Are you tired and frustrated with fighting an uphill battle to lose weight and get healthy?

Have you joined a gym, more than once,

and continually lack results?

You are not alone!

Gym enviroments can often:

  • Be crowded
  • Make you feel confused on how to work with the equipment
  • Give you a feeling of isolation - no one knows about you, your goals, or your ability on an exercise program

Clients of Solution Fitness:

  • Get Results
  • Lose Weight
  • Drop Sizes
  • Feel energized
  • Enjoy a return on their investment


Our staff is comprised of extremely qualified and experienced fitness coaches.

Our clients begin with a comprehensive fitness evaluation to ascertain current fitness level and mindset. Our next step is to establish a customized program to help you accomplish your goals. We offer a unique approach to exercise where we first teach you how to move the right way, then challenge you in a strategic manner. When you train at Solution Fitness, you will enjoy individualized attention in our small group setting. Training with like-minded people who are focused on similar health and fitness goals is an environment that will motivate you to stay on track and keep you accountable.

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You ARE Going to Fail

By On March 25, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


We all have failed in life before.  I try to be honest in these emails, so here is one more.  I fail a lot…relationships, my marriage, parenting, business, life, etc.


You name it, my life is filled with failures.  There are so many moments in my life I wish I had back.  I think about the mistakes I made as a parent and as a business owner early on.  It’s embarrassing.  But because I made these mistakes did I stop being a father or close the doors to Solution Fitness?


Michael Jordan (he is kind of a fairly well know basketball player) has this quote:


Michael Jordan


If you are like Michael and I (come on, you have to like how I just linked myself to Michael Jordan!), you have made your own “failures”.  These are your mistakes.  Did you stop?  Odds are, if you are like me and it was family or business related, the answer is “No”.


Why does it have to end in the negative when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and health.  You eat one bad thing on Friday night, now the rest of the weekend is a wash.  You decide you are ready to start an exercise plan, but today is Thursday.  Need to wait until Monday.  Then Monday comes and goes.


Here is a fact: We are going to fail in life.  Our lives are going to be filled with mistakes.  There is a lesson to be adopted from this to help you with your journey to be healthy.


It is ok to mess up.  You can eat bread once in a while, enjoy a glass a wine (or 2), spend a weekend with your family in Disney and eat crap the whole week.  This is a part of life.  These are the fun times.


But you can do the right thing, most of the other time, and be healthy.  Commit to eating right, moving more, and a better state of health.  Make your mistakes along the way, but stay consistent.


You will be happy with the results!


Small Steps Lead to Big Results

By On March 25, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


Day 1 of owning my personal training business was painful.  In fact, the first year was pretty rough for me.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I was renting space from someone I didn’t know, from a recommendation of someone I trust.


I spent the previous 12 years being good at training people and telling them to eat right.  Owning a business is not the same thing.  Was my expectation that people were just going to come in because I opened the doors?  Sure, why not, but that’s not what happened.


I had a few core clients that started with me (Some are still with me 6 years later).  After that, I had to work really hard to get more.  And it was a slow process.  As I would take two steps forward, then get knocked back one.  This process goes on each and every year.  We make forward process and, at times, take a hit.  This is a part of business.


This is life too!  My life has knocked me down so many times before.  My wife has a saying that she keeps going back to whenever I have doubts about something…

”If it was easy, everyone would do it!”


I use that a lot in my business world to accept the ups and downs.  It keeps me moving forward.


I am now sharing it with you.  Living a healthy lifestyle, has its ups and downs too.  We don’t look for 100% compliance from our clients.  We strive for 80% – 90%.  The latter when they first start to get them in a routine, and then adjust to the range as we move forward.  This allows them to make some mistakes and not compromise progress.  This keeps them moving forward with small steps.


A small step for you is easy.  Start by adding some vegetables at dinner.  Maybe eliminate one bread or pasta product during the week.  The weather is starting to turn for the better, try taking a walk after dinner.  These are small steps forward.  Stack up a few small steps and you can cover a lot of ground.


Take a Chance

By On March 25, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


Unfortunately, I was exposed to death at a relatively early age.  Three of the most important people in my life died before I was 27: my mother (Muscular Dystrophy), my father (Pancreatic Cancer), and my best friend (September 11th).


This taught me what I believed was a valuable lesson…


The people that are closest to me leave.


My defense mechanism was to not let anyone else get too close.  This was unfortunate for my girlfriend at the time (Don’t worry this has a happy ending.  That girlfriend is now my wife).  But throughout our relationship I went through periods of not letting her get too close.  My concern was if I let her in, she will eventually leave.  Which is what has happened to me 3 times before.


This was no way to live.  Was my plan to live as a hermit for the rest of my life?  Not share my life experiences with someone?  Have a family?


I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone.  I knew I needed to take a chance.  So I committed myself to her.  I showed her everything I had.  I left it all on the table.  And she fell in love with me.  We have been together for 22 years and together we have raised 2 great kids.


But it all started with me taking a chance.  I share my personal stories with you because I hope they help.  If you are reading this, maybe there is a chance you need to take a chance to eat a little better, move around a little more, or just be healthier.  I was afraid to be abandoned.  You might be afraid to fail.  And that is holding you back.


I have a client that has been training at Solution Fitness for just over a year.  She recently told me that she looked us up 3 months before she decided to call.  Now this person had her own obstacles in her life…cancer survivor, overweight, thyroid condition, joint pain, etc.  She did not know if what we offer would work.  So, she took a chance.  As a result, she lost over 70lbs in one year.  She feels great and believes that her commitment changed her life.


You might be afraid too.  Afraid to fail!  This is more common that you think.  If you want to change something, risk is involved.  If you go “all in” to making a change and taking a chance, you can achieve something great.


My life changed drastically by taking a chance.  So did my client’s.  Now it is your turn…


Take a Chance!


PS: Below is a link to my FREE REPORT “5 Mindset Hacks for Weight Loss Success.”  This will help you get started.


Find Time for You

By On March 22, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


When I speak to a prospective client, one of the questions I always ask is “Why do you want to do this now?”  The responses are very common and tend to stem from placing priorities in 2 areas: family and / or work.  They put their family and careers in front of their own health.  Does this sound familiar?


It should!  My family and Solution Fitness are what I think about pretty much all the time.  And if you are like me, business takes over most of my thoughts.  Here is a question to think about, “if you get sick (head cold, stomach bug, etc.), what does that do to your life?  If you are like me, it brings everything else to a crashing stop.  Plus, I am an absolute baby if I get the slightest case of the sniffles!


Now I know I make you think deep about you, so here is another one.  What if you were to get really sick?  Diseases in my family tree include Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s.  This is part of my motivation to lead a healthy life (most of the time).  I find time for me.  Which includes quiet thinking and exercise.  My gold standard is when I can get 3 strength training workouts in.  When that doesn’t work, it is a quick 20-minute circuit training session in my basement.  Now I own a gym and I only train their 2 – 3 times per week.  The rest of the time is at home with little to no equipment.


Find time for you.  And don’t say you are too busy.  We are all busy.  Make a choice to put you first.  If you were to get sick, everything in your life would stop.  Start committing to your health first and it will make you better at everything else in your life.


Start small!  Go for a walk or eat some more vegetables.  Create one positive habit and turn it into a routine then slowly add to it.  Over a few weeks, you will create a healthier lifestyle.  This will make you better at other aspects of your life.


Here is my advice to you, which is a quote that sits on the wall at Solution Fitness:


Commit to your Excellence


Top 10 Habits of Highly Effective Eating

By On March 21, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


Welcome! Monounsaturated Fats

I want to let you in on a little secret… HEALTHY EATING IS EASY.

It’s easy, but just because it’s easy doesn’t mean everyone can do it. It takes effort and a desire to change your behaviors for good.

It will not require overly restrictive diets. It does not require loyalty to a specific brand of weight loss supplement. There are no pills or magic potions.

In all honesty, fat loss and clean eating both start with common sense. People too often want to be fed a quick fix, but you already know what it takes to eat right.

You need protein, for one, and you need fruits and vegetables. Just add water, and you’re almost there.

Of course, getting yourself to the point where you can take diet recommendations and incorporate them into your everyday life is a little harder than that.

Click below for the top 10 habits and make your Eating Highly Effective!

Top 10 Habits of Highly Effective Eating



Get Negative First

By On March 19, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


I’ll be honest, I suffer with depression.  There were times in my life, as a teenager and young adult, were I was lost and thinking some horrible thoughts.  Dealing with parents that lived in pain hurt me deeply.  I overcame that by feeling a need to live.  My life today is for my family!


My struggles early in life can take me to deep dark places even now.  There are times I consider myself a failure as a husband, father, and business owner.  I never went to therapy, although my wife begged me at times.  I use the negative to motivate me.


What I am talking about is not easy.  Believe me, I get that.  Right now, I could still be the completely reckless person I was early in life.  I picked fights.  I yelled at people.  I drank a lot.  I still have that anger inside me.  But now if fuels me.


I want to be an awesome husband, a super hero to my kids (and my nieces and nephews…They call me Super Unc!), and someone that helps people change their lives.


We all have bad things in our lives that impact us.  My advice to you is to accept it.  It is part of you!  But do not let it define you.  You do not have to be depressed, think you are a failure, or feel like being unhealthy is ok.  Accept the negative as a starting point and know that your brain will take you back there at times.  Now take a stand and commit to making a change.  It starts one step at a time.


You are NOT too old, too busy, too far gone.  You are at your starting point!  Embrace it!  Accept it!  Use it!  Now get ready to change.


Blame Your Parents

By On March 15, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


I was born to a mother that had Muscular Dystrophy (well Friedreich’s Ataxia to be honest).  I never saw her walk.  For her entire life she suffered, was in a wheelchair, and ultimately a hospital bed until she passed away.


My father was overweight (over 300lbs at times) his entire life.  His unhealthy lifestyle led him to pancreatic cancer and he died in his 60s.


Watching my parents suffer as I was a teenager and young adult had an effect on me.  I am summarizing but, I was confused, aggressive, angry, scared…I could go on.


As a young adult, I viewed all these feelings as negative.  I’ll be honest, even to this day I struggle with this.   It is a part of me.


Negative feelings in our life are a part of all of us. But you have 2 choices.


  1. Let it push you down and smother you.
  2. Or use it and let it be part of what drives you!


I’ll be very honest.  This is not easy.  It takes some serious thinking and willingness to make a change.  My experiences as a child and young adult could have broken me.  My mind, my spirit, my life.


I refuse to let this define me!  I took the misfortune I had in my life and flipped it around. I could not help my parents and it pains me every day. But today, I work with people that want to lose weight and get rid of aches and pains.  I motivate them to change the negative in their life.  I love it!


That is my story.  What is yours?  When I talk to new clients, it’s amazing how many people reference their childhood for the person they are today.  And it’s always negative!


Recently, I have had people tell me they were not hugged enough, not loved enough, and watched their parents physically fight.  This created their current negative mentality, personality, and mindset.


They are NOW ready to change.  If you want to change, dig deep first.  Think about the younger version of you.  If you are like most, this process will not be easy.  But it is where you need to start.


Time is Not on My Side

By On March 10, 2016    UNCATEGORIZED


The men on my father’s side of the family have a history of dying young (in their early 60s).  As a 41 year-old man, I often think that maybe I only have 20 or so years left to live.  I know that is morbid, but it is the truth.  It is very possible that this “dying young” thing is in my genes.  That scares the hell out of me!  I have plans to retire at a respectable age, enjoy getting old with my wife, and being a part of my grandchildren’s lives (My kids are 8, so I don’t expect to do this anytime soon!).


The “getting old” and “grandchildren” are my motivation.  They are my “Why”.  It helps me live a healthy life by eating right (most of the time) and exercising regularly.  You may be surprised to hear this, but I don’t like exercising all that much.  I view it as a necessity…A means to an end.  My motivation keeps me going!


During an initial call with a prospective client, I always want to know what brought them to me.  It is important for both parties that we are a good fit for each other.


The responses usually start off fairly basic:


“I want to lose weight.”

“I need to be stronger”

“I want to get off medication”

“I want to get rid of my stomach”

“I want my body to be firm”


Please don’t misunderstand me, these are important answers.  But, it is not “Why”.


The first step in getting results on your journey is knowing you need to make a change.  After that, you need to identify your motivation.  The motivation is the “Why.”  Unfortunately, the motivation most people offer initially is not enough.  It is too general and superficial.  So we have to look deeper.


Motivation has to drive you!  It has to give you the inner strength to stay committed on your path, especially when adversity gets in the way (and it will).


Your “Why” has to be powerful to you!  Because on the other side of motivation are excuses.  I recommend to my clients that they look at this with a “black” or “white” strategy.  Black is “Motivation”, White are the “Excuses” not letting you achieve your goal.  There is no “Gray Area.”


Excuses are easy to come up with:


  • “I’m tired and don’t feel like exercising today”

  • “I have a headache”

  • “Food is comfort for me”

  • “I don’t like to cook”

  • “Wine relaxes me”

  • “I don’t feel comfortable trying something new”

  • “I’m too busy”

  • “Now is not the best time for me”

These are obviously examples, but you could and should come up with your own.   Your motivation needs to be powerful enough that it dwarfs the excuses and drives you forward.

Try this exercises:


Take out a piece of paper.

On the top line, write down a health / fitness goal.


Create 2 columns:

On the left side, write “Motivation”

On the right side, write “Excuses”


Now make a list of your motivation to reach your goal.  Then write down some of the “excuses” that you have to not reach your goal.


The motivation should make the excuses insignificant.  If they didn’t, you did not go deep enough.  Keep trying.


If you are serious about making a healthy change to your lifestyle, you need to find the motivation that drives you.  Once you have it, you cannot lose your way.


Below is a link to my FREE REPORT “5 Mindset Hacks for Weight Loss Success.”  This will help you get started.



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