Although you may recognize him as the personal trainer best known for his patience and sometimes, hilarious manhandle—Kevin Hart in YouTube’s Popular’What shape, ‘ series, Ron ‘Boss’ Everline’s fitness credentials are no laughing matter.

In the 15+ years since his failed bid to turn pro in the NFL, Everline has laid the foundation for a fitness empire, which now includes a fitness facility, workout app and… nutrition, a network of certified fitness centers. coaches and specialists, and a massive following of over a million people on Instagram.

At its core, Everline’s brand can be summed up in two words: Just Train, a slogan that exemplifies the product carried by itself, its staff and its leading customers. (In addition to Hart, Everline has helped sculpt the physique of everyone from NFL linebacker Derrick Johnson to R&B artists like Ne-Yo and Trey Songz.) It’s a deceptively simple, yet powerful message. : get to work, little by little, and you will see results.

“It’s only 45 minutes to an hour out of your day, and it will make you a better person,” he says. “Give everything to leave nothing on the table.” Gracious boss that he is, Everline recently took a few moments away from running his many businesses to help us learn how we can apply his coaching wisdom in the service of our own gains.

Ron Everline

What sets your coaching style apart from that of most other coaches?

Team work. I train with most of my clients and use gamification. I like to gamify our way of working and adopt it as a state of mind. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about what we ultimately try to accomplish in the gym and in life. So I try to understand my clients’ life goals and get them fully focused in the gym and ready to train hard.

If I was your client and showed up at your gym ready to train with you, what could be an example of how you would work with me to gamify training?

Initially, I would obviously try to understand your state of mind, which we would arrive at during the initial consultation. I would ask questions to try to get to the heart of what you are trying to accomplish in the gym, as well as what you are trying to accomplish in life. What I do is I bring these worlds together.

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Sometimes you work with motivated people and sometimes you deal with unmotivated people. I like to understand the individual psychology of the person I am training in order to understand what will ultimately move them in a way that will help them get the most out of the session.

What are some of the most unique features you bring to your training sessions with clients?

I like to take the competition into account during training. Competition feeds us. What are the challenges? What obstacles are we going to put in the way that we have to overcome? Then there are the competitive banter between me and the client to motivate them. I don’t believe in shouting and screaming; I do believe in competitive motivation. It helps us to thrive.

What kind of motivating thing would you say to someone who isn’t putting as much effort into their workouts as they should?

If you’re not trying hard enough in particular exercises, I’ll try to impress upon you that it’s only 45 minutes to an hour of your day and it will make you a better person for the rest people you interact with every day. At that time, I already worked. I’ve already received mine, so I’ll let you know. I’ll remind you that you’re already here in the gym, so you might as well do it right. You’re already there, so you might as well give it your all to leave nothing on the table.

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When someone comes to you and says they’re looking to build muscle, for example, what does your process of customizing a workout plan look like?

When you’re assessing a client and they’re trying to gain weight, you obviously need to understand what resources they have access to and what their realistic timeframe is to achieve their goals. We absolutely Homework set a realistic timeline for achieving success. Once we have that timeline based on where the customer is trying to go, we can make a plan to get them there.

So what would you say to someone who wants to gain around 30 pounds of muscle during their workout? How would you help them set realistic expectations?

Each person is different. Gaining 30 pounds of lean muscle could potentially take one person a year, or it could take them six months. It all depends on the degree of dedication of the individual, his seriousness and the track record. Thirty pounds can also take different lengths depending on how you want to do it, but I’m a natural guy. What are your resources? How disciplined and consistent will you be on this journey? Do you have the capacity to train only three days a week? Well, if you could train twice a day for those three days, that would be even better for you.

Do you have any go-to exercises that you would suggest to almost anyone trying to achieve rapid body growth, or that you try to use with any client who trains with you?

I love deadlifts simply because the base of your legs and core are essential. It activates the central nervous system. You can go heavy or you can go light. I also like to incorporate the dumbbell element into deadlifts because no matter where you are, whether you’re training at home or on the road, you can always have access to a dumbbell and always find a way to do it. deadlifts.

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Are there any other moves you’re a fan of that people might not immediately consider a go-to exercise?

I also like high volume thrusters. When you think of what a thruster does as a whole, it works the legs, core, arms and shoulders. It’s a complex movement that you can do whether you’re losing weight or gaining weight, and they’re also very safe to do.

What would you say when someone comes to you and says they want to get slimmer or more shredded? Is there a specific diet and supplementation pattern that you would advise them to follow?

You need to understand the customer on an individual level and know where they have been successful. Yes, I have my own ways of helping people lose weight, but I like to understand where the client is trying to go. Personally, I like intermittent fasting. But I also like carbs if we train at a high volume.

And you advise your clients to follow this example?

I’ve reached a point in my career and in my business where I have nutritionists and dietitians, and I prefer to rely on experts. I like to allow the experts to do their job to make sure we are working and training with the right macros. If someone wants to be very focused and isolated, I put them in touch with nutritionists and dietitians to help them. It’s very simple to entrust someone to an expert, and that’s what I prefer to do.

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