I talk about NAZ Elite runner Kellyn Taylor’s recent Breakthrough at Grandma’s marathon on this week’s episode of my Podcast, Running Through It. She dropped 4 minutes off her marathon PR and 2 minutes off the course record. Kellyn’s Coach, Ben Rosario, is a friend of mine and one of my primary coaching mentors; so I asked him about Kellyn’s training. Continue reading “Running Through It: Kellyn Taylor’s Breakthrough Marathon”
Training for longevity is a topic that has been popping up in a lot of conversations for me lately.
Longevity in a fitness sense is about having a high quality of function and ability throughout your entire life.
I believe our current generations will be living a long time. With the advancements we have in medicine, science, surgery, etc, many of us will likely reach 100 years of age and beyond!
That’s pretty fucking cool, but it’s also pretty fucking scary if you think about our current lifestyles and training methods.
I’m worried that we will make it that far in age, but I’m not sure our bodies will last that long.
One of the scariest things to me is the idea of living till 100 but having my body give out when I’m 60, 70 or 80.
I don’t want to be alive the last 20, 30, 40 years of my life unable to truly live!
One of my favourite quotes is: Continue reading “Training for Longevity”
I recently read an article by Mark Manson called “In Defense of Being Average“. (worth a read!)
The premise of the article is that we tend to idolize and make heroes of people (or characters) who embody perfection. We think up heroes like Batman and Superman, and idolize Greek gods and Spartan warriors. We’re always looking up to those that are the best at what they do.
The same is true in fitness. You can tell by the endless amounts of Instagram posts of “Fitspiration” focused on peach booty’s and 6-pack abs. It’s perfect images of perfect body’s in perfect lighting and perfect poses.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to look at for sure, but what does that do for our expectations of OUR fitness? Continue reading “An Argument for Average Fitness”
So many people struggle with getting started. Getting started in the morning, after work, and to go to the gym.
However, getting started can and should be easy!
We all have a thing.
A thing is something that we fall in love with or find great pleasure in that helps us reach our goal.
It’s what gets us fully committed to pursuing our goal.
In fitness, it’s basically what helps you take the steps needed to reach your goals.
Your thing might be:
– home DVDs
– group fitness classes
– having a gym buddy
– personal trainer
– accountability coach
– weekly progress photos
– publicly announce your goals
To name a few. There’s a ton of options out there to get you hooked!
If it’s joining a class you can’t wait to go to or making a commitment, all in, to a coach because you know you can’t do it on your own. In the end it doesn’t matter as long as it’s what gets you to reach your goal.
The point here is that there are nearly limitless options so get out there and try them!
My belief here is that:
You gotta find what works for you.
What’s your thing?
If you don’t know, make a list of what you’ve done. Then make a list of what you haven’t yet tried. It’s likely that’s your thing on the list of “haven’t done yet”.
What is your mind telling you?
We all have an internal self talk. What’s important is whether that self talk is negative or positive.
Internal self talk is probably the biggest obstacle for most people when pursuing their goals. Any goal that is, not necessarily just health and fitness.
Often, our struggle is because our own mind is getting in our way. If we have a lot of negative self talk, that keeps us where we are and it’s hard to move forward.
Things like: Continue reading “What is Your Mind Telling You?”
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!
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.
The perspective you have around fitness dictates the results you will get. It’s the difference between success and failure. Continue reading “Becoming a Fit Person”
Most people have a goal in mind when they start their fitness journey.
Some goals are super specific, others are more general, but you always have a target you want to reach.
However, what I see missing for a lot of people is a clear recognition of where they are starting from.
Let me explain with an analogy: Continue reading “You know your goal, but are you missing the most important part?”
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.
(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!
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Probably the most common question I get about online coaching is “will this work”.
Most people have tried so many programs, worked with trainers and even worked with online coaches and still nothing has worked. That’s why they are still looking!
So how is this any different right?!?
What’s your long term vision of your health?
Do you want to be healthy for the next week? 3 months? 12 months? 3 years? 50 years?
Seriously, this is no joke.
When I ask people this question, most people answer in the 50+ range or “the rest of my life”.
Like it’s a no brainer.
However, their short term actions don’t match their long term goals.
They are only focused on a short term goal, and if they don’t see results within weeks “it’s not working” and they give up.
People want long term results but only have a short term plan.
Do me a favor: comment below with your 3 month, 12 month, 36 month and 30+ year vision of your health.
Then let me know if that activity has changed your perspecitve.
In a 12 month period, how many months or weeks do you spend CONSISTENT with your health goals?
Consistently eating well.
Consistently sticking to you goal.
It’s my belief that the current ’trend’ of health and fitness is done in 2-12 week periods. With most people actually failing within the 2-6 week range.
As in, we aggressively pursue our goal for 2-12 weeks but eventually we “fall off the wagon”. It’s the constant on and off that we do throughout the year.
We jump into some new trending 12-week program and either don’t finish it or don’t stick to it after it’s done.
I think a lot about this trend because it is my mission and goal to find a way to help people be more consistent with their health pursuits.
I believe our health is one of the easiest things we can control, to have a happy and long life, and it’s why I do what I do. I want to help as many people as possible have a long, healthy life.
I believe that the first step to that goal is consistency. Being able to develop consistency in the pursuit of your goals is what will keep you moving forward.
My suggestion: stop thinking short term quick results and start thinking long term. Be the tortoise not the hare.
Worry less about WHAT you should be doing and more about that you are actually doing something!
So you sleep in a few days and start to feel bad that you missed a run or two.
You then think that you have to catch up on the runs you have missed which leads to more pressure, more catch up, which leads to more missed runs and so on and so on…
The cycle continues.
However, you can break this cycle! Continue reading “So You Missed a Run, Stop Playing Catch Up!”