Are you currently building your engine and crushing strength PRs in your training?? Joining me on the show today is longtime client of Rebel Performance, Brent Miller. Brent is a strength coach at TNT Fitness; so why is he training with us at Rebel? In his own words, “Coaches need coaches, too.
A lot of strength coaches do train with us, but we also have plenty of former athletes who just want to reclaim their athleticism. A client told me the other day, “I’m not on a playing field anymore, so I just want to dominate this leaderboard of life,” and that’s a statement we at Rebel can get down with. Brent and I dive into his primary frustration that brought him to Rebel and why the accountability piece of having a coach and other like-minded humans pushing you is so important. We then talk all things strength and the range in which we can express it.
Here’s a look at how Brent’s strength has increased significantly in just 14 weeks: his squat went from 420 lbs to 510 lbs; his bench went from 329 lbs to 360 lbs; his deadlift went from 511 lbs to 547 lbs. Thats not all. Here’s a look at how Brent’s engine has increased in the last 14 weeks: his Death Race time went from 14:43 to 14:13; his push, pull, row AMRAP went from 4 rounds to 4.75 rounds; his Row Burpee Metcon went from 7:38 to 7:18. These are only a few examples, and you too can have these results. Listen in to the episode to hear how you can build your engine and crush your strength PRs just like Brent and all other Rebel athletes.
What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
- [05:14] How long Brent’s been training with Rebel Performance
- [06:42] Brent’s primary frustration that brought him to Rebel
- [11:59] Why you need accountability
- [14:57] Brent’s big wins at Rebel
- [17:25] The range of expressing your strength
- [19:48] Big lessons Brent has learned through training with Rebel
- [21:48] The importance of following what’s written
- [24:40] Balancing your deposits and withdrawals
- [29:01] The actualities behind fitness trackers
- [31:39] Brent’s one piece of advice
- [33:57] Why you should join Rebel
- [34:45] Where to find Brent and TNT Fitness
James Cerbie: Excellent. There we go. And we are live with Brent Miller from TNT Fitness, where in Wisconsin are you?
Brent Miller: So we are about 30 minutes south of Green Bay, kind of like the central part of the state, and people might have heard of the Fox cities in Wisconsin. So we’re part of that. So technically, we’re in Menasha, but there are a handful of cities that we call the Fox cities. So a decent destination, lots of things to do. Great place to live here all my life. So a pretty cool spot.
James Cerbie: Awesome. And the Pack have made a nice turnaround. They had a rough week one. A rough week one. And then they have just been on fire ever since.
Brent Miller: Yeah. It’s crazy. I mean, you look at, like, professional sports, right? You flip the switch. Maybe they needed that after the crazy offseason to get kicked in the teeth a little bit, and then all of a sudden, it’s like, all right, here we go. They got skill. And that’s what I think a lot of these games are, if they start slow, good teams always pull ahead at the end. And I think that you have a chance at the end of the year. So it’s always fun. We’ll see next year if it’s still as fun as it is now.
James Cerbie: The Panthers are following an opposite trajectory. We opened up three, and we are now three and three because we played three horrendous football teams to open the season. And then we played three middle of the road football teams, and we lost all of them. So I don’t know what that says about us.
Brent Miller: Christian McCaffrey.
James Cerbie: That’s true. That’s a big guy, though.
Brent Miller: That’s never good.
James Cerbie: That’s true. But he’s so dynamic. What it does, though, with him when he’s in the line-up is it just changes the way a defence has to prepare for Sunday because he’s a nightmare because he can go anywhere in the field. No one matches up. Well with him. You take that just spark plug out of the offense and our offense, it gets very watered down. We lose a lot of that dynamic effectiveness that we had, like when he got hurt in the Dallas game. It was wild and he got hurt somewhere in the middle late second quarter, and they put up the stat late in the game.
How Long Brent’s Been Training with Rebel Performance
They’re like offensive drives. With Christian McCaffrey in the game, we averaged something like it was like eight yards of play with Christian McCaffrey out of the game. We averaged, like, 1.82 yards of play, an astronomical difference. We don’t need to talk about the Panther’s woes. We could be going with that all day long. We’re here, though, the chat about because you’ve been on board with Rebel now for can we come up on two years because, like, you jumped in back maybe, like, right.
Brent Miller: Yeah.
James Cerbie: You’ve been on board for a while now and then you were in the very first iteration of Apex, which was back in June of 2020. And so that’s been a full year. And then you’ve written that. And now you’re in the training team, which is what Apex essentially evolved into. So you’ve been on board with us for a little while now?
Brent Miller: Yeah, I think since the jump. Yeah.
James Cerbie: Excellent, man. So I’m curious to know. And I think that this is one of those things where you’re in a position that’s so similar to I think almost all of our members, right. Where you have this insatiable desire to continually better yourself. You want to push the gas pedal in your training because you want to talk about this. Find your peak performance concept, be a total package athlete. I want to be strong. I want to be Jacked. I want to be powerful. I want to be well conditioned.
I want to move. Well, so I’m not in pain. One of the things that I had someone tell me the other day that I really liked. They said, yeah, I just want to dominate the leaderboard of life because I don’t step on a playing field anymore. But I still think of myself as an athlete, and I still want to dominate this leaderboard of life. And so I’d be curious to know as a busy business owner, gym owner, what was the primary reason or frustration that brought you on to rebel to say, I really want somebody else to take care of all this programming stuff for me.
Brent’s Primary Frustration That Brought Him to Rebel
Brent Miller: Yeah. I think first and foremost, coaches need coaches, too. And one of our core values here is to lead from the front. Right. So we have people who trust us and help them achieve their goals. Unfortunately, a lot of coaches feel like I don’t need a coach. I’ll just write my own thing. Well, I’ve seen it. And as I’m more aware of it, you see it a lot more. It just leads to injury, frustration, and you lose the excitement to train all of the life stresses outside of the gym, like take over.
And that’s even though we would tell our clients four to 6 hours a week, so on and so forth, all of a sudden, we give that up. Our stress elevates and our life bounces all over the place. So I think working with different coaches and different programs brings awareness to the things that you need to work on. It also brings awareness to different ways to program different ways to achieve results. So it’s just like being a coach and evolving your principles, your ideas, getting creative to help that person who’s stuck actually achieve their goals.
We need that, too. So I think the biggest part of joining this program was that, like, kind of the variability, the communication, you were being challenged and you had different levels. You could pick, too. Right. So we just went through a shift. I was in Tactical for a while, crushing it, feeling good until I wasn’t feeling good anymore. Now I get a coach to actually help guide me through that struggle. And some people need a little bit more. I feel pretty good at communicating and articulating the things I need and having that conversation.
But regardless, now we scale back the training and I was having fun training, but it was wearing on me physically and mentally. So now I’m at a place where it’s cool. I’m in a new part of this same program, still building, being challenged, building my strengths mentally and physically. But it fits for where I’m at right now. And I think that was what I was looking for from the job was kind of that flexibility, that variability depending on where you’re at to be challenged, to continue to grow physically, mentally and like that creative programming side to keep it fun.
Like we talk about our members. Hey, if it’s not fun, you’re not going to stick with this same thing for us. If it’s not fun, it’s going to be the first thing we blow off. So that’s really important for me. And leading from the front, I have a coach as well, and I’m learning and sharing that story with members. Also, like, what do you mean, you have a coach? You can write all this stuff on your own. Yes, I can. I just do the things I love to do.
James Cerbie: I think that there’s so many important lessons there, and it’s something that we hear from a lot of our people, right? It’s this consistent theme of one trying to do it all yourself usually does not work. I know two people in my entire life who I think have been successful at really actually writing all of their own training and programming and doing it all themselves. Every other person I know that has tried to do that eventually just train wrecks themselves or they just work really hard and don’t make a lot of progress.
It just seems to never really work out that well, right. Because I think that the natural progression that you follow. And it’s important for people to hear this, right? Because a lot of the clients we have at Rebel are coaches, personal trainers, strength coaches, gym owners like yourself. But we also have a lot of people who are former athletes that now find themselves in a professional setting. They work in tech, they work in finance, they’re in law, they’re in medicine, they’re in whatever it’s going to be.
Brent Miller: Right.
James Cerbie: And so they’re smart people, and they like to do their homework, listen to podcasts, they read blog posts, they do all this stuff. It just doesn’t really seem to matter that when you are just trying to do it all yourself, you inevitably end up in this place of just second guessing and overthinking all of it. And then you just become your own worst enemy, right. And it’s this terrible flywheel effect.
Brent Miller: All right.
James Cerbie: I’m going to do this program. It’s going to be awesome. I took the time like I pulled it off the Internet. Or maybe I tried to write it myself. Then you get, like, two and a half weeks in and then the first sign of, well, I don’t really like this very much, or I don’t know this doesn’t feel very good. What should I do then? All of a sudden, we’re just on this terrible little rat race hamster wheel, and you start tweaking and changing everything. Then all of a sudden, we’re up shit, creep without a paddle.
I feel like that’s just a story that we hear so many times from people. And I think your story there is really important because you want to have somebody tell you, hey, here’s what you need to do. Show up and execute on this plan. Right.
And we’re going to keep riding this plan, and we’re going to take your feedback. We’re going to stay on top of all of this and task for, for example, you saw huge results, which we’ll get to here in a second. But that program had essentially run its course, right. We kind of tapped out what we were going to get there. And that’s where it’s important to have that guide and say, okay, cool. We need to call it a Hot Route. Something needs to change. Let’s move you here for a little while so we can kind of get you feeling really good again while still making progress.
And it’s like those small adjustments don’t seem like a big deal, but that’s what makes all the difference in the world of six months go by. And you’ve made enormous progress versus six months go by. And you’re essentially still the same person that you were six months ago. Yeah.
Why You Need Accountability
Brent Miller: Also accountability, right. Even though actually having to click that you finish the workout is a big part of it. It’s really hard. I think it’s really easy to go off your script and totally just I wrote this awesome program, but you know what? I don’t feel it today. So I’m just going to go for a walk three days out of the five. Like, cool. But what are you trying to achieve, right? And that accountability piece is important for all of us. Specifically, if you’re a former athlete, things like that you’re part of a team.
You are told when to be there. We got film here. We got practice here. Wait room here. Like, all these things like that’s all accountability, and people might have different names or they try to be like, Well, no, I’m very dedicated. Well, yes, but you’re even more like that’s. Usually when you have set hours for work or, hey, my training is Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Whatever. Right. Like, you hit start on that workout. You hit finish on that workout. That accountability helps all of us be better and continually grow.
James Cerbie: Without question. And that’s where I think the team feature, I think having the coach there is really helpful. But then having other humans that are on a similar journey to you that want to do similar things that are going to actually hold you accountable, but not just hold you accountable, but actually push you because that’s a big one. And I think it’s really hard to find people in life that will push you and challenge you to become better, right? Because I think there are a lot of people who are just satisfied with the status quo, just kind of just cruising along like this, right.
And they don’t want to see their friends start doing this, going up on this trend line and getting better because they feel like they’re being left behind. So it’s hard to find those communities of people who are looking to generally get 1% better every day. And if they see you not getting 1% better every day, say, hey, talk. You pick it up. Let’s go. And that’s what I think at the end of day, we’re trying to create that just unstoppable group community team, like momentum to where if you come on board, you literally have no choice but to get better.
You can’t not move forward because we’re going to give you no option other than that, I agree.
Brent Miller: Yeah. It’s been good. And then when you humble yourself because you go outside of the rep, Skem and everything else, it’s always good to get that kick in the teeth, too. Every now and then, it’s all good. Yeah.
James Cerbie: Or you see someone like Ben, what did he just pull up? The strong man beat recently?
Brent Miller: Yeah. 770 or something like that?
James Cerbie: Some dumb amount of weight. He’s going to do something really scary here soon because he wants to essentially keep that weight and then run a sub six mile.
Brent Miller: Yeah.
James Cerbie: It’d be super impressive for him. His size, his strength, like where he’s at it’d be really cool to see him do it. So nice. One thing I would like to know, and I don’t know if you have them off the top of your head here. But since you’ve been with us for so long, what are some big wins that you have experienced? It can improve consistency. It could be improved, peace of mind or like, we can just go straight numbers on the bar. Like I’m hitting PRS and my conditioning is improving, and I’m feeling better and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I was just looking like, what are some big wins that you’ve experienced?
Brent’s Big Wins at Rebel
Brent Miller: Yes. Primarily, like from an injury Acres standpoint. I’m 35 on Friday, and I feel like I’m training heavier and in better condition than I think I’ve ever been in my life. I was an athlete. I think one of the cool things was when we had that little challenge doing 315 front rack, step back lunges by three and three. That’s pretty solid. Not sure. I didn’t even really know if I could do that. Man. I think it was like, 260 step back lunges by 15 and 15 on Tactical 500 deadlift, four reps, 420 squat, four or five reps on the safety bar bench press.
I mean, rep in 275. Just a lot of really. But I feel good doing it. I think that’s most important. Right. And then now shifting, hitting I think it’s two or five front by 15 reps on the third set. It’s just like, kind of like everything. I feel comfortable with total strength, kind of muscular endurance conditioning. And I feel good, which is really important because, like, I tell people, if you can squat 600 lbs, but can’t tie your shoes, it doesn’t really matter. So I can do all these things.
They’ll feel really good and achieve my goals. And just like again, leading from the front and the fact of like, hey, you don’t have to be able to do like this, but understand, it’s not always easy for me to talk myself into this, but from a mental standpoint, I also think that mental conditioning. Now these are all stories that I can share with people. I don’t even need to share the numbers. I can talk about how I absolutely hated the 15 deadlifts, followed up by the 15 seal rows with 30 second rest, felt like I was going to die and have a heart attack.
But I was able to create a story of, like, but you just do the work. And the next week, when I quit at twelve, I was like, screw that. You are capable of doing it so long of the short, stronger, more condition. I feel good and mentally tough as well. So it’s been a great program. Yes.
The Range of Expressing Your Strength
James Cerbie: I think one of the things that’s been really impressive getting to watch the progress that you’ve made is to see the range at which you can express your strength. You came in as an already pretty strong dude.
Brent Miller: Right.
James Cerbie: College athlete. You have a really strong background here. Obviously, you own a gym. But I feel like that range at which you can express your strength has really kind of blown out big time, right? You’ve not only built that top end strength more in that two, three rep range, but you can also start taking loads out for twelve and 15 reps that are really impressive. So I think that range at which you can express your strength is so incredible right now where I think a lot of people are going to be very narrow in that range, right?
Like, maybe they can hit something on the low rep range. They’re good for, like, three reps. But when we start moving up into that 810 twelve range, they fall to pieces. You’re very solid across the board on those consistency, across squat, bench deadlifts even on the taskwell program.
Brent Miller: Right.
James Cerbie: Big SSB, reverse lunges movements like that.
Brent Miller: Yeah. Yeah. A lot of mental toughness. I think that is a big limiter when you go from, well, I’m a strength guy or I’m a conditioning guy. You can be all of them. You just have to show up and do the work and then have an intent. Don’t just pick a program to pick a program. You guys are there to help us choose, like, hey, what are your goals? Okay. Cool. Got these two programs for you and then follow the program that’s going to help you achieve the goals.
Don’t bend the reps. I tried to bend it last week, and I got buried on my last set of 15, and Karen was like, hey, yeah, it happens. I was like, yeah, I know. Here we go. And you learn your lesson. You carry on following the program, following the reps when it says, hey, two to three reps short of failure. That’s your weight. It’s not gas out every week because all of a sudden, week four. Hey, James, my shoulder, hip and my foot all hurt, and I can’t do anything.
What are you doing? Tell me about that. Well, I hit eight out of the 15 the last three weeks, and I just can’t figure out why I’m not making progress. Right? So it’s like, follow the program, follow the coaching, do all this stuff with intent, and it’s going to expand that if you’re here, it’s going to help you expand out.
James Cerbie: Have there been any big lessons that you’ve drawn? If you think about what your training and programming looked like prior to coming on board at Rebel versus what our programs and training process looks like, are there any big lessons that have come from those big differences that jump out to you, like, when I was doing it myself? It looks like this. But here are a couple of key differences or things that you guys are having me do that I wasn’t doing on my own or, like, I was doing this and I had it taken away. And now doing this instead. Are there any big things like that that jump off at you?
Big Lessons Brent Has Learned Through Training with Rebel
Brent Miller: Sure. I’ll be honest. Like, training for me has been pretty solid. I’ve worked with different coaches, different programs, things like that. And again, it started as like, hey, I want to be a little dead without paying. And that was like, three, four years ago, right. So having the program part and a big part of working with the coach again, like, you’re becoming aware of things that you maybe didn’t even know were deficiencies until you have the conversation. And that’s where conversation is so powerful. Training has always been like something I took super seriously even when I was doing it on my own.
But I would say in this program, the biggest takeaway is that ability to go, like, the full range. Some days I did not want to set the twelve to 15, step back lunges with the safety bar. But it was the workout. And by set two, I felt good. Did I love it? Absolutely not myself and the training partners who are also part of Rebel, like, drop some and swear a little bit. But you know what? Show it up, do the work. I think that’s the biggest thing here is I was pretty mentally tough.
Now I’m even more mentally tough, right? Just show up, do the work. Give yourself a set or two group into it and stop leaving potential on the table again. Not sure I was really ever that way, but staying within the rep ranges is key because I’ve seen it here where I have to tell the guys like, Yo, you cannot do two to three more reps there. And then at the end, when we test out, they almost went backwards. It’s like, yeah, let me tell you why you have a coach.
Listen to that coach. Follow the rep skiing. So I think the coaching, the creative exercise as well to keep it fresh. Like, a lot of the single leg movements to help force proper mechanics has been key, and I’ve learned a lot of things that way and then also just even further evolving the mental strength part of training and becoming aware of like, okay, where do you want to go and creating that path? And you guys have been super helpful with that.
The Importance of Following What’s Written
James Cerbie: Yeah, I think just a note on following what’s been written is really important because it’s funny. Like, I get a message like that at least probably once a week. Hey, I’m really not feeling too hot. Like things are going, okay, let’s look at what you’re training, how things have been going the past few weeks. And you look, bro, what are you doing? I leave you these notes of destruction for a reason, right? There’s a reason for this week. I want you this output yet you just decided, like, I’m going to go for it.
I’m going to go for broke today. And then that’s one of those things we have to work with people on, because there’s that notion of every time I show up to train and it’s within a workout, there’s more finesse and details than that, right? You have to pick your spots. It’s like, yes, I think within any lift day, as long as we’re not de, Loading or reloading within every lift day, there’s usually going to be one place where I’m going to have you actually put out, right.
Like, you’re going to put out on that. Here’s where you’re putting out today. If you’re looking for the gas pedal down, crush yourself. This is it. You go right here. But then people don’t understand that there was a really old blog post. I don’t even think that’s up on the website anymore. It’s called learning to Harness your Own nuclear energy. And that’s one of the things I’m always thinking about in these programs, which is I’m trying to build this thing in a way so that your air, quote, nuclear energy just builds over the course of a program where every week builds on itself.
So you go into week two feeling better than you did in week one. We’re in week six, we’re better than week five. And then you just have this momentum and it’s like, you’re just crushing week after week after week. And then by the time we get to a test out week. There’s just so much momentum built for you. You’ve had so much success already. It’s going to be impossible for you to not hit a PR, right. But where people mess that up is if they don’t do a good job managing that output appropriately, if they don’t follow those instructions, if they just like, fuck it.
Balancing Your Deposits and Withdrawals
I’m going to wing it. I’m just going to do it live like this is what I’m just going to go off today, and I want to crush myself on this thing, right. And I think that’s a really important note. And I think that’s one of those places where when people are left on their own, I think that is routinely one of the biggest things that we see screwed up across the board. There’s no appreciation or flow for this stress and load management bit. It’s just like instead of there being a really nice, more wave function where there are days where I’m taking massive withdrawals from your bank account, because that’s how I like to think of it.
Like, if I’m going to give someone a day, am I making a withdrawal from their bank account? Because if you want an adaptation, you’ve got to buy it. They are not free. You must purchase those adaptations. They all come from your body bank account, right.
Brent Miller: Okay.
James Cerbie: Cool. We’re going to make a withdrawal today, but people don’t think of it that way. They just constantly make withdrawals, right? There has to be a balance between deposits and withdrawals for this whole thing to work. It works like a normal bank account. If you just make withdrawals on a bank account and you never put any money in you eventually overdraw the account. And things don’t look too hot at that point.
Brent Miller: So a few things on that if you don’t mind. But I think primarily if you’re in this program, you’re paying for a coach, you’re paying for the program. Right. So whether you’re a coach outside, even if you’re part of a team, someone tells you what to do. You do that like, I always tell people, too. It’s like I’ve even told our coaches and people I train with, like, so a member comes in here and they tell us they’re coming here two days a week and they just ignore everything else we tell them to do, and they get pissed at us for not getting results.
What would you say you’d be like, well, hey, look, we got this program here. You’re here so we can help you. We want to help you. Can you just give us, like, four to six weeks to make sure this thing is working or isn’t working for you, right. But we have this idea of, like, no, I need more. And that’s the next thing, too, like, in a society of, like, hit training and all, if I’m not absolutely buried at the end of the training sessions, it didn’t happen.
It doesn’t count. It’s like, no, listen, when you have a program, there’s an end game, and that’s what we’re working to think with the end in mind. Right? So following that plan that you guys set or any code set is key, and I think that simple shift of like, oh, you’re right. This is a twelve week or I think tactical could have gone to, like, 32 weeks or something. Like, there’s a lot to this. So each day I’m putting in work. Even if I have an off day, it’s going to be okay because you’re going to get to repeat that day or tomorrow might be better.
And if you feel like dog shit, scale it back a little bit. Train with how you feel, being intentional with how you feel and becoming. I think that awareness and those lessons day to day will also help you become stronger, mentally and physically way faster because you go, okay, this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to scale back today so I can train hard tomorrow or this doesn’t feel right. I’m probably getting a cold. You’re going to be sick now. Like, I can feel this. And when we can become that aware of things going on and what’s affecting training, our results are only getting better, but primarily when you’re paying for a coach, just trust the coach, at least for a little bit.
Right? That’s a big thing. If someone came here, someone came into anyone watching this gym, they’re like, yeah, I don’t really do what you tell me to do. Unless if I’m here, you’re not going to be like, oh, great. Okay. Cool. See you tomorrow. It’s just not going to happen. So when you pay for a coach, use the coach to communicate. That’s the other thing, too. Like, you guys do a great job. Every two weeks, you get a checkpoint again. I’m pretty competent. I could probably get by without doing those things, but I completed because I know you guys are also trying to help out.
There might be a little thing that I’m missing. You ask questions, you create conversation. The power of conversation allows us to dial in, yadda, yadda, yada continue to improve. Like, coaches need coaches. And if someone isn’t, like, pretty high level training and they’re in this program, like, do your surveys. The coaches are going to help you. That’s part of improving health and wellness, long term, mentally and physically. So there’s a little ramp for you.
James Cerbie: I love it, man. That’s perfect. That’s good. I need to put that into the first welcome email people get because you’d be amazed at the number of people that don’t do those bi weekly check ins. And I’m like, guys, please check in. You have no idea how valuable these are from a two way street standpoint. But, hey, at the end of the day, it’s their choice. I heard a good quote this morning. It doesn’t matter what you know, it matters what you do, right?
I think that’s something that is just not very popular in the mainstream nowadays. Everybody wants to think about it. Well, what do you know? It’s like, what do you know is really cheap, right? What do you actually do? Because what you do is where the rubber meets the road to the workout point.
The Actualities Behind Fitness Trackers
I’m not sure when it became the notion that the only way to get a good workout is for your heart rate to be essentially a Max for, like, 45 minutes, because that’s just absolute asinine horse manure.
I want to get the team on from whoop if I can, because the whooping frustrates me. It’s just, like, so heart rate dependent. It’s only going to tell you that you worked hard. If your heart rate was high, I can hit a 75 minutes lift and get torched. And my heart rate probably spiked a few times. Not that much. And like, oh, you didn’t really work out that hard today. And then people are taking that information and being like, it’s ridiculous. And then they actually, I think, saw something.
They want to roll out a NIRS type functionality where it’s going to show you your SOMO two and stuff like that. I’m like, that’s literally pointless. That could not be more pointless. I don’t know who on your team was like, oh, this is a good idea. We should have tons of time, energy, money and research into making sure that this little thing on my wrist is going to be able to tell me what my muscle saturation is because Newsflash the muscle that is directly underneath the probe on your wrist, wherever that thing is. That doesn’t tell me a damn thing about anything that’s happening in physiology.
Brent Miller: But it’s all features, man.
James Cerbie: Yeah, it looks great. It looks great.
Brent Miller: Right?
James Cerbie: You go on the website, all the fancy stuff. Look, all this data, I’m going to get it’s worthless. So I’m going to get it.
Brent Miller: Yeah, man, it’s a crazy world right now, and simplification wins every time. We’re doing a challenge right now, and there are six habits, and they’re very simple. Emphasis on muscle mass, skeletal muscle mass and body fat percentage, which we’re checking within the body. And, like, literally, people were almost like, dumbfounded at how simple this challenge was. Like, all right, let’s give it a shot for six weeks, see what happens. And people are like, so easy. Like, this is it. This is all I have to do. We’re like, yeah, this is it.
You move more, you eat a little better, you get overall healthier. That helps you mentally and physically. All of a sudden you’re coming in, and now you’re back to back training days. You’re like, I feel a lot better so I can put out a little bit more energy and effort. Really? It’s that easy. Like, yes, it is. Stop overthinking it. Stop chasing the new pipe dream. It’s going to be okay. We got you.
James Cerbie: Simple wins.
Brent Miller: Simple.
James Cerbie: Always simple wins. Simple scales. Simple as. Repeatable. I don’t understand this human desire to make everything complex just for the sake of complexity. It drives me insane.
Brent Miller: I think that makes you feel important, I guess. Yeah.
James Cerbie: I don’t know what it is. Yes. Who knows me? Well, friends, thank you so much for coming on. Dude. Only other question I’m going to ask you. I think you’ve already hit on this. I think I know what your answer is going to be, but for the people listening to this, right? Well, we’ll do two questions, right? Let’s just say a generic person listening to this. They’re not on the Rebel team yet. If you could just give them, like, one piece of advice in their own training, regardless of whether or not they ever work with Rebel performance like something to give them some tips to be really successful.
What would that tip be?
Brent’s One Piece of Advice
Brent Miller: Yeah. So I just listened to the software Art of Persuasion by Jason Harris, and it was like, I might have misquoted that. Sorry. But wherever I heard it, there is no silver bullet in business. The silver bullet is getting better every day, right? Actually, it was the business Made Simple podcast. So there is no Silver Bullet in business. The Silver Bullet is like, continually improving every day. Same with training, continually improving. Even if that’s like, you didn’t show up yesterday, you show up today and you do five minutes on the treadmill.
Right? So continual improvement, adding steps where you can in time, you build confidence, you can add weight, so on and so forth. So doing the work every day, moving every day, you’re going to improve so much of your life, mentally and physically, and it’s going to have its impact on all sorts of aspects of your life.
James Cerbie: I like that. I think it was a coach at Arkansas I heard in the Pre Games feature recently. He’s like, One loss never causes two. He’s like, don’t make the mistake of essentially saying, Well, we lost this last week and then let that bleed into this week, and it hurts your preparation. And if you keep living in the past like that, he’s like, don’t ever let one loss be the cause of two. I was like, Actually, I really like that. That’s like, a very simple way of saying it because people do get stuck in that habit of like, it doesn’t matter because it’s already happened.
It’s already passed. All that matters is the action that you can take right now today and just showing up, being consistent. That’s what people don’t want to hear at the end of the day. It is consistency. I can tell you without a shred of doubt. The people who get the best results with Rebel are the people that are the most consistent. They are showing up day in and day out. They put in the work. That’s the game, if you are consistent. But people don’t because they want to be like, well, I want to see more in 14 days.
If you are just consistent for twelve weeks, you will not believe how much progress you can make, but that’s a tough time for people to swallow sometimes.
Brent Miller: Yeah.
James Cerbie: Unfortunately. Last question, if someone is listening to this and they have been on the fence about coming on board at Rebel, joining the training team, coming to kick it and have a good time and throw down, get some massive results. What would be your recommendation to them? Because you’ve seen us do, like, multiple iterations of things so far.
Why You Should Join Rebel Performance
Brent Miller: My goal is reach out, share your goals and they’re going to put you on the right track. And then after that, ready for it, get consistent with the program. You’re going to see results no matter what direction you choose. But let you guys are experts, so trust the experts, trust the coaching thing for what it costs. The value is next level and there really is nothing to lose. If you at least give it three months, you’re going to learn some things, you’re going to improve in some way, some capacity.
And I think honestly, if you’re on the fence, you will no longer be on the fence and you’ll trust the program for the time being. So you decide to stop training.
James Cerbie: Fantastic man.
Brent Miller: Thanks.
James Cerbie: Where can people go to find out more about you? TNT Fitness or somebody listening to this? Maybe they’re out there in Wisconsin. They want to come check out what you guys are doing.
Where to Find Brent Miller and TNT Fitness
Brent Miller: Come on in. TNT Fitness Menasha on Instagram, TNT Fitness on Facebook, Fit, Brent TNT Fit on Instagram. Tntmanisha.com. So we’re out there. We put a lot into our social media from an educational kind of motivation and community standpoint. So if you’re ever around, like, come on in. We love to have you.
James Cerbie: Fantastic friend. Thanks a ton man for coming on. I know you guys are busy there at the gym, but really enjoy, always enjoy getting to catch up with you, dude.
Brent Miller: Yeah, that’s good. Appreciate it.
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