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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I was listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast yesterday and he started talking about the importance of doing things you are not good at. He said it was crucial to become a beginner at something again.
That seems like a rough way to treat yourself, but I completely agree. It is good for you brain and your body to try things that are out of your comfort zone.
Never was this more alive to me than when I went sky diving for the first time last weekend. Check out that picture! Here is another one:
It was definitely out of my comfort zone, considering I don’t like heights or flying. But when your wife surprises you with the opportunity on your 40th birthday, you jump at the chance. No pun intended.
And it was amazing! That first picture is from the free fall, where you are flying through the air like Superman. An unreal feeling that I wish everyone could experience.
Was it comfortable? No. Was I nervous? My palms still sweat thinking about it. But I am so glad I did it. My life was literally in someone else’s hands and that someone was a stranger!
Stretching and growing isn’t easy, but it is worth it to get better. I had a speaking engagement a few days later and my wife asked me if I was nervous and I said, “I just jumped out of an airplane, this does not worry me now.”
What are you afraid to do because it is not in your comfort zone? Are you afraid to try something because you are afraid to fail? Don’t be! Look at it as a win, win. If you succeed, awesome! If you don’t, you learn from it.
Your homework for the weekend is take some time and figure out what you need to do to stretch and grow. Lift heavier weights? Try your first 5k? Learn how to swim as an adult? Take up kayaking?
Find something you are a beginner at, stick to it, and continue to challenge yourself! The hardest part is the beginning when you are not good at something. Persevere and you will so glad that you did.
Last night I participated in one of my favorite past times. I love to get on Netflix, look around for something to watch for 30 minutes, and end up watching nothing. Anybody else do that?
There is so much to watch and so many possibilities, but I just can’t commit. This is precious TV time here! I gotta make the perfect choice, so I overanalyze things and nothing happens in the end.
That can be very frustrating but it happens a lot because I go in there with no game plan. I don’t watch TV very often so when I do I need to be on top of my game.
The same holds true with a lot of people when they workout. They go to the gym, do a little bit of this machine, little bit of that machine, and end up doing a lot of wandering around and wasting time.
They have no plan! And much like Netflix, there are so many options out there to choose from with exercise. It can be very overwhelming and discouraging if you don’t know what you are going to do that day.
I recommend writing down what you plan to do before you do your workout. One great benefit is that you will not waste time. Another great benefit is that you will not slack off. When you don’t have a set workout plan you have a tendency to quit the workout when something gets tough. Don’t let that happen to you!
Don’t go into your workout blind. Do your research, know what types of workouts support the goals you are going after, and stick to the plan!
If you are not sure what you should be doing, feel free to reach out for help. Of course, I would love for you to come to Adventure Boot Camp but I now that is not an option for everybody.
Enough of that, let’s get serious now. What should I be watching on Netflix? I need some suggestions.
The world can be a depressing place, especially when you watch the news. It seems like there is a trend of violence against women that keeps popping up.
I believe that every person, should have some basic self defense skills that they will hopefully never need to use. That is where my friend Suzanne Ramsden comes in.
Suzanne is the owner of Maverick Training Center/Atos Jiu-Jitsu Huntsville. She is only female in Huntsville who has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Her daughter Julia has a purple belt in BJJ and is an amateur fighter as well.
Suzanne and Julia are hosting a Community Self Defense Awareness Seminar on Sunday May 21st from 2-4pm. They wanted to offer self defense techniques specifically for women, taught by women. They found that a lot of the techniques taught in self defense classes only work for bigger, stronger men.
What would you do if someone grabbed your wrist and you could not get away? What if you are alone in a parking lot and someone is aggressively approaching you? What if you are on the ground and somebody is on top of you with both hands around your throat choking you?
These are very serious situations that could potentially turn deadly. Please watch this video to learn the techniques that could one day save your life.
If you want to learn more about these techniques or if you want to sign up for the seminar call Suzanne Ramsden at 256.797.6025 or e-mail email@example.com
I've got some really exciting news to announce. We are changing the 830am class to 9am! We have had several people inquire about the time change and now it is happening.
Many people were not able to attend because their Mother's Morning Out drop off time was at 830, so they were unable to attend. Now they can! Thank you for that feedback, we aim to please.
The 9am class is a little different than the other time spots and locations. It is a small, but mighty class 🙂 We have access to a gym, so we do a lot of TRX and kettlebell workouts that are very effective for all fitness levels. This class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Here is my son using the TRX if you have never seen it before
Alos, we are running a New Member Special for all class times and locations. $99 for a month of unlimited classes. A huge savings and I guarantee you will be blown away with workouts, support, encouragement, and fun you get for that price.
We have 530am classes in Harvest, 530pm classes in Monrovia, and 530am/9am/530pm classes in south Huntsville. We would love to have you join whatever location suits you the best.
Take advantage of the Mew Member Special here --->Special Deal
New classes start on May 30th, see you there!
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 and that was a need in the community for a women only fitness class. That answer does not tell the full story.
My experience in class not too long 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.
Women who have served overseas fighting for our country. And women who volunteer tirelessly in our community fighting battles against hunger, child abuse, and so many other worthy causes.
And these are just the women I see in my classes! Every one of these women is still standing tall and staying strong.
Why do I train only women?
Because they are bad asses.
Have a great weekend and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
Like all riveting stories, this one starts with me trying to open a door. It’s good to hook the reader right away with an exciting premise.
This is a huge, heavy door that does not have a doorknob to turn. All it has is a latch where you could insert a padlock to keep the building secure.
I am pulling on this latch and it is not budging, so I come to the conclusion that this door is locked and won’t be opening without a key. This is one of the dangers of not getting enough sleep, you come to silly conclusions. After a few minutes of hard thinking I realized it would be awfully hard to lock a door that does not have a knob or deadbolt.
So I gave the latch another pull and the door magically swung open! The big difference this time is that I was pulling with intention and belief. I knew this door could be opened I just needed to try a little harder.
Using intention and belief will serve you well in whatever you do. Self-doubt can cripple you and keep you from being who you want to be in life. “I won’t be able to accomplish this, so I’m not going to give this my full effort”. Does that sound familiar?
It sounds familiar to me because I’ve been there before several times. When I began to do things with 100% belief that I could make it happen, my actions became much more intentional and the results started to happen.
Look at the past few things you have “failed” at. Did you believe you could do it? Did you intentionally go after your goal with the time, effort, and passion it required?
Put this to the test and you can start even small. It could be your goal is to be able to do one pushup from your toes with perfect form. The physical part is important of course, but the crucial portion starts in your head. Whatever your goal is, combine the mental preparation with the physical preparation and the sky is the limit.
Most of my life, I avoided fish like the plague. Even though I knew it was good for me and I would benefit from eating fish, I refused to even try it.
I still don't like the taste of fish. Or more accurately, I don't like fishy fish. Are you like that too?
I have found that there are certain types of fish and certain ways you prepare them, that can turn a non-fish eater into a fan so you too can get the health benefits from eating fish. Maybe these will help you like they did for me:
1. Type of fish
Typically the white fish seem to be the less fishy of the fish. I have tried and like: grouper, orange roughy, tilapia, cod, tuna steaks, or flounder. 2. Fresh never frozen
Even the frozen white fish tend to be a little fishier to me. If you have a place you can get fresh fish take advantage of it. 3. Cooking
As a personal preference, I have found that using citrus based marinades and grilling fish make it much less fishy. I also really like blackened fish. There are hundreds of ways to cook and prepare it, so don't be afraid to try new things! Stores also have pre-marinated fish if you are leery about doing it yourself. And if you are using the white fish, they tend to take on the flavor of the marinade rather than the fish itself.
What is your favorite fish? How do you like to prepare your fish?
If you want to get fancy and eat salmon that is not fishy, you can try this recipe from The Fix Fat Forever Weight Loss System.
Salmon Cakes with Green Onion, Ginger and Garlic Serve over steamed or sautéed cabbage or bok choy, or with stir fried vegetables or rice. Makes 3 servings, 2 cakes each Ingredients:
2 (5 ounce) cans boneless skinless pink salmon
3 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup whole wheat panko (or breadcrumbs)
½ teaspoon sesame oil
Combine salmon, green onions, ginger, garlic and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Add panko and egg and mix gently to combine. Form into 6 patties.
Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium flame. When hot, add salmon patties. Cook without disturbing for 4-5 minutes or until bottom is golden and crisp, then gently flip with a pancake turner. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes on other side.