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You Eat More Than You Think

Here is the latest fitness newsletter that was sent to my boot camp and personal training clients the other day.

The Top 5 Ways You Eat Too Much

Each day you make well over 200 decisions about food, according to Brian Wansink, PH.D. in his book, Mindless Eating. Your weight is the sum total of your past food decisions.

According to Wansink, overeating can be greatly reduced simply by removing the cues in your environment that cause you to overeat. He goes on to explain the top 5 Diet Danger Zones and the solutions for each:

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How do you see it?

Here is the latest version of my fitness newsletter that was just sent out to my boot camp and personal training clients.  Hope you enjoy it.

Mountain or Molehill?

So you have a weight problem.

Pounds have added up over the years, slowly accumulating on your hips, thighs and belly.

When you look in the mirror you don’t like what you see. Yet you feel stuck.

You’re stuck because…

  • You’ve gained too much weight to ever lose it all.
  • You’re too old to make a change.
  • You’d be lost in a gym.
  • You simply don’t know where to start.

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Sip Your Way to a Flat Belly!

A couple of weeks ago one of my boot campers was asking me about soda, tea, and other calorie containing beverages.  I stumbled across this article the other day and shared it with all of my boot campers, so I thought I would share it with you as well.

Sip Your Way to a Flat Belly!

By David Zinczenko

There is a potion that magically strips away pounds from your body, improves your overall health, lengthens your life, makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, and keeps you lean forever. Even better, you can have as much of this magic weight-loss potion as you want, for free, and start stripping away pounds—perhaps even several dozen pounds this year alone—without exercise, without dieting, without visiting the set of Nip/Tuck.Drink This, Not That! and begin your no diet weight-loss goals today. You’ll sip your way to a flat belly in record time–and keep it well beyond summer.What is this magical elixir? It’s water.

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What’s Your Reason?

Here is the latest edition of the fitness newsletter that gets sent to my bootcamp and personal training clients.

The Top 7 Reasons to Exercise

Summer has arrived and along with it the dreaded bathing suit season.

Whether you can’t wait to bare it all on the beach, or if you’re still working toward a weight loss goal, exercise is the key to looking and feeling great in summer months.

But why else should you exercise? Here are the top 7 reasons to exercise this summer:

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The Chocolate Milk Diet

The other day during one of my boot camps a couple of clients were asking me what they should be eating/drinking, before, during, and after a workout.  When I mentioned chocolate milk to them, no one seemed to believe me.  When I got home later on and went to check my email, a news feed popped up with this article about chocolate milk…

Imagine if everything you needed to know about weight loss, you learned in kindergarten. Well, if your teacher gave you chocolate milk as a lunchtime treat, she was (unknowingly) giving you one of the most powerful weight-loss tools in the nutritional universe. Turns out this childhood staple may be the ideal vehicle for your body’s most neglected nutritional needs. Each bottle delivers a package of micro- and macronutrients that can help you shake off body flab and replace it with firm muscle. And when you served it ice-cold, the creamy sweetness flows across your tongue with all the pleasure of a milk shake. Yum.

That’s the crux of what I’m calling “The Chocolate Milk Diet,” which isn’t a diet at all. It’s essentially three eight-ounce servings of chocolate milk consumed at key points throughout your day: one when you wake up, a second before you exercise, and a third directly after your workout. Or, if it’s your day off, just pattern them for morning, afternoon, and night. Sounds good, right? It is, and that’s why it’s so easy. But is this a free ticket to eat as much fried chicken as you want throughout the rest of the day? Unfortunately not, but alongside a healthy diet, it can help you drop lots of belly fat fast. Here are the four reasons why:

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Never Cheat Again

Here is the latest newsletter that was sent out to my personal training and bootcamp clients.

The End of Food Temptation

You start each morning with the promise to be “good” today.

You’ll refuse the baked goods at the office. You’ll speed past that fast food place at lunch. You’ll turn a blind eye to the vending machine in the mid-afternoon. And you’ll pass on the ice cream after dinner.

But… you hadn’t counted on the fact that a box of your favorite donuts would be sitting in the break room. Or that co-workers would invite you to join them for fast food place at lunch. Or that Girl Scouts would come through the office after school with boxes of thin mints. Or that your special someone would come home with a pint of Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.

And as you get into bed each night you tell yourself that tomorrow will be different.

Tomorrow you will conquer temptation.

But tomorrow comes with its own set of special circumstances and temptation gets the best of you once again.

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Will Vacation Make You Fat?

Here is the most recent newsletter that was sent out to my bootcamp and personal training clients.

6 Vacation Tips to Keep You Fit

With summer vacation quickly approaching, you’re probably planning your next getaway.

Whether you go on a cruise, an African safari or a low-key trip to the beach, warm summer days are the best time to get away from it all.

But wait – did you know that the average person gains almost a pound a day while on vacation?

Between missed workouts, extra large restaurant meals and indulgent snacks, lazy vacation days will quickly add inches to your waistline.

So before you pack your bags for your next adventure, read the following 6 Vacation Tips and come home fitter, not fatter.

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Ride Strong with Darin Shapiro

This post was taken from an article that was written on wakeboardingmag.com.  Darin Shapiro is one of the most dedicated, decorated, and most experienced wakeboarders around.  His fitness training is what has allowed him to wakeboard at such a high level for so many years.  When Darin Shapiro talks about wakeboarding and working out, we should all listen.

If you follow the 5 principles that Darin Shapiro lays out in this article, you will improve you wakeboarding, fitness level, and help to prevent injuries.  Check out the video at the end of the article to see Darin “Ride Strong.”

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Words Darin Shapiro Photo Bryan Soderlind

Riding with power, intense edging, going big off the wake — they all require strength and a higher level of fitness than regular riding. Taking your riding to the next level, beyond the second wake, puts far more stress on your body than wake-to-wake riding. To ride at that next level, you need to take your body to the next level too. Charging the wake requires complete commitment and confidence, and the more prepared you are, the better. If you aspire to this style of riding, you need to pay close attention to your strength and fitness levels. Here are some things that have helped me stay fit while pushing a powerful style of riding.

My Philosophy From day one of my riding career, I always followed the philosophy of learn it small, take it big. This process involves learning the trick properly and being able to do it with control. From there, I work on taking it big by starting wide and charging it. Bigger riding requires more strength, because the dynamics get more and more intense. Greater rope tension, landing from higher up, bigger kicks off the wake — it all requires that extra bit of strength. There are many different types of training to help increase your physical performance. If you’re like me, the least exciting one is going to the gym.

Five Days a Week I keep my workout schedule fairly loose, but I’m active a minimum of five days a week, regardless of how much I ride. For wake-to-wake riders, 10 sets a week isn’t a ton of riding. If you’re charging big tricks every set, then five or six sessions a week is enough to take it out of you. So in addition to riding, I do a whole bunch of activities on a weekly basis. It’s important to work on strength, cardio and flexibility when preparing for big riding. A healthy diet is very important too.

Strive for Strength Powerful riding requires strength, but you don’t have to look like a muscle man. My favorite exercises include pull-ups, push-ups and core training. Pull-ups are an essential part of wakeboarding strength training, and they go hand in hand with the core and push-up exercises. I think its really important for people to understand that when doing these exercises, you really have to push yourself through them to see any benefit from your hard work. Keep changing your goals and targets to push yourself harder every time you exercise. Riding with power is all about commitment, so make sure you apply that same thought process to your preparation.

Go Beyond the Treadmill For my cardio, I mountain bike more than anything else. Often, I bike as much as five times a week. In addition, whenever the waves breaking I’ll head to the beach for the day to surf. It’s always fun to also throw in some wakesurfing for good measure when I can. As with the strength exercises, you have to push yourself to get the benefit from these activities. A consistent effort to do this will see your fitness levels increase at a faster rate, and you’ll receive much more benefit from the exercise.

Eat Right You might not want to hear it, but a healthy diet is a big part of making physical gains. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that drinking all night and charging it the next morning is not a good idea. I always try to keep my diet as natural and as fresh as I can. I avoid all junk food and sugary drinks. In addition to my healthy eating habits, I take nutritional supplements. I have always used Shaklee nutritional products. It’s simple: If you eat well and keep things healthy, you’ll feel much better and be able to train and ride at a higher level.

I’m 35! I’ve been charging it hard on my wakeboard since 1991, and I rode on the Pro [Wakeboard] Tour longer than anyone in history. Sure, I’ve been injured, but through these principles, I have bounced back every time. Eight doctors have told I would never ride again, and yet I’m still here charging it. I have always pushed myself to be a better athlete, and fitness and diet have played a major role in my success. So try to follow some of these principles. Hopefully, you will still be riding with power at 35 and beyond.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Stop Being Lazy

Here is the current newsletter that was just sent to my bootcamp and personal training clients.

Are you lazy?

I know a lot of lazy people.

People who would rather spend the day planted on their couch than anywhere else.

People who choose take-out over home cooked, every night of the week.

People who would rather have a root canal than go do a workout.

Sure, I know that we all have our occasional lazy day on the couch, but lately it seems that more and more people are turning laziness into a career.

What about you? Check if the following describe you:

  • You are habitually inactive.
  • You’d rather be a passive observer than an active participant.
  • You’re a master excuse-maker.
  • You find shortcuts in order to avoid the long haul.

If that’s you, don’t get down on yourself. There are many legitimate causes of laziness. Here are just a few…

  1. Sleep Deprivation: When you’re short on sleep it’s easy to become unmotivated, which quickly turns into laziness. Get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night in order to maintain enough energy to get you through the day. Some experts even say that ten hours of sleep each night is what you need to function at your best.
  2. Caffeine Abuse: Starting your day with a jolt of java may help with your initial alertness, but the dip in energy that takes place a few hours later could be the reason that you become lazy later in the day. Avoid the rush and crash of caffeine and instead rely on your steady supply of natural energy.
  3. Bad Habit: At some point being lazy simply becomes a habit. If every night after work you head straight to the couch, it soon becomes automatic and not a conscious decision. Breaking the habit of laziness is actually quite easy. Simply take yourself off of autopilot and make the conscious decision to do something productive instead – like heading to the gym rather than the couch.
  4. Inactivity: If your job keeps you in a chair for hours at a time, and you don’t exercise when off the clock, then your body is just accustomed to inactivity. It’s time to wake up your under-used muscles and to reacquaint yourself with the joy of motion. A simple way to get back into the swing of things is to go on a 30 to 60 minute walk either before work or after you return home. Once you’ve broken yourself in with consistent walks, contact me to get started on a fitness program that will quickly get your body back into great shape.

Laziness begins when you ignore that little nagging voice in your head. You know, the one that reminds you when you should take action on something rather than sit by and let the opportunity slip away. 

Is today the day that you will kick laziness to the curb?

Is today the day that you will take action toward achieving your goals?

Is today the day that you will listen to that little voice of reason?

Call or email today to schedule your first workout. You’ll find my contact info in this newsletter.

 

Your Ideal You 

 

Take a moment and imagine your ‘ideal you’.

What does the ‘ideal you’ look like? How does the ‘ideal you’ spend their time? Who would the ‘ideal you’ spend time with? What would the ‘ideal you’ accomplish? The distance between you and your ‘ideal you’ is created by laziness.

When faced with decisions, big or small, do what your ‘ideal you’ would do, rather than taking the easy way out.

(I’m pretty sure that your ‘ideal you’ is a client of mine…:)

 

Guiltless Zucchini Pasta with Turkey

Here is a guiltless way to prepare spaghetti that the whole family will love. To create angel hair noodles out of zucchini you simply need a small kitchen gadget called a spiral slicer. This ingenious tool is well worth the small investment – with it you’ll quickly and easily make delicious, fiber-filled noodles.

Yield: 4 servings

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 zucchini, ends trimmed and run through a spiral slicer
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (20oz) package lean ground turkey
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the spiral-sliced zucchini in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized skillet heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft.
  3. Add the turkey to the skillet and cook until fully browned. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix until fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix the sauce with the zucchini noodles in the large bowl and serve.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 292 calories, 8g fat, 26g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, and 27g protein.

Roger Ernst II, CSCS

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Do You Eat This Super-Food?

Here is the current newsletter that was just sent out to my personal training and bootcamp clients.

The Missing Link to Optimal Health

Do you rarely get sick, have no need for prescription meds, and can’t remember the last time that you had to visit the doctor?

If you answered no to the above questions then you are likely suffering from nutritional deficiencies.

It’s hard to know exactly what to eat for optimal health, especially since everyone has a different opinion.

Even when you make every effort to eat healthy, your diet almost always lacks important nutrients.

In her book, Green For Life, Victoria Boutenko set out in search of the perfect human diet. She immersed herself in nutrition research and discovered a very interesting observation.

The Chimpanzee Connection: Chimpanzees and humans are more closely related than any other animal species. In fact, research shows that we share 99.4% of our DNA sequence with our chimpanzee friends.

Why is this significant? Chimpanzees are in far better physical shape than humans, and possess strong natural immunity to cancer and other fatal — and quite common — human illnesses.

Victoria’s research all pointed to the chimpanzee diet as the reason for their superior health. Chimps and humans have vastly different eating habits.

It’s All About The Greens: While humans enjoy pizza and hamburgers, chimps eat a diet extremely high in dark leafy greens — an item that hardly exists in the human world.

Victoria then turned her focus on dark leafy greens. What she discovered was a super-food packed with extremely high levels of nutrients. Here are 5 amazing facts about greens:

1. Greens are packed with amino acids…AKA protein.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that dark leafy greens are a legitimate source of protein. It’s true!

Protein molecules are made of a chain of amino acids. When you consume protein from chicken, you’re getting chains of amino acids that have already been assembled into a complex protein.

When you eat dark leafy greens you are getting a plethora of individual amino acids. Your body then takes these amino acids and assembles it into complex protein chains.

2. Greens give you lots of insoluble fiber…like a sponge.

You know fiber is important, but did you realize that fiber is needed to rid your body of toxins? Insoluble fiber is extra special, since it is built like tiny sponges that each absorbs several times more toxins than its own volume. Check out just a few of the many benefits of fiber:

  • Fiber reduces cholesterol
  • Fiber prevents and reduces the risk of cancer
  • Fiber lessens risk of diabetes and improves existing diabetes
  • Fiber helps shed unwanted pounds and prevents overeating

 

3. Greens promote bodily homeostasis…necessary for optimal health.

Homeostasis is the physiological process that regulates all substances in your body at ideal levels for optimal health. It is a very complex process, one that your body is constantly working towards.

In order for your body to achieve homeostasis it needs an abundance of vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and minerals. Greens are a super provider of all of the above.

4. Greens are alkaline…which promotes healthy cells.

In 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for discovering the cause of cancer: weakened cell respiration due to lack of oxygen on the cellular level — this causes fermentation, which results in acidity, or low pH.

There is a close connection between the foods you eat and your pH balance. For example, Parmesan cheese is highly acid forming, -34; while spinach is an amazingly alkalizing food, +14.

When you get plenty of greens on a daily basis, you’re able to better maintain a good alkaline pH balance.

5. Greens are made of chlorophyll…liquid sun energy.

As amazing as it may seem, the molecule of chlorophyll is strikingly similar to the molecule of human blood. Chlorophyll heals and cleanses your organs while destroying harmful substances.

Here are just a few of the powers of chlorophyll:

  • Chlorophyll builds a high blood count
  • Chlorophyll helps prevent cancer
  • Chlorophyll counteracts toxins
  • Chlorophyll promotes an alkaline body
  • Chlorophyll helps sores heal faster
  • Chlorophyll improves varicose veins
  • Chlorophyll improves vision

 

Introducing The Green Smoothie: While the evidence for eating lots of greens continues to mount, who really wants to chomp through a pile of spinach everyday? The solution is as convenient as it is efficient: the green smoothie.

Victoria discovered that when she blended greens with fruit and water, the result was an easily absorbed, delicious smoothie. The key to reaping all the benefits from your green smoothies is to use a wide variety of greens and to drink it every day. Most enjoy it as a quick, nutrient-packed breakfast.
*See the recipe below*

Victoria did a study where people drank green smoothies everyday for a month. Most participants reported a noticeable increase in their energy levels after just the first week. This boost of energy may be just what you need to get into gear with your workouts.

Remember, regular challenging exercise is the key to achieving your ideal body.

Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will get you to your best body quickly.

Green Weight Loss

Need more convincing that greens should be a regular part of your diet?

People who consume green smoothies report fewer cravings for unhealthy food and tend to snack far less than when they aren’t getting their greens.

So sip your green smoothie with a big smile, knowing that you’re turbo charging your health and expediting your weight loss.

Green Smoothie

  

Green smoothies consist of 3 basic ingredients: greens, fruit and water. Have fun experimenting with a wide range of varieties of both the greens and the fruit in order to reap the most benefit. You may be surprised to find that the simple combination of greens and fruit is quite delicious.

Servings: 1

Here’s what you need…

  • 1 bunch (2 cups) red dandelion greens (feel free to use spinach or any other dark greens)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups filtered water

 

  1. In a high speed blender mix the ingredients until smooth.

 

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 199 calories, 1g fat, 47g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, and 6g protein.

Proper nutrition will not only help to improve your wakeboarding, it will also help make you look better on the boat. 

Roger Ernst II, CSCS 

PS – Test out the smoothie and let me know what you think.

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