I am a fitness professional who is certified as an Adventure Boot Camp instructor, personal fitness trainer, sports nutritionist, and health coach. I have a B.S. in Health Promotion with a Minor in Business from Auburn University. Currently I am the owner and operator of Joe Martin Fitness LLC, a fitness company that specializes in fitness boot camps, youth fitness, and on-line personal training. I was voted Huntsville's Healthiest Male, Huntsville's Healthiest Trainer, and Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp was voted Huntsville's Healthiest Place to Workout. As a writer, I have written the best selling book The Wellness Code, The 21 Day Tight and Toned Transformation, the Army MWR Sports and Fitness Newsletter, and I am a frequent contributor to the Huntsville Times as a fitness writer. I had been a lifelong athlete, until one day I woke up and realized I was 50 pounds overweight, depressed, and injured. It was a turning point in my life when I got fed up and realized there had to be a better way. From that day on I have dedicated my life to studying health and fitness and using it to help others achieve their goals. I have used this passion to train all populations but my specialty is fat loss for women.
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Posts by brawny7878
One of the most common questions I get about my boot camp is “Why just women?”
My typical answer involves how my training experience led me to decide that women are the best clients. That answer does not tell the full story.
My experience in class a few weeks ago, tells the story a lot better.
I was in class the other day marveling at the amazing women that I’m surrounded by. In just one day I had the opportunity to train women who had lost husbands, children, parents, and everything they own to Katrina.
Women who had been through divorces, rehabs, abusive relationships, and layoffs.
Women who had beat cancer, sickle cell, diabetes, lupus, and numerous other serious diseases.
Single moms, women who take care of aging parents, and women who have taken on the role of mom and dad while their husband is serving overseas.
And yet every one of these women is still standing tall and letting nothing defeat them.
So to answer your question:
As a fitness expert, I have put many hours of research into discovering the perfect time to start an exercise program. I want to share this valuable research with you. The perfect time is:
Right now, today, this moment is the best time. Otherwise you will fall victim to The Law of Diminishing Intent.
The Law of Diminishing Intent says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
I have seen this law live to be true several times in my life. Don’t overanalyze it, this is not a 50 step process.
What can you do today to start that momentum in right direction? Go for a walk, do a few pushups, get some sunshine, ride your bike.
Doesn’t matter how small you start, the point is to start. And if you’ve been exercising for awhile, but you have been in a rut the same rules apply.
Something needs to change TODAY to start the process of changing your body. Lift heavier weights, run faster, walk further.
It’s never too early to challenge yourself. Don’t let failure keep you from trying to better yourself.
What is the one thing you are going to do TODAY to either get started or get to that next level? E-mail me at info@HuntsvilleBootCamp.com and let me know.
I would love to help you accomplish your goals, so let me know how I can help.
I love almond butter and I’m not ashamed to admit it! The only downfall for me is that it is so expensive.
What if I told you that you could make it yourself and save yourself fifty cents? Sorry to shock you like that with an outlandish claim.
You actually save a little more than that, but the best part for me is that I know exactly what is going into it. All you need is:
-1 cup of almonds
-1/4 cup of liquid coconut oil
Here is the video in all of its glory. Sorry if you are a stickler for food sanitation, my 8 year old son makes a cameo appearance at the end.
We had a guest speaker at my men’s group at church this past weekend who was talking about a few of John Maxwell’s leadership laws.
The main one that stood out in my mind was something called the Law of the Lid. The Law of the Lid is about an experiment done with fleas.
The researchers put a bunch of fleas in a jar to study for 24 hours. This task reminds me when I worked for the government and part of my job description was “Other duties as necessary”. A sneaky way of getting around the “that’s not my job” complaint.
So they study these fleas for 24 hours and then they let them out. The researchers noticed something strange about the fleas.
The fleas would only jump to the height of where lid had been. Normally fleas can jump 150 times its size! But they got tired of hitting their head on that lid, so they backed off.
Have you ever done that? have you tried an exercise or nutrition program for a few weeks and then just decide that you couldn’t make it any further.
Do you put limitations on yourself that only you can see? Are the limitations there because you got tired of hitting your head on the proverbial lid?
It doesn’t have to be like that! There is a program and a plan that works for you out there.
Our most successful people at boot camp are the ones that have taken the lid off and are not afraid to fail. We have grandmothers, people with high blood pressure, joint problems, busy schedules, and every other reason in the world why they should not be at a boot camp.
But they keep showing up, doing what they can, and getting better. Don’t let yourself or anyone else tell you what you can’t do.
You’re stronger than you think, tougher than you know, and more capable than you thought possible. You can make it happen.
I was at the pharmacy last week picking up a prescription for my son. That is a scary place.
Multiple people my age (late 30s) picking up 6 or 7 prescriptions for themselves. All the braces, incontinence products, quick fix nutrition items, etc…
Do you know that 75% of health care costs are from chronic disease? Chronic diseases can be: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.
Chronic diseases are preventable! This is depressing, but also inspiring to me.
This is from the CDC: Four common, health-damaging, but modifiable behaviors—tobacco use, insufficient physical activity, poor eating habits, and excessive alcohol use—are responsible for much of the illness, disability, and premature death related to chronic diseases.
I had been going through one of those times where eating healthy just seemed like such a stinking hassle. Does that ever happen to you?
A person has limits with how much chicken and salad they can eat. But the trip to the pharmacy got me back on track.
My goal is to get older, but not to age like the majority of our population is right now. Some of it is out of my hands, but I control what goes into my body and I control my activity level.
And so do you.
Don’t accept that you have to be reliant on pills and potions to get through life. One of the greatest parts of my job is getting e-mails and texts from my clients excitedly telling me they are kicking blood pressure and cholesterol meds to the curb after a great report from their doctor.
Don’t accept the fate most Americans see as inevitable. You have the power to change your future, make your health a priority.
I’m here to tell you a secret about diet programs that most people won’t tell you.
Are you ready?
Here it comes:
They all work for weight loss
It sounds crazy right? A recent study backs this up: Low fat vs low carb study
Participants in the study were put on either a low fat or low carb diet. Average weight loss for both groups was about 18 pounds over a 6 month period compared to people who did not follow a diet.
Why is that? Two reasons: reduced calorie intake and consistency.
When you restrict something in your diet: fat, carbs, sugar, etc… more times than not you will lose weight. Because you wind up eating less total calories after you take out the fat, carb, or sugar based foods.
When you take in less calories consistently over time, you lose weight. A pound of fat weighs 3500 calories. So if you take 500 calories out of your diet, then you would lose a pound a week.
I DO NOT endorse cutting out carbs or fat. They both provide unique things that your body needs.
I DO endorse getting rid of junk fats and junk carbs. Eating almonds before Almond Joys, that type of deal
If you are looking to lose weight, you need to cut down on the calories and junk food. You don’t have to cut down on carbs and fat.
The more you can cook and prepare your own meals made from whole foods that come from the Earth, the healthier and leaner you will be.
It was my first football practice ever. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was very excited about doing it.
I got down into my freshly learned football stance across from my teammate. This was going to be my big moment.
The plan was to crush this guy, get onto the coaches’ radar, and then become a super star. That was not exactly how it went down.
The ball was snapped, I fired off, and promptly went blind. What in the world is going on???
Turns out the guy across from me threw sand in my eyes.
What kind of person does that? I now officially hated this guy. But middle school boys are a little different, as you may know.
Fast forward a week later and me and this guy are best friends. We are still friends to this day and I even wore a tuxedo in his outdoor wedding in New Orleans in August. That’s how tight we are.
So I’m asking you to be patient when you start something new. Especially if you hate it.
-Your body will likely hate getting up early, if you aren’t used to it.
-You will hate having sore muscles when you first start a new program.
-It will be awkward doing exercises you have never done before.
-Eating vegetables is no fun if you have been eating junk all the time. I know that one from experience.
-Prepping and cooking your own food, can seem like a part time job
What you are feeling is life outside of your comfort zone. Think of it is as your new normal, you will not stay in misery. Focus on this becoming a lifestyle change, not just something you are doing this month.
Stick to it long enough to feel your energy levels go up.
Stay with it until you get that amazing feeling of being physically and mentally strong enough to take on anything life throws at you.
Keep at it long enough and one day you have made a healthy lifestyle a way of life. That is something to be proud of and it is an awesome feeling.
Don’t give up on yourself before you get there. You can do it and you deserve the rewards that come with it.
I read about a crazy study that involved the researchers gaving people the flu. I remember being pretty broke a few times in my life, but not so broke I would take a few dollars to get the flu.
I hate getting sick. Give me poor and healthy any day.
The researchers studied a group of people over a 6 month period to determine if they were positive thinkers or negative thinkers.
If they had more activity in the right prefrontal cortex of their brain (home to anger, fear, sadness), they were considered to be negative thinkers.
If there was more activity in their left prefrontal cortex (home to enthusiasm, feeling upbeat, joy) they were considered to be positive thinkers.
Then after the 6 months of studying these subjects, the researchers gave them the flu.
The end result was that the negative thinkers had lower antibodies, so they were more likely to get sick and would stay sicker longer. Makes sense to me. That’s why Zig Ziglar calls it Stinkin’ Thinkin’.
Seems like the negative thinkers I know are sick a lot more often than the positive thinkers I know. Think about it for a second and I think you will find the same.
On the other hand, positive thinking can:
-Increase pain tolerance
-Lower blood pressure
-Lower stress levels
-Lead to better relationships
-Increase sleep quality
-Make people more likely to eat healthy, exercise, and rest more
That is just to name a few things positive thinking can do for you. You know what the coolest part is?
You alone get to determine your attitude.
I think that is awesome! There are so many things in our lives we have no control over.