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Working Your Way to Unstoppable: SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST ENERGY, MOOD AND MENTAL FOCUS

  Who doesn’t want to be unstoppable? Think back over the last week: was there a day where nothing went wrong?  A day where nothing seemed to bother you? A day  where getting either “good” or “bad” news didn’t seem to slow you down or change your mood?  Where you felt super-energized and alert, as well confident and calm?   A day where you felt like you were in the flow and completely unstoppable? Do you want to have more days like that day?  I know I do. So how can we find this kind of energy and consistency? More importantly, what gets in our way?  A great answer can be found in one of my favorite quotes of all time: "Food is the most widely [...]

By | 2018-03-29T23:22:19+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

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

THE HONESTY MINDSET: THE FIRST STEP TOWARD CHANGING YOUR LIFE

Do you believe you’re honest with yourself about most things?   Take a minute and really think about that question. It’s hard to be honest with ourselves. In fact, it takes real courage. Why? Because when we’re being completely, totally honest with ourselves, it means we have to examine the good and the bad: what gives us value (“I deserve to be healthy and strong…”)  and perhaps more importantly, what gets in the way of realizing our true potential (“but for some reason I keep cancelling my workouts.”) Why is this kind of self-inventory so hard to do? Because it means we have to take responsibility for ourselves and our choices - and not place the blame on our circumstances. Listen, [...]

By | 2017-10-05T21:48:42+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Are You Wired and Tired? 6 Steps to Boost Your Energy and Mental Focus | Part 2

In my last post, we talked about three concrete steps you can take in boosting your energy and mental focus: Create and stick to a productive morning ritual. Figure out WHY you want to get fit – beyond just the run-of-the-mill physical reasons – so you can stay inspired to work out even when your energy is low. Be mindful about your food choices – what gives you energy and what saps it?     Now let’s look at the next three steps in establishing and locking in your best habits:   4. TIME MANAGEMENT I used to joke about my days feeling like a triathlon, with short periods of time where I transitioned from one event (work) to a [...]

By | 2017-08-02T04:41:59+00:00 August 2nd, 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

6 STRATEGIES TO AVOID GETTING INJURED WHEN YOU WORKOUT

I can’t tell you how often people approach me at the gym to tell me that they’ve been injured working out and ask me “What should I do now?”  Somehow they injured themselves during an activity and of course, the thought is, if I was injured doing something, that's what must have caused the injury. However, I beg to differ. I usually follow their question with other questions:  Did you foam roll first?  Did you stretch?  Did you do any mobility work PRIOR to the activity? And 9 times out of 10, the answer is… NO. You see most of the time it isn’t the activity that caused the injury: it’s not being PREPARED for the activity that usually causes [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Fitness Tips|2 Comments
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