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What’s The Difference Between a Training Gym and a Membership Gym?

Well, like many small businesses out there, gyms are taking their lumps too! It got me thinking about how we can make Pinnacle Fitness as safe and sanitary as possible. I will get more into that later this week, but I wanted to touch on something that not a [...]

You know all this sitting is killing your back

I have received 10 emails in the past week from people asking me for low back help. They are stiff, achy, lethargic, and their joints hurt. My first question is always how much movement are you getting? Followed by how much sitting are you doing? Followed by how much water are you drinking? These three [...]

8 Things You Need To Start Doing RIGHT NOW

Tomorrow I am going to be talking about staying active and how to keep your low back in shape during these sedentary times! Here is a little help if you haven't downloaded it yet. Much more to come tomorrow. ​5 Moves to A Healthy Back 8 Things You [...]

Tips to boost immune system to fight COVID-19

I am sure you are getting bombarded with a ton of information to help fight the COVID 19 virus. In reality, if you have taken care of your body over the years, exercised regularly and followed a good diet, you are ahead of the game. It is always possible [...]

First Day-Huge Success Virtually

What a day. We are officially 15 hours into launching our At-Home Health and Fitness challenge and we have already raised $1075 for our local small businesses! I can't even tell you how proud of our members, community and all of you that donated! I am truly touched! [...]

Coronavirus-Pinnacle Fitness-Boost Immunity

These are very trying times and as a business owner, husband and father, it is my responsibility to personally speak to my members. I opened Pinnacle Fitness 10 years ago because I thought that I could provide a great solution to many of the health issues that I was [...]

This Amazing Thing Happened!

I have been very lucky in my life to be surrounded by kind and caring people. It started with my parents and continued into my friends, teammates, and co-workers. I was supposed to coach this weekend in Wisconsin for my 19th annual shot put and discus clinic, but due [...]

Low Thyroid Diet Strategies

I generally put information out on movement or low back health but I happened to read this article by Jennifer Broxterman, MS RD and I found it really intriguing. It has a ton... And I mean a ton of info relating to thyroid health and diet strategies that can help you [...]

Offense Vs. Defense

I know the Superbowl is over, but as I watched my wife's Chiefs come back against a dominant 49ers defense I got to thinking. There’s an old saying in sports that says, “Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.” Another version of that quote -I’m not sure which came [...]


Dear Pinnacle Fitness Family: I wanted to send you a note about our response to the Coronavirus. As I am sure most of you are aware, there has been an increasing concern that the virus will likely continue to spread around the world, including the United States. Of course, [...]

Have You Seen This Man? Don’t Do This!

We all have busy lives. We all get run down. We all keep piling more things on our plate. Do you feel like this sometimes? This is a good friend of mine and this picture was taken about a month ago. He is like me... Why take [...]

Arianna Huffington’s 8 Tips to Better Sleep

I have to share some tips that I picked up on my recent travels to Mexico… When I checked into my hotel, on the bed was a laminated card with Arianna Huffington’s 8 Tips for a Better Sleep - it’s a slick promo for her book The Sleep Revolution. I [...]

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What Makes PIN FIT Different

So I ran into my neighbor who is a personal trainer at another local gym in Scottsdale. It is a larger gym but a lot of the trainers just rent space in the facility. I asked him how the re-opening went this week and he responded "Fine, we didn't have [...]

Time Management vs Time Investment

Well, how many of us talk about time management or lack of time to get it all done? Yeah, pretty much all of us… It’s probably the number one excuse I get from people who don’t workout or cook supportive meals. Number two, of course, is money...Although, when most people look at [...]

Staying Fit While Being Social

When you think about getting together with friends for an evening, what activities come to mind? Catching a movie? Meeting up at a favorite restaurant? What about an office party or a summer get-together? More than likely, the center of the activity for these functions centers around food and [...]

Are You Hungry?

Have you ever actually stopped before eating to check in with your body to see if you are actually hungry? Chances are if you practice some mindfulness around your eating, you would discover that often we reach for food out of boredom, loneliness, anxiety, sadness, or a feeling of [...]

Good For Fitness…Yoda Wisdom Is…

Well, this article is for my big brother Josh and his wife Elly! They will appreciate my nerdy play on words and since they LOVE Star Wars it should be a hit. But in terms of fitness..... Getting into better shape does not have to be an impossible task [...]

Understanding precedes change…

When you think of the most helpful weight loss tools, what comes to mind? Diet books? Protein shakes? Treadmills and free weights? Chances are, when you think of things that will be helpful to you on your journey to fitness, you immediately consider tangible objects like those just mentioned. [...]

When Good Fat Goes Bad!

Such a controversy over fat. In the 1980's, fat was the culprit for all health problems so the food industry went to all no or low fat options. They filled the food with other additives to make up for the reduced fat. Unfortunately they have done the same things [...]

7 Habits That Fit Healthy People Do

 I wanted to share with you a few lifestyle choices that can really help in your fitness journey. People that are successful in fitness tend to follow these guidelines. Thought you might enjoy this. 7 Habits of Highly Fit People Lots of people ask me how to quickly and [...]

Sugar: Is it a Toxic Substance?

I don’t think it is a secret to anyone that the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer is higher than it has ever been and continues to rise. I hope at this point we can all agree that our diet and lifestyle directly correlate to these statistics. In [...]

Fat Loss By Resistance Training

“Who Else Wants To BURN MORE FAT Than Ever Before Without Wasting Countless Hours Of Their Life Away On Unbelievably Boring Cardio Machines?” Discover the Fat Loss Secrets of MRT(Metabolic Resistance Training)… Have you been wasting your time with traditional exercise routines that produce little to no results? What [...]

Choosing ME!

Too often we get caught up in the “should” and “have to” in life and lose sight of the things we enjoy doing and support our physical, emotional, and mental well being. What better time to do that then on/around your birthday? I have found over the course of [...]

“Don’t Let The Old Man In”

I think I move pretty well... Do I really need someone to help me understand how to properly move? The answer is YES!!!! Why do you think all high end athletes get batting coaches, strength coaches, mindset coaches etc. They understand how important it is to learn how to do [...]

Diet vs.Lifestyle: What’s the Difference?

You’ve no doubt heard the ominous statistic: two thirds of people who lose weight gain even more back within four or five years. 1 That in itself is enough to discourage even the most determined among us. What’s the answer? What is the secret to not only losing weight but keeping it [...]

How To Save Your Body While Traveling

I have spent the last few days in Minnesota working on my gym business and making sure that I am always making positive moves for my staff and my members. I learned a lot but was also nice to see the issues that other gym owners have are the [...]

Back Stabilizers VS. Movers

The question of why can I lift 100+ lbs easily but when I reach for a piece of paper I blow my back out and am crippled for weeks. Well, this comes down to a couple of different things. Obviously if you have some serious issues in your back [...]

Accountability and Responsibility

As a gym owner I talk about accountability a lot because I want all of our members to not only show up for their workout but also achieve their goals. Having an appointment creates accountability. Having someone waiting to work with you creates accountability and having a friend or [...]

How Hydration Saved My Back

Back in 2013, I had a major back injury which left me debilitated for nearly 6 months and another 6 months of intense rehab. I can remember thinking, will this ever get better? And more importantly, how can I keep this from happening again.... HYDRATION One simple but easy [...]

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5 Weight Loss Obstacles Busy Moms Face

I’ve had the pleasure of personally working with thousands of busy moms over the course of my 20-year fitness career. But I never fully understood their struggle until the birth of my son Patrick 10+ months ago.Watching my wife Alicia struggle with working full time, Patrick time, breast feeding, [...]

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Deadlines and Contests: Your Keys to Fitness Victory

Deadlines and Contests: Your Keys to Fitness Victory Have you ever told yourself that you are going to lose weight and get fit in time for spring, only to be frustrated when warm weather rolls around? It’s easy to hide behind heavy winter clothes, but when the mercury starts climbing, [...]

  • Adrenal Fatique

What You Need to Know About Adrenal Fatique

Chances are you have heard of adrenal fatigue, but you may not be quite sure what it is.  Understanding this condition is important however, because some experts suggest that 80% of the Western world will be affected by adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. The adrenal glands are [...]

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Minimum Effective Dosage: Train Smarter Not Harder

There are few things as exciting as new transformation participants eager to make serious lifestyle changes and make up for lost time in their quest to get fit and healthy.  Their motivation and passion are contagious, and watching transformations is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a trainer. [...]

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Importance Of Exercise When Going Back To School

Whether you are a student or the parent of a student, you likely have one thing on your mind as the new school year begins:  academic performance.  From kindergarteners to graduate level college students, concentration and learning are critical and directly related to how successful the year is and how [...]

  • Summer Workout

It’s Summer! Beat the Heat with these Summer Workout Tips

Baby, it’s hot out there!  If you have been working out over the winter and spring months, you may be surprised at the new challenges that summertime fitness throws at you.  It is summer and it is HOT. You are probably discovering that your body reacts to the heat differently [...]

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Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us: How’s Your Gut Function?

Fall is here, and that means that cold and flu season has arrived.  Have you ever noticed that some people seldom get sick?  Or maybe you have wondered why after being exposed to the same virus, one person gets ill while the other remains well. The reason lies in the [...]

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Relax and Lose Weight

Want to get healthy and lose weight?  Then relax.  It’s true.  Relaxing is good for you, and what better day to brush up on relaxation facts than on Relaxation Day!  August 15th is a relaxation holiday.  So relax and read on for tips! The role of cortisol One of the most [...]

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Why You Need a Personal Trainer

There’s a reason why celebrities and other highly successful people use coaches and trainers:  IT WORKS.  And that is why so many people are turning to personal trainers to help them move from mediocre to excellence in their pursuit of health, fitness and weight loss. The Reality More than 91% of [...]

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10 Ways to have a Healthier Holiday Season

This time of year is notoriously a time to indulge, but don't let this be the green light to OVERINDULGE!  You can still enjoy all of the festivities of the holidays without too much of an impact on your health and waistline.  Here are 10 ways to have a healthier [...]