I’ve wanted to enter a bodybuilding competition since 2009 when I declared it one of my New Year’s Resolutions, but I put it off, year after year. Until 3 weeks ago: I harnessed competition and teamwork to up my game and entered the Gold’s Gym Challenge, a 12-week bodybuilding/transformation contest. There was a lot of […]
Choosing the right personal trainer is more than just another task. Your new trainer will touch upon many of the deep themes we face in these modern times: a little bit of celebrity, undivided personal attention, the elusive promises of transformation and improvement. As you begin to take responsibility for your new body and life, it’s important to […]
In these modern times, as innumerable distractions compete for our attention, it’s so important to structure our days to offer a little space for solitude. By balancing day by day, we get more balanced weeks, which become months, which become years. Here’s my ideal day . . .
I TURNED THE SITE PINK for breast cancer awareness month to honor the brave women (we all know them) who have faced cancer. Ovarian cancer took my mom’s life in 2009, and with advances in medicine, outcomes are improving. But prevention and early detection are key to longer life expectancies. I’ll be featuring some prevention content […]
I’m a 40-year-old “weekend warrior” I play basketball, football, and run frequently. Lately, however, I’ve experienced a lot of injuries (strains, pulls and joint issues) and I’m wondering why do I keep getting injured and what I can do to prevent this? ~Matt, Los Angeles It’s crucial you stretch and build flexibility. Think of your arms and […]
This advanced exercise is so tough, after finishing a set, people in the gym might be thinking to themselves: “What kind of wo/man trains like this?” Walking lunges. Double push-ups. Renegade rear delt raises. An optional burpee. The “not-for-beginners” combination works legs, core, chest, and shoulders, (not to mention the cardiovascular output). #ProTip: On exercises […]
Burpee Chin-up 2X Pushups [(B-CU-P) Bee • Cuhp ]—are my challenging multiple-joint exercise which uses almost every major muscle group in the body. Explosively plyometric in nature, they also demand flexibility! Your heart and lungs will be working harder than your typical gym-goer who plods along on a recumbent bike for 45 minutes. Try adding 10 at the end […]
OPRAH WINFREY the self-styled, African-American “queen of media” came to Tinseltown to talk about Selma last Saturday. But after the screening, she couldn’t resist dabbling in a little local gossip about her unsuccessful bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers last year. In the clip, Winfrey (sitting with co-star David Oyelowo) chuckles about the bidding war…. (At Arclight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood). Shot by Sam […]
When traveling, time matters. Schedules are precise, and often packed to make every second count. In my 10 years of training high level entertainment executives, I’ve observed that the VERY top producers also know that sleep, exercise and nutrition (SEN) are among the most important “meetings” they take in any 24-hour period. Everything backs this up. Research shows the overwhelming importance […]
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 […]
This is a FIRST: I’ve never seen snow on the ground at grandma’s (Ama’s) house in my entire LIFE. Thank you to my aunt Lisa for sending me these beautiful photographs. Excited to see family for the holidays.
If you, or someone you love, has difficulty with balance, here are a few easy exercises which will help your confidence and prevent falling. It’s important that you feel safe when you work on balance, so that you don’t fall. If your balance isn’t good enough, stand behind a sturdy chair. March gently in place, lifting […]
HEY SAM: Wondering if I could get some advice from you on the troubling “inner thigh” — I really want to slim my inner thighs, but they seem to keep bulking up. I’m getting to the point of wanting lipo. Help me, buddy. ~James, Salt Lake City, Utah I have found that repetitive motions, using […]
Guest post by: Dr. Arshavir Blackwell Stickk is a web-based motivational tool that describes itself as an online “Commitment Store.” One of its founders, Yale Economics Professor Dean Karlan, developed the system. Users sign contracts to achieve goals: losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, for example. Karlan and his cofounders claim their site is based […]
From Sam Page: Do you know the difference between making a choice vs. making a decision? I’ve learned that language choices have a big impact on our lives! I asked Dr. Justin Wyatt, my friend and client, to explore and share his personal discovery. Coach Sam asked me to contemplate the difference between decisions and choices […]