Category Archives: Training

Training,exercise or working out is a huge part of getting / staying in shape and helping to create the healthiest and best looking body possible.

Get the Best Deal on a Magellan Echo Running Watch

Magellan Echo Sports Watch

While many people will set New Year’s Fitness Resolutions this year, very few will take action to make them happen.

Get a FREE GIFT with purchase of the Magellan Echo Sports Watch that syncs with your phone!

Echo is the first running watch that utilizes smartphone fitness apps to their full potential by wirelessly connecting them to your wrist. With real-time fitness data streaming directly from your smartphone to the watch display and the ability to remotely control connected apps, Echo keeps you informed and in control during any run.

Echo is an extension of your smartphone, simultaneously displaying fitness data, notifications and achievements that display on your smartphone. Using Bluetooth Smart to wirelessly connect with smartphones, Echo shows elapsed time, distance and other fitness metrics at a glance. Echo gives you control over a variety of smartphone functions including start, stop or lap on your fitness app, and next song, play and pause on your music stream or playlist.

It’s the first smart watch designed for running with a ruggedized design and water-resistance that can withstand adverse conditions. When you’re not running, Echo is an everyday watch. A replaceable battery means there’s no charging. Echo is always ready to go.

The Best Training Gym in Downtown Bellevue Fitness Forward

Fitness Forward Is The Best Training Gym In Downtown Bellevue

The Best Training Gym in Downtown Bellevue Fitness Forward

The Best Training Gym in Downtown Bellevue is Fitness Forward

Fitness Forward Was Officially Named “Best Training Gym” In Downtown Bellevue Washington After Asking Fitness Professionals and Gym-Goers In A Web Opinion Poll.

 ( — November 30, 2013) Bellevue, Washington – Fitness Forward Was Formally Named Best Training Gym in Downtown Bellevue.

The result of a current internet based opinion poll through which respondents were asked to recognize the Best Training Gym generated what some surely claim was a rather expected end result, fitness studio and group training gym Fitness Forward was picked over any other recognizable gym in Bellevue.

The opinion poll and subsequently, the naming of Best Training Gym in Downtown Bellevue was created and was immediately followed by a rigorous debate about just which gym in downtown Bellevue would ultimately be able to claim that title. In an effort to keep the survey fair to all residents, the poll was created on the web and the winner was selected by fitness professionals and gym-goers themselves.

After commencing the opinion poll, there was a intense competition for the distinction of Best Social Media Expert, but after the results were tallied, there was a clear and undisputed recipient of the sought after title.

After the opinion poll closed, Fitness Forward was established as the undisputed Best Training Gym in downtown Bellevue, Washington.  Folks surveyed about the poll seemed to have split responses to Fitness Forward’s making a claim of the precious title, varying from utter shock that one gym could be so amazing, to complete agreement over the selection fitness professionals and gym-goers had decided upon.

Fitness Forward was most likely established as Best Training Gym in Bellevue Washington by friends in large part attributed to the work Fitness Forward has done to help Bellevue and Medina clients to reach their fitness goals. As a results oriented fitness business and group training gym that focuses on clients’ fitness goals and personal needs through teaching and preaching the importance of both nutrition and exercise, claiming the official title was not surprising to a sizeable majority of those who participated.

After the final results were in, Fitness Forward owner and head trainer, Debbie Potts was quoted as saying “To be frank, I just didn’t even know that there was a survey being carried out at all. I’m impressed that many people are aware of Fitness Forward and the results we are able to help our training clients achieve!”

Debbie Potts was also overheard explaining “I work hard on my organization, and am truly ecstatic about the results our clients have achieved in 2013 and look forward to helping even more people achieve their fitness goals in 2014. Hearing that people here in downtown Bellevue have actually identified Fitness Forward as Best Training Gym isn’t just an honor, additionally it is a privilege. Thank you so much to all fitness professionals and gym-goers who took part in the online vote”.

Debbie Potts is available at Fitness Forward by phone at 425-590-9271.

Fitness Forward Studio

118 – 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004


November No Excuses

Getting a Head Start For Your Workout

November No ExcusesBy Melissa Waterson

Getting a Head Start For Your Workout

The holidays are approaching, and if you want to look your absolute best for all of those festive parties then it’s time to get up and get moving! Been a while since your last work out, or looking to get more out of your workout routine? Then it pays to get prepared. If you want to get the most out of your work out then you need to prepare your body nutritionally, and prepare your mind too. You won’t be able to push yourself hard during your workout routine if you aren’t able to focus and concentrate, and if you don’t have the right levels of energy. So what can you do to prepare for your work out? Well these simple tips will take no time at all to incorporate into your routine, and will stand you in good stead for enjoying the best workout you’ve ever had!

Ask the Doctor!

If you’ve never worked out before, or you’re returning to exercise after a long break then it’s best to get the all clear from your doctor before you begin. This is particularly important if you’ve recently had surgery, are currently pregnant or have recently had a baby. Your doctor will be able to check your current fitness levels and give you a full physical examination. He or she will also be able to talk to you about your anticipated workout routine and  offer some tips about the best and healthiest way to proceed.

Schedule Your Work Out

This may seem obvious, but one of the main reasons people stop working out, or fail to achieve their work out goals is simply because they don’t make the time to work out regularly. Schedule your workout, and ensure you make time to exercise as regularly as possible. Make fitting exercise into your day a priority: block out time in your calendar so that you have no excuse not to head to the gym and achieve your goals. By knowing when you are going to be working out in advance, you can also ensure your body is as prepared as possible to get the most out of your work out period. On the subject of planning, you should also plan what you want to do when you get to the gym and start your work out: is today a weights day or a cardio day? Is today the day for your yoga class? You’ll save vital time and be more motivated if you know what you’re planning to do in advance.

Eat and Drink the Right Things

You should never work out on an empty stomach, or you simply won’t have the energy you need to get through your workout routine. And if you’re hungry you won’t have any enthusiasm for exercise anyway! Try to have a healthy and balanced meal approximately an hour before you begin exercising. The perfect combination is a meal that consists of 20% lean protein (such as chicken or fish) 60% low glycemic carbohydrates, and 20% healthy fats. You could also consider a natural pre-exercise energy boost by consuming a workout specific energy drink prior to your workout, to give you a lift and an extra push as you begin your exercise routine. The right supplement will help to release energy throughout your workout. On the subject of fluids, ensure you drink plenty of water before and throughout your work out to ensure you stay as hydrated as possible. This will help to improve your concentration levels and keep you focused for the duration of your workout.

Focus Your Mind

Finally, some of the world’s most successful athletes maintain that being mentally focused and mentally prepared is the most vital part of their pre-competition routine. Although a weekly work out is not on the same scale as an Olympic race, the principle is the same! Visualize what you would like to achieve, think about your long term goals (whether that’s fitting into a smaller dress, being able to run in a faster time, or simply being fitter and healthier for your family) and picture the short term outcome you’re hoping to achieve from today’s work out. The most focused your mind is the more likely you are to achieve your goals.

DXA Testing Tomorrow – The Predictions Are In

Super excited for tomorrow’s DXA body composition testing at The Washington Institute of Sports Medicine in Kirkland.

DXA-EQUIPMENT-300-DPI2Both Stacia and I are going to be tested and we’ve each made some guesses to where we stand.  Stacia has been eating “kinda clean” for over a year, but about a month ago started working out and eating much better.  She started off more than a little out of shape at about 160 lbs, but has gained some muscle in the past month and lost around 5 lbs overall. Continue reading

The Top 13 Reasons Why You Need to Start Doing Bodyweight Exercises

Strength Stack 52I’ll admit it; I am hooked on bodyweight exercises. I have been working out for 2 decades, rotating through dozens of different workout fads, but one aspect to my workout programs that have always been consistent are the use of bodyweight exercises.

I never really thought about why bodyweight exercises were so important to me until I started marketing my fitness product Strength Stack 52 (currently launching on Kickstarter). Now, all the importance aspects of bodyweight exercises have become clear. If you exercise regularly and don’t incorporate bodyweight exercises, here is what you’re missing: Continue reading

Working and Working Out in Portland: Six for Six and Halfway There

6numbersixincircleTonight is my 6th night in Portland and was the sixth straight night I have had a good workout at 24 Hour Fitness at the 205 Mall. Very happy with my progress and fighting through a great deal of fatigue and a bit of pain. Doing real well and I’m half way to my workout goal for this trip.

In this video I do give the biggest fitness tip I have: Continue reading

The Verdict is Still Out On USP Labs’ Jack3d

There seem to be a lot of people out there who highly recommend USP Labs’ Jack3d (including Joe Bauer at and despite my hesitance because of the amount of caffeine, I’ve been looking forward to trying it.  As you can tell through the videos below, the results were mixed.


Looking for Fitness Trainers, Health Clubs, Gyms for Guest Fitness Sessions in Bellevue, Seattle and the Eastside

I’m looking for personal trainers, health clubs, and gyms to host me for a guest workout in December. Prefer the Eastside, but will venture to Seattle or further if the right fit.

The first gym I will probably be visiting for a guest workout is Stone Way CrossFit. I’ve been following some of what they are doing as they prepare for the Seattle Marathon.

Anyway, here is my 2 1/2 minute video announcing that I am looking to check out a bunch of new fitness facilities and programs during the month of December. I hope I hear from a lot of kick ass gyms and clubs.

Check Out Camp Biche – Libby Pratt’s Original Luxury Fitness Boot Camp

Camp BicheWe recently were made aware of a “luxury fitness boot camp” called Camp Biche, located in southwestern France.  Camp Biche is the brainchild of Libby Pratt and described as “One of the 5 Best Fitness Boot Camps in the World by London Times Travel Magazine.  It is also known as a “fat camp” and it’s meals are all completely plant based (totally vegan – no animal products).

Each day in the full week program (except Saturdays which are arrival and departure days), includes a “three to four hour hike through the countryside”, assorted afternoon offerings like pool, gym, yoga, pilates, circuit training, boxing or aerobics and a full hour massage.  Cost for the entire week is 3,920 euros (approximately $5383 US$) plus transportation to and from Toulouse Airport or the Cahors or Montauban train stations.

This is a really cool thing and I’m sure would be a great lifetime experience.  Not sure about the vegan diet at this point, but their claims that “During our signature seven-night, six-day Kickstart program, most of our clients lose between 8 and 30% of their total body fat and several inches off of their waistline.” are certainly impressive.