Welcome to the Cotterell Training Systems Blog!

My name is Tyler Cotterell, owner and creator of Cotterell Training Systems, which, from here on out will be mostly referred to as: CTS. For several years now, my goal in the fitness industry has been to positively impact lives in any way possible. I have successfully achieved this with countless athletes and clients through: injury prevention, fat loss, muscle/strength building, rehabilitation and mindset coaching. As I get older though my desire to enhance individuals’ health and fitness levels has only gotten stronger. Starting with this blog, I want to expand my reach in the fitness industry; by creating easily accessible content that anyone can use to enhance their own training, nutritional habits and/or lifestyle.

I came across my “Why” about a year ago when I read a fitness article that stopped me dead in my tracks. According to a CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report published in 2018, only 23% of Americans meet the minimum exercise requirements. Sadly, this number has actually increased from their 2014 published report of 20.4%! Thankfully we are trending in the right direction, however, it remains frightening to me that over 75% of adults do not engage in minimally 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. That breaks down to just over 20 minutes per day of “moderate” activity that is not being met. (If you are in the 23% meeting your daily exercise requirements, go ahead and pat yourself on the back! Use this blog as a resource to continue improving certain areas your health and fitness and maybe even get some of your “less active” friends involved as well)

As a fitness professional, my overarching goal is to combat the inactive and unhealthy lifestyle that Americans are now succumbing to. By taking an online platform, I hope to inspire change in individuals’ health and fitness levels across counties, states and even countries. A common theme throughout any blog or social media post of mine will always be to trust the process- and remain reasonable. This blog will not be exclusively on topics such as: “how to achieve a Hollywood 6 pack” or “how to get 18 arms,” and nothing will EVER be a “30 Day Quick Fix”…these topics may in fact come up over time, however, the underlying theme will always be: small, sustainable, changes- that lead to long term success. “Cold Turkey” lifestyle transformations rarely result in permanent positive change, but rather, they will cause a “yo-yo effect” back to your bad habit. (There’s a reason why every year, the first week of January is shoulder to shoulder in most gyms across America, but by February it’s back to the same normal faces again) So, I will conclude my first blog with the following advice that I have always given anyone who wants to make a change in their lives:

Hone in on one area of your overall health that you’re struggling with right now. Maybe your nutrition is not on point like it should be. Or your motivation to get to the gym is waning because you’re stuck in a “training rut.” Be honest with yourself and find that one area you’re struggling with and make just 1 small change about it- but make sure that you can do this change every single day.  For example, if I was drinking an average of 4- 16oz. diet sodas per day, I need to focus on cutting back from 4 to 3, as opposed to the mindset of 4 to 0 right away. Having zero soda in your diet should be your ultimate goal, however, you must trust in the process and slowly eliminate your bad habit over a period of time in order to have a sustainable change in your life.

The same applies for making an addition to your life as well. If you’re inconsistent with your gym attendance, stop making your goal every Sunday night to hit the gym 6 days that upcoming week. Resist the instant gratification mindset of society, and understand that the absolute best results will come by going to the gym for 3 days per week for a year versus 6 days per week for 2 weeks. Once you’ve got those 3 days per week absolutely down cold and you never miss, then you can look to either get in the gym more or ramp up your “Active Rest” days (which we will touch on in future blogs).

Along with fitness, writing has always been a passion of mine. I am extremely excited to put out consistent blog posts on a wide variety of topics. If there is a specific topic you’d like to hear my opinion on, please feel free to e-mail me at: tylercotterell23@yahoo.com and I will do my best to offer some perspective!

Yours in Fitness and Health,

TC

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