If you follow the 60day at Life Time and you read the success stories, you can’t help but drop your jaw a little after seeing the physical transformations that can happen in just 60 days.
And because plenty of person ask us how the participants actually do it, we took a moment to chat with Joshua Pruitt, one of our Master Trainers who coached Chuck C., a recent 60day winner.
Joshua explained what someone actually needs to do to create these life-changing results and sustain them. Plus, he gave us his personal go-to breakfast recipe that you’ll definitely want to check out.
1. Looking back, what do you see as the 3 main reasons for Chuck’s success?
“He was really motivated because he had reached rock bottom and he was depressed with his current state at the time upon our meeting.”
“I would say 3 main reasons for his success were a willingness to learn, a willingness to change and persistence. They are all easy to say but not easy to do, but he had all 3.”
2. How did you set up a plan together?
“We met weekly and because he was so overweight I knew a majority of it was nutrition. So I had him start to record his nutrition and go over a workout program.
“When we started just getting in the pool and swimming, a lap was difficult. So then we would talk about heart rate training zones and then nutrition. Then advanced pool time to walk and bumped that up, and then started talking about specific cardio and nutrition plans.
“Education is a big part of the journey. I had him start reading. Right now he’s reading deep nutrition. And he was traveling 2 weeks out of the 60 days. He found Life Time in North Carolina and in Canada, and he used the hotel gyms. But we had a session before he left for travel and found grocery stores and made lists for what he would eat and meals.”
3. What about nutrition — did he stick to a program or see a dietitian?
“Number one thing he’s been working on is nutrition. Because he was so overweight, I knew a majority of it was nutrition.
“He started with the GUT.FIX™ and D.TOX℠ programs. I absolutely love them and think they are fantastic programs. And then education. It’s more complex than what’s better for me — pizza or salad.
“He worked with me with nutrition, and he traveled a lot, but our main point of education was that he needed to start realizing what he was eating and what it was doing to his body at a molecular level.
4. What kind of time commitment does a participant need to make to get such drastic results? How many days a week and hours a day are we talking?
“To see results that quickly and drastically calls for extreme measures. Chuck worked out 2 to 3 times per week 6 days a week with 1 rest day per week.
“Would I generally recommend that to person? No. So when the 60day ended, I told him that I wanted him to take the next 2 weeks and all he was allowed to do was go on hikes or a casual bike ride — stay in zone 1 or 2. And go to yoga or Pilates, because I knew his body was exhausted. And you need both active and mental recovery.”
5. How realistic is it to maintain these results? Do you need to keep up with the same intensity?
“Chuck has kept off his weight and lost much more. We looked at measurements yesterday and he was down to the 20s in body fat for the first time. He has lost 110 pounds since we started working together.
“After the 60day he had the mind-set that he had to come to the gym that many times a day to see results, but I made him come to the gym one time a day. And he continues to work out one time a day and has a rest day.
“It really goes back to his motivation, and why, and continual education.”
6. What do you suggest to keep clients from burning out?
“You need to have a strong burning reason why you want to change. It all comes back to why they’re doing it. Their ‘why’ is everything. If they don’t have a motivation for why, when things get tough it’s harder to move past challenges.
“I would have them sit down with someone for an hour to figure things out.
Figure out a goal and find out their why, because that’s everything. It all comes back to why they are doing it.”
7. When you talk to person about eating well, what are your golden tips?
“Eat real food. But what is real food? The topic becomes exciting and fun. Determining what’s real food is difficult in our society. Things you thought were good for you may not be. Find out what is good for you and what is not. If you eat real food, you will become healthier.
“I’ve read quite a few nutrition books, I’m not a dietitian or a nutrition coach, but real food to me actually has nutrients. Then again, for example, what’s the difference between a hamburger that’s organic vs. a free-range and grass-finished burger? Is what I’m eating real food, too?”
8. If someone is looking for weight loss or muscle gain but has been feeling like nothing has been working for them lately, what would you tell them?
“Everyone is different, but if you are looking for weight loss or gaining muscle, it all comes back to nutrition — and nutrition could always be better. If your goal is weight loss a lot of times I’ll tell person, look, you could see results if you literally just focused on eating as healthfully as you can. If you eat well you will see results.
“I would say if time is the issue, you should meet with a professional as often as possible. Everyone is different, so meet with someone to get it personalized and use your time efficiently.”
9. What do you do to keep fit? What’s your “why”?
“I’m passionate about what I do so I want to lead by example. I want to be as healthy as possible and I want to always be learning. person think as trainers we are working out 7 days a week, but that’s not the case. I probably work out 3 to 5 times a week. I always get help from other person. I love having a trainer as well, and I love to learn constantly.
“I’m always improving. I just started a new strength training program, but I’m more excited about my nutrition and educating myself. I’m eating a lot of veggies and it’s hard to explain how much better I feel. If you get your gut and your brain to work together, you feel like a super human. Just ask anyone who has lost weight before. They always say they have fewer headaches, need fewer coffees — and it only gets better. That’s why I’ve been excited about learning more about serotonin and the gut.
“I’m currently working on eating more veggies. I probably eat 15 servings of veggies a day. For breakfast, I had a giant bowl of salad. This past month to month and a half, throughout the week, I’ve only had salads. I’ll add avocados, sweet potatoes. But I’ve pretty much been eating salads and seeing how my body can transform.
“The number one thing I’ve noticed is mind clarity and focus ability, and that is my goal right now.”
JOSH PRUITT’S BREAKFAST SALAD
- 1 cup organic Italian salad mix
- 1 cup organic kale
- 1organic avocado
- 6 Tbsp. raw pecans
- 1 cup organic carrots, cut or shredded
- 1 cup organic mushrooms
- 1 cup organic sweet potato, cubed and cooked in ghee seasoned with cinnamon and Himalayan sea salt.
- 2 Tbsp. organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar
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ABOUT JOSHUA PRUITT
Joshua Pruitt has been in the fitness industry for 5 years and with Life Time for 2. But he’s not new to the industry. Growing up he started working out with his dad, who was a trainer at the Life Time in Houston, Texas. His mom worked for a nutrition company, and his uncle and aunt were body builders.
He played baseball in high school, but decided not to play college baseball. Instead he chose to work toward getting certified as a personal trainer.
“I had a buddy who was in college playing baseball at Houston as a pitcher and he had to drop out because he was dealing with some addiction issues. I heard he was back house so I invited him to come work out at the gym with me.
“We started going every day together and then I noticed he was eating fast food, so started to teach him how to cook. He lost about 15% body fat. And when I ran into his mom she said her son had totally changed. And because he was working out and cooking and didn’t have time for things he was doing before, she was crying and said I changed his life.
“It was more than getting bigger biceps, it was life-changing. And that’s when I knew that I was doing the right thing to become a trainer.”
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In health, LTWL Staff
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