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Michael is the lead trainer at Pure Form PFT in West Sacramento.

Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Fitness Feelings" Don't Equal Progress

In today's fitness world, it's far too common to see workouts of the day, random HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions, mindless sweat dripping cardio bursts and gimmicky challenges, dressed up as unique promises that guarantee to solve your fitness woes.

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: 5 Things You Can Do Today | To Be Healthier & Happier By Tomorrow

Is your life in a rut?

Did you wake up this morning on the same side of the bed, grab your phone to check social media (like always), only to begin thinking the same limiting or stressful thoughts, while dreading the inevitable journey away from the warmth of your protective blankets?

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Optimal" vs. "Livable" | The Disconnect That Leads To Frustration & Failure

What if I told you...
"I can give you the exact training and nutrition plan that without exception, will allow you to reach the body of your dreams. This plan, has been proven study after study to be the most effective and efficient training and nutrition protocol ever created. There is absolutely no chance of failure, if followed."

Sounds pretty Awesome, right?!

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: "Craving Control" | 7 Helpful Tips When Willpower Fails

Have you ever eaten certain foods, even when you didn't want to?

That's an interesting question and one that I guess, almost all of us would say YES to. So what gives? Why do we give in? Well, first off it's important to understand the vast chasm between "want to" and "easy to". But, that is a discussion for a different day. It's also important to note, that I'm all for living lean, enjoying ourselves and indulging in the delectable delights that "treat meals" have to offer. This however, is about those times when we over-indulge, even when everything inside of us is telling us not to.

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Why New Year's "Resolutions" Are Destined To Fail

We've all been there...

3...2...1...Happy New Year!!! Cue the celebration, the confetti and the toast to the fresh promise of a New Year and the possibility of a New You! Just the sheer excitement of being able to start over again and finally make this year different, is enough to lighten the load of past failures and rejuvenate a motivation that at this point, is at best...a flicker of a dying flame.

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Bite-Sized Breakdown: Top 5 Tips to "Holiday Proof" Your Waistline

Have you ever found yourself spending the Holiday Season, Ho...Ho...Hoping (sorry, I'm a bit of a dork) you don't gain an insurmountable amount of unwanted fluff?

I know I have!!

This constant worry about losing control can take what should be a rejuvenating, joyous time of year and turn it in to a stress filled, anxiety driven blur; complete with lack of control wrapping paper and a bow laced with regret.

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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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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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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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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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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
2200 Lake Washington Blvd. Suite 110
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Intermittent Fasting: Bite Sized Breakdown

Hey PFT Family! I'm sitting in Starbucks (as I write this) sipping on my small (tall if you're being picky about it) black coffee. I've also been up since 3:30 a.m. Since that time, I've taught three PFT classes, answered emails, responded to numerous Facebook messages and submitted PFT's weekly meal orders. I have yet to eat a meal or consume a single calorie. However, my mind is crystal clear and my focus is razor (straight edge) sharp.

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