7 Steps to Kickstart Your Fitness Routine

Every year around New Years, like clockwork, there seems to be a big uptick in gym memberships, dieting, and goals related to health and fitness. The task of incorporating this into your lifestyle can be daunting, and straight up impossible for some people to build the momentum to even start.

I agree that starting a fitness journey is hard. If it were easy every person would be crushing their goals and squashing the percentage of obesity related health risks that we have in this country. I’m not writing to talk about that. I’m writing to give you some simple, actionable steps to make this process just a little bit easier. These are a list of habits that I’ve used with a number of clients over the years to help facilitate their progress and to keep personal fitness as part of their lifestyle.  read more

Overrated/Underrated: Thoughts On The Fitness Industry

After spending the better part of a decade navigating through the fitness industry from a novice to advanced lifter to trainer for the last 5 years,  it’s remarkable to see some of the trends that have pervaded this space. As consumers we are solely responsible for the information that is perpetuated. Unfortunately, the nature of the fitness space sits on the highest highs and the lowest lows without much thought taken to what may come in between some of the most polarizing topics. The purpose of this article is to share some thoughts with regards to the current landscape. I’ll contrast some of the most overrated things I’ve seen along with some of the most drastically underrated. This won’t be an exhaustive list but will cover plenty. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised… read more

Top 5 Mobility Exercises To Try Today

  1. 90/90

To get into the 90/90 position, your lead leg should be directly in front of you, bent to 90 degrees. Line it up with your heel. The trail leg should be to the side and also be bent to 90 degrees, with the heel lining up with the back leg. Once in the position maintain an upright posture with your shoulders back. Use your opposite hand (supinated position) to the forward foot to guide your torso towards the lead leg. You’ll feel a deep stretch on the gluteus minimus muscle. Hold this position for 5 seconds while pushing your lead leg down into the floor. Repeat this 3-5 times on each side. read more

My 10 Commandments Of Training

1. Train your legs. Upper body is cool but legs are cooler.  2. Pull twice as much as you push. 3. Don’t train through pain. Don’t be a hero. All workouts can be modified according to your needs.  4. No whining or complaining unless it’s during Bulgarian Split Squats, those do SUCK. 5. Be humble. Proper technique is far more important than the weight you think you can lift.  6. Keep an open-mind. This goes both ways. There’s just as much learning from the trainer that the trainer learns from the client.  7. There is no substitute for hard work. I can show you the way but only you can take action. 8. There’s a reason the exercises that are hard are the ones we consistently do. Buckle up. 9. Don’t neglect the small things; they matter.  10. Fitness is not a quick fix or short-term solution. It’s a lifestyle. read more