Archives for December 2017

Fitness Gift Ideas

Well, it’s just about here! Of course I’m talking about Christmas! We are only 5 days away. I wanted to give you some gift ideas for a fitness enthusiast or just the person who wants to get going with a workout routine or an improvement in their nutrition.

Back Mechanic 





If you or anyone you know has back pain you need this book. Stuart McGill is the world’s foremost authority on spine health and back pain and this book is a step-by-step guide on how to fix yours. His research and methods have completely revolutionized fitness training. How do you know if your trainer or chiropracter is with it? Are they having you do crunches? Then they’re not.

Why Me Want Eat

We all have issues with food. If you or someone you know struggles with food, eating, and body image issues, conventional self-help or diet books might not always hit the right note. This one takes a different tone and is simply fantastic. The author, Krista Scott-Dixon is one of the heads of Precision Nutrition and has changed the way many coaches approach nutrition. This is not just a diet book. It’s actually much more important. Oh, and it’s very funny too.

Foam Roller

Almost all of our members start their sessions with a foam roller. You should too. If you haven’t used one before it might be a little wierd and uncomfortable at first but, trust me, if you give it time within a few weeks much of that will go away and it will actually start to feel good! One thing to remember here is that the more uncomfortable it is, the more you need to do it!

The New Rules of Lifting For Women

In my time training people I’ve seen a huge change in the way women approach strength training. It’s been great to see that women are realizing that being strong looks greats, feels great and is incredibly empowering and healthy! In truth there shouldn’t be a big difference in the way that men and women strength train but although this book has been around for a while it is full of great workouts and nutrition advice. If you know a woman who wants to get started strength training (and she should) this book is a great way to start.


How can you fit an entire gym in a duffle bag? Bands! You may be very surprised to find out that one or two resistance bands can give you one heck of a full body workout. Bands are perfect for people who travel a lot, don’t have a lot of money or room for equipment or even want to take their workout outside. On the site I gave you they’ll even give you some free workouts so you can learn to use them. We use bands all the time at our gym.

Weightlifting Belt

Weightlifting belts have a pretty specific use. They help you lift more weight! If you know someone who has some ambitions to really push some weight around with their squat or deadlift, a good belt is a must.

Well, I hope I was able to give you some ideas albeit a little late. Let me know if you have any questions to help you pick out that special gift for someone.

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS
Castro Valley Fitness
2861 Grove Way
Discover Your Strength!



December 2017 – Emily Jensen

Castro Valley Fitness – Member of the Month

December 2017

It is our pleasure to recognize Emily Jensen as our Member of the Month. Emily has been a member of CV Fitness for 3+ years.

She just competed in her first Power Lifting Meet last month. She decided to compete because she wanted to challenge herself to do something scary. Throughout the process she has experienced increased physical and mental strength along with learning to trust hard things even if it’s scary. Competing is very empowering and she recommends any woman to follow her example.

Since joining CV Fitness she is in the best shape of her life. It has helped her manage depression and helped with her positive self-talk. She finds CV Fitness a place that welcomes people from all walks of life. There is a lot of support and encouragement for everyone working on their own personal goals. She likes the connection between her workouts and what she does in her daily life.

Her advice is to be patient, be kind to yourself – don’t compare yourself to what others are doing in the gym, give 110% and celebrate your own personal victories, ask questions and try things that are scary.

The three words that describe Emily’s experience at CV Fitness are “welcoming, supportive and empowering.”

What The Heck Am I Talking About – Breathe

Hello and welcome to the next video in the “What The Heck Am I Talking About” series!!

We give all sorts of cues at our gym and sometimes I like to break down what we  really mean when we’re giving them. Today we’re talking about breathing. You might be thinking “I breathe everyday!!” and you’re right but this may be not be as simple as you think. Especially if you have any kind of shoulder or back pain!

Anyway, take a look and let me know what you think!

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS
Castro Valley Fitness
2861 Grove Way