A Common Problem: Staying Injury Free

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You want to get or stay fit and healthy right? But every time you push yourself a little harder you strain a muscle or sprain a ligament. It's frustrating I know. I've been there. To get optimal results you've got to push yourself but not to the point of constantly breaking down your body. You've got to train smarter and when you're able you can train harder. Your frustration trying to stay or … [Read more...]

Arugula, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Peaches

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Ingredients: Salad: 1 Tablespoon honey 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 peaches, cut into wedges 1 pound baby arugula, rinsed 1 shallot, sliced thin 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted 1 bunch purple basil, cut into thin strips 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled Dressing: 1/3 cup yogurt ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons honey 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons … [Read more...]

Are Squats The Best Exercise For You?

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Are you about ready to give up on squats all together since you’re not seeing the results you want? Squatting is an amazing exercise for you if you have adequate range of motion of the ankle, knee, and hip. But there’s a pretty good chance you’re missing out on the benefits of this exercise or causing yourself pain and injury if you’re just too tight to gain the proper form to produce effective … [Read more...]

“John designed a diet regimen and a training program specifically for me… I hit my goal of losing 50 pounds!”

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    After & before photos... 50 pound weight loss in 7 months!         After several visits to resolve nagging back pain, my orthopedic surgeon told me that, at the age of 53, the only real cure for my chronic, severe lower back problems was to lose 50 pounds and get my core strength back. He told me that he would only consider giving me … [Read more...]

Working Out Your Core Is Essential, But a Whole Body Routine Is Critical

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All too often, we try to target our workouts to take care of problem spots. Big thighs, flabby arms, fat rear ends and other very specific areas get the bulk of our exercise attention while the core is overlooked. The truth is this is not a wise way to proceed if real results are desired. Targeting is fine, but it won’t get the job done on its own. The core – the back and stomach muscles – are … [Read more...]

Working Out Through Your Injury

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It can happen to anyone even you. Your fitness routine is created and you are seeing real results. Your muscle strength and tone are improving and you're dropping serious pounds. Everything’s going great! Then an injury occurs and staying on your intended course seems next to impossible. There’s good news though. Depending on your injury in question, there may not be a reason to derail your … [Read more...]

A Successful Fitness Routine Does Not Have To Be Complicated

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The hardest part of getting fit involves taking the first step. You must be ready to challenge yourself. While most people think exercising is hard and getting a routine together is difficult, the simple reality is that neither of these things are true. Working out doesn’t have to be tough, boring or impossible. Getting fit should be fun and energizing, so don’t let fear stand in the way and your … [Read more...]

Seasoned & Raw Taco Wraps

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Makes 6 to 8 wraps Ingredients: (use organic) 2 cups walnuts 1 Tablespoon cumin ½ Tablespoon coriander 1 teaspoon chili powder pinch of cayenne pepper (or more, if you like a kick!) 2 Tablespoons low-sodium tamari collard greens, washed with stems trimmed about 2 inches from bottom of leaf salsa Directions: Put the walnuts in a food processor with the blade in place, and process until … [Read more...]

First and foremost, John has a wealth of fitness and nutritional knowledge

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"Working with John was just the amount of guidance and motivation that I needed to achieve my fitness goals. First and foremost, John has a wealth of fitness and nutritional knowledge, and his emphasis on proper form and technique is unmatched.  From the beginning I was able to setup my own personal goals and he made sure to cater each and every session to my goals/needs. Not only was he great as … [Read more...]

How Much Exercise Is Right For You?

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Think exercising isn’t for you? How about finding the right kind of exercise as well as the right amount? Because even a little bit of movement over the course of a week can go a long way toward improving your health in 2013 while boosting your energy levels. Discovering what’s right for you will benefit you the most. Researchers at Oklahoma State University have discovered that even two … [Read more...]