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You can choose to be as fit as you wish. Make the choice!

Fight, fight, win!

By Susan Howard

Today at my local gym, I was talking to a workout pal of mine that also happens to be a mega bro. He looks like a pro wrestler with big guns, strong legs, and ripped abs. He was eating a cookie at the time (granted it was the healthy kind with extra protein inside), and he offered me a bite. I took a little taste and said, “You can eat that stuff, I can’t.”

“No I can’t,” he retorted. “Everyone always says that and they are dead wrong.” He continued, “I watch what I eat all the time, that’s how I look like this. It’s tough to give stuff up, but if you want to look a certain way, you have to.”

There it is.  All the images of hot chicks in swim suits and shirtless dudes with their jeans pulled down past their hips, don’t just look that way, they choose to look that way.  This opens a whole ..read more

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Here are some small ways to fight obesity.

Strange Shapes

By Susan Howard

On my recent vacation, I got a close look at a portion of our country, middle America. Here in Los Angeles, it’s all about the pretty people, the hyper-fit, the plastic, and the perfect.  Yes, L.A. has it’s own issues, but you don’t really see the obese population like you might in other parts of the U.S.

It’s incredible to me the different shapes people become when they over eat and under move.  It’s like their tummies are attached to their thighs, while their legs and calves are super fit to hold up the entire ship.  When I see regular-sized heads with narrow shoulders encased by this crazy fat frame, it’s really shocking.

I may sound mean here, but I am not poking fun, I am actually alarmed at the mismatch.  We are f@#!ing up!  I constantly worry that I am not doing enough as a trainer.  Yes, I encourage my clients, but that’s such a small fraction; it’s feels ..read more

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Working out can produce results a lot more quickly than you think. Here's how.

Get a Massage

By Susan Howard

I recently started with a new client that had been fairly sedentary, with the exception of a few random hikes.  We were a mere 5 sessions in when she went to the massage therapist that she had been seeing for years.

“You exercise now?” asked the large Russian women.

“Yes…how did you know?” my client replied.

“From no exercise to exercise the body, totally different.”

Personally, I was surprised that such a change could occur after a super short time, but there it was.  An expert on bodies and musculature, unprompted, could tell the difference.

So hell, it’s not that hard to redefine your self (pun intended) and it happens fast.  When we are on the journey, it’s impossible to tell where we land because we see ourselves everyday.

“Yep, still me.”

Like when Auntie Steph comes to visit my little kids and is shocked they look so much bigger than they were last time, but they look the same to me.

That’s where the leap ..read more

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Work out with total abandonment -- be strange.

Reservoir

By Susan Howard

I was walking with a client around the reservoir, an Eastside dirt track meant to get her heart rate up. As we walked, we checked out the ducks and people watched.  With our dogs in tow, we walked and chatted.  No, we weren’t the fastest ones around the loop; we were there just to enjoy the morning and burn a few calories.

There were some hard core folks practicing their interval routines, and some serious competitors clocking their fastest miles, which is all good and normal…until…

We saw a women run/sashay/bootie boogie/ around the trail, complete with large arm gestures and random hip twitches.

“Maybe she is a dancer?” My client wondered if she was practicing a routine.  She could have been.  What it reminded me of was the pure joy of movement, the celebration of one’s body for it’s own sake.

This purity of fun, a spunk and strangeness, was not lost on me.

So for you out there that was cruising ..read more

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The secret to not gaining weight back when you go on vacation.

Vacaution

By Susan Howard

“I’m down ten pounds, but I’m heading out to New York.  I am worried that I am going to put it all back on,” said one of my clients who was stressing about her upcoming vacation and all the temptations in her path.  Hanging with old drinking buddies, the amazing N.Y. restaurants, and the “screw it” mentality all play a part.

When she says I am going to put it all back on, I trust that she is right.  I believe my clients know themselves well and are attuned to their patterns.

“Let’s create a plan,” I said.  I will offer you two drink cheats and two meal cheats in the two-week trip.  So, pick a night each week and let loose old school with your friends.  If you at least have a plan, you are much more likely to stick with it.  With no rules, every night is a party, and yes, you will regain the weight you worked ..read more

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Getting back into shape doesn't have to be hard. Here are some great tips to get started again if it's been awhile since you worked out!

Back in the Chain Game

By Susan Howard

While it’s always better just to stay in the game, getting back into it is something most of us have to grapple with at some point.  Be it injury, vacations, or plain laziness, the possibilities are endless why someone might skip their workout.  Since we are a sum of our habits, skipping one workout could then mean skipping for months.

I run, therefore, I am.

Here are some tips my clients and I have found to be winners in jumping back into the iron.

Warm up your muscles with a 5 minute walk before you start. This will awaken the connective tissues and prepare your body for the routine.  In this case, dust off the cobwebs. Do 2 sets only of all moves at 75% of your normal weight. Within a week of not lifting weights muscle starts to break down.  Don’t go back to what you lifted a month ago, you have to build back to that. If you have a treadmill ..read more
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Keep moving throughout your day -- even at work -- if you really want to lose weight and get in shape.

Just a Sec

By Susan Howard

My clients that have successfully lost weight have one thing in common.  They wanted it.

They wanted to drop excess pounds more than they wanted to keep them.  You want it, too, you say…but how much?  Instead of excuses they found possibilities to make healthy choices and squeezed in moments to move no matter what.

Over the years, I’ve received photos of clients doing push ups in the snow, squats in an O.R. hospital room, biking in the rain, and crunches on the floor of a plush office.

We are animals meant to MOVE.  Go get ‘em tiger.  Get back in touch with this need, the fire within you. Feel your heart pumping.  Steal away for a quick walk during your lunch break, something to make you feel alive in your body.

Here’s a quick workout if you don’t know what to do.

Squats – 20 reps

Push ups – 20 reps (or just hold the top of a push up and count to ..read more

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