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  • Does Tequila Help With Weight Loss?


    Does Tequila Help With Weight Loss?
    Forget wine...tequila is the new “health” booze! Or is it? Recently an article went viral ( Tequila is linked to weight loss, study claims ) that argued a new study recently showed tequila helping with weight loss...woohoo!! Unfortunately, as with most things that sound too good to be true, the findings are not as awesome as they sound. If you actually look at the research article , you see that tequila was not even involved in the study! The agave plant (which is used to make tequila) was the focus of the study and it was the sugars (called agavins) that help to reduce blood ....

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  • [VIDEO BLOG] How to Build a Better Fat-Burning Workout

    Not all exercise is created equal...when you do the right things you can:
    Burn up to 9x more fat with less time in the gym
    Boost your metabolism even when you are not working out
    Reduce your risk of injury (if you are hurt, you can’t do much!) So how can you get all of these results? Check out the video below to find out… Have a question? Please post your questions on our Facebook Page . ....

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  • How to Get Your Body Back After 50

    It’s no secret…your body changes as you get older. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get results, you just have to approach your fitness from a different angle. When you are young you can get away with things like: · Crash dieting · Killing yourself in the gym · Following the latest fad diet · Crossfit But now, you need to take a more sophisticated approach. Here is my 5-step plan for getting your body back after 50: 1) START EASY I know this sounds awful…but you know what is worse that starting slow? Hu rting yourself . However, just know that ....

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  • A 3-Step Plan for Relieving Sciatica

    If you have sciatic pain, there is only one thing on your mind...make this stop! The good news is that for a lot of you that are suffering from sciatica, there are a few very simple exercises you can do to relieve the pain. In this week’s video, learn our simple, 3-step plan for relieving sciatica using exercises you can do every day at home. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Can Exercise Improve Your Memory?

    With every year we live, the specter of memory loss looms larger. We worry that a time will come when our memory will fail to the point that it threatens our independence and even our survival. Fortunately, you can take steps to minimize potential memory loss. As recent research shows, one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your memory is to exercise regularly. Here are some of the ways exercise can help you stay cognitively strong. Retains Your Brain Volume
    Part of the reason we lose memory in later adulthood is that the hippocampus in the brain begins to shrink. In a 2011 study , researchers wanted to find out whether exercise ....

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  • How to do a Perfect Squat

    One of the most fundamental movements that ALL people should be able to do is squat. This doesn’t mean that you have to have 200 pounds on your back, but you do need to be able to do one, solid body weight squat...otherwise you will most likely find yourself injured due to poor movement and compensations. In this week’s video, I will explain what we look for in a squat and a few things you can do to improve your squat if needed. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Should You Eat Differently as You Age?

    Do you still eat the same way you did 10 years ago? What about 30 years ago? If you do, you may want to take a moment to think through your diet and make sure it is giving you everything you need as you are getting older. The two most common problems that can compound themselves as we age are vitamin deficiencies and metabolism. Luckily, there are a few simple adjustments you can make to replenish your body and live optimally. Following these simple guidelines may not stop the clock completely, but they will definitely slow it down! 1: Pay Attention to Micronutrients You may have heard of a dietary craze called “Macro ....

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  • How to Conquer the Pull Up

    One of the most challenging exercises to conquer is the pull up. This can be a huge milestone for anyone in their fitness journey, so here are a few tips on how you can get your pull up faster! To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • 12 Foods to Rev Your Metabolism!

    As we age, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain muscle mass and a healthy, lean weight. It’s no secret that our metabolisms begin to slow later in life. So, how can we help our bodies fight back? Try working these 12 foods into your daily diet routine, and give your metabolism an overdue boost!
    Hot Peppers
    It’s difficult to overeat a really spicy dish. But that’s not the only benefit to eating spicy foods. Capsaicin, a compound in hot peppers, creates a heating effect in your body while digesting the meal. This temporarily revs your metabolism and burns more calories.
    Cinnamon
    Curbing your sweet tooth ....

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  • 3 Steps to Better Shoulder Mobility

    If you have ever hurt your shoulder, you know just how hard life is when you can’t move your arm as much as you need. Check out this week’s video to see how you can ensure that you not only keep your shoulders moving well, but also decrease the risk of future injuries that can really put a damper on your day. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Walking Your Way to Fitness

    Have you been so focused on career and family that you’ve neglected your fitness? If so, you are not alone. It is actually quite common to wake up one day and realize that 10 years have passed and you have not taken care of yourself in the way that you should have. And if this is where you are right now, your biggest challenge to getting back in shape will be knowing where to start. It can be intimidating to start a fitness routine when you have been out of the game for so long. The good news is that it’s not too late to get started and achieve the health and fitness that you know you will need to live your best life over the next 50 years. The key is to ....

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  • Training Your Core...the Right Way

    Everyone wants to build core strength, but most people do more harm than good when they do “core” exercises. In today’s video, let’s review what TO DO and what NOT to do when it comes to getting a stronger core. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • 7 Benefits of Strength Training after 50

    If you’re over 50, the idea of starting a weightlifting program might seem strange. After all, pumping iron is for bodybuilders, athletes, and fitness freaks, right? Actually, lifting weights has several benefits, even if you begin after you reach that 50-year milestone. If you approach it right and follow an age-specific regimen, you can stay younger, stronger and more independent throughout the next phases of your life. 1. Get Stronger and Avoid Frailty How often have you worried about getting old and frail? For most people over 50, it’s a real concern, especially if they are already seeing a decline in strength and energy. You can get ....

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  • Picking Things Up the Right Way

    You have probably heard the phrase, “Lift with your legs” at some point in your life, but what does that even mean? In this week’s video, I will show you how to pick something up while protecting yourself from potential injury. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • The 5 Biggest Regrets

    Bronnie Ware was an Australian nurse who spent most of her career working with elderly patients in their last days of life. After years of building relationships with people on their death beds, she discovered there were recurring themes that kept coming up as things these people wish they had done differently. The themes were so consistent, she finally went on to publish a book called The Top Five Regrets of Dying . A lot can be learned from what she writes, but perhaps the most important is that the following five things are all accessible to you and I today . 5. “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”

    As she says ....

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  • 3 Steps to Perfect Posture

    If you feel like you are constantly fighting to keep your posture, it may be time to switch up your approach. While “trying” to sit or stand up straight can fix the problem momentarily, you just cannot expect to force yourself into good posture all day. In this video, we will look at the three most effective exercises you can do for posture, plus I will review two bonus steps that will instantly make a difference in your day-to-day posture. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Why You Can’t Stick to Your Diet

    If you have ever tried and failed to change what you eat, you know just how hard it can be. Any change is hard, but your eating patterns are often the hardest. This is partly because you have been developing them since the time you were born, partly because you have to make over 200 food-related decisions every day, and partly because the most convenient, best tasting food is working against your waistline! With all of this against you, it is no wonder you can’t make a change. So instead of picking up another diet book, if you want to make a change, I suggest you start simply. How simply? Well, here are three different strategies that ....

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  • The Plantar Fasciitis Fix

    If you have plantar fasciitis, running, jumping, and even walking can be problematic for you. But it doesn’t have to be. Follow the five-step plan laid out in the video below and start getting back to moving without pain! To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: 10 Foods to Buy Organic

    In an ideal world, all of our food would be cultivated in the best way possible, but unfortunately the food industry has consistently put profits over purity. That is why you now have to be on the lookout for the “Organic” label to know that it was produced in a halfway decent way (many organic foods still are not ideal, but better than the alternative). The problem is that organic can be pricey! So even if you are trying to be conscious of how much you spend on groceries every week, I would highly recommend you at least go organic for these 10 items:
    Strawberries

    Spinach

    Nectarines

    Apples

    Pears

    Cherries

    Grapes
    ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: Top 3 Stretches for Your Golf Warm Up

    Every golfer knows that flexibility is one of the fundamentals of hitting the ball further (while also keeping the back safe), and yet so many golfers skip out on any type of warm up. You would never see a pro golfer hit the course without a thorough warm up routine, and while we amateur golfers do not need to spend an hour at the range before a round, we DO need something to get our bodies ready. So, here are the three best stretches you can do before you hit the range, and all are specifically designed
    to help increase distance while decreasing pain. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Los Gatos Weight Loss Tip: When Eating "Healthy" Doesn't Work

    We are in the age of information overload. Chances are, you don’t even have time to read this whole article because you have 100 other things to read, listen to, watch, and do. The biggest problem I have seen come out of the never-ending stream of content? Confusion. You can find evidence for just about anything, so how are you supposed to know what is right, wrong, biased, or just made up? And there is no topic more confusing than nutrition. Why? Because we barely understand how food and our bodies work! Remember when we used to think cholesterol in our food (eggs) was evil? What’s that you say? Now I am supposed to eat eggs?! ....

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  • Los Gatos Exercise Program: The Ultimate Bodyweight Workout

    With all this wet weather we've been experiencing, you may be having a hard time getting out and being as active as you like. That is why I wanted to show you the workout I use when in a pinch. No equipment needed, great for a rainy day, travel, or when things get busy and you don’t have time to get to the gym. Enjoy! To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: 10 Best Ways to Start Your Day

    How you start your day will often dictate how the rest of the day goes. While you may not always be able to control everything in your morning, here are a few things that can set you off on the right foot: 1) Lemon Water Having a tall glass of water with a half or whole lemon squeezed into it is not only a refreshing way to wake up, but it also has been shown to have a number of health properties including better digestion, improved immune system, and increased metabolism. 2) Look at Your Goals Hopefully you have your life goals written down somewhere. If so, giving them a quick glance first thing in the morning can be a great way to remind ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: 3 Steps to Better Balance

    Balance is such a fundamental part of fitness, yet most of us do not even know if we have good balance or not. Balance is one of those things that you don’t necessarily use all the time, but when you DO need it, you better hope it is still good. What we have found is that most people who come in and work with us are surprised by their lack of balance when tested. If you have not checked in a while, you may find that your balance is not that great either. That is why, in today’s video, I will first be showing you how to test your balance, and then 3 simple steps you can take to improve it. To learn more, visit us on ....

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  • Los Gatos Exercise Program: There Are No Such Things as Side Effects

    I was watching TV the other night and saw a commercial come on for a new medication. If you watch any amount of TV, you know that medication advertising is getting more and more frequent, but this particular commercial was different. This was the first ad I had seen for a drug that was designed specifically to combat the SIDE EFFECTS of another medication. Ironic, isn’t it? At the end of the commercial, there was inevitably a list for 10-15 side effects that this drug might have, which left me remembering a statement I once heard: “There are no side effects, only effects.” When you take a drug, there are a number of things it does. ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: 3 Tips for Creating Consistency in Your Workout Program

    Let’s face it, there are a ton of different ways you can approach exercise and many of them will work. The problem that most people face when it comes to exercise is sticking with it. To help get you better results in your fitness program, here are 3 tips to make sure you keep going back: 1. Train smart.
    The #1 reason you stop working out is because you get hurt. And whether you are training on your own or in a group, you have to stay smart. What does that mean? First, please warm up before your workouts. And don’t just do 2 minutes on a bike and call it good. Include some foam rolling, active stretching, and a few movements to get you ready ....

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  • Los Gatos Exercise Program: A Simple Solution for Hip Pain

    In this week’s video, I will share one of the easiest exercises you can do if you suffer from hip pain...specifically, if you feel pain in the FRONT of your hip when you lift your knee up (or more commonly, when you squat or pull your knee to your chest). Check it out! To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Program: Building Your Wellness Team

    One of the most important things I have learned over my years of helping our members reach their health and fitness goals is that complete wellness cannot be found through just one service. We do a great job of teaching people how to move better, reduce the risk of injury, increase strength, and improve the way they eat, but these are only parts of the puzzle. That is why we have been working to build a network of great referrals to help our clients in other areas of their lives. Today I would like to share what some of these services are so that you may consider if these would help you in your current situation and if so, that we may be a resource for you to find good ....

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  • Los Gatos Exercise Program: The Greatest Single Exercise for Fitness

    When it comes to working out, most people do not have all day to spend at the gym, so the question becomes: What is the most efficient workout I can do? To answer that question, I shot a video breaking down what I consider to be the greatest exercise you can do. Incorporate this into your workouts and you will improve everything from flexibility, to strength, to core stability, and more. To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ . ....

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  • Los Gatos Weight Loss Tip: Building a Diet that Will Stick

    When it comes to changing what you eat, let’s face it, it can be hard! That is why 95% of people who look to make a change in what they eat this year will not sustain that change. Rather than seeing this as a sign that diets don’t work, instead let’s look at what the 5% of people that DO make changes are using to succeed. 1) Start small How small? As small as you need to keep doing it. One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself before you try something new is this: “Will I be able to do this for the rest of my life?” If you don’t immediately think, “YES I CAN!” then make it smaller. One of ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip - Colin's Best of 2016: Books / Apps / Tools & Tricks

    As we end 2016, I wanted to give a quick overview of some of the things I have found most useful this year in keeping myself fit, focused, and efficient. To do this, I have put together three Top 3
    lists so that you may actually try out some of these things if you wish! Books:
    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck This book was huge for me because it helped me to not only understand my own mindset challenges, but also to better understand how exactly mindset plays a role in the challenges I see our clients facing. Currently rated 4.5/5 star on Amazon with over 1,900 reviews, I think it is safe to say that I am not alone in my love of ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Program: How to Feel 10 Years Younger on the Slopes

    As we head into winter, a lot of you are gearing up for ski season. Skiing can be such an awesome experience, but something I hear again and again from new clients is that they just can’t ski like they used to. The days get shorter, their bodies get beat up faster, they're sucking wind immediately, and the whole experience is less enjoyable than it should and can be! That is why I wanted to put together a little workout for all of you out there that are feeling the same way. If you would like to feel 10 years younger this year, just follow the progression laid out in this video and start enjoying the slopes like a true snow bunny! To learn more, visit us on ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: 10 Ways to De-Stress this Holiday Season

    The holidays can be tough for a lot of people, so while you cannot change the stressors of the season, one thing that can help you get through is keeping your THOUGHTS in the right place. Now, I’ll be the first person to tell you that this is not a “fix” to the stress you feel. But something I have found personally is that being grateful for something can soften stress. And often, a softer response to stress is all we can ask for. So, here are 10 things to be grateful for this holiday season, 5 just for fun and 5 that are a little more sincere: 1. HDTV
    : Have you seen regular TV lately?...wow. How did we do it in the old days? ....

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  • [MCF Partner] 10 Ways Massage Can Improve Your Life

    We're handing the reins over to one of our healthcare partners, Massage Works Los Gatos , for today's blog. There is more to gain from a professional massage than alleviation of muscle pain and tension. Ever feel the need for better sleep? How about a quicker recovery time when suffering from soft tissue injury? Massage can even help with clarity of mind, and who couldn't use that
    ? Click here to read the article from Massage Works Los Gatos! ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: The Fitness and Weight Loss Solution

    When it comes to getting the results you want, whether that be losing weight, getting out of pain, of just feeling more fit, mindset is everything. That is why we talk about it so much and why we have developed our MINT MINDSET
    . These are 5 key ways of thinking that are mandatory if you want to look and feel your best. Today, let’s talk about MINDSET #1: Believe in YOU . “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford There is a reason that this is first...because if you don’t fully believe that you are capable of something, no amount of work, positive thinking, or motivational music ....

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  • Los Gatos Exercise Program: The 7-Step Core-Power Plan

    When it comes to core training, there are ENDLESS options. When core training is done right, however, it is not just about getting “abs,” it’s about strengthening your midsection so that every other movement you do gets easier. The reason it’s called your core is because it is at the center of every other movement. Without a strong core, your arms, legs, back, etc. are not able to function like they should. So, this week I want to give you a simple, but effective, progression you can use to build up your core strength and do it in a way that will enhance everything else you do. Click here to watch the core progression video! ....

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  • Food Coach


    Your Mission:
    To provide a safe, informative nutrition coaching experience that helps members to achieve their body transformation and health goals while turning them into raving fans of Mint Condition Fitness.
    What You Will Own:

    75% of "Life" members reach their monthly goals
    75% of "Kick-Start" members complete program
    25% of "Kick-Start" members convert to "Life" program
    Adding one corporate program/quarter
    One success story/quarter
    One online review/month
    Key Attributes You Need to Have:

    Commitment
    - Has a deep personal connection with the mission and vision of the company.
    Growth Mindset
    - Actively pursues personal and professional development opportunities.
    Organization and ....

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  • 10 Exercises You Need to STOP Doing

    The fitness industry has changed more in the last 5 years than it has in the previous 50. Why? Because it is now an industry...not just a hobby. The first “trainers” were those guys and gals that looked the best and started getting asked for help. T he only problem - these trainers were all bodybuilders. And while a lot of the most popular exercises of the past were great for looking good, many of them do not have much purpose in today's world. So, unless you are a bodybuilder and prioritize looks over function, please, stop doing these exercises: 1) The sit up
    The sit up and crunch have been a staple of the fitness world forever and ....

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  • [MCF Partners] Turmeric: The Inflammation-Fighting Spice!

    You may have friends who are touting the many benefits of turmeric, but you're not sure why. This bright yellow spice, which is a major ingredient in curry powder, has played a big role in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Dr. Vanessa Nordin, from Positive Motion Chiropractic, has written a concise and informative blog giving better background to turmeric and its many medicinal uses. Please check out her article below! Turmeric: The Inflammation-Fighting Spice! ....

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  • Los Gatos Fitness Tip: Stop Blaming Your Age

    I use this quote a lot, but I think it plays a particularly important role in dispelling one of the biggest myths out there about health and wellness: Things “just happen” when you age. This sentiment is so ingrained in our beliefs that we don’t even realize it when we say things like, “I’m just getting old” or “it sucks getting old” or “that’s what happens when you turn 40/50/60.” We take this as fact, not thinking about what we are saying...but the danger in allowing this thought to become a belief is that once you are “old,” there is nothing you can do about it. By ....

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  • Los Gatos Exercise Program: The Push Up Fix

    This one is for the ladies. If you are like most women, the push up may be somewhat of a nemesis. You may have even given up on the idea that you will ever do a full push up. But I want to encourage you that if you take the right steps, you CAN and WILL complete a push up! The hard part about push ups is that there are some things that are not intuitive regarding what makes for a good push up. This is why, this week, we will be talking about what you can do to start working toward doing your first full push up: The Push Up Fix video To learn more, visit us on Facebook , Instagram , and Google+ ....

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  • Administrative Assistant

    At Mint Condition Fitness we’re on a mission to inspire and empower people to live their lives without limits. Every day people are overmedicated, put under the knife, and told what they “can’t” do anymore because of their age. “That’s just what happens when you get old” is something that we hear way too often...and we want to prove that qualify of life and health does not have to suffer as you age. You CAN run, jump, play, and love life after 50. But you need someone there to show you how to overcome the mental and physical limitations that are put on you...and that is why Mint Condition Fitness exists. As an ....

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  • Los Gatos Weight Loss Program: 10 Best On-the-Go Snacks

    When it comes to snacking, it’s easy to get off track with your well crafted nutritional plan. That is why we recommend that everyone just PLAN on having 4 meals per day, so that you know what you are going to have for your snack. Before we dive into the best snacks, here is something to consider. If you are going to switch to a 4-meal day, try to spread out your meals evenly. If you eat breakfast at 7:00 AM, have lunch at 11:00 AM, your “snack” at 3:00 PM, and dinner at 7:00 PM. This way you have a consistent eating schedule that will keep you energized and you will not end up feeling like you are starving by the time you eat dinner. With that said, ....

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  • [MCF Partner] What Are the Risks of Everyday Plastic Use?

    Today, we are sharing an informative post from one of our Mint Condition Fitness partners, Dr. Rachel Hamel of the California Cranial Institute. We have all heard the outcry surrounding excessive use of plastics, and that drinking from plastic containers can be bad for your health, but what particulars do you know? Dr. Hamel's article raises awareness of the dangers of plastic use and specifically the damage that BPA exposure can do to your body's health and function: Click here to read Dr. Hamel's article! ....

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  • Use This Mental Trick to Change Your Life

    The human brain, for all that it does for you, can also be your worst enemy when it comes to having the life that you want. We have this odd tendency to over-complicate and increase the difficulty of all things, in some strange game of proving to ourselves that life is hard. I think it is a safety mechanism, because if you have gone your whole life believing that things are hard, then it would be a big slap in the face to learn that you were wrong. Now, I don’t want to slap anyone in the face today! But, I would like to suggest that things are easier, or at least simpler, than you may currently accept. With one small change in how you see ....

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  • The 5-Minute Morning Miracle Workout

    How you start your day will usually determine how well you take advantage of the next 12-16 hours. If you morning starts by you rushing around, unprepared and stressed...there is a good chance the rest of your day will go the same. If, however, you can start your day on a positive note, you will be setting the foundation for success, focus, and progress. One habit that EVERYONE should prioritize in their morning routine is exercise. If your first thought is, “But I don’t have time to exercise!” then this video is for you. Today I am going to show you a few basic moves that you can do every morning that will boost energy, mood, focus, and motivation ....

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  • 10 Signs Your “Diet” Isn’t Working

    I don’t think I have ever met people who think they eat poorly. One of the questions we ask people when they first sign up is to take us through a typical day of eating, and before they begin, without fail, I hear “You know, I actually eat pretty well.” And they do...kind of. And that’s the problem. “Pretty well” is so vague that even if you just have whole wheat toast for breakfast every morning and a salad for lunch twice a week you may think you are doing “pretty well.” And you are – compared to some! But eating better than people who have terrible diets is not the same as eating a good diet. So, instead of judging your ....

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  • [MCF Partner] 10 Signs Your Loved One May Need Home Care

    The median life expectancy in the United States has been increasing steadily since 1955, when the average American citizen lived to 69.6 years old. According to data released in 2015, our average life expectancy has risen by 10 years, with people expected to live to 79.6 years old. It's a wonderful thing, to be able to experience this world for more time, but problems do arise from longevity. The main issue is that of care for our elders: care that is respectful of their independence while attending to their wellbeing and safety. You may have an aging parent who has always been full of life and autonomy, which makes it difficult to recognize when he or she is showing signs of needing ....

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  • The Power of Persuadability

    Have you ever thought to yourself: “I am doing all the right things, but it’s not working!” If so, maybe it’s time to reconsider what the “right things” are. But this can be easier said than done. The problem is that most of what we think of as “facts” are, in actuality, theories. But when you don’t recognize the difference, then it can be very hard to consider that, perhaps, some long standing beliefs are not true. And when this happens…all those “right things” may end up holding you back from the very thing you so badly want to achieve. Facts Can Become Fiction

    Let’s take the idea of eating ....

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  • Top Exercises for Knee Pain

    When your knees are bugging you, life is not much fun. It’s hard to sit, hard to stand, hard to walk, and it can be hard to just get out of bed in the morning. In today’s video, I will be going over some of the most common solutions for knee pain so you can start feeling and moving better today! Click HERE to view Colin's video! ....

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  • 10 Signs Your Sleep Is Killing You

    We all know sleep is important, but does it really matter if you get 8 hours of sleep every night? Isn’t 7 enough, or 6? Maybe you’re someone who “doesn’t need” that much sleep. Well I can tell you this, I’ve never met someone who “doesn’t need” sleep who is thriving. Yes, you can SURVIVE on 6 hours of sleep, but your mental and physical health will deteriorate over time...and unfortunately, you probably won’t even recognize it. So here are 10 signs that you are not getting enough sleep: 1) Your gut is getting bigger.
    There is a direct connection between lack of sleep and weight gain, and in particular, weight gain ....

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  • [MCF Partner] Strengthen Hips to Treat Knee Pain

    This week we are introducing another one of our MINT PARTNERS: OPTM Therapy Los Gatos . As you know, we really excel working with people in 2 nd stage rehab – what you do AFTER you have completed your initial physical therapy. But when you are just coming off surgery or an injury, you really need to see a physical therapist to get you started back. This is where OPTM Therapy in Los Gatos has come through for us many times. Injuries are a part of life, but it is good to know that when they happen, you have people that will get you back on track ASAP. Check out the link below to see a great article they posted on their website about the ....

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  • How to Feel Younger Next Year

    There is a great book called Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge that I highly recommend, but if you don’t have the desire or time to read the whole book, this article will serve as a CliffsNotes of sorts. This is not entirely based on the book, but draws together a lot of concepts and information from this and similar books. The point is this: If you do the right things, you really can feel younger. How much younger? Well, I have had clients tell me they feel as much as 30 years younger after following our program, and that is nothing to scoff at. What if you felt 30 years younger? Or, if that number does not make sense for you 40-year olds, what if you ....

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  • The 7-Step Fitness Test

    The first thing we do when working with a new client is test their current fitness level. Starting a workout without an assessment is a sure way to lead a member into injury, re-injury, or disappointment. We want to set people up for success! There are a ton of options for what you can do, but there are CERTAIN areas that you probably need to focus on more than others. So, check out the video below to see how to complete these seven tests and then add up your score to determine your fitness level! The 7-Step Fitness Test video 1) Sit & Rise Test
    Mint Fit – 9+ Ordinary – 6-8 Needs Work – <6 2) Toe Touch Test
    Mint Fit – 4”+ Ordinary – 0”-4”+ Needs Work – ....

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  • What Do ALL Top Performers Have in Common?

    If you want to find success, no matter the goal, some would recommend that you look to others who have succeeded and try to emulate them. If you would like to lose 50 pounds, go find someone that lost weight and see what they did. If you would like to get out of back pain, ask someone else that used to struggle with back pain but no longer does. Regardless of what you want to do, there is SOMEONE out there that has done it before and that can give you guidance. This can be a great starting point, but if you have ever sought out a coach, a mentor, a accountability buddy, or just someone to give you advice, I think you will understand that knowing WHAT to do does not always ....

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  • [MCF Partner] Foam Roll Regularly to Maintain Mobility!

    Our friends at Massage Works Los Gatos know a thing or two about the benefits of keeping your muscles loose and resilient. If you're not getting a regular massage, a foam rolling session can be the next best option! And as a bonus, they shared an infographic for treating the most common problem spots. Take some time to read through this, then print it out and keep it with your roller, so you're always ready for a reinvigorating session. And if you don't have a foam roller of your own, I know where you can purchase one... Click here for the Massage Works blog! ....

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  • Only One Body

    Once a year I like posting a great article that I saw years back from Mike Boyle, one of the leading strength and conditioning coaches in the world. I feel the advice is timeless and everyone can benefit from the message. So here you go! You only have one body
    : Imagine you are sixteen years old and your parents give you your first car. They also give you simple instructions. There is one small stipulation: You only get one car, and you can never get another. Never. No trade-ins, no trade-ups. Nothing. Ask yourself -- how would you maintain that car? My guess is you would be meticulous. Frequent oil changes, proper fuel, etc. Now imagine if your parents also told you that ....

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  • The 5-Minute Back Pain Exercise

    If you have ever injured your back, you know just how terrible it is. You can't move, it can be hard to walk, sit down, and even lie down sometimes. The hard part about hurting your back is that it is involved in just about everything you do…so you cannot “work around” it. That is why this week, I wanted to share a few strategies that you can use to help alleviate back pain. NOTE: If you JUST hurt yourself, please go see a competent physical therapist or chiropractor so that they can do a full assessment. The exercises shown below can help with nagging back pain but are not meant to treat an acute injury. Some may help to reduce pain just after an injury, but use your best ....

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  • How to Lose Weight the Easy Way

    Results May Vary Weight loss is a pain. You know this, I know this. So isn’t there an easier way to get those pesky pounds off? While weight loss does require some change, it can actually happen much easier than you may realize if you just make a few simple tweaks to your eating routine. Here are my three go-to recommendations for getting weight off the easiest way possible (while still being safe, of course!). Step 1: Be consistent.
    Even if you do not change a thing you eat, but add some consistency to your eating routine, you will start losing weight. I recommend eating 4 meals a day, 4 hours apart. So let’s say you have breakfast at 7:00, then you would have lunch at ....

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  • [MCF PARTNER] Omega 3s and Mental Health

    You've probably heard your doctor or a family member tell you that fish is brain food. Want to know the truth behind the statement? Getting enough omega-3 fatty acids helps defend against depression, mental stress, and some forms of mental illness by increasing the effectiveness of the brain's dopamine and serotonin. Our friends at Positive Motion Health
    shared some of this information through research performed by the US Military. Read on to learn more: Omega 3s and Mental Health ....

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  • The Low Energy Fix

    Who wouldn’t love to have more energy? Energy is what brings life to everything that you do, and yet most of us go our whole lives feeling sluggish and foggy headed. Here are the 3 keys to turning your energy woes around and regaining your gusto! 1) Eat balanced meals
    When are you most tired during the day? If you are like most people, you start losing steam sometime between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. The fastest way to fix this is to change WHEN and WHAT you eat. This does not have to be a complete overhaul of your diet, but if food is fuel, then you have to fuel yourself right if you want to have more energy. Let’s start with the “when” factor. To optimize energy, I recommend ....

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  • Making the Most of Your Vacation

    Summer is not far off now and that means vacations are just around the corner! With that said, I know there are some of you who are more prepared than others to get the most out of your time away. Obviously a week in Hawai’i or Cabo is going to have some good relaxation and decompression, but you probably don’t want to just sit around the whole time. You want to explore, hike, bike, go paddle boarding, or get a round of golf in. And if you end up in Europe, you better believe you will be on the move! So here are just a few exercises that you can start doing today to make sure you show up to your next vacation ready to tackle any activity that you find yourself in: ....

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  • The Sad Truth about Wine

    It brings me no joy to write this article today, but with National Wine Day having come and gone last week, I hope you at least appreciate that I did not send this out and ruin the party! But I care about you and I care about your health, and I cannot have my readers living their lives in the dark. I’m sure if I asked you, you could list of all types of “benefits” to moderate drinking. There is of course the BIG reason: decreased risk of stroke. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, so it can help to prevent blood clots. You may have also heard all types of other claims. I have heard everything from the decrease in risk of diabetes, to actually helping you to LOSE weight, to ....

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  • [MCF PARTNER] Why Posture Needs to be Your TOP Priority

    This week we are introducing another one of our MINT PARTNERS: The California Cranial Institute. In particular, we have been teaming up with Dr. Rachel Hamel to help clients with long standing TMJ, migraines, and overall tension. Dr. Hamel specializes in craniopathy, a type of treatment that focuses on how the tissue and structures of the skull can impact posture, which in turn impacts everything else. What makes this unique is that if you have ever had a head or neck trauma (e.g. whiplash, concussion) you need to make sure you focus on the impact to the skull as much as the spine. This is also hugely important if you were ever told to wear a mouth guard ....

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  • The 5 Best Exercises You Are NOT Doing


    The 5 Best Exercises You Are NOT Doing
    Quick, what is the first thing that comes to mind when I say “exercise?” If you are like most people, running was the first thing that popped into your head. The second thing was probably some sort of strength movement: push ups, squats, etc. What I can guarantee is that no one thought about any of the 5 moves we will be talking about today. That is because we all have our “go to” exercises. Women love the treadmill. Men love the bench press. Women love triceps extensions. Men love curls. There is nothing wrong with this, but what can end up happening is that you skip out on some moves that you don’t ....

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  • The Gift & Curse of Being an Ex-Athlete

    Once an athlete, always an athlete. Maybe not when it comes to WHAT you do, but how you approach the world is different when you know what it means to compete. This is why ex-athletes (people who used to play sports at a high level) can have a really hard time when it comes to fitness. Not because they lack the drive or ability to push themselves. BECAUSE of this drive, they end up overdoing it! I see so many ex-athletes that end up hurt and frustrated. The key for this group, then, is to figure out how to craft a routine that is both challenging and pushes you the way you want, but is manageable for the long run. Step 1: Rethink Stretching The most common downfall of the ....

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  • The 5-Step Injury Recovery Plan

    Injuries happen. There is not much you can do about that. But the steps you take AFTER an injury can have a dramatic impact on your ability to get back to 100%. So, here is your 5-step plan for getting back on track after you get hurt: 1) See someone! I have to put this in here because I can’t tell you how many times people hurt themselves and do not do ANYTHING about it. They just let it go and assume that the body will heal itself. While the body is amazing, if you do not know exactly what you did or what you need to do (or avoid) to let it heal, there is a very good chance that you are just going to keep hurting yourself. 2) Avoid daily damage If it was not an ....

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  • [MCF PARTNER] Staying in Positive Motion

    This week we are introducing another one of our MINT PARTNERS: Positive Motion Health
    . The team at Positive Motion, lead by Dr. Brant Pedersen, is an example of what quality health care should look like. Specializing in what I like to call progressive chiropractic, he takes a holistic approach to helping clients get out of pain, move better, feel better, and works to discover the UNDERLYING cause of a client’s issues. Unlike other chiropractors that are all about the quick adjustment, Dr. Pedersen and his team have a wide range of technique they can use to not only solve your pain problems, but do it in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Check ....

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  • The #1 Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan

    I came across a great article this week that does an excellent job of discussing what is needed to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. One of the most important statements: “According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, regular physical exercise can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50 percent
    .” This makes exercise the most effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. While most people think of exercise as good for nothing more than burning calories and maybe increasing energy, this is WAY more important! Exercise is about challenging the body and the mind to complete complex tasks that improve oxygen supplies to ....

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  • Why Your Cholesterol Medication is Ruining Your Health

    These days, it seems almost commonplace for people to be on some sort of cholesterol medication, whether or not they are even at risk. The problem with these drugs (like many drugs) is that they have side effects, and statins in particular can have some really unfortunate effects on your mind and body. Before we jump into the drugs themselves, we must first appreciate the lack of evidence for their existence in the first place. From the Scientific America article Cholesterol Conundrum : “ Two major clinical trials in the past three years have greatly complicated the picture for [people with high cholesterol] and perhaps other folks. The first study, from 2008, shows ....

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  • The Secret to Fat Loss in Your 50s

    Why does it seem so much harder to lose weight once you hit 50? Does the body just turn off its fat furnace? Must you restrict yourself endlessly just to lose one pound? NO! Most people see aging as an inevitable decline into dysfunction, but age really is just a number. If you do the right things, losing weight is no more difficult in your 50s or 60s than it was when you were younger. Fat Loss Over 50 Now, I want to be clear, if you are someone who feels like it’s impossible to lose weight, it WILL take longer than it used to. This is because your body has changed over the years (not because you are older, but because you have not been doing what you need to do ....

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  • The Arthritis Fix

    I do not know why, but it seems that whenever people tell me about their arthritis, they talk about it as if it’s an incurable disease. “Oh, it’s just the arthritis in my knee flaring up again, as if it is a virus waiting to attack.” Perhaps this is because arthritis has become a junk term for any joint pain. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, and while SOME of them are symptoms of a disease (rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease), most of the time arthritis means nothing more than joint inflammation…a VERY common occurrence. So today, let’s first gain better clarity on what causes most types of arthritis and how to FIX it! Why Do I Have Arthritis?
    As ....

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  • [MCF PARTNER] 20 Medical Conditions Therapeutic Massage Can Help

    This week we are introducing another one of our MINT PARTNERS: Massage Works Los Gatos. While exercise and diet are VERY important to your health and fitness, if your muscles are bound up from years of inactivity, poor posture, and/or past injuries, you NEED a massage to help get things moving again! The article I wanted to share this week, however, talks about some very important areas of your health that massage can help that you may not have realized. Check out the link below to learn how massage can help improve all types of medical conditions: 20 Medical Conditions Therapeutic Massage Can Help ....

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  • Why Losing 10 Pounds is WAY Harder Than it Used to Be

    Remember the days when you could eat whatever you wanted and still look great? You were always thin, and if your weight ever DID start creeping up, it was nothing a 3-day cleanse or switching to salad lunches for a week would not fix. But then something happened: You turned 40, or 45, or 50. Or whatever age it was when the life of easy weight loss was left behind and you were thrown into this NEW life where everything seemed so much harder. What happened?? Well, two things… 1) Your lifestyle caught up with you 2) Your hormones changed (but not like you think) Let’s tackle each of these and then discuss what you can do to get BACK to the life you once had (well, not ....

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  • Fitness Survival Guide to Becoming a Grandparent

    If you are a new grandparent or will be one soon, this article is for you. While you may not realize it, grandparenting can, in some ways, be much more taxing than parenting. You may not be taking care of the little munchkins as much, but you also do not have the energy, stamina, or resilience that you once did. So, while being a grandparent can be one of the greatest joys in your life, for you to FULLY participate in it, you are going to need to start getting back in shape. The BIG 3 of Grandparent Fitness There is a lot that can go into “fitness,” but if you want to keep up with your grandkids, there are three BIG things you need to work on: 1) Range of motion What is the ....

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  • 6 Signs You Need a New Workout

    We recently hit a pretty cool milestone…we just worked with our 1000 th
    client. That means that over the last seven years we have designed A LOT of programs for people. Whether that was a one-time program just to help get someone started, or seven straight years of adjusting, progressing, and improving programs for our longest-running members, we have come to learn that there are six things that most commonly show up before people need a change in what they are doing: 1: You don’t work out
    If you do not have an exercise program currently, please start. Your brain, your body, and your spirit will all thank you. We talk about it all the time: you are MEANT to move, and believe ....

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  • [MCF PARTNER] 3 Signs You’re Suffering from Caregiver Burnout

    This week we are introducing one of our MINT PARTNERS: Home Care Assistance. One of the BIGGEST stressors I see impacting our members is the challenge that comes with caring for loved ones as they age. Whether it is a parent or spouse, sometimes you can too easily fall into the role of “caregiver” without realizing it, and this puts a tremendous burden on your health, physical and mental. While exercise and diet play a key role in keeping you fit, your wellbeing WILL suffer if you do not get help in caring for loved ones. Check out the link below to help recognize if YOU are suffering from caregiver burnout, and learn what to do about it. Home Care Blog ....

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  • 5 Keys to Fitness After 50

    Let’s face it, life after 50 is DIFFERENT. Your priorities change, your lifestyle changes, and your BODY changes. That is why we care so much about this crowd, because the workout that USED to work just won’t cut it any more. Sure, when you were 20, 30, maybe even 40 you could go out, push yourself in a run or workout for an hour and wake up ready to go the next day, but now if you overdo it, you pay for it physically for a week. It kills me every time I see the latest workout craze, because for the last 10+ years, everything has been about INTENSITY. Everyone wants to get EXTREME with exercise…P90X, Insanity, CrossFit. You may have been able to do that when you were 25 (though ....

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  • The REAL Benefit of Exercise (It's Not What You Think...)

    What is the first thing that pops into your head when you think about the benefits of exercise? Weight loss? Strength gain? Bone density? Increased energy? While all of these ARE related to exercise, in the end, there is one thing that trumps all others as the key benefit
    of working out: MENTAL VITALITY!
    That’s right, your brain's ability to function at its highest level is what makes exercise so important, and this is something we should ALL care about. Here in Silicon Valley, everyone is going 100 mph and the only way you can stay sane AND keep producing at a high level is if you keep your mind sharp. So what does exercise have to do with the brain? When it ....

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  • Getting Results that Last a Lifetime

    "In the far East the people plant a tree called the Chinese bamboo. During the first four years they water and fertilize the plant with seemingly little or no results. Then the fifth year they again apply water and fertilizer. In five weeks' time the tree grows 90 feet. Now my question to you is, did it grow 90 feet in five weeks or five years?" - Bob Perks
    This story represents the nature of ALL growth in life. We often believe, mistakenly, that results should be immediate. Sometimes that is the case, but more often than not, LASTING results require a long-term approach to growth.
    And this is the key ingredient that so many people miss when it comes to ....

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  • A Golfer's Guide to Weight Training

    Golf is a unique sport. While every golfer out there would love to get more distance off the tee, the precision, flexibility, and rhythm that is required often makes it hard to gain strength while maintaining these traits. Being an avid golfer myself, I have long been on the quest to find the RIGHT way to strength train while avoiding any negative impacts from my efforts. After years of training myself and other golfers, here is what I have come up with as the 5 keys to keeping your game intact while adding the distance you need to take your game to the next level. 1) Rotate to Rip It
    If you cannot rotate well, you are not going to hit the ball very far. I see way too many ....

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  • Why Your Exercise Program is Making You Worse

    Why do you exercise? Is it to improve your health? De-stress? Lose weight? Get stronger? Live longer? Whatever reason you have, it is to ENHANCE your life in some way. So why then do so many exercise programs end up leaving you worse off than when you started? You think you have to kill yourself
    The world of EXTREME exercise is become more and more prevalent. CrossFit, Spartan races, Insanity home workouts, Tough Mudders -- these are everywhere! Everything is about working harder and harder, beating yourself up more and more, until you can’t walk and seeing just how much punishment your body can endure. Why? I think we have confused sport with fitness . Sports and ....

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  • What a Waste of Time!

    “You are going to spend your time doing SOMETHING, so why not spend it making your DREAMS come true?” I don’t know where I heard that saying, but what I love about it is that it cuts right to the core of what it means to be alive. Life truly is what you make of it, and what is both sad and inspiring is to see how people choose to spend their time. Every day we see people in the news, on TV, in sports, and in our local communities that are doing what they love. They have worked their butts off to get where they are and now they have created their dream life. But at the same time, we see people who are living so far below their potential. What is the difference between these two ....

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  • #1 Cause of Mediocrity

    If you were to ask 100 people if they were living the life of their dreams, how many do you think would say YES? Would you believe me if the answer was only five ? Unfortunately, that is exactly where we are at right now. Only 5% of people can truthfully say they are living the life they dreamed about. So, where are the other 95% of people going wrong? It all starts with your actions… While this may seem obvious, you have to DO certain things to create the life you want; where most people fail is in the LITTLE things. If you have ever heard the saying “How you do one thing is how you do everything,” then you already know what I am talking about. Think that you can be ....

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  • 3 Steps to Dominating 2016

    Are you sick and tired of WISHING you could stick with your New Year’s plans? If you think about all your goals, resolutions, and commitments from last year, can you name ANY that you completed? If you are ready to make 2016 the best year yet follow this simple 3-step plan: 1) Write down what you want to achieve and how you plan to achieve it. This is always the first step to achieving a goal and until you start writing down your goals, you will have a hard time making much progress. In the book What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, author Mark McCormack relays a study conducted on the students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program. In this study, ....

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  • The #1 Mental Error Holding You Back

    With Christmas here in just over a week, and the New Year closing in, I have been reflecting on what I see as the biggest struggles in fitness. Without a doubt, many of you will start a fitness routine (or ramp it up) in a few short weeks. But equally likely will be your inability to stick with it. Why? Well, after much thought, I have landed on ONE key factor that I believe is holding people back. How to GUARANTEE Failure
    Whether you like it or not, how you THINK determines how you act. And how you act determines the results you get in life. So, if you are not happy with outcomes, you must start with changing your thoughts. When it comes to health and ....

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  • 3 Holiday Survival Tips

    *Today's blog is brought to you by Coach Garrett
    Over the past few weeks I have been reminded of just how hard the holidays can been when it comes to staying fit and lean! That is why I wanted to come up with a super simple way for people to stay on track during all the holiday fun. Every day it seems there are land mines out there waiting to blow up your hard-won success from the past year. Lost 10 lbs in 2015? Awesome, but a few big nights and you can gain half of that back! There are parties, family and friends in town, long busy days that lead us to poor exercise and eating decisions. Pies, candy, and carbs are calling our names. What I am sharing today ....

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  • READ THIS NOW...It May Save Your Life (Part 3)

    Last week I talked about what can be done from a top-down approach in helping prevent and remedy diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes. We touched on the responsibility of the education system, the government, and the health care system in solving this issue. This week we dive into the most practical part of these series: the personal action plan.
    As much as I would love for change to take place at a national level, I know that more often than not, change happens from the bottom up. It takes each of us demanding more from our farmers, our doctors, and our politicians, for change to occur in the end. Here are the top 5 things you can do to ensure that you and your family ....

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  • READ THIS NOW...It May Save Your Life (Part 2)

    Last week I talked about the rate of obesity in America and how many of the issues stemming from this epidemic are almost completely preventable. I then took a more in-depth look at one of the most common diseases related to obesity: Type 2 Diabetes. This week we continue our discussion by looking at what can be done at a national level to prevent this disease and others like it.
    Here is what I think needs to change: 1) Proper nutrition should be taught in school.
    And by proper nutrition I do not mean the misleading food pyramid or food plate or anything else put out by the government who takes money from grain, dairy, and livestock producers. In contrast ....

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  • READ THIS NOW...It May Save Your Life (Part 1)


    Right now, almost 70% of Americans are overweight or obese.
    This is a HUGE number, yet because obesity is so prevalent, it has become more and more socially acceptable and supported. You have probably heard that your personality, language, income, and outlook on life are very closely linked to the five people you spend the most time with. Well, your weight and health are influenced just the same. When your whole family and community are overweight, you are most likely going to be overweight as well. Yes, there are genetic factors, but genes are only expressed in the presence of the proper environment. It is social norms and food availability that has led to the ....

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  • The 3 Biggest Myths in Fitness

    As we get ready for another holiday season, I want you to be prepared to fight the battle of the bulge with the most effective, results-oriented program possible. Unfortunately, however, there are still a few myths out there that I see STILL holding people back, and limiting their results in the gym. If you want to get the most out of your exercise, I want you to consider the 3 myths below and see if there is anything YOU can do to improve your workout plan. Myth #1: Long, slow, cardio is the key to fat loss

    This myth stemmed from the discovery of the “fat-burning zone,” the level of intensity at which you burn the most fat as a percentage of total calories. But ....

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  • Don't Have the Life You Want?...Change THIS

    “Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, ‘Light, bearing on the starboard bow.’ ‘Is it steady or moving astern?’ the captain called out. The lookout replied, ‘Steady, captain,’ which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship. The captain then called to the signalman, ‘Signal that ship: We are on a collision course, advise you ....

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  • What Was Your Weight Gain Trigger?

    We all gain weight for different reasons, and if you ever expect to get the weight off for good, it is important to FIRST understand where it came from originally! If you look back on your life, you can probably pinpoint the last time you were at a weight you liked. Maybe it was in high school, college, or just after. Maybe you found your stride in your 30s and were in the best shape of your life. Whenever it was, at some point, things got derailed. So let’s first look at the most common weight gain triggers: 1) College.
    We have all heard about the Freshman 15…but who says that it stops freshman year? At the young age of 18, we head off to college where we have food and alcohol ....

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  • When "Good Enough" Isn't Good Enough

    I think one of the most common excuses I hear when it comes to health and fitness is “Well, I’m not as bad as a lot of people!” or “At least I am not as bad as old So-and-so.” Every time I hear this I wonder, is that really how you judge success? Does success = not the worst
    ? And while I do believe that it is important to celebrate small successes (yes, the fact that you drank one glass of water today instead of zero is a success!), you must not confuse a single action with ongoing progress. The purpose of celebrating small successes is so that you BUILD on them until they become big successes. And, in my mind, fitness is one of those things wherein “good enough” or ....

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  • Single-Leg Squat Success

    When it comes to the single-leg or pistol squat, Coach Bradley is a MINT Master. Today, Coach Kenny has asked for his assistance in showing us all top form and various ways to approach and perform this intense lower body exercise: Getting a good visual on how to properly perform an exercise is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness and personal training is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and ....

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  • 9 Things Everyone Should Know About Lifting Weights

    When you first hear the words “weight lifting” you probably think of bodybuilders, fitness models, and those giants at the gym that make way too much noise for something that is supposed to be healthy. Today, however, I want to try to reframe the idea so that you start to recognize just important lifting weights is for EVERYONE, and if you are skipping it, you are missing out on the most impactful (in every sense of the word) type of exercise available. If you are unsure if weight lifting is right for you, here are nine reasons why it most certainly is: #1: You don’t have to kill yourself

    One of the biggest deterrents to people getting started in weight training ....

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  • Clarity is Critical

    In order to succeed in your goals, fitness or otherwise, you need to have a clear vision of what those goals are. Not only that, you should have a specific idea of how to reach those goals, and how your life will be impacted once you get there. Kenny's here to show you just how clear you can be: Giving yourself a clear-cut goal and game plan is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness and personal training is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or ....

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  • Lower Body Lovin'

    Coach Kenny lifts a page from his own notebook today, bringing you one of the exercises from his latest MINTbody Bootcamp creation. Time to get your squat-lunge on! Muscling up your legs and glutes is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness and personal training is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today and give us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • 3 CRAZY Tips to Build STRONG Relationships

    What is up Peeps! Did you get closer to your personal and professional goals this week?
    If YES, AWESOME job... keep it going! If NO, what can be done to get back on track? Today I wanna take the opportunity to remind you that you're not alone in your quest for EXCELLENCE! I Believe that everyone can benefit from the ACCOUNTABILITY & ENCOURAGEMENT that comes with engaging in AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY.
    I'm Blessed to have plenty of people in my life who offer me support, guidance, and keep me in check when needed. It wasn't always that way though... About 2 1/2 years ago I found myself feeling very isolated and disconnected.
    I was coming off a ....

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  • Persistence is Paramount

    This week's focus is one of our core values here at Mint Condition Fitness. Persistence makes anything possible; as Kenny says, if you don't quit, you can't fail! Learning to push through the struggle is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today and give us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • BroGa with Kenny

    One of the best side effects of exercise is increased energy. A great way to wake up your body and senses AND tap into that energy is through yoga. You don't need to wear a strappy top and tights and sit in lotus to benefit from yoga, however. Let Coach Kenny introduce you to his daily dose of Bro-Ga, and let your chi flag fly! Including varying forms and disciplines of exercise in your routine is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are ....

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  • The One Thing Every Child Needs But Very Few Get

    We can all agree, kids have A LOT of needs. We all do, it’s just that kids are unique because very little of what they need can they get without assistance. They need food, shelter, education, and love. Hopefully all of them get this, but there is one thing that is sadly a rare commodity that every child should have: A GREAT role model. I say “great” because everyone has role models. A role model is just someone who helps you to understand how to behave, act, or think. There are plenty of role models out there, but a scarce number of great ones. The Parent Impact
    This is where you as a parents can have such a huge impact, because whether you like it or not, ....

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  • The Post Workout Window

    Want to maximize your exercise? After you give it your all in your work out, you'd better replenish
    it all to rebuild your muscles, bump up your afterburn, and boost your energy. You've got a narrow window of time right after your exertion to make the most of the good work you put in, so use it wisely! Knowing not just how , but when
    to fuel your body is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or ....

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  • Deadlift Dominance

    The deadlift can be an intimidating exercise. The name's not all that inviting, either! But Coach Kenny knows how beneficial this move is for strengthening your quads, hamstrings, and glutes, so he wants to give you some pointers. We want to see you all
    loading up that trap bar! Mastering moves you thought were beyond your capabilities is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of ....

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  • When You Are SICK of the Weight Loss Rollercoaster

    Three months ago you stepped on a scale and a smile spread across your face. You may not be at your ultimate goal, but you were making progress and felt PROUD of your focus, effort, and ability to stick with your plan. Now it’s September, and I truly hope that your smile has just gotten bigger. But…I also know that for a lot of you, that is not the case. This is the sad reality for almost ALL weight loss efforts. You work hard for a month, a quarter, even a YEAR making steady progress toward your goal and then something happens. You get sick. You go on vacation. You move. Your daughter starts a new sport. You get a new job. Or you just get busy. Whatever it is, something throws ....

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  • ALWAYS Be Studying

    If you want to better yourself in any
    way, you need to be educating yourself. You want to be healthier? You improve your knowledge by enlisting the help of a trainer or coach, or by reading up on health and fitness. Same thing for moving forward in your career, learning a language, picking up a new hobby or pastime: you've got to study in order to get better. Coach Kenny wants you to keep your curiosity piqued and your brain sharp, and he's got some recommendations for you: Constantly seeking knowledge is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live ....

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  • Exemplifying Versatility on the TRX

    Don't let the $5 vocabulary words intimidate you! Coach Kenny wants to use his time today to remind you that the TRX suspension straps can be implemented in myriad ways, to challenge each and every body part and muscle: Keeping your workout fresh and engaging is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today and give us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • 4 Fail Proof Ways to Boost Your Energy in 4 Minutes or Less

    When do you hit your wall? You know, that time of day when your energy plummets and you start considering crawling under the desk for a nap? For most of us, the 2:00-4:00PM time of day is a danger zone when two things are nearly inevitable: 1) Work comes to an almost complete stop (at least anything of value). 2) We reach for a quick fix in the form of carbs or caffeine. What I want to help you discover today are 4 super simple ways for you to boost your energy so that you can both avoid the junk AND improve productivity when you need it most. Get up and move

    Possibly the simplest solution is to get out of your chair, get out of your office and just ....

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  • Need vs Want

    Every day, you are faced with a litany of wants versus needs. Your body was built to move -- it needs
    30-45 minutes of exercise, but on any given day you may want
    to binge-watch House of Cards instead of getting to the gym. The thing is, this is a short-term want; you probably have a life-long want of being healthy well into your golden years! If you can start thinking in terms of need (as a component of being your best ) instead of want, you will start seeing major positive changes in your life: Learning the difference between beneficial needs and short-term, potentially undermining wants is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we ....

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  • 7 Minute Abs

    Your core muscles make just about every move you make possible. It's imperative that you keep them strong, so that you can function day-to-day, be as active as you want, and protect your precious back. Coach Kenny wants you to invest a mere 7 minutes a day to reap the rewards of a supple and powerful core: An athletic and functional core is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your ....

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  • Personal Training  in Los Gatos - Mint Condition Fitness - Stop Adding to Your Cannot Do List

    Stop Adding to Your Cannot Do List

    Does it seem like every time you go to the doctor you come back with a new “can’t do?” You can’t ski because of your bum knee, you can’t run because of your SI joint, you can’t pick up your grandkids because of your low back. If you are sick of getting told what you can’t do…this article is for you. Now, I am not saying that you should forget what has been recommended to you, but I encourage you to starting thinking about reframing this list to your “can’t do yet
    ” list. The REASON you “can’t” do these things is because every time you do them, you think that you are the same age and fitness level you were the last time. So, you hit the ski slopes with the same intensity as last ....

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  • The TGU Tutorial

    The Turkish Get Up, or TGU, is a full-body strength/flexibility/stability move that is an integral part of our MINT Mastery levels. This move presents challenges to all of us. Because of this, Coach Kenny has enlisted the help of a very special celebrity guest to demonstrate the TGU in all its glory, and to highlight some common pitfalls to avoid: Correct form and technique in any exercise is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out ....

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  • Mint Condition Fitness Training Schedule


    Fitness Programs in Los Gatos!

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    ?Sessions ?a?re ??scheduled ?b?y ?appointment Monday through Saturday???, starting at 6:00 AM.

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    Monday

    6:00 AM to 6:45 AM
    8:30 AM to 9:15 AM
    6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
    Tuesday

    8:30 AM to 9:15 AM
    6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
    Wednesday

    6:00 AM to 6:45 AM
    8:45 AM to 9:30 AM
    Thursday

    6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
    Friday

    6:00 AM to 6:45 AM
    8:30 AM to 9:15 AM
    Saturday

    8:00 AM to 8:45 AM
    9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
    Sunday

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  • The 4 S Diet

    You've heard us say it before: Fitness results are 90% nutrition! But eating well and smart can be challenging, or boring, or time-consuming. Coach Kenny is here to introduce you to an easy game plan to help you follow good nutritional guidelines and keep it simple: Having a clear-cut vision of a good, healthy, solid eating plan is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of ....

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  • Core Values

    We believe that fitness is THE foundation to fulfillment. Fulfillment is all about living your life to the fullest. When you are fulfilled, you are not only YOUR best self, but you bring a force to the world that makes a positive impact on everyone you know and meet. But none of this is possible without first being mentally and physically fit. You cannot give what you do not have and you cannot live at 100% when you are not at your best. Fitness provides the energy, the confidence, and the ability to make this happen. That is why it is our MISSION to change this world by creating fulfillment through fitness.

    OUR CORE VALUES
    It Starts With YOU

    a. You must believe that you ....

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  • Personal Training  in Los Gatos - Mint Condition Fitness - 3 Tips to Snap Out of It

    3 Tips to Snap Out of It

    What is up peeps! Do you ever have those days where you experience anxiety, feel overwhelmed, or just plain icky?

    If not, then you can stop reading now, and I'd LOVE to learn your secret! But if you're like me and you frequently wake up feeling "heavy," or oftentimes allow every day inconveniences to throw you off your game... then this article is for you. Traumas, dramas, stresses, and messes are part of the human experience. No one goes through life unscathed or untested. So today I'd like to SERVE you by sharing 3 tips I use personally to snap myself out of funks, failures, and frustrations. Enjoy!

    1 SWEAT: The fastest way to immediately IMPROVE your ....

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  • Last Set Best Set

    Better movement should always be your end game when exercising. If you focus on making each repetition of a series better than the last, you can be sure you are firing the right muscles, burning more calories, increasing your tone, and avoiding injury. “Last set, best set!” is our mantra to keep you on track. Push a little harder each time! Tell fatigue to take a walk, you’ve got goals to accomplish. Dig deeper, improve incrementally, and know that you give your best each and every time: Building your level of resolve to finish each exercise better than you started is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your ....

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  • Get Your Rowing Going

    Usually relegated to our ULTIMATE Core & Cardio classes, the rowing machine is a great device to challenge your legs, back, arms, cardio-vascular fitness, and stamina. If you’re trying to work your way up the MINT Mastery boards, you need to refine your rowing. Today’s video features a special guest to share proper technique, though showing, not telling, is more her speed: Correct form and technique in any exercise is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so ....

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  • Be Carb Conscious

    Carbohydrates are the scapegoats du jour when it comes to diets. And while it’s true that cutting out or back on processed carbs will lead to faster weight loss, they are in fact an important and necessary part of a healthy diet. Let’s not demonize carbs! Just be smart about them: Having a balanced and reasonable approach to carbohydrates is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of ....

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  • The 4 Things You CANNOT Do

    What is up Peeps! As a person who’s always FOCUSED on seeing the silver lining and pulling out POSITIVES, even in the most difficult scenarios, I’ve learned to be really MINDFUL of language. The WORDS we digest and allow to sink into our SPIRIT can have a tremendous IMPACT on our mental/emotional well being. A few years ago I made the COMMITMENT to myself that I would drop nasty terms, including the word CAN’T, from my vocabulary. I conditioned myself to BELIEVE that CAN’T is a very disempowering and discouraging word. I feel that CAN’T thinking keeps us from making moves and closes us off to POSSIBILITIES that can be enjoyed with CAN thinking. I still BELIEVE this to be TRUE, ....

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  • Bring Out Your Best in the Body Saw

    One particularly devious and challenging core move is the body saw. Basically a plank with slight forward and back movement, this exercise can give you awesome abs like no other! Kenny has some handy hints to help you nail this core carver: Protecting your back while strengthening your core is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today ....

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  • Everything Is A Skill

    Anything — save learning to fly — is within your grasp. If there is something you want to develop, whether in your job, relationships, habits, or physical ability, all you have to do is immerse yourself in it and you will see improvement. Devote time to the process. Practice makes perfect, after all! Redirecting focus to better your life is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of ....

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  • What Did You Do Today To Bring Yourself ONE STEP CLOSER To Your Goal

    How would your life be different if you did one thing, every day, which was directly in line with one of your goals? Do you think that over the next week, month, and year, you would see results? Of course. And yet when we think about our goals and what it will take to reach them, we often shoot ourselves in the foot from the start by focusing on the whole process rather than the first step. The goal, then, is to do ONE THING, every day. And even if it seems insignificant on its own, when you repeat it every day, change will occur.
    1% Better
    Another way to think about this is to get 1% better, every day. Most people try to make huge changes all at once and fail. The concept of ....

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  • A Diabolical Dumbbell Diversion

    Hey all, it’s time for your latest fitness focus from Coach Kenny! This week, he’s giving you some mighty moves to do with one of the original exercise tools: the dumbbell. Revisiting the foundations of fitness is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today and give us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • Take Your Own Advice

    For many people, there is a rift between knowledge and implementation. This is especially evident when caring for one’s own personal and physical health. This week, Coach Kenny wants you to imagine helping a close friend reach her fitness goals. The twist? That friend is you: Applying the knowledge you have to your own life is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to ....

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  • The Day That Changed My Life

    When I was young, someone very close to me passed away. It was a highly emotional experience for me, even though her death had been expected due to her declining health over the previous 2-3 years. When her death came to pass, it was sad to know that she would not be with us anymore, but there was also a sense of comfort in knowing that she would no longer be in pain. While I will never forget the emotion that I felt knowing that a beloved advocate, role model, and mentor would no longer be with me, it was not until a month later that something would happen to alter the course of my life. As the dust settled and we all began to make peace with her passing, I was helping the ....

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  • Join The Team

    Who We Are
    Mint Condition Fitness was founded by Colin Triplett in July, 2009 as a personal training studio that specializes in fitness over 48. Why fitness over 48? Well, the answer to “Why the specificity of 48?” is that most people start reflecting on their future as they approach 50, and we want to be there to support people in making the next phase of their lives the best they can be. But the answer to the question of “Why the older crowd?” is the more important one, and stems from Colin's original motivation to start the company. You see, when he was young, someone very close to him passed away...someone who was a dear friend and mentor. ....

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  • Fitness Coach

    At Mint Condition Fitness, we’re on a mission to inspire and empower people to live their lives without limits. Every day people are overmedicated, put under the knife, and told what they “can’t” do anymore because of their age. “That’s just what happens when you get old,” is something that we hear way too often...and we want to prove that qualify of life and health does not have to suffer as you age. You CAN run, jump, play, and love life after 50. But you need someone there to show you how to overcome the mental and physical limitations that are put on you...and that is why Mint Condition Fitness exists. As a Fitness Coach, you will ....

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  • Customer Service Representative

    Who We Are
    At MCF, customer service is not just about answering the phone or rescheduling a client. We are looking for a Customer Service Representative that understands the value of “Putting People First.” Clients are not just numbers to us – we have a FAMILY here, and we expect our team to put 110% effort into supporting their needs. This means taking the time to listen, learn, and create relationships with our clients. It means seeking first to understand their concerns and looking for creative, win-win solutions that lets them know that we care. What You Will Own

    Provide the best client care support in all settings: on the phone, in person, and through ....

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  • The World is Your Playground

    We live in the Golden State -- are you making the most of it? Your workouts don't have to be limited to an indoor gym. Today, Kenny wants to invite you to use the great outdoors to your fitness advantage! Having fun with your fitness is just one pieceof the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. &lt;/telerik:script&gt; ....

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  • The Laziest Ways to Lose Weight

    It's always nice to have a variety of ideas for how to lose weight, so here are some good ones from an article I came across recently. Click the link below to read about 14 tips for losing weight without much effort! http://fitbie.msn.com/slideshow/laziest-ways-lose-weight/slide/1 This just goes to show that losing weight and staying healthy does not have to be hard, it just has to be sustainable . In case you don't have time to read the whole thing, here are my favorites take-away ideas: 1) Move while watching TV
    Unless you have a very active job, there is no reason for you to go home after a long day of sitting and sit more! This doesn't mean you can't still enjoy your favorite ....

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  • The MintBody Blueprint


    The MINTbody Blueprint
    After years of working with clients through personal training, small group training, and boot camps, we have honed our systems and now offer our unique, fool proof system: the MINTbody Blueprint. This system is designed to take into account the most important factor when it comes to getting the lean, toned body you want: you! You are unique, and until you have a plan that is designed with YOU specifically in mind, you will never get the results you are looking for. In our system, there are four main factors that we must address: the 4 fundamentals of fat loss and fitness.
    Fundamentals of Fat Loss

    Mindfulness:
    Getting the body you want begins with an ....

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  • The Fear of Success

    The fear of failure holds many of us back from trying new things or extending ourselves in directions with which we're unfamiliar. But the fear of success
    can be just as much of a deterrent in making lasting changes in our lives! Let Coach Kenny elucidate: Gaining the confidence to leave your old self and ways behindis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and ....

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  • The Torso-Tickling Trio

    The current boot camp features three tantalizing tummy testers that Coach Kenny is so pleased with, he wants to share them with everyone! So here's a showcase of the moves. Carve your core in the comfort of your own casa! Strong abdominal muscles arejust partof the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • How to Set Up a NO TRESPASSING Sign in Your Mind

    What is up peeps! Today's message is centered around a single concept: You can't achieve POSITIVE RESULTS with negative thinking.
    I used to be a very negative, pessimistic person and my life outcomes directly reflected my inner state. I pushed people away with my poor attitude and consistently attracted unnecessary adversities into my life. Eventually, I got fed up with living a lousy, less-than lifestyle and DETERMINED to change my ways. I like to say that I set up a NO TRESPASSING sign in my mind! I COMMITTED to myself that I would allow no space for nonsense and negativity in my thinking.
    NEGATIVITY??
    Before I SHARE how I've gone about setting up a no trespassing sign in ....

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  • The Value of Vision

    Have you ever questioned the methodology behind the eye drills your coach has you perform at the start of each training session? The ease and functionality with which your body moves is tied closely to your sense of vision. Training your eyes helps create better balance, alignment, posture, and stability, which correlates directly to better athletic performance overall: Improving the mind/body connectionis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are ....

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  • Boot Campaign Pushups for Charity

    On August 2, 2015, Mint Condition Fitness is hosting a special fundraising event benefiting our US veterans and their families. We'd like to invite you to join us in the festivities; here's Coach Kenny to fill you in: Giving back to your communityis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • Workout Guide for the Time-Deprived

    The most common reason people do not work out: they think they do not have the time. And yet every day, millions of “busy” people exercise. So what strategies are these people using to help them balance work, family, life, and exercise? Here are just a few good ideas that will help you stay fit this summer, even with all the vacation, BBQs, and family gatherings. Find time for workouts this summer in three easy steps: Step One: Schedule Your Workouts
    You’ve heard this before, and it makes so much sense. If you treated your exercise time with the importance of a work meeting then you’d never skip a workout and you’d be in amazing shape. While the scheduling concept is brilliant in its ....

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  • Recognize the Opportunity

    Life is full of struggles and grace, failures and successes. The key to finding opportunity in every situation is not just a matter of a positive, glass-half-full outlook, but to recognize the chance to turn a moment around and respond proactively
    : Taking advantage of the opportunities life presentsis just onepiece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today ....

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  • The Hunter Burpee

    Fitness is a dynamic, fluid, ever-changing practice. Even the most staid of movements can be turbo-boosted with a little creativity and different perspective! This week, a friend of Coach Kenny's reminded us all of the evolutionary nature of exercise, by putting his own personal spin on the infamous burpee move: Tweaking traditional exercise into something new and challengingis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or ....

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  • The Power of a Profound Consequence

    What is up, peeps! I wanna GIVE you the main point of today's blogup front: Consider the Consequences of your CHOICES. My hope today is to deepen your APPRECIATION for the fact that your Daily Decisions are supremely meaningful and important.
    This is an idea that we all understand on an intellectual level, but it's one of those TRUTHS you really gotta work to get into your HEART. In many ways our CHOICES determine much about our DESTINY.
    The things we CHOOSE to do or not do, the words we CHOOSE to say or not to say, have tremendous IMPACT on our own lives, and can produce a ripple effect for others as well.
    Let me illustrate this concept with a personal example. As a Fitness ....

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  • 10 Seconds That Could Change Your Life

    Your life canbe broken down into a series of 10-second decisions. Most of these are rote, easily made, and make sense in the bigger scheme of your vision and goals. Sometimes, though, these split-second decisionsundermine your goals. Say you're trying to make healthy food choices: when do you find it hardest to do so? You may be dialed in with your food 98% of the time, but there is a time of day (and usually, it's consistently the same time each day) when you feel desperate or weak, and you reach for the nearest, terrible snack. This week, Kenny wants you to focus on that 10-second window; if you are able to change your response to that moment, you have made a significant step in the ....

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  • Tank Top Training Trifecta

    We are deep into beach season, peeps, and that means more skin on display! Tank tops are a great way for men and women to showcase awesomely toned arms, buff backs, and seriously sexy shoulders. Once again, Coach Kenny has brought in a guest star to show you moves designed to make you glorious for summer wear: An eye-catching upper bodyis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, ....

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  • Pain - All in Your Head

    Have you ever looked down at your arm to see that you have been cut, but did not realize it until that very moment? Then what happened…it started hurting! This is a simple -- but very important -- lesson on the difference between pain and injury, and one we would all benefit from remembering. If you are in pain right now, or have experienced pain in the past, you undoubtedly know the strange phenomenon that is pain. Sometimes things hurt, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes you feel pain when you sit too long; sometimes when you stand too long. Sometimes it is there for weeks; sometimes it comes and goes quickly. And what can influence your pain? The weather? Your mood? Your stress level at ....

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  • Who Are You

    Does the person youwant to be align with the person you are now? Sometimes the actions and attributes that define you can hold you back from reaching your goals, even if they are positive. Coach Kenny wants to help integrate these disparate aspects of you: Energy, clarity, focus, and vibrancy arejust some pieces of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive ....

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  • Pull Off That Pull Up

    The classic pull up is more than a great exercise for your upper back, chest, shoulders, and arms. It's also a universal indicator of your strength and general awesomeness! This move is difficult for many of us, so today Coach Kenny brings in a special guest to demonstrate proper form: Accomplishing a long-term goal like mastering the pull upis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, ....

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  • Fitness on PURPOSE

    What is up Peeps! In today's message, my HOPE is to FREE you from the suffering and struggle I had to experience to achieve Exercise AWESOMENESS!
    I half-jokingly tell people that I'm a "20 year overnight success story" when it comes to Fitness.At 10 years old I weighed almost 180lbs and my initial goal was simply to RUN up and down a basketball court without having to stop to catch my breath! As I reflect on my Fitness JOURNEY, I can say that I've made just about every mistake in the book... for that matter, I've read almost every book written on the topics of Exercise, Nutrition, and Healthy living (here's just a small sample of my at-home library). I'm GRATEFUL for the Insight, ....

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  • Recovery Equals Results

    You put a lot of time and effort into your workouts. One ingredient you may be overlooking in your quest for fitness is recovery
    . Every time you exercise, you stress your muscles and deplete your body of nutrients and water. Make sure you focus just as much on replenishing yourself between workouts in order to see your results multiply. You gotta rest to be your best! Allowing your body to recover sufficientlyis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, ....

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  • Walk Away from Your Work

    We all know that exercise is a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress. But your environment can play a big part in that, too. Let's join Kenny for a stroll to sun n' squats, shall we? Good mental healthis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • 5 Fun Ways to Burn Calories

    The summer is here and it’s the perfect time to get outside and add some fun activities to your normal workout routine. Here are 5 ways that will get you outside and on your way to a fitter you!
    Go for a ride
    When is the last time you hopped on a bike when you had somewhere to go? Or better yet, you went for a ride just for the fun of exploring? The bike is an awesome way to get out of the house, get moving, and can even be used to get you around town. And you can bank on this burning AT LEAST 100 calories.
    FORE!
    Did you know that walking an 18-hole golf course can burn up to 1500 calories? But don’t worry, even if you are not quite up for that, you can still hit the 100+ ....

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  • Motivation is NOT Enough

    When trying to reach a long-term goal, your motivation will naturally wax and wane. But your motivation level is only one factor that leads to success, and in fact it is the least
    importantin terms of sticking to your plan. Coach Kenny is here to open your eyes to the external factors that are key for you to achieve your goals: Surrounding yourself with the correct support system is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, ....

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  • Ripstick Paddling

    Summer's here, so let's take a nostalgic look back at one of your favorite summer camp activities. More specifically, come paddle your own canoe with Coach Kenny: Trying fun, new, and challenging exercisesis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • YOLO - The Choice of a Lifetime

    Hello peeps, Coach Kenny here! Today's nugget to nosh on is some TIMELESS WISDOM from ya dude Drake.... YOLO (You Only Live Once) is a popular phrase with the youngsters these days and is typically used to support short-sighted choices and a "live for today" lifestyle.
    I'm all for FUN and making the MOST of every moment, but I also feel it's ESSENTIAL to balance that out with a BIGGER VISION for our lives. What I LOVE about YOLO is that it Highlights our humanity.YOLO reminds us that we've only got one shot to use our lives in way that upholds and illustrates the VALUES we Believe to be TRUE. This is a critical concept to keep in mind as we DESIGN our lives and make our DAILY ....

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  • Consistency is Key

    If you really want to see positive changes in your fitness, you need to be consistent in all things. Your body craves routine when it comes to exercise and nutrition, so if you want to succeed , consistency's what you need : Consistency in your diet and exerciseis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • Summer Slams

    A side benefit to working out is having a physical outlet for your daily frustrations. As adults, we don't get the chance to throw temper tantrums! Here's a society-sanctioned and Kenny-approved way to take out anyaggression that may have built up over the course of the day: Good mental healthis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive ....

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  • You Are What You Eat - Eats Part 2

    In the last post we began an important discussion about the food that our food eats. It is not enough to eat food that is thought to be healthy, we must also look at how that food was raised/grown to make sure that we are truly deriving the most nutrients possible from what we eat. Our focus last week was mostly on meat and how the feed provided for our commercially-raised animals is anything but optimal. Cows and other ruminants are most affected by this because they are not designed to eat the most abundant food source provided to them: corn. Other animals are also negatively affected when not given proper feed, so be sure to know what food your animals eat before you get out the knife ....

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  • Chore vs Challenge

    Any time you set a goal for yourself, you can expect that there will be obstacles in your way on your path to success. The way you view these obstacles can have a big impact on your results. The things you need to do to attain your goals can either be seen as chores -- something to dread and just get through -- or challenges -- something that inspires you to bring out your best effort, raises your fighting spirit, and eventually improves you. The satisfaction of overcoming a challenge is a far better incentive than the tedium of grunting through something you dislike: Taking on your challenges headfirstis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we ....

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  • Coach Kennys Kettlebell Combo Challenge

    Those colorful, eye-catching little bowling balls with handles that we have at various locations around the gym -- how can they be used? These bright accessories are kettlebells, and today Coach Kenny has combined a couple moves to target some of your main muscle groups for a pocket-sized challenge: Strengthening your major muscle groupsis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, ....

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  • You Are What You Eat - Eats Part 1

    We all know that to look and feel your best, you have to eat well. Nutrition truly is the most important factor when it comes to optimizing health, and without a conscious effort to fuel your body with good foods, it is easy to put on the pounds. That is why I love the saying, “You are what you eat.” I think it perfectly describes how our bodies interact with the food we provide. If you provide poor-quality food, you are going to have a poor-quality body. The food you eat affects your body fat, your recovery, your likelihood of becoming sick or injured, your mood, your sleep, your strength, and your energy. It does it all! What is not so clichéd, however, is understanding that it’s NOT ....

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  • Mind Your Heart Rate

    One key to personal health and fitness is strengthening your muscles. And the most important muscle you need to keep toned is your heart! The best way to bump up your heart health is to focus on cardio training, alternating between spiking your heart rate and bringing it back down: Heart rate monitoringis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today ....

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  • Unlimited Options to Light Up Your Legs

    Hey, it's almost shorts season! Just in time, Coach Kenny is here to offer up a variety of versatile squat moves to get you the strong, lean legs and toned tush you crave. Watch the video below to learn how Kenny achieved his glamorous gams: A strong and toned lower bodyis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) ....

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  • You INSPIRE Me

    Have I told you lately how GRATEFUL I am to have you in my life?
    Seriously! I consider it a PRIVILEGE and a PLEASURE to know you. If you're reading this right now, you may be a family member (you have no choice but to get my emails); a friend/client who attends my sessions regularly; or someone I've only met once whilst slammin' a salad :-) No matter where you fall on that list, I just wanna remind you today that you MATTER to me!
    You see, I'm a former fat kid who comes from very humble beginnings... So Imagine my ELATION to now be a Fitness Coach, TRAINING the Best of the Best, Cream of the Crop, Top of the Top at the most INCREDIBLE organization on Earth! To meet someone and then ....

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  • The Power of Habits

    What's your morning routine? You might wake up, brush your teeth, make the bed, do some stretches, and make coffee before getting dressed for the day. Now, how much of this do you think is a conscious decision, and how much can simply be chalked up toyour daily habit? Almost every action we take during the day is out of habit. You have a cue (you woke up!), you take action (you do stretches!), and your receive a reward (your body feels better and you are more awake!). Some habits are better for us than others, but the great news is that once weunderstand the trigger and reward for our poor habits, we can go about changing them for the better: Understanding yourhabitsis just one piece ....

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  • Time for a Little Lateral Love

    So many of our exercises in the gym concentrate on stationary orforward/backward movements, Kenny thought it was time to shine the spotlight on some excellent side-to-sideaction. See what you think of his form during low lateral squats and lateral lunges: Prepping you for movement in all planes and all three hundred and sixty degreesis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit ....

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  • How to Change ANYTHING

    As more research comes out about behavioral change, we are starting to see that change is actually easier that we once believed. Before we talk about HOW to change, however, it is important that you first understand one simple idea: who you are, what you do, and where you are going can all be traced back to habits. EVERYTHING is a Habit
    Right now, if you looked at everything you do from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep (and even how you sleep), you can break your entire day into a string of habits. While we would like to think that we make a lot of conscious decisions throughout the day, the truth is that 80-90% of what we do is pure habit. Just think about ....

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  • 3 Keys to Better Eating

    By now, you've probably got a clear idea of what to eat to meet your health and fitness goals. Today, Kenny's going to clue you in on a couple of tips on how
    to eat that will take your results to a new level! Building better eating habitsis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • The Phenomenal 15-Minute Fitness Workout

    What do you do when you want to boost your endorphins and energy, but you can't get to Mint, have limited time and space, and no exercise equipment at your disposal? You know Coach Kenny's got your back! Today he's put together a few of his favorite exercises into a short circuit that's bound to light you up: Having fitness options when you're away from the gymis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with ....

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  • I am TIRED of Encouraging People

    Hey there, peeps! Coach Kenny here, excited to drop someknowledge onyou. I was gonna write about "How to Mold a Midsection LikeMarky Mark," but that'll have to wait 'til next week because I feel what I have to share today is slightly more VALUABLE than a sleek stomach. I'll be HONEST... there are times I don't particularly feel like ENCOURAGING others. Yesterday was one of those times. Just like I do prior to every class, I was taking some quiet time to review my Painstakingly Planned Session.
    Going over the Coaching Cues I'll use for each and every single exercise. Thinking about the EMOTION I want to create in "the huddle" and the bad jokes I'll try out that day :-) PRAYING that the ....

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  • Focus on the Process

    I'm sure you are familiar with the saying, "It's not the destination, it's the journey that matters." This mindset is particularly important when it comes to making big lifestyle changes, like weight loss or fitness. Having a goal in mind is one thing, but knowing how to achieve it and what steps will be necessary to get you there is by far the larger priority. As always, Coach Kenny has some words of wisdom on the subject: Intentionality in your actions is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all ....

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  • The Happy Hip Stretch

    Stretching is an important and often overlooked aspect of your fitness. Maintaining good flexibility allows you to move better in daily life and work out more effectively. In today's fitness video, Kenny helps offset the hip tightness that results from seated, computer-centric work: Keeping your body loose and flexible is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and ....

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  • One Body

    Imagine you are sixteen years old and your parents give you your first car. They also give you these simple instructions: The care is free to you, with one small hitch -- you only get one car, and you can never get another. Never. No trade-ins, no trade-ups. Nothing. Ask yourself: How would you maintain that car? My guess is you would be meticulous. Frequent oil changes, proper fuel, etc. Now imagine if your parents also told you that none of the replacement parts for this car would ever work as well as the original parts. Not only that, the replacement parts would be expensive to install and cause you to have decreased use of your car for the rest of the car's useful life. In other ....

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  • Why Focused Breathing Matters

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and gamble that you've been breathing for most of your life. But if you really pay attention to the way
    you're breathing, you can find additional advantagesbeyond merely oxygenating your body. Kenny breaks down the benefits of deep, full, focused belly breaths: Combating stress and staying centeredis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit ....

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  • Step It Up with Bradley

    The box step-up is a move that can really tone and hone your quads and glutes, especially
    if you do it right! Coach Kenny brings in a celebrity guest-star trainer to model the step-up as it should be done. Perfect your pop, peeps! Practicing perfect form in all your moves is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) ....

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  • Life-Changing VALUE Within

    Howdy, peeps! Coach Kenny here, and I've got some great knowledge to drop on you today! I'm EXCITED for you, because if you do the exercises I share in today's note, your life will be CHANGED forever!
    Bold claim I know, but truly BELIEVE that if you take today's message seriously, you'll look back on this correspondence as "The BlogThat CHANGED It All!"
    Today I STRONGLY, STRONGLY, STRONGLY Encourage you to do the important work of establishing a Personal MISSION Statement & set of CORE VALUES. All SUCCESSFUL companies and top-tier organizations have a reason for existing (their MISSION) and things they stand for (their CORE VALUES)!
    You can check out Google's philosophies ....

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  • Think About Your Thoughts

    Every action you take, every response to every situation, is dictated by a thought, whether well-formulated or fleeting. Some of your most frequent thoughts are results of conditioning, which means they can be changed, with a little work on your part. If you want to change your body, you may need to change your thoughts. How do you react to and think about food, for example? If you eat something that doesn't fit into your goals for yourself, take a moment to understand what thought processes got you to that point. Coach Kenny has some words for you on the subject: Positive thinkingis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are ....

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  • The TRX Power Pull

    For his fitness focus this week, Kenny has chosen to show us the TRX Power Pull in all its glory. This suspension strap move, which you may have seen (or experienced!) in our group classes, is the perfect blend of smooth grace and explosive strength: Releasing your inner ballerina is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at ....

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  • Part 3 - Fat is Fuel Not Foe

    Welcome to the last installment in our series on fat. We have already seen that fat is an important part of a balanced diet, can help us to lose weight, and will help to improve our heart health! Today we will conclude our series by looking at some of the psychological barriers to changing our cultural views on fat and then how we can best utilize fat in our daily lives. The Psychology of Fat
    Fat is required for keeping our bodies working at their best. Our brains, nerves, and cells all depend dearly on the fat that we consume to work properly. While we know that fat is an important part of our diet, it can sometimes be hard to get past the psychological fear of gaining fat from ....

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  • The Power of Protein

    You're already working hard at your fitness, exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting enough sleep. What if Coach Kenny told you there was something that, if taken in the right amounts, would help
    build lean muscle
    keep your hair, skin, and eyes looking their best
    promote fat loss
    and keep you feeling fuller and more energetic for longer? Wouldn't you want all that? Listen to Kenny tell you what to put in your piehole for optimum results*: Getting proper nutritional guidanceis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. ....

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  • Have a Ball

    Remember how much fun you had on your Hippity-Hop back in the day? Relive that hilarity and zest for life by availing yourself of all the stability ball has to offer! If you haven't had the opportunity to try these before, Kenny has a few moves to start you out. Ask your trainer to incorporate some of these movesinto your program, or buy a stability ball for use in your home. We can never have too many toys! A solid core you can count onis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why ....

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  • Part 2 - Cholesterol Mythology

    Continuing our series on why fat is healthy, let us turn our attention to what I consider the most commonly referenced myth regarding fat and health. Myth #2: Eat vegetable oils, not saturated fat.
    I hear this all the time, and it is unsettling that this myth still persists in the face of recent research and when compared to ancestral eating patterns. Let’s first take a look at why saturated fat need not be avoided, and then we will discuss why vegetable oils are some of the least healthy fats (outside of trans fats, which are usually man-made). Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
    If you have the time, the article below does a great job of discussing fat including the misconceptions ....

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  • How Do You Define Failure

    Failures are a part of life. If we got everything right the first time around, how would we ever learn anything? But it's all in how we react
    to defeat -- that's where the magic lies. Coach Kenny is here to help you reconsider the way you interpret and internalize failure, so you can use it to your advantage: Turning stumbling blocks into stepping stonesis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your ....

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  • Getting Beastly on the Bike

    If you took a random poll of people and asked them what one physical activity they were lacking, most would respond that they don't get enough cardio. Well, Coach Kenny has a simple fix for that problem: his Ultimate Core & Cardio group class! One of the main attractions of this class is the Assault AirBike, which guarantees a maximum charge to your cardiovascular system in 30 seconds or less: Building your cardio conditioning and enduranceis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this ....

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  • Part 1 - End the Low-Fat Madness

    After all these years, I still hear people talking about how unhealthy fat is. That is why I went back and found a series of articles I wrote in 2011 talking about WHY you need to forget the low-fat myth and start incorporating healthy fats into your diet! Fat Is Fuel Not Foe
    Even to this day, we are still bombarded by advice expressing how low-fat, low-calorie diets are the way to a healthier, leaner life. We are told to eat vegetable oils because saturated fat leads to heart disease. We are told that fat makes us fat, so limit it as much as possible. Just look at the old food pyramid, with fats and oils lumped together with sweets as the most limited food sources. Even in the new ....

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  • Good Pain vs Bad Pain

    Do you know the difference between exerting effort and over-working your body while exercising? "No pain, no gain" was the go-to gym mantra for decades, but if you're experiencing real physical pain, "no gain" is exactly what you can expect to hobble away with. Let your Transformation Trainer shine a light on how to recognize if your workout is going to leave you rippled or crippled: Learning totune in to your body's communicationsis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we ....

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  • Shapely Summer Shoulders

    It may barely be spring in the rest of the country, but here in California the temperatures are climbing into the 80s already. Time to think about showing some skin, and Coach Kenny is onboard with you feeling as confident as possible when tank top time is here. Today's mini-workout is the Split Squat Shoulder Shaper, and you'll find it benefits more than just your upper body: Getting you toned for summeris just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you ....

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  • STOP Setting Goals

    Written by Coach Kenny, Transformation Trainer If you are someone who struggles in setting and reaching your goals, this is for you: STOP setting goals with the MINDSET that goals are purely about achievement.
    I've noticed that most people get so wrapped up in outcomes, and are so hard on themselves when they don't attain their goals in a desired time frame (which is often arbitrary or unrealistic) that 1 of 2 things happens:
    1. They "push through the pain" and successfully achieve their ambition while subjecting themselves to complete misery the whole time.

    2. They get discouraged, capitulate, and convince themselves, "Maybe this just isn't possible for me."
    I don't want this to ....

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  • What Can YOU Control

    Internal and external influences on our lives shape us daily. Sometimes we fight those influences, sometimes we acquiesce. How successful are you at choosing what to accept and what to change? Do you know what aspects of your life you can control? Having the courage to change what you can and the understanding to accept that which you cannotis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, ....

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  • March Madness Mini-Workout

    The great annual springtime basketball fever has hit, and in the spirit of the game, Coach Kenny has formulated a little cardio workout to help you share in the excitement. Part of the beauty of this routine is that you can do it anywhere , so feel free to jump up off that couch during commercials and pack in a fast break of your own! Elevating your heart rate for short burstsis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or ....

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  • 7 Simple Steps to Fitness Success

    You should know by now that there is no quick fix when it comes to fitness. If you want to see your body and your health change, then acai juice is not going to be the answer. Instead, it’s about a lifestyle change, but what does a “fit” person's life look like? Today, I want to give you 7 steps you can take that will help you create a fit and fulfilling life. Perhaps there are a few that you can incorporate into your own… 1) Believe in yourself
    To do what it takes to build a new lifestyle, you must first BELIEVE that you are capable. This is most important when the changes you are making do not show immediate results. Creating a “fit” lifestyle does not happen overnight, just as ....

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  • Stresses Create Messes

    If you find yourself catching the latest sickness every month or so, you might want to take a closer look at why this is happening. Don't blame the germs for your lowered resilience-- one of your health's greatest enemies is stress
    . Coach Kenny has a few words on how to alleviate your stress levels and boost your immunity by default, no Airborne necessary! Reducing your life's stressorsis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, ....

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  • The Terrific Texas Two-Step Tutorial

    "A better backside is better for everybody!" Want to hone those haunches? Dance it out with Coach Kenny in this week's video: Burning out your big muscles through toning exercises is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • What is Your VISION of Fitness Success

    This week I've been coaching two important principles that you need to know...
    1. Success Leaves Clues:
    If you want to IMPROVE in a specific area or aspect of life it's super helpful to study, learn, and understand how others have achieved similar results. 2. The Greatest Wealth is Health:
    This TIMELESS TRUTH can be traced to the Roman Poet Virgil way back in the B.C. era! Put it to ya this way, "You can have all the money in the world, but it don't matter much if you can't MOVE!" My intent with these blogsis to CHALLENGE & ENCOURAGE you by sharing my honest thoughts, ideas, and perspective, and today there are a couple questions I'd like to direct to you. What is ....

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  • Skip the Shoes

    Here at Mint Condition, we are big proponents of functional movement. A facet of this is using accessory muscles to assist with your strength and stabilization, and some of the most overlooked and important of these are in your feet. So why hamper their movement with clunky shoes? A strong and balanced foundation by using the right training shoes is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of ....

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  • Improve Your Agility Ability

    Quick feet and fancy footwork is the focus of our Fitness Friday this week. Speed drills like these help hone your coordination and challenge your cardio. Watch Coach Kenny move like the wind: Staying nimble and balancedis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • Why Exercise Will Save Your Life

    B efore you stop and say, “Yeah, yeah, I know exercise is good…what’s new?” I want you to know that this is NOT a rant about the 101 waysexercise can support your physical health. By now, you know all of that, and have made your decision about whether your physical health is worth the time and effort needed to keep your body in top form. No, this article is about something much more important: your MIND. Your Mind is YOU
    Who you are, how you think, what you feel, and how you interact with the world all comes from your mind. We have all had those days where we feel great, are confident, and are ready to take on the world. We have also had days where we think the sky is falling. And ....

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  • You Cannot Have Two Number 1s

    What are your goals and priorities in your life? If you were to sit down and put pen to paper right now, what would you list as your mainobjectives? For many of us, family, work, and hobbies top the list. Fitness is up there, certainly, but it often gets bumped down by these others. Here's the rub, though: unless fitness isgiven top billing, you won't be able to give it the time needed to reach your goals. On the plus side, focusing on your personal fitnessand well-being actually helps you fulfill your other roles! It's just a matter of investing in yourself: Adjusting your priorities to highlight your fitnessis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And ....

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  • Plank-a-palooza

    A strong core leads to better strength overall, as well as pristineposture, good back health, and toned legs, arms, glutes, and more. Coach Kenny demonstrates a series of core
    -iented moves to satisfy the plank-master within: Increased core strengthis just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • The Secret Fitness Pros Do Not Want You to Know - Part 2

    What's up peeps? Coach Kenny here. I hope you're having an AWESOME week and I'm EXCITED to drop some Workout Wisdom on you today! If you recall, last weekI shared the fact that I'm a Fat Kid turned Fitness Coach; a 15 year overnight SUCCESS story :-)
    I've had my own weight loss/workout journey and in that time I've learned that "Any Fitness Plan will work if YOU do!"
    Today we're gonna go deeper on that idea and I'll give you my... 3 Pillars for Creating a POWERFUL Personal Fitness Plan
    1) STRUCTURE
    Whether you're wor
    king with a Personal Trainer, doing Group Fitness Classes, following an "at home workout" like Insanity, Couch to 5K, or Sweatin' to the Oldies... what all of ....

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  • Are You Mind-FULL or Mind-LESS

    Technological advances in the last 25 years allow us to have knowledge, information, and communications within seconds. While this speed is clearly beneficial in many ways, we lose a sense of mindfulness when everything comes to us so quickly. This week's focus is on consciously slowing down aspects of your life to better appreciate them: Focusing on what might otherwise be taken for granted is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what mindful trainingis all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are ....

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  • SUPER-SIMPLE SLIDER SWEAT SESH

    Kenny is back with another mini-workout! Today, he's going to show you some moves using the Valslides, a little piece of equipment that reduces friction and allows you to work your quads, glutes, and core while testing your balance: Introducing you to easy-to-remember exercises is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at ....

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  • The SECRET Fitness Pros Do Not Want You to Know - Part 1

    Written by Coach Kenny, Transformation Trainer Time for a confession: Before I was a fitness coach, I was a corporate athlete just like you. Back in 2008-2009 I worked on the abuse team at YouTube, taking all the inappropriate videos off the internet... I've seen some crazy stuff! It was a fun gig and I'm very grateful that Google was my intro to the working world. But I'll you what...as someone who's always struggled to stay in shape, I recognized early on in my career that the corporate environment presents the perfect opportunity to pack on unwanted pounds and have your body break down over time. Long hours, lots of sitting, unlimited munchies... Say hello to your love handles! It ....

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  • DEVELOPING A GROWTH MINDSET

    When you start a fitness routine, what is your motivation? For many people, the goal is something tangible and measurable, like weight loss. While it is good to have a goal, you must also realize that the goal alone is only part of the process. If you only focus on that one endpoint, then you miss the greater value that the journey can provide. In this week's video, Kenny is back to share with you why developing a growth mindset is an equally, if not more important than having a goal driven mindset: Setting you up for success in the long run is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, ....

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  • FITNESS IS MORE FUN WITH FRIENDS

    One fool-proof way to keep yourself engaged with your workout is to pair up with someone! It's always more fun to have a partner in sweat-crime, and most folks push themselves harder and are much more likely to fulfill their exercise commitments if another person is counting on them. Today, Coach Kenny and special guest take you through a few teamwork-based moves, to build muscle and camaraderie: Finding support in the form of enthusiastic workout partners is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all ....

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  • Filling the Void

    “Life's problems, if not solved, could at least be forgotten with the help of a pint of Ben & Jerry's Wavy Gravy. People could disappoint me...food never did. I ate whether bored, angry, elated, tired, happy, frustrated, bonding with friends, lonely, celebrating, tired.
    And, like most addicts, along with the food, I stuffed down feelings I didn't want to deal with.” – Denise Wolfe, Confessions of a Food Addict This excerpt comes from a writer who fought and overcame food addiction. In her article, she talks about the extreme situations she found herself in when it came to food. Before I go any further, I firstwant to be very clear, food “addiction” is not something that is ....

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  • No Negative Self-Talk

    Think of all the influences in your life. Whose opinion of you do you give top priority? The answer: Y
    our own
    . You are your own greatest influence, and you have the capability to talk yourself into great success or dismal failure. It's time to change the way you speak to yourself; learn to give yourself the encouragement and compassion you extend to your friends: Reprogramming your inner monologue to be positive and encouraging is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we ....

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  • THE POWER OF JOINT MOBILITY

    Let's say you come in for your session with some right knee pain. Would you think your trainers were crazy if they recommended left elbow circles as a fix? Well, there is a serious method behind that madness! Your body's muscles, fascia, and joints are connected by an intricate mapping system. Joint mobility drills help clarify and redefine that map, which in turns leads to better movement, pain reduction, and improved posture: Knowing the methodology behind aspects of your program is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This ....

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  • The Arm Toning Triplet

    Spring is on the horizon, and Coach Kenny wants to get everyone ready for halter top weather! Take a look at the arm/shoulder routine he's put together so you can confidently employ your right to bare arms: Introducing you to simple, portable, body-part specific exercises is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) ....

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  • 2 Keys to Cure Commitment Issues

    Written by Coach Kenny, Transformation Trainer Welcome to another wonderful week and I hope you're ready for a FABULOUS February. Before we get started, I have a confession...I'm not a big fan of New Year's Resolutions; I believe you should approach every day as an opportunity to get better in some small way. That being said, however, it HAS been proven that goal setting expedites personal improvement.
    So today I wanna go over a crucial element to your success in any worthwhile objective... COMMITMENT!
    To me COMMITMENT means stayin' TRUE to what you said you were gonna do, long after the excitement of the initial decision has passed.
    Couple quick examples: When January 1st rolls around ....

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  • RESULTS ARE 90 PERCENT DIET

    "You can't out-train a poor diet." This one piece of advice is what no one wants to hear, but what everyone looking for improved fitness needs to incorporate into their routine. Shift your focus to how
    you are fueling your body and the changes you're working for will start rolling in: Eating wisely is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today ....

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  • Mo Pillows Mo Problems

    When you look at your bed, what does it resemble more: a monk's pallet, or the bottle set from I Dream of Jeannie ? The bottom line is, if you're using more than one pillow for sleeping, your body is out of whack and you are not
    getting restful sleep: Getting good recovery sleep is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at ....

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  • BELLY BLASTER BONANZA

    The best back protection you can have is a strong, reliable core. Today, Coach Kenny links together three lower ab exercises for a tummy tickler you're bound to love! Keeping your core strong is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • What is the WORD for 2015

    First off, Happy New Year ! I missed you much over break, and while I had a PHENOMENAL time in LA with the fam, I was definitely feeling those Christmas cookies by the end of my visit. So, it's good to be back and, much like you, I'm excited to establish a RHYTHM for 2015 that's gonna propel me towards my personal and professional goals!
    Which brings me to my ENCOURAGEMENT for you today. What word will you LIVE by this year? Based on my observations, I believe the biggest challenge you'll face this year is narrowing your FOCUS and staying on target with your top priorities.
    With all the people, projects, and opportunities competing for your attention, it's easy to get ....

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  • TRX-ERCISE CIRCUIT

    Gravity keeps us all from flying helplessly into space, but it can also be great when used as a fitness tool! Working with your own body weight and a set of suspension straps, you can effectively work all your major muscle groups, and improve your core strength, cardio, and stamina. Kenny takes us through three combo moves that are guaranteed to get you pumped and your heart pumping: Keeping your workouts fresh with new and demanding exercises is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this ....

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  • YOUR HOLIDAY RECOVERY PLAN

    The holidays have pas sed, but unfortunately the consequences of “less than perfect” eating has likely left you not feeling your best. Your body is achy, bloated, and everything is feeling a little tight. If you can relate, then these 5 steps are what you need to make sure you recover as quickly as possible! Step 1: Focus In
    The holidays happened. You ate, you drank, and you told yourself that it would all stop come 2015. How’s that going? If you are like most people, settling back into your healthy pattern is not as easy as you thought it would be. So if you want to get back on track, you need to focus in and COMMIT to this week being the week you go back to your normal routine. ....

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  • THE MEANING OF COMMITMENT

    It's a brand-new year! Many people start it out with high hopes and resolutions to improve their lives. For a lot of us, though, keeping up momentum and interest in our commitments is a major challenge. So what are some strategies to keep you on-task with your resolutions? How can you stay invested in your commitments and goals? Coach Kenny's advice and insight may help you find follow-through you never thought you had: Having the fortitude to stick with your commitments after the "honeymoon phase" has passed is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live ....

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  • THE MINI MINT WORKOUT

    Did a hiccup in your schedule make it impossible to get to the gym today? No problem! Technology makes it easy to integrate an interval-style pocket workout into your routine. Kenny demonstrates a simple two move combination that will challenge you physically and boost your metabolic burn on days you are unable to make it to the Mint: Having an on-the-go workout routine at your fingertips is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of ....

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  • EVERYBODY GET YOUR ROLL ON

    The foam roller has gained more and more popularity, but have you ever wondered WHY it is such an important part of your pre-workout routine? Foam rolling can set you up for your training in a multitude of ways, both physical and mental. Coach Kenny sheds a little light on the subject: Increased mobility and muscle/mind relaxation are just a couple pieces of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, ....

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  • 5 DAILY PRACTICES FOR PERSONAL PEACE

    Written by Coach Kenny, Transformation Trainer Yesterday, I took a short break from computer work to hydrate and grab a healthy snack, when I ran into a couple friends/clients, Paul and Gary. We exchanged pleasantries and as we were departing, Paul commented, "Kenny, you're always smiling more than the rest of us; I wish I knew your secret."
    I responded, "I don't have any secrets, I'm HAPPY to tell you everything I know if it'll help you lead a WONDERFUL life." So today, I'd like to share with you 5 Daily Practices that provide me personal PEACE and always keep me SMILING :-)

    1. Say Your Prayers
    For me,
    " prayer" is taking time during the day to express GRATITUDE for all I have, ....

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  • BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

    Welcome to 2015! With the new year upon us, take a moment to think ahead to the end
    of this year -- what goals do you want to have achieved, what milestones do you want to have reached? Kenny wants to help you make the most of 2015 by making a game plan NOW
    : Having a clear goal
    and a concrete plan
    on how to attain it is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself ....

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  • BURPEES ARE THE BEST

    "Burpees." The very word makes most of us shudder in revulsion. But this one exercise works all of your major muscles, cranks your cardio, and intensifies your oxygen intake. Coach Kenny shares the love of his favorite exercise and tries to get you on the Burpee bandwagon: Befriending Burpees is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive ....

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  • MANAGE YOUR LIFE TO MINIMIZE YOUR WAISTLINE

    Think for a moment. What exactly do you DO each day? Do you know? Most people don’t.
    Most people think they know how they spend their time, but when you really sit down and talk to them about where those 24 hours go each day, you quickly realize that there is A LOT of time that is not accounted for.If this sounds like you, then your time management probably isn’t the only thing that needs help; often your waistline suffers as well. When you do not have a clear understanding of where you spend your time (and energy), then you are usually stuck in a constant cycle of chaos control.
    Every day has a beginning and an end, but what happens in the middle is anyone’s guess. This cycle leads ....

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  • STRIVE FOR MORE THAN 1 POINT 8 PERCENT

    Do you realize that if you are putting in a solid three workouts a week, you have still only dedicated 1.8% of your time
    to your personal health and fitness? The hours you spend at Mint Condition Fitness are giving you a great base, but if you could carve a little bit of time from your day for your customized homework and active recovery, your physical results will skyrocket ! Kenny is here to inspire you to greater heights: Performing your personalized homework is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness ....

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  • FOCUS ON THIS TO SURVIVE THE SEASON

    We've entered the holiday season, which means family, the giving spirit...and lots of really good food
    ! Coach Kenny has some tips on how to be smart about your carbohydrate consumption this Thanksgiving and Christmas, and beyond: A good knowledge of nutritional needs is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) ....

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  • FOAM ROLL FOR FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

    The low-tech foam roller packs a lot of beneficial bang for the buck. A nondescript cylinder of densely packed white or black foam, this piece of equipment can reduce muscle soreness after a big workout and increase range of motion prior to a training session. This will in turn help you achieve and maintain proper form, among other things. Here, Coach Kenny shares a couple common techniques for rolling the lower body: Incorporating foam rolling into your routine is just one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is ....

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  • GETTING RESULTS THAT LAST A LIFETIME

    In the far East the people plant a tree called the Chinese bamboo. During the first four years they water and fertilize the plant with seemingly little or no results.
    Then the fifth year they again apply water and fertilizer. In five weeks' time the tree grows 90 feet.
    Now my question to you is, did it grow 90 feet in five weeks or five years?"
    - Bob Perks
    This story represents the nature of ALL growth in life. We often believe, mistakenly, that results should be immediate. Sometimes that is the case, but more often than not, LASTING results require a long-term approach to growth.
    And this is the key ingredient that so many people miss when it comes to reaching their goals. It’s ....

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  • CLARITY IS KEY

    Have you set goals in the past, with great intention, only to lose your motivation? If you answered "yes," you're not alone. Many of us have this exact thing happen, because our goals are missing one crucial aspect -- clarity of vision
    . Wanting to lose weight and have more energy is a worthy goal, but unless you understand how achieving this will change your life, you may stumble on the path to success. Coach Kenny talks a bit more about this week's focus: A clear vision and road map is just part of what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive ....

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  • PERFECT POSTURE AND A BEAUTIFUL BACK

    This week, Coach Kenny tackles the problems of posture in our modern world. So much sitting, driving, and computer time can lead to a rounded back and hunched appearance. Here's one way to combat that problem: This exercise is meant to be one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, or frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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  • WELCOME TO NO EXCUSES NOVEMBER

    October 2014 has come and gone... we'll never see it again! To me, that's a trip to think about.Every day, month, and year that we're here is a GIFT! And I believe there's always something SPECIAL to APPRECIATE about the precious time we spend together.
    The AWESOME thing about this month is that it's NO EXCUSES November! The Holiday Season is upon us. And with all the special gatherings, "cold" weather, and comfort foods floatin' around... this time of year can be treacherous for your Fitness goals. Depending on whose facts and figures you're looking at, the average person packs on 1-10 pounds during the holiday season!
    But I know that if you're reading this note, you're anything ....

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  • LAST SET BEST SET

    If you have spent any time in the Mint Condition Fitness world, you have heard the mantra that is this week's focus. It's more than just a catchy phrase, however; let Coach Kenny give you the practicalities of aiming to make your last set your best, every time! This habit is meant to be one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, and frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at ....

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  • BLAST THAT LOWER BELLY

    Having a strong core is central to your health and fitness. It leads to better balance and better back health, not to mention a slimmer silhouette! Today Coach Kenny gives you a couple modifications on a simple core movement to help you get strong while whittling that waist. This easy core exercise is meant to be one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, and frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals ....

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  • WATCH OUT - SIX SNACKS WITH SECRET SUGAR

    If you are used to reading labels, then you already know that sugar is in almost EVERYTHING these days. From condiments to dressings to “healthy” snacks, sugar is everywhere! Today, however, we are going to expose a few foods that are especially packed with sugar.
    Hopefully you already know that eating too much sugar is not a good thing. If you didn’t, here are a few quick reasons why it’s best to limit:
    Increased fat storage
    Increased risk of heart attack
    Energy swings (afternoon crash)
    Increased risk for diabetes These are just a few, but as you can tell, this sugar stuff is no joke. So, while I would encourage you to stay proactive, read labels, and take total control of your ....

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  • Enjoy Your Food

    Life is hectic. We spend so much time just trying to keep up with everything that we rarely take the time to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the moment. That is why this week, we want to give you an important idea to focus on to not only get the most enjoyment from your meals, but better results as well! This habit is meant to be one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, and frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your ....

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  • TONE YOUR THIGHS AND BACKSIDE

    If you are not doing THIS exercise, then your thighs and backside are really missing out. Check out this week's workout video to see how you can start toning those problem areas and bring booty back with Coach Kenny! This exercise is meant to be one piece of the puzzle in helping you look and feel your best. And we believe that when you are at your best, you will have the energy, confidence, and ability to live your life to the fullest. This is what fitness is all about, and this is why we care so much. So, if you are out of shape, tired, and frustrated with your level of fitness, commit to yourself and your goals today andgive us a call at (408) 370-1739. ....

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