• 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…

  • 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…

  • Flexibility through the Holidays

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is 2 days away! This year has absolutely flown by. Seeing that it’s my 1st holiday season where I won’t be on prep, I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach the next 4 weeks of being repeatedly punched in the face by the amazing food that comes with Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and Christmas. Depending on the day, I have very limited to absolutely ZERO self control around food. Being in the off season and with no competition in sight until late 2020, one of…

  • My Experience with Intermittent Fasting

    The last month has been a bit busy – being filled with quick weekend trips to Western Mass and Lake Placid, NY for my brother’s wedding, apartment searching, and juggling my clients’ changing summer schedules. During the month of June, I decided to try something new. And as the title gives it away above, I tried intermittent fasting… What is Intermittent Fasting? It is time-restricted eating, as the name implies, you fast or abstain from all food for a number of hours each day. There are a few different set…

  • I tried a meal prep service…

    This has been something that I’ve been wanting to test out for a while now. Being someone who meal preps on a weekly basis and who encourages her clients to do so as well, I wanted to see what the hype was about pre-made meal services was. All of the “great” athletes on Instagram have a sponsorship through one of the many services and rave about how great they are. I looked into a number of different companies, large and small. A few of them being MegaFit Meals, ICON Meals,…

  • Heading into Comp #2

    9 days until the OCB Pine Tree State Championships!!  So many things running through my mind right now…constantly trying to  make a check list, but when I think of something I need to do, 2 seconds later I already forget what it was. Welcome to Prep Life. Since the Thaw didn’t go as I would have liked (check out my post on The Thaw), I’m approaching this peak week a bit different than last. I did a carb deplete (kind of), I sat around 60g of carbs for 5 days…

  • Peak Week #1

    It’s Monday…and it’s PEAK WEEK! I’m keeping my head down and charging into this peak week. Right now, all I can say is that I am far more excited and feeling so much better heading into peak week than I did last year. Mentality is far better, physique is better (in my opinion — see comparisons below). This morning I did my last leg day until show day. My legs have been quite tired from training and cardio. I’ve been trying to make a point to stretch after every workout…