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, […]
March 6, 2019

The Pen Is Mightier Than the . . . Dumbbell?!

(I’ve tried to limit my recent posts to 500-700 words.  This one is double that.  But it’s only because I needed most of these words to explain this invaluable success tool!) A new tool I’ve recently placed in my toolbox is the Advantages Response Card.  It’s something I learned about while reading the Beck DIET solution by Dr. Judith Beck, Ph.D.*, a book I highly recommend.  It’s been an essential tool that has help her clients change their mindset and overcome the [the inevitable] sabotaging […]
February 13, 2019

Get (and Stick) with the Program!

I can tell a lot about your fitness program by the first thing you do when you come into the gym. If it doesn’t include a warm-up, you’re either following no program at all or you’ve chosen to neglect this extremely important part of a training program. If the first exercise you do after not warming up is biceps curls, you’re either following no program at all or are following the most poorly designed program ever.  (“Yo, it’s arm day, bro!”) If you have nothing in […]