TESTIMONIAL: Mallary Spofford

TESTIMONIAL: Mallary Spofford

Mallary worked with Coach Mike for roughly two months to learn program design, technique and how to live out a nutrition a plan before heading off to experience one of the most challenging parts of a young persons life. I knew little about health and nutrition before I started training with Mike. After only a few sessions, I was already filled with his knowledge and random facts about health. Mike is not any typical trainer, he not only coached me through intense workout sessions, but also taught me about nutrition and the importance of proper workout techniques. Now I am going into college with a great workout plan and healthy meal plan, and I know I can reach out to him any time for questions. She utilized a part of our coaching process that not many people tap into. That’s our planning, troubleshooting and education. The most impressive thing about Mallary, from a coaches standpoint is her willingness to prepare for difficulty. Most people don’t have the forsight to know they will struggle in the future. Many people go to college, have a good time but and destroy their health in the process. This can lead into a late wave of fatigue and struggle in our late 20s and 30s.  Mallary is dead set on taking care of herself AND having a great time in one of the most pivotal times of her life. So she came to us for guidance and we are so happy to be a part of such a bright...
How to change your diet

How to change your diet

In our Ebook BALANCE STRESS I go over some of the geeky science-y stuff about diet and diet perspective. Now I want to explain exactly how my coaching program works. In my eyes, many diet books fall short on quiet a few critical components to the art of change that are missing from the ultra sciency books on diet. If you are in the hole and need a drastic diet overhaul then there will be a time period of habit breaking and building before you can even worry about weighing and measuring and macro counting. Now, one could argue that those things yield faster results and increase motivation but you may notice that many Americans have successfully lost weight more than once (possibly 2 or 3 times). There’s something deeper at hand, a step skipped. My coaching program has 3 phases:  Break the dopamine-reward loop and learn how to prepare. When we eat sugary foods, drink alcohol or practice habits that destroy our health it is rarely on purpose. These behaviors aren’t done with malicious intent but in a manner of reward or just passive ignorant bliss. Many people associate sugary foods with rewards for good behavior ie “I completed this project, therefor I deserve …..” Or the stress relief act of reading for the chips since the dopamine hit upon palette impact relieves anxiety. None of health breaking foods actually relieve stress or provide any kind of real reward. We just perceive them as such. First, we must break our food associations (probably carried from childhood) then move forward. Also, convenience in this world is a big issue....
Why You’re Not Getting More Flexible

Why You’re Not Getting More Flexible

If you need to get more flexible, I’d seriously consider evaluating your approach. I’ve had some serious battles with my flexibility. I’ve fought some hard roads and I’m living proof you can move more freely if you just wisen up and cut the 80’s straddle stretches and follow along as we hash out what flexibility really means. If you’re goal is to become more flexible, that’s one thing. Flexibility is your ability to be contorted or bent. Most of the time, when people express a desire to become more flexible, they are really expressing a desire to have more active range of motion which means you are moving yourself through space without pain or limitation. Which also means getting bent by your trainer or elastic band into a position won’t help very much. The key is getting control of your body and training the brain and body to work together more efficiently and this means more control over various ranges of motion. This process can also be very mindful and uncomfortable… The Limiting Factors of Flexibility So let’s break this thing down a bit. Why are you tight in the first place? If you sit at a desk or drive alot, and you’re tight, then I have great news for you; you are still adaptive! Yay! The fact that you’re body is adapting to your lifestyle inputs is great news. When you stop adapting, thats a big concern. Because… Tightness is more of a neuroligical response to your stability, or lack their of. The less stable you are, the tighter you become. Think about your first time ice skating. You probably started with...
Decision Fatigue – When Your Problem Isn’t Your Problem

Decision Fatigue – When Your Problem Isn’t Your Problem

Ever wonder why the candy is at the cash register? Most people think it’s because you have to see it while you wait, but it’s really there for a much more profound reason. It’s because you are exhausted, not physically, but mentally. Just Cause Most people step into a gym for the first time to change something about themselves they don’t particularly like. Whether your purpose starting a fitness routine is for weightloss, painloss or to appease a friend there is some symptom that desires alteration. The big kicker is that, if your primary complaint is also where your care is focused, the problem likely won’t go away for good. We need to start addressing causation on a larger scale but that starts with you. As a society that pumps more money into pharmaceuticals than fresh markets, it’s pretty safe to say we’re conditioned to target symptoms rather than causation and it’s up to you to break free of that thought process. Examples: When we have a headache we get headache medicine. Better solution: do movement practices that relieve tension around the shoulders and neck. See video below When we are tired we over caffeinated. Better solution: listen to your body’s signals and rest! When we have a metabolic disorder we reach for pharmaceuticals. Better solution: change lifestyle choices which cause metabolic disorder. All of these alternative answers sound obvious to most people. So what gives? Why don’t we do it? It may not be that we lack willpower, it’s that our willpower is being soaked up by more sales, marketing, social and travel outlets than any humans have ever encountered. The average...
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