I think I started hijacking another thread, so I figured I would post an entirely new thread over here.
Last year, Team Staley invited me to join their group for three months. Through it I recieved more than just 3 months of EDT and a pat on the back for my progress. I felt like I was personally under the tutilege of one of the great strength coaches of our day.
Before I joined Team Staley, I would bumble from lifting program to lifting program. sometimes I would finish it, more often though, I would get ADD and jump off a couple weeks into it. Under Charles, I really learned HOW to lift. Not technically, but got more of a philosophical undersatnding of what I was actually trying to do in the gym. And his principles stretched out into other aspects of my life.
Since then, I havent had lifting ADD. I feel like I truly know what I am doing in the gym and where I am going. I am not tied to a particular program and am not afraid to try things that arent specifically called out on my excel spreadsheet. And I learned to have fun with the lifts.
When you join his group, you become part of an inner circle. The Team Staley family is all about helping each other achieve gains that alone would be impossible. Even though we are spread all over the country, you really feel tied to each other. through the forums and weekly coaching calls and his boot camps. you really make friends with VERY similar goals. No one will rag on you for eating cottage cheese or non flavored oatmeal.
On his coaching calls, once a month he will invite a special industry leader. Whether is was Chad Waterbury, Lonnie Lowery, Pavel, whoever. Even Dan John has been known to lurk on the coaching calls.
And you have his nuclear option. Julianne, who is like the mom we all need. she hugs you when you need one, but whips you ass when you deserve it. And she is not afraid. you also have virtually unlimited access to Charles himself. He will talk about lifting, physique goals, or just life in general. He is not afraid to extend the goal oriented principles learned in the gym to EVERY aspect of your personal life.
At one of his boot camps, I believe he started off by saying "YOU ALL NEED TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS" WTf? I thought we were going to learn how to deadlift properly. Personally, I think Charles should become a spiritual guru.
Nutrition was an entirely different issue. It was more of a constantly nagging issue in the back of my head. We have all read John Berardi's and Lonnie Lowery's articles. But man, how are you going to balance your daily calorie intake, using which model, when do I switch from fat loss to bulking, and dont even me get started on Acid / Base.
So, I saw that JB had a coaching group offered with his services. A year's worth of programming (training and nutrition) costs about what you would be spending on a month's worth of supps.
Plus, with his advice, you will shed the unnecessary supps and actually make money on the deal while suprassing the gains you would have made not being on the program but taking an NO2 enhancer. (I hope that wasnt confusing).
Anyway, with Berardi's Scrawny to Brawny System, you just plug in and go. No questions asked. Eat what he tells you, in the amounts that he tells you, at the times he tells you, and train how he tells you. Done. All you do is rinse and repeat.
I am a jet engine engineer working on the assembly floor for the Joint Strike Fighter. I often work 65 hours in 5 days when we are shipping an engine out the door. Typically, I dont have time to play fuck fuck with my diet / training. I need to know, or at least have an idea of what I am doing and where I am going when the week begins. This program is perfect for me right now because I just follow the steps laid out for me. and I know that the advice is infinitely better than anything I would come up with by laying out all the articles out in front of me and piecing a plan together.
I have been on Berardi's program for a little under a week. I cant speak to personal results, but you can be rest assured that guys alot smarter than me on this topic are pumping out tried and true information.
I can speak to the resources he lays out for you. he gives you access to several lectures that tie the bredth of his information together in an easy to understand focused point. You also get body mass and calorie calculators, and thousands of articles written by many of the industry's leaders.
I can see where Berardi's program will lead me. Much like Team Staley taught me how to train, Science Link will teach me how to eat. Or how to apply what I know.
Several of us on T-Nation have joined these groups, and I cant think of anyone who feels they wasted their time or money by joining one. Even though the articles are 6 inches up in the archives, you will find that making it interactive will make your training / nutrtion experience infinitely more rewarding.
thats all I have to say. I know that Charles and John Berardi wont toot their own horns, so I am trying to do it for them. Thanks to both of you for helping me take the next steps toward a life filled with health and some jacked up pecs.
Anyone else have experience in the coaching groups?