Sunday, February 26, 2012

Love getting these messages...

I get my fair share of messages throughout the day, most of which are hysterical "hate" mail over muscle soreness from one of our training sessions. But I really wanted to start sharing some of the positive messages I receive.

"Hey Bud,

I was doing Kettlebell Swings yesterday morning and this guy came up to me and was like "You're the only person in this gym that does those right, even the trainers do them wrong." I guess he trained with a guy who learned from Pavel. I just wanted to say thanks for all the form cues."

Another txt msg from one of my teenage athletes...
"Hey man! I'm at camp and some guy was like how long did it take you to get a six pack? I sort of have one now! LOL! I just wanted to say thanks!! (-: "

Updated 2.27.12... via a facebook post...

"Went shopping for some new work pants, since I was kinda swimming in my old ones and having to fold them at the waist... not the first time I almost cried in the fitting room and for those of you women out there I'm sure you've had those moments... but today, it was a tear or two of joy... down to a size 10 (haven't seen that since before I had my kids) and with room to spare... single digits are in the very near future!!!"
- This post was written the week after she deadlifted over 300 lbs for her first time! Yes, that means by managing her nutrition, she's lost a bunch of weight AND is lifting heavy things (getting stronger) WITHOUT getting "bulky".  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Success/Excellence is Contagious

Interesting article on achieving health goals in a group environment.

Weight Loss Is Contagious: 'Biggest Loser' Style Team-Based Competitions Are Effective, Study Says

To make the most out of your training and nutrition, surround yourself with people with similar goals or those that have already achieved what you're after.

You are the average of the 5-10 people you engage with the most.  If you're surrounded by people that bring you down, you'll go down to their level.  If you surround yourself with people that inspire and motivate you, you'll stay motivated.  

If you want to get stronger, surround yourself with people that want and know how to get stronger.

If you want to get leaner, surround yourself with people that want and know how to get leaner.

If you want to make more money, surround yourself with people that have successfully made more money.

If you want to be a happier person, surround yourself with happy/inspiring people.  Don't spend your time commiserating with unhappy people.

Get out of your comfort zone.

Simple concept, big impact.

Thanks for sending Nancy/Blake!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Congrats to Dennis!

I was super excited to receive this email over the weekend. Dennis started his journey at roughly 280 lbs, and lost the first 30 lbs on his own before starting a training and nutrition coaching plan with Game Time Strength.

Dennis has truly embraced the training and nutrition as a lifestyle and has seen some awesome results.  220 lb weight class for March. 198 possibly by June/July? We'll see!!!

Congrats Dennis!

"Hey Jay, Assuming the picture came through? That was me standing on my digital scale, 223.6 lbs, but we'll call it 224. I'm also down another inch on my waist so after 10 weeks I'm down 25 pounds and 5 inches. And that's with me basically going into a less than optimal maintenance mode for weeks 7 - 9 so the real results all came from seven weeks of following the plan.

W0 - 249
W1 - 239
W2 - 235
W3 - 236
W4 - 234
W5 - 233
W6 - 227
W7 - 227
W8 - 227
W9 - 227
W10 - 224

W0 - 48
W1 - 46
W2 - 46
W3 - 46
W4 - 45
W5 - 45
W6 - 44
W7 - 44
W8 - 44
W9 - 44
W10 - 43

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Should sugar be regulated like alcohol?

Very Interesting Article on Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol.

I'm not necessarily a proponent for the regulation of anything but I highlighted a few interesting paragraphs from the article below...

"Rob runs the obesity clinic at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, where he spends his days trying to help morbidly obese kids who feel hungry all the time. One of the saddest effects of sugar overconsumption is to dampen the natural hormones that tell kids' bodies when they've eaten enough, leading them to feel hungry even as they overeat."
"-- More people on the planet Earth are dying from chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes than anything else. This is even true for developing countries that have turned a critical page on health: People in those countries are now more likely to die from the "diseases of affluence" than from the "diseases of poverty" like malaria and cholera. Major risk factors in chronic disease, of course, are alcohol, tobacco and junk food consumption."
"-- Many of the health hazards of drinking too much alcohol, such as high blood pressure and fatty liver, are the same as those for eating too much sugar. When you think about it, this actually makes a lot of sense. Alcohol, after all, is simply the distillation of sugar. Where does vodka come from? Sugar."
"-- We may be thinking about obesity and chronic disease in the wrong way. Most experts are worried about sugar because it's "empty calories" that make people fat. But what leads to chronic disease is actually something called metabolic syndrome, which can be caused by the toxic effects of sugar."
"-- Added sugar at the levels consumed by many Americans changes our metabolism -- it raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones that turn hunger on and off, and can damage the pancreas and liver. Worldwide consumption of sugar has tripled over the past 50 years, and along with that has come an obesity pandemic. But obesity may just be a marker for the damage caused by the toxic effects of too much sugar. This would help explain why up to 40% of people with the metabolic syndrome -- what leads to diabetes, heart disease and cancer -- are not clinically obese."