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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 49: Updates on Lauren's Pregnancy, Lower Back Arching While Exercising, Recovering from a Hernia, and Flat Feet!

What's up, Achievers?! In this episode, Lauren kicks things off by talking about how she's feeling during her pregnancy thus far - we're 21 weeks in! In the first question, we discuss strategies for someone who has a tough time counteracting lower back arching during exercises like squats and deadlifts (4:42). We also talk about how to recover from a hernia surgery. We go over this in our answer, but if you're experiencing hernia-like symptoms - make sure to go get checked out by a doctor...


#AskAchieve 48: Diastasis and Powerlifting, Proper Hand Care in Crossfit, and How to Train as an Aspiring Model!

What's up, Achievers?! Super fun episode for you all today - thanks for all of your questions!! In the first one, we discuss a question from a powerlifter mother of three who also happens to have diastasis recti. We recommend what diastasis is, what she should do to strengthen her core, while also modifying her training both physically and mentally (3:30)! We also cover proper hand care during "crossfit" type movements like kipping pull ups, toes to bars, muscle ups, etc. We discuss hand...


#AskAchieve 47: Lower Back Pain, Does Strength Training Make You "Bulky", and How to Recover from Shoulder Surgery!

What's up, Achievers?! First off we had to have a discussion about the Lauren vs Yanny viral debate!! The next two questions weren't technically podcast questions, but things that we adapted for the podcast. In the first one, I discuss lower back pain. We were recently interview by a journalist for US News asking about what the causes of back pain are, and how we attempt to manage it at Achieve (2:30). Next, we answered a question we got in-person from one of our members - the age old...


#AskAchieve 46: Supplements for Joint Pain Management, Heart Rate Variability, and Conflicting Information on How Often to Workout!

What's up, Achievers?! Happy (belated) Mother's Day to all you Moms and Moms-to-be! We cover a wide variety of information in this one! In the first question, we delve into what supplements we recommend for joint pain management, and if glucosamine is a worthwile supplement to take (2:43). We also cover what HRV (heart rate variability) is and whether or not we think tracking it is beneficial (6:46). Lastly, we discuss why there is SO MUCH conflicting information out there regarding...


#AskAchieve 45: The Best Plan for a Beginner Lifter, Single Leg Training, and How to Stay Motivated for your Workouts When You're Really Busy as a Trainer!

What's up, Achievers?! We received some awesome questions today that should last us through next week, so if we didn't answer yours today look out for it in the next couple episodes! We first talk about whether or not to do total body workouts or body part split workouts (5:57). We then discuss how to go about incorporating single leg training into your workouts (8:26). Lastly, we cover our thoughts on how to stay motivated to train while coaching (or any sort of work, really) 40+ hour...


#AskAchieve 44: How to Address Overall Tightness, What to do for Muscle Imbalances, and How to Tell if You're Overtraining!

What's up, Achievers?! Another fun episode for you all! In the first question, we discuss how to address if you or you're client has a lot of tightness overall in their hamstrings, upper traps, pecs, etc. We reference the book "Original Strength" by Tim Anderson that serves as the basis for a lot of our answers here (3:10). One area we didn't touch on was foam rolling/soft tissue work so make sure to include that as well! Next, we cover what to do for muscle imbalances (one muscle being a...


#AskAchieve 43: Shoulder Pain During Push Ups and Yoga, Breathing During HIIT, Core Recommendations for a Football Player!

What's up, Achievers?! Quick episode for you all today after the longer one we had on Monday! We hope you enjoy the show! The first question we answer is from a yogi who asked about shoulder pain during certain yoga poses like sun salutations as well as push ups (1:55). We also cover our strategy for better breathing during HIIT training (5:00). Lastly, we cover our recommendations for core exercises for a football player (9:15). We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you did, we'd love you...


#AskAchieve 42: How to Put Together a 20 Minute Workout Routine, Advanced Breathing Techniques, and HIIT Training!

What's up, Achievers?! This episode is jam-packed full of information! Lauren and I first delve into how to put together an efficient and effective workout routine using kettlebells and dumbbells if you only have 20 minutes to train (4:15). We also cover the different types of breathing techiques and strategies that you'll see be recommended by coaches, and how/when we utilize each type of breathing pattern (8:58). Finally, we discuss what HIIT training is, if this "new trend" is worth...


#AskAchieve 41: How to Build Quad/Hamstring Strength While Having Lower Back Pain, Spot Reducing Fat, and Our Advice for a Gym Owner Couple!

What's up, Achievers?! This is one of our best episodes to date - I think we're finally getting a hang of this podcast thing! Only took us 41 episodes... Anyways, we start off by addressing negative comments and how to deal with the "haters" on your fitness journey. We've had our fair share of not-so-nice things said to us on the interwebs, and we wanted to share that with you all just so you know that everyone gets negative feedback - even fitness coaches! Next, we go over our...


#AskAchieve 40: Working Out on an Empty Stomach, Knees Going Over Toes During a Squat, How Long a Personal Trainer Should Expect a Client to Work with Them, and a Special Workshop Announcement!

What's up, Achievers?! Great episode for you all today and stay tuned at the end to hear about a special workshop announcement! In this episode, we cover whether or not working out on an empty stomach is a good idea (1:33). We also go over whether or not your knees can go over your toes during a squat, or if that would be potentially harmful on the knees (6:48). We also discuss how long a personal trainer should expect to have a client stay with them, and we also go over some strategies to...


#AskAchieve 39: When to Incorporate Core Training into Your Workouts, How to Deal with Negative Self-Talk, and Our Top Three Pieces of Business Advice!

What's up, Achievers?! Super fun episode for you all today with a bunch of different topics. The first question was about when and where we incorporate our core training with our members? As a part of the warm up? At the end? Part of the cool down? (3:23). Next, we delved into how a personal trainer for fitness coach can help their client manage negative self-talk (9:00). Lauren also goes into some of her own history with body image issues and what helped her out. Finally, we give our top...


#AskAchieve 38: Is Working Out in the Early Morning a Bad Idea, Neutral or Hollow Body for Core Training, and Dealing with Sciatica!

What's up, Achievers?! A quicker episode for you all today on this rainy Marathon Monday in Boston. In this episode, we cover if working out in the early morning (4 or 5am) a bad idea (2:58). We also talk about the specifics of core training and the difference between maintaining a "neutral" spine vs. having a "hollow body" position. We talk about the benefits of both and when to apply them (7:03). Lastly, we discuss an individual's experience with back pain - specifically sciatica....


#AskAchieve 37: How Much Protein You Really Need, Portion Control When Going Out, Shoulder Pain, and Business Coaching!

What's up, Achievers! Four questions today on various topics! We delve into the topic of protein and how much you actually need (1:17). We also cover some recommendations for how to approach eating out - specifically in regards to portion control at a tapas restaurant (6:16). We also talk about shoulder pain and how rotator cuff exercises are not the end-all be-all when your shoulder is hurting (12:00). Lastly, we discuss if we've have had any background in business or if we're "naturally"...


#AskAchieve 36: How to Put Together Supersets, Can Kettlebells Be Your Sole Training Tool, and How Long it Takes to Pass Your Personal Trainer Certification!

What's up, Achievers?! We've a fun one for you today! We first dive into our mission that we most recently shared on Instagram, as well as our experience at a powerlifting meet with our Achieve Powerlifting team! Then we cover exactly what "supersets" are and how to utilize them appropriately (9:41)! We also discuss whether or not we think kettlebells can be the sole implement in a training program or if you should also include dumbbells and barbells (14:19). Lastly, we go over how long it...


#AskAchieve 35: Calves and Ankle Mobility, Doctors Who Tell You to Stop Squatting, and How to Train When You Can't Hire a Coach!

What's up, Achievers?! All right, so we start off by chatting about an interesting observation Lauren has made while interacting with people on Instagram. We delve into what being "fit" looks like as well as how genetics plays the most important role in terms of what your body type will be like. We also cover calf training and if/how it might limit your ankle mobility (9:32). We also talk about squatting and knee pain, and how some doctors tell you to stop squatting altogether! (13:14)....


#AskAchieve 34: Training Through Pregnancy, Bulgarian Split Squats, Muscles Knots/Adhesions, and a Special Announcement!

What's up, Achievers?! Soooooo, Lauren is 13.5 weeks pregnant! We're super excited to finally share the news with you all - 3+ months is a loooong way to go without telling anyone some of the biggest news of your life! Anyways, we announced the news on social media today and of course one of the first questions we received was about how to train through pregnancy (2:36)! We actually had an episode previously (episode 3!) that really delved into the specifics and you can find that here:...


#AskAchieve 33: Lower Back Friendly Ab Exercises, Fitness and Nutrition as a New Parent, and Becoming a Personal Trainer When It's Not Your Major!

What's up, Achievers?! We've got some good questions in today! The first one was asking about what "ab" exercises were good for someone with a "bad back". The question depends quite a bit on each individual person, but we gave the best answer we could (2:34)! Next up, we received a question from a new parent who asked where to start back up on a fitness and nutrition routine (6:15). Lastly, we discuss whether or not we think you need a kinesiology/exercise physiology degree to pursue a...


#AskAchieve32: Creatine for Women, IT Band Pain, and Fitness Information Overload for Coaches!

What's up, Achievers?! Another fun episode for you today! In this one we go over whether or not we recommend creatine for women looking to gain lean muscle mass (2:31). We also talk about our thoughts on the IT Band and if it's even possible to stretch it, and how we'd recommend training if you have IT Band pain as a runner - or a lifter for that matter (5:11)! We also cover fitness information overload as a personal trainer/fitness coach, and where to begin sorting through all of the...


#AskAchieve 27: How to Continue Your Workouts Without Your Coach, Weight Lifting Belts, StrongFirst, and A Special Workshop Announcement!

What's up, Achievers! We're super excited to announce a workshop we're putting on with our coaches - it's called Fit101. There's just so much information, especially misinformation, out there regarding health, fitness, and nutrition that it can be really overwhelming to know where to start. We know exactly what works in real life, because we actually work with people on a daily basis! We have a gym with 250 members, and we will show you the same principles and concepts we discuss with them...


#AskAchieve 26: How to Overcome Weight Room Intimidation, How to Put Together a Workout Program, What to Charge when Starting Out as a New Trainer!

What's up, Achievers?! We've got a great episode lined up for you today! The first topic is about how to overcome weight room intimidation. A lot of people are now understanding that strength training and lifting weights are really beneficial, but intimidation and fear of judgement are what holds them back from actually committing to hitting the gym. We discuss some strategies to help you out! We also take cover how to create your own workout program. While we could talk for a week...


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