29 Jul Having a Beer With Lee Boyce
You may have heard of Lee Boyce. He’s a strength coach and fitness author whose been published in top publications including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Huffington Post, Shape, Esquire, T-Nation, and a so many more that if I tried to type them all out my fingers would get sore.
I’m very delicate.
There’s a good reason why Lee’s name pops up everywhere. A few years back, I remember reading everything I could find about strength and fitness and it wasn’t long before I started seeing Lee’s name appear over and over on every major website I frequented.
After reading just one article, I was really interested in what he had to say. Learning that he was the same age as me, I was amazed at the insight into training he already had and the impact that he was already making on the strength and fitness community
From the very first time I reached out to Lee, he’s been nothing but generous with his time and with sharing his ideas. For about a year now, I’ve been telling him that I wanted to set up a time to come meet him and train with him or buy him a beer to pick his brain some more. But, Lee lives in Canada and I haven’t been able to make the hike up there yet.
So, I decided to ask Lee some questions I really wanted to get his opinion on from the comfort of my living room so I didn’t have to make the long drive… or put pants on.
I want to share these ideas with you as think you’re going to learn as much as I did.
So, this is my “having a beer with” conversation with Lee Boyce of Lee Boyce Training .
- You’ve mentioned that young personal trainers starting out should tread carefully in labeling themselves things they’re not. What do you think earns someone the title of strength coach.
I think to earn the title of “strength coach” (aside from being certified as one), a trainer should make sure that he places the proper emphasis on strength training via resistance work as the primary aspect and central hub to his training methods and programming. Too often I see trainers in the gym trying to “spice things up” with unwitting clients. The result is a ton of instability work, aerobic based training, and athletic training that is far beyond their capability and serves limited purpose towards the client’s goals.
- You made a name for yourself while you were pretty young. What kind of waves do you have to make or what’s the main thing to focus on to make an impression in this industry if you’re young.
This is a tough question, but the answer that comes to mind first is to stick with what you know. I’ve tried hard to be very vigilant of what I’m at liberty to talk about as a fitness expert, and areas I shouldn’t yet tread. Nutrition isn’t my forte, so I haven’t ever written an article on that subject. When you’re really fresh to the game, it’s easy to think you’re a vessel of knowledge on all topics, and forget that there are guys with 20 and 30 years experience in certain aspects of training who are out there reading what you’ve just written. Keeping your information centered towards your strengths (and keeping the information you’re not as much of mastermind with as general as possible) is a key to gain respect. You’ve already got a strike against you for being young and trying to tell people what to do and how to train. This is your chance to gain their attention and respect.
- Anyone can look competent when they take a client whose detrained and improve on this baseline but it takes a good coach to keep them improving from there. What’s the best piece of advice you have to make sure people keep progressing? This could be technical and have to do with training or psychological and have to do with encouraging change that creates habit.
I’ll take the psychology route and let people know that consistency is the most important thing. Contrary to what many believe, I’m not a trainer who eats, sleeps and breathes training. Sounds weird, doesn’t it. Exercise should be a part of someone’s life – not the whole thing. I think becoming preoccupied about exercise, macronutrients, programming and your training schedule (ESPECIALLY if you’re not a competitive athlete or bodybuilder) can act to create psychological imbalances. I love implementing rest weeks for clients who have been consistent and working hard. I also use deload weeks with serious clients who are following programming. The lifestyle we live out of the gym is what dictates the results we see, and in the case of the executives I train, that lifestyle can often be very stressful and affect hormone regulation. Getting a good night’s sleep, not overtraining, and listening to your body is my key to getting clients to avoid plateauing.
- Through reading your articles and watching your videos, it’s obvious you’ve dedicated yourself to improving year after year both physically (you dedicate to finding a way to get stronger every year) and professionally (you keep expanding your influence). What’s the one practice or thought or whatever that you keep that keeps your competitive fire strong and feeds your desire to want to constantly improve?
Without delving into the depths of my personal life, I’ll say that I always remember that there’s someone out there who’s working harder. My goal in this industry isn’t necessarily to become famous or even launch products or be known for one style of training. I’ve taken an approach that’s a bit more “generalist” and singular. If people like what I have to say, they can follow me to hear more. I don’t really market myself and my PR buddies are all over me for not doing a better job of this. Regardless, the “person” I’d like the public to be familiar with through my work is someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously, and who leads a life outside of training, just like every regular guy out there. It’s easier to relate to. It also makes my work feel less like “work”.
5. What’s the one questions you wish people would ask you more?
The question I wish people would ask me more is “why should I strength train, and not train some other style?”. All the fads and classes out there are fun to try and pepper in for added cardio or metabolic training or letting loose. But they can’t be the hub of your programming. Training your muscles to increase their strength creates no disadvantage in any walk of life or sport. People associate strength immediately with bodybuilder size or powerlifter brutality, and immediately shy away from it because of those mental images. It’s silly when you think about it. If we told people we wanted to train them to be “not weak”, I’m sure it would spark a notable mark up in the people who are in favour.
He’s already been featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, MUSCLEMAG, and other major publications. You’ve seen him on TNATION where he talks training as a regular contributing author, and you can also catch him doing segments as a fitness expert on various National TV shows. With his cut-and-dry approach to all things training, lots of people want to hear what Lee Boyce has got to say – and it’s worth the hype. Now Lee’s on a mission to bust more training myths than you can shake a stick at, raise a few eyebrows in the process, become a beast in the industry, and tick off commercial gym staff everywhere, and have fun doing it. He is 27 years old.
Check him out at – http://www.leeboycetraining.com/
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