Movement = Life

  Movement is the foundation of our lives. This rang so true for me on recent trip with my son and the majority of his seventh grade class. I was one of several chaperones who got to experience the wondrous beauty of the Grand Canyon. It probably won’t come as a surprise to any of…

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Exercise, Some Motivation Required

The other day I was given a magnet by one of our amazing clients.On the magnet was a picture of a T-Rex chasing a person with the caption “Exercise, Some Motivation Required”. Now this magnet really spoke to me because of who was chasing whom. And it got me further thinking about how metaphoric the…

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Plan for Your Dive, Dive With Your Plan

If you’ve ever been scuba diving, something I have yet to do personally, you probably learned this. One of our clients who is an experienced scuba diver drew a relationship between the idea of planning ahead and then sticking to your plan for scuba with setting a fitness goal and then setting out to  achieve it. I loved…

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4 Tips for Finding the Right Trainer for You

If your idea of quality involves braving one of countless hiking trails, participating in annual events such as the Arizona Distance Classic, playing golf and tennis at the El Conquistador Country Club, or living out your love for baseball on one of several Oro Valley softball teams, you will decrease your risk of injury and increase your enjoyment of your chosen activities with the investment in a solid personal trainer. Here are five tips for finding the right one for you.

Grow Old On Your Terms

When it comes to your body, you only get one. How you take care of it while you still are physically able will determine how you age. You may not know this so I’ll tell you. Past 30 years of age our body’s aging clock it set to gradually whittle away at our bones, muscles, lung capacity, heart efficiency, joint integrity and range of motion, and even our capacity for learning, to the tune of 30% loss or greater in muscle mass alone! That’s the difference between keeping your independence or not. So, if you’re ignoring exercise now thinking you can get to it “when you have more time” STOP. Read this and start aging on your terms.

Remember: Relationships First, Clients Second

oday was a reminder day for me. Those of you that know and love me will appreciate that I need reminders from time to time. You see, in the day to day responsibility of being a business owner, I get misdirected sometimes.

Give Thanks to Your Life Changers

This week I’ve been receiving this collection of emails from a great leader in my industry, Todd Durkin. These emails he’s sending are interesting because in them he provides glimpses and back stories of the top people in his life that have been life changing to him. So, it got me thinking about my life changers. Allow me to introduce you to one of my most pivotal life changers. This woman literally changed the course my life was on at the time, a course that was definitely headed for brokenness.

Better Everyday

I have a bracelet I wear on my left wrist that says “Better Everyday”. I received it from an amazing strength and conditioning coach who lives in Vancouver, Canada named Peter Twist. The guy has been a pioneer in the realm of strength and conditioning for greater than 25 years and is most known for his part in developing countless athletes for the NHL, a role he maintained for 11 years. I recently got to meet Peter Twist at a personal training conference I went to in the middle of August. That is where he gifted me my bracelet, along with 100+ others who did the workout he coached us through. Despite receiving countless other bracelets at that event, I continue to only wear his. His personal message of triumph despite a horrific diagnosis is why I continue to wear it.

Remember Recess?

To the average person exercise looks pretty close to torture. With all of the heavy breathing, stress to the body, and repeating of it all, I can appreciate why. However, I would like to share what I know exercise can also look like.

Strength in Numbers

When I started our concept of group training way back in the early 2000’s, I honestly did so primarily as a means to leverage both time and money. You see, I had pretty much met my limit for one on one clients yet I was dissatisfied with my total income. So I determined to put my best foot forward in developing a group exercise program that would appeal to my one on one style of training so I could recruit some of my individual clients into a group option. The win was less cost to them and more dollars per hour to me. My first group had 5 participants, 4 of which had been 1 on 1 clients just the week before. The strategy worked.
What I didn’t realize though was how much camaraderie and motivation a group environment could produce.

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