No More Diet Hopping, Get Lasting Results With Carrie Mcmahon
Have you spent years hopping from diet to diet only to leave frustrated and no closer to your fitness goals? Let me introduce you to Carrie McMahon of ThisFitChick.net. Carrie was voted one of the Top 30 Fitness Professionals Under 30 Changing the Face of Fitness, and she is a Certified Personal Trainer in Los Angeles, CA.
Nothing is more frustrating than depriving yourself of the food that you actually want to eat, only to see all the weight you lost come right back when you jump off the diet.
In today’s interview, Carrie talks about how she is able to get her clients lasting results without using the traditional diet methods that frustrate everybody. Enjoy!
Hi Carrie, can you tell us how you got your start in fitness, and who your average personal training client is?
For many years, I tried to get a lean and ‘sculpted’ looking body by running a lot, and eating only *healthy foods* in low amounts. My mental and physical health was not in a great place. I kept going in circles from one ‘plan’ or one fad diet to another. I was slim, but I wanted to be stronger and I wanted more definition in my body! Clearly, I wasn’t doing it right.
I remember stumbling upon a picture of Jamie Eason on the Internet and I was blown away- she was exactly what I wanted to look like. I then looked into weight lifting and while I was very skeptical at first, I just jumped right in. A few years later and here I am coaching others on how to eat and train to not only get the body they want, but also, to have a healthier emotional relationship with food. No more of this ‘eat this, not that’ and ‘only at this time’ etc….that is not a healthy way to live mentally and physically.
My average clients are women who have been through many diet cycles and are tired of hopping around. They want something sustainable and non-restrictive that they can implement into their lifestyle forever.
You offer online training on your website. How does that process work? How often do you contact the client? Do you consult with diet and training? How can one of my readers reach you for personal training?
I offer both nutrition and training coaching or just nutrition.
My nutrition coaching is “If It Fits Your Macros,” so each week, the client will check in with me (via email) and I will adjust their macros based on how they are progressing.
They can eat whatever they want (within reason), but there are some general guidelines I give them. What I love about it is that my clients can fit little treats in if they like, as there is no cheat meal.
It’s the lifestyle way to live in my opinion. My clients can eat what they want, or go out and eat, and still get results! As for training, I believe in lifting heavy and doing as little cardio as possible in the form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), so my plans do just that! I also tweak their training plans as needed with their weekly check-ins. Editors’ Note: Click Here to contact Carrie for Online Coaching.
Carrie, it’s no secret that I’m the anti-cardio guy. Your weight loss plan avoids hours and hours of cardio. How are you are able to get results without hours of cardio?
My workouts are based around heavy lifting and HIIT training. These two techniques combined will not only burn calories during the workout, but also, will create more of a caloric burn post workout.
Most steady state cardio workouts don’t burn many calories afterwards, which makes a huge difference. Also, since I believe in heavy lifting and building muscle, my clients tend to burn more calories at rest, i.e., when they are not exercising, since muscle is much more metabolically active than fat.
What does your training routine look like? What do you do to stay in shape?
I actually just wrote a blog post on this topic! I discuss exactly what I did to get to where I am today and what I do to maintain my physique. You can read that post here!
Many of the testimonials on your website report that you have completely changed the way your clients think and feel about “diet.” How are you able to help so many people make this shift in thinking?
I could go on for days about this, but most of my clients come to me after having dieted for years.
We restricted ourselves from eating certain foods and going out to eat. We couldn’t enjoy things in life anymore as everything revolved around what we could eat, how we could eat it and what we were going to eat next.
It was so exhausting and it was no way to live. Do you really want to be in that cycle for the rest of your life? No! We want to enjoy activities with friends and families, we want to go out on dates, we want to be able to not think about food and what we are going to eat 24/7. We want flexibility and sustainability.
I help my clients get out of that cycle and make peace with food. They can eat out, they can enjoy their favorite treats and they can still get the results they want.
My clients are finally able to live and enjoy life and food again without restrictions and without rules.
If I didn’t know better I’d say you were a powerlifter (no excessive cardio, no extreme caloric restriction, no fasted workouts, no ‘off limit’ foods). Who has influenced or mentored you in your fitness career? At some point it seems that you jumped off the elliptical and I’m wondering how or why you made the switch to more non-traditional methods of fitness.
I first made the switch to lifting because I wanted to change the way my body looked. It took a lot of trial and error, but I got my hands on everything I could and taught myself how to do it properly. I then decided to compete in a bikini competition and I had Layne Norton coach me. He has been the biggest influence in my life and he really helped shape my philosophies and principles on fitness and nutrition.
1) Favorite core exercise?
I hardly ever do isolated core work, but I love weighted cable crunches!
2) Pre-workout or no pre-workout?
Sometimes, yes! I love Cellucor C4 and I mix it with Xtend BCAAs and creatine.
3) Least favorite day in the gym?
This totally changes every so often, but currently it’s leg day!
4) Something about you most people don’t know?
I can speak in both a British accent and an American accent (since I grew up in London)
5) If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life?
Clean and presses.
6) Favorite Fitness Personality?
Amanda Adams! She is all about balance, flexibility and enjoying your lifestyle. She’s a great role model in both fitness and business.
She was voted one of the Top 30 Under 30 Fitness Professionals Changing the Face of Fitness.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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