FAQ | Naturally Intense High Intensity Personal Training

FAQ | Naturally Intense High Intensity Personal Training

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Some answers to frequently asked questions about Naturally Intense Personal Training. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at 646-694-9979.


Day 571 training at home.

I am pushing myself.
I always do, but of late a little more than normal.
There's not anything on the horizon and as usual I didn't do anything but get a spray tan to take the shots so I don't look like a checkerboard, but the training has become harder.

In that little room, three times a week with that home gym I put together, I have gone as hard as I can go and then some.

I leave nothing in the tank when I train and ended many a session chest heaving, and looking to the floor waiting for the room to stop spinning.

Spent. Burnt. Barely able to stand, but with a grin from ear to ear because I know I gave everything I had!

Each workout has ended with that satisfaction.

That sense that if I could do it all over again, I couldn't have done any more than I did and there is a serenity to it all.

A feeling of accomplishment that stays no matter what the rest of the day brings.

There's no one to scream at me.
No one to encourage me to get that bloody weight up when it starts to slow.

It's just me.
But I am never really alone as I carry in me decades of encouragement and decades of encouraging others, and I tap into it.

I use it to help me defy gravity when the weights are obstinate and my force of will needs to prevail.

I use it when that feeble voice says that if I stop now, no one would know.

I use it when that voice says that I am growing old and I shouldn't expect to lift more than I did in my twenties.

I use it to overcome in these little inner conflicts and use those voices of doubt as a compass. One that shows me the direction I need to always avoid.

I would have liked to post more workout videos, but I get so caught up in training sometimes that I forget that cameras even exist. But I will try to post some whenever I can.

For now, here's product, and I hope my path inspires you on yours. Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#naturalbodybuilding #naturalbodybuilder #bnw #blackandwhite #classicphysique #natty #drugfreebodybuilding #inbf #wnbf #bestoftheday #bodybuilding #hometraining #homegym #fitover40 #fitoverforty #goldenerabodybuilding #fitnessmotivation #motivation

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One of my favorite poses. No pump, just me.

With all the great physiques on social media, it can make you feel like you are lacking something, but I want you to know that you aren’t lacking anything. Everyone doesn't have to (and shouldn't) look like me. I’m an example of what can be accomplished if you stick with it long enough in a sustainable and healthy way. More of a “it can be done” than a “look at me and see what I’ve done.” I don’t use drugs, steroids, testosterone replacement therapy, clenbuterol, GH, SARMS, diuretics or whatever foolishness “fitness” folks put in their bodies today. If I did, I'd say something as I personally know how the deceitful practice of claiming to be drug free while using drugs can be devastating to your self-image.

I came of age in a magazine era where pro bodybuilders publicly professed that genetics, Weider supplements and hard work was all it took to be on the Olympia stage. Utter rubbish and until we learned the truth we felt bloody awful training so hard and eating so well but not looking anything like the guys onstage. With social media, it’s not just bodybuilders promoting themselves with this deceit, but actors, performers and personal trainers. With incredible short-term transformations followed by the party line that training every day, taking protein shakes and eating chicken breasts is what helped everyday looking men and women suddenly transform in ways and time frames that the most gifted natural bodybuilders have yet to equal. It's cruel, dishonest and insidious and you won’t find any of that nonsense here.

So full disclosure, I got a tan this week and what you see is a tan plus 30 years of short high intensity workouts 3 times a week, zero cardio and uncompromising attention to how I eat. It's just me trying to be my best and I hope it inspires you to be your very best as well! Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#naturalbodybuilding #naturalbodybuilder #natty #drugfreebodybuilding #goldenerabodybuilding #classicphysique #fitover40 #fitoverforty #fitnessmotivation #bodybuildingmotivation #bestoftheday #hometraining #homeworkouts #highintensitytraining #positivebodyimage #selfimage #flexfriday

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Me doing my "other job" with my fearless assistant, @lynnemichellle!

I never thought I would end up being a photographer. Growing up I hated pictures and I was always the one who never took any vacation pictures as I never saw the appeal of it.

I did a number of photo shoots during my competitive bodybuilding career and I understood the process but had no interest in ever being behind a camera.

Ironically, it was bodybuilding that got me into photography as I needed some promotional photos of my staff for my personal training website and I figured that instead of hiring a photographer, I would just get a camera and do it myself. As I thought, "How hard could it be?"

What followed were some of the worst photographs known to man, and I was so frustrated by it that I voted to figure out how to master this process.

Eight years later I am a working professional photographer, (you can see my work at @dance_as_art and all the shots here are self portraits unless otherwise stated.) I have had solo exhibitions and my work shown all around the world and I have had the privilege of working with some truly outstanding people and organizations.

What stands out for me is how good I became at something I never could have conceived doing earlier in my life and how profoundly gratifying it is to do it. The same goes for many men and women and fitness. I have seen so many people who weren't anything near athletic and had no interest whatsoever in physical fitness when they were younger, but who started training in adulthood and became far more than they ever could have imagined.

It happens more often than you think and I believe the lesson is that we are capable of doing so much more than we realize if we are able to go forward in life with an attitude of openness and lack of preconceptions. And of course, most importantly that you are willing to put in the work! Excelsior!!!#naturallyintense

#naturalbodybuilder #fitnessmotivation #flexing #photographer #danceasart

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What you see in the mirror and what others see is seldom the same.

In eleven years, I was able to go from 125lbs to standing onstage competing at 209lbs in some of the top natural bodybuilding contests in the world. But it would take another thirteen years before I came to a place where I could honestly say that I no longer saw a skinny kid when I looked in the mirror.

That disconnect between what you look like and what you feel you look like happens not just with people trying to lose weight, but you might be surprised to know that many of the top fitness names struggle with the same body issues. It doesn't matter how many compliments you get, how famous you are, or even how many bodybuilding trophies you rack up, as being able to resolve that disconnect requires a great deal of work on yourself, as it doesn't happen automatically.

If you don't do the work, you will never really enjoy what you accomplished and you also risk undoing all the progress that you have achieved. One of my very earliest clients back in Trinidad lost over 100lbs and regained it all because even though he had lost all that weight, he couldn't see any of it.

If you click on the link in my bio you can see the YouTube video where I go into detail about my client's story and my own. And I also offer a possible evolution based explanation for why it's so hard to see your own progress and I hope it helps you as much as it helped me. Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#naturalbodybuilder #naturalbodybuilding #fitnessmotivation #bodypositivty #bodyimage #fitoverforty #fitover40 #bodybuilding #bodytransformation #bodytransformationissues #gymlife #positiveselfimage

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My favorites are the shots where I'm not flexing my heart out.

There's a huge difference between what you look like as a highly seasoned bodybuilder flexing as hard as you can and what you look like in a more relaxed pose.

Personally, I find myself more drawn to the former, as it's a bit more representative of what your body really looks like and isn't as, shall we say, extreme.

On social media, extremism is the currency that tends to drive more likes, more comments and more followers, but I think it's important that there be a greater appreciation of simple balance.

The most popular physiques these days, both male and female can be a bit overpowering even to someone like me, and as a natural athlete we do everything to try to keep up by presenting ourselves as lean and as flexed as we can be.

But I think it's a mistake. As a natural athlete, what sets me and all of us apart is that we look kind of normal when we aren't flexing as if our lives depended on it, and it's a look that I believe is more appealing to those not looking to see a circus show.

That said, this is what I look like when I'm not going all out to look as big and ripped as I can. I like it and hope you like it too. Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#naturalbodybuilding #naturalbodybuilder #natty #drugfreebodybuilding #bodybuilding #bodybuilder #goldenerabodybuilding #classicphysique #fitover40 #fitoverforty #fitnessmotivation #bodybuildingmotivation #bestoftheday

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Yes, very often it takes more time to get to the gym than it does to do the entire workout!


Many of our clients never set foot in a gym before working with us, and the great part about one-on-one training like this is that the training intensity is based on what you can do. We evaluate where you are and formulate the workout based on your individual fitness level, and it’s a method proven safe for all ages. As for those with pre-existing injuries, the wide variety of exercises allow us to always be able to find a way to help work around and rehabilitate almost any injury. Over the past 27 years we have worked with just about every injury possible and we are always able to tailor the high intensity workouts accordingly.


We primarily train out of the Complete Body Gym at 22 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 (between 5th and 6th Avenues)or we can come to you. The gym is one of the best equipped gyms in New York City and complimentary gym membership is included in all of our packages!However we understand that some prefer training in the privacy of their own home or apartment gym, in which case we send a trainer out to you!


Our dietary guides are designed specifically for you and your goals. Whether you are an omnivore, vegan, vegetarian or something in between, we will create an eatign plan to make sure you get the most out of your workouts! The approach calls for a natural food based diet with an emphasis on minimally or unprocessed foods. We have custom apps that you can use on your phone to track your food intake if you are so inclined and we offer 24 hour support for any questions and to guide you through the process.


Absolutely! We offer a risk free first session where you will meet with us, have a short dietary consultation and experience our high intensity training 10 minute workout! We are so confident that you will love it that if you don’t think it will work for you we will refund the cost of the session. No questions asked! But in 27 years it hasn’t happened yet as EVERYONE who tries it, loves it!!!


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