Client Highlight: River Luck

The first time I met River he walked into the gym looking tired and acting relatively quiet. He had signed up for a 6-week challenge at Chi Bang Bodies. To be honest, he looked like he needed a crisp high five or maybe even a nice 30 second hug (that’s when it gets good, or […]

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Lift Like an Athlete

If you follow the principles, programming is pretty straight forward and simple. You select exercises that you can do within your comfort and control and then overload the exercise by adding weight, increasing the number of sets, or by adding more resistance. You can train across a wide variety of repetition ranges with different weights […]

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The Benefits of Intermittent Stress and Chaos

It would be thoroughly irresponsible to take an untrained individual, put them underneath a 500-pound bar and tell them to do their thing. It would be irresponsible, because their “thing” in this situation would be to explode their spine into a million little pieces. Obviously, there are thousands and thousands of people out there who […]

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Harm through Help: Iatrogenic Consequences the Fitness Industry

In 1799 our first president got sick. He had been doing some farming out in the rain. Upon getting home for dinner he didn’t change his outfit because that’s what tough guys do and maybe Martha Washington was into that damp shirt look (“Oh George”). Then, the next day he worked in the snow. Naturally […]

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Don’t Join a Gym, Join a Community

During a recent training session, I am in the middle of demonstrating a body weight squat as a group of four people come into the studio for an orientation session to see if it’s right for them. I stop and ask my group if we should welcome them to our little ‘cult’. They snicker because […]

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Use this training intensity to get shredded

Here’s the bottom line, yes if you want a great physique strength is important and obviously how much muscle you have is important too. But for those of you who want improve body composition you need to have a low body fat percentage with a decent amount of muscle. Diet is going to be the […]

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Why is it so hard to stay consistent with a healthy routine?

“Why don’t they just exercise and eat some fruit and vegetables” “They say they want to be healthy, so why don’t they just do it?” These are questions naïve health and fitness fanatics probably have thought to themselves on several occasions. There is a very simple reason why though. Change is hard. Think about it, […]

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Overcoming the Emotional Barriers of Fat Loss and Exercise

Emotions can be great, I really like a handful of them but others can make goal achievement challenging at times. Let’s say you and your significant other get in a little fight. Maybe he didn’t do the dishes for the 1 millionth time or maybe she looked at another guy and you have like insecurity […]

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