Delayed Gratification in Fitness


I constantly get asked “what’s the secret to fat loss?” “How can I achieve my fitness results in the fastest way possible?” Well I am very sorry, there is NO SECRET, and living in the fast lane is where you crash and burn.

I’ve done martial arts for a good portion of my life and I have seen and met some incredible masters. Anyone can be a master if they work at their craft long enough and the same can go for your fitness levels. You will have some obstacles in your way, you may get hurt, you may lose some motivation, but if you just keep on working at it. Eventually you will get to where you want to be. Always remember the best investment you can make is in yourself.

I met Chelsea over 2 years ago, and I can honestly say I have seen a tremendous amount of positive growth in her physically, and mentally. And I can honestly say her quality of life has improved even more. She came to me a normal college student, barely being able to do a couple of push-ups and not having lifted any real weights before. Since then, she has increased her lean body mass and metabolism, does over 50 full push-ups with ease, deadlifts over 300 lbs, does weighted pull ups, single leg squats, and a variety of heavy kettlebell exercises to name a few (53 lb get ups). She has been the fittest and strongest she’s ever been in her entire life.

The reason why I mention Chelsea is that everyone can do the things she does, as long as you keep on doing it. Chelsea understands that fitness isn’t a temporary thing like a 90 day program. She understands that what she is doing now will benefit her in the future. And that mindset is essential for success. Too many of us think in the NOW. I want results NOW. I can guarantee that if Chelsea had no patience and just wanted quick results her fitness levels would not be where they are now.

I will tell you a secret, results don’t come easy and REAL results don’t come fast. How many times do you see 90 day transformations to lure you into starting an exercise program? We see it everywhere it is marketing at its finest! Make the viewer think they can be just like that guy on tv in 90 days. I am sorry to pop any ones bubble. But many people in those 90 day transformations are not overweight to begin with. You may have some that are truly overweight, but realize if you are 100 lbs over weight and you lose it all in 90 days that is not healthy at all. The faster you get the results that faster you lose it. Here is a true story for you, I knew a guy that added over 100 lbs to his bench in one month. He went from benching 115-120 lbs to 225 lbs in one month. What’s the first thing most people would say? “SIGN ME UP!” Well, after he did his 225 lbs bench he could barely bench bench 95 lbs and it took him over 6 months to recover. What did he do? He essentially went straight into overtraining and fried his central nervous system. So be careful of all these claims of quick results. Lesson learned, the slower you go, the slower the results the better for you.

I only write this blog to help others attain true development with themselves physically and mentally with no marketing hype.

In Strength,

Charles Trinh MS, PES, CSCS, ACSM-cPT

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Charles has dedicated more than 13 years in the field of exercise science and performance enhancement. His extensive background in human performance and sports medicine enable him to develop scientifically sound fitness programs for individuals looking to get healthy, and up to high performance athletes.  Charles has also done extensive work with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (former state director) and American College of Sports Medicine in providing continuing education units to personal trainers, strength coaches, physical therapist, athletic trainers and Medical Doctors. With his extensive training and experience, Charles has helped countless individuals reach their health and performance goals.


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