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Well….hello there….

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IF you have followed the blog at all, then you will notice my absence as of late. To be real, it was a myriad of different reasons.

First, I did have surgery and decided to actually take some downtime.

Second, I was truly questioning why I do what I do and if it matters at all in the grand scheme of things (jury is still out on that one).

Third, I was working to try and fill in the gaps of training, so to speak.

While first and second will be saved for another day, I’m going to share a little of the third with you now.

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I have been truly bogged down by the fact that a lot of people who come for help don’t get very far. Truth is, it felt as though there was a part missing…..let’s say, a spoke from a wheel wasn’t there. So, it made it very difficult for us to get anywhere. So I began to research other areas of expertise and talk with other trainers who have been successful at making their client, well, successful. The answer came again and again: an online training platform.

If you’re like me and you don’t dig technology all that much, then the thought of online training can seem daunting. The fact is, in today’s fast paced environment, you need something that will stay a step or two ahead so you can focus on life and not be overwhelmed by workouts. This online training platform can be held in the palm of your hand and is as easy as checking in on Facebook so everybody knows you’re handling your business ;)

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I have teamed up with TRAINERIZE to offer plans to help you reach any goal. Since my specialty is Corrective Exercise, this can be used in conjunction with your current training program. The app itself is extremely user friendly and you can track your progress in-app so you can see exactly where you’re headed, whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, get stronger, be quicker, or simply move through life with less pain. You can see it all and track it all here.

It’s also simple to set up and doesn’t keep you bound to JUST seeing your trainer on certain days/times.

Start by checking into Pricing and available Schedules (online only option is available). Then, you will receive a message from your trainer to confirm a time for training that week. You have the option to see your trainer face to face 1-2 times per week, depending on your goal and schedule. For example, Olympic lifters usually see me once per week to focus on mobility and flexibility. Fat loss clients usually opt for twice per week. Once established, you will also get training programs uploaded into your app. These program will be personalized for your goal and lifestyle. This way, you know exactly what to do and can keep track of your workouts in-app. Your trainer can keep track as well and is informed of workout consistency. This creates an accountability that will propel you forward DAILY.

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I’ve also added meal planning capabilities to the app (all plans are done by me, not generic) so you can choose to add that option OR simply opt to get your nutrition in line while staying with your current trainer or training program.

Important Notes:

  • ALL face to face sessions are semi-private.
  • Private training sessions ARE offered, but are priced differently and not available for purchase in-app.
  • Meal planning is priced separately and requires a brief Q&A with your trainer.
  • You are totally allowed to switch times during the week, but must let your trainer know.
  • All plans are month to month and must be cancelled NO LATER than 2 weeks prior to next billing cycle.
  • Specialty training, such as MMA and Sports Performance, are also offered in a group setting.

This allows you to finally have the tools you need to reach THAT goal and start setting new ones. So, check out the app today, pick your program, get in a group, and start seeing and feeling results within a week!

National Nutrition Month: Youth Athletes

Good morning!

I hope all is going well on your side, wherever you may be :)

Since March is National Nutrition Month I thought we could tackle the tough call of youth nutrition.

Our youth athletes nutrition needs differ from that of us old fogies, so we need to address some common concerns and mistakes as well as some thoughtful ways to help our young athletes thrive.

WATER.

Youth athletes (aged 8-18) dehydrate much faster than adults. In fact, they can dehydrate 40% faster than most adults in the same sport. So, it’s very important that we encourage our athletes to stay hydrated in a variety of ways. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Nix the sodas on game and practice days.
  • Pack a bottle of water for lunch.
  • Remind them to get a drink from the fountain EVERY time they pass it.
  • Pack or take water to them for the game and/or practice.
  • On very hot days or practices lasting longer than 60 minutes, make sure they have a beverage to replace electrolytes. I prefer G2 for my athletes, but regular Gatorade is fine and can be watered down to reduce the sugar.

As you can see, it’s not about the time spent practicing. The majority of youth athletes ENTER practice and games already dehydrated! If you have a young athlete in your home, the responsibility is YOURS to educate them on hydration and cut the sugar and sodas out to ensure proper mental focus and muscle repair during periods of training and playing. Encourage them to drink throughout the day and they will begin to feel and see a difference in practice.

Pre-Game/Practice Fuel

Unfortunately, here the schools will not allow student athletes to eat prior to practice or games. Since lunch times often fall before noon and practice can extend past 6, many athletes are under nourished during game time and practice. If the school doesn’t allow it, what can a parent or guardian do? Lucky for us, we have resources to help :)

Many companies such as Gatorade now offer pre-game solutions. Gatorade has a carbohydrate chew that is safe for youth athletes (12 and up) and provides fast digesting carbs to fill the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles. This is precisely where we get energy. Youth can run out of these stores faster than adults simply due to the growth process. The trick with these is to remind your student to drink LOTS of water with the chew, otherwise it can upset the stomach.

A more whole foods approach can be found in certain bars.

My favorite for my guys is the Come Ready Nutrition Bar.

Come Ready Bars

I’ve spoken about this bar before and truly believe in it. It has a very good nutritional profile with ingredients you recognize. The taste is far beyond other bars on the market AND if you get them from your local Costco (mine is in the Galleria area in Houston), you pay less than $1 a bar….that makes it easy to share with the whole team. Go YOU!

If Costco isn’t working for you or nowhere near you, I recommend a virtual trip to Bodybuilding.com

Now, if your athlete has an issue with gluten** you’ll be glad to know that Come Ready Nutrition now has gluten-free kids bars that can help to fuel your athlete without the fuss. Check out more on those bars HERE.

Timing is key, so I have my kids take a bar to school. Before practice they can usually eat 1/2 the bar while dressing and then they eat the other 1/2 after. During games, I take a bar and meet them at the bus. Just last week my daughter had a tennis match and the coach told her she couldn’t eat her bar on the bus, so my daughter ate it with lunch (they love the bars). SIDE NOTE: most coaches have English or Math degrees and know NOTHING about nutrition. You CAN take food to your child pre game or practice….that is YOUR right as a parent or guardian. Moving on…..that match my daughter had a very hard time focusing and her energy was all over the place. THIS week, my husband took a bar to the match and she ate it when she got off the bus….her doubles won and she had focus and energy to spare.

Hydration and nutrition play the largest role in energy output, yet we do nothing to equip our athletes for success. Give them a fighting chance to be the best they can be!

Remember, nutrition matters :)

 

**Another side note here, because as a professional I feel it must be said: IF you think your child has an issue with gluten, PLEASE have them take a simple blood test with their doctor. By preemptively pulling gluten from their diet because you read something on Google, you can actually end up doing more harm in the long run. I know gluten-free is a big deal right now…..but fat-free was big in the 80′s so please proceed with caution. Same goes for yourself. If you think you have an issue, ask for a test from your doc to confirm.

 

 

Want to train with me? New services offered.

You’ll see a lot more happening around the site in the next few weeks. I’m opening up some new services I have been working on so that YOU can reach your personal and physical goals.

Check out what’s coming SOON:

ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING

This is designed for those who either can’t get to me, can’t get a spot, OR find themselves ready to prod their own hiney out of bed and get it done! If you’re in that last category, then we have something in common: awesomeness :)

What does it include?

  • Macronutrient calculation and meal planning help individual to YOU and your goals
  • Macro adjustments as needed
  • Strength training plans adjusted to suit your goals AND your current abilities and facilities (no gym, no prob)
  • Cardio/conditioning programs for body fat loss
  • Tips and tricks

Who is it for?

  • Competitors (novice and experienced) looking for an edge and fresh concepts
  • Athletes needing conditioning, strength and nutrition for their sport
  • Youth athletes seeking and edge to a scholarship
  • Athletes who have struggled with injury and need help getting back on top of their game

Need more info? Email me at michelle@michellecfitness.com

Cost varies based on the length of training.

 

SPECIALTY DIETS

Feeling low on energy ALL THE TIME?

Having trouble focusing?

Do you feel the need for a nap right after you eat?

Struggling with achy joints?

Did you know that even a small food intolerance OR yeast buildup can cause these symptoms and many more?

I can help guide you through getting to know what could be plaguing you in a safe and effective way.

Each case is handles individually and I do also work with doctors. Email for info: michelle@michellecfitness.com

 

QUICK DROP

What is it?

This program is designed for a guaranteed weight drop, as fast as SAFELY possible. I utilize the highest of safety standards and stay in contact with each individual to make sure it is done correctly.

Who is it for?

Those in need of cutting weight quickly for a sports or insurance related issue (known as making weight). Nothing over 20 pounds on this one :)

Those who need a plan laid out and easy to follow. The QUICK DROP plan comes with easy to follow meal plans and effective workout plans to increase results.

Need more info? Shoot me an email michelle@michellecfitness.com

Cost is $250 for 4 weeks

 

21 DAYS TO HOPE

Are you truly desperate to lose weight?

Do you just not know where to even start?

Do you think, or have you been told, that surgery is your ONLY option?

All you need is 21 days to start changing the habits that put the weight on! You can do this, because others have.

In just 21 days, here’s what you’ll see:

  • Increased energy
  • Lower body fat
  • Water weight loss
  • Less bloating
  • Fewer gastrointestinal issues (acid reflux, gerd, IBS, etc.)
  • You’ll learn how to ditch the negative thoughts
  • You’ll find hope

Why wait? Get started by sending me an email and let’s talk about your goals! michelle@michellecfitness.com

 

Skype Sessions

These sessions are an hour in length and can cover any area where you feel you need a little more guidance such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle gain
  • Proper exercise sequencing
  • Proper recovery
  • Supplementation
  • Nutrition
  • How to hush the negative thoughts that hold you back
  • How to embrace your changing body
  • How to get your family on board
  • How to handle haters
  • Special subjects for trainers as well

BRAND NEW 30 DAY GROUPS!

Want to get a trainer, but money is a little tight?

I am now offering 30 day challenge groups for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain (2 separate groups) that make your goals affordable and within reach.

Email now to get on the wait list michelle@michellecfitness.com

New groups start October 20th.

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NOW is the time to take it to the next level!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

It’s FUN FRIDAY! Answers to your questions covering food, diet and bras

Nutrition BASIC: Calories. How many? and Where Do they GO?