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Debunking the Calories in, Calories out Myth

Have You Been Treating Your Health Like a Math Equation? Treating your health like a math problem where one set of actions is supposed to produce X results is, in my view, akin to try to create a set of behaviors guaranteed to make someone fall in love with you. This is where so much of the clever marketing works. “It’s simple…it’s formulaic.” In reality, it’s neither. Read More

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Frustrated With Your Exercise Efforts? This is Probably Why...

You Overestimate Your Capacity This one is a little personal for me. I probably do this more than anyone I know. That must have been why this was an easy post to write! So what are some of the biggest capacity blind spots I’ve observed over the years? Here are four of them: Read More

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One of the Biggest Obstacles to Health You've Never Considered

You Have a Chemical Problem Possibly more than any other factor in health, this is often the biggest blind spot people have when it comes to their health and weight loss being stuck at a plateau. Because toxins represent a constant barrage, and because they are impossible to avoid and they hide in plain sight, getting a handle on reducing your chemical problem could be where you stand to make the biggest gains in your health. Read More

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The Top Four Progress-Killing Mindsets

Truth be told there are way more than four sabotaging mindsets people have, but here are the top four I've seen over the years...and what you can do about them. Read More

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Why That Form of Exercise You Like May Be Hurting You

The Biggest Blind Spot I See with Exercise: People Who Don’t Mix up Their Workouts Yes, consistency is your superpower when it comes to using fitness as a tool for body transformation and sustained health, but almost equal in importance in exercise is to not get stuck in a rut. More than a few weeks of the same workout will slow significantly in producing adaptation in your body. Read More

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Four Tips for Finding a Good Personal Trainer

FITNESS


Finding a good trainer
can take some work.  Here are a few things to consider when searching for the trainer that perfectly suits you and your lifestyle. While being conveniently located, having a body that doubles as a great business card and having specialties that match your goals are important, here are four other essential questions worth answering about the person you would consider hiring:


TIP #1
How much experience do they really have?
What have they personally accomplished in exercise? Nothing compensates for breadth of experience.  You want a trainer who knows what it feels like to be in the shoes they might put you in and who can lead you through the process.  How many hours of experience do they have vs. how many years? In a couple years or less, a full-time trainer can have thousands of hours of experience to draw upon.  In contrast, a trainer with “15 years of experience” may have only been working part-time with the same two people for 15 years.  What is the breadth (age, demographic, goals, etc.) of their clientele? Have they worked with anyone who has similar goals to you, and do they have a frame or reference to help you set new goals as the years and accomplishments accumulate?


TIP #2
Is their passion for what they do obvious?
If not, it probably won’t be after you’ve purchased some sessions, either.  Unfortunately, even the fitness industry is not immune to having “professionals” who are bored with their work.  Any of us can feel stale if we sit on what we know for too long.  Passionate trainers are plugged into networks that keep them motivated, current with the latest research and industry trends, as well as practicing what they preach.  Passionate trainers are always looking to enrich their client’s experience.  The others just count reps and collect a paycheck.  If you hire a trainer, his or her energy (or lack of it) is part of what will fuel (or dampen) your workouts.  Find a trainer whose enthusiasm is contagious.


TIP #3
Do they possess a combination of Confidence and Humility? 
Good trainers are confident, but not cocky.  Interviewing a trainer should give you confidence that they have tools that can change your life, but you should also see a humble side of them that recognizes they don’t know everything.  Confident trainers convey that with well-crafted routines and attention to detail – you cannot help but see results.  Humble trainers recognize that you are not a carbon copy of anyone else and that this journey of helping you be a better version of yourself will be a learning experience for both of you.


TIP #4
Do they understand their role as a part of “Team You”?
Good trainers understand and demonstrate there is more to vitality than just a good workout.  They understand that their work with you is only a portion of what makes you whole and healthy.  Such trainers are typically plugged into a network of other health and wellness professionals who can help you accomplish your health goals and, in turn, benefit more from the wonderful world of exercise.


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Plateau's = Opportunity

Getting stuck at plateaus is normal. It's part of the change process. Anytime you start to change, the new measures you implement will take you somewhere better, but rarely do they take you all the way to your goal. Think of reaching your goals as a sequence of phases: There's a climbing phase, and a plateau phase. Each one sets up the next. Each plateau is another opportunity to reflect on where you've been and ask more informed questions so you can prepare for the next climb. That is where we come alongside you as the guide to you ask the right questions and break the cycle of falling back into bad habits. Read More

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REASON #7 WHY YOU HAVEN'T REACHED YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALS: You Picked the Wrong Goal

Striving to accomplish something meaningful will make you (sometimes painfully) aware of the areas of your life where you fall short—your faults, your excuses, your tendencies, your limitations, and countless areas where you could improve your philosophy and skills sets. However, the process is not all “glass half empty.” Striving for a big goal will also present you with countless opportunities to become a better person. Goals setting, real goal setting—the kind with a thoughtful, adaptive plan—is one of the most clarifying and refining processes we can go through. To say you picked the wrong goals isn’t meant to say you picked a bad goal, or a goal you won’t accomplish eventually. Rather it’s saying that the process will teach you a lot, and one of those lessons is that sometimes you aimed at something off target from what you really want, or from what’s wise to run after right now. FOUR SIGNS YOU PICKED THE WRONG GOAL: Read More

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Reason #6 Why You Haven't Reached Your Health and Fitness Goals: You Rely on Willpower, Not Why Power

“Willpower is an exhaustible resource.” That was one of the best lines I picked up from the excellent book Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. Trying to use willpower is an exercise of logic fighting with emotion. The Heath brothers use the brilliant analogy of an elephant (emotions) and a rider (logic) to describe the internal tug of war we all go through when, for example, we try to force ourselves to go to the gym when we’d rather sleep, or to not fall prey to the allure of the television or ice cream instead of going to bed. In moments of clarity, both the elephant and the rider are in agreement and working toward the same course of action. Yet, when there is a battle of wills, an imbalance of perspective, the elephant always wins. Their point is, unless we are well prepared, the willpower battle will eventually be lost. So… to change our results it’s helpful to start thinking and behaving with the above understanding in mind. Read More

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Five Essential Ingredients for Changing Your Body, Your Health, and Your Life

So you want to lose some weight, turn your health around, and stop settling for mediocre? It’s time to start living life with the body and vitality you’ve always wanted. If you’re serious this time, ready to put in the work and commit to a journey, then read on friend. These five ingredients comprise the recipe for dramatic and permanent change. Read More

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