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One of my superstar client asked me during one of our sessions recently what my recommendations are for Protein shakes. I thought I’d share my suggestions for him here for general info. At the end, I added my favorite supplement of all time, which I have been taking for over two decades now!

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While Protein powders and other supplements help make big gains, they are what they are called – mere supplements, or just an addition to good nutrition and heavy training.
So keep in mind that nothing will replace eating a balanced diet every day, coupled with kick-ass, ninja training.
Most people who I have talked to asking about Protein shakes are concerned about gaining muscle mass to look jacked, build bigger guns, and gain overall size and strength.
Some who may have a different goal like wanting to lose a few pounds may also be interested in Protein shakes as a recovery drink, or sometimes as a healthy snack alternative after a workout.
In my decade in the Fitness Industry, I have never been a fan of promoting or recommending any type or brand of supplement. I myself use them very occasionally, much more in the recent years than earlier even when I was still competing in Powerlifting.
Supplements have their place. Studies have shown that specific types do boost athletic performance, and some improve overall muscle mass.
While this is true, the most important this is improving your daily nutrition and eating practices. No supplement can ever replace good, quality dietary practices!

Having that said, here are three (3) supplements that I myself have used (or currently use), and would suggest taking if someone asks me.
I included a link to Amazon.ca beside each item so that you can take a look at the photos there, instead of adding them here.

1. Muscletech Creatine. https://amzn.to/2S5I5v2
Creatine is a naturally occuring chemical in every individual muscle that provides energy. This is your muscles’ first line of defense in terms of energy production because it is fast acting and is readily available, compared to glycogen, carbs, or fats that has to be converted first.
But it is in short supply and can only maintain short bursts of effort (first 15 seconds!). Of course, after you use up creatine, your body gets energy from main sources, but adding creatine gives you an extra boost of energy.
Creatine can be found in most meats including fish and shellfish, but research have found benefits to consuming it in powdered form (supplements).
I like this brand specifically because it is tasteless, and what I do is I just dump a scoop of it to a glass of water that I drink when I get up every morning.

When you buy this brand, you’ll see an instruction on how to do the ‘loading phase’ to make sure that your body adapts to the extra supply.

Apart from providing you a boost of energy to lift heavier, creatine promotes water retention in the muscles which will give size fast.
Here’s the link:
https://amzn.to/2S5I5v2
 
2.   Six Star Protein. https://amzn.to/2Wl7m3m
This is my first choice for my Protein shake simply because of the price point! It’s a lot more affordable than other brands, while providing good quality protein and tasting a lot better. Most brands out there are full of ‘fillers’ and sugars.
I mix one scoop with half water and half milk in my shaker bottle.
I drink it throughout my workout.
3. Optimum Nutrition https://amzn.to/2TeyzTD
This is one of the top, reliable brands out there for supplements in general. But I like it specifically for the taste and texture, and overall quality. Compared to Six Star, this is pure Protein Powder, and it’s something you can drink twice in a workout day.
What’s my all-time favorite supplement?
Caffeine!

This humble chemical found in almost every household may be the most widely used performance enhancer in the world. This stimulant given by Mother Nature herself has been proven to be very effective in improving both athletic and every day performance.

While it does not have a direct effect to getting jacked, losing weight, or improving your 1 rep max, caffeine slows down fatigue so you can get going longer.

So grab a cup before your next workout and let caffeine work its wonders.
What do you think?
Are you currently taking any supplements?

Comment below.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! 🦃

 

While it’s time to celebrate a long Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, these four (4) tips can apply to ANY occasion:

“How to Enjoy Your Food in a Party Without Ruining Your Diet.”

1. Skip the Liquid Calories.
Soda, fruit drinks, and other juices pack a good amount of calories that could go unnoticed. If you know that a feast will be served, then you’d rather skip the drinks and save the calorie space for a yummy meal!

2. Enjoy the Food First (before Alcohol).
I know that most of the time, the host will offer you a drink the moment you step in the door. But you might want to pass until you have had something to eat for one simple reason:
When you don’t have food in your stomach, the alcohol travels straight to your bloodstream.

And when  your body’s alcohol levels are up, it’s easier to lose control.
Research have shown that if you drink wine before eating, you are likely to consume 25% more food during the meal!

3. One Small Serving at a Time.
You know you’ll be pleasantly asked to get more food if the host starts to see some ceramic on your plate. So it’s better to start off with a small serving, then just go for one or two more small servings if you need to.

You probably heard some people suggest to ‘use a smaller plate‘ or even ‘use a smaller fork/spoon’ so that you consume smaller portions, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t work (who uses small plates and utensils in parties, anyway?)
By consciously scooping one small serving at a time, you become mindful and YOU take control of your consumption.

4. Socialize.
Take the time to talk to socialize and talk to people. This allows you to chew your food slower, digest, and let your brain process what’s happening in your stomach.

Did you know that it takes our brains up to 20 minutes to realize that we are ‘full’ from the time we first put the spoon in our mouths?

This is because it’s not until the food is properly broken down, digested in the stomach, and absorbed in the intestines that the gut sends a feedback to the brain to say ‘stop eating.’

Follow these four (4) easy-to-do tips so that you’ll leave confident and happy, instead of sad and guilty from breaking your diet!

I mentioned a couple of days ago (my post here) that the Online Trainers Academy will be opening its doors again soon to a new batch of students.

How much does it cost to be Online Trainer Certified?
I know that Personal Trainers often have a tight budget simply because of the way our paycheck is laid out. So asking “How much does it cost?” is important, but a better question is “How much will I gain?”

So I won’t just tell you how much it costs, but I also want to show you what you can get form being Online Trainer Certified.

Here’s a straightforward breakdown for you:
Total investment into the Online Trainer Academy is $1,799 USD with payment plans available.

Hold on to your seat!

This is the total cost if you register on September 6, 2018.
You can save $200 USD if you register for the early bird list here.  The early bird registration will be available only on September 4 -5, 2018. After that, the full price applies.
Both early bird and regular registrants have payment plans available. You can read more here.

Full Disclosure:
If you haven’t read my post a couple days ago, I mentioned that I started off with the 1k extra program before it became the Online Trainers Academy (OTA). 1k extra was a lot less expensive than the OTA. My son was born around the time OTA was launched so I didn’t join the course right then. As a new parent, my budget was also feeling tighter and part of the reason I didn’t join immediately was the expenses. I also got comfortable with the way I was currently running my Online coaching business from what I learned in 1k extra. I had an average of 3 online clients back then.

I watched on the sidelines, reading about OTA graduates and their testimonies. (You can watch more testimonies here). I saw how the graduates were really changed in their thinking and the way they operate, and I was intrigued. I thought the OTA would just have been the same as 1k extra.
It obviously wasn’t. 1k extra didn’t have the textbooks, worksheet, scripts, coaching support, and other helpful, spoon-fed materials that I would need to scale my online training.

The year my son turned one,  I decided it was time to scale my online coaching business. I can’t stay too long at the gym anymore – I want to spend more time with my family.
I can’t even wake up too early for the gym – I was already awake 2 to 3 times every night!

Thankfully because I did the 1k extra, I only had to pay for the OTA textbook to upgrade. It really felt like a big thorn was pulled out from my chest! But in all honesty, I was prepared to pay the full price back then. I would have paid for the full price, because I knew the OTA had something that could help me scale my business.

And through the textbooks, scripts, and other materials from the OTA, my online clients tripled in number in less than two months after finishing the course. For my price point, that meant an extra $9k in a year through my online clients (I can buy tons of diapers for my son!). That is, if I stopped growing my business and don’t train any more additional online clients.

The OTA taught me not just how to train clients online – I also learned how to attract prospects, keep existing clients, promote, and grow my online business.

The cost for the OTA would have emptied my wallet, but if you put in the time, work, and effort into online training, the return is exponential. 

If my story doesn’t convince you, you can watch more testimonies here

If it does, don’t miss the chance. The pre-sale list to save $200 is only until Sept. 5. Register now by clicking here.

 

Yesterday, I’ve shared about my journey from Personal Trainer to Online Trainer which enabled me to reach more people, help more clients, and earn more money.
(If you haven’t read it yet, click here)

I thought I’d quickly share with you what Online Training is all about, and why it can be a profitable business in the Fitness Industry.

The Online Trainer Academy is a comprehensive certification program designed to show fitness professionals like you how to build and and grow an online training business for more income and freedom in a smart and strategic way.

The course will teach you exactly how to build, run and grow your own successful online training business, even if you are starting from scratch! Best of all, it will be a business that you have total control over and can ‘ramp up’ whenever you want.

Mind you, the OTA isn’t a useless get-rich-overnight scam.

I have put in a lot of extra time, work, and effort when I was starting my Online Training business. Now, I am ‘reaping what I have sown’ while I continuously grow my Online Training company.

What you’ll get from the OTA is an in-depth collection of materials that have been meticulously developed with input from 23 professional online trainers, marketers and business owners.

If you’re tired of chasing tips and tricks and feel energized by the idea of finally learning everything you need to know to build your own profitable online training business and want a certification to prove it, the Online Trainer Academy is for you.

Read this:
When you put in the work you will reap the rewards: a business of your design and the freedom that comes with it – whatever that freedom means to you.

Of course, work still has to be done. Time has to be spent. But a decision has to be made whether you would want to cluelessly go about it, or get it right the first time.

Here are more testimonials from Trainers around the world who are now Online Trainer Certified:

Read the testimonials here

 

 

In this post, I will share a short story about how I became an Online Trainer, how it helped me gain CONTROL and FREEDOM in my career, a Big Announcement for Personal Trainers, and a Bonus at the end.
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I have been in the Fitness Industry for over 10 years, and a Master Trainer at a commercial gym for 5. It’s been a fun and exciting career motivating people to improve and helping them reach their health and fitness goals. If you are a Personal Trainer yourself, you’ll know how rewarding it is to see your client do that one more set, or push themselves for one last rep then they feel good and ‘pumped up’ after. Each session with good clients is gratifying and you just feel motivated to guide them on their fitness journey, right?

But let’s admit it, it’s terribly tiring.

I know because when I was starting out as a Personal Trainer, I have worked as early as 5:30am (that is, I was IN THE GYM by 5:30am) and finished training clients as late as 9:30pm.
I have had clients who literally just dragged themselves through the gym doors and despised every minute of working out with me.
Gym managers have manipulated the schedule and ‘availability’ I provided so I had to change my personal plans just to be at the gym.
I have sacrificed time, energy, and money to be at the gym for a new client just to find out that the client is not showing up.

You may or may not have experienced the stuff I mentioned, but I did it simply because I NEEDED to train clients to EARN MONEY.  Let’s get real – no matter how rewarding our career is, at the end of the day, we need money. And most Personal Trainers are paid only when they train people. No clients, no training, no money.
I felt trapped. I make my personal schedule with my clients’ schedule in mind. At one point, I was training 2 dozen clients in a week and had to confirm every single session before I can make plans. If I want to go home early to have dinner with my family, I get nothing. If I don’t take the 5:30am client, I get nothing.

I got stuck in the ‘gym rat race.’

Thankfully, I stumbled upon Jonathan Goodman, the founder of the Online Trainers Academy (OTA), before he even started the company. I can say that he is one of the most genuine, straightforward, and just plain honest public figure that I know of. He’s truly a man of integrity. And a few years ago, he started a beta-course called 1k extra with the goal of helping trainers like me earn $1,000 extra from training people online. I did the 1k extra and had three of my in-person clients convert to online on my first month.

What a relief!

As a Personal Trainer starting out in Toronto, I was being paid a measly $7.50 CDN for every half hour of training. The money I earn was limited to the amount of half-hours I can commit for the gym. I was newly married at that time and my wife and I were planning to have a child, so I needed the extra income.
The 1k extra did give me a room to breathe in terms of expenses. Instead of giving up to 80% of what my clients pay to the gym, I get paid the full price for training clients online without the hassle of scheduling, commuting through the snow, and working in a busy commercial gym.

The 1k extra course grew into becoming THE Online Trainers Academy where future online trainers get a textbook, scripts, worksheet, coaching support, and everything else they need to earn more than $1,000 through Online Training. My son was born during that same year the OTA launched so I missed joining the course. It took me another year to finally join the OTA , finish the exam and become “Online Trainer Certified.”

I wish I got certified sooner.

Because through the OTA, I was able to scale up my Online training business, reach more people, train more online clients, and of course, earn more money.
I got promoted to be Master Trainer at my gym somewhere along those years, but now I have CONTROL over my schedule. I am not pressured to work too late at the gym just for that small slice of the pie. I have the FREEDOM to choose who to train with, and respectfully say ‘No’ to people who are uncommitted.

Building up my Online Training business did take a lot of work. One good thing about being a Trainer at a gym and having a ‘split shift’ (morning and evening because no one trains at 12nn to 4pm) is that I was able to use the spare time to work on my business. The course was also pricey especially for a new parent like me, but the ‘return of investment’ came as soon as I sent workouts to my new Online clients.

It took a lot of grind, and I had to make a big investment decision, but everything was worth it.

And I am writing this to SHARE with you this one-of-a-kind opportunity to reach more people, train online clients, and earn more money so that you can gain back the CONTROL and FREEDOM in your career.

Here’s the Big Announcement for Personal Trainers:
“The Online Trainer Academy is opening its doors to a new batch of students soon! Space is limited and registration will close after spots are filled, so don’t miss out!”

The OTA doors will open again on September 6, 2018 but you can get on the pre-sale list starting TODAY until that date, and get $200.00 off the price.

Whether you are a Trainer who is just starting out, or you have been in the industry for years, and you don’t want to get stuck in the ‘gym rat race’ then don’t miss this chance.

You can read more information about the Online Trainer Academy, and sign-up for the pre-sale list with the $200.00 discount through the link below:

<<< Become Online Trainer Certified NOW >>> 

BONUS:
Here’s what I really liked about being an OTC. Working as a Trainer in a commercial gym, I am required to renew my PT Certification by finishing a continuing education course (CEC). You and I both know that the Fitness Industry is filled with tons of useless ‘educational’ stuff for Fitness Professionals (think of ‘Magic Resistance band specialization’ or ‘Breathing mechanics for core control’… you name it.) so I was really glad that OTA was a recognized CEC!
If you need to renew your certification and are looking for a CEC, I’m telling you that this is the best one out there. Even if you have already taken a CEC, the points can be transferred to next year’s, but be sure to confirm with your organization.

I’ve said enough…

<<< Become Online Trainer Certified NOW >>> 

 

It’s hard to write something related to Spring when there’s still snow on the ground here in Canada, but the season has officially started and it means another fresh start for a lot of us!

The warm breeze, radiant sun in the daytime, and blossoming trees just supercharge and motivate us to become more active. As it’s only a natural thing to clean out the old ways of Winter to make way for the new sunny days of Spring, so it’s also a great time to face our excuses for not getting fit and healthy! These excuses pile up just like the clutter we accumulate in our houses, garage, and even our cars during winter, but now it’s time to clean up!

What’s your excuse?

I don’t have the TIME.
Trust me, this is the most common one, and if you make this excuse, you’re definitely not alone!
You are busy, you tend to kids at home and bring them to school, you have meetings to attend, calls to make, social events to show up for, on top of doing the groceries, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, changing your tires, and the list goes on.

Who’s got the time to exercise???

The question you should be asking yourself should not be “When will I have the time to exercise?” but “How can I MAKE TIME to exercise?” Trust me, I train people from different walks of life – from the company CEO who spend 12 hrs a day in the office, to the busy student dumped with schoolwork, to the super Mom with four growing kids.

The point is, everyone will have a reason to be the busiest person in the world. And it’s all about making time for what matters to you.

I don’t have the ENERGY.
I catch myself making this excuse as well! As a Personal Trainer, I start as early as 6:30am in the morning and end my morning shift around 12nn, take a few hours of break, and continue to my evening shift sometimes from 4 to 8pm.  You probably have a different schedule, but we both feel tired and exhausted after a long day of work!

The good thing is that Exercise improves your stamina and energy levels in the long run. You only need to take the first step. Start small and simple – add a couple of exercises to start off your day like jumping jacks or squats. Be consistent and see how your energy level spike up after a couple of weeks! Make sure you fuel your body of the right food and water, as well as get enough sleep to recover.

It will be tough in the beginning, but you will get tougher!

I don’t have the DISCIPLINE.
I did a simple Facebook survey in the past and this excuse makes it to the top three. When people make this excuse, it usually leads to a dead end. I mean, where can you get Discipline? You can’t just eat or drink something do be more disciplined. Maybe you can attend a 5-day seminar to be a more disciplined person, but it’s another time consuming thing.

Read this:
You don’t need DISCIPLINE to start a fitter lifestyle. You need a STRATEGY.”

The common problem is that people set too high of a standard for themselves to make a change. They want to reach a Big Goal, and they want to take a Big number of Big Steps when they start. If you do this, you will only feel overwhelmed, you’ll feel lost searching for the best big thing to do, and you’ll end up not doing anything at all and procrastinate.

The answer is to make a strategy with simple, doable steps that you can take to reach your goal. For example, instead of aiming to go to the Gym 5 times a week with a hectic schedule, start with committing to two, or plan a home workout in the weekend, or 10-minute walk during lunchtime.

Reaching these “mini-milestones” helps keep you motivated, which is another factor in maintaining your self-discipline. It’s not aiming low at all.
It’s about determining your steps toward your goal, making consistent daily efforts to overcome each step, and setting yourself up for success.

Long-term goals are great, but it’s the smaller, short-term milestones that will get you there.

NO MORE EXCUSES.
Accept that these things are only excuses. Make a clean sweep and toss them out! Everybody can make these excuses for avoiding a healthier and fitter lifestyle. The fit and healthy people you see around you chose to give up ANY excuse and just do it! That doesn’t mean it was easy for them. It just means that they figured out what was important for them, they took the first step to get stronger than their excuse, and they follow a strategy of small, doable steps that brings them closer to their goal.

You can do it, too!

>>> If you are done Spring Cleaning your excuses and are ready to start a fitter and healthier lifestyle, take the NEXT STEP here:
https://coachbillygoco.com/online-fitness-coaching/

Christmas arrived early!

Posted: November 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Christmas came early! 🎄🎊

A couple years ago, I finished a beta-course on Online Training 💪 with the hopes of being able to provide effective, affordable and customized training programs to more people around the world. I launched my own Online Fitness Coaching company shortly after finishing the course, training a number of clients 100% online.

That same course evolved into a recognized certification for Online Training – the first in the world – and soon I’ll be Certified . This would allow me to fully expand my reach and provide various Online Fitness Coaching services that are effective and cost-efficient, to people like you all over the world.

My Online Fitness Coaching spots are currently FULL, but I’ll probably open up more by the start of 2018. If you want to get in the waitlist, send me a PM and I’ll hook you up! 💪