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Form Friday: Bench Twists

Happy Form Friday, Friends! I have another core exercise for you! In this blog, I will be explaining Bench Twists! If you are a PFT member, this exercise is on our Friday's workout for the month of October. Let's get you set-up!

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Form Friday: Sandbag A-frame Liberty Curls

Since this is AB-tober month, for this Form Friday, I will explain another great core exercise: the Sandbag A-frame Liberty Curls (with a sandbag placed on your feet). Essentially, this movement is a full sit-up.

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Form Friday: Alternating Super(man) Toe Touches

This is another amazing core exercise and is very similar to the Alternating Star Toe Touches. If you have not seen this instructional video, please search our blog section for it!

The Alternating Super Toe Touches is an exercise on PFT's Tuesday's and Thursday's workouts for the month of October.

Let's get you set up!

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Form Friday: Pick Pockets

Pick Pockets are a great core exercise! You will be doing both sides, but let's start on the left-side and get you set-up!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Ten Awesome Fat Facts!"

Fat is NOT the dietary "demon" it was once believed to be. Truth be told, in general, there is no such thing as "evil" foods. I've personally never met a diabolical cupcake or a diet-sabotaging premeditating peanut.

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Form Friday: 1-arm Dumbbell Bench Plank Row

The Bench Plank Row is an amazing exercise that works your back and core muscles at the same time! Let's get you set-up!

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Form Friday: TRX Hip Rockers

Hello, Friends! This week, I will breakdown the steps for completing the TRX Hip Rockers! This is a fantastic core exercise, if completed successfully. Let's get you set-up!

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Form Friday: Sandbag Stiff-legged Deadlift

Hello, Friends! This week, I'll review the step-by-step process for completing a Sandbag Stiff-legged Deadlift! This is on your Monday's workout. Now, let's set you up for success! 

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FORM FRIDAY: TRX Alternating Knee to Chest

TRX Official Name: Alternating Suspended Knee Tucks

TRX exercises can be difficult; but hopefully by dissecting this exercise, we'll help make it a little easier! Let's set you up for success!

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Bite Size Break Down: Is alcohol sabotaging your Fat Loss and Fitness Goals?

I’m sure we all remember and can point out all the studies saying that ONE glass of wine a day is shown to reduce chances of Heart disease! I remember everyone jumping up for joy here in the wine capital of California! Here’s a link to a story about it: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/red-wine/art-20048281

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Form Friday: Bench Split Squats

Happy Friday, Friends! This week, I will be going over Split Squats using a bench. If you are a Pure Form PFT member, this is on your Wednesday's workout.

Setting-up properly for Split Squats is one of the most important things for this exercise! It can mean the difference between staying injury-free, or causing injury. Let's go over this together, so you are set-up for success!

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Form Friday: Alternating Star Toe Touches

Hey, PFT Family! Here is another Form Friday edition! Today we are going over the Alternating Star Toe Touches. This is on your Tuesday's workout. Now, let's get you set-up for success!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Pain Don't Hurt" | How to Overcome Life's Eventual Set-backs

Today is the day! You've decided to get healthy and positively take charge of your life.

So, you begin...

You get off to a great start!! Your training is going well, your nutrition is on-point, and fantastic results are starting to reveal themselves. You feel amazing!!

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Form Friday: Curtsy Squats

At PFT, the most important thing is form! If it's on-point, it will reflect in your progress and keep you injury free! Today, let's go over the TRX Curtsy Squats!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Members Only Content

Happy #PFTfamily "Bite-Sized" Breakdown Wednesday!

I know you are probably expecting to see Michael up here but he is working on something super special for yall next week. So today you get the "flounder" LOL! Today I wanted to talk to you about all the benefits you get at PFT besides the awesome training at The PFT Family. I'm talking about your back office "Members Only" content!

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Form Friday: Alternating Reverse Twist-ups

This exercise is from Tuesday's workout. Essentially, the movement you will be performing is a reverse curl with an oblique kick at the top. Let's keep that in mind and set-up for success!

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Form Friday: Free Band Double Triceps Extensions

When clients are asked which areas of the physique they would like to improve; the triceps are commonly mentioned. Let's make sure you're on the right track and set you up for success!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "The Priority Pyramid" A New Long-Term Dietary Strategy

In today's "health and fitness" universe, it seems as though there's a new strategy, fad, supplement, diet, etc. around every corner; that is guaranteed to get unbelievable results...and FAST.

Today we are going to ignore all of that. In general, 99% of the new trends should be ignored anyway (hint: because they're a waste of time and thought). Instead, we are going to focus on what really matters for long-term success.

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Form Friday: Wall Band Burly Tucks

You can achieve great results with this core exercise, but only if your form is correct. Let's make  sure you're on the right track!

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Form Friday: Single Arm Free-Band Bent-Over Row

You can work out, or you can work out with Pure Form. Proper form prevents injury and lets you get the most out of the effort you're putting in. Learn the right way to do the Single Arm Free-Band Bent-Over Row from Renée, our trainer at PureForm PFT West Sacramento.

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Bite Size Breakdown: The Ketogenic Diet - Good or Bad?

The Ketogenic Diet...Is it good or bad? This specific question has been the most asked about topic since we began the Bite-Sized Breakdown series. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the "Keto" approach. So, let us break it down (as simply as possible), trim the fat and get down to the lean cut facts.

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Form Friday: Double Press to Triceps Extension

You do it all the time, but are you doing it right? Renee teaches us how to do the double press to triceps extension safely, plus a couple of modifications.

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Form Friday: An extra stretch to help your recovery!

In case you’ve ever wondered how to effectively increase your flexibility without spending an extra hour in some other class.

Before you stretch, make sure you are warmed up! Never stretch a cold muscle. If you include this stretching routine after every workout, it will help!

First off this is active/resistance stretching. This type of stretching is done in a way that allows your body to stretch itself as you push and pull the muscles.

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How bad do you want it?

Listen, wherever you are in your fitness journey or your desire to start your fitness journey, or anything you have decided to do…

Your success is directly related to your willingness to commit, work and sacrifice to get it! For most of us it didn’t take 6 weeks to get the body you have so it’s not going to be the body you want in only 6 weeks either!

That’s where commitment, focus, sacrifice and strategy come into play.

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Form Friday: Adding to your Core Work!

We do a lot of core work here at PFT! In fact, even when we aren’t doing a specific core move, we are still working our core for stability during 100% of all the moves at PFT!!! And often times you will hear your trainer saying pull your belly button toward the floor or “tuck it”.

So today I want to talk about two things: The Belly Scoop: how to do it, and how to incorporate it into everything we do at PFT.

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Mindset Monday: Fan into Flame the Gift of God 2 Timothy 1:6

We have all been given a gift, a talent, a passion, something we are "called" to do more than anything else. Today, on the PFT Mindset Monday, I challenge you to get up and use it! Use your gift to the fullest!

Have you ever felt like you could or should be doing more? Well, you're right! You should! I should! We ALL can and should be doing more!

It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or how much money you do or don't have!

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#PFTFamilyFriday: Randy's Story

At PFT we are a family. That’s it!!! You don’t just come in here and workout and go home. Now of course you CAN sneak in and out and try to avoid as many people as you can but that only lasts so long until you become a friend, a PFTbrother or a PFTsister! And this week I want to share with you a story from my friend Randy Burns.

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Mindset Monday: Be Your Own Success Story

Ever wonder why PFT is so awesome??!! Well, it’s people like Elizabeth. Elizabeth just had her 1-year anniversary at PFT and has had an amazing transformation. But Elizabeth didn’t have just a physical transformation. The changes to her body AND mind are awesome, and just keep getting Awesomer.

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Escaping the "DIET Mentality"

"Don't eat past 6 p.m...or else!!"
"Oh, man. The Holidays are coming up and I love the food, but I know I'm going to get properly fluffy."
"You know carbs are evil, right?!"
"You know fats will make you fat, right?!"
"Don't even get me started on eggs, meat, milk, bacon and {insert other "evil" food here}!"

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Pure Form PFT's Big Event in West Sacramento

February 10, Noon-2:00pm
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West Sacramento, CA 95691

Come find out why Pure Form PFT is West Sac's "Best Kept Secret"! Despite virtually no advertising, our gym has grown to near max capacity. By limiting memberships, we can provide full attention, smaller class sizes, more personalized coaching and an unforgettable and effective experience for our members.

What makes being part of our PFT Family so special? Take advantage of this ONE TIME ONLY deal and find out.

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Form Friday: Light Up Your Core!

Let’s talk about ‘core’ work!

Do you know what your core is? Do you know how to activate it? The answers to these questions are important because they are the difference in getting an amazing workout, and getting what you think is an amazing workout when actually you’re just flailing around for 20 seconds.

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Mindset Monday: Get Back Up!

Good Monday Morning!

Get Back Up! When you fall down, because you will fall down, Get Back Up!!! So just in case you didn’t know this, the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday! And last Sunday my Pastor Marc was talking about Hope and how Hope can liberate us from our past failures. And he mentioned Walter Payton, one of the greatest running backs EVER! And inspired your Mindset Monday!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Top 5: Craving Control Hacks"

We've all been there... Our day is going along just fine; we have stuck to our dietary strategy and are feeling pretty good about ourselves. Hey, maybe we've finally gotten the hang of this whole "eating thing".

Then it happens! We ease around the corner into the office break room and without warning, we are smacked right in the face with the vision of a box of doughnuts softly nestled on the table. Not only that, our eyes quickly lock in on our favorite doughnut in the whole wide world. Our mouths begin to involuntarily water, with anticipation of that sweet sugary bliss...that is only a fingertips distance away.

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Mindset Monday: Make Your Day a Pure Form Day

Make Your Day a Pure Form Day EveryDay!!!

What makes PFT so special? Well, The #PFTfamily, that’s what. I mean it’s different. PFT is not just another big gym where you can just sneak in and no one will talk to you and you can go hide with your headphones on and just go to the “cardio confessional” row of treadmills and ellipticals! NOPE you will not get that at PFT. You will be greeted with a warm “hey what’s up” and a high five or any other random salutation from your trainer. As well as the greetings you get from the rest of the crew of awesome PFT-ers! And that’s just the beginning of how the PFT family can and will effect your life.

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Testing the Water"

We all know that drinking water is good for us right? But, besides quenching our thirst...why is it good for us?

To begin with, let's look at the breakdown of water in our bodies:

  • Brain and heart: 73% water
  • Lungs: 83% water
  • Skin: 64% water
  • Muscle and kidneys: 79% water
  • Bones (Seem dry, am I right?): 31%

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Form Friday: The 3 Mechanisms of Muscle Growth & Biceps Curls Done Right!

Have you ever wondered, "why" we do "what" we do at PFT? Is there a method to the madness?!!! You bet your core of steel and sweet biceps peaks there is!

When it comes to building muscle, there are three proven mechanisms for hypertrophy (enlargement of muscle tissue). All of which, can work together to build that jaw dropping, knee buckling and well earned aesthetic masterpiece.

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Do "Detox Diets" and "Cleanses" Work?

Feeling tired? Do you want to lose weight? Lose belly fat? Are you feeling a bit sluggish and the need to rid your body of all toxins?

Well you're in luck, we have just what you need...

In this week's Bite-Sized Breakdown, we are going over detox diets and cleanses? Are they necessary? Do they work? What does the science say?

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Mindset Monday: Life is what you Think, Say and Do!

Your life is and will be what you most commonly and repeatedly Think, Say and Do!

Good Monday morning to you! I hope this second week of 2018 is Awesome! I know it can be for you and those closest to you no matter what life throws your way!

You have the choice to affect your own life way more than the outside world does! And I’m going to tell you how right now… BELIEVE!!! That’s it! You have to believe you can and you will! Don’t let anything change your mind! Believe you can and you can! Now it may not happen overnight, but baby steps.

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Form Friday: So why the 10 second interval?

What makes Interval Training so Awesome and why is starting at the “Beep Beep” so important?

“3,2,1… GO!!!” How many times have you heard that at PFT?! Just think how many times your trainer has said that?! Well there is a reason we count down so you are ready to GO right when the Beeper Beeps LOL!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Are Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) Necessary?

Give me a "B"...B!! Give me a "C"...C!! Give me an "A"...A!! Give me another "A"...A!! What does that spell? Muscle Gainzzz!! Uh...I mean, Boost in Energy!! Uh...I mean, Intra/Post Workout Savior!! Uh...I don't really know, the guy at the supplement store just told me I needed to take them.

In this week's Bite-Sized Breakdown, we are going over the potential benefits of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and whether or not they are a necessity, a luxury, or just an absolute waste of money.

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Mindset Monday: No Dream is Too Big

You are only bound by the limits you place on yourself!

Happy New Year!!!

Everyone here at PFT wishes you the Very Best this New Year and today I wanted to talk to you about your goals and dreams for this year!

I hope, after last weeks blog, you had a chance to take stock of this past year and were able to make that list!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Just Desserts

I scream...You scream...We all screa...OK, let's not be so dramatic ladies and gents. When it comes to enjoying our food choices and simultaneously progressing toward our fitness goals, there is always a way.

But hey, maybe screaming is your thing. If so, you'll find that certain choices will have you screaming at the scale; while others will have you screaming with aesthetically blessed joy!!

In this week's Bite-Sized Breakdown, we are comparing very similar flavors of two leading brands of ice-cream. The differences may just make you scream all over again!!

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Mindset Monday: Take stock of your year!

First off let me just say Merry Christmas! I hope this week is filled with memories of great times with loving family and friends.

This week I want to talk to you all about your year. How has this year been for you? Take an hour or so and write down all the monumental events or whatever comes to mind. The Good, The “Bad”, The Boring…

Take a look at it! Write it down! Obviously, take all those good and great things and write them down as a blessing. Thank God for those moments of Grace where everything came together and what resulted lies in your memory as a “Good” or “great” time had by all.

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Is Coffee Bad for You?

It seems like you can't scroll down Facebook for more than two seconds on a Monday morning, without seeing someone mentioning the life/work/sanity/unicorn like magical benefits of coffee.

We could argue, that being so reliant upon something (outside of air, water, food and puppies) for your sole ability to function may be a little sketchy. But hey, I'm not here to be that guy...NO ONE likes "that guy".

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Mindset Monday: Just The Way You Are

Stop comparing your insides, and your worth to the outsides of some model on the cover of some “fitness” magazine. Or your friend on Snap-Book, Insta-Chat, or Face-Gram, with their “filtered” selfies all up and down the page!!!

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Form Friday: Lateral Pushup to Row

Push-ups and rows are a staple in any workout program. Done correctly, both of these exercises can potentially build strength, endurance, and power in the upper body. In the lateral push-up, one side (the working side) performs about 90% of the work, while the other side (the non-working side) really only helps to keep you stable through the movement. When these exercises are combined, the additional challenge of core stability is presented. However, to get the maximum benefit, both of these movements must be performed with Pure Form in a coordinated effort. 

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Raising the Bar"

I was at the grocery store the other day (looking for a quick nutritional fix) and decided to get a protein bar to give me some fuel for my impending training session. As I eased around the sharp aisle's edge, I was smacked in the face by a WALL of what seemed like an infinite amount of choices (most of them terrible).

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Mindset Monday: Be a “Give It All You’ve Got-er”

Hey #PFTfamily, Carl THE Trainer here with your #MindSet #Monday video.  Today I want to talk about how you finish! 

When you’re at the gym and your trainer says you only have 10 more seconds left in your round, do you push yourself as hard as you can trying to get the most out of your time? I hope you are because THAT’S where real change happens.  That’s where mental strength and toughness comes into play.

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Form Friday: Spideys

Hey PFT Family! I just wanted to share with you the proper form and cues you can give yourself for a couple great core moves we are doing this month at PFT! 

The “Regular” and “Dark” Spidey. These functional and focused core moves are great ways to add stability, form and taper to your torso. We all like the thought of a trim waist and lean hips right?! This move, done correctly, will help you strengthen your core for better function in ALL your movements, not just your PFT moves!

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Bite Sized Breakdown: What is the "BEST DIET" to follow?

It's pretty safe to say, that most of us at some point in our lives have tried to follow a diet? With near certainty, we can also say we all failed to adhere to this new diet for any true length of time.

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