Fitness Tips

Nurture Yourself By Exercising

Nurture Yourself By Exercising

Exercise when done consistently helps you to develop the strength, endurance and focus to handle the challenges that bring stress to our lives. It’s a great habit to have in your life.

Exercise strengthens your mind so you can achieve success. When I say SUCCESS, I mean success in ALL areas of your life!

Think about it this way… when you begin to workout you develop strength and endurance for whatever type of exercise you are participating in. When this happens, you will begin to be more confident in your own body because you will be moving and functioning better. You may not be conscious of it but it will be happening.

This confidence will show up in your relationships with your family, your career and most importantly the connection with yourself.

The awesome part is that it will continue to build and build as long as you stay consistent with exercising.

The confidence and self-esteem build in every single person who is consistent at Custom Body Bootcamp. I have seen how people change when they walk into bootcamp, they walk taller, are happier and their smile is from head to toe. I actually seen this happen to everyone who’s been consistent in exercising in the last 15 years of training. To be honest with you, this is why I love what I do.

This happens because exercise is a way of nurturing yourself. I know it may not feel like it especially when you start but it is! It’s self-love and this is how you should look at it!

Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. When exercising just know it’s OK to be uncomfortable and it will pass. You do intentionally because it will make your life better!  You will actually begin to enjoy it after you stay consistent long enough.

It’s not just for losing weight and looking good… It’s a tool for having a great life!

I have a little brag… The pic below is the most I’ve ever deadlifted J. I love accomplishing things I’ve never done before J

Have an awesome day!

Chris


How To Be Disciplined To Get Results

How To Be Disciplined To Get Results

Hey there,

My reason for writing this email is to give you a key ingredient to be successful and create healthy long lasting results in your life.

This key ingredient is DISCIPLINE!

Whether you are looking to lose weight, get healthy and/or tone-up you must be disciplined. Let’s be honest, if you want to create any changes in your life you must  have self-control, willpower and take unfamiliar actions that are out of your comfort zone.

So let’s start by defining discipline.

Discipline is action or inaction that is regulated to be in accordance (or to achieve accord) with a system of governance. Discipline is commonly applied to regulating human behavior.

When you are looking to create change in you life, you have to avoid taking actions that are your regular habits and take actions that are unfamiliar to you.   

For example, if you are looking to lose weight and get fit and healthy you will avoid going home and watching TV and instead be disciplined to go to the gym and get a good workout instead.  

The same applies to eating, avoid unhealthy food and eat healthy nutritious food.

Every time you are disciplined and focused you are taking the next steps that will get you the results you are seeking, you are building your discipline muscle!

How do you build your discipline muscle?

Start by writing down the changes you want to achieve, (set your goal). Then list the actions you must take and actions you must avoid.

Become self aware of your habitual patterns so you can have the choice to decide what action you want to take.

Then get to work and start to making discipline choices. When you are making the right choices no matter how big or small you will be develop and strengthen your disciple muscle.

The beauty of being discipline is that it eventually flows in all areas of your life.  Once you start seeing changes in one area, it magical flows to other areas of your life.

So be focused and strict with your goals and build that muscle.

Live Strong, Be Strong- Mind, Body Spirit!

Chris


Coconut Oil- Healthy or Unhealthy

Healthy Virgin Coconut Oil

Healthy Virgin Coconut Oil

There’s been lots of controversy in the last couple years to whether Coconut Oil is Healthy or Unhealthy!

Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fat and research has shown that the fatty acid chains of Coconut oil are shorter than the saturated fats from meats. The shorter chains in coconut oil have been shown to raise good cholesterol as opposed to the longer fatty chains in meats products have been linked to heart disease!

“Coconut oil is made up of about 90% saturated fat, but the scientific community has started to figure out that not all saturated fats are equal,” Susan Mitmesser

There are two types of Coconut oil, virgin and refined. The virgin coconut oil comes straight from the pulp of the coconut and has more nutrients than the refined oil which is heated and has chemical added to it to keep the coconut taste!

In my opinion I think that virgin is the way to go if you chose to use coconut oil. Always go for the higher nutrient, natural food choices.

Also… substitute the coconut oil vs adding in to meals! Example use the coconut oil for the olive oil!

To Your Health,

Chris

 




Student for Life

Personal Training can lead you to good health

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “knowledge is power”. I also believe that knowledge and love of learning lead to a more enriched and happy life.

One of the beautiful things about life is there are infinite things to learn and you can always  go deeper and deeper into the subject  you desire to learn about.

One of my passions is cycling. For the last 10-11 years I average around 100-150 miles per week and raced competitively for 6 years. I’ve recently decided to race after taking 3 years off.

I decided for this cycling season I wanted to become a student of the bike. In my past I did well competing just relying on my natural power and athletic ability. I didn’t do great but I did well!

I’ve recently started working with a coach who is a world champion sprinter and I realized I don’t know much about sprinting properly. (sprinting is 100% effort at the end of a cycling race) I’m amazing with all my experience riding and racing how little I understood. I’ve worked with him three times and I’ve learned so much. He said I only use 80% of my sprinting ability. This is awesome because I have 20% to learn and improve upon.

This is one area in my life that I am learning and educating myself. Other areas I work on developing are my relationship with my wife, family, and friends, learning Spanish, and working on building my business.  I’m always trying to learn and grow!

We all have this opportunity to grow and learn in all areas of life. I believe that this is a gift life offers us.

Take a minute and think of a baby. Think how everything is new and exciting. They are so curious. I believe this is why we live in this world… to learn, grow, and experience the world!

I think a lot of times people lose sight of how interesting and exciting life is. We become bored and unhappy and start wishing time away. Waiting for the weekend or the next holiday or vacation completely losing sight of all the beautiful things that are currently going on around us.  This is living life with your eyes closed.

Is this you?

It’s ok if it is. The great thing is you can open your eyes and change at any moment.

Start by trying to find the beauty and lessons in life. Look at everything as an opportunity… Good or Bad! Find the lessons… They’re always there

Read a motivational book that interests you. Work on developing yourself.

Know what makes you happy and sad and then focus on doing more of the things that make you happy! This is healthy.

There are so many awesome things we can learn and you can start anytime

Look for the beauty in nature… the song of a bird, a beautiful sunset, the beauty of a tree. If you look for it, it’s always there.

Whenever you take in new information you are learning something new. This is good for your brain and your health. I believe at a deep level we all desire this kind of learning. When you close our eyes and aren’t open to learning new things, I believe discontent and unhappiness set in!

Also make sure to be patience… this is a lifetime journey… the destination does not end… The choices to learn are infinite!  Every day like a clean slate to learn something new and exciting and have a new experience.


Why You Should Eat Breakfast

A healthy breakfast is the best way to start your day and a great habit to get yourself into!

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Provides the body nourishment to start the day

· More energy to perform daily tasks

· Help control weight

· Kick starts the metabolism

· Improves bad cholesterol

· Great for the brain and short term memory

I have always encouraged my personal training clients in Santa Monica to eat breakfast every morning! This is an essential part to living a healthy lifestyle! Our bodies are not meant to starve or go for a long period of time without eating after waking up.  We need to take care of our body, you know that saying ‘a happy wife is a happy life” well so is your body, “good nutritious food is a better life!

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Schedule It

OlderCoupleStretching1-300x240 (1)I was having a conversation with one of my personal training clients in Santa Monica about why people fail and what’s the best way to be successful and he gave me some great advise, “Tell You Clients to Schedule Their Training Sessions”!

I’ve been training for over 10 years and I’ve seen many successes as well as many failures. People who are successful are the ones who are consistent and don’t come up with excuses.

As a trainer I’ve learned I have no control over people’s choices! The only control I have is to come up with the right strategy to guide them to make the right choices. I know everyone I train can be successful. It all comes down to how committed they are to themselves and their success.

Schedule your training times every week and make sure they are a priority. Planning does take some effort but it will help you be successful with your exercise goals. Be patience, results come in time with your consistency!

Chris Chouteau

www.custombodyfitness.com

 

 


Clean Out Your Body

FarmersMarketSpreadI started off this year at one of my heaviest weights I’ve ever been at 202 pounds. I had gotten married in September and found myself in celebration mode through the Holidays. As a consequence I gained 14 pounds.

I set my goal to get extremely healthy and  lose 20 to 30 pounds and get back in to bike racing! To do this, I made the choice to quit drinking (my last drink of alcohol was at midnight new years), cut out cheese and processed foods and only eat whole fresh foods. I also make sure to eat light at night.

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Dam Holiday Weekends

SlippingOnBanana-232x300I just weighed myself and found I’m up 7 ½ pounds from the 4th of July week. The reason is because I made poor eating and drinking choices. I must now correct those choices; I will be eating extra healthy and cutting back on calories till I get back to where I like to be.

In my lifestyle I usually eat healthy and exercise so I feel good and my brain optimally functions. This past week I decided to make poor choices and today my energy is low, so I’m feeling tired and sluggish and struggling to write this blog entry.

For example: This weekend I ate chicken wings with beer and a late night pastrami sandwich. To undo these negative effects: Today I’ve had a few healthy meals and drank lots of water… I’m already starting to feel better!

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I Found The Fountain of Youth

Apple-weights-measuring-tape-300x199One of the things I’ve seen as a personal trainer is how exercise and eating healthy changes people. I’ve seen the change when people consistently start to exercise and eat healthy. It’s a positive change and is the reason why I feel exercise is so important to incorporate into people’s lives.

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Understanding Habits

OlderCoupleStretching1-300x240 (1)When you are working on creating a change in your life, you are working on changing old habits and creating new ones. It’s very easy to sit and think about the changes you want in your life, but challenging to achieve and maintain them. This is because you have developed habits that need to be changed in order to be successful.

I have trained many clients in my life, and almost every client that I train knows what they have to do to reach their goal, but is unable to do so. Why is this?

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