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Biggest mistakes in the weight room with Jeff Archibald

March 21, 2013


Jeff Archibald, Fitness Trainer in West Los Angeles, with 25 years of experience, comprehensive indoor and outdoor fitness training, weightlifting, corrective conditioning, general fitness, indoor rock climbing, hiking, trail running, as well as instructing and guiding groups for mtn biking and road cycling in Los Angeles and Vail, CO joins eHealth Radio & the Health and Fitness Channels.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Jeff Archibald discuss the following:

  • In regards to cardiovascular exercise, what easy to follow advice do you have for people to do to improve fat loss?
  • In regards to diet what advice for people to do to improve fat loss and fitness levels?
  • What is the biggest mistake you see men doing in the weight room? Women?
  • What is the number 1 factor that keeps people motivated year after year?
  • Any specific recommendations to help people improve fitness?
  • Do you recommend yoga, cross fit, bootcamps or any other group fitness classes?
  • What personally keeps you motivated?


In the winter of 1991, while a full-time student at CU Boulder and skiing every weekend in Vail, I started working part-time as a fitness instructor at The PULSE Fitness Center.  By 1992 I was a full-time personal trainer with a diverse range of clientele. In October of 1993 I moved to Vail, CO to ski, hike, and bike the magnificent Rocky Mountains. By 1994 I was again working full-time as a trainer in two health clubs. I also trained clients in-home and designed home gyms throughout the Vail Valley.

The Pulse Fitness Center in Boulder was a wonderful experience. Our 5,000 cumulative members included several professional bodybuilders, cyclists, tri-athletes, rock climbers, alpinists, and skiers. Many of the trainers also coached me (a few were ex-professional athletes of a wide variety). As trainers we were all required to attend seminars and pass exams on physical therapy and injury prevention.

However, there is no substitute for learning the hard way. I am, unfortunately, referring to my own physical therapy/recovery from a variety of mogul skiing and mountain biking injuries. I specialize in post-physical therapy exercise.

My personal education of recovery includes a compression fractures of the thoracic spine in '88, dozens of lower lumbar sprains from '88 to '99, fractured/dislocated shoulder in '95 which lead to surgery in 2000, a full ACL reconstruction of the right knee in '96, and an assortment of broken ribs, pulled muscles, bruises, and joint sprains all together with a hundred plus stitches from head to toe. I have had hundreds of hours of physical therapy over the years. In addition, I have also worked as a physical therapy aide; which may explain why I do not want to be a physical therapist... recovering therapy patients complain even more than healthy training clients (I know I did!). I am happy to report that I am 95% recovered.

Exercise is 'rehabilitation' if performed properly.

Proper training has to include joint & spine stabilization, postural correction, core conditioning, and most importantly…. MOTIVATION!

With the help of numerous professionals and thousands of hours of cross-training, I am now durable enough to compete at the expert level of mountain biking. Other recreational activities (for self and those who volunteer) include trail running, rock climbing, weight lifting, stairs, and occasional yoga & swimming.

A majority of my past and present clientele have been in the ages of 40 to 70. Most have had sports injuries, bursitis, and/or arthritis to work through. There is nothing better than proving MD's don't know much about exercise. I do train serious athletes as well.  I have been one most of my life and I know what it takes to excel.

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