Why does my low back often hurt? What am I doing wrong?

I can't tell you the number of times people come to my personal training studio and ask me these two questions.    There are different answers for each individual but there are also answers that can help everyone relieve some of their back pain or avoid getting it in the future.  Maybe you fit into one or more of these areas.   If so, a quick fix may lead you to a pain-free back.  

Dietary Cholesterol Warnings

Dietary cholesterol was a major concern. Until now?  The U.S. government is set to change it's warning about consuming cholesterol from food. It's true.  


I have noticed within myself and others the lure toward believing that once a current challenge has been conquered, life will be easier.It is a LIE.Things do not get easier, per se-- they get DIFFERENT.  And while this may initially seem a pessimistic "glass half empty" statement, I believe that it is one of the most empowering pieces of knowledge that we can ingest, digest, and appropriate as individuals.  This means that indeed the glass is REFILLABLE.

GUMBY Project...The stretch Continues!

How is everyone doing on the Great Gumby Project? Hope you are still at it. Stretching will elongate the tight muscle with the goal of making it the proper length again so you won't feel as tight. But, like any other form of training you have to keep at it. There are a few different types of stretching techniques but the one used in the Gumby Project is known as static stretching (sometimes called Corrective Flexibility) and the goal is to increase range of motion and correct muscle imbalances.

Sugar Intake?

How much sugar do you take in your diet? It might be more than you think. It might be exactly what you think. But there is always more to learn. Right? Here is a link to a cool article that has 7 ways to reduce your sugar intake that you might not have known.

Workout Mojo on the rise!

Just a reminder we are on day 10 in our FAB ABS Feb challenge-- we are a third done?? Have you made any progress?? Here's today's post Yesterday I got in a GREAT run outside on the hills-- first hard run outside since I had the flu 3 weeks ago-- can you say SUCKING WIND! Yes, I hate that, but it's true, you don't magically stay in shape by doing nothing, lol!

Sleep, stress and a poor diet

Sleep, stress and a poor diet can inhibit your body from getting to your weight loss goals. Your body needs atleast 6-8 hours of sleep per night. When the body gets enough sleep, the processes that occur over night (glucose conversion), which helps burn fat will help your body to achieve its proper weight. If you don't get enough sleep, your body will not have a chance to convert those sugars and you will wake up with no appetite and not eat, causing your metabolism to drop. If you couple this with your daily stress, your cortisol raises in your body and fat continues to accumulate.

It's A Balancing Act....or, Improve Your Balance

Has this ever happened to you? You find yourself on a balance beam with a stadium packed with people anticipating your performance. You leap forward into a vaulted somersault and into your dismount…and you fall! The crowd moans as the seats empty and you hang your head in disappointment! Ya…that pretty much has never happened to me either but I have lost my footing in the snow and I have stepped off a curb awkwardly and almost fell. But, unlike our performer on the balance beam, I didn’t fall and that was because I was able to regain my balance.

10 Reasons Women Need to do Strength Training

Significant research exists showing why strength training is not only for aesthetics, but for health as well. Think strong, healthy, and lean.  However, many women still tend to stick to the cardio machines at the gym.  The many health benefits of strength training are simply too wonderful to ignore.

Success defined...

If I can take a new client who is adversed to exercise and give them an experience that is less than pure drudgery, I consider it a grand slam. If that client returns for a second session, giving me the benefit of the doubt, I consider it a win. If that client learns something that changes the way they view fitness for the better, I consider it a success. If that client experiences the difference that healthier choices can make, I am fulfilling a purpose. My name is Tanner Shultz. I am a certified personal trainer and a network marketing professional.
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