Tried the Gym? …Try Something That Works!

Why Doesn’t the gym… work?

IMG_7496-2.JPGFor many people, the “gym” doesn’t work at all.  They want to get healthier, and the want to become more fit, but try as they may, they just cannot get themselves motivates to go to the gym to do it.

Are you one of these people?  If so, it’s likely because you find “picking things up and putting them down” to be boring.  (Don’t get me started about the treadmill.)

For many people, they need mental engagement, not just physical engagement, to really be successful with a health regimen.  This is exactly why martial arts training works so well for this type of person.  When you train in the martial arts, you are doing an activity that requires you to use your mind AND your body in unison.  You build them both!  You learn a skill, and you use your body as the tool that expresses that acquired knowledge.  

It’s a cycle of success!  The more you learn, the more you do, the more fun it is.  You lose weight, gain more confidence, and you gain an overall improvement in health.  (Not kidding, just prior to writing this I received a phone call regarding a member of ours and a testimonial.  He has lost 75 pounds with his martial arts training!)  Testimonials like this are absolutely common, and I have many of them on video.  (I’ve posted some compilations on our youtube channel online, in the past.)

If you need to challenge yourself during workouts; if you want to use your brain to help increase your brawn, and if you want to learn a life-skill while doing it, come try the martial arts with us! 

We will help you find the best style (or styles) that you enjoy, and we’ll help you start and continue down the path of better health.  Give me a call today at 860-922-5343 to schedule a free introductory session, or enroll for the session online at

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Just A Few Minutes

Are you a chronic procrastinator? Do you put off doing what needs to be done? Research shows that by spending ‘just a few minutes’ doing a dreaded task that you are avoiding, you’ll feel an urge to see it through to completion. These initial few minutes of activity create an open loop that will help you get the job done.

One Pot Chicken and Veggie DinnerThis delicious chicken and veggie dinner keeps clean-up to the minimum- just one pot–  and the fitness payoff to the max! Not to mention it tastes phenomenal (even the kids will eat it!)

Cooking a healthy dinner at home does not have to be complicated or take lots of time. This simple recipe for chicken tenders and veggies will only take you about 30 minutes from start to finish. Meals that are rich in protein and fiber and low in carbs, like this one, will help you build muscle and stay lean.

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What you need
Servings: 5

2 cups butternut squash, cubed
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 pound organic chicken breast tenders
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon crushed rosemary plus a dash more
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika plus a dash more
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme plus a dash more
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
pinch of ground cumin
3 organic zucchini, cut into half moons
2 large heirloom tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced


1. In a large skillet heat 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat. Add the cubed butternut squash and sauté, covered, for about five minutes, until tender. Transfer the squash to a bowl, then set the skillet back on medium heat.

2. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the hot skillet. Sear for about 5 minutes, until browned on all sides.

3. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Sprinkle with all the seasonings. Add the remaining ingredients and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the butternut squash back into the pot for the remaining 5 minutes.

One serving equals: 192 calories, 6g fat, 424mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 20g protein