Don’t Manufacture Your Sweat. Earn It.

“Don’t mistake movement for achievement!” my college basketball coach used to yell at my team as we cut and moved around the court out of habit or ploys to look busy.

I had no idea what he was talking about until years later: Just because we were moving did not mean that we were applying the intensity that would create a result.

We can apply this warning from my old sage of a coach to the way that most people exercise today: Lots of movement. Limited results.

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