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    Finding Home in North Carolina

    It’s been a couple weeks since my last blog post. And that’s because I have been busy living life and crushing goals! Over the last week or 2, I have been dropping hints of my upcoming move to North Carolina. I’ve decided to write this post to answer some of the big questions I’ve been getting about the move as well as to just put it all out there for you and myself. Question #1: Why the Move? This has been the biggest question I’ve been receiving from people. My…

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    Forgiveness, Friendship, and Fat

    With the weather starting to cooperate here in New England, it’s actually feeling like spring. To take advantage of this, I’ve been making it a habit to get out for a walk every day. On my walks, I tend to throw on a podcast that is somewhere between the topics fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle. Thursday morning was an active rest day, so I got up, grabbed my phone and earbuds, tied my sneakers, and set out on an hour walk. The Muscle Intelligence Podcast had come out with a new…

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    What’s Your Identity?

    The past 2 months have truly tested our endurance. With such a large disruption to our lives and routines, I want to focus on MINDSET. There are many avenues to approach our mindset and daily challenges, and right now is the perfect time to reflect on them. I went for a walk Sunday morning, pretty ritual thing for me on a Sunday and I listened to the The Knowledge and Mileage Podcast (episode #63 – Strategic Quitting vs. Just Giving Up) that is hosted by Kris Gethin. He was accompanied by…

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    4 Easy Ways to Start Your Fitness Routine During Quarantine

    Written by: Travis Panzini With millions of Americans stuck at home for what seems like years, now is a better time than any to start your fitness journey. Most of us are working from home, or unfortunately have been laid off due to the uncertainty of when we will resume “normal life.” With less commuting, less errands being run, and well, less fun in general, how can we take advantage of all this newly discovered time? If you have been thinking about getting into shape, there has never been a…

  • The Gym: Understanding the Ecosystem

    The Gym: Understanding the Ecosystem

    Written by: Travis Panzini Let’s be honest, the gym is intimidating. Weights being thrown around, the occasional grunt, and tops that barely count as tops. To anyone (including seasoned gym vets), this can make working out seem pretty daunting. What if we could better understand this ecosystem to help build your comfort and confidence? Dealing with Imposter Syndrome Alright, so you just bought a beautiful new gym outfit because you have made the mental commitment to start hitting the gym. You’ve weighed all the plans at your local gyms to…

  • How to Navigate Carb Cycling

    What is Carb Cycling? What’s the Purpose? Carb cycling is a diet / eating style that manipulates caloric and macronutrient intake, specifically adjusting the carbohydrate intake throughout the week. The idea or purpose of carb cycling is to limit your carbohydrate intake for a set number of days. By doing, you are decreasing your insulin levels which influences the release of fatty acids to be used as the primary fuel source. Having fats as the primary fuel source, this dietary style can help with weight management, body fat loss, and…

  • Monday Mood: Unrealistic Expectations, Pt. 2

    Client – a person or organization using or receiving the benefits of a service provided by a professional person or company.  When looking to use someone for their professional services, like personal training or nutrition coaching, there are some baseline expectations that the client should have of the coach they choose to work with.  Starting a journey into health and wellness can be a scary thing, especially when you have no idea where to start. Being unsure of where to begin is why people seek personal trainers – even if…

  • Monday Mood: Unrealistic Expectations Pt. 1

    This post in its entirety is meant for both trainers and clients, and those just starting out in the fitness world (be it as a trainer or a client), but I’ve decided to split it up because there’s a lot. I believe that many of us have unrealistic expectations of a multitude of things in life. Working in this industry, I see a lot of expectations that are too high and won’t be met fast enough or actually will never be met. Through this post, I hope my fellow coaches,…

  • 5 Tips to Survive Whole30

    I made it through 30 days of having black coffee and no cheese! Among a few other things! I just want to start by saying how much I actually ENJOYED these 30 days, they flew by and I feel awesome on so many levels! This past August, I had attempted Whole30 and bailed after just 4 days. After giving myself another 4 months of freedom from any sort of ‘diet’ or restriction and also feeling like crap (due to eating anything and everything), I had had enough and was ready…

  • Why I Stopped Fasting

    Intermittent fasting had been a part of my daily routine for about 7 months through 2019 following my last competition prep. After 7 months of IF from May to December, I decided it was time to transition out of this eating style. Why Did I Do Intermittent Fasting?                I chose to give intermittent fasting a try back in May when I was struggling a bit with food. I had just finished my 2nd competitive season and didn’t exactly have the best relationship with food, nor did I really have…