There is a lot of information when it comes to strength training . Deciding what to focus on can be difficult. Bobby Scott has answered some of the most commonly asked questions in regards to fitness during our interview together.
After going through Bobby Scott’s assessment process, I can honestly say that I have gained so much insight about myself in regards to my body’s strengths and weaknesses. Bobby was able to test my strength and analyze the way I move. This came at a perfect time for me because I had just finished a three month training program with Brendan Rearick, co-founder of Movement as Medicine, for my first Spartan Beast. His training was amazing and helped me to finally accomplish a single leg squat.
The assessment showed all the hard work I had been doing with Brendan but it also showed areas that I needed to improve. What I once thought were strengths/weaknesses for me was confirmed through the numbers we found through the assessment. It was an eye opening experience and changed how I approach strength training with my clients. I began to wonder how could anyone start a fitness program without properly being assessed.
It has been 6 weeks now since my initial assessment with Bobby and now we have retested. If I never knew where I began I never would have seen how far I have progressed. For example when we first tested I did not have a very strong front squat. My 1RM was 105 lbs. After 6 weeks of training I am now up to 125lbs. This may not seem like a lot to many but going up 20 lbs was so exciting for me and fueled my passion to train even more. The results are addicting. Don’t we all love to know we are progressing? If life is constantly evolving, shouldn’t we? We know what we are capable of, it’s just a matter of doing it. Once we stay committed to training and begin to see ourselves improve, our lives begin to change. In this interview with Bobby I hope to answer some of the basic questions and get you to think about your goals in regards to health and fitness.
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Bobby was involved in multiple sports growing up. He found out at a young age that training specific for sports would help his performance on and off the field. When he worked with his first strength and conditioning coach he was able to see this is as something he could do in the future.
He originally trained specifically for baseball and was ahead of his fellow teammates because of his physical training. After finishing college, he pursued coaching and fitness. After college he started an internship with Hank Haney Jr Golf Academy in South Carolina for two years. The first year he was an intern and by the second year he was hired on as a trainer. When his second year finished he moved back to Cape Cod and worked for Jeff Handler as a trainer for two years. The next step for him was Fitness 500 where he spent five years training and now is currently the Fitness Director for Osterville fitness.
BSP Training Systems is about creating balance and structure to your training program and guidance to achieving optimal health and fitness in a simplistic, individualized approach.
Questions for Bobby :
What is your philosophy on training?
“I believe in Functional Fitness. My philosophy is to take each client as an open book. Person A has certain goals and is starting at a certain point different than Person B. I train everyone functionally; whether they are an athlete or not. My first step is to assess them individually and train them to their specific goals / needs. “
What are the most common mistakes you see in people who do not succeed?
“They go out too much too soon. Instead of walking first they sprint. Crash and burn. Our Central Nervous System (CNS) can’t handle too much stress too soon. Your body doesn’t adapt and you either get hurt or quit.”
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
“How to properly assess. Getting to know what my clients lifestyle is like and digging in deeper with clients right from the beginning.”
What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
“The process of watching people accomplish things that they didn’t think that they could do.”
1. How many days per week should the average person work out?
“Ideally something everyday and it could be as simple as just a walk. If that’s not attainable that a minimum 2-3 x a week of sweat!
2. What should I eat before a workout?
“Simple carbohydrate like apple or banana”
“Definitely some sort of protein whatever that may be.”
4. Why can’t I spot train? Ex: to lose belly fat you can’t do a ton of crunches
“You have a six pack whether or not you can see it. It is in there. Nutrition plays a huge role and so does burning calories. If you are looking to lose belly fat then you should look at burning calories rather than doing crunches. Crunches do not have a large caloric burn.
If for example you are trying to develop your tricep muscles you would want to do multi joint exercises like a dip or bench press rather than a tricep kickback.”
5. How long does it take to see results?
“It is different for everyone. For someone brand new to training they will see results a lot faster. If they are looking to gain strength they will see themselves progress in about 6 weeks. The newer they are, the faster they see results. Big changes usually take anywhere from 4-6 months.”
6. Should my workouts be getting easier?
“It gets easier in certain ways for example the movements become easier like squatting from a technical standpoint will be easier but the effort will not be. The actual effort you need to put forth gets harder because as you get stronger, the harder you can push because you can handle more.
7. What are your tips on staying motivated?
“The best thing to do is to track your progress. Keep a workout journal and write things down. Get a mentor or someone you look up to that is more fit than you are. Pick something to compete in for a focused attention to train for that certain event.”
8. What is the most common thing that you see holding people back from reaching their goals?
“It is all mental. One thing is not having a support system. Loved ones aren’t all in with them. The other thing too is a mental blockage . People are right about to reach their goals then stop right as they are about to reach them. Some of it is fear of actually succeeding.”
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