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Bias, misconception, and public health Part 1 – Episode 56 with Dr Dan Jolley & Dr Alex De Lyon

Summary

Enjoy discussion, debate, and revealing research about the modern personal training industry! Bias is a common feature in everyone’s life, but when bias becomes ingrained that it leads to fundamentally incorrect misconceptions that influence fitness trainer, coach and client behaviours, it has the potential to derail goal achievement and may even cause harm! Is there a growing requirement within the job role of the modern personal fitness trainer, that is not being addressed in vocational education? What are the problems of operating beyond professional scope of practice? All these are addressed in this important 2-part episode as we unravel details regarding fitness-related confirmation bias, misconception and public health misinformation!

Guest biographies

Dr Alex De Lyon

Dr Alex De Lyon: an internationally accredited Personal Trainer and Health & Exercise Specialist with over 14 years of experience in health and fitness. He holds a PhD in the field of Sport & Exercise Science, an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology, and a First-Class degree in Sports Coaching & Performance. Alex’s research has explored the role of fitness professionals in public health, with a particular focus on the knowledge, skills and qualities required of personal trainers. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented internationally, and included in fitness and leisure reports. Alex has worked on projects with The English Football Association, The Lawn Tennis Association and The British Academy. Visit Dr Alex’s PT website.

Dr Dan Jolley

Dr Dan Jolley: course coordinator for Fitness at South Metropolitan TAFE, in Perth, Western Australia. He teaches professional fitness certifications in Australia. Dan completed a PhD in Educational Psychology, looking at the knowledge, and sources of information, of personal trainers. He has also earned a BSc in Exercise Science, and an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Dan has worked as a strength and conditioning coach in cricket and Australian Football. He represented Australia in American Football as both a player and coach and was the strength and conditioning lead for the men’s national team for the 2011 & 2015 World Championships. Visit Dr Dan’s website.

Episode content: Bias, misconception and public health

In part 1 of this episode, we discuss the PT Dr’s primary findings in their published research on bias, misconception and public health, and then we open up about the impact these findings have on the wider fitness industry.

  • 3:34 Bias, misconception, and justifying our past choices
  • 8:37 The impact on the wider fitness industry
  • 9:56 Professional experience does not associate with increased knowledge
  • 15:22 Fitness professionals are an important, but undervalued health resource
  • 18:07 Education providers, fitness trainers, and employers may not be fully aligned in serving public health needs
  • 20:34 Protecting the fitness professionals scope of practice
  • 23:18 Qualified trainers acting in opposition to the knowledge taught
  • 28:05 Pressure from employers to work outside of current knowledge and skills
  • 35:22 Is there a place for self-taught ‘expertise’ or do all skills need formal certification?
  • 40:16 Defining the scope of practice and leveraging professional referral

Connect over social media

Dr Alex De Lyon: Facebook Instagram Twitter

Dr Dan Jolley: Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Intermittent fasting for women – Episode 55 with Laurie Lewis

Summary

Going without food for longer may seem a difficult step to take to manage your body weight or your health! Especially if you love good food, as we do on the Fit to Succeed show! In this episode, we investigate the popular trend of intermittent fasting for women with a leading health coach, Laurie Lewis. We discuss how to apply a fasting approach, in easy-to-take, comfortable steps and benefit from Laurie’s years of experience and her supportive coaching methods and tips.

Guest biography

For Intermittent Fasting Coach and Author, Laurie Lewis, menopause dealt a crushing blow – brain fog, lack of balance, memory loss, and the rapid gain of 50 pounds of stubborn body fat. She tried everything she knew to feel better, and the methods that worked in the past made no difference. After four years of struggle, Laurie stumbled upon Intermittent Fasting and started fasting that very same day. The menopausal fog lifted in less than one week, she had more energy and felt more “like herself.” She lost 51 pounds in 15 months and has kept it off for years! Time has passed and Laurie has turned her personal success into a thriving Intermittent Fasting coaching business. As a certified health coach, from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Laurie guides her clients to eat great food, take a pause, and enjoy life feeling vibrantly well.

Website: Fast Forward Wellness

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Laurie Lewis – Health Coach

Episode content: Intermittent fasting for women

We have addressed the science of time-restricted feeding and intermittent fasting previously in episode 43 with Danny Lennon. We enjoy getting into the scientific details, but it is also necessary to step back and consider the more practical application and impact of diet and behaviour change. In this interview, the intention was to provide the perspective of the nutrition/health coach and how to apply intermittent fasting in real-world circumstances. 

  • 2:44 Why intermittent fasting is an interesting topic for this episode
  • 4:12 Why Laurie chose to use intermittent fasting in her own life
  • 9:30 Going without food for longer periods of time does carry a certain appeal
  • 11:28 Fasting as a spiritual practice and its potential physical health benefits
  • 16:22 Extending the ‘default’ nightly fast from 7 – 8 hours up to 12 hours
  • 21:24 A fasting approach may actually be liberating and is individually adaptable
  • 30:20 The concept of applying fasting window ‘guard rails’ 
  • 32:44 Applying a ‘clean’ fast
  • 33:58 Intermittent fasting benefits specific to women
  • 40:01 Does intermittent fasting benefit weight loss beyond calorie reduction?

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Coaching sales tips to boost your business – Episode 54 with Matt Walrath

Summary

As a coach, it can seem difficult to generate interest and attract new clients to sign up for your services. So many fitness and nutrition professionals struggle with the marketing and sales aspect of their business. Successful sales precede almost all successful coaching opportunities. How do you master the business skills needed to attract new leads and persuade people to be coached by you? Well, start with this free podcast episode where we discuss several important coaching sales tips to boost a fitness or nutrition business.

Guest biography

Matt is a business owner, nutrition coach, CrossFit coach and elite Lacrosse player. He created a nutrition coaching business called Beyond Macros to help educate clients to focus on sustainable health and wellness transformations. With a degree in business administration, further certifications from the International Society of Sports Nutrition and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, and a decade of professional coaching under his belt, Matt is nicely positioned as a leading nutrition coach for our modern times.

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Matthew Walrath

Episode content: Coaching sales tips

Beginning with an introduction around Matt’s nutritional philosophy, we transition into a captivating discussion about marketing and several coaching sales tips that could really help to nudge a health and fitness business in the right direction. 

  • 1:36 Why listen to this episode on nutrition coaching and sales growth
  • 2:39 Matt’s nutritional preferences and overriding philosophy
  • 9:50 Why Matt chose to coach other nutrition coaches to succeed
  • 15:05 Business skills are needed to showcase fitness/nutrition skills
  • 23:36 Social compounding and refining your niche
  • 29:28 Low and high ticket services and the VIP experience
  • 34:12 Integrating business automation as part of a high-value experience
  • 41:41 Competence and character within the sales process

Connect with Matt on social media

Facebook: @beyondmacros

Instagram: @beyondmacros

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Sleep loss and exercise performance – Episode 52 with Dr Michael Grandner

Summary

No doubt, you are well aware that a bad night’s sleep can leave you struggling for energy and the ability to remain alert. But did you know that sleep loss and exercise performance also have a strong connection! Even small amounts of lost sleep that become a regular habit can have a significant negative impact on your sporting performance, your exercise and, ultimately, your fitness results. Episode 52, with a global leader in the field sleep research, Dr Michael Grandner, will help unfold the details and give you actionable tips to help restore your sleep today!

Guest Biography

Dr. Michael Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He is Board-Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Dr Grandner has 4 university degrees, obtaining his PhD in clinical psychology 2007. He has published 100’s of scientific articles and been cited 1000’s times across the scientific literature and is one of the leading voices in the field of sleep science. Several of his published journal articles directly address the impact of sleep, or lack of sleep, in relation to sporting performance. Dr Grandner served on the Olympic Mental health consensus committee where they published an official Olympic statement calling for greater awareness of mental health for elite athletes. He recently served as lead editor for an outstanding book titled, Sleep and Health (2019), which will serve as an influential text in the field of sleep for years to come. Find out more on Dr Grandner’s website.

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Dr Michael Grandner

Episode content: Sleep loss and exercise performance

There was not enough time to ask everything we had hoped to cover in this fascinating dive into sleep loss and exercise, chronotype, and the impact on athletic and physical performance. Key topics and questions were:

  • 2:55  What led Dr Grandner into the field of sleep research
  • 6:50  Is chronotype and circadian phenotype the same thing?
  • 14.09  How can the listener determine their own chronotype?
  • 15:36  Do all individuals experience peak physical performance between 4-7pm?
  • 19:28  Is early morning exercise the least effective time to do exercise for all chronotypes?
  • 28:00  How can temperate regions work around the lack of early sunlight exposure during darker winter months?
  • 29:38  How can coaches and fitness trainers use the knowledge of chronotype variation to plan their client’s training schedules?
  • 33:44  The scope of sleep problems among elite athletic populations
  • 41:28  Does the science actually show that increasing the length of sleep has a positive impact on physical performance?
  • 46:16  Three evidence-based sleep tips that have been effective in demonstrating improvement for physical performance

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Episode links

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Online quiz to determine your own chronotype

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Discovering body fats hidden secrets – Episode 51 with Dr Sylvia Tara

Summary

Even though every human on the planet has stored body fat of differing amounts, it is surprising how little most people actually know about its functions in life. This may be because the science of body fat is relatively new only gaining real interest since the mid-’90s. Listen and learn body fats hidden secrets. Fat is so much more than a wobbly store of excess calories, it interacts, communicates, and even supports healthy body processes. Dr Sylvia Tara, the author of The Secret Life of Fat, kickstarts season 3 with a great interview.

Guest biography

Sylvia Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from The University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a healthcare management consultant with McKinsey & Company and has worked for the world’s largest biotechnology companies.

After an extended battle with her own body fat, Dr Tara became fascinated with its resiliency and embarked on a mission to better understand it. Her book, The Secret Life of Fat, is the culmination of years of research and interviews with physicians, patients and leading scientists.

You can learn more about Dr Tara by visiting her personal website.

Episode content: Body fats hidden secrets

This episode is essential listening for anyone who has struggled with their own body fat levels, or for anyone who coaches others to manage their body fat more effectively. Listen and learn body fat’s hidden secrets with Dr Tara, there are great insights and helpful coaching tips. 

  • 1:56 Why listen to this episode
  • 4:33 The major roles of body fat in human physiology and health
  • 7:07 The recommended level of body fat in males and females to maintain health
  • 10:52 The obesity paradox
  • 16:30 Different coloured body fat and its purposes
  • 19:24 Hormonal factors produced by body fat
  • 22:50 A story of how genetic leptin defects interfere with health and hunger
  • 27:26 Weight loss and the role of willpower and calories
  • 30:44 The impact of obesity on coronavirus pandemic
  • 33:04 Suggested strategies for effectively managing body fat levels

Connect with Dr Tara over social media

Facebook: @sylviataraphd

Twitter: @sylviataraphd

Buy Dr Tara’s book

Available to purchase on Amazon Kindle

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Women should workout differently to men? – Episode 50 with Dr Jade Teta

Summary

In many aspects of life women and men have a basic right to be equal! However, the debate still continues as to whether or not women should workout different from men. Both genders certainly can train the same if they wish, but is that the most effective thing to be doing in terms of overall health and in trying to optimise results? Dr Jade Teta rejoins us for a special show on our 50th episode to answer some important questions on gender-specific hormonal physiology and how this can be tied into exercise and fitness training.

Guest biography

Dr Jade Teta is a highly experienced personal trainer of over 25 years. He has produced numerous video-based workouts that are used by hundreds of thousands all over the world. Jade has a degree in biochemistry and is a qualified physician. His speciality is in a subset of medicine called naturopathic medicine. If you compare him to your family doctor, but instead of using drugs and surgery first, Jade chooses to use drugs as a second choice over other natural remedies and behaviours. He is also an expert in nutrition, exercise and supplementation. Jade describes his speciality as ‘integrative endocrinology.’ This is the study of hormones & metabolism. The integrative part just means that he combines and balances both conventional and alternative methods. Most of Jade’s career has been focused on helping the most difficult metabolic cases to be able to successfully lose weight.

You can learn more about jade by visiting his very informative website.

Dr Jade is the author of several books, including:

Lose Weight Here: The metabolic secret to target stubborn fat and fix your problem areas

The Metabolic Effect Diet: Eat more, workout less, and actually lose weight while you rest

Episode content: Women should workout different from men

We think this episode is going to be one of the great classics on the Fit to Succeed show. Don’t miss out, be sure to make time to listen to the full show. We cover a whole range of fascinating and important topics related to gender training considerations, especially in reference to the hormonal physiology of male and female bodies. Fitness trainers listen up and alter your practice accordingly! Women should workout different from men.

  • 2:04 Why gender is often overlooked when giving fitness advice
  • 7:45 The impact of dominant male hormones on fitness development
  • 12:12 The circadian hormonal cycle for males
  • 17:05 Optimising male circadian habits to improve weight loss efforts
  • 23:33 The impact of dominant female hormones on fitness development
  • 42:46 Women who suffer PMS and difficult menstruation may adapt their fitness training schedule
  • 46:54 The impact of menses and menopause on fitness, diet and cravings

This is the second time Dr Jade has been on the Fit to Succeed show. His first episode back in season 1 was also excellent. We discussed Calories, hormones, and metabolism as fundamental factors in managing body fat loss.

Connect with Dr Jade of social media

@jadeteta

@jadeteta

@jadeteta

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Workplace wellness for highly productive people – Episode 49 with Dr John Briffa

Summary

There is no doubt that successfully managing the health of the human body has plenty of benefit for the workplace for all types of employment. However, the question is whether an employer or corporate organisation have the right to interfere with their employee’s lifestyle and health-related habits? Also what realistic actions can be taken to make a difference in workplace wellness, productivity and efficiency? Dr John Briffa, a leading voice within corporate health and wellbeing, joins us on today’s show to answer these important questions.

Guest biography

Dr John Briffa is a practising medical doctor, author and international speaker. He is a prize-winning graduate of University College London School of Medicine, and also holds a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences. 

Dr Briffa is a former columnist for the Daily Mail and the Observer newspapers in the UK, and former contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine and is a previous recipient of the Health Journalist of the Year award in the UK.

Dr Briffa has authored nine books including A Great Day at the Office (Harper Collins 2014), a practical guide to optimising energy and performance for business professionals. He is the director of Dr Briffa Wellness, a specialist consultancy that provides speaking and training services to organisations and business professionals around the world. Clients include Deloitte, PwC, HSBC, Barclays, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Allen and Overy, Gowling WLG, the BBC, Tesco and Schroders.

Episode content: Workplace wellness

In this discussion, John shares some great perspectives, insights, and health tips that will benefit your working habits and lifestyle more broadly. John’s gift for communication and personable style make this a great, easy listening episode that is well worth your listening time! 

  • 1:48 What motivated Dr Briffa to work within the field of corporate wellness
  • 7:44 The responsibility of the employer and employee in personal wellbeing
  • 10:46 Workplace rights to interfere versus the personal right to choose
  • 17:54 The workplace as an option to reach individuals and affect health change
  • 22:43 The cause and a potential solution to mid-afternoon fatigue
  • 30:10 How poor sleep can impact productivity and performance
  • 37:37 Managing stress load within the work environment
  • 52:50 Quick-fire questions: sunlight exposure, breathing techniques, & music at work

Connect with Dr Briffa via social media

Twitter: @drbriffa

Linkedin: @dr john briffa

Dr Briffa’s books

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Creating a successful fitness journey – Episode 48 with Ceri Hannan

Summary

Fitness is a truly exciting and rewarding career, but it seems that many new trainers may struggle to find those secrets to a successful fitness journey. Approximately 50% of personal trainers (*2018) have been in the industry for less than 5 years, whereas only 6.9% of trainers have more than 15 years of experience. So to speak with a fitness professional that has consistently succeeded within the industry at all levels for more than 3 decades is truly something special! In this episode, we tease out some gems and enjoy a few fascinating stories with leading international fitness expert, Ceri Hannan.

Guest biography

33 years in the Health & Fitness industry has taken Ceri Hannan across the World in various capacities. As the former British Aerobics Champion, he represented the United Kingdom at European & World level. His presenting career alongside his work with many health club operators has seen his programmes and systems delivered to millions of fitness consumers globally! Ceri is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is the National Product Development Manager working alongside the exercise experience team at Virgin Active. He is also the co-director of Chrysalis Promotions, the organizers of the annual The International Fitness Showcase event in the UK, which is one of the top 10 fitness conventions in the world.

Ceri Hannan, National Product Development Manager, Virgin Active

Episode content: Successful fitness journey

If you like engaging true stories with real value and meaning behind them, then this episode will be worth every minute of your time. We draw out some fascinating life experience and important success principles as a fitness professional during this episode.

  • 1:40 Secrets to career longevity within the fitness industry
  • 4:44 A memorable trip back to Ceri’s first fitness experience and how this inspired his drive for fitness career success
  • 13:30 An emphasis on simplicity and passion
  • 18:42 An example of a difficult fitness career experience and how Ceri managed this to springboard into something more positive
  • 30:44 The importance of connection and networking for opening new opportunities
  • 35:48 Ceri’s perspective on the role of small, consistent habits as a progressive model for success
  • 41:59 Predictions for future trends and areas where the fitness industry will flourish looking forward

Connect with Ceri on social media

@cerilydia.hannan

@ceri.hannan

@ceriwowfitness

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Life after the Vegetarian Myth – Episode 47 with Lierre Keith

Summary

20 years a dedicated vegan … invested morally, nutritionally, and politically into this lifestyle … then a monumental shift back to an omnivorous life to try and rescue her failing health, after living, what she calls, the vegetarian myth! Lierre Keith wrote a book about this life change and discussed the flaws, from her perspective, on the underlying principles of vegetarianism and veganism. The praise for her book has been clear to see, but so was the kickback! Online criticism, attack on character, and even death threats followed from those who disagreed! A decade on from the publication of her groundbreaking book and we speak with Lierre about her life and experiences since.

Guest biography

Lierre Keith is an American writer, food activist, and an environmentalist. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability (2009). She is co-author, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet (Seven Stories Press, 2011) and she’s the editor of The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012).

Episode content: Vegetarian myth

This episode is an instant classic! Lierre shares some great insights into her life since the publication of her highly influential book. We review some of the fundamental principles of the book and also the impact it has had on her life, including:

  • 1:18 Impact of publishing the Vegetarian Myth had on Lierre’s life
  • 3:55 What Lierre enjoyed about the vegan lifestyle
  • 8:00 Why the book was called the Vegetarian Myth and not the Vegan Myth?
  • 9:20 What is meant by the term moral vegetarianism?
  • 15:58 The political arguments for being vegetarian
  • 22:31 What is meant by nutritional vegetarianism?
  • 25:11 Nutritional components from animal foods that support health
  • 28:20 Lierre’s typical dietary practices
  • 32:41 Animal farming and the impact on the environment and carbon emissions
  • 35:08 A decade later, Lierre´s proposed changes to the Vegetarian Myth book
  • 41:51 Problems with industrial-scale plant food production

During the show, Lierre refers specifically to a study regarding brain size and dietary choices. We believe this is the study she was referring to

You may also enjoy our past interview in Episode 27 with Dr Natasha Campbel–McBride, titled The rise of Vegetarianism.

Connect with Lierre on social media

Lierre Keith profile

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Glute training: The scientific bottom line – Episode 46 with Bret Contreras PhD

Summary:

Glutes! Backside! Bottom! Derrière! Tush! Buttocks! Booty! Whatever you choose to call it, training the 3 major muscles that make up the gluteals has been a huge fitness trend in recent years. Glute training or developing shapely, athletic and functional hip musculature is certainly an important aspect of strength and conditioning and physical performance as you will find out in this episode with the ‘Glute Guy’, Bret Contreras! However, for some, it is simply a matter of striving towards the goal of a fit, curvy, Kardashian or Beyonce type figure.

Guest biography

Bret Contreras is considered by many to be the world’s foremost expert on training the gluteals (buttocks) and goes by the name of the ‘Glute Guy’. However, he is also very well versed in a wide range of high-level sports science as a result of years of study and a PhD in this field. Bret is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the author of the highly recommended book, Glute Lab, named after the fitness facility he operates in San Diego, California. He is also acknowledged as the creator of the barbell hip thruster exercise.

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Bret Contreras PhD

Episode content: Glute training

Well, to be honest, we found Bret to be a really down-to-earth guy and easy to speak with, but with a mountain of knowledge under his relaxed demeanour. This episode covered some fun and enjoyable content, but then we really dived deep into some of the science underpinning strength training for the glutes and other important fitness and success factors. The following are the key elements of our conversation: 

  • 1:43 How do Bret’s training methods help deliver optimal results
  • 4:37 A little about the Glute Lab best-selling book on Amazon
  • 5:55 The origin of the nickname the ‘Glute Guy’
  • 10:00 The popularity of shaping and strengthening glutes
  • 12:50 Are males as interested in training glutes as females?
  • 17:16 Is female muscle fibre type dominance responsible for the ability to train higher volume?
  • 18:30 The rule of thirds for glute training
  • 22:30 The top 3 exercises for optimal glute activation
  • 23:44 Are the top glute activation exercises also the most popular?
  • 26:59 A summary of Bret’s PhD research
  • 30:58 Recent changes in practice due to ongoing scientific research
  • 37:19 The importance of patience and hard work in seeking success

During the show, Bret refers to 2 research papers. The links can be found below:

Glutes to the Max
Are all hip extension exercises created equal?

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