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Five strategies to kick-start your personal fitness resolutions with Carlos Rivas

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You make New Year's resolutions every year. The top 3 resolutions are to stop smoking, lose weight, and begin an exercise program. You are not alone; approximately 50% of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, much of what we want to achieve falls apart after a month.  Proformance and FitCorp personal trainer Carlos Rivas shares strategies used by his clients who accomplish their goals.


-Specific: goals need to be clearly stated. For example, taking 8,000 steps per day, adding strength-training exercises 3 days per week, add a healthy breakfast to your eating habits or drink more water.

-Measurable: you need to now if you have accomplished your goal. Did you take 8,000 steps per day or did you do 3 days of strength training per week?

-Action based: goals need to be focused on what you will do every day instead of the actual outcome.

-Realistic: starting out gradually and building a program that meets your specific needs is very important. For example, if you do not remember the last time you ran and you go out and run 3 miles, you will sabotage your progress.

-Time anchored: you will need to set daily goals which will lead to your weekly goals which lead to your monthly goals which lead to your yearly goals.

Successful resolvers tend to me more prepared to change and have a higher level of confidence to change. Focus on your daily successes such as taking the stairs, eating breakfast everyday, drinking an extra glass of water, walking after lunch, eating more fruits and vegetables, etc. The small changes will help you accomplish your big goals.

About Carlos Rivas

Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Fitness and Wellness Operations @ Proformance Fitness and FitCorp. He holds bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology.

Carlos is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, fitness editor for Kentuckiana Health and Fitness Magazine, conditioning instructor for the University of Louisville Exercise Science Program, Fitness Consultant to Ms. America Program, and has more than 20,000 hours of personal training experience.

Carlos can be reached by e-mail:  or 502.741.9428 For more information regarding highly individualized personal training and wellness programs visit our website at 


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