The topic of this episode of the Project Kuwait podcast is reviewing 2018’s fitness trends, looking ahead to 2019, and working out at a gym 101. Mahdi and Liam share from their own experiences and bring in the advice of industry experts to provide listeners with a helpful and informational program.
1:12 – Mahdi talks about the predictions that 2019 will be a bear market and boot camp classes will continue to be popular as they were during the recession.
1:56 – Liam discusses his experience in that boot camp emergence. People were looking for cheaper and more group-oriented fitness experiences in low input areas like parks, which meant fewer consumers in traditional gyms.
4:24 – Mahdi predicts that the DIY workout method will gain traction during 2019 through the use of apps and online coaching, which are already popular in the States and Europe.
5:25 – Liam talks about his experience as an online trainer and the benefits to the consumer.
7:18 – Mahdi asks about options for people who can’t afford a personal trainer.
7:45 – Liam says that you get what you pay for, but there are ways to increase your strength and encourage a healthy lifestyle through apps and watching experts’ videos on YouTube.
10:48 – Mahdi recommends checking out Jeff Cavaliere’s YouTube videos for reference and to potentially create your own free program.
11:31 – Liam suggests that you can find good resources if you just Google what specific workouts you are looking for.
11:48 – Mahdi emphasizes that you should always listen for indications that the person understands and explains the anatomy of what is going on with your body during their workout.
12:08 – Liam agrees that you should research to find the right people to follow because they should know the “why” and the “how” of the movements they use.
15:17 – Liam talks about the importance of accessory movements and reiterates that you will find the money to invest in what is important to you.
16:35 – Mahdi says that he started out with the cheap and cookie-cutter workout methods before he started to progress more seriously.
17:45 – Liam discusses the importance of having someone else watch your movements and give you free advice to help you along the way.
20:22 – Mahdi predicts that even though more people might begin using virtual trainers, true personal training will never go away.
20:55 – Liam talks about the additional benefits of in-person trainers.
22:18 – Mahdi reads the list of the Top Fitness Trends of 2018 which incites a discussion with Liam about the pros and cons of HIIT (high intensity interval training).
25:00 – Mahdi and Liam agree that HIIT isn’t CrossFit and CrossFit isn’t HIIT and then they talk about how HIIT has progressed.
30:08 – Mahdi talks about his experience programming HIIT for a friend.
31:31 – Liam says that people should do HIIT, but that shouldn’t be all they do to achieve their results. This is easily achieved by having an intelligent trainers to program your workouts for you.
33:19 – Liam talks about his recent experience training in China, which included intentional resting time. Everyone’s “intensity” is different, so it is hard to classify something as HIIT without context on the person.
35:45 – Mahdi recalls how far things such as heart rate monitoring have come just in the past few years.
36:15 – Liam admits that trainers get it wrong sometimes because a lot depends on the mental capacity of the athlete and their perceptions of their abilities.
37:52 – Mahdi says that having a strong foundation in conditioning is crucial to being able to keep up with your goals and your trainer’s programming.
39:20 – Liam talks extensively about his client