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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - The Way You Anything Is The Way You Do Everything

    The Way You Anything Is The Way You Do Everything

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder The title is of this blog post is a quote that is attributed to Martha Beck (there is also a book with the same title by Suzanne Evans). I first heard this quote about 8 years ago from a yoga teacher at the end of her class. It was one of those things that really resonated with me, and I still think about it often and use it in my coaching. I’ve wanted to write a post about it for some time now, and since it’s New Year’s resolution season, I figured the timing was pretty good. Hope you enjoy… The spirit of the message, as I see it, is that the sum of our actions contribute to the overall essence of our being. What do I ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Guest Post: My Year-Long Weight Loss Journey

    Guest Post: My Year-Long Weight Loss Journey

    Today’s blog is a guest post from a former student of ours from a few years back. He trained pretty hard when he was here, but there seemed to be something missing for him, and he discontinued training with us. I haven’t heard from him in a long time, but then he sent me this email out of the blue. In it, he breaks down some of the missing components and why he wasn’t able to accomplish his weight loss goals when he was with us. Some things had to change for him internally before he could take the necessary steps to make long-term sustainable progress, which he did! Since his story is both multi-faceted and inspirational, I thought it would make a great post for the ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - The Journey Vs The Destination

    The Journey Vs The Destination

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder I’m writing today’s post as our powerlifting team is coming off of an outstanding performance at a local meet. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of the hard work and dedication these guys and gals put into their meet prep. We racked up 18 state records, one national record, and two best lifter awards. To date, our facility has set 110 state, 33 national, and 29 world records in competitive powerlifting. Go Team Protocol! Whenever we finish up a weekend like this, there’s always a little bit of a letdown afterwards. If you’ve ever dedicated a ton of time to prepare for one big moment (marathon race, big ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Are You Really "#blessed"?

    Are You Really "#blessed"?

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder I suppose we can file this month’s post into the “Get off my lawn!” category, but I hope the message is something that will at least give you some things to ponder. Proceed with caution… I have a social media pet peeve to share with you: the ‘#blessed’ hashtag This hashtag is generally accompanied by photos involving awesome vacations, fancy cars, upscale personal belongings, etc. Now look, there is nothing wrong with having nice stuff; this is not the issue. As an immigrant who came to this country at a young age, much of my young adult life, as well as my parent’s lives, was spent chasing what is ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - A Beginner's Guide To Mastery

    A Beginner's Guide To Mastery

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder In most things in life, attaining proficiency in a particular task is usually taken very seriously. In others, not so much. For example, the fitness world often misses the mark. In today’s post, I’d like to take a big-picture approach to answer the “How do I… <insert big fitness goal>?” question and give some food for thought on how to approach seemingly unattainable fitness goals and actually accomplish them. Enjoy… Let’s use an example of one of the most elusive goals for a lady (or some guys for that matter) to do one strict pullup or chin-up. Your ‘big goal’ might be different, so ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Should I Trust The Article On Avoiding Certain Exercises If I’m Over 50?

    Should I Trust The Article On Avoiding Certain Exercises If I’m Over 50?

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post is in response to an article that’s been making its way around the internet regarding a study that was done by the Carolina Orthopedic & Neurological Associates. In it, they suggest 14 exercises that should be avoided by adults over the age of 50. I’m not going to post a link to this article because the last thing this turd needs is more clicks. So instead, here is a list of the exercises in case you missed it…
    Running stairs
    Bikram or hot yoga
    High-intensity interval training
    Spin class
    Pushups
    Squats with weights
    Bench press
    Burpees
    Pullups
    Crunches
    Deadlifts
    Jumping Lunges
    Sprints
    Leg Presses Yea… ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - The Best Aspatame-Free Gum… That Doesn’t Taste Like Crap!

    The Best Aspatame-Free Gum… That Doesn’t Taste Like Crap!

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post comes from conversations overheard in the Trubman household. We enjoy chewing gum periodically, but just about every store-bought chewing gum has a big problem that I’m surprised more health-conscious people are not asking about. Virtually all chewing gum on the market falls into one of two categories… 1. “Sugar-free” gum that contains aspartame as the sweetener. 2. Aspartame-free gum that after 3.5 seconds tastes like a rubber band, only with less flavor. For the record, I don’t think aspartame is as bad for you as the fear-mongering pseudo-scientists make it out to be (cough… ....

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  • Stop Making These 3 Mistakes When Hiring A Trainer... - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    If you are reading this, it means that you have taken the first steps to moving better, becoming stronger and recapturing the body you were made to have. Kudos! There are certainly many options out there. In my 20+ years of training and coaching, I’ve seen many fitness fads come and go. It is my hope that this post will help you sift through some of that. So here are 3 of the biggest mistake new people make when starting the journey to get fit… 1. Not understanding the difference between “bodybuilder strength” and “real-world strength”

    “Bodybuilder strength”
    is the fitness methodology in which most modern gyms are rooted. ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Pre/Post Workout Nutrition For Fasting Athletes - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Pre/Post Workout Nutrition For Fasting Athletes - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post comes from the FAQ files. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m one of those ‘weirdos’ that eats one meal a day, and have often been asked if/how that interferes with my training. The answer is usually pretty vague like “it doesn’t”, but I thought I’d take a moment and share with you guys EXACTLY what I do for pre and post workout as far as nutrition goes. I want to be clear that this is not intended to be diet advice of any kind. This is just what I have personally found that works for me. Enjoy… Before we get started, let’s give some context: This ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - How Life Imitates Chess - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    How Life Imitates Chess - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Like many Russians, when I was a young boy my grandfather taught me to play chess. To say he was ‘really good’ would be an understatement. He was an absolutely brilliant player. Despite any character flaws I’ve heard family members accuse him of, when he sat down in front of a chess board, he was a super genius. This year marks ten years since he has passed. In hindsight, I didn’t get to spend as much time with him as I would have liked to, but whenever I did play chess with him, I got to see the complex inner-workings of the mind of a brilliant strategist. And by ‘see’ I mean he would talk to me during the ....

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