Weight Loss

STRENGTHEN YOUR CARDIO WORKOUTS

“The long walk to NOWHERE… “.  That's what I call that long, slow cardio session on the treadmill which is meant for weight loss (or most specifically, fat loss).  The question is:  Is it effective? What if I told you that multiple studies have shown that participants who used ONLY cardio to lose weight OR used cardio along with diet had very little success versus those who focused on STRENGTH TRAINING along with DIET?   The main reason that a cardio-only or cardio-and-diet approach fails is simple:  the body adapts.  It LEARNS, and it learns FAST, becoming efficient, which is NOT a trick you want to teach it if what you want is to drop body fat. But I want to [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:01-07:00November 24th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|0 Comments

WHY STRONG IS BETTER THAN SKINNY

Can we have a real talk about results-based training?  And what I mean is, I really want you to hear what I’m saying about this.  Better yet, listen, please:  because I just can’t stand the fact that people still think CARDIO is the way to lose weight.  It’s NOT… at least it’s not the best way to lose FAT weight (which, I’m guessing, is what you’d really like to do). I’m sure there are a few studies out that advocate cardio as a way to lose weight, but for now, let’s not talk about weight loss.  Let’s discuss FAT LOSS.      PEOPLE WANT TO LOSE FAT, NOT WEIGHT Everyone I have ever talked with in the last 25 years [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:01-07:00November 11th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|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

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (PART 1)

WILL SKIPPING BREAKFAST AND PUTTING BUTTER IN YOUR COFFEE HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND INCREASE YOUR MENTAL FOCUS? What if I told you that it was healthy to skip a traditional breakfast every day and eat more butter?  In fact, what if I told you to put that extra butter in your coffee every morning?  Would you think I was crazy?  How about adding some coconut oil to it too?  Butter and oil in your coffee?!?  Now, that sounds both unhealthy and disgusting. When I hear about a crazy diet or workout program that is the newest “fad”, I like to research it, study it, and most importantly, try it out on myself to see if it really works.  And [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:03-07:00April 23rd, 2016|Fitness Tips, Nutrition Tips, Weight Loss|1 Comment

WHAT DRIVES OUR RESULTS? PROGRAMMING!!!

  WHAT DRIVES OUR RESULTS? PROGRAMMING!!! (And it doesn’t hurt that the atmosphere is fabulous!)   When people ask me what makes Breakthru Fitness so different from other clubs, I always say “We don't smell like a gym.”  Okay, perhaps that's not my first response (although it is true), but it's a great question.  What really makes us different?  I tell people it’s because we offer a program-driven membership, not a membership-driven program. Then I get the blank stare and the question “What the hell does that mean?” Let me explain. Although many consumers may still hold onto the idea that gyms are smelly places, loaded with sweaty guys in small tank tops, full of heavy weights and so many [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:03-07:00April 16th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|0 Comments

THE BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

What is the blueprint for success when it comes to losing weight and feeling great? Well, just recently, 3 of our fitness programs (Lose 2 Win, Peak 10 and the Max Trainer Challenge) ended with some stunning results and pretty amazing success stories from participants.   So instead of hearing from me what I think works, I decided to look at what the most successful people in these programs did to achieve their success. And what do I mean by success?  They all lost weight (mostly body fat), they were able to keep their BMR (basil metabolic rate) almost the same and they truly changed the way they behaved (by creating new habits) to transform how they look and feel. And [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:03-07:00April 9th, 2016|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 |2017-05-13T18:40:04-07:00March 24th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|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 |2017-05-13T18:40:05-07:00December 13th, 2015|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|1 Comment

The Best Way to Get the Most out of your Membership is to put it on a Program!

Having a monthly health club membership won’t get you in shape. You see, it’s not having the membership, but what you DO with the membership that gets you the results you want. I’ve talked in a previous post about having specific goals in mind when you work out -- Why do you work out? People can have any number of reasons for exercising: To lose weight To get healthy To meet people To compete better athletically To reduce stress To keep up with their kids To look good Because the dog made me take a walk… #rockythedog The reasons are as varied as the people who give them. Regardless, what you do, that is, your PROGRAM, should be determined by [...]