Authenticity Is The New Black

I recently did a self-experiment.  I posted 30 days of videos to my personal FB and IG accounts (#deepthoughtswithriver).  As a recently converted digital nomad, my sister was legitimately concerned that maybe, out of isolation, I was talking to my dog (River) a bit too much.  She may be right, but that wasn’t the point.

The point is that social media has become a place where people post things (images, memes, videos, etc) that only reflect the images of their “perfect” lives.  Real life is far from perfect…we all know that.

Carbohydrates: Don’t Avoid Them!

Carbohydrates are a group of organic compounds made of carbons that include sugars, starches, celluloses, and gums. They serve as a major energy source in the diets of animals and humans. They provide fuel for aerobic and anaerobic activity. Carbohydrates provide sustained energy for aerobic activity and immediate energy for anaerobic or high-intensity activities. It is essential that long-distance runners and high-intensity athletes intake adequate carbohydrates before, during, and after activity. The appropriate amount will depend on the length and intensity of the activity. Carbohydrates are needed to burn fat and are metabolic primers. When you eat carbohydrates, they are released into your bloodstream, cause insulin to be released, and provide energy to the cells and the blood. This means that carbohydrates, taken in the right amount and in small amounts, can aid in weight loss as well.

How To Ask For Google Reviews

88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.  

Business reviews are EXTREMELY valuable from a local search engine optimization standpoint.  

Yes, it is a fantastic idea to ask your clients for reviews, but HOW you do it is just as important.  Luckily, we’ll share…

Maintaining Your Integrity As A Personal Trainer

Every personal trainer worth their salt knows that fad diets and exercise programs don’t work. According to a Business Insider report by Chris Weller, this is primarily because in most cases, the science behind these so-called revolutionary fitness hacks have been either blown way out of proportion or optimized to make a certain eating plan or workout appear more effective than they actually are. Unfortunately, these quick fixes are what sell and some personal trainers have started using them to build a solid client base more quickly. But is sacrificing your integrity for the sake of getting more clients really a good idea? Well, the short answer is no—and here’s why:

Introduction to Using Visual Schedules with Autistic Students

What is a visual schedule?

A visual schedule is a plan that helps those students with limited abilities who cannot communicate, such as those children-through-adults limited speeches, sensory issues, and developmentally challenged as well as autism. They have trouble understanding and giving input to instructions. Persons with limited speech and autism often have difficulty following verbal directions and social cues.  A schedule helps a person to see a plan of action for the exercise session order of events, as well as remain calm, reduce inappropriate behaviors, develop independence, and increase self-esteem.  Even if the whole group does not need a schedule, working with a group of both special needs students and regular education students helps the whole group see a beginning and ending to an exercise session.  A visual schedule is also helpful for breaking down a task that has multiple steps to ensure the teaching and compliance of those steps.

Four Keys to Success for Health and Healing

TV fitness celebrity Forbes Riley states, “open your eyes to new healing possibilities” in the foreword of my new book Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds. She sets the tone for stories from eighteen health and healing experts who have helped themselves and clients overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges even when given six to eight weeks to live. From this research, there are four key takeaways to health, happiness, and success.

Content Marketing is Aerobic

During my evolution as a fitness coach, I geeked out hard on energy systems.  In the world of CrossFit, the overwhelming trend was to go harder, faster, longer.  The issue was that people began to burn out, get injured, or fail to sustain obnoxiously intense regimes.  I quickly learned the value of a developing a solid aerobic base. It’s a key to longevity and one of the most time efficient methods to train the aerobic system is implementing aerobic interval training.  But how do you know if one is primarily training that energy system?

Emotional Eating and More Than 25 Ways to Combat It

“Emotional eating” is a term for eating as a way to deal with stress by consuming alcohol, drugs, or other addictive agents.  It may be an unhealthy way of dealing with depression, negative emotions, or something that is toxic in your life. But help is ready for healing.  Just as a habit takes 21 days to conquer, you can overcome your emotional eating.

Protect your Digital Homebase

If I had a dollar for every time I talked to a fitness professional who was spending money on paid advertising, blasting social media, or handing out business cards at networking event YET still neglecting their website, I’d have enough to buy that new Callaway driver (you know…the one with BOEING technology?).

Why I Joined a Mastermind Group

I believe that at some point in everybody’s life, we have that “thing” that forever changes the lens through which we see life.  For some, it’s a loss, an accident, bankruptcy, or “rock bottom.” If you don’t know what yours is, then it hasn’t happened yet. But, it will.  For my wife and I, that “thing” was the entire year of 2016. I won’t get into all the details because it’s not fully my story to share. Let’s just say it was a series of losses that forced my wife and me to say “F*ck it.  Life is too short and too fragile. We’re going on the offensive.”

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