My Training Philosophy

Train Heavy!
Train Heavy!

As a personal trainer I am regularly asked “Well what do you do?”. This is what I do. It is surprisingly simple and the only difference between me and masses of people trying to lose weight and get in shape is that I actually do it, and I have been doing it regularly for many, many years.

Go ahead, ask around. Find a healthy and fit person and ask them how they do it and they’ll tell the same story. They just get it done. Most people would reach every goal and achieve their dream physique and optimal health if only they stuck with it.  

Radiance Wellness was founded to answer that very question…how to stay motivated? Here is what I DO:

On Strength

 -Lift heavy. (Ladies, you’ll get firm and shapely before you become a monster)

-Squats, lunges, pull-ups, deadlifts, row, bench press. Not a whole lot more needed.

-Muscle fiber fatigue- the last rep hurts, and it really is the last rep.

-Stable surface. (Instability comes from weakness, build strength first.)

On Staying Lean

 -Lift heavy (especially legs and back).

 -HIgh intensity intervals (for the hormone release).

 -Protein at every meal.

 -Much water.

-Many greens.

On Muscularity

-Lift heavy.

-Stay pumped.

-Striations are cool.

On Cardio

-Lift heavy. (Peak heart rates are reached during strength training)

-Never more than 30 minutes, if that, on a machine.

-High intensity intervals.

-Love the stairclimber, hate the elliptical. That’s just personal preference though.

On abs

  -Lift heavy. (Metabolism goes through the roof, core is trained with every exercise.)

-See On staying lean

 -Digestive health is key. (Rotten gut = flabby & distended belly.)

– Transversus abdominis must be quick to fire, then conditioned.

 -Hate planks.

 -The occasional crunch, but never more than 20 reps.

On Cross Training

-Yoga is good, no amazing. Do it for the body and soul. Do it often.

-Pilates is good, but God forbid not a whole class of it. Build elements of it into your strength routine.

-If it involves ‘mumbo’, ‘grapevine’,’step-touch’, or latin music, run away, fast!

-What the heck is bootcamp anyway?

-“Spin’ your mountain bike up a real mountain.

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-The verdict is still pending on the ‘methods’. Can’t judge before I’ve tried it, but pretty skeptical at this point.

There it is. Just get it done. The results come and maintenance is a whole lot easier than building!

Happy Training, 




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Author: Shari Zisk

Shari Zisk B.A., has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. She was born, raised and spent most of her fitness career in British Columbia, Canada. She now lives in the United States splitting time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Shari writes full time about how to sweat, nourish and glow!

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