Personal Training, Weight Loss, Science & Methodology
The New You method combines the most advanced systems in:
- physical evaluation
- exercise science
- optimum physiological developments in nutrition
This enables New You to bring about positive changes in body composition and physical adaptations. This precise system have been developed over the last 25 years and has culminated in a controlled intensive one to one personal training solution which is not only more effective, it's also more efficient than anything preceding it..
Although effective for all age groups. This specific 1 to 1 Training, nutrition and recovery method is particularly effective with the overweight, 30 plus population, This group tends to find it more difficult to bring about significant changes with their physical condition. Due to prolonged periods of reduced self care we often see premature aging of the endocrine leaving this group very sensitive to high stress methods of weight loss.
Other conventional systems for losing weight such as dieting, calorie restriction or aerobic and low intensity methods of training have been shown to be fairly ineffective for reducing body fat , maintaining lean mass and totally ineffective at maintaining results in this group . The common denominator is the over production of the bodies primary stress hormone Cortisol.
As we age we become more susceptible to the negative side effects of this stress reactive hormone. This occurs due to a reduction in Testosterone levels in both men and women as we age. Testosterone levels tend to decrease gradually from 27 years of age onwards.
Hence high stress conditions placed upon the body such as reduced calorie intake, or endurance type workouts will trigger a response from the adrenal cortex to release high levels of Cortisol. In conjunction with diminishing testosterone levels this can induce the body to break down muscle and connective tissue into glucose. At the same time the body may become glucose intolerant. For every pound of muscle lost the human metabolic rate will decrease by as much as 60 calories per day.
Although people over 30 may lose weight with conventional methods a significant amount of weight lost can be attributed to muscle atrophy(loss of muscle) leading to a deterioration in metabolism. This will then leave the individual more vulnerable to accumulating fat in the future and developing more of a long term weight problem.
The New You method is not just a quick fix. It doesn’t break down the metabolism like other methods. It builds the metabolism. This is achieved by clinically determining the individual’s body composition through Bio Electrical Impedance Analysis. The Nutrition requirements are not based on calories. More specifically on the individuals body composition utilizing specific amounts of macro nutrients combined with controlled muscular overload resistance exercise ,high intensity interval cardiovascular training and functional movement training which induces a high Neuro-Endocrine response. In correlation with adequate rest periods this allows 30 plus individuals to become leaner lighter stronger and fitter all at the same time through positive physical adaptations with regard to the muscular ,nervous and endocrine systems Every facet of the correlation between exercise type nutrition and rest is crucial for maximizing results.
The evolution of this controlled intensive training method originates with a well known authority in practical exercise science Mike Mentzer . Mike was also one of the world’s top professional body builders and very innovative in his approach to training .From the mid 1970s Mentzer started writing papers on the benefits of high intensity low volume training and its relationship to muscle hypertrophy and subcutaneous fat storage. It was based around specific body part training which involved the recruitment of maximum numbers of fast twitch muscle fibers achieving optimum overload with a one set to failure principle. Previous training methods were based on high volume training where workouts lasted for 2 to 3 hours training numerous body parts and repeating endless sets on large numbers of exercises. Although certain benefits were acquired from these training formats Mentzer argued that the evidence from muscle physiology showed endurance type workouts actually inhibited muscle hypertrophy because even the most advanced athlete had only 40 minutes of stored glycogen in the muscle cells .Over training was actually triggering an over production of the stress hormones which were actually inhibiting muscle hypertrophy and to an extent glucose tolerance which can have a significant effect on body fat .
Having met Mentzer at UCSF 1986 I was immediately intrigued with his theories of high intensity training and muscle fiber recruitment. However I was still skeptical and nervous with regard to utilizing the training method myself. It was not until 1993 after competing in the Mr universe in Austria 1992 that I decided to implement the high intensity method on the back of nearly 8 years practical research. Its principals were just so far removed from all previous levels of comprehension with regard to the physiological benefits of training.
What was the significance of Body Building and its relationship to training sedentary overweight individual’s .The biggest enemy of fat is muscle. Individuals who are under muscled tend to have a slower metabolism and are prone to storing body fat .Every pound of muscle lost muscle can slow the metabolism by around 60 calories per day. Relatively inactive people can lose between 5 to 10 lbs of muscle every decade which leads to a decrease in energy levels and a rapid decrease in Metabolism.
By utilizing correct intensity levels and adapting it to the needs of sedentary people we developed HIPO (high intensity progressive overload training). These progressively intensive exercise protocols requiring less fuel to support the workout combined with the catabolic anabolic process involved in overload and recuperation really allows the individual make significant changes in their body composition.
To maximise results we developed a bespoke nutrition system based not upon calories but requirements for Macro-nutrients relative to the person’s body composition. We can now accurately determine any individuals requirements for Protein , Complex Carbohydrates and Fats due the precise nature of these precise overload methods .Even with Aerobic exercise we have modified the process into shorter of what we call HIIT High Intensity Interval Training . Although it does not burn as much fat as conventional aerobic exercise during the workout the benefits over a 24 hour period cannot be compared . After conventional Cardio sessions the metabolism returns back to normal after a few hours. With the HIIT method the Metabolism can remain high for 12 to 24 hours after training. The main benefit however is the reduction in Cortisol levels associated with conventional cardio which can lead to a gradual decrease in Muscle Density and a reduction in the metabolic rate.
The New You method is a balance of the most advanced systems in body composition analysis, exercise science and applied nutrition. The precise correlation of these components allows for optimum recovery and regeneration. This allows the human body to make significant physiological changes such as a more responsive metabolism enabling the individual to get lean without starving themselves. But more importantly it allows the body to stay that way.