Motivate Thyself: Developing a Fitness Failsafe Being inspired by the physical accomplishments of others is one of the best parts of being involved in the fitness realm. Inspirations and motivations abound when one is fully entrenched in this world; but it is just as important to find internal motivation on a regular basis. Establishing a consistent, self-driven source of motivation is the failsafe you need for continued progress on your fitness path. Sure, we can ride a wave of inspiration after witnessing a client, family member, or lifting partner achieve…
Friday, 05 October 2018

The Importance of Meal Planning

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The Importance of Meal Planning If you haven’t considered planning your meals for the week, then you should really do so. The health benefits vastly outweigh the effort put into the planning. You could even knock it out while you are making your grocery list. But, alas, the hardest part is sticking to the schedule. Because, let’s face it: our body wants what it wants, when it wants it. And although the occasional slice of pie or bowl of ice cream is a great thing (so great!), an unregimented diet…
Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Injury Prevention

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Let’s face it, injuries are going to happen. From slips, trips, and falls to repetitive motion injuries, workers get hurt on the job every day. Your workforce put their bodies on the line more and more frequently leaving them susceptible to some serious harm. Not only is this costly for the workers themselves, but also their families and employers usually take the brunt of it. From lost pay and lost revenue to time off and high expenses, this is a lose/lose scenario. In addition, injuries also affect the rest of…
Saturday, 18 August 2018

Wellness Program

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If you aren’t a part of a wellness program, you should really consider joining one. Thanks to decades of research, employers are flocking to add a wellness program to their benefits. Wellness programs are the most researched benefits offered by business. These programs offer employees social support, tools, incentives, strategies, and so much more. All of which aid in disease prevention, weight loss, and your overall health. Check out the list I’ve compiled below of the top five benefits that Wellness Programs offer. Wellness programs Improve Employee Health Behaviors Behavior…
Waking up in the morning is a struggle for most people. Getting up for an early morning workout? Forget about it. You have probably spent many a night pep talking yourself into waking up with the sun to get your morning workout in. For those of you who aren’t morning people, that’s probably as far as you got. It’s an automatic reaction to hit the snooze button once you are faced with your blaring alarm at the crack of dawn. Never fear, I've put together some suggestions to help you…
While preparing a budget, most organizations make a provision for the management of injuries at the workplace. But, more than often, the actual expenses incurred due to the injuries exceed the tentative expenses allocated in the budget. This happens because businesses tend to underestimate the expenses and the extent of injuries that can occur at the workplace. They also ignore or do not take into account the indirect expenses to be borne due to injuries. And it is this ignorance that can create a huge dent in the profits. The…
Many of you can relate to the following: You get out of the shower, stare into the mirror and think “how did I get this way? How can I let myself go like this?” Maybe you’re having a hard time keeping up with the young bucks at your weekend basketball game, not because you can't play (after all you had skills like LeBron James when you were in high school), but because you get so tired that you hardly ever make it through the first five minutes of the game.…
Friday, 30 March 2018

Say "I Do" to The Sculpted Bride

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Wedding season is here and that means it’s crunch time for all of you soon-to-be brides and grooms. Let’s be honest: getting in shape is hard work, but it can seem even harder with the added stress of organizing a wedding. The Sculpted Bride program aims to rid you of some of that stress by designing a tailor made plan that will chart the best path to your particular goals, whether that’s shedding a few pounds or toning up. Hard work will still be involved if you want to see…
Saturday, 17 March 2018

Emerging Trends in Fitness and Nutrition

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“The only constant is change” - Heraclitus, Greek philosopher. Our fitness and nutrition philosophy has stayed relatively constant over the years - create custom programs for our clients to achieve optimal results in relation to their goals. Each client is different and has a different idea of what success means to them. But as more research is released in these fields, we’re continually getting more insight into how the body and mind react to certain training methods. This research sometimes leads to fitness and nutrition “fads” which come and go…
On February 25, we had the amazing privilege of taking part in the Albany Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb at the Corning Tower. The Stair Climb is an annual event to raise funds and increase awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that effects the lungs, digestive system, immune system, liver, and more. Inspired by dedicated FA client Erin Mark, who was diagnosed with CF as a child, Fitness Artist entered a team of four sculptors to climb 42 flights! After weeks of fundraising with a special customized meal plan promotion, we…
Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Get Better NOW!

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What comes to mind when you hear the word, SELFISH? I know… I get it, I get it! 99 percent of the time it’s considered a terrible word. We all know that friend or family member who always puts their best interests in front of everyone else’s. But, believe it or not, that one percent of the time when it comes to your health, it’s extremely important to be selfish! If you’re not going to take care of yourself, nobody else will. If you’re not willing to invest in you,…
Thursday, 01 February 2018

Start Taking Care of Your Heart Today

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February is American Heart Month, which draws attention to the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Although certain risk factors are unavoidable (family history, age), it is possible to reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 80 percent with just a few lifestyle changes. Of course eating right and staying active will only benefit you when it comes to preventing heart disease and other health issues, but there are other measures that you can take to even further lower the risk.…
Over the last several decades, an epidemic of so-called lifestyle diseases has developed in the United States. This is due to a more sedentary lifestyle and an increase in portion sizes. We’re just less active than we used to be. As such, we’re seeing rises in many diseases that were already among the most prevalent in our society: cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Let’s focus on diabetes - 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, or 9.3% of the population, and one in every four who are living with the disease…
Friday, 23 December 2016

Flexible Dieting For Beginners

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Forget What You’ve Been Told. You hear it from the time you’re in diapers. There are healthy and non-healthy foods. Soda and ice cream are always bad, while chicken and broccoli are always good. This is perpetuated so frequently that it becomes an accepted truth and dangerously no one questions it. That is about to change. What is a healthy or, better yet, a “clean” food? Is it whole grain? Is it organic? Is it green? Herein lies the problem with the over simplistic notion of inherently good and bad…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Introducing Work Force Strong

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There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fitness and nutrition. Unfortunately, a lot of exercise programs are just that – giving a “broad strokes” approach without taking the individual’s specific needs into account. This is a trend I also noticed in workplace wellness programs. It’s not enough to just get people away from their desks and moving. The trainer and client should have specific goals in mind. Does the client want to increase productivity? Reduce workplace injuries? Cut down on sick time? All of the above? The corporate world…
Travis Gil is the founder of corporate wellness company Work Force Strong as well as founder and CEO of Fitness Artist, which has locations in Clifton Park, Loudonville and Saratoga Springs. How does Fitness Artist differ from other fitness studios?From the moment you walk in the door of one of our studios, you’ll see that we aren’t like your traditional gym. You’ll notice a more spa-like atmosphere and an inviting environment that lends itself to both private and exclusive small group training. It’s this look and feel that sets us…
Thursday, 08 December 2016

Staying Fit Over the Holidays

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Keep the extra holiday pounds off with some quick, calorie-burning exercises. Fitness Artist owner Travis Gil and Kayla Radliff demonstrate a high-intensity workout on WNYT. See more fitness and nutrition tips on our blog
As we’ve previously discussed, our Northeast winters tend to drain our motivation for regular exercise. Cold temperatures and a lack of sun are partly to blame, but if we become more sedentary this time of year, we also place ourselves at risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a type of depression that’s common during the winter months, affecting an estimated 16 million Americans. The good news is that there are documented ways, which work to keep symptoms at bay. The reality is that exercising can be just as effective…
Tuesday, 22 November 2016

10 Tips to Deal with Holiday Eating

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For dieters, the holiday period from around October through to January can be a true minefield. Between the specific holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with endless goody baskets and parties, folks can run into problems maintaining the habits they strive to follow the rest of the year. A lot of strategies exist to deal with this time, although I’d consider few of them particularly healthy from a mental or psychological standpoint. One is to skip all food during the holidays. While this might avoid food issues, it’s also…
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