Stuck on YouTube for hours…

You know when you watch one video on youtube 
and then that turns into 50 videos on youtube 
and a wasted hour or two? 
Nah, me neither. 
Here are my recent faves: 
Accident fave: 
(skip ahead to the .56 mark)
Talent fave: 
(and they have multiple videos!)
Brilliant marketing fave: 

and this one too…

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Hand Hug

So my roomie got this from one of her ballet students, 
who got it from her boyfriend, 
who got it from his little brother, who’s 10. 
Got that? 
Anyway, I think this is hilarious
and it’s my new favorite way to greet my buds. 
The Hand Hug
ha! the lady in the chair behind us has no idea what we’re doing, but she looks highly intrigued… 
Easy and sweet. 
Step 1. Put hands together. 
Step 2. Wrap your thumb around their hand*. 
Here’s a closer look:
So grab your roomie, 
your buddy, 
your significant other, 
or anybody else with a hand 
(that sounds weird) 
and hug it out… 
without having too much full contact. 
I’m lol’ing over here. 
*don’t stay there too long… that could be awko taco
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Because we needed another one of these…

Last week for me consisted of a 
road trip out west,
followed by a TRX event even further west
in San Fran, at our headquarters. 
We always have these intense training weekends
when we’re launching a new course. 
Lots of studying, presenting, 
and TONS of workouts.  
I can barely move today. 
BUT we have a fair bit a fun.*
 *Extreme understatement. 
This is what happens 
when some of the best of the fitness industry
leaders have some down time: 
Because we all need to hear this song more…
at least Shana and I did… 
; ) 
Happy Monday, guys! 
Make it a good week. 
*And be on the lookout for our new program, TRX Group Rip Training, starting in July! 
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Road Trip Dance Party 3

We made it to Wyoming today! 
The trip wasn’t bad at all… 
especially when you have the 69 Boyz 
serenading you through the journey. 
For your viewing pleasure, 
a flashback to 1994:  

Road Trip Tootsie Roll from Ami Scouton on Vimeo.

See? It’s a gift for the eyes AND the ears. 

You’re welcome. 
; ) 
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I can’t help myself…

I can’t stop watching this video… 
I’m sure you’ve all seen it by now, 
but really… 
Let’s all watch it again. 
Her reactions are the best. 
Too bad for any guy that’s planning 
a flash-mob-esque proposal at the moment. 
The bar just got set WAY high… 
Hope you guys are all having an awesome and love-filled day. 
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Road Trip Dance Party

Yay for road trips to Nashville, bachelorette party energy, and good friends like Sarah. 
And YAY for Florence and the Machine: 
The last 30 seconds of video is the best. 
But, please forgive our voices… 
We were squealing at the very end
 because we were getting honked at 
by truck drivers…. Yesssss.
But wait… there’s more! 
The next morning on our way to brunch: 
You’re welcome… 
Off to Miami! 
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Synrgy 360

Morning, peeps! There are two very important things for me to blog about this morning: 

A. There’s a new product* from Life Fitness called Synrgy 360.
B. I’m in the promo video. 
I’m back from Denver now so sit tight for photos! 
*A total workout solution with several different stations that include spots for TRX, Rip Trainer, Ropes, Kettlebells, box jumps, weight resistance etc. 
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As you may know, we have 5 animals in our house.
My dog, 3 cats, and Churchill.
Churchill is Tamara’s dog and he’s… special. ; )
If nothing else, we stay plenty entertained.
Churchill gets this burst of energy every night around 9:30pm.
I filmed this (do you “film” with your iPhone?)
after he’d already been at it for a few minutes:
And this is what he and Cash like to do
on a regular basis:
(I promise Cash isn’t being hurt.
He loves this and could run off, if he wanted to, at any time)
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What your trainer is REALLY thinking…

Today’s post is inspired by this video. It made me laugh out loud at a few points because I’ve heard a lot of these things several times over the years from personal training clients and group fitness participants alike. You don’t need to watch the whole thing, but have a listen:
As trainers, we hear all kinds of excuses/complaints from our clients.
This is what your trainer is really thinking:
if your trainer is me…
“I’ve been training with you for a year (or other amount of time) and I haven’t lost any weight!”
Oh really? I train you for 1 hour, twice a week. I’m in charge of you 2 hours per week, you’re in charge of yourself the other 166 hours. You’re right. It’s probably my fault. All the stuff I’m giving you to do the rest of the time that you’re not doing… can’t be that.
“I don’t like vegetables!”
Oh well in that case, you should keep eating those potato chips, made from a factory. Those are probably definitely better for you. I have no idea what I’m talking about. And what you’ve been eating is doing great things for your body… is that why you hired me?
“Why am I even doing this exercise?!”
I’m just f***ing with you. Thought I’d see how funny you looked doing it. It’s not for your benefit in any way possible.
“I hate lunges!”
Remember when you told me you wanted a better ass? Well, this is how you get it. You build glute muscle and that’s what gives you the shape. Do the lunges, or don’t complain about your flat butt.
“I hate cardio!”
Yeah? I hate paying bills. But I do it so I can have a car, a place to live, etc. You don’t like being overweight/weak? You gotta do some work. Sorry. When your body gets to a place where it’s used to doing work, it works more efficiently.
“If I eat more fruits and vegetables I’ll have to go to the store more often.”
Which do you hate more: being overweight and unhealthy, being at risk for Type II Diabetes, have high cholesterol/blood pressure, etc from eating CRAP…. or making the trip to the store (to buy fresh) once every 4 or 5 days? You decide.
“I don’t want those heavy weights! I’ll get bulky!”
You’re right. Because those 3 lb weights you’ve been using are doing SO much for you. Lifting weights burns calories (gets rid of fat) and builds muscle (makes muscle visible… i.e. TONE). The more you challenge yourself (safely), the stronger you’ll get. Unless you’re injured or rehabbing something, you don’t need 1lb weights… promise.
“I want to be back to the weight I was at 5 years ago… in 2 months.”
Well if it took you 5 years to get out of shape, it might take a little longer than 2 months to get back to where you were. If you’re dropping weight correctly, it’ll be at a rate of 1 or 2 lbs/week. Soooo do the math.
“This is hard!”
You’re absolutely right. You should stop right now. Don’t do anything that’s hard. That can’t be good for you. Keep doing what you were doing (easy/nothing). See if anything changes.
“People have been eating bread for centuries.”
People have also been smoking opium for centuries… not everything that’s been around forever is good for you. It’s not that you can never have bread/alcohol/cheese, but you’ll lose weight faster if you eat less of it.
“You hurt me yesterday, I was sore.”
There’s a difference in pain and discomfort. Sore muscles aren’t hurt. They’re sore because you haven’t used them in a long time. Keep going! You’ll be less sore as you go on. If you stop, you’ll just be sore every time you start up again after a hiatus. And so what if you’re sore? You won’t die. Your muscle fibers heal and get stronger. That’s how it works. You think I’m never sore? Riiiiight. If you’re in actual pain for more than a couple days, we’ll talk.
“I’m not going to stop _____. It’s my thing.”
Whether your “thing” is having a giant Starbucks latte every morning, or beers with the coworkers after work every night, those calories add up and it’s not helping your cause. And if you’ve been doing it every day for the past few years, nothing’s going to change in your body if you don’t change your current habits.
Trainers don’t tell you to add something or drop something from your routine just to see if we have power over you. We don’t tell you to exercise because we want you to be miserable. We don’t push you because we’re on a power trip and we just want to see if you’ll do whatever we say (well, most of us don’t). We do it because it will help you with your goal. We try to be as supportive of you, empathize with whatever road blocks you’ve faced in the past, and push past those to get where you want to be. Whether it’s losing weight, building strength, or making you healthier we give you advice because YOU hired US for help and WE know how to help you reach your goal, whatever that may be. But you have to listen to make it work…
*I know this was a pretty sarcastic post, but in all reality I’m this business because it’s amazing to help somebody reach their potential. I’ve had people complain and yell and even curse me up one side and down the other… but if they keep going and work hard, I don’t care. : ) Most of my clients (especially the ones I’m training now) are very hard-working individuals and put a lot of effort into reaching their goals. For these peeps: I appreciate and respect who you are and everything you do!
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Churchill is currently in puppy obedience school…
which, turns out, is VERY entertaining.
Tuck is my new favorite puppy from class:
I’m off to Chicago and then Duluth.
Let’s pray I don’t freeze to death…
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