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Articles Tagged: personal training

Top 3 Things You Need to Lose Body Fat Now

Look, I get it. Getting motivated to stick to a weight loss plan is hard, and staying motivated as the weeks grind on is even harder.

Going down that path–fighting your body every step of the way as you push yourself further into  unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory–can seem so insurmountable that you find yourself thinking of reasons you shouldn’t do it before you’ve even begun the process.

In today’s post I am going to break this process down into components that are easier to wrap your head around, which will help you attain–and retain–the drive to keep pushing towards your goals, so you can get on the road to weight loss and finally reach the goal physique you’re looking for. Continue Reading Top 3 Things You Need to Lose Body Fat Now »

4 Reasons #TGTNFamily Kicks Serious Ass

When I first opened the doors to Training Ground TransformationNATION here in Palos Hills, I had no idea what to expect. After all, I had just moved from Southern California–where the weather never gets below 50 degrees, and the people are essentially the polar opposite of the typical “Mid-Westerner”–so I wasn’t really sure if I would click with the people who came in our doors as well as I had in Orange County.

It became apparent pretty quickly though… there was nothing to worry about because the people who have come to train with us here are–straight up–my JAM.

Don’t get me wrong… I will always have love for my TGOC family, and many of my athletes in California were with me since the days when I was training people in the pitch black of night–on the beach with no lights, getting kicked out in the middle of the workout by the park rangers–because I had no facility nor a proper place to rent space from.

There was even a period of time I had to train people for about two weeks in the parking lot of a busy movie theater because I had nowhere else to go with short notice… definitely rougher times. I met some of my favorite folks in the entire world through my training business in Orange County (who I still keep in contact with to this day), but it’s clear to me that Chicagoland is where I was meant to be, and where Training Ground was meant to be.

In addition to just being cool-ass people though, there are a few key reasons that TGTN athletes kick so much ass, and I want to touch on 4 of those today with you. Who knows; maybe you will vibe with the stuff I’m talking about and want to come check one of our programs out for yourself. Continue Reading 4 Reasons #TGTNFamily Kicks Serious Ass »

Why I’m Opening the TransformationNATION Facility

I have an exciting announcement to make over the next two weeks about something that has been in the works for quite some time now, but before I get into the nitty-gritty of it all, I want to give a brief background of how I got to this point.

As many of you know, until November of last year, I owned a strength and conditioning gym in Orange County, California known as Training Ground OC. In September 2013, the lease on my facility was about to be up and I was considering moving into a much larger spot, but after discussing plans about our future, my fiancee and I decided to make the hard decision to pick up and move my entire business to Chicago, IL. Continue Reading Why I’m Opening the TransformationNATION Facility »

Perfect Posture Series: Protracted Shoulder Girdle

Look around you at the gym, or in any public place and you will see a common trait shared by the vast majority: forward-slumped shoulders with a closed-off chest cavity. This posture is so prevalent that people don’t even recognize it when they see it… it just looks like normal posture to them.

The issue is, of course, that it’s not a healthy position to be in for a number of reasons that I am going to outline for you today. Before I get into the reasons why I feel that this postural abnormality needs to be addressed, let me explain what exactly is going on when someone has a protracted shoulder girdle. Continue Reading Perfect Posture Series: Protracted Shoulder Girdle »

Training Ground OC Makes the List of Top Personal Trainers in Orange County

Palos Hills, CA – November 25, 2012 – The Training Ground TransformationNATION team is proud to announce that they have placed 6th out of over 70 nominees for “Best Personal Trainer” on the OC Hotlist for 2012. The OC Hotlist represents top businesses in Orange County, nominated as community favorites each year by local residents in a number of different categories. The annual contest then pits each business against one another, with voters determining who is crowned “Best of Orange County” in each respective category.

“This year has been extremely transformative for us at Team TGOC,” said Ben Ballinger, owner and head coach of Training Ground OC. “It’s exciting to be honored as one of the top nominees in Orange County, and we look forward to continuing our mission of providing excellent training and nutrition services to residents of Costa Mesa and its surrounding communities.”

After roughly three years of being in business, Training Ground OC opened the doors of its unique and state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility in Palos Hills this past October. Training Ground OC specializes in strength and conditioning, fitness competition preparation and fat loss.

As a previous multi-sport athlete himself, Ben Ballinger (also known as “Coach B” by his clients) has a well-developed understanding of what it takes to create a strength and conditioning program that works, and has used this expertise to develop some of the most effective, result-driven programs in Orange County. He has always had an intense interest in sports nutrition as well, and has been studying effective nutrition techniques and nutrition-based research for well over a decade.

Training Ground OC is known for its out-of-the-box methods for approaching personal training. “Each of our members is considered an athlete in their own right and members of the Training Ground family,” said Coach B. “We all support and push each other to succeed—not only in fitness but in all areas of our lives. The energy amongst our athletes is unparalleled in the fitness community and it really shows in the results that our clients achieve.”

Perfect Posture Series: Forward Head Syndrome

Over the next couple of blog posts I’m going to be discussing an issue that is largely ignored by people looking to build more aesthetic physiques, even though it’s one of the most critical components. I’m talking about the issue of posture—or how you naturally hold your body, both through movements and at rest.  I don’t care how much muscle you build, or how much fat you burn from your body—if you have the posture of a caveman, then at best you’re going to look like a muscular, lean Hunchback of Notre Dame.

When talking about posture, it’s important to understand that it’s not as simple as looking at the area (in particular, the joint or joints) in question and making a superficial assessment based on what is seen. Continue Reading Perfect Posture Series: Forward Head Syndrome »

Understanding the Injury Treatment, Rehabilitation and Prevention Continuum, Pt. 2

In part 1 of this series, we discussed the proper steps to take for treating an injury, including the R.I.C.E. method, seeing a surgeon and seeing a chiropractor. Rather than looking at each aspect of the continuum as an alternative to the others, it is critical to understand that each has a specific role to play, and the best option is to utilize the services of each of them, when the situation calls for it, in a systematic way.

Moving on in our discussion of the injury treatment continuum, today we are going to look at the final three pieces to the puzzle—the physical therapist, certified fitness trainer and massage therapist—and what role each plays in injury rehabilitation and prevention. While injury treatment refers to “fixing” the issue—in other words, the immediate attention given to stop injuries from getting any worse and setting you on the course to recovery, rehabilitation is the process of actively helping you to recover from the treatment and returning the body to it’s state prior to the injury. Continue Reading Understanding the Injury Treatment, Rehabilitation and Prevention Continuum, Pt. 2 »

How to Make an Effective Fitness New Year’s Resolution

Did you know that large chain gyms like 24 Hour Fitness and Bally’s make the majority of their money off of folks who come to the gym, buy a membership and then never come back? In fact, they DEPEND on this concept, because if everyone who bought a membership tried to go to the gym on a consistent basis, the gym would be completely overcrowded and nobody would be able to work out. On the flip-side, the gyms would quickly go bankrupt without these “silent investors” as I like to call them. This is a shady, unethical business model in my opinion, but that’s one of the reasons that I don’t work for a gym!

Big gyms make a killing during the first couple of months of each year… can you guess why? If you guessed it’s because a bunch of people come in with grandiose fitness plans fueled by New Years resolutions, you’d be absolutely correct. Continue Reading How to Make an Effective Fitness New Year’s Resolution »

6 Warning Signs of a Crummy Worth Personal Trainer

You’re on this page because you’re looking to start Personal training in Worth, and you’re looking for a high-quality Personal trainer to help you achieve your goals. Unfortunately, this process is easier said than done, because there are so many shoddy Personal trainers out there that it can be hard to find someone worthy of your trust. As a Worth Personal training expert myself, I understand what does and doesn’t make a good trainer.

Hopefully this article will help you in your search and explain some of the traits you should look out for when trying to find a trainer to work with. If the Personal trainer in question demonstrates even a single one of these characteristics, you should consider it a deal breaker and move on to the next trainer, because if you don’t, you’ll be setting yourself up for injury, lackluster results, and a general distaste for the fitness industry. After all, if you’re going to be paying someone to train you, you want to make sure that they are giving you your money’s worth, right? Continue Reading 6 Warning Signs of a Crummy Worth Personal Trainer »