I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer in Las Vegas, a city with a wide variety of people from soccer moms to Cirque Du Soleil performers. I grew up in a relatively un-athletic lifestyle, but I read a lot and learn things quickly. I learned a lot about fitness without ever trying it for myself. My haphazard dieting and too much fast food combined with too little physical activity, and as a result I found myself heavier than I really wanted to be. I spent most of my twenties gaining, losing, and regaining the same 10 pounds.
While my official post-pregnancy weight was only 3 pounds over my official pre-pregnancy weight, I was too heavy in the first place! The baby was a convenient excuse to stop trying. I resigned myself to fat-girl jeans and frumpy tops.
One night in 1997, Warren came home and announced that we were going on a diet. A serious diet, and we were going to do it together. Over the next 6 months I lost 30 pounds. To this day, I am in the normal range of BMI. I am proof that diets can work.
Nevertheless, I still wasn’t fit. Just skinny. It took several more years before I got serious about working out regularly. I had to find out for myself that it’s a “work out” rather than a “playtime.” Now, I am proud of how I look in a bathing suit — or my birthday suit! I’m in better shape now than I was in high school: stronger, more flexible, better endurance.
Over the years, I have tried a variety of workout plans: walking; martial arts; aerobic dance (including Jazzercize); weight lifting; yoga; pilates; calisthenics. I’ve been in classes, I’ve taken workouts from books and magazines, I’ve done workouts from recordings and videos. Everyone is different, but some things just work for everybody.
I’ve been there, and I know how hard it can be to lose weight. I know how hard it is to “just say no” to lunch with the girls at the office. I know how hard it is to get your butt out of bed early and work out. There’s nothing easy about this, and no magic pills. But maybe I can give you a few tips to make it less difficult.
Warren Magnus. DO
I am a family medicine and urgent care physician living in Las Vegas. In my career I have done everything from traditional family medicine and emergency medicine to sports medicine, weight loss, and anti-aging. Professionally, I have good idea what I am talking about when it comes to fitness, weight loss and delaying the wages of age.
Personally, my weight loss and fitness journey began over a decade ago. While still in my medical training I found that my weight had been slowly creeping up and I was looking at yet another increase in belt size. Having just replaced a portion of my wardrobe for what I had considered the inevitability of weight gain with a mature life of a husband and father, I said enough and set out to lose weight. I also went about things the wrong way, I was successful but it wasn’t the best approach.
This is what I accomplished in a few months with highly disciplined dieting. I lost 50 pounds and still in relatively poor physical condition. Diet alone can work, but it won’t make you ripped or lean, just thin. Over the intervening years I added real exercise and have slowly become leaner and more fit. Every year since I look back and have been in the best shape of my life. Every year I get better than the year before.
What is this all about?
This site originally began to support a dedicated anti-aging medical practice. One of the things I discovered was that more than just clinical help, people needed information. Be it fitness, weight loss or anti-aging information, we will try and feature it here. The goal is to share our collective experience and provide a little motivation. Staying healthy, trim and minimizing aging can be hard work but the benefits are worth it.