Do you need protein to lose weight?

Do you need protein to lose weight?

What does protein have to do with it?

At first apprehensive about showing her picture, Jill decided that her story was worth sharing!


Jill and Wes

This is Jill with Wes, and this is what she said to me when I asked her how she dropped 40 lbs since training with us…

“Well coming here to workout, but

a Sh%T load of chicken,
and not eating junk 70% of the time.”

Words from one of our most successful female clients down 40 lbs since training with us from 205 lbs.

As simple as it can get from someone who had about 150 questions before starting her fitness journey.

“You think lifting weights is better or cardio?”
“What about HIIT? I heard that works great.”
“What about going vegan, I just saw the game changers movie.”
“Won’t lifting weights get me bigger?”

And all questions you can expect from a beginning, inquisitive fitness hopeful overwhelmed with the black hole of internet information. And then realizing as she went on that consistency with the basics would carry her forward.

Protein, less crap, move more.

Might be important for weight loss

“Higher-protein energy-restriction diets lead to greater weight loss, fat mass loss, and preservation of lean mass along with greater improvements in select cardiometabolic health outcomes, over the shorter term, compared with lower-protein diets” (Leidy et al. 2015).

Simple but not easy.

“Although greater satiety, weight loss, fat mass loss, and/or the preservation of lean mass are often observed with increased protein consumption in controlled feeding studies, the lack of dietary compliance with prescribed diets in free-living adults makes it challenging to confirm a sustained protein effect over the long term” (Leidy et al 2015).

Not easy, but probably better than the Vegan and ab blaster program from your favorite Instagram fitness influencer.


Fit shaming, ever heard of it?

Fit shaming, ever heard of it?

Obesity is killing us! Stop the fat shaming!

How about Fit Shaming?

You ever heard of it?

“Jeez you’re so skinny, you have to eat more. ”

“Just have a cookie man.”

Yeah these are things that have been said to me, as I sit at a normal (albeit a lower than average body fat percentage #shredlife), a normal BMI (body mass index or height to weight ratio), and probably taking in more calories than said shamer.


Shred Life


“That girl looks so silly.”
As an overweight girl tries to figure out how to follow along with a youtube dance video.

“What the hell is that guy doin?”
As the baby boomer gentlemen who has never exercised is attempting to do kettlebell swings for the first time.

Things I’ve heard in commercial gym settings.




The biggest reason we might die as per the newest research is not that we’re fat, its that we don’t MOVE.

“Findings from a recent meta-analysis suggest that poor cardiorespiratory fitness is an independent and a better predictor of mortality than obesity, and that the risk for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality is higher in individuals with normal body mass index (BMI) and poor physical fitness, compared with individuals with high BMI and good physical fitness (Silverman and Duester, 2014).”

Fit shaming, ever heard of it?

– Your Fitness Liason

Paul W. Park Co-founder/Owner

UpFit Training Academy

When Exercise Is NOT Good For You

When Exercise Is NOT Good For You


The ability to bounce back.

To learn from our mistakes.

Our bodies ability to build bone density with weight lifting.

Our immune system’s natural way of vaccinating us against diseases.

It’s what makes the human being so resilient.

More specifically anti-fragile.

As Nassim Taleb explains in his book “Antifragile”, antifragility is better than resiliency, because it allows for gain from stressful events.

We have the awesome ability to get better and stronger, physically and emotionally after recovering from stressful events.

Our hardships develop our character. As does exercise for our physical bodies. As does going outside playing and rolling around in the dirt as a kid fortifying our immune systems as adults.

We have that ability, but we’re not bulletproof, there’s a Goldilocks zone. Where the soup is not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

Are we getting enough SLEEP? Are we eating nutrient dense foods? Hydrated? Are we over-stressed from our demanding bosses, bills, relationships? People forget that stress is not just a mood but a physiological response.

Stress is not a mental thing that can be wished away but a physical part of your being at any given moment.

That’s why we ask these questions to new clients during our initial UpFit Assessment. Because we might need to dial back the first week.

There’s been more times than I can count as a young ambitious coach when I put new clients through hard workouts their first day. No matter how much sleep they got, no matter their fitness level, never asking how they were feeling.

2 days later they would text me saying they’re sick, and can’t make the next workout.

80% of the time I would never see them again.

We forget exercise is inherently a stress as well. And to an unfit, over-stressed, and under-slept trainee it can put them into the too hot “goldilocks” zone where you end up burning your tongue.

Bring out those anti fragile capabilities of our body. As we become more fit, our physical anti fragile abilities will fortify. Just make sure you’re hydrating, prioritizing your sleep, and telling your boss to shove it.

-Coach Paul is a master trainer and co-owner of Upfit Academy – Small Group Fitness and Personal Training Specialists proximal to Midtown NYC.

How To Create Motivation

How To Create Motivation







The digital boom is upon us.

Data is the new commodity.

If you look at the most valuable companies today, data hoarding companies like Facebook and Google top that list. Compare that to 20 years ago in the 2000’s, it was the big oil companies, Exxon-Mobil, BP, and Shell.

This cool video shows that transition over time.

I’m thinking there’s a couple reasons how “big data” became the new “big oil”.

One, companies like Facebook feed into our primal need for social validation.

For the majority of the 300,000 year old history of our species, if we didn’t care what our direct network thought of us, we were lone goners.

Two, social media services give us direct and immediate feedback whether we are getting better at using their apps.

That cool ”so adorable” post you put up of your growing dog family getting more likes than before.

Your friend count list going up, as you expand your social digital network.

With every well done and interesting instagram post, your follower count going up.

This sort of improvement drive is how the once in a generational mobile internet game like Fortnite made over 8 billion dollars.

With the more time you play, your characters level up, get stronger, gain more powerful skills, and obtain newer weapons.

This makes you want to KEEP playing.

WE like getting better at things.

We feel accomplished.

We feel in control.

We feel like success is in our hands.

And with success meters easily seen and available, we become more motivated to keep making that progress.

It relates to the pathways in our brain.

The act of doing something, and then receiving an anticipated reward (accomplishment) sends our brain a hormone hit, making us feel good.

How does this relate to getting and staying motivated to keep making those gains?

By keeping track of your workouts and training program!

Writing down the weights we lifted today as compared to last week.

Seeing our mile run times get faster.

Marking down the two extra reps we did on that weighted squat.

Compare this to the casual once in a while gym goer looking to  “maintain”, as they come in for a few sets of air squats, jogs on the treadmill for a little while, stretches a bit, and works up a light sweat.

Or even worse, that person consistently going through brutal workouts that have no structure and plan, but are frustrated because they don’t seem to be looking any better.

How long do you think these person will stick to their routines?

And usually they’ll blame it on a lack of motivation.

Well, there was no direct and readable meter of progress.

Logging and tracking your workouts is a truly simple way to CREATE motivation.

This is why at UpFit Training Academy we love our TrainHeroic software, and use it with all our clients;

We encourage them to get comfortable using the software app during classes, reading, comparing, and logging their sets, reps, weights, and conditioning times.

This has them see the extra set they did this week as compared to last.

And the way we coach and work, for 9 out of 10 people, the current week’s performance is better than last weeks.

Want to create motivation?

Start keeping track of your workouts!

Yours in good health,

Coach Paul

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The BIGGEST problem with the fitness industry

This is the biggest problem with the fitness industry

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Wes and I started UpFit Training Academy with one thing in mind.

To be the most people focused fitness company in the industry.

Having spent a combined couple of decades working in fitness, we’ve seen it all. The trends, the fads, and the reasons for what most fitness companies do.

Don’t get me wrong. There are some great services out there with awesome coaches/trainers, but most of them just seem to fall short on what people like you really need to succeed.

We’re working hard to create the type of fitness community that you would be proud to be apart of. Somewhere where you can finally work towards the goals you’ve been dreaming about.

Check out the video for what we have in mind, and feel to comment below with any thoughts or suggestions on what YOU would want in a gym of yours.

Show of hands, who wants to get fit and strong??

Why did we start UpFit Training Academy?

Why did Westley and I decide to start our own fitness company?

Because there’s not enough services out there to give people what we REALLY need for success in health and fitness. Most commercial gyms actually model their businesses so that you DON’T show up.

What drives people to keep working hard and doing uncomfortable things (the two most important factors of success in fitness)? A sense of togetherness and accountability to a team and tribe bigger than themselves.

We at UpFit Training Academy strive to create an environment of support and mutual encouragement, and our signature small group training program drives that sort of culture. We find that through facilitating a team atmosphere, our clients practice the most important drivers of success in fitness/health: consistency, self-reliance, and self motivation.

“We assessed 2 types of workout goals: supportive goals and self-image goals. Our subjects strongly indicated that they were much more interested in supporting their fellow exercisers (e.g., camaraderie and support) during their group workouts than being concerned about self-image goals (e.g. sense of competition, physical appearance). Supporting
others while working out was positively related to intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, satisfaction in small group individualized training, well-being, and self-reported health and energy” (Wayment & McDonald, 2017).

Show of hands, who wants to get fit and strong??

We are at a point in human history where we are overly connected, but yet so isolated. It’s mind blowing that we can go a whole day in one of the most dense cities in the world, and not talk to anybody on a similar journey as us. The path to success is not through solo workouts in a crowded gym with your headphones on. It’s through a high positive atmosphere, where mutual support and teamwork empowers us to push past our perceived limits.

“The results of our study suggest that, at least for some individuals, an individualized group exercise setting may yield benefits beyond what is achieved by workouts performed in solitude. Our results suggest that combining individualized training in small groups provides a context that supports basic psychological needs. Furthermore, an exercise model that combines individual attention in a small-group setting may facilitate what Sandstrom and Dunn argue are the important “weak ties” that facilitate well being and sense of belonging and well being” (Wayment & McDonald, 2017).

Ask us about our signature small group training program! Get inspired by your fellow members, and see how as a team we can achieve more than as individuals. 

-Coach Paul

The Prowler Sled Push will get you mentally strong

How to be Mentally Strong!

The Prowler Sled Push will get you mentally strong

What separates the mentally strong from the mentally weak?

Happy July, and more importantly a happy official midpoint of the year 2018.

These are some thoughts that I have come across that have kept me personally in check and strong mentally.

What are the bad habits holding you back?

Did you know that studies show how our negative thoughts make up more than 80% of all our thoughts for the day?

We are geared toward being negatively biased in the name of survival.

What do mentally strong people not do?

They are conscious of the theme of thoughts that rents space in your head.

The thoughts that impede your acts of greatness and courage.

What are these thoughts that you tell yourself?

Maybe you are…

Throwing a pity party for yourself, “why does this always happen to me?”


Comparing yourself to others, making others the cause of your problems, feeling superiority, feeling less than.


Feeling entitled, saying life is unfair.

The truth is, life is not fair, and stuff will not always happen the way you want it to.

These thoughts seemingly feel so little in the moment, are what we call rationalizations. It’s how we cope when are actions don’t line up with our intentions.

But they can cascade.

Into who you are, the way you act, how you carry yourself.

Instead, go through the discomforts, own it, teach yourself you can handle anything.

You have everything you need to move forward.

What’s one small 1% you can take today?

What do mentally strong people not do?

Make a note of it and take action on it today!