In my travels this month I have spent time with some of the most influential experts in the world of fitness and health, and in that time there was one clear message that was consistent among all of them. Many of them train in different parts of the country and use completely different methods of exercise, but there is one thing that each of them made a number one priority in their training programs. Nutrition! Nutrition! Nutrition!
For those that know me personally, they hear me say day in and day out that nutrition is the single most important key to success and there is nothing more powerful than the food journal which can literally provide 50% more success. Frankly if you are not committed to a healthy nutrition program the chances of you accomplishing your goals are very unlikely. In 13 years coaching I have never seen anyone achieve success who was not committed to a nutrition program to help them get there. In addition those who committed themselves to keeping a food journal to be reviewed by a coach always achieved the best results.
It truly is painful to see so many people around the world work so hard in the gym only to receive nothing in return because they didn’t commit to a complete nutrition program, and quite honestly I don’t want to see it happen within the walls of Punch Kettlebell Gym. I have worked hard over the years to make sure we had nutrition tools and guidance available at all times but now it’s time to take our nutrition program to a whole new level.
It is clear that what most people need to achieve success in nutrition is not a diet but realistic balanced nutrition that they can keep up for the rest of their lives and enjoy doing it. It is also clear that people need easy to use solutions, fast, and convenient tools to support their success. Lastly it is clear that people need a coach or mentor to hold them accountable. Commitment to these key components will change your live.
In 2003, NASA Ranger Neutral Buoyancy Vehicle (NBV) lead engineer Joe Graves founded Vitabot, the technology that now powers Punch Kettlebell Gym’s Nutrition Program in Dover Delaware.
The Vitabot technology uses some of the same robotics and computer science concepts that Graves developed for the Ranger NBV—in this case to offer a product that helps customers determine and maintain their ideal nutrition for long term health and fitness.
“Punch Kettlebell Gym’s Nutrition ‘floats’ between nutrition data and the human,” he says. “It’s the exact same style of algorithms that we developed between the robot and the operator.” The result is an easy-to-use online program that allows users to customize and set health goals like desired weight and then plan balanced meals using a food database featuring tens of thousands of choices. The program being used by Punch Kettlebell Gym uses NASA technology providing personal training customers with an interactive report card that provides the individuals using it with “instant” feedback as to how their doing on a daily basis.
The interactive nutrition program is so smart that if there are any deficiencies in your
diet, not only will the program show that deficiency but also tell you immediately how to fix it. This technology far exceeds the service an average human nutrition coach could provide, grading not only how food choices measure up to users’ basic nutritional needs but also an in- depth look at electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins.
Users can build complete menus of favorite foods that match their nutritional needs and can then be shared with other users as part of Punch Kettlebell Nutritionʼs Ultimate Meal Plan Project. This allows them to make real, individually tailored use of the previously overwhelming quantities of available nutritional data. These menus are safe, accurate, and driven by the Institute Of Medicine Standards.
Graves credits Vitabot’s unusual origins for much of its success; most nutritional planning systems do not come out of a space program, he says. “It’s a different paradigm that has created a different solution for anyone at Punch Kettlebell Gym.”