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Time Waste: The biggest culprit at the gym.

watchHow much is your time worth to you? Is that even something you can put a price tag on? Well if you’re a lawyer, the answer is definitely a yes, but think abstractly with me for a minute. What is your time, those limited number of hours in the day, really worth to you? Let me tell you something about my time at large corporate gym. When I was working out with clients, I noticed something about a large percentage of people who weren’t taking advantage of a personal trainer: there was a huge amount of time being wasted. Many gym goers were sitting at a machine, talking on their phone, searching for something on their iPod, or just staring into space. I even saw one or two people reading a book while sitting at a machine. What gives? Are you at the gym to work out? Or are you at the gym to enjoy the ambiance? If you’re looking for a place to relax, I can give you a dozen places in Vancouver that are much, much more comfortable. There are parks, libraries, coffee shops… all of these places have more comfortable chairs ...
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You only count the good ones!

If you have worked out with me, you may have noticed something about my counting. We’ll be in the middle of a workout, you’re sweating up a storm, and we are on a roll! We finish a set of lunges, I give you a high five, and we move on to the dumbbell curls. So you start lifting your weights like the champ you are, and I’m making sure you’re lifting the weights correctly. You might notice that I don’t count one of your lifts. You think maybe I let one slide to try to push you, and you keep going. Four more lifts later, and  I seem to only have counted three of them. “What’s the deal?” That’s what one of my clients Len said last week. He could swear that he did his complete set, but I was only counting about 3/4ths of them. Was I trying to push him farther than normal? Well, yes and no. Let me clear something up for you: I know how to count. They don’t exactly let you into the Air Force without that prerequisite, and they certainly won’t give you a personal fitness ...
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Progress: It takes time.

vrONi0DSomething that I’ve heard time and time again is “Why don’t I see progress?” You go to the gym day in and day out, you watch your diet, you dropped the excessive sugars and carbohydrates. You don’t even drink soda anymore, so what’s the deal? Is going to the gym even worth it? Well first of all, going to the gym is ALWAYS worth it. And, I can promise that if you’re showing up to the gym and sticking to your nutritional plan, you ARE making progress, even if you don’t see it happening right away. But why does progress seem to take so long? One of my favorite analogies about the human body and fitness is like rock in a stream. Your body is the stream, and the rock is an obstacle it has to get around. How does the stream do it? Nine times out of ten, the stream is going to flow around the rock, taking the easiest course. It doesn’t want to change course or even move the rock, just like your body doesn’t want to change how it looks. Your body doesn’t want to lose its body ...
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Cycling: Enjoying your fitness outdoors!

11392894_10153924172762598_3777624427085136122_nOne of the best things about summer is getting a chance to go outdoors. During the weekends, if you don’t have anywhere planned to go, it’s still nice to take a day trip to the mountains, or maybe head to the coast for a few days. It’s nice out, after all- it’s not like it happens every day in the Pacific Northwest. One of my clients, Jenn, loves to talk about her time on a bike. To her, cycling is the end all of transportation methods. Need to get yourself from point A to B? A bike will do it. Want to burn off some steam or calories? Well it just so happens that a bike does a great job at burning calories. Even if you have cargo to move, you can do it with a cargo bike built for heavy loads. To her, the summer season is bike season, and she embraces it fully. Now, I don’t necessarily cycle as my main source of transportation like Jenn does, but I do enjoy it from time to time. Especially when I get a chance to do it down at the waterfront in ...
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Water: Don’t Neglect It

water splash in a glassWhen it comes to working out, there really aren’t a lot of things you need to take with you. You get some gym clothes, you grab a towel, and you’re ready to build some muscles, right? Gyms like Boomer Fitness are great for that reason. We carry the essentials you need when you’re here, so you don’t have to worry about taking things with you. We’ve got the equipment for the workout, the showers for cleaning up afterward, and the water faucet for when you need to re-hydrate. But what happens when you’re outdoors this summer? You might go for a hike up Dog Mountain, go jogging around the block, or even cycle down to the local grocery store. When you head out, you still might not take much with you, other than some breathable clothes, a cellphone, and the keys. But there’s something missing. Can you guess it? If you guessed water, you know where I’m going with this. Water is ESSENTIAL, especially when you’re outdoors. Think about it this way: your body is already around 65% water. Would you really want to deny yourself something that makes ...
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Empty Stomach Syndrome: Creating Havoc on your Diet

iStock_000018166519XSmallWe’ve all been there. You’re heading to the supermarket and suddenly everything looks delicious. You start walking down the aisles and you suddenly have an urge to try everything! Those chips look so good, those cookies are to die for, and I’ve never seen that beef jerky before. The next thing you know, your cart is full and you haven’t even started checking off the things on your list yet. Stop! Drop those sugar-filled cookies and get out while you still can! You’re suffering from empty stomach syndrome, and it’s not going to help that specialty diet we set up for you. Empty Stomach Syndrome, or ESS, is what happens when you are hungry and enter a store filled with foods. It’s a recipe for disaster if you’re on a specialty diet program, especially when you walk down those aisles that are absolutely filled with junk food. It’s not entirely your fault, either. Supermarkets know what they’re doing with these aisles, and seek to take full advantage of your ESS. You might notice that snack foods are always at eye level, spaced throughout the store, and always seem to have some great ...
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Keeping a Clean House: The Showers

20150519_104725I don’t know about you, but I know there have been times where I’ve been afraid to even step foot into a corporate gyms shower. They can be unhygienic, dirty, and some don’t even work. Sometimes its just a gamble to see if the shower has luke warm water or fridged cold. Don’t even hope for any hot water. I can’t understand why this is considered excusable, either! A lot of people go to the gym in the middle of the day, and either have to go back to work afterward, or want to go home. Either way, you don’t want to get in your car with your gym clothes on. But risking yourself at a gym shower which looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in days, or even weeks? It feels like being stuck between an unhygienic rock and a smelly hard place. Some gyms put the entire focus on gym equipment, but completely neglect other aspects of the gym. Sure, widescreen televisions are great, but is that really where the priority should be? Some private gyms I’ve seen don’t even offer showers to begin with. It’s not just about keeping ...
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Should you go to the gym today?

20150519_103451 Something I’ve heard numerous times as a personal trainer is “Should I go to the gym today?” Most of the time, the answer is a resounding “YES!” The grind includes the whole week, after all! But there are always exceptions to the rules, and there are times even I might say “consider staying home today.” Here’s a few things to think about if you’re considering whether to show up to the gym, or whether you need to stay home for the day: Do show up if you have never been to the gym before – Look, I get it. You don’t know where to start. You don’t understand what half the machines do. And worst of all, what will the other people there think? Let me reveal something to you that many people don’t think about. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, and even Brian Stecker had a first day working out. And they likely had no idea what they were doing at first. Everyone has to learn how to properly curl a dumbbell, how to do lunges, even how to do a push up correctly. There’s no such thing as a dumb ...
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Britney Spears and Brian Getting Sweaty at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

IMG_6488 As some of you may know, I spent a few days in Las Vegas for a fitness-related event. I stayed at the Bellagio, and that’s where Britney Spears and I got sweaty! Well, I didn’t say that we got sweaty together. But sure, both of us have gotten sweaty while in the Bellagio, because well, I do a lot of working out and she does a lot of dancing. The important thing here that I want to share with you is about staying fit while you are traveling. Sure, it would have been easy for me to grab a few drinks and just hang out by the pool all day. But I wouldn’t have went home feeling very good about myself and I would have set my fitness back some. Believe it or not, you can stay in shape when you are traveling!  The first thing that most people think of when they are traveling and want to keep up with their working out is the hotel fitness room. But if you have spent any time in hotel fitness rooms you know well that it’s hit or miss. I’ve seen hotel ...
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Fun: The forgotten aspect of Fitness

Once upon a time, the word “recess” used to inspire anticipation. We looked forward to playing tag, or being the first to the swing set, or grabbing the football and teaming up with your friends against the other dreaded 5th graders. As a kid, spending time out on the playground wasn’t dreamed of as punishment – it was something to look forward to, something to be enjoyed! Those 30 minutes of freedom outside of the classroom were sometimes the best part of gradeschool. Now when we think about running across a field or swinging on a jungle gym, many think  its a sport for a younger generation. It’s something your kids do, or even your grand kids, but certainly not you. I’ll watch from here, you go have fun. I’ll get my workout at the gym later. What happened? When did fitness stop being fun? Something that always gets pushed to the wayside of fitness it the importance of having a good time. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, you will break a sweat when doing it. But going to the gym shouldn’t be something that you dread. It should be something you look forward to. Otherwise, what is going to bring ...
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