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  • The Protocol Sets 19 State Records At A Local Meet! - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    The Protocol Sets 19 State Records At A Local Meet! - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder I’m writing this as our little gym is coming off a big weekend of powerlifting. Team Protocol has done it again… two weekends ago, 19 state powerlifting records went down! Our meet prep is a 14-week process consisting of 4-5 sessions per week. Many of our athletes make a variety of sacrifices both in and out of the gym to ensure their bodies are ready to perform their best, so in today’s post, I’d like to take a moment to recognize our team members individually… <Editor’s note: In competitive powerlifting, all weights are in kilos. Since 95% of the readers of this blog are in the US, we have converted ....

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  • Should I Stop Exercising During Times Of High Stress? - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Should I Stop Exercising During Times Of High Stress? - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Today’s post is part 4of an ongoing series where I will be answering some of your questions. Here’s what we will be tackling this week… “Stress is stress is stress… emotional, physical, and mental. It’s all processed by the body the same way. This stress hormone can limit losing weight and actually cause more harm in some instances. When reducing stress, should weight training be one of the things that comes off the plate? Benefits/drawbacks? Sorry if you’ve already covered this in the past.” Julie Thank you for your question, Julie! This one’s important, so let’s get into it… Since it’s a multi-part ....

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  • Jerry Answers Your Questions Part 3 - Why Strength Train? - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Jerry Answers Your Questions Part 3 - Why Strength Train? - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    “I know building muscle and mobility is so important. I know I should do more strength training in my life, but my true athletic passions are yoga, mountain biking, and simple walking or hiking. What are your suggestions for getting into a better strength training discipline when I am so busy and gravitate towards other pursuits?” Marie S. Tucson, AZ Thank you for your question Marie! Short answer: In anything we do, we have both a “what” as well as a “why.” Regardless of the pursuit, there must always be a “why.” In other words, if something is important to us, we find a way. If it is not, we find an excuse. It seems to me like the ....

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  • Jerry Answers Your Questions Part 2 - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Jerry Answers Your Questions Part 2 - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Today’s post is part 2 of an ongoing series where I will be answering some of your questions. Here’s what we will be tackling this week… “My kettlebell swings don’t look like the ones I see in videos, and I have a difficult time feeling my posterior chain working. I have a longer torso, shorter legs, and fairly tight hamstrings. So, whenever I try to get into a backswing with ‘proper form’ it hurts my back. Do you have any thoughts?” Mark, 66 First off, full disclosure; Mark is a student at our facility and has been for many years. I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge him for staying in the iron game during a time in his life where ....

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  • Jerry Answers Your Questions Part 1... Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Jerry Answers Your Questions Part 1... Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Over the past couple months, I’ve gotten myself involved in a big writing project that has been occupying a lot of my brain power (spoiler alert: It’s a book… stay tuned!), so I reached out on social media looking for an opportunity to answer some of your questions. There were some great ones! So, in the coming months I’ll share some of those with you. Here is the first one… “Why have I gained weight since I started working out? I’m still fluffy and not toned, so it can’t be muscle!” Brandy, age 46, Tucson, Arizona Thank you for your question, Brandy! Let’s start with the easy part, even if you left that last part out, I ....

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  • No One Talks To You More Than You Do. Be Careful With Your Words - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    No One Talks To You More Than You Do. Be Careful With Your Words - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Although we don’t do this sort of thing often, we decided to run a summer special this year. It brought a lot of new faces into our doors, which is great. When working with a group of new people, I get the opportunity to see what I call, “new people problems.” You may think I’m referring to various physical limitations, but this isn’t the case… which is the subject of today’s post. Enjoy! In an effort to maintain the quality of our product, as well as give people (especially new ones) the best experience possible, every new student comes into our system with a small handful of private sessions to help them ....

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  • Why I STILL Don't Have A Smartphone - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Why I STILL Don't Have A Smartphone - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder – 13 minute read – August 6 th , 2019 About 3 years ago, I wrote an article called “Why I Don’t Have A Smartphone” ( click here if you missed it). In it, I spoke about how what started as an innocent tardiness to the upgrade party, became a very intentional decision. The main takeaways from it were:
    Being more present during live interactions with actual humans
    Being more attentive to my spouse
    Disallowing myself to be distracted by shiny objects and actually getting crap done Well gang, it’s been almost three years and I’m still sporting the flip phone. However, nowadays, people aren’t making fun ....

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  • Is Functional Training Still A Thing? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Is Functional Training Still A Thing? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder You’ll have to excuse me, I might spend a little too much time cooped up in my 4 walls and things tend to slip past me, but I found myself stuck in a conversation recently where the topic of ‘functional training’ came up. I asked a simple question, “What do you mean by functional training?” The answer was vague to the point of being useless. “Functional training” has almost become like the word “core” or “Nazi.” It’s been used to describe so many things that, at this point, it can’t describe anything. I will confess, however, for a lack of better terminology, I do sometimes ....

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  • Absorb What Is Useful, Reject What Is Useless - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Absorb What Is Useful, Reject What Is Useless - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless.” “Using no way as the way, accept no limitation as limitation.” Bruce Lee The two quotes in today’s post were introduced to me by our fellow coach, Chad Robinson. The “using no way as the way” quote has been the signature line on his email for as long as I’ve known him. Honestly, although I’ve always admired and respected Bruce Lee’s wisdom, that quote never made a lot of sense to me until recently. In the fitness world, it’s not a lack of information that holds us back, but rather TOO MUCH information that causes many people to suffer ....

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  • Guest Post - Suicide By Habit - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Guest Post - Suicide By Habit - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    <Today’s post is a guest blog form a colleague of mine, Brandon Shewbert. We met at an instructor’s certification a number of years ago and have stayed in touch through the wonders of social media. He is based out of Vancouver, Washington and is in the process of writing a book. This post is an excerpt. His message puts a fine point on one of our main founding principles, and I hope it resonates with you as much as it did with me. Enjoy!>



    Suicide by Habit
    By: Brandon Shewbert How many people do you know that gave up on living long before they died? This may be difficult to think about, but how many people do ....

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