I take my car to the mechanic to argue how I can do a better job.

I take my car to the mechanic to argue how I can do a better job.

Reading that statement you would automatically think what a moron. Who on earth would do that?

Well yeah, you could find someone doing this if you really looked long and hard enough. The statement is some I use with my clients to work on building the idea that the human body can be thought of as a machine for a means or purpose. In this case, life.

Your car needs particular parts to make sure it starts when you need it to. It takes you wherever you need to go, provided you’re not using it as a means of flying or any underwater activities.
It gives you a level of safety, protection and comfort.

Taking the car analogy to the human body, we need various parts to keep ourselves alive. It’s a no-brainer (see there is one part already). Heart, lungs, stomach, liver, kidneys, muscles, bones, nerves, blah, blah, blah.

When your car, cause let’s be real here. Anyone one of us, once over the age of 16 have at least driven a car at some point in our lives. When your car is in need to regular service or repair, you take it the mechanic, yes? Of course, if you service it yourself that’s ok too. Many of us take our cars to the mechanic with the predetermined knowledge that we are going to a professional to get the best possible outcome for our car. We expect they will check the engines, clean the oils, fix the spark plugs, gears, breaks, tyres and who knows what else.

Pick up the car when it’s done. Pay the price and drive away. The car is running good, no hassles. Life carries on.

Changing the car to your body. We get our concerns with our health. So we go to the doctor when we are sick. Dentist when some of you out their get fillings. Physiotherapist or Myotherapist (P.S. I know a really good guy for Myotherapy for injuries, massage and aches. The list goes on).

Approaching these professionals in their field, again leads you to the predetermined thoughts of they know what they are doing, almost an automatic trust.

One day your car has literally the blinking light going to let you know, petrol is at an all-time low right now. You are pushing the chance of running out while driving to your destination. You have to get to a place that you know is 50km away, so some distance.
Put the pedal to the metal and you fly down the road, breaking suddenly to manoeuvre around slower drivers (or people actually doing the speed limits) strain the breaks. Take unknowing shortcuts. Still stressing that you could still run out of petrol at any minute.
You sweat and swear, yell and throw your hand out for the international sign for WTF. Still. You made it. Engine hot, just running on fumes and your white-knuckle grip on the wheel.

Car is now a mess. Engine is thrashed. Breaks are far worse due to the excessive slamming on and off at high speeds. You’re may be covered in stress and sweat and you can’t sleep at night because you have to find the money for the extra amount to pay for the car service, due to the beating you gave the car. Now it struggles to get to the same destination because it’s not working as efficiently due to your need to get there right now on hardly any fuel and get there right now yesterday.

Bringing back the body analogy with this scenario. You want to lose 40 kg desperately. You have had a bad lifestyle for a long time of sitting down too much for too long. Eating all those good feeling foods, whatever they are for you and you are going to turn a lifetime of self-abuse into a 40kg victory in the next 12 weeks.

First thing. Drop the calories, eating less means losing weight yeah? Ok, doing that. Next thing, do more, way more. You jump on the machines at the gym or you run around your local area. Join a group class and pump out reps, sweat and heavy breathing. You lose some weight. Not enough. So you think. Ok drop more calories, exercise more and the cycle repeats itself. You find you sleep less. You’re eating what you think is healthy and not getting anywhere. Some will then throw the white flag up and just say it’s all too much. Others will seek extreme methods that do not last, surgery, drugs basically the extremes.

After a while. Things stop. You notice the weight stays the same. Then start to creep back up. Stressed out you seek who can I go and see about this? Dr Google is one option or a personal trainer. Sitting across a desk or table in the gym with the look of puppy dog eyes waiting for the trainer to present the one single bone treat that will turn you from a drooling bulldog into a graceful greyhound.

As I said before, your body is like a car. You have just thrashed yourself silly chasing something that isn’t impossible but by taking shortcuts or going balls to the wall, doing more and eating less. Your body has reached a state of which it is stressed. Exhausted. In some level of pain and starvation.
You, me, we are not all the same. Different make and models. A car is pretty standard in its basic design. This is where confusion reigns down on us all as we search for the single answer to fix our situation. The one thing that will make everything easier and quicker to change ourselves.

So at the gym, your discussions with the trainer go well. Working out what you want, how you want to look and feel. When can we get started? Ok. First thing, let’s bring up your calories and get you moving at least. Slamming the breaks sounds in your head. No, no, no, no this is not while you’re at the gym talking to this training about adding calories back. All that weight will come back on. What rubbish. This guy has no idea.

Doing more and taking out less is the way to go.

I am here to say that is totally incorrect. Hence why would you argue with the trainer about it, if you have come to them in need of help when all else has failed?

Diets worked for a while. Portion control lasted 3 weeks. Calories counting? Lost track of that between breakfast and that shake and chocolate bar and cheesecake, but that’s ok, my calories are still in line. Had surgery because we reached the point of it being a medical condition, rather than work on balance and understand you went for the easy option. Stack it on; cut it off. Oh, it’s back on again.

Car needs oil, so you add oil. Car needs petrol, in goes unleaded, premium or diesel. Breaks need replacing, wipers fixed, gears changed.

Stone cold hard truth.

You can’t apply the same thinking to your body. Depressing I know. You wanted the straight answer from me. Nope. Not going to get it because it does not exist.

Doing more and eating less has its place if balanced right and organised in a way that is playable to your daily routines. Taking into understanding that we want the results of society now, because of other underlining reasons. Bullies, friends, families, lovers, media and so on.
We are first to see those who have changed themselves in 12 weeks, but hardly ever see the majority of others who could have taken 12 years.

Our bodies will and are giving signs one way or another to us to say, something isn’t going right. Weight gain is the easiest to see, but have you considered some of the following:

Stress, anxiety, skin irritations or rash any area of the body. Stomach bloating, excessive wind, constipation, frequent visits to the toilet. Quick to anger or even depression, fatigue. Tired after eating foods like pasta or rice; always need a fix. Can’t think straight, bad sleep, unable to remember any dreams or even reach the stage of REM. Joints ache, constant headaches.

This list can go on, but I would be extremely surprised if anyone read that previous text and said I have none of those going on or experienced. In fact, I will just say it you’re a liar if you don’t because at some point these particular issues will pop up due to daily life. How many of these can be fixed by fixing a diet? A good amount. Some might need a systematic way of eating and a little help from other things like massage or yoga or even exercise.

It will still come back to needing to reset yourself one way or another. If you keep thinking that by dropping calories and exercising to the extreme is going to bring your better health changes then you are mistaken. If it truly was the case, wouldn’t we all be lean, strong, toned, skinny whatever the word you want to pick?

If seeking a well-rounded and experienced trainer about your needs, why argue or go against what they are saying? Why go to the mechanic after you have torn the car to shreds then say you can fix it yourself or do a better job? How is it that your trainer falls into the category of ‘I’m not really listening to you, buddy’.

The human body won’t be fixed ever by a wonder pill or a magic formula that we all follow. There are ‘guidelines’ to work from, but this does not mean that ‘guideline’ number twelve, which works for you, will work for the next person or the person after that.

We can use the analogy of our body being like a car, but it won’t mean we fix it in the same way. Yet we do need to refuel sometimes, bring calories back up, top up the petrol tank. Slow down and ease off the accelerator to rest. Take a planned route or ease off the training level to activity recover from stress. Put premium petrol into the engine while taking in better food options like meats and vegetables. Supplements are like adding the fluffy dice to your review mirror; they can be used, but are not necessary all the time plus the dice look stupid.

My first Seminar. Learn to cook healthier.

Why pay money for home deliver meals, that are unrealistic in your daily life, incorrect portions, pricey and don’t last long term!

Having 10 years experience as a qualified chef before going into personal training. I have experience in how to find good, quality foods and items, but also has given me the skills to prepare, store, plan healthy meals for myself, family and friends.

You will learn, how nutrition is key to your goals of weight loss and health.
Learn how to how to shop for foods and what are the do’s and don’ts of food shopping and which is fresh and which is not.

Learn how to prepare your foods, ready to go in the fridge for easy and smooth for you and your family.
Through demonstrations, so this means you get to try the dishes I will be cooking up!

Discussions also about, gut health, tips and chef secrets.

Also you will walk away with recipes to try at home straight away.

This even is limited to 10 people MAX!

For those who want to learn how to cook healthy without the hassle of portion control, counting calories and want to have control on the foods they eat.

Limited to 10 people ready to learn how to understand that cooking healthy isn’t as hard as it’s made out to be.

Time: 9am to 11am
Date: 17th December 2016
Location: Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, Altona.

Tickets can be found by click here or using the eventbrite app or contacting Dan.

A better way to answer your questions

A new answer to nearly anything asked from our clients.

I am a going to start using this answer that I have heard from other leading trainers in the industry.

It depends.

The fitness industry is really saturated with anyone who is into fitness. Not health. Fitness. I feel there is a difference.
Various courses out there set up to basically perform a snatch and run style of education to any willing to fork out the money.
I am a possible product of this, when I explain where I had my education beginnings. However I was also given a real reality check before completing and I walked out with the understanding all I have now is the licence. The hard work is now.

Due to being a powerlifter and avid beach volleyball player, I am prey to the stereotype of what a trainer should look like in the eyes of the TV, Magazine and other fitness industry leaders. I have to say I agree with some of them. I do, not so much TV and magazines, but true leaders of the fitness industry.

With our clients the first point of call is always inside will shine on outside. Bring balance to what is going internally, being mental, physical or nutritional.

We have all heard it, and if you haven’t you are about to. Skinny fat or Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
Not point in looking like the hottest celebrity if you’re inside is the same cholesterol level as a take way burger store floor, greasy and slippery and most likely full of teenagers ready to drink the weekend away.
Commercial fitness will always speak the same language, eat your grains, train like a machine to the point of tears and near death and get back up again and keep doing cardio cause you don’t want to be a baby kitten.

Yet no real discussions on fixing your gut. Your blood sugar balance. Your need for sleep and balance of stress. How gluten intolerance is a lot larger than people think it is.

So my answer from now on, will be. It depends.

Fat loss. It depends, on how much body fat you want to lose and what are you doing now?

Muscle growth. It depends, are you getting enough sleep at night to allow the best possible muscle, hormone recovery?

Lower your cholesterol. It depends on what foods you are consuming and when are you consuming them.

Find more energy during the day. Depends on are you managing your time, sleep and stress?

Can you see how this answer brings on a real discussion about your health, not just about losing weight and bring on a sweat.

Can we change the way commercial fitness is? It depends.

To aid in a lot of these concerns that we address at dbfitness, we use various coaching tools and education such as Poliquin Group bio signature, which is a great, non invasive way to measure your body fat in realisation to your hormone imbalances that can then be used to tailor nutrition, training and coaching to you individually.

Check out the services page to find out more.

Why we luv trainer dan – Yasemin

What was the reason you started personal training?

I started personal training to prepare for the victorian police fitness assessment. Which involves, agility test, pushups, prone hold, grip testing, wall climb, beep test, 100m swim

What results have you achieved while training with Trainer Dan?

I passed the victorian police fitness assessment!!!!!!

What was the proudest moment you achieved during your fitness journey with trainer Dan?

Doing proper pushups!!! because I couldn’t even do one and passing the test of course and surprising myself with the strength I had doing deadlifts and chest press.

What advice would you give anyone who is holding back from taking the step forward to start their changes in their fitness and health?

DO IT!!! you will feel so proud of yourself and have so much satisfaction from every little achievement and feel good about yourself.

Random things to describe your experience with trainer Dan


And now a note from our trainer:

Yas attacked her training from the word go, focused and kept the eye on the prize, while still balancing a shift working job. When given the food ideas plan, Yas followed it so well she dropped 2 kgs and nearly 2% bodyfat, using poliquin group biosignature to rack lean body muscle while going through a strength training phase, which was mostly high intense reps over more sets, not hours and hours of cardio and 25+ reps. This was the result of knowing what was the end goal for Yas, but also what does her body respond to achieve her goals. Not a cookie cutter plan, trainer dan does not work that way.

Recommended Reads

The Richest Man in Babylon – George S Clason

Is a book that I was meaning to read for a long time. In fact, I think it was over 3 years ago I was given the book by my mother. I can now say, that it is one of the books I have already finished this year.
The book is written in a way that you might feel your reading shakespeare, but I think it was only trying to give the impression of how people addressed each other in during this time.
What is the book about? Well, money. How to use your money in a way that will brings a comfortable way of life. It’s not about how to make a million dollars over night. It’s a collection of teachings handed down to help bring, keep and manage your wealth.
One simple idea that I am even using now myself (and it does help me manage my finances better.)

“I started to make my fortune, when I realised that one tenth of my gold was mine to keep”

Why do I talk about this book? Well, money management is easy for some and damn hard for others. This book gives simple ideas that stand up even today. When your money management is more under control. You may find yourself that little bit less stressed. You might find that you realise, I can’t go buying this and that as yet, so I have to practise patience.

Is it the best book out there? Maybe not, it’s definitely not the only one of money. However it is a short book, cheap to buy online, as well as an audiobook and maybe the best start for most people out there into better money management. Give it a read and you may find it works for you


Recommended Read

If you are like me and find reading a book something of a task or you can’t seem retain the story, information or vision what is going in the pages. Give an audiobook a go. I did. I found this a better way for me to not only retain the information, but also kept me, (well I would say reading, but anyway) kept me going. Listening to someone reading the book out was almost like story time! One of my recommended reads is this book. Why we get fat and what to do about it by Gary Taubes.

I heard of this book from listening to a couple of podcasts interviews by numerous strength coaches. So when I finally signed up for an audiobook, it was the first one I downloaded and finished in a week.

Why we get fat cover

In the pages it will ask you to think critically about foods. The relationships with medical world and what they deem to be “the norm” for the everyday diet regardless of the evidence and the health issues that are around today still. Why calories are rubbish and how alteration of them has not worked based on scientific studies, information and research over the years and decades. Why over eating isn’t causing our obesity. The rest I will leave up to you to find out, but I hope this has peaked your interest.
It’s not a diet book, but it may change the way you think about the food you eat and they way you eat it.

Remember educate and dominate.

Quick note – just in case so I don’t get in trouble. All information is the based from the author and all credit for the book is belonging to them.