How Much Should I Really Weigh?

I was sent a link to determine how much I should REALLY weigh. So I completed their quick test out of shear curiosity. It was only based on my gender, height and current weight. It did not ask how old I am, how active I am or anything in between. For real, it said I could lose a few pounds….okay….I should lose about 20 lbs. At 5′ 2″ I should really weigh 104 lbs. Hahahaaaaaa! I think the combination of my legs and ass alone weigh 104.

In real life, I don’t focus on pounds. I focus on my body fat percentage. I focus on my exercise regime. I focus on the food I eat.

I can squat multiple reps well above my weight and my bench press isn’t all that bad either. I have defined abs, but not a six pack (this is diet, folks). I have some awesome guns, but my focus is more on definition (tone if you will), not the size. Triceps are definitely there. Calves are not a problem. Overall, I’m happy with myself. I continue to strive to improve and see how my body can perform. But it’s just a game for me. It’s not to impress anyone (other than myself). It’s not to compete…though I have a HUGE respect for the competitors. It’s just me…and what I can do.

So my point to all of you, is that, I don’t want you concerned with the numbers on the scale. I want you concerned with your body fact percentage. I want you to MOVE daily. I want you to move away from processed foods and eat whole foods more often than not. I want you to put down that Diet Coke and drink a glass of water instead. If you do that, THEN I will be happy. And so will you…which really is the all important factor. You have to be happy with yourself.

Screw the scale. Live healthier. Exercise daily. Live a quality life. See your unborn grandchildren. Do FUN things after you retire. Or whatever it is that makes YOUR socks go up and down. Plan for it NOW.


An Idea to Get Your Little Ones to Eat More Salad…..and Have Some Fun Together!

According to APPETITE, there is a 76% increase in salad eaten by 6 to 10 year old children who helped their parents prepare the evening meal. So if you’re having difficulty getting your youngster eat vegetables, fruits and salads let them help “cook”. You can give them simple tasks such as choosing the ingredients for the salad, washing the vegetables off and stirring the contents in the bowl. Even if they still refuse to eat brussel sprouts (can’t say I blame them) you have just spent some quality time with your child.


I love the profession of Personal Training! It’s beyond fulfilling!!

Today something happened that truly made an impact on me and I feel compelled to share my story with you.

During the course of a week I conduct anywhere between 60 and 70 personal training sessions. Of these sessions half are probably repeat clients. Meaning, I see the same person twice or three times during the week. I’ll let you do the math, but I work with a lot of different people on any given day.

I do my best to deliver value to all my clients. I want them to reap the benefits, whether it’s to be healthier, skinnier, muscular or faster….etc; I also try to make it a personal experience for everyone. Someone once said, you are dealing with 17 different personalities today? Yeah, I do. And I love it.

A lady that I’ve been working with for a couple of months now had a colonoscopy last week and I knew that today she was getting the results. She was really scared. Scared that she had cancer. They removed some cysts last week, and since colon and intestinal cancer is prevalent in her family she was convinced that today’s news was going to be bad. As I was leaving, she confided to me that she had not shared her fears with her adult children or her boyfriend. They all thought it was just a routine checkup.

Friends, that completely floored me.

This was a humbling experience.  I also feel a sense of pride…. not boastful pride. But pride in that I don’t just talk the talk. I actually walk the walk. I do give two shits about my people and this lady felt comfortable enough with me to share her fears. I was able to help her in some small way….. beyond performing the “super sets from hell”, as she has dubbed them.

I called her tonight. All is well and she goes back for another colonoscopy in 6 months.

Thanks for letting me share.

What Exactly is Mobile Personal Training?

During my career as a Mobile Personal Trainer I have learned that most folks can’t quite wrap their head around the concept of mobile personal training.  You can only get fit in a gym, right?

The truth of the matter is that my clients experience weight loss and an increase of muscle tone in the privacy of their home.  It’s all in how you engage your body.

If you are training for a body building competition, no I absolutely do not offer the right service for you.

But if you want to tone up, lose some weight, gain some weight, prepare for a triathlon, increase your speed and agility then I am the right person for the job.

Drop what you are doing right now.  Really.  Okay, now give me 10 pushups, 10 burpees and then squat with your back against the wall for 1 minute.  How did that feel?

In those 3 minutes you experienced a very small fraction of what I do…… your home.  J

To Your Health,


Make Your Own Homemade Salad Dressing. It’s Easy To Do!!

dressingI prefer to make my own dressing. I’m not into the organic thing either. I just like the taste of a fresh homemade dressing. This little chart might help if you’ve never tried making one yourself. I’ve used almonds, fresh herbs, hummus (that one kinda sucked), honey……. you get the idea. Be creative, have fun, reduce some caloric intake and eliminate processed bottled dressing. It’s a total win-win!


Fall into Fitness

6-Week Transformation Class

Every Tuesday & Thursday   6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Starting Sept 9 through October 16

This is an all fitness levels group class designed to: 

* Get your heart rate up!

* Tone, strengthen and challenge your muscles!

* Burn fat!

* Get you fit!

I like to have fun and laugh while exercising, so my goal is to make this class fun while you attain your fitness goals. 
Who’s invited? Anyone who would like to get fit! 
Be sure to bring plenty of water and a beach towel.

$120 due at signup / $10 per class

Gulfport Municipal Beach Access

5598 Shore Blvd S

Gulfport, FL 33707

Directions: GOOGLE MAPS

Contact: Michelle Turner @ 727-418-9127

The “Old School” Push up

 Remember doing push ups in gym class?  Few movements incorporate so many muscle groups; your chest, shoulders, arms, abs, back and leg muscles are all working together to make this move happen.  There are many variations to the standard push up to challenge your body.  But for today, lets just focus on “old school”. 

How to Do a Perfect Push Up 

  • Get on the floor and position your hands slightly wider than your shoulders.
  • Raise your body up so you are balanced on your hands and toes.
  • Keep your body in a straight line from head to toe without sagging in the middle or arching your back.
  • Your feet can be close together or a bit wider depending upon what is most comfortable for you.
  • Keep a tight core throughout the entire push up.
  • Inhale as you slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle.
  • Exhale as you begin pushing back up to the start position
  • Don’t lock out the elbows; keep them slightly bent.