Checking In on Your Health with a Personalized Doctor

Living in California, one of the issues I see most commonly with my clients is a desire to see results without wasting any time.

They’re willing to pay a premium to have high quality individualized service, and they take their health seriously.

A few weeks ago, one of my clients mentioned that he’d recently started using a concierge medical practice to meet his needs for physical checkups without wasting his time. Other than watching Royal Pains, I didn’t really have any idea about what concierge doctors do, so I looked it up.

What Is Concierge Medicine?

The first thing I looked up was what, exactly, concierge medicine actually is. I know I personally have an image of a sexy young doctor running around Long Island to treat mega-rich clients at their every beck and call, but that can’t possibly be the reality, can it?

Well, sort of. It turns out that concierge medicine really has two main selling points.

The first is convenience. That means that yes, many concierge doctors will do home or office visits, and many guarantee that you can have an appointment available within a reasonable amount of time. It doesn’t mean that they’ll run over to your house the second you call them, at least not in most cases.

The other main selling point is actually the more important, but less talked about reason for paying a concierge medical fee. Personalized medicine means that you know your doctor, and can be confident that your doctor knows you. In a world where many patients see different doctors every time they have an appointment, and the doctor simply looks at a chart to determine the patient’s overall health, a one on one relationship with your physician is extremely important.

The Pros and Cons of Personalized Medicine

Now that we know what it is, is concierge medicine worth it?

I think so. Overall, the level of personal accountability for your care means that you’re working with someone who is invested in your total health. Since fees are often based on a retainer arrangement, concierge doctors are more geared towards total health rather than solving an individual problem in isolation.

As we’re learning more and more about how different health problems are actually interrelated, that’s an extremely strong selling point in my view.

The only real downside is the cost. Many concierge practices charge retainers on a monthly or annual basis, regardless of whether you use the service consistently. Those retainers can be several hundred dollars or more. But if the resources are less of an issue, then this is definitely a physician option you should consider.

Further Resources and Concierge Practices in California

Concierge Doctors in San Francisco, CA.

Concierge Doctors in Los Angeles, CA.

Concierge Doctors in San Diego, CA.

Nutrition for Weight Training: What To Know


Are you ready to lift?

Maybe it’s because we’re in sunny SoCal and everyone wants the perfect beach body, but by far one of the biggest requests I get from new clients is to create a training program for them that will allow them to beef up. This is especially true for men who want to work not just on their abs, but on their biceps, triceps, pecs and lats as well.

While I’m always excited to help guys lift and get that shredded look, what many people don’t realize is that carving out that sculpted physique isn’t just about the time you put in at the gym. It has a lot to do with nutrition.

Basics of Weight Training Nutrition

The good news is that developing a healthy eating plan for weight training isn’t really that difficult.

Most people know that you need to add in a lot more calories, and many even realize that those calories should come from lean meats that are high in protein, but there are a few other tricks you can use.

For starters, I would recommend you develop a habit of eating 3 sizable meals each day, with at least two snacks. The most important of these is, of course, your breakfast, and yet that’s the meal many people skip over. Getting into the habit of eating a few eggs each morning along with a side of fruits will put your body in the state it needs to be prepared for the day and the workout ahead.

For the snacks, I encourage at least one light pre-workout snack, such as a protein bar, and a larger post-workout snack such as a shake or palette of vegetables.

You can learn more about crossfit nutrition with this guide to weight training.

Consider Supplements

The reality is, though, that if you’re really serious about changing your body’s form, your diet alone might not be enough. For weight lifters, supplements are often a clear choice. I’m not talking about steroids, I’m talking about natural supplements that allow your body to get more of the vitamins and minerals it really needs to replenish and stay fit after a tough workout.

I’ll talk more about the pros and cons of supplements in a later post, as well as my thoughts on which ones work well and which ones don’t, but for now I’ll just throw it out as an idea to consider for helping get a ripped look and feel faster.

Learn more about exercise nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Starting Over with the Blog

As many of you may already know, I’ve been having a ton of problems with my website since the relaunch earlier this year. Long story short, I put up a basic website, only to have it get hacked.

It was down for a month before I realized it wasn’t working, and then when I finally figured out how to get it back up and running, I realized that the main problem was with my hosting company.

I ended up deciding to switch hosts, but have lost all of the content I’d put up!

Unfortunately, it also means that since the site has been down so much I haven’t actually generated any business from it yet!

But as they say, no pain, no gain, right? So here’s re-launch number 2, and hopefully things will go better this time. I’ll try to recreate some of the posts I’d had up before and put some new content up in the next month or so.



p.s. Here’s a fun “Epic Fail” compilation that pretty much expresses how I’m feeling about this whole ordeal!