Fitness Tips


After many years of discussing the importance of working out (moving more) and eating well (eating clean, with less processed ingredients and eating less overall), I have begun to realize that perhaps it’s time to dig a little deeper into other areas of our lives that can improve our overall health and well-being. Do you ever feel a little run down and tired during the day?  Maybe there is a certain time of the day where you just feel wiped out and that's when you reach for a coffee… or perhaps some Red Bull… or a wee-bit of chocolate:  just a little something to give you a boost.   Something to perk you up and get you back on your feet.  [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00September 30th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments


Michelle recently sent out this blog and I thought you just might want to hear from someone else for a change… so I wanted to share it with you, enjoy! - Phil I wake up every morning incredibly thankful to love what I do for a living. My true passion is to help YOU live a healthier life and reach your fitness goals, whatever they may be. I have been blessed to help thousands of people see success in reaching those goals and it never ceases to amaze me, and touch my heart when I hear your personal stories. In a recent blog, "8 Ways to Beat the Blame Game" I talked about the stories we create for ourselves that often times [...]


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+00:00September 9th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|1 Comment


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+00:00August 19th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


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+00:00August 4th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments


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+00:00July 8th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments


What does it even mean to HACK YOURSELF?  I am not sure what others mean when they say, “hack” but for me, its about figuring out a shorter, more effective way to get something done.  The key word here is EFFECTIVE.  Meaning, it works. In HACK YOURSELF (part 1) I discussed the need for putting YOU FIRST and what that means.  Such as taking responsibility, creating a vision and the power of deciding to do something (taking action) about whatever it is you are unhappy with in your life.  And that fact that no one else is going to do it for you.  I also brought up the deep, dark secret, of focusing in your nutrition first, and how its [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00June 24th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments


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+00:00June 17th, 2016|Fitness Tips|0 Comments


I spend a lot of time writing about the importance of moving and telling you how it improves your energy, overall health and vitality. And it is so important to get off our butts (do it now, I say -- stand up and move around!) and engage in vigorous exercise (which really only needs to be done 3-4 times a week for maximum effectiveness).  In fact, working out too much is not good for you, especially if you are skipping the most important part of your workout, the recovery phase. I have discussed numerous options for improving your recovery time, the 3 most important of which are:  getting optimal nutrition (including what you eat before, during and after your workouts), [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:02+00:00June 10th, 2016|Fitness Tips|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+00:00May 13th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments