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Highest Bridge Bungee In The World. Diabetes Can’t Stop Us.

We bungee jumped the highest bridge bungee in the world in South Africa!  It was an experience that I will never forget, and I hope that this post inspires you to step out and face your fears.   My wife Audrey and I were on our honeymoon in South Africa.  It was an...

My friend saved my life… Make people aware of your diabetes.

I am sure you already know this but I want to reiterate the significance of telling people about your diabetes. I was diagnosed at 12 years old, and I spent the first few years keeping my diabetes a secret. I was afraid, embarrassed, and didn't want to be judged.....

Morning Warm Up

Rise and grind!  Get ready to kickstart your day with this simple and effective dynamic warmup. This routine should take you no longer than 1-2 minutes to complete, and I like to complete this literally fresh out of bed. 1. Squat (onto chair, bed, couch, you name it)...

Lying T-Spine Stretch

The Lying Thoracic Spine Stretch is one of my go-to mobility moves.  Perform this move along with other T-spine mobility exercises in order to improve your range of motion, improve shoulder posture, and develop a less painful, more stable back.     Click to return...

The Glute Bridge needs to be in your routine!

  The glute bridge comes with a ton of benefits.  Not only is it great for overall posture and strengthening your backside, but it is also important for improving core stabilization while the hips are extended.  It also can help significantly with the prevention of...

“Karen’s Full Body Water Workout” Plan Summary

Water fitness has a great deal of benefits for people with diabetes.  It is low impact and the amount of stress placed on our joints is extremely reduced.  We are super excited to introduce Karen's first plan of many to come.  This plan consists of five short videos,...

For all my Type 1 Friends

It blows my mind how what's inside this little bottle is what keeps me breathing day after day.  This little freaking bottle, what would we do without it?? -Nothing, because we wouldn't be here. As much as I hate constantly sticking a syringe into this bottle of...

Three Things To Live By

I was told this quote when I was younger and it is something that has stuck with me since the day I heard it.  Three things that I always try to live by:  1) Start where you are.  2) Use what you have.  3) Do what you can.   Start where you are:  We all come from...

San Francisco Diabetes Style

We are never going to let Diabetes stop us!  Next stop, San Francisco.  It is an incredible city with so many things to see and do. With amazing views of the beautiful city and bay, San Francisco has easily become one of our favorite U.S. cities. I want to share with...

Burpee Modifications

The Burpee is a full body strength exercise and a terrific example of functional fitness.   Click to return to Fitness...

Foam Roll Your Glutes

Tight glutes can cause pain in your hips, back, and other areas.  Give this video a whirl and implement this into your routine to help relieve pain in these areas.    Click to return to Fitness...

Foam Roll to Release Muscle Tension

Foam rolling is a technique that we will be incorporating into our routine.  Check out the different videos under our fitness tips.    Click to return to Fitness Tips Click to return to...

South Africa is My Favorite Place in the World

Our trip to South Africa was by far my most favorite trip I have ever taken. South Africa has so much to offer from beautiful beaches, stunning mountain views, and mind blowing wildlife. While it was the adventure of a life time, there was also many challenges I faced...

Foam Roll Your Quadriceps

Tight quadriceps can cause knee pain and even poor posture.  Watch this video and implement this into your routine.    Click to return to Fitness...

“THE FITNESS EVALUATIONS” Summary

The Fitness Evaluations are our baseline tests.  We will complete these on day 1, and then it is recommended to complete these every 10-12 weeks afterwards in order to track your progress.  We will be doing different basic strength tests, measurements, and tracking...

“THE Chair Workout Series” Plan Summary

The Chair Workouts Series is a four week program for those who are immobile.  No equipment is needed to complete this plan, with the exception of chair, and you can perform each of these workouts in the comfort of your own home.  Often as diabetics, we face lots of...

Enhance Your Core With The Plank Tap

Plank Taps, mix this in twice per week to really enhance your core strength.  Follow our lead in this video, where Glenn and I focus on a few key coaching points in order to maximize your plank tap.  Perform the set of 8 repetitions on each side. Coaching Tips: Do not...

Strength Training Benefits for Diabetics

Strength training is important for diabetics… especially type 2 diabetics.  I have been blessed to work with all sorts of clients, some being pre diabetic and some already being diagnosed as a diabetic. There is nothing better than seeing one of my clients crush a...

Overcome Adversity

A quote that I love, "Of all of the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into and enjoyable challenge." -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.   We...

Our Couch Stretch Series, Let’s Get Flexible!

The Couch Stretch Series is located in our "Fitness Tips" section, and it consists of a variety of stretching exercises for you to perform any place you are sitting.  These exercises are perfect for you to perform while watching TV, as they will help with...

“THE FIRST STEP” Workout Plan Summary

The First Step is a two week program with a focus on easing into exercise.  No equipment is needed to complete this plan, and you can perform each of these workouts in the comfort of your own home.  Throughout this plan, I am on a mission to help you build a solid...

“SWEAT & CONQUER” Plan Summary

Sweat & Conquer is a four week program with a focus on muscle strength and endurance, and all you need is a pair of dumbbells. The structure of this plan is what I like to call.. “Blast off the fat” style of training.  This style of training is one of my favorite...

“GET MOVING” Workout Plan Summary

GET MOVING is a two week plan designed to do exactly what the title says, get you moving!  The only piece of equipment you need is a medicine ball.  You can get a medicine ball from a local sporting goods store, or you can even order one from online.  To name a few, I...

Iceland Day 1: Travel day and welcome to Reykjavik

If you have ever debated going to Iceland, I am going to be the first person to tell you to take the trip. It is a country full of waterfalls, hot springs, and glaciers. We booked this trip not really knowing what to expect, it was November and the start of winter in...

Iceland Day 3: Chasing Waterfalls around the Golden Circle

We woke up and chowed down on breakfast. I went with the famous Iceland yogurt, Skyr, which I will elaborate more on later. It’s always important to scout out foods when you are in unfamiliar territories to see what your healthier options are. This yogurt was great as...

Iceland Day 4: Black Sand Beach

We slept in on day 4 and woke up to quite the sunrise from our hotel in Vik. The village of Vik, Iceland is the southernmost village in Iceland and is located on the main Ring Road around the island.  This village is a main stopping point for travelers and we were...

Iceland Day 5: Hiking canyons and waterfalls

Day 5 was one heck of a day, full of a few different hikes, and some blood sugar management being extremely active in the cold. We got an early start to the day on a mission to visit a few sightseeing spots.  We started at Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.  We quickly learned...

Iceland Day 6: We found the Northern Lights!

Day 6 was filled with highlights, and number one being we finally found the Northern Lights (I will get to this later in this post). We kickstarted today by eating a nice little breakfast at our hotel, Hali Country.  They had quite the spread at breakfast loaded with...

Iceland Day 7: The Hidden Gem

Day 7 was our last full day in Iceland.  We got up early, and made a quick stop at the Jokulsarlon Lagoon to see it one last time.  Then, we hit the road en route to Reykjavik.  We didn't have much on our itinerary today, we just wanted to soak up the scenic drive as...

Iceland Day 8: Blue Lagoon and Farewell

It is our final day in Iceland, and what is a trip to Iceland without a visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon.  We had seen pictures all over social media before our trip to Iceland of this lagoon, so we had to spend our last few hours in Iceland to see what it was...

Couch Stretch Series

The Couch Stretch Series consists of a variety of stretching exercise videos that you can do at home.  This is a great way for you to make sitting productive because you will be able to focus on flexibility.  I highly recommend performing these exercises while...

Footwear: An important part of Every Diabetic’s Routine

As a diabetic, we have to take care of our feet  in order to prevent long term damage caused by Diabetic Neuropathy.  I recommend going to a local shoe store and working with a specialist to find a shoe that fits you best.  It is important to have excellent foot...