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  • A Strength Coach’s Thoughts On The Body Positivity Movement - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    A Strength Coach’s Thoughts On The Body Positivity Movement - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post fits into the category of, “Things I didn’t want to talk about, but spent WAY too much time thinking about, so now I gotta write.” One of my students challenged me to take on this subject. Once again, we need to start with an important disclaimer… Warning: Dry article. If you’re looking for something highly polarizing, filled with outrage porn and fat jokes, you might as well sign off now. What Is The Body Positivity Movement? Contrary to what some may think, this movement is not new news. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance was started in 1969. The term “body positive” ....

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  • Jerry Responds To The Worst Fitness Advice On Social Media For Beginners - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Jerry Responds To The Worst Fitness Advice On Social Media For Beginners - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today I’d like to walk you step-by-step through the process of getting started in a fitness program. This is how the majority of conversations go when someone calls into our facility with questions about our programs. This also happens to be a subject that most online outlets do a terrible job of answering, so I decided to do my part in being part of the solution. Here we go… Phase One – Skill Acquisition… DO NOT SKIP THIS! Before we moved into our current location 6 years ago, our previous facility was next door to a quilting shop. Besides selling a variety of quilting-related products, they also offered classes. If ....

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  • What Experiencing Strength Means To Me - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    What Experiencing Strength Means To Me - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s topic comes from a podcast I enjoy listening to called Barbell Logic. It made me think about what the strength journey means to me, and I decided to share some thoughts. Enjoy! Don’t Worry, Be Happy Over the past few years, some of us have struggled with happiness. The pandemic has put us into a bad place emotionally and psychologically. Some are concerned about their health, others are concerned with how these events affect their personal/professional lives, and others are deeply concerned about both. Speaking personally, the iron has been my therapy… as well as my anti-depression medication. This is not new ....

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  • What Marie And I Eat - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    What Marie And I Eat - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder This is not a re-post! You keep asking, so periodically Marie and I rewrite posts detailing what a typical day of eating looks like for us. We started doing this around 6 or 7 years ago and, I’ll be honest, not too much has changed… but a few things have. I’d like to remind everyone that this is not nutrition advice. This is simply what we’ve discovered, through years of trial and error, that happens to work for us. Your results may vary. So, here we go… ladies first… What Marie Eats… I have changed the way I eat many times in the last 12 years: I’ve tried 5 meals a day, 2 meals a ....

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  • How To Fix Your Crappy Relationship With Food… Part 2 - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    How To Fix Your Crappy Relationship With Food… Part 2 - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder In case you missed part 1, you can check it out by clicking here . For this next installment, I’d like to go down a slightly different rabbit hole. Since this is coming out right around the New Year’s holiday, I thought I’d share something for those who may be taking on some new eating/exercise habits this year. Important note: We’ve made the decision many years ago to not participate in the marketing to the ‘New Year’s resolution’ crowd. Yes, I know that’s weird for a gym. But we are a small facility that caters to the dedicated. I will not dishonor them by flooding the gym every January. If ....

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  • Team Protocol Takes Home 12 State Records, 8 First Place Awards, and Best Lifter Award At The Tucson Strength Classic Powerlifting Meet!

    Team Protocol Takes Home 12 State Records, 8 First Place Awards, and Best Lifter Award At The Tucson Strength Classic Powerlifting Meet!

    After having to take a break from competing in 2020, Team Protocol was back on the platform this year! In today’s post, I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the great accomplishments of our team. Enjoy! (*all lifts and weight classes have been converted to pounds from kilos) Kristina Bergdahl-Martel had her very first platform experience! In the 123-pound weight class, she squatted 204, benched 100, and deadlifted 242. Awesome work Kristina! Veteran lifter Roxanne Chance had an incredible day with four state records! In the 106-pound weight class and at the tender young age of 66, she had a squat of 127, bench 82.5, 187 deadlift, and 397 total. ....

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  • How To Fix Your Crappy Relationship… With Food - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    How To Fix Your Crappy Relationship… With Food - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder For some folks… diet, food, and bodyweight are very emotionally driven: “I hated the number on the scale, so I went off the plan!” “I loved the number on the scale, so I rewarded myself and went off the plan!” Dieters often worship at the altar of the almighty scale. Good coaches, on the other hand, like to challenge their students to take on process-oriented goals instead of outcome-based ones. For example, “I want to lose 20 pounds” is an outcome goal. An example of a process-driven goal is, “I want to eat 8 different vegetables every day for the next 12 weeks and see what happens.” As a ....

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  • Do I REALLY Need To Keep A Training Log? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Do I REALLY Need To Keep A Training Log? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman - Owner and Founder “The palest ink is better than the best memory” Dan John We frequently get questions regarding how/why to track fitness progress, so I thought I’d take a moment to discuss that in today’s post. Enjoy! First off, I am a strong believer in ‘what gets measured, gets managed’. So, whether it’s workouts, nutrition, household budget, or certain metrics in one’s place of employment, it is absolutely critical to track what’s important. Dave Ramsey says that if you’re not operating on a written household budget, you are just not that serious about getting your financial house in order ....

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  • My Thoughts On Transgender Athletes In Sports... - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    My Thoughts On Transgender Athletes In Sports... - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder *Disclaimer 1* I am not a doctor, and I don’t play one on the internet. Nothing in this article is intended to be medical knowledge or advice. *Disclaimer 2* Warning: Dry article. No name-calling, outrage porn, or political stuff. If you’re looking for a colorful article that further polarizes an already divisive topic, you might as well stop reading here and go click on literally every other article on this subject. The purpose of this post is to provide a closer look at the actual data and numbers that surround this conversation to help you better understand the facts and figures. There is some gentle humor sprinkled in to keep ....

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  • How Do You Know It’s Time To Take A Break? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    How Do You Know It’s Time To Take A Break? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder One of the coolest things I’ve noticed recently about us crawling out of the COVID mess is that many of our students are taking summer vacations again! Marie and I just got back from visiting our oldest son and his wife, and it was really nice to get away and unplug for a bit. We have one simple rule for vacations: disconnect from work/home life as much as possible and enjoy the time away. This means little to no social media, tv, work calls/emails, etc. Although sometimes it’s not practical to be 100% unplugged (I still had to work a little on this last trip), the goal remains. Taking a break can also apply to other things besides work. ....

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