Larry Cook1 Review
I discovered my passion for helping people when i was 21 years old. I began dating a woman whose friends were mostly in their early 30s and had begun to struggle a bit with their weight. I was in good shape so they sought my advice and quickly spread the word that I was a willing source of quality information.
Consequently, I decided to change my major to exercise physiology and pursue a career in fitness. I attended Orange Coast College and first began working as a trainer for Lake Forest Bally Total Fitness in 2002. My career blossomed when I chose to train for a physique competition 2006. The process of having to gain and then lose a significant amount of weight gave me a deeper sense of empathy for my clients. I felt a greater connection to them because I began to understand the emotional challenge of the weight loss journey.
The rigors of my competition training gave rise to, what I call, the Triangle Theory Model of Change. As a result of my new philosophy, I began to incorporate more "smart training" into my sessions. My new mantra was 'train smart first and train hard second,' by which I specifically mean that your brain is more important than your body for quality results. One must use their mind to, first, smartly design their training and thus decide how and when its best to "train hard." I believe people make training decisions with their ego or emotions and ignore signs that their methods are not ideal.
I'm thankful that I was smart enough to employ a trainer for my competitions because I needed an objective observer who could make logical decisions whenever a new challenge impeded my path to success. I believe good trainers really make their money by getting people around obstacles in their lives such as lack of sleep, injury, stress, bad habits, etc. If it was just as easy as following a calorie total and a training program then everyone who was physically able would buy an online training program follow weight watchers, etc, be in decent shape. Unanticipated emotional distress from doubt, fatigue, boredom, and the like, prevent people from continuing to follow the diet and training which, in theory, should always work if followed religiously. A good trainer understands that we are human and have to be inspired not interacted. A trainer is the driver and the client is the car. A quality trainer knows when to break(rest day), accelerate(more intensity), and change lanes when a program design is attenuating in effectiveness.
My customers can expect a great deal of care, thought, and thorough customer service both inside and outside of the gym because I know its paramount to their success. People need to be coached; that's what they really come for. A good workout burns calories but good results are made in the kitchen and the bedroom. I make sure my clients know how to lead healthier lives not just workout and diet better. Most importantly, I teach people my true secret; the Triangle Theory will balance your body but to remain healthy you mustn't lose sight of your prime motivation. I ,for example, workout smart, hard, and frequently because I want to be able to eat whatever I want when I choose to celebrate. The power I feel to be able to change my body at will lets me enjoy any party or vacation without any worry. I love that feeling and its worth working smart and hard for. I don't teach people to be neurotic fitness freaks who can't let go and enjoy themselves which is merely another type of prison that is no better than being trapped in an unhealthy body.
Fitness is for fun, its not a price to pay. I want to be known in my industry as someone who changes peoples lives by teaching them how to have a healthy relationship with their new healthy body and get them to love fitness for life.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Muscular Definition
- Injury Prevention
NCCA Accredited Certifications
I got to a point in my life where I needed to change the way I looked and felt. Even though I had worked with various trainers over the years (with mixed results) I really wanted an instructor who motivated me to do well, cared about my progress and kept me interested every session. Hands down, Larry Cook is that trainer. Larry made me accountable for my diet, designed a weight training program for my specific needs and made reaching my goal(s) fun. When my wife, family and friends compliment the "new me" it's a wonderful feeling, and it validates who Larry is as a trainer. He is simply the best.
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