“What should I be eating for breakfast?” “Is indoor cycling a good workout?” “What can I do about my low back pain?” “Should I eliminate carbs completely?”   QUESTIONS. I get a lot of them. From friends, family and members of our health club, Breakthru Fitness.  I love questions because one of my favorite things to do is help people figure out how to address the barriers they face when it comes to reaching their goals.  But over time, I’ve changed the way I respond. I used to jump right in and start “recommending” things for people to do:   “Always focus on protein…” “Be sure you’re getting your heart rate up and pushing yourself...” “Try stretching like this...” “Let [...]

By | 2017-11-03T12:00:24+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments


Have you ever thought that you’d found the “perfect” program for fitness and/or nutrition and decided to follow it?  And did you adopt this “perfect” program, knowing deep down, that you wouldn’t (or couldn’t!) stick with it long term?  I do that a lot.  Why do we do that?  But more importantly, how do I stop doing that?  How do I move from grasping at unattainable perfection to moving towards real progress?  Here’s how:     THE OVER DOING and UNDER DOING SYNDROME Don’t fall prey to what I call the “Over doing and under doing syndrome…” -- training extremely hard for a long period of time and then getting hurt; eating super clean (no carbs, no junk, no sugar) [...]

By | 2017-05-19T19:51:58+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


The New Year is here… and just like that, you have a chance to clean the slate and move forward into a whole New Year.  Regardless of how 2016 went for you, now is your chance to either ride your successes or create new ones.  Resolutions are not always successful -- and you’ll read why below – so I want to share some tips with you to help you meet your 2017 goals. New Year's Resolutions have been a common tradition since the Babylonian era. It's a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to self-improvement in the new. Unfortunately, most of us are guilty of giving up on resolutions almost as quickly as we make them. [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. -Henry Ford On August 14th, I sat in a small room with a few other fitness professionals, interviewing 126 people who came to “audition” for 25 spots in our upcoming 10-week body transformation program.  I spent 11 hours listening to these folks, one by one, come in and tell their story about why we should pick them for this program. It sounds tiring, but I was not tired at all, not for a minute.  I was getting to hear their stories -- the inside, true and unedited versions of WHY people get out of shape, don’t find time to work out or have not found success yet [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|1 Comment


I want to continue to explore the idea of training your brain for success.  I am continually reminded that, no matter how “perfect” the diet or workout program may be, it’s getting people to take consistent action that works best for long term success.  And that's what I am always looking for with my clients, long-term success.   We don’t always think about our MINDS when we are training, but not only is exercise good for the body, it’s great for the brain.  I’ll save more on the physiological benefits of exercise for another day and instead explore the psychological benefits of working out and eating lean and clean. I really like the idea of “training” your brain… it’s something we [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


People often ask me what I believe is the most important step to take when it comes to losing weight and getting more fit. “Should I focus on my diet?”  “What is the best type of exercise for fat loss, cardio or strength training?”  Well, if you’ve read any of my posts, you know I’ve covered these topics.  But I now have to admit I wasn’t exactly right. I’ve discovered that it’s not diet or exercise that must be conquered first:  It’s your mind.  It’s your psychology.  It’s you making a decision… it’s you deciding that losing weight and living a fit life is your vision and it’s what you want. It's the little voice inside your head that is [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:03+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments


I’ve got a quick little post for you this week.  You’re busy.  I am busy. First, many thanks to ALL of you that actually take the time to read my blogs and posts and watch my videos and grow and learn. I’d like to think that it helps you grow and become more balanced people.  Thank you.  And thanks to Dee, who helps me organize and edit my crazy thoughts in a way that makes sense.  She edits all my blogs and so she’s FORCED to read them.  She could probably become a trainer herself now (It’s Dee here:  Ahhh….no.) Anyway, let’s get to it… This week’s WOW (Workout Of the Week) is a 20-minute BODY BLAST circuit that I [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:03+00:00 May 7th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments


It’s 2016.  And for many of us, we begin the New Year with resolutions about what we want to accomplish and how we want to live.  The road back to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think.  So maybe you stopped going to the gym, maybe you’ve put on a few pounds over the holidays, maybe you’ve told yourself that you’ll get back on track in January. Well, the time has come. It's a new year and with that comes a new opportunity to do things a new way.  I’d like to share with you 10 of my biggest success strategies that I use with clients.  Some of these might just surprise you. First and [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|1 Comment


Do you ever look at your life and wonder “How the hell did I end up here?” It amazes me that I am approaching my 24th year in the fitness business.  What was at first just a part time job as a personal trainer slowly, over time, evolved into a full time career.  Who knew it would lead me to meet the woman of my dreams, the amazing Michelle Dozois, who helped me launch Breakthru Fitness, which grew from being just a personal training studio and is now an amazing training club in Pasadena, California, with over 80 employees and almost 1300 members. This past year I became a big fan of the book Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, and the idea [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00 December 19th, 2015|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


Last week we discussed Getting (And Keeping) It Real: Staying On Track With 2 Simple Questions. If you missed it, go back and read it… all my blogs are a quick read (5 minutes or less), but the basic idea was to give you a quick way of figuring what’s working in your life and what’s not and how to get back on track. Now we are going to tackle the idea of taking action to achieve those goals. I began my personal training career when I was 23 (that was 23 years ago, so you do the math…!). And when I began working with clients, I used to think that to help them succeed, all I would have to [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:06+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Fitness Tips|0 Comments
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