I had an exchange of comments on one of my Facebook posts the other day.

The writer questioning what I was saying.

Which is fine.

I’m happy to be questioned.

But, ironically, the point they were trying to make was actually the point I was trying to make.

They pointed out that what works for one, doesn’t work for everyone

Which I get.

If we’re talking about methods that is.

Many Fitness Professionals are beholden to the method that they like the most.

They’ll get their clients to train and eat and generally live in exactly the same way that they themselves do.

Which would probably work if said client did that.

But, if the client doesn’t end up doing it, it’s not working.

I like to talk more about principles.

What you could call ‘fundamental truths’.

There’s an expression that I like;

“Methods are a many, Principles are few. Methods often change, Principles never do”.

There are a near infinite number of ways to get to the top of a hill.

Whatever method we choose to employ, we need to adhere to the principal of putting in enough energy of some form in to overcome the effect of gravity and to increase the Gravitational Potential Energy in the object being raised.

We might not even know that’s what we’re doing

But it needs to happen.

The principles that I try and get my clients understand are as follows.

The method we employ to achieve them is then our choice.

One that they feel they can do and that gets done will always beat that theoretically better method that they don’t do.

– Being a calorie deficit to elicit weight loss.

– Doing a form of exercise that we enjoy or at least find a tolerable

– Have some sort of progressive element in said exercise so it produces results over time (ooh, ooh –> we do these (and help with the food side to make it as easy as possible –> www.myrise.co.uk/apply)

If we’re employing methods that tick the boxes of those principles, then we’re probably going to get pretty good results.

We can always then look at some finer points……..

Some additional methods that will create additional benefit………….

But until we’re doing those three, let’s just concentrate on doing those three.

Much love,

Jon ‘Dogtanian’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.