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The 5 reasons why you’re not reaching your fitness goals… and what to do about it!

We get it. You’re training hard. You’re putting in the time in the gym. You’re sweating it out. But for some reason you’re just not getting the results you want.

What is it?

Is it your metabolism? Your thyroid? That doughnut you had for lunch? Or maybe you have just got big bones?

The chances are realistically it’s not actually any of the above.

I have worked in the health and fitness industry for more than 15 years now and in that time, I have worked with pretty much everyone. From athletes to new mums, to men wanting to shed weight and women wanting to tone up. You name it, I’ve seen it.

The reality is that we have more control over our bodies and our progress  than we give ourselves credit for and most of us simply need a little push in the right direction. Taking help and using the power we have to be healthier will create less frustration for you and  more importantly see you achieve lasting and sustainable results.

I might mention here, that in some instances a genuine medical intervention is required when a dysfunction occurs, but unless that has been determined, it is important to remember that we do have the opportunity to be our healthiest and fittest every day for the rest of our lives and here is how:

1. You’re just not doing enough

So you get to the gym once or twice a week. That’s enough right? What does the rest of your time look like? Sedentary? Bed to car, car to desk, desk to car, car to couch, couch to bed?

If you want to experience genuine change you are really going to need to up the work ethic. Making exercise only a habit once or twice a week simply isn’t enough. Ensure that you are getting in a solid focused exercise session at least three times a week for 45 mins per session to start to genuinely see your body start to adapt. Similarly get moving incidentally! Make movement a habit not an exception.

2. You’re fluffing your way through your sessions and not working hard enough

Are you more interested in scrolling your Instagram feed when you’re training than actually focusing on the work at hand? You want to create results. That requires focused attention, both mind and body. Leave the phone in your bag or better yet, work with a trainer or in a class environment so that you are 100% focused on the task at hand, not the latest cat meme or how you’re looking in the gym mirrors.

3. You’re inconsistent

Did you have a ripper training week last week? What about the one before that? And the one before that? Consistency in your approach to training is one of the biggest factors along with intensity that is going to illicit change.

It is not enough to have focus for one week here and one week there. You need to have a consistent focused approach ongoing if you’re really wanting to get great results and feel better for the rest of your life!

Think about those people that you know that have always just been fit… Do you think it’s a little bit of magic that they were born that way? Or do you think it could have something to do with the fact that they always seem to be consistently prioritizing their health and fitness?

Consistently creating and committing to healthy habits are what is going to have you living your best.

4. You’re eating too much. Full stop.

We look at foods as both type and quantity. Too much is too much. Excess is excess. And junk food is called junk food for a reason.

But I only had a muffin for brekkie… Really? Maybe you’re not eating copious amounts of food but you’re definitely eating too many calories. Specifically the wrong ones.

As Australians we typically eat far too many simple carbohydrates for our activity levels. Higher calorie foods or more simply processed carbohydrates do have their place in our diets at specific times… Well most things at least, definitely not Froot Loops, but generally focusing on eating more whole and real food in smaller portions sizes will help.

You may have heard the old shop on the outside aisles of the supermarket line? It does work. That doesn’t mean you should be eating nothing but toilet paper, but it does mean you should spend most of your time, energy and dollars on real foods like vegetables fruit and lean protein rather than things that are packaged.

5. I needed a rest day.

A rest day here and a missed session there can add up.

I’m all for programmed rest and recovery, but make sure you’re sticking to your schedule. Failing to plan is planning to fail. But failing to stick to the plan can be just as bad.

If your body isn’t up to it one day that’s fine. Acknowledge it and regroup. But don’t let the day become a pattern and get into the cycle of: “I’ll start again Monday…”

For many people Monday never comes.

For some people there might be more than these 5 things holding them back. But for many getting these basics right will have a huge benefit.

Keep it simple. Keep it focused and you will get your body to where you want it to be.

As always. If you’d like some help reach out. It’s why we do what we do.

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– Luke

Give training with us a go!

How do you know unless you know?

How do you know you’re making progress? How do you know you’re headed in the right direction? How do you know you’re on track?

Your phone starts ringing. It’s an emergency phone call.

You have to be in Sydney by midnight. Tonight!

You have to drive as you’re taking an emergency delivery to a family member.

Can you make it happen?

Of course you can… With time to spare!

You know your destination. You know your timeframe. You know the way (or at least you know that google maps does). You’ll make it there by dinner time…

So why should any other demanding task or achievement in your life be any different?

You can and should approach your fitness journey in the exact same way.

First, what is your goal?

Now this is an important point. What is your goal. Not what is your end point, but what is your next marker?

You’re not going to drive to Sydney and suddenly decide you’re going to stay after you make your delivery. Think of your fitness journey in the same way.

If you’re goal is to lose 5 kilos or increase your squat to 150kgs know that this isn’t a full stop. Otherwise your hard work will be undone pretty easily. Know that once you reach that goal, or preferably before you reach your goal you need to set the next marker that you need to achieve otherwise progress can stall pretty quickly. We all know the stories of people who have dropped the weight or ran the marathon to only bottom out pretty quickly afterwards.

Give you self a chance to enjoy the spoils of each little victory but refocus quickly. After all before you leave on the trip to Sydney you know that you’ve gotta get your arse back to Melbourne at some point don’t you? Or at lease you’d better. You can only tolerate Sydney coffee for a maximum two days running.

Know that your goal posts can be fluid as well. Swinging by Newcastle for a night shouldn’t be out of the question right?

If your goal is to lose 5 kilos and part of the way there you feel like it is not enough, raise the bar. Alternatively if you find that as the 5 kilos of body fat is starting to melt off you feel like you’re becoming too lean and feel like you need to increase your muscle mass start to shift your focus.

The import thing is that you have markers to measure your performance.

On your drive to Sydney you have a heap of distinct and very measurable markers:How far have you come?How far have you got to go?How much fuel have you got?How much will you need?How fast are you travelling?Is it fast enough for you to meet your objective?Is it too fast and you’re risking getting a ticket?

The point is that it is very easy for you to take a glance and your cars dashboard and the clock and know exactly where everything sits.

Any fitness goal (or life goal for that matter) should be the same.

Break down the big picture into manageable chunks. Know what you need to achieve along the way and by when. Know how much time and energy and work it is going to take. Decide if the work is worth it for you. Do you really want it?

If you don’t know how to formulate this sort of plan get the advice of someone that can help. Find someone that can break down each of the steps for you. Someone that can set the timeframe and workout the markers for you and guide you every step of the way.

Then, when you’re ready to go, get behind the wheel and drive that sucker hard. After all no one else can drive your life but you!

If you need a hand, reach out. I’m happy to help and there’s nothing more I love than seeing people achieve great things. 🙂

– Luke

Staying hydrated is as easy as 1L, 2L, 3L…

Sometimes it’s hard enough remembering to consume enough water on a daily basis but particularly coming into the cooler months of the year, it can be difficult to hydrate our bodies and maintain a good water balance to assist us with recovery and physical performance.

Water is vital to health, healing and life. The human brain is made up of approximately 95% water, with the lungs at nearly 90%. As is evident, not only is water abundant in the body but it is also the single most important nutrient your body needs to function.

According to Don Tolman, the Indiana Jones of Wholefood Medicine, an individual needs to consume around 1 litre of water for every 22kg of body weight. For someone of 70kg, this is around 3L of water that should be consumed daily.

In a previous blog posting ‘Optimising your recovery from training’ we discussed that a common recommendation for adults is to drink 2.1-2.6 litres (8-10 cups) daily, but most experts agree it’s not possible to specify a quantity that is suitable for everyone.

There are many factors at play when it comes to determining your water requirements; these include genetic, body size, fitness levels, environment and exercise.

You will lose body water content through regular daily processes including breathing, sweating, bowel and urine movements and this can total a fluid loss of 4% total body weight so replacement of this as a minimum is essential.

Exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as 2% of body weight. It can reduce an individual’s ability to thermo regulate and tolerate heat, which is a very important mechanism when it comes to engagement in physical activity. Dehydration can also contribute to the early onset of fatigue in prolonged exercise.

Dehydration occurs when we are not replacing our fluid losses throughout the day.

There are some common signs and symptoms when we experience dehydration. See if you can relate to any of these.

Signs of dehydration

  • dry mouth
  • decreased sweat rate
  • dry skin
  • yellowing of the eyes
  • chapped lips

Symptoms

  • headaches
  • sleep disturbances
  • reduction in blood volume
  • constipation
  • increased core temperature
  • extended recovery time
  • lowered immune function
  • decreased reaction time
  • decreased cognitive function

Water should be the go to fluid for the majority of the day in regards to hydration, however when we perform exercise we sweat more and lose electrolytes that can only be replaced by food or electrolyte drinks such as hydralite, shotz and gastrolyte. These should be used in conjunction with water and alongside medical advice.

The general advice around fluid consumption after exercises is for every 1kg loss through sweat and exercise, a replacement of 1.5L is required.

Understandably it can be hard to prioritise hydration on a daily basis given the busy nature of our working lives but it is something that I personally and professionally recommend drawing focus to for increased performance, injury prevention and overall wellbeing.

If drinking water for you is difficult, you can add natural flavour by adding fruits, vegetables and herbs such as lemon, strawberries, cucumber, orange, mint and raspberries. You can also consume your water warm/hot infused with the above food products. These will give you the added immune benefits and help you remain cold and flu free throughout winter.

Make sure you always have a bottle with you so it can act as a reminder to maintain daily water requirements.

Written by Krystal McCluskey

http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/nutrition/fact_sheets/fluid_-_who_needs_it

http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/dehydration-and-its-effects-on-performance

https://www.acefitness.org/blog/5397/how-hydration-affects-performance

http://thedontolman.com/blog/tag/water/

The top 5 point for optimising your recovery from training.

You’ve started strong and are crushing your training but. How should you recover from exercise?

Have you ever woken up feeling really sore from your previous training session? Or maybe you have been sore for a whole week? We are going to look at some of the reasons why your body might not be recovering as well as it should and then look at ways to improve this.  Before we look at improving your recovery rate we need to understand why you are getting sore in the first place.

Why am I sore after a workout?

The technical term for post soreness is referred to as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), this soreness will often affect your ability to backup intense exercise sessions. This is often felt a day or two after a heavy bout of exercise. Simply put, DOMS occurs when you work your muscles harder than what they are used too. However that doesn’t mean that if you don’t pull up sore the next day that it has not been a good session, it’s all about the quality of a workout and the intention.

Research is inconclusive as to the exact mechanism of why DOMS occurs, however most studies show it appears to be the product of inflammation caused by microscopic tears in the connective tissue. So is this good or bad? In short, feeling sore and increasing muscle mass don’t necessarily go hand in hand. A little muscle damage is good and necessary for growth; however when DOMS causes a decrease in force production or negatively affects your motivation to work out, the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.

Effective recovery modalities can prevent DOMS from negatively affecting your training. There are a number of factors, including sleep, hydration, nutrition and sleep which affect your rate of recovery. So let’s look into these factors in further detail:

  1. What happens while I sleep?

Sleep normalises hormone levels required for recovery, with growth hormone and the sex hormones optimised – aiding in muscle repair. So rest is critical to the recovery process because while you’re resting, your body is building muscle. Sleep also plays a role in ‘resetting’ insulin resistance, aids the immune system and reduces inflammation. Without enough quality sleep, your body cannot fully recover from exercise and you will not allow your body to adapt to training (i.e reduce performance).

Should I train or rest?

High intensity training and lack of sleep skyrocket your cortisol levels, leading to overtraining and possible adrenal fatigue. In order words you cannot burn the candle at both ends – training hard and lack of sleep will not end well. So if you’re already sleep deprived and struggling to know whether to trade sleep for exercise, prioritise sleep and aim for just three workouts each week. Once you’re on a regular sleep schedule, you can increase the number and intensity of your workouts.

How much sleep do I need?

Everyone needs a different amount of sleep, so it’s important to get to know your body and figure out how much works for you.There are plenty of free apps which can help you track the length and quality of your sleep to get a better understanding of how much you really need. One that I like to use is sleep cycle. Tracking your sleep will help set a good routine of going to bed and waking up at a similar time each day. With enough sleep, you can be more productive, feel better all day long and put more intensity into your workouts.

  1. What and when should I be eating?

Ensure you are having a meal or snack within 30 mins post session that has a combination of protein and carbohydrates. The protein will assist with rebuilding the muscle and the carbohydrate component will replace glycogen levels stored in the muscle. Recovery snacks include, protein shakes, fruit and nuts, hard boiled eggs etc.

If you’re training in the morning… have a small snack 30 mins prior e.g fruit, museli bar, protein shake. If you are working out on an empty stomach you will not have any ‘fuel’ in the tank to push yourself hard.

If you’re training in the evening… ensure your nutrition is balanced throughout the day by eating a meal or snack every 3-4 hours that contains a combination of carbohydrates, fat and protein.

  1.  Should I exercise while I’m stressed?

Exercising after work can be a great way to unwind, however if it’s been a particularly stressful day your brain will be tired which will lead to physical fatigue, thus compromising your workout!  Exercising after the occasional harrowing day is unavoidable, but if you are chronically stressed, you could be affecting your fitness goals. A new study in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology found that mental burnout significantly affected physical performance.  Another problem with exercising under stress is increasing your risk of injury. Research has shown that a high degree of major life stresses (moving, divorce, death of a family member, etc.) or a high amount of daily hassles (getting a flat tire or a speeding ticket etc.) can increase your risk for exercise injury. This is thought to result from attentional deficits and increased muscle tension.

  1.      How much water should I be drinking?

Water is the most vital component of your body and every single cell depends on it. We need water to help eliminate wastes and toxins, carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, help act as a cushion for your nervous system, keep joints lubricated, regulate our body temperature and, most importantly, keep body cells hydrated. Dehydration is a major predictor of fatigue during sustained high intensity exercise. Inadequate water intake results in thermal stress, low plasma volume, premature fatigue and other major markers of impaired recovery.

So how much should you be drinking to keep hydrated?

A common recommendation for adults is to drink 2.1-2.6 litres (8-10 cups) daily, but most experts agree it’s not possible to specify a quantity that is suitable for everyone.

Why? How much water you need depends on how quickly you are losing it from your body, and this is influenced by many factors including your health status, climate, how active you are, your age and what food and beverages you consume.

In normal environmental conditions, the turnover of water (via breathing, sweating, bowel and urine movements) in most adults is approximately 4 per cent of total body weight. This is equivalent to 2.5 — 3 litres a day in a 70kg adult. The food we consume contributes approximately 20 per cent (about 700-800 ml) of total water intake. So if you drink 2 litres of water each day, along with your normal diet, you typically replace the lost fluid. If you are bored of drinking plain old H20 try adding fruit or vegetables to your drink bottle. My favourite is cucumber water!

  1.      Rest days/deload weeks

How much should I be resting?

In order to maximise your performance it is imperative to have rest days, so this means complete REST to allow your body to recover.  In conjunction with rest days it is also important to have deload weeks, here at Revo PT we deload our classes every 8 weeks where the volume still remains high however the intensity is decreased. This not only allows the muscles to recover but also the nervous system. What happens in your body during recovery is vital for keeping yourself in the best possible health. If you want to make sure that your body is strong and you can perform at the highest level possible when you engage in physical activity, do what you can to facilitate recovery in your body.

When you are first starting out it is important that you give more body more rest as initially you will pull up quite sore due to DOMS (explained above). So perhaps starting off with 3 high intensity classes per week (and keep active during off days) and build from there. This is where you need to listen to your body and what is going to work best for you. If you are constantly sore then your body needs a rest day (or 2). Then you will find you come back fresh and ready to push yourself even harder! As your body adapts to high intensity loads you will be able to handle consecutive classes both physically and mentally.

Above all, listen to your body. When you feel good, go with it and when you need a rest, don’t feel bad for missing a day of training. You’ll come back stronger and get more out of your sessions if you find the right balance.

So train hard but do the right thing by your body by eating and hydrating regularly, consistent sleep patterns and minimal stress.

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This is a unique opportunity to work with our highly skilled and qualified coaches even if you don’t have the ability to head in to work with us here at the gym in South Melbourne.

This opportunity would be idea if you’re outside of Metropolitan Melbourne or if you’re someone who prefers training on your own rather than in a gym setting.

If you’re keen to be a part of our initial intake of only 10 individuals please get back to us immediately as this is an extremely limited first intake.

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The coaches launching our online programming and coaching program are none other than Jaimie-Lee Brown and Nathan McCulloch.

Jaimie-Lee Brown: “Strength and happiness comes from finding balance.”

Before personal training, Jamie-Lee was a teacher for children with special needs.

While the classroom may seem worlds away from RevoPT, to Jamie-Lee they’re not so different.

In both roles, she helps people realise their best selves – something that takes patience, understanding, communication and trust.

She moved into training after using exercise as a personal stress-relief that offered mental and physical results. When people started asking her for advice, she knew she’d found a new career. With clients that range from their 20’s to their 70’s, Jamie-Lee doesn’t have a set training style. Her focus is on using your individual strengths and goals to create a tailored program that suits you.

You can read more about Jaimie Lee here: revo.pt/jaimieleebrown

Nathan McCulloch: “Change is the best thing you can do.”

Like most people who’ve completed the Overland Track, Nathan has a natural sense of adventure and it comes through in the way he trains.

He loves clients who don’t just enjoy a challenge, but provide them too.

Whether it’s requesting a new type of exercise or working around a physical limitation, Nathan believes that every session should be something you shape together. He’s flexible, relaxed and always open to new ways of working.

Nathan believes that change is the single best thing a person can do. It’s what saw him move from Tassie to Melbourne, complete a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, change his lifestyle and ultimately start a career in Personal Training.

You can read more about Jaimie Lee here: revo.pt/nathanmcculloch

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Episode 35 – Bobby Maximus: The most important person to believe in is yourself.

Meet Bobby Maximus. Otherwise known as Rob MacDonald. General Manager at Gym Jones, former UFC fighter, father, husband and pretty much the most hard-working, committed and jacked human being getting around. I love this guy so much and know there is so much each of us can learn from his incredible work ethic, passion and drive. I hope you love this episode as much as I do.

Jane Erbacher: Hello and welcome to the RevoPT high performance pod cast. My name is Jane Erbacher and I’m  your host. Revo PT is a personal training, strength and conditioning and functional fitness gym, in South Melbourne and our goals is to inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Every week here on the podcast, we’re going to have a different episode for you and we cover all things health and fitness, from training to nutrition, to mindset, to recovery, to training after having a baby, to training just to feel great. This is your hub for all things health and fitness and we really hope you like the show.

Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the Revo PT High Performance podcast. My name’s Jane Erbacher. I hope this episode finds you feeling great and fit and well, and happy and excited by your life. I am coming to you from Melbourne today so I wanted to provide a little bit of an intro to this next episode. I’m back home. I’ve had 8 weeks of overseas, in America, having the most amazing time ever. If you missed out on a couple of episodes that I had posted while I was away. Feel free to catch up. There’s some pretty amazing episodes in there.

Starting with last weeks, with Paul Roberts, a good friend of mine. Paul Roberts, who’s this incredible amazing person, and it’s an unbelievable episode, and one you don’t want to miss. Also a couple of others, “There is no such thing as luck”, “Had a holiday, right”. One that I have dedicated to my friend, Vincent Wong and it’s about paying it forward, and it’s about gratitude, and it’s about enjoying the journey and not just focusing on the destination. There’s just a couple, that there are to catch you on, on the last couple of months, but I’m back in Melbourne.

I’m really excited to be home, because I do love my life. I’ve had a pretty unbelievable adventure overseas and it’s been really, really, really great for both development of me, Jane Erbacher and also of my business, which is the “Me” project, and I got to run workshops and I connected with some amazing people. I did some really, really great meetings with people and interviews and they’re all going to be coming up over the next couple of weeks on the podcast. I’m really excited about that, but my business seems to be really, really taking off, which is great.

I’m excited to be back. For those of you who don’t know, I do work at Revo twice a week. That’s why we’ve got the Revo PT podcast. This podcast came about by accident. It came about because I was having a chat to the owner of Revo, Luke, in January, telling him how much I wanted to run my own podcast and he said, “Well, why don’t you just take over ours”. I did it as a hobby, now it’s taken off, thanks to you guys, always listening and sharing it with your friends. We’ve got a pretty incredible amount of downloads and subscribers, so if anybody else you know would be interested in this podcast, please do share with them, because I am trying to have an impact on the word, and I’m finding that this is a really great way to do it.

I would absolutely love that and yeah, also if you are interested in what I do, in the “Me” project. I do run workshops. I spoke yesterday at this amazing event for trainers and coaches, about how to be an unforgettable trainer and coach. I talked all about the importance of connection, education, empowerment and inspiration, over simply programmings. I’m a big believer in human interaction and connection, and valuing, and validating people, in a genuine way. That’s how you get the most out of them, in both fitness sphere, and also in a life’s sphere. I do that. I run workshops.

I also run a really cool rowing workshop, which is called “Row Me”. Row me, and yeah, it’s on the Ergoes, the concept to I’m a big fan of that piece of equipment and just ran a bunch of those workshops over in New York, over in Varsity House, also at Precision, and I’m going to running those workshops all across Australia in the next 6 months, and then around the world. If someone you know might might be interested in coming to one of these or hosting one of these, I would love, love, love you to me in contact with them.

Then I also do my one-on-one coaching, so I called that “Mindset and Performance Coaching” and the whole idea is, working with people to unblock whatever it is, that’s stopping them from being who they need to be. We do that by aligning people’s schedules with their priorities. There’s a whole host of really, really exciting things that I’m doing. Starting with today, I’m bringing to you, one of my favorite podcast episodes that’s ever been done.

It’s with an amazing, amazing, amazing man. His name is Rob McDonald, but you might know him better as Bobby Maximus. He’s all over social media, and all over the world, as Bobby Maximus. He is the general manager of Gym Jones and he’s also the huge face of men’s health, also Lalow, which is really, really great shoe, that he is the face of, and he is an amazing person. The reason why I’m so excited to bring this episode to you, is because he is the epitome of what this podcast is about.

He is a self-made success. He is self-made, and he is a success because he chooses every single day, to get the absolute best out of himself. He is the most hardest, hard working individuals I’ve ever come across. I want you to listen to every single word this podcast, and then I want you to go out and figure out how you can be that person in your life, in whatever way that you can. I really hope you like the episode. Please do connect with me on Instagram or Facebook, or any way that you want to, and please share this episode with whoever you think might get something from it. Thanks for your support. Bye.

rob-macdonald-gym-jonesHello and welcome to this weeks episode of the Revo PT High Performance podcast. Today I’m excited and yes, we all know that I wake up so excited, and I spend every single day super excited. I’m pretty next level right now, and it’s hard to sit still, so I might end up standing up to do this podcast. I’m sitting here in front of somebody who’ve I’ve known from afar for about 5 years now, and I’ve known in pretty close proximity for the last year.

He is one of the most incredible people that I’ve ever met, and definitely the most hardworking person that I’ve ever met, and I’m so excited to be talking to him today, because I’m so excited for everybody, who follows this podcast, to really get an insight in to this person, and I’m talking about the one and only, Rob McDonald. Hi Rob.

Rob MacDonald: Hi. How are you?

Jane Erbacher: I’m good. How are you?

Rob MacDonald: Now, you know nobody’s going to know who that is.

Jane Erbacher: I know. I was about to say who this actually is. Everyone’s like, “Who’s Rob McDonald?”. Okay, so I’m going to introduce him by his name, which I think you like better, don’t you?

Rob MacDonald: Bobby Maximus. I’m actually legally in the process of changing my name completely.

Jane Erbacher: Seriously?

Rob MacDonald: No, not seriously, but I would actually like to do that.

Jane Erbacher: I believe everything you say. I actually believe everything you say, so yes, if you can’t understand that Canadian accent, I will translate, so this will be doubly long.

Rob MacDonald: Yes.

Jane Erbacher: That’s Bobby Maximus and I don’t call you Bobby. I call you Rob.

Rob MacDonald: That’s okay.

Jane Erbacher: You don’t mind? You like both?

Rob MacDonald: No, we’re friends. It’s good.

Jane Erbacher: Oh good. It’s okay to do that? Is that why you punish me so much?

Rob MacDonald: Yes.

Jane Erbacher: Thanks. I want to introduce Rob first, before I let him give us a little bit of an introduction, because I want to introduce him from my perception of him. I think the perception is really, really important. I think that if you follow him on social media or in any capacity, you will see a pretty awesome side of him, which is the really hardworking, and very, very jacked, and strong man. The Bobby Maximus, or the Rob that I know, is actually probably the most charismatic people I’ve ever met.

It came as a surprise, that you were, last year when I met you, I was shaking. I was so scared to meet you. He’s so big and strong, and quite a looming figure. Then I met him and he’s one of the nicest people that there is, and he’s funny, and he’s charismatic, and he’s extremely engaging, and he will never forget your name or a detail about you. It’s so refreshing to meet somebody who is so big in our world and definitely growing even more, in every capacity, and he bothers to get to know everybody that comes in contact with him.

Today, I really, really want to focus they podcast on your internal drive, your work ethic, your passion. That’s something that I see that just seeps out of you, in every time that I see you, and every time that I see you online, I can just see how passionately you live, and how seriously you take your life. I’ve learned so much from you, and I’ve grown so much from being in contact with you. I really want people to hear that. I do like to kick off every podcast with a quote. Obviously I’m going to quote you, because there are many, many opportunities for me to do that, and every Sunday you post a sermon, and I really like this.

It’s from the book of Bobby Maximus and – I can’t believe how much I’m talking right now. You are just sitting there patiently. This is a really, really – this is my favorite thing you’ve ever posted. What Rob wrote on his Bobby Maximus Instagram, was the most important person to believe in is yourself. Believe in everything that you are and understand that within you there’s something greater then any obstacle you’ll ever face. Have faith in your abilities. Work hard. Never give up and there is nothing you can’t accomplish. With the right amount of confidence, anything is possible, no matter what you set out to do, your first words should always be “I believe in me”.

The reason I wanted to read that one out, and the reason is that is so – that really resonated with me, is because that is clearly how you live. I really want to know where that came from. If that was an innate belief that you were born with, or if that’s learned. That’s what I would love to hear and in addressing that question, I want you talk a little bit about what’s led you to now and who you are now. What you do for work. What it looks like for your family, and everything.

Rob MacDonald: Sure. First of all, thanks for all the nice things you were saying about me. That’s good for my image. Make sure you get this out to as many people as possible.

Jane Erbacher: Don’t worry. Australia will know.

Rob MacDonald: Seriously when you talk about the whole nature versus nurture type thing, I don’t know – I thing certain people are born with natural characteristics. Whether they manifest or not, I think it’s a different story. I grew up in a very, very small town of about 1800 people. I grew up surrounded by family, people who loved me, close family friends, and a very tight knit community where everyone helps each other and everyone’s held accountable in a way.

If you lived in a city of 20 million people, and you act like a doosh-bag, there’s probably not much social repercussion on that, because there’s so many people in the city. If you act like a doosh-bag in the city of 1800 people, you get called out. People tend to be a lot more friendly, a lot more inviting, like country folk, type of deal. At any rate, my parents instilled a lot of values in me from a young age, and in terms of the believing yourself type-stuff. I was always taught to help other people, be kind to other people, be nice to other people.

Those are innate values that I have, thanks to them, but with the believe in yourself, one of the biggest lessons that I always had from my mom and dad, was that I could do what I wanted to do, as long as I worked hard enough, and no one had the right to tell me that I couldn’t. I was really supported in everything I did. One of the most important lessons my mom taught me specifically was, I remember coming home with a 90% in school once, and she wasn’t happy with it at all. My argument was, I got 90%, what gives? She said, you didn’t work for it.

Then I came home with a 60, and I thought I was going to get murdered, because if I came home with a 90 and it wasn’t good enough, but she was fine with it, because she knew I worked for that grade. That always set the table, for as long as you work hard, nothing else really matters. Like the end result is one thing, but if you work hard, that’s what really matters. I think from stemming from lessons like that, that’s where the belief in myself comes from, because it doesn’t matter at the end of the day, how much money I earn. It doesn’t matter what successes I get, as long as I’m giving it my all, and I really enjoy it. It doesn’t what other people think or other people say.

That belief in myself, it – I’m not arrogant. I don’t think I can do anything in the word. I don’t think I can be the best rugby player in Australia tomorrow, and I don’t think – in terms of stuff, I think if I try my hardest in everything and doesn’t really matter what other people think or say, so that where that really comes from, is getting rid of all that external noise that you know, I think we’re so worried about other people’s judgments of ourselves, that we lose that faith in ourselves. At the end of the day life’s way too short to live up to somebody else’s expectations.

Jane Erbacher: Completely. It’s really interesting because that whole idea was really opened up to me when I comendaired level Gym Jones last year. It’s almost like the result is irrelevant if you go all in. That was something I learned when you made us do a 1 minute, all-out, on the bike, the Edine, and we were all so petrified that we had to hit this number, that you had set for us, but all you wanted to see, is were we willing to throw it all in, and you get to the end of it, and you do know what the result is, but that wasn’t what you walk away from, feeling like you’ve grown from. You walk away from knowing that you put in the work. That’s what feels so good. I think that it’s really interesting. I feel like you are one of those people that’s lived 19 lives and you’re still only 38.

Rob MacDonald: Yes.

Jane Erbacher: So you’ve been a cop, you’ve been a UFC fighter, you’ve been –

Rob MacDonald: A teacher.

Jane Erbacher: A teacher, there you go. Now you are full-time, Gym Jones, and so what’s your role here? What do you feel like you learned in those past lives, that is added to you now.

Rob MacDonald: My role here is I’m a General Manager and Trading Director, and I’m going to say I’m responsible for a lot of the direction of the gym. I teach seminars. I run the seminar program. I run the website. I’m the one who’s in charge of certifying people and I act as a face for gym and a face for the brand. Of course, I don’t do that alone. There are other key people around here that help, but I’m essentially, for all intent and purposes, I would call myself a CEO or Gym Jones. We don’t use titles like that, but that’s the best way to explain it to people. In terms of the other part of life, that what I’ve learned from is, I think a lot of people open up gyms for the wrong reason or they open them for the right reasons, and are not equipped for the business side of the gym, and the things that come along with it. It would be great if all I had to do in a day, was show up and work with people like you. That’ some a dream,

Jane Erbacher: We’d have a great time.

Rob MacDonald: We could work out in the morning, we could go for lunch, we hang out, we could work out again, and go home but there’s accounting, there’s business stuff, there’s internet development.

Jane Erbacher: There’s staff training.

Rob MacDonald: There’s advertisements. There’s all kinds of stuff that needs to happen. Working in, what I’ll call, some very regimented professional organization, like a police service, like working in a school, where you have people working beneath you, and people working above you, whether it’s policies and procedures, whether it’s organizational stuff, it’s really helped me on the business side of things. Like in terms of organizing what needs to be done for this thing to grow in that structure. I think a lot of people don’t have that. The best athletes aren’t neccessarily the best brains, and the best brains aren’t neccessarily the best athletes.

Jane Erbacher: Totally.

Rob MacDonald: It’s given me some insight in terms of things that we’ve had to do, to get to this point. Building a world-class seminar program, it’s not as simple as saying I’m going to teach a seminar. There’s a lot of other stuff that goes in to that, that we’ve had to plan and prepare for. That’s why I’m grateful for my past in that regard. It helps to see the bigger picture things. In Toronto police for example there were 7000 employee’s. You manage a place of 7000 people. I didn’t manage it but I saw how things were done, it helps me learn to deal with 50 people, 25 people, 30 people, 100 people.

Jane Erbacher: Definitely. My favourite question to ask people when they come on the podcast, is definitely what do you feel as your purpose in life. I want to know, obviously you haven’t prepared for this but go for it.

Rob MacDonald: You know if I was speaking from the heart, I would say, to have fun. I really have this belief that life’s way too short to be miserable. If you’re in a relationship that you’re not happy in, get out of it. If you’re in a job that you don’t like, go do what you love doing. Don’t be a slave to the world, because really you might only have 80 years here, 70 years and that’s not a long time. It goes by way too quick. You said I’m 38. In make my head, sometimes I still think I’m 21, but time goes by really quick. I think my real purpose here is to help other people. I know that sounds corny and sounds hoky but that’s what is fun for me.

I really enjoy helping others and I’ve had a lot opportunities in my life, that sometimes I don’t even know how the hell I got here, if it wasn’t for the kindness of some other people and who really helped me, and maybe gave me a chance to do something that maybe I otherwise wouldn’t of had. I look back, there’s been a lot of pivotal points in my life where somebody has helped me or being kind. I would say, what I really enjoy doing now, and that’s where it comes back to having fun, what I really enjoy is helping other people accomplish goals. That makes me feel good, like I’m paying it forward, paying it back somehow.

Jane Erbacher: Awesome. That was actually the topic last week of the podcast, so that’s really, really good. It’s really interesting witnessing that, because I’ve been through the whole program now. I’ve done levels 1, 2, 3, and I’ve also got to help out during my internship at another level 1 and I loved it and it was so great to sit back and watch you teach, in a way, I was still learning and is still had to take notes, and stuff but I could really watch the people learning as well. It’s so refreshing to see somebody who invests so much in their, I’m going to say students, but you kind of see people as your peers, like as equals.

You never treat them like you’re better than them in any way. I think it’s really interesting, because if I look at Bobby Maximus on Instagram, and stuff, I think that some people might short-change you and not realize the kind of investment you make in people around you, because you do. You present things in a very digestible way. People actually walk away knowing more stuff, and knowing that they can do anything. There’s a question that you ask in the level one seminar which I really like, and I knew that I knew the right answer this time.

It is, if you had run an iron man – if you had to do an iron man tomorrow, would you be able to do it? The reason you ask that question is because you say to people, you might not do it well, but why don’t you have confidence in yourself and the people who come to Gym Jones, are people who are fit and strong and determined already. It’s a really interesting question and it made me evaluate the attitude that I approach my life and not question whether or not I can do something but just give things my all, and I haven’t yet signed up for an iron man with 24 hours notice, but one day I might do it.

Something I really want to know is, how do you stay aligned with that purpose? How do you keep up the drive every single day to live the way that you live, which is really a high intensity way, investing in other people, putting effort in to other people and of all the people I’ve ever met, I’ve never seen somebody who is so definite in how well they treat their life. You’re very serious on rest, training, nutrition, and I’m going to use the nutrition, because we talk about food a lot, but also in how much you value your wife an your family. You live in a way, that you’re so purpose driven, you’re so intentional in everything you do. Do you find it challenging each day to live like that, I guess, is what I’m asking?

Rob MacDonald: I would say not really, because it goes back to what I talked about before, that I’m having fun.

Jane Erbacher: Yeah.

Rob MacDonald: I suppose if this was something that I didn’t love doing, it would be very difficult but when you love what you’re doing, it almost ceases to be work at a point. Don’t get me wrong, for people out there listening, there are days I just want to stay in bed. I’m a human being. There are days that – can I swear?

Jane Erbacher: Yeah.

Rob MacDonald: That I say, fuck the gym. I don’t want anything to do with it. There are days that I don’t want to answer another email, like we all get those things.

Jane Erbacher: Totally.

Rob MacDonald: But the reality is, I really love what I do. I suppose I could look at a seminar as, I’ve got to teach a seminar this weekend. I look at it as an opportunity that I get to meet 20 more friends. It’s fun for me. It’s enjoyable. Like I said, when things are enjoyable in your life, they’re just so much easier to do, because the motivation is innately there. Do you know what I mean? I don’t know what your favourite thing in the world to do is?

Jane Erbacher: Take my dog to the park.

Rob MacDonald: Take the dog to the park, so if I said, “Hey, you know, take your dog to the park today”. It’s not hard to get the motivation to do that.

Jane Erbacher: Never. Totally.

Rob MacDonald: Imagine if you were getting paid for that.

Jane Erbacher: Yeah, totally.

Rob MacDonald: That’s how I feel about helping other people. That’s how I feel about my training. That’s how I feel about my eating. I really am very lucky to be doing something I love, which makes it very easy to stay motivated. I suppose the day I’m not motivated to do that anymore is the day I should retire, look for new work, or find something I want to do that is fun. Now can everyone just do that? No, and I realize how fortunate I am to have somehow turn something that’s a hobby for me, and something that I would do anyway, in to a job, but I think there’s always something out there for everybody, that you love doing.

Jane Erbacher:I think that it’s really interesting so the basis of the “Me” project, I think you know, is aligning people’s schedules with their priorities, so the first thing I do with people is I help them get really clear on what their priorities in life are, and I think you’re the perfect example of somebody who’s actually done this. You’ve aligned your schedule with your priority and I think its’ interesting you use the term, lucky, and the reason I think that’s interesting is because I think that you have worked incredibly hard to align your life like this. I think that I don’t want any responsibilty to be taken away from that hard work.

Rob MacDonald: No, and you’re right, I do. There’s a difference between fortunate and lucky, for sure. I guess the reason I feel lucky is, there are so many people out there who maybe had an opportunity but didn’t take it. Maybe didn’t have that right person in their ear to help guide them. Maybe didn’t have that chance encounter that could have changed their life. You know, in some ways, I agree. Like I’ve worked very hard for everything I’ve had, so it’s not just luck, but at the same time, there were certain opportunities that came by way, that I think I was luck to get.

Jane Erbacher: Totally.

Rob MacDonald: I do, whatever term you want to use, I do pinch myself every morning, that I get to live this life that I live.

Jane Erbacher: And you love, and you do so well. I want to know, talking about pinching yourself every morning, what does a regular day, like a normal day look like for you?

Rob MacDonald: Oh boy. I work almost every day.

Jane Erbacher: How do you wake up?

Rob MacDonald: how do I wake up?

Jane Erbacher: Yeah.

Rob MacDonald: Jump on the bed and do a thousand push-ups. That’s not true.

Jane Erbacher: That’s Batman and Zorro.

Rob MacDonald: The first thing I’ve done, I’ve kind of built my life for the most part, I don’t have to wake up to an alarm clock. Now that requires a certain amount of sacrifice. It means I go to bed every night, but I like going to bed early.

Jane Erbacher: Yeah, it’s the best.

Rob MacDonald: I go to bed around 9 at night, and I don’t have to be at work till 9 in the morning. Are there times, once again, that I have an early morning flight or stuff that I have to get up for. Sure, but for the most part, I wake up without an alarm clock. I find that really helps because you feel energized. There’s nothing worse than getting woken up when you don’t want to wake up. It’s funny, because I have to be at work by 9, some days I’m up at 5. I get 8 hours sleep and I feel great. Some days it’s 5.30, sometimes it’s 7.30, but I let my body wake up naturally. Usually at that point, I’ll start on emails. Emails are a huge part of my job. I communicate with so many people, and it’s a great way to get to know your fans, your audience, your clients.

Jane Erbacher: You’re unbelievable at replying, like …

Rob MacDonald: Sometimes it takes me longer than I’d like because I get so many now, but I answer emails. I go to the gym at 9, work out from 9 to 11, because that’s such a big part of my life, and train with the people I want to train with here. Then I go home, eat some lunch, do more email, business development stuff. I spend a lot of the day on the phone now, talking to various instructors and people in our organization, then I usually train again, have dinner, and then I will relax for the evening. Really pretty boring.

Jane Erbacher: No, it’s not boring at all..

Rob MacDonald: It’s pretty work, train, work, train, eat, but in that, I love watching TV. I love going for a walk with my wife and our dog in the afternoon. I love going to my son’s recitals, and his rehearsals at his school. I don’t have to miss any of that. If sometimes, I want to have lunch with a friend, I have lunch with a friend. It’s the beauty of making your own schedule. The hardest part about running the business, you’re always working. The beauty of it is, is you can make your own schedules. You don’t miss those other things and I’ll do things that make the computer work more palatable. Sometimes I’ll sit on my deck and just look at the mountains while I do computer work. Most of the time I’m on the couch watching football or basketball or some show on ESPN, or some on Netflix.

Jane Erbacher: Or Usain Bolt, you love him.

Rob MacDonald: Yeah, I mean, it’s hard to consider that work.

Jane Erbacher: Yeah. I love it. I love when you speak to people who are so definite on their priorities and you hear their schedule. It’s like, it’s massively aligned. It’s like health, fitness, nutrition, family, work, passion, all in every single day, and that’s just – I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it. I want to know now, because I know that we can’t talk forever, even though I’ve got a billion questions for you, but I will come back to Utah. I want to know now, where you feel like you’re going in the next 12 months to 5 years. Where’s Rob McDonald, where’s Bobby Maximus, where are you all going?

Rob MacDonald: My goals to influence as many people as possible. Right now I use Instagram for that. I’ve actually got a book coming out on men’s health, it’s going to come out January 20th, cross your fingers. I’ve got a shoot that just came out with [inaudible 00:27:23] tactical.

Jane Erbacher: Maximus.

Rob MacDonald: Maximus. Those are things that I’ve been working hard at, and also I’ve been building the gym. The gym’s been my home for 9 years. It’s something I care deeply about and I love and it’s something I want to see grow. How big this thing gets in the next 5 years, I don’t know. I mean the bigger it gets, and here’s what becomes scary, growing comes with a certain amount of pain. There’s more work to do, and your schedule does not become your own, at some point. My goal is to just strike that balance. To keep growing this place, so we can help as many people as possible, but still not lose the quality of life, that I’ve developed.

I’m not talking quality of life in terms of money. In terms of being able to spend time with my kid, my wife, things like that. I would love it, in 5 years, it’s a very long-winded way to say this, I’d like to be one of the most influential life coaches, for the lack of a better term, on the planet. You know, if through books, through Instagram, through television, if I could positively impact a bunch of people’s lives, that’s what I want to do if I’m going to get there, I don’t quite know yet, but the foundation of that is being formed.

Jane Erbacher: Well, I feel like you’re incredibly on your way.

Rob MacDonald: Thank you.

Jane Erbacher: No, I mean it, like 100%, that you did influence my life in an irreversible way, like my whole life changed after level one, and it’s – I’m on my way to do all the exciting things that I want in the next few years, and I really appreciate it.

Rob MacDonald: That makes me really proud of you, but it’s something, for your listeners too, it’s important is, at the end of the day, what makes you happy. You know, there’s actually, there’s a story my English professor told me, about a gentleman that was the dean of Oxford University, one the best universities in the entire world, and he was miserable. He went home to his wife and told her he was miserable. She said, “What do you want to do?”. He said, “I want to deliver the mail”. She’s like, “You want to be a postman”. “Yes, I want to ride my bike, and deliver the mail, I just always wanted to do it”.

She said, “Well, do it”. He quit his job as the Dean of one of the best intellectual places in the world, and he became postman. I can’t vouch for the truthfulness of this story, or whether it’s one of those things that’s like an old wives tale, but the point is, when you’re wrapped up in money, when you’re wrapped in keeping up with other people, or when you’re wrapped up with some notion about what you should be doing, that’s when life falls apart. Like I tell people, do what you really want to do. Like I said, life’s short, and if you enjoy what you do, it makes everyday easier.

Jane Erbacher: Completely.

Rob MacDonald: I think people do things for the wrong reasons sometimes.

Jane Erbacher: Totally, social pressures rather than how they actually feel.

Rob MacDonald: A lot of times, with these pressures is what – I’m sitting here looking at you, thinking that you’re judging me, thinking that you’re thinking certain things, but the reality is that you’ve go so much going on your self.

Jane Erbacher: That’s true.

Rob MacDonald: I’m the last person on your mind, and I think we all fall in to that trap. We are so worried what other people think or say, it’s almost like get over yourself. That not talking about you, they’re not thinking about you, and they don’t care that much.

Jane Erbacher: Totally. That’s something that I love about this place, is that you come in here and it’s just good people, treating other people well. That’s what Gym Jones is. Like when I try and explain it to people, what is Gym Jones? I’m like it’s an unbelievable community, where work ethic and like treating people well, is valued above all else.

Rob MacDonald: It’s important.

Jane Erbacher: It’s very important.

Rob MacDonald: No one – you can’t buy your way in here. No one cares whether you’re an MBA superstar, whether you’re a Wall street banker or whether you’re a garbage man. Like no-body cares. Everyone’s the same, everybody works hard.

Jane Erbacher: Yeah. It’s the best. Thank you so, so, so much for everything.

Rob MacDonald: You’re welcome.

Jane Erbacher: And for today. That was awesome. Thanks for listening guys. Bye.

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