My Fitness Journey Part 2

4 Years of my journey, each year my goals, training, and diet changed causing my body to adapt accordingly in order to achieve those goals. ⠀
2014 and 145lbs: Compared to now I really had no idea what I was doing exercise wise, but I did know about food, hence my lack of muscle tone, but slender body. ⠀
2015 and 150 pounds: I was eating the same, but started crossfit, which started the beginning of my weight training. You can see that the weights started to pack on a small amount of mass especially in my quads, although that particular picture does no justice. Still was focused more on how i looked vs what my body could do. ⠀
April 2016 and 153 pounds: I had shifted over to powerlifting and had recently cut weight for a meet, but you can see that training specifically for strength added a substantial amount of mass, but because It wasn’t your hypertrophy/body building training I didn’t have that shredded physique the whole world is after for whatever reason.⠀
November 2016 and 165 pounds: I was dealing with an injury and hand surgery and had gone from lifting weights 5-6 times a week to nothing, but with the same appetite so there came the fluff. However I was still considered healthy and that was important to me! ⠀
2017 and 158 pounds: I came back from 2016 100% geared towards functional fitness, stopped caring about looks and started focusing on being able to go up the stairs, fixing my anterior displacement of my gleno-humeral joint, and balancing out my quad:hamstring strength. When your quads are too strong relative to your hamstrings as you age (80s) you become more susceptible to falling forward.⠀
2018: Completely focused on movement proficiency and a healthy diet, while living a little on the weekend.⠀
If you want to talk aesthetics, my favorite is 2018 because I no longer am dealing with back pain, I have substantially corrected my shoulder imbalance, and I can go up the stairs without huffing and puffing.⠀
Moral: Aesthetics will follow training modality. When you start to focus on movement and being functional, you’ll not only start to FEEL better, but look better. MOVEMENT FIRST, aesthetics after.⠀

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New Outlook On Exercise

I challenge you to start looking at exercise as a means for improving your quality of life and not just as a means “to tone” your arms. ⠀

Did you know that exercise can reduce your risk of dying from⠀
-Cardiovascular Disease⠀
-Coronary Heart Disease⠀
-Hypertension⠀
-Colon Cancer⠀
-Type 2 Diabetes⠀

Exercise can be used for so much better than just “to tone.” I mean, if you or a loved one suffers from these diseases or it runs in the family, think about how many more moments with that person would mean to you because they or you decided to take control of their disease and manage it with proper exercise.⠀

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.

Stop Exercising For Aesthetics

STOP exercising for aesthetics as the #1 reason behind why you workout. Aesthetics DOES NOT equal physiology. It isn’t even quantifiable. You can’t tell someone how big their bicep should be the way you can tell them loaded plyometrics shouldn’t exceed 5% of your body weight. You can’t make a 6 pack mandatory for everyone the way you can make healthy body fat mandatory for everyone because we know that being at a healthy body fat decreases your risk of metabolic disease and more…where as abs simply depend on your genetic propensity to store visceral fat⠀

Exercise is NEVER an independent variable for aesthetics. You can’t get away with just exercising to get to your aesthetic goal. You MUST eat right and also take into account your genetics. Exercise + Nutrition + Genetics = “Aesthetics” ⠀

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Sticking to Your Exercise Program

Did you know sport psychologists have actually conducted research on why people begin exercising and why they do or do not stick to it? After 6 months, 50% of people who begin exercising, have quit!

We know that people begin exercising because they want to:

  • control their weight
  • reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease
  • reduce levels of anxiety and depression
  • enhance self esteem
  • socializing
  • because they enjoy it

The problem is people love to make excuses like:

  • lacking in motivation
  • perceived lack of time (number one documented excuse by the way)
  • no social support
  • lack of finance
  • feeling tired and lacking energy

Here’s why people struggle to adhere to their exercise program:

  • Sometimes trainers ignore a clients psychological readiness and focus on prescriptions solely based on fitness data without taking into account their mental state
  • trainers create an overly restrictive program
  • boring exercise prescriptions based on principles of intensity, duration, and frequency can be too much for beginners
  • traditional exercise prescription does not promote self-responsibility or empower long-term behavior

So what can we do as trainers or fitness goers to make sure we become part of the 50% who sticks to it?

  • Understand that life happens, plan for vacations, sudden deaths, last minute interferences–but do not let them derail you and defeat you
  • develop healthy coping strategies for dealing with stressful situation–i.e. do not eat your feelings
  • replace the work “should” with “want”  Should puts pressure and expectations on you.  How much better does I want to lose 10 pounds sound compared to I should lose 10 pounds?
  • Positive self-talk and avoiding negative self-talk is key!
  • identify situations that put you at risk for unhealthy behavior (possible bars, fast food restaurants, tail gates) and find a healthier solution (organic restaurants, farmers markets, going kayaking)
  • Do NOT view temporary lapses as catastrophic (for example “i already had a piece of cake and ruined my diet.  Might as well eat the whole cake and start over on Monday.”

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.

You are your Biggest Excuse

Last month I finally decided to stop using school (I never use work) as an excuse to not make it to the gym and get my workout in. You know what happened? The week I declared that, a million and one extra obstacles (i.e. a term paper, quizzes, an exam, 2 assignments) all popped up in one week! ⠀

When you declare that you will no longer be using your specific excuse as an excuse isn’t it funny how all of the sudden that excuse is magnified whether it be extra school work, extra work hours, your kids getting sick, emergency vet bills, household appliances break, your car breaks down, whatever it is….extra obstacles are created. Making it easier for you to continue using it as an excuse, but this is where you need to dig deep and realize it’s life testing the commitment you made to yourself.⠀

There will ALWAYS be something to make excuses for, your life can always get harder, but what separates the goal achievers from the wannabes are the ones who are conscious about the excuses they make and do NOT let them get in the way of your goals.⠀

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.

A Major Problem with the Fitness Industry

Let’s talk about looks in the fitness industry. Are they important, of course! You should look like you practice what you preach. Does this mean you have to have 3% body fat…uhm no! If you are a woman and your body fat drops below 10% you are stepping into VERY dangerous waters. Does this mean you HAVE to have a six pack, I sure as hell do not and I know I look like I workout and know more about fitness than 99% of the people who do have six packs because well six packs are greatly affected by your genetics, my genetics favor a flat stomach, NOT sculpted abs 365 days a year.⠀

Looks can be deceiving. Someone can look the part but not act the part or study the part. When looking for a potential coach, someone you ultimately are trusting the ONE body you have been given you need to take looks as one piece to the puzzle and look at the lifestyle they live. Is their diet 90% fast food? Do they get waisted every other day? Do they know the names of the muscle they flex (trust me i’ve heard some crazy shit…like thats not your whole quad dude, that “tear drop” is part of your quads but really is the vastus medialis). Where do they get their knowledge from? From the bros? or from the scientists who research exercise physiology to make OUR lives as fitness professionals easier? The guys who find out the information that goes in textbooks or the guys that just believe whatever a label promotes?⠀

Be careful who you trust with your body! You only get one, so don’t screw it up!⠀
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What is EBP? Why is it important?

Let’s talk about Evidence Based Practice (EBP). What is it? EBP “is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual client. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.”⠀

How does this pertain to fitness? Somewhere a long the line genetically gifted people who have no issues putting aside their moral beliefs for a nice pay check decided to say fuck EBP and go with whatever is going to make larger sums of money despite the harm it could potentially cause the people who fall for the gimmicks. I get it, business is business, but there really ought to be a line people are willing to not cross, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the human body. Whether you realize it or not exercise greatly affects our body, not just in our external physical appearance, but internally as well. You go to a doctor because they have a medical degree, you see a physical therapist because they have their DPT, so why do you go to a “personal trainer” who just has genetics going for them and doesn’t even have a CPT. Just because something works for that person does NOT mean it’s going to work for you. We are all DIFFERENT in our own ways, those differences should be tackled in a way that REAL science (fuck bro science) supports, in a way that’s not going to have you pulling muscles left and right, constantly feeling beat up, creating hormonal imbalances, and the list goes on. Next time you seek fitness advice, I challenge you to find out about their level of education about the human body and how it responds to exercise.⠀

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