Monday Morning Motivation

Reaching your goals is hard enough.  Changing your approach can help more than you think…


We all have room for improvement.  Rather than constantly worrying about that, try focusing on how much you’ve changed and how much better you are than you used to be.  Trust me, it makes a world of difference.

Almost Home…

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel…

And this is on the other side…

One of my clients asked me this morning how my challenge was going.  I don’t know why, but for some reason it finally hit me just how close I am to being done.  And that, my friends, is a blessing and curse at the same time.  I don’t have a problem eating the foods that I’ve been eating.  I don’t have a problem with preparing and planning my meals like I have been doing.  But, I’ll be honest with you, this next week can’t get here fast enough.

I feel like the double-whammy of finishing a major dietary challenge and a major holiday coming in the same week is finally starting to get to me.  If it was just Thanksgiving without a 30 day challenge prior to it, I’d be fine.  If it was just the end of a challenge without my favorite holiday coming, I’d be fine.  But the combination is starting to take a toll.  For the most part my cravings over the last 25 days have been minimal.  The ones I’ve had, I’ve been able to control pretty easily.  But, now the Thanksgiving talk is getting more and more frequent, and so are the cravings.  But I’ve come this far, and there’s no way in hell I’m going to quit this close to the finish line.

I have a Thanksgiving dinner with my lady friend’s family this weekend.  This is probably going to be my biggest test yet.  She says that the eat healthy on that side of the family, but I am still very eager to see what they have.  Having not met hardly any of these folks, the “who-is-this-guy-not-eating-Thanksgiving-dinner” first impression that I’ll be giving will surely go over well.

Wish me luck!!!!!

Why Personal Training???

Don’t be intimidated….

I was talking to a friend the other day about personal training because, well, that’s what I do.  I tell all of my friends that they need to come workout with me because I am the best personal trainer in the history of the world.  Actually, I encourage them to come workout with me because I think everyone should exercise.  It may not be with me.  It could be on your own or with another buddy.  That is okay – as long as you’re doing something.  Who you exercise with isn’t why I’m writing this post, though.  The answer that this person gave me when I asked them to come train with me is what I want to talk about.  It kind of threw me off for a minute; I didn’t quite understand her logic.  The response:

“I’m not ready for that yet.  I’m not in good enough shape for you to train me.  Let me get in a little better shape and then I’ll let you train me.”

My initial thought:  “Bullshit excuse.”  Now, obviously, I didn’t respond with that.  I respectfully went on about my business.  But as I got to thinking about why she said that I came to a couple of realizations.  The first is that a large number of people probably share the same philosophy.  They don’t think they’re in good enough shape to have a trainer, or workout with one.  This frustrates me sometimes because that is just the purpose of getting a personal trainer.  We GET people in shape.  We also KEEP people in shape.  There is no rule that says you have to be in shape already to hire or work with a personal trainer.  Getting yourself in shape and THEN hiring a trainer is like doing your taxes on your own and then paying an accountant to do them for you.

Now, there are hundreds and thousands of article listing the top reasons to hire a personal trainer.  ACCOUNTABILITY.  MOTIVATION.  STRUCTURED PROGRAM.  SAFETY.  TECHNIQUE.  Yes, those are all true, and they’re great reasons to hire a personal trainer.  But, to me, the bottom line is that we are in the business of getting people in better shape and helping them lead a healthier lifestyle.  It’s that simple.  Your baseline level doesn’t matter, because it’s not going to stay the same for long.

The second realization that I came to kind of plays hand in hand with the first.  Not only do many people believe they’re not in good enough shape, but they don’t think they’re capable of doing ay physical activity at all.  Personally, I think that’s the bigger issue.  You might be right in thinking like this.  You might not be in very good shape.  But guess what???  That’s okay!!!!  Not everybody can run a 6-minute mile.  Not everyone can bench press 300 pounds.  That shouldn’t stop you from trying, though.  All I’ve ever asked any client that I’ve ever worked with is that they do THEIR best – not another person’s best.

If you’re reading this then I want you to realize that you are capable of doing so much more than you realize.  If you don’t know how to go about it, then that’s where we as trainers come in to play.  Don’t let your fear of activity or lack of knowledge stop you from becoming a healthier person.  Let us trainers take care of the hard stuff, you just show up and kick ass!!

Shaking My Head

I’m kind of torn on this one…


On the one hand, you’ve gotta give props to this guy for clearly not giving a shit about anything at all.  “Hey, I’m pretty hot, I think I’ll take my shirt off now.”  Of course, it only makes sense.  Then on the other hand, well, I think the other hand is kind of obvious.  Nobody really wants to see this guy’s man-boobs and back sweat all over the gym.  Like I said, I’m torn on this one.  But, regardless of that, I’m still left Shaking My Head at this photo.

Workout of the Week

I’ve got 5 exercises for you this week.  They are all to be done with a Kettlebell.  If you don’t have a Kettlebell then a dumbbell will work as a substitute.  Here you go.

  1. Clean and Press
  2. Skullcrusher
  3. Situp (w/ KB)
  4. Squat Press
  5. Swing

You’ve got 100 reps for each exercise.  The kicker here is that you can’t move on to the next exercise until you finish all 100 from the previous movement.  Go in order.



Exercise of the Week

Suspension Pushup Series

This week I’m giving you a few different exercises.  They can all be done from the same position on the suspension trainer, so it is a smooth transition from one into the next.  The first exercise is the standard pushup.  While it’s done just like a regular pushup, having your feet in the straps will take away the stability of the normal version.  You will have to focus on keeping your core tight here to prevent swaying back and forth.  The next two exercise are done with the arms locked out directly under the shoulders.  One exercise you will bring both knees into your chest, while the other exercise you will be alternating your knees.  On both movements, try to make it a smooth motion where you are in control the whole time, really focusing on using your abs.  Obviously, you don’t have to do all three of these exercises at once.  Take a rest if needed, and get right back to it.