October 6, 2020

Thy Whys and How of [My] Morning Ritual

For the last two decades, one of the greatest constants I’ve had as a personal trainer is a 6:00 a.m. start time.  This isn’t when I wake up.  This is when I meet with my first client.  I can almost guarantee you if you were to enter this field, one of the first clients you land would be at six. What has changed is what I do BEFORE my first client. Admittedly, when I first entered this field, I didn’t love it.  Why?  Well, frankly, […]
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. […]
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 […]
October 3, 2019

Are the Foods in Your Home Helping or Hurting You?

What’s your inner child asking, and how are you responding? I’m not busting [only] on my five-year-old Caleb. I’m certain my other two kids did this too when they were five. (Excuse me, Caleb would be quick to correct me. He’s five . . . and a half.) The other day he asked his mother if he could have chocolate milk as a treat. (Frankly, I pounded chocolate milk as a kid. It wasn’t a “treat”, it was a staple.) My wife responded with “No, […]
September 5, 2019

How to Cheat on Your Diet

Have you ever had a jealous boyfriend or girlfriend?  The type that wanted you to spend every waking moment with you, or at least wanted to know where you were.  They didn’t like you going out with your friends.  And if you spoke with someone of the opposite sex, fuggetaboutit.  One minute they tell you how great you look and the next they’re calling you puppy face. Eventually, though, you came to your senses and broke it off.  I mean, after all, why would you […]
April 15, 2019

Painful and Powerless or Painless and Powerful?

There’s a fable that says if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out.  But if you place it in tepid water and begin boiling the water slowly, the frog won’t notice the danger and will be cooked to death. The moral of the story is that if a threat arises slowly versus suddenly, people will be unaware or unable to react. I get it.  It makes sense.  But some biologists did a study, and this is what […]