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Back when I was a kid growing up playing sports & being around gyms, the trainers and what constitutes being a “personal trainer” was very different.

The high-school sports hero could be your trainer, the dude with big muscles could be a trainer, the football coach, your Uncle who fought in WWII, or even your Dad bc he knew how to work a leg press machine and move a lot of weight.

Let’s be honest, working out isn’t rocket science, anybody can put shoes on and walk/jog a mile to lose weight or show somebody correct form on a push-up, even how to do a lat pull to build some muscle

Through the 1980’s and 1990’s when “baby boomers” started getting older we established the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association so any person inspiring to be a fitness professional could get a national accredited certification after obtaining a 4 year college degree.  This really helps to give the industry credibility but has never stopped gifted athletes or dudes with big muscles giving workout advice (and never will, talk is cheap)

Fast forward to today, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Insatgram and social media has helped to create an EXPLOSION of fitness interest.  Now more than ever people are getting up off the couch motivated by a friend or colleague who has motivated themselves to not be fat and unfit anymore.  A person who posts selfies at the gym, pics of their gluten-free food, or pics with less clothes on can now get the kudos in “likes” and “shares”to build confidence that they too can now be a “personal trainer” and help others as well without any formal education,training, or certification

Make no mistake about it, I’m all for it, having more people involved getting fit and fighting Obesity is what it’s all about.  A large number of “personal trainers” in town just helps build competition and we all know that competition separates the best from rest.

Cream rises to the top and in the end, we are all a little more fit and confident

That makes me happy




We train, We eat, We enjoy!!


Why I quit my job

I completed my Masters degree in 2003 and worked at the hospital here in Bowling Green till 2008.  I worked in cardiac rehab where people went to strengthen and rehabilitate after heart surgery.  During my time the heart doctors were performing over 380 open heart surgeries a year which is more than two-a-day sometimes, WOW!!!!

Most of the patients we had were over the age of 55 but some people trickled in under 50yrs old, I’m going all-in to say the younger generation will be having heart attacks and surgery at 35-40yrs because of the lifestyle our “society” has created.

Death in the "USHeart disease is the #1 killer among women and the population of the United States as a whole, more people die from heart problems than cancer & accidents combined.

Looking at the death list again,

  1. heart disease
  2. cancer
  3. stroke
  4. respiratory disease
  5. diabetes

These 5 things are contributed and complicated by OBESITY and the reason I quit my job at the hospital.  I want to help people before they get high blood pressure, before they have open heart surgery, before diabetes & cancer, before they go to the hospital, before they die!!

The only way I know how to help is to educate and show people how, I believe its my responsibility to throw it in your face and help you help yourself!!  Physical activity, eating healthy, and limiting tobacco use are three things we can do to help from having a heart attack, once you commit to my program you will find your own strengths and weakness in life,  you will know what needs to be done to make changes that make a difference to help you fight obesity.

I believe being born and living in KY we are at a disadvantage and already behind the 8-ball.  More premature deaths in our state than most others in the nation and its mainly because of our lifestyle,  education, and income level.  We need change, we need something else to help.  More money is spent on drugs and surgeries than ever before, in my opinion they are just doing a job, another day at work for the Doctors, lawyers & Insurance companies

I am ready to do something different

Lets get to work!!

Don’t talk dirty to me


Diet” a dirty 4-letter word

We all know some dirty 4-letter words, I won’t give examples.  When I was a kid I remember out of the blue calling my Dad a dirty word, he washed my mouth out with soap of course, from that point on I had a newfound respect for English as a spoken language.  The diet is a big part of my job and when I hear people use diet as a dirty word, it makes me want to wash their mouths out with soap too.

Diet is what you are, not what you do.  When people start a typical weight loss program, they “go on a diet,” most people make it a physical event where they stop eating cakes, cookies, pizza, and any other so called “bad” food for a period of time.  Some people “on a diet” will turn the other cheek to certain foods they love while deep down inside they are about to die because they want a doughnut so bad!!

Another technique I hear all too often is the “reward food.”  I personally think that is one of the dumbest things you can do to achieve health and fitness.  Seriously, how many times are you really going to jump through a hoop to eat a cupcake??  “Oh, you worked out 3 times this week?” “good girl, on Saturday go have a twinkie, u deserve it!”

NOT going to happen.

Webster says diet is habitual nourishment, what you eat regularly, and that is exactly the point I want to make.  Diet again is what you are, not what you do.  Instead of thinking about all the things you can’t eat, shift your focus to healthy foods that you can eat.  Think of ways to add more nourishment to your meals instead of taking it away.

Make a point to get the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  It sounds like a lot, but it is well worth it, because at the same time you are meeting your fiber goals and feeling more satisfied from the volume of food, you’re less likely to overeat because fruits and vegetables displace fat in the diet. And that’s not to mention the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.   More than 200 studies have documented the disease-preventing qualities of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that are found in produce.  So eat it up, its good for you.

My suggestion for getting more: Work vegetables into meals instead of just serving them as a side dish on a plate.  I love to take seasonal vegetables and make stir-fries, frittatas, risotto, pilafs, or layered on sandwiches.  It is so easy to get a variety of vegetables and incorporate them into dishes.  You might have to prepare for a meal in advance, but a wise man once said “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”.

Your body is an amazing entity, I always tell my clients, if u ever want to read a good book, read about your body.  Obesity will kill anybody, being just 10lbs over your body’s ideal weight can significantly increase your risk of premature death.

So instead of concentrating on taking away bad food from what eat, try to add more nutrients to your meals and nourish your body to a respectable health and weight.

You are a product of what you do, if you eat unhealthy, feel unhealthy, look unhealthy, then you are probably unhealthy.

Now motivate someone to lose 10lbs!! GET TONED!!!


Your doctor says to exercise, so what?

so what? go sew buttons on your underwear is what I was told!

Something I been thinking about, I had a surgeon who once worked out with me & when ObamaCare was being talked about he kinda took offense to it.

His point on Obesity was that surgeons or “doctors” would get to the point to where they won’t admit or even call on obese patients bc of the liability of them not taking initiative and following through with their care plan. The way I understood his argument was that the new plan was to pay healthcare providers based on performance or outcomes of the treatment groups. He didn’t like this idea and I could see his frustration

So ObamaCare has tentatively passed and now the fun begins!! I welcome this new age of “care” bc in my opinion Kentucky needs a change from the past – our kids, cancer, education, obesity, heart disease and premature death are the worst in the country and we need CHANGE!! Some of the hospitals may not want you but I do

So to all of you that your doctor said to exercise, I AM READY FOR THIS!!
Are you?

GT Food Challenge – the Last 3 Days

I wish that I could help people who struggle with Obesity more efficiently than telling them to eat more fruits and vegetables, but that’s all I did to lose -5lbs in 8days – this is not a diet, this is life

Warren Co Schools Turns Head Against Obesity Issue

This Picture was on the front page Daily News and when I saw it my blood boiled!!  I’m all about family enrichment ideas but how in the world can you promote a doughnut eating program targeting kids?

Kentucky school children are fighting the worst Obesity epidemic this country has ever faced and then the Warren Co School Board and Rockfield Elementary promote doughnut eating.

The thing that upsets me the most is that Warren Co School Board already voted down a proposed Physical Activity Bill because Mike Wilson said   “I think we do a pretty good job of tracking food and nutrition anyway. It causes problems for us when Frankfortcomes out with something like this.”

Kids in this country today are expected to die sooner than ever before.  High blood pressure, type II diabetes, ADHD, irritable bowl, joint inflammation, and all sorts of adult health problems are being seen in the population of the young.  I believe the heart attack of today at 45yrs old will be the heart attack at 25 for kids born after 1995.  If you are a doctor, nurse or pharmaceutical sales then that’s good for job security but for me it’s very frustrating  because our kids are the future.

Kentucky is one of the worst in production, income, education but leading the nation in Obesity and health problems.

Something has to change and I’m here to help, just ask!!

Just my opinion, What’s yours?

Obesity is Bad

GT Get Fit Tip: Chocolate Milk has too much Sugar

A glass of chocolate milk.

Image via Wikipedia

Give your kids chocolate flavored milk in moderation.

Chocolate milk is high in sugar and will contribute to Obesity if drank without responsibility.  White milk has about 14 grams of sugar per serving and chocolate has about 20 grams.  Thats almost as much sugar in a regular coke.

When I was younger there were a lot of “milk does a body good” commercials, not so much anymore.    Some schools may ban chocolate milk over added sugar to eliminate the extra calories from school lunch.

British TV chef Jamie Oliver is on a milk kick trying to add nutritional value to school lunches and uses a California beach’s sand to show how much sugar school kids actually drink.  Watch “Food Revolution” for some useful info.

My personal opinion is that the chocolate milk sells better so they continue to market it as healthy so they can keep profits up.  Milk does have good protein, calcium but telling kids its healthy is not exactly the truth.  The extra calories in food will make kids fat.

Too much of anything is not good –  gluttony of food is not good.

Will your kids be upset if they don’t have chocolate milk at school?

Bulky Women: Say it Ain’t So

Have you ever seen a bulky woman?

I believe these to be bulky women, these are not soccer moms.

They lift weights, they EAT.

They lift weights, they EAT.

They lift weights, they EAT.

(On the 4th day they take steroid injections)

Woman are not naturally made to have “BULKY” muscles

Some men aren’t either.

The only way a human body can grow muscle tissue and become “BULKY” is to workout and provide that muscle with calories and nutrition so it can grow.  There is no other way it can or will happen.

If you are male or female and want to look/feel bulky then you have to evaluate your training and nutrition program.  Muscles need the surplus of calories plus a proper physical stimulation to hypertrophy.

People who eat too many calories and do not workout properly will store more body fat and become Obese.

Muscle is your metabolism and the main way to burn calories and lose body fat, without muscle you have no metabolism.

On the flip side a muscle will atrophy or get smaller if you malnourish it and reduce the amount of calories it recieves.  A strong healthy muscle will lose density if you starve yourself and don’t eat.

Skinny people don’t eat enough, Obese people eat too much.

If you have any questions about burning more body fat or what exercises you need let me know, I can help.

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