Posted: 05/23/2015 in Uncategorized

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Lyen is celebrating!

We just did the math: between private, semi-private and small group personal training, we completed 156 sessions in the past week! A new record! A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

A heartfelt thank-you to our great team of trainers and to all of our awesome clients who got a bit fitter and healthier with us last week: Sal, Toni, Sonja, Emily, Josh, Samina, Ashley, Fernando, Jeff D, Mario, Bruno, Brett, Kat, Diogenes, Collen, Flavia, Yasmin, Mirna, Erick, Raul, Oscar, Oxana, Barrett, Ruth, Alejandra, Yisel, Savas, Julia, Jeff K, Susan, Cristina, Danny L, Danny M, Ama, Lisha, Jason, Erika, Luis, Carolyn, Mariano, Michael, Justin, Martica, David, Jill, Ivan, Karolina, Diane O, Javier, Brian, Aaron, Flora, Jay, Blake, Pallavi, Ingrid, Diane R, Marlene, Gleicy, Eddie, Clinton, Marv, Maria, Leo, Rafael, and Melissa!

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PPP-logoLove them or hate them… everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions right now. Being in the business of making people fitter and leaner for a living, we have to chime in!

Our suggestion is that if you have a New Year’s resolution regarding health and fitness, you should consider setting a specific, time-measurable goal. Many people don’t reach their New Year’s resolutions because they do not specify exactly what they want to accomplish, by when they want to accomplish it, don’t know how to go about it and do not have someone holding them accountable!

This is what we provide at Peak Physique & Performance. Before training anyone, we get to know each person’s specific situation, fitness goals, activity levels and limitations before developing a customized plan.

We design your workouts to be safe yet challenging and increasing in complexity and intensity so you can feel and see your progress. You’ll be amazed what you can do! We also hold our clients accountable on a regular basis and make adjustments along the way to get the best possible results. It’s this accountability and science-based exercise plan that will ensure your success in 2015!

Consider allowing our team of certified and highly experienced personal trainers with thousands of success stories to change your body and life in 2015! No, you won’t see results overnight. But with time, patience and hard work, you will achieve the results you want!

Go for it in 2015!

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Our team sharing an excellent Brazilian meal in South Beach. Happy Holidays to everyone! 🙂


thanksgiving-dinnerTomorrow is Thanksgiving, and people throughout the country are planning a feast including traditional dishes and family favorites. Even though many of these are not the healthiest choices, they make an appearance on the dinner table each year. Combined with the common occurrence of overindulging, Thanksgiving dinner can represent a day of poor nutrition choices.

In an effort to make Thanksgiving dinner healthier, recommendations for modifying or replacing traditional dishes are a common theme in magazines, on the morning TV shows, and on the web. While these suggestions are meant to be helpful, I’m not sure they actually serve to make a significant impact on health.

After all, Thanksgiving is one day, and if there was ever a day to give yourself license to indulge, this is it! Of course, trying new foods and cooking techniques is always good, but the impact of replacing the butter in your mashed potatoes with fat-free sour cream or taking the marshmallow topping off Granny’s famous sweet potato dish isn’t realistically going to make you any healthier in the long run.

The truth is that if you eat a healthy diet every day, or even most days, and you have an active lifestyle you can get away with a day – or weekend – of overeating. (Obviously, you should always follow dietary restrictions for any medical conditions you have.) The problem comes when Thanksgiving dinner is yet another unhealthy meal in addition to the others that week or month.

Some of these recommendations are worth trying, for sure. Making an alternative to a traditional dish can get your family to try new foods they might not otherwise consider. And cooking using different ingredients or techniques on Thanksgiving can give you ideas for other meals, too.

However, focusing on modifying your Thanksgiving dinner may distract you from appreciating the greatest potential health benefit of this meal.

Given the current confusion about how much and what type of carbohydrates and fats we should eat, there is an increased push to get us to eat less processed food and more real food.

For many of us, Thanksgiving dinner is one of the only times we cook and eat real food. A real turkey, vegetables and homemade dessert are a huge improvement over the processed foods most of us eat on a daily basis.

While we eat turkey at other times, it is almost always in a processed form such as ground turkey or deli meat, which frequently includes other additives. Cooking and eating a whole turkey is, for most families, relatively rare. So is eating a meal that doesn’t come from a restaurant or is heated in a microwave.

Additionally, Thanksgiving dinner is shared simultaneously around a common table (and maybe a kids’ table, too). All too often, meals are consumed away from the family table, frequently at different times.

The benefits of eating together as a family are well-known, and can impact nutrition, psychological well-being and health in general. Maybe Thanksgiving dinner isn’t about the food as much as it is the company. Why not make this a habit at other meals?

This week, let’s all give thanks for family, friends, and a shared meal. Let’s also take a lesson from the day and try to prepare and eat more real food as a family. This may be the biggest benefit of Thanksgiving.

Brian Parr, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at USC Aiken where he teaches courses in exercise physiology, nutrition and health behavior. Source


Hand sanitizers have become all but ubiquitous in the West. In the United States it’s a $200-million a year industry. While these cleansers can be useful, notably in clinical environments, they are far from being a benign frippery: they bear not only an environmental cost, but can bear a medical cost too.

A study published in Plos One in October showed that because hand sanitizers increase the permeability of the skin, using them and then handling thermal paper (the kind commonly put out by credit card terminals, cash registers, taxi drivers) causes the body to absorb bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical that’s incredibly common. This is all the more pertinent if you sanitize, handle thermal paper and then eat with your hands.

The paper dwelled on the BPA, which has been found in 95% of American adults’ urine. Hand sanitizers aren’t that ubiquitous yet, but unthinking use of them is arguably one of the ills of the consumption-crazy west.

The purpose of sanitizers is to, well, sanitize your hands in the absence of soap and water. Some people, possibly forgetting what “soap” does, even use them after washing their hands.

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Male torso logo“I was able to avoid back surgery because of Lyen and the team at Peak Physique. About 3 months ago I started with my workout sessions at PPP. At the end of the first week I already felt an improvement with the sciatica pain which I was used to having everyday. I’ve got 5 herniated disks.

Since then, I have been doing 3 sessions per week and the combination of stretching and weight lifting has not only made me cancel my already scheduled date for back surgery but has also given me confidence which I had lost a while ago – I had stopped working out since it would aggravate the pain each time. I am looking and feeling good again!

Lyen is an experienced personal trainer who understands that everyone is different and a formula that works for some clients will most certainly not work for others. Basically, it’s a highly personalized program which I like to think of as the anti-“CrossFit”.

The gym is clean, bright and airy. The equipment is new and team friendly. There’s free and easy parking most of the time which also makes it convenient. I highly recommend Peak Physique, specially if you have some kind of medical limitation when it comes to exercising. They may be the solution you have been looking for. It’s working for me…”

Fernando DaSilva (Miami, FL)
(link to this review on Google)

fat-dogSo first we put dogs into confined, unnatural environments and then we put trackers on them to find out if they’re active enough? Weird…

Have you ever wondered what your dog does all day? Could she be feeling sluggish and ill? Did the dog walker really take him out? Davide Rossi MBA ’10 has launched a company to answer such questions not only for himself but for a wide range of people interested in the health and welfare of dogs, including veterinarians, pet food companies, and doggie day care centers.

“Our mission is to fill a huge gap in the way we understand the health and the behavior of our pets,” says Rossi, co-founder and CEO of FitBark, which makes fitness trackers for dogs. “Our first product is a beautiful activity monitor that helps owners understand the health and the behavior of their dogs.”

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green-coffee-pillsDr. Mehmet Oz has been under fire recently for promoting weight loss products on TV’s “The Dr. Oz Show” that aren’t backed by a lot of scientific evidence. Now a study supporting one of those products, diet pills made with green coffee bean extract, has been withdrawn by its lead researchers.

“The sponsors of the study cannot assure the validity of the data so we, Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham, are retracting the paper,” the pair of scientists posted online.
The small study, published in 2012 in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, found that the main ingredient in green coffee beans helped human participants lose, on average, 18 pounds over 22 weeks. It was funded by Applied Food Sciences Inc.

This year, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint (PDF) against the company, saying it paid researchers in India to conduct a trial on Green Coffee Antioxidant. The FTC says the study’s unnamed lead investigator “repeatedly: (1) altered the weights and other key measurements of the subjects; (2) changed the length of the trial; and (3) confused which subjects took either the placebo or GCA at various points during the trial.”

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