Why do you struggle with motivation?

  I hear this all the time from members and prospective members: “I need motivation.” or “I’m just not motivated.” And they’re looking to us to provide it. No one can “motivate” you. No one. So if you’re looking for me or anyone else to “motivate” you, you’re going to end up disappointed and you’re setting me […]

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daily habits

Check the boxes every day

Should we keep goals top of mind? Goals are great. I’ve written previously about the science of goal-setting. To quote Simon Sinek, we are a “goal-oriented species with a bias for progress.” And so we are. But goals are not NOW. Goals are not TANGIBLE. Goals do not actually exist, they are just an IDEA. And […]

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diets don't work

The biology behind why diets don’t work!

Why diets fail… Diets don’t work. Ever. Period. The research is conclusive; not only do diets NOT result in lasting weight loss, the majority of people who diet gain back their weight and MORE. Why is this? As always, I look to biology and evolutionary science for the answer… Your body doesn’t like to relinquish […]

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detox encino, detox northridge

The REAL way to cleanse without gimmicks

Oh, no! Not another “cleanse” or “detox!” When I hear that someone is going on a “cleanse” I practically crack a molar. It’s not that “cleansing” is a bad thing, it’s just that most “cleanses” are stupid. They’re gimmicky, unnatural and not rooted in science. And they prey upon people’s need for an immediate fix! […]

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Cook once and have a healthy breakfast all week

Get your breakfast in line! I have a brand new, healthy breakfast recipe that will get your day (and week) off to a GREAT start. Not only is it delicious, but it’s a make-ahead meal that’ll help you sneak in some veggies first thing in the morning. The US Centers for Disease Control says that […]

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the definition of insanity

The definition of insanity? Or are you just human?

What is the definition of “insanity?” I have been locked in a lifelong battle with personal finances that I have been losing over and over and over. I CAN NOT seem to implement and maintain responsible behavior when it comes to managing my money. I feel like a failure. I feel defeated. I feel hopeless. […]

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Some days you just suck

It happens to ALL of us Some days you just don’t have it, no matter how hard you’re trying. Yesterday was that day for me. I was about 10 minutes into a boxing class when I realized I was not going to be setting any world records. I was sluggish. I was fatigued. And when […]

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at home workout

Quick and dirty at-home workout

Running low on time? Don’t have time for a group training class or a personal training session today? No problem. Don’t have a gym membership or a package of group classes at Arena Fitness? No problem. Do you have a floor? Then drop down and knock out this full body at-home workout! Remember, every minute […]

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core training encino, core training northridge

Try the Core Training Challenge!

Everyone love core training, right? Well, even if that’s not true, there’s great value in core training. You can have rock-solid limbs, but if the trunk of the tree is weak, the tree will fall! There are a lot of great ways to implement core training, but if you’re doing it on your own you’re […]

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walking for fitness

Walking for fitness: How many steps will save your life?

Walking for fitness? By now, we’ve all been indoctrinated into the notion that we should aim for 10,000 steps per day. 10,000 steps per day equates to roughly 5 miles of walking but will vary slightly depending upon your height and stride length. And it’s a good enough goal. Walking 5 miles per day would […]

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