Baby Boomer Client Testimonial John (28lb Weight Loss So Far)

John came to me wanting to lose weight and he thought that exercise might be the solution.  After a month or so he wanted better results.

He then decided to adhere to the advice on nutrition.

He followed a simple breakfast with Blendfresh and also changed a few other things.

What happened next is he went on to lose about 28lbs only working out two times a week!

Being a successful attorney we focused on trying to reduce stress and get more sleep.

Do not take my word for it though…

Here he talks about his results.

Bring Out Your Inner Athlete!

When it comes to sports I have learned so much.

I have learned

1.  Team Work

2.  Goal Setting and Hard Work

3.  Planning

4.  Fitness and Health

5.  Dedication

6.  Attitude

7.  Passion

8.  Purpose

9.  Persistence

10.  How to handle failure

These are just some of these things that I have learned from my beginnings of shooting hoops in rural Minnesota even when it was below zero degrees.

What does this have to do with you?

Well if you are reading this you are an athlete!

Yes anyone that has a body is an athlete.

Weather a beginner or advanced you can learn from the athlete.

 

Here are three ways to bring out your inner athlete.

1.  Training is about results and reaching a goal.

The rarely focus on getting to a certain weight the focus on performance.

They set a goal for sprint speed, vertical jump or any other goal based around their sport.

They do the needed thing to reach the goal including training, nutrition, sleep, and recovery.

The same should be true for anyone that is training.

Constantly set goals and work towards them.

2.  Mentally they have to be strong.

When it comes to results with fitness many times the person holding us back is ourselves.

Playing sports taught me to keep getting better.

It meant being the best I could be no matter what.

This is true for anyone that is training at all.

Continual regular progression in intensity is a key to results.

It is not going to be easy however it is going to be worth it.

3.  They realize that for them to do well the team has to do well.

Unfortunately not everyone has this same philosophy.

Some people believe to do better someone has to do worse or they have to beat somebody else.

The truth is that teams function best when each individual does the best for the team (for a mission).

They work for a greater good.

Yes those are the teams that do well.

In conclusion, when it comes to fitness training and life in general take the good from athletes.

Be the best you can be, train hard, train smart, and help others!

Comment below what have you have learned from athletes or from your on sports experience?

 

 

A Secret Fitness Weapon

So what is this secret fitness weapon?

Power!

Power can have several different meanings and uses.

But for this article lets discuss power in terms of sports and fitness.

“Power is defined as the amount of work performed per unit of time. Power is an element of skill-related fitness that is needed to excel in athletic performance. Increased strength does not always translate into increased power.” Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/115549-define-strength-power-muscular-endurance/#ixzz2HRc7hBZL

Why do I say power is the secret weapon?

Because power is super important for the athlete and for fitness alike.

Power is the combination of strength and speed!

So if we increase strength, power will increase as long as speed does not decrease.

We can increase speed, and this will also increase power as long as strength does not decrease.

This is why by simply increasing strength and/or speed in the same amount of time is a great way to increase overall fitness level.

“Developing power does not necessarily have to involve Olympic lifts or bounding up and down an athletics track, but can have dramatic results in beginners and advanced trainees alike looking for fat loss, when programmed correctly.”  http://training.fitness.com/articles-research/importance-power-training-any-goal-42800.html

No matter your goal power should be accounted for.  

Power is needed to jump higher, sprint faster, move a weight faster,  or move a band faster.

In the end any program should increase a persons power!

Comment below your thoughts about this secret weapon.

 

Three Mistakes Many People Make When Training

Throughout the years I have seen some crazy things in the gym.

Some workout related and others not!

When it comes to observing workouts and people here are some of the biggest mistakes I have seen.

1.  Pushing Too Hard or Not Pushing Hard Enough

Intensity is something that is widely misunderstood.

I have seen people loading up bars up to 250lbs for squat but could not do a proper body weight squat.

I have seen loads of crunches, improper push ups, and countless time on the treadmill.

I was told you can never do enough cardio.

Same exercises with the same intensity every workouts.

When it comes to intensity slow and steady wins the raise, however a person still needs to be challenged appropriately to see results.

Here is an example of what not to do in my opintion

Here is an example of something that might not get results either!:)

2.  Focusing on losing weight versus metabolism

Losing weight is easy it can be achieved through starvation, eating restriction, excessive aerobic exercise, fad dieting, HCG shots, surgeries and so on.

Many people want to lose weight and that is great however what they really are saying (most of the time) is they want to be more lean.

I know several people that are thin but not fit and absolutely not healthy.  So What?

Well any fitness program should be focused on improvement and progression.

Basically workouts should be centered around individual goals and then measured for constant improvements in a safe manner.

3.   Thinking that it is the workouts alone that changes appearance

Most people realize that an increase in lean muscle tissue will improve metabolism.

But then do not do the needed things to increase lean muscle tissue especially in regards to lifestyle things.

Here are a few ways to help the workouts be better and increase metabolism.

  • Stress reduction and management
  • Sleep
  • Supportive nutrition and supplementation
  • Other recovery techniques that make training sessions more effective

So what can be done immediately

1.  Figure out your goals and a plan

2.  Find some accountability for your goals including a program that is focused on metabolism

3.  Stay away from quick fixes

4.  Focus on lean muscle tissue

5.  Improve performance slow and steadily

Questions or comments are encouraged below!!

 

2013 New Years Fitness Predictions

1.  Gyms and health clubs around America will be packed.  A very small percentage of people will have improved by 2014.  Here is one example  “73 percent give up on their goals to lose weight, get fit or train for an event within six weeks, according to a new study from Harris Interactive and Bodybuilding.com.” (http://www.mensfitness.com/training/will-you-keep-your-fitness-resolution)

2.  The quick fix weight loss industry will continue to grow. The worst fad diets ever.  Yes there is one where you eat cotton balls!

3.  Fitness Revolution Franchise will be the place for local communities to continually see guaranteed results and why I joined the Fitness Revolution

4.  Metabolic Training will be the words used to help training a faster metabolism.

5.  More and more people will do shorter workouts 30 minutes or less because they are more effective and help save time.

6.  Fad diets and easy fixes will continue to thrive based on peoples desire for any easy way out but will not work in the long run.

7.  The same thing will be needed for long term weight loss.  More strength, more speed/power, and better lifestyles.  Basically proper hormone levels is the key to long term fat loss.

8.  At home workouts and online programs will grow along with small group training programs.

9.  Many people will think they know what to do but will not be doing the proper steps to become more fit and healthy.

10.  Hopefully people will understand that long duration aerobic exercise is not the answer for long term fat loss.

Getting Over A Fitness Plateau

1.  Exercise Less or More

When it comes fitness progression is key.  Many times exercising less can be the answer because intensity can be increased and recovery can be improved.  On the other hand, an increase in volume can help improve as well.  If you have been training for a long time without a week or two off take a break.  If you have been working out two times a week up it to three.  It really depends on the person and a qualified professional can help you improve on this.

2.  Train for a goal  

I am not sure if I have ever trained for a weight goal.  Instead I have trained for a specific strength, power, or speed goal.  I have also trained to be able to advance in specific body weight exercises.  The point here is focus your energy on getting to a specific result.  A word of caution here.  I do believe that goals can be conflicting.  For example, becoming really strong and becoming better at marathons are opposed.  That is not to say that a runner should not get stronger but the programming should be inline with the specific goal.

3.  Manage Stress and Sleep More

Our bodies need sleep and many times.  Most people say we need 7-9 hours of sleep.  When it comes to stress we all have it.  It is not the stress but rather the reaction to the stressful situation.  Things like prayer, meditation, focused relaxation, quite time, and much more can help break that plateau.

4.  Change nutrition

The obvious things are reducing bad carbs, sugar, alcohol, trans fat, and so on.  On the other hand, little things like maybe eating more or less could help depending on the person.  Eating more good fats or other nutrition tweaks may just improve performance.

5.  Get some support

This can come in so many forms from professional support to the support of a friend.  It could mean a training partner or a small group personal training class.

6.  Get some recovery

Massage, foam rolling, chiropractic care, band stretching, walking, yoga, vacation, hot cold showers, and many more are all examples of ways to recover.  Remember results happen after the workout.  Working hard is important but so is working smart and consistent.  Recovery techniques are crucial and might be what you need to bust through a plateau.

7.  Supplementation 

Finding supplementation for your goals is important.  It is not the first thing to look at however I believe it is the easiest way to see some results.  Try some supplements for performance and use those.  Figure out what you like and what your goals are then you can add those into your overall plan.  However some people focus on supplementation but do not look at nutrition or any other factors.

What have you done to break a plateau?  Comment below!

5 Advanced Bodyweight Movements

Below are five advanced bodyweight movements that can be used for better fitness and or athleticism.

These should be done in a progressive manner and should not be practiced if someone is not ready for them.

For example if a person is unable to do a full body squat with both legs the progression is obviously NOT a single leg squat.

1.  Single leg squat from the ground up

2.  Crow Stand holds with vest

3.  Two finger pull ups

4.  L sit variations

5.  Any explosive power movement such as tuck jumps, plyo push ups, broad jumps, and so on.

What is your favorite body weight exercise?

Comment below!

10 Truths You Can Learn From The Fitness Career

The fitness business is changing rapidly.

Despite fitness being around forever the business of fitness  is still in its infancy.

With several years experience and many observations here are some things I have learned.

1. You cannot make other people change they have to want to change.

There are times in my life where I figured out the problem. I wanted people to change more than they did. On the other hand, people can change and these are the ones that give me the best sense of purpose. The ones that change their lives, get fit, and really change their mental attitude towards life. They increase confidence, become healthier, more fit, and take charge of their lives. Act as though you can change people but remember they have to want it.

2. Progression in exercise intensity is WAY more important versus exercise duration.

It never ceases to amaze me. People join a program, gym, or try some sketchy method. They go super hard for one month or even a few months but then quit. I find people still improve after 7 years of progressive training. How can people expect to be fitness rock stars in one month or even six months? Gradual progression in strength, speed, movement patterns and conditioning should always be the focus of an exercise program.

3. All good deeds and wanting to help others will be faced with resistance and rejection.

I do my best to always try to help when I can. It is in my personality to want help others. If you feel convicted in something and are passionate the level of success will be come with resistance and rejection. I think the best people are the ones that want all people to be successful. In my life I have faced resistance and rejection and if you have know you are on the right path.

4. Being lazy can be good for innovation but not for fitness and work.

For example, we have created the car, fast food, air planes, movies on demand, and so on the list goes. I am willing to bet there will never be a quick fix or a way to become fit and healthy without work! Although, we will keep trying. If there is a way to give someone a pill that makes us lean, fit and healthy without side effects the person who creates it will be very, very rich.

5. A person cannot be great at both sprinting and long distance running.

Talk about an endless battle. This is something I am very passionate about explaining. I have never seen anyone be a great sprinter and a great marathon runner at the same time. Yet some people want both. First is to decide exactly what you want then work back from there.

6. Nutrition is highly debated but the truth is people can be healthy and fit with very different diets.

This website http://www.bluezones.com/live-longer/ looks at how to live longer based on diet. The one thing that I noticed is that people eat differently in the cultures that live longest. However, one thing really stuck out to me. They have a sense of purpose, low stress levels, and many work labor jobs. It is fair to say that nutrition is only part of the equation. I personally adhere to a paleo style of eating but believe that people can eat differently and be both healthy and fit. Here is how some of my clients lose 1-2 pant sizes per month.

7. Nobody can exercise themselves out of a poor lifestyle.

Calories are not meant to be burnt off. The are meant to improve performance, great lean muscle tissue, make us feel full and yes for enjoyment in moderation.

8. Too much exercise and too little are both a problem, finding the right amount is key.

 

How to lose stomach fat: Does beer make you fat?

This is contingent upon goals, recovery, and movement patterns. From my experience less can be better in most cases for the average adult but again there are so many variables.  I know that most people want results too fast which actually slows long term results.

9. There is not magic pill or easy way out to be HEALTHY AND FIT.

It bears repeating. This was explained in number 4.

10. Just because a workout is challenging does not mean it is the best one.

Many people want to feel like they got there butt kicked in from workouts. This is not the most important thing. Yes getting more intense over time is great but slow and steady progress is the answer. If I get someone for two times a week over a year and someone else trains intensely for 5 times a week over a year… most likely my client will win based on similar lifestyles especially nutrition. Again more is not better but better is better.

7 Awesome Fitness Blogs

Resistance Band Training

For some of the best information on bands and how to use them Dave Schmitz from Resistance Band Training is your guy.

Mike Robertson Training Systems

Mike is one of the best when it comes to corrective exercise but he has a ton of useful information for the fitness professional and the fitness enthusiast.

Renagade Fitness Training

Jason has a ton of information geared towards men and how to train smart with a focus on recovery.  Ladies you can go here

Fit And Busy Dad

For all the busy dads out there you can be fit

Rob Wolfe

Nutrition is super important and eating Paleo is one great way for results

Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel and her husband, Alwyn, run one of the most successful Small Group Training Facilities in United States.

Pat Rigsby

This one is for the fitness professional mainly.  The focus is on helping quality fitness coaches become better at owning and running a business.

 

 

 

2012 Fitness Predictions

1.  Many people will pay less for gyms but many will still not go to the gym.  However they will still pay for it!

2.  Many gyms will compete on price versus value essentially ruining their ability to compete.

3.  People will still look for the easy way out.  It is human nature to do so and in most areas of life being lazy can help us. The airplane, the car, the internet, email, social media, and any other device that makes our life easier is a good thing.  But when it comes to fitness, basically the rule of thumb is this…. the better you get the better your body looks!

4.  Metabolic training is going to be the words describing short intense workouts that will increase the metabolism over the long haul.

5.  Fitness Professionals are going to train regular people more like beginner athletes or advanced athletes.  There will be a focus on recovery and lifestyle techniques for better fitness results.

6.  Infomercials will sell like always:(

7.  Diets will pop up and people will say they work but will put weight back on.  Hopefully this will lead to an understanding of the difference between weight loss and fat loss.

8.   Fitness Revolution, Prograde, Bands, Meal Movement, and other helpful tools will grow like crazy.  Because these are the programs and tools that really do work in the long run!

9.   Express Fitness Powered by Fitness Revolution will be Waukesha Counties secret society for long term lifestyle fitness changes not just a quick fix (shameless plug)!

10.  More people will want 10-30 minute workouts that improve them versus the long boring cardio people do with no success.


Do you agree or disagree? Comment below your thoughts!

Perform Better Wisdom

The Wisdom of Perform Better Chicago 2011

Here are the top things I learned at this years perform better.

1.  People are learning that being educated is more important then ever.  I have went to perform better for several years.  The number of attendees is increasing.  When it comes to fitness education, Perform Better Seminars are the best or at least one of the best in the business!

2.  Our glutes are weak.

3.  Anything worthwhile is going to usually take effort.

4.  Dropping a kettlebell on a hard floor might break the kettlebell:) It wasn’t me.

5.  We need good fitness professionals more than ever.  People do not know how to lose fat, get their bodies moving properly, and want some help to be able to function throughout life.

6.  FMS – Functional Movement Screen is a great system.

7.  Al Vermeil is genius and a super cool guy.

8.  Barefoot training and the weird shoes are no longer a fad but this needs to be introduced slowly especially untrained individuals.

9.  That I need to become the absolute best fitness coach I can be.  This will help me become more successful.

10. That most people will not keep weight off without continual support, lifestyle nutrition habit changes, and gradual progressions in exercise intensity!

77.7 Fitness Tips

77.7 Tips, Tricks, Ideas and Principles to Get Fit, Lose Fat, Become Healthier, and Never Worry About Gaining Fat Again!!

1.  Have the proper mindset.  Click the banner below if you do not have the correct mindset.  Look for his products on weight loss or fitness.

 2.  Focus on long term gradual improvements.

3.  Get Stronger and Faster.

4.  Remember being fit does not just mean being able to run slow for a long time.  In fact many would argue this could make you unfit and unhealthy.  http://hubpages.com/hub/Why-Cardio-Sucks

5.  Most people need to eat more fruits and veggies http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss/NU00595.

6.  Learn how to exercise with body weight (hint not walking on a treadmill).

7.  Learn how to exercise with bands.

8.  Get plenty of sleep about 7-8 hours a night.

9.  Do not do marathon workouts.  Personally I like 10-40 minutes at most but usually stay within 30 minutes.

10.  Be focused on improving in every workout.

11.  Take time off and train based on your goals.

12.  Understand that the harder you workout the more recovery you will often need.

13.  Keep it simple.

14.  Have fun.

15.  Set goals that are challenging, realistic, motivating, and time orientated.

16.  Visualize your goals and once you reach them….. then visualize new goals.

17.  Limit junk food and alcohol.

18.  Drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water.

19.  Understand your caloric needs for your goals. http://www.freedieting.com

20.  Do Eischens Yoga

21.  Hire the right people to help you.

22.  Find those that support you.  Hint if people do not support your goals it will be very difficult and you must get support from professionals.

23.  Never Give Up.

24.  Have Faith that success is guaranteed.

25.  Let others know what is working for you.

26.  Think like an athlete.

27.  Think like a Fitness Professional.

28.  Get rid of all excuses.

29.  Learn how to use foam roller:  http://www.youcanbefit.com/ROLLER.pdf.  The Grid

30.  Stop steady state cardio and focus on interval training
31.  Use this music to increase results instantly.
32.  Take pictures to track results
33.  Train for a specific purpose especially for strength, power and so on.  Many of my campers want to be able to do pull ups again or for the first time.  This is a great goal!
34.  Get adequate protein
35.  Focus on whole foods
36.  Eat based on your goals
37.  Train hard recover properly.
38.  Take vacations
39.  Pray, meditate, and relax.
40.  Change up your programs but not all the time
41.  Stick to a plan if it is working
42.  Never give up
43,  Read and learn from those you want to be like
44.  Make fitness a priority
45.  Your health is up to you not anyone else
46.  Be held accountable
47.  Focus on long term results not short term fake results.  An example would be someone loses 20 lbs in a month only to gain more back in a year.
48.  NEVER EVER GO ON A DIET INSTEAD LEARN HOW TO EAT
49.  Take a pre-workout drink
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50.  Take a Multi-Vitamin
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51.  Your children should take one as well:)
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52.  Sign up for a free newsletter here54.  Have fun in your workouts
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55.  Challenge yourself

56.  Ask yourself what is the goal for this workout?

57.  Remember food is for energy, to feel full, to become stronger, and to improve performance

58.  Have some reward meals or days depending on your goals

59.  Do not always stay at a caloric deficit

60.  Learn about zig zag nutrition

61.  Educate yourself but DO NOT jump around from program to program… keep it simple

62.  Chose one of these to help your efforts     

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 63.  Be patient but work like you are not

64.  Learn proper form for all exercises

65.  Do band stretching with the bands above

66.  Never let someone tell you can’t do something

67.  Working out two or three times a week with gradual improvements is better than working out every day with no improvements.

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 69.  Eat good fats

70.  Smile and laugh

71.  Do not worry or at least minimize it

72.  Forgive others always

73.  Use different tools for fitness

74.  Enter challenges

75.  Follow me on social media www.facebook.com/jeremybelter and twitter.com/#!/jeremybelter

76.  Track progress not just on the scale.

77.  Develop a positive sense of who you are and how you look in the mirror.  Do not talk negative about yourself!

Hope these help you on your journey,

Jeremy

PS  I almost forgot number 77.7 is be active on this blog and post comments:)

Superior Fitness Training

There are so many beliefs on the “right” way to train. In general the “right” way depends mainly on your goals. Trust me an elite marathon runner trains different then a professional linebacker in football. But both are great athletes in their own way. With that being said I believe for most people, if not all, some variation of the Conjugate Method is best. The Conjugate Method is training different types of strength all the time. This method is best because

1. It keeps thing fresh and new all the time
2. Unlike the standard methods used you can keep improving in all areas of strength
3. You focus on all different reps, sets, weights, and tempo every day versus doing a month or more of the same reps and sets.
4. Some of the best athletes have been using this model with superior results

The only person that may benefit is absolute beginners. They just need a base of conditioning and learning first. For more information please type in Conjugate Periodization in Google.

yours in fitness,

Jeremy

Think and Get Fit

From experience there are some distinct differences between how the fit think and how the unfit think when it comes to fitness. A few examples, in no particular, order are

– the fit think differently about food
– the fit know when and how to recover from exercise
– the fit know what intense exercise entails
– the fit understand specific measurable goals
– the fit know they will reach their fitness goals not if they will

Basically, their entire psychology (when it comes to fitness) is different between the two groups. This is not to say they are unsuccessful in other areas. In fact many times they are very successful in a lots of areas. On the other hand, when you take the same person and they become more fit their lives are enhanced.

Think Fit,

Jeremy