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Important Things You Need to Know Before You Pick Up the Game of Golf

I love golf……. The beautiful landscape of the course……. The mental and physical challenge of accurately hitting a teeny tiny white ball…… The camaraderie of my golf partners…… The feeling of success when you play a hole just right……. Laughing, celebrating, reminiscing about great golf shots…… I love golf……. But, at the same time, I worry when I hear people say they want to start golfing to have “something fun to do in their later years”…… OH HELL NO!!  Do you know what you are getting yourself into? Are you prepared for the humiliation and frustration of hitting a ball sideways in front of an audience? Do you understand the excessive costs and time it takes to be a half-decent […]

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5 Easily Fixable Golf Fitness Mistakes

Golf can be a long lasting, enjoyable recreational sport if you can stay healthy enough to play well and without pain.  But many golfers find their game deteriorates with age and they often have annoying pain during or after golf.  Neither of these things need to be a given. With some common sense and a few golf fitness rules, you can greatly improve your performance and enjoyment of the game. If you are not a golfer, pass this along, or, consider how these sensible tips can be applied to your favorite workout or sport? Here’s my top 5 golf fitness mistakes, and how to fix them, to get you started on the right note for the  golf season: Skipping a […]

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5 Truths about Fat Loss in a New Year of Fat Loss Lies

First, my apologies. On behalf of the fitness and diet industries, my apologies. We have failed you. We have let marketing and sales get in the way of our ethics. We have lied to you and hoped you believed it, just so you could pay us $$$ and make us famous. We have literally fed you a diet of BS and lies when it comes to fat loss and weight loss. And it all peaks this month, with the advent of The New Year. The 7 minute workout. Cleanses. Pilates butt sculpting in 7 days. Whole 30 Paleo Nutrisystem. Marie Osmond. Tabata Yoga. Transformation Challenges and quick weight loss schemes……..It’s all BS.  And I’m sorry. So, as a peace offering, […]

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Ladies! Don’t Make These Mistakes at the Gym

Every Monday, I head out to see my client John. His apartment complex has a great gym. There’s a cable system, free weights, lat pull down station, benches, boxes, kettlebells, battle ropes, medballs and tubing. These are all my favorite things for a functional strength training workout.  Of course, the gym also has the requisite chest press, ham curl and leg extension machines, and some treadmills and ellipticals. The “requisites” are always busy. The functional stuff, not so much. Since selling my gym years ago and going out on my own as a trainer and strength coach, I rarely step into a traditional gym.  But when I do, I am ever vigilant.  Some of the crazy ass things I see […]

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The Benefits of Eating a High Protein Diet

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave, you’ve undoubtedly heard about “The Keto Diet”. The Ketogenic Diet is not new, as with all diets, what goes around comes around.  The Keto Diet is a moderate protein, super high fat, super low carbohydrate diet, that works to shift your body into using fat as a fuel source, instead of those dreaded carbohydrates.  (Damn you, apple! How dare you, potato!) Interestingly, the Ketogenic Diet first appeared in the early 1920’s as a way to treat epilepsy and avoid the horrible anti-seizure medications available at that time. It had significant success. The higher fat ratios of this diet significantly affect the neurological system, reducing seizures by 50% in most patients, and up to […]

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Are You Breathing Correctly?

Are you breathing? Well, of course you are. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post. But….. are you breathing fully? Are your breaths 100% efficient?  Are you using the correct diaphragmatic and core muscles to enhance respiration? Or are you using your shoulders, back and neck to breathe? Most likely you have never considered these questions because breathing is an autonomic activity. In other words, it is something that is automatically regulated by your brain, and that is lucky for all of us. Imagine if we had to think about each breath! We’d be incapacitated. And yet, that’s what I am asking you to do in this blog…..think about your breathing.  This scares some people. It can be a bit […]

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My Perspective on Pain

America is in pain. Chronic pain, migraine pain, arthritis pain, mental pain, emotional pain, financial pain, stress pain, joint pain, abdominal pain. You name it, we’re in deep. Proof: 1 in 5 Americans use opiates regularly for pain. (Congratulations to the marketing departments at Big Pharma!) 1 in 5 Americans have serious anxiety or other mental health issues. We are not dealing well with our pain. Pain is a hot topic right now. Between the opiate epidemic, the aging of a generation of baby boomers, and the mis-management of athletic injuries, not a day goes by without a significant research study or news story about our pain. You’d think we could manage better with all of this information? But our […]

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5 Lessons I Learned from My Month as a Couch Potato

Trainers can never truly understand the barriers their clients may be facing when trying to adhere to an exercise program. We trainers tend to eat well and exercise a lot, so these habits are ingrained in us. That’s the main reason we do what we do for work… we love to exercise and eat well. But not everyone else does, and many of our clients are among this group when they first come to us for help. Of course, the only way a trainer can fully understand the challenges that non-exercisers have is if the trainer happens to have experienced it as well.  Lucky me! I recently had a month of couch potato-ism and wanted to share my learnings and […]

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The Top 5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight Faster

Not a day goes by that I am not asked this question by a friend, an acquaintance or a client (and I even sometimes ask myself this question in my own head!) Why can’t I lose weight faster? We see ads, infomercials and testimonials that claim to have the secret to losing 15-30 pounds quick and easy. Whether it’s Medi-fast, Nutrisystem and Marie Osmond, the Hollywood diet, or some silly cleanse, they all purport to “melt fat without deprivation or exercise”. It’s easy to get lulled in to their BS. But, it’s just that. BS. There is no such thing as quick and easy weight loss ( ie fat loss). There may be quick ways, but they ain’t easy. There […]

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The Importance of Gut Health

Today I have a guest post from nutritionist Samantha Olivier of ripped.me. While the subject of digestion, aka “Gut Health”, may not be on your “Top Ten Interests” list, it should be. There is a direct connection between your digestive tract and your physical and mental health. We have all known people whose digestive system wreaks havoc when they are under stress.  Not to mention those horrible digestive conditions….. constipation…. diarrhea…. abdominal pain…. bloating. These conditions can affect all of us. And with more and more research demonstrating how a healthy gut corresponds to your overall health, it’s time to clean up our eating.  If You are what you eat, what are YOU? Yes, you are what you eat. Over […]

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