NASM certified personal trainer. I own a training gym in Costa Mesa, CA. and I love what I do.
A while ago I started this blog in hopes that it would chronicle something. What that was, I was a little sketchy about. I hoped it would help people, yes, but I also hoped it would help me. I wanted to remember things, I wanted to share my experience in this industry. It changed when I started focusing more on the people than myself, and from there it became more of an outreach. Or rather, it became something that I could share my knowledge about in a field that is very opaque and difficult for people to understand—and trust.
It doesn’t seem like I’ve been on here that long, and I don’t talk to more than a handful of people, be it through asks, or otherwise. But I have come to a point in my life where I realize I’ve strayed away from what this was meant to be. I’ve allowed it to become something I didn’t want it to be, and I need to readjust. I would love to sit here and type a more thorough explanation, but I don’t know that I should.
That being said, I want to say goodbye to my followers. I thank every one of you for taking the time to Like, Reblog, and comment on what I’ve put up, and for just deciding this blog was something you wanted to follow. Over the next week or so I’ll be removing all posts that are not my informational or motivational posts (there are a lot of them, so it’ll take me a while). I may update those posts as information becomes available, or as I see something change. I will set up a queue at some point for motivational posts, but I will no longer field questions or give personal health/fitness information to each individual that asks.
Thank you for everything, and I hope you continue to create the best version of yourself you can. In health, mind, and life.
Don’t ever stop fighting for what you want. You may slow down, but don’t ever stop. Don’t let go of something that really means something to you.
Ryan “Rhino” Lee
If you’re inexperienced and don’t have someone there to guide you, machines work perfectly because they are technically safer.
If you have a friend with some background in weight training and proper form, free weights can be overall better. My recommendation for anyone is to test out free weights at a light weight and perfect your form by watching the mirrors or even recording yourself, but being sure to keep the weight extremely low focusing on what it is you’re doing and feeling the muscles move and contract/relax.
Like I said, the weight machines in a circuit are the best ways to start out, but you’ll want to incorporate some form of free weight-based exercises and eventually shift into those as you develop your more muscle control.
The first thing generally recommended is to not create your own programs if you’re not an experienced fitness professional.
However, the best thing to do if you’re going to do something on your own is to incorporate small amounts of supplementals on the same days. But you need to keep in mind pushing/pulling conditions of certain programs and reciprocal inhibition (alternating muscle interaction).
Generally, I’ve found better development with the standard 3 for my smaller groups (as well as my larger groups) over concentrating on smaller groups after larger groups. IE my triceps and biceps have grown much larger benching and rowing than isolating them. But that’s just me. I suggest Starting Strength as a spot to begin and go from there. Hope this helps.
Expect greatness from yourself. Don’t just want it. Don’t wish for it. Create it.
Those are the only things that will get you what you want in life.
Shoutout to my sister-in-powerlifting hardironbabe I love seeing her progress and have watched her grow from her start going into bikini to today. Go check her out she’s amazing.
From my scholarly searches and interviewing some of the worlds greatest trainers. The arnold classic used to be called the “Pro World Championship” so the trainers of the winners would by definition be the worlds greatest trainers, and Flex and Dennis won.
Wear a belt for your heavy set. Leg and back exercises can increase your waist size if the weight is so heavy you can’t get 8 reps. For example If I deadlift sets of 6 from the floor its my obliques and lower back that are sore. This means I’m growing them. Thats bad. Same goes for deep squatting. If you have to do that, go so heavy you cant get 10 reps, wear a belt to force you to engage your transverse abdominus muscle. that way your waist will be less likely to get bigger. Wearing a belt throughout your workout helps you keep your trans abs contracted for an extended period of time. Normally one would let them go because its uncomfortable to keep them tight if you’re not used to it. but with a tight belt its MORE uncomfortable to relax them because the leather digs into your skin. Like a pincer collar for a dog. Many of the top bikini coaches have their women wearing squeems. Squeems and weight belts are similar to girdles/corsets in the idea they force the trans abs to stay tight.
Todd Lee M.D
On when to use a weight belt/uses.