Not a flattering picture, but I felt compelled to share this. The way that we view the phenomenon of pain is vital to how we train and how we live. It's also the first lesson that must be understood by every new student to maximize their results in terms of both healing AND performance. I used to see a face like this and think it was a sign of being too forceful and strained, and immediately labeled that as bad...
A vital part of any holistic practice is the release of stored stress and emotions. The misunderstanding is that practices like yoga and meditation should instantly make us feel Zen and at peace. Sometimes they do, and they should certainly move us in that direction over time - but to do so, all the blockages we currently have must be allowed to pass through and be felt so that they're no longer stored within us. This is why we're so resistant...
Let's face it, most of your unhealthy habits aren't complicated. No matter how deep we dive into the details of areas such as nutrition, it's always the simple things that make the biggest difference. The hard part is actually doing them. Stress: The Origin of Unhealthy Habits You can create lofty, elaborate plans all you want, but in most cases they simply don't turn into long-term habits. If you know what to do, why is it so damn hard to just...
Unnatural Footwear = Unnatural Movement I could easily have made an hour long video on this topic (but don't worry, I didn't!) - in the video below, I cover the 3 basic areas in which cushioned, supportive shoes do harm to your body and your workouts. For those who aren't able to go fully barefoot, or just prefer not to, I also cover 2 of the only true minimalist footwear options that successfully mimic the benefits of going barefoot. For...
The approach you take to progressing the difficulty of your workouts is one of the most important aspects of any program. Unfortunately, the most common approach is one of the biggest limiters of people's results, and is even the cause of countless injuries. A Flawed Approach The mistake? Incorrectly thinking that results come from doing better exercises, not doing exercises better. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely a place for progressing to more challenging exercises, but the bulk of your...
One week into 2016, while everyone's New Year's Resolutions are still fresh, I can't think of a better time to talk about what it takes to be one of the few who sticks with it. Every year, it takes about a week for the guilt to set in and then people flock to gyms like a stampede, only to leave them exactly as they were by the time February comes along. If you want to be the exception, and set...
There have long been 2 completely separate worlds within the health & fitness field. You have the free-thinking mind-body types who lean toward holistic and often spiritual practices like yoga, and then you have the crowd that prefers the Western science approach and lean more toward a purely physical and highly mechanical approach to exercise. Both sides have valuable things to bring to the table, but luckily you don't have to pick a side because it's very possible to...
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...
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...
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,...