Abs are made in the kitchen

With the holidays and the fun family times along with delicious dinners and deserts that we are destined to eat, I’m going to give
you a few extra treats on how to keep your abs and waist line in tip top shape and still enjoy eating your favorite foods.  The No. 1 thing I convey to all my clients is that developing nice abs really comes from balancing proper nutrition.   As much as I would like to take all the credit for hundreds of body transformations that I have helped create, the fact of the matter is that 80 percent of all transformations come from the individual’s nutrition plan.  Read more…
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Why Is An Apple A Super Food?

Do you remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctors away?”  Well, studies in science laboratories across the world have proven this very well-known slogan could very well be true.  One apple contains a very large number of phytochemicals known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and asthma.  Read more…

Avoiding the treadmill cycle

I was at a local gym the other day and noticed a sign on the wall.  The sign read, “One hour of exercise is 4% of your day”.  That made me think; if we’re doing the exercise wrong, what percentage will we end up with? Continue reading here…

Kennett demonstrates correct posture, key tips in kettlebell training.

Proper form on the Russian Swing

The Pick-Up Technique, starting position.

The Pick-Up Technique, ending position.

Kennett observing the ladies’ form and position as they start out to do a full Kettlebell pick-up.

Kennett demonstrating to keep good form when working with the kettlebell, specifically explaining not to round the back and shoulders.

You can use the wall, or in this case the mirror, to better gauge your position and help ensure you are bending correctly.

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Angela’s Victory

Angela Preparing For Final Round of Front Squats

Final 200m Row!

Some of you looking at this pic may just be thinking, wild!  Others may be feeling inspired after Saturdays Client Workout Challenge.  For those of you that have been in a dark whole somewhere and not keeping up with what’s going on here at HSPT I’ll attempt to fill you in.  Weeks ago we had a boot camper who pretty much challenged me and my team to a workout.  The deal on the line was this, who ever finished one of our workouts in a limit set time will win a high class profile/ all the gold trimmings dinner with me and the complete staff.  The catch to this is that no one knew the workout or had ever done it before so it was going to be a serious and purposeful challenge.  At first we had about 8 takers on the deal but as it came down to the day of the challenge all of them weaseled their way out of the deal.  So this left really no one until Angela Ward and her husband Dave Ward said, “I’ll do it!”  Dave’s a formal Marine so I knew I could count on him.  These two voices sparked the interest of two other great campers  Francina Tillman & Monica Terrall.  Ok, I will take the 4 for the price of one expensive meal.  The workout was grueling and tough, they all had 30 minutes to finish and only one can be victories.  Angela was that one, my have she come a long way.  She has lost like 60 something pounds and only about 40 something shy from her goal of 100lbs.  This lady is just amazing and to see her not only attempt what I think is one of the toughest workouts but finish it, it’s just absolutely amazing!  So we will be spending our hard earned cash on this lady filling her up with steak and potatoes or what ever her little heart desires on her special date out with the trainers.

P.S.  Dave you can come along but you have to pay for your own meal!  LOL….  I Love My Job!

Back To School Charity Drive For The Kids…

This is just one of the charity events that we do yearly.  Actually this was our first year doing this one.  HSPT allianced with NU-U Barber Shop this year for the first time to help support their back-to-school charity event for the kids.  This was an opportunity for me to show the kids exercise and educate them a little about the great benefits that can be added to the funky dance moves.  Of course I had to add a little incentive to get everyone motivated too.  Parents, don’t be alarmed some of these dance moves that you will see are real and how the young youth do it now days.  I will name a few The Beef It Up, Jerk, and The Famous Crunk Dancing.   You will get a chance to see Lil Sug… do her thang.  Guys this could not have been possible without all the donations from our clients.  My ladies from our women’s fitness boot camp really stepped up!  So many happy kids and many were so appreciative; they kind of took over Tres and my table and just hung out.  It was all good tho, a great time for me to reflect and see how far I have come as a business owner but most of all as an individual.  Some of you may not know this but I use to be one of those little kids, looking for positive role models in our community.  Unfortunately, being raised in the projects of Southeast Washington D.C. which was at the time the murder capital of the world, didn’t make that search for positive energy all that great.  Even when we moved back to my home town of Lancaster, SC our environment was tough still living in the Lion’s Den of South Side, New Town, Carolina Court, 200 Trailer Park, The Hill and The Pardue Projects.  Those are some very well-known, low poverty and high crime areas in Lancaster.
Why do I tell you this?  I’m giving you a brief back ground of my childhood because this is one charity event that we started not to participate in.  But boy… am I glad that we did because it brought me back to remembering what has been a key to my success.  If you have ever been in my office you have seen this huge picture of a man kneeling on his knees on a rail road track.  Below that picture is the word Per-se-ver-ance and the definition.  Well… some of you will never guess,  that picture is of me.  It was taken just a few blocks from some of the roughest streets and hoods in Lancaster some of which I once lived in.  This picture has a very symbolic meaning to me for time sacks I will only share one with you today Per-se-ver-ance.    That’s how I did it and of course I didn’t do it alone.  I have one of the strongest and inspirational people in my life that played a major role in raising all 8 of us.  My Mom, all 5 foot 2 inches and 135lbs of her was inspiring.  As a single parent she instilled faith, belief, perseverance and resilience in all of us including my one and only spoiled, baby sister.  For the first time in a long time I saw some of those qualities in each one of those little kids’ eyes as they were doing those push-ups for a small reward of 1 dollar.  They wanted someone to believe they have faith, the resilience and perseverance that has been instilled in them too.  Some even came over to the table afterwards and asked me to show them another exercise. Amazing right?  Exercise will not be their way out of the hood, hard times or gang invested neighborhoods but I can assure you it will be and alternative way to help them overcome and reflect it into doing something positive and up lifting with their body and life. There were so many other high lights that I wanted to add but just didn’t have enough space to add to this video so we got in what we could.  Thank you again to all of our clients here at Healing Strength Personal Training for making this charity event a success and enjoy the video.

 

Friends,Fun,Family & Wings!

Client Appreciation Cookout 2012

Or is that a Rear Naked Choke LOL…

Jewel Mack’s little niece all smiles!

Client Appreciation 2012

We managed to catch a few of the ladies on camera

“The Effort of using your mind”

I love this guy and his mythology to training the human body and pushing yourself to your maximum potential. Everyone knows my passion for fitness and my love as well for bodybuilding. What many people don’t know is that bodybuilding is not just about heavy weight lifting. I would say that it is more mental than physical despite that what you see in this video with Kia training like hell. Look even closer at this video and watch what he is doing in between training. You guessed it! Eating… but he is eating the right stuff at the right time. He even talks about what he is going to eat after the show lol… Really thou it doesn’t matter what your goals are in fitness wither it is bodybuilding, general weight loss or just being the best that you can be with your health in general it all takes mental focus first, the physical follows second. I love watching his pre-contest training clips because Kia is one of the few bodybuilders who really go deep into a mediation mental focus type training while combining that with everything else that goes along with pre-contest prep. Kia’s mental training prep and process is more so much more challenging than his physical efforts.  So think mental effort first before you go into your next diet worrying about the physical aspects of your health and fitness goals.  Watch this video get pumped up get inspired and become your own fitness success!

8lbs. Lost During Her First 3 1/2 Weeks

This lady I have only known for 3 1/2 weeks but I have an eye for those that have the desire to do better and change to healthier life style habits. She has made small changes for now but I am sure you she will finish with a big bang!

Brian and Stacey’s Story

Ashley’s Story

24 Day Challenge DVD Preview – Cleanse Phase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oDCOwYgw-Lo

24 Day Challenge DVD Preview – Max Pack Phase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2Mp6oG_RuMY

Taken Her Golf Game To The Next Level

Traci Dyson Golf Game and Success Story!

Super Food Final 7

7 Day Transformation Super Foods #5

Body Transformation Super Foods!

Christmas Party 2011

Christmas Party 2011!

Christmas Party 2011

Most Intense Bootcamper Award A.K.A "The Beast Award"

From The Home Team

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Christmas Party 2011

All Pics Were Taken By Wes...

Could They Be Charlie's Angesls?

In The Beginning There Were Two

Christmas Party 2011

"Most Contributed Camper Award"

A Set Of Pretty Ladies With A Tree

Christmas Party 2011

Beautiful Table Center Pieces(Courtesy Of Page's Decor)

Were Is The Missle Toe?

Snow Palace