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What’s changed since Power of 10?

What’s changed since Power of 10?

Adam’s Serendipitous Career in Exercise “I’ve made the mistake of not thinking for myself in a way, just following a strict protocol. Now, I still believe in the principles of lifting weights slowly and safely and there has to be a certain level of intensity, but that’s where the rules end.” Adam Zickerman, owner of… Read more »

Turkey Tacos

Turkey Tacos

MEAL PREP: Turkey Tacos   Right now is a really amazing time to be low carb, gluten, and grain free.  There are numerous companies that make alternate versions of your favorite carbs, and these days you won’t lose all of your friends for replacing rice, mashed potatoes, and pizza crust with cauliflower (only most of your friends). … Read more »

Put Your Oxygen Mask Back On!

PUT YOUR OXYGEN MASK BACK ON

Put Your Oxygen Mask Back On! “What About Me?” is my summertime inner-self mantra! But rather than speak for anyone else (although surely many empathize), I will reflect on my own experiences. Summer is coming to a close – that’s a Season, not a three-month vacation. I realize now, the grass always appears greener, irrespective… Read more »

EXERCISE TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT

EXERCISE TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT

Controlling Your Quality Of Life The true, universal value of exercise boils down to only one thing – your quality of life. Despite tragedies out of our control, genetic dispositions both physical and metabolic, and our society’s shared struggle to prioritize exercise above the myriad seemingly more pressing responsibilities, heedlessly trust that deprioritizing concentrated physical… Read more »

FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH

FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH

For many people, eating right and getting healthy seems like such an elusive task.  I’ve heard all the excuses:  it’s too difficult, nothing works for me, I don’t know which diet to follow… the list goes on.  But I’ll let you in on a little secret — getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard!  It… Read more »

Stuffed Cabbage

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MEAL PREP: Stuffed Cabbage My favorite cheat meal is a burrito. 90% of the time I follow the Paleo diet, and only eat meat, vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds. I don’t eat grain, beans, or dairy, and a burrito is all of those things wrapped up in another thing that I don’t eat. So it’s… Read more »

One Skillet Cashew Chicken Stir-fry

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MEAL PREP: One Skillet Cashew Chicken Stir-fry Wedding gifts keep pouring in and I recently received a beautiful Le Crueset cast iron pan in sexy-red (image to follow). With proper maintenance, a good cast iron pan is indestructible! This thing is a work of art, and I was really excited to use it.  So I went… Read more »

Beef and Chicken and Broccoli

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MEAL PREP: Beef and Chicken and Broccoli I like Chinese food as much as everyone else does, but when you get Chinese takeout it’s full of crappy oils, crappy ingredients, and leaves you feeling just like it, crappy.  Luckily, you can quickly whip up these flavors at home by swapping out their crappy ingredients with… Read more »

Slow Cooker Chicken Sweet Potato Chili

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MEAL PREP: Slow Cooker Chicken Sweet Potato Chili I’m getting married in October, and I’ve slowly begun to receive wedding gifts, one gift I just got is a truly beautiful slow cooker (Thank you Stewart and Eileen).  With all this great stuff arriving at our place, I think I’m starting to understand why people get… Read more »

Women’s Health and Wellness Summit

The Women’s Health & Wellness Summit

Wednesday, August 29, 2018  –  8am-5:30pm Dulles Airport Marriott The Women’s Health & Wellness Summit is coming to Loudoun County, Virginia on August 29, 2018. The Summit  is a one-day event bringing women together and providing them with tools and resources to help achieve better health through better living. The Summit is a day dedicated to you. To… Read more »

Blackened Chicken Thighs and Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

Blackened Chicken Thighs and Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

MEAL PREP: Blackened Chicken Thighs and Bacon Sweet Potato Hash On days when I don’t have food prepared for work I often go to Whole Foods and make lunches from their hot food and salad bar.  They’ve recently been stocking blackened chicken thighs.  I like blackening stuff because it healthily adds deep flavor.  The issue with Whole… Read more »

“On the Banks” with Nicole Gustavson

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Can anyone tell their true, whole story in 500 words? Not me. But thanks to the River Creek Country Club’s “On the Banks” publication, I was afforded 500 words to share my passion for what I do professionally, the love I share with the people I work with and how unbelievably grateful I am for… Read more »

Get Stronger for Your Sport in Record Time

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In our latest Podcast, Adam Zickerman and Mike Rogers welcome Laura Crump Anderson, InForm’s Equestrian Fitness Specialist, to discuss the importance of being your strongest and fittest for your athletic sport. Whatever your sport may be, all athletes need to train smart if they want to stay in the game! Specific to this Podcast, however,… Read more »

Season It Up!

Season It Up

Ahh, Summer.  After such a long, cold winter, I’m sure that many of us are now happily enjoying warmer temperatures, longer days, flowers in bloom, and of course, seasonal produce.  For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of the season’s first tender asparagus and leafy greens, or the sweet berries, melons, and peaches… Read more »

Meal Prep: Mexican Meatloaf

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I meal prepped a Mexican meatloaf this week.  I added a ton of vegetables to it so that it would be more nutritious.  If you are concerned with the higher calorie count in this than in my other recipes, you can switch out the pork churizo with one made with chicken or turkey, or even sub it out… Read more »

Horsing Around: The Reclined Half Pass For Your Obliques

Laura’s Exercise of the Month: Reclined Half Pass for Your Obliques

 Laura Crump Anderson is an Equestrian Fitness Specialist at InForm Fitness Leesburg. She is certified as a personal trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and specializes in working with riders of all ages and disciplines. Read more of her EN fitness columns here. The reclined half pass for the obliques is an… Read more »

Feed Your Gut

FEED YOUR GUT

FEED YOUR GUT We’ve heard a lot about gut health lately, and with good reason. Good gut health translates to a strong immune system, a balanced metabolism, the effective breakdown and assimilation of our food, and, according to recent studies, good brain health as well. But good gut health is wholly dependent on the maintenance… Read more »

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

BACK TO BASICS We are what we eat, right?  We’ve all heard the saying, but the statement is true.  Just think about it.  Everything that we ingest gets absorbed into our bloodstream and serves as the basis for nourishing our cells, building our tissues, boosting our immune system, and maintaining a healthy metabolism.  So, it… Read more »

Revise Resolutions Into Goals

Revise Resolutions Into Goals

Crowding Out in 2018 We’ve all made those grandiose New Year’s promises, even knowing their fateful doom from the outset. Notwithstanding, most of us start the year off with genuine sincerity and an intent for better bodies, minds, and careers in the year ahead. How then do we so quickly lose motivation to maintain our… Read more »

Chronic Inflammation And How To Tame It

Tame Chronic Inflammation

Chronic Inflammation and How To Tame It A stressful life, poor diet, and toxic people, we would all happily trade with a more balanced existence filled with nourishment, inner growth and conscious living. Sure, why not? But it’s not always so easy, when our go-go lifestyles encompass a daily barrage of toxins, infectious agents and… Read more »

InForm Fitness Podcast Recap

InForm Fitness Podcast Recap

InForm Fitness Has A Podcast? In contemplating the relative success of the InForm Fitness Podcast – 20 Minutes with Adam Zickerman & Friends  – I was struck by both the daring of it and its underlying commitment to InForm’s Vision, Mission and Core Values. InForm Fitness took on the podcast project, considering how it aligned… Read more »

Bone Broth: Miracle Food?

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As you know, the InForm Fitness Team is certainly passionate about high-intensity strength training and helping our Clients reach their peak physical condition. Yet, we never lose sight of the critical role excellent nutrition plays – without it, achieving our goals is impossible. But what is excellent nutrition? I can’t count the times people have… Read more »

Free Weights Vs Machines

In this so called scientific age, the 40-year old debate still rages: is it free weights or exercise machines that deliver the best results? Proponents in the free-weight camp often contend, ‘Machines are inefficient —targeting only one or two muscle groups at a time’ or ‘Only free weights can improve coordination by working stabilizer muscles.’… Read more »

Back Spasms from Exercise

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Just recently I lost several days of my active life to back spasms. Back spasms are sudden involuntary contractions of any muscle in your back. Spasms are caused by either a weakness or injury to the muscles, tendons or ligaments. Not everyone experiences back spasms, but almost everyone’s back gets more vulnerable with age. My… Read more »

Introducing The New Power of 10 Spine & Core Workout

Many of you have asked for a little something extra, so we have come up with a program that fits the  bill. At InForm Fitness, we strive to serve your needs, while honoring our ‘once‐a‐week is all you need’  workout. We want to focus on strengthening the spine and core without sacrificing the compound  movements… Read more »

WILL WOMEN BULK UP FROM WEIGHT TRAINING

WILL WOMEN BULK UP FROM WEIGHT TRAINING The number of women clients who express their fear of “bulking up” from doing strength training with me grows every day. I rarely come across a woman who wants to build a lot of muscle, almost all the people who train with me want to ‘tone up’ and… Read more »

My Twist On Stretching

Studies suggest stretching does not improve performance, prevent injury or
reduce soreness.

The Unrefrigerated Egg

While working to set up our new studio in Santiago, Chile recently – I took time out to visit the city and to go grocery shopping. Visiting a large and well-stocked super market, I became fascinated as I walked down the ‘egg aisle’ that resembled any bread aisle in a U.S. super market. There they… Read more »

I Drink Coffee

I’m a regular coffee drinker, and now that reports claim that coffee is actually a good thing, I no longer feel the need to be discreet about my caffeine addiction…um…attraction.

The Perfect Workout

There is no perfect workout. But if there was, it would look a lot like the Power of 10 Method.

I COULD’VE BEEN A CONTENDER

Once in a while my wife and I watch movies together at home. We love movies that entertain us and provide some respite from life. Occasionally, I relate to a main character or they might strike a chord. One recent evening as my wife and I were watching The Contender, a 2000 movie with Joan… Read more »

The Skinny on Fats

Fat is simply the most misunderstood component of the modern diet, and ‘healthy’ and ‘low-fat’ are dangerously regarded as synonymous. After years of experts recommending that we eliminate fat completely from our diets, they are now starting to concede that some fats, like Omega-3s, are good for us. Notwithstanding, we are told to proceed with… Read more »

Get A Life

Sometimes I wonder why people just don’t cancel their gym memberships and join InForm Fitness. I have long asked myself, with genuine curiosity and not out of a fanatical, I just-drank-my-own-Kool-Aid belief kind of way, why would any reasonable person spend 5 or more hours a week on their fitness regime when 20 minutes would… Read more »

Going Caveman With The Paleo Diet – Regressive or Progressive Evolution?

The Caveman Diet Movement, also called the Paleolithic (or Paleo) Diet, is not really a movement, but a comeback. In fact, it’s a comeback from more than 10 thousand years ago, and is gaining momentum. But unlike bell-bottoms, we should all take this burgeoning regression to our ancestral ways seriously and progress backwards towards better… Read more »

Rest, Nutrition, and Exercise – The Three Pillars of The Power of 10

I have focused my attention and efforts on blogging for three months now, because I am passionate about helping others discover the benefits of healthy living.  By healthy living I mean getting adequate rest, eating well, and regularly performing safe and efficient exercise. Until now, my soapbox audience has been limited to either those who… Read more »

Effects of Aging Suck – But You Can Change That

While none of us can escape the inevitability of passing time, we are not entirely powerless over our own aging process, and do not have to surrender to its effects. I can now, with complete confidence, assert that InForm Fitness is home to the real Fountain of Youth! That’s right folks. The Power of 10… Read more »

Sugars – The Glucose, The Fructose, and The Sucrose of it all.

It is now the Year 2013 and we all know sugar is the enemy. So, table sugar (aka poison, also known as sucrose) is appropriately in the garbage, and label reading for ‘sugar’ content is now a grocery shopping ritual. Yet, the full sugar story is only partially revealed. Sugars, like fats, are not created… Read more »

Commodity Futures For Coconuts – A Shrewd Investment?

This is a guest post from Nicole Gustavson – InForm Fitness, Leesburg, VA. I recommend starting each day with a 20-gram shot of saturated fat. Then I suggest that you repeat that decadence at least one more time each day, preferably about 20 minutes before your lunchtime meal. Sound crazy? No, or at least not… Read more »

7 Tips To Sleep Your Way To Weight Loss

As a college student I enjoyed youthful excess and ‘endless’ nights. But now matured, I have learned that ample and quality sleep is absolutely crucial to a healthy, long life. Then I had kids. Mainstream weight-loss advice typically revolves around exercise and nutrition. However, the fact that sleep is one of the most important factors… Read more »

Excuses Don’t Count

Here at InForm Fitness we are committed to the long-term well being of our clients. It’s an expression of love – tough love – often stern, but with the intent of helping you to achieve what’s best for you. So when Karen called to let us know she had a broken hand and therefore an… Read more »

My Drop Dead Healthy Cameo and How A.J. Jacobs Got it Wrong!

Hilarious, New York Times best-selling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-it-All, A. J. Jacobs documents his hands-on attempts at utterly quixotic tasks and then lives to write about them. Jacobs records in Drop Dead Healthy, “one man’s humble quest for bodily perfection,” as he indiscriminately subjects himself to countless workouts, diets, devices,… Read more »

The Exercise to Lose Weight Conundrum

Relationships generally interest me, but none more so than those where correlation is misunderstood as causation. This logical fallacy, known as false cause, can be especially misleading when navigating the ‘exercise-to-lose-weight’ conundrum. It was not all that long ago when it was considered naïve by health practitioners to believe that increased activity contributed to fat… Read more »

The ‘Lose Fat and Get Strong’ Challenge

The Challenge: Exercise once or no more than twice a week using the Power-of-10 workout program, and follow the InForm Fitness recommended nutritional plan. The Goal: Lose 40 pounds. The Purse: A stronger, healthier, and slimmer physique, enhanced energy and stamina, and 12 free Power-of-10 workout sessions at the Inform Fitness NYC Headquarters. The InForm… Read more »

You Must Be Insane

The overly commercialized fitness industry is forever trying to accommodate society’s never-ending quest to get fit, be healthy and to live forever. Without fail, the body of our dreams is always just one next ‘big thing,’ celebrity diet secret, or magic pill away. The Insanity Workout is yet another promise for the delivery of miraculous… Read more »

Sharing in Mother Nature’s Bounty

As often as possible, I peruse my local Farmers Market in search of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. And, yes, as often as possible, I capitalize on those excursions as opportunities to observe my fellow health-conscious shoppers. My wife calls it staring. Regardless, I think people are fascinating. So, in a collective pursuit of superior… Read more »

Breaking Down Barriers and Crossing Borders

We’ve entered into a new era here at InForm Fitness. Let me share some background first so that you can understand why NOW is such a pivotal time at InForm Fitness. I was a science geek – not your typical profile for an exercise maniac. I followed strenuous exercise programs and was dedicated to being… Read more »

Clean Water – Bottle or Tap?

So many of us rely on bottled water while others who have become more eco friendly have given up buying bottled water and are using reusable water carriers. This encourages the use of tap water. So the question is which is cleaner water – bottled or tap? Two independent studies have confirmed that tap water… Read more »

Cardiac Damage From Endurance Exercise

From MedPage Today, Dec 6, 2011: Intense endurance exercise — such as running a marathon — may induce cardiac damage confined to the right ventricle, a small study showed. Highly trained endurance athletes had reductions in right ventricular function immediately after a race, although it mostly returned to normal about a week later, according to… Read more »

The Happiness Project

We really enjoyed this book and wanted to share it with you. True, Gretchen Rubin, talks about us in her NY Times Bestselling Book, The Happiness Project, which we might add is now in paperback. She makes a resolution to “Exercise Better” and reveals the importance of exercise as one of the stepping stones toward… Read more »

Inform Fitness Featured In Marie Claire

We are really excited to share that The Power of 10 Workout was featured in the November 2011 Issue of Marie Claire @ Work. The article mentions Inform Fitness as one the options for the busy executive who only has a short lunch period to fit in a worthwhile workout. We couldn’t agree more. You… Read more »