Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It's really hard ...

It’s really hard to eat clean foods when everyone else is eating processed food.

It’s really hard getting your kids to eat their vegetables and do their homework especially when you parent 4! :-)

It’s really hard to exercise when you’re under deadlines and stress all the time.

It’s really hard looking for a new job when you already work full-time.

It’s really hard changing long entrenched habits when the old ones are so prevailing. 

It’s really hard ignoring the voices in your head that tell you to take it easy or even quit.

It’s really hard trying to keep working out when the scale isn’t giving you positive feedback.

It’s really hard to moderate alcohol when you need a stress reliever.

I’ve found that there are two types of people.

Those who complain that life is really hard.

And those who do what’s really hard.

Which one are you?

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Clear the clutter ...

If you could peek inside my mind, it would probably look like one of those houses on the TV show Hoarders.

Clutter.jpg

Well, it's probably not THAT cluttered, but there are days it feels like this.  LOL!

Can you relate? 

For many of us, there's at least some level of brain clutter.

Stuff just sitting around, creating a mental fire hazard and hiding a family of squirrels.

Today, let's take one piece of mental junk out of our hoarder house.

I'll go first. But before that ...

Shut your eyes and visualize your mental hoarder attic.

Oy, the cobwebs! The ancient yearbooks! The stacks of moldy board games and creepy one-eyed dolls!

Start by creating a vivid, rich picture of your mental attic.

What's in there? What does it smell like? Can you feel the gritty dust under your feet?

Spend a bit of time building this image until you can experience it clearly.

Now, look around.

You're looking for something. It's a box labeled Things That Might Be Holding Me Back.

Maybe there are several boxes. (Luckily you labeled them when you stored them up here.)

These boxes are full of things that could be preventing you from moving forward on your health & fitness journey.

  • Perhaps in that box is a memory — an old photo — of someone in fifth grade calling you "fat".  For me it was a girl that I had a crush on in 5th grade, standing in line behind me saying that I had a "big butt" … that stayed with me for decades. 
  • Perhaps there is a memory of falling down in gym class, or being picked last for a game.
  • Perhaps there's a photo of you in great shape, something you never thought you could achieve again.
  • Perhaps that box holds one of your negative "inner team" members you thought you cut from the roster.
  • Perhaps it's an outfit you wore when you were younger, and you're convinced you'll never fit into it again.
  • Perhaps it's an old diary or notebook in which you wrote all your excuses for not doing things.

Whatever it is, dig in the box.

Now, pull out one thing that you know is holding you back.
Grab that thing and take it downstairs, out into the bright sunlight. Look at it as you stand outside in the sun.

Notice how the sunlight robs this thing of its power.

This thing seemed so powerful in the attic, but so trivial now.

Walk to a trash can, shed it into a dozen pieces, and throw that thing out.
It's gone. You don't need to save or hold on to it any more. Sayonara!

Pause to enjoy the relief and freedom.
Open your eyes. Now you're free of one little piece of mental junk that held you back.

Feels good, doesn't it?

If you want to make darn sure that piece of garbage is gone, write down what it is on a piece of paper. Then, either throw away the paper or — if you want to get really symbolic — burn it!

(By the way, some people tell me they're afraid of writing things down in case someone finds their journal. If that's you, go to a library or coffee shop, write down whatever you want to write down, then toss it away before you go home. You're like a secret agent!)

What's up next

With one piece of mental clutter gone, later this week I'll invite you to write a breakup letter.  :)

Don't worry, it has nothing to do with dumping your significant other! Stay tuned.

What to do today

  1. Create a vivid image of your "mental clutter".
    Imagine your mental attic. What's in there? Use all your senses and spend time visualizing this image until you can experience it clearly.
  2. Dig through your box.
    Imagine looking for something that you think is holding you back, and throw it away.
  3. What ONE piece of mental clutter did you throw out today?

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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Clear the clutter ...

If you could peek inside my mind, it would probably look like one of those houses on the TV show Hoarders.
Clutter.jpg
Well, it's probably not THAT cluttered, but there are days it feels like this.  LOL!
Can you relate? 
For many of us, there's at least some level of brain clutter.
Stuff just sitting around, creating a mental fire hazard and hiding a family of squirrels.
Today, let's take one piece of mental junk out of our hoarder house.
I'll go first. But before that ...
Shut your eyes and visualize your mental hoarder attic.
Oy, the cobwebs! The ancient yearbooks! The stacks of moldy board games and creepy one-eyed dolls!
Start by creating a vivid, rich picture of your mental attic.
What's in there? What does it smell like? Can you feel the gritty dust under your feet?
Spend a bit of time building this image until you can experience it clearly.
Now, look around.
You're looking for something. It's a box labeled Things That Might Be Holding Me Back.
Maybe there are several boxes. (Luckily you labeled them when you stored them up here.)
These boxes are full of things that could be preventing you from moving forward on your health & fitness journey.
  • Perhaps in that box is a memory — an old photo — of someone in fifth grade calling you "fat".  For me it was a girl that I had a crush on in 5th grade, standing in line behind me saying that I had a "big butt" … that stayed with me for decades. 
  • Perhaps there is a memory of falling down in gym class, or being picked last for a game.
  • Perhaps there's a photo of you in great shape, something you never thought you could achieve again.
  • Perhaps that box holds one of your negative "inner team" members you thought you cut from the roster.
  • Perhaps it's an outfit you wore when you were younger, and you're convinced you'll never fit into it again.
  • Perhaps it's an old diary or notebook in which you wrote all your excuses for not doing things.
Whatever it is, dig in the box.
Now, pull out one thing that you know is holding you back.
Grab that thing and take it downstairs, out into the bright sunlight. Look at it as you stand outside in the sun.
Notice how the sunlight robs this thing of its power.
This thing seemed so powerful in the attic, but so trivial now.
Walk to a trash can, shed it into a dozen pieces, and throw that thing out.
It's gone. You don't need to save or hold on to it any more. Sayonara!
Pause to enjoy the relief and freedom.
Open your eyes. Now you're free of one little piece of mental junk that held you back.
Feels good, doesn't it?
If you want to make darn sure that piece of garbage is gone, write down what it is on a piece of paper. Then, either throw away the paper or — if you want to get really symbolic — burn it!
(By the way, some people tell me they're afraid of writing things down in case someone finds their journal. If that's you, go to a library or coffee shop, write down whatever you want to write down, then toss it away before you go home. You're like a secret agent!)
What's up next
With one piece of mental clutter gone, later this week I'll invite you to write a breakup letter.  :)
Don't worry, it has nothing to do with dumping your significant other! Stay tuned.
What to do today
  1. Create a vivid image of your "mental clutter".
    Imagine your mental attic. What's in there? Use all your senses and spend time visualizing this image until you can experience it clearly.
  2. Dig through your box.
    Imagine looking for something that you think is holding you back, and throw it away.
  3. What ONE piece of mental clutter did you throw out today?
Your friend in fitness,
Brian Calkins NSCA-CPT, ACE
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Crazy Cool Idea!

I’ve been mulling over this really cool idea …   

I’ve designed a fun, SUPER EFFECTIVE and time efficient training program to get in great shape by Christmas. 

I’m looking for TWO awesome guys who want to get SUPER SERIOUS about their training program to get in their BEST SHAPE by this Christmas as well.  I’m talking so serious that we’ll train together, side-by-side.

Someone who wants to spend 2-3 days per week working out with me – rep for rep, set for set, we’re going to do it TOGETHER.

This is for guys, only.  I work with women all day and love it … but it’s been about 10 years since I’ve worked with dudes, and I really miss it.   

Here’s how the sessions will look: 
  • Tuesday & Thursday we’ll blend fast twitch & slow twitch strength training with some cardiovascular training  
  • Saturday morning will do a high-energy full body circuit to shape muscle and burn fat   
  • We’ll spend some time doing Mobility & Activation work 
  • Each week we’ll work the entire body, twice.
All told, we’re going to spend about 60 - 65 incredible minutes together each workout. 

PLUS, since nutrition plays such a critical role in getting in great shape, my two “training partners” will also follow my Clean & Lean eating program where we’ll be in touch 7 days a week through my nutrition/fitness app.   Each week we’ll have an accountability check-in, and we’ll work through any challenges you’re facing.  Spouses can jump on board the eating program, too, sometimes that helps with family cohesion. 

OK, now for the million-dollar question….

How much is this going to cost?

Well, first, let me immediately eliminate some of the would be takers on this crazy idea by letting you know that the training sessions will take place between 8am and 2pm Tuesday and Thursday, and 6am on Saturday at my home fitness studio.  I understand that won’t work for many, but that’s the only time I’m available to do this.  My house is at the end of Reed Hartman HWY, near I-275, just north of Blue Ash.    

So, if you’re still reading, here’s the deal:

When I used to offer one-on-one training at HealthStyle it was $125 per hour session.  Three days per week was $375 or about $1500 per month. 

Now, this wouldn’t be a Crazy Cool Idea if it didn’t come with a Crazy Cool Offer, would it?

So, here it is …

You can get all this coaching and the ultimate “train with me” experience for four months, valued at over six thousand dollars for ONLY $1000 (works to be $250/mth).

It’s a pretty sweet deal.  And, sure, for some it’s a good chunk of change.  I totally understand.   

I can tell you, I pay for private coaching myself, and it’s without question, the best INVESTMENT I make each year. 

But, just to ease any hesitation, I’m going to offer a serious no-joke MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.  If at the end of the first 30 days you don’t feel you’re getting the value you expected, or if you find it’s just not the right fit for you,  just let me know and I’ll give you a full refund – definitely no hard feelings, and no explanation needed. 

Look, I’m not playing around here.  I want to be dialed in for the holidays this year.  This program and this experience will be like nothing else.  It’s simply THE VERY BEST way to get in your best shape ever … and we’ll have some serious FUN along the way, too!

So, if you want to really get SUPER SERIOUS about getting into SUPER SHAPE send me an email by clicking here ... we'll talk to see if this might be a fit for you.

Feel free to forward/share with anyone that might be ready for this challenge!

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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P.S. – Even training 2 days per week, following this program will get you in GREAT shape.  So, if you can’t get away both work days, pick Tuesday OR Thursday PLUS Saturday morning, and we’ll kick some butt. 
  
P.P.S. - WE START ON SATURDAY at 8am (Sept 22) with an intro to the program!  GET READY TO ROCK!

P.P.P.S – There are a few Saturdays that I’m traveling (9/29, 8/13 for sure, maybe one more), so we’ll extend into January 2019 to get the full 4 months of training in. 

How cool will it be to START 2019 in FANTASTIC SHAPE, when most else everyone will be desperately seeking out a solution to reverse all the holiday indulgence?