Fitness Friday with Team Sunshine

You may not believe this, but not all of my clients come in saying they want to be a size 4, with a Kardashian booty, and rock hard abs. Many of my clients just want to get back to their normal and rebuild the strength they had prior to a surgery or health issue.

I have worked with Debby-Deb aka Sunshine for over 18 months. When she started, she was only 3 months into recovery after having a complicated L3 L4 Spinal Fusion which resulted in some nerve damage. Her goals were and are pretty realistic.

  • Regain her balance
  • Strengthen her core to aid her back health
  • Lose the 35 pounds she’d gained after he accident / surgery
  • Get back to wearing high heels

All achievable goals, but not without pitfalls and hurdles. After returning to work, she had to take time off of training due to renewed spinal and hip pain.

Well, we figured out a new plan of attack! She has a new goal and we have a new deal! We are starting back at the basics and we aren’t going to let pain keep her from her sessions. If all we can do is spend our time together stretching out those problem areas, we will work through the pain. Our deal is that she shows up no matter what and we adapt, overcome, and persevere to achieve her new goal! Stay tuned and see what tenacity and showing up can do! Bam!!!

Fitness Friday

It’s Friday! Time to check in with me and your accountability partners.  How did your week go? What body parts did you train? What workouts are you doing over the weekend!?

Below are a couple of questions I have been asked about my own workouts!

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What is your least favorite body part to train? Training Core is my absolute least favorite body part to train! As I mentioned last week in my Friday Fitness Blog, Couples Who Workout together Work Out! LK loves planking and I DO NOT. I am actively working on a commitment I made to myself to train my core on a more consistent basis. When it comes to my personal workouts, I tend to not give Core its fair due, but that is going to change!EB7CEC5E-AC0D-4E40-BBFB-5B1B383BF843.jpeg

How often do you workout? Believe it or not, I only workout 4-5x a week, but I make them count and lead a very active lifestyle! I consistently incorporate exercise into my activities with my family. 

Stay active this weekend and kill those workouts! BAM!!!!!

 

Fitness Friday – Couples who Workout together “work out!”

IMG_0233With February being the month of love, I am sharing some of the physical and psychological benefits of working out with your partner.   It has been proven that exercising with your loved improves your relationship. The close proximity of using them as your workout partner, the support, and the encouragement will all help deepen and strengthen your emotional and physical connection.     

I have included a couple quick tips from me and a link to a great article from “Psychology Today” on the benefits of sweating in the gym with your love. 

My advice when working out together is simple.  Assess your partner’s needs and take turns planning / leading the workouts.  I’m not suggesting you become your partner’s personal trainer, instead, make sure that you are aware of their goals and how you can best support them in achieving these goals.  A general understanding of what you are both trying to achieve will dictate the exercises that you will do.  If goals are different (and they will probably be) just talk through what each of you envision for the workouts.  Think of this as a new topic of dinner conversation, a nice relaxed talk about why you’re both hitting the gym.

Planning a workout is important, so now that you know what each other is looking to work on, take turns leading your workouts.  I always cringe when LK wants to do planks, because she can plank like nobody’s business, but I do them!  For me this works out well, because I’m challenged to do something that I probably wouldn’t spend much time doing on my own.  This is a prime example of how your partner will benefit from focusing on something you choose versus what they are comfortable doing at the gym.  Remember, you need to try something different to get different results!

Apparently psychologists agree, here is that link again for the “Psychology Today” article.  LK and I spend a lot of time together in the gym and maintaining an active lifestyle.  We hike, lift weights, ride bikes, run, and even cook together.  I am no psychologist, but I will say, it’s workin’ for me and my LK!

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Fitness Friday!

Fridays are just as important as Mondays in my book! Starting today, I am going to post fitness questions, tips, videos, and inspiration to keep you motivated on your weekends! Come on! I’m a trainer and even I need motivation. As a matter of fact, I asked one of my Real Warriors to text me every time she worked out this weekend to keep me motivated aged to move! So let’s get moving! What workouts are you doing over the weekend! Check in with me and your accountability partners!

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout is a mix of Powerlifting and Bodybuilding. It is a combination of Strength Training and Muscular development, being strong and having muscular development is important to me and hey, it’s my job! Bam!

What is your favorite body part to train?

I love training Back and Legs. They’re the largest muscle groups, so when you train them properly you can feel it all over. I love how challenging it feels when I train those muscle groups. The other day, I trained legs so hard, my clients could tell by the way I was walking!

Bootcamper LK and Deadlifts

***Kettlebell Deadlift***

The Deadlift will add muscle to your hips, hamstrings, glutes, and back. What’s great about this movement is that, the strength that you will develop will have major carry over to sports and everyday life. If you are new to this movement, practice with just your body weight so you can learn the proper technique. Proper form and technique are crucial to staying injury-free!

2017 Synergy Bootcampers BAM!!!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the bootcampers of 2017! We work hard, support each other, and play hard … and here are some pix to prove it! Come join in the fun and get to know some pretty great people. See you all in 2018 – BAM!!!

2018 Starts NOW – Choosing a fitness program!

Happy-New-Year-2018The first step in choosing the right fitness program is to get clear about your goals.  Are you looking to lose weight? Recover from a surgery? Train for your first or fifteenth marathon?  No matter what your goal may be, to be successful, you need to select a program that fits you! 

To choose the right program, you need to be honest about your current condition.  Are you in good shape, out of shape, struggling with health issues? Are you currently working out? Have you been sedentary for a long time?  If you do not take the time to assess your current fitness level, you may choose a program that’s too intense for you.  A poor program choice puts you at higher risk for getting hurt, burning out, or just plain giving up.

Take time to research and learn about programs that are of interest to you.  The more you learn, the easier it will be to make an informed decision.  The key takeaway is this, the best program is one that will help you get optimal results, while fitting your lifestyle, and help you achieve consistency.  

If you have ANY QUESTIONS, feel free to ask!  I’m here to help!!!

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2017 with Chef B-Rizzle – Set #3

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December of 2016

2017 was a year of changes and REALLY pushing myself out of my comfort zone.  I am a creature of habit and planning.  I like to be on time. I like to follow a plan.  I don’t like change, but like I said, this year, life required me to push myself to develop and accept new norms.

After a few months of slacking off of my independent workouts due to personal and professional obligations, eating out while on the road with work, and allowing myself a few cocktails while on the social scene, I realized I had taken 30 huge steps back.  I gained 30 pounds.  In just a few short months, I had undone at least 6 months of hard work and dedication.

This summer, I went in for one of my normal sessions with Rob and we had what some people might call a “come to Jesus” conversation.  I needed someone who is calm and could talk me out of my negative dialogue from letting myself go backward.  Rob spent all of our time that day being a true coach.  We talked about getting back to basics, because that seems to be the easiest way to make it work.  Follow and be consistent with the basics building blocks of a solid regimen.  We agreed that I needed to get back to consistent eating, portion control, my regular, and workout schedule.  IMG_1441Rob also suggested that I look into supplements and consult with my doctor to get current blood work done, especially since I have been struggling with my vertigo again.

Now, at the end of 2017 I have made a lot of forward progress.  I have a lot to show after 22 months on this journey, 160 workouts with Rob, an additional 400 workouts on my own, 2 fit bits, 2 magic bullet blenders, 3 different types of protein shakes, countless hours of food prepping, and about 12 appointments with doctors. I am down to 280 pounds from 335 and have lost 8 inches in my pant size.  It is a daily struggle to balance my work travel schedule, social life, working out, and food prepping, but it is far easier to STAY on TRACK than to get back on track! Thanks for your support Rob! BAM!!!

Plan of Attack for Our Mission!

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Weighted squat with #FresnoFitChef

In my business I meet with people of all shapes and sizes who are all at different levels of fitness.  A new client’s physical ability, exposure to physical fitness, and health has a direct impact on how our first training session will go. Have they ever work out before? Are they familiar with gym equipment? Are they dealing with any medical or health issues? Is the client looking to lose weight? Is the client looking to be a bodybuilder? Are they just looking for a new form of exercise?  After you Take that FIRST STEP! we need to determine our common mission and our plan of attack!

Now that we have discussed your personal history, goals, and any health limitations, we need to plan our attack on this new mission together.  I use our first workout to “test drive” my client’s body and assess your capability to move through an exercise session.  I do this by gauging how well you can perform the following moves Squats, Hinges, Push, Pull, and a Plank.

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Real Warrior #ChefBrizzle getting his PLANK on!

These movements are the foundation to the body, therefore, any weakness or limitation in these areas will give me tremendous insight as to where we need to start.  Everyone walks into my gym with their own goal in mind and these basic exercises are the best way for me to evaluate your current level of physical fitness and how to help you to achieve your mission.

Once we learn your body’s strengths and weaknesses, we need to document your starting point.  We will take several photos to we can chronicle your transformation; a frontal view, a back view, and one for each side, profile view.  It has been proven that when clients are able to visibly confirm their progress, they are more motivated to continue their fitness journey and often times increase their efforts.

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Documenting your starting point is key to seeing your progress and maintaining motivation!

This is your journey and I am here to educate you, cheer you on, push you, and help you!  We are on a mission TOGETHER!  BAM!!!

 

#TeamKilla Set #4 – #CoachRobJsTT

21032703_1817881674890521_3711140115890992152_nFrom Coach Rob J – Steph is committed to being her best and this is how she and I went about transforming her body from a size 14 to a size 2 in just over a year.  It hasn’t always been easy; there have been tears, yelling, and a lot of pain to get her here.  We were and continue to be on a shared mission. Keep it up Killa! BAM!!!

It’s all about consistency and discipline. The motivation isn’t always there, so many days I force myself to workout, eat right, drink water, go to bed, etc…even if it’s not what I WANT to do that day.   I literally do not allow “excuses” in my life anymore.  Rob said something when I first began doing bootcamp and it has stuck with me for years, “don’t think, just move.”  I repeat this at least 5 times a day to remind myself to do what it takes.  The physical results are of course, fantastic!  Who doesn’t love to be able to wear whatever you want? 20841008_1810494048962617_7664280172392577460_nThe mental and emotional results are the real rewards.

To be able to pick up that heavy weight, go that extra 10 minutes, workout 5-7 times a week, that is mentally strengthening.  I LOVE waking up sore.  It’s a physical reminder that I put in the work, I gave my best, I did what I said I was going to do.  The best part of all of this, however, is when people tell me because of my example, they have started making changes in their own life.  THAT motivates me to lead by example every single day. 

20117044_1772344069444282_8322371101545401641_oI don’t consider the time I put into working out, or the food I no longer eat to be “sacrifices.”  Sacrifices are when you give up something valuable for something else.  I gave up things that did not bring value to my life.  Working out and eating healthy have added value to my life.  I don’t miss the old habits at all.  I don’t miss rewarding myself with food and alcohol.  I don’t miss dreading getting dressed for work every morning, I don’t miss feeling sluggish and tired.

20989046_1815588758453146_6440877220144770709_oFrom a size 14 to a 2 may just be numbers to most; for me, it has been a true transformation. Not just a physical one, but more importantly, a mental one.  I got rid of the baggage, and for the first time in my life, I am genuinely happy and strong.

Share your transformation! Hashtag #CoachRobJsTT!   You could inspire someone like Steph aka #TeamKilla has inspired so many of her friends, family, and co-workers!  This lady ROCKS every workout! BAM!!!