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. […]
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 […]
October 18, 2019

You Hate Exercise? I Bet You Hate Soup, Too.

What do soup and exercise have in common?  On the surface, it may seem like nothing.  And after we dig a little deeper . . . maybe still nothing. When my wife and I began dating (because we’re still dating), she made the statement, “I hate soup.”  Really?  ALL soup?! I’ve done no fact checking, but I’m pretty sure there are no less than a bajillion different types of soup.  So for her to say she hates soup is a pretty generalized statement. I, too, […]