Category | Weight Loss

motivation

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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weight loss mindset

The most important factor in weight loss?

Is your weight loss focus off track? What would you say is the most important factor in long-term weight loss?Nutrition?Exercise?Sleep?I’d argue none of the above, though they are ALL very important.I believe, without a doubt, that the factor that influences weight loss above all else is your mindset, and your mindset is made up of your […]

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counting calories

Why counting calories doesn’t work

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably tried counting calories. And if you’re a woman, you’ve probably fixated on consuming 1,200 calories per day. Where did that come from?  Many women I’ve spoken to about how many calories she thinks she should eat per day say 1,200 but can’t really city WHY this is […]

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Fitness and fat loss

Fitness and Fat Loss Success Story: Belle Taylor

#commitment Belle has been a member for several years and is always upping her game. From personal training to group training to nutrition coaching, she knows that the key to success is having a clear objective and a specific plan of attack. She’s had many successes during her time with Arena Fitness, but here are […]

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Fitness and Fat Loss Success Story: Christine Soliman

The “All-In” Mentality There are a lot of factors that determine success versus failure. But it’s safe to say that people who commit to a process COMPLETELY are almost always successful. Complete commitment, in this case, means a lot of things; being totally coachable and willing to learn, participating fully in group training and personal […]

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50 pounds down and still going…

When the switch gets flipped, the results roll in… What do you do when you’ve struggled with weight your whole life? You feel trapped. You lose hope. Sometimes you begin to doubt any and every idea. A lot of people quit and resign themselves to a life of excess weight and illness. After so much […]

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Success Story: Alicia Truesdale

From personal training program to personal growth… Alicia came to us looking for a personal training program in Encino and wowed us from the start. Totally committed, super open to coaching, willing to push herself hard. She made tons of progress but decided she wanted to step it up a level and signed up for […]

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The Science of Goals: Think BIG, Act SMALL

Everyone has goals We move through life with intention. It may conscious intention or unconscious, but we are a goal-oriented species with a bias for progress.  Sometimes our goals are as slight as making it to the end of another business day. Sometimes they are grand. But we have all undergone the process of goal […]

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