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Fitness. 5 Essential Things Every Successful Fitness Plan Needs

In the quest for success many sacrifice their fitness goals.

I hear people say they don’t have time or they are too tired. But without health how much will you really be able to enjoy success? There are 3 key factors to a well rounded life. Wealth, Health and Joy.(That’s strange, that was part of the title of our first book! )

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This is because your health is very important to living the life that you deserve. So it is important to have fitness goals.

I go to the gym 3 – 4 times a week. I do this for a few different reasons but mainly because I want to enjoy as much of my life as possible. One of the things getting into shape and having fitness goals does is build up your self confidence. It actually makes becoming successful easier. You build up an attitude that you can overcome the challenges if you work on them. And you can see the results in a short amount of time too.

So how do we set up successful fitness goals? Continue reading Fitness. 5 Essential Things Every Successful Fitness Plan Needs

Summer and Exercise: Setting a Routine



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Summer is here and we all want to have fun outside and look good doing it!

Someone asked me yesterday “What is the most important factor in maintaining training consistency in summer?”

I said “What do you think?” to which they responded, “Oh you have to make training fun and exciting.

You have to incorporate other friends and keep it fresh all the time. Never get into a rut or get bored.”

All of these factors are true to be sure but they do not address the most important factor. The factor that will make a person who hates training come to the gym 5 times per week even in the summer, the factor that makes people with back pain hire personal trainers, massage therapists and chiropractors. The reason why we have gyms in the first place-RESULTS!


If a person sees and experiences results, they will always come back no matter what time of year, because they will always want to feel more of the same.

Loving your fitness training can often be your biggest adversary because it forces you to do the things you enjoy and those things typically are the things you need not do.

Do the things you DON’T enjoy and do them first, usually that will give the best results.

For example, most people hate working their legs so they wear baggy pants and neglect the most important muscles in their body while training their upper body to give the appearance of strength when everyone knows that true strength comes from your legs and core. Start training your legs on Monday’s instead of Friday’s and you will notice better results in your physique.

Always compare yourself to your previous self to judge your results. Try not to look at others because they cannot help you in your quest. Only YOU can tell if you’re feeling healthier, more energetic, and pain free. It’s a selfish endeavor but to help others you have to help yourself first.

Find people who can teach you how to achieve the results you seek and no one will ever have to convince you to exercise. Once you feel and see the benefits of great health, there is no going back!!

The key to all of this, is to put oneself in a position that promotes success. With success comes results. With results come joy, validation, and dedication. It’s like the world cup of soccer, it’s easy to get on board and cheer for a team that’s doing well; be that team and believe in yourself!!


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Another point to remember is that other people are trying to do what you are trying to do but they will not be successful. Why?

They don’t have the determination to follow things through when they get tough. Don’t let their weakness affect you or your resolve, stay the course and experience the joy of continued success.

Make this summer be the summer you stick to your routine and get the results you desire.

                                                         Stephen McKenzie BSc, BA, CANFIT PRO
Director of Fitness | Cambridge Club         Attachment-1


Director of Fitness | Cambridge Club

Do What You Love. Do you know what you Love?


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People always say things like “do what you love” and that is meant to be inspiring but it assumes that you know what you love.

Most people don’t and that is the REAL problem.
This applies to your career ,your fitness, and your life. You must actively seek out your passions to have a chance of finding them.
If you don’t ,then you are relegated to doing what you think you’re supposed to do, and that usually ends up in tears and frustration.
We should all try to  find things that we like and find ways to use these things to improve our lives. Find ways to do what you love.

So how does this pertain to fitness?

I see people that want to get fit running at 5:00 am and wanting to kill themselves because they hate it so much. Why would you do that to yourself? I guess they think that the other runners they see on the street are going through the same experience and it’s a right of passage in order to get in shape.

The truth of the matter is that runners LIKE to run, they look forward to it. No one has to motivate them to run because it’s something they actually enjoy and would do regardless. Guess who is going to be healthier over time, the person who forces themselves to run at 5:00 am or the person who loves to run?

I know quite a few people who have bought workout dvd’s like p90x and raved about the workouts. I did some research found 2 outcomes for the participants.

A- 70% of the people who started the program that I contacted did not finish it.

B- 20% of the people who did finish the program did see results but did not do it again.

So what did that experience accomplish? Not much, only 10% of the people who bought the video actually made some improvement from it.

Stop trying to find a quick fix and look farther ahead. Look at yourself and find out what you enjoy doing that also requires some activity and try doing that.

I have never had to convince a golfer to go golfing ,so if that’s you ,use it to help you get fit. Don’t use a cart and carry your bag. You can even put a little weight in your bag if you like to get a better workout. Do some golf specific exercises  before you go to the course.

I find it so funny that if I tell a golfer to do certain exercises they’ll make a face but when I tell them that they’re golf specific exercises they smile and do them. They’re doing the same exercises but for different reasons and they’ll keep doing them especially when they see improvement in their game. This is a way to do what you love.
Try it yourself and you’ll see that you can get fit and enjoy it no matter who you are! Continue reading Do What You Love. Do you know what you Love?