Last week I had the privilege of sitting down with Mr. David Modderman from Real Results Fitness for a talk over a LaCroix (it was pamplemousse. Of course.). When he shot down my idea to meet at the brewery for a beer I immediately became intimidated by someone who is disciplined around food since I am mindful but VERY easily swayed about my food choices. However after a short time it became apparent that David is a super sensible, super driven, and super friendly advocate for health and his clients.
Before we met, he shared a graphic on social media that I just loved; it's two pie charts about how people think of the balance between exercise and food when trying to make a life change for themselves. In general people see the largest piece of the pie as cardio. That thought is intimidating and is one of the things that make people say, "I've tried exercising before, I hate it and I didn't lose weight.". He then proposed in the second chart that the largest pie piece is FOOD. We talked at length about the importance of nutrient dense, fermented, and high quality foods in your daily diet versus a one size fits all model for getting in shape or meeting whatever your health goals are. I was so happy to hear him talk so much about meeting the right goals for his clients; he is of service to them. Some gyms like to push their methods on everyone, I have seen a lot of folks get hurt by those situations. It's not the right work out or diet for you but you try to do it anyway and then get hurt or disappointed that you're not getting the results you want. David offers and much more custom plan that will help you get on track for the long haul.
I have been struggling with how much I need to do diet and exercise coaching as a part of my practice. I understand, we all need support to make these big changes. But I am trained to adjust joints and spines! And want to spend my time making bodies work better by restoring motion and decreasing pain and inflammation; I am thrilled to find a level headed provider so close by to help with the food and exercise! He wants to help you get the most out of the hours you can devote to fitness each week which includes not just the exercise but the meal prep! the shopping! all the other stuff that makes these changes hard.
We chatted so much about making our businesses sustainable for our personal lives and professional goals, that I never actually asked my interview questions I had planned. We both seemed to resonate that western medicine is important, it saves lives everyday but their view point can be limited. Don't give up on yourself if you're having symptoms you've been told are "normal" or "come back when it's worse" or "we just don't know". Finding health through nutrition, sensitivities, and helping the body function better is possible and a VERY successful route. I know it is easy to write off food sensitivities, mold, chemical allergies off as another medical fad; another thing that everyone thinks they have but it isn't real. Just remember that our ENTIRE product and food streams have changed DRAMATICALLY over the last 3 decades. The chemicals and foods we're exposed too daily are new, and are causing changes to our immune systems so don't be afraid to get to the bottom of your health problems.
I also love that he offers some small group training! Small group training is one of my favorite ways to work out. I don't like going to big gyms because sweaty people leering at me and leering back isn't like my favorite vibe. I "work out" on my own but get bored with it too. Small group means, fun friends, fun music, supporting each other to reach goals, and fitness to be YOUR best self, not to look at muscles in the mirrors. (well, maybe sometimes).
SO go check him out! Or if you have patient/client who needs a leg up to make some change, he's there for you!
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good luck out there!
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