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{January 8, 2011}   Starbucks..mmmm

I wanted to thank the lady in front of me in line for my Skinny Caramel Macciato (did I spell that right??) who, for no reason other than someone did it for her the day before, paid for my Starbucks.

Kind acts like this are amazing. I’m glad to see there’s still a bit of humanity and connectedness among us!

I didn’t even know her, but she’s my favorite person today 🙂

Happy Saturday!!

Serving Size: 16 oz

Amount per Serving
  • Calories 110 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 1g 2%
  • Saturated Fat 0.5g 2%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g  
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g  
  • Trans Fat 0g  
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3%
  • Sodium 140mg 6%
  • Potassium 0mg 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 12g  
  • Protein 11g 22%
  • Vitamin A10%
  • Vitamin C0%
  • Calcium35%
  • Iron0%
  • Vitamin D0%
  • Vitamin K0%
  • Thiamin (B1)0%
  • Riboflavin (B2)0%
  • Niacin (B3)0%
  • Vitamin B60%
  • Biotin0%
  • Panthothenic Acid0%
  • Manganese0%
  • Chromium0%
  • Molybdenum0%

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/starbucks/grande-skinny-sugar-free-caramel-macchiato/#ixzz1ASYgQI3u



{January 5, 2011}   Clarification..Serial Trainer

Some people have said that there is copycat “serial trainer” out there ..

just to clarify …I’ve looked the other one up and be still your hearts, that person is not me and they have nothing to do with this site or working out for that matter. However!…we both love martial arts! So that’s a good thing..I think.

Every serial k…er..trainer..;D must have a copy cat..but they never quite live up to the original.

Happy Training!



{January 5, 2011}   Kettle Calling the Pot..belly?

Some of you have read my “Poor Man’s Gym” and I wanted to update some exercises for those of you that don’t have access to a home gym and want to tear it up at home. I cannot stress the importance of kettle balls and bands enough. If you want a nice, toned look..these two items will help you obtain it and even more so if you combine them with calisthenics.

Now, some of you are sitting there with that “deer in the headlight” look and wondering what the heck that big word, calisthenics, means:

calisthenics: are a form of dynamic exercise consisting of a variety of simple, often rhythmical, movements, generally using minimal equipment or apparatus. They are intended to increase body strength and flexibility with movements such as bending, jumping, swinging, twisting or kicking, using only one’s body weight for resistance. [from the ever famous Wikipedia!]

I’m including a picture that will give you some ideas for kettle ball exercises. You can YOUTUBE them and find tons of them. I guarantee that they will kick your butt!



{January 4, 2011}   Real Men..

Now that I’ve caught your attention with the title of this post..I would like to thank “Real Men Eat Lettuce” for the suggestion of the content.

Guys, it is up to you now to incorporate the challenge. Women will be working on chest presses and push-ups and you will be incorporating some Pilates moves into your workout.

First Exercise?  The Hundred. I found a great link that explains how to do this move, so rather than retype it, I’m going to add the link HERE. If you scroll down on that page, there are tips for advancement.

Next exercise: The Plank. The plank is an excellent exercise and I highly recommend it to anyone that has a computer/sit down job. If you’re getting the sloping neck where your chin and/or head leans forward even while standing, you should incorporate this position in your daily routine.

Here are some good Yoga poses geared toward men, HERE.



{December 22, 2010}   Ch’Arms…? Seriously!?

So..Ch’arms. I sat down one morning and heard Rod Ryan of the Buzz (94.5 in Houston) and he was ranting about these things. I couldn’t help but go and look into this. They are Spanx..for your arms. I’m *almost* speechless.

Almost.

But that would be like asking me not to breathe..and well..that’s not gonna happen anytime soon!

If you have 29.99 to buy Ch’arms, you have dues for a health club membership or a payment on some kind of exercise equipment. It will certainly buy you a kettle ball or fitness ball. And guess what? Push ups are free, ladies.

Have we seriously entered into the realm of DENIAL? Stuffing yourself into spanx and ch’arms like a sausage is nearly ridiculous. Now, ladies, we’ve all bought “control top” pantyhose..what happens?  Everything gets held in there and ….drumroll….gets muffin topped elsewhere. Honestly, what is the point!? Body Spanx?

Stop.
Just….stop.

Accept that you’re beautiful. You’re real. You’re working on issues, don’t try to hide them in stretchy body trampolines. At least carry some scissors in case your blood stops flowing.




J: Your torture methods are effective. If I stay still the pain sets in. If I keep moving it’s bearable but moving hurts. You should work for Black Ops or something.

Me: rofl!!!!!!!

J: I need a butt donut. oi.

I love you girlfriend! LOL



{November 22, 2010}   Monday Challenge

Most people start off their Monday’s doing the “Chest Workout”. If you look on my site, it’s probably the most popular post I have on this blog. My challenge today is to break out of the routine. Our bodies are amazing and can adapt to nearly any condition, routine, workout that you give it. Variety is the key to breaking boundaries. Whether it be to get over a plateau or to just bust out of the monotony.

Who’s up for the challenge? Post here and let me know what you did today to boycott National Chest Day!



{November 18, 2010}   FREE STUFF

I’ve decided that I’m going to get this blog going again with a bang!

So what does that mean for you? FREE STUFF.

Random posters/commentors/questioners will get something free from me. It could be something as small as a water bottle or something bigger like free supplements. Maybe a T-Shirt. You get the idea. So post away!

If there are any sponsors that would like to get in on this, please contact me at serialtrainer@gmail.com



{November 17, 2010}   Put away the Winter Bulk!

Here I am again! This year has gone by so quickly but it’s been full of events. In addition to my years as a trainer, I’ve expanded my resume a bit and tried a new line of work. Why am I telling you this? Because I think it’s important that you relate to your trainer, even if they are online. How many of you have looked at your trainer, or overheard them talk about how they’ve never been overweight?

Even though that is not always the case, it’s frustrating to those of us that have jobs that don’t allow us to move around all day or have free gym memberships. It’s increasingly frustrated, if on top of that, we’ve always struggled with a weight problem.

Some of our weight problems can be due to illness but it’s up to us to take responsibility where it’s due. Sometimes..it’s because we want to eat a Big Mac instead of a salad with grilled chicken. Sometimes, it’s because we want a chocolate milk shake from Burger King instead of a protein meal replacement shake.

Without dragging it out further, I’m going to give you insight to my year in hopes that it will inspire you and encourage you to never give up your goals.

As I previously mentioned, I changed my line of work. I started June of 2009 as a Leasing Consultant. I love this job. However, it does have it’s challenges. It can be very stressful and there’s not a lot of “labor” involved other than walking. Thank goodness for that because if I had to sit at a desk like some of you are forced to do, I don’t know what I’d do with myself. I really feel for anyone that has to be chained in their seat and I can see how that puts more challenge into your weight loss/fitness plans.

In addition to that, I’ve been doing promoting and bookings in my area. So I work 9-6, get off work, go to my Martial Arts class, go to my “night job” come home, spend a few minutes with the spawnlings, then collapse into bed. I feel like a Gerbil in a Ball on some days. My sleeping had become sporatic and I was looking as tired as I felt.

On top of the job change, I also ran into some health issues. Normally, I wouldn’t be so personal but that’s what this blog is all about; Making me a real person to you.

I found out that I had severe endometriosis..again. On top of that, I had what they call a “frozen pelvis”. Scary name huh? I thought so. I was in a great deal of pain and I wasn’t sure what was going on, so I continued to go to my gynecologist for these arcane, medieval type tests and was getting nowhere with them. I decided to get a second opinion and was advised that maybe it was time to just tie my tubes or explore what was going on through a laparoscopy. Thank goodness I opted for that. Upon starting the procedure, my doctor told me he couldn’t even get in there! He told me that if there was anything wrong, I may have to have a complete hysterectomy before the surgery, so it was something I was prepared for. I’m 37 and have four boys..I’m not opposed to the idea of being unable to have anymore!

To make a long story short, my doctor told me that it was the worst thing he’s seen in 20 years of practice and that he was surprised I could even function. I had the hysterectomy done with the mental preparation that I may in fact gain weight..weight that took me so long to lose. The first time that I had the endometriosis, I climed the scale to 180lbs. I’m 5’3 so I looked about twice that weight.

I’m happy to say that through the stress of my job (we had 1/2 the staff we normally have so I was working double hours with double work) and the surgery, I’m very happy with the results. I’m happier. I’m more active. I’m no longer in pain. And I feel like a million dollars.

I’m down to about 130-132 lbs. Still some work to go, but it’s been much easier since my surgery. Being bed-ridden for 6 weeks was the hardest thing I’ve had to do. I’ve never been sedentary to that degree. Gaining the stamina back was rough but my body remembered soon enough.

The point in all this is that you have to stand back up every time you fall off the horse. Everytime. Do not let it get you down. Learn why you fell, fix it, forgive yourself and move on. It’s okay to stumble, but if you stay down, it’s called defeat. You have to fight for what you want. It sounds cheesy and cliche but it’s the truth. Cue the Rocky Music and get your butt motivated.

In other good news: I’ve started training live people again! 😀 Hopefully, they will let me post some before and after pics as well as results. I will be sure to post them if I get their permission! Keep your eyes peeled and remember that all it takes is an email to get some help from me, online…or post your comments/questions to the blog! Chances are..if you have a question, someone else has been wondering the same thing!



{February 13, 2009}   Post Mortem

So I wanted to let you guys know I’m not dead (yet)! My first post since the holidays is just an update of what’s going on.

I went into a mini-hibernation mode because the holidays made me lazy (hey, it’s about honesty, right?) and then I started school again around Jan. 20th. I wanted to make sure I could balance all things and that I wasn’t homicidal like last semester.

I have acquired the Holy Grail (aka; the new bodybugg) and I must say it is very nice. Mini-sleek and much, much more comfortable. I absolutely love it. Anyone that was thinking of getting it, just go do it. It’s worth every penny.

As for my trainer, I have a sad story. We broke up 😦 But it’s not what you think! Lorenzo is and always will be my first love (haha!) but I moved. Not only to a new house but to a new campus. Getting to him at that gym was just not something I could do. It was actually rather depressing and I felt like we were “breaking up”. Anyone that has a trainer that they love is totally feeling me, right now. I didn’t even -dare- step into another club and browse. I mean, what kind of slutty client would I be then, right!?

So finally, I realized I was holding myself back and that I had to break the news to Lorenzo, who took it rather well. And alas, I have moved on to a new “love” (aka; trainer) who is just as awesome.

Chad was actually my Asst Manager at the Fry/Saums location when I worked there. So he already has an idea of how I work and who I am, which makes the training that much easier. He’s a plethora of knowledge and he’s probably one of the most creative trainers I’ve ever met. One thing we have in common, is the ability to look at a machine/piece of equipment and think, “How many different ways can I use this?” and we try to abuse it til there’s nothing more it can give. hahah!

My first session with him was with the “peanut”. Brutal little thing. As Chad says, it gives you greater extension on the crunches. Yes…yes it does. *wince*

Anyway, that’s it for now. Serial Trainer is back in action and will be doing more updates. Post questions. Because that’s what I’m here for. It’s easy to get dormant when you think you’re always talking to yourself!

 

EDIT: Oh yeah!  I started a new job.  Working for Houston Grand Opera, now.  It’s an awesome job and I have kick ass co-workers. So HI! to Rebecca, Scott, Stephanie, Greg, Melissa, Brian, Richard, Debra, Cynthia, Ezell, Angie, Jamie and even Heikki (who probably never reads this).



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