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FITNESS CHALLENGES: 5 REASONS WHY THEY WORK

Have you ever fallen off the wagon when it comes to fitness?  You start off so strong – setting goals, buying new workout clothes, getting up early to hit the gym. Then after a month, 3 months, maybe even 6 months, you start to fade… the emotions that got you there just don’t seem to be strong enough anymore. Maybe you’re even a regular gym-goer: you show up every week, you attend classes and you’re consistent, but you just can’t seem to hit your goals – whether it’s losing that extra 5 pounds or cleaning up your diet.  You feel good and motivated when you work out and even still, there’s a part of you that still feels stuck. Targeted short-term “fitness challenges” (21-day, 6-week, 8-week, etc.) have [...]

By |2018-08-31T10:37:53+00:00August 31st, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Working Your Way to Unstoppable: SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST ENERGY, MOOD AND MENTAL FOCUS

  Who doesn’t want to be unstoppable? Think back over the last week: was there a day where nothing went wrong?  A day where nothing seemed to bother you? A day  where getting either “good” or “bad” news didn’t seem to slow you down or change your mood?  Where you felt super-energized and alert, as well confident and calm?   A day where you felt like you were in the flow and completely unstoppable? Do you want to have more days like that day?  I know I do. So how can we find this kind of energy and consistency? More importantly, what gets in our way?  A great answer can be found in one of my favorite quotes of all time: "Food is the most widely [...]

By |2018-03-29T23:22:19+00:00March 29th, 2018|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

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+00:00October 5th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

FOR RESULTS, FOLLOW THE “PROGRESS”, NOT “PERFECTION”, MINDSET

Have you ever thought that you’d found the “perfect” program for fitness and/or nutrition and decided to follow it?  And did you adopt this “perfect” program, knowing deep down, that you wouldn’t (or couldn’t!) stick with it long term?  I do that a lot.  Why do we do that?  But more importantly, how do I stop doing that?  How do I move from grasping at unattainable perfection to moving towards real progress?  Here’s how:     THE OVER DOING and UNDER DOING SYNDROME Don’t fall prey to what I call the “Over doing and under doing syndrome…” -- training extremely hard for a long period of time and then getting hurt; eating super clean (no carbs, no junk, no sugar) [...]

By |2017-05-19T19:51:58+00:00May 19th, 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+00:00January 13th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

HACK YOURSELF | PART 2

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

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+00:00April 16th, 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+00:00March 24th, 2016|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|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+00:00January 3rd, 2016|Fitness Tips, Motivation|1 Comment

THERE ARE ALWAYS 100 REASONS NOT TO GO TO THE GYM

Here’s a recent text thread between a friend and me: FRIEND: Who is teaching MC3 tonight? PHIL: Jason, he’s great, go! FRIEND: The parking is going to be a nightmare with holiday shopping. PHIL: Good, you may have to walk a little further to get to your workout. FRIEND: (no response) PHIL: There are always 100 reasons not to go, find your 1 reason and go. FRIEND: (no response)   A few hours later: FRIEND: I went. I burned over 700 calories… I feel a lot better. Thank you, Sensei.   Does this ever happen to you? Do you start to compile a list of reasons to justify why you can’t go to the gym (or go for a walk, [...]

By |2017-05-13T18:40:05+00:00December 5th, 2015|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments