Monday, December 5, 2016

PSA Public service announcement

fit • ness

  •  the quality of being suitable to fulfill a role or task.

  • the condition of being physically fit and healthy.

Monday, November 21, 2016


"You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face."


I know some badass women. I have worked and trained with some badass women. Truly. I hear beastmode thrown around with "dudes" all the time. Having said that, some of the most dedicated, committed and strongest people in and out of the fitness community I know are women. Period. Like the clients willing to fit their sessions in at 6am BEFORE work. (Women)

Be Told
2500 years ago a wise, greek scholar once said:

"If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things." - PLATO

In that male dominated society, I believe Plato was so far ahead of his time, and more than likely got a lot of flack for saying that. BUT OH EFFFING WELL!

Look around...
Ladies, it's time for you to teach us. Not only do I look forward to training with you now more than ever, but to learn so much from you as well. Show us. Stay dedicated, stay motivated, stay commited, and say it with me:

"Ladies with an attitude..don't just stand there lets get to it..."

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016


"He who is only an athlete is too crude, too vulgar, to savage. He who is only a scholar too soft, too effeminate. The ideal citizen is the scholar athlete, the man of thought, the man of action." -PLATO

Plato, a skilled wrestler in his day later opened The Academy. Aristotle studied there, as is believed many future politicians. 


While I personally do not believe everyone was cut out to be a gym rat, nor hold a Ph.D, I do believe however, that we all could stand to be more active, as well as utilize the thought process a little more.

Particularly before speaking. 

The ancient Greeks believed very strongly in two things. Their bodies and their minds. For centuries they strove to refine both.

So should we.


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Monday, September 26, 2016



Once, when I was running my little sandwich counter in San Francisco, CA., someone came up and asked if I hated sugar. I smiled, and asked them why? (I've always had a habit of asking why.) The young woman went on to point out how little I offered in the way of cookies, brownies, cake slices, etc. etc. Considering that my overall goal for the little cafe was to offer seasonal, fresh food items in an effort to promote my version of eating cleaner, I decided to make an effort to cater to the masses. I had a friend who was a trained pastry chef. I commissioned her to make a batch of brownies and serve them as the "Treat of the Week." Forget the fresh fruit topped yogurt parfaits, omelettes made to order, and spectacular salads with homemade dressings, folks wanted something sweet. 


We've all gotten it, and it became very clear that by mid day, the brownies would fly off the cake stand. Too much morning coffee, dehydration, unbalanced lunches, everyone has suffered from afternoon rundown at some point. And we also know that high sugar fixes are exactly that. Quick fixes. And then you crash again, feel like blah, and it's a vicious cycle. It is said that babies are born with a fondness for sweetness, and quite honestly who doesn't like a nice Godiva chocolate? That being said, the "sweet tooth" can, and will lead to a whole host of health problems.

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, "Sugar has become the principle poison in our diets." Indeed the more I look into labels, everything has it. Everything. In an attempt to cut back myself I started taking small steps. Black coffee, my own salad dressings, were a small start start which led to bigger lifestyle changes.


In the Ancient Greek world, honey (a natural sweetener) was used extensively. Athenians would dip cheese in honey for breakfast. Nice. They also drank diluted wine in the morning. (A little Rose before work?) In Sparta, young boys training as future warriors were fed honey and only honey for days at a time. Before soda pop, ketchup, & the perfect cupcake, the Greeks lived off the land. Many parts of the empire were quite fertile and they consumed a variety of fish, beans, cheese, and because of an abundance of olives, olive oil. The Greeks believed in Meden Agan. "Everything in moderation." They strove to be a balanced society. There's that word again, balance.

So no, I don't hate. I moderate.


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"Walking is man's best medicine" - Hippocrates Greek physician (460BCE - 377BCE)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



Literally. In an effort to pool together the tough and the strong the Greeks required their athletes to compete during the month of August. Considered the hottest month of the year, Mediterranean summers can be dry and exceedingly hot. These suffocating conditions were thought to help weed out the weak.  After all, athletes were held next to the gods and this was the ultimate competition of the ancient world. 

I think it also important to note that there were no teams, only individuals. An athlete came with his father and his brothers. 

Because cheating was so rampant, one road into Olympia was lined with statues of those who were caught. Shamed for all to see. And not just the athletes name, but the city of which they were from. Everything was designed to be tough. Should a runner give a false start to the race, he was caned in front of the 30,000 spectators, and then sent back to race. 


Do it again and, well, just don't.