All posts by Eric Stevens

6 Questions That Will Set You Up for Fitness Success

6 Questions That Will Set You Up for Fitness Success

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Benjamin Franklin famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” The statement resonates with many of us because we get that preparation is the first step in starting anything. In beginning a new chapter in fitness, this is most certainly the case.

But how to prepare is a different story. After all, you can have the best coach and a membership at the best gym in town, but it’s up to you to execute a training plan and get your reps in.…

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Body Image Struggle

The Body Image Struggle Is Real

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I was once measured at 3.8% bodyfat in a Bod Pod. The test administrator told me he had only taken one other measurement that was lower than mine — and that person was a professional athlete.

But I wasn’t a professional athlete, just a regular Joe, fitness junkie, and martial artist. I wasn’t a competitive boxer cutting weight for a fight and I wasn’t even trying to be a certain percentage of body fat.…

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5 Ways to Get Fit and Strong if You Hate Lifting Weights

5 Ways to Get Fit and Strong If You Hate Lifting Weights

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One of the best things I’ve read in months was a quotation from Hall of Fame basketball player Allen Iverson. When asked why he didn’t lift weights during his storied fifteen-year career, “The Answer” answered simply, “That [stuff] was too heavy.”

While Iverson’s response is hilarious, it’s also a head-scratcher considering he was one of the most dominant players of his era.…

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The 4 Steps to Finding the Best Fitness Community for You

The 4 Steps to Finding the Best Fitness Community for You

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I’m an introvert. I don’t like fairs, carnivals, airports, or malls. I don’t particularly like loud, overcrowded, sweaty fitness classes, which is ironic considering I’ve taught thousands of them. But despite my personal preference for a low-key vibe, group fitness environments can provide the extra motivation and accountability some people need to thrive.

One thing I have learned over and over again, as both a student and a coach, is that when it comes to reaching and staying at your goals, support matters.…

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Stop Making Failed Resolutions, Do These 6 Things Instead

Stop Making Failed Resolutions, Do These 6 Things Instead

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Almost half of Americans make resolutions each year. Not surprisingly, the most common resolutions people make are to lose weight and go the gym more. In fact, more than 65% of Americans say they plan to exercise more in the coming year.

But while many seem willing and eager to get started on a new objective, the percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolutions is a meager 8%.…

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How to Persevere as a Beginner and Get Past Intimidation

How to Persevere as a Beginner and Get Past Intimidation

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When I first learned to ski, I was in junior high. I was a late bloomer, and I was old enough to feel the pain of being judged by my peers. Old enough to know the feeling of failure. Old enough to know that when you fall, you feel pain and you can get hurt in the process.

With that as my backdrop, I was full of apprehension on my first day of skiing.…

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Do These Crunches Make Me Look Skinny? 5 Truths About "Core" Training

Do These Crunches Make Me Look Skinny? 5 Truths About “Core” Training

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In my sixteen years in fitness, I have been asked one training question more than any other. “What is the best core exercise?” But that inquiry is a smokescreen for the real question people want to ask, which is “How can I have a smaller, leaner, and/or more defined midsection?”

Of course, many people asking this question already know the answer — they just don’t like it.…

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The 6 Degrees of Preparation: How to Exercise Intelligently

The 6 Degrees of Preparation: How to Exercise Intelligently

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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

There’s an old adage that says luck favors the prepared. Yet, in our modern culture of instant gratification, the preparation mantra doesn’t always seem to resonate. We want results and we want them now. And while discovering your true talents and passion will have a big impact on the outcome you achieve in any endeavor, preparation is what will make or break you.…

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How to Create an Exercise Habit

5 Simple Tips That Will Help You Create an Exercise Habit

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A recent study concluded that inactivity can be attributed to 5.3 million premature deaths worldwide, which is a similar number to that of smoking. Death is one of the many downsides of not moving while the upsides are too many to count.

The fact that exercise is good for you is news to no one. The benefits of exercise are so widely touted it’s a wonder why more don’t do it with regularity.…

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How to Stay Healthy During a Divorce

6 Tips for Staying Healthy During a Divorce

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Divorce. It’s a word right up there with death and taxes when it comes to conjuring up feelings up misery, pain, heartache, and stress. While more than 90% of Americans will marry by the age of fifty, according to the American Psychological Association, at least 40-50% of marriages will end in divorce. As one of those statistics, I can confirm the experience of those who have gone through it — divorce sucks.…

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Choosing the Right Gym

How to Find the Right Gym for You

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Choosing a gym might seem as simple as getting on Google or Yelp and finding a gym that’s easy to drive to. But beyond geography and reviews, there’s more you need to consider when choosing a gym if you want it to be a long-term and successful relationship.

Things you need to observe and consider when choosing a gym:

  1. The gym members: Who attends this gym?
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Eric C. Stevens on Getting Older

What If Getting Older Can Also Make You Healthier?

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Today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite topic — aging. We’re all getting older, whether we like it or not. It’s not necessarily a good or bad thing. It’s just something we all have to deal with when it comes to our fitness and wellness.

One thing that can help us immensely when it comes to aging is our perspective. So many cultural influences tell us to “fight” aging and make us feel that looking older is “wrong.” In truth, aging bestows us with many gifts, including wisdom.…

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