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Post 93: Mindset: Do I Have What It Takes To Get You In Shape?

Do I have what it takes to get you in shape?

The idea of this blog comes from Natalie Sisson of the Suitcase Entrepreneur. I am taking part in the 30 day blog challenge. Why? Well because this blog has been patchy and sporadic at best and I need to get better at it.

So as I am reading day 2, I came across this. Hopefully Natalie doesn’t mind if I share the following on the importance of mindset.

Starting a business is quite possibly one of the most challenging moments of your life. Running a business and your life from the road is another challenge altogether.

“For the first few weeks and months you will likely question everything you thought you knew about yourself and whether you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur and a world traveler.

This is a natural state to be in. Be prepared to be in that state for at least the first year as you test what works and find out what you’re capable of.

It’s also something you should embrace. Putting yourself out there to create products and services that help others and make an impact is not meant to be easy.

You’re changing the world remember and that takes guts, persistence, massive amounts of self belief and determination – all of which will be tested on a regular basis.”

Great advice for me but also great advice for you.  Building this blog (and podcast?) to the next level is going to test my limits as a business owner and writer. I am going to do my best to build and offer quality content that is actually going to help you. But I know I can’t do this unless it is fun.

Since we are starting from scratch, I would like to change the above quote to make it fit the person trying to get back in shape.

Starting a fitness program is quite possibly one of the most challenging moments of your life. Staying fit while running a business and having a personal life is another challenge altogether.

For the first few weeks and months you will likely question everything you thought you knew about yourself and whether you’re cut out to change your diet and complete the workouts.

This is a natural state to be in. Be prepared to be in that state for at least the 3 to 6 months as you test what works and find out what you’re capable of.

It’s also something you should embrace. Putting yourself out there to sweat, ache and change your physical body and mind is not meant to be easy.

You’re changing your world remember and that takes guts, persistence, massive amounts of self belief and determination – all of which will be tested on a regular basis.

If you have this mindset, how can you not succeed?

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So how about we make a deal.

I am going to do my best to keep you on track and have fun doing it.  All I ask from you is to let me know what you need. My goal is to 250 subscribers to my newsletter by the end of the year. If I can continually add people who are interested in my blog we will have a community before we know it. That is my end goal.

How cool would that be!

So let me know what you need to stay on track with your fitness goals and I will help any way I can.

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Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

 

Post 56: Are You Achieving Your Weight Loss Goal?

What I wanted to talk about today is the fact that most people never get to their weight loss goals. Even worse, those that get there have trouble staying there. The important concept I want you to take away from this discussion is that there is a vast difference between the outcome and the process.

What do I mean by that?Take the most generic goal I hear.

1. “I want to lose fat.” – sounds like a good goal but it really isn’t. How much do you want to lose?  How are you going to measure it? What kind of time frame?

More importantly, what kind of behavior goals are you going to set for yourself to achieve this?

  • How many times per week are you going to workout? It better be a total of 5-7 sworkouts per week if you really want results.
  • What type of exercise? It should include some variation of weightlifting, whether it is bodyweight training, core conditioning, circuit training, bodybuilding or a mixture of each. It also needs to include a cardio element. You can certainly get that through the weightlifting if you look at programs such as Cross Fit, Bootcamps and circuit training but most people are ready for high intensity exercise like that. 
  • What are you going to eat? How are you going to get a plan that fits your needs and one that you can stick with? 
  • Are you going to write down everything you eat? If not, you might as well give up now. If you have the discipline to control what goes in your mouth, you have the discipline to write it down. Better yet, write it down before you eat it. If you don’t write it down, you are really stacking the odds against you.
  • How much are you willing to sacrifice? Every pound will cost you pain and sweat. If you aren’t willing to pay that price don’t expect to succeed. I am not talking about being perfect, I am talking about commitment. Working through adversity and keeping the end goal in mind at all times.
  • Last one. is this a one time goal or a lifestyle commitment? Why would anyone want to go through the process of getting in shape only to blow it? 

What I am getting at here is that that people who get in shape and stay in shape learn that this is a process not a destination. Clients will ask me why I am always listening to fitness podcasts, reading books, getting advanced certifications etc…Simply put, I don’t see myself as a personal trainer. I see myself as a coach and fitness enthusiast who wants to know more about fitness and nutrition.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 41: An Interesting Meditation Article

Many people think of M Factor Fitness as a personal training website, which it is but I would like it to be more than that.  When I think of fitness there are many terms that come to mind, energy, size, strength, low body fat etc… But some terms that also come to mind such as confidence, sense of calm and  peace of mind kind of get lost in the shuffle. That is a shame because that is also a benefit of a fit body. Sometimes…..
 That is where a discipline such as meditation, Tai Chi and yoga come into play. Even I, your fearless leader, have to admit that I am not at peace with the world and this would be a nice thing to have. It seems that I have to fight for my own training time, let alone have time to sit and basically try and do nothing. So sitting around tends to lose every time.
But this is the point. By sitting still and having the reflective time you are better able to get in everything else in line. Wouldn’t you like a little more peace of mind? 
Now this is easier said than done. As I write this, I am frantically thinking about how I am going to get everything in. I need to start meditating, that is all there is to it. You should join me! After all, this is an interactive blog. It has been so long since I have meditated, I am not sure what it feels like. I think they would probably say that is feels like nothing but since I am doing nothing now, it should feel different….shouldn’t it?
Check out the article below. It is from Dahn Yoga and it presents a challenge. Can you feel all three signs that you are meditating? I know they would probably say that is is not a challenge but a journey. I hear you but I would love to be able to sit and meditate without feeling antsy, falling asleep or just distracted. It is time to claim my piece of the universe.
 I make this promise to you, I will try and meditate every day and as soon as I feel any of these signs I will let you know. I hope five minutes a day is enough for this. I should ask Shar about this. My hope is that five minutes is enough to at least get some feeling of inner peace. We will see. Who is in on this? Don’t be a weeny, you need this!
Send me a comment if you want to try this and I will make a list of people and we can figure this out.
Are You Meditating Now?
January 2nd, 2012
Three easy ways to know if you have reached a state of meditation

According to scientific research, the benefits of meditation are so numerous that it is actually difficult to list them all. For starters, though, meditation stabilizes brain waves into alpha waves, reduces oxygen consumption by 16 to 17 percent less than normal, improves blood circulation, and decreases stress levels.

However, for Dahn Yoga practitioners, it is not even necessary to measure results in the laboratory because those who focus and follow instruction well in their classes will experience immediate physiological responses.

How do you determine, then, if you have reached a state of meditation? In fact, there are three responses that indicate this state of mind, and they are easily determined during or right after your Dahn Yoga class.

Firstly, sweet saliva pools in your mouth. This phenomenon occurs when you are relaxed and the water energy in your spinal cord and brain flows smoothly.
Conversely, anyone with nervous tension can probably remember having a dry mouth. This means that your mind was not able to maintain a meditative state and that water energy doesn’t flow well in your body and brain. In fact, the incredible taste of the tea after class is due to the sweet saliva in your mouth produced by the Dahn Yoga exercise!

Secondly, your head becomes cool and your lower belly becomes warm. This is the effect of Water Up Fire Down, a phenomenon in which water energy from the kidneys circulates upward to the head and fire energy from your head and chest flows downward. This same phenomenon also brings warmth to your hands and feet.

Thirdly, a smile spreads across your face. This means that idle and negative thoughts and emotions have decreased and you’ve reached a positive state of awareness. This is reflected in your smile after Dahn Yoga classes—a smile that is purely natural and authentic because it bursts automatically from your heart without thought or judgment.

If you have experienced these conditions after a Dahn Yoga class, it means that you did indeed enter a meditative state. These three ways of checking the state of your mind and condition will be a helpful reminder for you to bring focus and energy back to your body, your dahnjon, and your smile!

— Lynn Moon

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 34: Lose Weight By Eating More This Holiday

Here is an interesting article by Kevin DiDonato. Hormones are always a complex issue to explain. I know I do a poor job of it sometimes but Kevin does an outstanding job in this article. The holidays are over but the Super Bowl is coming up, which is one of the all time great eating days.

One of the most important parts of any nutrition plan is the free day. The idea is simple. Follow your eating plan for six days. On the seventh day, throw all rules out the window. With the free day you can eat as much of whatever you want. You would think this would be a bad thing. The one day off would ruin all the discipline and work you put in during the week but it never does.

I know this to be a fact: Free days absolutely help you lose more weight during the week.

This article on Leptin certainly would support this concept. The free day concept is used by Weight Watchers, Body For Life and countless other programs, so there has to be some truth behind it. I know it to be a fact. Why it works can be up for debate but there is no doubt in my mind that the concept of free day or holiday eating/overeating  it is a critical part of fat loss. And I know it sounds crazy.

As always, this blog is for your education. Read it, think about it and draw your own conclusions. One thing I like about the ProGrade team is that they back every product with a 60 day money back guarantee. So if this makes sense to you, give it a try. If it doesn’t work as promised, get your money back.

Lose Weight By Eating More This Holiday

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

We are full blown into the holiday season.

And you may be feeling stuffed, lazy and FAT.

But overeating during the holidays does not have the spell the end of the road for your weight loss.

In fact, having days where you overeat can actually BOOST your metabolism.

Yes, you heard me correctly: overeating can ACTUALLY help you lose weight.

Hold on a second though.

I am not telling you that EVERYDAY you are able to OVEREAT and lose weight.

But the occasional feast, say your typical holiday meals, may actually be good for your metabolism.

Confused?  Let me explain…

Fat Burning Hormones

We have these funny little hormones which are released from our fat cells which regulate energy intake and our METABOLISM.

Those two hormones are Leptin and Ghrelin.

When Leptin is increased you have a DECREASE in energy intake.

Leptin is the good angel who Makes You Stop Eating

You see, Leptin has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and travel to your BRAIN.

Once in your brain, it cuddles up to your hypothalamus and tells it about what is going on in your stomach.

Leptin Communicates with your brain
Leptin then tells YOUR brain you are full.

This stimulates your body to stop eating and then INCREASE calorie burn.

Now Ghrelin works in the opposite.

Is the Ying to Leptin’s Yang!

Ghrelin tells your body and brain that you need to EAT MORE because you are lacking nutrients therefore lacking energy.

Now when you are overweight, your body becomes resistant to one key hormone and that is Leptin.

You body might be resistant to Leptin and all its WONDERFUL benefits.

And obesity, you are full-blown resistant to Leptin, which may make it harder for you to control food intake and also REDUCES your metabolism.

Overeating And Leptin

When you overeat, your body releases Leptin allowing it to travels to your brain, telling it you are full.

Then, with all the calories you have ingested, your body REALLY wants to return to homeostasis or to what it perceives as normal.

So it RAMPS up calories burning to try to get your body back to normal.

This burns more calories.

Stimulating your metabolism BOOST Calories burn,
preventing it from being stored as fat.

This gives your body the burst to stimulate FAT BURNING!

What Else You Can Do…

And you can help further INCREASE your metabolism by exercising.

That’s right, exercise!

Exercise burns extra calories which may help keep your metabolism and FAT burning firing.

Enjoy The Holidays (In Moderation)…

The holiday season is a time of family, great food and LOADS of calories.

Indulging a few times per year may stimulate your metabolism to new heights.

Overeating may stimulate a very important hormone, possibly stimulating fat burning.

And this happens is a NATURAL process and stimulates your metabolism to keep you at a healthy weight.

But in order to maximize your metabolism-firing hormones, you need to do extra to keep it firing.

Exercise and getting back “on the wagon” the VERY NEXT day spells damage control for your body.

So enjoy yourself this holiday season!

Just remember to stick to your weight loss goals and enjoy yourself, and the feast in front of you!

Because, who knows what will keep your METABOLISM firing!


NEXT: Another Way To Keep Your Metabolism Firing This Holiday Season >>

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Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 26: Are You Ready To Give Up The Gym?

Hey, it is that time again. This is the time when people start losing momentum in the gym. It happens every year and it never seems to change. Hopefully this isn’t happening to you.

  • Things suddenly come up and interrupt your workout.
  • Things suddenly come up and you cancel your workout.
  • The weather is too cold/snowy/wet/dark to go to the gym.
  • The gym is too crowded.
  • You are getting bored doing the same workout.
  • You feel like you are coming down with something, so you stay home.
  • Not satisfied with your progress, so you are ready to give up.
  • You have figured out that you really don’t like working out.

Well….DON’T GIVE UP! I can’t help the people who are reading other blogs and give up.  They may be getting bad advice. They need help but I can’t be everywhere. But you, you are reading this blog and you may be in agreement with one or two of the statements above. So I am focusing my attention on you and we are going to try and fix this issue. Now once we fix this issue, please use social media to spread this around to help those other people.

So clear some space on your sofa because I am going to sit down beside you and share 5 important workout rules. Understand these rules and you will catch your second wind.  I am a simple trainer who is in charge of getting my clients in shape. My people get results because they work hard and they get good advice. We take time for granted. Use your workout time correctly and you will get better results in less time. You may even grow to like this.

1. It is easy to workout when you want to.
    If fitness was easy, everyone would be in shape. If you feel like working out and go have a workout, have you really tested yourself? No. You learn about yourself and gain self-knowledge and discipline when you workout when you don’t want to. And you will also get your best workouts. Then you get results. Consistency.  That is the trick. Next time you want to cancel your workout, ask yourself ” is this a test”? Don’t wimp out on workouts.

2. You get your results at the end of the set.

     The value to doing a a set is never in the first couple of reps. It is always how far you push yourself at the end. If you don’t understand this, you will never get the results you want. Whether you are tied to doing a set number of reps or if you flinch at pain, you have to get over it. The set is done when you can’t do another rep. Even then, I have techniques I use to push beyond it. But for the sake of argument, you know you can push each set a little harder. Should you take every set to failure? No. Once you are warmed up, make sure you go to failure at least once per body part.

3. The gym is not at fault.

Don’t blame the gym. The gym is there to enroll members and stay in business. Most gym trainers will give you average workouts and workout routines because, well, most people are average and they deal in volume. Buyer beware. Don’t rely on anyone to do 100% of the work for you when it comes to working out and nutrition. There is more than enough good information out there for you to educate yourself on fitness. Not to mention that there are a bunch of places to work out. A gym is what first comes to mind but you can also look at Crossfit facilities and, of course, your house. Try them and draw your own conclusions.
I provide a specialized service to my clients and I can charge more because of it. If you have the means, you may want to look into in home personal training.
Second, if the gym is too crowded, too hot, too cold, plays the wrong music, doesn’t have the right equipment….too bad. Work around it, go at a different time or join another gym. Any gym changes character throughout the day. The personality of the crowd changes and the energy levels change. Learn to workout at home. The point is to not let little inconveniences derail you.

4. Never take more than 1 day off at a time.

   Nothing wrong with a day off. 2 days off starts a trend and it is much harder to go back in the gym after two days. Three is worse. Whatever you need to do, never take more than one day off. Trust me on this.
5. Have a go to workout always handy.
    This is a back pocket workout. I have one and I am going to give you the one I give to my clients. A back Pocket workout is when you only have 15-20 minutes and can’t get to a gym. This can be done anywhere and is hard enough to count as a workout. Adjust as needed. By that I mean make it harder if you want. Never make it easier but I don’t have to tell you that.

  • Do this with good form but quickly. 
  • Take a break at the end of the circuit if you need to or go into the next round.
  • Always do the number of reps. Even if you have to break the set into several smaller sets.

25 Squats
25 push-ups
25 Knees to elbows. ( Doing a crunch and a reverse crunch at the same time. )

Do this 4 rounds as quickly as you can.

Good, we are done here. I hope you took something away from this and as always, thank you for reading this. Comments are appreciated and if you liked this pass it on.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.comMedvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 20: 12 Ways To Get In Shape For 2012

Here is to a new year. Every year there are thousands of people that have a New Years resolution to drop fat, tone up and get in the best shape of their life. I wish them the best. In fact, I am going to giving you a list from a personal trainer’s perspective on how to do this. Follow this and you will reach your goals. The more points you ignore, the greater your change of failure. It is the new year and I have things to do, so this list will be short and to the point, as should your workouts.  Please email me with any questions.

  1. Workout 6 days a week. 5 at the absolute minimum.
  2. Never take more than one day off in a row. The more time you take off, the harder it is to get back in the groove.
  3. Whatever your goal is, include weightlifting. This can be body weight exercises, dumbbells or machines. Preferably as little machine work as possible. Concentrate on free weights and bodyweight.  The are more effective and they work on the critically important stabilizer muscles.
  4. Write down what you are going to eat for the day. This will help with discipline.
  5. Write down what you actually eat. This is the most important nutrition tip you will ever get.
  6. If you haven’t worked out, take it easy for the first 2 weeks. This will ease you into a routine, prevent injuries and help strengthen the tendons and ligaments.
  7. Start increasing the intensity after two weeks. I don’t want you to be sore everyday but I need you to feel like you worked out. This is a good indicator of your effort.
  8. Cut the carbs. People are fat because they eat too many carbs. Eat one serving of protein and one carb every meal. Don’t worry about calories.
  9. Eat Breakfast. Always.
  10. Take your day off when you need it. That is when you are wiped out and your body is telling you to take a day off.
  11. You never need to work out for more than 1 hour at a time. if you can’t get it in in 60 minutes, you are not working fast enough.
  12. Always stretch for 5-10 minutes everyday especially after the workout. You will avoid many aches and pains by doing this. Don’t walk like Frankenstein the next day. Keep your muscles and joints loose.

Bonus tip: Serious training leads to serious results. This is work. Your efforts will pay off if you train consistently and follow the above. As a personal trainer in Colorado, my clients who see the most success follow these steps. It doesn’t whether you are a man or woman. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter what diet you want to follow. Follow these steps and you have your guideline to stay in shape the rest of your life.

 I want to thank everyone for reading these blogs. I wish you the best,
 Michael

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |