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Friday, June 28th, 2013 - Shane Doll

Just saw this on my RSS feed this morning and wanted to pass along. Pretty amazing feat of core stability and muscular endurance.

George Hood, a 55 year old former Marine and resident of Aurora, Illinois recently broke his own Guiness World Record for the “longest time in an abdominal plank position.”

Can you guess how long he was able to hold the plank? Yeah, you know the one I’m talking about. The basic stationary abdominal plank where you’re on your elbows and toes with legs and hips off the ground.

That’s right, the exercise which has most people shaking and quivering in less than a minute!

Believe it or not, but this former Marine was able to hold a plank for a whopping 3 hours, 7 minutes, and 15 seconds! That’s just insane.

He shattered his previous World Record and personal best set back in 2011 which lasted 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 5 seconds.

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 - Shane Doll

As a fitness coach I’ve long been intrigued on what makes sticking with an exercise routine seem so natural and effortless for some individuals, while others struggle with consistency.

Is it due to discipline, emotional significance of the desired end goals, personality traits? Perhaps these all play a part, but I’m learning there’s much more to our habits than this.

Some time back I decided to become a student of behavioral psychology. I guess you’d call it an awakening I had as a fitness coach.

I think I got to a point in my career as a fitness professional where I realized that simply learning a bunch of new exercises wasn’t necessarily going to make me more successful with helping a larger percentage of people achieve their goals.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m still dedicating a fair amount of time to continuing education, going to seminars, and always looking to learn more. Don’t think I’d ever want to as I really do have a passion for what I do. Personal growth in any field isn’t all that difficult when you’re sincerely interested in the subject matter.

Basically, I’ve just made a decision to shift a larger portion of my continuing education to learning more about human psychology and behavior. After 20 plus years in the game, I’m pretty confident I can get someone in shape who’s willing put forth the hard work and commitment.

There’s a percentage of personal training clients who’ll walk in the doors of my gym and I can just tell they’re going to hit it out of the park. Call it a veteran hunch or whatever. They’re highly motivated by something and you just give them a good blueprint to follow and watch them go.

For a personal trainer these are obviously easy clients to work with. It’s always enjoyable to have a handful of these clients and there’s certainly gratification that comes from seeing them be successful.

But after a while you stop patting yourself on the back so much because you realize they did all the work, you just charted them down the right path.

I mean let’s face it, there’s no real challenge here. The real action is found with helping the other 90% of the population who struggle with some aspects of their nutrition and exercise habits.

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 - Shane Doll

We’ve all heard that exercise can improve our mood and generally increase our level of happiness. This is commonly associated with feel good endorphins that are released by the brain during physical activity.

However, did you know there is one particular thing you can do with your exercise to optimize the effect?

Relatively new research in science has provided us with some clues on what’s really behind exercise and happiness. It appears the connection goes deeper than a “runners high” or feeling of elation associated with vigorous activity.

In today’s post we’ll explore just what exactly this one component is that can make us happier individuals from our exercise. You may be surprised what it is.

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 - Shane Doll

Recently there have been several new research studies that report sitting for long periods of time can be extremely detrimental to your health.

While this doesn’t come at a real surprise, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the so called solutions currently being presented by the fitness industry to help people become more active.

I believe we’re on the verge of seeing fitness trends shifting and the way people look at exercise changing. For no other reason than the current paradigm failing to truly deliver the results people are looking for.

In today’s post we’ll dig into why I believe so many of the fitness offerings are failing and what the missing link is for wellness with middle age and older adults.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013 - Shane Doll

I’ve written at some length on this blog on the importance of clearly defined goals and other factors that experience as a coach has shown me separate those who succeed with body transformations and those who don’t.

Yeah, we all know resolutions don’t work very well, and either do flimsy attempts at “getting in shape” or other loosely defined objectives.

There are some startling statistics in research on this subject and it today’s post I wanted to share an infographic that highlights a few of the big ones. I’ll follow up with some commentary at the end.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013 - Shane Doll

Don’t expect to hear this on the nightly news anytime soon for reasons that should be obvious for anyone awake and paying attention to the inherent connection of mega-corporations, big government, and all parties political or other promoting “globalism.”

We’ve been told for the past decade that we have “nothing to fear” regarding genetically modified crops. All is safe folks, any concern or questioning over altering the genes of plants is just radicalism and crazy talk.

And why not negate and vilify anyone who questions GM crops, the powers at be know that everyone else is asleep anyways. Well I for one have long held concern over what the heck is happening to our food sources.

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 - Shane Doll

It occurred to me yesterday while I was giving a nutrition talk that I should really spend more time this year providing coaching and instruction on the most overlooked area of weight loss.

I want you to think about this for a second. What do most people focus on when making a game plan to lose weight? Diet and exercise right? Something along the lines of restricting calories and doing a certain amount of exercise.

While it makes total sense on the surface, I’d like to challenge the widely held assertion that weight loss is simply a matter of eating less and exercising more.

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Friday, January 18th, 2013 - Shane Doll

As I sat down this morning to prep for my coaching tip of the week it occurred to me that I’ve yet to really talk much about the subject of New Year’s resolutions and why they almost always invariably fail to work.

Seeing how we’re entering into the fourth week of the new year, the time when a lot of the “falling off the wagon” starts to happen with diet and workout resolutions, I guess now’s a good time to talk about it.

While it probably doesn’t come at a surprise that resolutions don’t work very well, I wondered if my clients and followers fully understood why? And even more importantly do they really know what does work?

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 - Shane Doll

Today I’m not going to discuss anything that has to do with fitness, nutrition, or health. Instead I wanted to sit down and simply write from the heart about what’s on my mind. With only a few days left before Christmas Eve I’ve got to admit I’m yet to be in the Christmas spirit.

I haven’t been able to put my finger on it completely but I believe it’s partly because like a lot of us I’m saddened by the tragedies, turmoil, uncertainty, and incivility that are nation is under these days. It’s hard to read the news or turn on the TV and find much to feel good about or be encouraged by.

Without question the tragedy in Newtown, CT has put our country in a state of mourning. I’m man enough to admit that I shed tears the day after when I sat down in my morning quiet time for prayer and devotion.  It’s hard to think about the pain and loss so many families will be dealing with this holiday season.

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 - Shane Doll

Breaking news as Pepsi has just come out with a new soft drink that is being promoted as a healthy, fat fighting soda. If there ever was an oxymoron it’s the words “healthy” and “soda” being connected.

You won’t find this new Pepsi on the shelves, not yet at least, as it’s currently only being sold in Japan through Pepsi’s partner, Suntry Holdings Limited.

I suspect it’s only a matter of time before we see this product on the shelves in America, but the question is will the FDA approve of Pepsi’s claims that it’s healthy and helps prevent fat gain?

My hunch is this will be quite the challenge for Pepsi, but they’ll undoubtedly be looking to find a way to get it on the market as there’s a boatload of money to be made.

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