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  1. I am in a weight loss competition at work (the person who loses the most WEIGHT wins the pot – I wish it was % of weight loss, but I didn’t make the rules).
    My question is, should I start the P90X to lose the weight (30lbs in 6 weeks is my goal) or should I do the cardio routine, I heard it’s the best way to shed fat quick, along with a decent eating plan.
    I could REALLY use your advice.

  2. Hi,
    I have read some of your notes with increased interest.
    I am a 52 year old woman who leads a sedentary lifestyle. I have done the yo-yo dieting for years. I must admit my discipline is minimal, but I realize I cannot continue like this. I do not have a doctor I visit on a regular basis. My knees hurt all the time, and I have high cholesterol.
    I want to lose weight, and I would like to be in reasonable shape, but I find most diet/exercise plans are geared towards young people, who find it much easier to train/work out from scratch.
    I see people sweating and straining on such shows as the biggest loser, but I don’t think i could do that even if my body would let me!
    What can you suggest? I am very much a home body – my home is surrounded by hills, and pathless busy roads. I live in WV and hate driving in the bad weather. I know, I know, i am trying to think of all the excuses I have made in the past. As I say my will power is minimal.
    Please help me!

  3. Hi Heather,
    I need your help! I just had a baby 8 wks ago (cesarean) and now I need to lose so much weight! I am 5’7 and am now at 188. I have lost 20 lbs on my own for the first 2 months but have reached a plateau. I started the p90x and have been doing it 5-6 times a week and eating low carb, high protein diet or about 1400 calories a day. I found your site because I was frustrated at not seeing any weight loss for 30 days although I have lost inches around my waist and my shoulders and upper arms have gotten muscle. But as you say on your blog, I need to lose fat first. I would like to get down to 135. Which workout do you recommend? A little history on me, before I was pregnant I did tae bo 5 times a week so I am used to high impact. I have exercised on and off all my life but working and going to school full time has cause havoc on my diet. I will take your advice and get on the daily plate or weight watchers because I need help to understand the food intake also. Which do you recommend? Should I get the insanity, brazil butt lift, or slim in 6? I would like to hire you to be my trainer because I am 36 yrs old and not getting any younger!

    Desperately Needing Sound Advice

  4. Your most recent article was shabby advice at best. If you have anything related to Jillian that pops up on your site then you are a crackpot! Know something before you espouse it to the public.

  5. Hi Erik,

    Jillian has a boatload of money to splatter her face all over Google Ad Sense and, unfortunately, blogs don’t have the ability to tell Google which ads they get served. For the record, I think she’s one of the worst thing to happen to fitness in a long time. Just like I don’t believe a trainer is a necessary first step to getting fit (do what you can with what you’ve got– if that means you can get a trainer, awesome! If you can’t afford or don’t have a schedule that allows for one, find other ways to get guidance and advice), I also don’t believe her schpiel about needing to have some big emotional breakthrough before you can expect to see results. You might have had a crappy childhood, but you are overweight because of what you are eating and how you are moving. Show yourself that you are strong enough to control the physical part first and I bet you’ll find the emotional part easier to face. But, I suppose that is a topic for another day. 🙂

  6. I took found a lot of fault with your response here to the yahoo posting about fitness classes. While I agree with you in the sense that fitness classes are great fitness resources, the personal trainers that commented on your site made very proper points, which in order of most convincing are:
    1. A fitness class instructor likely does not have the academic understanding that a qualified certified personal train has which relates to the trainers ability to asses movement patterns and dysfunctions and create strategic programming.
    2. Your certification and legitimacy were brought into question since it appears your certifications are only through NESTA, and at-home, open-book testing certification. I mean this with respect: Are you qualified to be advising individuals to gain fitness programming from fitness class instructors versus qualified personal trainers?

    I ask this not to insult you but to begin a dialogue, I am very curious to hear how you respond to that.
    Thank you,

  7. Just to add, I was looking at other comments, and I believe the woman Julie, with bad knees, asked for training guidance. Certainly with her profile, you wouldn’t suggest a class instructor as an alternative to a trainer who is an ACSM or NASM corrective exercise specialist.

    I am just struggling with your advice that it is unnecessary to consult a health or fitness professional ( a qualified and well credentialed one) before undertaking something as critical and vital as one’s health and fitness and well being regiment.

    I do realize PT is expensive, but it’s almost like how can you afford not to do it? WHat if an unqualified fitness instructor with no education in anatomy or kinesiology unknowingly prescribes the wrong thing and furthers a dysfunction or increases a risk of injury?

    Before training, We should all ask our selves the question, “Who am I to decide what I should be doing to improve my fitness and work toward my fitness goals?” After asking the question it should be clear that our only true options for beginning a training program are to educate ourselves or to seek guidance from a legitimate health professional.

  8. Vera-

    First, let’s be clear that my article was NOT about the inherent value in personal training. If a personal trainer works for you and your lifestyle (which includes everything from your budget to your schedule to your personality), then that is ABSOLUTELY a situation you should avail yourself of and you can reap rewards from that far beyond the monetary investment you make. The article was for those for whom training is not an option they wish to (or are able to) pursue. It’s unfortunate that Yahoo! chose to change my headline to make it appear to be about “Training vs Classes,” because if you’ll read the text of the article, you’ll see that that is not the case at all.

    The NESTA test is given at a proctored testing facility, so it’s not open book. Like most of the others, it is self-guided study program including a hefty text, video, audio and outside reading materials.

    I do find the irony pretty delicious, though, that the same people who are calling into question my “credentials” in one breath are saying “all personal trainers are vastly superior to all group fitness instructors” in another… The fact of the matter is, I could go get a job as a personal trainer at any number of facilities tomorrow with my “questionable” credentials, but if I wanted to teach BodyPump or TurboKick or TRX classes, or, heaven forbid, yoga classes, I’d need to go through an additional hands-on training period of several days to several hundred hours (in the case of yoga.)

    I’m pretty sure we can agree that there are the same percentage of “bad” trainers as there are “bad” group fitness instructors, which is why people need to be armed with the knowledge of what to look for in each case in order to get the most out of the resources they have available.

    My goal is to help people make the most of what they’ve got.

  9. Vera- At this point, I’m not sure we read the same article, as I clearly said “there is no replacement for one-on-one guidance” for someone with special training needs or issues, and also that a beginner should get some guidance on proper form and safety starting out.

  10. hey, great site. i was just wondering, have you tried to start a fit club in SF? that would be cool to do p90x or insanity along side people. If you already have one, how can i join. I’m almost done with my 3rd round. I know that would be a great way to motivate people in our area. I know even after doing my first round with p90x, then doing a hybrid program with p90x/insanity, and now about to finish Insanity, that I still feel like I need motivation. Anyways let me know, and if you don’t have one. Do you know any? thanks again..


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