Ask Chris

Let Chris answer all your health and fitness questions. Post your question to his Facebook wall and check back to see if your question has been answered:

Q: I’m getting shin splints. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them?

A: I used to get shin splints in the past when I did certain workouts, and usually it was because I didn’t have good shoes. Make sure you use shoes with the proper padding so that it lessens the impact. I also used to ice my shins to help with the inflammation. You can also google “Shin Splint Exercises” and you will find a ton of moves you can do to strengthen it. If it gets too bad, then you need to see a doctor.

Q: I’m having a hard time staying motivated. Can you help?

A: Whenever you’re struggling with anything, make sure you send me an email so I can guide you back on track. Also, make sure you read and watch the stuff in the “Motivation” section of this website.

Q: I have knee issues, and experience pain specifically during plyometrics and Insanity, what should I do?

A: If you are having severe problems I highly encourage you to consult a doctor for all medical advice, for I can only recommend you things I know have worked for me and other people. I actually worked at a retail shoe store and have been trained by a  Certified Pedorithist about feet and shoes. I’ve learned a lot of peoples problems begin at their feet, more specifically their footwear. You may/may not be wearing the right footwear. It may be an issue of you needing more/less arch support. Also athletic insoles that have added shock absorption/cushioning for the feet work best for knee issues. You could also try getting a plyometrics mat to help with the jumps and lateral movements which will absorb some of the shock. Dr. Scholl’s gel cushion inserts helped my friend through Insanity. They really made a difference he said. Go to a reputable sports center that sells athletic shoes, and ask a sales person to recommend the shoe and insert that is best suited for high impact training. You’ll want to make sure they check and see what kind of arch you have (high,medium,low) and whether or not your roll your feet inwards/outwards (pronate/supinate). Proper arch alignment and support makes all the world of difference and can make the difference between whether or not a person gets knee/lower back problems. In the mean time if your having pain now I would try just taking some ibuprofen and ice your knee to reduce the inflammation. That’s what I do when my tennis elbow hurts really bad.

Q: What does it mean to be a Beachbody Coach? How do I become one?

A: Excellent question! If you are interested in learning more about the Beachbody coaching opportunity then contact me on Facebook and took a look at the informational page I created here.

Q: How do I make you my coach?

A: If you don’t have a coach yet, just click on this link! You will be asked to fill out a short form. Once you do, I will immediately become your coach! You don’t have to purchase anything from me in order for me to coach you.

Q: How do you benefit from being my coach?

A: The way I benefit from being your coach is that I earn a commission off of any Beachbody products that you would purchase, whether it be a program, supplement, or equipment. It helps compensate me for the time I spend helping you out and answering your questions! You can purchase all Beachbody products from this site just by clicking on Shop.  With that said, rest assured that I will always give you my honest opinion about what did and didn’t work for me.  I won’t try to push on you something I don’t use and believe in for myself.  I know that money is hard to come by, and I will make sure that you make the most of your budget. Here is the link: “Shop!” Thanks!

Q: I already have a coach, but would like to be coached by you. Can I switch coaches?

A: Yes, you can make the coach switch, and here is how to do so: you simply have to send a one line email to coachrelations@teambeachbody.com telling them that you want CHRISTOPHER WATSON, coach # 99860 at Chris@LetsGetToned.com to be your coach. Make sure to include your FULL NAME and email address and to copy me on the email so I can follow up.

Q: Why should I make you my coach?

A: As your coach, I will be here to help motivate and support you through your own fitness journey! I have done much research and have the knowledge to help many people with different goals.  Through my own transformation, I have become passionate about what  products work and what do not, and I am excited to help others transform their bodies and get passionate about them too!

Q: Can you create a Meal Plan for me?

A: No, I will not create Meal Plans for individuals. I highly recommend that you purchase the Club Membership, which will create meal plans for you. I’ve been a Club Member for about 4 years now and it’s helped me tremendously! It’s cheap at only $2.99 per week (billed 38.87 per quarter).

 

Q: How important is the diet when doing fitness programs?

A: The diet is the most important part of the program and what ultimately determines how great of results you get! Commit yourself to both the diet and the workouts and you will reach your goals.

Q: I have been following the diet and workouts to a tee, but have not lost any weight (or even gained weight). Am I doing something wrong?

A: You have to remember that you are both burning fat and building muscle at the same time. You can’t base your results from what you see on the scale. Instead, you need to pay attention to the amount of inches lost and what you see in the mirror.

Q: I just started a weight lifting program. Do you have any good advice?

A: The best advice that I can give is to commit yourself to the Nutrition! I tell all the people that I coach that your results are going to come from about 80% diet and 20% workouts. However, this does not mean you can slack on the workouts, because you still have to build muscle and burn calories to increase your metabolism, get stronger, and lose body fat.

Q: Is it OK to wake up in the morning and work out, or should I eat beforehand?

A: It is not necessary to eat anything before you workout, especially if you are doing it in the morning and crunched on time. The last thing you want to happen is cramp up because you ate something and didn’t give it enough time to digest. However, if you do have time to eat, like an hour, then eat a small simple carbohydrate like an apple or half a banana. This will give you more energy during your workout. The most important time to eat would be AFTER your workout when the body demands simple carbohydrates and protein for recovery. You have about an hour span after your workout to eat.

I’m a woman and worried about getting too muscular when lifting weights. Should I be worried?

A: The answer is NO! Women don’t have anywhere close to the testosterone levels that men do, which make it much harder for them build muscle. If you focus on 12-15 reps and don’t take any steroids, you will be toned and looking fine!

Q: Is it OK to drink coffee?

A: There is nothing wrong with having a cup or two of coffee throughout the day. Caffeine actually speeds up the metabolism, and has been known to have positive affects on your workouts as well. Just about all the pre-workout supplements that you see on the market today have caffeine in them! The only thing in coffee you have to be worried about us adding in additional calories by using creamers and sugars. I drink my coffee black with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 5 drops of liquid stevia and it takes away the bitter coffee taste!

Q: Is it OK to have a cheat day or cheat meal?

A: If you are going to “cheat” at all, I recommend it being only a cheat meal, not a cheat day, and make sure you only do it every so often, preferably just once or twice a month.  I believe 100% in living your life to its fullest but If you have a cheat meal or cheat day every week, it will slow your results and you will become discouraged. It takes a lot of self-discipline to eat 100% clean, but with sacrifice comes great rewards.

Q: I just don’t have enough energy to complete my workouts. What should I do?

A: When you don’t have enough energy, it means you are not taking in enough carbohydrates during the day. One thing you can do is eat a simple carb about an hour before you workout. This should increase your blood sugar level in time for the workout, therefore giving you more energy. In addition to this, you can also take pre-workout supplements such as “Energize” or even have a cup of coffee!

Q: Do you have any healthy recipes that you can share with us?

A: I have actually created a section on this website devoted completely to healthy recipes. You can find it by going here.

 

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