fitness

THE POWER OF CONSISTENCY

“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

FOR RESULTS, FOLLOW THE “PROGRESS”, NOT “PERFECTION”, MINDSET

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

BE A ROAD WARRIOR – 5 TRAVEL TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY WHILE ON THE ROAD

Reality is that we can always find an excuse to justify bad choices when it comes to working out and eating healthy.   Our “default mode” will probably be to gravitate to eating a little too much of the things we shouldn’t and moving less than we should, which is not the ideal combination.  And this is never more true than when we are on the road traveling and out of our home element – being away on the road places additional stresses on our health and fitness regimens. Therefore, DECIDING what you are going to do ahead of time is always ideal.  Then, in the moment, if you take a second to be mindful, chances are going to be in [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Fitness Tips|0 Comments

3 WAYS TO INCREASE MENTAL FOCUS, IMPROVE ENERGY AND LOSE FAT (AND IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK)

Even fitness professionals have goals when it comes to their strength and fitness.  And I’m no different. I have been training consistently.  I was doing my strength workouts 2-3 times a week, my cardio interval workout 2-3 times a week.  I was pushing myself, and working hard.  But I wasn’t making progress.  So, I cleaned up my diet, too.  I limited the number of processed carbs (fast-burning white carbs like sugar, bread, pasta and rice) I was eating, increased my healthy proteins (chicken, grass fed beef, turkey) and I even starting taking supplements (pre-and post-workout – multivitamins, fish oil, calcium and magnesium) to improve performance and my recovery… There it was, right in front of me… the reason I was [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|0 Comments

STOP EXERCISING. START TRAINING.

   “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” -Archilochus How is it going so far this year?  Are you on track with your goals?  As we enter the third week of January, when many people have already given up on their resolutions, are you finding yourself in an exercise rut as you work toward your new lifestyle change? Well, then… stop exercising! Exercise is a temporary solution to a permanent issue. Instead of exercising, you need to start training. Training is ongoing. When you train, you are trying to get in better physical shape, to stay in better physical shape or to accomplish a specific goal. Let's say you have [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

QUICK FIX OR LIFESTYLE CHANGE? THE CHOICE IS YOURS

We have become a nation of instant gratification. Thanks to technology, we expect things to be, literally, at our fingertips at any given moment. Because of this, when we don't receive the favorable results we're after, we tend to think the effort isn’t worth it and we move on. But some things take time; in fact, they take an entire lifetime. Some people have completely “let themselves go” for years, and then might expect to be able to transform themselves in their first 30 days back in the gym.  This rarely, if ever, happens.  So, in order to be successful, what we are really looking to transform are your HABITS.  They say that the best way to create change in [...]

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

WHAT IS YOUR “LIMITING” STORY? (AND 3 WAYS TO BREAKTHROUGH IT!)

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

THE BIGGEST LIE WE TELL OURSELVES (HOW TO OVERCOME IT)

I hear it time and again:  “I just don’t have the time to work out.”  This is the adult version of “My dog ate my homework.”  And it's the biggest STORY we tell ourselves so we can avoid making the commitment we know need to make to exercise, eat clean and live a healthier life. I have dealt with this issue many times, both in my own life and in the very busy lives of the clients with whom I work.  I want to give you a few strategies that have worked for them in the hopes that you, too, can overcome these lies we tell ourselves.  In this way, you will be able to create a new “story” for [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HACK YOURSELF | PART 3

The mental (or psychological) game to achieving success in health and fitness is one of the most overlooked strategies.  We hear over and over about what foods we should (and shouldn’t) be eating and the most effective ways to maximize our workouts.  What rarely gets discussed is the MENTAL STRATEGIES one must have in place that will launch you toward your goal of health and fitness success, and more importantly, will help keep you there. In the last 20+ years of working with clients, I have seen clients drop anywhere between 10 to 40 lbs.  I have seen them reach their goals.  What is rare, in all honesty, is their ability to STAY there.  Something -- time, stress, distractions, injury [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments

HACK YOURSELF | PART 1

Every day of every week people approach me and ask for advice on a variety of subjects: How do I get my son or daughter (or husband or wife) to start working out? I am not seeing results from my workouts: what should I do? I workout all the time but my body never changes: what am I doing wrong? I have knee pain (or back pain, shoulder pain, etc.) when I cycle or run or take a dance class: any ideas about what I should do? What should I eat? I work out every day but I’m gaining weight:  am I doing something wrong? I see the sadness, the frustration, the confusion.  So I thought I’d share some advice [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments
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