Monday, July 7, 2014

I Love My Job

Me and some of the other trainers at LFA in a push-up pyramid

Every Saturday morning, I get to unlock Life Fitness Academy and get it ready for the day.  And it never gets old knowing that I work in this incredible facility.  I have to stop and reflect on how blessed I am at the opportunity to work there with such a great staff and get to help our amazing clients achieve their own health and fitness goals.

I absolutely love my career I am building as a personal trainer.

It is hard to replace helping people.  Between my clients online and the people that I train in person, I have built some awesome relationships and helped them hit different goals.

I've seen clients lose over 50 lbs. in a matter of months.  I've seen a client go from 13% body fat to 8% in 6 weeks.  I've watched, over time, many clients get stronger and stronger and add more and more weight to the bar.  One of my online clients has watched her fertility issues start to diminish.  I've watched clients buy new wardrobes.  One of my clients got off of several medications.  The list really goes on.

And the faces they make never get old.


I just turned 30 on July 2 and I am really looking forward to my 30's.  I have many goals of my own which include diving head first into my full-time career as a personal trainer and opening my own facility.  It's awesome to be in a position where I know that I have found what I love to do.  And the fact that it helps other people is beyond fulfilling.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Update On My Training

Greetings!  Sorry for the lack of updates lately!  My daughter is set to be born any day now and some other things have been going on making life hectic lately!  Hopefully I'll be back on a normal schedule soon enough.  I know parents, go ahead and laugh it up with me saying that.

Recently on the blog I was very open about how I am taking a new approach how I train.  I have been fed-up with getting injured and not being able to move well.

So I decided to basically eliminate heavy weight lifting and start a workout program that focuses on calisthenics (body weight training), isometrics, kettle bells, and TRX as the primary forms of cross-training.  

TRX Pistol Squat (Photo taken at Life Fitness Academy)

Needless to say, I have found a new best friend with the TRX.  There are so many awesome things you can do with this tool.  My clients have really enjoyed it too as I have been using it a lot more in their training.  

Right now, my primary goals are to get a little bit of the weight off that I gained from having a program primarily based around heavy lifting.  I want to increase the amount of pull-ups I can do.  That is very important to me.  I also want to do a hand stand as I mentioned in my last blog.  Right now, I can walk up the wall and hold and I can let go for a split second.  As I mentioned, I will post some pictures of my progress.  If you are interested in learning how to do a hand stand or just learn some good ways to build up your overall strength (especially core strength), check out our new eBook from Life Fitness Academy entitled Calisthenic Progressions: Handstand and if you enter "ONCEWASFAT15" at checkout then you will get 15% off.  

What are your current fitness goals?  I'd love to start a conversation below!  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Learn a Handstand With Me!

So if you have been following the blog, then you know I have been changing the way that I train.  I am moving away from weight and moving more towards calisthenic movements, kettlebells, and building strength through isometrics and body weight training, as well as yoga.

One of my goals has been to nail a handstand.  I used to make fun of all my fellow trainers at Life Fitness Academy because they spend so much time doing handstands.  Well, then I continued getting hurt from lifting all the time and realized that calisthenics and learning a handstand could be fun.

So I am now learning how to hand stand!

Calisthenics has become a huge part of what LFA is.  We have developed a new eBook called "Handstand Progressions" that is Part 1 in a new series of eBooks we are going to do called "Calisthenics Progression".

This guide features a full workout program, complete with over 80 pictures, to help you build strength with a holistic approach in order to progress to a handstand.  Even if you have no interest in learning how to do a handstand, the workouts combine for a great program to get in better shape and build strength!

And just for my readers, if you type in ONCEWASFAT15 at checkout then you will get 15% off!

Click here to check out "Handstand Progression"

I will be posting photos of my progressions and I want to see yours too!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

And Guys Think Yoga is Easy...

From the first time I tried yoga...Yeah, I'm not flexible

As part of my new and more holistic approach to training my body, I have adopted yoga into my practice.

And holy crap is it hard!

Why yoga?  Because I am tired of always being sore and hurting and not being flexible.  I want to move better and feel better and know that yoga has helped many people I know feel better.

I first tried yoga a little less than a year ago.  I did one class at Life Fitness Academy with Liz and I really enjoyed it but just did not stay consistent with it.  I was very surprised at how difficult that it is.  See as a guy, you just think it is something that women do in order to "free their minds" and hang out with their girlfriends.  Guys think it is easy.  DEAD WRONG!  It is extremely difficult.

One of the things I really like about yoga is that is forces you into many isometric movements.  You have probably heard me talk a lot about isometrics on here if you have followed the blogs.  Holding many of the yoga poses automatically engages these movements and requires you to create resistance without even lifting weights.  Imagine if you were trying to push over a building.  This is an example of strengthening your muscles isometrically.  You obviously wouldn't be able to do this but you are going to trigger way more muscles by doing this than if you curled a 15 pound dumbbell.  These movements work your muscles extremely hard and also get your heart rate up.

Yoga has many poses and movements that are isometric movements.  Meaning?  Meaning that you can build strength and you can burn fat doing yoga.

Yes, really.

Yoga will make you stronger, leaner, and more flexible.

I have really enjoyed adding it into my training regimen.  I have been using Yoga With Adriene on YouTube and doing the workouts at home and really enjoyed it.  If you are a guy and you haven't tried yoga cause you think it's only for girls and it isn't hard, I challenge you to try it.  And if you are someone that lives with pain or has wrecked their bodies lifting heavy weights, try it!  You won't regret it!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Many Definitions of "Nutrition"

Do you care about the quality of your food?

If you Google the word "Nutrition definition", this what pops up:

the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.

So why is it so hard for people to figure out just what the hell this means?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Video - 3 Years of Extraordinary Health!

Some of my various "before" pictures

On May 26th, 2011, Kathryn and I joined our first gym and decided to take our health into our own hands.

In this video, I reflect back on the last 3 years a little bit.