Running: Yay or Nay?

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Should you use running to stay in shape? Well that is sort of a complex question. First of all, it depends on what we mean when we say “in shape.” (We also have to define what “running” is in the first place.)

In the case of the latter and for our purposes, let’s assume that when we say running we’re talking about the multi-mile steady-state 5k-type of running that most are familiar with.

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What’s the Rush?

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Often times, we judge exercise and nutrition programs based on how drastic the results are or how quickly we can get the same result.

But rarely do we ever give any thought to how reliably we can get the same result.

The question here is, “Yes, I see this crazy testimonial or this dramatic before-and-after photo, but what are the chances that it’ll happen for me?”

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A Case for the Rest Day

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Rest days are an important part of any exercise program, but they can easily be overlooked & overshadowed by the much-sexier test day or met-con.

As you read this, it will be Sunday night (at least) and if you are familiar with our studio and many others you know that we were closed today.

What that means is that members and coaches alike usually take the day off from the gym.

And I don’t think there’s a single program out there right now that doesn’t include at least one total rest day.

This means that we aren’t lifting weights. We aren’t performing long bouts of cardio. And we aren’t doing push-ups and squats by the pool.

And for the coaches and trainers out there, at least one total rest day gives you the chance to recharge your batteries and be better for your clients and members on Monday.

But a total rest day from the gym doesn’t mean a total day off from health and fitness.

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The 80/20 Rule Revisited

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Whether you’ve been to our studio or not, you’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule. In fact, you most likely heard it associated with business – 20% of your work accounts for 80% of your results. Or maybe 20% of your customers account for 80% of your problems. And while all these things might be true, this isn’t what we’re talking about here.

The 80/20 rule can be applied throughout the health and fitness space.

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Mentality Matters Pt. II: Fitness is a Journey

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Speaking of mentality

There is a mountain range on the Eastern side of the world known as the Himalayas. Altogether they’re comprised of over 50 different peaks, including Mount Everest.

But the Himalayas are also home to over 50 million people. Among them are the Sherpa people, an ethnic group native to the region.

The Sherpa people are widely regarded as being an expert at their craft: mountaineering (specifically in guiding explorers up and down Everest).

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Mentality Matters

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“Just do your best.” This mentality is what helps us succeed in health & fitness.

But isn’t that just an excuse? Do your best is something that your parents say to you when you’re a child and you’re terrible at something.

But your best is all that you have. It doesn’t mean perfection. And doing your best only includes what you are willing to do, not everything that you are necessarily capable of.

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Stop Calling It A Lifestyle Change

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The ‘lifestyle change’ is simply the all-or-nothing mentality, the six-week program, the short-term diet in disguise.

Short-term diet and exercise programs work when applied correctly. But if you’re contending with large scale long-term problems with weight, movement, energy, capability, pain, or overall health, they’re probably not the solution you’re looking for.

But the ‘lifestyle change’ is what we get when we take that six-week program and just tell you to do it forever.

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It’s Your Genetics

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You can’t lose weight because of your genetics. (Warning: satire ahead.)

Genetics play an important role in our health. Our DNA determines how we react to certain environmental influences (both individually and as a species).

Our DNA as human beings is mostly to blame for all of the health issues that we are experiencing.

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The Best Way to Burn Calories

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One of the most common requests we hear in the gym is to ‘burn calories.’ Folks often want to sweat it out and feel like they’ve really ‘done something’ at the end of their workout. And while there’s value to hard work, the best way to burn calories throughout the day might surprise you.

But this isn’t to say that sweating in the gym is bad.

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The Secret to Better Results

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For many years it has been thought that to build muscle, we must demolish our muscles in a very isolated manner through hundreds of repetitions and then let them rest for a week.

But what we’ve found is that despite the ‘science’ supporting this approach, newer science has shown something much different.

In fact, all of the data points in the opposite direction. Increased frequency (versus massive volume just once per week) is actually the key to muscle growth. 

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