Less is More: Fitness Tips from Doc
Thomas “Doc” Masters is the founder of FlexAppeal. Flexappeal is a premier accomplished personal training company located in Dana Point, Ca. Workouts consist of a personalized combination of TRX, Pilates, plyometrics, balance, core exercises and FUN! Doc shares fitness tips to help you go from being a “wannabe” to “yeah baby”!
Like many of the trainers I interviewed, fitness seems to be in Doc’s blood. He explains, “This has been a lifelong thing for me. I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I was an athlete back in college; it’s what I have my degree in. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do, really. I’ve never been out of shape. I love fitness. I love getting people healthy.”
Doc calls his personal brand of training, “active exercise” or “Active X.” He clarifies, “It’s a combination of Pilates, plyometrics, heavy-duty core work, balance work, a lot of sports drills from different sports that I’ve worked at, just a real lot of combinations that all add up to you being more functional.”
Doc uses simplicity in his workouts, but also to show clients how out of shape they may be. “It just makes it easier to teach,” he says. “It just makes it more fun. When somebody does something that’s really simple and they can’t do it, it’s really easy for them to see how out of shape they are. When you tell someone to pick a ball up, turn around, sit down, pick a ball up, turn around, sit down, and they can do that, they sit down and say, ‘Oh man I’m out of shape. Even little kids can do this.’ It really motivates people that way.”
[quote_box_center]“You have to have things that you like to do, I don’t care if it’s flying kites, miniature golfing, and whatever you like to do, you have to do things.”[/quote_box_center]
As one might image, Doc has some very specific advice on how to achieve an Elite Physique, and I think you’ll find his “Dirty Dozen” fitness, weight loss and overall fitness tips both fascinating and illuminating on your own journey to wellness. Here are 4 of his Top 12 from Better Body Wannabe:
Fitness Tip #1: Fitness takes time.
A journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step. Put one foot in front of the other and keep doing it. That’s all there is to it. And if you do that, one day you wake up and you’ll be fit. You’ll eat right because it’s the right thing to do, because you don’t want to eat crap food anymore.
Fitness Tip #2: You are who you hang around with.
All my friends are really fit; all my clients are really fit. I just hang around a lot of really active people. I don’t know anybody that’s really close to me that is inactive in some way. I really don’t. My dad was an athlete his whole life. My mom, she was a smoker for years, then she quit. Everybody around me is pretty fit.
Fitness Tip #3: Stay away from table salt.
Table salt contains sodium chloride, which is a chemical. When you take table salt into your body, your body does not want it there, so it surrounds with water so you can get it out of your body; so you can urinate it out. And by doing that, it pulls all the water from the surrounding cells, and kills them. And that’s why your blood pressure goes up. People that want to salt their food should use sea salt or kosher salt. Because it has all the minerals that so belong in your body, because your body is salt water. You’re 98% water. We need salt.
Fitness Tip #4: Kosher is kosher.
When in doubt eat kosher food because they’re not altered, there are no fillers – it is against their religion. And they’re really tight on that. They don’t mess around with that stuff.
I’ll let Doc leave you with his words of wisdom about how he treats fitness as a lifestyle, and not a job: “It’s really not my job; it’s my life. It’s not a job for me. It’s what I do. It is me; is what I am. I don’t ever see me retiring from that. I teach fitness. It’s what I’ve done my whole life, and I don’t see myself retiring from that.”
Words we can all live by, I’m sure!
By Tiffany Youngren • July 5, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
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More of Doc’s story and the rest of his 12 Fitness Tips — the “Doer’s Dozen” mentioned in the Fitness Articles: Twelve Weeks of Trainers introduction — are featured in the upcoming book, Better Body Wannabe: 12 Top Trainers Reveal the Real Skinny on Eating and Exercising for a More Healthy, Happy, and Fit YOU, based on Tiffany’s (of Transfer of Health) interviews with Doc and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
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