INTERVIEW: An interview with Nick Tumminello

Nick Tumminello
Director of Performance University: Strength Training for Fat Loss & Conditioning
Developer of the NT Loop bands: The #1 Tool for Hip and Glute Training
Editor-in-Chief of the NSCA Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ) Journal

2016 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year
2015 Personal Trainer Hall of Fame Inductee
2016 Winner of the PTDC’s Best Fitness Article on the Internet
Author of two top ten articles on’s list of Top 17 Article of 2017
Author of three books: Building Muscle and Performance, Strength Training for Fat Loss and Your Workout PERFECTED

Today I talked with one of my favourite people; coach and personal mentor Nick Tumminello. Nick is one of the best trainers out there and is world class educator to trainers around the world. He is the Editor-In-Chief for the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Personal Training Quarterly Journal. In 2015 he was inducted into the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame and in 2016 he won NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year and won PCTD’s best fitness article on the internet. Nick is the author of 3 books and designed and sells NT Loop Bands. These are an excellent fitness tool, particularly useful for home-based training. I hope you enjoy the Nick’s pearls of wisdom in this interview.

You can find Nick at:
Facebook: Nick Tumminello
NT Loop Band:
Nick’s books: Strength Training for Fat Loss; Building Muscle for Performance and Speed; Your Workout Perfected.

Link to the article mentioned in the video:

Nick and I talk all things exercise. While we all know the reasons we should be exercising, Nick explains about the some of the less known and discussed benefits that he believes are very important. These include making a commitment to yourself and your health, self-control and stress release. He explains how three different personality types respond to different kinds of motivation. It’s important to understand our internal drivers so we can choose the style of exercise that suits us best.

Nick talks about starting exercise as a beginner and why keeping goals real in terms of commitment and outside factors is the key to long-term success. It’s better to have a lower frequency and volume of exercise and be consistent over time, than over-reach and then give up altogether.

We discuss the importance of resistance training for healthy muscle. Muscle is considered the organ of longevity; healthy muscle improves both the quality and duration of life. Nick explains how this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be lifting heavy weights in the gym. There are many different ways to keep your muscle active and strong. It is important to find something you enjoy and then stick with it. Don’t be afraid to try different things and learn new activities.

We go on to talk about the myths of training and how different body types respond differently to exercise. “Muscle is the shape of your body, when we lose fat it reveals the shape”. On the idea of using cardio for burning fat, Nick says “good, give it a go, it’s better than being sedentary. Get some metrics and try it for 3 months and if you have lost body-fat I will be happy for you. If you don’t then we might need to make some tweaks so you can get more out of the time you’re exercising”. It’s this kind of approach and thinking that sets Nick apart from so many trainers out there.

We finish by talking about the importance of diet in improving our body composition as well as how the lack of sleep and other stress hinders fat loss. Everyone knows what they need to do, the question is why aren’t we doing it? Nick emphasizes the importance of making small sustainable changes and “abandon perfect”.

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