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Happy New Year to every one!

It’s the time of the year again when people get busy starting anew with their fitness goals. Get ahead of the pack and start off with Online Training! Train Smarter this year and reach your fitness goals FASTER.

You don’t want to be like a firework: start working out to get fit in January, but quickly fading away the next few months!

Trust me, as a Personal Trainer, I’ve seen lots of those. I’ve talked to lots of gym members who seemed pretty motivated at first, optimistic about what they want to achieve, but eventually falling off simply because they didn’t have a plan to follow!

I want to help YOU get ahead and commit to an effective training plan. Don’t waste your time and money signing up in a gym if you would eventually fall off. Answer the quick form below so I could get to know you better, and I’ll email you back to get you a spot in my Online Fitness Coaching:


Train hard, but train smarter. Talk to you soon!

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It’s the time of the year for giving!

If you have been good the past year with your fitness goals, and have consistently made gains from your training, then don’t miss time to share the gift of fitness. Fitness is not just about abs and arms, but about improving your health and overall quality of life. If you have exercised regularly enough, you probably have felt more energetic, alive, and just happier about life. This is something that you would want your family and friends to have, right?

As a Personal Trainer both in-person and online, I know it could be tough most of the time to motivate other people to get into fitness, especially family and friends. But like what I always say, “Consistency is the key to success” and I’m sure eventually they will agree with you and might even come with you to the gym!

So start them off by giving them something inspiring and useful this Christmas from my list below that would hopefully get them to think more about their fitness. Maybe you could even get one for yourself! Simply click the links below to lead you to an Amazon page where you can easily order your gifts. Amazon offers FREE SHIPPING for orders over $25.00!

Here’s my Top 5 Fitness Gift Ideas for Christmas 2016:

1.) Ab roller – the ab roller is a small but absolutely effective equipment to work the abs. When used properly, it could target not just every muscle of the “core” but also the arms, shoulders,and even legs! I personally like the dual ab roller, because it provides more challenge to shoulder stabilizers and core, but better give a standard uni-wheel ab roller for beginners and intermediate exercisers.

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SKLZ Core Wheels Dynamic Strength and Ab Trainer

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Click the link to get it from Amazon:
Fitness Depot Ab Wheel

2.) Exercise Bands – yet another small but tough fitness equipment to have, exercise bands are very portable and could be used almost anywhere! There will be no excuse left not to workout with these ones! Exercise bands promote eccentric contraction when used in a controlled manner (vs. jerky, fast movements) which is great for building strength and muscle tone. This is a good choice if the person you’re thinking of giving a gift to is someone who is not confident of their body and overall strength, and needs something simple to get started with. You can also give them an exercise band manual to compete the package.

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Get it from Amazon:
Synergee Exercise Bands with Guide

3.) Suspension Trainers – suspension training have been a hit a few years ago, but like any fitness trends, the hype about them has subsided. Whether it’s still an “in” thing to do or not, it’s effectiveness remains unchanged! This is an option for people who have a significant base strength and are looking for a challenge. As long as they have something to anchor it to, suspension Trainers can be a fitness friend for frequent travelers or out-of-gym exercisers. There were a few types and brands that came out during its peak, but below is my personal choice:

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Get the TRX Suspension Trainer Full Workout Kit from Amazon.

4.) Nutrition App – the notion “abs are made in the kitchen” is true. For tech savvy individuals who are looking to eat healthier and/or lose weight, surprising them with a nutrition app installed in their phone could be a simple but thoughtful gift. Below are apps that I recommend, some of them I even used with my clients:

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My Fitness Pal

Fitbit App

5.) Fitness Tracking Device – some people say they don’t work because steps aren’t measured accurately. What I say in response is, how can you expect it to measure accurate steps if it’s strapped in your hand?? I don’t intend to start a group of people wearing anklets of fitness trackers, but the point of wearing one is not to measure how many steps a person does in a day exactly. Wearing a Fitbit myself, I realised how it’s very motivating to ‘put in steps’ each day and just keep being active. They are a great tool to motivate people to move and be active, and even ‘compete’ with their family or friends for more fun and challenge! Here’s a couple of choices of awesome fitness trackers you could get:

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Fitbit Charge 2

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If the person you’re thinking about is seriously considering committed training whether in the gym or at home, then signing them up for Online Training is the best choice! As a treat, I’m offering a 12-Days til Christmas special: Sign up on or 12-days before December 25 2016 and get a 25% off on any Fitness Coaching Package offered from Fitness Coaching for Me. Simply answer the form on the Services page here, and we’ll get started.

Don’t miss the opportunity, sign up NOW!

There’s only a few days left before Christmas! And if you’re like me who’s not a fan of shopping but wants to make sure that your friends and family knows you care this season, then you must have just started thinking about what gifts to give them for Christmas. Of course, you want your gift to be useful and meaningful and you wouldn’t want to just pick random stuff from the dollar store – and at this time I’m sure that all stores you’ll go to will be packed crazy with shoppers! Do not fret. Here are some Christmas Gift Ideas that would encourage your family and friends to be more active and healthy for the next seasons to come! You can order them straight from Amazon, which I just found to be awesome! Even in this busy season, their delivery service is still efficient and quick, and I got my gift orders in less than 5 days!
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Here are a few Christmas Fitness Gift Ideas for you (not in any relevant order):

1.) Fitbit Charge. fitbit charge

I’ve been using my Fitbit Charge for over a year now and I enjoy it! It tracks not just my runs (or walks) but also my sleep, weight, hydration, and nutrition. I really like the diet log feature where I can check how many calories there are in common foods and restaurants, so I track my calorie in way better. They just came out with a Fitbit with HR monitor, which I’m sure is more awesome!

You can get the Regular Fitbit Charge by clicking HERE without HR monitor.

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You can get the Fitbit Charge with HR monitor HERE.

(PS: they also come in different strap colors. check it out!)

2.) Ab Roller. ab roller

If your family or friend have been going to the gym for a while now, or is planning to start a gym membership next year, then they will enjoy this one! The Ab Roller is a simple, portable, and fun equipment to use to work not just the core, but also the arms and shoulders! They can do many variations on this versatile equipment, but make sure you train with them!

Order the Ab Roller from Amazon by clicking HERE.

3.) Foam Roller: The Grid. roller

The Grid a better version of the humble Foam Roller to help cure the aches and pain of your recipient family or friend. They can use it even if they’re not frequent gym goers, and it might encourage them to try other training equipment for a change! Don’t forget to teach them how to use the foam roller properly!

Get the Grid from Amazon by clicking HERE.

4.) Grip Strengthener. Grip

As a Personal Trainer, I know how grip strength plays a large role in big lifts such as the presses and the Deadlift. Unfortunately, it’s something that is not worked on as often. This Grip Strengthener is a great gift for gym-goer-friends or family that they will definitely appreciate. Apart from that, they’re not too expensive to give!

Order the Grip Strengthener HERE and maybe get one for yourself, too!

5.) Online Fitness Coaching Package.

If you really want to encourage your loved one to get into Fitness, then ask them to try out the Online Fitness Coaching. Click this link for more details: Online Fitness Coaching.  They can easily follow monitored exercise programs and gradually reach an ideal fitness level that they desire. Send me a message or just follow the link HERE so we could talk how to start a program with your loved one.

 
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If you’re ordering from Amazon, they offer FREE SHIPPING for a minimum amount of order, so it might be better if you get multiple items at a time so that you don’t waste your money on shipping fees. Isn’t that awesome?

Enjoy your last-minute shopping!

Steven has been training with me on my Online Fitness Coaching program for 8 months now and has improved a lot since we started! He initially wants to lose body fat and gain more muscle mass but upon achieving that goal, he now trains for athleticism and overall fitness. I give him a three to four workout day routine each week that he does in his own pace and time. When he started the Online Fitness Coaching, the routine included a cardio guide, the strengthening or resistance exercises, and some home core workouts. The routine keeps changing and adapting to his progress and now his workout even includes Agility Drills! You see, progress is not only measured by how many pounds you lost, or how much more weight you can lift, but also on how many other stuff you can do — and that is Fitness.

My Online Fitness Coaching program provided Steven some serious guidance through periodized training programs that elite athletes follow, but customized to his fitness level, abilities, and schedule.

“My trainer, Billy, is an amazing motivator and always challenges me to push my boundaries and strive for excellence bringing  me to new heights. Billy quickly identified my strengths and my weaknesses and showed me how i could improve and regain my health. Billy has designed a training program that has made it possible to achieve my goals and consistently pushes me to prove to myself that I can exceed my expectations.

He tailors my workouts to my individual goals and needs. Although the workouts can be tough, Billy makes them fun and gets me excited, I dropped from 180lb of mostly  fat to 165lb of mostly muscle.

With Billy’s Online Fitness Coaching I have been able to reclaim my life in terms of my health, and all on my own schedule. Thanks for making my workouts fun and keeping me on track!!”

– Steven, a Successful Online Fitness Coaching Client.

Watch Steven do perfect squats even after finishing 20 minutes of Agility Ladder Drills:

https://youtu.be/hsDKF3gAjyA

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You spent hours and hours in the gym doing your Chest Exercises. You commemorate Mondays as “International Chest Day” with your Gym Bros. You’ve tried all variations of the Bench Press on all angles of Incline and Decline, different variations of the Push-Up, and done all the exercises you researched from YouTube, yet you still can’t seem to make progress.

What keeps you from building that strong and massive Chest so that you can proudly wear your Superman shirt?

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You might think that to build a stronger and massive chest, you need to do more chest exercises. That simply follows logic, and it’s correct. But what keeps you from building a stronger and massive chest is the same thing! Doing Chest and Arms three times a week in your exercise program will not help you build a massive chest, but it will only lead to plateau and even overuse injury in the long term.

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Here’s the secret to building a massive Chest and Stronger Bench Press:
If you want to improve your PUSH, you have to work on your PULL.

Gym bros logic think that because you cannot see your back in the mirror, it does not exist. You want to build muscle mass that will make you look good, and since you can’t see your back, it’s useless! Right??

Wrong.

Working on your PULL will actually enhance your PUSH. Strengthening the shoulder stabilizers (Rotator Cuff muscles) and activating the posterior scapular region (mainly the Trapezius and Rhomboids muscle) for the Upper Back increases reciprocal inhibition and dynamic stability. The more stable your shoulders are, the more efficient your Bench Press will be! And of course with more efficient Bench Press you can lift heavier weights and build massive Pectoral muscles.

The “Strength Doc” recommended a Push to Pull ratio of 2:1 for healthy shoulders. On a daily basis, we’re underworking the back muscles by sitting slouched on our office desks and obsessive handheld technology use. Having this slouched posture keeps the Pectoral muscles on a contracted state and ‘hides’ them from full view. Strengthening your Upper Back improves your POSTURE which helps you flaunt your Pectoral muscles that you’re working hard on.

If you really want to improve your Bench Press, build a massive chest,  and look good overall, working your Back is the secret!

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Here are other great ways to improve your Bench Press and build a strong and massive Chest:

• Give your chest proper rest and recovery time. Getting a massive pectoral muscle doesn’t come from blasting your chest five times a week. Give each muscle group you work on – including the chest muscles – one to two days of rest in between workouts. Remember: No Recovery, No Improvement!

Stabilize your shoulders. A powerful push comes from a strong foundation for your arms from your shoulders and core. The more stable that foundation is, the more you’ll be able to bench press. Learn how to stabilize your shoulders here.

Improve your form. The bench press is simple: unrack the bar, drop and push – repeat ‘x’ number of times, then rack the bar. However, this simplified mentality might be what’s holding you back. Like what I mentioned previously, even your shoulder placement affects your Bench Press. Is your grip correct? How wide or narrow should your hands be? Where should you bend your elbows? Do you keep your spine flat? Do you keep your feet down? Get the right answers for these questions from a certified Personal Trainer to get faster results.

Get a well-designed program for your Chest exercises. Stop listening to the meat heads in the gym and start training seriously! There is a Training Principle called the Principle of Individuality which states that each individual has their own response and adaptation to any training program. This simply means that what might have worked for that meat head will not necessarily work for you. So if you want real progress, then stop following random advices from people you see in the gym.

If you want to achieve the best results, then follow the best program! Get your customized program by clicking here.

How do you treat sore muscles after a workout?theraband

After doing a strenuous physical activity, it is normal to feel sore one or two days after, especially if you did something that your body is not used to doing. This is referred to as DOMS which stands for Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness. DOMS occur 24 to 48 hours after your workout.

Your muscle fibers get stressed during your workout and small microscopic tears occur in muscle fibers which results in Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness. The mild muscle strain injury creates microscopic damage to the muscle fibers. Scientists say that this damage plus the inflammation that comes with these tears, causes the pain. Take note that these microscopic tears does not mean that you should stop exercising. On the other hand, getting DOMS is also not an indication that your workout was effective. You don’t have to feel soreness or pain every time you finish exercising for you to say that they worked.

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Why do I feel sore after I work out?
No one is exempt from getting sore after a workout. Beginner exercisers and elite athletes experience DOMS alike. This muscle soreness is simply a symptom of using your muscles and placing stresses on them that are leading to adaptations to make them stronger and better able to perform the task the next time. If you are a new exerciser, don’t worry if you feel sore after a workout. It is normal especially if your body is not familiar with the exercise, and it will go away in a day or two.

How do I prevent muscle soreness? How do I treat DOMS?
The exact reason why and how DOMS occur is not yet known. Several treatments such as ice, rest, massage, heat, and stretching have all been reported as helpful in the process of muscle recovery.

A significant amount of Flexibility is important even to non-athletes.

A significant amount of Flexibility is important even to non-athletes.

Stretching should always be included in a training program. This will keep the muscles from tightening and muscle spasms. Stretching is not only beneficial to treat Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness but more importantly to improve flexibility.

Click here to read more about STRETCHING.

Take a day or two of Rest while your body recovers from DOMS. If you want to keep exercising, try a different activity or do a lighter intensity.

Most importantly, always do a proper Cool-down after your work out. This will ensure circulation to flush out the waste products in your muscles after your exercise.

Research found that applying Heat to treat muscle soreness helps alleviate muscle soreness. The increase in muscle temperature allows more blood flow to the worked out muscles which brings fresh oxygen and nutrients. Applied heat to your sore muscles also helps get rid of chemical irritants that trigger pain.

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What should I do if I want to work out and I’m still sore?
You can still continue to train even when you feel sore, but don’t expect to set personal records or optimal performance. Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness affects only the muscle groups that you previously worked, so you can work out other muscle groups while the fatigue parts recover.

Simply put, take it easy when you’re feeling sore.

Following a well-planned Training Program is helpful to maximize your workouts, especially on sore days. Having a good exercise program will ensure that you can keep up with your training without further muscle damage and minimize injury.

Read more about DOMS here.

In summary:

  • Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness or DOMS occurs naturally and can be felt by anyone, especially if you do something that your body is not familiar with (ie. Progression in your training program, doing a new physical activity or sport).
  • Make sure that you warm-up before you workout and do a proper cool-down after to ensure blood flow to your muscles.
  • Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness goes away in one or two days but you can do some treatments to alleviate the soreness. Stretch the sore muscle or apply heat on it after you work out.
  • You can still work out even while experiencing DOMS. Work on a different muscle group or cross-train.
  • Be able to differentiate pain from muscle soreness and pain from an injury. DOMS usually goes away after a day or two. Also, the soreness from DOMS should not limit you from doing light to moderate activities.
    Seek medical attention if you feel stinging or persistent pain.

Follow a well-planned Training Program to ensure progress in your workouts while allowing enough recovery for your muscles. This will ensure that you maximize gains and minimize over-training and injury.

I can help you get the best out of your workouts from a Periodized Training Program. For more information or if you would like to contact me, check out my SERVICES page and answer the short form so I could know you a little better. Click HERE to continue to the services page.

I guarantee results, if you guarantee adherence.

Talk to you soon!

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92% of people fail in their New Years Resolutions and 38% of all resolutions are weight loss.

Sticking with a program is difficult.

Family gets in the way.
Work gets in the way.
It’s expensive to hire an ongoing trainer. At $50/hr 4x/wk that’s $800/month – yikes!

I’ve dedicated my life to attaining the knowledge to help create great programs and understand the psychological motivators to sticking with it.

To train with me in person is expensive and I don’t have any space right now but I do offer remote online training and, for a limited time, have a couple of spots available.

Some of the many benefits to training with me online are:

It’s much more cost effective.
Don’t have to go into a gym.
Offer stronger accountability and support systems.
You can be anywhere in the World

I’m here to make sure that you don’t become another statistic. I guarantee results if you guarantee adherence. To apply, go to the SERVICES tab.

Talk to you soon!