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Bodybuilding and Periodization Training in Fitness with Ben Siong

In this insightful episode, host Vanessa welcomed special guest Ben Siong, the Director and Head Strength Coach at Australian Strength Performance. The two engaged in a conversation about the importance of understanding the intricacies of bodybuilding and fitness training.

During the episode, Ben Siong, a renowned fitness coach, shared his insights on the sacrifices involved in bodybuilding, the art of periodization in training plans, and the importance of breaking down divisions in the fitness industry. He emphasized the need for trainers to understand their tools deeply and apply them effectively to achieve the desired results for their clients.

Bodybuilding, according to Siong, is a sacrifice through and through. It involves making conscious choices about diet and exercise to achieve a certain physical appearance. This level of dedication and discipline is something that Siong believes is crucial for success in the field.

Siong also discussed the concept of periodization in training plans. He described it as an art form of putting programs together based on certain blocks of time or focus. The goal is to ensure that at the end point, the client achieves their goals in terms of strength and appearance. Periodization can be applied to anything from nutrition to training itself.

One of the key points Siong made was the importance of breaking down divisions in the fitness industry. He believes that every faculty has a range of tools and the role of a trainer is to understand these tools deeply. Trainers should not limit themselves to one method or approach, but should instead learn to adapt and apply different techniques based on the needs of their clients.

Siong also touched on the role of mentors in a trainer’s journey. He believes that the best coaches are not necessarily the smartest, but those who can put a lot of theory into practicality. The results of the clients, according to Siong, come from how well the trainer can teach them to apply the concepts given to them.

In conclusion, the podcast episode provided valuable insights into the world of bodybuilding and fitness training. It highlighted the importance of understanding the intricacies of the field, the value of periodization in training plans, and the need for breaking down divisions in the fitness industry. It also underscored the role of mentors in a trainer’s journey and the importance of continuous learning in the fitness industry. Listen now to gain a deeper understanding of the fitness industry. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a review on this listening platform!

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About Our Guest:

Ben Siong is Australia’s leading body recomposition expert, international presenter and strength coach, producing top-ranked athletes across 16 different sports. He is also the Founder of LEARN-ASP. is The Trainer’s Go-To Education Resource educating over 10,000 trainers annually. With specialty seminars and masterclass courses focused on Fat loss, Hypertrophy and Nutrition, these give trainers the “HOW TO” in effectively applying the latest research for personalized and immediate results.

About Your Host:

Vanessa is a seasoned Movement Therapist with a vast array of skills and experiences in the industry. Her goal is to help as many people find betterment in their lives. She is known as a hybrid trainer, attaining high levels of education, and delivering a quality presenting experience in both group fitness and personal training streams. Attaining betterment drives her knowledge and pursuit for further education for herself and everyone she encounters. Vanessa continues training clients and trainers all over the country and presenting at the International Fitness Conference. Vanessa’s ethos is doing things BETTER.


This podcast is produced by Brave Moon Podcasts.

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