Sunday, July 15, 2007

Jimi Varner

Beware of "N.M.S!"

Beware of 'N-M-S'!
by Jimi Varner

While walking up to work one day, I noticed a member just sitting in the car and gazing off into space.

I had seen this look before.

This person had the 'deer in headlights' look about them, so I decided to go up and see if everything was okay.

Just as I had suspected, this person suffered from a common condition called, 'N-M-S', 'No Motivation Syndrome'. They were trying to get motivated to come into the workout room, but they just couldn't find the motivation to get out of the car.

Has this ever happened to you? It's like Sunday morning, you wake up and find that you don't have the energy to get out of bed and go to church. Sure, you can think of a million reasons why you shouldn't go, but if you can muster up the strength to put on that 'Sunday best', after the service is over, you are always glad you went, right?

Okay, back to business!
I have two suggestions to help you get and stay motivated to workout!

1. Hire a Personal Trainer - The benefits are many. Here as just a few:
Accountability - you are being charged AND the trainer is waiting for you!
Motivation - a good trainer will be able to draw more out of you during the workout.
Inspiration - our trainers have a long list of accomplishments that are inspirational.
Challenging - one of our trainers can design a workout that is both challenging and exciting.

2. Train with a friend/workout buddy - Below are some of the benefits:
Accountability - just see what happens when you don't show up at 6 a.m.!
Motivation - this is a great opportunity to spend time together.
Inspiration - share your goals and push each other to achieve them.
Challenging - they can bring out the competitive side of you like nobody else!
Unlike team sports or group activities, the weight room can be a lonely place of solitude. It doesn't have to be. The benefits of a well-designed strength training program are only productive if you actually do it.

With the Summer winding down and the kiddies going back in school, stack the cards in your favor this Fall! Consider this strategy for protecting yourself against the deadly 'N-M-S" virus and get into great shape in time for the holiday season!


If you are frustrated over the hardness/density of natural
peanut butter, try the following tip:
After your whole-grain bread is toasted, immediately put
a portion of your hard, but healthy NATURAL peanut butter
on the hot toast, wait 45 seconds, the peanut butter will
have softened by the heat of the toast! Enjoy, don't forget to
sprinkle lightly with cinnamon!


If you are looking to curb the nighttime ice cream
cravings, freeze some red or white grapes in a
freezer bag and pull a few of them out during
those weak moments. A handful of grapes
will save you several hundred calories.

Foods you WANT to eat!

Foods you want to eat!

Chicken breasts
Lean red meat
Cottage cheese
Milk protein isolates
Whey protein isolates
Green vegetables
Low glycemic index fruits
Sweet potatoes
Mixed grain bread
Fish oil, flax oil, olive oil
Mixed nuts

Now, here's a list of foods that you'd want to try and avoid:

Fatty meats
Fatty dairy foods
Most lunch meat (processed)
Whole milk
White bread
Refined sugars
Most cereals
Fruit juice
Fruit bars
Vegetable oil
Corn oil
Heated or fried oils in general

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Trainers Dozen Book Cover

Okay guys, I think this is the REAL new book cover. After going around and around, this just might be it! Email me your thoughts @

Here is what some are saying about "A Trainers Dozen"

"The book, I think , is great! Made me think about a couple of things for
sure. We (I) get so comfortable with my clients......cannot forget that
they are paying customers and I need to be giving them their $$ worth. I
think that it flowed , very informational and honestly I do not know what I
would change!!" - Mollie M. - Personal Trainer

"I think it is really good... it is definitely thought provoking - and will be especially to the new PT...for the more experienced and good personal trainers out there who may read it, they will say to themselves - "I should have written a book!" kudos to you for moving forward with it and doing it!...great testament to you!" - Rob G. - Athletic Trainer - Boston, MA

"Great job!!!!! Just finished reading your book.

It is a wonderful "how to" be successful in personal training." - John K. - Novi, MI

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Are you considering a career as a Personal Trainer?

This Fall, my new book, "A Trainer's Dozen - 13 Principles for Personal Training Success" will be available! I am very excited about sharing the principles that have made me successful as a Personal Trainer.

Did you know that 80% of personal trainers made LESS THAN $30,000 a year.

More than 50% never renew their certifications.

Over the last 8 years, I have made my living as a full-time Personal Trainer. My day-to-day, in-the-trenches experience qualifies me.

In the book, I will share the 13 principles that have made me successful.

Real before and after shot!

Real before and after shot!
Over 50lbs of fat....GONE!