Motivation

4 WAYS WORKING OUT DEVELOPS A SUPER-FIT MINDSET

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 |2017-05-13T18:40:02-07:00August 4th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

THE POWER OF DECIDING: DO JUST ONE THING

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 |2017-05-13T18:40:03-07:00May 13th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (PART 2)

WILL SKIPPING BREAKFAST AND PUTTING BUTTER IN YOUR COFFEE HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND INCREASE YOUR MENTAL FOCUS? Welcome back to my tale of trying Something Completely Different in order to break through the walls I was hitting during the Nautilus Challenge in reaching my weight goals. If you missed last week’s blog, you can catch up here.  By way of quick review, I had started the Challenge with the goal of losing 10 lbs. of weight…all of which I wanted to come from body fat.  And at Week 6 of the Challenge, I was not seeing any new progress in meeting my goals and I was “stuck”.  So, I decided to try something completely different—Bulletproof Coffee. So, did skipping [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:03-07:00April 29th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|2 Comments

BORED WITH YOUR WORKOUT? TRY THESE 6 EFFECTIVE TRAINING TIPS

If you work out on a regular basis and find that you are bored or not making progress with your current workout, this blog post is for you!   I wanted to share with you some simple training methods that we use at Breakthru Fitness to change up our clients’ workouts so they don’t get bored or injured, and continue to make progress. I am also including a 3 day workout program (designed for FAT LOSS + INCREASED STRENGTH) that I hope you try.  Let’s cover a few basic pointers…     TIP 1 – KNOW YOUR GOAL I am sure you are tired of me asking you, but the whole idea of a workout is that it should be part [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:04-07:00March 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 |2017-05-13T18:40:05-07:00February 19th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|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 |2017-05-13T18:40:05-07:00January 29th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Nutrition Tips|0 Comments

THE TRUTH ABOUT FITNESS: PART ONE

It’s time to come clean, and tell you the truth about fitness. Time to move past the DOGMA and the HYPERBOLE.  Time to move past the images of the skinny (note I said “skinny”, not “fit”) fitness models and the guys who show their 6-pack abs (I am one of them by the way, sorry).   And it’s time to come clean when it comes to really disclosing the ways to get fit, lose weight and feel better:  the ways that WORK. Do I sound like a broken record? Because I already told you in past blog posts that moving more and eating less are all simple steps that will move you in the right direction.  Especially when you do them [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:05-07:00January 16th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Nutrition Tips|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 |2017-05-13T18:40:05-07:00January 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 |2017-05-13T18:40:05-07:00December 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 |2017-05-13T18:40:05-07:00December 19th, 2015|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments