All posts tagged: exercise

Dieting and being honest with yourself

A lesson that will always stand the test of time is – honesty is the best policy. Interestingly enough, this also rings true as it pertains to one’s fitness goals. If you haven’t achieved what you set out to accomplish ask yourself – have I really given it my all (as in 100%)? While it’s human nature to put blame on hectic schedules, weekend commitments, family, friends, holidays, your job, or make excuses that you’re too tired or it’s your genes (I hear that one a lot), it’s easy to blame something (or anything) and make excuses but when it comes down to it YOU’RE the one that knows the WHOLE TRUTH and the HARD FACTS. Even though we start a diet with the best intentions it’s more than likely the time will never right for dieting – there will always be birthdays, holidays, meetings and other commitments…that’s life and life will always get in the way. Success is dependent on how bad you really want something and what you are willing to sacrifice to …

STRONG LIKE MOMMY – The Push-Up

One of the most important exercises that I have all of my female clients work on is the Push Up. While it’s primary purpose is to build up the chest muscles, there is so much more value in mastering this movement as it is a key exercise in overall upper body development in helping create the illusion of a smaller waist and more fit looking physique. More importantly, mastering the Push Up increases overall strength (chest, shoulders, triceps, and core). It even indirectly helps with back development in a full body exercise strategy as an antagonistic movement to pulling. The Push Up is also extremely effective at engaging the muscles that help move your shoulder blades (i.e. your Serratus Anterior) and because these muscles are so small, neglecting it will increase the chances of injury through shoulder impingement which is extremely painful because the muscle tendon becomes entrapped in the shoulder joint causing the shoulder blades to tilt forward and down (i.e. you’re looking slumped over). I can’t help but insist enough that Push Ups …

Is STRESS preventing you from achieving your weight loss goals?

So you watch what you eat and go the gym regularly but still have trouble losing stubborn fat and increasing your energy levels? One of the things that could be hindering your progress towards your goal of better health and a leaner physique might be because of what is happening inside of you as opposed to outside. Our stress levels and the way our hormones function are very important factors that are often left unaddressed when it comes to fat loss. Hormones are really what makes up what we are and a little bit of who we are as individuals. The detailed information you can see through your hormone reports and brain chemistry patters are very revealing but as we don’t always have access to these reports, we all have general understanding of how your hormones are working by simply assessing how we feel – our energy levels, sex drive, our moods, our strength, mental clarity, our appetite and hunger cravings, etc. All of these come down to whether or not our hormones are working …

Are you Exercising or Training?

I receive many client inquiries from individuals desperate for change in their body. The surprising thing is most of these individuals workout very hard but are frustrated due to the lack of results especially for the amount of time theydedicate to their fitness activities. If there’s one thing I can pinpoint with these particular clients is there never really is concrete plan in place or a program to follow. When I put together a program it is for the sole purpose of training for a particular goal. In contrast, almost all active individuals that spin their wheels making no progress simply go into the gym and randomly exercise. On that note, there is a key difference between exercising and actually training for something. When I set up a training program for a new client, it’s almost, always automatic when they ask me after the first or second check-in, “am I getting a new training program?”. For the purpose of changing a person’s physique, a great plan is one that isn’t updated regularly but rather followed …