Motivational Personal Development

Is This One Thing Holding You Back?

Have you ever heard of the saying… “addition by subtraction”?

What that means is… by removing things from your life, you can actually add other good things in!

By subtracting, you MAKE ROOM for other opportunities!

This is probably one of the most effective changes you can make, right now, that will help you see results faster no matter what your goal.

The thing you need to remove may be so ingrained into your daily habits that it would seem almost impossible to remove.

For me… it is video games.

Each day, I probably spend 1-2 hours playing them.

I knew I had to remove it, at least temporarily. It takes away from my relationship with my girlfriend, and pulls me from my business.

Our current life is a product of the daily actions we take. And although I am happy with what I have and where I am, I am no where close to where I want to be.

So, I deleted every video game off of my computer. 

When I hesitated to delete video games even after knowing that it would negatively affect my relationships and business… I knew then I had to cut it.

Do I want to play video games… OR have the relationship and business I want.

I’ll take the life I want.

You have a decision every day to move closer to the life you want.

What’s the thing that is holding you back.

Would you rather ____________ or have the life you want? 

You know what you have to do 🙂

If you’re having a hard time with this, email me! I’d be happy to help you out.


Doctors Told Her She’d Never Walk Again

At 16 years old, after a surgery-gone-bad to help correct her scoliosis, Monica was told that she would never walk again.

Yet every week, Monica walks through our doors at Hybrid with a contagious smile on her face, and she does what she was told would be impossible.

She Walks!!!

In fact, just yesterday she did a whole lot more than just walk! Laterally walking, stepping over things, stepping up on to platforms… AND stepping backwards off of that same step!

We take for granted the awareness we have of where our feet are. When she was stepping backwards off of that step, she really don’t know where her feet were going. She just had to trust herself!

When we first started working together, we had to try and figure out parking arrangements. In our main entrance, there are only steps… so that made it difficult.

On our back entrance, however, there is a ramp that leads up to the sidewalk where the door is… but the ramp is on the OTHER side of the block.

From there she made it a goal to be able to walk the whole distance of the block… and shes already done that over and over.

When we were walking the block yesterday, we got stopped by a few tourists, and they decided they wanted to have a full blown conversation! They were really nice people…But standing still for Monica is exhausting. So as we spoke, in the corner of my eye I could see her gritting her teeth trying to stand straight up.

We decided from now on it would be a good addition to her workout routine to find random strangers on the sidewalk and talk to them.

I can’t express how inspired by her and how far she has come. But even beyond that… she just has the biggest heart and is so courageous. Even if she didn’t make any progress at all, she is an amazing person that we can all learn from.

Every time she comes in… even if I’m having a crappy day, my day immediately takes a turn for the better.

Thank you Monica for being you, being so strong, and not letting anything get in your way!

Monica hasn’t let her injury stop her in any other areas of her life either!

She is married and has a beautiful baby boy, and is a guidance counselor at a local school!

Keep doing your thing Monica!!!


How to Survive Summer Cookouts

Summer cookouts can make it difficult to eat for your goals… but the reality is…it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Here are three quick tips that will help you navigate summer cookouts and get togethers!1. Portions > “Healthy Food”

If you are looking to lose weight, yes, it’s important to eat nutritious food, but at the end of the day, portion size is what is most important.

Very often, people tell me they eat “healthy, non-processed foods” most of time, and don’t know why they aren’t losing weight. It’s because the portions of those healthy foods are too large. Here is a guideline you can use to see if your portions are right at a cookout!

General daily portion guidelines for Women+Men 

Women: 3-4 meals per day with:

1 cupped hand carbs/fruit (1/2cup)
1 fist veggies (1 cup)
1 palm protein (3-4oz of meat / ~20-25g protein)
1 thumb of fat (1/8th cup or 1 tbsp)

Men: 3-4 meals per day with:

2 cupped hand carbs/fruit (1 cup)
2 fist veggies (2 cups)
2 palms protein (6-8oz of meat / ~40-50g protein)
2 thumbs of fat (1/4 cup or 2 tbsp)

Knowing this, take into consideration what you’ve already eaten in the day, and how much more you plan on eating around your social events.

Then, break down your foods into hand portions.

One of my favorite go-to’s at summer carnivals is hand-cut fries. A little vinegar on these puppies and I am in heaven! Here is an example of 3 cupped hands of carbs. It would almost appear as 2 cupped hands of carbs, but the picture doesn’t show how deep this bowl of fries is!

When I eat this, I know how many total handfuls of carbs I have for the day, and just tally off those carbs from my remaining carbs. It’s that simple!

2. Don’t Restrict Yourself from the Good Stuff!

If there is an awesome desert you look forward to having, have it! If you don’t, you’re going to crave it now and binge on it later anyways!

Just follow the hand portion guide above, and you’ll be fine 🙂

Remember, portions is more important than quality when it comes to weight loss (or weight gain)!

3. Limit Alcohol

Alcohol is the one thing I believe you really should try to limit. It normally packs a ton of carbs (think of one drink as one handful of carbs)… so you can  hit your carb limit pretty quickly. Also, when we drink we also tend to want to eat more food 🙂

Just drink some water! If you aren’t a plain water person, pre-pack some flavored sparkling water and poor it into your wine glass or solo cup at the party!

Hopefully these three tips give you some more clarity on how to navigate cookouts! Its not always easy, but you feel really great after… and the more you practice these habits, the easier it becomes!

Hope you have a great Thursday, enjoy your day!

P.S. Our Summer Couch to 5k Program has 5 spots left… If you want to run your first 5k or just want to get moving during the warm weather, check this out! It starts this upcoming Tuesday!  Learn more by clicking HERE!

Exercise Tutorials Strength Training

Prevent Back Pain in Deadlifts! | Strength Training for Women

Many women complain of back pain when performing the dead lift. More times than not, this happens because of one or both of these things.

1. Proper setup and technique
2. Improper or lack of activation of proper muscle groups

In this video, Hunter Grindle of Hybrid fitness addresses solutions to both of these problems!

Nutrition Personal Development Strength Training

5 Secrets to Fat Loss for Women | Fat Loss For Women at Home

This Video Goes over my 5 “Secrets” to Fat Loss.

These secrets fall under 3 categories:

1. Exercise
2. Proper Nutrition
3. Mindset

If you know the daily actions of what you need to do within those 3 categories, you can progress towards your goals!

Exercise Tutorials Strength Training

11 Best Arm Toning Exercises | Arm Toning Exercises For Women

In this video, you are walked through the top 11 Arm toning exercises that can be used by women to tone all areas of the arms, including the shoulders, triceps, and biceps.

You don’t have to worry about getting BULKY ladies 🙂 You will have to worry about all of the compliments you’ll be getting from your friends though 🙂


3 Tips on How to Lose Weight with Weight Watchers Free Style | Weight Loss for Women

I know some of you are currently using weight watchers, or are atleast thinking about using it to reach your fitness goals!

That’s why I just put this quick video together for you on the TOP 3 Tips you need to know to be successful with the new point system.
These tips will show you how to feel empowered at the end of the day with left over points vs feeling defeated and Hungry.

Don’t be HANGRY anymore with weight watchers and check out these 3 tips!

Exercise Tutorials Motivational

Top Content from Week 12/8/18

Here are this weeks Top Videos and Articles we think you should read to help you reach your goals!!!









In one of this weeks youtube videos, I share with you a story about persistence that proves that if you just keeping working on your goals… no matter how many times you get hit with adversity, you will reach them eventually










This article gives you 3 home exercises you can do to

BOOST your strength! It was featured on!









Here we go over the top 3 tips I think people should consider when beginning an exercise program! This is a short interview done by Village Soup TV.

I hope you enjoy all of the new content!

Have a Fantastic Friday!!!

Strength Training

Top 3 Strength Training Weight Loss Exercises | For Women Over 50

Top 3 Strength Training Weight Loss Exercises | For Women Over 50

If you’re looking to Burn some Calories and Tone Your Muscle, I’ve got 3 Unique exercises for you that will Accelerate your Weight Loss Goals.

These 3 Exercises are:

  • Joint Friendly
  • Scalable (for all fitness levels)
  • Compound or Combo Movements (uses your entire body)
  • Easy to Do at Home

I’m a huge believer in joint-friendly exercise whether 20 or 60 old – The less wear and tear we can put on your joints the better! These exercises will help you stay pain free while being preventative in the development of joint issues.

We’ll also give you various options to make these movements easier or harder so YOU can chose which one is the best for your fitness level.

All of the exercises are either compound or combo movements. This will allow you to activate the most muscle and burn the most calories!

Finally, these require minimal equipment (at most dumbbells) and can easily be done in the comfort of your own home!


The first movement is a Neutral Grip Dumbbell Thruster.

This movement combines a squatting motion with a shoulder press at the top, while keeping the weights perpendicular to your body.

First, hold your dumbbells in a shoulder rack position with feet at shoulder width apart.

Sit back into your heels as if you were sitting into a chair. Once your legs reach 90 degrees (or your thighs become parallel with the ground, drive through your heels to return back to the standing position and press the dumbbells in line with your ears over your head.


It’s extremely important that throughout the squatting motion that your knees stay in line with your toes. In the pressing movement, it’s essential that you maintain a straight spine. If you are unable to maintain a straight spine throughout the movement, exaggerate squeezing your butt and tightening your core.

If this still doesn’t fix your form, drop the weight with your dumbbells.

Modifications: If you have trouble squatting to 90 degrees or your knees continue to cave in, I suggest squatting into a chair or onto a box as shown in the picture and video accompanied with this post.


The second movement is the Alternating Reverse Lunge with Lateral Raise.

To begin the movement, hold the dumbbells in your hands and step back creating a 90 Degree in your leg. Make sure your torso remains vertical. As you step back up to the standing position, raise your arms laterally until they are level with your shoulders. Then, step back with the opposite foot, and repeat the motion.


Modifications: To modify this movement, you can change the weights or eliminate them completely until you have mastered the form. If you’re knees bother you in this exercise, reduce the ROM (range of motion) of the movement in your leg so that you don’t create a 90 degree angle. Just go to the point where it doesn’t irritate your joints.


The third movement is the Alternating Step-up with Double Bicep Curl.

To start with this movement, hold the dumbbells to your sides, and step up onto a staircase, box, or bench. The goal is to create a 90 degree angle with your leg. Next, stand up onto the box with the other leg and simultaneously curl the dumbbells while keeping the elbows tucked in to your side. Carefully step back down while lowering the dumbbells to the starting position and repeat the exercise on the opposing leg.


Modifications: To modify this movement, find a lower platform to steup up on. This will place less stress on the knee joint while still working out your leg muscles.


Sample Workout: For 3 Rounds, perform each of these exercises for 30s in the following order:

  1. DB Thrusters x 30s
  2. DB Step Ups with Bicep Curl x 30s
  3. DB Reverse Lunge with Lateral Raise x 30s
  4. Rest 30s


Remember the key points throughout this article when performing the  sample workout! Make sure you’re able to keep proper form throughout each movement, and if not, use the modifications we lay out for you!

If you do the workout and would like to make it more challenging or switch it up, simply change the time of the movements or the number of sets!

For example, instead of performing 3 rounds of 30s on each exercise, you could do 2 rounds of 45s OR 4 Rounds of 30s!

Have fun with it!

Alright, now go get your workout in!



Motivational Personal Development

Focus on Form Before You go Fast

As a fitness coach, I always preach mastering form before you go faster in an exercise.

Having proper form requires you to give each repetition everything you have.

All of your focus and energy is given to a single movement. Eventually, perfect form will become a habit.

Form starts to fail when you go too fast. Too often, the trigger to breaking form starts with the idea that going fast will get more done and get you better results.

Unfortunately, getting more done and being effective are not the same thing.

If your form does breaks down, you can get injured which could set you back for months.

If you practice perfect form and it becomes a habit, you are able to get steady results and not have to stop due to injuries.

WE HAVE ALL GONE TOO FAST, myself included.

And this doesn’t just apply to exercise. It applies to our relationships and our jobs.

We think that crossing more off of the to do list means success. But if we half ass all of those things, we have already broken form.

And if we break form, its only a matter of time before we get hurt.

When was the last time…

You were at the dinner table with your spouse or bf/gf but were on the phone whole time.

How many times can you do that before they start to think you don’t care as much as you used to?

When was the last time..

You did the bare minimum to make your boss content but you didn’t go the extra mile to benefit the customer.

When will the next person come along that goes above and beyond and takes your position?

When was the last time..

You became too busy in the endless tasks of being a business owner and stopped doing what you are best at, helping people fix their problems.

The quality of your service will drop and people will find a better solution.

I have done every one of these things. But, if we can catch our faulty form, we can correct it and avoid injury.

We can correct our form by slowing down. Take one task at a time, and give it your all.

You may not get as many things done, but the ones you do will have a MASSIVE effect.

Lead with your heart, not your head.

Let’s all aim to be a better husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, employee, coach, business owner, and friend today.

Have a kickass Friday…