Category Archives: Training

Top 5 Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

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How do you make exercise a habit?

This question is one I’m faced with daily and I’m constantly trying to find the best answer.

Making exercise a habit is challenging for many people – especially if you have never had any success exercising consistently in the past.

Heck, even if you have exercised consistently at a previous time in your life it can still be difficult to make it a habit now. Continue reading

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10 Workout Finishers For Fat Loss

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Warmer weather is quickly approaching in Wisconsin and fat loss is once again becoming a high priority for many people.

During the Winter months (It seems like they never end sometimes in Wisconsin) it’s pretty easy to let yourself go, but before you know it warmer weather will be upon us and you know what that means – going to the beach, playing at the park, grilling out, Brewers games and just enjoying some quality time outside.

I’ll admit I’m super excited for all the fun that comes along with the warmer months of the year and I want to make sure you are ready to look and feel your best this summer. Continue reading

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Progress Pays: Brian’s 1st Month

Throughout my blog I talk a tremendous amount about working on progress.

Progress really is the key to achieving your goals – whether they are fitness related or something completely different.

My client, Brian, is the perfect example of you can achieve results by focusing on progress. Continue reading

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14 Minutes, 8 Exercises, 1 Killer At-Home Workout

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You may not always make it to the gym, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get one hell of a workout done at home.

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m a huge fan of using free weights to lose weight, gain muscle, get stronger, or accomplish any other fitness goal. However, I know that you may not always make it to the gym – life happens, I know.

For those of you who already tried my 21 day beginner workout challenge this workout is the next step for you. Continue reading

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Having FUN While Working Out

I’m pumped up right now!

I just finished up teaching the Total Bodyworks class at the North Shore Wisconsin Athletic Club and it was so much fun!

We started with a short, 5 minute, in-place warm up working on some basic body weight movements.

After the warm up we progressed to some strength training exercises with light dumbbells – performing exercises such as squats, shoulder presses, and rows.
To follow up the strength training we did a bit more cardiovascular work. Half of the group did some core development exercises while the other half did some different movement exercises up and down the gym floor. Continue reading

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4 Things To Understand About Weight Loss

I was talking with one of my clients today and she was really down in the dumps.

She started working out again recently and after losing some weight the first week she ended up gaining a couple of pounds in the next week – this was very upsetting to her.

She had tried losing weight before, had some success, and then fallen off. She felt like her hard work wasn’t paying off and she thought it was hopeless for her to actually eat healthier and make the changes she knew she needed to make. Continue reading

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Exercise That Fits Your Lifestyle

We all have different amounts of time we would like to spend on exercise, but this variation can create some difficulties. The biggest problem that arises from our varied lifestyles is deciding what type and how much exercise will give … Continue reading

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Getting Back On Track

After having to do a couple of S.U.D.S. workouts the last week or two I was finally able to get back on track today – completing some heavy squats, presses, pull ups, and auxiliary work.

I’d been in a bit of a funk recently with my workouts, due in large part to a lack of sleep and a low amount of energy from my current low-carb diet (I’ll talk more about the specifics later), but today felt great! Today felt like a brand new beginning.

Many people deal with the same situation I was in the last week – lack of sleep, elevated stress levels, and an unwillingness to workout. Continue reading

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The S.U.D.S. Workout

One of my clients really wasn’t feeling too great this week.

He was dealing with some stomach issues, nothing serious, but contemplated cancelling a session to just take it easy for a day.

This is a common thing for many people – we don’t feel 100% so we skip a workout. I without a doubt have those days. Feeling tired, worn out, and just wanting to relax I’ll sometimes skip workouts – I’ll admit to it, I’m human. Continue reading

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Dan John: 3 Keys to Building Mass

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Dan John is a world renowned strength coach and one of the people I look to for knowledge on a variety of training topics such as muscle building.

A couple days ago I told you 2 keys to building muscle – a simplified way to gain mass. That article will give you the basics on what you need to know to add muscle mass.

This article by Dan John gives you some insights into his philosophy on building mass and I’d highly suggest you take a look at it if that is your training goal. Continue reading

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