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Do You Complain?

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Do You Complain?

Every person complains about something – EVERY.  You may not think you are complaining.  I hear, “I am just saying,” or “I am venting,” or my favorite is “I am not complaining BUT..”.

We all do it and that’s okay.  It’s perfectly fine for you to tell me you don’t feel like working out.  It’s absolutely okay with me if you whine about every aching muscle in your body.  It entertains me when you keep talking about how much you cannot
continue the workout.  It’s all part of the job.  You may be complaining but at least you are at my studio, working out and making a difference.

What I cannot handle is a person telling me about the same thing over and over and never taking action.  What’s not okay is whining about something with no end in sight to help yourself.  The worse is complaining about an issue and doing the same thing
over and over expecting different results.  We all know what that defines… Insanity).

My favorite sayings, “You can pray to God but you better row to shore” and “Complaining about a splinter won’t take it out”.

Do you complain?

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How Do You Say Goodbye?

When a client walks through my door and into LisaFIT, that person enters a part of my heart.  A relationship begins.  I am just that type of person.  I don’t know how to not love people.  I genuinely care.  I think about how I can help them.  I research what will be the best for them.  I take time to understand them.  I invest so much into each and every client.  I don’t know how to hold back which makes it hard to say goodbye.

When the time comes, when the client is no longer in my presence – it is hard.  Is so saddening to say, “Goodbye”.  It’s bitter sweet because I am pleased that my client has met their goal.  It fills my heart with joy when they are proud of their work.  It makes me happy to be part of their change.  It’s the goodbye that makes me sad.

How do you say, “Goodbye”?

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How Do You Say Goodbye?

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How Do You Gain Muscle?

How Do You Gain Muscle?
Over the pass three years of having LisaFIT, I have had numerous clients wanting to gain muscle.  It isn’t as easy as people think.  It requires just as much discipline as losing weight.

I found an old article from the legendary Steve Reeves that confirms my philosophy of “gaining muscle”.  The articles reads, “Steve’s Reeves’ training was wildly different from the many modern bodybuilders workout.  He lifted only three days a week.  Reeves believed that any more frequency would result in over-training and that drug free trainees must allow maximum rest between sessions to ensure growth.”

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How Do You Gain Muscle?

I tell clients this all the time.  The most important part to growth is rest.

How do you gain muscle?

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Are You Human?

There is a song by Christina Perri called, “Human”.  It made me think of the statement, “You are only human” and how that allows people to do wrong.  Sometimes I want to cheat, to yell, be bad, self absorbed, selfish, give into temptation, act out of anger and just be “human”.  Last week I was so stressed. I had to get taxes done.  I was tired from spring beak with kids.  I was double booking to make a trip happen.  I woke up to a yelling conversation.  I went to sleep to a mean email.  I was sadly insulted.  I was wrongly blamed.   It felt like I was everyone’s punching bag.  I was done!

I went to the gym as usual, my sanctuary – my place of insight.  I took my workouts to that I don’t know if I am crying or sweating level.  I changed my playlists to all songs that screamed profanity.   I trained to failure in every exercise and I trained heavy.  I took it all out at the gym where I know I would not have any regrets afterwards.  If anyone was going to pay for my need to self absorbed, selfish, angry – it was going to be me..  If anyone was going to be hurt by my actions, it would be me.  Every day that I worked out I kept saying to myself, “I am only human!”

It hit me, why do we say, “I am only human” when we want to give into temptation, cheat, be bad?   Why can’t the phrase, “I am only human” mean walk away from temptation, be honest, choose good?  Haven’t we evolved from Adam and Eve?

Are You Human?

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Are You Human?

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Take It For Granted?

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Take It For Granted?

I don’t know if you can see the heavy fog in the photo.  It was an eerie morning run.  I literally couldn’t see further than 50ft.  Every step opened my view to new sights.  It was interesting to have the same path be hidden to me.  I noticed so much more on this run.  I found myself searching.  I found myself wanting to see more. It was the same path but a different experience.  All because it was hidden from me.

Isn’t that the mentality?  We want what we can’t have or in my case, what I can’t see.  I have run the same streets countless times but I have never felt more intrigued or interested.  Finally when nature took away from me what I took for granted, I was anxious to view it’s beauty that normally passed right by me morning after morning.

What do you take for granted?

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Do You Compete?

The other day I trained legs with my good friend who is a professional figure competitor.  Our intention was to go light with high repetitions.  It started off fun and easy but what happens when you get two personal trainers who workout hard and are competitive at doing their best?  They go INSANE!  We took over the gym. We were challenging each other.  We were competing who could do more reps.  She was yelling at me how many she did and I would yell back, “I am gonna do one more than that!”  We were messing with each other offering sarcastic sympathetic comments and cracking each other up.  It was one of the best times I have had in the gym.

Today, I am sore.  Every time I sit down I think about those 75 leg presses I did.  Every time I bend over I am reminded of the several sets of hamstring curls.  Every time I laugh I cringe because we added in overhead abdominal pulleys in between our sets.

Sometimes a little competition with a friend is good.  She said to me at the end of our workout, “A good friend is someone you can train with and drink with.”

Do you compete?

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Worse or Best?

In my line of work I see people either at their worse or their best.  I see them early in the morning and they are grumpy towards me.  I see them after a long day at work and they are testy with me.  I see them after they get into a fight with their partner, boss or children and they yell at me.  I see them when things go wrong with their life and they take it out on me.  I know they don’t mean to but it happens.  My studio seems to be a safe place to “unload”.  For instance, a client walks in and starts riding a bike to warm up and I ask them, “How are you doing?”  They may be casual about how things are in their life but as soon as the workout gets harder it always comes out one way or another.  As soon as the body perceives stress no matter if it is physical stress, the body has to get rid of any other stress, mental or emotional.  The client “unloads”.

We all need to “unload”, empty our stress pots, decompress, de-stress.  It is always the ones closest to us that get the ugliest version of this.  So although I don’t enjoy the grumpiness, shortness or yelling, I realize that I am close to them.  I am the one they trust.  They can rely on me to be peppy in the morning when they are grumpy.  They can rely on me to be patient when they are testy.  They can rely on me to stay calm when they yell.  In my line of work these are priceless skills.  A person walking into my studio is coming because they feel in some way they are at their worse and they are trusting me to help them become their best.

I am lucky to be so close to so many to see their worse and their best.

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Worse or Best?

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Do You Go Through The Pain?

Sometimes I get a little ache in my left knee. Occasionally I get a a sharp pain in my right shoulder.  Most of the time I am dealing with right lower back, upper hip pain.  Recently I have had neck tightness.  I am also recovering from a back of ankle issue that to this day still keeps me in flip flops at work.

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Do You Go Through The Pain?

Have I stopped working out?  No.  Have I made any of these pains worse?  No.  Do I blame others? No.  I just work around it and and work with it and work through it.  I am responsible for my own pain and pleasure.  I can choose to let pain prevent me from enjoying my life or allow it to educate me on living.

Pain is inevitable.  We are going to feel some level of discomfort.  It shouldn’t  stop you from getting what you want.  At times we just have to go through the pain.  Once the damage is done, we have to know how to manage the pain. It’s a part of all healing processes, to go through the pain.  Stop ignoring it. Don’t think you can avoid it.  It’s no one else’s fault.  It won’t go away until you deal with it.

Do you go through the pain?

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What Do You Give Up?

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What Do You Give Up?

Today I laid in bed thinking, “Should I get up and go to the gym?”  I didn’t want to give up my sleep.  I didn’t want to give up my warm bed.  I didn’t want to give up my comfortable pajamas.  I didn’t want to GIVE UP, so I got up and went to the gym.  I didn’t want to give up on myself.  I shifted my mindset.  I love having the discipline to get up super early in the morning.  I love the way I feel starting my day sweating.  I love experiencing my body naturally energized.

My giving up starts the night before by going to bed early.  I give up watching television.  I give up surfing on the internet.  I give up shopping online.  I give up a lot to gain all the things I truly love.  It makes what I do worth so much more.

What do you give up?

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Is It A Healthy Break?

My running clothes have been laying at the corner of my bed for a week now.  I refuse to put them away.  They are a reminder that I will get back to my morning runs again.

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Is It A Healthy Break?

I had to take a break because of a nasty cold and my children are home on spring break.  My health is important so getting the extra sleep has made my body feel strong and rested.  Since my children are home and the days have been beautiful we have been fortunate to take long walks.

Although the break was unwanted it makes me realize that being healthy has many avenues.  Why limit it to a morning run?

When was your last healthy break?

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