I was recently asked by a workmate to write an exercise/diet program for him as well as impart general knowledge onto him. I am concerned tho at this point he isnt just going to go and start reading T-Nation and other stuff a lot. I was going to write a program (with customisations for our shift work), in the hope it will get him started and then he can truly start reading and thinking more for himself in this area. I am no expert by any means, but i feel i am perhaps better equipped than some other options he might fall towards instead.
I’ve tried this before, and it has been a waste of time 100%. They’ll quit within a month. Nowadays, when somebody asks me for a workout plan or diet, I them to go to a gym 3x a week and just dick around or do the circuit. This gets them used to the routine. Also, I tell them to write their diet down, and maybe give them one or two simple rules, like drink a gallon of water per day. I get them to do this for a month before coming back to me (which they never do). Gauging their level of dedication in this manner will save you a lot of time and effort.
I’ve tried that before as well, only to have the guy tell me that “T-Nation is too technical…”
Nowadays I do what Alex does. Tell them to mess with some weights, look for their own program, log their food intake and leave it at that. I do that for everyone except my brother, but fuck it, he’s my brother for pete’s sake.
I had a student a couple months ago who was also training to be on the Navy Boxing team. He was in really good shape, had a small pharmacy and piles of tupperware on his desk, and was teased by the rest of the students to the point where I’d see him sneaking around to warm up his food or make a shake. One day during a lab exam where students were being timed 5 minutes a station before moving on, he threw his hand in the air.
I walked over and said “what’s up?”
He said, “Mr. TGIF I need to leave the lab for a minute”
I said “Is it an emergency? You really can’t, you’re going to mess up the rotation, you should have went to the bathroom beforehand…”
He said “I don’t have to go to the bathroom, it’s 10:00 and I have to eat.”
Knowing the battle he was having as it was, I let him go do his thing and catch up when he got back. I caught a little shit from my supervisor for letting him go, but I covered for him.