• Nick Kropp

Day 4: Quad Pumps and Dragon Boats

Today was the third and final day of fat loss, hooray! I can't take these workouts anymore. I hate training this way. I'm never getting out of shape again. The workout wasn't awful today but I had an insaneee quad pump from the exercise he gave us. Before class we ate at the same breakfast spot as yesterday and I got my bananas foster cold brew again. Since I was feeling extra lean I added hash browns to my order. This morning's topic was about nutrition, something I have been studying to a great degree since the pandemic. Stephane has years of experience with some of the best facilities along with James LaValle, "an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, and expert and educator in integrative and precision health. James is best known for his expertise in personalized integrative therapies uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital." Stephane's approach to nutrition is very similar to mine but he gave a few nuggets that could be huge for my clients that I didn't realize I was missing. Bonus note about working with James LaValle, Stephane studied DHEA/cortisol levels during training to optimize how he sets up training blocks for fat loss. The average person reading this may not understand all that goes into being a trainer/coach, but this little nugget he gave us could have HUGE impact on the level of results your client can achieve. I can say I have really sharpened my axe while here and can cut down almost any tree. Being able to give clients 10-20% better results, or faster results, than trainers around me is why I am able to charge so much for my services. You get what you pay for.

In the afternoon we went over conditioning or "cardio." I put cardio in quotes because this is what good trainers use for cardio. Not a treadmill or elliptical. I used to do modified strongman at my last gym and in my backyard over the summer but since the fall it's been cold and snowing way too much in NY, I haven't done my "cardio" in a LONG time. It's another great tool to use in your training to improve body composition. For those who are going to these classes and are getting run into the ground, doing 100s of reps and bosu crap, you may lose a little bit of weight but you'll still look softer than the pillsbury dough boy. The other issue I have with classes like that and "sweating your butt off" is that DOES NOT give you a license to eat whatever you want. Oh and while we are on the topic of issues we talked about counting steps and how that's very inefficient. Actually busting your ass in the gym will always blow 10,000 steps out of the water. Now if you are sedentary all day long then sure you can have a step goal. But if you care more about that than training hard you are missing the point.

There is a running joke about me being late. ONE TIME! And there were four of us. But now anytime someone is missing or late everyone points the finger at me haha. Kelsey and Alex like to give me a hard time about it. Stephane was waiting for someone to return from lunch and Alex goes "are we waiting on Nick again?" I was right next to her!!

We went over a bunch of different ways to structure the conditioning sessions and I ever learned about a new sport, Dragon Boat racing. It looks like crew but with canoe paddles and they row as fast as possible. I don't know how they keep up the pace. Anyway I just thought it was a hilarious sounding sport. Then Isaac commented it gets combative when the boats get close and they hit each other. I cannot find a YouTube video of that yet but that sounds great! It sounds like it can be made into a great RPG video game. Train your rowers, grab an archer or spear thrower to pick off rowers and the captain, build your ship, pick what kind of armor, etc. I would totally put a Dragonite at the head of my ship. I get distracted easily...

Dinner was good I had a pound of steak, garlic mashed potatoes, rice and beans. What can I say, I'm a growing boy. I have a suggestion for all restaurants. Get with the times. My favorite of all time, Chili's, has a kiosk where everyone can use their credit card and pay separately for what they ordered. Nobody uses cash anymore, everyone splits the bill, so stop bringing one huge bill for a group of people. I don't want to pay for people's drinks when I don't drink and I don't want people to have to pay for anything extra that I order. I guess they don't want the extra credit card charges?

This time we had a hot tub party. Our two friends from Arizona, Garrett and Dani, came back to the hotel with us and we joined a couple who were already in there. They shared their weed with us and next thing you know we're all naked. Just kidding. The couple actually lived 5 mins away from the hotel and were on a stay-cation. I gave myself a nice leg and back massage on the jets. We went back to the room and Carissa ordered cookies and ice cream. I was already full and satisfied and didn't want any. When you are working out this hard you need a lot of food, but it has to be easy to digest. While I was chastised for not having any, I feel great (I am finishing this the morning after) and Carissa says her stomach is killing her.

To wrap things up, I am really enjoying driving around on Beach Blvd and the Pacific Coast Hwy in the convertible. Bumping Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, enjoying life. But we have some breaking news as of this morning. I switched it up and put on New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday and found out that Carissa and I listen to the same music. Looks like the rest of the week's playlist is changing to Pop Punk and Emo. Yeah baby! I don't think I would ever buy a convertible though. I like my SUV, especially with all the snow NY is currently getting.

OK I think that's it for now. I need to eat breakfast so they don't dog me for showing up late. Fat loss is over, time for hypertrophy!

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