Dealing with stress and binge-eating with Covid-19 [in the real-world]

I want to talk to you today about Caroline, whom I’ve worked with before. I’ve even written about her and used her feedback as a testimonial. She’s one of my favorite people because she’s made a truly life-altering transformation. Caroline didn’t just lose fat and get in shape. While we worked together, she changed her relationship with food. Her physical transformation was a result of...

Coaching & physique transformation during the shutdown (with before/afters)

I want to tell you about my client, Mike Millner, and how we handled his diet in and around his vacations and — now that we’ve got Covid-19 — how we handled his plan for the shutdown. Mike is a bit different than your normal client, as he’s a very successful fitness professional himself. As you can see from his "before" pic, Mike's pretty darn advanced. He's not exactly filled his life with...

New week. New environment. New strategies for a new world.

Over the past two months I’ve built over 100 at-home workouts. That's not many (I’ve done a lot more) but considering every client had radically different equipment (not to mention different goals and needs) I can honestly say I’ve never had my programming skills challenged to such a degree. But it’s my coaching skills beyond the programming that have been really put to the test. For years I’ve...

Five positives from the shutdown that aren’t B.S.

All the negativity surrounding the shutdown/quarantine was getting a little overwhelming. So I asked my email list for a little inspiration: What positives, if any, have you noticed or think will come about as a result of the shutdown? I received some inspiring answers and narrowed it down to five. These are all good answers, and they all got me thinking. Now, some of you might be cynical to the...

5 Steps for Responding to Bingeing, Snacking or Other Quarantine Challenges

As you might know, I do both one-on-one coaching and group coaching. So I get to work with a lot of people who care about their health and fitness. And it's clearly been tough out there the past few weeks. No, folks aren't emotional train-wrecks or anything. Just overall mood & motivation are down while scale weights are creeping up, likely due to a mix of the gyms being closed, meal...

Combining the “Base 4” with Training in Isolation

I've been busier than ever thanks to this crisis, rebooting many programs and relying on just the BASE-4 to keep me sane and healthy. Now I gotta start training again. Not to get huge of course (ha!)  but to keep what I have, maintain rhythm, and maybe even hit stuff I tend to overlook that also jives with both my equipment and the current situation. In this post I'm going to go over my own...

What will you focus on during the shutdown?

Something I've noticed this week. Those using the shutdown to try new things or even just get caught up on cleaning are a LOT happier than those fixating non-stop on the things they temporarily can't do. I mean, in 4 (8-12?) weeks you can return to the gym with: lower resting heart rate from the steady state cardio you're been doing every day; leaner and in better diet rhythm from working on...