February 2, 2017

5 months ago, when I first met Neil Shaffer, 58, I was warned he had: "10 bad disks in neck and low back area, 2 knee replacement surgeries, and partial paralysis in the lower leg". He hoped I can help him. Neil’s injuries and subsequent surgeries occurred over time through ‘wear and tear’, even though he was active & was regularly walking and using the elliptical machine at the gym. His lower back was causing discomfort and pain, he was constantly feeling stiffness in his knees, and generally c...

January 24, 2017

“That’s it. This time, enough is enough. I’m tired of being tired all the time. I’m tired of feeling out of shape. I want to lose my stomach and I want slimmer arms. I want to have energy again”. Does this internal monologue sound familiar to you? Throughout my personal training career, I’ve encountered many women (and men) who all desired the same goals. They wanted to feel strong and look better.

Why is this so hard to achieve, especially today? Why do obesity rates consistently climb ev...

January 9, 2017

Despite the increasing number of people who regularly strength train, majority of the global population associates strength/resistance training (ST/ RT) with bodybuilders. The first picture that comes up to one’s mind when talking about RT is of a muscular guy lifting some really heavy weights while grunting at the gym. Unfortunately, this is not the best association to have in mind and is definitely not the best represenation of whatST is all about. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to...

December 12, 2016

Most people have no idea where to start when it comes to creating a fat loss diet. There is so much information out there, and often times the information is conflicting, making it quite difficult to determine what steps to take.

If you’ve been eating healthy – focusing on protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats for several months – but you still haven’t seen any changes in your weight or physique, you’re in for a life changer.

First, let me emphasize that your age, gender...

November 30, 2016

Up until my senior year in high school I didn’t care much for my weight. One of my favorite foods to eat for dinner was eight (yes, eight) pieces of toast with butter and jam; since I had always been active and ate intuitively, I had no weight issues. During my senior year, I focused all my time and energy on studying for finals and became less and less active. My daily inactivity, combined with regular food consumption, led me to gain about 10 pounds.

My boyfriend at the time told me on several...

November 21, 2016

It all started when I was 18. At the time, I was slowly recovering from an eating disorder known as Anorexia Nervosa, and my dad was trying to lure me into the gym.

“You know, there’s a way you can eat a lot more and still be skinny?” he said. “Come to the gym with me.”

It’s funny how different my ideal body was 10 years ago. If you call me skinny nowadays, I won’t appreciate it. You can call me buff, lean, or strong looking, but do not call me skinny.

My first time at the gym was immensely unprodu...

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