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7 Simple Steps To Make Next Year The Best Year Ever!

Chris from The Chris Meredith Method Training Studio here,
What are your resolutions for the new year? Most common resolutions year after year are:
Make more money, lose weight/get in shape, stop smoking, travel more, etc, etc. Today I wanna focus on losing weight/getting in shape. But you can easily apply these simple rules to achieve any goal, anytime. So keep reading if ya wanna reach some goal or goals.
As the New Year has crept up on us again, we find ourselves doing a couple things:
reflecting on this past year
setting resolutions for the next year
If you wanna make next year the best year ever, there are a few simple, but important steps you can take to ensure your success…
First of all, get a pen and paper,cuz you’re gonna be writing some stuff down (I’ll wait…). We’re gonna start by looking over the past year. What were your goals? Did you achieve them? Why or why not? What actions did you take to achieve them? If you didn’t achieve them, what stopped you? These are all very important questions, so take a few minutes to sit and write down the answers to the questions above. If you failed to reach goals/resolutions you set for yourself, you’ll probably find a common answer: you tried, it was hard, you quit. Chances are, you either didn’t really care that much about the goal in the first place, or you just didn’t have a proper action plan in place to achieve your goals. We’ll talk more about this later…
Now it’s time to look forward and decide what you would really like to accomplish over this next year. I am going to share a couple simple rules with you to help ensure your success with this.
Make and write down goals that you wanna achieve for you! Not someone else! Otherwise your effort will be half-assed at best…
Be specific about your goals! (for example: “lose weight” is not specific. Whereas “lose 20lbs in the next 6 weeks” is very specific)
Write down each of your goals and why they are important to you (how will it impact your life if you do or do not achieve them. “How will you feel when you’re 20lbs lighter, wearing those skinny clothes”?).
Be passionate about your goals (not all goals are easy to achieve. Otherwise you would have already done it!).
Create an action plan to achieve each goal.
Create a realistic timeline with check-points for each step in your action plan.
Now go do it! The best plan in the world is useless until it is executed!
An there you have it… 7 simple steps to making next year your best year ever! If you are stuck on your action plan for losing weight and getting in shape, I’m the guy ya wanna talk to I have an action plan designed specifically to help you lose between 13-28lbs in the next 6 weeks! To see what people just like you are saying about my action plan and how it has helped them, click here
I’d love to know what your goals are for the new year. Wanna share?? Leave a comment below.

Commited to your health & fitness,
Chris Meredith, Owner
The Chris Meredith Method Training Studio

An Absolute Must-Do If Ya Wanna Get Fit (Do This Before Anything Else)…

This Could Make The Difference Between Reaching Your Fitness Goals And Complete Failure… So If you wanna make some serious progress that is measureable, keep reading!
Do you want to wanna trim down and get in the best shape of your life? Have you ever started up an exercise & nutrition program and failed to achieve the results you desire?…the results that could help you stick to your resolutions for life? Then this post is especially important for you to read, re-read & apply the strategies to your own program now! I’m going to share my trade secrets here that I apply to get my clients great results. So pay attention.

A little of my background:

  • Certified Personal Trainer for more than 11 years now
  • For a good chunk of those years I was in charge of hiring, training and developing teams of personal trainers who have helped well over 500 people achieve, and in many cases, exceed their fitness goals
  • I’ve been contracted and flown to Japan to set up corporate wellness programs and lead corporate wellness boot camps
  • I’ve personally competed in many athletic sports including wrestling, football, track & field, bowling, and natural bodybuilding, to name a few
  • When I was in Jr High and High School, I never understood what over-training was. Rest was not part of my plan. And as a result, I suffered many injuries and had to pass up many opportunities (but that’s a sob story for another time).

To make a long story short, I know my stuff when it comes to health and fitness. I’ve done it wrong and experienced the pains and disappointments and now I know how to do it right. I’ve seen it from both sides. Anyway, let’s get down to the meat and potatoes of this post.
Before I get into “The Big-5″, I’d like to mention a few major benefits of regular exercise:

  • trim inches, burn fat
  • increased strength, endurance, function
  • more energy, stamina, faster recovery from physical tasks
  • improved flexibility, resistance to injury
  • better sleep, increased alertness daily
  • lower your blood pressure, cholesterol
  • decreased instance of disease, etc., etc.

All of these benefits, and many more, all lead to a sense of well-being, improved self-esteem, more confidence, and more. So I know we can agree that regular exercise improves your quality of life. Not a bad deal. Right?
One more VERY important thing that is crucial to your success in your health & fitness program (before we get to “The Big-5″) is to know why most people fail to follow their programs consistantly. Here are the top 9:

  1. incomplete programs
  2. failure to address nutrition
  3. incomplete nutrition
  4. avoiding cardio
  5. pushing too hard, too fast
  6. no stretching (more aches & pains)
  7. no post workout nutrition
  8. lack of accountability
  9. lack of professional guidence

Can you identify with these struggles?
So now tht you are aware of the common pit-falls that stop most programs, let’s get into “The Big-5 Essential Keys To Success In Fitness”.

  1. define your goals, motivation, and your committment level
  2. evalutate your current state of health & fitness (fitness assessment)
  3. design a COMPLETE program to achieve your goals
  4. Take ACTION and implement your program
  5. Regularly assess your progress and update your program

Let’s take a closer look at those “Big-5″:

  1. Define your goals, motivation, and your committment level

What specifically do you wanna accomplish? What does success mean to you? Where do you wanna be? When do you want to accomplish these goals?
It’s very important to define your goals and set a reasonable time frame in which you plan to achieve them. Until you put them on paper, they are not real and you will most likely fail to achieve them.
Why are your goals important to you (what’s your motivation)? There has to be a reason why you are wanna get in shape (and because your spouse said so does not count). In order to succeed you’ve gotta have a strong “reason why”. Somewhere down the road it’s not gonna be easy. You might be tired or hungry and you’re gonna feel like callin it quits. Your strong “reason why” is what’s gonna help you push through those tough times and stick you your committment for better health & fitness. An example of a strong reason why could be that you’d like to keep up with your kids and your dr said you’re a prime candidate for heart disease… You don’t wanna die before your kids grow up. That is pretty strong. You’r reason may be diffferent, but you get the idea.
What’s your commitment level on a scale of 1-10? This is a very short and to the point fact: You’ve gotta be a 10. Like I said, at some point your program is gonna be tough to stick to. Your goals are gonna take some good old-fashioned hard work! But it will feel so good once ya do it. It’s sooo worth it in the end. Do you consider yourself a 10 for commitment level to your goals? Is something stopping you from being a 10?
Then you need to get yourself a fitness coach or personal fitness trainer to help fill in the gaps in your committment. Having a coach will raise you up to a 10. That way you’re never alone. We’re in this together.
In a couple days I’ll be back with part 2 (a quick and easy read, but just as important). Stay tuned

Chris Meredith, Owner
The Chris Meredith Method Training Studio

PS. Wanna burn 13-23lbs of annoying belly fat & tone up your entire body in 6 weeks, only spending 30 minutes a day in the gym? I’ve created an awesome program that will help you do just that. I call it “6-Week Metabolic Makeover”. Learn more here: 6-Week Metabolic Makeover

An Absolute Must-Do If Ya Wanna Get Fit (Do This Before Anything Else)…(Part 2)

Ok! Here we are, back with part 2 of 2! I’ve got some powerful and VERY important stuff for you today, so read, take notes, and then apply this with all that you are, and you can’t help but succeed!
QUICK RECAP: In part 1 of this post, I gave you “The Big-5Essential Steps”. And we went into an in-depth overview of number 1. Here are “The Big-5 again:

  • DEFINE your goals, motivation, and committment
  • Evaluate where you are now
  • Design a COMPLETE program to achieve your goals
  • Take action and IMPLEMENT your program
  • Regularly ASSESS your progress and update your program

Now that you’re all caught up, let’s take a closer look at 2-5:
2. Evaluate where you are now
That which you wish to improve must be measured! For example:

  • weight
  • body fat
  • strength
  • measurements

Whatever your goals are, you must figure out exactly where you are now, so you can design a comprehensive program to reach your goals.
When I start with a new client, I always make it a point to take before and after photos and a full body-composition check-up (lean mass, body fat%, hydration%, bone mass, metabolic age, etc.), so I can create an appropriate progam to make sure we don’t push too hard too fast, which could result in failure. At the same time, I’d really hate to under-work ya.
3. Design a complete program to achieve your goals

A comprehensive health & fitness program MUST include each of the following 5 components of success!

A. Nutrition-the foundation of all health and fitness

  • 70%+ of all your results will rest upon your nutrition
  • ESSENTIAL for energy production
  • Kick-starts your metabolism
  • Motivates you to workout because you feel better

B. Supplementation-to fill in the gaps in your nutrition program so you can MAXIMIZE your health & fitness

  • It’s nearly impossible to get total nutrition from food alone (6000+ calories of perfect foods) – good luck losing weight in that case.
  • Are you missing meals? That could significantly slow your metabolism… Good supplements are easy to use in place of meals.
  • Are you eating at least 10 servings of fruits and veggies every day? No?? Supplements can fill that void as well
  • Get your supplements here: (ageless xtra is a great start)
  • For a FREE personal recommendation, please call me 206-595-5291 for details

C. Resistance training-increases lean muscle and metaboism

  • increase lean muscle to boost your metabolism for the long hall (up to 48 hours post strength training workout)
  • increased strength makes your daily activities/tasks easier to complete
  • prevent unwanted body fat from returning

D. Cardiovascular exercise-heart health and fat burn

  • maximize your fat burn. This takes far less time than you might think.

E. Professional guidance-knowledge, support, direction & accountability

  • A professional Health & Fitness Coach/Fitness Trainer provides you with all of the above.
  • I provide all of these services in a dynamic and highly-effective 30 routine that trains your strength, endurance, cardio, balance, stability, agility, core and more for FAST results.

4. Take Action and implement your program

  • Learn each of the components of your program (listed above)
  • Take action and implement each component
  • Commit to push through 21 days, no matter what, to begin forming your new positive habit. Anything less and you will return to your prior habits of couch-potatoism and feeling lousy about your health & fitness (not an option!). So commit to at least 21 days

5. Regularly assess your progress and update your program

  • you’ve got to regularly assess your results by measuring the same things you did in the beginning of your program. Afterall, you’re in this to improve in some way…right? So measure that which you intend to improve. therwise, what’s the point? If you fail to do this, you will likely experience plateaus, frustration and back-sliding. Take responsibility for doing this. It will ensure continued and accelerated success!
  • Have an expert review your progress and program to identify necessary “course corrections” to succeed! THink of your program like a guided missile. Ya don’t just aim at your goal once, shoot, and then BOOM! Ya got it… No. Your gonna have ups and downs and padded curve-balls that require adjustments in your program until you hit your target (your goals). The more professional guidance you get, the faster you’ll hit your target
  • If you’d like professional guidance, check out the link at the bottom of this post for more details

How long should it take to see significant results?

  • On your own: within 90 days you should experience significant changes that will help you stay motivated to keep up on your fitness
  • With my help: My 6 week Metabolic Makeover will melt annoying body fat away! So much that you’ll see a great difference from start to completion of the 6 week program (between 13-27lbs!)

I’ll close this post with a quote:
“all of your choice so far, have led you to be where you are. Your choices you make have the power to lead you where you want to go”

So MAKE some good choices!
Chris Meredith, Owner
The Chris Meredith Method Training Studio

PS. Wanna burn 13-23lbs of annoying belly fat & tone up your entire body in 6 weeks, only spending 30 minutes a day in the gym? I’ve created an awesome program that will help you do just that. I call it “6-Week Metabolic Makeover”. Learn more here: 6-Week Metabolic Makeover