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Easiest thing about being a personal trainer

is showing up, helping people workout and burn body fat, that’s easiest

The hardest thing about being a personal trainer is watching people struggle with life, that’s hardest for me


3 common fears people have about @gettonedfitness group training

3 common fears people have doing group workouts with us at the studio:

1. being yelled at, singled out and being made fun of

2. being the biggest most overweight person at the studio – the most out of shape

3.  afraid people will be “looking at them” and staring


No matter what gym you go to or workout you do, being in an uncomfortable situation and having fear about the workout process will hinder the efforts to lose body fat. Showing up to the gym and just working out in the first place can be hard enough,  find a group or place you are comfortable with, things will happen a lot easier after that




Best workout – cardio, strength training

another popular diet


“Gluten” is getting more popular just like “atkins” did 15yrs years ago – I do believe we eat too much gluten, myself included

Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture – wikipedia

here are some gluten-free foods you CAN find at Wal-Mart and other stores

foods to choose:

FOOD: Whole grains, such as amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, teff, and quinoa

  • KEY NUTRIENTS: Fiber, minerals, B vitamins, and phytonutrients
  • HEALTH BENEFIT: Decreases risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • HOW MUCH: A minimum of 2 to 6 1/2 1-cup servings per day of non-gluten, whole grains
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Wheat, rye,  barley, kamut, and triticale; oats that have not been certified gluten-free; any breads, pastas, or baked goods that contain these grains

FOOD: Nuts & seeds

  • KEY NUTRIENTS: Fiber; monounsaturated and omega-3 fats; protein; selenium, magnesium, and other minerals; and phytonutrients
  • HEALTH BENEFIT: Fuels muscle growth and maintenance; regulates appetite and inflammation; supports digestive and cardiovascular health
  • HOW MUCH: One 1-ounce serving of nuts or seeds, 3 to 7 times per week; include a variety of types such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, and Brazil nuts; sesame, pumpkin, and flax seeds; and others
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Gluten-containing flavorings and seasonings added to prepackaged nuts; high-sodium nut mixtures

FOOD: Legumes (beans)

  • KEY NUTRIENTS: Protein, fiber, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins
  • HEALTH BENEFIT: Fuels muscle growth and maintenance, supports digestive and cardiovascular health, regulates appetite
  • HOW MUCH: Minimum of 1/2 cup of beans, 5 to 7 times per week; include various types such as black, navy, red, pinto, and others
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Prepackaged bean mixtures with gluten-containing flavorings and/or excess sodium; sodium-added canned beans

FOOD: Fish

  • KEY NUTRIENTS: Protein, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin A, omega-3 fats
  • HEALTH BENEFIT: Fuels muscle growth and maintenance, supports immunity and cardiovascular function, reduces inflammation
  • HOW MUCH: Minimum of 3 ounces of fish, 2 to 3 times per week; include cold water varieties such as salmon, cod, tuna, and sardines
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Gluten-containing breadings, toppings, or seasonings; high-mercury varieties such as shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tile fish*

FOOD: Poultry

  • KEY NUTRIENTS: Protein, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin A
  • HEALTH BENEFIT: Fuels muscle growth and maintenance, supports good immune function
  • HOW MUCH: Maximum of 3 to 6 ounces of lean white meat (for example, chicken breast) with skin removed, per day
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Gluten-containing breadings, toppings, or seasonings; fried poultry; fattier dark meat, skin; high-sodium, deli-style poultry and lunch meats

FOOD: Lean beef

  • KEY NUTRIENTS: Protein, iron, zinc, selenium, B vitamins
  • HEALTH BENEFIT: Builds healthy blood cells and fuels muscle growth and maintenance
  • HOW MUCH: A maximum of 3 ounces of lean beef, 3 to 5 times per week
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Gluten-containing breadings, toppings, or seasonings; less healthy cuts of high-fat meats

FOOD: Gluten-free packaged and convenience foods**

  • KEY NUTRIENTS: Avoid the many gluten-free convenience foods that contain little fiber and few vitamins, minerals, or other important  nutrients; some are fortified with folate, other vitamins, or fiber; many are high in sugar, fat, and empty calories
  • HEALTH BENEFIT: Only fortified gluten-free convenience foods are likely to offer measurable health benefit; gluten-free packaged and convenience foods often do not offer balanced nutrition and should be used only occasionally or as a special treat

the workout, the grump and happy people

Who cares about burning Fat now?

its winter time, why burn fat now

Exercise-Induced Anemia for people who workout

People who workout (or train specifically) can endure an iron depletion process called “Sports Anemia” or exercise induced anemia – nothing to be alarmed about if you’re working out bc a result of exercise (especially in the heat) causes the volume of water in your blood to increase and thus lowers your concentration of red blood cells.  Red blood cells are the most important hematocrit in our blood bc they carry oxygen to the muscles that we utilize when you exercise for lowering body fat.

People who exercise regularly and then go to give blood may test low for iron, nonetheless the end result of low iron is to increase iron supplementation in your diet.  Here some good food sources to consider.


Sources Of Iron in animal and plants 

  • liver iron-enriched breakfast cereal
  • roast beef, steak
  • nuts (cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds )
  • sweet corn, potato
  • eggs lentils,
  • baked beans in sauce
  • bean soup
  • chili with beans
  • tuna, white fish
  • whole-grain foods
  • lean pork, ham
  • skinless chicken
  • green, leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, cabbage)
  • turkey
  • dried fruit (prunes, apricots, raisins); fresh fruit
  • soy (tofu, soybeans, soymilk)

#1 reason to lose weight and body fat

#1 Because YOU can!!!

Here are 10 reasons why you say you can’t

  1. I don’t have time
  2. I don’t have energy
  3. I don’t know what to do
  4. too lazy/scared to ask for help
  5. my Boss won’t let me
  6. good t.v. shows on
  7. my joints hurt
  8. my spouse/kids come first
  9. wont give up sugar/sweets
  10. I’m embarrassed of myself in front of people and too mentally/socially weak to change

Today’s the day to make your decision to change your lifestyle and habits.  It doesn’t have to happen in 3 days, give yourself time to make small changes that add up to big results.  Don’t wait for a health scare like diabetes, heart attack, stroke to get you going, make it happen NOW

Personal Trainer’s number one recommendation: eat more PROTEIN

most my clients DO NOT eat enough protein!!

eat more fish

eat more seeds

eat more nuts

eat more beef

eat more chicken

eat more dairy

eat more cheese

eat more seafood

also eat more bean, legumes soy & grains


I believe you can eat over half your weight in grams of protein: Example you weigh 150lbs you should eat about 80g of protein a day

here are some ideas of how much protein is in some foods we eat

8 ounces milk or yogurt: 8 – 16 grams protein, depending on the type
1/2 cup cooked beans or tofu: 8 grams protein
1 ounce meat/fish/chicken/cheese (the leaner the meat, the more protein and the fewer calories): 7 grams protein
1 large egg: 7 grams protein
1/2 cup cooked or one ounce dry (1 slice bread) grain: 3 grams protein
1/2 cup cooked or one cup raw vegetables: 2 grams protein

if you build more muscle tissue you can burn more calories and fat by increasing your metabolism ( every pound of muscle gain equals about 35-50 calorie burn extra per day).  You need the protein, you need the amino acids (broken down protein) you need to eat more!!!

Also you need to workout, let me know if you need any help




Fitness Apps and setting your calorie goal

I am seeing people setting their calorie goals to low and there needs to be corrections made




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