Monday, August 23, 2010

Eating Clean doesn't have to be boring

By now you have probably gotten sick of me saying how great my clients are.  As a trainer you spend A LOT of your time with your clients.  It is your job and focus to help others feel comfortable in their bodies, live a healthier life, introduce them to new experiences, as well as take them to fitness levels they never thought possible.  And for all of these reasons your clients are thankful!

The above photo is my Figure Girl lunch ;) with fresh ingredients from my client Abby's farm share!

4oz Cajun seasoned Cod, grilled asparagus and broccoli atop lettuce with Galeo's dressing
Roll up and enjoy like a wrap!
Add a side of mashed sweet potatoes topped with cinnamon and sea salt

When in competition mode,
Break into the spice rack, discover great combinations that make your meat and fish taste out of this world!!!! 
Drink lots of tea, there are a TON of amazing teas out there :0
Have fun on the grill, veggies taste SO MUCH better that way ;)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Nowadays in the fitness industry we are being bombarded with websites, emails and newsletters showcasing weight loss and body transformation via diet and exercise. It’s great I LOVE IT! 
The proof is in the photos, I say this time and time again!
Good maintainable weight loss and body transformations are going to occur over time, not overnight so keeping a photo diary is key.

Have you ever looked deeper into the before and after photos?
Take for instance the awesome Precision Nutrition Program.  Those before and afters are a postural specialists DREAM shots ;)
If you look beyond the weight loss and newly developed muscles you will see that most likely the deviations that appeared at 225lbs are still there when the client drops to a lean and mean 170lbs!
Yes you can transform a body with clean eating and progressive strength training. If you don’t address the structural deviations however, even the leanest strongest client is at risk for pain and or injury!
At my studio MYOFORCE,we get creative. 
We have countless clients with serious deviations; deviations so prominent that traditional strength training just doesn’t make sense.
Take for instance our client Isabel.
Isabel is your typical 13yr old girl. Loves to play soccer, ride her bike and just be active!
She also has a serious case of scoliosis. This left Isabel strapped to her brace 23 hrs a day 7 days a week for YEARS
Until she found MYOFORCE :)  
The following are her brace molds from 2009 and 2010.

Ok so it's a little different than your traditional before and after photos but these brace molds are significantly different :)  Thanks to creative corrective exercise sequencing Isabel is pain free and brace free :)
 A girl after my own heart ;)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Working out versus Training

Courtesy of Coach Nick:

There's working out and there's training. 
Training is when you have a progressive plan with measurable goals and continual challenges. 
Working out is anything that makes you sweaty and tired but not necessarily bigger or stronger because it lacks consistency, direction and specificity.

Long time no see guys :)
I have been struggling a little lately with time and feelings and have not blogged as much as I would like to.  I will have a new computer soon so you will see more of me :)

YES, I have prepared for a Figure Competition before.
NO, each time a girl prepares it is NOT THE SAME.  

Each time you go through the process, you have new experiences and encounter different obstacles. 
For instance I have been through the diet before so now I know the challenges that lie ahead, but that doesn't mean it will be easier ;)

Seeing as I ended up accepting my PRO CARD with the WNBF I will now be competing at the PRO level.  This is a completely different ballgame than Novice or Open Division. I will find myself amongst the elite, women who have worked for years to develop their physiques.

I have no expectations for my first PRO show I am just going to take it all in.

What I do have are goals.  
GOALS to go in HARDER and BIGGER overall, with specific focus on my legs and shoulders.

I have to admit its been tough to put on weight for this process. Even when you are doing it on purpose, its hard to stay positive when you see your body changing.

I am definitely getting BIGGER and STRONGER. 
Therefore my TRAINING is working.

I have learned OH SO MANY VALUABLE lessons throughout this process.  When I first made the decision to compete I gave several reasons and one of them was to relate to my clients when they were on a strict nutrition plan. 
Now I can add to my resume the ability to empathize with them when their weight fluctuates and the emotions that go along with that.  This ability is VERY POWERFUL and something new to me.  And I believe it gives me another advantage when communicating with clientele.

I will continue to be positive and grateful and have faith in the process, REMINDERS are always welcome in case I forget ;)

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