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Danny T - Fat Loss, Strength & Body Transformation - October 2018 GTS Athlete of the Month

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October 2018
GTS Athlete of the Month
Danny Ta

7 months of consistency has really paid off! Join me in congratulating Danny Ta for earning the October 2018 GTS Athlete of the Month!

Danny joined up with GTS in April 2018. He has consistently shown up to the gym 3 days per week and performs his program with precision and an emphasis on form and technique. He has also gotten involved in 3 different nutrition and training related challenges (GTS Reverse Diet, GTS Total Health Challenge, and the GTS Clean & Lean Challenge).

He’s figured out that he didn’t have to operate in any extremes…

Danny just consistently showed up to the gym 3x per week, focused on moving well, made incremental habit based changes to his nutrition and has aimed to find balance with the things he enjoys in life!

The result?

Over the last 6-7 months Danny has lost ~27 lbs (215 lbs —> 188 lbs) while building muscle, and improving both his mechanics and strength in the squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press!

When he’s not jacking steel, Danny enjoys photography and sampling all types of food, beer, and cigars!

It’s been a fun ride so far, and we have barely scratched the surface of his potential… really looking forward to see what Danny accomplishes over the next 1-2 years!

Check out Danny’s story below!


Q&A with GTS Athlete Danny Ta

What was your background or story prior to GTS?

I’ve always been fairly active in sports, whether it’s running (10k, half-marathons, or a marathon) or Muay Thai. I’ve done some weightlifting on my own, but I’d always get bored of it because of the lack of variety.

 
 2017… Running away from his gainz…

2017… Running away from his gainz…

 

How long have you been training with GTS?

Since April 2018

What was your initial motivation to find a coach?

There is a story about what finally drove me to find a coach. Feel free to ask me sometime!

Basically, I realized that I lost a few steps, in terms of strength, and wanted to start putting muscle back on my frame. Instead of what I would have normally done (to back to 24 hour fitness and hit the weights), I figured since I was starting over again, that I would do it right. I would seek out a coach/gym that would help me to finally lift with proper technique so that I could get more out of my workouts! And not injure myself in the process. That last part was key for me.

After my first session, I knew that I’d been doing it all wrong for a long time. And that’s ok! We’ve been making it right ever since. I expected to put muscle back on my frame. I didn’t expect my body composition to change as much as it did! it was definitely a pleasant surprise.

What attracted you to the GTS Coaching system and why did you stick around?

The Yelp Reviews drew me to GTS. My only regret was that I didn’t start a year earlier when I first found out about GTS. The coaching was a huge reason why I stuck around. These guys really do give a lot of attention to everyone, addressing their needs and helping them with all the finer details from lifts to nutrition! Plus, the fact that the system works and I look and feel a lot healthier definitely didn’t hurt either.

What were the most helpful habits or rituals you started implementing in your day to day life to move you closer to achieving your goals?

The most helpful habit was changing my diet. Incorporating leaner protein into my diet was a game changer for me. Also, I’m now a lot more aware of the food that I consume. With the nutrition program, it is a lifestyle change, but I feel it’s not very restrictive either. I feel like I “could” have my cake and eat it too, which helps to maintain my healthy eating habits.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at GTS?

I’ve learned that it’s ok to mess up/fall off the wagon, as long as you know and understand what went wrong and make an honest attempt to get up quickly and back on the wagon.

What advice would you like to pass on to your teammates or new athletes on the path to improving their overall health, nutrition, and performance?

Be as consistent as you can in terms of workout and diet. It’s ok to fall off the wagon. Just get back to business as soon as possible!

 
 2018 - Who smiles while deadlifting?

2018 - Who smiles while deadlifting?

 

Game Time Strength (GTS) is El Segundo’s Top Rated Personal Training and Group Training Facility (Yelp Reviews | Google Reviews).

GTS offers a comprehensive training and nutrition coaching program designed to optimize movement, live lean and lift strong.  The GTS Coaching System promotes proven, sustainable training and nutrition programs and habits that help our athletes lose fat, build muscle, reduce injury, improve energy and get strong!

Interested moving better, building a sustainable training and nutrition routine, and getting strong? 

Schedule a free call and learn more about our risk free trial.  

 
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GTS Total Health Challenge Winners! - 6 Week Challenge

Really proud to announce the winners of our 6 Week Total Health Challenge that took place in Sept - Oct 2018!

The challenge focused on building a series of healthy nutrition, training and sleep/mindset related habits. We measured progress using a point system and had a bunch of fun bonus opportunities each week. You can get up to 10 points for each category or 30 total points per week (x6 weeks = 180 max total points). It wasn’t a weight loss focused challenge, but we had a ton of success as you can see below.

A video recap is below, as well as the weight loss statistics! Great job to everyone that participated in and completed the challenge!

We’ll be announcing our next challenge soon!

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OUR WINNERS!

 GTS Remote Athlete LeeAnn showing off her new pair of Nike Metcons for taking 1st Place in the GTS Total Health Challenge!

GTS Remote Athlete LeeAnn showing off her new pair of Nike Metcons for taking 1st Place in the GTS Total Health Challenge!

 GTS Remote Athlete Eddie saying “I’ll be back…” - 2nd place GTS Total Health Challenge

GTS Remote Athlete Eddie saying “I’ll be back…” - 2nd place GTS Total Health Challenge

Challenge Weight Loss Statistics

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Game Time Strength (GTS) is El Segundo’s Top Rated Personal Training and Group Training Facility (Yelp Reviews | Google Reviews).

GTS offers a comprehensive training and nutrition coaching program designed to optimize movement, live lean and lift strong.  The GTS Coaching System promotes proven, sustainable training and nutrition programs and habits that help our athletes lose fat, build muscle, reduce injury, improve energy and get strong!

Interested moving better, building a sustainable training and nutrition routine, and getting strong? 

Schedule a free call and learn more about our risk free trial.  

Aidan V - Muscle Gain and Performance - September 2018 GTS Athlete of the Month

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September 2018
GTS Athlete of the Month
Aidan Vosooghi

2+ years of continued discipline, hard work and meticulous attention to nutrition, training, sleep and mindset is no easy task. Join me in congratulating Aidan Vosooghi for earning the September 2018 GTS Athlete of the Month!

Aidan is a soon to be medical practitioner that absolutely walks the walk! He has been an immense source of motivation, inspiration and education to his friends & family as well as his coaching staff and teammates.

Aidan is the perfect example of the slow and steady habit driven approach. Over the last two years he’s strategically gained ~25 lbs of muscle while keeping his body fat gain to near zero! In addition to his muscular development, he’s also significantly improved his technique and strength in the squat, bench, deadlift and overhead press!

When he’s not jacking steel, meal prepping, or studying for medical school, he’s educating himself on all the current research and trends in fitness, nutrition, and human psychology.

In September, he joined the GTS Coaching Staff to help implement the Total Health Challenge and share his extensive nutritional knowledge, health habits and tips for success with his teammates!

It’s been both and honor and privilege to coach and work with this man and really excited to watch him leave his mark on the world!

 
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Check out Aidan’s story below!


What was your background or story prior to GTS?

Aside from having an eight-year career in marching band, I wouldn’t call myself an athlete.

For most of my life, I was pretty overweight and didn’t work out at all until I got to college. A friend of mine got me interested in lifting weights my freshman year and from then on, I was hooked on being able to see progress in the mirror and in the gym.

How long have you been training with GTS?

I’ve been training with GTS since September 2016, so just over two years!

What was your initial motivation to find a coach?

When I reached out to Game Time Strength initially, I was looking for someone to teach me great technique in the competition lifts and to take my strength to the next level. They say “you don’t know what you don’t know” and I certainly had no idea how much I had to learn.

What attracted you to the GTS Coaching system and why did you stick around?

From day one, I knew I was in capable hands, and immediately felt “part of the team.” The staff at GTS is knowledgeable in so many aspects of training and nutrition that you almost feel uncomfortable calling them “trainers”; they’re so much more than that.

I never for a moment felt like I was just one client out of many. My individual needs were always addressed and aspects of my programming were tailored towards my personal goals. That’s pretty amazing when you consider how many athletes are coached by the GTS staff.

Just as an aside, I can’t really express how much it meant to me when, on my second day, Jason told me I should sign up for a meet. As someone who never considered himself an athlete, I was startled by the suggestion, and my mindset changed entirely. I started calling myself an athlete then and never looked back.

What were the most helpful habits or rituals you started implementing in your day to day life to move you closer to achieving your goals?

When I started treating myself like an athlete, I also started making training a non-negotiable part of my day. As I started to get more and more invested in my performance under the bar, I also began to appreciate how consistency in my other habits, such as nutrition and sleep, should also be non-negotiable.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at GTS?

I’ve had so many amazing training sessions since I joined GTS, but I’ve also had ones that didn’t go entirely my way. Same goes with nutrition and sleep.

Staying motivated and positive is easy when you’re hitting PRs every session.

The coaching staff at GTS has taught me to find value in the lows as well as the highs, because long-term success comes from consistency.

What has been your biggest accomplishment during your time at GTS?

The lessons I’ve learned from being an athlete at GTS have not only contributed to personal records in the gym and improved body composition (those have been sweet), but also to my life more broadly.

I’m a more responsible, more patient, more confident, and more helpful person now than I was in 2016. I believe that I am strong, I believe that I am capable, and I believe that I can do anything I put my mind to.

As someone pursuing a career in medicine, there is no more helpful mindset than that.

 
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What advice would you like to pass on to your teammates or new athletes on the path to improving their overall health, nutrition, and performance?

Believe in the power of consistency, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and learn as much you can.

You’re not alone, you have so much to learn, and your hard work will pay off.

Any other comments or thoughts you want to share?

Game Time Strength truly is a gem. They represent everything that you could possibly want in a coaching staff. The fitness industry is rife with people who either don’t know what they’re knowing, don’t care about you as an individual, or both.

I used to drive 90 minutes twice a week in LA traffic to get coaching at GTS and would do it all over again.

 
 Aidan’s first powerlifting competition!

Aidan’s first powerlifting competition!

 

Game Time Strength (GTS) is El Segundo’s Top Rated Personal Training and Group Training Facility (Yelp Reviews | Google Reviews).

GTS offers a comprehensive training and nutrition coaching program designed to optimize movement, live lean and lift strong.  The GTS Coaching System promotes proven, sustainable training and nutrition programs and habits that help our athletes lose fat, build muscle, reduce injury, improve energy and get strong!

Interested moving better, building a sustainable training and nutrition routine, and getting strong? 

Schedule a free call and learn more about our risk free trial.  

Nick V - Muscle Gain, Fat Loss, Performance - August 2018 GTS Athlete of the Month

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August 2018
GTS Athlete of the Month

Nick Venditti

Nick has had a transformative year in both strength and body composition. After attending a GTS Barbell Workshop in Dec 2017, he committed himself to the GTS Remote Coaching Program performing most, if not all of his training out of his garage gym.

Throughout the year Nick has made significant improvements in his strength and technique but really hit his stride over the last 12 weeks during the Reverse Diet Challenge. He meticulously tracked his calories and macros while balancing summer time social events. Over the 12 weeks, Nick’s calories slowly went from 2400 to 3000+ per day.

The result?
~ 20 lbs of FAT LOST | Muscle Gain
440 lb squat | 300lb bench | 495 x 3 reps deadlift
People Magazine's Sexiest Beard Award

Nick now plans to share his passion with others, develop his coaching skills, and recently began shadowing during the morning coaching hours!

 
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Read more about Nick’s experience below…


Q&A with GTS Athlete Nick Venditti

What was your background or story prior to GTS?

MUCH OF MY EARLY ADULT LIFE WAS SEDENTARY. PARTYING AND PLAYING MUSIC WITH EXERCISE LIMITED TO WALKING MY DOG A FEW TIMES A DAY. BEFORE GTS, I HAD BEEN LIFTING FOR ABOUT 4 1/2 YEARS. I STARTED WITH THE STANDARD BRO WORKOUTS FOR THE FIRST YEAR OR SO, NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT LIFTING. THEN I MOVED ON TO 5/3/1 WHICH WAS A GREAT PROGRAM THAT I WAS ABLE TO DO ON MY OWN AND MAKE DECENT PROGRESS. I HAD A COUPLE SUB PAR TRAINERS THAT WERE NOT WORTH THE MONEY OR TIME I PUT INTO THEM, SO I DECIDED TO FIGURE IT OUT ON MY OWN. EVENTUALLY I HIT A CEILING AND NEEDED A PRO AND DECIDED TO CALL JASON.

How long have you been training with GTS?

10 MONTHS

 
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What was your initial motivation to find a coach?

I KEPT HITTING PLATEAUS AND PROGRESS WAS VERY SLOW - I WANTED TO GET STRONGER AND BETTER AT LIFTING WHILE IMPROVING BODY COMPOSITION. I WANTED TO ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE I LIFTED!

What attracted you to the GTS Coaching system and why did you stick around?

I WAS REFERRED BY LOCAL LEGEND GORDON SANTEE. HE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED JASON, WHICH WAS ENOUGH FOR ME. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO GORDON IS - CHECK HIM OUT. HE'S A BIG INSPIRATION AND I USED TO GO TALK TO HIM ALL THE TIME WHEN I HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFTING/SUPPLEMENTS AND NUTRITION… I HAVE STUCK AROUND BECAUSE IT'S A GREAT SYSTEM AND I'VE HAD A SIGNIFICANT PROGRESSION IN BOTH STRENGTH AND BODY COMPOSITION THAT HAS KEPT ME MOTIVATED.

 
 Coaching the deadlift

Coaching the deadlift

 

What were the most helpful habits or rituals you started implementing in your day to day life to move you closer to achieving your goals?

ACCURATELY COUNTING MY MACROS AND TRACKING MY CALORIES HAS BEEN A GAME CHANGER. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SO TEDIOUS AND TO BE HONEST - RIDICULOUS. SOMEHOW TAKING AWAY THE FUN FROM EATING AND LIVING… AFTER DOING IT FOR A WHILE IT'S BECOME SECOND NATURE AND I GRAB THE SCALE WITHOUT EVEN THINKING. AT FIRST IT BECAME AN OBSESSION AND EVERY TIME I WOULD STRAY FROM THE DIET IT WOULD GIVE ME ANXIETY AND I WOULD BEAT MYSELF UP OVER IT... I'VE SINCE LEARNED TO LIGHTEN UP. IF I SPLURGE I DON'T OBSESS ABOUT IT AND INSTEAD JUST JUMP BACK IN AFTER ENJOYING MYSELF - WE ALL HAVE TO BE HUMAN SOMETIME...

SOMETHING ELSE THAT HAS BEEN REINFORCED IS SELF MOTIVATION/DISCIPLINE- LOOKING WITHIN TO FIND WHAT MAKES ME WANT TO GET UNDER THE BAR DAY AFTER DAY, CONSISTENTLY AND WITH DETERMINATION TO BE BETTER EVERY TIME.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at GTS?

LEARNING TO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THE SOCIAL MEDIA NOISE - STOP COMPARING MYSELF TO EVERYBODY ELSE AND EMBRACE MY OWN JOURNEY. ABOVE ALL ELSE - CONSISTENCY IN BOTH TRAINING IN NUTRITION IS PARAMOUNT.

What has been your biggest accomplishment during your time at GTS?

AS CLICHE AS IT MAY SOUND - I AM IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE. AT ALMOST 40 YEARS OLD I LOOK BETTER AND FEEL BETTER THAN I DID WHEN I WAS 18. I ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE I LIFT! I’M STRONGER, LEANER AND AM GETTING BETTER EVERYDAY. I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR JASON AND GTS AND I’M ALSO VERY PROUD OF MYSELF FOR FINDING THE DISCIPLINE THAT HAS MADE ME A BETTER, MORE CONFIDENT PERSON, FATHER AND HUSBAND THROUGH STRENGTH.

What advice would you like to pass on to your teammates or new athletes on the path to improving their overall health, nutrition, and performance?

CREATE GOOD SUSTAINABLE HABITS - THESE WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH THOSE TIMES WHEN YOU FEEL TOO TIRED OR UNMOTIVATED. LOOK WITHIN TO FIND YOUR FIRE AND TRY TO HARNESS IT.

IT'S BEEN SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN BUT IT'S TRUE: YOU GET OUT OF IT WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. DO THE WORK AND STAY CONSISTENT.


Game Time Strength (GTS) is El Segundo’s Top Rated Personal Training and Group Training Facility (Yelp Reviews | Google Reviews).

GTS offers a comprehensive training and nutrition coaching program designed to optimize movement, live lean and lift strong.  The GTS Coaching System promotes proven, sustainable training and nutrition programs and habits that help our athletes lose fat, build muscle, reduce injury, improve energy and get strong!

Interested moving better, building a sustainable training and nutrition routine, and getting strong? 

Schedule a free call and learn more about our risk free trial.