Archive for the ‘Exercise’ category


March 18th, 2010

I started a workout program with Tracy Rollo in 2007. I felt my level of
physical fitness declining rapidly, noticing shortness of breath and limited
mobility. I decided that I needed to do something before it was too late
and before I reached 40. Being a high school athlete and weekend warrior I
had an unrealistic idea of what I needed to do in order to be in shape. So
I looked on the internet and looked into a boxing coach, he was busy at the
time I wanted to start my training. So I looked a little further and found
Tracy on the internet. I thought a personal trainer might be a bit better
choice, after all you are looking for a professional.

My first experience with Tracy’s evaluation and introductory day was an
experience in itself. But I was clued in really quick as to how out of
shape I was and what Tracy’s program was going to give me. In the following
years that I have been training with Tracy I have been very happy with the
results. As long as a person goes in with a realistic idea of what you want
to achieve, a sense of drive to stay with any program you start. Tracy
makes it easy to see and realize these goals.

I would gladly and have recommended Tracy to friends. Tracy provides a
safe and comfortable atmosphere in which to workout and has her own brand of
motivational techniques that she tailors to each client. Anyone getting the
chance to workout with Tracy will be glad that they did.

Dan Grapentine

Home Gym of Power

February 23rd, 2010

Pretty bold statement, huh. “Home Gym of Power!” Now that I have your attention, I will explain.
Imagine yourself walking into that little depressingly dark corner in your home. You know the space that has no really good purpose. So what would go best in that little dungeon? I know! A home gym! Wrong! How about boxes of stuff you don’t want to ever see again. And I know you may not want to see your exercise stuff again. But let’s keep in mind you are reading this for a reason and chances are you actually want to use a home gym or your pants are just too tight and you can’t bare to shop for a bigger size.
Ok, so you can either use that little cubby of no hope or create your “Home Gym of Power”! That space may actually work well, so try a fresh coat of paint, pictures, curtains and a TV. Or you may have another place in your home that is full of hope and energy (probably not your teenager’s room, it’s just too hard to find the floor let alone your dumbbells).
Once you have that place of hope then what do you do with it? How do I make it my “Home Gym of Power”? First, find things that will make it a pleasant place for you. A fresh coat of paint, pictures, and a TV are a really good way to go. You can add pictures of someone’s body you admire (or lust after, it’s up to you after all), inspirational posters or pictures of your favorite hobby or sport. Adding music is an awesome pick me up and sometimes the louder the better (who says your teenager is the only one that can play loud music and wouldn’t it be funny if they were yelling at you to turn it down).
Now that you have your place of happy exercise time, what about equipment. You may have a treadmill, multi-gym, some dumbbells and a flab roller. This is a very good place to start. I’m not a big fan of the multi-gym but they make great anchors for tubing and really cool strap systems. Dumbbells are always a good choice; just make sure you have weights that are good for you, not too light or too heavy. Adding a few balance pieces like a balance dome, exercise ball and wobble boards are also great and no gym should be without (unless you are stuck in the 70’s then all you need is iron). From there you can always add things like kettlebells or even a functional trainer, but it really depends on how deep your pockets are. Believe me; you can get by with a treadmill, dumbbells, a balance dome, stability ball and some tubing. Other than the treadmill, it’s all pretty kind to your wallet.
When you are all set to go, all you need is a rockin program. I would suggest hiring a personal trainer for a session or two to show you how to get the most out of your “Home Gym of Power” (by now you’ve figured out I just like saying that, but it got your attention). The number one key to a home gym is to create a happy place you will actually use. You can’t get results if you don’t use it and the look of it sends you into a feeling of deep dread. Your pants will thank you.

The power of “WHY” and your fitness goals

February 15th, 2010

Why would the word WHY be significant? Have you ever tried to do affirmations and found that they just don’t work? You tell yourself “I weigh 150 pounds” when you are actually 250 pounds. Your mind is automatically calling you a liar. Why, because it just isn’t the truth for you. You may desperately want it to be the truth but it isn’t and every part of you knows it. So why don’t we try a different approach.
Ask yourself, “Why will I be 150 pounds?” Then proceed to answer honestly. You may come up with answers such as “because I am going to eat less and start working out.” I would suggest giving yourself as many answers as possible. By doing so you are creating an action plan and chances are you will start moving in the right direction towards you goal.