Best Of Charleston 2018!

Best Of Charleston 2018!
CLICK HERE TO VOTE! Scroll down and you will see “Best Personal Trainer” Click VOTE next to my name.

If you are not aware, Charleston has a yearly competition to see who the public views as the “best of the best” in certain fields, whether it’s for best bar, best fitness studio, best salon, etc.  There is also a category for Best Trainer-and I am blessed to know that I was nominated in the Top 5 for the second year in a row!

Last year I came in second place-so close! I would LOVE to take this win home this year. It would mean the WORLD to my small business here in Charleston, South Carolina. For me and for DM FITNESS, it would mean being able to reach even MORE people to help them, with an accolade such as this in my arsenal.

For the past year I have helped more than 2 dozen people realize their true potential and crush their fitness goals. Without these amazing people in my life, DM FITNESS would be nothing. They trusted me to help them, and in turn I did my ABSOLUTE BEST to make them strong, agile, and CONFIDENT. The weight lost and the strength gained is simply a by product of self confidence and awareness that they are capable of anything. These success stories that I am lucky enough to be apart of are an ongoing thing, we work hard TOGETHER every day to keep crushing goals and to get stronger and fitter every day. Health and fitness is a never ending evolving thing…and I am blessed to know I can help anyone with their journey!

Friends, I need your vote! Tell your friends and family, my goals are BIG and at the end of the day it’s about being able to reach as many people as possible on a much bigger scale than I could ever imagine. It all starts with YOU. I never take your support for granted.

THANK YOU.

 

Wrapping up the year…

As we go into the New Year many of us are thinking of resolutions, goals, and new beginnings.

Whether you think 2017 was the best year or the worst year, always remember that you are the creator of your own destiny. You have every right to learn from the past. Pain and struggle are our most powerful teachers.

Make your goals concrete! Write them down. Every day try to do something that puts you in the right direction.

If your goal is to be healthy-start with the small goals. Start drinking more water every day. Cut out all empty calories for 4 weeks and see how you feel. Make a point to sweat every day. Load up on veggies and stay away from processed foods. GET BETTER SLEEP. Make your health the absolute priority in everything you do. The sum of all of these small things will lead to great results over time! Stay consistent!

Here are my goals for 2018 in case you wanted to know:

1) Get better sleep

2) Love myself more

3) Read a good book every month

4) Save more money by cooking at home more

5) Donate more time to charity

6) Do something terrifying that I know will make me a better person despite my fear

As always please know I am here for all of your health and fitness needs!

In DM FITNESS news-I have very few spots left for new clients in 2018. If you want to be on my client list, time is of the essence. Contact me to set up your free consultation today. 💪🏼

In Health….and HAPPY NEW YEAR! •2018•

Demi

Charleston’s Choice Awards!

Charleston Choice Awards!

I’m SUPER excited to announce that I (DM FITNESS) am on the FINAL voting ballot for BEST PERSONAL TRAINER in the Charleston’s Choice Awards! Presented by The Post and Courier. 😀

I need to preface this by telling you that this business literally means everything to me. This is not just a “job” for myself. I live and breath this business, and I ADORE every single one of my clients. They are NOT numbers to me. They are PEOPLE that I truly care about. Their goals are MY goals, and that is what drives me forward with DM Fitness. My goal is to expand DM FITNESS into the masses, and it starts right here in Charleston, SC! I am truly honored and humbled to be apart of such a vital role in my client’s lives. There really is no better feeling then seeing them get healthier, reach their goals, and most importantly gain the confidence to see themselves the way I see them.

I would be *honored* to win this very prestigious award! A vote is all that is needed by clicking HERE …scroll down to the category of “Personal Trainer” and you will see my business name, “Demi Eliese, DM FITNESS.” Click on VOTE and follow the super easy voting instructions that take less than a minute and you are good to go. THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE. Feel free to share with friends and family! 🙂

As always feel free to ask me anything!

In Health-Demi

Best Of Charleston Reflection/Results

Best Of Charleston Reflection/Results

The Best Of Charleston has come and gone for 2017-and I am happy to tell you I came in as the 1st Runner up for Best Trainer in Charleston!

Of course I would have loved to win, but I am exceptionally pleased with where I placed! The competition was strong and fearless, and I was among some of the best trainers that Charleston has to offer.

As an added bonus I was invited to the official “Best of Party” held by the City Paper at the BEAUTIFUL Gaillard Center and it definitely did not disappoint! My boyfriend Chris AKA DJ Rehab provided amazing music as always, and multiple vendors provided delicious drinks and fantastic food. The theme was “Fairytales” as you can see in the picture. 🙂 As a sweet bonus; Chris also took home 1st Runner up for Best Club DJ.

I was also able to network with other incredible business owners in Charleston and it truly inspired me to just keep doing my best in everything I do.

My passion is truly helping others live healthier lives and just to show anyone that YES, you can be the best version of yourself in every way possible. I feel extremely honored and humbled that the Charleston community saw that and supported me in this journey!

From the bottom of my heart-THANK YOU.

Demi

Supplement or nah?

Supplement or nah?

Definition of supplement

  1. 1a:something that completes or makes an addition

    Some Synonyms: additive, addendum, addition, appendix, compliment, extra, option

Now that the definition is out of the way, I think you have a pretty good idea what a SUPPLEMENT IS. In what I’m specifically talking about today is naturally; dietary supplements to enhance your performance and/or natural well being and overall  health.

These include but are not limited to:

Protein bars, shakes, etc

Fish oil

Amino Acids

BCAAS

Pre-workout

Fat burners

The list goes on and on…

There is a REASON why I prefaced all of this with the definition of what a SUPPLEMENT is, which is what all of the above fall under. This is why:

TO ADD SUPPLEMENTS TO YOUR LIFESTYLE MEANS THAT YOU HAVE VERY SPECIFIC GOALS AND YOU HAVE A PLAN. TO ADD SUPPLEMENTS TO YOUR PLAN MEANS THAT YOU ARE ALREADY ON A HEALTH AND FITNESS PLAN AND LIVE THIS LIFESTYLE OR YOU ARE BUILDING NEW HABITS, AND AGAIN YOU HAVE A PLAN.

If it sounds like I’m yelling, I am.

Supplements are NOT for anyone who thinks they can take a pill, patch, shake etc *NO MATTER WHAT IS PROMISED TO YOU THROUGH FAKE MARKETING* and just continue on with your sedentary lifestyle eating whatever and thinking you will have any positive results!!!

If any supplements tells you, “All you have to do is drink this every day and you will lose weight without changing your lifestyle! or All you do is take this pill in the morning, and wear this patch and BAM a bikini ready bod is on the way!”

RUN FAR FAR AWAY WHEN YOU HEAR OR SEE THESE CLAIMS! Because that is all complete BS and they are just stealing your money. #FACTS

Now! On the flipside: there are some GREAT supplements out there, and I recommend certain ones to my clients all the time. There is even a shake I recommend to my clients and it’s the ONLY one I endorse because it helped me feel super healthy and supplemented my own weight loss journey where I  lost 60 lbs 3 times in my life.  Again: this shake didn’t make me lose the weight. It HELPED me and made me feel good in my fitness journey. Check it out here or not; it’s all good. Remember; supplements are to ADD and enhance your healthy lifestyle. Think of them like the cherry on top of your icecream (probably not the best analogy for a health and fitness blog but you get my point), supplements just make everything a little bit better and more enjoyable for you when used the right way.

I do recommend Shakeology to everyone if they are looking for a protein and super food drink to SUPPLEMENT their healthy lifestyle. Depending on the client in front of me, I will also recommend other products depending on their specific goals. It’s all very subjective and all of this is another reason why having a  personal trainer is so important.  It’s not just about your workout, but everything else you consume during the day that can make or break your results. All of this being said-there are a ton of clients who choose no supplements whatsoever-and that is completely ok as well.

**Remember-supplements are to ENHANCE your journey to a healthier and fitter you…they are NOT a quick fix, they are NOT just a pill you can pop and magically lose weight.  No weight loss patch will curb your appetite and therefore help you lose weight. It’s NOT going to happen. If there was a quick fix that worked-wouldn’t everyone on planet earth be fit and healthy?**

Truth is: you gotta work. You have to put in the TIME, blood, sweat, and tears. You have to be PATIENT, you have to be CONSISTENT. There will be ups and downs. You have to roll with it. That’s why it is called a JOURNEY. You will have set backs. You will mess up. It’s in these moments that define your character and how bad you want to live a healthier lifestyle. You simply just have to keep going. There is no magic ANYTHING…stay hungry, stay focused, do the work and you will see the results that you’ve always wanted.

As always, I am always here for your questions or concerns-if you’d like to meet up for a free consult in the Charleston area-just send me a msg via my contact tab.

In  Health-Demi

Comparing

Comparing

You do it.

I do it.

We gotta stop doing it.

From all the social media platforms and the images that tend to be “big hits” always plastered in front of us…it’s no wonder we can be insecure at times. We always run around trying to be this IDEA of the perfect image we want to put out into the world. We obsess. We are never happy, never satisfied. When is enough…enough?

Positive Self Image is something I work on with myself daily. I struggle with it…because as much as anyone will appreciate the way I look, there have been many “unsavory” things written and said about me. I know that I’ll never be good enough for everyone…and that is okay. Because that is impossible.

I don’t have the big boobs, the big @ss that is so on trend right now, and I don’t have that hourglass figure.

AND THAT’S OK.

Here are the things that I am: I am strong. I can lift heavy weights, safely. I am functionally fit. I work hard in the gym so I can play outside with vigor. I can go on hikes where I can see the most beautiful places in the world. I can jump off of waterfalls. I have a strong core that protects my back so I am better protected against injuries. I CAN HAVE MORE FUN. I get bruises, scrapes and bumps along the way, and that is fine with me. As long as I am having fun with the ones I care for, well that is what makes me happy.

*I suggest you write a paragraph about yourself like the above so you can see all of the things you ARE.*

This is what is important. Pay no attention to those who glorify the things that you or I will never be. Because who we are right now is just fine. Being TRULY healthy and fit-no matter what society pegs you as-is what truly matters.

Ask yourself:

Are you healthy?

Are you strong?

Do you feel good?

Are you fit? Are you working your way towards being fit and healthy?

If you said yes=you are beautiful.

(P.S. if you’re thinking of becoming healthy and fit, you’re totally kickass too. Now is the time to get started on your journey).

 You are beautifully and wonderfully made.  Period, end of story-bottom line.

I know it can take time to accept that about yourself. Its really hard sometimes to see what the masses are drooling over, and realizing that you are the complete opposite of the “ideal state of beauty.” But we are unique as hell and that’s what makes us beautiful. You don’t want to strive to be a barbie.

Be the anti barbie who kicks ass and takes names.

In Health-Demi

Integrity

Integrity

This word carry’s A LOT of weight, and applies to everything in our life; personal life, relationships, business, all of it.

It’s hard to do the right thing when no one is watching sometimes. There are just moments when we must be our own personal COACHES, and have discipline with not just our bodies, but our minds as well.

Because I am a personal trainer, and this is a fitness related blog-I am going to stick to the health related side of this word.

Do you think on the weekends that calories don’t count?

Are you still consuming those empty calories, i.e. soda, juice, etc?

Do you think you are hydrated enough, but deep down you know you only had probably a glass of water today?

This is where we need to keep our focus. When we are out and about, do we cave in to the social norm of eating and drinking in America? We need to get real with ourselves and take control.

80% of America is obese or heading in that direction. If we want to change our lives not just for ourselves but for generations to come, we have to have integrity with what we eat and drink every single day, and what our lifestyle portrays. We still must workout of course, but as everyone will say, that tends to be the easier part. After all, a workout is only 2-4% of your day. The rest of your day is what is going to make or break the results that you want so bad.

Let’s start the week off with integrity in everything we do. When no one is watching, let’s try to make the right decisions. In the end, that’s when the real pay off will come.

P.S. Have you voted for me in the Best of Competition yet? No matter where you may live, I could really use your vote for Best Personal Trainer. Currently I’m in the top 5, and I just need all of your wonderful support to seal the victory. I truly am so grateful! Go Ahead and vote HERE! (Once you click there, scroll all the way down to “Best Personal Trainer”…then click on “VOTE” next to “Demi Eliese Fitness” and you are good to go after verifying your email address so they don’t think you are a robot. 🙂 

In Health-Demi

Trust and finding your “Why”

Trust and finding your

As I go through my personal training career, I always try to put myself in the position of the “consumer.”

Why would they hire me?

How can I convey that they can trust me?

The “why” and the “trust” are very important.

Let’s talk about trust.  I think it’s safe to say that within minutes of meeting someone you have already decided if you are going to trust them or not. For some people-trust is something that has to be proven. Both of course are very understandable. I know that when trust is broken, it’s pretty impossible to repair. Which is why it’s at the top of my priority list.

I want to get to know my clients. I don’t just want to be the “repair man” that just comes and fixes something, get’s paid, and leaves. Absolutely not. We’re in this for the long haul. This is about commitment. I want to look (for example) at YOU in the eyes and really listen. LISTEN for those cues as to what will be enjoyable for you, what you may not like, and what really makes you “tick” in a sense. It’s hard to describe as you can see! But you are essentially trusting me to change your life. I do NOT take that lightly. Every night I plan for the next day’s workouts, I dream about them, I will change them at the last minute if need be. I’m NOT a clip board holder and I will NEVER be going through the motions of just telling you what to do. Far too often-my time with clients always seems to go too fast because I lose track of time since I’m so absorbed in your experience. I’m WITH you, with every grunt, every bead of sweat, every properly executed rep-I am your biggest fan. I will also step in and tell you that you can do better when I know you can at certain times. I am results oriented. There is a method to the madness. I envision your goals as my own. If you can’t trust me to push you to your personal best, that wall of trust can be broken. And that is simply not going to happen with me. Your success is my own success.  My passion for you to succeed and be happy with your experience with me is what makes my eyes open in the morning. Period. End of story.

After establishing trust, we can move on to finding your WHY.

I have a very simple explanation of how to get to the root of your WHY.

Your WHY should make you cry.

Or at least a little contemplative.

Not trying to get sappy here; but before committing to me, spending time with me, sweating with me, and putting in the work: this must be established.

Are you doing this to look good in a bikini or for the summer? If that’s the answer you give yourself-you need to sit your butt back down and think again.

Forget about how you want to look. FORGET ABOUT IT. You need to establish a vision for yourself.

How do you want to feel?

Do you want to be able to keep up with your kids/nephews/nieces/grand-kids etc and play with them?

Do you want to be more confident?

Do you want to lower your cholesterol so you can live a long life for your family?

Do you just want to be healthy so you can not just survive, but really and truly THRIVE?

Do you want to set an example for someone you know because you care about them?

These are just examples of the type of questions I want you to ask yourself. Write it down in 3-4 sentences. BE SPECIFIC. Tape it to the bathroom mirror. Put a copy in your car. Do what you need to do to have this important reminder of why you want to change your life.

It’s not all about just losing the lb’s…but after implementing these 2 simple mental tasks, the weight-loss and strength gains are an added bonus effect and that’s when you will start to see results.

It’s about thriving and being truly happy with yourself. This is something you have so much control over, unlike many circumstances in life…THIS…you CAN control! You’re at the steering wheel here. I can help steer you in the right direction.

In Health-Demi

Friendly reminders…

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Also: Voting for Best Personal Trainer is still open! My name is at the top of the list-just head on over HERE and scroll down to “Best Personal Trainer,” “Demi Eliese Fitness” is listed right at the top. Click on “VOTE” and you are good to go and I am eternally grateful.

Thank you!

Move past your comfort zone

Move past your comfort zone

The only way to get better at anything is to do things you may struggle with, and then keep doing them. When you become great at those things, find something else to conquer. I believe this is what life is all about.

This of course can translate to all sorts of different ideas in your life. But of course I want to talk about the workout aspect of this.

Many people avoid HIIT (high intensity interval training) because they don’t enjoy the discomfort it can temporarily bring. Many women don’t lift heavy weight for fear of looking bulky. Many only do tons of cardio because they enjoy that endorphin rush it can bring, when in reality you NEED a strength training component in your life to be a well rounded athlete. Yes-you are an athlete.

These are just examples, but you get the point. Find things to do that you haven’t done before. Take a group fitness class, spin class, go do stadium sprints, do a solid hour of hypertrophy training in the gym (heavy heavy weight lifting!)…find what makes you feel a little “hesitant” when you think about doing it. THEN DO IT! Breaking up your routine with something new is a great and FUN way to bring some variety to your fitness and we all know variety is a key component to seeing and feeling results faster.

P.S. Have you voted for me for Best Personal Trainer in Charleston? If not: just click  HERE and scroll down to “Best Personal Trainer.” You will see “Demi Eliese Fitness” right at the top, click “VOTE” and you are good to go after you quickly verify your email address so the site knows you’re not a robot. I would be very grateful for your vote!

As always, feel free to ask me anything.

In Health-Demi

Tabata training

Tabata training

Tabata Training.

Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe not.

Those who do it or have done it will tell you, IT’S INTENSE.

It’s supposed to be. Tabata training is a form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) that will leave you WASTED and sweaty. Whats great is that you will stimulate the EPOC effect (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) which means you’ll be burning calories long after the workout is over. Tabata burns a lot of calories and provides a killer full-body anaerobic and aerobic workout. Tabata training also improves athletic performance, improves glucose metabolism, and acts as an excellent catalyst for fat burning.

The definition of a Tabata is taking a movement, doing it ALL OUT for 20 seconds, then 10 seconds rest, then repeating 4 rounds. It may only technically take 4 minutes to do a Tabata.  If you are not gasping for air like you are about to collapse in your 10 second break-you didn’t go hard enough. Ideally, Tabata training should be done with one movement. So, if you choose a movement like front squats, or thrusters, or burpees, you do it at absolute maximum intensity for 20 seconds, take a 10-second rest, then begin again.

Another great thing, is you don’t necessarily need any equipment for this type of workout nor does it need to be that long-since it’s so intense. If you want to implement Tabata training, I advise twice a week. You can make the workouts as long or short as you want, heck I’ve seen people do hour long Tabata’s and I’ve done those myself-IT’S NOT EASY. And you can structure it how you want it.

EXAMPLE:

20 seconds mountain climbers, 10 second rest

20 seconds high knee jog, 10 second rest

20 seconds of burpees, 10 second rest

20 seconds air squats, 10 second rest

REPEAT as many times as you can handle. Switch up the movements every cycle if you’d like. Structure it out before you start the workout so you can keep the intensity UP.

As always, feel free to ask me anything. Also, don’t forget to vote for myself in the Best Of competition for Best Personal Trainer! You can vote HERE. Then just scroll down to “Best Personal Trainer” and click on “Demi Eliese Fitness.” Thank you!

In Health-Demi