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Jordan Syatt

My name’s Jordan (but everyone calls me “J”), I hold 5 powerlifting world records, I own and operate one of the world’s leading online strength training and nutrition coaching systems, and I’m a huge (re: massive) Harry Potter fan.

Site: www.syattfitness.com
Twitter:  @syattfitness

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"In some cases men will lose weight faster than women but it’s important to remember that weight loss is NOT the same thing as fat loss"

"I recommend no more than 4-5x/week of strength training and, truth be told, I think 4 is optimal."

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 1 - How can I get motivated to start a healthy/active lifestyle?

 The only way to start consistently exercising and eating well is to find your motivation. After working with hundreds of people I’ve found that every person has their own unique motivating factors and, if you don’t recognize yours, you will never succeed. Some people are motivated by looking great naked. Others are motivated by avoiding health risks. Others are motivated by providing a good example for their children. The possibilities are endless and, often times, people are motivated by more than one thing. To find YOUR motivation you need to take 5-minutes to sit down, grab a pen and paper, and write what is most important to YOU. Not your friends, family, co-workers, teammates, significant other, etc. Find what’s important to YOU, write it down, and use that as your source of motivation.

2 - What are your best tips to get a flat stomach?

Make sure you’re in a caloric deficit. The reality is you’ll never get a flat stomach if you’re eating more calories than your body needs. No matter how much you exercise and regardless of what you eat, you need to make sure you’re in a caloric deficit or you will never burn fat. To that end, you can read my ultimate fat loss guide for precise instructions on how to find exactly how many calories your body needs to get a flat stomach.

Protein! Every meal should have a large serving of protein. That can be anything like chicken, turkey, tuna, beef, pork, salmon, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, protein powders, or any number of other high protein options. As long as you get about 1g of protein per pound of your current bodyweight you’re perfectly priming your body to burn fat and get a flat stomach.

 3 - Do I need to take supplements? Why?

 Supplements are Meant to be……Supplemental! Most people start their fitness journey by searching for supplements. They spend days, weeks, and months scouring the deepest darkest corners of their local GNC for the best and most powerful supplements to boost fat loss/jack up strength/improve endurance/etc before they even think about a well-designed training program or healthy nutrition habits. That’s ass backwards. Before you even think about supplements you need to have all other aspects of fitness dialed in.... >> If your nutrition isn’t in check you have zero reason to be buying supplements >> If you aren’t following a well-designed training program and going to the gym at least 3x/week you have zero reason to be buying supplements >> If you aren’t able to maintain a healthy body weight with basic nutrition and training strategies you have zero reason to be buying supplements What most people fail to understand is… Supplements are meant to **SUPPLEMENT** a pre-existing and well designed diet and training program… NOT replace it. Don’t get me wrong, there are some supplements that have a time and a place. But even the best supplement (save for anabolic steroids) will do absolutely nothing if your training and nutrition aren’t in check.

 4 - Do you think it's easier for guys to lose weight than it is for women? Why?

 It depends. In some cases men will lose weight faster than women but it’s important to remember that weight loss is NOT the same thing as fat loss. Weight makes up everything in your body including fat, water, bone, muscle, stomach content, glycogen, etc, etc, etc. Fat is solely made up of fat. And considering the scale can’t tell the difference between weight loss and fat loss, it’s important to understand that losing weight on the scale does NOT mean you’re only losing fat. In fact, especially at the beginning stages of a diet, you’ll lose a lot of weight very quickly because you’re getting rid of stomach content, water, and glycogen. So do men lose weight more easily than women? Scale weight…yes. True fat…no.

 5 - What is the most underrated concept in fitness?

Mindset. Mindset is everything. You can have all the exercise and nutrition knowledge in the world but if you don’t have the right mindset then you are doomed to fail. Think about it like this: everyone KNOWS that, given the choice between an apple and a donut, the apple is the healthier choice. But give 10 people the option to pick between eating an apple and a donut and most people are going to pick the donut. Why? They KNOW the apple would likely be better. The reason: mindset. There’s much more to long-term fitness success than knowledge and it all starts with understanding mindset, motivation, and willpower.

 6 - How do you make exercise a more enjoyable activity?

Do what you love! Movement is exercise. It doesn’t matter if it’s walking, swimming, biking, shooting hoops, running stairs, playing tennis, or any other type of movement. Movement is exercise so find what type of movement you love, do it, and do it often.

 7 - How much is too much training?

I recommend no more than 4-5x/week of strength training and, truth be told, I think 4 is optimal. 4x/week of strength training along with 1-2x/week of some cardiovascular exercise tends to be the sweet spot for most people. Any more than that and your risk is likely greater than the reward.

 8 - Please, give us your best pre-workout tips

 Coffee. Protein. Carbs That’s it. I don’t take supplements and there’s no magic meal. I drink coffee about 30-minutes prior to training and I have about 30-40g of protein along with some type of carbohydrate about 60 to 90-minutes prior to training as well.

 9 - What's a good exercise & diet routine?

 The best exercise and diet routine is the one that you can follow for a LONG time. Most people make the mistake of going for the quick fix, 21-day option that’s brutally challenging (both physically and mentally) but short enough to make it seem doable. Horrible mistake. No one ever succeeds on those short programs. Find a training and nutrition program you can follow for YEARS. It’s simple, easy to understand, and doable with YOUR needs and life situation.

10 - What newbie mistakes did you make when you first started training?

Oh man there’s too many to count. I actually wrote THIS ARTICLE which outlines the top 10 worst mistakes I made when I first started training and exactly how I’d fix them today.

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