All She Wanted Was To Shop In A Regular-Sized Clothing Store

When I met Sam (not her name) 2 years ago, she told me, “Matt, I want to walk into a REGULAR store for REGULAR sized women and buy an article of clothing.” Often people will say their goal is to lose weight, get off medication, or to look better. But there is always something DEEPER down that they really want …

How to Finally Stick to an Exercise Habit [3 Simple tips]

So you want to start working out? Or maybe you already exercise but want to be more consistent. Changing behavior, as you may have found out if you’ve tried to start exercising before is really tough. This is true today more than ever in our world of body shaming, social media, and low self-worth. I’ve used the three strategies below …

Who Vs. What and Why It Matters

Ubiquitous. Cliché. And ultimately? Dehumanizing. The language our culture uses to describe and advertise health and wellness misses the mark. I know you know what I am talking about because we are inundated with it everywhere we look and everywhere we go. “Diet and Exercise” “Lose 20 lbs in 2 months” “Lose 10 inches in 10 days” “Get cut” “Get …

The Most Fit People In 2018 Did These Three Things

In late 2017, Nicole and I sat down to plan our year in-depth. We went month by month and got into the small details. It took us 2 days! A week later, we found out we were pregnant with our now 4-month-old daughter Chloe and our plan was out the window! We did a similar plan for Village. We planned …

Without THIS Goal Setting is Hopeless

“More-more!” squealed Cooper, his excitement building, “More ‘Tismas’ Lights!” He had probably seen a hundred houses already, but each one brought even more joy to his bright blue eyes. This wasn’t the first time Cooper had had such an experience. Whether water poured over his head at bath time or going down the slide at the park, Cooper had an …

Why You Need To Start Thinking About Your New Years Resolutions Now

I know, I know. It’s only December 13th. But, if you want to be successful in 2019 with accomplishing a health or fitness goal, it’s time to start thinking about it now. Whether your goal is weight loss, getting off medication or doing a specific event (like a summer hiking trip), you’ll want to avoid common reasons people fail. Most …

2 Common Back Pain Causes And A Not-So Common *But Effective Way To Relieve Them

Stand up straight is bad advice. When I started working as a personal trainer and even through physical therapy school, I thought the picture below would be considered “good” posture. I would have picked, “#1 Extension Posture” over “#2 Flexion Posture” all day long.   I was under the misconception that holding the spine into rigid extension would keep my …

4 Ways To Keep Exercising When Under Stress

“There is no such thing as over-training, only under-recovering.” Matt replied to me, quoting a training partner from his days as a collegiate athlete at UC Davis. “You have to understand, this guy was doing 10 sets of 10 very heavy squats several times a week-” Even by an athlete’s standards, that is way too much- “and he never got …

Ever Feel Like There Simply Isn’t Enough Time To Exercise And Eat Well?

Ever since my son Cooper was born 2 years ago, I’ve felt pulled in countless directions. Between being with my family, friends, trying to exercise and eat well and running a business, days seem to fly by! Ever feel like there simply isn’t enough time to get it all done? The real problem lies in wasted time. It’s like a …