Information Overload

I was thinking the other day just how many sites and tv shows there are dedicated to health and fitness information.  It really can be confusing, even for me.  There are times where I just have to look at things through a filter and disregard most of it.  I can only imagine how my clients […]

My thoughts on P90x, Insanity, Crossfit, and similar programs


As a health professional I am frequently asked about P90x, Insanity, Crossfit, and others like them.  It is one of the most debated topics among those in the strength and conditioning world.  For the record, P90x/Insanity are similar, Crossfit is very different, but both programs are very hotly debated.

I am a “Functional Trainer”

What is functional training? According to, Function means: the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role. I had the opportunity to see Mike Boyle and Gray Cook last weekend at the Perform Better seminar. Mike is labeled as a […]

Random thoughts about my field and personal development


I am going past 10 years in the field.  Just a little reflection and how I am moving forward. The personal trainer’s role, as well as the Registered Dietitians role has certainly changed over the years.  Here are a few brief topics that have come up in the field, and how I am steering my […]

Periodization and Why You Should Use It


Periodization has been around for a long time.   Athletes are the ones who mostly use it while training for a competition.  It has been known for ages that it works.  Research has backed it, results have backed it, and it makes common sense when you really think about the concepts.  Many textbooks have been devoted […]

Recovery: the most overlooked aspect of a training program


Without proper recovery, no amount or type of exercise can help you achieve your goals.  Whether you are training for fat loss, muscle size, endurance…….it makes no difference.  Your body does NOT get stronger from lifting weights, it does NOT get get bigger, faster, or drop body fat from working out.  It does all these […]

The most important things to consider when training for a big hiking trip


Balanced body. What I mean by this is that the energy the body produces goes to the intended places. For example, if you have a tight (or weak) muscle on one side of the body, it may not show it as you walk or hike (visually, that is). However, somewhere, somehow another muscle/joint is compensating […]

Conquering your Sprained Ankle


Conquering your Sprained Ankle Ankle sprains are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries seen in men and women, young and old.  The most common type of sprain being the inversion sprain, most commonly referred to as a “rolled ankle.”  You can imagine if your foot was to turn inward so that the outside of […]

Bro Science and other poor fitness advice


Bro Science:  Phrases in the gym that always begin with “Bro….” See also: the science of no science. Jersey Shore workout Example:  Bro, do these crunches two weeks before beach season to really get cut” Anyone who has ever been to a gym knows who I am talking about.  Big guys in wife beaters and […]