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Attending Phil Learney’s Seminar!

This weekend I had the privilege of travelling to Cardiff City to attend Phil Learney’s seminar on nutrition and training. I have attended many seminars and they often have many great take away points, I have even presented a handful myself and plan to do many more. It has to be said though, Phil sets the standard as far as I am concerned. It is one thing having such an in-depth knowledge about such a broad range of topics within nutrition and training but it is quite another being able to teach that in an intelligent yet understandable way. I once had a maths teacher who was allegedly a mathematical genius yet he was a crap teacher. If somebody didn’t get what he was saying then he was perplexed. Phil is able to make everything understandable and he made his audience relate to everything he shared.

What about the content itself? It was amazing, but I expected nothing less. Earlier this year in BodyPower I sat in on an hour seminar with Phil, it was awesome. Although I have a relatively broad idea of his beliefs from following his online platforms there is nothing better than seeing it for yourself, you learn much more this way in my opinion. As a coach I have applied various methods to different clients and it was very refreshing and helpful to hear Phil’s opinions on these topics, it really crystallised a lot of what I thought I understood to a whole new level.

I’m not going to delve too deep into the content because that would be well beyond the scope of an article, it would be more appropriate to call that a book!! However I will outline some of the take home messages which I am a strong believer in.

. Nutrition is way beyond calories and macros
. Hormone health is absolutely essential (insulin resistance can cause many more issues than fat gain!!)
. Digestive health is absolutely essential
. There are physiological issues which are directly linked with psychological issues (false hunger being one)
. Every person is an individual. Certain dietary protocols are more appropriate to certain demographics than others (contrary to the belief of hard-core IIFYM advocates)
. The start of a diet overhaul is often the most crucial period for an overweight beginner (although it remains important going forward)

The cost of the seminar was £175 and that is CHEAP for the amount of knowledge you will take away from this. It represents unbelievable value which is to me what counts. As a coach I am already better as a result of the knowledge I learned as will the others who attended. Phil also shared his experiences as a coach which you can’t buy, it made a lot of sense and enlightened me.

On a personal level, I have suffered with a lower back injury from deadlifting (with ‘’good’’ form might I add). I have spent 12 months with a physio, the pain isn’t really any less. My girlfriend has dislocated both of her knees within the last 24 months. Without going into the details – it took him about 8 seconds to diagnose what my problem is (and then prescribe a solution) and not much longer for my girlfriend. He then got me doing exercises and although they looked the same by using his coaching experience he made me make small changes which made a massive difference.

To sum it up, I was extremely impressed and will absolutely be attending each of his seminars next year and if he ever offers internships I will be the first to sign up regardless of the cost!

I was always the small kid since I can remember and it was always the same when I started football when I was just 8 years old. This didnt change until I was 16, where for all of my sporting life until that point I hadn't had the luxury of being strong on the field or powerful. I remember I always wanted to have a '6 pack' so I would do around 2,000 sit ups a night (no that is not a typo) but apart from being seriously fit I didn't get many gains in the form of aesthetics. So in the summer of 2006 when I was 16 I bought a 50kg weight set from Argos where I trained my heart out in my bedroom 3 times a week completing a full body circuit and yes, I did grow! As soon I lifted my first weight my arms always seemed to grow well and my chest didn't and that is the same today! Then at the start of 2007 I was fortunate enough to meet for the first time I guy some of you may of heard of, Kris Gethin. It is by no coincidence we share the same sir name, he is my bigger cousin (older as well :)). Kris took me under his wing, gave me a training programme and a diet and said follow this, so I did. Kris probably got 10-20 emails a DAY asking questions because I wanted to learn and wanted to know everything right away! Over the years since then Kris always guided me and put me in touch with Neil Hill who I am blessed enough to call a very close friend today. Neil now guides me with my nutrition and training and that basically explains my background to date. In the last year I have also written masses of articles for various companies and magazines in the industry and I am also the editor in chief of my own magazine which came out January of 2011, Elite Physique Magazine! My future aspirations as an athlete is to achieve a very aesthetic 'beach body', my ideal would be a mini version of Arnie, that classic shape is unbeatable in my opinion. As an individual I strive to always better myself and my knowledge and to help others who are starting out like I was 5 years ago! Above all else, it is an absolutely huge honour to be the online editor of MonsterSupplements.com!

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