6 Day results for “Rob” during “Get Ripped With Rob”

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For the last week I have made an effort to stay below 50g of sugar a day, get 7-8 ours of sleep a night, eat healthy meals/snacks and keep it booze free.

  • My Monday 5/18 7:30AM weigh in was 196.4 lbs
  • My Saturday 5/23 9:00AM weigh in was 186.6 lbs

Does taking active control of your diet, workout schedule, and sleep schedule have an immediate effect?  For me it does!

This isn’t rocket science.  This is accountability, this is commitment, this is being able to follow through and achieve a goal. At the end of the day, unless you have something medically going on with you (thyroid issues, hormone imbalances, you are pregnant, cancer, etc.) you should be able to “dial it in” for 2 weeks. It may not be as fun as eating and drinking whatever you want, whenever you want, but it does allow you to reset.

At the end of the day, during your fitness journey, losing weight is the most difficult part of the process. You have to realize where your bad habits are, and work to break them. When you are at your goals, it is MUCH EASIER, as you have typically learned what good habits you need to embrace. Plus the act of maintaining is much easier than “Losing Weight,” or for that matter, significantly improving athletic performance. Maintaining means doing what you are used to.  Improving your fitness level takes you back to that commitment, follow through, and decision to achieve. That takes effort.

Anything worth doing usually does take effort.

You can do this!

Keep Kicking Ass!


What is “Healthy?”

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ameat-in-form-of-a-question-mark-280x300When working with clients, one of the first things we do is set up goals. To be effective, a goal must be (among other things) specific and measurable. While a goal of “I want to get healthy,” might sound reasonable, what does that really mean? It gets even more complicated when you start talking about how to get there by asking, “Is a Paleo diet healthy?” or getting advice like, “You need to lift heavy to be healthy!” we throw this word around and accept it at face value, but how are we really defining “healthy?”

I hadn’t even noticed that I, myself, didn’t have a specific, measurable definition for it until I came across this proposed definition by commenter Mr J on a pretty mind-numbing pissing match about why legumes are horrible for you and, thus, not Paleo:

“The definition of healthy may boil down, in simplistic terms, to a psychological definition of happiness and a physiological output of longevity.”

I love this definition. Here’s why:

Health looks different for all of us. Too often, when people talk about “healthy,” they conflate that with “fastest fat/weight loss,” but there are plenty of folks who don’t need to paying a price on the happiness scale for fat loss, if the fat they carry is not enough to have a physiological impact on longevity. Some of the happiest, most long-lived cultures on the planet have grain- and plant-based diets and engage in regular endurance activity– they simply don’t, for the purpose of getting to happiness and longevity, need to be reducing carbs or upping protein and Olympic lifting to realize a body composition change– by this definition, what they are doing is “healthy.”

Then, there are others for whom the fat they carry or lack of endurance impacts their ability to play soccer with their kids or get through a full song at karaoke (happiness) and most definitely can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, etc. (longevity.) For them, getting on a program that gets them to a place of reasonable body fat ASAP does have the greatest impact on health, so a program really hyper-focused on body composition changes would, indeed, be “healthiest.”

I also love that this definition allows for the fact that there is no singular place of “healthy,” even for each of us as individuals as our bodies and interests change. As our life situations and bodies change, the way “healthy” looks for us also changes, so it’s worth tuning up your program every 5 years or so to be sure it’s still getting you to your healthiest place.

With this specific, measurable definition of health, we are armed with the measuring stick to determine for ourselves which eating programs and exercise programs are most “healthy,” and can put into place more specific goals to strive for (ones that speak to happiness and longevity).

If you need help setting up a program that can get you closer to your healthy, please get in touch with us at FitFight Training Center. We’d love to help!

We’d also love to hear how you define healthy… maybe you’ve got something more brilliant than the random internet commenter that inspired this post.



Why are San Francisco residents flaky about fitness?

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Sometimes I can rant, I know, and here is my latest:

“What do I have on my mind? (this is a fitness centric post, but you can apply it to many things) I am sitting here thinking that many people in SF need to get their priorities straight. Many people I know personally and many people I have just met have said, “they want to get more fit, that they want to take an active roll in how they age and perform.” So, I mention they need to find a place to work out, be accountable for what they do, what they eat and not be sedentary. Many disappear for a while, and when I see them again (Sometimes months, sometime years later), most of them are in a much worse state than when we had our first discussion. (more…)

Review: BeachBody Ultimate Reset (Rob’s View) Week 2 of 3

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BB Ultimate Reset Pic

This is a continuation of our progress. Started this week at 197lbs and I have been sticking to the diet, taking the supplements If weight loss is the end goal, I am achieving it. I don’t seem to be losing muscle mass, though I am failing occasionally mentally. This could be due to the fact that I have not completely stopped working out. (Though I have been dialing it back a bit, teaching classes more than training every day.) The mental stuff has been just weird moments of near senility/really stupid stuff.

Example: Today (Day 9) when I went to brush my teeth for some reason I reached for my contact solution instead of the tooth paste. Went so far as to pop the cap and turn it over, as if I was supposed to put it on my toothbrush. WTF?  Hope this is a one off occurrence.

Yeah, I am over this program. See my final thoughts below! (more…)

Review: BeachBody Ultimate Reset (Rob’s View) Week 1 of 3

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BB Ultimate Reset Pic

Smurf and I began the BB Ultimate Reset on January 20th, and this will be a list of my notes/thoughts/results as the process goes.  Also, I have a bit of an advantage as Smurf is an amazing cook, and has been doing my meals for me. (For the most part)  Both heather and I are still working out as well.

Note from 9 days in: BeachBody did an OK job with the menu, as it is nothing special so far.  They really need to up their game by creating multiple menus which are both seasonal and regional around local produce.  The cost of the meals is not low, and shopping from a farmers market would be a HUGE win for people on a budget.  Another note, their companion videos for the program are terrible.

My starting weight on Monday morning was 207 lbs.

Day 1 January 20th:

Breakfast:  Good amount of food.  Pretty Tasty, if a little bland.

Lunch: WAY TOO MUCH WAKAME in the Miso Soup.  Gaaaa.  the rest was good.

Snack: Skipped it

Dinner: Very good dinner.

Overall Feeling: Started getting  a headache midway through the day that stuck with me until bed. (more…)

The Paleo diet is yet another bullshit marketing fad.

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Wikipedia defines this stupidity as: “The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, such terms as “paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet”

This “1970’s” marketed diet, has been proven by the scientific community to be based more on nostalgia than fact.

Every year that goes by, we, as a community , become better informed as to what we, as omnivorous, should be consuming to fuel our bodies.  This is 100% dictated by our daily output.  What our individual activity is based on our overall exertion level.  Glomming onto some “Diet” because it is “better for us” without a reason to be “on that diet” is plain STUPID.  Granted, I think the Paleo diet is as dumb as any other of the low carb/fad/purge diets out there.

The simple truth is this.  We don’t need to have a fad diet based on some “recently video’d fit guys”  mumbo jumbo.  we need scientific fact. Simply put (Unless you have a medical condition such as a thyroid problem), to lose weight you need to be at a calorific deficit, to gain weight you need to be in a surplus.  Your diet should not be overloaded with fats or carbs , and the average person will be very healthy with a 30/30/40 (Fats/Carbs/Protien) ratio IF they are not eating more calories than they burn in a given day.  (Based on your INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY)

Your brain needs fats to work, your body needs carbs to maintain energy stores and you need protein to rebuild your body from basic use!  If you go on a diet which deprives you of any of these necessary nutrient sources, you are hurting yourself.

I am not saying to “Avoid”  a food source on a given diet plan, what I am saying is be aware of what you eat.  Research what you are putting in your mouth, and define a fueling plan for your lifestyle.  If you don’t work out, and you sit around all day, know that if you eat a ton of protein, carbs or fat every day (more than you burn on a daily basis) you will be storing extra calories, and eventually end up being over weight, if not obese.  Your choice, deal with the consequences.

Knowing what you eat and how much you eat isn’t difficult.  It just takes a bit of awareness.  If you are unwilling to pay attention, then be prepared to deal with the consequences.  Possible type 2 diabetes, heart issues, liver issues, arthritis,  chronic pain, etc.   In the end it is your call.  To be healthier, or to be a burden to our healthcare system, as  you are  dealing with a problem that could have  been avoided.

Me, I am about being “pretty healthy.”  I am not so far to the left or the right of center.  I, as an omnivore, maintain somewhere around 10-15% body fat at all times, and am able to do whatever I want when I want.  Without some Bullshit self induced health risk.  Yeah, that’s right.  I take my well being into my own hands.


BeachBody Ultimate Reset

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It’s time to get your eating back in order, and your life back on track. Sometimes we need a reset before we can start making headway. THIS IS YOUR RESET! Not a fad, not some internet mumbo jumbo. A science based diet/health reset to get you ready to take on the challenge of meeting your fitness goals.

(My words, not the some companies!)

You can find more info at: http://myultimatereset.com/fitlifesfrob

There is a difference between getting fit, and staying healthy.

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Lot of us spend our days sitting around and not being as active as we could (or should).   We then add rich and fatty foods to our sedentary lifestyle, and blam, we have a few to many extra lb’s.  This isn’t rocket science, and this is a story that we all can relate to.  (Medical conditions not being accounted for here)  So, what happens?  We get fat or, we do something about it.

All of us find motivation to get fit one way or the other.  Maybe it was someone mentioning that you looked bigger, maybe your favorite jeans didn’t fit, or maybe you look in the mirror one day are say enough is enough.  Whatever your reason to get fit, you need to look at a method/program to follow.  (Any Fitness Program will take dedication and laser focus to get great results.)  And this is different from staying or being healthy.

You can lead a less active lifestyle if you choose not to overeat.  This does not mean you can get by without some basic exercise.  Staying healthy means doing what you need to do to feel good, and live the life you want to live.  You don’t have to eat “organic” this or “natural” that, and you don’t have to join an extreme fitness gym.  You have to take accountability for your actions (or inaction), and not be a glutton.

To get fit, now there is a challenge.  I believe you must follow a meal plan (to the letter) and you must also increase your activity significantly.  It will be a ramp up to extreme fitness training, and it will be hard, but you will get through it, and you will be better off.  Home programs like P90X, Insanity, and Turbo Fire will give you great results if you follow them.  As will gym based programs, working with a personal trainer, or competitive sports/martial arts.  There are so many activity choices once you dial in your meal plan.

Me, I like my Beach Body videos.  I can throw together a 30,60, 90 day fitness program and get back to being lean and ripped.  I can target improving my cardio or just work to look better naked.  (Everyone wants that)  This isn’t the best way, it is my way, and a way which has been working for the last 5 years.  (Plus Soccer, Sambo, and other craziness)  The important thing for me is to stay active for several weeks while keeping my eating/drinking in check.

Once I am where I want to be fitness wise, well then the slow slide back to needing a fitness kick in the ass begins.  It is called maintenance mode.  Still not being a glutton, but having a lot more flexibility in my eating.  Many people call this time, “Staying Healthy.”  But even when “Staying Healthy” you may (probably will) gain weight, and need to kick it into high gear for a time.  And however long you need to kick it into high gear is decided on how far you are willing to let yourself slide.

My typical reset trigger: when I reach 201lbs, and it isn’t due to heavy salt or lots of drinking.  This is usually a day or 2 thing.  (Bloat) When that weight remains pretty consistent for a week or 2, I know it is time to get back down to 190-195.

Do you have a trigger?  Do you have a goal weight?  Are you happy with how you look right now?  Do you want to feel better?  What is your motivation?



Back on Shakeology again

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I can’t say this is the catalyst for me to get my butt working out hard again, but it helps. I am about 6 weeks into healing my left elbow, which I thrashed on June 30th. Since that day, I have been “Taking it easy.” Healing, so to speak. And with the lower amount of fitness activity that comes with healing/rehabbing, I am now back up to 200lbs. Bah. Sure 200lbs for me is still pretty fit, but I want to get back to 192-195. I feel less soft, and more like myself. I do so hate that jiggly feeling.

So, Shakelology is back in my daily routine, and this time the special mix is Almond Milk, PB2 and Vanilla Extract. Makes it so much better!

One a day, back to hard training, I’ll be down to 195 in 3 weeks. Woot!


RipFire… Are you kidding me? Who is so stupid to buy this crap?

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I am watching the the 2011 Tour de France, and the commercial that came up was RipFire.  So, for the fun of it, I went to their website, and guess what I didn’t find. ANY WAY TO CONTACT THE PEOPLE WHO SELL THIS BULLSHIT!  If you are one of the idiots who spend their hard earned money on this product, you are screwed.  If you are questioning your sanity and are considering  buying this shit, DON’T.

When there is an “As seen for TV” product out there, that has a website and NO WAY TO CONTACT THE MANUFACTURER, STOP!!!!!

Are you kidding me?  There are very few ways to get into shape.  All of them have to do with eating right and training.  Bullshit in a bottle won’t do a thing for you.

And hey, RipFire asshats.  If you have issue with me, come on by and prove your product works.  Your crappy edited photos do nothing for me.  Or anyone with a brain for that matter.

For the record, I’ll hurt you for fun.  (and the fact that you are lying to the general public!)