Can You Learn About Fitness From Unrequited Love?

When I was 20, I was out of my first relationship that had lasted 4 years. I was living with my dad in Japan and had the cutest fat little baby girl who looked like a brown Shirley Temple. I even called her Charlee Temple. I  lived in a beautiful compound in the mountains about 3 hours from Tokyo and 20 minutes from the beach. I was working as a nonprofit volunteer with a … [Read more...]

Consultation Question and Answer Sample

I get quite a few emails from people inquiring about consultations, and/or just asking questions. This is great for me as a coach, because it exposes me to a wider variety of problems! Right now, besides working with an online client, I deal daily with mostly strength and conditioning factors for young athletes. Getting experience working with other types of clients is not as … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me  because it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]

Food-for-Thought Before Starting a Diet or Weight Loss Plan

I sincerely sympathize with people who struggle with their diet. Having known the confusion of bouncing from one fad to another, getting your hopes up when you hear of a new "method", feeling the rush of losing 5 lbs (water weight dear) and then having the hunger and frustration set in. The thoughts that you should be stronger than this. That willpower is all it takes. The … [Read more...]

Diet Guidance for Highschool Athletes

In this post, I want to share the start of me helping some of my athletes have a better understanding of their nutrition for performance and get them started on the basics of diet. This is as much a learning experience for me as it is for them, and we are in the beginning stages of me helping them be aware of this important factor WITHOUT getting them caught up in specifics … [Read more...]

Why Protein?

I recently suscribed to Alan Aragon's monthly research review publication. For anyone in the fitness/nutrition industry its very interesting and reliable reading from a respected source. He breaks down/compares/analyzes recent research articles and also writes on other interesting topics like an interview with a world record-holding competitive eater (who CrossFits and is not … [Read more...]

Why anything works……at first

Being in the fitness industry is hard. Its hard because you gotta wade through a lot of bullshit. And while wading through that bullshit, you have other people that have gotten stuck in it, sticking their hands out to pull you under. I ve tripped and submerged myself in the cesspool numerous times. And I m not completely on the other side yet. There's still alot to learn. But … [Read more...]

Give Yourself Less Choice

I have recently been reading alot of Martin Berkhan's blog leangains.com. I must say his wealth of information, experience and deeply researched posts make me realize how much I don't know yet. One post that hit home was about why fitness coaches/trainers often don't follow their own advice or why they are sometimes not as organized and accomplished in their personal physical … [Read more...]