All posts by Eric Stevens

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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Balance work and play to make life better

How to Combine Work and Play to Make Life Better

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I’m here to speak with you today about two of the most important and powerful words in the English language — work and play. Striking the right balance between these two things has everything to do with your happiness and success.

We are introduced to the concepts of play and work at an early age. Typically, we think of play as being fun and work as being an essential.…

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Movement can extend your life

The 1 Simple Practice That Will Extend Your Life

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People give a lot of different reasons for wanting to establish an exercise practice. These reasons include losing weight, toning up, because your doctor told you to, or because you want to be a better role model for your kid. Or maybe you want to get better at your chosen sport or prepare for an event like a mud run, marathon, or wedding.…

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Eric Stevens explains why you shouldn't exercise

The Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Exercise

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Watch this video to learn:
  • Why you shouldn’t exercise.
  • Why you should.
  • How to find the exercise that’s perfect for you.
  • There are many important and valid reasons why you should exercise, but there are also a couple reasons why you shouldn’t exercise.

    Most people don’t actually like to exercise. How many things in life that you don’t like, do you actually do consistently?…

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