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The PT: Brendan Chaplin
Brendan (http://strengthandconditioningmentorship.com) has worked with a variety of athletic populations, from recreational athletes through to Olympians. Currently, he is the head of Strength and Conditioning for Leeds Met Carnegie as well as the conditioner for the Asylum Vale Tudo MMA Fight-Team, and has numerous private clients including champion Mixed Martial Artists, pro cyclists and motor cycle riders.
The first step is establishing the base lines, so where he’s at now in terms of movement quality, body composition and training history. The second stage is where we’re looking to go, so identifying the goal – and then we start to build the performance program, which is essentially phase 3.
There are three words I would use and I call it the 3 E formula; so you’ve got to Engage, Excite and Enable. Engage is the understanding of why you’re doing what you’re doing, so if someone doesn’t know why they’re doing it, they’re not going to buy into the process.
Excite means the sessions have actually got to be fun and exciting for them to do. If you’re just jumping on a treadmill every session then that’ll be pretty boring, so you’ve got to get them excited about the workout you’ve planned for them. Enable is the coaching; facilitating this. Telling them how to do it but letting them find their own way a little bit. When they start getting results, that really is Enabling.
He’s doing really well. The most challenging aspect is his training history. He’s a fit guy but he hasn’t done much resistance or strength training in the past, so the first step was to teach him the movements. He’s learning, but as a result he’s getting pretty sore and beaten up from it because it’s all new to him. That was phase 1, which we’re still in, and he’s doing great but it’s hard for him as well.
Very important. The three key points to getting results are sleeping well, eating well and training well. Sleeping and resting are both part of the recovery process, so if he doesn’t get that right, then he’s not really going to get the results he wants. So we’ve been educating him on that as well.
Firstly, think about what it is you want and why you want it, and then what that means to you. The deeper you can understand why you want to transform yourself the more likely you are to achieve it. Secondly, seek out advice from practitioners who have experience in that area and get yourself a good coach; the value of a good coach is huge. Finally, just go for it and give it your best shot, that’ll make things happen quicker.
Turn to pages 4 and 5 of this feature to find two workouts – our man is doing these at the moment – you can follow in the gym.
Drew Price M.Sc., B.Sc., R.Nutr., is a highly esteemed Registered Nutritionist with clinics in Harley Street and the city of London. He specialises in working with elite and amateur athletes to help them reach peak performance, shed fat, build muscle and lose weight as part of their training. His consultancy clients (past and present) include Chelsea Football Club, Leeds Rhinos and Carnegie teams, as well as numerous top flight individual athletes.
“Getting enough protein for your muscle gain goal is essential, but getting enough without over consuming fat and going against fat loss is an issue. For this reason I have emphasised the low fat/carb proteins in my table of foods on page 5. This table should help you choose the right foods for your particular goals.s. Other proteins and great food choices, like yogurt, are available, but not relied on for this phase. To balance the needs of training, muscle growth and fat loss the plan uses a cycled carb intake with generally low carb days but occasionally a bigger intake to replenish muscles and support muscle mass with even some ‘junk’ carbs used.
Turn to the next page for examples of Faris’s eating regime.