Archives for May 2019

News and Notes from Castro Valley Fitness

Back in Boston in the 80s and 90s I’d always look forward to the Sunday Boston Globe. Specifically the sports section. The Sunday sports section featured two of the greatest sports writers of their, or any other, time, Peter Gammons and Will McDonough. On Sundays they’d write their “News and Notes” column which would consist of different tidbits and rumours from around the leagues. I loved it!

Anyway, I thought I’d do my tribute to those great writers and do a “News and Notes From Castro Valley Fitness” post.

Here we go!

News and Notes From Castro Valley Fitness

  • The all or nothing mentality will almost always get you nothing. If this your normal approach you probably already know that. Stop kidding yourself and cut it out! This is NOT the time it is finally going to work.
  • Training flexibility for flexibility’s sake is not only pretty pointless, it’s probably going to get you hurt. Especially if you’re not doing a good amount of strength training to supplement it.
  • Sometimes you have to listen to your body but sometimes you need to tell your body to shut up. Not every little tweak is worth worrying about.
  • If you have chronic joint or back pain, just hitting the gym 2-3 times a week won’t cut it. Even if you’re doing an appropriate program you need to do something EVERY DAY to see real results. (15-25 minutes of the right stuff can be very effective.)
  • You know if you’re working hard or not. Get with it.
  • Yes, pull-ups and the bench press are hard. You’re just not going to improve every single week on those exercises. Just accept it, work hard and progress will come. It just may take a longer than on some other exercises.
  • Sometimes the best way to lift more weight is to just put more on the bar. Get out of your own way.
  • Finally, As the great RuPaul says: Feeling aren’t facts. Keep this in mind when you are trying to justify what you’re doing if you’re not getting the results you want.
Feeling aren't facts at Castro Valley Fitness

Feeling Aren’t Facts

We covered a lot of ground here. I hope at least one or two things clicked with you. Let me know what you thought about todays post and please let me know if there is something you’d like me to write about.

Have a great day!

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



May Member of the Month – Kathy Viera

Castro Valley Fitness May Member of the Month Kathy Viera

It is our pleasure to recognize Kathy Vieira as the CV Fitness Member of the month for May 2019.  Kathy was one of the “dance Moms” and saw CVF as she was waiting for her daughter’s dance class to end (FYI: she’s no longer a “dance mom”).  She decided to join about 2 ½ years ago with a goal to get stronger.  She wanted to fight the genetics and be stronger than her parents.

Kathy is not only a mother, spouse, and teacher; but also helps manage estate sales.  This requires her to lift furniture and boxes.  Achieving a 150lb deadlift assures she can handle that job just fine. She has found her added strength to be very empowering. On a recent plane trip she surprised a fellow passenger by being able to put her suitcase in the overhead compartment without help. You Go Girl!

Kathy has been dealing with some pretty tough family health issues.  This has caused significant stress in her life.  Throughout it all, she rarely misses a workout.  She is always positive with a smile on her face.  She finds CVF as a place where she can concentrate on herself and de-stress.  The very positive and family oriented environment is where she knows she’ll find support.

The three words she uses to describe her experience at CVF are “positive”, “inspirational” and “fun”.  Kathy, you are an inspiration to all of us at CVF!