Background

(ignore the bloody finger – you can find out here why)

Josh got into fitness as many young kids 👶🏾 do: with the dream of being a footballer ⚽️ but after not making it, he fell out of love 💔 with fitness as a whole.

As an adult he found it a struggle to get back into fitness, especially with his job and work routine.

At his job he then made friends with a guy who was in the same position as him and who agreed to go to the gym together to work out.

They started with very general exercises and, over the coming months, his friend became almost like a PT to Josh, as he was more experienced and slightly fitter.

Josh couldn’t manage a pull up back then and it was his friend who actually helped him do it.

(Very stark contrast in comparison with his current fitness levels. He and I spent one afternoon in summer doing 100 pull ups with perfect form.)

Once Josh got fitter, he became more competitive – he would even sneak off to the gym without telling his gym buddy…

… but all for a good motive. Healthy competition is great for progress for all parties involved.

He changed his eating habits 🥗 and reached the point where he was able to compete with his friend.

 

Fitness

Josh’s approach to getting in top shape is centred around a specific way of thinking 🤔💭:

He thinks of fitness and food as two individuals in a relationship. 👫👭👬

Sometimes the relationship between the two is good. 👍🏽

At other times it’s a train wreck. 🚂🌪

Yet, like every relationship, patience 🌞🌚 and hard work is vital and with a bit of help from those around you, being in the right environment and having a positive outlook, the relationship can be very successful.

For Josh, fitness is a hobby that fuels a lifestyle and helps build the right mental attitude for success 📈 in other parts of his life.

Of course, like everyone else, Josh wants to look good 💁🏾‍♂️, but he knows that patience more than anything is the key 🔐 to success on this journey.

 

Training

“Lift heavy” are the first words to come out of Josh’s mouth.

Josh works a lot on building power 💥 and strength through compound lifts.

For example: deadlifts and squats (exercises where the muscles work at more than one joint).

He builds strength through slow controlled lifts and then works on power by engaging the fast twitch muscle fibres when performing his compound lifts at a faster speed (still in full control of the entire movement).

Josh did try aerobic exercises and HIIT style training🤸🏾‍♂️ when he first started training…

… but the natural inclination was towards lifting heavy weights 🏋🏾 and it was what he enjoyed most.

He describes lifting heavy as not only a physical change in being able to move heavy amounts of weight with speed and correct form, but also physiological – in believing he can lift the weight or one day work towards lifting heavier weights.

Favourite exercise? “Easy”, he says, “Squats.”

➡️ Click here to know more about squats ⬅️

 

Social fitness

“Social behavioural change is what causes the most change.”

Josh believes uniting a trainer and a group of 2-3 people is the best recipe for success in achieving fitness goals.

Having a PT plus one or two people is like working with a small team on a project – it gives you the best chance at success.

By working together, clients can push each other closer towards goals. “It’s personal training 2.0” 🤖

You burn more calories 🔥 in a social or competitive environment – this is due to something called the Kohler effect, where essentially no one wants to be the weaker human in the group.

”You’re 86% more likely to succeed with another person in your sessions.” 📈

➡️ Click here to know the benefits of working out with a buddy ⬅️