The Path to the Perfect Body and Why You Don’t Want It

I recently found a picture of myself from three years ago. I could not believe how ripped I was! Muscles everywhere, almost glistening in the light.

At the time, I was laser-focused on my diet, weightlifting program and yoga practice. I was enslaved to my body’s form – obsessed with how it looked and what it could do. I was in physical pain from exercising so much. If I missed a session, I got a workout in guilt.

My body looked better than it ever has. But I could not see or appreciate it. I thought that my body was not in that good of shape.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Clean Up Your Fitness

“Bump! Shrug! Pull!”

My trainer cues my hips, shoulders and arms to move as I struggle and almost cry in frustration to achieve what she is asking of me. There is so much going on that I cannot understand what she wants me to do.

I do my best to relax. Close my eyes. And, instead of forcing the movement to happen, feel it happen.

Suddenly, everything clicks. My hips explode forward, my shoulders and arms pull the barbell up to my chest, and I get under it and land in a full front squat. Sweat pours from my body, my heart rate spikes, my legs burn like hell.

Just nine more reps to go.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

P-Nutrition: Your New Magic Bullet

Phones have been ringing off the hook at The Big Yogi since we introduced our hot new program last week: Patience Training™. But wait, there is more!

Many fitness professionals deem nutrition very important for achieving your goals. This is a huge understatement. Nutrition is the most important factor in determining how your body will look, function and feel. It constitutes at least 80 percent of the equation.

Luckily for you, we have got you covered!

This week, we are excited to announce P-training’s state-of-the-art counterpart: Patience Nutrition. Combine both programs now in a special promotion to transform your body and your life.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

P-Training: The Hottest New Trend in Fitness

We salivate every time a new fitness ad tempts us: Try this today! Get results tomorrow!

The fitness industry is constantly churning out the next quick fix. What starts as a desire to improve our health usually gets muddied by a desire to make money.

Unfortunately for us, the promise of instant results is frequently dishonest and disheartening. It holds us hostage in a perpetual cycle of hope and disappointment as we desperately guess about what will work now, later or ever.

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Four Big Nutrition Rules

At the end of 2013, I planned to gain 20 pounds over a three-month span; I would attempt to do so by drinking calories and adding grains and dairy back into my diet. My point was to show how much diet regulates our mental health and physical appearance.  I managed to gain 10 pounds in under one month before throwing in the towel. I started to break out in pimples, my energy levels were shot, I was irritable as hell and I generally just felt like crap. The picture below shows the results  of switching back to my regular diet of lean proteins, veggies and healthy fats with no dairy or grains, A.K.A.“The Paleo Diet”.  In three short months (without changing my workout routine or doing cardio) I dropped back down to my previous physique and feel better than ever. The way I did it was actually quite simple and only involved a few nutritional guidelines.  Here they are:

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Nick Palladino teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.