motivation

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

3 REASONS WHY WE NEED TO CHALLENGE OURSELVES

Do you ever wonder why more people workout on a MONDAY instead of a THURSDAY? Or why we set goals at the beginning of the year, or the week or the month?  Is there something that motivates us to start something anew on a specific day, week, month or year?  Yes. It’s funny how that works… but it does.       As I mentioned in my article STOP EXERCISING, START TRAINING, it’s helpful to change your approach to staying fit from a WORKOUT MINDSET to a TRAINING MINDSET. But there is another ingredient that can make all the difference between doing the same old thing (and getting the same old result) and doing something new.  Going a little deeper.  [...]

By | 2017-06-03T05:10:11+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, 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

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO RESET YOUR BODY

Have you ever “overdone it” at a dinner party, a family vacation trip or maybe a weekend in Vegas?  You know, too much food, alcohol or sugar?  Or maybe you just had a bad week?  Maybe you let go a little too much on your eating and exercising, and now you’re just not feeling that great. Here are 5 simple ways to reset your BODY after spending a few days, weeks, or years consuming poor nutrition, and now you’re ready to get on track quickly and easily.     BEAT YOURSELF UP (BUT JUST FOR A MINUTE) Go ahead and say what you want to yourself.  You did it, and no one else made you do it.  Yes, you are [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

THE BIG 3 QUESTIONS

Yes, I realize it’s February, but that won’t stop me from continuing to give you some advice on helping you reach your health and fitness goals for 2016.  It’s never too early (or too late!) to take a moment to reflect on your actions so far this year and ask yourself “Is what I’m doing working?” You’ve made it through the Super Bowl parties and the Valentine’s Day chocolate… so you have no excuse for not getting even more focused.  But the question I have is “On what?” – What are you focused on?  What is your goal?  How specific are you about what you want to achieve?  This is why it’s always good to go back and ask yourself [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

“ALL-OR-NOTHING” THINKING USUALLY GETS YOU… NOTHING

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

6 LIFESTYLE DESIGN SECRETS TO LOOKING BETTER and FEELING GREAT NOW!

I’d like you to think about the following:  what type of car do you drive?  How well do you take care of it?  What happens to your life when your car breaks down, has problems or becomes unreliable?  In in CA, our transportation is critical to our lifestyle. Now, consider this:  what is the most important vehicle you will ever own?  Here’s a hint:  you’re sitting in it right now.  Your body.  It’s your business, it’s your family, it’s your mind, and it’s your life.  How well are you taking care of it?  What type of regular, on-going maintenance do you give it?  What type of fuel do you put in it?  Ask yourself “Am I taking better care of [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00 December 27th, 2015|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Nutrition Tips|0 Comments

THE ESSENTIALIST GUIDE TO HEALTHY LIVING

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

5 TIPS FOR GAINING WEIGHT AND GETTING OUT OF SHAPE OVER THE HOLIDAYS

Here are my 5 most effective tips for gaining weight and getting out of shape over the holidays.  These tips are guaranteed to help you pack on 10-15 lbs. of new weight in just 4 short weeks!   If you are persistent and follow these simple tips, you’ll be tired, overweight and completely out of shape in no time! Here’s how to do it:   Avoid working out consistently. This is the best month to blow off your workouts and come up with all kinds of reasons to stay out of the gym.  If you don’t have a membership, don’t join now -- wait until January after you’ve gotten a little more out of shape and gained a few more pounds. [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00 December 13th, 2015|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|1 Comment