strength training

Challenge Yourself to Let Go of What Controls You

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A few years ago, a client and friend asked me to facilitate a food "cleanse" for her. I was not quite sure what I would be doing exactly when I agreed to it. Then a few more friends joined the cleanse and followed through with 21 days of no sugar, alcohol, dairy and gluten.

At the time, I myself was contemplating quitting alcohol completely, so this seemed like a great way to get myself started. I had taken breaks from alcohol in the past, but always would come back to drinking to a point where I would wake up in the morning with bad headaches.

After the 21 days, some of the clients/friends that had joined had very surprisingly positive results, so I thought that this program could really help other people. Now I offer this cleanse consistently 3 times a year: January, May/June and October. The next one starts June 3rd.

It is a program that has helped my clients transform their bodies in ways that otherwise would have not been possible to accomplish with just exercise.

As I have been saying for almost 20 years: “Exercise and nutrition are equally important to lose fat. In fact, you can lose fat with no exercise at all and just good nutrition, but it just won't be as fast, healthy and effective.”

On a personal level, I am much more in control of how much alcohol I consume. Over the whole of last year, I was able to limit my consumption to as many glasses of wine as I previously would have consumed in a week.

Most people that join the cleanse find it most challenging to let go of one of the ingredients we eliminate, but really enjoy the new variety of foods they can consume during the 21 days.

The challenge is to let go of the one thing that we need to leave the most. Challenge yourself, take out the evening drinks, the chocolate, the cheese, the chips, whatever you feel will be the biggest challenge to go without for one day.

Here is what some of our previous cleansers say:

"This detox is not about weight loss; it's about resetting your body and learning to make better decisions when it comes to food. It absolutely neutralized my cravings and brought my mind to clarity! And guess what? When you finish the 21 days you feel so good you want to continue eating this way!."

"I must say I am delighted to have gone through the whole process... my skin is definitely brighter and looks cleaner... my clothes fit me better and I feel lighter, stronger and healthier... more in tune with myself and alert to my environment. The best for me was that Ana's plan was not difficult at all to implement on a day-to-day basis."

This is not a quick fix diet, it is a first step into changing your unhealthy eating habits for the rest of your life.

If you are ready to join and for more information:

Motivation to Fail and Why you Need to Train Hard


Remember in the movie "Devil's Advocate", with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, the scene in which Keanu’s character yells: "Lose? I don't lose! I win! I'm a lawyer, that's my job, that's what I do!" I feel my clients respond to me in the same way when I encourage them to go to failure on each exercise during training sessions. They refrain from getting there because they want to be the “perfect trainees” and finish each repetition that I ask them to do. In other cases, it is the fear of "working too hard" that gets in the way.

The latest research about exercise from all around the world shows that going to failure is the most efficient way to promote muscle growth. It doesn't really matter how failure is accomplished as long as you get there. Exercising at high intensity but with very slow speed is the safest and most efficient way to exercise. Moreover, it saves time because you need to give your body the appropriate time and rest to recover and grow, so workouts are recommended only once or twice a week for a brief but intense period of time. Therefore, training this way is how you become the best trainee you can be. 😉

Do you fear training hard? Most people fear training hard because they are afraid of getting injured or they don't really want to push their body to the level of fatigue that failure requires. But what if I tell you that by training to failure once or twice a week for 30-45 minutes, your body is going to develop more strength with a smaller time commitment? Plus, moving slowly is safe and minimizes the risk of injury.

I know, I know, this takes a big leap of faith, but don't just believe my word, try it out for yourself. Schedule a complementary initial consultation with me and experience the workout. You will experience results you never thought or imagined could be possible after only 6-12 sessions.