June 20, 2017

The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Eating

When it’s time to eat, the question we typically ask ourselves is “What would be the most logical choice that will better help me achieve my health, performance, and body composition goals?”  Riiiiight.  No, the question we ask ourselves when it’s time to eat is, “What do I feel like eating?”  Our decision is seldom based on logic but instead on emotion. So many of our decisions are emotionally-driven.  Our emotions are a gift, but they often make it difficult to make wise decisions.  Although […]
May 18, 2017

How Do You Take Your Coffee, One Lump or Ten?

Question: How much sugar is too much sugar? How do you even measure too much? Is it in grams, teaspoons, tablespoons, or spoonfuls (which I believe helps the medicine go down)? I was at a certain restaurant chain this morning eating my second breakfast when two men came in for coffee. This is the exchange I heard between them. Man 1: How do you take your coffee? Man 2: Eight sugars and a creamer. Did I hear this correctly? Eight sugars and a creamer? Uh-uh, […]
May 12, 2017

Exercise Doesn’t Work

Do you exercise at least five days a week and weigh the same as you did when you began exercising? If so, that sounds about right. What I’m about to say may upset a lot of people—my clients, exercisers employing the services of other personal trainers, exercisers not employing the services of trainers, those new to exercise, veteran exercisers, and my fellow personal training brethren and sistren. (There, I think I got everyone.) For what it’s worth, it hurts me to even say it. Exercise […]
May 2, 2017

The Perfect Day

My family and I recently visited some of our extended family in the western suburbs of Chicago.  My wife and I took our three children downtown Chicago as a surprise.  Jumping forward to the end of the day, as we were returning to our hotel, I was thinking about our day and the uncanny resemblance it shared with my fitness journey.  If you have your own fitness journey, I bet you can empathize.  If you’ve not yet begun yours (perhaps waiting for the new year, […]
April 25, 2017

Lower Your Expectations

I don’t swim. I mean, I can swim, I just don’t. I run. People think running is boring. I’d agree . . . if they weren’t wrong. Thing is, many people who find running boring don’t actually know if it’s boring because they’ve not done it. I think they find the THOUGHT of running boring. I can relate, though, because I think swimming is boring. In my estimation, it’s like being on a treadmill (the scenery never changing) while holding your breath. All that being […]
April 9, 2017

Are you a Champion?

I was never a big “gamer”, but I was at one time a boy, so yes, I did go through a period of playing video games.  One of the games I best remember, and most enjoyed, playing was Madden NFL.  But I recently recalled that no matter how good I got, I never achieved the ultimate goal—winning the Super Bowl.  And the reason is this: I would always restart the season if I lost a game. I’m not talking about too many games.  I mean […]