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Achieving Fitness is hosted by Jason and Lauren Pak, who co-own a gym together in Somerville, Massachusetts. They have been fitness coaches for over a decade now and are committed to bringing inclusivity and positive vibes to the fitness space!

Achieving Fitness is hosted by Jason and Lauren Pak, who co-own a gym together in Somerville, Massachusetts. They have been fitness coaches for over a decade now and are committed to bringing inclusivity and positive vibes to the fitness space!
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Achieving Fitness is hosted by Jason and Lauren Pak, who co-own a gym together in Somerville, Massachusetts. They have been fitness coaches for over a decade now and are committed to bringing inclusivity and positive vibes to the fitness space!






#AskAchieve 71: Decreasing Hamstring Pain and Increasing Glute Activity During RDLs, Which Muscles You Should Feel During Squats, and How to Address a Weight Loss and Strength Plateau!

What's up, Achievers?! We've got a GREAT episode for you all today - we received some really great questions that are slightly different, which allowed us to go really deep in our answers. First off, we discussed how to decrease hamstring activity (to the point of pain) and increase glute activity during RDLs and Single Leg RDLs (2:35). We then covered what muscles "should" be working during a squat and if it's okay to not feel your quads as much during them (7:09). We also talked about how...


#AskAchieve 70: How We Opened Up Achieve, Wrist Straps and Weight Belts, and How to Keep Your Elbows Straight During Overhead Exercises!

What's up, Achievers?! This one was fun one, because we talked a little bit about our origin story - where we got our start as fitness coaches and how we transitioned to being gym owners and opening up Achieve. We expand on our mission and how it has evolved up until this point (2:48). We also cover our thoughts on whether or not wrist wraps and weight belts are good to use, and whether there's a time and a place for them (18:09). Lastly, we talk about how to keep your elbows locked out...


#AskAchieve 69: Are Isolation Exercises Worth It, What To Do If Your Shoulders Are Popping, And How to Address Plateauing Weight Loss!

What's up, Achievers?! Super fun episode for you all today! In this episode, we talk about whether or not isolation based exercises like tricep extensions have any merit in a stregnth training program (2:33). We also cover what to do if your shoulders experience that "rice crispies" style popping when raising your arms overhead (10:09). Lastly, we talk about what to do as a personal trainer/fitness coach if your client is working really hard and making strength gains, but their weight...


AskAchieve 68: Rapid Fire Q+A! How We Started Lifting Weights, How to Increase Your Squat, Squats During Pregnancy, 5 Steps to Losing Weight, and More!

What's up, Achievers?! Another rapid fire q+a segment - this one wasn't quite so "rapid fire" as the last one, but we got through 6 or so questions in about 25 minutes. This episode runs the gamut from increasing your squat numbers to getting more confidend with your deadlifts all the way to our 5 step process for losing weight as well as what keeps us motivated! We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you did, we'd love you forever if you left a rating and review on iTunes - it seriously...


#AskAchieve 67: Relaxing Your Neck During Core Exercises, Diastasis Recti and Core Training During Pregnancy, and What to do When You Feel Like Your Progress Has Stalled!

What's up, Achievers?! Slightly longer episode for you all today to make up for the shorter one on Monday. This one dives deep into a wide spectrum of questions - definitely check it out! In our introduction, we discuss how coaches should put themselves out there and podcast if they've been thinking about it! Don't wait for the perfect moment, or wait to get the right equipment, or watch more YouTube videos on the subject - the best way to learn is to DO! After that, we talk about how to...


#AskAchieve 66: Why Context is Everything when Offering Advice, How to Improve Single Leg Deadlifts, Pros/Cons of Arching Your Back During Bench Presses!

What's up, Achievers?! We're back with a short and sweet episode covering a wide spectrum of topics! We first discussed one of our answers to a DM we got on how to optimally set up a workout routine. Anytime we get a question through DM, we typically ask 5-6 more clarifying questions to make sure that we understand the context of the situation before dispensing advice. We think this is an approach that all coaches should take and for people to be wary of those who don't utilize this approach...


#AskAchieve 65: How we Practice Positivity, Tips for Front Squats, "Quick" Weight Loss Strategies, and Muscles That Are "Non-Responders"!

What's up, Achievers?! We're back on track with a Monday/Wednesday episode week! In the first question, we dive into how try to stay positive most of the time. It's certainly not easy, but something we've been actively conscious of trying to be for a while now (1:37). Next, we cover a question on how to perform front squats if you don't have the mobility to perform them (5:57). The video we reference is here: We then go over how someone...


#AskAchieve 64: New Rapid Fire Q+A Format! Our Backgrounds, Deadlifts, Weight Belts, Internet Marketing, "Diets", Advice to Aspiring Coaches, and More!

What's up, Achievers?! Sorry for the delay in podcasts - we had a crazy couple weeks and we are now back on track! This format is a little different today - instead of taking a deep dive into 3-4 questions, we decided to answer 10-15 questions in a more "rapid fire" way. This was inspired by Instagram and a new Q+A update they had for IG Stories. We cover everything from our personal fitness backgrounds, Lauren's due date, advice on deadlifts, our thoughts on internet marketing, our...


#AskAchieve 63: The Pressure to Get Your Body Back After Pregnancy, How to Balance Running and Strength Training, and Which Type of Squats to Perform if You Have Knee/Back Pain!

What's up, Achievers?! In this episode, Lauren kicks things off by talking about an Instagram post she wrote last week about how there's so much pressure on moms to get their "bodies back", and how it can be extremely detrimental and damaging to women. She challenges other coaches and trainers to be careful of the language that they use and to reflect whether or not they're spreading these messages. The post resonated quite a bit with a lot of other moms and professionals and our members...


#AskAchieve 62: Difficulty Recovering from CrossFit Workouts, Which Supplements We Use and Recommend, and How to Train Around a Herniated Disc!

What's up, Achievers?! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We've got some great questions this week! We first delve into a question from a CrossFitter who is having difficulty recovering from her workouts. We talk about some of the Pros and Cons of CrossFit as well as how she might modify/adjust her program and regimen in order to increase the number of times she works out a week (1:56). Next, we talk about what supplements we personally use and recommend to others, as well as our thoughts...


#AskAchieve 61: Forward Weight Shift While Squatting, Barbell vs Dumbbell Deadlifting, How to Help a Client Who Can't Hip Hinge, and "Mom Bods"!

What's up, Achievers?! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! In the introduction, we talked a bit about the Perform Better Summit - if you're a personal trainer/physical therapist, you can find out more information here: In the first quesiton, we discussed how to address a forward weight shift while squatting and how to sit back more (6:56). Next, we talk about the difference between dumbbell and barbell lifting, why barbells...


#AskAchieve 60: Putting Together a Glute Workout, Hip Position for Back Squats, and What Kind of Footwear We Recommend!

What's up, Achievers?! In this episode, we answer some questions from the comments section of an Instagram post we made called "Target Your Glutes with These 6 Exercises" and our answer really applies for any of our posts that involve multiple exercises that target a specific muscle group. We went into detail on how you can put together a workout based on the exercises we chose as well as how often to switch up your routine (1:46)! We also talked about what the ideal hip position for back...


#AskAchieve 59: How to Know When to Increase Weights, How to Work Around Achy Joints, and How to Break Through Plateaus!

What's up, Achievers?! We just had Dr. Jacob Harden in town this weekend for his Prehab101 workshop - definitely go give him a follow @dr.jacob.harden! In the first question, we delve into when and how you should increase weights during strength training. We also talk about how this apply in a HIIT class situation as well (3:18). Next, we answer a question from someone who wanted to know what supplements (if any) she should be taking if she's experiencing achy joints for the first time....


#AskAchieve 58: How to Address Rib Flare, The 1-3% Improvement, How to Dominate the Sit-Rise Test!

What's up, Achievers?! Words were hard in this one y'all - I'm going to blame it on the fumes from all the painting I did today at the gym ;) Anyways, in this episode we cover how to address rib flare/lower back arching - especially during core movements (2:21). We also talk about a blog that someone sent us about improving 1-3% every workout and what the pros/cons are to this approach (9:55). Lastly, we discuss how to dominate the sit-rise test, as well as how the media might have...


#AskAchieve 57: Squat Depth, Piriformis Syndrome, and What Causes Forward Head Posture!

What's up, Achievers?! A super informative episode for you all today! I first intro the episode by talking about something that resonated with our followers on Instagram, and it was on the topic of the difference between health and fitness. Next, we answer a question on squat depth, as well as if "bouncing" out of a squat is a good or bad thing (7:10). We also talk about what Piriformis Syndrome is and how to go about addressing it (12:57). Finally, we cover our recommendations for someone...


AskAchieve 56: The ULTIMATE Guide to Starting Out as an Online Trainer/Fitness Coach Pt.2!

What's up, Achievers?! First ever Friday show! This one is a continuination of episode 55 where we discuss all things career- wise in the personal training industry. This one specifically delves into how to go about starting and establishing an online training career. Let us know if you have any questions, or if you're a personal trainer/fitness coach and would like more of these shows in the future! Until next time, Peace, Love, and Muscles! Best, Jason


#AskAchieve 55: The ULTIMATE Guide to Starting Out as a Personal Trainer/Fitness Coach Pt.1!

What's up, Achievers?! We've gotten a ton of DMs lately from aspiring/newer personal trainers and fitness coaches asking for advice on how to get started and/or how to progress in the industry. This episode is part one of two of our ULTIMATE guide, and we promise it won't disappoint. In this episode, you'll learn everything you need to know from what CPT we recommend, where to start training, what specialty certifications you should be thinking about, and how to get more clients. In our...


#AskAchieve 54: How to Improve Your Handstand Walks, Letting Slow Twitch Muscles Dictate Your Training, and How to Deal with Tennis Elbow!

What's up, Achievers?! A fun episode for you all today with slightly different questions than normal! First, we talk about how to improve your handstand walks. Even, if you can't perform a full handstand just yet (like me - Jason), you'll still gain a lot of insight on the process from Lauren "State Handstand Champion" Pak xD (4:04). Next, we expand on a topic we covered in episode 51 about the difference between fast and slow twitch muscle fibers. Lila asked if she should just not do any...


#AskAchieve 53: Nutrient Timing, Training for the Military Push Up Test, Our Thoughts on Posture Bars, and Open Chain vs. Closed Chain Exercises!

What's up, Achievers?! In today's episode, we go over the importance and application of nutrient timing. Carbs after 7pm? Protein after your workouts? We've got you covered! (4:00). We also cover our strategies to train for the military, as well as training for a specific test like the miltiary push up test (11:18). Next, we talked about our thoughts on posture bars and whether or not they made sense for people trying to improve their posture (16:52). Lastly, discussed the differences...


#AskAchieve 52: Fit 101 Workshop Recap, Bar Positioning for Squats, Training an "Older" Population, and When to Switch Up Your Program!

What's up, Achievers?! Super fun episode for you all today where we recap some of the highlights from this past weekend of our Fit 101 Workshop! Quick shoutout to our coaches, Sarah and Ted, for doing a phenomenal job! Also, super fun to finally meet some people who we've been corresponding with quite a bit on Instagram. In our first question, we talk about how to position a barbell on your back depending on what stance you're using (6:31). Next, we talk about how to go about training...