Strong Made Simple

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Strong Made Simple provides personal training and fitness services in San Diego, CA. We make developing the strength and conditioning you need to live a fun and active life simple and actionable. Check out http://strongmadesimple.com for more information about our personal training services. Join our community to learn more about various activities throughout San Diego. We plan everything free tra

Operating as usual

12/29/2023

Last Friday of 2023 for at the center. Had to be the amazing SUPERGROUP of beautiful humans! Thanks for taking the selfie, Lisa :-)

Great job and see you all next year!

Photos from Strong Made Simple's post 06/19/2023

Awesome workout today without Miffy, who insisted I use this first photo option for a selfie.
She’s also making the most of this summer by traveling to all sorts of fun National Parks and destinations before classes start back in the fall. Then it will be back to supporting many of the international students at SDSU.
Thanks for always making small group personal training sessions fun! 👏 💪 👏 💪

Photos from Strong Made Simple's post 05/12/2023

Congratulations to the graduates of 2023!
Coaching people from a college campus like San Diego State University means I get to spend time with a lot of amazing people with different passions, expertise, and journeys.
I’m excited for each of them in their new adventures and I’m proud that they’ve gotten stronger and developed skills to support their health and fitness through their future endeavors.

Congratulations again!

04/30/2022

Have a great weekend everybody!

Do you peace out of the gym on weekends or head back in when it’s less crowded?



04/23/2022

Claire has been getting stronger each week this semester. Leave her a 👏 for crushing these push ups on the turf at .



01/17/2022

What if I told you I start my morning with a glass of lemon water? Maybe you’d think: ‘Who cares?! Why does it matter what Berardi drinks first thing in the morning?’ You wouldn’t be wrong.

But if you’re a certain type of person—the kind who loves to geek out on nutrition science—it might spark your curiosity (and maybe a little FOMO). Perhaps you’d ask: “Why add lemon? For digestion? Liver detoxification? Antioxidant protection?”

In other words: “Does lemon contain some sort of biochemical superpower I haven’t yet learned about? And, if so, should I be including it myself?”

If you’re another type of person—more skeptical in nature—you might be less curious and more annoyed: “Ugh—more detoxing BS?!? Detoxing isn’t even a thing. I thought you were evidence-based!”

If you’re super up-to-date on the latest research, you might even say: “Lemons, really? Haven’t you done your research? Don’t you know that [enter nutrient/supplement du jour] has proven to be more effective?”

So, just in case you’re wondering, here’s the real reason I drink lemon water in the morning: I wake up thirsty. And I like the taste of lemon in my water.

(Cue anti-climactic music.)

That’s the big secret behind my beverage choice.

I’m not trying to support liver detoxification or digestion. Nor am I trying to add antioxidant power or alter my body’s pH. (I’m also not an industry shill for Big Lemon. Promise.)

Once upon a time someone served me water with lemon in it. I thought it tasted good. Now, I drink it that way when I can.

Yet every time I show a meal with a glass of water with lemon, people are deeply concerned with the “health value” of the lemon.

Everything the nutritionist eats MUST have a scientific reason for its inclusion.

Similarly, if I don’t include a particular food on a given day, folks get wrapped up in whether the missing food is somehow “bad for you.”

Everything the nutritionist doesn’t eat MUST ALSO have a scientific reason for its exclusion.

But sometimes I eat foods because I like them and they make me feel good. Likewise, I often avoid foods that I don’t like and make me feel bad.

You can too.

Regardless of what "science" or the gurus say.

12/10/2021

I like how Fridays are often quieter at the gym. It’ll be even quieter when I come back tomorrow on Saturday. Do you workout on Fridays or weekends?
If you’re not a fan of crowds that’s the best time.



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12/03/2021

Felt cute. Might delete later…

Hitting ya’ll with my best Uncle Rico pose. Happy Friday!



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11/16/2021

The gravity feels juuuuuust right in the newly renovated Aztec Recreation Center.

Strong Made Simple gang put in some high quality deadlifting your start the week right!

What’s your favorite deadlift variation??


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09/21/2021

Another article up for this week. It’s great to be able to share what I’ve learned with a larger audience to help more people move better, feel good, and get stronger.

In this article I discuss some thoracic mobility exercises that can help improve movement through the upper back and keep your shoulders feeling healthy. These are all the more important as you spend more time sitting for work, or driving, or scrolling your phone. ;-)

Go check it out at: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/7960/thoracic-mobility-exercises-to-address-shoulder-pain/



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08/17/2021

Don’t underestimate the power of practicing small changes consistently.
When you start with small actions that you can practice consistently, that practice begins to develop into skills and habits. Suddenly you may find yourself doing a little more just because you can or in some cases because you actually want to.

Go for that short walk outside.

Stretch while you wait for the microwave to do it’s thing.

Do a few push ups to a countertop.

It all adds up. I try to encourage every Strong Made Simple client to be an opportunistic exerciser and start with something that matches their current skill level. If you want to learn more about training programs send me a DM.



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07/09/2021

Keeping my Push up game strong while on vacation and looking like a good nerdy tourist :-)

Also I ate an entire funnel cake for breakfast…



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06/21/2021

Recovering between sets is an important part of training for strength it allows your muscles and nervous system to recover so that you can exert your your best effort repeatedly. That’s how you practice and improve for strength.

If you turn every workout into a circuit or nonstop HIIT workout, you won’t be able practicing producing as much force with your movement and you will not gain nearly as much strength.

It’s ok if you’re not constantly out of breath. Strength training isn’t cardio. You are getting stronger by resting.



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06/16/2021

This exercise will help you initiate the pull up from the lowest part of the hang.

Being able to hang and actively pull your shoulder blades down helps you place your shoulders into a better position for the big muscles of the upper back to produce more force in the pull up.

More force = more likely to pull yourself up.

This is one more step toward performing your first pull up or getting better at doing pull ups. It’s also just good for your shoulders and grip.

Try incorporating some active hanging or depressions for reps I. Your next workout.



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How To Get Set Up For A Perfect Push Up In Any Position — Strong Made Simple, San Diego Personal Trainer 06/15/2021

New blog and video. Simple routines or rituals can help you get better at a lot of things both fitness and non-fitness. Getting set up well to practice a push up is one of those things. Check it out :-)

How To Get Set Up For A Perfect Push Up In Any Position — Strong Made Simple, San Diego Personal Trainer Bodyweight exercises like push ups are challenging sometimes because you can’t always add the smallest weights to make a little bit of progress. Sometimes the change from one push up variation to the next is a little too challenging to do well. These exercises will help you bridge the gap between ...

06/15/2021

You can rarely go wrong with more veggies and greens in your diet.

This is a simple salad of a bay spinach, arugula, and grape tomatoes.

Topped it off with everything but the bagel seasoning olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Easy!



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Grippy Core and Ab Stuff 06/11/2021

Grippy Core and Ab Stuff -

Grippy Core and Ab Stuff I was also recently interviewed by Steven Sashen on The MOVEMENT Movement. This was a lot of fun to do as he made it really easy to keep the conversation going. I talk a lot about my perspectives with fitness and meeting people where they're at.

06/09/2021

Interested in best strength training working you’ll ever find? I was just interviewed for The MOVEMENT Movement with Steven Sashen. We talked about how the key to helping people achieve their fitness goals is starting where they are comfortable. Check it out with links in the comments


06/07/2021

Regular cardiovascular exercise will enhance your overall work capacity and ability to recover from strength training.

If you’re not doing an extreme amount of cardio or intensity, the adaptations from most cardiovascular exercise is only going to enhance your overall training efforts.

If you’re only lifting because you don’t enjoy cardiovascular exercise you can try incorporating more non-exercise activities to also improve your cardiovascular fitness.

As you become more fit your ability to recover between sets of resistance training will improve. This will only help you with your gains.

What’s your favorite type of cardiovascular exercise?



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Have a great weekend everybody!Do you peace out of the gym on weekends or head back in when it’s less crowded? #strongma...
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I like how Fridays are often quieter at the gym. It’ll be even quieter when I come back tomorrow on Saturday. Do you wor...
The gravity feels juuuuuust right in the newly renovated Aztec Recreation Center. Strong Made Simple gang put in some hi...
Keeping my Push up game strong while on vacation and looking like a good nerdy tourist :-)Also I ate an entire funnel ca...
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