Maximizing Aesthetics and Wellness without Compromise

When putting together a health & fitness program, we create an incredibly common dilemma of priorities between emotions and logic. Do you listen to your emotions and insecurities that desperately want to help your self-image by focusing on things like burning fat, building muscle, or setting new personal records? Or do you listen to your logic and reasoning that tells you to focus on things like minimizing your stress levels, risks for disease, and physical aches & pains? The...

Continue reading →

(VIDEO) How to Assess & Correct SHOULDER Mobility (Part 3 of 3-Part Mobility Series)

Do you have rounded or tight shoulders? When I meet with a new client for the first time, the shoulders are easily the most common area that people complain of tension or mobility issues with. While this is often the result of imbalances lower down that went unnoticed (esp. the hips and ankles), once the problem is there is still needs to be addressed. Your shoulders play a role in just about every exercise you do (including holding the weight...

Continue reading →

(VIDEO) How to Assess & Correct HIP Mobility (Part 2 of 3-Part Mobility Series)

Are you a human who occasionally sits down? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you, like the rest of us, probably sit down more than you'd like to. Whether it's 8 hours a day at a desk, commutes in the car, sitting on a couch at night (nothing messes up your hips faster than a couch!), or any other seated activity, the more time we spend sitting, the more time we need to spend opening...

Continue reading →

(VIDEO) How to Assess & Correct Ankle Mobility (Part 1 of 3-Part Mobility Series)

Tight Ankles Wreak Havoc on Exercise Mechanics! If you don't have good range of motion at your ankles (usually because of tight calves), then you are likely going to end up tearing up your knees and/or back by moving and squatting with poor mechanics! Check out the video below to learn how to assess and correct this problem! And for those of you who actually know the difference between length and weight, unlike myself apparently, feel free to laugh at...

Continue reading →

4 Common Stretching Mistakes That Sabotage Your Strength & Fitness

Stretching is not only one of the most neglected areas of fitness, but is also one of the most misunderstood and poorly practiced. Regardless of your goals, stretching is a vital component to any exercise program. Whether you want to be outrageously strong and build huge muscles, or simply want to move and feel better, effective stretching will drastically improve your results and reduce your chances of injuries, aches, and pains. Proper stretching doesn't have to be tedious and...

Continue reading →

How to burn an extra 500-1000 calories per day without cardio

I want to start by saying I'm not against doing cardio, because it does of course have plenty of benefits. That being said, it just isn't the most efficient way to burn fat. In business, you can either trade your time for money or you can create passive revenue streams that keep paying you whether you're on the clock or not. The exact same principle applies to burning calories. Cardio is essentially the equivalent of getting paid for your time...

Continue reading →

5 Reasons to Ditch Your Scale, Even If You Want to Lose Weight

Let's be honest, getting on the scale isn't exactly a fun activity, and most of us would probably love an excuse to never get on one again. Being a personal trainer, you would probably expect me to be the one telling you to do it anyway - unless, of course, you actually know me or have read anything else I've written. So, without further ado, here are 5 valid excuses for never getting on another scale: 1. Focus on Habits,...

Continue reading →

Why Most People Dread Exercise (and the Simple Solution)

Most people treat exercise like it's a battle of wills with the goal of the mind conquering the body. This approach is harmful to both your body and your mind because it ensures that half of you will lose regardless of which side wins the battle - and in a battle between allies, even the winner loses in the end. With this attitude, it's no wonder that people tend to dread exercise! Always remember that your body and mind are...

Continue reading →

3 Myths that Sabotage Your Health & Fitness

The subjects of fitness and wellness are among the most important, yet misunderstood topics in all of Western culture today. You would be hard-pressed to find any other subject that is as saturated with myths and marketing deception. But, as long as we as a society continue buying into one quick-fix fad after another, we can't blame the creators of these fads and misinformation for simply giving people what they asked for. Fortunately, those of you who are reading...

Continue reading →

4 Quick Tips to Healthier Eating

"Without nutrition, medicine is of no use. With nutrition, medicine is of no need." -Ayurvedic Proverb Nature has provided us all with the best medicine in the world, and it doesn't even come with side effects. Not only does this incredible medicine help us rid our bodies of disease, but it also helps to prevent disease before it even starts, increase our energy levels and productivity, improve our mood and disposition, achieve and maintain a healthy body weight... Shall I...

Continue reading →