Burn Fat with Fasting

 Intermittent fasting (imf) is the easiest way to burn fat and it is super simple.  Yes, the word “fasting” is in imf and yes, it means what you think it means, no eating for a period of time.  Sounds way worse than it is.  I’ll show you how I use it in my life and...

What is a Good Breakfast?

According to the companies that market your favorite boxed-breakfast, we should have a glass of orange juice, a bowl of cereal/oatmeal and a side of fruit. Super awesome if you are an endurance athlete and have an ideal waistline. Not so much, if you are like most...

Why We Wait for a New Year’s Resolution

Every year we wait for the New Year to make resolutions for a life of health and fitness. Why do we wait? Is it because it just seems to hard to be disciplined during the holidays? Is it because we feel this year’s already a loss and it would be better to start fresh...

Does Your Family Love American Ninja Warrior?

 Kids and adults love the show, American Ninja Warrior. They know the names of the competitors and the obstacles. It’s all about people overcoming challenges by manipulating their bodies over and through a series of grueling obstacles. The athletes seem to do...

A Family Gym for Everyone

I’m surprised there aren’t more gyms that cater to the entire family.  Many families have multiple fitness memberships.  Maybe a woman’s only gym for Mom, a “mega gym” for Dad, a sports gym for the athlete, even memberships for martial arts, gymnastics, parkour, etc....

Forget Motivating Your Kids

 Creating habits is far more important than motivation. I’ll take it a step further; your feelings do not matter! That’s right, feelings are like busses, a new one comes every 15 minutes. As an employee would you answer your employer with “No, I don’t feel like it.”...

Why Train Like an American Ninja

 Why exercise at all? A great number of people exercise to lose fat and “tone up”. Some want to gain muscle while others hope to gain energy. And some exercise for the pursuit of a longer and better quality of life. All great reasons to pursue fitness. There is...

Tips to Living a Healthier Longer Life

 Eat an Apple a Day – The pectin fiber in apples has been proven to reduce cholesterol in the blood and is one the best ways to remove heavy metals from your intestine. Pears and plums are also a good source of pectin fiber. Give Blood – Blood donation is beneficial...

Ninja Warrior Meets Spartan Race

 In an age where exercise is focused heavily on aesthetics, Ignition Fitness has dedicated time to ensure that the Santa Clarita Valley community is aware of functional fitness and how to train for it! The core value behind functional fitness is being able to apply...

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

 Self-confidence and self-esteem are traits any parent, coach and mentor would want for their children, athletes and students.  But, do we focus enough on the impact we have on confidence and esteem?  Do we know the extent of our impact on the confidence of those we...

The Skinny on Holiday Fat

 What’s the deal with holiday weight gain?    Statistics about the average weight gain of Americans during the holiday have been largely exaggerated over the years with some reports as high as 15 to 20 pounds. Accumulated data reveals that the average American gains...

Why Join the Transformation Challenge?

 In my longer than I’d like to admit career in the fitness, I have seen many amazing transformations.  I’ve seen many folks go from risky health to Amazing health.  I have however, never seen so many of these types of transformations as during a transformation...

Success by Encouragement

 Success is in the eye of the beholder. Do you know what that means? It means that each person’s success is based on what that person perceives as personal success. One can look at their own life as a success while another can look at that same person’s life as less...

Train for Life

 I almost drowned in the ocean trying to get a kayak thru rough break waves. I remembered getting pounded by a wave, hit by the kayak and then the zipper on the wet suit broke. I was fighting for my life as the wet suit turned into an underwater sail moving me with...

Smaller Gyms Provide Better Results!

I own a small gym. When I’m in my gym, everything I do is to enhance the experience for my members. I have this mindset because my members and clients are super valuable to me both in our relationship and financially. Any successful small business owner appreciates...

Gained a Little Weight this Holiday Season?

 What’s the deal with holiday weight gain?  Sixty-two percent of us are likely to gain two and a half to five pounds of fat during the holiday span.  A pound of fat is the same size as 16 ounces of lard or 16 ounces of butter also known as a “brick”.  So, a five pound...

Hello to the New Legacy – Big Jims Ignition Fitness

 Almost four years ago, I started my journey to infect our valley with the “Joy of Achievements”.  In that journey, I built Big Jims Ignition Fitness to help people achieve all goals from reasonable to incredible! For the last four years, I’ve ran Ignition Fitness out...

Self Confidence and Self Esteem

 Self-confidence and self-esteem are traits any parent, coach and mentor would want for their children, athletes and students.  But, do we focus enough on the impact we have on confidence and esteem?  Do we know the extent of our impact on the confidence of those we...

Don’t Gain Weight this Holiday

I used to believe that the only way to avoid holiday weight gain was to say “no” to all the rich, sweet holiday meals and goodies.  In fact, last Halloween, I was involved in a weight loss contest with a heavy grand prize; a cruise for two;  And, I won! I lowered my...

The Best Catalyst for Change is Change

You want change in your life? Then, do something different! There is a place where you can break out of the routine and truly better yourself! That place is Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy. Doing the same old things, yield the same old results or lack...