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Meet Healthbook: Apple’s First Big Step into Health & Fitness

Apple Inc  has announced “Healthbook,” a new health-tracking app for mobile devices, and the company’s first major step out into the health and fitness category.
The new “Healthbook” app will help you make sense of your overall health trends by tracking nutrition, fitness, weight and monitoring your habits such as food intake, sleep cycle and hydration levels. Data will eventually be accessed by the smart watch, expected to launch later this year. Company officials promised that consumer privacy will be fiercely protected.  The app is developed with input from Nike, and also the Mayo Clinic, who are supporting the data collection and reporting aspects of the software.


But whether “Healthbook” will eventually replace all other health & fitness apps remains to be seen.


As a former Apple employee, and one of the first personal trainers in the country to switch from paper to 100% digital record keeping,  I think the future success of personal trainers is going to depend on the curiosity, adaptability, personal service and ability to educate clients. With electronic record keeping rapidly becoming the new minimum of what is acceptable, I think this is a VERY exciting time to work in health and fitness!


A good graphical overview of HealthBook here:


The Complete Beginners Guide to Buying Good Cross-Training Shoes

HEY SAM:  I am thinking about buying cross-training shoes to use in the gym. Is there anything specific I should look for in cross-training shoes?
~Bob, Los Angeles

As with men, it’s important to know that not every shoe is equipped to handle every need. Knowing the differences between these types shoes will help you get what you need, but moreover — prevent unnecessary injury! In terms of exercise, there are three kinds of shoes to be concerned about: running, walking and cross-training shoes. So what makes a cross-trainer a GOOD cross-trainer?


MESH — The shoe needs to have some mesh fabric. Mesh in a cross-training shoe helps the shoe handle variations in temperature, as well as to be moisture-wicking, (pulling moisture away from your skin). Breathability determines whether your foot drowns in a pool of sweat, or glides along comfortably.

Shoe Guy

FLEXIBILITY— One surefire way to developing unsightly corns is an inflexible shoe (especially in the toes). A good cross-training shoe should feel flexible. Does it bend in different directions easily? Does it allow your foot to move easily for movements like burpees and pushups? If in doubt, do a few in the shoes and see.

SHOCK ABSORPTION — The heavier you are, the more important this is. Shock absorption protects your heels from crashing down too hard and hurting your ankles or knees (or both). Place your fingers on the underside toe area and see if there is a little bit of give in the sole and do the same for the heels— a good cross-training shoe should have both.

LATERAL MOTION — Good cross-training shoes have support not only for forward and backward movement, but also side to side motion. Also, the ankle area should have a bit of give. Do some jumping jacks in the shoes and ask if the shoe is giving you enough support. You should always have the ability to move your ankle without interference, otherwise you will have unnecessary soreness.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS — If you have high arches, consider yourself genetically gifted. Very few shoe companies manufacture shoes with high arch support, because they are catering to the “average” consumer. If you need more arch support, find a good brand and stick to that brand like glue. Not supporting your arches affects how you walk, which can make your body develop symmetrically.

THE HAPPY FACTOR — Buy shoes that you like looking at. Choose a cool color—maybe a bright neon—that makes you smile, or makes you excited to work out. Good cross-training shoes should not only make you look good, but also confident, capable and fully supported.

RESEARCH — Finally, remember to go online and read some of the reviews on technical aspects of the shoes, how long they are expected to last, and how much use you can get out them BEFORE you buy.

Do you have a favorite cross-training shoe?


What To Eat For Breakfast?

HEY SAM:  I just had a protein bar for breakfast, but I’m still hungry. What should I eat now?  ~LaManda, Los Angeles

That’s great that you got some protein with breakfast! (Research shows that people who eat a high protein breakfast 30 minutes after waking lose more fat than people who don’t).

The reason you are still hungry is because a protein bar is not a meal replacement, it is usually a snack.  Check the carbohydrate content of your bars. For your first meal—every day—your breakfast must also contain carbohydrates. This is a rule. It doesn’t matter whether you’re following the Easy, Standard or Express version of the Zig Zag diet, because your body always needs carbohydrates to kick off strong. (To balance out this protein bar breakfast speficially, good choices could be some oatmeal, or some Greek yogurt).

If you’re trying to lose those last 2o pounds, you will need to remember the inconvenient truth about weight loss.

Here are 14 ways to control sugar cravings.

Football is Life

IT STARTED AS A DARE from my shrink, of all people. “Join the LA flag football team,” she said, herself a former collegiate athlete. “I think it will be a good way for you to socialize and meet new people.” She had a point. Life as an independent fitness professional can be social but is often quite solitary. “You’ll do great,” she predicted, and I left the office thinking about the dare, something I’d actually considered for more than 10 years, since I first became aware of the league while lining up sponsorships for the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney, Australia.

A few days later, quietly sitting in my office after hours, I decided to accept her challenge. I registered online with the Los Angeles Flag Football league as a “free agent,” not aligning myself to any particular team, essentially allowing the powers that be to “draft me.”  I was quickly drafted to the Long Beach team.  Initially I was designated a rusher, but now I am a blocker on the offense.

I’ve been so busy learning how to play the game itself, and all of the shorthand lingo (which comes so naturally to my fellow players) that I can barely draw any parallels to life—yet. But I’m sure they will come to me as I continue to show up for our Saturday games. One thing I can say about my experience is that it opened up something within me. Accepting my therapist’s challenge and joining the team broke down a wall and offered a new and different path for me to follow.