Life is all about living between the extremes.  The pendulum swings both ways, and that’s why it is important to find a healthy balance, whether it be with work and family time or your workouts and goals.


It happens too often that someone gets extreme with their health and fitness and then falls off the wagon down the road.  Another example is the former star athlete who used to devote hours to fitness and now barely moves off the couch.  How can people with such great potential and huge past achievements go so wrong?


Sometimes our greatest strength can also be our greatest weakness.  It’s easy for a driven person to burn out quickly.  The pendulum has been to one side for so long, it will eventually swing back.  They may be lost without a new goal or reason to work so hard.  That’s why it is crucial to make realistic goals.


No one wants to keep losing the same 10 pounds over and over again.  So don’t!  Look at the big picture.  Maybe your goal for this month is to create a new workout and exercise 3 times per week, and the next month it’s to change it again.  Weight loss will follow and will be easier to maintain if it’s not the only focus.  Also, think about training for something special like a 5K, 1/2 marathon, bike race, distance walk, etc.  The goal doesn’t always have to about the scale. After all, it’s just a number!

About caseystutzman

Casey Stutzman is an AFAA certified trainer and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 2004. Since 2006 he has acted as the Head Trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena Michigan. Casey’s love of athletics and competition drove him in to the fitness industry. He uses his experience as a division 1 college football player, amateur bodybuilding competitor, strongman competitor to help others reach their goals in all areas of fitness. Casey spends his time at Bay Athletic Club teaching Boot Camps, small group training sessions, training clients and working with participants in Bay Athletic Club’s Corporate Fit Challenge program. He also develops strength and conditioning programs and does performance training for a number of local athletic organizations and high school teams. As an Ignite Performance Master trainer and Master Instructor for TRX Casey travels North America to educate and connect with fitness professionals to help them offer more to their clients and athletes. Time outside of fitness is occupied with reading, travel, indoor rock climbing, snow sports and being an active outdoorsman. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Mary Beth, his daughter Vesper, son Indiana and Turkish the family dog.

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