Time to Pause I am often caught in my own rat race. I get up between 4 and 5 depending on when I start work, head to my personal training studio in South Charlotte and start either training clients, myself or do administrative work. The day...

  Situation: Melinda (name changed) had a knee replacement after struggling with arthritis for the past 15 to 20 years in her right knee. She had been a runner for a couple of years prior to coming to me. Changes to her running gait and an...

Deadlifts, many people do them, many variations exist, and many people get hurt. It is a great exercise, and many people call it the king of exercises because of its functionality and how many muscle groups it activates. The deadlifts we utilize at the gym Kettlebell Deadlift The...

The truth about weight loss by one of the most successful personal trainers in Charlotte I recently read an article on NPR that said that the average American male is 5'9" tall weighs 195.5 lbs, and has a waist circumference of 39.7". Women don't do much better;...

Family Fun or Family Disaster? You are going on vacation. It has been a while. You are looking forward to it, and then you catch yourself being constantly aggravated for no good reason. That was me a couple of weeks ago,  I was going on a trip...

I don’t fit the niche of fitness professionals very well, I don’t fit into the bikini or bodybuilding sector. I don’t do crossfit. I am not an elite endurance athlete turned fitness guru. Instead of that I do martial arts, lift, run, rock climb, & archery....

A lot of people have to travel regularly. They often come to my facility and tell me that they are doing great while in town, but every time they travel, they have business dinners, luncheons, and no place to cook. Bloated Food Intake The USDA posted in 2010...

Join us at Shape Up Fitness and Wellness for a Group Boot Camp! Three female trainers will take you through an hour long fun, sweat filled training session that will feature a full-body workout. We're asking all ladies to come and bring a friend to our Park Rd...

Knee pain is a very general term and can have many causes. One cause would be trauma. For many of us engaged in physical activities and sports that may be the cause. For the majority of people knee issues seem to creep up especially in...

Current Protein Intake Recommendations The general recommendation for a sedentary person is 0.8g of protein/kg body mass. Athletes take anywhere from 1.2-2g protein/kg body weight. Endurance athletes rank anywhere between 1.25-1.75g/kg while powerlifters and bodybuilders take in about 1.75g-2.8g/kg body weight. What does research say? Recommendations for athletes vary...