“Before & After” Pictures Suck.

Before & After Pictures Suck.By Coach Chris You won’t see Before & After pictures on our social media. We’re sick of seeing these as the “gold standard” of marketing and social proof for exercise & nutrition programs. Aside from the fact that they’re VERY easily manipulated, there’s all sorts of ethical problems with these comparisons. … Continue reading “Before & After” Pictures Suck.

Why Diets Don’t Work

Why Diets Don’t Work You probably know someone right now who is on a special diet. Maybe it’s Keto. Maybe it’s Whole30, or Paleo, or Carnivore, Zone, Intermittent Fasting, counting your macros, or one of the other dozens of diet plans out there. You’ve probably tried something like this yourself!  But how many people do… Continue reading Why Diets Don’t Work

What is Virtuosity?

What is Virtuosity? Usually when we think of virtuosity, we think of a “virtuoso.” Someone who is insanely talented, at the very top of their profession. Someone who is peerless and unparalleled in their skills. You’re probably picturing a violinist, right? Maybe a renaissance artist? Probably not someone you know. In everyday life, Virtuosity doesn’t… Continue reading What is Virtuosity?

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Bouncing Back From Cancer: Sarah’s Story

We’d like you to meet one of our personal training clients, Sarah! At the beginning of 2020, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had to have her colon surgically removed, plus chemotherapy to ensure the cancer was eliminated completely. This combination of traumatic events on her body left her feeling weak, unstable, and exhausted.… Continue reading Bouncing Back From Cancer: Sarah’s Story

How to Get Older Without Aging

How to Get Older Without Aging My mom, Nan, is a regular at Ripple Effect. In these pandemic days, you’ll find her lifting weights at Outdoor Barbell Club, working out from home on our Zoom classes, and texting me her favorite healthy recipes she’s going to feed us at our next backyard meal together. Nan… Continue reading How to Get Older Without Aging

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How to Reduce Stress

How to Reduce Stress, by Coach Chris The year 2020 has been an absolute insane ride, especially if you’re here in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area. It’s felt like a seemingly relentless torrent of negativity, disasters, frustration, and isolation for a lot of people. We’ve been glued to our phones and computers more than ever, to stay… Continue reading How to Reduce Stress

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Supercharge Your Sleep

In our last article, “Sleep: The X Factor,” we discussed the importance of sleep for supporting your work in the gym and the kitchen. Most of the time when we think about sleep, we tend to focus on quantity. The question is usually, “Did I get enough sleep?” But laying in bed for 8 hours… Continue reading Supercharge Your Sleep

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Sleep: The X Factor

There are three main facets to consider for your physical well-being: Exercise, Nutrition, and Sleep. All gyms talk about exercise. Some gyms (like Ripple Effect!) include nutrition coaching in their practice. However, Sleep is a pillar of your physical well-being that most gyms rarely mention, except perhaps to very high-level athletes who are training “full… Continue reading Sleep: The X Factor

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