Monday, September 14, 2009


Yes, I'm now out of the country.

Yes, you haven't heard from me in a good while.

But, no, I am NOT done blogging.

I am NOT going to be absent from my message about health and fitness for an entire year.


My husband, JD, has climbed on board the blogging train, and we've decided to:

  • Keep you updated on our adventures abroad
  • Present you with some musings that crop up as we travel, and
  • Maintain the fitness/nutrition tips that I've been giving you on this blog for the past year :)

So, please check it out, friends!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

And the saga ends :)

This is, by far, the least clear answer I give throughout the interview...

But there's passion and sincerity behind it. Just as there was in Part 1 and Part 2 of the full interview.

Well... you might as well watch it anyway and tell me what you think! ;)


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A bit more interview footage...

Part 2 of this specific interview question talks about potential.
(Click the links to see Part 1 and Part 3)

Do you think people tend to more readily show physical or mental weakness in an exercise setting?

Find out how I respond in the short vid below...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The interview continues

This week, I want to continue sharing my conversations with Transformation Coach Aaron Benes.

This week, I've got a 3-part video series to show you about what I find is the most inspiring part about coaching / being a fitness professional. (Follow links for Part 2 and Part 3)

The vids are fairly short. So, please, take a moment to check 'em out!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Quotation of the Week

"The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." -Barbara Pletcher

I have been accused of being idealistic and imaginative.
I've been told that I need to be more realistic and practical.

And I admit... I may float in the clouds sometimes.
I do like it there :)

However, I refuse to believe that my enthusiastic optimism is a bad thing.

Especially because that part of me is what helps me to be certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I can make any situation work. That may not seem practical to most... but it's that hesitation in others - that skepticism - which makes me want to work THAT much harder to prove others wrong.

You can make anything work if you try hard enough (within reason, of course).
You can be successful at any goal if you expect that success.
And in order to really follow through to that success, you need a healthy shot of optimism and go-get-em attitude! You need to ignore the haters and KNOW that you can make it work, no matter what!

I'm not bashing practicality and awareness. I'd be a fool to ignore those attributes.

But I am suggesting this...
The more conviction you possess toward a task / situation / challenge... The better your chances at "winning" (or simply reaching the successful endpoint).

Always remember that a shot of positivity can get you through the rough patches.
Isn't that the true definition of a "winner"? One who perseveres in the face of adversity?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A fitness game of HORSE?

Do you remember that game you used to play with a basketball? HORSE?
The game where you'd attempt a shot, and you'd receive a letter (starting with H) if you missed that shot? And you were eliminated from the game once your letters spelled the word HORSE?

Well, whether you remember or not...
A group of us (consequently, the high level group of ladies and gents with which I trained for the recent CrossFit Games) have decided to continue pushing each other by creating our own game of HORSE. Thanks to Michele Vieux for the idea!

Wanna see an example of this new game?
Check out the vid below!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kim gets interviewed!

Last week, I spent a completely energizing afternoon with my friend and fellow fitness professional, Aaron Benes. Aaron owns a transformational facility down in Newport Beach, California, and we honestly love getting together (when time permits!) in order to compare notes, get/give advice, and brainstorm up new ideas. Two minds are always better than one, right?!

We had a ton of fun interviewing each other... take a look at just a small piece of our conversation in this vid.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Reader question - "How do you deal?"

During one of our recent training sessions, one of my clients had a great question for me.

As you know, I spent some time in the past training for a triathlon... so I do have a bit of experience with working toward a fitness goal. And when I did complete that goal, I personally had a hard time regaining the motivation for working out and keeping up with the activities that I enjoyed so much. Once there was no longer a looming deadline, I struggled with putting forth the same effort. I felt
depressed and definitely unmotivated.

After just finishing your long journey to the CrossFit Games, I wanna know... how do YOU deal with the after effects of completing a big physical goal? How do you handle the wane in motivation that tends to occur once the wind has left the sails?

This was a very insightful question!

I especially liked it because I've accumulated a bunch of different types of competitions (and participated in plenty of different competition training processes)... so I definitely have some strong thoughts on the subject.

In the past, when all my training efforts have been focused on one singular event - one important day - one deadline that becomes an obsession - I can remember feeling lost, depressed, and unmotivated when that day quickly and suddenly passes. In instances where you put so much energy, effort, and emotions into one fleeting point in time, there is a sense of loss once you no longer need to continue putting forth the same efforts.

It's funny because that statement doesn't just apply to physical goals. Any female who's ever been heavily involved in the process of planning their own wedding knows this to be true. So much time and effort is invested in every detail of one day - and when that day is over, one can go through withdrawals simply because that all-consuming project (and the anticipation & excitement that goes with it!) has completely disappeared. What will you do with yourself now??

In the same respect, my figure competition gave me a similar experience. Months and months of concerted effort and calculated details, all accumulating to produce one big goal on one big day... the moment of truth passes by so quickly in comparison to the time spent preparing. And after the elation wears off, the celebration fades, and a well-deserved break has been taken, you are left with no direction.

I had changed so much in my life for this one day that I didn't deal with the post-goal process very well after the figure competition. The problem was... there was no set plan or no new goal to put in place of the old one. I had to try to accept the idea of just letting all my hard-earned work slowly melt away so that I could return to a healthy, maintainable body composition. Getting "fatter" is not a comforting process. Even when it's a healthy level of fat and it's necessary for your wellness and livelihood :)

Anyway, if I would have had another goal to work toward - even a completely different goal - I would have handled the post-competition transition phase much more successfully. That's a huge takeaway from that experience.

But the biggest lesson from my recent competition experience is this...

I trained HARD for the CrossFit Games. I clocked a good 6 months of effort toward that massive event. But, you know what? My training wasn't solely focused on that one weekend.

While working out for constant improvement and eating for performance, I was more focused on pure progress in the activity itself! I was developing a love for a physical activity and a physically active community - and I was finding new and different ways to make it a big part of my life.

I knew that CrossFit would continue long after the Games - and I actually started to develop new goals to work on for the time when training finally ended. I began looking forward to picking up other activities that I had decided to drop in the process of training. The Games were a BIG goal, but they didn't overtake the whole picture. I could visibly see life after the competition!

So... as soon as I returned from a brutal weekend of physical challenges, I NEVER had to deal with those negative effects that were so prevalent in other post-competition phases. NEVER.

I think, my friends, that THAT is the trick.

Having goals is an excellent way to spend your time. It's an incredibly productive way to help push yourself toward limits that are beyond your current capacity.

But, to avoid that intensely unmotivated phase that follows a big physical goal, we honestly need to do 2 things... 1) Keep in touch with our passion for that physical activity and not let the goal bring us to overtraining, burnout, and obsession 2) Constantly be developing new goals - new ways to improve and get better. Because we can always be better.

I hope my epiphanies and ramblings have helped.
Or, at least, I hope they have entertained ;)

Til next time,

**Remember!! Any other fitness/nutrition questions can be directed to

Friday, August 7, 2009

Quotation of the Week

"I think a training philosophy is a dynamic process that never ends. You may have read something of mine from a year ago that contradicts what I'm saying now. I'm fine with that. I'm still a student and reserve the right to learn and continually let my thinking evolve. In fact, if you haven't changed your mind about something
time, then I worry about you." -Alwyn Cosgrove

I'll admit that I don't know everything. Influential fitness pro Alwyn Cosgrove is willing to admit it, too. But those of us who are passionate about the health and fitness world are always trying to learn as much as possible. And since the body is so complex... since we are constantly searching for answers... and since knowledge in fitness/nutrition/and human studies is so transient... what we learn is bound to change.

Yes, we've been taught certain things for many, many years... simply because some information was perceived a certain way by a group of people, then everyone else passed it on. And the whole world took in these perceived ideas as fact.

But perception can be wrong, my friends.

The woman in yesterday's post will not listen to my new, effective advice because she has come to believe the incorrect perceptions of past researchers.

I'm not bashing these researchers. One set of ideas slowly but surely leads us to seek out better ideas, more answers, a better view of the big picture. But just because these individuals were hard-working innovators... doesn't mean that their ideas were right.

I'm not bashing those who have believed past ideas, as well as those persons who have put in the time and effort to make those ideas work for them and their fitness goals. But, when something is shown not to work - or better yet, when something new is shown to get results much more effectively - it is really in your best interest to consider those ideas.

I've learned so much in my 4+ years as a trainer. My knowledge base has completely changed from year to year. And that will continue to happen, considering I LOVE to learn, and I love to search for new ways to help all of you! :)

I will continue to be a student for the rest of my years. But I want you to be a student, too. I want you to realize that methods for fitness, nutrition, and health will change over time. We all need to accept that. We need to be willing to change our minds and to try new things.

If you are a true reader of my blog, you should know that by now.
You should practice tolerance of new ideas.
You should understand that information evolves.

Don't stick with old, antiquated ideas because it's all you know. Or because you're scared of the new ones. Take a chance and change your mind!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wasted efforts... So sad...

Here we go again...

One of the well-intentioned members of my gym has been trying to lose weight.
But she's going about it ALL WRONG!

Every day, she puts on a full sauna suit and a weight vest...
Then proceeds to do an hour or more of steady-state cardio on a plethora of cardio machines.


I find a problem with her weight loss tactics on so many levels.

She's been working so very hard, diligently plodding away day after day, with the belief that this is the only way to effectively shed fat from her 50-year-old body. She doesn't know any better. I give her my respect for her persistence.

Her way sucks.


#1 - Sauna suits give no extra benefit toward fat loss.
People believe that these rubberized vinyl suits (which are supposed to mimic the experience of being in a sauna) will cause you to burn extra calories during exercise as well as lose excess weight. This is a load of crap.

Since when does excess sweating signify an increased metabolism or an elevated rate of caloric burn?? It doesn't. Excess sweating will simply rid you of large amounts of body water and electrolytes like sodium and potassium. This is not necessarily dangerous, unless its used for extreme amounts of time.

And how does losing water weight constitute a productive loss of weight? Once you drink water after the exercise session, to rehydrate yourself, that water weight will immediately return! Besides, we don't want to lose water weight... we want to lose FAT weight, right?!

The only effect a sauna suit will have on the body? It will cause the body to acclimate to exercising in the heat (the heat that is being generated by your body in the suit). I know this for a fact because I completed my master's thesis on heat acclimation! After multiple, consecutive days in a heated environment, your body simply adapts so that it won't be at risk for heat stroke, dehydration, or electrolyte imbalances. It gets used to the stimulus! That doesn't really sound like the type of situation where excess calories are being burned...

#2 - Doing long bouts of cardio at a steady-state (whether wearing a sweat suit, a weight vest, or nothing at all!) is NOT an effective way to shed fat.
Long, slow cardio only burns calories during the exercise session. If you go for an hour, good for you, you've burned calories for an hour.

Shorter, more intense bouts of cardio as well as shorter, more intense bouts of strength training will not only burn cals during the workout... It will elevate your metabolism so that you burn extra calories for an extended amount of time afterwards! (sometimes 24 or even 48 hours afterwards!) So, if you kick your own butt for just 20 minutes, well you could possibly have created excess caloric burn for that 20 minutes PLUS an extra 20 hours.

Which is better?
I thought you'd say that.

Listen to me, folks!
Fat loss is not easy... But it could be so much easier if you try what works!!

And sauna suits DO NOT work.
Slow cardio for excessive amounts of time DO NOT work.
Performing both of these together DOES NOT work.

Now, if I can just get this poor woman to understand that...

Wish me luck!