An exercise ball can be used for more than just a funky desk chair. Here’s why I think you might want to have one in your fitness life.Continue reading “Some Reasons to get an Exercise Ball”
Boring old crunches are easily the most common of the exercises if you want to get phenomenal abdominals – but are they the most effective or fun way to strengthen your core? Probably not. So let’s look at planking instead and make sure you aren’t making some pretty common and easy-to-correct mistakes.Continue reading “Are You Planking Wrong?”
Single limb, or unilateral training, is an often overlooked part of resistance training but there are a few really good reasons why you could start adding them to your plan.Continue reading “Lift One Arm, Bend One Leg?”
In the last few years, I have only been to the gym twice. Shocking, right? The reason I can do that and still stay in top condition is due to the fact that I have a few (not a ton) of key exercise gear at home. With the gift-giving season sneaking up on us, it seems like the perfect time to make a list!Continue reading “Brock’s Home Gym Essentials”
Amateur and pro athletes alike are wearing compression gear and using compression machines to (hopefully) improve their performance and/or speed up their recovery. But do these skin-tight suits really do anything?Continue reading “What about Compression Garments?”
If your goal is to run faster, lift heavier weights, or even have larger calf muscles, the path to achieving results is pretty clear. But sometimes our fitness goals are more holistic and elusive and that is exactly when I think you should focus on your weaknesses.Continue reading “Turn a Fitness Weakness into a Fitness Strength”
Most people think of a to-do list as an endless list of tedious chores they need to get done. But, while it can be that, I propose that it can be a lot more – and that it can even help you reach your fitness goals!Continue reading “How Your To-do List Can Make You Fit”
The overhead press is one of the most effective shoulder exercises and it also has other important benefits. So, here are some reasons why I think that you should lift something heavy over your head on a regular basis.Continue reading “Lift Something Heavy – Over Your Head”
If you have followed me for a while or if you have been a part of my year-long Weighless program (where we teach you not just how to lose weight but how to maintain a sustainable and healthy body weight) you will know that I encourage my clients to weigh themselves every day. This can be a tough thing for many people.
We attach a lot of emotion, judgement and self-worth to the number we see on the scale – this is not good. Not only are we much more than a number on a scale but thinking that way leads us to hide from that number instead of learning from it.
Recently my friend, Dean Dwyer (creator of the Successful Body) wrote some great advice in his info-packed newsletter that I wanted to share with you if you find yourself in this conundrum.
This is what Dean had to say:
Weighing myself every day is the most profound thing I do on my successful body journey.
Every insight I have made, every skill I have developed, and every result I have achieved starts with the feedback the scale gives me.
And while everyone tells you to weigh yourself, few tell you HOW to do that.
Here is a tip I used when I first started.
Before I stepped on the scale I tried to guess if my weight went up or went down.
- If I thought it might go down, why did I think that?
- If I thought it might go up, why did I think that?
For both scenarios, I tried to keep my emotional reaction as close to neutral as possible.
The other scenario that caused havoc was expecting a drop only to discover my weight went up.
The point here is that I rehearsed my reactions to a series of best-case and worst-case scenarios so that I was not blindsided by the unexpected.
While I still reacted emotionally to the unexpected when it did occur, I found I was able to transition much quicker from Emotional Turmoil to Intellectual Curiosity and capture the key lessons that would fuel my future success.
Takeaway — Anticipating as many scenarios as possible and mentally rehearsing how you will deal with each before you step on the scale is a wonderful skill to manage and sustain your weight loss success.
Our society often thinks that sticking to our exercise goals means we need more grit, motivation, willpower, and even shame (yikes). What I propose instead is believing in mindful integrity rather than brute force discipline.Continue reading “Can Mindfulness Help Your Fitness?”