By Robbie Alexander, NSCA-CPT, APDT

Welcome to my new health and fitness column. As a dog trainer, functional fitness consultant and personal defense trainer, my intention every other week will be to get you thinking about getting off the couch, putting down the sweets and going outdoors to discover your greater self. These articles will be your source for secrets to success with your healthy, active lifestyle challenges.

Your greatest battles toward success in life take place within the deepest corners of your mind. I commonly refer to this concept as a mental fighting ring. I believe your biggest circles of influence affect your inner battles in this “ring.” The part of you that ultimately wins is determined by your conditioning. Article subjects may include the following.

Diet

Statistics show that 60-70% of your fitness successes result from your diet. Regardless of how awesome your gym, trainer or your favorite YouTube channel is, nothing beats keeping your diet close to the earth. As the saying goes, “You can’t out train or out run a bad diet.” You really are what you eat, down to the cellular level. Your body is an amazing assembling of all the nutrition you put into it. My diet approach is challenging, but the challenges can result in you losing pounds of fat and keeping them off.

Functional Fitness

Fitness tips will be based on functional fitness which is an overused and highly misunderstood term that refers to a powerful and highly effective approach to training. Applied properly, you get amazing results. The motivation will be to get off the machines in the gym and training on your feet. My simple challenges will help you develop a body that performs better, systems that function more efficiently, and a more impressive reflection. Sound good? Stay tuned.

Active Dog Training

How does dog training fit into the fitness equation? I asked myself that exact question 10 years ago when trying to figure out what to do with my dog training and fitness credentials. My advice are the results of years of studying many popular dog training solutions, developing effective ways through trial and error as well as from teaching people how to relax and step into a better leadership position with Rex. Ultimately, you’ll discover fun ways to get active outdoors (besides your yards) and bond with your dog, while building some stronger muscles on your body and ultimately, dropping and keeping off pounds of fat (hypothetically speaking of course, but you never know).

Personal Defense

If you aren’t aware of your surroundings and you can’t run, quickly hide or fight in an emergency, what’s your value as a family defender? My greatest workout experiences came not from preparing for my Spartan Races or my sports history as a youth in Monrovia and Duarte, or in college. My greatest challenges came from the training and conditioning associated with earning multiple back belts and becoming a top nationally rated martial arts competitor. Now, as a shooting competitor and stunt professional, nothing tops the level of functional training that fight conditioning offers.

Stay tuned for my next article when I introduce a delicious secret smoothie ingredients for quick athletic recovery.

As they say, “… iron sharpens iron.” I value and welcome your healthy and intelligent feedback. Who knows, your thoughts and comments may influence topics in my future articles. Remember, real health begins with inner wealth!

You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness or nutritional program to determine if it is right for your needs. This publication offers health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have read in this article. The use of any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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