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My review of the Beachbody performance line

My review of the Beachbody performance line

Jan 23, 2016

Our mission of helping others change their lives through fitness is one we love and take very seriously. Living the fitness lifestyle and leading by example is the only way to truly make sure that we are providing the absolute best information and support. You know the saying “never trust a skinny chef…well why would you ever trust a out of shape trainer? Over the years Johanna and I have consistently researched and then put numerous nutrition and training programs to the test before recommending them to clients. So this year while attending the Beachbody Summit in Nashville we finally got a chance to try the new performance line that we had been eagerly awaiting! We decided to try the entire stack for a month and see how it helped our performance and recovery. Now it has been over 6 months and we are still using the stack and very satisfied. As always I must stress to you that its vital to have your nutrition on target and check with your Doctor first before adding supplements to your program. Supplements are just that..a supplement to a healthy nutrition and workout program. The performance line is designed to work together as a stack but we an help you decide if even one of the performance line could make a big impact on your results. Let me breakdown each supplement and explain how and when I am using them ENERGIZE is formulated with key ingredients to help:*Boost energy and endurance • Improve exercise performance • Sharpen focus and reaction time • Increase muscle power output • Delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue. The key ingredients are  Beta-alanine, Low-dose caffeine (from green tea) and Quercetin. I love Energize and use two scoops before each workout. I start drinking it about ten minutes before and power through sessions feeling focused and well energized. What I like most is I have never felt the jittery, cold sweat feel I had experienced with other pre-workout products.   RECOVER • Speed muscle recovery • Combat exercise-induced muscle soreness • Reduce muscle breakdown • Promote lean-muscle growth • Improve adaptation to exercise • Improve muscle strength recovery • Support muscle glycogen recovery. Key ingredients: Pomegranate extract * 20 grams...

I’m getting hammered, chiseled and tattooed for my birthday!

I’m getting hammered, chiseled and tattooed for my birthday!

Jan 18, 2016

3/7/77…. yes that is my birth date which means in less than two months I will be turning 39! A little background: Since I was a kid I have always been active and what most would describe as hyper so working out has always been therapy for me even before I realized it was good for me. Playing basketball from a early age through high-school kept me super lean and it took me until I was 16 before I realized you could actually build muscle through strength training. I was hooked and started competing in teenage bodybuilding events and within my first two years I went from a wirey 135 to competing at a ripped 175 thanks to the training and nutrition advice of my trainer and a supportive gym family. I was also training at the same time for the most important goal I had ever set..becoming a United States Marine. I left two days after graduating high school for Parris Island SC and again thanks to my training, I completed boot camp and discovered I enjoyed the intensity and challenge of extreme physical challenges. During my time as a Marine I helped train Marines who had ended up in the remedial program and admittedly it was not always pretty for them but as we say “no one ever promised you a rose garden” While being stationed in San Diego California I discovered people were actually earning a living helping people live a healthier life.  So in 1997 I became a personal trainer! I loved it from the start and have been training ever since. Now after all these years here I am still doing what I love and along with my wife and family we own a fitness studio and have had the honor of helping thousands of people live a healthier lifestyle. My wife Johanna is a Professor of Exercise Science and along with helping run our business we are both online Beachbody coaches too! Adding coaching to our business has been one of the most awesome parts of our journey and in fact at our studio we teach P90X,Insanity, Piyo, and Cize live and help hundreds online plus travel to some...

Nutrition for my Ninja Warrior training and life!

Nutrition for my Ninja Warrior training and life!

Jan 13, 2016

Back in August I committed to compete on season 8 of  American Ninja warrior and submitted my application. The final deadline to submit an application is later this month so I am eagerly awaiting that phone call! The support and encouragement from everyone has been a huge help and I have really taken my training up a level so I can take on one of the biggest goals I have ever set.  With an upcoming Spartan race and most recently adding the new Hammer & Chisel program its vital that my nutrition is on point. Here is a overview of  what my current nutrition looks like. Above all these events like ANW and the Spartan race, whats drives my nutrition choices is that I want to feel my absolute best for my family, my clients and the desire to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Meal 1 – 2 eggs / 2 egg white omelet with spinach,onions,peppers and gouda cheese. 2 pieces of whole grain toast or oatmeal. (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 2 yellows) Meal 2 – Shakeology blended with frozen fruit, spinach, water and ice. (1 red, 1 purple, 1 green) Meal 3 – Huge mixed salad  with added kidney beans,tempeh and egg whites. (2 greens, 1 yellow, 2 reds, 1 orange) Meal 4 – Beachbody Recover shake blended with frozen bananas (1 red, 1 purple) Meal 5 – Steamed or baked vegetables, baked potato, 10 oz baked fish or turkey (2 greens, 1 yellow, 2 reds)   Notes: *To save time we typically make a large pot of pinto beans or vegetarian chili and that can be lunch or dinner for a couple of days. *Once weekly I have something off the plan like cheese pizza,fish tacos or sub sandwiches and chips plus cookies! *My water intake is 150 – 200 oz daily. *Supplements: (notice I am listing them last, always focus on getting the nutrition right for your body before adding supplements!) *Shakeology – my daily meal replacement for almost three years. It just helps me feel awesome and is packed with nutrients. *Energize – From the Beachbody performance line – Its my liquid courage and I drink it before...

Anthony’s American Ninja Warrior training update!

Anthony’s American Ninja Warrior training update!

Nov 17, 2015

                      Its amazing to me that I really only found out about American Ninja Warrior about two years ago…seriously we were made for each other and I was clueless for the first five seasons. I think I had become so sick of anything that I assumed was a reality  tv show that I had tuned out. I have a a amazing wife that I love like crazy and drive crazy too but my soulmate for tv shows and competition has to be American Ninja Warrior. I even love that it started in Japan, being stationed in Okinawa Japan for a year while in the Marine Corps was one of the best years of my life. Who knew this North Carolina native who grew up in a very rural part Virginia would get to experience Japanese culture and love it! Back in August I turned in my application to compete in Season 8 of American Ninja Warrior and made a commitment to myself and family to train and compete! Here is a quick update on how I am preparing and I have to tell you I have a long way to go! Nutrition (always the most important and arguably the hardest!) My approach goes back to May of this year when I got curious about how I could feel my best and researched the different styles of  how I could eat more of a plant based diet. I realized that my diet had a real lack of fruits and vegetables and I felt like I was consuming too much protein. Becoming a vegetarian or a vegan felt too extreme so instead I cut down my servings of meats down to 10-12 ozs of primarily fish and turkey. I got the rest of my protein from eggs, Shakeology, and our new Recover shake. Its been interesting finding out how to combine different vegetables,grains and legumes to boost protein in meals. The results so far have been good, I was able to get my bodyfat down and be competitive during the Beachbody Classic in July and feel more energy and less issues with indigestion!  It also saves...

You don’t have to label your fitness lifestyle.

You don’t have to label your fitness lifestyle.

Dec 3, 2014

              Describing your fitness lifestyle should not look like this…. “Hi I’m Anthony and I am a _____ (insert trendy program)_____  and eat a ____ (insert trendy diet)_______ lifestyle.” After sixteen years of training clients and watching so many fads come and go in both exercise and nutrition I have learned to advise clients to enjoy a variety of fitness programs with an emphasis on finding the things that they truly enjoy and that help them in other areas of an active lifestyle. I love to see people become more active and I am a fan of anything they can find that motivates them and they can do in safe and effective manner.  I have noticed over the past few years with the explosion of social media that many people are very quick to label themselves as one type of exerciser (ex..cyclist, zumba, runner, cross-fitter, bodybuilder). All forms of exercise when performed safely and consistently benefits your body and your health.  Dream big this year and set FUN goals!  I know as human beings one of our natural desires is to belong to something. Its also important to find ways to enjoy a variety of types of exercise and activities. Go against the grain and try several things in 2015!  See what you really love and find a way to connect it to a goal like an adventure race, skiing or a new sport. As you plan for your new fitness goals and adventures, always do your research and talk with different coaches, trainers and visit multiple facilities so you can find the best and most supportive environment to take on your new challenges! Make it an even better year by journaling or blogging about your goals and experiences along with all the new recipes you will be trying.  This will keep you more motivated and accountable plus will give you  the opportunity to inspire others!  The awesome news about different fitness programs and meal plans is that you will  find great things about them all and from there can find just the right combination that works for you and keeps you training for a lifetime of fitness and good health. And...