Top Tips to Be Your Fittest & Healthiest

Many will have a desire to look & feel their best in 2017, as many should. Unfortunately, most will not have a “road map” guiding them in the most appropriate way to arrive at being their healthiest and will fall short due to getting lost and therefore discouraged sooner than later.

As the old saying goes “if there is a will, there is a way”. The information is out there. The work ethic and discipline is in all of us if you simply decide to make the dedication to become healthier; for your children, family and most importantly for yourself. Read more

“Roger, What Exactly Do You Do?”

I get this question all the time and have for last several years. So much and, with so much confusion, I felt I had to write about it to give a better explanation to those inquiring minds that want to know. It’s expected from those that don’t know me or just meeting me initially, and we all ask this question of most we meet for first time at some point. I also know the majority of those that have known me for a long time are still very confused and don’t want to sound “dumb” or inattentive if they were to ask me. Read more

Be Accountable for Your Fat Loss Efforts

Living in the “microwave” society that craves instant gratification that we do today, it is more common than not to see people looking for a shortcut or an easy way to achieve their weight loss goals. It is in fact ingrained in us to take the path of least resistance with anything we do just like it is hardwired in us to seek out and consume salt, sugar and fat. Those old, cave man survival instincts are still programed in us.  This article is geared toward helping the person who doesn’t have much direction, is brand new to fitness, a bit overweight and trying to understand the basics to get started in an effective way and has the willingness to put in the work. Read more

7 ESSENTIAL Things You Must Learn and Do to Lose Weight and Get Healthier!

Many people have great intentions of shedding some unwanted and unhealthy extra body fat in order to look and feel their best, but many are ill informed. And, with the plethora of information it is hard for many to figure out where to start. Here are my top 7 essential things that you must do in order to lose weight and get healthier: Read more

New Study Shows The Benefits Of Working With A Personal Trainer

I have worked in the health and fitness industry since 2001 and during that time it has become obvious to me the benefits that come from using a personal trainer, especially when it is combined with a proper nutrition plan. Clients lose fat, look better, feel healthier and have increased energy.

While I see these benefits on a daily basis when working with clients, a recent study conducted to gauge consumer perceptions of personal fitness trainers reinforces that. Read more

Eat The Rainbow!

Those colorful fruits and vegetables provide us with so many vitamins, minerals and nutrients our body needs to maintain great health. Unfortunately, many of us do not consume nearly enough of them on a regular basis. In our modern fast paced and microwave world, we often eat on the run which means a lot of manufactured, man made foods that are often overloaded with calories but void of the nutrition that our bodies crave for maintaining good health and energy with a zest for life.

Top Tips To Green It Up!

1.)    Try to include veggies with every meal if possible. Some of the best ones to mention are mushrooms, dark green leafy ones like spinach and kale, cruciferous veggies like broccoli, tomatoes and peppers. Vegetables unlike many fruits are not as heavy in the sugar department and are very low in calories, but pack a hell of a punch from a nutrition value.

2.)    Drink those greens! If you must and you want to make it easier to consume (for some) go 40% fruits and 60% greens like some just mentioned. As for fruits, berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are some of the best choices.

3.)    Have a list when going grocery shopping. Research and have some ideas regarding meal plans and green smoothies and have a checklist of what to get and how much. In these summer months you can get fresh produce at great prices at local vegetable stands.

4.)    Keep fruits and vegetables within reach and conveniently easy to grab at. Most people will keep packaged foods with little to no nutritional value within reach, let’s just swipe those things out for better options. If bad snacks are not an option anymore but these colorful foods are, then it will be easier for us to move in the right direction.

5.)    Make it a wrap! You can create some very healthy, well balanced and healthy wraps that taste amazing if you put some thought into it. There are many low carb, low glycemic wraps such as Flat Out that can go nice with some lean cuts of meat alongside some salsa, dark greens, spices, peppers or whatever veggies you like.

The key to eating more vegetables is to make them the center of attention with each of your meals and base the rest of your foods around them. Fruits for most are easier to eat and consumed a bit more on a regular basis than veggies. Strive for a healthier YOU in the New Year around the corner!

Best in health,

Roger Bowman, CPT

Where is The SUGARR!! I Need A Fix…

Gawdd, I need some chocolate… Man I can’t stop thinking about something “sugary” to consume… I can’t get off this stuff… I can’t stop “wanting” it even though I know it’s bad for me… Grrr… Are these all thoughts you have experienced or even said out loud before? Or do you think them on a regular basis currently? Is there a relationship between food and addiction? Can certain foods hijack the reward system in much the same way as drugs do? According to some new data and input from scientists, the answer is yes. Read more

Going To Lose Weight & Then Start Working Out

I cringe every time I hear some obese and unhealthy person spit these words out to me when I sincerely try to offer them some help and some sound education and advice.

This is no different than saying “well, let me put ONE tire on the car and see how far I can get and then I will put on the other 3 later”. And the excuse that one doesn’t have the time to workout is just the grown up version of “the dog ate my homework”. We all have 2-3 hours per week to get active. Most spend that each night in front of a tv, its just a lame and untrue excuse.

Our Microwave World

It seams as though everyone has this wishful thinking that they can somehow avoid or dance around what I call the wheel of success. This wheel consists of the things we know deep down are true: Exercise consisting of resistance training 2-4/week, Cardio 3-5/week, good nutrition 6-7 days/week (or <80-90% of the time) and when attention needed, hormonal balancing.

We are sold on false hope everyday in the media and those popular daytime doctor shows on miracle pills where most have very selective hearing and only hear that they can just take this pill and somehow this miraculous change in their body is going to occur. I find it sad that a large number of people come to me requesting this product and I always ask them a lot of questions so I can try and help them best I can with their interests and concerns.  Most of course, are not incorporating any or very little physical activity and the eating habits verbally displayed are horrible. It amazes me how these people will not even entertain the thought of a good quality multi vitamin and some nutrition bars or snacks first before or with that magic pill they want.

Real Effort Is Needed To Be Put Forth

When it comes to building your body (or shaping it, etc), you need to develop a base foundation FIRST before any real success can come from these specialty pills and powders that we see on the shelves. A lot of these extreme diets don’t work long term either. People who buy into all this non sense are avoiding the truth. Nothing in life comes for free so just embrace that fact that better health, fitness and well being comes from good nutrition and physical activity on a regular basis. The sooner we can accept that, the quicker we can progress on a path to being a better and healthier person.

When I say physical activity, walking doesn’t count for much. Most of us sit on our ass for at least 8 hours a day so we need more than just a walk. We should be walking all day in the first place. To say you’ve been exercising when you really mean you have been walking a measly mile a day or every other day is a cop out bullshit excuse – you are not doing much and that isn’t effective exercise.

Your excuses for being out-of-shape are getting old. An excuse takes less immediate effort than an action, but in the long run the action taker always has the advantage. Don’t allow excuses to ruin your life any longer.

  • Don’t skip out on your responsibilities with excuses, instead expect more from yourself.
  • Focus on the big reason why you are losing the weight. Make a list of the benefits you’ll enjoy once you achieve your goal, and read them first thing each morning.
  • Remember that you can only have two things in life: excuses or results. Which do you want?

Tomorrow Is A New Beginning

Contact me today for your first workout and consultation to move towards a better and healthier you. Together with your effort and a little work ethic and my background and experience, we can tackle 2014 with a winning game plan!

Happy New Year,

-Roger

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8 Fat Shedding Tips For The New Year

A new year and a new you is right around the corner. Before long, bathing suite time will be back and that thing isn’t going to wear itself. There is no better time than now to get a plan together to start shedding that excess baggage.

Successful weight loss is just not possible without a winning plan. The first place this needs to start is in your head. If you want to make big changes to your body and how you look and feel, you need to first develop a belief that you can indeed do it. Positive psychology goes a long way on the road to a successful transformation. Read more