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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - How To Get Started

    How To Get Started

    Have you ever been on an airplane and heard, "In the event of an emergency, secure your mask before assisting others?" It's so important to take care of yourself (sometimes first!) in order to be able to help anyone else. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. Trust me, I can't tell you how many times I have had a husband/wife/child/friend come in to my office and say, "thank you for giving me my ______ back!" Take some time to invest in yourself today and start moving your body. There are so many options when it comes to fitness. From going on hikes in the local mountains, to participating in a community 5K, to group cycling classes, or personal training and beyond. There is ....

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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - Overcoming Negative Emotions

    Overcoming Negative Emotions

    No one likes the experience of feeling negative emotions. Whether it’s stress, uneasiness, unhappiness, or disappointment – it just feelsbad. For everyone. But not everyone responds the same way or carries the burden of the emotions the same. You see, negative emotions can serve a purpose in our lives. They are a CALL TO ACTION. When you feel those negative emotions coming up, carefully evaluate what they are occurring around. What is causing you to feel that way? Can you change it? Are you in control of it? Negative emotions are there to drive you to do something differently in life. If you dwell in your negative emotions and do nothing, they will linger and if you allow ....

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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - 5 Characteristics of Great Goals

    5 Characteristics of Great Goals

    What is a goal? Well, let’s actually start with what is NOT a goal…
    “I want to lose weight.”
    “I want to feel better.”
    “I want to tone up.” What’s wrong with these, you ask? They’re not specific to start with. They’re just kind of idea. If you want to set goals that you can achieve set SMART
    goals: S
    -specific – “I want to lose 10lbs, 5% body fat, and fit back into my old size 8 jeans.” M
    -measurable – there should be no doubt whether or not you reached your goals. You could measure by weight you want to lift, clothing size, inches, etc. A
    -attainable – make sure you’re not ....

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  • I Always Say...

    I always say, "Far too many people needlessly struggle with weight loss and fitness because they try to do it alone. There is no substitute for having expert guidance, a program designed specifically for you by a fitness professional, the accountability and support to see it through."
    I can't stand seeing people stay on the same “hamster wheel” month after month, with little results to show for their efforts. I’m going to assume you’ve already got a powerful dream that both inspires and motivates you, you’ve already set clear goals with deadlines, and you’ve defined the appropriate priorities to move your life forward quickly. If you’ve missed ....

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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - 7 Reasons Why We Hate the BMI Scale

    7 Reasons Why We Hate the BMI Scale

    We at The Training Spot unapologetically hate the BMI Scale, and let me tell you why. If you search for “BMI” on Google, the first site that pops up is the U.S. National Institute of Health’s a BMI (body mass index) calculator. The site reads: “Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women”. Except it’s not. Body mass index is a simple calculation of height and weight; it has nothing to do with body fat. While one can infer that if someone weighs more, they are carrying more body fat, it’s not always the case. The American Diabetes Association describes BMI a bit better. Their ....

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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - Why You Need a Fitness  Accountability Partner

    Why You Need a Fitness Accountability Partner

    In our opinion, one of the most important aspects of reaching a goal is accountability. Far too many people needlessly struggle to do it on their own. There is no better alternative than expert guidance. Regardless of what you’re looking to accomplish, it is critical to have someone hold you accountable while keeping you motivated and focused. Here are 3 ways why we believe having a support system is important and effective: Drop the excuses – In this busy world, it is easy to come up with reasons as to why we can’t or won’t accomplish a goal. Having a support system whether it be a hired professional, family and friends at home or both, they will assist in ....

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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - Meal Prep Tips

    Meal Prep Tips

    Make a decision? Do I have to? About what? Every day we are forced to make decisions. When you stop to think about it, your life is the sum total of all the decisions that you’ve ever made up to this point. Your health, your mindset, your finances, and stress levels are all an outcome of the decisions you have made. Some decisions are so small that they seem insignificant……and other decisions weigh on you for days because you know that the outcome will drastically change the course of your life. You’ll wade through a myriad of trivial decisions today – ranging from the flavor of your coffee, to the gas you put into your car, to the food you put into your ....

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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - 10-Minute Go-To Recipes

    10-Minute Go-To Recipes

    How many times have you heard it? “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” By the way, if you didn’t know, the great Benjamin Franklin came to that conclusion through what I would imagine were many failures of his own in his journey to success. While Mr. Franklin’s venture may have looked different than yours today, this saying remains true for most. As a fitness professional, I understand the importance of preparation. Most goals set by clients and myself begin with preparation. Determining what it would take to accomplish the goal is where anyone should start. It’s simple. No matter what your goal is, whether it’s to lose weight, ....

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  • Personal Training in Huntington Beach - The Training Spot - Mindset is Everything

    Mindset is Everything

    Every single January in every gym in America, hundreds of thousands of people start over in a process they will soon quit. Primarily because they have not set themselves up with the right expectation. They aren’t looking for incremental progress that will last a lifetime, they are looking for results they can feel. Some sort of breakthrough. And they never had a chance. It is easy to go to the gym. And it is easy not to go too. And because of that seemingly insignificant choice not to go, so many people live in despair. When I considered how to share this next part with you, I wanted to do so with conviction. And it only took me a moment to decide how. You may have heard of Mahatma ....

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  • Which 6th do you want to be?

    If you hang around five confident people, you will become the 6th. If you hang around five intelligent people, you will become the 6th. If you hang around five millionaires, you will become the 6th. If you hang around five successful people, you will become the 6th. If you hang around five fit people, you will be the 6th. It’s inevitable, so choose which 6th you want to be very, very carefully. This is the power of accountability, which in turn brings me to the power of specificity. You have specific expectations of yourself. Which in turn brings specific consequences, good or bad. Take a moment and think of the 5 closest friends or family in your life. They probably have fairly ....

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