Just this past weekend, I went to the Perform Better Results Business Seminar by Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove. I was excited for the whole event because I knew how successful the Cosgrove’s were in running a highly sought after gym in California. I knew I was going to learn a lot but the seminar just exceeded my expectations. To top it off, both of them were really down to earth people who really want to help normal people like me achieve success in fitness and in business.
If you don’t know Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove, they are the owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California. Their gym was been voted as one of “America’s Top 30 Gyms” in Men’s Health 2008 and also “America’s TOP 10 Gyms in Men’s Health 2009. Alwyn also has a great online fitness program called “Afterburn” and another fitness and nutrition (low calorie, low carb, done for you meal plans and workouts, etc.) program called, “Warp Speed Fat Loss.” But, the latest product to come out that is dedicated solely to women and written by Rachel is the book, “The Female Body Breakthrough.”
I have read the book about 3 months ago when it first came out and meant to review it in the blog but just got sidetracked. So, coming out of the seminar, I got reminded how valueable this book is to women around the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a veteran in exercise and nutrition, there’s several things you can learn from this book that is worth more than its price. To me, if a book or a seminar only teaches me ONE valueabe thing that will move my business and fitness forward, I would’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it.
In the book, Rachel was very candid when she talked about her battle with bulimia for at least 5 years. I couldn’t believe that this is the same person I met this past weekend because she is so empowering and inspirational. This just made me an even bigger fan of her because she understands what most women go through.
In the book, she even created an acronym for the B.I.T.C.H which stands for “Be Inspiring Totally Confident and Hot.” Some of you may think that it’s lame attempt to make being called a “BITCH” cool but I think it’s pretty creative and motivating. Now, I can say, “Oh yah, I’m a BITCH.” I even named a workout out of this for my bootcamp and all my women clients loved it.
The one tid bit that really stuck with me is Rachel’s tip during “the time of the month.” You know, that time when you’re hormones are all over the place and you just want to eat every dessert that comes your way. Basically, she says that if we learn to not give in to our food desires during this time that we will see even more fat loss because our hormones favor it during this time. So, when that time comes, I try my best to stay on track and not give in to temptations which has gotten easier over the long run.
Rachel also created the “Fit Chick Credo” which I enlisted here:
1. Act as if you are a fit female
2. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
3. Fuel Your Body to be Fabulous
4. Train hard or go home
5. Get hooked on feeling fit, not a number on a scale.
6. Be an early Riser.
7. Make R&R…&R a priority!
8. Obstacles will arise -anticipate them!
9. Keep a journal or a blog
10. Eliminate Crabs and surround your self with supportive people!
11. Think about your thoughts!
12. Attitude is everything!
13. Manage Your “Tub of Stress”!
14. Put an end to body bashing and instead celebrate your strengths!
15. Don’t rely on will power. Have strategies!
16. Stop rationalizing and making excuses!
Some of these credos are straightforward while some still need a little elaboration like #13. But, if you read the book, it will all come together for you.
The The Female Body Breakthrough also includes sample menus and a done-for-you 16-week workout program with pictures and description. It is a complete guide into getting the fit female look. If you want to go even further, Rachel has created a membership site with the book where you can get a new, monthly workout and coaching from her. You can check it out at www.femalebodybreakthrough.com. She does charge $97/month for this service but if you value her expertise and what she has to offer to benefit your health and fitness and achieving your goals, you will realize that this is a small price to pay. If I had the means, I would train at Results Fitness and pay much more but for those of us who don’t live near their gym, this is the next best thing.
She also wrote an article about her experience with steady state cardio while training for the Ironman which she has proven to be ineffective in terms of fat loss. You can read the article, “The Final Nail in the Cardio Coffin,” here.
Lastly and more importantly, Rachel talks about all the excuses that we make when we see ourselves “checking out” (her words) out our fitness plan. She works with you with visual tools, mindset questionnaires, and just mindset in general. If you have exercised or dieted at all in your life, you’ll recognize that mindset is one of the most important factors in fat loss. Without the proper mindset, all the strategies in this book will not help you. Rachel does a great job with the mindset aspect of becoming a fit female.
I always believe in investing in myself because that is the only way I can grow. This is the same for everyone. A lot of people ask me how I come to know what I know about exercise, nutrition, and fat loss and my answer is education. I can always stop and say that I know everything but that is simply impossible. Even with the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the last couple of years, I am continually learning and I do that my learning from the experts like Rachel and Alwyn.
You can get the Female Body Breakthrough at Amazon.com by clicking here here.
Note: I bought the book with my own money and if you buy the book from the link above, I will get a commission percentage for the sale.