I won’t sacrifice your health for faster “gains”

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Yes you are pursuing your fitness goal with maximal intensity, but is it at the sacrifice of other areas of your health?

I’m seeing this more and more lately so I wanted to address it.

Here’s my perspective:

I’m a Kinesiologist.

For the purposes of this article, all that means is that I study the movement and function of the body and how it works.

As a fitness coach, what this means is that when I create an exercise program for someone, I’m not only looking at their end goal and what they are trying to achieve, I’m also looking at their body and how well it functions.

What I see so much of today in the fitness industry is a singular focus intensity. Everyone wants HIIT workouts that “make me sweat”.

The good news from a coaching perspective is that making a workout hard is easy. I see endless amounts of videos on Facebook and Instagram of people creating insane workouts and super challenging variations of exercises. My personal simplification of it is: #JustAddBurpees

And it does make sense because intensity is how we get results.

It’s easy to make someone sweat and it’s easy to make someone work hard and push their intensity.

However, this often comes at a sacrifice to other areas of health or function in the body.

I see this in high intensity workout programs that don’t address body proper body mechanics and this creates added strain on joints and connective tissue.

I’m tired of seeing olympic lifts for added intensity meanwhile the knees and back are bending in ways that anyone watching knows is not right.

Bottom line, I’m not willing to make intensity the highest priority at the sacrifice of another area of health or physical function just for faster gains.

In my coaching I take the time to build a solid foundation with each client based on their individual needs. I take time to make sure they move and function well and I make sure they don’t develop other health issues just to lose a few quick pounds.

Unfortunately this process takes a lot longer than what we tend to see put in front of us online, but I don’t care.

I won’t sacrifice long term health for a short term result.

My goals is to help you create a body that not only looks good, but will function great for the rest of your life!

~ Chad

Hacking Motivation – how to stay motivated towards your fitness goals

Ever feel like you’re struggling for motivation to get to the gym?

Or you started strong for a few weeks but now you’ve lost your motivation?

Motivation is having a reason to act in a certain way.

The motivation we start our fitness journey could be:

  • wedding in a few months
  • vacation coming up soon
  • doctor recommended
  • frustrated with how you look/feel
  • inspired by another person and want similar results

Regardless of why you start, the key factor is that there is always a reason to get you going in the first place. The problem however is that the motivation you started with isn’t what keeps you going in the long run.

So, how do we stay motivated? How do we find new motivation when what we started with is lost? How do we get back on track?

By hacking motivation.

How do we hack motivation?

Success.

Success is how you stay motivated.

Let me explain.

In all the reasons why we start, there is some goal we are trying to achieve. There is some end point that we are moving towards.

This goal is the initial source of our motivation. However, it can also become the reason we get discouraged.

  • we aren’t seeing results
  • it’s taking longer than we thought
  • it’s harder than we thought

We lose motivation because we aren’t seeing the success we want to see.

Hacking motivation is creating success where it seems we have none.

We don’t feel or see success because of the perspective we have. In most cases, we are purely looking at the end goal or some big picture change.

In relation to our end goal, it may look like nothing has changed or we’re failing.

What we’re not seeing are the small changes and little successes we’ve reached. Our perspective is on what we’re NOT achieving vs what we ARE achieving.

An example:

I want to lose 20 lbs. 3 months after starting I’ve only lost 3. This perspective is frustrating and incredibly demotivating!

By only looking at pounds lost, I lose motivation.

However, if I look at smaller wins or other factors, I might see success.

My success might look like:

  • I’m more active and exercising regularly than I was before
  • I’m eating healthier most of the time
  • I’m actually feeling better and have more energy in the day
  • I’m sleeping better
  • My digestive issues have decreased
  • I’m feeling stronger in my body
  • I’m 3 lbs less than where I started!

By changing our perspective and finding the small wins, we can see the success we are having. By seeing the successes we feel more positive about what we are doing and stay motivated.

If you’re ever feeling demotivated on your health journey, change your perspective.

Find what you are achieving instead of only focus on what you haven’t achieved and you’ll be better able to continue pushing for your goal.

Find the success.

~ Chad

Sound too good to be true? Comment below and we can chat!

 

1 is greater than 0

1 is greater than 0

I’ve used this statement for years with my clients and I’ve been seeing it pop up a lot more lately.

The idea is simple:

1 is greater than 0 means something is better than nothing. No matter how small that something is.

When it comes to goals, my clients often get stuck on the size of it. They get overwhelmed with the distance they still have to go.

What happens is we feel we need to achieve a certain amount in order for it to be worth it or considered a success. We feel it’s all or nothing.

In other words, we set the bar really high.

  • We forget that something is better than nothing.
  • We forget that one workout is better than no workouts.
  • We forget that a 5 minute walk is better than staying on the couch.
  • We forget that 1 good food choice is better than no good food choices.

We also believe that 1 isn’t enough. That the one small thing will never get us to our goals.

To a certain degree this is actually true. The 1 thing won’t get us to our goal. But, that’s not the point.

It’s not about reaching the goal. It’s about the direction we are going in.

Doing nothing keeps us on the current path. The current course. The course that is NOT leading to your goal.

Doing the 1 thing is taking the 1st step that starts you in a new direction.

It’s not really that it’s 1 step, it’s that it’s the FIRST step.

It’s 1 thing in the direction you WANT to go and that is always better than doing nothing.

The added benefit is that 1 thing usually leads to a 2nd thing. And on and on it can go. At least this way there is a chance.

Reaching your goals doesn’t come from the 1 thing. It comes from the accumulation of all the 1 things over a certain amount of time. There literally is no other way.

So, if you’re stuck in a rut, hit a plateau or feel like you’re never going to reach your goal, stop looking at the finish line. Start looking at your current starting point and figure out 1 thing you can do to move in the right direction.

No matter how small of a step it is, take it!

It’s only 1, but it’s better than 0 and it’s the ONLY way to get to 2.

~ Chad

The real reason your program isn’t working

  • Not seeing results quick enough?
  • Hit a plateau?
  • Feel you need to try something else?
  • Feel like what you’re doing just isn’t working?

I get a lot of reasons for people wanting quit because “this isn’t working”.

They’ve hit some sort of plateau, aren’t seeing results quick enough or have just had a week or two “off the wagon” and have struggled a little bit.

They feel they won’t be successful with their current plan and that it’s just not working.

However, from my perspective, slow progress, plateau’s and struggle is totally normal and common.

In fact, I’ve never seen anyone NOT struggle with their goal.

To think you can start off on something new, never struggle and be able to reach your target perfectly the first time is a little crazy if you think about it.

What I usually see is that it’s not the program that’s not working.

The issue I see most commonly is time.

People haven’t put in the time needed to truly see results.

 

We wall want the results NOW!

And why not? We see endless amounts of ripped bodies and ads on Instagram and other social media telling us it can be done quickly and easily.

Really that should be your first warning sign! It’s all total bullshit!

However, you believe it because they have proof! There are clear photos of the success people have had. There are testimonials of how great it has been, how easy it was and how good they feel.

Now I’m not trying to discredit any of these programs because many are probably pretty good. I’m talking more specifically about the time or speed of these results that the plans and programs are suggesting.

In my experience the promotional testimonials you are seeing fall into the “results not typical” category. At best I would guess 1% of people see results that quickly. Especially the type of results that are going to last.

My challenge to you is to actually do some research. Put in some time, put in some work and maybe even reach out to others.

How many people have actually done that “90 day Shred” program? Of those, how many experienced the stated results? Of those, how many kept those results long term after the 90 days?

Of the truly successful ones, ask “How long did it take you to get these results”

I guarantee it won’t be an overnight success story. I guarantee they didn’t nail it on their first try with no struggle.

In the end, my guess is that you’re probably just going to finish this article and say “I know Chad” and go on with your day.

We all REALLY know right?!

However, if your fitness goals are set 3 months at a time I’d argue that you don’t know. If you’ve tried more than 2, 3 or 4 different programs with little success or success that didn’t last, then you don’t really know.

It makes sense in your head, but when you’re motivated to try something new you forget it and think you’ll be different. You think you’ll be part of the 1%.

You think THIS will be the program that finally works!

But please, please, please do the research! Don’t just take my word for it.

This article is just words and theory on a website. Get some proof! At minimum just ask some friends and/or truly look at your own track record.

It’ll be incredibly valuable the next time you hit a plateau or rut on your journey.

When you struggle, it’s not always just the plan or program that’s not working.

More often than not, it’s probably not working because you haven’t put in enough time to get past the struggle.

~ Chad

Work, the variable of success

We are 3 weeks into January and the sad reality is that many people have already “fallen off the wagon” from their new year resolutions.

This might even be you.

You’ve missed a day, two or even a week already because life is busy and pulling you in every direction.

It seems like you’ve failed already.

However, that just isn’t true. It’s only a failure if you let it be.

You may have failed last week or maybe even yesterday but today is a new day. You get a new chance to get up and put in the work.

The difference between success and failure is how hard you work.

If you give up and stop working, of course that’s a failure. If you’re wondering why you’re not seeing results but you’re putting in minimal effort, stop worrying. It’s the effort, you need to work harder.

Even if you’re working your ass off and still not seeing results, you still have to work harder.

I’m sorry if that’s not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth.

How hard you’re working is the variable dictating wether or not you will be successful.

If you’re struggling, take a step back, review your goal and ask yourself what it’s worth. Is it worth the effort?

If not, that’s ok, but you need to find something else. If yes, then shut the eff up, quit whining and get to work!

If you need a little guidance to help you fit it all in let me know, I’m here to help!

~ Chad

Making new year resolutions? Read this first! 

You just spent a bunch of time with family, enjoyed opening some new gifts and ate your weight in turkey, ham, potatos, stuffing and likely a few varieties of pie and/or cookies.

Now is the time we reflect on the year that passed, what we did and didn’t accomplish and what we want to do in the new year. For many, this includes fitness and health related goals.

If this is you, I have some questions that will hopefully trigger a new perspective for your goals in 2017.

Please read on:

First thought: 

What if I told you thath you WON’T reach your goal within the next year?

What if I told you it will take 5 years to reach your health goals?

Would you try?

Would you not even bother?

Would you stop reading this and try to find someone who will tell you differently?

I ask these questions specifically because it challenges our perspective on goals. Most of the time we think we can reach our goals within 3 months or even within a year. Especially health goals.

In my experience, that’s just not true and for many people it can take many years. But so what?

The key question is: do you plan on living for 5 more years?

I’m sure the answer is likely well beyond that.

So?

Let’s say you think you’ll live 30, 40 or 50 more years. And let’s say that in that time you never truly reach your health and fitness goals?

Is it still worth the effort of trying?

Do you think reaching 50%, 70% or 90% of your goal is worth the effort?

If it’s not, then don’t bother. If it is, then why ever stop?

I know this article has been mostly questions, but I encourage you to honestly answer them for yourself.

Whether you decide it’s worth it or whether you decide it’s not, you’ll be happier either way.

~ Chad

Life is now, why wait till January?

Why wait till January

Hello, I’m the newest Fitness Coach to join the dynamic team of AnthroPhysique. As this is my first blog post, I wanted to give you a quick intro and tell you how excited I am to be a part of this team! I feel so passionate about what I do, it’s amazing to be supported by like-minded people that are so talented in their profession. I hope you will read my bio to learn about me and what I do.

As 2017 is creeping up, I am reminded of my own fitness journey I began in March. In the last nine months my life has been filled with positivity more than ever before. While I owe much of that to fitness, it was also my desire to make a change that drove my results home. Many of us are creatures of habit, and while we may adapt to many of life’s arbitrary circumstances, we often neglect the real need to change.

 

Why wait till January
(left, pregnant 2014; middle, March ’16; right, Nov ’16)

I’m not sure why we wait until unfortunate events take place to adjust our forward-thinking. I compare it to being in a dysfunctional relationship and waiting for the other person to breakup so you don’t have to be the asshole. You both know it isn’t working, why drag it out?

Our lives are constantly going through an ebb-and-flow, there is no better time than the present to take initiative. In my own life, I hid behind my anxiety. I thought that if I avoided confrontation, or let opportunities pass, I was simply just missing out on that one thing — but I couldn’t have been more narrow-minded. When we limit ourselves from things we fear, our inaction replaces experiences, passion, and most of all, living. Life is now, why wait until January to start working towards your goals?

These are a few of my philosophies. Take advantage of today, because if you start today, you won’t regret it tomorrow.

Well I guess for my first post we just jumped right into things here didn’t we?!?

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!

~ Alice

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3 Tips For Staying On Track While You Travel

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I love to travel and I love to eat.

Dining as per the locals is my favorite part about traveling; there is nothing quite like saying yes to foods you can’t pronounce or identify when abroad especially when the cook or vendor detects your culinary curiosity.

It is no surprise that when I eat different foods (and normally too much) that my body isn’t used to; I experience some adverse effects like bloat, fatigue and grogginess. Instead, I try to eat one or two simple meals a day with light snacks which allows me to get an appetite going for a delicious, locally inspired dish.

By doing this I am able to enjoy my chosen city while keeping my health and wellness goals in mind.

I’m going to share 3 tips for staying on track (whatever your track may be) while traveling, my mini rule book not surprisingly starts off with “be prepared”, mainly in terms of breakfast and snack items.

Continue reading “3 Tips For Staying On Track While You Travel”

How many exercise variations do we need?

Have you ever tried a bicep curl? How about a hammer curl?

What about a preacher curl?
Seated curl?
Incline?
Decline?
21’s?
Arnold’s?
Eccentric?
Pause?
Balanced on a bosu?

I see so many exercise variations sometimes it drives me crazy.

I’m sorry, but I have no friggin clue why anyone would ever do a bicep curl while lunging or squatting on a bosu ball? WTF?!?

 

exercise variations

 

I wrote another article about asking clients not to YouTube their exercises. The reason I do this is because there are 50 different ways to do the same thing!

Why? Continue reading “How many exercise variations do we need?”

Just go back to eating pizza and ice cream

“I don’t want to look like a man”

This is probably the most common response I get from women when I tell them they need to train their arms more or use more weights.

There are 3 major problems I have with this:

#1 – the societal image women have of themselves that generates such a huge fear about having muscles.

#2 – the lack of understanding of what it actually takes to look like a body builder (a man).

#3 – You’re basically saying that you’re worried your results will be TOO GOOD.

Continue reading “Just go back to eating pizza and ice cream”