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Training for the perfect body image?

If you are currently changing (or trying to maintain) your eating/exercise habits in a quest to change your body image in order to be a faster, stronger, healthier or more powerful athlete, are you changing habits that will concurrently make a positive impact on your performance as well?

Are you driven by performance gains or by a body image?
What if you reach your ideal body image but performance doesn't improve? Is it assumed that if you lose weight you will automatically become faster, improve strength and endurance?
What if your new body image (which was once desired) becomes more of a highlight to you than the initial gains in fitness that you were once seeking in your quest to achieve the "perfect" body image to become a better athlete?  As an athlete/fitness enthusiast who is hungry for a change in body composition (in a body-image obsessed society), how will you be able to keep yourself from crossing the line from being a dedicated, passionate, performance-driven…

How to create the perfect meal smoothie

CREATING THE PERFECT SMOOTHIE TV SEGMENT(click above to watch my live TV segment from this morning)

This morning I had a great time talking with Melanie about how to create the perfect meal smoothie on News4Jax during the 8 o'clock hour of the Morning Show. 
Meal replacement shakes and workout recovery drinks have been around for some time and if you are on social media, it's likely that you have come across one or two smoothie pictures....in the last hour.
But over the past few years, smoothies have been given a lot of attention from medical professionals, the health conscious, celebrities, dietitians and trainers for a lot of great reasons.
When you are in control of the ingredients in your top of the line, heavy duty blender, smoothies are a delicious and easy way to hydrate and fill your body with powerful vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and quality protein to nourish your immune system, energize your muscles and brain and to keep you satisfied. 
In othe…

Triathlon Science By Joe Friel and Jim Vance - Book review

When I started graduate school in the fall of 2004, I saw myself as a former college swimmer. I was exercising to stay in shape but I really missed competition.  As a long-time athlete, my mind functions best with structure. When it comes to exercising, I enjoy it but I like to have a plan. I like to work hard within my plan, knowing that I am moving closer to my goals.  Exercising is fun and it makes me feel healthy but a structured plan helps my body get faster, stronger and more powerful for a bigger goal than just to "be healthy."
During my studies to earn a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, I started to inch my way into endurance sports. Well, more like jump in with a smile on my face as I starting training for my first marathon without ever completing more than a 10K road race. 
Throughout my educational career, I found myself overwhelmed with the information that pertained to the human body in motion. Although I was forced to learn it in order to pass my clas…