In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Medical Exercise Specialist Brian Richey about program design and best exercise practices for the obese and overweight client.
- Brian’s personal experience with weight loss
- Why thermogenics (calories in, calories out) doesn’t work as a weight loss strategy
- How small, achievable changes like drinking more water can have the greatest results
- The unique biomechanical challenges that come with being overweight
- The benefits of starting with the basics (stability training, sleep, walking) even when weight loss is the goal
- How traditional fitness marketing sets us up to fail and how we can create a physical and emotionally safe environment for our clients in a fitness facility
- How to set realistic expectations when starting a new fitness program and setting goals
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Episode length: 1 hour
Brian Richey, Medical Exercise Specialist
Brian, the owner/operator of Fit 4 Life DC, was born in Kailua, Hawai‘i, and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a B.S. in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.
While Brian is a personal trainer, he isn’t your typical one. Brian is a Medical Exercise Specialist and Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist, meaning that his level of understanding and working with and managing medical conditions with exercise is far beyond that of your typical trainer.
“My goal is to bridge the gap between the medicine and movement.”
While Brian might have been born in paradise, his childhood wasn’t all fun in the sun. He was an obese child, tipping the scales at over 420lbs by his 18 th birthday. His journey of weight loss ultimately led him to pursuit a career in personal training and help people not only in losing weight but also regaining and improving their quality of life.