JoeMartinFitness

JoeMartinFitness

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.

Home page: http://www.HuntsvilleBootCamp.com

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What your workout is missing (homework)

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My son is a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan. I love Calvin and Hobbes too, so this is a great bonding experience because those books are still hilarious.

Calvin is a young boy who is always getting into trouble and having adventures with his stuffed tiger Hobbes. Calvin is not a fan of organized sports, so they come up with something called Calvinball.

There is only one rule to Calvinball and that is that you cannot play it the same way twice. My son loves this idea, so we played some Calvinball yesterday.

It is basically just fun, unstructured physical activity with no rules and it is exactly what most people are missing in their workouts!

When did you decide to stop playing? I hope your answer is “Never!”.

Adults need play just like kids do. Probably even more so. We incorporate play into our boot camp classes for that very reason.

Play can: relieve stress, improve brain function, boost creativity and learning, improve relationships, and keep you feeling young. And it is a lot of fun too!

Your assignment is to go out this weekend and have some unstructured play. Life is too short to be so serious all the time.

Run, skip, hop, kick, throw, hike, dance, or whatever form of movement speaks to you. It doesn't matter if you have a kid with you or not, it is even better with a group of adults. The point is to have fun and MOVE!

That time I got scabies in Ireland…

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When I was 21 years old I was living in Dublin, Ireland. The last two weeks before I was about to go home, my older brother Tony flew over and we traveled along the coast of Ireland.

 

We had some awesome adventures and saw some great sights. One place stands out in particular for a not so good reason.

I got scabies from a hostel in Killarney located in County Kerry.

This was pre-internet in your pocket, so we based all of our decisions on one of those Fodor’s travel books. We would pick the cheapest hostel from the book and stay there.

It backfired on us, when I got scabies. If you want to horrify yourself, go look up what scabies are. Shudder…

So I have these super, itchy rashes on the inside of my arms and along my waistline. The best part of my day was when I got in the shower and burned the places with the hottest water I could find. Side note- that’s not what you are supposed to do.

I didn’t go to a doctor. Didn’t get any help. Just kept doing my quick fix of really hot showers that gave me temporary relief.

When I came back to the states, I finally went to the doctor. I got a prescription cream and it cleared it up almost immediately.

Pretty silly to wait that long when I could have gotten help huh?

People do the same thing every day with their body. They are not happy with how their body looks, feels, or performs but they will continue trying quick fixes.

Fad diets, the latest supplement regimen, or a couple of weeks of random workouts on their own. It’s ok to get help! This stuff is confusing and constantly changing, I feel your pain.

I get it, I did the same thing. I was embarrassed, I was broke, and I figured I could just deal with it.

It doesn’t have to be like that! There is no need to be embarrassed. I’ve been overweight and out of shape myself, don’t ever give up on yourself. We all started somewhere.

You don’t have to be rich to get in great shape. Want to hear some great news? Burpees don’t cost a thing! There are tons of free ways to get in shape. Eating healthy appears to cost more overall, but there are ways to eat good and not break the bank.

You don’t have to put up with feeling bad about you look. You don’t have to accept feeling tired all the time.

Life is too short to not be enjoyed to the fullest! And you can’t do that if you don’t feel good about how you look and feel.

If you have questions that I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask them. I’m always here to help.

Adventure Hiking Classes are back by popular demand!

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I've always wanted to do a back by popular demand announcement. So back by popular demand it is our:

 

Adventure Hiking Classes!

 

We did these awhile back and everyone had a blast.

 

The very first hike will be on Saturday, January 21st at 9am.

 

What to expect:

-Gain strength and endurance

-Learn the basics of hiking

-See the most beautiful locations in north Alabama

-Sweat, smiles, and laughter

-Improved mood

 

Hiking is an excellent way to get an effective, low impact workout in. It is also great for your mood and attitude to get out and explore nature.

 

This class is open to women, men, and children who can handle the hiking. If mom and/or dad join, children can come free.

 

There will be 4 different hikes (1 every week, except for Feb 4th) over the 5 week period. Each hike will be different and will last anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours per hike.

This is going to be an awesome class, sign up today!

Adventure Hiking sign up

Negativity Detox, Challenge #1

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Let's face it. We are living in a Golden Age of haters.TV, radio, movies are all chock full of conflict and negativity.

And then there is the capital city of Haterdelphia, the Internet. Which is basically a breeding ground for a super species of negative people who live on a steady diet of hater tots and making people upset.

Quick tip- If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't put it on the Internet.

So here's is what I came up with to combat all the stress and negativity that we are surrounded with.

A Negativity Detox Program

Many of my clients have had success with the 21 Day Belly Blast program that detoxes your body of processed and junk foods. That works great, but if you are stressed you will not be able to lose fat. But many of you let me know you are still struggling with ways to beat stress.

Over the next 10 weeks I will offer one challenge every Monday for the week. The purpose of these challenges will be to purge you of the negative influences in your life and replace them with new positive thoughts and actions.   To many of you this may sound silly, I understand. But if you are willing to trust me and just give it a try, you will be amazed at how much better you will feel.

First Week Challenge

Might as well start with one of the toughest ones first. When you are riding in the car this week, do not listen to the radio, talk on the cell phone, text, or anything other than drive.   A lot of the stress we have in our lives is from sensory overload. Stop what you are doing right now and just pay attention to all that is going on around you right now. AC blowing, radio on, people talking, lights flashing, etc...   There is a lot going on! You may not notice it, but your body does and all of that adds up. Give your body a break. Now if you have to handle work or kid related things in the car, I understand. The goal is to get 30 minutes a day of as much quiet as you can. You can do that at home or anywhere else as well.   Use that time to plan out your day or week, plan your meals for the day, pray, meditate, problem solve, or whatever you need to do. You will be amazed at how much clearer your thoughts are without Ke$ha blasting in the background.   Try it and let me know what you think. This is your challenge for the week.

You have gold underneath your plaster

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Have you ever heard the story of the Golden Buddha statue in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s pretty amazing!

The statue, officially called Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon, is a 5.5 ton statue made of gold that was believed to be from the 13th-14th century, but was not discovered until 1954. How did a giant, gold statue avoid discovery for so many years?

For hundreds of years the statue had hidden in plain sight. At some point over the years, the beautiful, gold statue had been covered in plaster so it would not be stolen by invading armies.

The discovery was accidental. Workers were trying to move the statue, the ropes broke, and the giant statue came crashing to the ground. On further inspection after the accident, gold was seen shining through the cracked plaster.

Isn’t that amazing? Something similar to this is one of my driving beliefs for boot camp.

I truly believe that everyone has an athlete inside of them.

I’m not talking about being great at sports either. I’m talking about the joy of movement. Our bodies are meant to move, to be challenged, to try new things, and to experience the thrill that comes with doing those things.

Do you know why it feels so good to exercise even when it hurts sometimes? Because you are doing what your body is designed to do!

It is your job to find out what that kind of movement is. If you’ve hated exercise in the past, try something new! A great way to describe our boot camps is: exercise for people who hate to exercise.

A common compliment we get from our classes is “I can’t believe it, but I actually enjoy exercise now!” That could be you too.

Find some form of movement that you enjoy and that you will continue to do on a consistent basis, whatever that happens to be. It is worth the effort and it will change your life.

Your best year yet by doing things you aren’t qualified for

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Are you a planner? Do you have to have all your ducks in a row before you do anything?

 

I am married to one of those people. Thank goodness, because I am the exact opposite. Marriage is all about filling in each other’s gaps.

 

There is definitely a time to plan, get ready, and make sure you have all the bases covered. But it can also be a sticking point.

 

It becomes a sticking point if it keeps you from taking action. Do you know what science has determined to be the perfect time to start exercising? Now. Now is the best time.

 

I love this quote I heard from Tim Ferriss: “Don’t be afraid to attempt what you are not qualified to do.”

 

I also like this quote from Kamal Ravikant, investor and author, “If I only did things I was qualified for I’d be pushing a broom somewhere.”

 

-Do not be afraid to do your first 5K because you don’t think you are ready.

-Do not be afraid to start Adventure Boot Camp because you think it is too hard or you can’t keep up. Spoiler alert- it's not and you can.

-Do not hold yourself back from reaching your full potential because that lying voice in your head says you can’t.

 

Go all in this year, put yourself out there, and see what happens. It won’t be easy, it will hurt, but it will be worth it. Don’t go through another year with regrets.

 

This is the year and now is the time. Take that first step towards change and just keep stepping.

 

Happy 2017 to you!

Before you make those resolutions…

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It is almost time. The time of year when we MUST change everything in our lives in ONE day!

 

I love resolutions. I love goal setting. I really love writing down goals to accomplish, but what is going to make this year any different from last year?

Momentum

Let em explain. I've seen a lot of people searching for their word of the year. If I had one it would be momentum.

I think momentum is absolutely crucial to your success. So I am going to give you some advice that is probably counterintuitive to what most people will do.

Start with your strengths.

If you hate exercise, don't start there even if the rest of the world goes to the gym in January. If you hate eating healthy, don't start there even if the rest of the world is producing a broccoli shortage. Pick something that you are already pretty good at and go all in.

If you have already been exercising a little bit, it is time to pick it up! No pun intended. Lift heavier, go further, go faster. Do that race you are nervous about attempting, try that class you've always wanted to try, pick up a new active hobby. Cross train in other areas to improve performance and increase results.

If you already eat fairly healthy, it is time to dial it in!

The goal is to increase your confidence. What happens when you work on your weaknesses? You feel incompetent, that everybody else makes it look so easy, and you feel like a failure.

But when you are working in an area you already have competence, you can really grow your confidence and that will produce momentum.

You can use that momentum to delve into the other areas that you want to work on. It will work better than the quitting smoking, getting a new job, working out 7 days a weeks, and eating a complete Paleo Slow Carb Mediterranean Diet all year game plan.

Doing things the way you have always done will get you the same things that you did not want. Try something different and see what you are truly capable of.

Star Wars and Weight Loss

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I went to go see the new Star Wars movie yesterday. Spoiler alert- it’s really good, if you are into that sort of thing. Ties some parts of other movies together for you.

While I was there I made a big mistake. I ordered a large popcorn and large drink. Not sure what happened but it just kind of appeared in my hands. They were running some sort of special I think, it was all a blur.

My son and I were going to split it, so I guess I thought it would be ok. The popcorn was the size of a pillowcase and the drink was the size of a bazooka.

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Then my next mistake was letting my son pick the drink. The movie theater had one of those machines where you can get any kind of drink you want. Hundreds of combinations. I think we wound up with a Sprite, Grape, Root Beer mixture that was pretty terrible.

30 minutes of straight eating popcorn and drinking the toilet water drink later it was all gone. All of it! It was pretty amazing/depressing.

The moral of the story- portion control matters.

There is a ton of research out there that backs it up. Did you know that people clean their plate 91% of the time? And that is no matter how much food was offered and how hungry they were. At least we aren’t quitters…

So if you are trying to lose weight your first move should be to start using smaller plates and bowls. The super brains at Google introduced smaller plates in their cafeteria and the employees lost an average 10-15 pounds. With no other dietary changes!

In a study in the journal Appetite showed the dramatic difference switching from a 12-inch plate to a 9-inch plate can do for you. Participants in the study were able to cut their calories by 48% (up to 275-350 calories per meal). If you used the smaller plates for just 2 meals a day, that would result in a 14-18 pound weight loss over a 3 month period.

If you’ve been unsuccessful in the past trying to lose weight, give the smaller plates and bowls a try. It might be just what you need to be successful.

Goliath, Marshmallows, and Reaching Your Goals

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Goliath

There is a hallway at my church where all the kid’s classrooms are. The walls are all painted with famous stories and people from the Bible.

One year my wife and I were leading a Sunday school class and I had a brilliant idea involving marshmallows and a painting of Goliath.

You have probably heard the story in the Bible about David and Goliath. Where tiny David killed the fearsome giant Goliath by flinging a smooth stone into Goliath’s forehead.

I thought it would be pretty awesome to have the kids act like David and try to throw their marshmallows into Goliath’s forehead. They loved it! There was just one problem.

There’s always that one kid.

One kid had apparently been licking his marshmallow while he waited in line. Then when it was his turn he ran up and dunked Goliath in the forehead like he was Lebron James. You would be amazed at how quickly a marshmallow sticks to a painting of Goliath and it would not come off!

Goliath had marshmallow residue on him for weeks! Every time I walk by that painting I am reminded of that day. It also reminds me of the kids’ laughter, enthusiasm, and zest for life that day. It is also a reminder that there are kids that look up to me and I need to be a good example. Every time I see that guy it is a great reminder.

You can set up visual reminders for yourself too. Print off a favorite quote of yours, a picture of the finish line at a race you are training for, a picture of your kids. Think of something that: positively motivates you to be healthier; keep proper nutrition and exercise a priority; and is deeply meaningful to you.

I have no idea how to use semicolons, but I throw them out there occasionally to keep that button on my keyboard from getting rusty. I’m a rebel like that.

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, thank you for being a reader!

Wok this way!

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I have a new goal in life. To become a master of the wok.

My wife got one for her birthday in September and it just sat there for a couple of months. Then one day I decided to put that baby to use. Heroes don’t always wear capes.

It took me an hour to cure that thing and get it into cooking shape. Woks are fancy like that. But it has been awesome!

I’m a changed man. I’m cutting up vegetables more, looking up recipes, trying new things. I even went into this Asian market that I pass by all the time, but never go in. Some really interesting things happening in there FYI.

My point in sharing this is that you need to find a way to get excited about healthy cooking, just like you do about exercising. A good way to jump start that is cooking using a new method (wok, grill, Crock Pot), trying new foods, eating the same foods with different spices, etc…

It is easy to get into an eating rut where you eat the same things all the time. Branch out and you will find yourself cooking more, spending less on eating out, and saving yourself a lot of unwanted calories.

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