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Real Men Eat Quinoa

Do they? Really? Let’s take a walk down History Lane. Life expectancy for men in 1950 was 67 (72 for women). Women have been on a steady climb since then—the mid-twentieth century—while men plateaued through the late seventies. By 1977, life expectancy for women had risen to 76 years, while men were still at 67…

Brats and burgers and hot dogs, oh my!

Do you want the good news or the bad news? …That’s what I thought. The “bad news” for folks that love to exercise but not so much diet is 70% or more of the weight-loss battle is fought by eating better, as opposed to getting your tail on a treadmill. This is not to say…

The June Countdown Workout

It goes like this: January— Yay, it’s a new year! This year I’m going to have the best body ever. This is not the first time I’ve made this resolution, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t the year I’m going to keep it. Best body ever! February— I worked out six weeks in a…

You Wish You Threw Like a Girl

The year was 2007. I was married to a former college athlete. He was coaching his son’s minor league baseball team—because that’s what former athlete dads do— when I got the call: “Lis, you gotta come down here. Brock’s pitching a no-hitter.” We lived in a small town in Northern Michigan. Needless to say I…

The Couple That Works out Together, Stays Together

Yes, I, too, was hoping for something that rhymed, but I’m on a deadline, people (and so my title is in boring prose). Let me start by saying that just having someone around, whether you’re working out or not creates accountability, energy, competency, and brotherhood (in this case—couplehood). I could quit right here, ’cause, damn,…

“I ♡ Exercise!” 5 Quick Tips to Make That Statement True

Why do some people exercise consistently and others can’t stick to it? Is lazy a genetic trait? Are the avid exercisers just plain nuts? OCD? Vain as hell? These endorphins that “They” speak of…are only some people born with those? (That question is legit.) That question is legit. Endorphins are delved out to everyone at…

10 Things NOT to Do If You Want to Get in Shape

“If I could just take off the last five pounds, I’d be happy with my body.” Hi there, I’m an business owner, mom, and a lifelong fan of exercise, and I feel like I just uttered that phrase in the last thirty days, and I’d like to chastise the s#*t out of myself for it.…

Resolution Schmesolution!

With a new year comes all the excitement of: what’s going to happen this year? Who am I going to be? What am I going to achieve? How am I going to look? But we also jump in with a fair amount of anxiety because we feel the need to improve, to be more, to…

Give Yourself a Break!

Here’s what’s so nifty about our bodies, besides everything: they love change. We might think our brains are the reason we get “bored” with the same workout routine over time, but the truth is our bodies crave change in order to thrive. Over the years, I’ve discovered that my workout tastes run in phases. I’ll…

12 Unique Tips to Stay Fit During the Holidays

12 Unique Tips to Stay Fit During the Holidays 1. Stand while working. I love this so much. It’s changed my life. A lot of people are doing it already, but a lot of you aren’t. I know this fact from Skyping in my kitchen on my new bar table. Clients are all, “Are those…

An apple a day? No way! “Precision Nutrition”

“No matter what I do, I can’t lose weight.” “When I work out I’m starving. Then I overeat. It’s a vicious cycle.” “Swear to &@^*#!* &*#, if I look at a piece of cheesecake I gain five pounds.” “It’s official; I’m allergic to eating.” As we age, these phrases can become as common as “Good…

ESD

ESD (Oh, yeah, that’s a thing now.) Are you suffering from undiagnosed irritability? Short- and/or long-term memory loss? Do you find yourself being struck by waves of doom and gloom, like a hot flash, but not? If so, you might have ESD: Election Stress Disorder. No worries, there’s a cure for that: just breathe. Stop,…

Lisa Cerasoli- dropping knowledge and fun

Hey Guys! I’m excited to introduce Lisa Cerasoli. Lisa was an ACE certified personal trainer for twelve years and longtime LA resident, who has the (engaging) writing game down a little more soundly than myself. Lisa is super active in yoga, women’s floor hockey, soccer, trail running, and weight training. She’s also a busy mom…

Lacrosse Ball

Are your hamstrings sore and tight? Are your feet tight from running or from uncomfortable shoes? Are you calves sore from a hike? Be your own massage therapist or get some relief with a lacrosse ball. A lacrosse ball is like a more acute foam roller. Or it’s akin to an elbow or two thumbs…

Is that negative emotion helping you?

Fitness and health is not just about eating right and exercising. There’s a large mental and thereby emotional component to wellness. Negative emotions impact the hormones in your body and can throw your progress in the garbage. What is a negative emotion? An emotion that is toxic to the body and interferes with its balance…

Healthy Food to Have On-Hand

Just getting started reshaping your diet or need a little jumpstart? Check out this list of healthy foods to stock your home with. Note that we recommend real, unprocessed food as often as possible. Here is a list of foods you can’t go wrong with. You need to eat what you like- if you force…

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Drinking enough water is key for overall body function. If you are not drinking enough water throughout the day you are not performing at your highest level. Keep your body strong your mind sharp and your energy high by drinking large amounts of water. Look at it this way: water is like gasoline; in order…

Why should you breathe deeply during stretching or yoga?

As you breathe in, the diaphragm presses downward on the internal organs and their associated blood vessels, squeezing the blood out of them. As you exhale, the abdomen, its organs and muscles, and their blood vessels flood with new blood. This rhythmic contraction and expansion of the abdominal blood vessels is partially responsible for the…

Burpin’ up Rope

Want an amazing 10 minute workout? Do 15 seconds of rope slams, 5 burpees, 15 seconds of rope slams, 5 burpees,15 seconds of rope slams, 5 burpees. Rest 1 minute between each set. Perform 4 sets. Bam. Done. Buy a rope if you have a back yard or garage. Check out the video here:

Living Room Workout with Water Jugs

Have any 2.5 or 5 gallon water jugs sitting around your house or apartment?  I do and one came in super handy the other late afternoon when I was too time crunched and lazy to get anywhere else but my living room for a workout. I picked up one of my full 5 gallon jugs…

Stay Away From Treadmills & Exercise Machines

Two tips that I highly recommend that you try are staying off the treadmill and stopping training on machines. You are the machine! * Stay off the treadmill Long distance cardio should be avoided as much as possible because low intensity movements like a slow jog can actually cause your body to be in a catabolic…

Do You Have A Mentor?

Mentoring and mentorship are important in any industry. I like to help those less experienced and younger than me when I canand it certainly helps to have someone more senior than you to guide youdown a path.  A good mentor can really accelerate your career.  Check out this great article discussing the topic here

Groin Pull

Oh snap. You pulled your groin. A buddy of mine is battling a groin pull. As hard as it is, you need to rest your groin. That’s the only way it will heal. I pulled both my hammies last year and was fortunate enough that my gym, 220 Fitness in Santa Monica, had Krankcycle. Some…