Beaufort Fitness: How To Recover From A Bad Weekend
“Today’s Q and A, I’m going to go over one of the most commonly asked questions I get. It comes up almost every single Monday. It’s “Sam, What do I do now that I had a bad weekend?” All right. We’re going to get right into that. Usually this question comes to me in the form of one way or another. It’s “Sam. I went out with my girlfriends, I had a bunch of drinks. I forgot to exercise.”, “Sam, I sat on the couch and baked a bunch of cookies.”, “Sam, I watched football and ate pizza. Now I weigh 10 more pounds, what do I do?”
Well, I’m going to tell you there’s a three-step approach. We need to take your first step (1) We need to forgive ourselves. Okay. Whatever you ate, it happened. It’s over with, okay. Before you were probably feeling really good if you’re staying on to your exercise and nutrition, now you might be feeling a little physically and mentally beat up because you’re not at optimal health. So you’re walking around really thinking about how can I get back in this? And you feel bad. First thing we have to do is break that negative feedback loop. Okay. What we want to do is forgive ourselves. Say it happened. Okay. Remember, you’re only one meal away. One day away from being back to being at your optimal health. Okay. One meal away, one day away from being back on the path to success. Okay. So always take that with you.
Step number (2) We got to hydrate. We want to rehydrate a lot of times when we have things like alcoholic beverages or less than optimal food, it’s going to dehydrate you. So you want to rehydrate, get ready for the week that’s to come.
Step number (3) Stick to whatever plan you’re on, whatever plan your coach recommends to you. Okay? You want to stick with the exercise routine. You don’t need to go out and do anything drastic and cause further stress to your body. So you don’t need to go and run 12 miles just because you had a brownie… stick to it. Okay.
And then if there’s a bonus step, it would be to learn from your mistakes. I’ll make another video on how to prepare for things, big events as the holidays come up, but you can kind of recognize what patterns what’s triggering me to eat a certain way. Do this so you can learn from your mistakes and just better yourself. But again, to recap, you need to forgive yourself. We got to hydrate. We have to stay with our normal exercise routine and then try to learn from our mistakes. Everybody makes them it happens. That’s all right, we’re all human. Just remember you’re one day away from being back on track to being your healthiest self. All right, everybody have a great Monday and everybody, stay strong.”
“Hey Everybody! Thank you for tuning into today’s Q & A. Today, I’m going to go over one of the most frequently asked questions. It’s “Sam, how often should I be working out? How many minutes a day do I need to spend working out? How many hours a week do I need to spend working out? How many days a week should I be working out?” I’m going to cover that in today’s video. We’re going to get right into it… nice quick one for you guys today. So to answer the question, how often should I be working out at point blank? Give me a drum roll, please. The answer is it depends. It really depends where you’re starting from. And now I know that’s not the answer most of you want to hear, but you’ve got to think if you’re starting out from the couch, it’s going to be a lot different than if you’re starting out from somebody that’s already intensely exercising three to four days a week.
Okay? the best recommendation I can give to you to make this specific to you is hire a coach. Tell them your goals, work with that coach. They’re going to prescribe you the best possible program for you. Okay? I’m not going to leave you guys with it depends. Get a coach answer. Okay? I’m going to give you a general prescription for fat loss for beginners and then people that are already training three to four days a week.
So for beginners, the first thing you want to do is you’re going to want to increase your frequency. Okay? You’re going to bring your frequency up with exercise. So you’re, want to get off that couch. You’re going to move as much as possible. So every single day you could be moving for about 30 minutes. When I say move, that does not mean go to the gym and start using every piece of the equipment, you could find beating yourself up for 30 minutes. That means just simply getting out, making a habit out of moving could be walking.
It could be doing some light mobility or stretching things.
So once you get that down and you’re ready for more, you’re ready for better results, faster results. It’s time to increase your intensity by weight training. So you’re going to start to weight train one to two days, maybe three days a week for most optimal results. You’re going to want to go with between three and four. Once you get that habit down, you’re in the three to four range where most of my current clients are; they’re intensely weight training three to four days a week. Then we’re going to add in things like mobility, aerobic conditioning in your off time. A lot of my clients say, Sam what should I do in my off time? How much time do I need spending outside of seeing you in my off time. And simply what I tell them is you need to be doing things, mobility. That’s going to increase your performance in the gym.
You want to work on those types of things, because if we can increase your performance in the gym, when you’re already training those three to four days a week intensely, you can make that better. You can push it more intensely. That’s going to give you better results. It’s going to push you closer towards your goal. So to wrap it up a few things to consider when your frequency goes up, your intensity is going to come down a little bit, meaning you’re not going to go from three to four days a week lifting super heavy than going to seven days a week lifting super heavy, no. Your intensity on those other days needs to come down and vice versa. If you’re, you know, lifting super heavy three days a week, but you want to add more frequency.
And again, that frequency, that frequency is going to come from things like mobility, aerobic conditioning to improve our performance in the gym. So I hope that answers that question for you. If you need any further clarification, feel free to reach out to me. If you have any other questions, message me, leave me comments. I’m here to help you. If you need a coach, you don’t have a coach. You’re not sure. Hey, how often should I be working out? I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what you just said… Reach out to me. You can reach out to Beaufort personal training. We would love to see you at EarthFIT or online wherever you are. We’re bringing it to you. Everybody, stay strong.”
“Hey everybody! Today, I’m going to go over an exercise I see done incorrectly all the time. One of the most popular exercises, one of the most beneficial exercises that you could do from anywhere. That is the Push Up. The most common error I see is people starting out in the wrong position. So I’m going to give you a quick video here, some quick tips on how to get into that perfect push up position. So you could do your perfect push ups every single time.
So you’re going to go down to your knees here. I like to make a T when I start my push ups, so I can bring my hands out to about shoulder height here, make a T (form).
So they come in line with your chest and then simply just fall forward here. My hands are right under my shoulders, though. If you’re doing push ups from the knees, you just stay here.
You could bring those knees back a little bit, kick your heels up to your butt and then go down. That would be a modified pushup. Or if you’re doing any standard push up, just go from the high plank here, hands stay around the shoulder blades. You go down and then press your way back up.
So again, you go from a T position here. So start out T hands, shoulder width apart, bring right to the chest, fall forward, make sure your hands are right under your shoulder blades. You can kick those feet back, or if you’re going from the knees, kick the heels up, go down and then press up as a quick little tip on how to get into the perfect push up position so you’re doing those push ups perfectly every time. And remember you want your hands right under those shoulder blades. I see a lot of people doing that incorrectly. That is all for today. Everybody, stay strong.”
“Good morning, everybody! Thank you for tuning in to today’s Q and A, and today’s Q and A, I’m going to go over how you can stay on track throughout the holiday season without gaining a bunch of weight and still being able to enjoy your family favorite foods.
Before we get into that though, I do have a huge, huge, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to so many of you that have been giving me support, asking me questions, showing me love. I really appreciate that. So you know who you are. Thank you to all of you. For all those questions I mean keep coming, I do have to apologize. It’s been about two weeks since I’ve gotten to the Q and A videos, The team and I were out of the office and then we’ve been working on very diligently and hard on special programs for clients in gym at EarthFIT here in South Carolina, and then across the country, the clients we coach remotely to bring them value, make sure they’re staying on track throughout the holidays as well. So if you have any questions, please make sure you’re dropping them in the comments below you’re messaging me on Facebook or shoot me an email. I’ll either answer them directly to you right then and there, or I’ll make a video if it’s more popular topic like today’s topic.
So today’s topic usually gets presented to me in a variety of ways, but more or less it’s along the lines of, “Hey Sam, between December and February, I gained about 30 pounds. How can I not do that? But also I want to be able to enjoy the holiday season. I want to be able to have some of those nice sweet treats on my favorite holidays and enjoy, actually enjoy the time that I have with my family. How can I do all of that? Is it even possible?” So I’m going to give you a few simple steps on what to do so you can have both those things. You have that health and wellness as you’d like and deserve, and you can have those treats that you like.
So step number (1), We have to build momentum rolling into the holidays. What I mean by momentum is, I mean our health and fitness momentum. We want to be in some of the best shape that we can be. Now, some of you may be thinking I haven’t done anything. Um, Thanksgiving just happened since then, I’ve been sitting on the couch. I’m just going to wait till New Years’ do not do that. Okay? A lot of people will do that and that’s where they access body fat goes on. If you can actually get up, start moving, even if you’re just starting your start from square one, you worked out in 20 years. If you start getting that momentum rolling for a couple of weeks, going into the holidays, that is going to mitigate a lot of the fat gain that you have throughout the holidays. And it’s going to keep you a little bit more focused throughout the holidays, which in turn will again, mitigate all the fattening that you have throughout the holidays and some of the damage that you’ve done through that. So step number one, Prepare yourself physically. So get up, start drinking more water, walking. If you’re not sure if you are starting from step one, you have no idea what to do. You can reach out to me and we can help you out. Or if you need to plan, we can help you out there. Okay… on how to get through those specifically with your fitness.
Step number (2), Know that there’s going to be stress, okay. There should be a lot of stress. And what stress will do to people is causing them to act, overeat. So going into the holidays, where there is going to be lots of stress, let’s focus on doing activities that de-stress us, that are healthy for us. So for some people that may be reading, it could be going fishing, things like that. We also want to make sure we’re focusing on our sleep during this time, because we don’t want that tip to compound and make us more stressed out, right? Because there’s gonna be things, family situations, loss of loved ones, things are gonna come up around the holidays that you know, really can bother us and can stress us out. Prepare for that, know that it’s coming and plan accordingly. Okay. If you prepare a little bit, you’re going to be a lot less stressed. So step number one was to prepare your body physically. Step number two is you need to kind of prepare our mind as well for the stress that’s coming.
Step number (3), When the holidays actually approached that big day comes, how should you eat? What should you do? Just follow this simple framework. Okay? Eat your protein sources. So your meats, things like that in the morning with your fats, lower fat though, you don’t want to overdo it still in the morning and at lunch. And then in the evening after dinner, that’s when you can break out the sweets. So that’s when you break up the pies, things like that. A lot of times you’ll have this false belief that if they eat higher sugar foods or higher carbohydrate foods in the morning that they’re going to get up and they’re going to run around, they’re going to burn it off all day. That’s not what happens. We all have that Uncle that eats a pie for lunch and then passes out on the couch, right? That’s more or less what happens when people eat a lot of sugar. And then also what it does is it spikes their hunger. So they’re eating more throughout the day. So the best strategy I can give you on those days as big holiday days that you know you’re new through your family, save the carbohydrates for the evening. And then the next day they’re right back on through whatever nutrition plan you’re on and just keep hammering it out there. So just to kind of recap… and a bonus I almost forgot, hydrate, hydrate that day more than anything. So drink training, drink at least a gallon of water if you’re a male, three quarters of a gallon, three quarters of a gallon of water if you’re a female, okay, you can drink more than that. Females, you could drink a gallon isn’t going to hurt you… You can get by on half it’s not gonna hurt you on those holiday days. If you do that, you will eat less, you will feel better physically as well.
So to recap, go into the holidays with the momentum. You’re just starting out. Start today. Don’t wait until after the new year’s okay. Start right now. Step number two, prepare yourself mentally for the stress that’s coming. Okay. Start enjoying those activities that you find relaxing. We want to keep those up going into the holidays because there’s going to be stress. There is for the majority of Americans right around the holiday. So you de-stress yourself. Step number three, make sure when the holiday approaches, that big day approaches, we’re saving the sweet treats for the evening. Okay. We’re cutting out the carbohydrates throughout the day. You want to save them for after dinner or with dinner later in the evening. Okay. And then make sure you’re hydrated. You’re properly hydrated. If you follow those steps, you will stay on track. I promise you. You’re not going to gain 30 pounds when you simply follow those steps. So let’s get that momentum rolling. Let’s start today. Everybody, stay strong. If there’s any way I can help you, please reach out.”