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Helen Jones Interview – FitPro Magazine

Monday, November 30th, 2009

helen bio

Helen Jones is the editor of FitPro Magazine, one of the leading industry publications, she has written for a large number of on and off line publications.

TG:  Hi Helen, and thanks for giving up some of your busy day to talk to us!

Thank you. I’m flattered to have been asked.

TG:  You are the Editor of Fitpro magazine (, what is your history in terms of writing for the fitness industry?

HJ: I’ve been in the industry nearly five years and have written for fitness websites such as YMCAfit, and magazines such as Australian Fitness Network. I focus most of my time writing for FitPro’s three magazines and the Virtual Magazine (

TG:  How did you first become involved with FitPro?

HJ: I wanted to become a magazine editor from the age of 12 so when I left to school I moved to Dublin and got a BA in journalism, before returning to London to do various work experience. It was around this time I landed the job of Media Assistant at FitPro. Since then, I’ve worked hard and have a new-found passion for fitness too. It’s so satisfying to edit a magazine about a subject that really matters, rather than focusing on celebrities and make up.

TG:  What does the average day look like for you?

HJ: I get into the office around 08:30 and spend a bit of time replying to emails. Then I may have some articles to edit and send across to the proofreader. Mid-morning there could be a photo shoot or video taking place in the studio, and then I’ll be back at my desk doing some research. After lunch, I might edit a couple of the writers’ articles and then meet with them to discuss how to develop their content or style. Sometimes I’ll be out in the afternoon testing a new product or fitness class and then it’s home time.

TG:  How do you stay up to date with the goings on in the industry, any top tips?

HJ: Well I’m signed up to lots of press releases and newsletters. I try to get out of the office as much as possible too for new launches and to trial new things. I think it’s so important to attend industry events to keep up-to-date with what’s going on. I always attend Leisure Industry Week and FitPro Convention ( of course.

TG:  Who inspires you?

HJ: Professionally I’d say Morgan Rees, Men’s Health editor. Men’s Health does exactly what it’s designed to do, providing content laid out in a way men actually like to read. In the fitness industry I’m actually inspired by most of the instructors I meet. Especially presenters I meet at conventions – they all have so much energy and passion that it just makes me want to exercise as much as I can.

TG: What would be your top fitness tip for the average person on the street?

HJ: Keep changing your workout. Too many people do exactly the same thing day in, day out without challenging themselves. Mix it up – find a couple of sports you enjoy and fit them in around your varied sessions at the gym or in the park.

TG:  Who would you say are currently some of the top writers in the industry?

HJ: I like Jane Wake’s style of writing. Pete Cohen’s also very inspiring.

TG:  What is your opinion of the quality of fitness and nutrition based information that is out there in the mainstream magazines/publications?

HJ: I do get frustrated when I see that some are still recommending sit ups as the best way to get a flat stomach. The education is gradually getting better though, and as fitness continues to increase in popularity so does the quality of information out there. What Fitpro does is to take the latest research on exercise science, physiology, nutrition etc and present it in an appealing way for instructors and trainers.

TG:  How do you think that writers can make sure that quality information is getting out to people that need it?

HJ: I think they really need to stand their ground when editors ask them to write something they don’t feel comfortable with. Some will just put their name to anything to get a bit of advertising. We always use the highest standard of contributors in Fitpro and discuss the articles closely with them to ensure readers get the best possible information.

TG:  What does the future hold for FitPro magazine?

HJ: It’s a really exciting time for us right now as next issue we’re launching a fresh, new look magazine. Circulation has increased by 5% over the last six months so considering we’re not out of the recession yet and other magazines are struggling, we’re really happy with the success and hope to continue to grow.

TG: What does the future hold for you?

HJ: My focus at the moment is to keep improving Fitpro magazine, with even better content and design work, while increasing readership further. Aside from that, I’d also like to expand my freelancing work in various fitness publications and websites.

TG:  Helen, thanks for sharing with us, and thanks for such a great publication!

Stair Drills

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Hi All,

My local park has a great set of steps that I have been using for years to push my clients and myself to the limits.

Was surfing through my YouTube Subscriptions and found this great video from Aegis, who are a team of personal trainer operating out of London!

Try some of these, i promise you will get that heart racing!

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Sean Croxton Interview – Underground Wellness

Monday, November 23rd, 2009



I first become aware of Sean and his Underground wellness brand a couple of years ago when surfing around You Tube.  I  found the info awesome and Sean always presents info in a very entertaining manner.  Since then UG Wellness has grown to include a Radio Channel, Forum, Blogs, and much more.  If you have not seen his stuff you are missing out, well lets let Sean take it away!

TG:  Hi Sean, and thanks for giving up some of your busy day to talk to us!


TG:  For anyone who has been living under a rock for the last few years tell us a bit about your background?


SC: Well, I began as your ordinary fitness junkie. I’ve always been fascinated with our abilities to shape and change our bodies. This led me to study Kinesiology in college. After college, I continued to do study fitness and nutrition. Eventually, I stumbled upon some information that made more sense and was more effective practically with myself and my personal training clients. I embraced this knowledge and continue to study it today.


TG:  So what got you started in the Wellbeing industry?


SC: My career goal was to be a renowned personal trainer. I wanted to help others achieve their fitness and health goals. My friends always wanted me to help them with their fitness programs. They liked it, as did I. So I decided to make a career out of it. I personal trained full-time for eight years and recently moved on to help people achieve their goals in other ways.



TG:  What prompted your move from a more traditional approach to Personal Training and wellbeing in general towards a more holistic (alternative) view?


SC: I’m a common sense kind of guy. I refuse to do something over and over again and expect a different result. It’s insanity! After college, I was a Food Guide Pyramid advocate! Seven to 11 servings of grains, rice, and pasta!! My clients got fatter. A lot of trainers would blame the client. But the truth is that it’s not the client, it’s the information. The information is simply wrong.

I remember the stacks of books on my coffee table. I couldn’t stop reading. I had to figure out what I was doing wrong. Eventually, I figured it out. I learned that exercise is just a small piece of the fitness and health puzzle. We can’t change our client in 2-3 hours a week. Our clients need to address the real reasons why they are overweight, unfit, and unhealthy. They need to find the root cause, which lies in how they eat, drink, think, move, and live. Address those factors and you will have success.



TG:  You have a highly popular You Tube Channel, Underground Wellness (LINKED), what inspired you to start it?


SC: It’s actually a funny story that I’ll have to share with you privately. But to answer your question, I was following an online contest back in 2005 or 2006. The guy running the contest gave daily assignments using YouTube. I had no idea what YouTube was. I thought it was a paid service. I soon found out that it was free and decided that I would make videos about health. I remember the first one I did. The info was so wrong! But people actually were watching and subscribing. UW is actually my third channel. I started out as The Food Dude. Then, it was Food Dude TV. Underground Wellness just sounds so much cooler!:)



TG:  Who have been your major influences in the world of health, fitness and nutrition?


Todd Durkin: The guy showed me that I didn’t know jack about anything! He really motivated me to take it to the next level and educate myself. He also taught me how to present myself to people. I think he calls it contagious enthusiasm. If he didn’t hire me back in 2001, I probably wouldn’t be in this industry.

Paul Chek: He thinks outside the box. He says what he wants when he wants.

Reed Davis: That guy changed my whole outlook. His course gave me tools that are simply invaluable.

Josh Rubin: My newest mentor. Dude is just plain smart.



TG:  What does the average day in your life look like?


SC: Get up at 6 and answer email for an hour. Then, I put together protocols for that day’s scheduled clients. I consult on the phone for 4 hours or so. Go to yoga or the gym. Come home and read. Finish up loose ends. Working from home is awesome. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.



TG:  What has been your most rewarding moment in the Wellbeing industry so far?


SC: The emails are the best. I get messages from people all over the globe about how much my videos have helped them. One that comes to mind was a message from a man who had been trying to conceive a child for some time. He watched my videos and started taking care of himself. He switched to organic food. He wanted to let me know that he was finally going to be a father. I cried like a baby. That’s the coolest thing ever. Touching people. It’s an inexplicable feeling.



TG:  You have had some awesome guests on your Underground Wellness Radio show, who has been your favourite so far and why?


SC: Hmmm…Sally Fallon rocked the house! I walked away from that interview knowing that that interview was simply classic. The Paul Chek interview runs a close second. Any time you can get Paul talking for two hours, you’re going to be blown away.



TG:  Just to be nosey, who have you got coming on the show over the next few months, new season coming up?


SC: I’m still working on the schedule, but I’m looking forward to Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth. That show should be pretty controversial. Controversy sells!



TG:  You are an avid reader, always making suggestions to your You Tube audience on great books to read.  What are you reading at the moment and what is it about?


Right now, I’m reading Everlasting Health by Robert Bernardini. David Getoff highly recommended it. So far, so good. The section on vaccines is fantastic. I’ve got Health Versus Disease by Melvin Page on deck. I’ve heard great things about it.

But of course, I recommend How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy by Paul Chek, The Diet Cure by Julia Ross, and The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott. All are available in the new UW Library on the website.



TG:  If you could only give someone one piece of advice on how to improve their levels of wellbeing what would it be?


Get back to basics. Eat well. Drink water. Rid yourself of negative self-talk. Move your body. Live in line with nature. Being healthy isn’t that hard. You just have to want to do it. You have to reprioritize and find what’s really important in the grand scheme of things.



TG:  What does the future hold for Sean Croxton?


SC: Traveling. I want to lecture all over the world. An e-book. Coming soon. A legit radio broadcast. Maybe AM radio. Hopefully, a TV show some day. We have to go bigger. Thirteen thousand subscribers and 10,000 video views is a drop in the bucket. We need to go HUGE!



TG:  Sean, thanks for sharing with us! It has been a pleasure, I hope that one day you make it over to the UK.


Thank YOU, Tom!

If you have not seen Underground Wellness look it up here.

Reaction Training

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Hi All!

Nother great video from Todd Durkin’s Train like  the Pro’s series, this one focused in on hand eye co-ordination.


Reed Davies Interview – Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

Monday, November 16th, 2009


Reed is another of the amazing people that I have come into contact through Sean Croxton, Reed is a true pioneer of Nutrition and has an immense amount of knowledge. Well I will let him tell you more about himself, his FDN system and his views on nutrition.

TG:  Hi Reed, and thanks for giving up some of your busy day to talk to us!


TG:  For anyone who has not heard of you, can you tell us a little about your history in the Wellbeing and Nutrition industry?


RD: I was the Case Manager and Health Director at the Better Health & Wellness Centre in Poway California for 8 years.  I worked with a chiropractor as her clinical nutritionist and saw every patient.  I also ran my own bone density testing business and screened over 11,000 people for bone density problems.  Many of those people became clients for the purpose of improving their bone density and other health complaints, especially hormonal problems.  So I was fortunate to have a very high volume practice and the opportunity to do my own research.  I packed a lot of clinical experience into those years and was able to make my own observations about why some people would improve, and others would not improve, depending on what they did to address their complaints. So I developed a process of intake and investigation and protocol that has helped thousands of people, and now I teach that system, called Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, all over the world.


TG:  So what got you started your interest in Nutrition?


RD: 37 years ago I picked up a book called “Healing Ourselves” by an oriental medicine doctor.  It helped me adopt the view that we are responsible for our own health and not to rely on doctors.  I learned there are many signs and symptoms that western docs just don’t consider, so even though I wasn’t in the health and wellness business until years later, I kept my mind open, and searching and doubting (in a good way).  When I finally began researching people’s health, as a corporate human resource director, I fell under the spell of natural health and wellness methods once more.  At first, I was just trying to improve a company’s bottom line by keeping the employees healthy.  But, oddly (as fate would have it), that’s about the time I lost my executive position and decided to change careers.  I completed a nutritional therapy certification program with a doctor-friend of mine and that began the journey to where I am today.


TG:  Can you tell us a little about the FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) system?


RD: FDN is a system of investigation into specific pillars of health – the hormone, immune, and digestion and detoxification systems.  We order saliva and urine testing to determine what is malfunctioning. By going after the malfunctions, the client/patient rebuilds health from the foundation up.  FDN is a very scientific way to apply the inside-out approach that most holistic and naturopathic providers like to take.


TG:  What lead you to developing the FDN system?


RD: While studying and practicing ordinary clinical nutrition, I kept getting the feeling that I was more or less a supplement salesman.  I was very uncomfortable with that from the start, and it didn’t seem to help people all that much anyway. I found myself helping people to get off drugs and, along with chiropractic treatments, they improved physically. But it seemed they were required to buy a lot of stuff and, down the road,  many people still had their main complaints of fatigue, sleeplessness, lethargy, allergies, inflammation, skin, IBS, depression, poor mental focus and low libido type complaints. And for me, there was too much trial and error in the therapeutic nutrition model that I was using at that time.

One day at a seminar, I learned about some functional lab work we could order.  That opened up a whole new world to me and I started to order every test under the sun on as many people as possible. We ordered cartons full of test kits and I went kit crazy.  I also cleared the shelves of all products and told the staff and patients that from now on we were going to deal only with the underlying causes of disease, instead of focusing on symptoms.

So, eventually, a kind of detective work evolved that had me nailing down those underlying causes with just a few tests and a couple intake forms. I had some miracle cases and some not so good cases.  But many people completely resolved their long term chronic conditions and I finally felt like I was doing some real good in the world.

After I coined the phrase Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, and lectured on it for a few years, I was asked to develop the FDN Certification Course for health professionals.  It’s a very exciting course to take, its relatively simple to learn and presents a turn-key method or clinical model you can use immediately.  Basically, we’ll show you how to use functional lab testing to get to the root cause or malfunctions that need to be restored in order to repair in the body. And we’ll show you how to implement protocols that get the client to take responsibility for their own health results.


TG:  What do you feel clients will get from using a FDN practitioner over any other form of nutritional approach?


RD: As an FDN provider, the first thing you get is tremendous recognition from the client/patient that you are the first provider they met that offered them a way to discover why they are having symptoms.  Clients really appreciate that.  I mean, their eyes really light up when the test results totally match their complaints, and you are explaining functionally, why they have felt so lousy for so long.  We call that match up “clinical correlation” and we’ll teach you to get clients to this level.  The credibility you gain is very helpful.  Especially when a lot of clients have been told by doctors that it’s all in their head!

With FDN you walk your client through the intake and testing process step by step, and educate them on what the test results mean, and work together with them to make the necessary improvements.

So, probably the biggest advantage for an FDN are the tools that we use to identify the malfunctions of the organs and systems, plus the underlying and hidden stressors that caused the dysfunction.  Our detective work zeroes right in on the real problem.  Once you are working on the causal level, your clients will make significant improvements in the way they feel, and more often than not, actually resolve many common health complaints.


TG:  How easy is it for personal trainers to become FDN trained and how will it help their business?


RD: As long as you have a decent computer and internet access it’s really easy to take the course.  You can register online at and take all the lessons online at your own pace.  Once you get a log-in key, you can access all the lessons, videos, recordings and exams at your own convenience.  You should be familiar with MS Excel and Word and be able to open and save files to a computer.  The actual case files where I recorded the live consultation are incredible learning tools.

You’ll also run a saliva and urine test on yourself! And the course includes a mentorship program for a mock up client that we walk you through, plus your own first two real clients.  So besides the online course time, there is interactive time with a mentor that shows you the ropes.


You can charge whatever you want to dispense test kits and interpret the results and make your recommendations to the client.  Personally, I charge the about $200 per hour for FDN results and recommendations counselling, but I have graduates that charge more.  Many alternative doctors who don’t even offer FDN charge much, much more for their work.  I think that once you become familiar with the clinical model we teach, you’ll see your own way to increase your income using FDN and functional lab testing.


TG:  What does an average day involve for you?


RD: I work at my computer and phone, both day and night helping FDN trainees get through the course, working with my FDN Mentors and my webmaster, and my own researching and writing projects.  I stopped taking new clients a while ago but I refer new people to my FDN graduates and help them along. We have FDNers in 13 countries so far, so that keeps me pretty busy.  I also work one day a week for BioHealth Diagnostics Laboratory, assisting doctors all over the U.S. with test result interpretations and case management.  I spend as much time as possible at seminars or in teleconferences learning functional diagnostics.  And I also like to box and ride my bike when I get the chance.


TG:  Who have been your major influences in the world of health, fitness and nutrition?


RD: Well, there was the book by Naburo Muramoto I mentioned, I read that about a hundred times since I was 19 years old.  No doubt there are countless teachers and lecturers, but mostly I have to thank Dr. LeiLani Vidal, a really good chiropractor that taught me how to run a busy practice and for all the training we attended together over the years.  Dr. William Bailey, D.O., has been my medical director for about 9 years now and a good friend who mentors me on the medical side of things as well as the osteopathic side.  William Wolcott, the world’s leading authority on Metabolic Typing is a mentor and friend and co-researcher who prompted me to start the FDN Certification course. I’m especially glad he wrote the book “The Metabolic Typing Diet” which jumped off the shelf at me years ago and started our journey together. David Vaughan is one of the top clinical nutritionists in the world and developer of Foodpharmacy Software, he has helped me develop FDN. As well as Dr. Alan Weinstein a PhD and DC who has been very helpful.  I also have to thank Dr. David Singer, the most productive chiropractor in the world who taught me how to do lectures and health screenings, but also how to develop and stick to ones purpose in life.


TG:  What has been your most rewarding moment in the Wellbeing industry so far?


RD: I can give you many, many examples of the joy that one feels after helping a fellow being to completely overcome a long-term chronic health condition simply because we found the underlying cause, instead of just treating symptoms.

One woman was really depressed, because she was overweight, which was due to medication she was on for a chronic skin rash and hives. Once we discovered the cause of her skin problem, she got off the meds within nine days, then started losing weight and became her old cheerful self again.  It sounds simple to us now, but her doctor had told her that she had her choice – either take the medicine and accept being fat, or don’t take the medicine and deal with really itchy skin.  When she became depressed, he offered to write another prescription for depression!

Another woman was diagnosed bi-polar, plus overweight, plus severe acne. She was able to get off all meds, lose the weight and clear up her skin within 12 months and, no surprise here, her psychiatrist decided that she wasn’t bi-polar anymore!

I’ve worked with adults and children that overcame asthma attacks, migraines, obesity, sleep issues, CFS, IBD and many, many, very satisfying cases.


TG:  In your opinion how important is the link between nutrition and physical activity?


RD: Very important, critical in fact.  We all would agree that you must exercise to remain healthy and live a long, high quality life. In order to exercise properly, you need good energy production on a cellular level. To restore vitality, to condition the heart, to build your lung power and increase stamina, etc. – you must give the body all the nutrients that it genetically requires.  Just as importantly, we should refrain from eating or ingesting the things that are harmful and that eventually cause malfunction.  The wrong diet for your type, low blood sugar, foods that you are sensitive to, foods with chemicals — they are all very stressful to the body.  Even eating whole foods can be stressful when you have sensitivities to any of them, so part of FDN includes identifying those foods and additives and eliminating them.


TG:  If you could only give someone one piece of advice on how to improve their levels of wellbeing what would it be?


RD: Realize that symptoms are a signal from the body that something is wrong.  If the red light comes on the dash board, most people wait a day or two to see if it goes off, then they take the car in to find out the cause.  But when it comes to our bodies, many of us ignore the symptom, even calling it normal. Or we just take something that makes us feel better for a while.  That is equivalent to unplugging the light instead of fixing the problem.   So if you can’t sleep, or have no energy or no vitality or you are overweight, or skin problems or just about any other problem, make a decision that you will find the root cause and don’t give up until you find it.



TG:  How do you see the FDN system developing in the future?


RD: The FDN system provides a model of health care that can be practiced and coached by well trained and caring people all over the globe.  We help others to restore normal function and return to normal health, and even maintain superior health!  FDN can add life to one’s years, not just add more years to one’s life.  Besides reducing medical costs, I see FDN as a way to improve quality of life in general.  By disseminating FDN knowledge all over the world, we may actually put some power into the hands of the people, and out of the control of those who would take advantage of us.


TG:  What does the future hold for you?


RD: I’m going to be pursuing my mission and purpose, which is to educate as many people as possible about FDN, so that they, in turn, may educate others.



TG:  Reed, thanks for sharing with us! It has been a pleasure.

Movement Training

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Another video from the series by Todd Durkin, from Fitness Quest 10. A great video packed full of movement training drills!


Strength Training

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The latest in Todd Durkin’s series ‘Train like the Pro’s’. This video features some great body weight exercises that will definately push you to your limits!



Dangers of Fast Food

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Sarah Rippel Interview

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Rippel Effect

Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

Sarah Rippel: You’re welcome, Tom!  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk!  We all know I love to talk!

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what got you started in the Personal Training Industry?

SR: Wow.  Well, where I am today is basically the result of my taking something negative and turning it into something positive.  I started working out as a senior in high school.  I was anorexic and exercise was something I used in an unhealthy manner.  I told my mother that I wanted to join a gym so that I could be healthy, but this was a complete lie.  I wanted to waste away.  Anyhow, I started exercising in February of 1994 and by May, I had gotten down to 89 pounds.  It took me roughly a year from that point to realize just how unhealthy I was, and I began to turn things around.  I had fallen in love with bodybuilding, and it served as a way for me to gain strength, both inside and out.  Towards the end of my freshman year in college, I was able to realize what I wanted to do with my life.  I wanted to be a fitness professional.  I couldn’t get my hands on enough information and devoured practically every fitness-related magazine and book I could get my hands on!  I also asked the trainers at the gym tons and tons of questions!  I got my first certification in May of 1995.  I was far from healthy, however.  I continued to be obsessed with diet and exercise for years and competed in fitness competitions.

TG:  What would you say are the best aspects of being a personal trainer and being involved in the wellbeing industry?

SR: Simply put, the ability to have a positive impact on peoples’ lives! You know as well as I do that this is one of the most rewarding things…and we get to experience it on a daily basis! Aside from this, I LOVE the fact that I am able to work for myself and flex my “creative muscle” in designing workouts and programs for clients. I have always been a creative person and the thought of a 9-5 desk job is completely unrealistic. Talk about boring! I would be miserable!

TG:  Who have been your major influences within the industry?

SR: My boss at the first gym I ever worked at was a major influence. I learned a lot from him. He was big on dispelling the myths and fraudulent claims in the industry. I was constantly asking questions! Aside from him, I have worked with other fitness professionals over the years who have taught me a lot. I have learned a lot about the industry, both good and bad, and am grateful for all of it. I feel that if I were to open a facility of my own, I definitely know how NOT to treat employees! If we’re talking “big names” in the industry, I am a big JC Santana fan, and I also have a lot of respect for Gary Gray. I am also an avid kettlebell enthusiast, therefore I’ve learned a lot from observing the leaders in the kettlebell world, as well as a few RKC/CKT friends. Last, but definitely not least, my clients have been  a major influence because obviously without them I would not be where I am today. I learn so much from them! They keep me on my toes and continue to provide me with opportunities to learn and grow as a fitness professional!

TG:  What would you say is the most important attribute that a personal trainer must possess and why?

SR: Well, you can have all the book-smarts in the world, but if you can’t apply ’em…well, I’m sorry, but you’re not gonna be successful!  In addition, if you have the personality of a brick, you’re out of luck!  I also feel a trainer must have passion for the profession.  Aside from these, I feel the most important attribute is the ability to connect with people. If you can’t connect with you clients, there is no way you can effectively get your message across to them.  In addition, being able to connect on an individual level creates a bond that is priceless!

TG:  You run some highly popular bootcamps in Baton Rouge, what would you say sets your bootcamps apart from the rest?

SR: I LOVE my outdoor group training! I feel one thing that sets me apart is the fact that I’m not trying to play “drill sergeant” like some bootcamp instructors. Instead, I’m simply myself, and it works! Life is too short to just work hard…why not include some laughter in the mix? The “bootcamp” image isn’t what I’m all about, therefore I have created my own “take” on bootcamp-style programs. I don’t yell at people, make them crawl in the mud, and try to make them puke. Instead, I educate them, encourage them, and provide workouts that are both progressive AND fun! I like to partner-up my bootcampers and have them work with each other. There is nothing like the cameraderie provided by an amazing bootcamp group!

TG:  Your Outside the Box ( You Tube videos are well known within the fitness world for their innovative content.  Where do you get your ideas from?

SR: Thanks, Tom! I LOVE uploading vids to my YouTube channel. I feel people appreciate what I put out there! To be honest, I typically shoot my vids on a whim – sometimes I’ll shoot my own workouts, while at other times I’ll shoot vids for specific clients, explaining exercises in their programs. I also love to shoot parts of my bootcamp workouts and have a few clients who are willing to let me film them as they train! I am a big fan of “functional” (although I feel the term is both overused & misunderstood) movement-based exercises. I like to come up with my own spin on basic exercises that many people may have never seen before. I feel there are too many boring YouTube exercise vids out there…my mission is to provide solid information and demonstration along with a personal touch!

TG:  So what does the future hold for Sarah Rippel?

SR: Wow…some amazing stuff! I am seriously blessed and am totally psyched about what’s in store! I am about to be competing in my first triathlon, and plan on doing more races in the future. I am also on the verge of a bootcamp launch that’s gonna take Baton Rouge by storm! In addition, I want to produce a few DVDs/manuals that will help enrich other trainers’ minds.

TG:  I know it is cheaky, but can we have a sneak preview of what will make up the Rippel Effect (

SR: I was just gonna talk about it in the question above, so…okay…my new website will be launched in the near future! Not only will it expand on my highly-interactive and popular blog, it will also serve as a resource for both fitness professionals and exercise enthusiasts. I will be offering exclusive content, products, reviews of other professionals’ books/DVDs/products, interviews, an exercise video library, client “troubleshooting” help…I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there! 😉

TG:  Sarah thanks for giving us some of your time, and the great answers you have given.  Good luck with the Rippel Effect!

THANK YOU, TOM!!!!!!!!!

Have a read of Sarah’s awsome blog at or learn more about the Rippel Effect.


Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Hi All,

Just been watching through some You Tube Videos and found these two by Todd Durkin of Fitness Quest 10, in these video’s he is looking around a facility based in Florida called IMG Academy.

You have to watch these, they are some of the best sporting facilities that I have seen, this is what we need to to working towards here in the UK.  The investment here is amazing, and i am sure facilities like these will show through in terms of youth development and overall improved sporting performance.

We have so much talent here in the UK and we need to keep building on the progress that we are making in terms of facilities and support networks for our sports people at all levels of their game and ages.