Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fox News 7 Covers Austin Personal Trainers at the South Congress Athletic Club

Fox News just featured my gym on "7 on your side" at 9:00 PM last night


If you are looking for a personal trainer or gym located near Downtown Austin, I highly recommend you check out the South Congress Athletic Club

Monday, November 16, 2009


I was planning to write something on "how to pick an appropriate personal trainer" or "Top five greatest fitness myths," and I don't like to repeat subjects. But, lately there is something far more important to address.


Caitlin and I were at the Emmis Austin Radio's (owners of 101X and KGSR) yearly health fair and were astounded at how many people ran straight past our table, and made a B-line for their "free flu-shot." Also interesting were the conversations:
Radio guy 1: "Dude, aren't you going to get your flu shot?"
Radio guy 2: "No thanks, I don't believe in them, don't take them and I never get sick"
Radio guy 1: "What about the swine flu? Don't you watch the news. If everyone would get flu shots, we'd probably never get sick. How can you disagree with doctors?"

If you know me, and you know my father, you know we are very outspoken when it comes to vaccines. As a result, I am constantly asked to provide "SOLID PROOF" by the nay-sayers as to how vaccines are dangerous, why the CDC and FDA would allow such a dangerous practice, and ultimately who benefits.

I was reading through my Twitter account, and stumbled across this video. in which David Ayoub, M.D gives a pretty thorough breakdown, and cites just about everything he says.

To go to the full site with all of the slides from his presentation go to

Sunday, October 18, 2009


I get asked all the time by personal training and boot camp clients alike: "how can I get better results from my training?", or better yet "how can I eat better, to get better results from my training?"

Like it or not folks, you are walking chemistry labs. You have been misled by infomercials, and widely disseminated misinformation, into thinking you can eat whatever you want, sleep whenever you want, and do anything you want to your body, provided you just work out hard enough. Sorry to break it to you, but that's simply not true.

Think about this for a second: imagine you are a flask, and you need 4 ingredients + heat to facilitate a given reaction. The 4 ingredients can be viewed arbitrarily as key components of wellness (i.e. proper nutrition, balanced hormones, proper sleep, and absence of pathogens, heavy metals, and other poisonous substances). The heat can be viewed as the exercise. So, if any of these components are deficient or absent, does it really make sense that turning up the heat would produce the desired reaction? Not unless you are an alchemist!

As I said, one should consider all the aforementioned factors before embarking on an exercise plan, but this article, will focus only on nutrition. The other three: hormones, proper sleep, and management of pathogens/poisons all have their place in other articles. Nutrition, however, is widely considered to be the most important component of wellness. With many health and fitness professionals attributing 60%-80% of your results to food and drink intake.

We will start with how I prefer my clients to keep their food journals. Fitness is a science and there are a variety of opinions about what to focus on. I see way to many people focused only on how many calories they take in per day. But wait, didn't I say the body is a walking chemistry lab? Do you really think that eating 2,000 calories of angel food cake, and not worrying about eating anything else is a healthy way to live? Does it really seem logical, that when the body requires protein, we can live on a limited sugar-intake only? OF COURSE NOT!!! In the following example, you will notice 4 categories: time, intake, activity, and abnormal symptoms. It is concerned less with caloric intake, and more with patterns, behaviors, and types of food/drink/etc. .

4:00 AM WOKE ----- -----
4:45 AM ----- 1 cup of coffee, 2 eggs, bowl of cereal with milk-----
10:00 AM ----- ----- felt tired
10:30 AM ----- 1 Red Bull -----
12:30 AM ----- 3 grilled fish tacos with chips and queso -----
1:30 PM----- ----- felt nauseated
2:30 PM moved boxes for 2 hrs ----- -----
4:30 PM ----- ----- exhausted
6:00 PM ----- 8 oz. grilled chicken breast with broccoli -----
7:30 PM ----- ----- energized
8:30 PM elliptical 60 min HR=130-140 BPM ----- -----
10:30 PM bedtime ----- -----

is recorded whenever any entry is made. It should begin with when you wake, and end with when you go to bed.

ACTIVITY includes your wake-up time, bedtime, and any physically demanding activities (e.g. "moved boxes for 2 hrs" or "elliptical 60 min HR=130-140 BPM," NOT "studied for exam for 2 hrs."). There is a very important component of eating for your activity level, not just in terms of lifestyle, but in terms of specific events (e.g. Lance Armstrong probably doesn't starve himself the nights before or after the Tour de France). For more information about this subject I recommend Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition by Dr. John Ivy (University of Texas) and Dr. Robert Portman

INTAKE is any food, drink, drug, or nutritional supplement taken in any way. Below you will find 15 BASIC principles to consider in your dietary behaviors, written by Celeste Brinson, MS (nutritionist and very smart woman). These are in NO WAY COMPREHENSIVE. On the contrary, these principles are only the tip of the dietary iceberg. But, in my opinion, if you aren't doing these fundamental things, you're wasting your time by getting any more technical. However, you can and should hire a good nutritionist and/or read up more on the Mediterranean diet (be careful where you get your information). Taking better care of your body will continue to pay dividends until you take your last breath. NOTHING should be more important.

ABNORMAL SYMPTOMS is anything out of the ordinary, good or bad. This can often indicate a deficiency or allergy to the substance being taken. If you want to get more technical, I recommend the services of the Austin Wellness Clinic or something of the like. They can test your blood, saliva, ect. for all of this stuff, as well as pathogens, toxic metals, and hormonal imbalances.

The following is taken directly from a handout, authored by Celeste:


The following will help balance blood sugar and hormone levels, help with Adrenal Fatigue, prevent "ups and downs" in energy and mood, and promote weight loss. It is also the heart health diet plan.

  1. Eat every TWO hours. This relieves the stress handling glands from the job of maintaining normal blood sugar levels between meals (via epinephrine and cortisol).
  2. Do NOT eat carbohydrates alone; always add protein to your meals and snacks. It is especially important not to eat a carbohydrate-only breakfast.
  3. Avoid stimulants--caffeine, sugar, alcohol, etc.--simulants work by provoking the stress handling glands into releasing hormones to raise blood sugar and release energy.
  4. Avoid dead, devitalized and junk foods. These foods cannot rebuild a healthy body. They are also anti-nutrients--they rob any remaining nutrient stores from your body.
  5. Avoid trans fats and rancid fats. Cell membranes, nerve tissue, and steroid hormones (vitality hormones) all require healthy fats.
  6. Eat real, WHOLE, fresh food. Minimize fruits and juices.
  7. Salt your food liberally with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. Stress handling glands need plenty of salt for normal function. Research has proven that eating salt does NOT cause high blood pressure or heart disease. Only people with organ damage, like kidney disease, need to be concerned with keeping a low salt diet. In fact, low salt contributes to adrenal fatigue.
  8. Drink plenty of water (filtered or spring, NOT TAP WATER). Tap water is BLEACHED and will compromise your internal ecosystem.


  1. Eat foods rich in Omega fatty acids such as fatty coldwater fish including salmon, trout, tuna, herring, and mackerel. Eat walnuts, flaxseeds, and green leafy vegetables. Or, if you prefer, take an Omega 3 supplement such as a high quality fish oil (there are also vegetarian options).
  2. Use monounsaturated oils, especially raw extra virgin olive oil, as your primary fat source. DO NOT USE CANOLA OIL.
  3. Eat seven or more servings of vegetables and fruits (remember to watch excessive fruit intake) every day. Vegetables and fruits should be fresh or frozen, NOT CANNED. Vegetables can be slightly cooked, steamed, or eaten raw.
  4. Eat natural sources of good protein, NOT MAN-MADE DELI MEATS, and preferably ORGANIC meat (raised without the use of estrogens or antibiotics).
  5. Eat more vegetable protein including: peas, beans, lentils, and nuts. Also, use QUINOA (keen-wah) as your main grain.
  6. Eat only organic whole grains (quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, barley). No refined carbohydrates like white flour, white rice, white pasta, white sugar.
  7. Make simple carbohydrates (such as breads, pastas, and grains) your smallest food group

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Train With Jake boot camps are relocating indoors to the Austin Sports Center

Train With Jake--An Austin-based boot camp and personal training company, will be teaming up with the Austin Sports Center, located across Woodward street from St. Edwards University (view the google map here). We are proud to offer the residents of Austin an alternative to the everyday Austin boot camps. Our boot camps, will not only offer an indoor location at the Austin Sports Center, free of inclement weather and darkness, we will feature only the most sought-after personal trainers in Austin, offering a premium boot camp service. Our boot camps are open to anyone in the greater Austin area, ready to take absolute charge of their lives. We look forward to serving the Austin community, and encourage anyone and everyone to give the new Austin Sports Center location a try.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Austin-New Boot Camp Locations and Times

It's true, good people of Austin!!! Train With Jake is expanding it's boot camp operations with new times in Austin and new locations like Round Rock. Again, we understand that there are many Austin Boot camps, but how many are as awesome as Train With Jake? Also, the price is now only 99/month with options to TRAIN ENTIRELY FREE!!! So, "Won'tya be our neighbor" and come give our boot camp a try?

Friday, June 12, 2009

146 Reasons to Rethink Your Excessive Sugar Intake

1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.

2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.

4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).

6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.

7.. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.

8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.

9 Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.

10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.

11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.

12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.

13. Sugar can weaken eyesight.

14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.

16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.

17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.

19. Sugar can cause premature aging.

20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

21. Sugar can cause tooth decay.

22. Sugar contributes to obesity

23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.

24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.

25. Sugar can cause arthritis.

26. Sugar can cause asthma.

27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).

28. Sugar can cause gallstones.

29. Sugar can cause heart disease.

30. Sugar can cause appendicitis.

31. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.

32. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.

33. Sugar can cause varicose veins.

34. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.

35. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.

36. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.

37. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.

38. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

39. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol in the blood.

40. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.

41. Sugar can increase cholesterol.

42. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.

43. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.

44. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)

45. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.

46. Sugar causes food allergies.

47. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.

48. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.

49. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.

50. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.

51. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

52. Sugar can change the structure of protein.

53. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.

54. Sugar can cause cataracts.

55. Sugar can cause emphysema.

56. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

57. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL).

58. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.

59. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function.

a60. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.

61. Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body.

62. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.

63. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.

64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.

65. Sugar can damage the pancreas.

66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.

67. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.

68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).

69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.

70. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.

71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.

72. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.

73. Sugar can adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders.

74. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves.

75. Sugar can cause depression.

76. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

77. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).

78. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.

79. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.

80. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.

81. High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity.

82. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.

83. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

84. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.

85. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.

86. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

87. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.

88. Sugar can lead to dizziness.

89. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.

90. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.

91. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.

92. Sugar feeds cancer.

93. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.

94. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.

95. Sugar slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.

96. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.

97. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.

98. Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.

99. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.

100. Sugar is an addictive substance.

101. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

102. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.

103. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.

104. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.

105. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.

106. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.

107. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

108. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.

109. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.

110. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.

111. I.Vs (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain.

112. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer.

113. Sugar increases the risk of polio.

114. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.

115. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.

116. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.

117. Sugar may induce cell death.

118. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.

119. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.

120. Sugar can lead to prostrate cancer.

121. Sugar dehydrates newborns.

122. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men.

123. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.

124. Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia

125. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the blood stream.

126. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.

127. Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.

128. Sugar may cause laryngeal cancer.

129. Sugar induces salt and water retention.

130. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.

131. As sugar increases in the diet of 10 years olds, there is a linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients.

132. Sugar can increase the total amount of food consumed.

133. Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.

134. Sugar causes constipation.

135. Sugar causes varicous veins.

136. Sugar can cause brain decay in prediabetic and diabetic women.

137. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.

138. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.

139. Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects in embryos.

140. Sugar can be a factor in asthma.

141. The higher the sugar consumption the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndrome.

142. Sugar could affect central reward systems.

143. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.

144. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer. '

145. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.
146. Sugar can cause liver tumors.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Why and how people in Austin should eat quinoa for health and weight loss


Some time ago I wrote an article about the four ways to cook quinoa. Well this little article has been published on numerous websites and has attracted a lot of attention. I think the reason is that it helps people understand that quinoa is actually quite easy to cook and eat.

When people first hear about quinoa they learn about its benefits but not how to include it in their diet. I have re-written the article this week and have put it on this page.

Background information

Quinoa is often thought of as a grain but in fact seeds from a plant. These quinoa seeds are small and come in a range of varieties. The most common variety is white which has now become readily available in the uk being stocked by Tesco, Sainsbury’s and numerous health food shops. Red quinoa has recently become available in the uk although I understand that it has been on sale in the U.S. for quite some time.

The truth about rinsing Quinoa

For most types you do not need to rinse it. This is because the large manufacturers realized that they would sell more if it was prewashed before going on sale. So I have not found quinoa on sale in Austin that has not been rinsed in the last few months. If it tastes bitter then you need to rinse it by running it under a cold tap for 2 - 3 minutes before cooking. Just occasionally you can taste a slight bitter twang to the quinoa but it is not enough to make the quinoa inedible

What does it taste like?

This superfood has a unique flavour and feel to it. It is compared to rice but it has a definite crunch to it. If you overcook it, it will become soft and fluffy like rice but it will not become sticky and stodgy like overcooked rice does. The flavour is unique but is similar to other grains which is probably why it gets confused with other grains. The best description I can think of is like a mildly crunchy porridge.

How do you cook it?

The simplest method is to boil it. You take one part of quinoa to two parts of cold water. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 10 - 20 minutes. There are 2 factors that effect the cooking time.

You can slightly under cook the grains for 8 - 10 minutes which gives a much nuttier and crunchy feel. This is the way I prefer it. When it is subsequently added to other ingredients for a bit more cooking it is better to undercook it. In fact one method of cooking (shown below) includes no pre-cooking at all.

How to microwave quinoa grains

It can be cooked in a microwave quite simply. Using the same ratio of 1 part quinoa and 2 parts water place them in a microwave dish and cook for 3 minutes. Then leave to stand. Stir for a moment and cook for a further 3 - 5 minutes. Allow to stand for 2 minutes. Any remaining liquid can be drained - it is important that the grains in a microwave are not allowed to go dry.

Cooking soups and casseroles with quinoa

This method simply includes quinoa in soup recipes and casseroles. There is no need to pre-cook the grains in the ways shown above. In soups it can add substance and flavour just by adding it to a favourite recipe. It really is a matter of trying out different soup recipes to find out what you like. Casseroles are very similar.

How to sprout quinoa

Quinoa sprouts are the least impressive sprouts you will ever see.It takes only 2 - 3 days to sprout and must be eaten straight away as it does not keep well. The sprouts are tiny. The benefit of preparing the grains this way is that you can eat it raw. A huge boost for those in Austin on a restrictive diet demanding raw food. The protein content is almost legendary and raw it really packs a punch as it is full of nutrients and vitamins. It is best combined with other salad vegetables as it can be quite bland on its own.