15 Fitness Quotes To Get You Moving

Today’s post brought to you by some of my favorite pinned fitness quotes!

  1. “Stay so Hungry, you never Stop Eating.” trademarked by yours truly! -Melissa Letellier.  How bad do you want to reach and set new goals?
  2. “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, but from what you do consistently.”  Going to the gym 6 days one week and never stepping foot in it again for another 4 weeks is way less effective then going 2-3x every week.
  3. “In 2 weeks you’ll feel it.  In 4 weeks you’ll see it.  In 8 weeks you’ll hear it.”  Sometimes we need the extrinsic motivation to continually light the fire.
  4. “At first they’ll ask why you’re doing it, later they’ll ask how you did it.”
    When I started by journey I got so many negative remarks about why I’m always on a diet.  Some of those same people were now forced into a continuous restrictive diet due to medical reasons while the lifestyle I built allows me to continue reaching new goals while enjoying pizza and donuts every now and then.
  5. “I’m working on myself, for myself, by myself.”  Sometimes the road is lonely, but you should always be your biggest reason why.  Not for revenge, not to make someone jealous, to make YOU happy.
  6. “When you feel like stopping, think about why you started.”  It’s normal to lose motivation, it’s normal to get “derailed,” but at the end of the day if your reason why is bigger than your reason why not…you will get there
  7. “Do it for the after selfie.”  While my fitness journey was for me, i’m still human.  It feels good to prove people wrong and brag about my hard earned accomplishments, don’t feel ashamed for what you’ve worked for!
  8. “Slow progress is better than no progress!”  It’s normal for your body to see more progress at the beginning.  Don’t feel discouraged when the pound that once took you 3 days to lose now takes you a week.  It’s stilling coming off and better than putting the pound of fat back on!
  9. “You are your only limit.” This can be applied to everywhere in life, not just your health and fitness.
  10. “Remember when your body is hungry it wants nutrients, not calories.”  This one is HUGE for me!  In a world obsessed with counting calories and macros, we often forget that vitamins and minerals also exist and are also equally important.
  11. “Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.”  Yes it’s ok to want to change your body with exercise but remember to never take for granted the ability to exercise!  Not everyone can!  Exercise should also not be used as a punishment for eating a cookie.
  12. “I don’t diet, I just eat according to my goals.”  Seriously, it’s why it’ a lifestyle.  Diets are short term and never  work.
  13. “Sweat is Pretty.”  Sweat is a sign of good hydration, your body regulating heat the way it should be, and working hard!  So many women are afraid to sweat i public for fear of looking gross or smelling bad.  Be proud of your work and being well hydrated!
  14. “Fall in love with taking care of your body.”  As cliche as it sounds, you really do only get one body!  What body do you want to take with your through life as you age?
  15. “Create healthy habits, not restrictions.”  It’s not about never eating the cookie, the pizza, or the donut.  It’s about choose the fruits and the vegetables more than you do the cookie, the pizza, or the donut.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

What the Trainer you Hired should have done on your first Session

Congratulations in taking the first step towards investing in your fitness and hiring a personal trainer, whether it be online or in person!

It is very important that you stay mindful about the fact that not all personal trainers are equal.  Some are better and more knowledgable than others!  Every personal trainer you hire should always communicate with you that before you even begin training they need to determine what you and your body are capable of doing.  The reason I emphasized the two is because sometimes your body says you are capable of more or less than what you think.  By the way I am not talking about the dumb 1 mile run or how many push ups, sit ups,  or air squats you can do in a minute.  If they don’t cater the exercise to YOUR body and not just your goals, is it really personal training? After all, that’s what your investing a little bit more for.

When you train with me, online or in person.  Before I even begin to formulate a workout program I do the following:

  • Medical Questionnaire: To determine if I need to prescribe specific exercise for a specific condition or to determine if you need medical clearance in order to even begin exercise.  Some people aren’t aware they need it.
  • Behavioral Questionnaire:  So that I can see how your lifestyle may influence your potential fitness level
  • Flexibility Assessment: What kind of muscular or skeletal imbalances does your body have that I may need to fix in order to allow you to effectively perform an exercise?
  • Strength:  What weight can I start you at?  Starting lower is better than starting higher, but the last thing you want is to start with more than what you think you can handle and you get hurt.
  • Endurance:  Where’s you cardio at? How can I improve it?

Even if you do not train with me EVERYONE should take my needs analysis.  I send back a report of the following

  • All of my findings
  • exercises to help fix your imbalances (yes, we ALL have them)
  • Stretches you should be focusing on at the end of your workouts

Take My Needs Analysis

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

Get LetlerFit the Personalized Way

With the launch of the NEW LetlerFit.com I now officially publicly advertise my customized online training.

If you read yesterday’s blog post you know that I touched on the major differences between my e-book guides and personal training.

If you can check off any of the following I definitely recommend my online personal training:

  • Have any mobility limitations from past or current injuries
  • Have any diagnosed medical condition
  • Have specific goals
  • Want a training program that is 100% customized for your body and fitness level (everyone is different!)
  • want guidance and accountability

All of my clients begin with my online Needs Analysis (i’ll be touching up on this tomorrow).  What may differ between one client and the next are the different packages available:

  • Just the program:  This is for someone who has a good idea about how to perform the exercises and wants a program to cater to them and any specific goals or needs, but also does not want the coaching or accountability
  • Weekly Check Ins:  Your program will come with a 60 minute weekly check in to go over any questions, video critiques of you performing your exercises, etc.
  • Unlimited Coaching:  This is for the person that wants full access to me during the month of training to ask questions, record and send videos to, while still getting a personalized program

Are you ready to get LetlerFit? Fill out my Questionnaire and I will get back to you ASAP

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

8 Things That You Should Be Teaching Your Children About Nutrition

While I do not currently have kids, I work with a lot of parents and I observe a lot of parents and what they teach their children about nutrition.  Before I begin, I get a lot of heat from people whenever I opine about pregnancy, infant nutrition, adolescent health and fitness.  The same way your male Dr. does not need to know what it feels like to be pregnant in order to help guide you through a healthy pregnancy, an exercise physiologist with an extensive back ground in academic nutrition (not jo shmo nutrition blogs) can help you establish healthy habits for you and your family.  There are 2 critical periods for when children establish the number and size of the adipocyte tissue (aka our fat tissue) in infancy and in adolescence.  The goal as a parent should be to do your best to keep the fat cell size to as small as possible and fat cell number to as little as possible. Here are 8 things parents should be doing in order to help set their children up for health success!  These are not my opinion, they are all backed by the sciences.

  1. In infancy, stick to infant ONLY foods!  No need to sneak an infant soda, friend food, lasagna, or processed sugar before 12 months!  While it may seem like they can handle it, inside their body react adversely
  2. In infancy, if you’re a parent who gives your baby anything that is not labeled for infants because you want to or that’s “how you grew up” (only science is now realizing the way you grew up has lead to a ridiculously obese population), please do NOT give your baby anything that has honey or corn syrup in it.  I see it all of the time and a little piece of my soul dies because you are potentially exposing your baby to something called botulism.  Botulism is a death sentence, if they contract it from honey or any food that has corn syrup because their organism cannot fight it off.
  3. Go as long as you can (goal 12 months) if you are able to breast feed.  Make the sacrifice because the immunological, health, cognitive, you name it benefits far surpass the benefits of formula.  Understand that formula is a first world commodity. In 3rd world countries it’s either you breast feed or the baby unfortunately passes.  Formula is meant to keep your baby nourished enough to where infant death is not an issue in case breast feeding does not happen.
  4. Moving away from infancy and into childhood, one of the biggest mistakes parents make, especially those in the hispanic community (It’s the anthropological studies saying it, not me!) is impose the “clear your plate” mentality.  We have something in our brains called the hypothalamus and it lets us know when we are hungry and when we are full.  The beautiful thing about children (and babies too) is that they have not fried it the way most adults do.  Meaning, their brain still tells them when they should stop eating before they get to a place of over eating.  The clear your plate mentality breeds obesity.  If your child doesn’t want to eat anymore, don’t force them to eat twice as much as they want.  Trust me, they won’t die of starvation.
  5. Don’t make dessert something they can have only if they eat their vegetables.  Find a way to make them enjoy their veggies without bribing them.  If they eat their veggies every day that would mean they get dessert everyday.
  6. Which, brings me to my next point, junk foods, processed sugars, fried foods, sodas, etc. are not foods we should keep at our children’s reach all of the time.  They do not know what nutrient density is, they only know that those foods taste yummier so without realizing it you are allowing them to build poor habits when you aren’t around.  In my house we bring ZERO of the aforementioned and I plan to keep it that way when we have kids.  We do this so that when we go out, it’s OKAY to have a fried shrimp or lava cake because it’s something that we do not eat every day at our home.
  7. This leads me to point number seven.  Teach kids about balance!  I’m not by any means saying forever forbid your kids from eating junk food.  What I am saying is make junk food 15-20% of their overall diet.  Fill the rest with a plethora of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-antiobiotic/steroid packed protein sources, nuts, seeds, and legumes.  Growing up chips and sodas were something my mom would save for when friends came over, the few times we went out to eat, or for the holidays.  I personally, love this approach because what do all of those events have in common?  They happen in a minority, meaning the majority of the time you are nourishing your child.
  8. Try to pack your child’s lunch.  It’s a great way of controlling what goes in to fuel their bodies and NEVER let them skip breakfast!  Myplate.gov has killer tools and articles to help you choose healthy lunches.  These plates also from mygov are GREAT to help YOU as a parent portion out each food group while teaching them at the same time what their plate should look like.
  9. Bonus:  Try to teach them how to make healthy choices and why it’s important.  If you are clueless, find a health professional who CAN!  When you understand why something needs to be done it’s easier to do it.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

4 Reasons You Should Start Working Out Today

As much as the current fitness industry would like you to believe, fitness is not about perfect quads, chiseled, abs, and overall shredded physique.  Here are 4 Benefits that have absolutely nothing to do with you physique.

  1. Reduce your risk of Coronary Heart Disease:  Studies have found that not only does exercise help reduce your risk of CHD, but studies have found that in patients who have already suffered a stroke, physical activity was more effective than drug treatment.  (Not saying toss the drugs, always consult with MD, but realize you should be exercising)
  2. Improve your memory:  Aerobic exercise boosts the size of your hippocampus (responsible for memory and learning).  In women more so than man they have found that regular aerobic exercise decreases risk factor for dementia.
  3. Strengthen your Immune System:  Regular aerobic exercise boosts your immune system
  4. Increase your life span:  A study published in 2012 that contained 650,000 people found that 150 minutes total a week of moderate exercise, which is about 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week could increase your life by 3.4 years.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

13 Nutritional Swaps For People Trying To Live Healthier

You don’t have to be miserable to be healthy, but you do have to make a little bit of effort!

  1. Swap the bag of chips for an apple with salted peanut butter (make sure peanuts and salt are your only 2 ingredients) and then instead of low quality carbs and fats with slim to no micronutrients you’ll be getting high quality carbs, fats, proteins, AND micronutrients
  2. Swap the juices for water…we get enough added sugar in our diets without even trying
  3. Swap the fried foods for grilled
  4. Have rice and potatoes with protein for lunch?  Swap one of the carbs for a fresh salad
  5. Do you add sugar to your fruit bowls? Swap the the sugar for a sprinkle of chia seeds
  6. Swap smoothie shop smoothies for home made ones.  Did you know most of those smoothie places just give you fake fruit juice and call it a day?
  7. Swap your store bought protein bars for for some boiled eggs
  8. Swap your diet sodas for regular sodas…don’t fall into marketing traps….but better yet swap all of the sodas for water
  9. Swap the milk chocolate for dark chocolate
  10. Swap your pudding for apple sauce (apples-maybe water too-should be the ONLY ingredient)
  11. Swap the morning cereal for steel cut oats and berries
  12. Swap the regular yogurt for Greek Yogurts with added probiotics
  13. Swap your Starbucks Latte for some green tea (without adding sugar)

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

7 Exercises For People Who Don’t Have The Time To Work Out

Don’t Have time for a lengthy 1 hour workout workout? Here are my favorite 7 exercises that help you burn calories!

  1. Weighted Squats
  2. Push Ups
  3. Kettle Bell Swings
  4. All Variations of Lunges
  5. Jump Squats
  6. Pull Ups
  7. Power Steps

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

8 Common Misconceptions about Exercise

  1. Lifting Heavy Weights as a Woman will Bulk You Up:   I promise you, you will get a lot more done with 15 pound dumbbells compared to 2 pound dumbbells.  As a whole our bodies do not have enough testosterone to create that bulky appearance.  The way our muscles look has a lot to do with how we eat, how we exercise, and our genetic predisposition.  I’ll also let you in on a little secret, most of those “bulky” “manly” looking women that scare non weight lifting women into training with weights use steroids.  But I’ll just leave it as that as it’s a touchy subject.
  2. I Don’t Want to Lose Weight:  Guess what? You should be working out for LIFE!  Life is demanding and if you’re unfit you have a higher probability of aches and pains as you age and injuries from simple daily tasks.  No one wants to be the person known for throwing out there back trying to move a chair…it happens…I see it all the time!  Usually in those who live a sedentary life.  Our heart, lungs, EVERYTHING benefits from exercise.
  3. No Pain No Gain:  For the general fitness goer you really shouldn’t get passed a moderate level of soreness.  If you are so sore it severely impairs your ability to carry out regular activity you may not be sore?  Felt a sharp shooting pain during your workout, maybe you should stop and make sure you didn’t pull/strain/injure anything…DO NOT keep going.  ESPECIALLY if the pain persists.
  4. You Have to Be In the Gym for hours on End:  FALSE!  For the average gym goer MAX 60 minutes for warm up workout and cool down.  As little as a properly thought out 14 minute workout science has now found can be beneficial when done right!  It’s about QUALITY not QUANTITY.
  5. When you Stop all your muscle become Fat again:  That’s like saying when you stop eating an apple it turns into an orange.  One cannot become the other.  If you stop exercising for a period of time your muscle shrinks (atrophies).
  6. Ab Exercises will Give You a 6 Pack:  Everyone has a 6 pack, but because of genetics some people have to be more strict about their diet and cardio regimen to see it!  For some it is easier than others, but we all have them other wise we’d be flopped over (our abs help keep us uprite).  Ab exercises actually contribute to a minimum when you compare ab exercises to diet in their relevance to obtaining a 6 pack.
  7. You can do the same thing every day and get Results:  FALSE your body adapts.  And QUICKLY!  Changing things up is how you will see better results over a long period of time.
  8. The Machine says I burned 300 Calories:  The machine and what you actually burned are different as calories burned is different for everyone due to mass, metabolism, etc.  What the machine calculates it’s is own RPM (rotations per minute) not your actual energy output.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

Day 27: Share you favorite fitness blogs

I actually am not a big fan of most fitness blogs and here’s why:

  • If you go online to many of the top fitness magazines (they all have online blogs) you see that the contributors listed most have their masters or even phD in exercise physiology, however if you look up their online blogs it’s loaded with celebrity “fitness and nutrition” tips.
  • Many blogs are filled with verbage that’s easily marketable but scientifically misleading.

However the blogs put out by NCSF (National Council of Strength and Fitness) are all factual and incredibly helpful.

When choosing a blog to read ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Who’s the writer?  Do they actually have a fitness/nutrition education or is it simply a holiday?
  2. Do they wear waist trainers with magic sweat creams?  If they do, don’t even bother!
  3. Is it a celebrity telling you how she got magically hit her goals?  Newsflash, if they didn’t crash diet they paid a professional trainer and dietician to get them there because they’re clueless.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

Day 12: How to fight Burnout

So this post is supposed to be advice on how to handle summer blogging burnout, but since I do not by any means consider myself a blogger, I’m going to write about summer fitness goal burnout.

Because this society views fitness in short term, versus long term, people spend the first 3-4 months of the year shedding their holiday wait and prepping for the summer only to slowly fall into a downward spiral to repeat the same toxic cycle over when the new year hits.

So, how do you break the cycle?  I get that summer is hard because you have more BBQs, More vacations, more time to go to the beach, go out, but what about the goals you’ve worked so hard to achieve?  How do you keep them in Check?  There’s no need to avoid going out in order to avoid gaining weight.

10 Tips to Making you Summer body, your winter Body:

  1. Keep Alcohol to 1-3 drinks a week
  2. Don’t drink your calories in juices, sodas, etc.
  3. Make healthy choices at restaurants!  Most places have a light and fit menu with more realistic portion sizes.
  4. Request cutting the salt a restaurant uses for the dish in half, or excluding it altogether because chances are they hide salt in the sauces without realizing it.
  5. Don’t skip your workouts!
  6. Replace a meal with a healthy shake!  I’ve been drinking the same meal replacement every day for 4 years now and love it! Definitely helps keep me in check when I’ve gone too far passed moderation!  Click here for more info!
  7. Don’t forget your water!  Avoid retaining water, skin break outs, and dehydration from the summer heat!
  8. Swap the fried for the grilled!
  9. Swap the processed sugars for REAL sugars found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.
  10. It’s ok to eat the pizza and have the slice of cake!  It’s just not ok to eat more of that than you do whole foods!

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.