The Complicated Case Against Simple Sugar

The Complicated Case Against Simple Sugar

Before you throw the book at all sugars, let’s review a few facts. If you were around in the 80s and 90s you likely recall the low-fat diet craze (who didn’t kill an entire box of SnackWell’s pulling an all nighter in college?). Nutritional experts, government agencies and industry pointed the finger at fat as the culprit for our obesity epidemic and a slew of other health issues like diabetes and heart disease. Fast forward to today and we now know that fat is not the demon we once made it out to be and in fact fat is a necessary part of our diet that helps control hunger, absorb vital nutrients and help fight against disease. Having acquitted fat, sugar (most notably “processed” or “added” sugar) now sits in the witness stand and is taking the wrap for our health problems. So let’s review some hard facts about this fundamental molecule and our complicated, and sometimes emotional, relationship with it. 

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Try These 6 Moves for a Strong Back

Try These 6 Moves for a Strong Back

In this video I show you six of my current favorite lower and mid back strengthening exercises that also force you to work your core and arms making for a terrific workout. If you are working on weight loss you can circuit these moves in sets of ~15 or more reps with 60s rest between sets. If you are working on basic strength you can increase the weight and try 3 strict sets of 12 reps with 60s-90s rest in between. Or if you're looking to hypertrophy (build muscle) up the weight even more and try 4 sets of 8-12 reps and give yourself 90s-120s rest in between sets. For more info on how to build a strong back and for more advanced back moves check out this blog post.

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25 Nutrition Experts & Foodies Share Their Favorite Smoothie Recipes with Yogurt

25 Nutrition Experts & Foodies Share Their Favorite Smoothie Recipes with Yogurt

Yogurt is a good go-to healthy snack, but a yogurt smoothie is an extra-special, tasty treat that combines the creamy thickness of yogurt with a variety of other nutrient-packed, delicious ingredients, from fresh fruit to chocolate, honey, kale or spinach, and so much more. Check out my favorite recipe and recipes from 24 other fitness pros in this Edible Arrangements Blog post.

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Are Protein Shakes Good for Weight Loss?

Are Protein Shakes Good for Weight Loss?

Protein shakes seem like a convenient way to cut calories and lose weight, but are they really worth all the hype, especially when it comes to weight loss? As with most questions like this though, the answer depends. The folks from Eat This, Not That asked me and other health experts to weigh in with our best thinking when it comes to protein shakes.

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Ross McIntire Shares His Favorite Stretches and Yoga Tips

Ross McIntire Shares His Favorite Stretches and Yoga Tips

My good friend and amazing yoga instructor Ross McIntire shares with us in this video the ONE stretch you should do every day, how to safely stretch your wrists and how to avoid one of the biggest mistakes in yoga.

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Top 10 Sites for the Best Men's Tank Tops

Top 10 Sites for the Best Men's Tank Tops

This one’s for the boys. A client and I were chatting last week that there’s nothing worse than a tank top made of crappy material that doesn’t wick well during a workout. And what’s more annoying than that is a tank top that is ill-fitted, poor quality and the sin of all sins, ugly and boring. So I put together a list of the 10 best sites for the ever illusive functional, fashionable and comfortable tank top perfect for working out or just hanging out. Because #sleevesarebullshit.

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Try This Killer Bicep Bootcamp to Make Those Gunz Grow

Try This Killer Bicep Bootcamp to Make Those Gunz Grow

It might be Fall in most of the country but in San Francisco we're getting ready for our "second summer" in October. And for a lot of SF boys Folsom is coming up which means chests and biceps will be front and center in a few weeks. Looking to get a good bicep pump and stimulate hypertrophy of your gunz? Give this bicep bootcamp a go. It uses a variety of modalities (cables, barbells, dumbbells and TRX) and includes some advanced strategies like eccentrics and drop sets to make both your bicep heads safely bulge.

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Crunchy Food Truck Fish Tacos

Crunchy Food Truck Fish Tacos

Ok, don’t laugh. Because when I first tried these I thought NO WAY. But honestly, these crunchy fish tacos rival those of any food truck and are actually pretty healthy and super easy to make. The secret ingredient? Trader Joe’s fish sticks. Yup. Fish sticks. All you have to do is bake these little suckers in the oven and place two inside of corn tortilla with your favorite toppings (I keep it simple with lettuce for texture, a little Mexican blend cheese, salsa and low fat sour cream). You can also try shredded cabbage, avocado/guac, hot sauce, etc. Have fun with it!

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Mindfulness 101: Unlock the Scientifically Proven Benefits of Being Present

Mindfulness 101: Unlock the Scientifically Proven Benefits of Being Present

"Mindfulness" is a buzz word we're hearing a lot about these days. But what is mindfulness and how can it help your body, your energy level, your productivity and your overall health and happiness? And is mindfulness the same thing as meditation? I train a lot of successful, stressed out, busy professionals. And when I first bring up the idea of a “mindfulness practice” most of them scoff. “I’m too busy to think about that.” I’ll tell you what I tell them: “Frankly, you’re too busy NOT to.”

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New Workshop: Meditation 101 and "Office Yoga"

New Workshop: Meditation 101 and "Office Yoga"

There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it's by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus or improving relationships, research shows mindfulness works. That’s why I created this hands-on corporate wellness workshop were you’ll learn the science of meditation along with some simple tips for achieving success in your meditation practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation as a group and enjoy some awesome "office yoga" led by my friend and yoga expert Ross McIntire. This workshop can be delivered in any office, conference room or even virtually. Download a copy of the presentation here. Message me for details.

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Your Motion to Move (in Three Planes) Is Granted

Your Motion to Move (in Three Planes) Is Granted

Busy professionals spend the bulk of their days sitting at their desks, in meetings, on planes or in cars. Even the most disciplined can struggle finding enough time to stretch, do cardio and lift weights—all of which we know improve mobility, reduce pain and improve brain performance, not to mention improve the way we look and feel. When they do find time to move, they often don’t realize their exercises are keeping them exclusively in one “plane of motion.” Most of us need more planes of motion training in our workouts. But what does that mean? Read on in my latest Fit Counselor column for Law.com.

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Go NUTS with Homemade Almond Butter

Go NUTS with Homemade Almond Butter

Om nom nom. Ever since Allison Tibbs taught me how to make homemade almond butter I've been drooling over it. Super simple to do. And way tastier than anything store bought. It's awesome plain (doesn't even need salt) or you can jazz it up with cinnamon or vanilla extract. Like all healthy fats, it's super nutritious, but watch your serving sizes as almonds are high in calories.

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7 Scenarios When Not Working Out Is the Healthier Choice

7 Scenarios When Not Working Out Is the Healthier Choice

My clients tend to be super successful, Type A, driven professionals who demand a lot from themselves (and the world around them). This can be a really positive trait and an attitude that helps people get the results they want from their workouts. But sometimes, especially with the stress of our 24/7, always online culture, this can be dialed up too high and they push too hard. I recommend listening to your body. If you ignore your body, it will only scream louder. So what does that look like? Start with this MyFitnessPal Blog post with comments from me and other trainers where we explore seven situations when the best thing for your health really is to stay away from the gym. (And it’s not just when you’re sick.)

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How Intention, Data and a Few Barbells Can Change Your Body and Mind

How Intention, Data and a Few Barbells Can Change Your Body and Mind

It’s very hard in this busy, tech-driven world to find time for fitness. And not everyone sees the value in building a strong foundation by addressing mobility, posture and core strength needs before tackling larger goals like Olympic lifting and endurance running. But my client Julian has done things the right way. Over the years he has diligently done the work. Integrating resistance training, mobility work, massage and LOTS of data points, he has achieved his body comp goal of getting lean (hello, abs!) and his posture is on point. His running has improved. He is now safely starting to Olympic lift. As a trainer, I’m gushing over his success.

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How to Eat (and Exercise) to Get Six-Pack Abs

How to Eat (and Exercise) to Get Six-Pack Abs

I'm always honored when media outlets like US News & World Report come to me for advice. While I tend to care more about a client’s health, mobility and performance over "getting ripped abs" there is NOTHING wrong with having aesthetic goals. And getting lean and seeing your abs pop is a common one (for me too!). So check out this article for my #1 nutritional advice for getting abs and for tips from other top fitness pros.

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9 Useful Gym Machines

9 Useful Gym Machines

US News & World Report asked me and several other top fitness pros which machines in the gym are best for women. Note, these machines are great for both genders. Women belong on the bench press just as much as men. And men could benefit from traditional "female" exercises like pilates, barre and glute kick backs. Many folks, male and female, aren’t comfortable lifting free weights and barbells, but they still need to tackle resistance and cardio training in their workouts. Here are nine user-friendly gym machines anyone can use to get in shape. And for a tutorial on how to row with great form check out this post with pal Lauren Barkan.

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How Can I Get More Protein?

How Can I Get More Protein?

After reading my Guide to Eating Clean and Getting Lean and determining their caloric and macronutrient needs most of my clients' first realizations is that they need to get more protein. Whether you are "eating to your macros" or not, most of us could benefit from getting more high quality protein into our diets so I've compiled a list of my favorites that include lean meat; eggs; dairy; beans, legumes and nuts; veggies, grains and supplements that are high in protein. 

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JJFit and Garmin Coach Help You Get Race Ready

JJFit and Garmin Coach Help You Get Race Ready

I was thrilled and honored to be asked by the folks at Garmin to contribute some of my best tips for getting race ready for a 5k, 10k and half marathon to the kick *ss Garmin Coach app. Garmin Coach has everything you need to safely train for a big event including helpful articles with advice from yours truly! If you’re considering a race in the coming weeks or months check out these resources: Helping Your Body Handle Long Distances and Your Race Nutrition Plan. And give Garmin Coach a try!

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How Cardio, Mobility and Complex Training Keeps This Athlete Fit and Balanced in the "Real World"

How Cardio, Mobility and Complex Training Keeps This Athlete Fit and Balanced in the "Real World"

My client Chase gives me hope. When I transitioned my personal training business to the Bay Club I didn’t know what to expect. He was the first client I was paired with. I immediately knew I had made the right decision. Though only in his early 20s, Chase has maturity and discipline beyond his years and it’s been my pleasure helping him transition from a college athlete to the professional world. It’s my honor helping him define his fitness goals, stay motivated and learn new styles of training beyond lifting the heaviest weight possible. The fact that he truly cares about his health, his posture and his mobility makes me beam with pride. I had to interview him to share his inspiring story.

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