Whatever your goals are, whether it’s losing weight, gaining muscle, improving performance, or getting healthy, don’t trip yourself up. Make the game easy. You don’t get bonus points for overcoming additional problems you create for yourself. Creating obstacles to your success can take many forms. Sometimes it looks like overthinking. Other times, it’s creating rules that are […]
The difference a month (or three) can make.
Yesterday, during a consult with a brand spanking new client, I was asked, “Do you think (three months) is enough time?” Following a sound nutrition plan, the average client can likely achieve 12 pounds of fat loss in three months. That’s enough to cause a major physical transformation. Down a dress size, one less notch […]
Messing around with the new theme.
Don’t mind me, guys. Just making a few changes around these here parts.
The Cardio Myth?
In a previous post regarding Lance Armstrong’s marathon performance, I explored the heretical idea that there exists no general “conditioning” attribute; that aerobic capacity was activity-specific. With apologies to Greg Glassman, I’ll now explore the idea that the conventional idea of “cardio” simply doesn’t fly. Forget about the layperson; speak to any doctor, personal trainer, […]
Why "Competition" May Be the Best Thing For Fat Loss.
What’s the secret behind the runaway success of Curves? Why, if the training program is so bad, is the franchise such a moneymaker? My colleague Mike Collins suggests that it is because Curves encourages consistency and fosters a nurturing, peer-oriented environment. It’s marketed towards women, who tend to thrive on group-based endeavors. A Curves circuit […]
Is It Helping You Or Hurting You?
Look at your workouts using a Cost:Benefit ratio: Is what you’re doing helping you achieve your goals, or impairing your ability to ever get there? Let’s say you walked up to me and told me, “Eugene, I want to run the marathon and be the fittest, healthiest 35 year old on the planet.” I would […]
Weekend Warrior Syndrome.
My friend and one-time training partner Gary Valencia used to talk derisively about the concept of the “Weekend Warrior” – the 5 day a week Nine to Fiver who, come the weekend, engages in strenuous physical activity all weekend (as if he were a top-notch athlete in prime competitive condition). Of course, being a Captain […]
On Food Journaling.
Just recently my friend Matt was kind enough to share his food journal with me (he’s been chronicling his intake off and on for years, as he has severe digestive problems). It struck me that in the time I’ve known him it was the third food journal I’ve known him to keep. Matt needs to […]
How Long Until I See Results?
Probably one of the top 10 questions I get asked by new clients is, “How long will it take before I start to see some results?” Well, the answer to that question is a tough one, because a great deal of it relies on the client. It depends on: How motivated you are to create […]
We Don’t Eat Enough Fruit and Vegetables – The Whole Story?
From the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, April edition: Americans Still Not Eating Enough Fruits And Vegetables, According To Studies. The long story short: “Fruit and vegetable consumption has decreased in America in the last few years.” Likely not a surprise to those of you who have noticed the ballooning waistlines of the average American. […]