Category | Weight Loss

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 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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Manage Your Expectations

Let’s try something. Grab a tennis ball. Go to an area that is heavily populated with foot traffic; say, Disneyland, an outdoor mall of some kind, a convention. Spin around in a circle three times and throw that tennis ball as far as you can! There’s about a 95% chance you’ll hit someone who wants […]

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Never vow to give up chocolate!

According to Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney, authors of the book, Willpower: If you’re serious about controlling your weight you need the discipline to follow these three rules: #1 – Never go on a diet #2 – Never vow to give up chocolate or any other food #3 – Whether you’re judging yourself or […]

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Your diet will NEVER work. Ever.

“How did I let this happen again?” – Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey is amazing. Billionaire, media mogul, bestseller, bad-ass. But despite all of her accomplishments, her weight is always a topic of discussion. Here’s the tip of the iceberg on her achievements: Had a law named after her Founded a school Honored at the Kennedy […]

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Don’t just “lose weight!” Lose the right kind of weight!

“I can’t imagine my life without Arena Fitness!” There’s so much talk about “losing weight.” It’s a national obsession, and for good reason. But if you want to change the way your body looks, feels and functions, you don’t just want to “lose weight,” you need to lose the right kind of weight. And that […]

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