There is no challenge I can throw at my client Andy that he doesn’t welcome.
This guy is one of the hardest workers I’ve had the pleasure to train, and his results are a testament to that.
Andy started training with his wife, Maggie (be sure to see her amazing transformation too) and at first I think he wasn’t sure if little ol’ me was a good fit for him.
Too be fair, Andy is a large guy and not my typical client as I had previously worked exclusively with women. But I assured he and Maggie I was up to the challenge of training the together and that I was confident I could kick his butt. 😉
That’s exactly what I have been doing with these two and they have kept coming back and loved getting stronger, losing weight and doing things they didn’t know they could. Andy even scored his first ever pull-up!
Besides getting strong as hell, Andy has lost more than 50 pounds and dropped 7% body fat. He’s down more than 25 inches including over six from his waist and five from his hips. I think he looks ten years younger, too.
I am so happy Andy (and Maggie) gave me a chance to show them I could train this big guy as effectively as any male trainer. Watching the two of them conquer their goals, get healthier and improve their lives together has been the greatest reward.
When I look at Maggie’s starting photos, I don’t even recognize the woman who came to me ready to lose weight and have more energy.
Since those photos were taken Maggie has dropped over 30 pounds, nearly 7% body fat and close to 25 inches (including 5 from her waist and 4 from her hips.)
This nurse can no longer fit into her scrubs, and that’s a GOOD thing!!
One of my favorite things about Maggie’s story is that she and her husband Andy wanted to train together, and were unsure whether or not they could both be successful given the fact he is twice her size. (Side note: his transformation is equally impressive and I will share that soon.)
I assured them I could effectively train them both and challenge them both, and they have eagerly stepped up to every challenge I have given them!
Maggie and Andy not only train with me twice a week, they also go to the gym together on their own and plan healthy meals together. They have truly taken this journey as partners and held each other accountable and that has only added to their incredible results.
It’s not only great to see a woman lift weights, get stronger, improve her health and lose body fat – but doing so alongside her spouse and strengthening her marriage is just icing on the cake!
(No cake for these two though, they prefer healthier options. LOL)
Happy New Year!
The new school year that is.
I’ve heard September called “the other January” and that can be very true when it comes to diet and exercise.
Summer throws us all out of our routine, and September is the perfect time to kick start healthy habits so you can stick to them!
If you have kids (or where a kind once) you know before the start of the school year it is usually a good idea to get the little ones back into a bedtime routine, going to bed earlier, getting up and having a healthy breakfast and doing their homework.
As adults, we should be doing the same things for ourselves! Here are four ways to get yourself back on track in September.
1. Set a consistent sleep schedule and stick to it.
If you want to feel rested and refreshed, it is best to go to bed at the same time every night (yes even on weekends) and get up at the same time each day. Ideally you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep and not hitting snooze. Doing this helps create a feeling of routine which can carry over into other habits throughout the day.
2. Choose one bad habit and eliminate it.
Now is the perfect time to ditch one of those pesky bad habits you know you don’t need. Pick something small and easy and focus all of your energy on eliminating it. The “fresh” feel of September will help make you more successful.
3. Get back in the gym.
Summers at my Personal Training studio are definitely slow. Clients have a lot going on, they go on vacation, the kids are on a totally different schedule and they miss a lot of workouts. Once September comes, mom and dad are able to get some of their own time back and that means getting back to regular workouts.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning.
Good habits start in the morning and healthy food gets your brain and body ready for the day. Starting the day doing something good for our health also creates inertia and tends to lead us toward better choices throughout the day. Set the tone for your day each morning with a filling, nutrient-dense breakfast.
If you’re feeling focused and ready to get back at it and maybe tackle some big goals between now and the holidays, join my FREE 30 Day Fall Back to Fitness challenge!
It is 30 days of accountability and guidelines to help you get back on track. Sign up now and make September your new January. We start September 1st!
There’s nothing more frustrating than putting in the time and effort to workout and eat right yet seeing nothing in return.
Sometimes we feel like nothing works. No matter what we try the scale does not budge.
If you can relate to this feeling, you might be doing one of these four things which is keeping you from getting results.
1. Focusing too much on what everybody else is doing.
Are you constantly scrolling through Facebook and Instagram looking at your favorite fitness accounts, comparing yourself to all the other women you see? Maybe this makes you feel badly about yourself and frustrated with your own lack of results. You start trying to copy what your favorite fitness model is doing, thinking if it worked for her, it will work for you.
Your favorite fitness celeb is not you, and her body and needs are going to be different than yours. She might be younger than you are, not have children, grew up an athlete, etc. On the other hand maybe you’re a bit older, have a few children, started working out late in life, and so on. Two very different bodies and lives require two very different programs.
Just because something worked for someone else does not mean it will work for you. Instead of looking to see what everyone else is doing and trying to copy it, focus on your own body and what makes you feel your best and fits into your life.The best way to get results is to find a program that works best for you.
2. Suffering from “shiny object” syndrome.
Are you always trying out the latest workout program, or the latest diet fad, so much so that you’re changing things up all the time and not giving anything enough time to actually work?
Not sticking to something long enough to see if it actually works for you is a great way to stay stuck. How can you know what works if you are constantly program-hopping?
Variety is a good thing, but too much variety is not. Change things up a little bit day to day and week to week in order to keep yourself from getting too bored, but you need to stay with a diet or exercise program at least eight (probably 12) weeks to know if it works.
3. You’re going too hard.
How intense is your diet and exercise routine? Are you working out pretty hard almost every day and eating less than 1500 calories a day? It is possible you’re actually over doing it.
Fat loss, muscle building, and physical change happens when the body recovers from the workouts. If you aren’t allowing your body time to recover from workouts, then you’re likely staying stuck. Similarly, eating too low calorie means your body doesn’t have the necessary nutrients to repair and rebuild. All your hard work in the gym is basically meaningless because your body can’t adapt.
If you find yourself constantly sore, tired, lacking energy in the gym or getting sick a lot and the scale isn’t moving, I suggest backing off your workouts a little bit. Get in the gym four to six days a week but vary the level of intensity. Also take a look at your calorie intake and be sure you’re eating enough to sustain your recovery.
4. You’re not doing enough.
The opposite of going too hard in the gym is not doing enough. Are you walking more than 5,000 steps a day? How much are you pushing yourself in your workouts? How much are you eating and are you making good choices?
There is a middle ground between beating yourself up in the gym and not doing enough. Workouts should be challenging, but doable and you should be able to recover. Also your body needs and wants to move so if you spend the majority of your day sitting, get up and get moving! Eat enough to sustain your activity but don’t make excuses to eat more or make bad choices.
In this case you need to get tough on yourself. Really assess how much you’re doing and if you could work harder. Don’t expect to get results from work you’re not doing.
If only weight loss was as easy as just working out and watching what we eat, but the truth is more complicated. There are many reasons why the scale can stop moving, and these four aren’t the only ones, but it gives you a starting point. Look inward, really think about what you’re doing and ask yourself if any of these four things sound like you and what you can do differently starting today.