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Saturday, May 31, 2014

7 Ways to Prepare for the Impending Doom...Swimsuit Season's almost here.
Since you’ll be easing yourself into a bikini or shorts in the next few weeks (always think positive), the time to set yourself up for success is NOW! Below are 7 things you should toss NOW that can sabotage your mission.  Use these simple strategies to jump start your program today!  Start by avoiding...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Want to Know What Drives me Bananas? Fruit’s Bad Rep

Super food/Super fruit?
Over my several decades as a celebrity fitness expert, I’ve discovered some harsh truths about client compliance. If you hate burpees – I mean, root-canal-equivalent hate them; not just dislike incorporating them into your routine – you won’t do them on your off days.
Clients who complain about $5-a-dozen pasteurized eggs yet fit a daily $5 Frappuccino into their daily budget will never forego that sugary coffee milkshake, even if they eventually also buy eggs. No amount of reasoning can persuade them otherwise.
Oh, and perhaps my biggest lesson: Never, ever take away a client’s

Saturday, May 17, 2014

5 Strategies to Create More Time in Your Hectic Schedule

Get it organized and you get it done
“You people make it all sound so simple,” my client replied. By “you people,” she meant healthcare professionals, and “it” implied the numerous strategies we routinely tick off to stay lean and healthy.

If you’ve read even a few nutrition or diet books, you know the drill. Eat clean, workout, sleep well, minimize toxic exposure, drink enough water, and de-stress. We can rattle this stuff off in our sleep. Eight hours of high quality, uninterrupted sleep, of course.

My client seemed particularly perturbed about

Friday, May 9, 2014

Return to Oz: Rebounding at Your Gym After a Prolonged Absence

Stop self-sabotage; don't look back
“I feel like that time I visited Paris and forgot most of the language,” my client said. “I lived in Paris as a teenager and spoke fluent French, so you can understand how forgetting quickly became terrifying.”

My client’s story referred to her long-absent return to my gym. Granted, she wasn’t slacking. She’d had a baby and resided on the East Coast to be with her ailing mom over the past year. While her reasons were completely valid, the reality was she’d been MIA at the gym and her return felt like a gargantuan culture shock.

Her frustration became apparent during our first training season. She unsuccessfully tried to lift a weight that was a little too heavy and nearly

Friday, May 2, 2014

Why Calcium Supplements Can Increase Your Osteoporosis Risk

There is no dairy in this picture
“I didn’t think this happened till decades down the road when I was in a retirement home and, like, eating soggy spinach and playing bingo every night,” my client said. Understandably, she felt devastated that literally days before her doctor diagnosed her with osteoporosis. She was 33 at the time.
I’ve talked with several doctors at conferences and, indeed, they all see a disturbing trend among osteoporosis or osteoporotic symptoms in patients as young as 30.
“The sooner we understand that young women can and do fracture bones and develop osteoporosis the better,” says Canada’s CEMCOR (The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research). “Also, the sooner we accept that the bone we build in our childhood and teen years provides a ‘bone bank’ from which we can borrow in older age the better.”  Very well put.
My client felt especially frustrated because