No Weights

August 25, 2016

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Lets talk about a very controversial topic here.

In my experience with my clients I had the opportunity to see so many trends coming and going.

I have to say that some were good, some not so good and some horrible.

Lets touch the horrible one. I am talking about women using massive weights to train themselves.

In my line of work I work with proportions, femininity and curves and those 3 factors are totally destroyed with heavy weights. That’s a trend that I would like to see stopping.

I get so many clients that got to me with bodies that were distorted by trainers that had no idea what they were doing and were creating a male body in a female frame.

Even for men, very heavy weights are not recommended by me. I created so many great bodies just exercising with their own body weight.

Trust me the way to look good is simpler than what you think !

Drop the heavy weights now !

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

The Bloating Cure

August 18, 2016

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One of the main factors that I encounter in my job is clients asking me to reduce their bloatedness, or better said, their feeling of having a big stomach.

The answer to that is a combination of factors, and actions to be taken.

Action number 1) Reduce your stress. Stress creates a massive havoc on your system. A solution is to meditate everyday and adopt a more easygoing attitude towards life.

Action 2) Increase your water intake. You would be surprise that the less water people drink the more their digestive system gets all clogged. Not nice. Solution: drink at least 3 litres of water everyday. I mean pure filtered water and not mineral water.

Action 3) Exercise . Yes the old exercise makes your metabolism work fine. Solution: move your body everyday.

Action 4) Eat your vegetables. Fibre, fibre and more fibre. Solution : Eat lots of raw and lightly cooked vegetables.

In the worst case scenario visit your doctor.

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

Pump Up The Volume

August 2, 2016

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Most people find it hard to run…. I have to confess that I was one of them, until I started to add music to my runs. It was a total game changer.

And to my surprise, music also has benefits. Yes it does. There are a lot of studies linking running with music with increased performance, increased pace and not to mention that it is fun, especially if the run is a long one.

In terms of what to listen to, I would advise to listen to what puts you up. I know a very famous athlete that runs listening to Lion King, so release your inner daggy and go for it.

I can’t tell you what I listen to, it is worse than Lion King .

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

Main Problem in Winter

July 26, 2016

Winter

Hey winter is cozy, winter is a nice season to get comfortable and rest….

The last word , rest, could be the problem.

Let me explain it to you.

Most people would confuse the word rest with laziness and then apply it to most aspects of their lives in the cold months.

The number one problem would be the lack of water intake. I see it every year with my clients, people mostly forget to drink water in winter, one because of the water temperature, two because people are less active. To solve this problem I would recommend you drink warm herbal teas.

Maybe prepare 2 litres of it everyday and drink it throughout the day. There are so many great ones around like mint, ginger, lemon grass and so on. That would do the trick.

So lets get back to the rest word.

Taking it to another level, people feel less inclined to exercise in colder weather, then they turn the TV on, and bingo, cooking shows season is on . Do I need to say more?

The solution here is to keep yourself motivated creating targets that will push you thought winter, such as an event in Spring like a running race, or something like that. I cant emphasize enough the importance of having targets.

So lets scrap the word rest and lets go for it !

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

The New Fat Loss Solution

July 20, 2016

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In all the years, let’s say decades, that I have been searching for the ultimate weight loss weapons, I have stumbled upon a few things…in fact hundreds of things! From fasts to superfoods and so much more! And let me tell you I have tried and researched so many of them.

Most of them unfortunately don’t work at all. I wish they did.

If I had to pinpoint the main keys to looking good/weight loss I would say that the mind is number one. You must want deep down to change your life and be strong and do what it takes. It will be uncomfortable because one must change habits. It is almost like changing religions.

The second and most important part of the journey is the diet. I am not going into details here but you can read more about it in my books.

The third aspect is exercise, and here we are talking about balanced exercises, not too much, not too little, and with the right technique .

So what happens if after all this there is a little stubborn area in your body that doesn’t go away despite what you do? What do you do?

I personally had one of those areas, and in the last few years I tried a few things and one of them was CoolSculpting.

I have had this procedure with advice from a Dr. The idea of CoolSculpting is create a natural looking body, minus the lumps and bumps.

So let’s take a step back as I explain what CoolSculpting is. The technical term for the procedure is cryolipolysis. This is a procedure created by Harvard University, and every time I see the word Harvard, I like it and I trust it. CoolSculpting freezes your fat cells and in a period of around 12 weeks, those cells will be naturally eliminated forever from your body. In each application a patient can potentially lose 20% – 25% of the fat cells around the treated area.

I test everything before I offer it to my clients. I have to say that it works! Bloody hell it does. I had it done on my stomach and after around 3 weeks I started to see the results and I liked it big time!

Since then I have been promoting it to the point that I am now working with the team in Australia. I only put my name to those kind of things if it works, and this one does!

It is not magic. It’s not going to change an obese person into Miranda Kerr, with no change in their diet or no exercise program. Although I’m sure we all wish it was like that!

As I said before I use it as a tool to perfect the body after appropriate diet and exercise when there is a little stubborn area that needs some treatment. And yes, in those cases it works.

CoolSculpting can only be provided by doctors and their clinics. When I was doing all my research I contacted a good friend and one of the best Plastic Surgeons in Australia, Dr Rohit Kumar. He is part of the Expert Advisory Board on cosmetic surgery for Vogue magazine. Dr Kumar and his team at Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary are great and explained to me in detail the procedure and answered all my questions.

So let me tell you how I felt during and after the procedure. During the procedure you just feel cold, nothing else. Some people experience some discomfort, I didn’t. It takes only one hour and after that the treated area was frozen and I received a massage and then for a few days the area was a bit numb, nothing else. As I said I got the results that I wanted.

And yes if you are wondering, you can repeat the procedure with the guidance and advice of a doctor like Dr Kumar.

As with anything that is good, there are some companies copying the CoolSculpting machine, so be aware. Look for CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ.

I will write more about it in the future telling you more about my client’s experiences with this procedure.

So the journey continues and I am open to test and try anything for my clients! All in the name of awareness and wellbeing!

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

The Cold Effect

July 9, 2016

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So now it is half way through the year and by now most people’s new years resolutions are over.

In my opinion the cause of it could be due to a few factors :

1)Lack of determination. Most people like the idea of getting something but lack the energy to endure the hard times. The solution here is to stick to things no matter how hard they are or seem to be.

2)Lack of vision. Here it is the case of wanting something without exploring all the other possibilities. The solution is, before commititng to anything, stop and explore all possible outcomes then commit to one.

3)Fear of new beginnings. Let’s be real here, most change brings a fear factor into our lives. So every time we commit to something new we all have to face sooner or later a wall of fear of change. The solution here is to stick to your guns and do it with fear anyway !

So did you see yourself in any of those points? If so, re-access your new years resolutions now and go for it !

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

Fitness Intention

April 27, 2016

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I know we hear the word ‘intention’ here and there but when it comes to training it is almost crucial.

I spoke a few articles ago about other important points to keep you motivated and healthy and I would like to add the power of intention to the mix.

When I say intention I mean the core energy that is going to make you move, exercise and above all create a healthy lifestyle.

In my experience most people don’t have it. They approach me with a list of body requests like: I would like my legs to be like Miranda Kerr’s, I would like my arms to be like Julia Roberts’ and the list of body parts goes on and on.

But … when the target is reached the feeling will be empty!

That’s because that was no intention behind the target.

Weight loss, toning and muscle toning are not intentions but the result of training. I will say it again, they are only a consequence of correct training.

If we add the intention to the mix, like I would like to have Miranda Kerr’s body because it will benefit my career but above all I would like to feel better , that’s different.

I am a big believer that the intentions must be related and associated with feeling, emotions and change. Almost like you are striving to go beyond yourself and fully charged to change the status quo of yourself.

I will give you a few examples.

I had clients who, when achieved their weight loss, the intentions were to change their jobs, careers, hair, style, cities and even countries. Those are great examples of charged intentions.

Most people fail in fitness because of the lack of those intentions. They take fitness as a superficial and shallow thing and the result will be exactually like their intentions , superficial and shallow and with time they will stop training ! Simple as that.

After achieving the proposed intention, is important to put yourself into the fire and set another list of charged intentions! My recommendation is to discuss them with your trainer, be specific and above all challenge the core of your own self.

Start with a list of things that you believe need change around you. Take responsibility and be honest with yourself.

Remember that it is about you. Until you take full responsibility for your actions and shine from within you will always be trying to get approval from others to feed your happiness. And happiness is an inner state and not something that needs to be approved or requested, it needs to be worked from inside you.

So next time that you see someone’s body that you would like to emulate think twice why you would like to change yourself .

Above all training is just another tool to connect yourself with your own happiness !

The challenge is open !

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

Game is on !

Rest Time

April 20, 2016

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Much is said about the powers of exercise and good eating but equally important is resting time.

Sounds crazy but it is not.

I am pro listening to my own body. Sometimes it is important to not exercise and lay down, watch a movie, talk with a friend and relax.

Life is all about balance. Exercise is healthy but it doesn’t mean that more is better.

Throughout my career I have seen so many people get burnt out from excessive exercise. There was a period in my life when I use to run marathons and I have never met so many people there who were full of injuries, tired the whole time and getting sick by the minute. I question that big time. I am not advocating that running is bad, but my point here is that excessive running or anything in excess puts your body into the anger zone. And I still am running marathons, maybe one every few years.

I remember when I was in New York about to run the New York Marathon and I met a guy who was on the news every where because he was running one marathon every week. I can say that he looked very unhealthy and run down.

My recommendation to my clients is to rest a few days a week. It depends from client to client but as a general rule 2 off days a week is a good thing to do.

So get your pillows, call your close friends and watch a great movie!

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

Follow Your Guts

April 13, 2016

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I can’t emphasize enough the importance of following your gut feeling.

Sometimes things look amazing but you have that feeling saying to you to RUN, that something is wrong. That’s what I am talking about. The reverse is also true. Sometimes life might present situations that don’t make sense but your gut feeling is telling you to do it.

Your intuition or gut feeling is something that you are born with. Little kids have that intact, in some cases it is their main method of communication and analysing situations and avoiding danger.

I would say that you can develop it. Before taking life decisions or any big decisions, ask yourself what should be done. Wait for the answer, it could be come as an emotion, as a feeling, as a dream or in other forms.

The thing is, that the more you use it, the more it will be accurate. In the beginning it might feel a bit strange but I promise you that with time you will feel calmer, more connected and making better decisions.

A cool thing to do is to challenge yourself with your new “skill”. Every morning ask your body what you should learn that day.

I am a big believer that a lot of our health has to do with our mental and spiritual health. Diet and exercise are just a part of it, trust me !

So challenge yourself and get connected !

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au

Winter Solutions

March 31, 2016

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Hey, winter is almost here and with that a lot of people lose the plot with their diets and exercise regime.

Every year I see the same thing.

How to stop it?

Uh? Simple. Do not change your diet to a “comfort” diet.

So lets explore how the “comfort” diet starts and how to avoid it.

By comfort I mean oily, mushy and salty foods. It comes with different names but above all they are all “gourmet”.

If I were you I would avoid cooking shows on TV. They are the worse invention created in my opinion. Those shows turn party food into a daily diet. The result is not nice.

Exercise in cold weather is fun ! Trust me. I personally love it. The first few minutes are hard but after that it’s great ! Much better than exercising in summer.

I would advise you also to create a target to keep you on track during winter. Like training for a marathon that will happen in August and so on.

So are you ready to maintain the hard work that you did for Summer?

For more tips, recipes, and exercises please get my books The Rawfit Diet and The Rawfit Diet Cookbook and my application a Million Workouts by Rawfit via my website www.rawfit.com.au