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Pilates Fundamentals for Lower Back Pain

Just 6 simple pre-Pilates exercises used morning and evening and your back will feel much better!

Most people I know suffer from lower back pain (except most of my clients, who feel better). And most people would like some simple exercises to help get things under control.

This video that I put together a few years ago offers you a simple and free solution to MOST chronic lower back pain.

And these exercises won’t hurt, either.

Literally thousands of my Pilates and fitness training clients have successfully eliminated chronic back pain using this simple program.

I hope it helps you!

My Results After One Year of FASTer Way to Fat Loss®

Has it really been a year of FASTer Way?

My parents always said that time flies, and I really notice that more in my 50s! It has actually been a little over a year since I started making the FWTFL program a part of my life AND I became a certified FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach.

My fat loss and weight loss results

Fat loss and weight loss are different things. In the FWTFL program, we do a lot of heavier resistance training and eat enough carbohydrates to support the work it takes to build muscle, combining this strategically with low carb cardio days and plenty of rest. Because muscle is denser and weighs more than fat, you can lose fat and actually weigh more.

Now, I needed to lose both weight and extra fat, and have not only lost both, but maintained it! I lost 45 pounds that I have maintained pretty effortlessly, and gained obvious muscle (my body shape is completely different and I am down many inches - 3 sizes worth).

AFTER

AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

My cholesterol and thyroid results

I take prevastatin for high cholesterol and levothyroxin for my underactive thyroid. About six months ago I was able to cut the prevastatin down to 3x per week, and my TSH levels improved even more, on top of the low dose of thyroid hormone replacement. My energy is better (I did have to make some adjustments to my fasting schedule to account for adrenal fatigue, but more on that in another post), and I am stronger than ever! I look great, but most importantly, I feel great!

Intuitive eating

After a year of tracking my nutrition and calories per FASTer Way to Fat Loss guidelines in My Fitness Pal (MFP), I am now able to eat intuitively and know what my body needs and when. Some days I eat in an 8 hour window, while others I expand to a 12 hour window, depending on how I feel.

I know now what a day of low carbohydrates looks like and what to eat, as well as a full carb day. Every once in a while I input a day into MFP to check myself, and I am always on point.

What I eat on FWTFL

I eat everything. Seriously, I eat everything. On low carb days I treat myself to higher fat foods - ribs, brisket, salmon, organic aged cheese (I tolerate dairy), lots of vegetables, full fat salad dressings and yogurts, berries for when I need a little sweetness. On regular and rest days I add carbs - rices, pastas, quinoa, and sometimes even good bread. And on leg day I treat myself.

Lately hubby has been baking, so I have had everything from orange iced shortbread cookies to flourless chocolate torte and lemon poppy iced bundt cake! But sometimes my treat is Blue Ribbon fried chicken with sweet potato fries. Seriously, what I don’t eat is junky processed food. Everything else is fair game!

LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

How much do I exercise on FASTer Way to Fat Loss®?

Not too much, actually! I do heavy strength training (including Pilates for full body powerhouse work) for a total of 30-45 minutes, 3x per week and higher intensity cardio for about 30-45 minutes (including sprints + lower intensity fat burning ending), 2x per week. The other 2 days I either rest but for dog walks or do some gentle pilates or yoga.

Nothing crazy. Not an hour of high intensity exercise every day, like some programs require.

Would you like to lose fat and improve your health?

Women and men of all ages have had success with FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. The combination of enough whole foods in the correct proportions, intermittent fasting with carb cycling, exercise, and enough rest, is powerful and life changing. It worked, and continues to work, for me!

My clients ALL feel satisfied and full at the end of the day, because they are giving their bodies exactly what they need. No deprivation, no depression over what you can’t eat - because in your week you can eat all the foods you love. In fact, I usually have to encourage my clients to eat more, since so many of us have eaten way too little for way too long.

My next round of FASTer Way starts prep week on October 29th, and I would love to see you there. Let’s get stronger and healthier together!

Online Pilates Workshop to Benefit Sunni Almond 8/8/18

Sunni and Scott

I give thanks every single day for my husband and our marriage, and as he gets into his 60s I feel some anxiety. My friend and colleague Sunni Almond, the vivacious creator of Going More Joe, lost her husband Scott suddenly and unexpected just a few weeks ago, leaving her without many financial resources.

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From Sunni,

"What happened instead, after the doctor was going to turn us away this third time, was, I told the doctor that I wasn't taking Scott home until he diagnosed him. After the Ultrasound, the doctor didn't find a hernia, but Scott had spent three solid weeks in bed in pain, and I demanded an answer. I pressured him to do further diagnostics, so a cat scan was done, and stage IV inoperable colorectal cancer was found. It had also traveled to the lungs, lymph and liver."

Scott Almond passed at home, in hospice care, just 6 weeks later. I just can't even imagine.

After buying an advertising subscription on Going More Joe and donating to the Go Fund Me page, I thought, "what else can I do?" Well, what I can do is teach some online Pilates workshops and give half the money to Sunni!

Mastering the Mat - Sunni Almond Benefit

In this 2 hour Mastering the Mat online workshop for Pilates teachers, we will explore the basic and beginning Pilates mat, standing exercises, 2x4, and wall exercises, along with modifications and variations for special populations. We will also explore where we see these shapes on the apparatus. Just this one training will give you tons of ideas for your current and upcoming Pilates classes.

Workshop includes unlimited access to the workshop video (in case you can't make it to the live event) and a private Facebook group for questions and discussion.

And I am sending 50% of proceeds directly to Sunni to help with ongoing expenses!

Mastering the Mat - Sunni Almond Benefit

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 3-5pm EDT

$75

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Register for the workshop.
  2. Look for email with links to liability waiver and Facebook group..
  3. Complete waiver and join private Facebook group (if you are not on FB, I will send meeting and video links via email)..
  4. Join online workshop on Zoom meeting or view the video (via FB group or emailed links)..
  5. Try new ideas, give feedback, ask questions and get answers!
  6. Enjoy unlimited access to the workshop video, along with online community access for Q & A and general support. 

Are You Ready For Summer?

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We are beyond excited about our NEW opportunity for FASTer Way To Fat Loss coaches because we’ve made it even easier to do what you love, change lives, and make an incredible income!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying FASTer Way To Fat Loss and becoming a certified FASTer Way coach, then now is the time to act! We’ll explain everything at our LIVE Special Recruitment Event on April 23rd, but here’s what we can tell you right now.

We have a brand new backend system to make the registration process completely seamless for you. We will take on the liability and insurance so you have one less thing to worry about. We will provide you with all the branding assets and marketing materials you need. We’re handing you a business in a box!

But we aren’t just simplifying the process and making it even easier... we’re structuring the FASTer Way so you can earn even more money!

Here’s how it works! You will earn 75% commission on all of your sales (with an average of $200 per sale going directly to YOU). This is the HIGHEST in the industry (by far!). But it gets even better. For each coach that you bring into the FASTer Way family, you will earn a $1,000 referral bonus PLUS once you have 5 coaches on your team, you’ll earn 10% on all of THEIR sales! Are you already running numbers in your head? That’s right. HUGE potential! Not only that, if you apply during our special LIVE event, you’ll receive $1,000 off your Tier 2 coaching package!

Don’t wait! Space for this LIVE event is limited, so register now and experience the life-changing benefits of FASTer Way, before we fill up! 

You will start Prep Week on Monday 4/23, AND will be eligible to join the LIVE coach recruitment event! Click here for more information about being a FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coach.

How To Take Full Advantage Of The New FWTFL Coach Certification Opportunity

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The new FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coaching opportunity is creating a huge stir!

The income potential is off the charts, and the response has been massive. We couldn’t be more excited to get things rolling!

This opportunity is perfect for Fitness Professionals, including personal trainers, and Pilates teachers, health-focused Network Marketers (I'm looking at you, my Isa friends), and FASTer Way clients who are interested in learning more and changing lives. 

Here’s what you need to know.

  • Before you apply for the FWTFL coaching certification, you must complete one round of the FWTFL as a client. You need to know and love the program.

If you need to take the program, my next round starts April 23, and as long as you are registered in advance you can be on the waiting list for the coach opportunity, and start as soon as you finish the round! 

  • Once you are accepted into the coaching certification program, you will have 6 months to go through the material and take your exam. Most people finish much sooner than that, some in just a few weeks.
  • Our new online backend office for coaches will take care of registration, payment and document signing. YOU KEEP 75% of all commissions with no ceiling! (This is unheard of, and we are SO excited to truly change lives with this income opportunity!)
  • WE take care of all the insurance, which means we take on all the liability, should any client issues arise. It’s rare, but it happens, and we don’t want you to worry about it. - THIS IS HUGE!
  • You receive a business in a box! You’ll receive branding assets, marketing materials, and online portal access. Everything you need to start, promote and run your business!
  • You’ll receive the Business Accelerator Workshop self-study course to walk you through the process of setting up everything you need for your business marketing and sales funnels. You’ll also receive access to our private Facebook community for coaches. This is a very valuable resource!
  • Other FWTFL coaches can join your team for even more income opportunities! This is where it gets really good. Once you have 5 coaches on your team, you will be elevated to Premier Coach. You will receive a $1,000 bonus for each coach that signs up under you, PLUS 10% of ALL of their commissions!!

Here’s the best part!

Special Recruitment Event on April 23rd!

We are holding a LIVE EVENT on April 23, 2018 for potential FASTer Way coaches! Don't miss this event! 

Space at this special event is limited, so download your free guide - How To Scale Your Fitness Business The FASTer Way! - and register for this amazing opportunity!

Announcing The FASTer Way To Fat Loss Coach Certification

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Have you been through the FASTer Way and loved it?*** Well, now it’s our turn to share a little more love with YOU. If you’re committed to the FASTER Way, can’t get enough of the lifestyle, and toyed with the idea of becoming a certified coach, NOW is the time! We are excited to announce our Special Recruitment Event on April 23rd where we will be offering $1,000 off your coaching package and the chance to earn a life-changing income!

What do I mean by life-changing income? Not only will you earn an incredible commission (the HIGHEST in the industry BY FAR at 75%!), but once you have a team of at least 5 coaches under you, you’ll also start earning 10% commission on all of THEIR sales, not to mention a $1,000 referral bonus for each coach on your team! You have the potential to pull in a 6-figure income FAST!

Sound too good to be true? Well, we are 100% serious because we are passionate about helping women succeed in business. Especially when that business has the power to change so many lives through the best fitness program on the market! That’s why we give you a “Business in a Box” when you become a coach. We give you all the training, branding assets, marketing materials, and online backend office--PLUS we take on the insurance and liability. It’s everything you need to run a hugely successful online business.

Space for this LIVE event is limited, so download your free guide - How To Scale Your Fitness Business The FASTer Way! - and register for this amazing opportunity!

***If you haven't been though the FASTer Way To Fat Loss Program, I have a round starting Prep Week on Monday April 9! Sign up for FASTer Way and you will be all set.

Book Review - Your Fitness Career: The Business Guidebook For Trainer's Success by Lalo Fuentes

A couple of months ago I received an email from Hollywood A-List personal trainer, Lalo Fuentes. He had seen some reviews that I had written for various business and marketing books for personal trainers, and asked me to review his. Within a week I had a hardcover copy of his Your Fitness Career: The Business Guidebook For Trainer's Success.

Why Listen to Lalo Fuentes?

Lalo Fuentes has an interesting background related to business, as he decided to become a personal trainer while enrolled in business school. Halfway though, Fuentes realized that the world of numbers was not enticing. He didn't want to be stuck in an office, and saw a fitness career as a departure from that grind. Upon graduation, he moved to NYC and started in fitness.

Now, those of us who have been slogging it out in the fitness industry know well that so many trainers still end up grinding out way too many hours in the gym with clients. They work hard, not necessarily smart, and many end up burning out early and leaving the industry.

Fuentes avoided this by targeting a high net worth audience and selling to them. Plus, he was able to make good on all of his claims with very little drama, which led to a huge word-of-mouth following. Frankly, if your words are in the right mouths, that is really all you need!

Trainers who are successful in the fitness world and stay around have found a different path that allows us to open up multiple streams of income, scale our businesses, and charge enough to have a life outside of the gym or Pilates studio. In Your Fitness Career, Fuentes shares all of the information you need to make success happen.

Basic Business Skills for Trainers

I mentor Pilates teachers specifically in how to make more money by taking better care of their clients and themselves, which entails still having a personal life. Much of my mentorship work is in teaching basic business processes, good business behaviors, and marketing. Fuentes handles all of this in his book!

Money

If you struggle to figure out how much to charge per hour or per day, whether to give a free or discounted first session, and how to decide what to pay for advertising and leads, Fuentes addresses all of these early on in his book.

Not sure what cost per lead means? Cost per client? How about return on investment? Loss leads? Net income? You will understand all of these and more after reading this book.

Behavior

Most trainers need help in inter-personal skills. But Fuentes takes you even further. Not sure what to expect at a celebrity's home? What order to board or leave a private jet? How to behave with your clients outside of the gym? This book answers all of your questions, including ones you didn't even know you had!

Social Media

Not sure what to post, where to post, and how frequently? Have questions about buying followers (short answer is, "don't") as opposed to organic reach? Fuentes has answers.

Online Training

Have you considered training your long distance clients online? Have you thought about what to charge? How to automate payment and booking? Does your liability insurance even cover online training? Are there better programs? Again, the answers you need are here.

Marketing & Product Creation

We all know that how you present yourself to prospective clients is a huge issue. Do you want to come off as approachable or scary? Are you a screaming boot camp leader or a calming presence in your clients' otherwise crazy lives? And do you know what the physical signs are of each? Fuentes even delves into arm position in your headshot and what that signals to your prospects.

Self Care

To avoid burning out, we all must practice the self-care that we preach. For me that means both working out hard and relaxing. It means taking time when I need it to focus on my own needs, so that I am ready and able to focus on my clients. 

While not cheap, this valuable information in this guide justifies the price. Plus, an hour of consulting with Fuentes will cost a lot more than the time it will take to read this book and implement his recommendations. Highly recommended!