Articles from February, 2010

Take the Small Business Challenge!

OK, since my last column dealt with corporate America, I think it’s only fair that I dedicate a column to small businesses as well.  Many small business owners find themselves having the same problems as people who work for large corporations.  However, the small business owner has an added challenge in that he is the [&hellip

Keeping Fitness in the Home

Hard bodies, grunting and groaning, screaming spin instructors, and personal trainers yelling out the words “Come on, just one more!”   Does any of this sound familiar?  It should if you exercise in a public gym or health club.  At the gym where I currently train, all of these things are staples of what a [&hellip

Avoiding the Plateau

OK, picture this:  You’re at the gym.  You see the same guy there every day.  He’s working out hard, lifting weights, doing cardio, and pushing himself into the ground.  He seems to be doing everything right.  But for some reason you notice that his body never seems to change.  And then you take a look [&hellip

Here’s to a Fit Year!

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Time to look forward to a whole new year of hopes and dreams.  And of course the only way we can achieve those dreams is to make New Year resolutions, right?  Wrong!!!  This is one of the biggest pitfalls people fall into.  I see it every year.  The [&hellip

Those Legendary Six Pack Abs!

It’s maddening!  It seems like on almost every fitness magazine, there is a glamour shot of some hard bodied super model glistening with sweat, and showing off one of the most sought after looks among gym goers today.  Of course I’m talking about those infamous six pack abs!  I can’t tell you how many times [&hellip

Bike the Lake Before It’s Too Late!

Well, it’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over here in the windy city.  It seems to have gone by in a flash!  Before you know it, there will once again be snow covering the ground, and those wonderful winds will be knocking us over as we walk down the street!  Ah yes, a [&hellip

Summertime, Blubbertime! What are we to do?

Well, in case you didn’t notice, summertime is definitely here in Chicago!  In the wake of last month’s massive heat wave, we can only hope that better weather is on the way.  Afterall, we do live in Chicago, and I’m sure we all want to enjoy what little summer we get!  And for many of [&hellip

Synergy: The Only Real Answer to Getting Real Results

It never ceases to amaze me how many new gadgets and supplements still seem to find their way into the fitness industry promising some miraculous easy way to lose weight.  From Cortisol, to Trim Spa, to the energy bracelets, which actually allow you to lose weight just by wearing them!  Sound too good to be [&hellip

Active Rest: Your Reward for Hard Work

It’s Tuesday.  Three pm.  I’ve just finished returning my emails.  All of a sudden I hear Mia crying at the front door.  No, Mia isn’t my roommate, she’s my dog.  I figure, I’ve got a few minutes, why not go outside and take her for a walk.  Well, Mia was particularly frisky that day, so [&hellip

Food Journaling: The Secret to Success

There are four major  components to every fitness program:  cardiovascular exercise,  resistance training, flexibility training, and nutrition.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Nutrition is probably the most difficult component to  adhere to.  This is true for a variety of reasons.  One of the most prominent reasons is lack of motivational support.  [&hellip

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Michael is a certified personal trainer in Chicago, helping people achieve their fitness goals.