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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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Hi! I’m Injury- 5 Top Tips for Reducing Injury Risk and Improving Outcomes

Hi! I’m Injury. I hope you’re not well. I know you weren’t expecting me, but do you mind if I stop by for a few weeks, or maybe months.. oh…what the heck… while I’m asking…maybe a year? This is the conversation I have been mulling around in my head for several weeks as I contemplated writing this blog. Injuries never ask if it’s OK if they pop in. Sometimes they are unexpected and shocking, but other times we create them ourselves with poor training, no exercise or risk taking behaviors.  Injuries can last days, weeks, months, or, if not taken care of properly…years. Yes, injuries can lurk in the background as small annoyances for years, IF you don’t take care […]

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Are you getting the most out of your fitness tracker?

Fitness trackers, also known as activity monitors, are here to stay. Everyone from professional athletes to grandmas are wearing them, all in an effort to improve health and fitness. But, the big question for the average exerciser is, do they actually do that? Is your health and fitness improved by using a fitness tracker? I would imagine that the answers are as varied as the users, but I have a feeling that there are more people who wear one and pay little attention to the tracker’s data, than those who actually pay attention and then make changes to their activity or nutrition. If my hypothesis is true, maybe this means we need to look at activity trackers as more than […]

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How to Improve Your Balance- Part 2- Your Exercises

2 weeks ago I slipped on black ice. Ironically, the paint markings on a handicap parking spot were icy as heck, and as I stepped over it from my car….boom….. I went down hard. I twisted my knee underneath me, but besides some swelling and mild pain, no other injuries.  I feel very lucky. I have 2 other friends who fell this month and got seriously hurt. One broke her arm, the other broke her hip. These kinds of accidents are just that…an accident… but I wonder whether my good balance, flexibility and strength helped me and whether a lack of balance, strength and flexibility hurts others? The topic of balance becomes more and more important as we age. Now […]

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