Champion Core Series Level 1.5!?

Level 1.5!? But Travis, what happened to Level 2!?

Well slow down turbo and I’ll explain what I’m doing here. Its simple, I don’t want to overwhelm some people. I could on a jump straight to level 2 core work, which would be some starting point, but I want to make sure that you take the time to learn the basics before you try core my annihilators 😉

***Just wait till you see my annihilators, promise its some of the craziest core exercises you’ve seen***

Remember you can’t run the Olympics if you can’t run jr. high track first.

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Champion Core Series Level 1


Wow so that last blog post was a LONG one! Iol I got a few comments about that it may have been too long… yeah yeah it was a bit nerdy but get over it 😉

So depending on where you were in your test will determine what level you need to start at in the ab workouts. I’m going to start with the 50% individuals because to be honest this is where I see most people lacking in.

As a personal trainer what a lot of gym goers don’t know is that the starting position in ab work is one of the most important things you can do. I mean we just don’t flop on the ground and do sloppy leg raises and crunches, just like you wouldn’t go pick up some heavy weight with bad form in a deadlift… starting position in both cases is EXTREAMLY important. [Read more…]

Are you apart of a fad?


In the fitness industry we see a number of fads and people running over to conform to them thinking or hoping that this will be the secret to their fitness goals, and if you’re NOT part of the new fad then you’re missing out, your weird, you’re not normal (I’m being sarcastic).

Remember Tae Bo?

Being a trainer I’ve seen so many of these people go back and forth between exercise fads never solving their fitness  problem. I mean sure they lose a few pounds and see a bit of improvement in the first week or two but of course you’re going to because it’s a brand new stimulus for your body!

Fads in the fitness industry are simply short term marvels that offer profits quickly but don’t do a company much good once the fad dies down, this doesn’t have to be exclusively in the fitness industry but I’m sure you get my point. The problem is that once the masses have tried out the fad, or now that everyone has it then all of a sudden it dies off and no one wants it any more.

Unfortunately in the fitness industry we see A LOT of them. Usually they are a quick rich scheme that offer a quick but temporary small change, but then dies off quickly leaving a person with broken promises and usually right back to where they were in the first place. The reason this ticks off so many fitness professionals is that we can see through this bull sh** and realize it’s those fads usually end up hurting more people than helping, in a lot of cases not only physically but mentally.

What ever happened with Furby?

In fact right now I’m working with someone that got into a very popular at home work out DVD and in the first 10min of the workout this person completely tore their ACL and needed surgery and rehab. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this happening and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

So how can we tell if it’s a fad? I usually base it on hype and marketing. If all of a sudden you see a brand new method or product with this over the top hype and marketing. Late night infomercials with men with picture perfect six packs and bikini models looking like they’re not even breaking a sweat while the do whatever the hell the product is about and if you do exactly what they are doing for 5min a day for 30, 60 or 90 days you’ll look exactly like them, no longer be balding, can get into size 0, get the job you want and can take extravagant vacations to exotic locations and have the sex appeal of Brad Pitt or Angelia Joile.

Real breakthrough products or methods typically come unannounced and sneak up on you. I feel this is usually do to in part the creator constantly on working to improve the quality of their product instead of worrying about if they can get on the 5:00pm new with marching bands to help with sales.

Sorry for the rant but I’m pretty passionate about a lot of the fad BS that goes on in our world.

Not to completely hate on all fads because SOME do have some valid tips so here is what I recommend, do what feels best for your body. Feel free to explore the fad and maybe you’ll learn something new from it that can supplement your training but don’t drop everything just to do what everyone else is doing.



I read this on a friend’s facebook post the other day and his remark was spot on… “solid”

“If you truly expect to realize your dreams, abandon the need for blanket approval. If conforming to everyone’s expectations is the number one goal, you have sacrificed your uniqueness, and therefore your excellence.” – Hope Solo (current starting goal keeper for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team)  










In Health and Fitness,




Travis Merritt, BS, CPT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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