Personal trainer David Vaughan is committed to helping clients improve their quality of life by sharing the knowledge and experience that he has gained during his 14 year career in health, fitness and athletic conditioning, and he has fitness tips that are interesting and very helpful. David prides himself on professionalism, courtesy and constantly studying and striving to be the best trainer he can be.
Considering he’s based in Las Vegas, it should come as no surprise that some of David’s best clients spend most of their days inside a casino. “I train a lot of professional poker players in their younger 20s,” he explains. “And they all want to be trained like these are professional athletes, which is kinda funny considering the sport… if you want to call it that. Although, they’re competitive. So they kinda have that athletic mind a little bit, maybe that translates into training.
“They’re doing 40-yard sprints, and it’s $5,000 to whoever wins the best of five, so it gets really interesting. And they always have weight loss bets, like one of my current clients only signed up because he has got a weight loss before the World Series and it’s like he gets $10,000 for every 1% of weight lost.”
David also enjoys a fair amount of clients from the other end of the competitive and age spectrum. As he says, “I personally have a 50/50 mix between older people that are just generally working for lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, overall health and longevity. They’re just trying to look better and feel better. And then I have the other end, which is the poker players, which is funny because there’s not a whole lot in between that, 60, 70-year-olds, next room and 20, 30-year-old types. But I can go from taking someone for a power walk for 15-20 minutes in the morning and working on balance stuff, to by the afternoon we’re doing kickboxing, Muay Thai, or sprinting down the field and they’re towing me!”
David is particularly excited about a new offering he’s started using with his clients, called a BOD POD. He explains, “It’s basically the gold standard in body fat testing. Everybody always uses calipers or the bioelectrical scales and there’s so much error involved in those that I just went, Hey, you know what? I’m sick of telling you, ‘Well, it could be this or it could be that,’ so I was able to pick one of those up. It measures air displacement. So you sit inside and the whole test itself actually takes two minutes and it measures temperature, air pressure and air displacement.”
[quote_box_center]“Physiologically the only thing that’s ever been proven to work to reduce your weight is by eating less and doing more.” ~ David Vaughan[/quote_box_center]
David has some pretty strong thoughts on nutritional supplements. “I don’t recommend a whole lot of nutritional supplements,” he explains, “just because I was taught in college that 99% of them are BS because of the way supplement industry is. Nothing’s really regulated. All they have to prove is that it doesn’t harm you; it doesn’t actually have to be proven to work. So I kind of only recommend multivitamins or proteins. If it doesn’t hurt you, I allow them to go and buy it.”
David likes to meet with his clients, on average, he says, “Three days. There are people I see every day, but if I had to average it I’d say three. I always recommend three days for people so that you want them to do some stuff on their own.”
David stresses the importance of both short- and long-term goals, here explaining the difference, “A long-term goal might be like, ‘Shear my body fat down to 6% or 7%,’ and a short term goal might be, ‘I’m going on vacation in six weeks and I want to look really good for the pictures.’”
David insists that going on vacation can be a good thing for your exercise regimen, and that most of his clients benefit from the experience: “When people go on vacation, my whole goal is for them to try to stay the same as they were when they left, stay the same weight. I don’t want them to gain anything; I don’t expect them to lose anything.”
Now that we’ve gotten to know him a little better, it’s time for David to share some specifics on how to get, and stay, healthy. So here are 4 of David’s Top 12 tips on how to get, and keep, your more healthy, happy, and fit YOU from Better Body Wannabe:
Fitness Tip #1: Avoid stress eating.
I’ve seen over the years when working with clients, what people do is become stress eaters. I think it’s just a comfort thing.
Fitness Tip #2: Eat less, do more. Period.
Physiologically, the only thing that’s ever been proven to work to reduce your weight is by eating less and doing more.
Fitness Tip #3: Be in it to win it.
For the most part, I go with ‘It’s the homestretch. Last ten minutes.’ Because people are usually dead by that point. And you just want to keep them going, it’s like it’s the homestretch, it’s the end.
Fitness Tip #4: Finding the right fit with your trainer is key.
You want somebody that’s living the lifestyle without overindulging themselves in it. When someone keeps talking about all their accomplishments — that’s somebody that’s not for you cause they’re a little too into themselves.
By Tiffany Youngren • September 5, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
More of David’s story and the rest of his 12 Fitness Tips — the “Doer’s Dozen” mentioned in the Fitness Articles: Twelve Weeks of Trainers introduction — are featured in the upcoming book, Better Body Wannabe: 12 Top Trainers Reveal the Real Skinny on Eating and Exercising for a More Healthy, Happy, and Fit YOU, based on Tiffany’s (of Transfer of Health) interviews with David and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
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