Friday, January 30, 2009

Short Rant

Forgive me. I feel the need to rant. I am sick of hearing people tell me they want to lose weight, or they want to get stronger, and then when I tell them what they should be doing, or invite them to a training session, they complain about their "sore knees", "weak back", or they fail to show up for a workout. Or, they show up but complain the whole time and give up.

If you want to lose weight, get strong, gain muscle, get fit, you need to sacrifice. You need to do something different than you are doing right now. You need to beat the laziness that dominates most peoples lives.

I've always been a fan of hard-core training. When I think of hard-core training, I think of Elite FTS and the Diesel Crew. Check out these videos.

Impressive, yes?

If you want to lose weight, or get strong, stop making excuses and go to work.

Friday Workout - NTS Fitness Strength Camp

This morning we went over the notebooks I gave the guys. The notebooks contain detailed information and advice on exercise and nutrition. We then did the following Tabata workout:

1. Squats
2. Push-Ups
3. Sit-Ups

One reason I love Tabata is the workout is quick, but also a killer. We followed the standard 20 second sets, with 10 seconds of rest between each set.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wed. Workout NTS Fitness Strength Camp

The guys aren't as sore today. They were pumped up for today's workout.

1A. Tire Flip - 4 x 1 minute
1B. Push ups - 4 x 1 minute
1C. Lunges - 4 x 1 minute
1D. Sledgehammer - 4 x 1 minute

2A. Treadmill Run - 2 minutes
2B. Heavy Bag - 2 minutes
2C. Jump Rope - 2 minutes
2D. Power Wheel - 2 minutes

3. Planks

Friday we are going to discuss nutrition and basic exercise/fitness guidelines. After that, the guys are going to enjoy a Tabata workout.

Pictures will be posted soon.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mon. Workout -- NTS Fitness Strength Camp

The guys worked hard this morning. I was impressed by their determination. The workout:

1A. Burpees - 4 x 10
1B. Reverse Lunges - 4 x 10

2A. One Hand Elevated Push Ups - 4 x 10
2B. Reverse Bench - 4 x 10
2C. Kettlebell Swings - 4 x 10
2D. Shoulder Press - 4 x 10
2E. Ball Slams - 4 x 10

3. Birddogs

All of the guys are sore, but motivated. I'm excited to see the progress they will be making over the course of the next month.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Workout -- NTS Fitness Strength Camp

I am impressed by the men in my Camp. They all push themselves to the limit. They know how to work hard and aren't afraid of failure.

Here is today's workout:

1A. Bench - 4 x 10
1B. DB Squat - 4 x 10

2A. Step Ups - 3 x 10
2B. Front Raises - 4 x 10

3A. Curls w/ partner - work up to 10 reps and then back to 1 rep
3B. Tricep Extensions - 4 x 10

4. Planks to Push Ups - as many as you can do in 40 seconds

This workout was designed by the Beast from the East. On Monday, they will hit it hard again. Should be fun!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jan. NTS Fitness Strength Camp

This past Monday, another group began the Fitness Strength Camp. This time the group consists of all men. I have decided to post the workouts for each day of the Camp.

On Monday, we began with some general information. We then proceeded to perform a baseline test on all of the participants, which consisted of taking their weight, a 1mile run, 2 minute push up test, and a 2 minute sit up test.

This morning (Wednesday), the real fun began. Here is the workout:

1A. Tire Flip - 4 x 1 minute
1B. Overhead Carry - 4 x 1 minute
1C. Lunges - 4 x 1 minute
1D. Push Ups - 4 x 1 minute
1E. Sledgehammers - 4 x 1 minute

2. Planks - 2 x 1 minute goal

3. Stretch

The workout went very well. All of the participants were exhausted. I hope to post pictures soon of the Camp.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pancreatic Cancer

My mom was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Naturally, this came as a shock and has truly saddened me. I thought I should post some basic information on pancreatic cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 29,000 people a year are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have explained that:

"Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas — a large organ that lies horizontally behind the lower part of your stomach. Your pancreas secretes enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugars.

Pancreatic cancer often has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early. Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death. Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and surgical removal isn't possible."

Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a "silent disease" because early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
1. Pain in the upper abdomen or upper back
2. Yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine from jaundice
3. Weakness
4. Loss of appetite
5. Nausea and vomiting
6. Weight loss

While there is no proven way to prevent pancreatic cancer, you can do the following to reduce the risk:
1. Quit smoking.
2. Maintain a healthy weight.
3. Exercise regularly.
4. Eat a healthy diet.

If you would like to learn more about pancreatic cancer, or cancer in general, please visit one of the following websites:, or

Friday, January 9, 2009


I saw this video on CBS and couldn't believe it. What do you think? (Sorry about the commercial at the beginning. I couldn't figure out how to delete).

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