New Year – New Start – New Goals –

Wow…2012 is already 16 days deep…UNREAL! I don’t know about you but I am super stoked for ALL that is in store for the next 12 months…As most of you know I am in a little bit of a competition with Chunk, Big House, and Big “S”…well, apparently somewhere between the holiday parties, the vodka tonics, cookies, carb loaded foods, Christmas, and New Years I failed to keep you all updated on our progress…if you call it that?!

Being that I am fairly disappointed in myself with my eating habits the past month. Yes, that is right I am CALLING MYSELF OUT and I am asking YOU to keep me accountable…ya Digg? As of New Year’s Day I was up 4 lbs from the start of the competition! Having said that I am ON my SHOW MODE DIET and weight will be falling off! Lucky for me I was able to get workouts in and stay fairly lean for gaining weight…body fat is probably still around 9.5%

Here is the GOAL AGAIN BUT BETTER              

I am def in the mood for a killer month as I just kicked off the opening of Chi-Town Boot Camps Woodstock two weeks ago and already have 15 members with a goal of 35 by February 15th!  If you are in that area and want a killer workout, nutrition, and cardio….check us out! We have found our home at 110 Irving Ave Unit B (Behind ACE Hardware) and hold boot camp Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 5am, 6am, 9am and 7pm (5:30pm Friday)! Saturday at 8am and 9am! We have some absolute Rock Stars already and excited to grow the family!

 

Now, the competition! I have to say I am impressed with the boys…they have kept to the plan and as much as the holidays derailed some progress they are back on their A game and ready to rock and roll. So, I am just going to go ahead and quote them from their past messages!

BIG HOUSE -

“Good to hear from you guys I was hoping no one quit. Week 5 was a really good week. Haven’t really compared photos from beginning but I am definitely getting stronger.  The  holiday temptations are over after we take our last trip back to Woodstock. Week 6 was a little tougher as I got an infection in my knee! The knee is on the mend but not quite 100% yet. Friday was not better as I  woke up with a wonderful case of stomach flu or food poisoning. That too is about gone today.  Weight is back down to 156 today but was up to 158 late last week. I am ready to crush these next weeks so be ready boys cuz The Big House is coming!”

Neck 14.75
Chest 36
Belly 30
Waist 30.5
Hips 37
Bi 11.5
Tri 10.75
Quad 19.75
Calf 15

BIG “S” – “Hey boys, Sorry I did not get an email out last week, I was slammed at work.  I was in the same boat as you guys ( looked a lot like Chunk’s pic). I got back in the swing and this week and I should be able to rock the last 6 weeks. I got pumped up last night because when we started this program I could only do 3 pull-ups ( yes I was able to do 15 in high school) and now I can knock out 8 with no floor help. Small victories!!!  I hope all is well. Been chugging along week by week and my weight this morning is 219. I got slowed down last week with a back problem, but should be back to normal this week. I don’t have measurements yet because I was home alone all weekend. All us married guys should know how rare that is. Anyhoo have a good week Great Game Packers and GO GIANTS!!!”

Neck-15 1/4″
Belly-39″
Bicep- 16.1/4″
Forearm-13″
Waist-37″
Penis-13″
Hips-42.1/2″
Thighs-24 “
Caves-17″

CHUNK -”Sorry fellas, been getting my sh*t handed to me at work.  Onlyable to get in about 3 days this a week, but should be able to get some quality time in the rest of this week and next! I have a couple questions for our Sensai-
1. Steam rooms after a workout – good, bad, indifferent? 2. Coffee – same? I attached my most recent picture for you to get a little extra motivation!”

Weight:  215

Neck 17.5
Chest 44
Bicepts 15.5
Belly 39.5
Hips 42.5
Thighs 23
Calves 16.5

MANIMAL HERE – Just wanted to touch on a few things before I post my progress as I flip the switch from relaxed eating to SHOW MODE – IN IT TO WIN IT MODE – BEAST MODE!

Chunk, I am a big fan of the dry sauna pre and post workout. I like the warming aspect of it before for a few minutes to get the blood flowing, sweat going, high body temp = high heart rate = more fat burn! It is a great way to loosen and stretch out the muscles you are about to break down. As far as after, it is a great relaxing way to end a great session. Helps release toxins from your blood and sweat out any excess water or sodium you might be holding. Some might even say it is a great to flush out that 1.75ml “Glass” of wine you guys always seem to have! I’m just sayin…lol! As for coffee…HELL YEAH! I am at Dunkin Donuts everyday getting my coffee to start my day! Just careful with the cream and sweetners…I prefer milk and sugar over all of them! Just not over kill…moderation. Too much of anything IS NOT good for you! Well…I can think of ONE thing we ALL agree on that there is always room for! I believe it fit into BIG “S” request for additional cardio sessions…lol! Ya dig?

Okay, now…BIG “S” you are in the area so you have an INVITE ON ME to take My Chi-Town Boot Camps Woodstock sessions! I better see you there Mon-Tues-Thur-Fri 5am, 6am, 9am, and 7pm! Saturdays at 8am and 9am. I plan on seeing BIG HOUSE there too when he is in town! Big Boyd started up just 13 days ago and as of today he is down 10lbs, my cousin lost 6lbs the first week, and my sister lost 3lbs and probably more this week…so why don’t you come and GET SOME!

Now that I have that out of the way I will drop a little bit of my progress on YOU!

Weight – 202 lbs
Neck – 16”
Chest – 45”
Bicep – 17.5”
Forearm – 13.25”
Waist – 32”
Belly – 33”
Hips – 39”
Thigh – 23.5”
Calves – 15”

Yes, I am about the same as last time I posted measurements! I will give the resason for it as this “YOU CAN NOT OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET!” Truth, I feel like I need to pick it up and do some work these next weeks ahead. Not only am I in a competition with these guys, but I will be doing the Gladiator Assault Challenge on 3/31 and then taking stage in the WBFF to go after my PRO CARD on April 14th! Only thing left to say is….I’m GONNA GET SOME!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR EYES – FULL HEARTS – CAN’T LOSE

SEXY BEAST OUT – For Real I am headed to Cali on Thursday so time to soak up the sun!

Premier’s Body Transformation Challenge Champion Is….

Hey Y’all…if you are here, chances are you got my e-mail a few minutes ago. I will try NOT to beat around the bush too much and get right down to the nitty gritty!

As I mentioned we had 3 young ladies that had great transformations and have been chosen for our Cut & Color Prizes! Congratulations Ladies…take a look at their 6 week changes!

 

Tracy Zobott

Dropped 20.4 lbs in just 6 Weeks!

Awesome Job Tracy!

Cindy Verity

Dropped 16 lbs in 6 Weeks!

She has dropped over 40 lbs in just over 4 months!

www.YouRock.com

Renee Solger

Dropped 11.6 lbs in 6 Weeks!

Renee lost 39.2 lbs in just 4 months!

Yeah Buddy…Kickin Bootae!

As you can see from these 3 individuals above, they killed it! Here is the kicker…they were in out Premier Boot Camp Challenge leading up to this competition and had already lost about 60 lbs collectively!!! Pretty Awesome!!!

The following member has been a huge transformation…he started with us in our Premier Boot Camp Challenge

(FYI… HE WON with a  DOMINATING Performance!)

He is down in the 210′s and Rocking it out. Yes, that is OVER 70 lbs in just four months! Take a peek…

Jim Binning

Lost 37.6 lbs in Just 6 Weeks!

www.getyousome.com

Keep Crushing It Jim!!!

Okay, well….here it is, I won’t take anymore of your time!!!

THE WINNER IS

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CHRIS NOBLE!!! Congrats Chris…the combination of your weight loss, body fat percentage dropped, inches lost, before and after picture, and ABOVE ALL YOUR motivation and dedication!!!! Congrats and KEEP IT GOING!!! Take a look at our WINNER!!!

CONGRATULATIONS

NOW, GET YOUR BUTT INTO PREMIER TO START YOUR 3 MONTHS OF FREE TRAINING!

YEAH BUDDY…YOU GOT SOME!!!

Chris Noble

Dropped 20 lbs in just 6 Weeks

Lost over 10% Body Fat

Feels better than ever and he is just warming up, the journey kicks off NOW!

Dominate the Day

KASTNING OUT

It’s GO TIME!

Hey Ya’ll, Craig here!

 

I am writing to you today on DAY #2 of a 12 Week Challenge! This whole idea came about when out of the blue I received an e-mail from a long time friend. He currently lives in Michigan and wanted to get into a healthy routine and on track in his fitness. He asked if I had a minute to send him some ideas on what he could do and gave me a little information about what he had to work with and how much time he had each day! A few days later one of my oldest friends was in town from Portland, Oregon. We met for dinner…okay, we met for drinks at Biaggi’s and he looked at me and said “I need help man, what can I do if I have 30 minutes every day to workout? I need to lose some weight!” We chatted and I said I would put something together for him to get him on track.

ONE WEEK LATER…

I get a text on Sunday morning…it reads “I got fatter this week because you didn;t send those workouts!” That was all I needed, I put together a competition amongst freinds. I decided being that I am about 18 weeks out from a show I would take part in the action…

I sent an e-mail to them explaining the guidelines! Let;s just say they were less than on board 110% as it was a lot more than they bargained for…There are four of us involved and I have decided to give each of us nickname if you will.

 

WE HAVE  myself aka Manimal

 

                                                                                                                                                                       My very close and long time friend from Oregon aka Chunk

(He was married in Astoria, Oregon, home of the Goonies)

 

 

Michigan native aka Big House,

 

The Fourth Horseman aka Big “S.”

Now that you have met our contestants, here is how I did this thing…I sent each of them a meal plan, a workout plan, and some motivation aka I needed them to take a picture in their underwear or shorts and send it to me, weigh themselves, and take total body measurements! This will happen every Sunday evening for the next 12 weeks and I want YOU ALL to follow us on our journey!

Monday morning was humorus to say the least…here were some of my favorite texts:

Chunk: “I noticed you forgot to put beer on the meal plan so Big House and I just went ahead and penciled it in”

Big “S”: “I said my final good byes to the vending machines today…”

Big House: Well, it was an e-mail and I think he covered every excuse in the book…

 I am excited to see what the next 12 weeks brings, be sure to check in tomorrow for DAY #3…I will be posting all of our starting weights and measurements!

See You Soon…Until then
MANIMAL OUT

P.S.

The truth

The truth

Hey, today is the day that I decided to prove to Jamie, that I can stay consistent with my cooking.

The truth is that I am one of those people who love coming up with new dishes and many times I can almost come up with something from nothing. It comes easy to me to be creative with my cooking, yet the cooking is not complicated, no gourmet meal or anything.

Most of my dishes are healthy and easy to prepare, but that is exactly where I get in trouble sometimes.

Sometime I experiment with substituting some ingredients (butter for apple sauce for example in baking) and many times I am very successful.

There have been times that I went too far though (ask my husband), and the food didn’t really turn out that great:)

Another down fall is, that I have really hard time sticking with the recipe (even my own), and always try to change my ways, therefore some of my dishes might taste great the first time, and not as great second time around.

Anyways, that is the reason that I finally decided to challenge myself and actually write my experiments down, and test the results. My husband Jamie will be a judge (believe me, he can be brutally honest), and I will post the recipes that have reach the B+, or A grade.

I will do two recipes a week (it will be a lot of cooking if Jamie doesn’t like itJ), write them down, and then repeat them next month.

We want to see how they turn out the second time around and if I can follow them to a T.

Wish me luck!

On today’s agenda, since it is getting cold outside:

Chili       and

Modified banana bread -that one It will be a totally new experiment, so let’s cross our fingers, I will try to stay low fat, low sugar, gluten free:)

I will post the results in a few hours.

K

FUN with FITNESS

What’s Up People?! Craig here…

Well, let me tell you what’s up in MY WORLD! I am currently sitting on a wrestling mat in our studio and watching clients walk through the door…some have been with us for over a year and some just a few months…however, they all have one thing in common…everyone of them walks in with a smile on their face and the look that says

“What are you smirking at? Who cares, you better be ready to BRING IT!”

On top of everyone being awesome to work with…they all treat each other like family. I can truly say I have the

best job in the world. I have two partners that have the same vision as I do. We are all very different; however, we are all like-minded when it comes to fitness and living a healthy and happy life. On top of that we are able to work with and spread our knowledge and expertise to the absolute BEST people. I can honestly say I have seen our members shed over 3,000 pounds this past year…to say this is rewarding would be an understatement.

I was searching around the net today and thinking about something that was educational, entertaining, and in some cases would make you go “Hmmm” Well I ran across some crazy facts that are actually ALL FITNESS RELATED and pretty damn cool…check em out:

A little extra daily activity and clothes are falling off!

Yeah Buddy = Pant's Off Dance Off

  • There is only one type of exercise that requires you hold your breath in order to accomplish the exercise. What is it? It’s swimming underwater.
  • If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds.
  • If you do not exercise regularly, by the time you are 65 you may experience as much as an 80% decrease in your muscle strength.
  • By the time you have reached old age, you will have walked approximately 70,000 miles.
  • Bodies are creatures of habit. The more you exercise, the more your body learns to burn fat rather than store it
  • Running puts four to seven times your body weight in pressure on your feet. Ouch, might be why your feet hurt?
  • Regular exercise is linked to better sex (YEAH BUDDY), because it can improve body image, energy, self-esteem and overall fitness. Okay…everybody STOP what you are doing and GET SOME!
  • Dancing is a terrific and fun form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular fitness just like any other more formal type of exercise.
  • If you’re always in a bad mood, then getting fit just may help. Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being. So…don’t be grumpy asses…go workout! DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY!
  • The top three factors that determine whether or not you will stick to your exercise routine include having support, finding a workout that you like, and of course knowing the RIGHT way to do the workout.
  • If you have an inactive spouse, chances are that you will be inactive, too.
  • In spite of what you may have read, there is no “best time to exercise.” It turns out that the best time to exercise is when it works for you.
  • Women’s top three recreational activities are walking, aerobics and working out, while men’s top three are golf, basketball and walking. Regardless of what YOUR TOP 3 are…just DO IT! I think Nike was on to something.
  • Regular exercise can reduce the signs and symptoms of PMS. Ladies…do ALL the men a favor and workout. Lol…but seriously…JUST DO IT!
  • Being dehydrated reduces exercise performance. Make sure you hydrate for peak performance during a workout. This is huge…don’t skip the water because the scale shows a lower number…not worth it.

 

AMAZING RIGHT?!!!!

Sorry I tend to get excited about FITNESS…I hope you didn’t mind my two cents. Ifeel like I tell people many of these everyday and they think I am full of Shit…well, go tell the researches that put the time into this study that…if that doesn’t work, ASK Dr. Oz (that was for my mom, apparently Oz knows everything)! I am 110% Dr. Oz will tell you exactly the same thing…I know my STUFF!

Seriously though, if you read through these and utilize these facts, the fun fitness you can pep up your workout and keep the facts in the back of your head when you need that extra motivation. I don’t know about you, but many of those facts make me want to be healthier and workout out right now…so, take this info and run with it and help you jumpstart your fitness and get in the best shape of your life.

Well…it has been real people! Hope you have a kick ass day and look forward to talking to you again soon…until next time…

 

 

KASTNING OUT!

 

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