Wanting it!

Let’s talk for a moment about “wanting it,” and for the sake of clarity we will say that “it” is health and fitness, strength, weightloss, or a similar goal. A lot of people tell me all the time how bad they “want it.” Everyone wants something. If wanting it was all it took then there’d…

A Trainer’s Training Plan

There is no shortcut to your goals. Let me say that again so there’s no confusion. There is no shortcut to fitness, to greatness, to strength, to victory. Yeah, it would be nice if there was a magic formula for building muscle; some secret insider knowledge to becoming Rich Froning or Arnold, but there isn’t  Rich…

Merry-go-round of Pain

My friends are workout junkies but lately I think they’ve been overdoing it. Working out has become an obsession and the focus of their lives at the expense of their physical health and I suspect mental well being. It’s a common occurrence at our facility to have to send someone home and tell them to…

Eat to Live Live to WOD

Is Paleo the diet for you? Since making the choice to adopt this popular eating style, I have faced endless criticism and questions from friends, clients, and even strangers. There seems to be more misinformation and confusion about what is and isn’t paleo than there are facts about this lifestyle. Make no mistake it is a lifestyle…

“Chop the wood in front of you”

One of the ladies in my morning cross training class shared this little nugget of wisdom with me today. The point being just focus on what you’re doing now and don’t worry about how much time is left or how many rounds you’ve done. Just keep going. Half way into a marathon interval training session…

The Slow Burn Workout

This workout is both efficient and effective and provides a no-nonsense approach to weightlifting and building muscle. I recommend this be done every other day for up to five weeks at a time. You will lift in the mornings and do 30-45 minutes of cardio in the evenings. On your days off; stay out of…

Slow Lifting, Fast Results

In my last article I discussed the book “The 4 Hour Body.” Today I’m going to talk about the biggest lesson I pulled from it concerning exercise and fitness. This lesson falls in line with Tim’s motto of “everything popular is wrong.” Though this quote originates with the noted poet Oscar Wilde it is still…

Homemade Kettlebell

The price of kettlebells is getting ridiculous. I just don’t know any other way to put it. The price of a lot of fitness equipment is getting out of hand.  Thanks to companies like Rogue Fitness, Cap Barbell, and York it’s beginning to look like the price of a home gym will soon require a…

Building a Summer Six-Pack

Time to show off those chiseled abs. Summer is here for most of the country, and its bathing suit, swimming pool, and beach weather. If you’re like me you’ve been working all winter on revealing those illusive muscles in the midsection and now it’s time to show off the results of all that hard work…

My Experience with NO-Xplode, a pre-workout supplement

Anyone who’s followed me on this blog or through my Facebook page knows that I use supplements and often suggest them to clients and followers. Today the internet and fitness community specifically is filled with those preaching for and against supplements. Some say they’re the secret to success and others a dangerous road to injury….