Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Live Seminar
Tuesday, April 29th 2008 at 7pm!

I want to invite you to the Livonia Civic Center Library to hear this powerfully informative seminar for the individual looking to get started on a home fitness plan, but doesn't know where to start.

This seminar will include:
* How to make a commitment you won't break
* Identify your goals & map out your success
* Defining a Home Gym
* Building a Home Gym
* Creating a training schedule
* How to choose appropriate clothing for your activity

BONUS: This seminar will be recorded for an upcoming DVD that will be available this summer!

For more information, please visit www.JimiVarner.com and scroll down the home page for directions and details

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Biggest Loser Champion

Okay, watching Biggest Loser is one of my guilty pleasures. But think about it, what's not to love about this show? It is truly life changing! The transformations seen week in and week out are nothing short of spectacular!

This past week, Ali, the first woman 'Loser', motivated me to continue providing the best service I can to my clients. Funny story.....

On Wednesday morning, Ali and Jillian were guests on the Today Show. While my client was warming up on the treadmill, she turned and asked me, "Why can't I get results like Ali?" Let's run down the reasons:

1. Ali trained 5 - 6 hours a day. ---------- My client 'works out' 3x a week for 30 minutes.

2. Ali did interval sprints at 13 and 14 mph. ----- My client walks @ 3.0 mph for 20 minutes.

3. Ali sacrificed 6 months of her life to accomplish this incredible feat.

I'm not beating up on my client, but simply making the point that if you are willing to do the same work, then you can expect a similar result.

What is our take home lesson from Biggest Loser?

Basically this: I think we need to use the contestants acheivements as examples of what the human race can accomplish when they are motivated and driven to work very hard.

Are results like Ali's realistic? Sure, if you're willing to do the work she did.....

But are you willing?

Congrats to Ali:) You are a true champion!

Lead the horse to water...

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse."
- Frank Banks
As a personal trainer, I've seen the above quote come to life day in and day out over the course of my 9 years experience in the trenches.
I've had clients come in all excited, make the appointments to train & verbally commitment to change their lifestyle only to fizzle out at the first obstacle in their workout program or eating plan.
It's frustrating..... and oftentimes, I own their outcome.
What I mean is, I end up taking it upon myself and accept the blame for their lack of commitment.
Over time, I've realized that people are people. Meaning, you are never going to figure them out.
You can give a person every tool to succeed, but ultimately, it's they who are left with the final decision to change or not. We have to accept that fact.
As a trainer, give your clients every opportunity and reason to succeed. It's true that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.
Do your job: Lead the horse to water......

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tameka IS the woman!

My very good friend , Tameka Gallien, was featured in this article online. Tameka is one of the top trainers and yoga instructors in the country. She has a strong following in the Detroit area. Do yourself a favor and check this out!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

1st DVD Presentation available on Amazon!

I'm really excited to announce that my Livonia, Michigan presentation, "You MUST Lift to Lose" will soon be available on Amazon.com! Here is a sneak peak at the DVD Cover. I kept the cost low, $19.95. If you are familiar with Fitness information products, most start at $49 and up. I did my best to make the information affordable to everybody!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Interesting research on waist size

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-ZineMarch 30, 2008Men

Underestimate Their Waist Sizes

Men report that their waist circumferences are an average of 3.1 inches slimmer than they actually are, according to a study from University of Leicester in England (BBC News, February 29, 2008). They can die from this vanity. Storing fat in your belly is a major risk factor for diabetes that causes blindness, deafness, heart attacks, strokes, amputations and kidney disease. Almost all men who have more than three inches of fat underneath the skin over their bellies are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. More than 80 percent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight at the time of their diagnosis. Since insulin causes fat to be deposited primarily in the belly, storing more than three inches of fat underneath your skin is a sign of high insulin levels. Almost all type 2 diabetics who still make insulin go through periods of extremely high insulin levels long before their insulin levels drop. The disease is usually caused by inability to respond to insulin, so blood levels of insulin just keep on rising as a person gains weight. If these men would accept the existence of their fat bellies, they might recognize that they are at risk for diabetes and change their lifestyles before they develop complications from a potentially fatal disease.

Real before and after shot!

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