4 Things I learned in Sin City… among other things ;)

As I’m sure some of you may know, I headed out to Sin City this weekend for my great friend Justin Yule’s (owner of Fitness Revolution Chanhassen) wedding along with several close friends… who all happen to be in the fitness industry LOL. What can I say you are who you surround yourself with 🙂

Now what do a group of trainers do when they are let lose, well… we can save THAT conversation for another time but all of us of course sat down and talked shop in our down times when alcohol wasn’t flowing like water.

Talking to these other BAMF (ever seen pulp fiction?) trainers is always a blast because I get a chance to always learn new things, and its exciting to see the results they deliver and HOW we can deliver better and faster results. Sometimes I almost think it’s a competition on what trainer can cause the greatest change in a client.

So what all did I learn in Sin city besides alcohol is INSANELY expensive and I’ve never seen so much “paid” company in my life? A few things in particular really stick out to me:

Buff men and pink drinks…

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Skinny vs. Fit

Skinny vs. Fit Both are a size 2 Fitness Revolution Rowlett

Both are a size 2 and the girl on the right is 11lbs heavier at the same height, which do you want to look like?


Ok so I was just going to show this pic to make a statement that there is a difference between looking skinny vs looking fit and leave it at that… but I sometimes just can’t shut my damn mouth 😉 [Read more…]

To Eat or Not to Eat

So todays blog had taken me quite some time to write, honestly I must have written the thing a thousand times in my head and a few times on paper scratching it each and every time. Why? Well really this topic can go into so much detail that honestly I feel that I would be doing you an injustice if I didn’t cover all my bases and provide you with as much knowledge to allow you to have an educated opinion.

Now I’m just going to scratch the surface to peak your interest, I’ll save the really cool info for later blogs because honestly I could do a MAJOR rant on this. [Read more…]

Hormones and Fat Loss

Over the years the fitness industry has continued to make leaps and bounds on physique manipulation, performance enhancement, weight loss and overall health. ONE thing though stands out among the rest that I would have to say is the most researched and sought out science.

Fat Loss

Fat loss is arguably the number one reason most people come to the gym and what most people look do accomplish. I know that you could say weight loss but, come on people think of weight loss they think of getting rid of their gut or thighs not water weight.

When even I meet someone that’s primary goal is to get lean and drop all the extra insulation I typically go through a series of assessments to determine where there primary problem with fat loss is. Most commonly is just unhealthy lifestyle BUT for others there is a bit more to the story. [Read more…]

Why you still don’t have abs.

This is part 1 of MANY that I’ll be doing dedicated towards PROPER core work 🙂


One of the most common questions that I get as a personal trainer is how can I get abs? I will say right off the bat that abs are built in the kitchen, you can NOT out train a bad diet, but this isn’t about the diet. This is about how I see many people doing crunch after crunch, leg raise after leg raise and not seeing anywhere near the development they want. So I apologize if this gets a bit nerdy but if you understand this you’ll be well on your way to getting those abs that you want.

What I’m about to share took me years to figure out; countless reps of crunches, leg lifts, sit-ups and other foolish ab exercises that I won’t even mention. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over a decade now and this information is over a decade’s worth of hard leaning.

Everyone wants them but how come they are so damn hard to develop!? With diet aside (though is my opinion its one of the MOST important figures in the abdominal equation), people are split up into two groups with ab work: first group does countless reps and spends hours a week on ab development. The second group hates doing them because of boredom or out of frustration because after being in group one they did not get the results they wanted. [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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