Training, Nutrition

Top 5 Takeaways from my Perform Better Conference August 2-4th

Over this past weekend, Coach Joey put down the weights (only for a minute) and picked up the books at the annual Perform Better Conference in Providence. This conference not only keeps Joey’s CSCS certification active, but teaches him tons of new things he can bring back to the gym for better workouts, better nutritional advice, and better overall health. Below are the top 5 takeaways from the conference that you can take into your own life.

1)    Connections – Making connections at one of these top notch seminars is a funny thing. I met and reconnected with so many amazing coaches over the weekend. Some were “famous” in the industry, some were just attending, and some in between. While this will not lead to more sales for someone like me, it goes far beyond the sales or money making possibilities. Having a great network around you is one of the most important aspects of a successful and fulfilling and happy life.

2)    There are some easy ways to drum up business and community outreach that doesn’t take thousands of dollars just a little bit of courage and connection with local businesses and restaurants. Be on the lookout for me at some local great places soon! Not only is this a great opportunity to promote the gym, but hopefully it will lead to some pretty cool local recommendations for you all to check out!

3)    Have some confidence and go after what you feel you deserve and work really hard for. It was a wake up or kick in the butt talk about putting in the work and making sure you get the results you are working for. Just like in the gym, you get back what you put out.

4)    Geeky tip(s): 

a.    Mobility before stability- You need to be mobile (having joint range or motion) first, then we can make that joint stabile from teaching it how to “Brace” or get strong. When we lose mobility, we tend to slow down and have degeneration.

b.    When working on stability, the simple act of breathing out hard gets most people to brace their core pretty well. This can be used in many aspects, even a setup for a deadlift. After you breathe out hard and feel that “brace” you can keep it and get a small breathe in and pull.

c.     Fat loss training still needs high reps, speed(power) work, heavy work and mid rep work. A good fat loss program will have all the above, just like we have at Jtab! (funny how that works, right!?)

d.    The simple cue of trying to pull apart a band or anything you’re holding onto, will help engage your lats more, especially for those that have difficulty working that area.

5)    Taking “diet” breaks more often than you think will usually lead to better adherence and results. It’s not normal to be “dieting” for 3 years straight. Not only is it not normal, its super detrimental to your hormones and health, and can actually have the opposite effect of what you’re trying to do. Eat above maintenance for a few days/weeks and then go back to base or below base level. A few days break can help keep your body on it’s toes, and burning fat and calories.


Training, Nutrition

A Holistic Approach to Healthy

Here at Jtab Training we believe the healthy extends beyond the gym. We talk a lot about working out and eating right (If you haven't heard Joey talk about Purium yet, you will!). However, a lot times, products we use in our daily lives (like skin care and cleaning products) can be contributing to poor health as well. It's not just about eating healthy and working out. Being healthy means integrating healthy habits and behavior in all aspects of our lives.

But don't be scared! Today our blog features a guest blogger Sherri, from Pure Haven, is helping us see how the products we use everyday CAN be safe, inexpensive and actually work! 

And don't forget to join the Jtab Training Crew and Sherri from Pure Haven to learn more about the gym, natural products and get a little taste of Purium (we told you you'd hear more about it soon!) at Jtab Training's Wellness day THIS Saturday (11/19) from 1:30-4:30pm!

Good news…

Because let’s face it, we all could use it right now! I’m going to ease one little anxiety that you’ve probably pushed way down to the bottom of your worry list, maybe you're trying not to think about because it’s too upsetting, or you just don’t have the time, money, energy or the right information to know how to fix it. I’m talking about how you long to feel confident that the products you and your family use are safe, not just guessing & convincing yourself…“well I bought it at Whole Foods so it must be ok” or “it says it’s natural so at least I’m trying”!  I’m talking about actually knowing that your stuff is safe. I always thought mine was, and whoa was I wrong. Now listen, I know you’re sick about hearing how everything is bad for you. There’s always a new article or research study telling you that everything you're doing is wrong. It’s enough to make you crazy really. You’ve got enough to worry about without stressing about those nasty, toxic chemicals that are lurking in your home and beauty products. So let me ease your mind and empower you with some info about the good stuff! 

  • Pure Haven Essentials is all good stuff. Only good stuff. Non-toxic, safe, and free of harmful chemicals. Safety, quality, and effectiveness is the Pure Haven way.  Products for your home, children, skin, hair, body, and beauty needs, as well as the highest quality essential oils…all made locally here in RI, in our USDA certified organic facility. (Read more about our Product Excellence, safety, and quality standards).
  • It’s easier than you think to be an ingredient detective when you’re shopping. You’ve learned to read food labels to meet your nutrition needs. You can do the same for your home and personal care products. This Ingredients to Avoid list is a great tool that lays out all of the worst offenders on the toxic charts. Simply bring it with you shopping, avoid the ingredients listed, and you’re on the right path to reducing toxins in your home.
  • You don’t have to do it all at once. Change doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start simple. What are the products you use absolutely every single day? Shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste… Think about the difference you can make in your health just by switching out a couple of products that you use constantly. You can add things gradually. No need to do a mass overhaul unless you're truly on a mission.
  • You can arm yourself with knowledge. Knowing what to avoid, why, and the impact small changes can make are the keys to a healthier you, a healthier home, and even a healthier planet. The Pure Haven Essentials website , and your local consultant are great sources of information.
  • Pure Haven Essentials Independent Consultants are here for you for any question or need you might have. We can help you decide where to start, give product advice, help with orders or any customer service needs, provide some tips and tricks, or even be your personal shopper so you don’t have to even think about what gift to get! Every one of us is a small business owner, so by shopping through an independent consultant, you are supporting small business and helping families achieve their goals and dreams. Now that’s some good karma! 
  • You can shop right online, and your products will be shipped in just a couple of days. We’ve always got a monthly freebie with a $95+ order, and there’s even more opportunities for free and discounted products if you place a larger group order!
  • You contact me anytime for more info on products, shopping, hosting a party or group order, or to inquire about our $99 business opportunity. Browse my website , email me at, or call/text me at 401-447-6635.


The good news is that Pure Haven Essentials is a safe, effective choice you never have to second-guess, stress or worry about. We’re in the business of doing good, and we’re all about making your world, your home and our world together a safer place to be. Doesn’t that just give you the warm fuzzies? Spread a little love and tell a friend about Pure Haven today!


Old vs New

What a difference a year makes!

As JTab Training celebrated one year at our new location in East Greenwich, I have to look back at how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown over the past year. Moving from a cramped 450 square feet to over 1,600 has completely transformed how our clients work out. For those who were with JTab at the old gym, you may remember strict work out schedules, less equipment and a much more crowded space. Now, at our new location we are able to fit over 10 clients at a time (with room to still move around), more equipment, and multiple trainers. Because of this, we can be much more flexible with the time people can show up to work out, as well as offer multiple options for trainers (although lets be honest, we all know who the best is….)



Another big change is that our clients all receive personalized sheets with a workout each visit. These sheets break down the days workout, as well as reminds everyone what they should be doing, how many reps they need to do and how much weight to add. This allows more people through while still getting my personalized attention. Some people like more direction during their workout, while others prefer just an intermittent check-in. With the sheets and the new space, I am able to effectively split my time between helping those that need it more and those who dont need as much attention.

With more people in the gym at one time, the open layout still allows me to see everyone working out at once. Even with multiple people working out at once, I can watch everyones form, help set up exercises and make sure everyone is working out safely and effectively.

While I will always be grateful for the business’ roots and where it started, I must say (and I hope my client’s agree!) that our new location has allowed for some awesome changes. While we may be here for the next few years, keep an eye out for even more changes in the future. Like our clients strength training, we are a work in progress, and will continue to grow bigger and stronger.