Are you ready Spartans?!

Let’s do this!




Saturday, November 19th in Malibu. This race is a Spartan Sprint so it’s the most novice

level race they offer at only 3 miles in length anyone can do it…join me!

I have registered us as Team “Miguel’s Boot Camp”, I signed up already for the 9:00AM

Start Time.

Use the link below to sign up – and enter promo code ATHLETE to save 10% – it’s selling

out fast so don’t wait!




Ready yourselves & see you there SPARTANS!!

Caught Cheating

You know the old saying, “Winners never cheat, and cheaters never win”…but when it comes to food and eating within strict guidelines there may be something to be said for cheating.  What?!  It’s true…

Some studies have indicated that your metabolism can benefit from surprise calories on a occasion and I think that having a ‘cheat day’ can provide mental relief for some people. So instead of saying to a friend at dinner on Thursday,  “No, I can’t have cheeseburgers”, even though you want one – which feels depressing, you can say “I will have a Cheeseburger on Sunday, I’ll have a salad today”.  A lot of people eat that way, with rules, to prevent over indulgence.


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If you do decide to have a cheat day or cheat meal make sure it’s out of the house so you do not have to buy and store the tempting items at home.

I read an article once about a famous slim celebrity who said she rotates between a very strict diet for one

12 Easy Ways to Prevent & Treat Muscle Soreness

Everyone experiences sore muscles sometimes – it’s how you know you

really had a good workout right?  Well, here are some awesome ways to

reduce your discomfort…




Things you can do before your training session


Hydrate This should go without saying, but people forget. Drinking plenty of water is one of your best defenses against muscle soreness. I recommend 96 ounces per day to my clients.

Front-load your nutrition The food you eat before you workout is the fuel that your body will use to repair your muscles. Make sure to get plenty of good nutrition the day(s) before a heavy training session. A good rule of thumb for your macronutrient ratios the day before training is 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fats. This should serve as a starting point for individual experimentation. The day of your training session you should be eating a diet high in protein, complex carbs, and “good, healthy” fats.

Wave Goodbye to Underarm Flab

Because Flab Ain’t Fab…


Many of my female clients have a major issue with “wing flap” syndrome – the loose area of skin beneath the bicep that tends to have a mind of it’s own sometimes!

Here are 5 very effective moves you can add to your daily fitness regimen with ease…and keep in mind that you will need to do these exercises daily for about 21 days before you will start to see awesome results.




One of the beacons of old-fashioned exercise enthusiasts, push-ups provide all sorts of benefits. To tighten and tone your underarms, you’ll want to place your hands close together on the ground. Once in the push-up position (on your toes or knees, torso straight and arms extended out to hold your weight above the ground), lower your body to the ground. As you go down, keep your elbows against your side. Once your chest touches your hands, push yourself back to the starting position, careful to keep your elbows by your side throughout the motion. Go for three sets of 8 to 15 repetitions each.



Looking for another easy triceps-shaper that you can do no matter where you are? Dips fit the bill nicely. To perform dips, find a weight bench, an ottoman or a couple of sturdy chairs. Facing away from the bench, bend down and place your hands behind you on the bench. Place your legs directly in front of you, the heels of your feet resting on the ground. Slowly lower your body until your arms make a 90-degree angle. Push yourself back to the starting position and repeat 8 to 10 times. Go for 3 sets.


And the Winners are…

Congratulations to Gina, Mira, Connie, Ashley & Cathy!


T2Win Winners

  • 2 One-on-one Personal Training sessions with Miguel


  • Kettle Bell – your choice of weight

  • A pair of boxing gloves and hand wraps

  • IPOD Shuffle

Fruits, Veggies & Peacocks

Between the farm stand, the zoo, the tractor rides and field after field of produce for

the picking I can’t think of a much better outing for the family then Underwood Family

Farms in Moorpark! We had so much fun there last weekend I had to share. The produce

is healthy, the fresh air is awesome and strolling through the berry patch is fun and


Check me out with my produce wagon…Open-mouthed smile

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Oh, and you might see Jennifer Garner there with her kids!

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Snack Attack!

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I recently posted this question on my Facebook Page and
got some great responses I thought I’d share.  Feel free to
“Like” my page if you haven’t already and share a couple
of your own ideas!





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A lot of my clients have trouble getting in healthy snacks, aside from the usual fruit, string cheese, nonfat yogurt…What are your faves??


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  • Janet DeForest Fish – I like a small serving of low fat cottage cheese. It’s filling and stays with me for a while. Sometimes if I have it, some fresh pineapple on the side rounds it out perfectly. It really isn’t a lot, but does work.

    15 hours ago · Like · 1 person

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    Sydney Liebes – Go to Costco and get individual sabra hummus packs and individual packages of baby carrots! Portion control, delicious and nutritious! Apples and peanut butter are always tasty… cottage cheese with avocado or tomato… Edamame is sold now on microwavable steam packages at Costco too! Woo hoo! So many choices!

    15 hours ago · Like · 1 person

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    Patrick Bulger – I like a tall glass of coconut milk. Healthy, slightly sweet, and remarkably filling!

    15 hours ago · Like · 2 people

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    Candy Ward Nawroth – I don’t like snacks, too overwelming trying to figure out what I should have…hummus? Still confused about hummus. Good for you? Sydney – thanks for the costco tips, going to get the edamame!

    14 hours ago · Like

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    Personal Training by Miguel ‎@Candy – hummus is good for you, its even better for you if you make it yourself in the food processor, so easy. Here’s a link to a recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/real-hummus
    You can skip the tahini if you don’t have it.

    14 hours ago · Like · 1 person

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    Personal Training by Miguel I also love almond butter from trader joe’s with apple or celery, however if weight loss is your current goal, nuts and nut butters should be consumed sparingly if at all.

    14 hours ago · Like

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    Cathy Ward Jones – frozen grapes are a good summer treat and also, take a graham cracker break in half and spread a layer of cool whip between to make a sandwich and freeze

    14 hours ago · Like · 1 person

  • Personal Training by Miguel ‎@Cathy- not sure about the cool whip…lol…but Frozen Grapes ROCK! Forgot about those…what a great treat and grapes are a very low glycemic index fruit. These ideas are awesome!

    12 hours ago · Like

  • Cathy Ward Jones – using sugar free cool whip!

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  • Cathy Ward Jones – what is edamame? we don’t have costco here is it only there?

    12 hours ago · Like · 1 person

  • Karina Giselle Fuentes – watermelon and strawberries! Yum!

    10 hours ago · Like · 1 person

  • Karina Giselle Fuentes – I also like chopped cucumbers and tomatoes with lime and a little bit of tajin seasoning 🙂

    10 hours ago · Like · 1 person

  • Personal Training by Miguel Yummy ideas! Edamame are soy beans, here’s a link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edamame
    They are available at many grocery stores now.

    9 hours ago · Like

3 Steps to Killer Abs

I get so many friends and clients asking for killer Ab work-outs I decided to share my

expertise with everyone…(I’m cool like that)….

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Step #1 Nutrition

You cannot get your abdominals to stand out and trim your waistline, unless you address

the area of nutrition. The only way to get your abs to stand out is to remove the layer of fat

that is keeping them from been exposed. My clients have access to a detailed nutrition

plan to assist them, and I will tell you that refined carbs and sugar substitutes are major

causes of excess stomach fat.

All the abdominal training in the world will do very little to remove the fat from your

midsection. You need to look at your nutritional habits and meal planning, as well as using

interval training and a full body resistance training plan to stimulate your metabolism and

burn the fat that covers your abs.



Step #2 Interval Training

SSC (Steady State Cardio) is good, but you really need to be using "Higher Intensity"

interval training, in order to boost your metabolism and continue burning calories for

several hours post workout.

Interval training can be performed via circuit training or running, cycling, rowing, etc.

Personally I prefer to use running, circuit training or boxing for my interval training


Treadmill running is another great way to get in your high intensity interval work. Basically

you will want your workout to last no more than 20 minutes, including a warm up and cool

down period.

Here’s an example HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) treadmill workout:

  • 3 Minutes warm up period.
  • 90 Seconds High Intensity Running.
  • 60 Seconds Active Recovery (Walking at a 4 or less)
  • Repeat x 6 (This equals 15 minutes)
  • 2 Minutes cool down period.

If you find that during the 60 second active recovery period you want to walk faster or want

to jog, this means that you were not working intensely enough during the 90 second high

intensity running section. If you’re working intensely enough you will need to walk slow,

believe me!


Step #3 Abdominal Exercises

Start off with 2 effective abdominal training sessions per week, start off slow and just do

4-5 sets of 20-25 reps. As you feel your abs are getting less sore and better conditioned,

add a few more sets to each session or throw in new and more difficult exercises like

hanging knee raises or Russian twists with a medicine ball. Let the healthy eating and

cardio work do the rest to eliminate all the unwanted body fat that’s covering up the cuts in

your abs.

Examples of very effective Ab exercises:

Plank (try using 1 foot)

Scissor Kicks

Ab Crunch on an Exercise Ball

Mountain Climbers

Russian Twist

Reverse Crunch

Stability Ball Pass Hands to Feet

Hand 2 Heel Mountain Climbers

The Captain’s Chair (hanging knee raises, try a twist here)

Stability Ball Knee Tucks

Stability Ball/Bosu Plank

Spiderman Push Ups

Upside-down Crunches

Upside-down Crunches Holding Weight


Stability Ball Knee Tucks:

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Spiderman Push Ups :

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Hand 2 Heel Mountain Climbers:

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5K & 10K in Westlake Village

Several of my awesome clients (including super stars Connie, Christy & Candy) are

going to be doing the Love Run to benefit ‘Meals on Wheels’ in Westlake this weekend. 

Click the pic to link…

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You can help by participating, sponsoring a runner or making a donation.

Also coming up… http://www.westlake5k10k.com/ sponsored by the Rotary

Club of Westlake Village.


Do you know of any cool races coming up?  Please share…

Special Shout-Out…

I’m proud of all my clients and their hard work….but today I must share with

you the work-out efforts of my awesome client Diane…

…who is turning 67 tomorrow!


Check out what she did in our work-out this morning:

67 Step-ups

67 Squats

67 Sit-ups

67 Push-ups

67 1-2 Combinations of boxing




Happy Birthday Diane – You Rock!


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