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7 Essential Steps for Hiring an Exceptional Personal Trainer

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7 Essential Steps for Hiring an Exceptional Personal Trainer

January is almost here and many of us have started to research ways to help our 2018 New Year's Resolutions come true. When it comes to fitness and health goals, whether it is dropping 50 lbs or improving your golf swing, teaming up with an educated, experienced personal trainer can often help ensure success. Think about it this way... most of us see our doctor a maximum of 1-2 times a year for 15 minutes a session, where personal trainers are often working with clients 1-3 hours a week on their health. So finding a qualified, educated trainer is crucial. DIAKADI founder and owner, Billy Polson, recommends considering the following seven key elements when searching for your ideal match.

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DIAKADI Gallery Celine Guillou

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DIAKADI Gallery Celine Guillou

Celine Guillou, a Paris native, now lives in San Francisco continuing to share her stunning photography. Her work has been shown in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Paris. Please welcome DIAKADI's new Gallery Artist, Celine Guillou.

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DIAKADI Gallery Welcomes Jenny Phillips

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DIAKADI Gallery Welcomes Jenny Phillips

The graphic design world has transformed. The media used has changed. The artwork of Jenny Phillips has evolved over time into what is now the beautiful pieces you see around DIAKADI.

Find out what media Jenny used, learn about the tools she currently uses, get a glimpse into how she became the artist she is today, and see more of her gorgeous designs.

Welcome back Jenny Phillips.

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DIAKADI Gallery Features Artist Robert Cox

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DIAKADI Gallery Features Artist Robert Cox

DIAKADI Gallery Artist, Rob Cox, is a San Francisco artist, specializing in oil paintings. 

“When working I have an idea, a tenuous notion about what will transpire on the canvas. As the work progresses, the piece becomes something on its own. A dialog begins between my hand and what happens on the canvas."

Check out his beautifully captured scenes throughout the gym. 

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San Francisco for the Active Tourist

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San Francisco for the Active Tourist

First off, WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO! The Bay. The City. Nor Cal. 

You'll never find yourself bored in SF with its neighborhood diversity, steep rolling hills, mountainous terrain, and of course, The Bay. Our DIAKADI Trainer recommended their favorite activities that will want you coming back for more.

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The Top 5 Bay Area Hikes for 2017

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The Top 5 Bay Area Hikes for 2017

Looking to get a little outdoor activity in after being inside the gym all week? Explore the Bay Area nature, get an awesome workout, and see some incredible views with these DIAKADI trainer suggested San Francisco trails. Here are a some of the Bay Area's most incredible trails suggested by our DIAKADI trainers. 

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DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURES ARTIST CHANDLER LEE

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DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURES ARTIST CHANDLER LEE

The DIAKADI gallery is excited to house the beautiful photography of local artist, Chandler Lee. This local artist and relative to one of our very own clients has filled the gym with his breathtaking pictures taken from around the globe. We find his images to be intriguing, visually stimulating and a distinction from other artwork. We hope you do too. DIAKADI welcomes our new gallery artist, Chandler Lee.

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DIAKADI Partners with SF Deltas

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DIAKADI Partners with SF Deltas

DIAKADI Announces Partnership with Newest Bay Area Professional Soccer Team

DIAKADI Fitness Performance Life, San Francisco’s most comprehensive fitness performance facility and the leader for fitness entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, announced their partnership with San Francisco’s new professional soccer team, the San Francisco Deltas. The North American Soccer League's newest expansion team will have DIAKADI as their HOME for strength and performance training throughout their inaugural season.⠀

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Top 5 Healthiest Places to Eat in San Francisco

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Top 5 Healthiest Places to Eat in San Francisco

Planning a night out and don't want to sacrifice flavor for a guilt free dinner?

Our DIAKADI Personal Trainers not only know nutritious foods but delicious meals too. Their recommendations of the healthiest, tastiest restaurants in the Bay-Area will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied whether you're gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, or just really dig organic, fresh foods.

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DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURED ARTIST: DELVIN WILBORN

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DIAKADI GALLERY FEATURED ARTIST: DELVIN WILBORN

A San Francisco native, Devin Wilborn is an 80s baby with an equally unique perspective. At the age of 7, Wilborn found his first love in his parent's Canon AV-1 & his second in the landscape that surrounded him. Since then, Wilborn has captured his lust for life from every angle, producing works in photography, film, and mixed media. An experiential artist, under his project StudioBT, Wilborn collaborated across genres, building with independent fashion brands & upcoming models. After a brief hiatus to explore the unknown, Wilborn is back with his boldest work yet:  Glitch.Please.

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Your Six Week Check-In with your New Years Exercise Goals

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Your Six Week Check-In with your New Years Exercise Goals

So you had a New Year’s Resolution to start and maintain an exercise program at the gym. You started out so strong and with so much determination, but here we are at the middle of February and you haven’t been to the gym in over 2 weeks. Your initial motivation has petered out and it looks like an exercise program is not in the cards for you this year, right? Well before you hang up your gym shoes, we think that you should give it another shot. We ALL experience times when it's hard to get ourselves into the gym...but there are lots of reasons this happens. We need to match the right solutions to the roadblocks. Once you’ve cleared any roadblocks, you can get your New Year’s Resolution back on track. 

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Kicking Ass with the DIAKADI Difference

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Kicking Ass with the DIAKADI Difference

 

The beginning of the  DIAKADI Difference Program, which allows a participant to work with trainers once to twice a week for three months, focusing on fitness, diet, and lifestyle choices.

DDP focus: The Medea Project: Theater for incarcerated women  

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Spirit Rock - Are you under-meditated?

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Spirit Rock - Are you under-meditated?

Meditation affords us the opportunity to find inner peace amid our often hectic daily lives. By clearing the mind and practicing mindfulness (a term we'll explore more later), we can calm the swirling tides of our thoughts and emotions and see things more clearly. However, meditation can seem daunting. It takes practice to be able to tame a mind that is so used to having free rein all the time. This level of mastery is difficult to achieve with a few sporadic meditation sessions sprinkled throughout the week. That's where Spirit Rock comes in. Sprawled among the woodlands of Marin County, Spirit Rock offers immersive meditation retreats designed to deepen your personal meditation practice by combining the teachings of Buddha, insight meditation, and loving-kindness meditation.

Our very own Billy Polson, as well as a long time DIAKADI client Gary Loeb, were able to attend a full 5-day silent meditation retreat. We interviewed both of them to get a sense of what they experienced. 

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 Top 5 Ways to Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions

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Top 5 Ways to Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions

Somehow the New Year has come and gone, and we're now on the fast track to February. How did that even happen? Nevertheless, the "new year, new you" mantra is in full swing and if you are the type of person to make resolutions, let's do a quick check-in. How are they going? If they're no longer going, don't stress. Our DIAKADI trainers say it's time to regroup, start over, and get this show on the road. 

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Maximizing Hypertrophy, Strength and Power through Proper Exercise Variable Manipulation

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Maximizing Hypertrophy, Strength and Power through Proper Exercise Variable Manipulation

We’ve all heard that you get out of your workout what you put into it.  No matter what your goals happen to be, there are many variables to consider when crafting your most optimal training program. The particular combination you select will have a direct impact on the physical results achieved.  These variables include: the total number of sets per exercise, the number of repetitions (reps) per set, the intensity of the weight used with respect to a benchmark (e.g. 1 “rep max” or “RM”), the tempo of the repetition, the amount of rest between sets, and the frequency that you train each muscle group per week.

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Top 5 Most Shreddable Snowboard + Ski Runs in Tahoe

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Top 5 Most Shreddable Snowboard + Ski Runs in Tahoe

Looking to hit the slopes this snow season? DIAKADI team members have some of the top recommendations for snowboarding and skiing in Tahoe this season! From secret runs, to ideas on fun family activities, this is truly the inside scoop to the best spots in Tahoe. Read below for some of the best recommendations in the Bay Area.

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