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Client Transformation Story: 40lbs and counting!

Bryan’s Weight Loss Transformation Story:

Body Transformation Weight Loss

“I joined Peak Synergy Fitness at the end of 2015, with the intention of improving my overall fitness and health with the help of some group classes. Prior to joining Peak, I had never attended a group fitness class before and wasn’t really sure what to expect. Believe it or not, the routine of going to the gym without a plan or any idea of what I was doing, wasn’t all that successful in helping me with weight loss!

I weighed in on January 11th 2016 at 252.8 pounds. The weight itself wasn’t a surprise to me, but Coach Kumar, who helped me in taking some before and after pictures, warned me prior to looking at them that seeing yourself in a picture is always going to be different than in a mirror. And he wasn’t lying; if “the camera adds 10 pounds”, there must have been a few more on me than I was aware of!

A year to the day later, I weighed in at 211.0 pounds, for a total loss of 41.8 pounds. Keeping an accurate log of my weight throughout the year meant the weight itself wasn’t much of a surprise a year later, the surprise was now seeing the pictures of myself and seeing the transformation. If anything, this one year follow-up isn’t the finish line, it’s a checkpoint on my continued journey.

Body Transformation Weight Loss

After hitting a high of about 280 pounds a few years ago, I began making progress to get to the 250ish mark over the last few years. That number seemed to be a plateau that I wasn’t able to get below on my own, so it motivated me to start making some more changes, and reach out to the experts at Peak.

The biggest change that I stubbornly tried to fight off for as long as possible was cleaning up my diet. Joining peak forced me to finally do so, which made a world of difference. To help monitor my progress, I downloaded an app for my iPhone to track my daily weigh-ins. Both Maria and Kumar have been amazing resources for assisting me on my journey, offering suggestions to improve on different workouts, but also advice on my nutrition/diet/lifestyle. This major change was definitely the catalyst to breaking past my plateau and seeing such a big transformation over the year.

Coming to Peak has made me feel accountable to show up and take responsibility for my own results, and I now look forward to attending after work to blow off some steam and join the workouts. It’s become a regular part of my routine that I never imagined that I would be doing, and I love it! Kumar has most recently given me the challenge to make my legs stronger in 2017, and he is giving me the tools to succeed and keep me focused on improvement. Here’s to 2017, and another year of success! Thanks Peak!”

Body Transformation Weight Loss

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The Basics And Why They Work

Using The Basics of Exercise To Get & Stay Fit

Where to start with fitness

In fitness you will often hear about getting back to the basics. There is a reason for that: it’s because they work.

Some gyms and coaches will give you cutting edge exercises and use technologically advanced equipment. You may be hooked up to monitors, or competing against some imaginary opponent; but all we really need is our own body weight and some simple bars and plates.  Heck, if you don’t have weights, do what the Scots do, lift heavy stones.
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Are You Really Serious About Your Health?

Why Steven Seagal Got Fat: Efficiency

Why did Steven Seagal get fat? He became too damn efficient. In the eighties and early nineties he was lean, athletic and fast. His Aikido skills (Japanese Martial Art) were among the top Aikidoka in the world. Re-iterating something that has been gaining speed in the fitness community, the greater efficiency we gain at something, the less effect it has on our physiology. So, when someone gets to the level of mastery of a skill, it no longer has the same training effect it did when they were just learning it.
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Just Go With the Flow: Achieving Flow State Performance

2dc8d9a_largeIn psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task, although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions. Read more

Winter Health Starts Now! Build your Immune System

Build your immune system now for optimal winter health! But heck, if you’ve got kids going back to school, it’s almost too late. By the third or fourth week of school absences spike as both students and teachers get hit with bouts of cold and coughs. Everyone’s been outside, enjoying summer, getting sun and exercise and not in cramped, stuffy classrooms – a breeding ground for germs.

Are you the type of person that gets sick every winter, possibly even with recurring infections requiring antibiotics? There a lot of potential immune building supplements and foods that can be of great help. However, building your immune system does not happen over night, or even a few weeks. Depending on your current health it can take months to build a strong immune system, resistant to colds, flu and bacterial infections.
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Consistency: Your Trump Card for Health

Consistency. It is so elusive to many of us. We all have good intentions of eating right, getting plenty of sleep, exercising, reading more, watching less TV etc. But, there is the pull of the sofa, TV, or Facebook that ends up wasting our time, and before we know it, it’s bedtime and we haven’t read, meditated or done the dishes.Being-consistent
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How to Motivate your Training Partner

How do you motivate your training partner? Are you the kind of person that shouts loudly to motivate? Do you cheer like you are the lead of the BC Lions Feline Dance Squad? Do you say nothing?coach-yelling

Motivation is a big part of being a training partner, coach or instructor. Some people cannot train alone. They need that external push. But, how you are motivating them can play a huge role in how they perform, and whether or not you give them that extra push…or just irritate or distract them.

I’ll tell you what I can’t stand. Hooting, hollering, and wahooing. It is a distraction and the high pitch squeal throws me off. Ask any high level athlete, (I’m not saying I am high level) and I am sure they will tell you the same. Meaningless words and shouting do nothing to motivate people. Read more

Supplements: Optimizing Your Health

Conditioning-SupplementsIn a perfect world, supplements would not be necessary. It would be great if we all ate a perfect, whole foods, organic, locally sourced diet. But, we don’t. And, even if you did, there is a chance you would still be deficient in one or more nutrients. Proper, prudent supplementation can have a profound impact on your health.  While it is true there are people that seem to get along fine without ever having taken so much as a multivitamin, I believe that it is worth the time to invest some effort into researching what could optimize your health when it comes to supplementation. There are some supplements which I believe almost every person should take, while some that only people of certain ages, sex and cultures (depending on where you live) take. Read more

Peak Synergy Fitness Blog

Are you ready to optimize your health and take your fitness to the next level?

Welcome to the Peak Synergy Fitness Blog. Health fanatics, couch potatoes and everyone in between, rblog-1186593_1280ejoice!

Over the course of time I will provide you with the answers to questions I get the most. Which diet is best? How many hours of sleep do I need? Which exercise is best for weight loss? What are some healthy snacks I can have at work? What are some easy, but healthy recipes? How can I train for (insert event here)? How do I recover from (insert injury here). How do I stay motivated to exercise? How can my hair look like yours?
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