Many people think that there is a one size fits all approach to losing weight and keeping your body balanced, but that is far from the truth.  We are all unique, and when faced with losing weight or changing our body composition, we must have a customized approach.  We perform a series of Tests & Assessments so that we can put a specific plan to get you to your fitness & weight loss goals.  One of the obvious pieces of data that we need to be able to put a plan together, is to find out your resting metabolic rate (RMR).  Here is a letter from a wonderful guest of ours who has lost 31 lbs using this important data…….

Dear Live in Fitness!!

Once again I’m thrilled to report I’m stronger than Howard (my husband)!!! (Just Kidding).  No, but usually I do find it hard to pick up my plants in their heavy pots to get them outside for fresh air! But guess what?!  I was able to bring them out with no problem this time…

Also I’m excited to say, that  after the third time it finally is sinking in that the RMR of 1297 is a number that is key to my continued weight loss…This particular test is giving me a platform to guide my vehicle (as Eric taught me) into the ability to deduct my calories from that total and know precisely the needed calories i burn in order to either stay at my current weight of 146lbs or to continue to my goal of 125lbs.

At 5’2 and 177 lbs where I began my journey, it was getting harder and harder  to bring down my cholesterol of 270.  Now I’m excited to get my numbers from my doctor and I’ll let you know!

Please tell all the trainers, the chefs and the entire staff that I could not have done it without y’all… The peace of Hilton Head Island, the amazing meals and those outrageous coconut chocolate chip macaroons at night……tell Matt WooHoo!!

All in all I met great friends and feel you are all like family to me!!

I have to come back again soon and I will!  I had the best time ever!!!

Give my regards to Eric and tell him thank you for bringing a little piece of Paradise into my life!


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This is the rate at which your body burns calories (otherwise known as the fuel that revs your engine).  If you consume more fuel than what your tank can hold, you will gain weight.  If you are trying to reduce your weight, you will need to burn off more calories than what you are consuming.   The question is, how do you know how many calories you need to burn to get to your goal?  How many calories do you need to burn to then maintain your weight?  We are able to find this out thru our RMR Testing that we do on site.  Once we have that number for you, we can more accurately determine how many calories you should be consuming each day, and how many more calories you need to burn thru exercise to get to your goals in the most effective and efficient way possible.  You are unique, and your fitness & weight loss program needs to be too!

Live in Fitness!  – Boot Camp




Take it from a guy who’s been doing this his whole life.  – Fitness Camp.

I’ve trained professional athletes, actors seeking to bulk up for roles, and everyday people who want to look and feel fantastic. Building muscle is not just about pumping iron!

Strength building isn’t just for guys wanting big muscles. Anyone looking to speed up their metabolism, appear lean, and feel sculpted should be building muscle. Especially after the weight drops off.

Women — training like this is the “Fountain of Youth.” It will tighten your skin. No surgery needed.

Here are just a few of my tips on how to build up lean muscle in the fastest, most effective way possible:

1.  The Feel Technique

A learned technique, where direct pressure applied to the muscle during workout allows the brain to connect to the muscle. When done properly one workout has three times the impact.  So one week equals about three weeks, and one year is equal to almost three years of results. This technique is one of the main reasons celebrities and athletes keep coming back to train with us.

2.  Push to Failure, Punishing Pain at the end

Train like a beast, look like a beauty. That’s exactly what it takes. The last three to five reps of pure pain help rip the muscle so it can be rebuilt, bigger and stronger. Not everyone has what it takes to be toned. As I always say, It takes hard work and an unrelenting pursuit of a goal. So when you think you can’t push any further, dig deep, just a couple more!

3. Fuel Yourself

No matter how long or hard you work your muscles, if the fuel for your body is not optimized, you will not gain lean mass, period!

You wouldn’t put cheap fuel in a formula- one race car, would you? What about an airplane…would you feel comfortable flying on low-budget fuel? No, of course not. Your body is a complicated system that is unique to you. It has to have the correct combo of protein, carbs and fats to maximize lean mass. Protein also controls hormones that will in-turn control your metabolic process.

Eat lean, eat often, and grow your body properly. 

Click Here for a video that shows how to use the feel technique. Within this video is one of my secrets to building lean muscle. Give it a look, and dive into the fountain of youth!

Stay strong in mind, body, and spirit!

– Eric

What is the Right Balance?  Fat Camp –

We all stress about balancing different aspects of our lives, specifically how much time we spend on our health, social life, family and career. Here is a quick exercise that can help you see what life balance means to you. If you haven’t tried this, this will help with prioritizing and balancing what’s most important to you.

Using the chart below, we’re going to look at where you are now, and address where you want to be. Do a before and after list to see the difference. First, write down the percentage of time you currently (don’t lie!) spend on these different areas in your life. After you’re done, I want you to pretend that you only have one hour in your day.  How would you priorities the time among each of these life areas? Make sure it all equals to 100%

balance-pie-sheet-fat-campAfter writing the list, here are things to note: 

Strengths and Weaknesses.

What types of things can you do to get yourself in Balance? List your strengths and weaknesses.

Explain in detail; ideas to focus on strengths and use your weaknesses as strengths: (A great resource for doing this is the Gallup Strength Finders Test)

How Do You Want to Look? Which areas do you need to improve? Visualize your Goal! Take a moment and imagine the ideal you.  When you have the picture in your head, it’s time to go find yourself. You can find pictures online of things you want to accomplish and pictures of your ideal body. Save those pictures or even print them and put them on your fridge. They will serve as a reminder and motivation to keep you focused on what you really want to achieve.

It is important to write down our goals and thoughts to help us better understand them, and for us to really know and visualize what our goals are. Realizing out strengths and weaknesses is a big step in working on moving forward and bettering ourselves. The first step is to admit you need to work on certain aspects of your life in order to make a change that will help guide you in the right direction mentally and physically.

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Weight Loss Resorts – Exciting News!

Live In Fitness is a special place were thousands of people have come for help and have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds since 1997.  We feel so honored that we get to do what we do, be the team behind each and every person that comes to stay with us.  We always strive to do better and to be better so that we can do everything that we can to make a difference in each persons life.

We are making some more changes to better our services and our facilities to give you the best experience we can offer. In the next phase of our advancements we will be bringing on a handful of professionals who will help lead our team so that they can give you the ultimate experience at Live In Fitness.We are thrilled to introduce you to 2 new professionals that have contributed greatly to our program in a very short time. Here is a little introduction to our new Executive Chef Brandon Franklin, and our new General Manager Sarah Stone.

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Brandon Franklin
Executive Chef Hilton Head Island, S.C.
I’ve been in the Food and Beverage industry for 20 years. I’ve had the privilege to work with many aspects of Food and Beverage including fine dine, catering, boarding schools and corporate restaurants. I’ve had great teachers as well as being self taught. Starting at the age of 14 I’ve been in the kitchen working at every level from dishwasher to executive chef. Hard work and determination allowed me to become a executive sous chef by the age of 23.
Most of my career was spent in fine dine establishments. At age 27 I had my first child. This led me to pursue a career in Health and Nutrition and learn the fundamentals of healthy eating. This path lead me through weight loss facilities, health and wellness centers, boarding schools for teens and private chef work.
This Ultimately led me to Live in Fitness where I will continue to learn and teach. I feel I can bring a gourmet element to their signature customization Macronutrients for client success.
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Sarah Stone
General Manager Hilton Head, S.C.
“I love what I do. I believe in what I do. My unfaltering dedication to Live in Fitness, Its philosophy, and our clients is what fuels me on a daily basis.”
Sarah has extensive experience in managing high level programs and people. She is a NHS graduate with a BA degree from the University of Toledo. Prior to joining Live in Fitness, Sarah was involved in the initial research and development of a unique therapeutic residential school dedicated to health, wellness and weight loss and served as its Director of Programs for 7 years. Previous positions have included research and development for Museums, Universities and a leading economist.
You will find her meticulous attention to detail, compassion, and open door policy a welcome haven to our clients.
She manages our teams of experts and programs of excellence and is always making sure that Live in Fitness is leading the way in evidenced-based best practices and that its clients are supported to the utmost of her abilities.
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When you eat, there are some very important things to keep in mind. I’m not going to call them rules, because I don’t want to completely take the joy out of eating for you. With that in mind, there are some principles below that you should follow. The first one is the biggest one of all:  FOOD IS FUEL.

Nutrition Principle #1 – Food Is Fuel.
Food is to your body what gas is to your car.  256 Big Mac’s have the same amount of kcal or joules to fuel a car to go a mile. The better the fuel, the better you perform…and without it, you’re going nowhere.  Food gives you power, not the other way around.

Nutrition Principle #2 – Eat Within Balance.
Different types of foods serve different purposes in your body. It’s important to make sure you’re getting all of them, and in the right portions.  Fill about a quarter of your plate with protein, such as a chicken breast, and another quarter with starch, such as potatoes, bread, rice, or pasta. The other half of  your plate should have vegetables, and salad.  For those whose diets include dairy, meals can include a cup of milk, a carton of yogurt, or a slice of cheese.

Nutrition Principle #3 – Carry Protein Bars.
You never know when you’ll be in a situation when the food choices will be unacceptable or out of balance. That’s why you should always carry a couple of protein bars.  I prefer Zone Perfect bars because I think they have the best combination of taste and nutrition.  Try to pick a bar that’s around 200 calories and includes at least 15 grams of protein. This will tide you over for 2 hours.

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Nutrition Principle #4 – Fast Food Is Fine in Moderation.
It’s no surprise that 80% of people who are considered overweight and unhealthy are “heavy users” (pun intended) of fast food restaurants. You can enjoy fast food on occasion by learning what to eat (e.g. eat half the bun, hold the mayo and/or cheese, take a few sips of a shake instead of devouring a 64 oz. Blizzard Blast).  If you’re still hungry when you leave the golden arches, eat a protein bar or better yet you’ll get to eat again in 3 hours.

Nutrition Principle #5 – No Cheat Days (Look at the Math!).
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it could be destroyed in one. Balance, moderation, and making good choices are habits that must be strengthened through repetition⎯one cheat day can offset all the “good” days. Some regimens allow people to take off one day per week and eat anything and everything they want. This is a completely ludicrous approach.  Eating right and making good choices is a habit, and habits always get stronger through repetition.  If someone’s trying to quit smoking, you wouldn’t tell them they could smoke a pack on Sunday and quit again on Monday.

Below is a video with a few tips and tricks from our nutrition specialist, Eric.


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