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Buck Fear

Michael Buckley

Doubts, fear, insecurities. We all have them. A small dose of each serves a purpose; they keep us in check, they are what keep us from acting recklessly.

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Happy Valentine's Day ♥

Michael Buckley

Regardless of relationship status, use Valentine’s Day as a reminder to love yourself. Show yourself some love through acts of self-care. Some acts of self-care (that cost nothing:) -move your body to the point where you break a sweat -call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while -listen to great music -eat food that makes you feel great -take a warm bath -make a gratitude list -pet a dog

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Edited by Shelly Shenoy

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Old Man Winter is a Bastard

Michael Buckley

Let’s face it: Winter kind of sucks. For me, it’s a goal-killer. The thought of carrying groceries through the Polar vortex makes ordering a pizza extra appealing. The dozen or so layers of clothing required to get from Point A to Point B make me want to hibernate inside my apartment. I find the bare trees and grey skies depressing. It’s a fight to remain motivated, and there are times that Old Man Winter, that cruel bastard gets the best of me.

My feelings about Winter are similar to the feelings a lot of folks have about exercise. There are so many deterrents to get started (or keep going) the little struggles; injuries, age, the soreness, the time requirement.

Whatever your goal-killers are, you are going to need some hard-hitting tools to overcome them and take action.

One of these tools is perspective.

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Summer, we miss you already

Michael Buckley

When I left my house this AM it was 5 degrees F but, according to weather.com, “feels like” -14 degrees. (I always wonder how that number.) This winter, I am determined to stay summer lean all season. In the past, I have put on weight when the weather gets cold. I walk less, I get the winter blues and tend to self-medicate by eating junk, and my workouts suffer as a result. This year I have a plan in place to beat the Winter Blues and its side effects.

1. Daily gratitude lists to put things in perspective so I don’t let the dreary weather make me feel dreary

2. Focusing on how good eating well makes me feel and function. (As opposed to obsessing on the foods I shouldn’t eat.)

3. I bought a super warm, obnoxiously big winter coat so I can walk from session to session rather than taking the subway or cabbing it.


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This video sucks. But you should watch it.

Michael Buckley

I have been helping my personal training clients get started, keep going and reach goals beyond their expectations For a decade. A large reason for my success as a personal trainer lies in my ability to frame exercise in an effective, meaningful and, most improtantly, long-lasting way and I wanted to get my message out to the world.

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Resolutions, Retreats and Reality

Michael Buckley

All things seem possible when you’re days are spent doing yoga, journaling and basking in the sun on a beach in Costa Rica. But how do you make things happen once you return to the realities of your day-to-day life and what does that have to do with New Year’s Fitness Resolutions? How do you integrate the intentions behind your Resolutions once you get back to reality on January 2? Michael Buckley lays it out in this video.

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Happy New Year

Michael Buckley

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I am Thankful for you

Michael Buckley

If you are reading these words, I am thankful for you. If you are reading these words and I work with you, I thank you. If you are reading this and I have worked with you at any point, I am thankful for you. If you are not reading these words and haven’t unsubscribed from this email list, I am thankful for you.

 

 

In a sense, every day is Thanksgiving for me. I make a gratitude list every day; sometimes it’s just 3 or 4 lines, sometimes it goes on for pages, but I always do it. I have so much to be thankful for: my family is supportive, hilarious and loving, I run a successful business in an industry I love, my clients are all really cool people, I live in the greatest city in the World, I am a father to the sweetest little dog in the world, could go on and on and on.

 

A mindset grounded in gratitude is the most powerful tool in building a happy, successful life. I urge my clients to make gratitude lists as part of their training programs.

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5 Biggest Fitness Industry Lies

Michael Buckley

What if I told you…?

 

Everything you think you know about exercise is wrong.

You can lose weight with minimal exercise and without giving up the foods you love.

You can have a 6-pack in 6 Weeks.

All you need is this one thing.

You can meet all of your fitness goals.  All of them; you will lose weight, you will look amazing in a bathing suit (you should expect to look like the AFTER picture below… but better), you’ll be lean and/ or jacked, ripped or toned.

I know the secret to manifest every wish, fantasy, dream, and “wouldn’t it be cool if—” you have ever had, you’ll kiss the girl or guy or both, you’ll get a deal (from Mark Cuban!) on SHARK TANK and become a billionaire and you will always be able to find a parking spot. A good one. You can do or be anything you can imagine!

It’s easy!

 

ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS BUY MY SHIT!

 

Sorry. Can’t do it. Can’t be like so many (most?) of the people in the fitness industry.

 

The truth is, most of the people trying to make a buck in the fitness industry are a bunch of filthy, fucking liars. I am trying to make a Buck (YOU CAN ACTUALLY BUY MY SHIT HERE) but I won’t lie to you.

 

I can’t lie to you. When you lie to people to get their money, you can only sell them something once.

 

I want you to be Fit as Buck. Fit as Buck is a lifelong pursuit. I want you to buy my shit forever.

 

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DON’T LET CANDY CRUSH YOUR GOALS: 3 HALLOWEEN TRICKS FOR TREATS

Michael Buckley

I know Halloween is just one day, but, with easy access to all of that candy around a before, during and, immediately after Halloween (at dangerously cut-rate prices), what starts as a Halloween backslide can lead directly into a Thanksgiving gorge-fest (“no point in getting back on plan now, Thanksgiving is coming, makes no sense until the Monday after”) that seamlessly segues into an all-Winter food bender/ sloth-fest, “I’ll just wait until January to get back in shape.”

 

But…

 

Halloween doesn’t have to haunt you for months, especially if you follow these 3 Tips on how to avoid the candy crush, so you can keep crushing your exercise and nutrition goals.

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5 FITNESS PHRASES THAT NEED TO DIE

Michael Buckley

Have you ever heard the expression, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? What a load of crap! Let’s take a look at the first phrase in this sentence, “sticks and stones may break my bones,” I guess that makes sense if you have extra brittle bones or if the sticks were broken off of an oak tree but, even then, it would be hard for a human to swing an oak stick with enough velocity to do much harm. And stones breaking bones? I’m not buying it. A well-flung rock will cause some damage for sure (as would a smackdown from The Rock) but a stone? The first part of this cliché is garbage.

 

But it’s the second part of the phrase that’s really problematic. I broke my elbow when I was 15. I wore a cast for about a month, it healed, there’s no evidence today that it ever happened. But some of the words that people have said to me? Some of those hurt… a lot, some of them still hurt to this day (although less so) and the ones that have lost their potency still linger; I’ll never forget them.

 

Words matter. As a personal trainer or coach, the job is to advise, strategize, and motivate others. I am a Sherpa for my clients’ fitness journeys. Much of this is done, through my words. As an expert in the fitness field, my words carry a lot of weight. So, I need to choose them carefully.

 

Here is a short list of commonly-used fitness phrases I have stopped using and, that I wish my peers would stop using as well.

 

5)    “You can’t outwork a shitty diet.”

You can if you’re Michael Phelps. But assuming you aren’t Michael Phelps, here’s the problem with this phrase:

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Read This Before You Join a Gym

Michael Buckley

There are so many kinds of gyms; fancy gyms, meathead gyms, powerlifting gyms, CrossFit gyms, cycling gyms, boxing gyms, ballet barre gyms, small gyms, personal training gyms, Pilates gyms, yoga studios, gyms with pools, rowing gyms, gyms with daycare, gyms for women, gyms for men, gyms for both, chain gyms, boutique gyms, gyms for dogs, gyms with valet parking, the choices can be overwhelming.

So how do you choose which gym is right for you? I can help.

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Fitness is a Choice (and you should choose it)

Michael Buckley

Fitness.

It’s not something you do for 90 days or 6 weeks.

It’s a way of life, a part of who you are, because your body, this temporary vessel that houses your thoughts, your being, your soul, it’s yours forever. And it’s the only one you’ve got.

So why not commit to taking care of it?

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