Music That Will Take Your Workouts Up a Notch This Summer ….

I am a HUGE advocate of music!

I feel that music can really help take your fitness up a notch.

The perfect song can push your fitness limits and push it to the next level.

It is a proven fact that music really effects your workout intensity in a positive way.

Not only does it make your workouts fly by it makes working out fun in the process.

So grab your iPod, iPhone, or MP3 player and make sure these five songs are on your workout playlist.

1. “Fun” – Chris Brown featuring Pitbull

2. “Pretty Girls” Iggy Azalea featuring Britney Spears

3. “Hey Mama” David Guetta […] Read more

Tuna Tomatoes … Yes Please

This is a perfect snack, lunch, or lite dinner recipe. It is quick, easy, and tastes delicious.

Ingredients: 

8 – 10 small tomatoes

2 3-oz. cans  albacore tuna (I like in water)

10 pitted kalamata olives, minced

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1 tablespoon capers, drained, rinse

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves

dash of pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

directions: 

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Gently scoop out tomato seeds and pulp, leaving shell intact.

2. In a medium bowl, mix tuna, olives, parsley, capers, olive oil, thyme and pepper, breaking up large chunks. Season with salt and additional pepper, […] Read more

Protein Bars That Benefit Your Health

There are hundreds of brands of protein bars out now, all boasting that they are the best … But which ones truly are the best for us in a pinch?

Obviously, getting our nutrition from “real food” is the best, but sometimes you need a grab and go. So many of the bars out there have more harmful chemicals than anything quality or nutritious!

One of the questions I get asked frequently at CPM is what can I eat when I am on the go, or when I just need a quick snack?

Here are my top 5 picks to have on hand […] Read more

Are We In Control of Our Fitness Destiny?

I’ve always wondered this.  And when I have a question like this, I always try and devise a thought experiment to test myself.  I present the following:

Suppose I wanted a swimmer’s body.  I find their long, lean musculature and low fat content appealing and I must make myself look like that.  So, I begin swimming.  I swim 1 or 2 hours 5 days a week for a year or two.  Do I end up with a swimmer’s body?

Lets assume I do end up shedding body fat and stimulating my muscles to grow long and lean.  Success!  Or is it?

Let me […] Read more

A CPM Thanksgiving

Here are some amazing Thanksgiving Recipes that will not only taste delicious, but will stay in line with all your health and fitness goals!

Brussel Sprouts:

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
1 shallot, chopped
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, small spouts left whole, larger spouts halved
Salt and pepper, to your taste
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
Directions

Add extra-virgin olive oil to the pan, 1 turn. Add shallots to the pan and saute 1 to 2 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and coat in oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook Brussels sprouts 2 to 3 minutes to begin to soften, […] Read more

Why This Group Fitness Thing Works

I’ve Always Liked the Buddy System

I believed in it, and oftentimes if I didn’t have someone to work out with I wouldn’t go to the gym. Having to meet a friend to work out with guaranteed that showed up when I said I would. This meant that I ate a good dinner the night prior and got some good sleep, because I knew that I would be workout out the next day.

In general, the buddy system meant I was a healthier guy out of the gym and that I pushed myself harder in the gym.

 Working Out In a Group Is […] Read more

Amateurs vs. Professionals

It doesn’t matter to me in what context we are referring to someone as a professional, I have grown to deeply respect professionalism.  For me, there is little practical application in being able to shoot a three pointer, cook a gourmet 5 course meal, or write a compelling, riveting book.  But just because I find little application for myself in these things does not mean that I don’t admire the professionals that achieve these feats seemingly effortlessly.

We all see the difference between an amateur and a professional.  But what lies behind the scenes?  How do the pros get so much […] Read more

Basic Nutrition Part 1, The Carbohydrate

I’ve been revisiting something I haven’t looked at in a while.  As well, a few folks have been asking me questions about nutrition.  Therefore, I thought it might be helpful if we went through a 3 part series together defining and talking about the basics of nutrition.  I like to keep things as simple possible.  I get confused or distracted easily, and I find beauty in simplicity pays major dividends in my ability to learn (or relearn) new things.  With this in mind, I’d like to use these three posts to cover the three macronutrients we humans need to exist. […] Read more

5 Happiness Tips to Add To Your Life

We all have lulls in our moods or our day. It is so easy to get caught up in our own pity party, but how are we going to snap ourselves out of this so we can feel better and not make the people around us miserable as well.

Here are five tricks that add happiness to your life and creates a better environment for you all around.

#1 Find an exercise that you enjoy – Exercise raises your endorphins and when it is enjoyable for you that is a double bonus. Do an activity outside to add even more happiness to your life. You […] Read more

Old YOU vs. Younger YOU…

I was listening to an interview with Pete Cashmore and the question was posed to him, “What advice would today’s ‘Pete Cashmore’ tell the before he started mashable.com ‘Pete Cashmore’ to help him with his success? 

He had a great response. I HIGHLY suggest you pick up the June issue of SUCCESS MAGAZINE and listen to the interview. 

I think we have all at one point in our lives asked ourselves, “If we could travel back in time and give some life advice to the younger version of ourselves, what would we say”???

I wrote a blog about it back in 2011, WHAT IF […] Read more

ThrowBack Thursday… Associations and Peers

My wife and I have been working out in the backyard lately. With a squat rack, some weights, a kettle bell, bands and the California sun we have everything we need. The more we are out in the backyard the more my little sister watches us. She becomes curious as to what is going on. She then gets off the couch from watching TV and wants to come outside and play. She see’s what we are doing and wants to join. It got me thinking if we weren’t there and there were no backyard workouts would she just sit and […] Read more

Every Time I Fail I…

Every Time I Fail I…

I haven’t failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work. -Thomas Edison, US inventor

I feel the common perception of failure is a bad thing.

All successful people fail. The more successful they are the more they fail. Most of them I bet would admit they have failed many more times then they have succeeded.

What do you do when you fail?

Stay down and give up? Try something else? Bounce back and be better?

It is easy to get caught up in our failures, setbacks and struggles but how is that going to improve your situation? It’s not!

The reason why the successful are successful […] Read more

Guidelines to a Good Challenge

Guidelines to a Good Challenge

I am all about embarking on challenges personally and coaching others. My number #1 goal as a FITness/Success coach is to get someone to do and achieve more than they ever thought they could mentally just as much as physically. Challenges work for all types of people…

The person who has just not got it going and can’t seem to get themselves off the couch and in the game.

The person that is consistently working but has fallen into a plateau and is resulting in a mediocre mindset and mediocre actions. 

The person that is always on the hunt for more. The person […] Read more

Consistency is the KING of All Success

Consistency is the KING of All Success

One of my favorite quotes, “Consistent daily action builds extraordinary outcomes.”

Consistency is the KING of all principles if you are wanting to be successful in anything you do.

I’ve posted about this story on other blogs in the past but I came across it again recently and had to post, as it is a great reminder.

A young comic asked Jerry Seinfeld if he had any tips for him starting out as a comic.

What he told that young comic would benefit him for a lifetime.

I’ll pass it onto you now, as I know it will benefit you too–for a lifetime. Seinfeld told […] Read more

3 Success Ingredients…

I listened to one of my favorite mentors this week, Grant Cardone and he said something that really resonated with me. The topic was, “How To Get What You Want“, he discussed 3 very simple (but not easy) steps you must do and you can get what you want.   

 
 

Obscurity: In sales and business when others are thinking about you for your product/service you are putting yourself in a position to win and close the deal. For your life, health, marriage/relationship if you are constantly thinking about and aware of them you are putting yourself in a position to win […] Read more

Be the Be…

I heard this term quite a few years ago (2005 to be exact) at a personal development seminar. I was hearing what they were saying but I wasn’t ready listen to what they were saying until recently, then it HIT ME!

The term, “Be the Be”, refers to what type of person you need to become (on the inside) to actually get to where you want to go (on the outside).

I wrote a post almost 2 years ago, ACT AS IF, discussing you have to act like the future successful person you are trying to become.

If your goal is to become […] Read more

What To Do When You are Frustrated with YOU?

Yoga is much more than stretching.

We all have good days an bad days. The trick to moving ahead in life is not to just string more of the good days together it is what we do with the bad days.

Mistakes, failures and set backs are all a necessary part of the process for growth. The hard part is they all suck and hurt. It is not fun to miss, make mistakes, swallow our pride…

Mistakes and setbacks are tests for us to see what we are made of. But sometimes we get in a rut and it’s really hard to crawl […] Read more