Managing the stress of trying to get fitter: part 1

Stress is, anything that has an influence you and your body, within your self and through your environment. You can see how broad the word "stress" is then. “I am stressed” is usually said as a negative statement. But in the context of exercise “I am stressed” is physically, the point. The point of exercise is to stress you out. Stress your skeletal structure though … [Read more...]

Malnutrition masquerading as health; a modern problem.

There is one thing going wrong with what's happening day to day in peoples eating habits in modern societies, that I will risk speaking out quite adamantly on. My intention is not to criticize anyone's choice of actions for their health, but to describe a problem I see. It would be impossible for me to know all the circumstances under which someone makes their health choices, … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Carbs and sugar are not “junk food”

Why are the words “carbs” and “sugar” synonymous with “junk food”? I talk to people a lot about what they think about nutrition, to see what kinds views they have, but also to find if anything could be a roadblock or very limiting to progress. The belief  that "carbs/sugar = junk food" is one of those. A lot of junk food has sugar. A lot of junk food has carbs. A lot of … [Read more...]

Lessons in ‘Chocolat’: Keeping food a pleasure, for better fat loss and better health

Why this matters Diets normally need structure, but that structure should never include guilt about what you eat or avoidance of the inherent pleasure of food. [Read time: 10-15 minutes]   I came across this research paper the other day and found this statement to be quite powerful. "Attitudes to Food and the Role of Food in Life in the USA, Japan, Flemish … [Read more...]

The Ideal Threesome, And How to Get It: Interview with a Jacked Dude

Yes, this post is about threesomes. But not that kind. This is an interview I did awhile ago with Steve Kleva – friend, bodybuilder, powerlifter, and coach based out of Arizona.  I decided to talk to him about how to get big, lean, and strong all at the same time! And I figured my male readers would appreciate the conversation. (Not that I can't whip a man into shape as … [Read more...]

Diet philosophizing, training progress….a bit of cursing and my fave squat vid!

Random thoughts typed out on my Iphone about the whole dieting thing. Might as well archive them here! Some cussing, some controversy. Lots of my thought processes. This blog is my journal as well. Your personal bias is HUGE. Do what you can to minimize it. Be proud and picky when choosing information to put into use for yourself. You owe no one anything. No trainer, no … [Read more...]

Recommended Resources: Starve Mode by Leigh Peele

I first heard of Leigh Peele in reverent whispers from other trainers I admired. It usually went something like "Oh Leigh? Yeah she's great. Smart, excellent resource." Yet, I hadn't heard much about her. Unlike yours truly, she doesn't smear herself all over social media. Yet, her body of work, and the respect she garners from top coaches, her clients, and other trainers is … [Read more...]

Your Problem With Sugar is THE Problem With Sugar

Why this matters: Nothing is easier than blaming sugar when it comes to unsuccessful dieting, but that blame is often very misplaced. Learn what sugar is and why it's not as devilish as you've been made to believe.  [Read time: 25 minutes (stick with it; it'll be worth it!)]   "When you start from an incorrect assumption, you reach an incorrect conclusion." - … [Read more...]

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...]