The Brainy Side of Exercise (skip to #3 about stress if you can’t read it all)

I had the pleasure of attending a symposium at the University of Vermont that featured 4 Doctors/Researchers titled “The Brainy Side of Exercise: Benefits to Neurons, Mind and Behavior" and I wanted to share a digested version of what was presented. So..... exercise is good for the brain. Not hard to imagine. I was pleased that my understanding and ability to follow the … [Read more...]

Principles: A Bit of Psych

We discussed this in class last week, and the whole time I was relating it to training, so I thought I'd get it off my mind by sharing it with you. Any Psych student will recognize what I am talking about instantly, and actually, I would say anyone with common sense. But sometimes having to read it makes things click more. I know it does for me. But I am a little slow … [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...]

Mind before the body

"Fitness--sound mind in a sound body--is ultimately the result of a mental state. Inconceivably simple. So simple, so attainable, in fact, that some people ironically feel ashamed and undeserving of it. They instead rationalize that it must be difficult and thus more satisfying to their ego that they suffer a long and hard path to acquire it. But fitness is more like a child or … [Read more...]