I recently spent the weekend in the company of Wolfgang Unsöld, he is currently one of the most successful Personal Trainers and Strength Coaches in the world and is the founder of the Your Personal Strength Institute (YPSI) in Stuttgart, Germany.
This was fantastic opportunity for me to gain some knowledge bombs from one of the best in the business.
I didn’t enter the realms of personal training to be a rep counter, it’s never been about the money for me. I wanted to be a coach that genuinely cares about people’s health and development. It’s exactly why I wanted to work in the company of Matt De’Ath and Roan Heming.
I always wanted to be a coach as well as a trainer. What the difference? Essentially, training is about transferring knowledge while coaching is all about enhancing someone’s knowledge, skill, talent. Much of a coach’s role takes placed off the gym floor.
My job is not to turn your light grey T dark grey, nor is my job to confuse you with information that has no relevance to you in the hope it makes me sound cool.
Here’s the weekends itinerary:
Macro & MicroNutrients
How to decide on the amount and type of Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate for the fastest Results. And how to structure Micronutrients and other Supplements to facilitate the fastest Progress.
Hormones & Skinfolds and their application in the Real World
An overview of the most relevant hormones, their function, their association with body fat distribution and ways to optimise them for the fastest Results in Fat loss, Hypertrophy and Maximal Strength Training. This lecture also contains the practical strategies to use for managing Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, Gut Health, Acid/Alkaline Balance and Adrenal Fatigue. And the green week to bust plateaus. Incl. detailed Supplement-Protocols based on Skinfold Priorities.
The Nervous system & Neurotransmitters
A Sneak Preview on Wolfgang Unsöld’s take and application of the Science & Practice of Neurotransmitters. And how to optimise the Nervous system and Neurotransmitters with Food and Nutrients for better Sleep, more Energy and more Results in Training.
Day one in the B A G, today’s seminar was the shortest of the three, just under four hours. Today we got acquainted then straight down to the proper techniques needed to correctly measure an individual’s body fat. The odd cm off here and there could make a big difference to the outcome.
12 small things that popped up today:
- Fish oil, most overrated supplement of the last 10 years.
- Cortisol is life, low cortisol is boring. Learn to manage it.
- The liver needs a lot of protein to function- 30-50g per day.
- Tennessee is the fattest state in North America.
- You can’t measure over scar tissue.
- All vitamins/minerals are made through extraction.
- High amounts of vitamin D can decrease recovery.
- The importance of varying your fats.
- No bad fat other than trans fat- why? It’s manmade.
- Micronutrients dosages depend on the demand of your lifestyle.
- Fish oil is only good for short term inflammation- injury.
- Supplements are an important pillar.
Here’s 12 small lines that popped up today:
- The higher the stress the greater the need for recovery.
- TABATA, great training tool, but only for the conditioned.
- Cortisol does not raise body fat but it decreases all other hormones which can lead to higher body fat.
- Success is subjective.
- The tricep is your best testosterone indicator.
- Autism is girls is very rare.
- High testosterone can lean to neurodegeration.
- Muscular imbalance improves endocrine system.
- Dopamine dominant people don’t make great bodybuilders.
- When cortisol goes up, aldosterone goes down.
- Without catabolism there’s no anabolism.
- When it comes to training, quality beats quantity.
There is so much about the fitness industry I despise. When it comes to regulations on education its poor at best, which leads to poorly qualified individuals delivering a weak service at an over inflated price. These types of courses reinvigorate me as they act as reassurance to me that the industry also has some really good coaches with a desire to be better at what they do.
And that’s a wrap…..day 3 came and went. Over the last 3 years I have attended many course and seminars, this course more than any other has given me the most amount of usable knowledge that I can implement immediately.
Day 3Here’s 12 little gems from day 3:
- Selenium is the major cause of post pregnancy depression.
- It takes up to 18 months to replenish micronutrient levels after giving birth.
- Fear and anxiety can slow down T4/T3.
- Growth hormones are produced during deep sleep & training.
- HGH has no muscle building effect, Great for fat burning and recovery.
- Melatonin induces deep sleep.
- The higher your subscapularis fold the worse the inflammatory response.
- Supplements for acute inflammation- curcumin and fish oil.
- Cortisol governs all other hormones.
- Psychoneuroimmunology- the study of the effect of the mind on health and resistance to disease.
- Average adult laughs 40 times a day, a baby laughs on average 200 times.
- Laughing is immune boosting.
- The warmer your environment the higher the growth hormone.
- Every organ has its own circadian Rhythm.
- Sleep deprivation could lead to pre-diabetic state.
- Zebras don’t get ulcers.