Taste The Healthy Lifestyle… Real Food For Real Kids

  Are your kids “coocoo for Cocoa Puffs?”  Does there breakfast come in the form of pink moons, yellow stars, and orange clovers?  Are they receiving morning nutrition information from a rabbit?  Silly parent!  Trix are for kids!  Unfortunately now, so is obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.  Foods and drinks high in sugar are at […]


-Brett Klika I’m looking for investors. I want to open up a street stand where I sell nothing but high fructose corn syrup. No coloring or packaging, just cups full of the oozing substance. I will have toppings available like monosodium glutamate, calcium caseinate and, my mouth is already watering, calcium sulfate. If you think […]

Refuse To Fail

Just two weeks ago, someone asked me (for the umpteenth time) if I ever get mad. I responded to the question in my opening letter for our Fitness Quest 10 Insider telling about a particularly chaotic evening when our three young children clearly outnumbered me, and my wife, Melanie. I was totally frustrated that night. […]

The Summer Sloth Syndrome

Brett Klika C.S.C.S. For many youngsters, summer is a time for “free time.”  No school, homework, or daily structure.  It’s truly time to “be a kid.”  Ah, the carefree days of being a kid… doing mom’s list of chores, playing every ball (real and made up) game with the neighbor kids, riding bikes, and getting […]

What Grade Fuel Do You Use?

“You can’t out-train a bad diet”. Without a doubt, it’s one of my all time favorite quotes. My clients hear it daily. I will not stop using it. It rings true and I need my clients to hear my voice in their head stating that phrase when they consider hitting up the fast food joint […]

The Lighthouses of Training Youth

A navy battleship was in stormy waters when they spotted the light of what appeared to be another vessel in the distance.  The ship’s captain made radio contact with orders for the other vessel to change their course.  “Negative” was the reply.  “We recommend you change your course 15 degrees south to avoid a collision.”  […]

Mass Building During Off-season Training, Females Not Exempt

When it comes down to becoming a stronger athlete, nutrition plays a primary role.  In order for our tissues to move heavier loads they must get larger.  In order for this appreciable gain in size to occur, our tissues must get in enough calories to provide for our daily training, practice, and other life demands.   […]

Proper Nutrition Advice For Athletes

This month, I had the opportunity to answer some athlete training and nutrition questions from Craig Lane at Boise State University.  As coaches, teachers, and parents, we are often faced with many nutrition issues with our young athletes.  For the record, my nutritional advice is based on research, experience, and practical knowledge that comes from […]

Carry On

One question I love to ask my clients is “What drives you to be great?”  Regardless of whether it is a champion athlete, successful entrepreneur, or a hard-working professional, I find the answers are often similar.  Regardless of your business, dreams, and desires, let’s use the traits of a champion and apply them to our […]

Would You Like Fries With That

The other day I was talking with a young woman who was distressed about her life. She complained that everything was tough, “I have no time to exercise, I have two kids, I work ten to twelve hours a day, my husband was just laid off, the economy is stressing me out and I am […]