same time you have to draw the line somewhere if you want to make headway.
Q: Is circuit training more effective than traditional strength training? I feel like I get much more done when I do circuits and supersets.
A: This is a big insight I want everyone, including and especially women, to take in: anything sensible works.
As long as it’s practical and you understand the importance of progressive overload, it’ll move the needle. If you enjoy hopping from one exercise to the next deliberately gassing yourself out, who am I to tell you that you should stop training that way. That may not be my cup of tea, but that’s neither here nor there.
Whether or not it will lead to markedly better results, now that’s context-dependent. At the end of the day you’re doing something. And that’s infinitely better than inactivity.