31
Jan
2011

Training vs. Exercising

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Today, I'm paraphrasing something I read on Crossfit's website over the weekend to expand upon my post about focus.  What's the difference between exercising and training? I love this topic because I think it gets to the heart of why some people succeed on a fitness program and many don't.  Exercising is something people do to make themselves feel fit.…

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12
Jan
2011

Psychology of Fitness – Identify Your Blocks

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Today, I feel like talking about what gets in the way of achieving our goals.  Whatever the goal is.  I'll focus on physical fitness goals, but we can apply this discussion to any area of our lives. I believe that achieving your physical fitness goals is 98% mental.  It really is.  If you think about what stands in your way,…

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08
Jan
2011

Should Post Workout Meal Vary on Cardio and Strength Days?

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Thanks to all who posted questions for blog topics.  I was most intrigued by the question posed by my friend Michele:  What should you eat for dinner after a cardio workout?  After a strength training workout?  My initial reaction and hunch was that your dinner choice shouldn't much change based on whether you did cardio or strength training.  But it…

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04
Jan
2011

Tragedy in Tucson

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This is a fitness blog dedicated to matters of fitness and wellness.  Every so often, an event occurs that captures our collective attention:  9/11, the Columbine massacre, Oklahoma City bombing, and now the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others at a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona.  I'm finding it difficult to come up with a relevant fitness topic…

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01
Jan
2011

New Year, New Goals. Goal Setting Tips and Success Strategies.

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Aaaaahhhhhh!  That's the sound of my relief that the holidays are over!  Don't get me wrong.  I love the holidays, love to see my family and travel.  But I also love my normal, everyday life and am happy to get back to it. I was away for 2 weeks.  I worked out a grand total of 4 times (5 if…

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20
Dec
2010

IT’S THE INTENSITY LEVEL, STUPID!

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I was speaking with a client this morning and she told me that she never really understood what high intensity meant until she started working out with me.  She'd read all the fitness magazines and knew she had to lift weights, and also knew about High Intensity Interval Training.  It's just that what she THOUGHT was high intensity and what…

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15
Dec
2010

Rep Speed – Lift FASTER (on Concentric) and Get Leaner!

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Today I want to talk about rep speed or, as it's often referred to in strength training circles, tempo.  I am aiming this post to the casual exerciser -- if you work out with weights 2-3 times per week and pretty much do the same 3 sets of 12-15 reps, then I'm talking to you. Tempo refers to the speed…

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12
Dec
2010

3 Reasons Why the Smith Machine Sucks

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A few years back, I attended a seminar of renowned strength coach Charles Polequin.  At one point someone asked a question about the Smith Machine, and how it might be useful in a strength training program.  Coach Polequin's answer:  Whoever invented this thing (indicating Smith Machine) should be put in jail. Charles Polequin is not known for his subtlety.  He…

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11
Dec
2010

Why Good Form is so Important. To a Point…

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I saw this guy at the gym doing the most ridiculous excuse for a push up I'd ever seen.  My client and I wondered, what the hell does he think he's accomplishing?  He banged out his second set of about 50 of these push ups and then strolled out of the gym.  I wonder if he went home to his…

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10
Dec
2010

Sexy Booty Home Workout Video!

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Here's a video I did with Jessica Sutta for Self demonstrating THE MOST IMPORTANT lower body exercises that can easily be done at home.  Please leave comments, repost, retweet, send links to friends.  I appreciate the traffic :-)  Happy Friday! nHere's link to original article: http://www.self.com/magazine/blogs/selfystars/2010/10/get-a-pussycat-doll-booty.html

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