Strength training doesn't just build muscles and trim your waistline—it's also one of the best prescriptions for mental health. Here's how to stay away from stress and burn-out, and start lifting towards a calmer, more confident you!
The hottest and most effective body-shaping trend for women isn’t hot yoga or indoor cycling: It’s weight training. Here is a beginner's guide to navigating the weight room at any gym. You'll transform your workout – and your body!
“Why do you think it is good to strength train and to get stronger?” This was a question asked of a group of kids. "Because it makes life easier," answered a 6-year-old girl. Yes! I could not agree more. If you know me or have worked with me, you most certainly have heard me say:
“Being strong makes life easier.”
And feeling stronger physically most often also makes you feel stronger mentally. This belief lies at the core of my approach to training, and it drives my overarching goal:
To mentor my clients, so they are empowered and know exactly what to do when they want to make changes in their bodies and in their lives. I train their mental focus, as well as their muscle focus.
But…..it’s disappointing that Raven’s whole story wasn’t told. Like many publications, Reader’s Digest has space restrictions so they have to pick out the best bits and tell the story they think their audience wants to hear. Problem is, with most fitness articles still promising ‘magic’ results – 30 day abs, 20 day fat-melting super cleanse – readers might think that losing weight is easy; that all they have to do is follow the latest fad.
In my last blog I gave you some tips how to get through the holidays without compromising your hard-won health and fitness achievements. One tip that really seemed to resonate with you guys is to stay active and keep crushing your gym routine.
But what if you’re sick? I know you hate to miss a day, but is it a good idea to keep training when you’ve got a cold or flu coming on? Besides infecting everyone else at the gym, what’s the harm?
Well the good news is, fit people shake off viruses far quicker than couch potatoes. So, you’ve already set yourself up to enjoy milder symptoms and a speedier recovery. But that doesn’t mean you should be stubborn and just plough through the sore throat and sniffles.
So, can you work out while you’re sick? Short answer – it depends. Here’s how it breaks down.
This week is the holiday season kickoff. A season where discipline is tossed out the window for understandable reasons. The winter days bring colder weather, the bed and couch are your best buddies, and you’re in the mood to indulge with family and friends. The last thing on your mind is focusing on eating healthy or training on a regular basis. Nah, let's put that off until January.
But why not try something different this year? I’m not saying start a new exercise program or restrict your diet. The holidays should be enjoyed including delicious meals with the family, fun parties, and snacking in front of the fireplace. Go have fun doing the things you love with the ones you love but at the end of it we don't want to pop out of our pants. Keep reading and find out what you can do to get through the holidays without gaining a few extra pounds.
Joining a gym is exciting, exhilarating … and perhaps just a little bit intimidating. You’ve had your induction and you know how to use the equipment, but how do you actually behave in these places? Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were some easy-to-follow guidelines to help you train responsibly, behave decently, and fit right in?
Well, it’s your lucky day! With the help of my colleagues and clients I put together a short list. It's not just for newbies...
It’s tough to get motivated when you’ve lost consistency in your workouts, lost focus and can’t push yourself on your own. Sometimes, you need a little accountability to nudge you out of your comfort zone.
In the following interview, I chat to one of my AMAZING clients Christy, who managed to achieve her goal of having a strong, lean and toned body … all while battling sabotaging work colleagues and maintaining a “foodie” lifestyle eating out when she wanted (and loving it).
Read on to find out how Christy broke her guilty relationship with food, reshaped her mindset, and became pumped for her new healthier lifestyle and workouts. She truly is a brand hero!
Dancer, self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie and all-round brand hero, Darlene Dhillon was already in great shape when she walked into the gym. But good enough just didn't cut it for this ambitious lady. She had big dreams of performing one of the toughest roles in dance - a dazzling, dynamic kathak solo.
Find out how this amazing woman took risks, stepped outside of her comfort zone and worked her toned-and-lifted ass off to realize a lifetime's ambition. I hope she inspires you as much as she inspires me!
My clients are my heros. They bring a vibrancy and fulfillment to my life and livelihood, and their stories and perseverance continually amaze me. This Brand Hero series is dedicated to telling their stories and celebrating their successes.
Paige was my first client and is my first Brand Hero. I am lucky to now call her one of my dearest friends. I catch myself talking about her to friends, to new clients, to anybody who will listen to me gush over this wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman.
Paige set a goal to transform into a leaner and stronger self, and showed up to our first session with a positive attitude and a million questions. Her interest and engagement in her own fitness and lifestyle journey was evident from the start. She listened and trusted that I had her best interest at heart and would do everything in my power to help her achieve her goal.
If you’re committed to a nutrition and training program there’s a good chance that you have at least one supplement bottle on your kitchen counter. New products seem to hit the market every day and promise results. Choosing quality products that fit your lifestyle is tough to do without a little educated and unbiased guidance, especially when it comes to clean and portable sources for those of us on-the-go.
In the past six years that I’ve committed to bodybuilding and stepped it up with my overall health and well being, I’ve gone through my share of trying out products and services to optimize my performance and make my life easier. I’ve rounded up 7 things that I’m loving right now that are helping me take my fitness lifestyle to the next level, including my latest and greatest fitness gear, my favorite spot to play in the beautiful outdoors, and the sustainable food delivery service of my dreams.
I’ve been an athlete my entire life and over six years ago I started bodybuilding and fell in love with it. Taking care of my body and being a strong and healthy woman just feels right to me. All of us have certain insecurities or moments of self-doubt, but it’s an amazing feeling when your exterior matches how you’re feeling on the inside - strong, confident, and independent.
I work hard to be at the peak of my game, and am stoked to be featured by PĒK as one of the #womenattheirpek.
Whether we are ready to change careers, decide to travel the world, or start working out to get healthy or in the best shape of our lives, we know that it helps to have a support group to change our habits or achieve a goal.
The hard truth is that people might not understand how to deal once it hits home that you are actually changing.
So what can you do when you feel a lack of support in a choice that is clearly important to you?
We here at DIAKADI love a good championship bracket. So when Yale BUSTED all of our March Madness brackets, we decided to put our 16 favorite healthy habits head-to-head. The Bay Area’s most educated fitness trainers and performance coaches have voted, and the results are in:
What is the number on healthy habit to provide a well-tuned body and healthful life?
Valentine’s Day can rack up quite a big bill. According to the U.S. National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend at least $116.21 on this holiday, a number that can skyrocket when gourmet chocolates, bouquets of flowers, and a fancy dinner get involved. Instead of showering your loved one with big materialistic gestures today, try taking part in something more memorable and intimate: a sweat-inducing, heart rate increasing, and endorphin empowering workout.