Iron will

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2011 by riseabovefitnessoc

Sometimes certain things go over looked when it comes to a weight room. A lot of people just think that the weight room is for pushing numbers and making gains. Now I do agree with a lot but that I feel is just the beginning. My belief is that it all starts in the weight room and not just for your sport or for getting “ripped”. This is for life and to better your life. Creating goals in the weight room and smashing through them and intern that will help you gain the strength and courage to smash through goals that you have in everyday life. Was your day shitty? Then kill that feeling in the gym and release those feelings. Listen to kick ass music and get to work! For sports and athlete development it truly does start in the gym. Having you teammates back in the weight room when you are going through a tough workout is comparable to having you friends back in life. It’s all about that culture in your gym and the process of belief in your teammates, friends and trainers. Cut the bullshit and go to work and have each others back. Don’t have that feeling when you go to your gym? Then it’s time to find another gym! RISE ABOVE. 



who gives a scientific @#$%!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2011 by riseabovefitnessoc

So a while back I wrote something on the Rise Above Facebook regarding a workout that we did. I recieved a comment/question (from a so called trainer) that read “what is the scientific reasoning behind this workout?”. Needless to say I didnt leave the comment on the board. I was going to just reply to him and post “who fucking cares what it is”. Instead I just said out loud to myself. Look I studied that same anatomy as other trainers and I understand that there is a science to fitness but lets face it sometimes you just want to do programs that are just balls to the wall cause you like it and it makes you feel accomplished.

Now I surf some of the popular fitness websites and forums and read a lot of what people have to offer cause in this business you can never read to much! Or can you? I think lately there is to much information(ego) out there. People boasting that what they say is correct because of SCIENCE!!!!!! WOW!!!! trainer X you are so smart and use words that I can’t spell (I almost misspelt spell) so you must be the be all, end all. Nevermind that you yourself look like shit and I would never want your body. You read more books. You must be the shit!

During this journey of mine through the magical forest of fitness I have come across people who admire and people I don’t. People whose programs and philosophies I like and people I don’t. I have also realised that there is a major lack of personality in the industry and 10000000000000 scientific reasons for executing a certain lift or tempo or rest period. With so many theories I all sort of goes in the wash together. The best is when I see people on forums that argue their scientific or non scientific with each other. It’s like religion for meatheads! It can go on for days and days and years. NO one is wrong and NO one is right. People have their views and that’s that. In closing I feel the best way to defend yourself from the battlefield of knowledge is to find programs and philosophies that work for you. Try things out. If it doesn’t work then try something different. It’s like buying a car. Take that shit for a test drive and see if you like it yourself. Don’t keep that car long-term if it keeps breaking down. Find what works stick to it and evolve with it. If you hit a road block then mix it up.


If you think I am wrong than you are right. Guess what? So are you! Lets all just hold hands and skip down the street and be wrong together. It’s called Belief!


Find Your Focus

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2011 by riseabovefitnessoc

I feel that when it comes to working out there is soo much info out there. Do this, rest for this, eat this, take that. There are so many ideas out there it can be very overwhelming. Today my point is that we should make decisions in the gym that we can live with, workouts that we can be proud of. Brandan has been saying all week, “Keep it real, keep it simple” And he’s fucking right. Forget what media tells you and how many different articles you read about what to do in the gym. When it comes to the gym do what makes you feel proud of yourself. Create a goal, smash that goal, and then set the bar higher. Find something to focus on, because with all the bullshit thats out there, you may need a shovel to dig yourself out to find what it is you really want out of your workouts.

and listen to metal everyday…
– <3, Nurse Dana


Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2011 by riseabovefitnessoc

Stop complaining! If your in the gym and whining get the fuck out! I’m doing exactly what i’m here for, to kick your butt! Don’t tell me no, suck it up and do it! Im not going to neogiate. And please don’t tell me that you ate an entire pizza last night, I won’t feel sorry for you. At all. You are what you eat, so be good to yourself and listen to Slayer everyday.

– ❤ Nurse Dana

All you’s is welcome!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2011 by riseabovefitnessoc

When I started down this journey of fitness I envisioned working with gnarly people who were pushing serious weight and giving their blood, sweat and tears in the gym. Now although I do have my fair share of these type of clients I also have your everyday normal person that just wants to get in really good shape. They aren’t training for any specific sport or race or anything like that. They are training for life. So they can feel good about them selves and set personal goals that I help them shatter. Now this industry is riddled with ego. To many people who feel this industry owes them something for their service. Some of the people who I have learned/interned with had these ego’s and I got to learn what and what not to do in this industry to try to inspire people cause really that is all this is about. Writing good programs, teaching good form and inspiring people to do things they never thought possible. That goes for every type of client. With that being said I’ll get to my damn point before I ramble on more.

One thing that is engraved in my brain is someone who I used to look up to in this industry saying to me “I don’t want to train fat people and especially don’t want to have my gym be a mom gym”. That is one thing that has stuck and helped build my philosophy. That philosophy is I don’t give a fuck who you are, what sport you play, how fat you are or how many kids you have pumped out of you. If you came to me ready to work I’ll get you where you need to get and then passed that. Now that I have my own gym that has come true. Anyone that has been in my gym will attest to that. I have Athletes working out along side your many levels of men and women and it makes for a great environment.

I’ll tell you what I get stoked about. Seeing a mother of two doing proper olympic squats and getting off on the fact that she put up over 100lbs. Seeing a guy that used to be over weight and now can do unassisted pull ups. I get off on trying to turn people into machines and changing their mindset from a need to a want and then back to a NEED to get to the gym mindset. Everyone deserves to be challenged if they are up for it. No matter if they have 10 kids, weigh 6000000 pounds or aren’t an “ELITE ATHLETE”. A big fuck you to the people who tried to sell me their elitist bullshit advice when I was getting into this game. I’ll take those “fat people” and “mom’s” all day long and try my hardest to make them impressive.

If you are reading this and don’t agree with me that is perfectly fine but……. Fuck you too.



Squats, Deadlifts and heavy music

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2011 by riseabovefitnessoc

I will make this short and sweet! Most people especially men don’t work their legs enough and this might entice those who are reading this work legs into their routine. I’m going to give my friend Warren half credit for this advice I am about to drop. Work Squats and deadlifts to your daily routine. It’s quite simple really. If you are on a 4 day program Squat at the beginning of days 1 and 3 and deadlift on days 2 and 4. Keep it heavy! Meaning execute 3 working sets with a target of 5 reps. Now since you are lifting heavier take about 4 warm up sets gradually working up your weight till you reach your working set weight. What this does is get your body warmed up and also for men gets your testosterone firing before you start on your program. What people need to understand is that your legs are fat burning factories. If you are a guy and your just wondering why you can’t lean out as well as you want and your idea of working legs is elliptical or stair master then think again. I’m talking about blunt fucking force! This is get your burners working. Trust me you will be stoked. Same goes for women so don’t be scared of those things called weights. Your body needs muscle. Also listening to heavy music and air guitar and head bang in between sets. That will work the crucial wrist and neck muscles!


I love my ass

Posted in Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 by riseabovefitnessoc

So the boss says he needs me to write a blog about Rise Above from a woman’s perception. Not really sure what the future of these things will be like but fuck it. My first topic is one even I struggle with, Body Image.


If you’re a woman and your not self conscience, you’re fucking lying. Get over it, some girls are big, some slim, and some in between. Embrace the body you were given and do the best you can to mold that frame. I’m super tired of seeing rad looking chicks say they are big. Fuck you guys. Tell that to an obese person who is trying to loose 100 lbs for their health, not for vanity. Weight is just a number it’s about how you feel. I wish I was 130 lbs, but its never going to happen. So, I do the best with what i’ve got, and I’m proud. I’ve got a huge ass & I love it! If you have rockin quads, be proud of what you’ve got! Love you’re body cuz its the only one you get!


If you’re unhappy with the way you look, quit complaining & get your ass in RAF.


– Dana!