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Firestorm fitcamps! and Fitness Revolution: Simply The Best Fat Loss and Fitness Solution in San Antonio! - We help busy men and women get the look, feel or physical performance capability they want, in the time they have, without disruption to their daily life.

If You’re REALLY Serious About Dropping Body Fat, These Are The Only 4 Things You Need To Focus On…

“Uncle Steve, I really want to drop 30 pounds, and I need it to happen in the next two months. What do I have to do?”

“Uncle Steve, since I’ve gone through menopause I can’t seem to drop these last 20 pounds! Why can’t I do it?”

“Uncle Steve, I hate following a diet, and I definitely don’t like it when I’m told what I can and cannot eat. So how do I lose this weight?”

Frustration.

Disappointment.

Even anger…

I hear it and see it often from folks who desperately want to drop some level of body fat, but are either confused or simply lied to about what it takes to drop the fat and get the health, fitness and lean physique shape they want and deserve.

Quite simply, most folks just complicate things.

They make it harder than it has to be.

I know, that’s just so…simple.

And that frustrates a lot of folks.

Not long ago I heard Tony Robbins, the famed self-help and motivational speaker, state this about complexity. “Most people, in order to feel significant, make things really complex so they feel like they’re really unique and special, but…complexity is the enemy of execution. The more complex you make it, the more likely you are NOT going to follow through.”

Oohh…that kind of stings…doesn’t it?

I mean, is this something that applies to you? Please take a moment and answer it honestly…

My guess is, if you’re looking to drop some level of body fat, but haven’t been successful in doing so, on some level you’re probably complicating it.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s another really famous guy with his perspective on the issue: “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” – Warren Buffett

Look, I’m not pointing fingers or even placing blame. I’m just here to make sure you get what you want and one of the ways is to point out what may be going on with you and why you’re not succeeding.

So with that said, here are the 4 things you must do (at a minimum) to achieve some, or even a dramatic level, of fat loss from all of your efforts.

#1 – You must invest in yourself with respect to nutrition.

Unless you’re willing to make the connection between fat loss success and what you choose to shove down your throat, you’ll NEVER see the level of achievement you both want and deserve.

I don’t know how to state it any more plainly: fat loss occurs from what you choose to eat…or more specifically…choose NOT to eat.

You see, as crazy as it sounds, the secret to losing body fat is NOT in how hard you work out, what type of training program you follow or how much or little cardio you do.

No.

Seriously…

The secret (as much as there is a secret) to dropping body fat lies squarely in what you choose to eat and drink.

Sorry to burst your bubble.

The age old axiom, “You cannot out train a crappy diet” is really true.

I know…I’ve tried.

“So what then do I have to eat to get rid of this _____?” (fill in the blank with the appropriate body parts or areas you wish to see change)

If I tell you, will you really do it?

I mean seriously…I’ve told this story to virtually hundreds of people, but seemingly few really get it, much less apply it…

Look…I’m an open book.

If you ask me a question, you get a direct and honest answer.

So here’s my simple answer to this one: If your goal is fat loss, imagine you lived 300 years ago, and there were no grocery stores around, no “convenience” stores and no restaurants to go to, what would you eat?

And furthermore, when you go to the grocery store this week, if what you are considering buying was not available 300 years ago, why are you buying it?

Now, does this mean you can never have a piece of Aunt Jennie’s cheese cake, or a Shipley doughnut ever again?

Of course not.

But, if your goal is fat loss, you’ve got to plan for those things. They simply cannot be a portion of your regular, daily regimen.

O.K.?

So then, in order to succeed I want you to eat protein (meat, fish, fowl or eggs), vegetables and fruits, healthy fats and drink pure water (optimally with added minerals for support and health) 90% of the time.

P.S. If you do not know what these things are, please email me and I’ll be more than happy to lay it out for you in GREAT detail: Steve@firestormfitcamps.com

And if you’re not sure what 90% compliance looks like, factor it like this: if you eat 5 meals per day, 7 days per week that equals 35 meals. 90% compliance means you get to CHEAT on 3 to 4 meals per week!

And cheating isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

So plan for it.

Plan to have a cheat meal on specific days and times. Then enjoy your cheat meals, in normal portion sizes, and as soon as it’s over, then get back on track at the next feeding.

Now, invariably after hearing or reading this someone is thinking, “Well Uncle Steve, what about eating _____?” (and it’s ALWAYS bread they’re wondering about. My guess is that this is where Wonder Bread came from…)

Look…you’re an adult. You can do whatever you want. If you’re serious about fat loss, you’ll follow these simple guidelines.

O.K.?

#2 – Pick up heavy stuff…

Thank you, I’m here all week…

You’re still here? O.K., let’s get serious then.

So, if what you eat makes you drop or gain body fat, what does working out (or rather what SHOULD working out) do for you?

The answer is simple: make you gain muscle.

Muscle is the key to metabolism elevation.

Metabolism elevation is the key to fat burning.

Fat burning is the key to a lean, sleek, svelte, more muscular and athletic physique.

And who doesn’t want that?

You want to look good in or out of clothes?

Stop doing so much “cardio” and start to pick up, move with and throw around heavy stuff.

If you don’t know how to do that, find a qualified fitness professional to assist you.

Neglecting this portion of the equation means the potential detriment or benefit for several things:

  • You die early. Weak things do not tend to do well in the world.
  • You injure easily. That “freak” injury you incurred (more than likely) wouldn’t have been such a big deal if you’d been stronger and more in shape. In fact, it might not have occurred at all.
  • You’re less likely to fall and hurt yourself. From a statistical standpoint, if we’re the same age (I’m almost 55) and I fall and significantly hurt myself and you get cancer…5 years from now you’ll be the one who is still living.
  • Increased confidence. Being strong and healthy just feels good, and that feeling transfers to every facet of life.
  • Move more fluidly. Fluidity of movement means better self-control over various types of terrain, which means again that you feel more confident in doing things that bring joy to life.
  • Strength and stamina go hand-in-hand. Get some…
  • Better brain function and cognition. Yea, you think better and more clearly.
  • Better outlook on life.
  • You look healthy, feel healthy and fit and act accordingly.
  • You inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

So pick up, move with and throw around heavy stuff.

Alright?

#3 – Balance your hormone levels.

“Uncle Steve, what in the heck are you talking about. This just sounds like crazy talk!”

I can assure you that, at this present moment, I am lucid, cognizant of my surroundings and quite on task.

So then, what do I mean by balancing your hormone levels?

Quite simply this: eat good food, reduce your stress levels and replace the missing essential components your body needs for optimal performance.

Let’s briefly go over each point:

1 – Eat good food. I covered this earlier, but it bears repeating: eat things like God made them. If they’ve been altered from their original sources (other than slicing or sectioning, as in a steak or chicken breast for example) do not eat them.

Good food has quality nutrients for quality health. Period.

2 – Reduce your stress levels. This one is a biggie for me. Please allow me a moment to quote Charles Stanley:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Deal with your perception of those things around you in a more positive manner; understand that stress is something we decide upon because it is manufactured in the factory of our own mind and manage your internal dialogue.

Constantly telling yourself or others, “I am so stressed!” will have nothing positive to contribute to your life or the outcome you’re striving toward.

Stress is a choice.

I understand that extenuating circumstances like the death of a loved one, a traumatic event or some other situation can have certain effects on the mind and body. That’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about those that are “stressed out” about everything and seemingly experience stress in perpetuity.

If you want fat loss, learn to better handle those things…from the trivial to the more severe…or get comfortable with being fat.

3 – Replace the missing essential components your body needs for optimal performance.

I’m talking about electrolytes and trace minerals here.

Look, I have a problem with this entire advocacy for drinking water constantly. The whole “most people are dehydrated” bullsnot is just ridiculous.

The problem isn’t an issue (for most people) with a lack of H2O. It’s that their drinking too much filtered water and not replacing the necessary essential components of PURE water and truly good health back into their system.

Listen to me: every time you exhale, urinate, defecate, sweat or have a menstrual cycle you’re losing precious bodily fluids. And in those bodily fluids are the very minerals that make up and necessitate the basic and elemental functions of the very health you seek.

Drinking filtered water, without replenishing it with those lost minerals, is akin to eating white bread.

That’s right: filtered water is the white bread of water.

It is devoid of the life giving, health restoring, hormone balancing minerals that make up a quality of life you may not even know you could have.

And these are the best mineral sources you can get.

How do I know?

Because I take them myself. And I have several clients who will tell you the same, so talk to me about getting your own.

Steve@firestormfitcamps.com

Call or text me: 210-884-2072

#4 – Recover from it all and repeat.

Burn this sentence into your mind: “I do not get better, stronger, leaner or more healthy and fit by how hard I train. I do so by how well I RECOVER from how hard I train.”

What are your primary recovery tools?

  1. Get it. End of story.
  2. Tissue work. Massage, foam rolling, stretching, flexibility work. These are all valid methods of recovery.
  3. Sitting quietly and reading. Watching a sunset. Napping. All good stuff.
  4. Taking a little time off from training to do some less strenuous activity. A long walk. A leisurely bike ride. A nice swim.
  5. Laughing and having fun with loved ones and friends. I don’t really need to explain this one, do I?

Take advantage of these tools and watch your progress and success increase.

So there you have it.

Follow these simple guidelines for 12 weeks and let me know how you do.

Seriously, I’d love your feedback.

Steve@firestormfitcamps.com

210-884-2072

Steve

 

10 Things I Know For Certain About Fat Loss

The topic of fat loss is one of a whole plethora (a veritable cornucopia, should you prefer that term) of opinions, ideas, strategies and approaches, especially when perused across the vast expanse of the interwebs….

Most of which just suck and are dead wrong.

It is said that there are 4 kinds of knowledge:

  1. The things you know that you know.
  2. The things you know that you don’t know.
  3. The things you don’t know that you know.
  4. The things you don’t know that you don’t know.

I’m going to venture out on a very small limb today and stick with #1 on the list and tell you 10 things that I know for certain about fat loss.

Ready?

#1 – Practically everyone wants it. Whether or not they admit it to you, or to themselves, practically everyone in America is interested in some level or degree of fat loss. I mean, why else would it be a 100+ BILLION dollar a year industry if that weren’t the case?

#2 – Achieving a level of healthy fat loss is really simple. Shocking, right? Believe me when I say this (because I’ve been in this business for more than 30 years now and I’ve seen just about EVERY scenario known to man on the topic) it really is a simple process.

captain-obvious-tip-large-3#3 – Achieving a level of healthy fat loss is really not easy. Again, shocking…right? Call me Captain Obvious, but just because something is simple does not mean that it automatically correlates to being easy as well. This primarily stems from people’s ability and super power to complicate things…

#4 – Achieving a dramatic level of fat loss is next to impossible. Ask any bodybuilder who is prepping for a show…

There’s a reason these folks who get up on a stage in their panties and strut around only look like that for a matter days or a week. And for women, maintaining that super low level of body fat can have serious and life altering repercussions.dad1a And yes…that’s me at 6% bodyfat.

#5 – Maintaining a low level of fat loss is really, really difficult. The body likes to have some back up energy stores. It’s a matter of self preservation, so that it doesn’t have to cannibalize muscle tissue, brain matter, stop necessary bodily functions, etc…just to keep you alive.

#6 – The level of mental focus to achieve a large degree of fat loss is beyond most people. You may THINK you want to get really lean and have a single digit body fat level, but when I tell you it’s probably going to take you 12 weeks to do it, I can already see your mind beginning to formulate scenarios of all of the goodies your going to miss out on, the parties you won’t be attending and the missed opportunities to hang with your peeps and chug a brewski or six…

#7 – No one wants to be around you. I know from personal experience. Dieting for 12 weeks to get “contest ready” sucks, and you can’t go to breakfast or lunch with people from the office and order off the menu without having to make a boatload of changes to what you want. It’s easier to just sit at your desk, eat your bland chicken breast, broccoli and spinach salad with lemon juice than to ruin everyone else’s meal. People who are “chasing skinny” verses trying to simply be healthy and fit have a whole different mindset.

#8 – More cardio ain’t the way to get it. I know, you LOVE doing cardio. The problem is, you keep adding on pounds the more you do it.

Have you ever heard the definition of insanity?

More anything isn’t the way to get there. More isn’t better. Better is better. What you really need is a weight lifting plan, and I know just where to get one. Keep reading…

#9 – Following a meal plan…kinda sucks. It ain’t sexy, but it works. And it takes time, and patience.

Whoopie…

#10 – Dedication to the task at hand requires cooperation. From loved ones to co-workers. Imagine going to a party at a friend’s house and the host asks you what you’d like to eat or drink?

“I’ll just have some raw vegetables and water, please.”

Wow…aren’t you the life of the party?

And if you don’t think people will be intimidated by your choices and try to influence or deter your firm resolve, I have some beach front property in Arizona I’d like to talk with you about.

Bonus

#11 – Most people don’t get serious about fat loss until they have some sort of extrinsic motivation. The sad reality is that many, many people don’t really have a goal or develop game plan for getting rid of the unwanted weight until they have some sort of scare from a doctor, or worse.

If you have an excess of body fat on you, it’s more than just a burdensome dilemma or that you’re over eating or under exercising. All it really means is that you’re living in an unhealthy body…

My questions to you are these:

  • If you have an unhealthy body (because of the excess of fat both in and on it), why wouldn’t you do something about it now rather than wait for a bad event to occur?
  • When would NOW be a good time to get started?

So What’s The Bottom Line?

Listen, if you’re serious about fat loss, I have a plan for you. It’s simple, straight forward and to the point.

But, as I stated earlier, that does not in any way, shape or form connote or imply that it is easy. You can read it and follow its recommendations right here: The Plan

And if you’d like to know what kind of workout program works the best, well…while don’t you come experience it firsthand with a bunch of satisfied people who already know it. I’ll even give you two weeks to try it out for just $10!

Firestorm fitcamps!

All you have to do is let me know by texting or calling me here: 210-884-2072 or emailing me: Steve@firestormfitcamps.com and I’ll get you all set up.

Steve

Is Focus A Thing Of The Past?

So I’m at the gym a couple of days ago leading a group of hard workers through a routine and I notice one of the ladies kind of just going through the motions…again.

I approached her and said, “Hey Tina (not her real name), you doing alright? I mean…you seem like your mind is somewhere else this morning.”

She smiled, or something resembling a smile, and stated, “Yea, I know. I have a lot on my mind.”

She then began to give me a laundry list of things she was mulling over. When she finished I smiled back and asked, “Can you do anything about any of those concerns right now?”

She looked at me wide eyed for a second, dropped her gaze and said sheepishly, “No.”

I gently laid a hand on her shoulder, looked her in the eye and said, “This is YOUR time. Please don’t forget that. All of that other stuff will be waiting for you when you leave.”

I have a sign that hangs on my front door, and this is what it says:

Sanctuary

I put it there because I see this as a growing problem with people: they’re losing the ability to focus or to simply be in the moment. I’m not sure if it’s a factor of social media, the advancement of technology or the disconnect we feel because of the seemingly constant barrage of information we get on a moment-by-moment basis.

“The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is:
Wherever you are, be there. When you work, work. When you play,
play. Don’t mix the two.”
— Jim Rohn

The Mystery Of The Mind

Despite all of the so called advancements and conveniences of modern day life, I’m quite certain I’m not the only one who has felt a little disparate with respect to good old fashioned human interaction and connectedness. I mean, when was the last time you went to lunch or dinner with someone and they didn’t grab their phone just to check….whatever it is they’re checking?

With all of the awe and wonder surrounding the physical marvels that allow for our existence, the one that is most intriguing is the mind. And the mind is more than the brain, don’t you know.

Although our actions are primarily controlled by our brain, there is more to the brain than just orchestrating the various functions of our body. It’s the center of our intellect; it produces our perspective of the world that we see through our eyes and in our mind’s eye. It’s been said that the brain is like a committee of experts sitting in a windowless room.

The brain generally operates on 3 levels:

  • The subconscious mind
  • The unconscious mind
  • The conscious mind

The Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind offers automatic control over the various functions of the body. This is the “hard wired” part of the brain , which works in conjunction with the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and controls the automatic functions of the body, like heart rate, digestion, breathing rate, salivation, perspiration, maintenance of homeostasis and so forth.

And thank God for it! Imagine if you had to consciously think about and control all of that stuff each and every day?

The Unconscious Mind

The unconscious mind is responsible for issuing the “pre-planned” actions of the body. You may not fully realize it, but this alone encompasses over 90% of our everyday functions.

Seriously, the huge majority of our everyday life is on autopilot, so to speak. I mean, do you really need to consciously think about reaching for and picking up your coffee mug from the table top while you continue to read the news on the screen in front of you and listening to the television broadcast in the background?

This is the illusion of “multi-tasking”… (more on this later)

Were you aware that the unconscious mind processes 200,000 times more information than the conscious mind? It has its memory only partially imprinted by our conscious mind through cognitive processing and sheer practice. It’s programmed through a sort of “neural imprinting” by our surroundings, genetic makeup, sensory input, cognitive processing and subliminal impressions and influences.

The Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is responsible for our cognitive thinking. It is responsible for the decisions where our focus is placed and upon what we will contemplate. While this is occurring, the unconscious mind takes care of everything else.

Our conscious mind is fed by our sensory devices (which can be fooled), our memory (which is oftentimes flawed) and our imagination (which is frequently, shall we say…creative).

These various perceptions form the very building blocks of the world we perceive and navigate through in what we would term our “reality”.

Reporter to Dr. Alert Schweitzer: “What’s wrong with men today?”
Dr Schweitzer: “Men simply don’t think.”

Experts in the field of human perception tell us that the only place we appear to cognitively operate is where we consciously focus and place our attention. The conscious mind is the gatekeeper of our unconscious memory storage. Everything else (our automatic brain reactions) guide us through the daily tasks of living.

This is seen in the many observations of mindful expressions by great thinkers over the ages who’ve come to the same conclusion: we get what we think about most, and have expressed it thus:

“A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” – Marcus Aurellius

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

” If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” – Mark 9:23

It’s really very simple…we become what we think about.

We naturally suppress what we determine unnecessary. However, the more familiar we are with our surroundings, the more our conscious mind can focus on new information. Our cognitive mind can only address 4-5 pieces of information at any given moment.

Have you ever taken the time to look at your credit cards? Did you ever notice that the numbers on them are broken up into 4 digit blocks? This is because we can only retain new information in small chunks or blocks.

SampleWe live in the information age. I personally refer to it as the “information overload age”, but that’s another matter for another day…

Virtually anything you want to know is just a few clicks away via the internet. That has both benefits and drawbacks. Film producers make movies and shows with more and greater visual stimuli that take us seemingly anywhere in space or time. Media types know this and use it to draw our attention to what they have to sell at virtually every opportunity in our lives. The question then becomes: how discerning and perceptive are we really?

Information or Illusion?

Attention diversion is the key to illusion. Watch any good illusionist (sometimes called a magician) do a trick and you’ll notice a common theme: distraction or attention diversion.

Discerning the difference between helpful information and harmful illusions is key. It really boils down to managing your perceptions. Attention is like mental money…be careful where and how you spend it.

Illusion is caused by what is known as “Change Blindness.” In other words, we really only notice change when it occurs within the field of our narrow focus. We simply do not notice change where we don’t think a change should appear. Watch this video to see what I mean:

The pickpocket relies on this principle of the victim being distracted to accomplish his goal.

100_4648It is therefore that I state that we are all (and do best when we are) basically “single processors” or in other words focus on one function or task at a time. In essence we all suffer from a sort of multi-processing blindness, or “in-attentional blindness.” Anything less than true focus on the task at hand and in the present leaves us vulnerable illusion, misinformation, endangerment or outright deception.

As I stated earlier, the distractions of the day have left us weak in the areas of true focus on tasks that really mean the most in life. Entertainment and information (infotainment as it is commonly called) has become the opiate of the masses.

I constantly see people with their faces looking downward at their mobile world, either as a form of escapism or diversion, from the real world around them. I think this has a carryover effect for many who enter the arena of the gym.

Don’t be one of those. Look up, pay attention to what you’re doing and get the most of your time while you’re there.

Be. Here. Now!

Steve

Sunday Afternoon Ramblings…

Sitting here at my computer, I thought I’d free form some thoughts that have, at least for the past few days, been rolling around in me noggin…

Enjoy.

1) The speed at which you MAKE progress in the gym is inversely proportional to the DESIRE you expect or wish to see with respect to said progress.

2) The power of the mind to either accelerate or to circumvent and prevent progress is in direct proportion to this quote: “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.”

3) Your words have power. Stop letting them hold you back and keeping you from that which you want, desire or already possess.

4) Gratitude is an action verb.

5) Give more, for what it makes of you…not the other person.

6) Expect less…for the same reason.

7) I heard a lady tell another with respect to a question about health and fitness that she needed to ask a lot of people and boil it down to one answer that fit her. That was some of the dumbest advice I’d ever heard. More isn’t better. Better is better. How about asking someone qualified to answer the question, working with them to customize it for you then actually sticking to it?

8) You never know what some people are going through that makes them act the way they do. You may never know, and that’s OK. Love them anyway, if they are important to you. Or move on. You have to decide which is more important to you.

9) True friendship or relationship building is built upon trust, and it takes time. Getting to know people (and I mean REALLY getting to know them) hinges on these three criteria:

  1. Things they will tell you about themselves, because they’re comfortable talking about them. These are easily discoverable and sometimes referred to as “surface level” acknowledgements.
  2. Things they won’t tell you, because they’re either uncomfortable or embarrassed to share them. It will take time and trust building on both parties part to get here.
  3. Things they can’t tell you, either because it is blocked psychologically or is simply too painful to divulge. These take extraordinary patience and time to get to. Getting someone to share these things is a measure of trust beyond blood or genetics.

10) You need to laugh more. Not some immature, silly or dopey nonsensical type of laughter. Genuine, heart felt and true appreciation laughter. We’re all born with a death sentence, and no one get out alive. Lighten up a little…

Steve