Frequently Asked Questions
How does online coaching work?
Online nutrition and fitness coaching is very much like other types of high performance or business coaching. There are weekly coaching calls and masterminds, your beliefs are challenged, your knowledge upgraded and together we set short, middle and long terms goals. We then map out a path for you to reach these goals as efficiently as possible, within the constraints of your lifestyle AND sustain the results long term.
This weekly contact is supplemented by group calls and masterminds and allows us to convey the information you need to succeed and stop you second guessing yourself. It also provides accountability and allows us to make the adjustments required for your success. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We use various apps and software to make this process as streamlined as possible but we explain all that as we go.
Is physical activity/exercise advice included? Is going to the gym a requirement?
Comprehensive exercise advice is included and can range from a fully progressive gym workout (tailored to you and your gym) which is delivered through a super slick app (Train Heroic), to guiding you from couch to doing something on a regular basis.
This is entirely built around you, your experience levels and your end goals. All we REQUIRE is that you are open to perform SOME physical activity (anything) with a view to progressing over time and getting better.
What else is included?
Although nutrition is the crux of the programme, it is impossible to view or coach it in isolation.
We also discuss and optimise exercise, mobility, sleep, supplementation and blood markers. Additionally, we give general advice on stress, medical issues (particularly how they relate to your goals) and I have a great reading list I can share with you too.
Do I even need an online coach?
The guys we coach are super successful in what they do and I’ve no doubt that some of them would reach their goals eventually over time through sheer application of will and determination.
However, this would take research, trial and error and a load of effort (not to mention the frustration and guesswork associated with this method). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I know, I’ve been there.
I was nearly 320lb in college and although I eventually lost the weight (I was a student at the time and had a lot of time to kill), it took me a further 6 years to get to a stage where I could effortlessly maintain it and advise people on how to do it efficiently themselves.
So, in short, you do not NEED a coach but if you prefer to leave the decision making to a professional to reach your goal as quickly and safely as possible then coaching may be for you.
As Peter Drucker said: “Do what you do best and outsource the rest”.
When do clients fail and what do you do about it?
This was a question I was asked on a call once and I loved it. What a great question and valid concern!
My answer was simple: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You will succeed if you follow the process. We will make it as easy as possible but no easier. We still need commitment and engagement from you.
Therefore, people only fail when they
disengage from the process or give up.
Ultimately this is down to whether you adopt a growth mindset for success or fixed mindset for failure.
The growth mindset says that you can learn, improve and that mistakes give you the opportunity to grow and get better. The fixed mindset says that you are where you are due to fixed characteristics that can’t be changed.
This can flip back and forth and no doubt coming into coaching most people are in a growth headspace but when life gets busy or a few mistakes are made, it is very easy to revert back to a fixed mindset.
This is why people fail and getting on the regular calls prevents this.
If you make a mistake then let’s talk about. If you feel overwhelmed, let’s talk about. If you went off the rails and murdered a buffet at your friends wedding then this is an opportunity to learn, grow and adapt.
What kind of commitment is required?
There are weekly 1-1 coaching calls which you book according to your availability and you are expected to attend.
There are then further specialist group calls which are optional and you can drop in on. These will be recorded for your convenience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We expect you to allow 5 minutes each day to update your data and reflect on your progress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We work with people for a minimum of 3 months but most people stay with us for an average of 6-9 months as they enjoy the process and community.
Is Emil really a doctor?
Hi, it's Emil. Yes, I am a medical doctor! I initially trained in anesthesiology and worked in intensive care and then the emergency room for a number of years before making coaching and health optimisation my full time occupation.
I also have extensive experience in blood testing, mainly related to sports and nutrition optimisation and hormone replacement therapy.
Please note that although I am a doctor, I am not
YOUR doctor so although I can give general guidance, you will need to see your doctor for any formal medical advice. For example, I will advise that you see your doctor if any significant abnormalities come up on your blood tests. Though, I will also give guidance on what to expect and how you can adjust your lifestyle accordingly.
What diet methodology do you follow/prescribe?
The one which works.
I am not being facetious but this will vary from person to person.
Some people like low carb. Some people want to cut out meat. Some people want to optimise every last gram of food they eat (and some people still want to eat ice cream).
The only thing I would say is that tracking and monitoring your intake for a period of time is very important and our clients who have gotten the best results have done exactly this.
It’s not to say that you will be meticulously tracking everything for ever more. This is just a part of the learning process and will allow you to reach your goals as quickly and as effectively as possible.
You’ll have heard about people who “cut xyz” out of their diet and lost weight. It works, it’s just much more hit and miss, much more prone to trial and error and you never hear what happens once they re-introduce the foods that they banned and gained all the weight back (and more).
What is the cost?
This process will require significant commitment and investment. Whether this is expensive or not depends on perspective, but the goal is a life-changing health transformation that you do once and never need to worry about doing again.
Do it once and do it right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I only discuss specific pricing on the call where we can decide if this programme is for you and whether we are a good fit to work together. I can also demonstrate the value of this process to you, before you make a decision.