Avoiding Hitting the Wall : Staying Driven


So, in the midst of releasing my second fitness iBook, and starting my second novel, I have also picked up learning mobile development. Taking on the challenge to learn both Objective-C and Swift is no small or humble task; it can be hellish. So, you would suspect my focus on my own fitness to falter. In a strange way, staying this busy actually reminds me to hit the gym.

Crazy talk! How can that be!? Everyone knows you cannot workout at a gym when you’re in school and/or working full time. Well, I do it. Anyone can do it. It just takes one thing. This is important. One word: DRIVE.

Eating right, and remembering to sleep is sometimes difficult when your mind is swarming with UI Viewcontrollers, Extrapolations, JSON, and the like; ( and we won’t even go into all the stuff I’m learning in my Torts course for my legal studies!) but somehow, someway, it works. I have found that working out keeps my sleep more regular, whether I like it or not, and this keeps my physical condition top notch. It also keeps me hungry. Everyone knows studying rigorously can kill the appetite. Without question. Working out keeps this in check, as well.

Yes, it seems all is well. I am knocking out Torts with straight A’s, catching integers and variables like a pro in xCode, while maintaining a productive routine in the weight room. Still, there is that old age risk of hitting THE WALL. Hitting the peak. Its scary. My key to avoiding this horrible crash is to walk my dog throughout the day, and step away from everything for 30 minutes at a time. It does wonders.

And so, my food is about done, and I’m ready for the day. The adventure continues!


GymMutt Fitness 5 Easy Steps to Losing Weight


If you want easy to use steps to losing weight, this iBook is for you. With tips on exercise and diet on losing weight, through video and interactive images, this book is fully engaging. Check it out!
GymMutt Fitness 5 Easy Steps to Losing Weight

Now in iTunes!

Book Out Now! GymMutt Fitness 5 Easy Steps to Losing Weight!


Book Out Now! GymMutt Fitness 5 Easy Steps to Losing Weight!

After hundreds of hours, dozens of sleepless nights, and buddha patience, my iBook is now published! Working in iBooks Author was a great learning experience that was both fun and challenging. Creating interactive graphics and video for a book took my concept of what “book” means to outside the box and to something much better. Once the title is updated, it will be searchable in the iBook Store!
GymMutt Fitness 5 Easy Steps to Losing Weight
Looking forward to resuming work on the second iBook for this series!

5 Easy Steps to Losing Weight!


New book for iPad coming this Spring!

In it, I outline 5 steps to losing weight in time for summer.

It includes tips on:

* Cardio
* Diet
* Weight Lifting
* Recovery
* Healthy Hobbies
Easy to use steps to shedding the weight and have fun doing it, through interactive graphics, video, and demonstrations.

Coming to the iBook Store
Made For iPad

Is the Cardio Machine Really Necessary?



Truth is, these machines are totally worthless for anyone serious about weight loss. Used correctly, they can be beneficial on multiple levels and CAN enhance your workout, however, most people DO NOT use them correctly and result in NO RESULTS.

What does that mean?

If you, as most people, spend hours a day on a machine like this one, you are in fact wasting your time and energy. The only thing you’ll achieve on this thing is wearing your body down. Fat stores will be encouraged to stick around, and your body will engage in catabolic muscle destruction in order to get energy for your ridiculous workout: THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU WANT. Muscle packs far more energy than the same amount of fat, so your body will rage on that crap so it can push through your 3 or 4 hour cardio blast. So, avoid this.

Should you avoid the cardio machines all together then? Nope.

I use cardio machines, usually the treadmill, to warm up for 3 or 5 minutes at a steady inclined walk. Then I head to the weights. After weight training, I’ll stretch out, and cool down on a stair master for 10 minutes TOPS. I do this for reasons I’ll go into later.

There are also cardio days. Days where you only have cardio for toning. This can be great for 2 days a week, maybe three, depending on your conditioning and what your goal is. ¬†Setting a routine of 30 minutes to an hour is effective, in cycles, with variations. Remember, your body WILL adapt. So you have to keep things changing. Change the speed, the elevation, and switch up the amount of time you spend on cardio. Often, spending LESS time on machines will infect result in a faster rate of FAT BURNING. The tip here is: SWITCH UP THE PACE, AND CHANGE THE ELEVATIONS. Do not stick to the same routine day after day after day…. your body will have adapted to burning less energy by the second day.


Cardio machines can be useful, and effective, but they can be easily abused.