Do you keep up with the latest trends in Hollywood? I do because I'm a giver. No need to thank me, it's my calling.
Waist training is one of the latest fads. My official statement on this trend is as follows:
Here's a little secret for you, Beyonce had a great body before she had ever heard of waist training.
Just in case you aren't aware of them, waist trainers (or waist cinchers) are supposed to "tighten your core, increase perspiration, release toxins, and metabolize fat". I guess the name Fat Smasher had already been trademarked, so they had to go with waist training.
Let's go through a few of those points:
-Just because your clothes are tight on your core does not mean the muscles of your core are being tightened. Once you unleash them from their bondage, they will flee back to their natural habitat.
-Darn right you are going to sweat! Jam me in a cat lady suit and I will lose 10 pounds of water weight pretty quicks. And you will lose your lunch if you look at me.
Sorry for putting that mental image in your head.
Water weight that you have lost comes right back on when you drink water. This is the same reason that sauna suits don't work either.
Stay away from sauna suits too.
-On the plus side, sweating does reduce toxins so they got that going for them.
-You won't lose fat. Your fat is being shoved and crammed into different regions of your body. It's still there, it's just probably behind your ear or some other weird place.
Don't fall for gimmicks and things that seem too good to be true. Move more, eat better, and wear clothing that allows you to breathe.
You will be much more successful in the long term and you will not compromise your health.
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 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.
If you are a parent of a teenager, first of all my condolences for what you are going through. I coached middle school football for 7 years and it was a very unique experience.
Mood swings, hormone changes, breaking down in tears at strange times. It actually did a great job of preparing me for what I'm doing now. Kidding! But not really...
I'm joking around, but if you have a teenager there is something serious you need to know. If your teen is overweight now, there is a good chance he or she will become overweight for the rest of their life.
Studies have shown that overweight teens have a 50-80% greater chance of becoming overweight adults.
It makes sense if you start thinking about why most teens are overweight. They have developed poor nutrition and exercise habits over the years and they take those habits into adulthood.
It is your job as a parent to prepare your child for life and that includes teaching them how to lead a healthy lifestyle. You can't do that, if you aren't living it yourself.
I know you would do anything for your children. So this is your chance to give your child something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
-Teach them about reading food labels.
-Let them know the dangers of processed food, fast food, and sodas.
-Help them find active hobbies that they enjoy.
-Teach them how to cook and prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget for when they leave your house (hopefully).
-Help them discover that exercise is not confined to a treadmill and weight machines.
There are a hundred things you can teach them, but the main thing is to teach them something! If you don't know these things, there is no better way to learn than teaching.
Educate yourself or get help, but make sure you do something because this is a very important topic that is often overlooked. Today is always the right day to start and now is always the right time.
PS-if you have younger kids, it is never too early to start teaching them.
I think we can all agree that diamonds are pretty awesome, right? Just nod your head yes. No one is looking.
And saving money on boot camp is pretty awesome too, right? Nod again.
So let's say you put diamonds together with discounted boot camp. That would be a nearly unstoppable combination wouldn't it?
So let's make it happen! We have worked out a deal with JV Diamond Center. If you sign up for our VIBC program (unlimited workouts for 1 year or 6 months at nearly half off regular price), JV Diamond Center will give you a $200 gift certificate to their store.
You can sign up for the discounted boot camps here --->VIBC program
I've always had a theory that if you are going to run, you might as well be glowing while you do so. Preferably a non-nuclear explosion type glowing.
I am in luck! The Neon Vibe 5K is coming to Huntsville on September 20th.
It is a rare, night time 5K. It was created after the Vampire Equality Act was passed in 2009. They can finally participate in a 5K. We all have Twilight to thank.
There is music playing, you are given glow in the dark chalk to wear, and there are special UV backlight glow zones.
What sold me, was the part on their page that said, "THIS IS NOT A RAVE". They emphasize the fun aspect over anything else and I like that spirit.
Also, providing my peeps and I with a discount code helped sway my decision as well. If this sounds like fun to you, sign up today with coupon code VIBEBOOT, and get a discount.
On Wednesday, I told you about our new Warrior Dash Training class. Today I want to offer you some tips that will help you as well.
Some of these may sound obvious, but people neglect many of these because they are so focused on things like mud and fire. Use these simple tips on race day to avoid mistakes that have caused me unnecessary pain.
1. Dress the part
Dress like it is 15-20 degrees warmer than it actually is because once you get going that is what it will feel like. A shirt that wicks moisture is ideal if you have one.2. Staying hydrated
Make sure you are well hydrated starting the day before the race. You don’t want to have to wake up and chug a bunch of water to get right. Slow and steady wins the hydration race. The day of the race, make sure to drink some water before, take advantage of the water stations during the race, and then rehydrate afterwards.3. Avoid this
Use the bathroom at home, your hotel, or somewhere close to the race if at all possible! Unless you are a fan of long lines and stanking Port O Potties, then by all means wait until you get there.4. Secure the perimeter
For the Warrior Dash wear some clothes you don’t care about, but also you might need something tight underneath to keep the mud from getting in hard to reach areas. You live and learn...5. Don't miss your wave
Get there earlier than you think you need to be there. Traffic is usually crazy, so it may take awhile to get to the starting line. Give yourself an hour more than you think you need and you will probably be right on time.6. Know thy pre-race meal
Whatever you typically eat and can stomach before a workout, stick with it. This is not the time to try new foods, supplements, and drinks.7. Footwear
Not the time to try different shoes either, not that you plan on getting your new kicks all muddy and dirty. This also means not bringing those shoes you haven't worn in 10 years with the holes all in them. You are still doing at least a 5K, wear shoes that won't lead to injury.8. Make sure you warm up!
One year, I was too busy gathering people together for the run, answering questions, watching some guy drink and smoke in line for the race (seriously), and I neglected to warm up. Not good. Makes for a much rougher race.9. Don’t start too fast
I combined the no warm up thing, with starting off really fast. Also, not good. Your adrenaline will be going, tons of people around, and the way they start the race will pump you up. Run your race. Get in the back if you need to. You will end up passing knuckleheads like me who sprint at the beginning and then are sucking wind shortly after.10. Cool down afterwards
Most people know to warm-up, but many neglect to cool down. Instead of sprinting straight through the finish line to the beer tent, do some walking and light stretching afterwards along with rehydrating to avoid cramping up.
If you are worried about the training leading up to the race, sign up for the class here ---->Warrior Dash Training
One of the funnest races I have ever done have been Warrior Dashes. It is basically a 5K with obstacles, mud, and fire.
That may sound awful, but they are actually a lot of fun. But you do have to train for them.
That is why we are offering a Warrior Dash Training class. It is an 8-week prep class that will begin Saturday August 9th and run until September 27th. The Warrior Dash in Pulaski, TN will be the following weekend on October 4th.
If you've never done one before, make it your goal to try one! If you are nervous about doing one, let me help you with that. You will be ready and it will feel like a huge accomplishment, I guarantee it.
This class is actually co-ed too, so this is a rare chance to do a class with your significant other as well. The class will make you stronger, give you more endurance, and increase your confidence in yourself.
Sign up for the class here ---->Warrior Dash Training
On Friday, I will post 10 Warrior Dash Training tips to help you as well.
I went to Chattanooga for a couple of days to celebrate Fourth of July and to meet up with friends who run a boot camp there. It was an awesome trip, but I overdid it.
Too much food and drink that is not conducive to helping me reach my goals. Translation- I ate cheeseburgers and fries as often as possible.
And I was really feeling it yesterday. Sluggish, not motivated, stomach not quite right.
Are you feeling somewhat similar? Did you overdo it for a few days?
Then I want you to join me in recommitting to your goals. Think about when you wrote down your New Year's Resolutions so long ago.
How are you progressing on those? You should be about halfway to your goal because we are at the halfway point in the year.
Even if you're not, it's not too late! It is time to go to work though.
What do you need to start doing today to start getting back on track? Two things that I have let slip are drinking enough water and prepping meals ahead of time.
And if I'm honest, my workouts have not been as stellar as they could be. I used to think it was crazy that a lot of top trainers hire trainers to keep them in shape. I get it now.
So I am starting to put a 24 ounce water bottle next to my bed, so when I wake up first thing I do is drink that thing down. And I have my meals ready to roll tomorrow.
For my workouts, I just needed a little attitude adjustment. I got a little reminder of what life could be like if I ever go back to being overweight. Everything is harder and I refuse to go back.
Where do you need to start? Shoot for small things that you can do to get back on track.
Do you need help? We are running a new member special right now. $99 for a mont of unlimited boot camp.
If yo unwed accountability, if you need the extra push, and if you are ready to re-commit to reaching your goals sign up today.
You can register here --->New member special
6 months left in the year, let's do this!