Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Scott Abel coaching different from other places?
First and foremost is the level of expertise. Seldom will you find a “trainer” with the combination of academic background, decades of real life experience in the trenches, someone who has done it all himself, and someone with the massive third party recognition that Scott has received in published media of all forms, in the fitness and in the academic industry.
What also makes the Scott Abel Coaching Inc. experience different is the level of personal involvement and coaching from Scott himself. Scott goes beyond “trainer” and becomes a Coach. Addressing what motivates someone, and how and why they are inspired to an undertaking can make the difference between success and failure. Scott recognizes not just the physical, but the mental and emotional aspects of the coaching relationship as well, which is so important for longterm success.
The other major difference with Scott’s coaching vs. a trainer’s approach is that Scott fits the program to the client, while most trainers try to fit the client to the program (usually “their” program, that they’re known for), with the understandable that it’s not that the client fails the program, but rather the program fails the client. Scott’s approach to client goal setting and achievement is as different as the people he trains. It’s that individual!
What if I don't like the program / diet I get?
Your see this great deal on various sites and infomercials in the Fitness industry–the “Absolute Money Back Guarantee.” Usually this is a scam to get you to spend your money to begin with.
So what’s different here? Scott will not take your money until you have had the chance to consult with him if you wish to, or at least explore and discover his credentials. Email him at scott [at] scottabel.com if you’re unsure.
Now, where Scott differs from most trainers is that from the beginning he will tell you that his job is to prescribe what you “need,” which may not always be what you think you “want.” That is a coach’s real job. If your trainer just always gave you what you thought you needed/wanted, then why hire a coach in the first place? The role of the Coach is to help his clients succeed.
Most clients with Scott average a 5-year commitment. That is a long time if someone “does not like the program.” However, since Scott charges a monthly fee for coaching services, if you are not satisfied at some point during your training, you just stop paying him, plain and simple.
I want to lose 30 pounds in time for my wedding in 6 months. Will I be able to do that with Scott Abel Coaching Inc.?
The immediate answer is “yes,” but there are other things to consider.
First, how much weight do you really have to lose? If you’re 100 pounds overweight, then losing 30 pounds in 6 months is pretty easy, and probably healthy as well. But if someone is only 10-15 pounds overweight and still wants to lose 30 pounds for that “once in a lifetime moment,” well, that’s when Scott will step in as an expert and have his say. Unrealistic goals will only set people up for failure and metabolic damage.
Also, with Scott it is not about scale weight. If you want to manipulate scale weight to “lose 30 lbs” that’s easy, and can be done by manipulating water weight. But presumably what you want instead is to look your best. Anyone can manipulate numbers, short term, but how many ladies have we seen who killed themselves to get lean for their wedding and then 5 years later have gained 50 pounds or more? Scott will not only get you to your desired and most comfortable cosmetic look for your wedding, but will be able to do it in a healthy fashion so you can maintain it for the rest of your life. Short term dieting seldom works, but you can introduce a short term diet for a short term effect, as long as long term needs will be addressed as well.
Why is coaching important?
There’s an old saying: “A lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client.” This is pretty much the same in the fitness world. Just “showing up” at the gym is just not enough. Most people are on the wrong program, doing the wrong exercises. Most go from exercise to exercise or program to program not really considering where they are at, and what they need to be doing. Scott ties together your goals, and what he calls your workload capacity. It may take two or three preparation programs to first increase your workload capacity, to then get you to the actual program that will get you to your goal results. Program and exercise application is an art; it requires skill and expertise.
The other thing that separates Scott from “trainers” is that as a coach, he addresses factors outside the physical realm that have a distinct effect on your training application and goal achievement. Scott will address things like a client’s lifestyle factors, their self-talk, the reason they are after a certain goal, their mindset going into it. All of these things will need to be addressed in order to have the client in the right place mentally and emotionally to not only expect goal achievement, but to anticipate it as well. A real coach will address the non-physical aspects of a training and diet goal with the same importance as the actual program. This is the one thing that sets Scott apart from most others, and especially from “trainers.” Scott coaches the person, not the program.
How can you coach me long distance?
Scott gets this question all the time. More than 80% of Scott’s clientele are extreme long distance. The important thing with coaching is not proximity but expertise. Just because someone may be in your own backyard should not be a consideration for putting your trust in them–check out their resume and their level of expertise. Check out their third party recognition. These days anyone on the Internet can call themselves anything, but what is their experience level, their education level, and what kind of success have they achieved?
As long as someone is on-line, and attuned to the relationship aspect of the coach/client relationship, then distance is simply not an issue. In fact, most people say they communicate with Scott easier, more often and more efficiently than any other trainer they have hd in their own town, or even in their own gym.
With proper client biofeedback, Scott can easily ascertain how a client may or may not be adapting to a training or diet program, and then he will tweak it as necessary. Most clients will send digital pictures every so often, and regular feedback, so Scott is always involved in their day-to-day, week-to-week progress. This makes more sense than the usual “here is a diet and here is a program, get back to me in 12 weeks.” Scott knows that everyone’s physiology is very different and people adapt at their own pace, not according to some weekly or 12 week schedule.
Why not just hire a personal trainer?
Personal trainers are fine for the uninitiated. If you don’t know your way around a gym very well, it’d be wise to hire a personal trainer for 10 sessions or so, to get know all the equipment and how it works. But almost all Certification Programs fall short on the actual application end. Some certifications can be had in a weekend, and like anything else in life, if it is not difficult to achieve, then it probably does not merit much consideration. Many gyms and fitness chains now have instituted their own in-house certification programs in order to show a certain level of professionalism and conformity for gym members. This is usually more of a business consideration than a real pursuit of expertise.
Beyond the first few months of training, EXPERTISE is what you should be paying for. Personal trainers that work in gyms are NOT experts. If they were, they wouldn’t be working in a gym that takes most of their wage from them. If you need to pay someone in order to show up at the gym or to be your friend, then Scott’s feeling is your motives are not sound, and you will not last long term. Physique transformation only works if diet and training are followed long term. Scott is after the people who WANT coaching. In reality everyone needs coaching, but Scott’s services are for clients who are serious about achievement. Many of Scott’s clients happen to be personal trainers as well, yet they still hire Scott for their own diet and training protocol.
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback is the surest way to measure and monitor a client’s progress over both the short and long term.
What Scott does is introduce a stimulus to people in terms of training protocol and diet, and then monitors their response over time to that stimulus. Everyone is different, so monitoring training and diet adaptations via biofeedback allows Scott to assess how the client is doing and what should come next.
Scott developed his biofeedback system over his 20+ years of training clients, and now has it down to simple and effective and quick feedback from his clients on a regular basis, that does not require huge time investments from the client, but still allows Scott to monitor them closely.
What biofeedback also does is help Scott determine what direction to go next. Most “trainers” just change things for the sake of changing them, with no real rationale behind the change other than staleness. Scott’s approach is more scientific. Biofeedback allows Scott to determine when and how to alter things like training volume, training type, less cardio, more cardio, and so on. Training should always change for a solid reason and that reason should be based on the client’s own response to training and diet stimulus, not just because a certain number of weeks have passed and it’s time to try something else. Every change Scott makes, he makes for a reason and the reason is based on the individual’s own body and its feedback. It is difficult to go wrong when you combine biofeedback with proper expertise.
When I am on the coaching program, can I put my membership on hold for a certain amount of time and then resume?
Scott realizes that sometimes “life happens.” Injuries, illness or unavoidable situations are a fact of life, so whatever the reason, as long as the duration is not unreasonable, Scott will certainly honor a time freeze, but obviously not indefinitely.
What is the Cycle Diet?
The Scott Abel Cycle Diet is known by many other names, mainly the Supercompensation Diet, and the “Have your cake and eat it too” diet, as some of Scott’s clients call it.
What it boils down to is that Scott trains the metabolism to be a Fat Burning Machine. Once that is accomplished, Scott introduces regular Cheat Days and Cheat Meals, the sole purpose of which is to keep metabolism revving, and encourage the body to get even leaner and stronger. To read testimonials from clients who follow this wonderful diet of regular cheating, just go the Scott’s Clients page and look it up. It’s no lie. Few, if any, other experts have developed a diet where regular cheating is advocated in order to serve the body and promote a leaner, stronger physique. If you wish to know some of the science behind the Cycle Diet you can order the video of Scott’s last SWIS SEMINAR appearance on the subject, through his website.
Scott does not claim this diet is for everyone, but those that are on it think it is the easiest diet in the world to follow since there are always regular breaks from the controlled eating regimen. And when Scott says Cheat Meal or Cheat Day, it is not some diet scam where you find out that it means only certain foods. On the Cycle Diet, when cheating is allowed it is anything you want, and in any quantity you want.
What is Innervation Training?
Innervation Training is a way of training developed by Scott for clients seeking physique enhancement. Most trainers in Scott’s day developed training protocol based upon research of the musculoskeletal system; by contrast, Scott’s focus is based on research of the neuromuscular system, which is much more relevant when talking about muscular and physique development. While traditionalists of his day focused training methodologies on everything to do with strength and strength research, Innervation Training is based upon intensity and all concepts to do with intensity, including but not limited to, strength concerns. Innervation Training and MET Training go hand in hand; they are not opposed, but rather complement each other. The 6-Day Hybrid would be an example of Innervation Training mixed with MET.
Why aren't Scott's books on places other than this website and Amazon?
This is for sure something that is being looked into. Right now Amazon has a special program called “KDP Select” that we are taking advantage of. However, if you’re unable to order the books and wish to, or if you prefer to buy books from other retailers (e.g. Apple, Kobo, etc.) please let us know, as it will definitely affect our decision of whether to stay in the program. Email admin [at] scottabelfitness.com.