Why I Race – Meet Jennifer!

Why I Race – Meet Jennifer!

Apr 18, 2017

Featured Spartan: Jennifer Hall     Tell us about your Spartan story and what motivated you to do a Spartan race: My Spartan Story is all about family……My husband and two sons and my new Ferguson Fitness Family. My three guys were already working out religiously. In the Fall, two of them finished their first Spartan Sprint in SC. Their motivation to complete more and push themselves inspired me to start my own journey. It’s a path I will not go down alone because I am surrounded by family. Also, being the mom of boys, I feel a need to go above and beyond to show them I am strong and can follow through with attaining goals I set. My decision to take on a Spartan Race couldn’t have come at a better time either. It was the healthy release I needed from the daily routine bogging my spirits down………it is quite liberating to take the daily stresses out on flipping tires and punching bags. In your own words, how did Ferguson Fitness help you prepare for your Spartan race? Ferguson Fitness is a haven for inspiration and motivation. January 1st, I committed to complete a Spartan Race and honestly thought I was not going to be able to follow through on my goal. I thought this because I am the oldest woman in the classes; I have pounds to shed; I’m not a runner; I could not do a single pull-up and honestly, could not see myself purposely sliding into a mud pit or two or three. Anthony Ferguson, my family and the Ferguson Fitness Team all believed in me, even when I didn’t. Encouraging through every exercise, I was told I was doing a great job even when it was only a 32 second plank hold or 5 ring pull-ups. It was more than I was doing before I got there……they were right! I was doing great and I was getting stronger and better. They were all pushing me to do my very best!   Describe what you did to prepare for your Spartan race: Going to the SGX training classes definitely prepared me for the race. Pushing myself during every exercise and...

Chinese Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry

Chinese Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry

Feb 9, 2017

So I really wasn’t a huge fan of tofu.  But Anthony & Braden made this recipe as part of the Happy Healthy Cooks program at Braden’s school last week and our super-picky little eater LOVED it.  So we’ve adopted this one as a family favorite especially since Anthony and I are trying to do a mostly vegan/vegetarian meal plan right now and this fits right in.  Plus if you make a bunch of rice, big batch of tofu and just toss it together with steamed veggies and sauce – its quick and easy for lunches or dinners throughout the week!  That’s #winning in my book.  I think this method for cooking tofu made me a fan!     INGREDIENTS: 2 T. olive oil, divided 3 T. soy sauce, divided 14 oz extra firm or firm tofu 1 onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, chopped or minced 1 T. grated or finely chopped ginger 2-4 cups snow peas cut it half (or your favorite veggies) 4 cups chopped bok choy, torn (or nappa cabbage) 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (or frozen mixed vegetables) 2 cups mung bean sprouts Cooked brown rice   DIRECTIONS: 1. Drain tofu and slice into 1/2 inch rectangular slices. 2. Place slices on one side of a dish towel; fold over and press dry. 3. While tofu dries, chop vegetables. 4. Stack slices of tofu and cut into small cubes (1/2 -3/4 inch thick) 5. Brown tofu in 3 batches in the wok with 1 T. oil – over high heat until lightly browned (about 5-6 minutes). 6. Add some soy sauce to the tofu; set aside. 7. Heat remaining oil; add onions.  Cook for 3-4 minutes. 8. Add garlic and ginger and sauce one minute. 9. Add 2 T. soy sauce and all remaining vegetables and cook over medium high heat, until vegetables are tender-crisp. 10. Stir in cooked tofu and serve over brown rice.   Want more help with nutrition or fitness?  Complete this form and we can connect with you!   Fill out my online...

Fixate Healthy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Fixate Healthy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Feb 9, 2017

I used to buy spaghetti sauce in a jar.  Never even thought about making my own.  Then I tried this recipe from the Fixate cookbook and now we use it all the time.  First, my kids and husband like it and they are SUPER picky eaters.  Second, it makes a ton and can be used in a lot of recipes.  You can use it to make chili, chicken or eggplant parmesan, or homemade pizza.  And last, it meets my criteria of being fairly easy to make which is a must with my lack of culinary skills. If you want this and a ton of other healthy and TASTY recipes that are clean and 21 Day Fix approved, click HERE to order the Fixate cookbook.  If you’d like more help with your nutrition and/or fitness program, complete the form at the bottom of the page so we can connect!   Serves 12 – ½ cup servings. Prep Time: 40 min Cooking Time: 1 hr 15 min minimum   INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil 1 Medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste, no salt added ¼ cup red wine 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes (like San Marzano or Cento) crushed or pureed in blender or food processor 2 Tbsp. agave nectar 1 tsp. Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) ¼ tsp. Ground black pepper 1 (3 oz) Parmesan cheese rind 3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil   DIRECTIONS Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add garlic and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.  Do not let the tomato paste burn. Add wine;  cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes, agave, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add cheese rind; cook, stirring occasionally for 1 hour. Add basil; mix well.   Johanna’s Notes: I usually substitute red wine vinaigrette for the red wine since that’s what I have on hand. I don’t always have a cheese rind but found its not crucial. This makes a lot of...

Ferguson Fitness on TV!

Here are links to a couple of our recent appearances on our local TV Talk Show Daytime Blue Ridge and our first ever commercial featuring our awesome clients!      ...

Lower Body Blast

I was so honored to get to visit my friends at Daytime Blue Ridge today for Workout Wednesday!  I created a fun, short, and intense Lower Body Blast workout to share.  Below is the workout and a video featuring all the moves! Lower Body Blast: This can be done in 30 minutes or less and using weights or just your body weight. Exercises are paired in super sets with 45 sec of work and 15 sec of rest and each round is repeated twice. Single sided exercises are meant to be done on the right side the first set and then the left side the second set. The bonus round is optional!  If you are new to working out, you can stick with just body weight for all these moves and add weight when you are ready.  Also you can increase the rest breaks or lengthen the exercise intervals to make it less or more intense as needed.  Check out the video for visuals of all the exercises!     Warm up – Light jogs, jacks, alternating lunges, side to side lunges, knee hugs and ankle grabs – 2-3 min. ROUND 1: Squats with a Hold the last 15 sec Single Leg Dead Lift ROUND 2: Split Squat (Stationary Lunge) with 15 sec hold Calf Raise Slow and Fast ROUND 3: Side Lunge with tap Bowlers Lunge with 15 sec hold/pulse *Note – work the same leg for both moves back to back. If stepping out with right leg in side lunge, keep right leg in front for bowlers ROUND 4: *Use a bench or chair Single Leg Glute Lift Runners Lunge with a triple pulse and tap ROUND 5: Climbing Beast All 4s Single Leg Bend & Extend BONUS ROUND: Sumo Squat/Squat Jump Inchworm Plank Lift Combo STRETCH!...