Motivation: Your “Why” and The Bottom Line

We’ve set our “SMART” goals, making sure they’re realistic and neither too big nor too small. We’ve examined our sources of motivation, looking at both extrinsic and intrinsic types to ensure we have a couple of each. And yet, we’re still lacking motivation. It’s time to reconnect with your “why”. Our “why” is the underlying … Continue reading Motivation: Your “Why” and The Bottom Line

It’s the Climb.

Most times, we start our health and fitness journey with only the end goal in mind. It’s a shining light at the end of the tunnel, guiding us through and (ideally) giving us the motivation we need to succeed in our efforts. But that’s not the important part or where we will find success. The … Continue reading It’s the Climb.

The Number on the Scale is JUST a Number

I donate plasma and a recent experience while donating inspired today’s post. The majority of the advice and conversations regarding health and fitness make me chuckle to myself when I’m there, but this one really got me thinking. Before we get into it, let’s set up a little context. For those unfamiliar with the process, … Continue reading The Number on the Scale is JUST a Number

The Confidence Gap

This week’s post is specifically for the ladies. Gentlemen, keep reading if you’re interested, or share it with a close friend, spouse, or coworker! I referenced this in a recent Instagram post. The caption reads: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmk_gUOhbil/?taken-by=emily_meyer13 There’s a phenomenon referred to as “The Confidence Gap”. In general, women underestimate their abilities while men overestimate. Strength … Continue reading The Confidence Gap

Eating Healthy Isn’t Expensive

Time for another edition of Trainer Tough Love, since it’s been a little while. Both a conversation with a coworker and a recent tweet inspired today’s post. In both my personal experience and in working with clients, I would say lack of knowledge and cost are the two most common perceived barriers to eating healthier … Continue reading Eating Healthy Isn’t Expensive

Staying Put.

Last week, we talked about the relationship between static and dynamic stretching. Each is important and each has a different purpose within the context of a well-rounded program. This week, we bring in the third piece to the puzzle: stability. Not only do our bodies need to be able to move well through full ranges … Continue reading Staying Put.

If it’s not hell yes, it’s a no

Time for some Tuesday, trainer tough love. Every once in a while, I have a few topics that come up – either common misconceptions, ideas and exercises people get wrong, whatever they may be. We’re going to tackle these on Tuesdays with bonus articles. They might be what you want to hear. They might be … Continue reading If it’s not hell yes, it’s a no

Examine the Evidence: Research vs. Anecdotes

Now, by this time, you all know that I’m a big advocate for research and research-based information. However, I also don’t think that we can completely negate those things that may not be based in research, or at least not based in research yet. The average total time in review for a research paper is … Continue reading Examine the Evidence: Research vs. Anecdotes

Don’t Give Away Your Success

Time for some Tuesday, trainer tough love. Every once in a while, I have a few topics that come up – either common misconceptions, ideas and exercises people get wrong, whatever they may be. We’re going to tackle these on Tuesdays with bonus articles. They might be what you want to hear. They might be … Continue reading Don’t Give Away Your Success

Sleep Optimally

Monday morning: you’re jolted awake by a screeching alarm. After pressing snooze a handful of times, you’re forced into a rushed morning routine: shower, coffee, and breakfast in hand as you rush out the door. At work, you reach for more coffee, desperately looking to offset the effects of a lack of sleep the night … Continue reading Sleep Optimally