September 16, 2020

3 Myths That Are Keeping You From Your Goals

There are three big myths surrounding the requirements of sustainable, purposeful exercise and good, supportive nutrition.  And like a mythological dragon protecting a castle, these myths may be keeping you from your goals. Myth #1: You need inspiration to practice. Myth #2: You need motivation to practice. Myth #3: “Professionals” are always motivated to practice. On occasion, I blow a client’s mind when I share with him or her that I’m not always motivated.  (Whaaa?) The truth is, there’s no such thing as unwavering motivation. […]
September 2, 2020

If You Wanna Remain in Paradise, Learn to Enjoy the Journey

One of my rock star clients had a goal to lose 20 pounds of fat.  I say “had” because he’s achieved that.  I say “rock star” because he’s an awesome dude who did (and is still doing) the work. So, what’s next?  Well, he said maybe another 20.  I don’t remember his exact words (which I wish I had because they’re the impetus for this post) but it was something like this, “I know I’ll have reached my goal when I’m happy with what I […]
August 25, 2020

Death by a Thousand Bites

I imagine you’ve heard the idiom “death by a thousand cuts”.  It’s used to explain the demise or termination of something as a result of numerous problems, each insignificant in itself.  But do you know where it came from? It comes from the Chinese word lingchi.  It’s translated variously as the slow process, the slow death, or slow slicing.  It was used as a form of punishment and execution used in China from 900 B.C. until 1905. At this point, you may be thinking, “Why […]
August 12, 2020

7 Principles Michael Jordan’s Baseball Career Reminded Me About Change

If, like Michael Jordan, I was a betting man, I’d say before laying eyes on this post, you’ve already laid your eyes on The Last Dance documentary.  Ultimately, it’s about the Chicago Bulls and their run for their sixth NBA Championship, but MJ is certainly the focal point. Episode VII covers MJ’s retirement from basketball to play baseball.  As I watched this, I couldn’t help but see the parallel’s between MJ’s baseball journey and your journey toward a healthier and fitter you. So, I wanna […]
March 12, 2020

Carbs: Present or Paycheck?

I took a client out for sushi for his birthday immediately following his training session.  He had mentioned earlier in the week how he liked sushi.  I shared my love of all foods Asian (save kimchi) with him and said I wanted to treat him. He made a comment that white rice—the centerpiece of most sushi rolls—probably wasn’t a good food choice.  Well, I saw a learning opportunity in his statement, and I wanna share it with you. I don’t look at food as good […]
November 18, 2019

Does Your Diet Pass the Eye Test?

When I’m training someone in the gym, a question that’s constantly on my mind is “Does this movement pass the eye test?”. This isn’t something that can only be answered by a fitness professional.  (That being said, having watched dozens of “fit pros” train clients, many of them don’t know the “answers” to the “eye test”.  But again, you don’t have to be a fit pro to accurately judge something.) I look at it like this.  My daughter dances.  Because of this, we were once […]