How do I set fitness goals?

The first step towards improving your health and fitness is setting smart goals.  Too often we begin our journey without a clear endpoint, or even path, in mind.  For instance, I’ve heard “I want to lose weight and tone up,” thousands of times over the years.  That sort of phrase tells me nothing about you really want to achieve.  The acronym S.M.A.R.T. is not a new strategy, but it still holds true.

Specific

As I previously stated, “I want to lose weight and tone up,” is not very quantifiable.  How much weight do you want to lose?  What areas of your body would you like to be leaner?  The more specific you can be the, better.  For example:

a. “I want to lose 20 lbs.”

b. “I want to increase my Bench Press to 250lbs.”

c. “I am going to get back into my size 6 wardrobe!”

If you have quantifiable goals, then you’ll actually know when you reach them. 

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Grilling Season Tips

Although we are now in September, the grilling season is still in full swing.  Most of us who love raw meat and fire will be pushing the “start” button or lighting the coals quite regularly until the snow flies.  Grilling has the potential to be a very healthy method of cooking, as all the fat can drip right off the food.  However, oftentimes this does not end up being the case.  Therefore, here are a few guidelines for an enjoyable and healthy remainder of your grilling season:

1)    “You’re not a sumo wrestler.  Don’t eat like one.”

It’s very easy to overeat when grilling – cooking the whole bag of hot dogs, a massive T-bone steak, etc.  Plan out how much you are going to eat and stick to it.  (Remember, your fist is about the size of one serving for you).  If there are leftovers, so be it.  Save them for another meal.

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5 Tips For Fast Fat Loss

When new clients come to me, they often have the same question for me:

How can I lose the fat that I’ve put on over the last few years?

Skip the pills, fad diets, and the miracle cures. If you really want to lose the fat, use any (or all) of these tried and true methods. Success won’t happen overnight, but you’ll have a lot better success in both the short and the long term.

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