Intermittent Fasting and Blood Sugar

Fasting and blood sugar levels - Fitness Revolution RowlettOver the course of the past several months I’ve been getting more and more questions about fasting, I guess people think I know what I’m talking about lol. Honestly, the concept of fasting is very simple… shut your mouth people; just don’t eat. THERE YA GO!

As I see more and more the concept of a person not eating every three to four hours really freaks them out. They want and have an interest in losing weight but not eating at all seems counterproductive to everything they have heard over the years. I won’t go into that dogma of media and bro-science in this blog but the point I was leading towards is that we are under the impression that fat loss is hard. We are under this impression that you must be on a complicated diet of 6 meals a day so the concept of fasting must be difficult… (I’m thinking… dafuq)? Let me just say one more time… fasting is simple, just don’t eat. [Read more…]

What does “in shape” mean?

 

Decided to do a video instead of a long blog today about the importance of proper goal setting in the fitness world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Not your typical wall squat

Awesome Squat Technique!

This will be the final video that I will do, for the time being, on how to do proper leg work. Honestly I could go on all day about tips, tricks, form and technique but it can get a bit too much into the science of specific conditions. If you have questions though, post them in the comment section below and I’ll be more than happy to help 🙂

 

 

*** Below the video I’ve placed a link to where I get all my bands, trust me guys they are AMAZING***

 

 

 

 

Take a look at the video and tell me what you think!

 

As always any suggestions for further videos that you would like to see let me know!

 

This LINK below is the EXACT place I get all my band equipment

Resistance Bands <—- Click on the link to get your own!

 

In Health and Fitness,

 

 

 

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

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Better looking glutes… and safer :)

With all the videos that I have been doing over proper leg work I figured that I need to add in explanation on how to properly initiate a squat.

Most think that you need to bend your knees first but that is BAD… that is a fast way to wear them out. Instead we want to start the motion out with our hips. Take a look at the video and you’ll see how I teach this motion to ensure that anyone who tries this well not only build a better backside and NOT sore knees.

 

*** Below the video I’ve placed a link to where I get all my bands***

 

Take a look at the video and tell me what you think!

 

 

As always any suggestions for further videos that you would like to see let me know!

 

This link below is the EXACT place I get all my band equipment.

Resistance Bands <—– Click on it to get your own!

 

In Health and Fitness,

 

 

 

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

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Are you treating the symptom or the cause?

So over the past few weeks I’ve been having a number of consults coming my way with some form of joint issues (recently it’s been a lot of shoulder problems). Now when I have a person with a joint issue ask for help I’ll usually do a movement screen and what really gets the person is that I typically DON’T spend a lot of time looking at the joint that’s in pain… instead I’m assessing everything else around it.

Let me clarify a bit. I had a phone call with a gentleman that was diagnosed with bursitis. A quick anatomy here: the bursa is a small fluid filled sack in the joint area that helps cushion and lubricate the joint during movement. In the shoulder it typically resides at the edge of the clavicle right above the humorous (arm bone). Bursitis is caused by either infection or irritation of the bursa sac; after an MRI infection was ruled out for him. Now whenever I hear someone has bursitis in their shoulder I don’t even look at that area of the shoulder, instead I look at the muscles and movements AROUND the shoulder joint. Simple reason is that bursitis is a SYMPTOM… other words something in the body is constantly rubbing and irritating the hell out of it.

So this blog isn’t about shoulder issues (we could write books on that) but instead about fixing causes and not symptoms with exercise. We’ve all of head of this before; when you get sick with a cough that’s typically a symptom of something else going on. If you’re going through car tires in half the time they are rated for its can probably means that you suck at driving or your alignment is off. In both of those cases we could spend time taking medicine to fix the cough or buy new tires but eventually the same thing is going to happen or in fact worse.

In health if someone is overweight it’s not the fat that is the problem (that statement can be argued I know), the body fat is a symptom of something else going on, medical or most likely life style. If a joint hurts it’s probably not the joint but a muscle that’s attached to the joint or even further away, if you’re missing a big lift it can be lack of strength of an accessory muscle or a technique flaw.

So the question I want you to ask if your noticing something in the gym that’s not going the way you want it, a joint hurts or you’re not losing the weight you want take your gaze away from that and look around. Think if what you’re experiencing is a cause or is there something else that’s not letting you get the results that you want. If you need help determining this talk to a professional! This will save you more time and head ache than you can even phantom in the beginning; so find someone that has been through or specializes in what you are dealing with.

***A quick side note: with that being said I don’t want this mentality to turn into blaming something else game. Ultimately it’s your body and you have more control over it than you may realize so that gives you the ability to fix what you feel may be the cause of your concern.

So is it a Symptom or a Cause?

The next question you going to wonder about is what your experiencing a symptom or a cause…? Well I’ll make it easy for you. If your trying to treat it and its not getting better or it keeps coming back then its a symptom. If your running into this with ANYTHING I recommend seeking a professional, I promise it will get better much faster 🙂

 

 

In Health and Fitness,

 

 

 

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Get that sexy leg on! (Second Exercise)

Now for the second exercise in my sexy leg series; this is very similar to the walking lunge, in some cases it could be a substitute, but I personally feel that doing both weekly can really push your legs to that next level.

 

***Just a fair warning, I may make this look easy but that’s my job! Start SLOW and take your time, no rush here***

 

Take a look at the video and tell me what you think!

 

Back Foot Elevated Split Squat:

 

 

 

In Health and Fitness,

 

 

 

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

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