As we approach a new year, I always see the same thing every year. -"This year is going to be different!" -"I'm going to become a healthier version of myself!" -"New Year, New Me!" I think you get the point. I'm sure we all see it! So my question is why wait till the new year? In my opinion it's just a new date to write. A new year shouldn't be about changing your life. I can see the symbolic aspect.... Sure. But if you want to change your life why not do [...]
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So I've been noticing some thing pretty absurd in the fitness community lately. I have been hearing so much trash talk about people. Whether its more fit people laughing at unfit people attempting to improve their lives, or fit people hating on other fit people! Sounds pretty ridiculous to me. We all started some where. Some of us may have been fortunate to have someone guiding us in the beginning and some didn't. We are a community! We are the fitness community! What happens in a community? Usually it consists of helping each other and uplifting each [...]
Do I have your attention? The media.... OOOOOOO the media. So you're scrolling through your instagram, facebook, twitter, what have you. You're constantly seeing all these ripped up models and and diced up fitness authorities. You think to yourself why can't I look like that, or if you have achieved that body and put on a little weight after that and say to yourself why can't I stay lean like that all the time. Well I have news for you.... those models aren't always ripped like that. They are only like that for a show or [...]
I have come across many people that want to utilize my services but are having money problems and cant afford the monthly cost. My first question after i hear that is "Well how often do you eat out a week?" The answer always varies but on average i hear about 3-5 times a week. Now i'm assuming they are probably spending about 20 dollars per meal depending on where they go. Then I ask how often are you on the run and stop at a gas station to grab a candy bar or something. The answer [...]
Some of you may know some one who has competed in a Bodybuilding show, some of you may not. I'm writing this to give everyone a little insight on what really goes on behind the scenes before and after a show. We may seem to be fine on the outside but let me tell you from experience, the struggle is real! So you've decided to do a show! Awesome! Good for you! Good luck in your show! The beginning of prep is all fine and dandy. You're motivated, physically strong, and mentally strong. “Fuck Yea! Lets Get [...]
Carbs are not the enemy! Carbs are your friends! From time to time I will come across someone that has been strictly on a Keto diet. You may be asking yourself what a Keto diet is.... Well that means a no carb diet for the most part. These Keto Dieters will often have a Monster or some sort of energy drink in their hand. I always ask how their energy levels are anyways even though I already know how their energy levels are. Its usually the same answer. Something along the lines of I am always so exhausted. [...]
If someone were to ask me "What is the most important thing for achieving fitness results?" I would have to say that Consistency is the key to fitness results. There are a lot of articles out there preaching special diets, detoxes, super foods, and many other weight loss “tricks” Some of them work, some of them don't. These diets are marketed as quick fixes, not long term solutions. But what do you do after that diet is done? I have clients asking me about these “tricks” and asking if they should add this super food or that [...]
So you've decided to make some changes in your life. You've decided that living a Healthy Fit Lifestyle is something you want to achieve. After years of neglecting your body through poor eating habits and lack of consistent exercise you have decided enough is enough! It's time to take CONTROL of your life. But you have decided that you're going to ease yourself in to a healthier life style. SMH! *Shaking My Head* STOP RIGHT THERE! Why set yourself up for failure right off the bat? In my experiences with clients, if you decide to jump right [...]
As i'm preparing for my first physique competition I noticed there is big debate on how you should diet yourself down. Macro dieters versus bro dieters. Bro dieters come from the old school unscientific world where you eat the same diet (IE chicken, rice, fish, sweet potatoes) without calculating the number of calories and macros you're taking in and how many calories you're burning off. The bro way is all about “this is what has worked in the past for others so this is what will work now.” If you're following a bro diet that you got [...]
When I take on new clients, I have them write me a food journal when they start their journey to a healthier version of themselves. What I constantly see is fast food! I ask them why they decided to get a cheese burger instead of bringing a meal with them. It is always the same reason... “O I was in a hurry”. With today's society everyone is on the run and really don't have the time to meal prep. This is where Protein Shakes come in! You should always try to plan your meals ahead. Sometimes life happens, with shaker [...]