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Our CHFI Performance PT Level 2 and Nutrition Coach Level 2 Certification Courses are taught to fitness professionals looking to enhance their basic knowledge and take a step closer to becoming an industry leader!
Editor’s note: This blog post was from one of our CHFI certified Performance PT Coach Level 2 and Performance Nutrition Coach Level 2 students Luke Carroll from Real Results Personal Training, who is an up and coming personal trainer from Melbourne.
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Here are six key points Luke took away from completing our key certification programs in 2017…
1. The importance of supplementation to optimise health
Supplementation is a topic of debate for many people, but after learning about how supplements should be approached and the various reasons as to why they are necessary in some cases, it provides a lot of clarity on the matter.
The reasons behind why a good quality supplement may be needed include stress, toxicity, depleted soil our foods grow in, poor diet, and poor sleep. The benefits to these factors a quality supplement can have on one’s health can be life-changing.
2. Rotating your foods to ramp down inflammation and overall health
Optimising your gut health can positively influence your body to have a stronger immune system, improved mood and optimal absorption of nutrients from the food you eat. There are a lot of obvious things that can destroy gut health such as poor diet, stress, drugs and anti-biotics, but an interesting cause of damage to the gut can be dietary proteins and peptides due to eating too much of the same foods all the time.
Constantly consuming the same foods can build up an intolerance to that food, leading to damage of the intestinal barrier, which is one of the five influencing factors of rebuilding the gut for optimal health. A simple tip is to eliminate the top 15 herbs, spices, food additives and most common things you eat for 21 days and then re-introduce 1 per day for the next 15 days after that.
This will give the body time to ramp down inflammation, during which you can apply strategies to optimise gut health and overall health.
3. The effect insulin resistance has on neurotransmitter function
Insulin resistance is commonly associated with high body fat levels and increased risk for diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, but there are also effects from insulin resistance on how we think and feel on a day to day basis.
In the intensive program, I learned that Acetyl CoA is a by-product of glucose metabolism, as it is one of the final components of the Krebs cycle. This process is impaired in people that are insulin resistant. Because of this, the body does not produce sufficient amounts of Acetyl CoA, which when combined with choline, can lead to deficiencies in the neurotransmitter Acetyl L-Choline.
This neurotransmitter is responsible for drive but also memory retention and overall ability to think clearly, which with your personal training clients is important as it will affect their overall compliance with your program.
4. The duration of program design based on your client trainee level
How to effectively program for client’s long-term can ensure that they keep getting the results they are after. In the intensive program, Daine shared his approach on how long a client should stick to a program before changing it which comes down to two key factors;
- Their trainee level which he characterised into beginner, intermediate and advanced
- Their neurotransmitter dominance
In summary program length, should be the following:
- Beginner: 4-6 weeks
- Intermediate: 3-4 weeks
- Advanced: 2-3 weeks
Their neurotransmitter type will also influence program design, which is something Daine learned and credits to one of his mentors, industry-leading Strength Coach Charles Poliquin.
For example, clients who are more dopamine dominant will require a more frequent change when it comes to their program length, on the flip side a client who is more acetylcholine dominant will can change less frequently than a dopamine type. These two areas are key to client program design and of course exercise selection over time.
5. The importance of magnesium for all client goals
When discussing supplements the importance of magnesium was not over-stated enough. Daine highlighted the various roles that different magnesium products can play within the body and explained how important it is to look at the desired result you are wanting to get out of your magnesium supplement before choosing one as there are multiple different chelates to choose from.
They include threonate, glycerophosphate, taurate, orotate, fumarate, glycinate and more!
My best two pointers learned here were that if you are looking for the calming benefits of magnesium throughout the day, then a magnesium l-threonate would suit best in helping you get into a less stresses state pre-bed.
If you are wanting to replenish your nervous system during an intensification or strength based training cycle, then magnesium bound to potassium would be most beneficial.
In summary, there are vast amounts of different magnesium compounds out there and understanding their individual roles can help you get the most out of your supplement routine and overall client results.
6. Ensuring you consume an optimal amount of fibre
Fibre is often the forgotten macronutrient for most people who don’t consider tracking its consumption. Fibre helps bind all the waste and rubbish together in the digestive system and pass it out when you go to the bathroom. Inadequate consumption of fibre will result in waste products being left behind in the digestive system and consequential damage to the gut.
Not only does it remove the bad stuff from the gut, but partially soluble fibre is fuel for the mucosal lining which will help keep your gut’s defence strong against any negative things looking to enter the bloodstream. Ideally, aim for 30gm of fibre consumption per day for optimal health.
Simply put if you are a personal trainer or fitness professional wanting to grow your business I can’t recommend these certification programs enough, they are an investment that will pay themselves back multiple times over.