How to Get Guaranteed Fitness Results in 2016!

I have been a trainer for over 25 years, and I have been married for over 17 of those years, and every now and then, I am actually asked for “fitness” advice by family members. My mother in law had a heart attack and we purchased special equipment and put her on a routine to help prevent another. My 9 …

Why you should skip a gym membership

Many people get gym memberships at the beginning of the year as a solution to their health and fitness issues, but most big box gyms are not actually designed to get you healthy and fit. The business model of the mega gym is to collect a modest fee from thousands more members than the center can accommodate, knowing that only …

Use Technology to Improve Your Health

I am married to an executive with Microsoft, so I live with some of the best technology on the market. I also have found a use for many tech pieces in my training career as well. I run almost daily and use a Nike “TomTom” model watch to track my over 150 runs so far this year! From the ease …

Advice for the Weekend Warriors

I love when folks start getting tired of sitting around and finally feel motivated to get up and move. But before you go sign up for that 5K next week, watch this CNN segment. I’ll give you tips on how to gradually ease yourself back into a workout routine safely.

Advanced Abdominal Workout

For my first video blog I thought I’d show you I practice what I preach. Watch me fight my way through an advanced abdomen workout. Join in if you can! And if you don’t have access to all the equipment, stay tuned. I’ll be adding videos geared toward all fitness levels and addressing common questions and concerns. If you have …

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We DON’T have “gun shows” at Fit Family!

Over 20 years ago, when I started my training career, “benching” over 300 pounds and having developed arms was as important to being a competent trainer as being healthy…but not now! Now, my clients are closer to my age and I am finding people between 40 and 60 seem to care more about keeping up with the kids or grandkids, …

Snowy park with running shoe footprints along a snow covered path.

Don’t Let the Weather Sabotage Your Run

The weather has been all over the place here in Atlanta lately. One day it’s raining, the next it’s snowing, and before you know it, it’s sunny and warm again. It’s enough to make even the most die-hard runner frustrated. For those of you a little less enthusiastic about exercise, bad weather can be a recipe for disaster. Not only …

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Get Out and Move

As a personal trainer, one of the most common excuses I hear from people is that they just don’t have the time to work out or exercise. It’s so common and so frustrating because it’s not really a lack of time in most cases. It’s simply a lack of desire and priorities. Why People Make Excuses Most people are stuck …

Stranded vehicles litter Atlanta's roads

The Unexpected Benefits of Fitness

In Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday (1/28/14), residents like myself, experienced what we hope will be a once in a lifetime weather event that left many people stranded in their vehicles all over the city. Most had to abandon their cars and walk. Many for several miles! I have talked to many people over the years, and convinced them that as …

Army Runners

Stop Making Excuses

A recent article in the March edition of IDEA Fitness Journal, “Overweight, Obesity, Triples in Armed Forces,” takes a look at the growing problem obesity is presenting within the American Armed Forces. As an Army “brat,” I’m not surprised to see the obesity rate tripling in the military. I grew up exercising on army bases where my father was stationed, …

The Danger of Supplements

There’s No Shortcut To A Healthy You

A recent USA Today article discussed the dangers of supplements. This is nothing new. Years ago, there was a supplement that actually killed people before it was not only pulled from the market, but criminal proceedings took place. This is just the most recent example of the problem with supplements. While this article addresses the dangers of supplements, it ignores …

Improve Mental Wellness

In today’s fast-paced and hyper-connected world, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of it all. Today’s health tip seeks to balance all that with a prescription for mental wellness. The Healthy Mind Platter, created by  Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, and Dr. David Rock, founder of the Neuroleadership Institute,  consists of …

CNN Comes to Shoot at Fit Family…Again!!!

Two Fit Family training clients will be featured on CNN in June 2013, during men’s health month. Both Anu Jain and Tom Brown were awesome interview subjects. Anu talked about how having a trainer helped him fit regular workouts into his busy “corporate America” lifestyle, which includes lots of travel. Combine Anu’s travel schedule with a newborn at home, and …

Sports Participation By Boys Improves Behavior!

Studies show a positive introduction to sports at a young age helps set the tone for a healthy life. Sports help boys have more self-control and discipline. Through a 24-week study, of 649 children, grades 3-6, they observed those who participated in an after school sports program and those who participated in a non-sports program. Those who participated in the …