Friday, July 16, 2010


This week I read a great article from Fitness Coach and Trainer Nick Tumminello. He has written many articles for Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Fight Magazine, the list goes on. He also coaches Personal Trainers, Coaches and Athletes. One of his great philosophies to a successful weight loss program or any fitness program is his Four P’s. I took that information and added a 5th that I think is also very important.

Today is a rest day for you, but please read through the FIVE P’s, Print them off and put it on your fridge, the desk at work or anywhere you think would be worthwhile to remind the importance of the Synergy of the Five P’s

Many of us are motivated to train for different reasons. Some want to execute better on the field or outperform the competition in a tryout or a match. Others may want to improve their quality of life in order to better enjoy their day to day activities. Hell, perhaps some of us just want to look better naked.

Whatever the motivating factor that has pushed you to train, what drives all of us to train is often very similar. We all strive for self improvement and to feel better about ourselves. Regardless of your wish to win a game or match, function better daily or just look sexier in the mirror--all of the above are rooted in a deeper desire to feel better about ourselves.

We strive for the same fulfillment in our lives too. It could be the champion athlete, hard working professional, or stay at home parent, but we all wish to accelerate with our jobs, possessions, relationships, etc.--because they help to identify who we are. We associate them with success and success makes us feel good.

How we train is an excellent representation of how we chose to live our lives. Like life, training should be attacked with the following five traits. Purpose, Preparation, Persistence, Passion and Pride. It’s called the Synergy of the Five P's (P5) because these traits acting together create an effect greater than that predicted by knowing only the separate effects of the individual parts.

A goal: This puts a rock-solid rationale behind your efforts. You're more likely to follow through to the end of your journey with purpose driving you down the path. Whether it is the path of least resistance or the road less traveled, maintaining your focus on your purpose keeps you on the road.

Nothing in life gets done properly without planning and preparation. Imagine knowing you were to have a child and did no preparation for the birth or after. It just wouldn’t work. The same type of thought must apply to your everyday life. When you go to the gym, you should already know exactly what workout you are doing so it can be an intense effective workout. Prepare your meals beforehand so you do not find yourself slipping into eating the junk food that may readily be available. Being prepared keeps you focused and on the right track to success


Anything worth having is worth working for. Although we might be able to get by going through the motions, it is with persistence and hard work that we arrive at our destination with a sense of accomplishment. Training can often take a toll on our physical and mental toughness yet it is with persistence that we plough through the hurdles.


A word that breeds enthusiasm, positive energy and as a result--success. Love what you are doing and remember why it is important to you. Passion exceeds technique. When you play with passion you separate yourself from mediocrity. Take care of the small things passionately and the big things will most likely take care of themselves. I love this picture, it shows the type of passion you need to have for whatever you do in life. 


Having a sense of pride in your training is key. It is here that you are proud of your journey and your end reward. Your training is a part of your identity. Small people will try to belittle your ambitions, but the really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great. Alongside of pride is respect and its imperative to respect yourself, your training, as well as your opponents. Even setbacks and losses present an opportunity to learn and self improve.

Use the Synergy of the Five P's in your training and in your lives as well. Discard the toxic things that interfere with your goals. A poor diet, a bad habit, a negative person. Why would you NOT deserve the very best and to give your all. After all, whether your training is a need or a want, it is important to you.
As with life, "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for." I encourage you to practice the Five P's in your training and in your life.