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Proven, Effective Fitness and Nutrition Advice Without All of the Hype and Pseudo-Science

This website is about one thing... giving people access to the proper fitness and nutrition habits that lead to living a fit and healthy lifestyle. You'll find articles on dieting myths, proper training techniques, developing a successful mindset, custom workouts, and even video how-tos and tips from yours truly and other experts in the industry.

If you're frustrated with the lack of progress you've been making towards your fitness goals, whether it's because of a lack of direction or a lack of motivation, then look around this site, come back often and apply the fitness and nutrition concepts you discover in your own efforts.

Does Weight Training Make Women Bulky? Learn the Truth Now

If you’ve read any women’s fitness magazines or browsed any fitness websites, you’ve undoubtedly seen the following claims:

“Women shouldn’t lift weights over 3 lbs.”

“You want to lift light weights to lengthen and tone your muscles; heavy weights will make your muscles bulky.”

And so on. So it’s no wonder that one of the biggest fears most women have when they start a fitness regimen, is that they’re going to gain too much bulk and end up looking like a professional bodybuilder if they spend too much time in the weight room.

Thus, many of them stick to cardio and low-impact fitness programs like pilates and yoga. The idea being that such exercise will prevent a bulky physique, while simultaneously carving out muscle definition and getting rid of body fat.

But women who are looking to make changes to their bodies–namely fat loss and toning–find that they’re unable to get the results they want with low-impact exercise alone. Continue Reading Does Weight Training Make Women Bulky? Learn the Truth Now »

Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Evie Hoppenrath

Evie is one of those clients that every coaching team loves having–not only does she follow advice to a T, but she pays it forward and helps others learn as well.

Many of our clients look to her for help with their nutrition because of how consistently and effectively she has adopted a weekly food-prep regimen. Each week, she shares her meals for the week with the group and encourages others to follow her lead and prep as well, and it’s amazing to see the way she helps motivate people.

That’s one of the coolest things about our gym community–that our awesome members take it upon themselves to help each other out. The value of the TGTNFamily is more than the sum of its parts for sure.

Seeing Evie’s transformation over the past year is no surprise, but is very inspiring. We asked her about her experience and what she’s learned, so be sure to check out her interview below! Continue Reading Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Evie Hoppenrath »

Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 11 and 12

Over the past 12 weeks we have shared our client Rhonda’s trials, tribulations and victories as she has candidly given us a first-hand look at what it’s been like for her on her health and fitness journey.

Too often, weight loss is sold as something that is (or should be) “simple and easy,” but as we all know, it isn’t. Weight loss takes trial and error, patience, and most importantly, the ability to get back up on it after you fall off the horse.

Hopefully this series has provided a more realistic view of what it’s like to commit yourself to a newfound weight loss program and has shown that with persistence and determination, you can and will reach your goals.

In Rhonda’s final entry, we continue on from her Weeks 9 and 10 DiaryContinue Reading Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 11 and 12 »

Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 9 and 10

What does it take mentally, physically and spiritually to successfully reach your weight loss and health goals?

Follow along with Rhonda Guzman and she addresses this question in her 12 week journey as she takes control of her weight, health and happiness by investing the time and effort into following a workout and nutrition program at our training facility.

Each week, Rhonda will update us on how her program has been going and what’s going through her mind as she jumps into the journey with both feet.

Continuing on from Rhonda’s Weeks 7 and 8 Diary, here’s parts 9 and 10… Continue Reading Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 9 and 10 »

Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 7 and 8

What does it take mentally, physically and spiritually to successfully reach your weight loss and health goals?

Follow along with Rhonda Guzman and she addresses this question in her 12 week journey as she takes control of her weight, health and happiness by investing the time and effort into following a workout and nutrition program at our training facility.

Each week, Rhonda will update us on how her program has been going and what’s going through her mind as she jumps into the journey with both feet.

Continuing on from Rhonda’s Weeks 5 and 6 Diary, here’s parts 7 and 8… Continue Reading Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 7 and 8 »

Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Amy Stroner

Amy is the definition of a busy woman. Between her demanding job as a doctor, to taking care of her family, to her dedicated martial arts training, Amy shows that it all can be done with the right mindset and learning to prioritize health and fitness.

It’s been wonderful to coach Amy for over a year now and see how her cross-training with us at TGTN has positively affected her martial arts training and injury rate.

A lot of times, recreational athletes (and even professional ones) sometimes forget the importance of strength training as it pertains to their chosen sport. Keeping yourself strong, flexible and improving body awareness goes a long way towards making one a better overall athlete. Continue Reading Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Amy Stroner »

Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 5 and 6

What does it take mentally, physically and spiritually to successfully reach your weight loss and health goals?

Follow along with Rhonda Guzman and she addresses this question in her 12 week journey as she takes control of her weight, health and happiness by investing the time and effort into following a workout and nutrition program at our training facility.

Each week, Rhonda will update us on how her program has been going and what’s going through her mind as she jumps into the journey with both feet.

Continuing on from Rhonda’s Weeks 3 and 4 Diary, here’s parts 5 and 6… Continue Reading Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 5 and 6 »

Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 3 and 4

What does it take mentally, physically and spiritually to successfully reach your weight loss and health goals?

Follow along with Rhonda Guzman and she addresses this question in her 12 week journey as she takes control of her weight, health and happiness by investing the time and effort into following a workout and nutrition program at our training facility.

Each week, Rhonda will update us on how her program has been going and what’s going through her mind as she jumps into the journey with both feet.

Continuing on from Rhonda’s Week 2 Diary, here’s parts 3 and 4… Continue Reading Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Weeks 3 and 4 »

Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Week 2

What does it take mentally, physically and spiritually to successfully reach your weight loss and health goals?

Follow along with Rhonda Guzman and she addresses this question in her 12 week journey as she takes control of her weight, health and happiness by investing the time and effort into following a workout and nutrition program at our training facility.

Each week, Rhonda will update us on how her program has been going and what’s going through her mind as she jumps into the journey with both feet.

Continuing on from Rhonda’s Week 1 Diary, here’s part 2… Continue Reading Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Week 2 »

Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Week 1

The ultimate goal of any gym or training facility should be to change people’s lives–if your gym doesn’t have this focus, then we suggest you leave it.

Many have their own obstacles when joining a gym or making this change, whether it be time, financial constraints, or simply a fear of change.

We at TGTN have been given the opportunity to change one more life, Rhonda’s life. Rhonda, 37, came to us with her weight spiraling out of control to 265 lbs. Like many of us before, she was lost both in terms of direction and motivation, and was looking for a real, permanent change in her life and health.

The following are excerpts from Rhonda’s diary… Continue Reading Rhonda’s 12 Week Weight Loss Journey: Week 1 »