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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!

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English

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Episodes

#AskAchieve 121: How Often to Go for a 1 Rep Max, Lifting Weights with a Slipped Disc, and Lower Body Exercises for Runners!

4/17/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Sorry for the hiatus - we’re back! First we went over how often a person should for a personal best/PR/1 rep max (5:58). Next, we talked about lifting weights with a slipped disc/bulging disc/etc. and how we’d approach training with that sort of diagnosis (11:49). Finally, we talked about how to approach strength training as well as what type of lower body training you should emphasize as a runner (18:14). We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you did, we’d love you...

Duration:00:25:54

#AskAchieve 120: How to Feel Less Intimidated at the Gym, How to Feel Your Glutes Better During Bridges and Squats, and How to Address Anterior Pelvic Tilt!

4/3/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Hope you all are having a wonderful week! In the first question, we talk about a really common question - “how can I feel less intimidated at the gym?” (3:07). Next, we talk about how to engage your glutes at the top of a bridge, squat, and deadlift (13:06). Finally, we talk about if Anterior Pelvic Tilt is something you should be worried about and how to address it if you want to work on it (16:30). We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you did, we’d love you forever...

Duration:00:24:07

#AskAchieve 119: Knee Position During Squats, the Effectiveness of the Landmine Set-Up, and the Mind-Muscle Connection During the Bench Press and Overhead Press!

3/28/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! First off, thanks to all of you who reviewed the podcast last week - we really appreciate it! Please keep em’ coming, everyone! In the first question, we delve into knee position during squats and what to do if “nothing” is working to improve your form (1:55). Next, we talked about the Landmine set-up and what we think about it. We referenced @benbrunotraining - definitely go check him out (8:10). Lastly, we answered a question about how to approach the mind-muscle...

Duration:00:15:55

#AskAchieve 118: When to Incorporate HIIT Training, If You Should Write Your Own Workouts, and the Best Way to Deal with Exercise Pains!

3/25/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! In the first question, we go over whether or not it’s a good idea to incorporate HIIT training before or in the middle of your strength workouts (2:25). Next, we go over if you should write your own workouts or hire someone to create them for you (5:15). Lastly, we over the best way to deal with exercise pains - in other words, how to improve your ability to recover from soreness (11:15). We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you...

Duration:00:14:25

#AskAchieve 117: How Many Sets/Reps We Recommend, Are Calories from Junk Food and "Healthy" Food the Same, and What You Should Eat Before a Workout!

3/20/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Super quick episode for you all today! In the first question, we go over what sets/reps we generally recommend (2:08). Next, we discussed whether calories from “junk” food is the same as calories from “healthy” food. (5:10) Lastly, we talked about general recommendations on what you should eat before a workout as well as how long before a workout you should actually eat (10:20). We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you did, we’d love you forever if you left a rating...

Duration:00:14:56

#AskAchieve 116: How to Determine if an Exercise/Modality is Good For You, Pain During Single Leg Glute Bridges, and If Trap Bar Deadlifts Will Improve Your Conventional Deadlift!

3/18/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Great little discussion to kick off today’s episode on how to determine where or not an exercise/modality (spin, Zumba, strength training, etc) is right for you (2:48). Next, we went over how to adjust single leg glute bridges so that it won’t cause pain in your lower back (11:38). Lastly, we went over whether or not a trap bar deadlift would increase a person’s conventional deadlift (18:03). We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you did, we’d love you forever if you...

Duration:00:21:25

AchieveMentors #5: How We Hire and Onboard Our Coaching Staff!

3/13/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! We’re back with another AchieveMentors podcast - just a reminder that this is our show for fitness coaches and aspiring personal trainers. In today’s episode, we expand on AchieveMentors episode 4, and we talk about how how we hire and onboard our coaching staff! We think you gym owners out there will benefit a lot from this one! 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 helps us out a...

Duration:00:27:17

#AskAchieve 115: Proper Form for Back Extensions, Improving Your Push Up Strength, Preventing Shins Splints While Running, and the Difference Between Hook Grip and Mixed Grip for Deadlifts!

3/11/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Quick but action-packed episode for you all today! In the first question, we talk about how to optimize your form during back extensions in order to better engage the glutes (2:00). Next, we went over how to improve full range of motion push ups (4:38). Then, we delved into preventing shin splints. You can access the video on ankle mobility here (7:55). Finally, we cover the difference between using a hook and mixed grip for deadlifts and which one we recommend...

Duration:00:17:06

#AskAchieve 114: Squatting with a Natural Back Arch, Getting Back to Olympic Lifting After Pregnancy, and Improving Your Cat/Cow!

3/6/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Our introduction has some references to our last podcast episode where we talk about what to do when someone offers you unsolicited advice at the gym - we couldn’t think of a great answer, so we sought out your opinion, and Lauren’s mom happened to write in with the perfect answer! In our first question, we cover what we think about squatting with a natural arch in your lower back (2:23). Next, we talk about how to get back into Olympic lifting after preganancy (5:04)....

Duration:00:14:43

#AskAchieve 113: How to Politely Shut Down Unsolicited Advice in the Gym, Back Pain During Rows, Plyometrics for Beginners, and How to Make Healthy Food Choices 100% of the Time!

3/4/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Hope you’re all staying safe and warm if you’re in the Northeast with this snowstorm! In the first question, we talk about how to politely shut down unsolicited advice from a stranger at the gym (2:40). We didn’t have a definitive answer here and bring the topic back up again later (20:57). Then, we discussed how to avoid back pain during bent over rows (9:28). Next, we covered how to begin plyometrics training if you’re a complete beginner to it (12:10). Finally, we...

Duration:00:25:48

#AskAchieve 112: To Arch or Not to Arch During the Bench Press, Addressing Adductor Pain, The Difference Between the Leg Press and Squats, and How High Your Hips Should be During Deadlifts!

2/25/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! This one is a rapid-fire answer show with a ton of practical advice. In the first question, we talk about whether or not you should arch during bench pressing (2:17). Then, we covered some very general strategies on how to address adductor pain. We’re posting the IG post tonight (2/25/19) and I’ll link it in the show notes when it’s up! (7:17). Afterwards, we talked about the main differences between the leg press machine and squats (11:55). Finally, we had a little...

Duration:00:22:09

#AskAchieve 111: How to Load the Barbell Without Looking Silly, Exercises With the BOSU Ball, Explosive Movements, and Kettlebell Finishers!

2/20/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Super fun episode for you all today! In the first question, we discuss how to go about loading a barbell with multiple plates without looking silly in the process (2:55) Next, we go over exercises that we like to use on the BOSU ball and whether or not we think that the BOSU ball is an effective tool overall (8:10) Then, we cover whether or not you should be including power exercises to your workout regimen (12:20) Finally, we talk about where you should place...

Duration:00:19:58

#AskAchieve 110: Tight Hamstrings, Glute Activation, Wrist Strengthening, and Foot Supination During Squats/Deadlifts!

2/18/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! We go through a lot of information in a short amount of time for this one! In the first question, we talk about why a person’s hamstrings might “feel” chronically tight (2:14). Then, we discuss the second part of the question, which is how to go about activating the glutes better (6:28). After that, we discuss some ideas to strength and mobilize your wrists. Here’s the YouTube video we reference on wrist warm ups. (10:20) Finally, we talk about foot supination - or...

Duration:00:18:49

AchieveMentors #4: How We Onboard Our Members!

2/15/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! AchieveMentors is our podcast for fitness coaches and aspiring personal trainers. In today’s episode, we go over exactly how we onboard our members from the inquiry to the retention process. Now, we currently have a team of about 10 coaches and managers so our process is a much bigger operation. If you’re a personal trainer or gym owner operating alone, we hope this doesn’t overwhelm you, but rather give you some ideas on how you can optimize your onboarding process!...

Duration:00:31:31

#AskAchieve 109: Best Frequency for Hypertrophy, How to Increase Push-Up Numbers, and Are Deadlifts Bad For Your Back?

2/13/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Really good episode for you all today that was completely uninterrupted by our little guy! In the first topic, we delve into some recent research about the best frequency to maximize muscle growth as well as our thoughts on research in general (5:06) Next, we talk about some concepts like grease the groove, training to failure, and total volume for how to increase the number of push ups and pull ups you can do (11:54). Finally, we discuss whether or not we think doing...

Duration:00:21:44

#AskAchieve 108: Improving Lunge Stability, Transitioning from Traditional Strength Training to Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting, and How to Utilize Progressive Overload in Your Programs!

2/11/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! In the first question, we talk about a couple ways to improve stability when you lunge. The key concepts are to reduce range of motion, make the exercise less dynamic, and utilize various forms of assistance (4:59). Next, we delved into how to transition from traditional strength exercises like lunges and dumbbell work, and move to more advanced exercises like barbell work like the powerlifts and olympic lifts (10:28). Lastly, we...

Duration:00:26:02

#AskAchieve 107: Does the RDL Work the Glutes, Healthy Habits While Traveling, and "Safe" Ab Exercises During Pregnancy!

2/6/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! We missed Monday’s episode due to being in sunny Florida, but we’re back! In the first question, we talk about what muscle groups are being worked during a Romanian Deadlift and whether or not the glutes should be playing a significant role or not (2:08). Next, we talked about how to maintain healthy habits while traveling (5:44). Finally, we discussed safe ab and core exercises during pregnancy (18:00). Here is a video on core training that shows you how to execute...

Duration:00:27:01

#AskAchieve 106: Would We Recommend RomWod/MobilityWod, How Our Training Has Changed Since We Became Parents, and If Currently Have Any Joint Pain!

1/30/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! It took us a little while to get going because Kendrick has been through a bit of a sleep regression and we were recording this episode pretty early - so bear with us haha! In the first question we answer a question asking if we recommend a mobility program like RomWod or MobilityWod (1:29). We then go over how our personal workouts have been modified and adjusted after we’ve become parents (5:58). Finally, we discussed if we currently are in any physical pain (17:21)....

Duration:00:24:16

#AskAchieve 105: How to Recover without Skipping the Gym, How to Fix Hips Shooting Up During the Deadlift, and How to Determine How Many Calories You Should Eat Each Day!

1/28/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Hope all you Northeast Achievers are staying warm throughout this cold and somewhat-snowy-depending-on-where-you-live period! In the first question we talk about how to get a recovery workout in and what it entails (3:01). Next, we talk about how to address hips shooting up early during a deadlift. We talk about this YouTube video here (5:55). Finally, we address how we approach determining how many calories you should eat, as well as some other ruminations on the...

Duration:00:26:15

The AchieveMentors Podcast Ep. 3: Can You Be A Personal Trainer and a Full Time Student, How We Opened Achieve Fitness, and How to Sell Personal Training as a Coach!

1/26/2019
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What’s up, Achievers?! Just a reminder that AchieveMentors is a podcast specifically for fitness professionals and aspiring personal trainers! In the first question, we dive into whether or not someone can be a full-time student and start the process of becoming a personal trainer (1:10). Next, we talked about some of the logistics of how we came to open our gym, Achieve Fitness (7:02). Finally, we address how to sell your personal training services as a newer coach at your gym (19:14). We...

Duration:00:29:27