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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

WHEN MORE IS NOT BETTER: MINIMUM EFFECTIVE DOSE (MED) TRAINING

A Minimum Effective Dose (MED) is defined as the smallest portion of a drug or other consumable that will produce a desired outcome. How does this apply to exercise and why is this SO IMPORTANT when it comes to training?  Or to weight loss? And why should you even consider it? If I want to drop WEIGHT, isn’t doing MORE… better?  More workouts, more cardio, more dieting.  So, let me ask YOU:  over the long term, how do you think that's been working? More is not better.  In fact, the greater challenge is resisting the temptation to do more.  Exercising MORE can push you to eat more (or worse – OVER-eat more).  Here’s the way to adopt a MED approach to [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|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

WHY WORKING OUT TOO MUCH CAN MAKE YOU FAT (YIKES!) AND HOW TO AVOID IT

If you are new to the gym scene and working out, this discussion may not be for you.  But if you go to the gym everyday or spend 3 hours each time you’re there, then yes, this post may be for you. Do you ever ask yourself why you work out so much?   Now, let me be clear:  there are A LOT of benefits to working out everyday, but like everything else, doing too much of something good, can become something not-so-good.   Here are a few examples of good things that happen when you work out a lot: You move more every day You see your friends at the gym and get a chance to socialize and move (DOUBLE [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:04+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|0 Comments

THE TRUTH ABOUT FITNESS: PART 2

In Part 1 of “The Truth About Fitness”, I discussed some very basic and fundamental ways to begin building a foundation of fitness and good healthy eating habits… if you missed out, you can read it again. But what about those of you who already “get fitness”?  Do all those small habits still apply?  Like taking walks, getting up every hour and moving more all day?  What about eating less food overall, maintaining portion control and eating slowly?  As a rule of thumb, I would say that those basic, fundamental habits are of benefit to everyone.  But for those of you who do workout, and “get” fitness, your additional workouts start to give you a little more freedom (but you [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00 January 29th, 2016|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

Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine with these 2 Workouts (You Must Do)

“If you only had 3 hours a week to workout… what would you chose to do?” People ask me this question all the time. They want to know which workout will give them the biggest bang for their time. They want to get rid of “this” (imagine them squeezing some area of their body (belly, thigh, butt) and want to know what workout will make it go away… The first workout all of us need to do usually takes place in our kitchen. Imagine doing a heavy round of weighted swings (like opening the cupboards and fridge door), followed by some overhead slams (as in slamming all the sodas, chips, cookies and any other sugar-ladened-heavily processed food that just makes [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:06+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Fitness Tips|1 Comment
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