Goal Oriented Success *Client Spotlight*

One of my favorite things about what I do is having a client who has a rock solid tangible GOAL in mind, such  as a high school reunion or a wedding. I know these clients will be standouts for me because they have something to work towards and together we both have something to really push for. Whats even BETTER is once they achieve their goal-it’s 99.999999% likely that they will want to keep what they’ve worked so hard for because they look and FEEL so awesome. Plus, by this point it has become a habit and apart of their lifestyle. That right there is the REAL payoff as a trainer!

All this being said-I sure do love a good before and after! I use the term “after” very loosely because in all honesty it really is a PROGRESS picture! It is truly a trainers hope that they keep health and fitness as a life long habit. BUT! Let’s be real here…those side by side pictures to see the progress is so completely motivating and SO MUCH FUN to see because it is a direct reflection of consistency and hard work!

For this blog’s client spot light it goes to none other than Gillian. She came to me with a GOAL of looking and feeling better as a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. The first thing I noticed about her is her true willingness to put in the work that was needed to achieve her goals. This is something a trainer can really pick up on literally within the first minute of meeting a client. She was open and ready to make whatever changes she needed to make in her lifestyle as needed and she trained with me 3 times a week, never missing a session. During each session she left it all on the gym floor. She remembered all of my training cues as the sessions went by and she just continuously improved. Not to mention she has a wonderful personality and we had so much fun doing so. This is something I want everyone to know. You can have fun with the process! You are making an investment in yourself so why not? 🙂 I know we did, and I feel like I have a friend who makes me a better trainer because she just gets better. In 3 months she lost lb’s but most importantly lost tons of inches and gained massive self-confidence! Her endurance and strength has massively improved and I couldn’t be prouder! Without further ado…I give you Gillian’s progress pictures!

Goal Oriented Success *Client Spotlight*

Goal Oriented Success *Client Spotlight*

Goal Oriented Success *Client Spotlight*

That right there is the sum of tons of SWEAT AND CONSISTENCY INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE GYM.

Proud of you girl! You LOOK INCREDIBLE! 

As always feel free to reach out to me for anything, results are what I’m after!!!

In Health-Demi

 

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

Hawaii, Fitness, Fun

I had the ultimate pleasure in accompanying my significant other (DJ REHAB of Rehab Events) to Hawaii this last week, as he was hired to DJ a wedding on Maui! I was honored to be invited and we definitely made the most of our trip! (and work!) 🙂

Hawaii, Fitness, Fun
At the top of Mt. Haleakala!
Hawaii, Fitness, Fun
My BF doing what he loves and is so amazing at in the beautiful facility on Maui known as the Hui House!

I have to be completely honest…I did not workout not ONE time while having the time of our lives! I mean-there was just too much fun to be had, and the food was shockingly healthy, so I didn’t feel too bad about it. The reason why I didn’t feel bad about it is because I KNEW going in that I had been absolutely consistent with my training and nutrition leading up to the trip…I have to lead by example of course! Here’s the thing-when you have actual healthy muscle mass on your body that you have worked very hard for…events like this that happen every now and than can happen and barely have a negative effect on you.

Hawaii, Fitness, Fun
The BEST sushi we have ever ate at the best place on Maui known as NUKA.
Hawaii, Fitness, Fun
We loved Big Beach! (Aka Makena Beach) 

Did you know that one pound of muscle will burn 50 calories a day just sitting doing nothing?  If you gain 10 pounds of muscle, you would therefore gain an additional 500 calories per day metabolic boost just sitting around.

!!!

I hydrated as much as I could, I DEFINITELY indulged, and I RESTED. When fitness is apart of your lifestyle and you LIVE it day in and day out-your body can handle rest periods like this! It’s a wonderful thing, and in the end if you are super active, your body will appreciate the break and come back stronger. It’s all about BALANCE!

If you are not super active-how much of an incentive is this?! Lift those heavy weights, hire a trainer, change your mind set into that of I CAN DO THIS, and you can absolutely make this your lifestyle, AND HAVE SO MUCH DAMN FUN!

Work hard…play harder. 😀

MAHALO! (Thank you in Hawaii speak) 😉

Hawaii, Fitness, Fun
Where we snorkeled-number 1 dive spot in the world! Also the top of a volcano: Molokini Crater.
Hawaii, Fitness, Fun
We definitely enjoyed our time working and playing, and you can too! Hire a trainer, learn and you can quite literally change your life for the better.

As Always, I’m here for all of your health and fitness needs. Shoot me a message!

In Health, Demi

Are you putting too much focus on cardio to reach your goals?

Are you putting too much focus on cardio to reach your goals?

Ask yourself:

What are my specific goals?

What am I doing to attain these goals?

Am I just doing cardio “to feel good?” i.e. ‘endorphins’

There are a TON more questions you should be asking yourself-but one thing I do talk a lot to my clients about is NOT overdoing your cardio. It truly does not matter how much weight you want to lose. Anything over 60 minutes a day is counter productive and will lead to overuse injuries, making you more susceptible to colds and upper respiratory infections because your immune system will be compromised from high levels of cortisol. If that sounded foreign to you: just think that when you do too much cardio your body gets stressed out (cortisol is released) and can make you weak in many ways. The repetitive nature of running, elliptical, etc can put pressure on your joints and ultimately cause an injury over time. You may get into the symptoms of over training, which is a legit illness that can last 3 months and it’s only cure is rest.

When you look at your body-think of it like a sculpture. Draw an outline of your body on a piece of paper if you must. Get out a pen and actually draw where you’d like to see improvements that make sense. I.E. narrower waist, rounder glutes, more defined shoulders, etc and add a weight loss goal if needed.

*Fun Fact:  I used to be a cardio addict. It also was the time when my body fat was very high and I had NO muscle definition.  Cardio truly can be an addiction: because we all know that runners “high” is legit. Fear not-you can break that addiction. Remind yourself that weight training does NOT make you bulky (unless you are male and train a certain way).  On the contrary-it shapes your body. Training with resistance makes you strong and injury proof.*

I will use one muscle group as an example here or else this will turn into a book. 🙂 Let’s say one of your goals is to have bigger and rounder glutes. Your plan of attack should include hip thrusts, squats, deadlifts, kickbacks, step ups, lunges, sprints….and about a dozen different varieties of all of these movements. (No matter what the goal-remember not to neglect other areas of your body of course in your training, just train your specific area of interest differently to attain your goal. This is why having a personal trainer is a bonus). Notice ‘sprints’ in bold. If you want bigger and rounder glutes, SPRINTING is your cardio. Along with sprinting on an incline, among MANY other variables. If you do too much steady state long cardio and your goal is bigger and stronger glutes, that cardio will eat that muscle that you are trying so hard to build for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and you will see minimum results.

 All this being said, EVERYONE is different, everyone has different goals, and everyone has different abilities.  Personal trainers that are capable streamline plans for each individual that they are training to make your goals a reality. Also-when you are trying to build any muscle, REST is critical for muscle recovery. If you are hitting that muscle every damn day with some sort of cardio-it will never get a chance to recover and get stronger (GROW), plus you MUST EAT EAT EAT the RIGHT way (usually more FOOD if you make the right choices: again this is why a personal trainer is a fantastic investment) if you want any muscle group to get strong and have some growth.

Now speaking of weight loss-this cardio principle still rings true! If you train INTENSE, add in some HIIT (high intensity interval training), and lift with absolute FERVOR, then your training session is pretty much all you need! In 30 minutes I can train a client and leave them dripping with sweat, which means their heart rate went up, which means THERE WAS A CARDIO ELEMENT to it, therefore they burned calories and will be burning calories long after the session is over (after burn effect) SO IN TURN …. they lose weight over time while getting strong. 🙂

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS…actually THINK about your goals. Get specific! Do NOT chase skinny! Chase HEALTHY. Chase STRENGTH. Chase FUNCTIONAL FITNESS. You train hard in the gym so you can live with vitality outside of the gym and not injure yourself! Once you get in this MINDSET everything else “magically” falls into place. 😉

More questions? Feel free to contact me for anything. If you live in the Charleston area, I offer my first session at Exemplar Fitness for free. There are always corporate specials, hospital employee discounts, as well as veteran discounts to train with me personally.

I also offer a “Sweating for the Wedding” training package for Brides and/or their bridal party: 3 month and 6 month packages available.

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

Variety inspires consistency

Variety inspires consistency

Variety=RESULTS!

You need it. Everyone does. Why?

It is the only way you will stay committed for the long haul in your fitness journey. No one wants to be going to the gym everyday and doing the same routine, week after week. That is a sure fire way to get in a mental rut that can possibly halt your motivation altogether.

One thing that I have really embraced over the years is that I will never know it all, and neither will you. I strive to keep learning from everyone around me and I use all of it somehow. There’s a saying that goes; “If you’re not learning, you’re dying” and I truly believe that. Stay humble-learn and grow.

As a fitness professional I encounter a lot of the same split routines with gym members. Usually it goes something like this: Chest, Back, Shoulders/Arms, Legs. Or a combination of some of those spread out over the week. While this is very effective and DOES have it’s place in our fitness regimens-I do encourage variety with myself and my clients for many reasons.

Main one is that you can get mentally bored. Another reason is if you really do the same thing week after week…month after month..you’re body will start to adapt and you may encounter that dreaded “plateau” where you will stop seeing results and/or improvement.

Start to think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help or research different workout ideas on your own. Think of stability AND resistance training at the same time. Sports specific drills such as football and soccer drills can be very effective for speed training, burning calories while being seriously fun! Take a group fitness class here and there to shake it up a bit and to inspire ideas for yourself in your training. While it can be a bit scary to step outside your workout “box” and take out your ear buds…I promise you will gain some benefit from it.

As  always feel free to ask my anything-I’m here for you.

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

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

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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