Nina, the earth month B.O.M

Congratulations to Nina Grewal,

Boot Camper of the month for April.

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What better way to celebrate earth month, than to celebrate honoring Nina. This is one amazing member. She started boot camp to add cross-training into heImage-1-1.jpgr fitness regimen. A lifelong runner and hiker, Nina has traversed and climbed some of the highest peaks on the planet. From Aconcagua in Argentina, one of the 7 summits, at 22,841 feet of elevation to Stok Kangri in the Indian Himalayas at 20,187 ft, to running 50 miles across the east rim trail in Zion as well as qualifying for the Boston Marathon, you have to admit she’s one of a kind.

Say that again:

  • Summitted Aconcagua & Stok Kangri
  • Ran 50 miles along the Zion Rim
  • Qualified for the Boston Marathon
  • Performs surgery
  • One of a kind

And let’s talk about kind… being a vascular surgeon, she was instrumental in helping one of our trainers during a medical emergency on more than one occasion and has been a great source of information in the area of scientifically backed nutrition. Plus she knows all the great vegan restaurants in the area.

Adopting a vegan diet along with her commitment to boot camp, Nina has seen significant benefits to her health, energy, stamina and physique. But she’s not the only who’s noticed. The changes in her strength and endurance have been incredible and inspiring to so many.

In summary, if Nina isn’t in the operating room or helping the community, she is happily running along some trail or at boot camp working out with a smile on her face.

Congratulations & keep going, Nina!

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The B.O.M. that hit July!

Congratulations to Nilou,

Fit Body Boot Camp’s B.O.M. for the month of July!

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Nilou has been a valued member of FBBC since August of 2015.

You can usually spot her on your way to boot camp as she runs from her house to attend early morning sessions. In addition to running & boot camp, Nilou participates in spin classes, yoga and has participated in Fit Body Boot Camp’s hiking club since its inception for the last 3 seasons.

When Nilou is not working out, she stays busy by teaching piano lessons and remodeling rooms in her home, just because …..she can.

And when we say she remodels, we mean……SHE REMODLS, completing all the work HERSELF from demolition to the very end and all the details in between.

Obviously, Nilou likes to keep busy and epitomizes the culture at Fit Body Boot Camp by always exhibiting a sunny and positive demeanor, in addition to her commitment to health and fitness.

Nilou’s motto seems to be exemplified in this quote by Aristotle……….

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Congratulations to Nilou for earning this distinguished award.

If you see her this month, be sure to wish her a very happy birthday and a heartfelt congratulations! Just another year to do more activity. You can probably catch her celebrating burpees with Trainer Ali.

Congratulations Nilou. You are a valued member of our Fit Body Boot Camp family!

NILOU IS THE B.O.M.!

Andora, “the BOM,” Bonilla!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDORA,

Fit Body Boot Camp member of the month!

Andora works out without a sound. She comes in, works hard and always has a smile on her face. She is consistent and committed and is taking her health very seriously. She joined in on one of our boot camp challenges and has tried to adopt better nutrition options, always seeking fitness advice and willing to try new ideas. I have witnessed Andora train at boot camp for the past 2 years and I have seen her abilities and confidence grow immeasurably.

This year she decided to come out of her shell somewhat and compete in her very first Spartan Race. Her very first race EVER. She asked a lot of questions before committing, and did her research. Not wanting to deal with the mud, she opted for a stadium sprint. She registered, showed up with her momma very early to scope out the course to see what she would be dealing with. Then, just like that, she crossed the finish line.

Now that she’s an athlete, she’s ready for more. Join her and our team this August as she races her first ever EPIC RACE in Huntington Beach.

Andora is an example to her family to live a healthy lifestyle and brings her beautiful daughter, Asia, with her to boot camp as well. We are proud to honor her as our June B.O.M., Boot Camper of the month.

Game on, It’s Wesley for BOM!

Our BOM for the month of May is none other than, gamer at heart, Wesley Ruscher. Wesley has been a long time, die hard and dedicated Boot Camper. He burns an insane amount of calories at the 6:45 am class every week & currently holds the record for completing 31 ring pushups.

In addition to attending Boot Camp, Wesley has competed in both Spartan and Epic races and attends our Saturday morning run clubs with other Boot Campers, training for future races.

In the time that he has attended Fit Body Boot Camp, Wesley’s strength and endurance has undergone a remarkable transformation. Wesley is the only person to admit that his “aha” moment was finding a belly form in an old shirt he used to wear prior to starting at Fit Body Boot Camp and realizing his belly no longer filled it in. He is committed to health and fitness and dedicated to Fit Body Boot Camp’s philosophy of working hard to stay hard.  Very inspiring on many fronts.

Congratulations Wesley on being selected for BOM. It’s been a long time coming and you’ve managed to keep your GAME ON no matter what.  GAME NOT OVER!

Spartan Race Essentials: Fuel & Gear

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In obstacle course racing, fuel & gear are important components to a more comfortable experience. If you choose to eat or wear the wrong items, you could pay dearly.  Not only in race time, but also in fatigue, digestive issues and possibly having to drop out or DQ.

Training and timing are also key to an effective and strong race. So be sure to take your fuel and training preparation seriously. Give yourself enough training time in order to test everything out prior to your race, a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for short to mid races and at least 8 to 12 weeks for longer races.

So what do you wear? As a personal trainer and competitor, I have tested out what works for me and for my clients and found that the “less is more” approach seems to be the most effective. The less you wear, the less you carry, the longer you can go, the faster you finish.

Compression gear specifically designed for muddy & wet conditions is essential. Your gear should offer airflow, moisture evaporation or quick-dry and have UV protection. It should be comfortable, but snug enough to allow mud to slough off immediately. IMG_5801I personally race in Virus Performance Gear, which offers three lines of gear for different environments.

The stay cool series is made from a Natural Cooling fabric with recycled Jade stone engineered for staying cool, dry, and comfortable. A Bioceramic performance series engineered for endurance and recovery, and a StayWarm performance series engineered for staying warm, dry and comfortable, and which I have used all three. My favorite race pick being the bioceramic series, so comfortable you won’t even want to take it off to go to sleep.

Other essential gear for muddy & wet conditions that I never race without are gloves, a buff and gators. A buff will be your saving grace during hot, cold or windy conditions. Gators keep mud and rocks out of your shoes. My favorite socks are “Darn Tough” and in true Spartan spirit, they seriously are.

What to eat, what to drink? For races longer than 2 hours, camelbacks with proper fuel & hydration are a must. I use a mix of “LivePristine Electrolyte Balance” with lemon water in my camelbacks for all my races.ElectrolyteBalance I do not carry water and only drink it by taking advantage of the water stations.A good rule of thumb for fuel & hydration is to drink every 15 to 20 minutes and eat every 45 minutes to an hour. Although, I personally find this a bit aggressive for me, I suggest you test it out and find out what works best for you. IMG_3104

Try this tested, tried & true “Gunnar Stew” recipe offering complex carbohydrates and the perfect glycemic load for optimal performance.

 

To Gu or not to Gu, is that really the question? I prefer a whole food approach. Eat real food, even on race day. A mix of chopped dates, espresso beans, cacao and almond butter with protein powder is quick and easy to make or buy. Luckily, there are now whole food products with clean ingredients available virtually everywhere making this a much better option. You can also purchase squeeze packs like Noka Superfood Blend that offer balanced nutrition with clean ingredients like sweet potato and goji, or blueberry and beet.

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The bottom line: proper training time, tested gear, pure fuel, true hydration, deep sleep & planned recovery play key roles in a great race.

Happy Racing.

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Gunnar Stew, Tried & True

 

BEST PRE-RACE MEAL, GUARANTEED!

This tested, tried & true recipe offers complex carbohydrates and the perfect glycemic load for optimal performance.

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Ingredients for Gunnar Stew.

Lundbergh Black Japonica Rice

(any Lundbergh heirloom rice will do but the black is the best)

Carrots, diced

Sweet potato, diced

Potato, diced

Peas

Onions, diced

Top sirloin, chopped

Avocado oil

Sea Salt

Make the rice as directed on the package label.  Sauté the onions until soft, then add the top sirloin. Chop & roast or sauté the rest of the veggies.  Throw it all together.  Add avocado oil with sea salt to taste. As it sits,  it may be necessary to add more oil and salt to taste. This recipe can be easily converted to a vegetarian option by eliminating the top sirloin.

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NOT JUST A MOM, NOT JUST A BOM. SHE’S A MOM BOM!

Congratulations to MOM BOM SHAWN……member of the month, boot camper of the month.

This lady really has all the attributes for “Woman of the year.”

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According to her beautiful daughter Brooke, her mom would bring her breakfast in bed on a daily basis and every night they had dinner at the table and would talk about their day. It was always important for Shawn to be as involved as possible as a family and Brooke says their family, “are all like best friends.” However, growing up, she cooked really unhealthy and didn’t really work out much. Shawn mainly just walked the lake. She eventually started going to the gym, to spin classes and did some weights. It wasn’t until starting at Fit Body Boot Camp about a year ago that she really worked out.  Brooke states, “I seriously never thought in 1 million years I’d see her do a Spartan. She has become so strong and has totally come out of her shell. She’s come so far.”

Shawn has definitely been committed to boot camp since starting approximately one year ago. She tried it out and loved it so much that she brought the whole family in and they are all now regular boot camp members and workout together as much as possible. You can always count on Shawn to show up with a smile on her face, ready to work hard and bring along a loving motherly presence.

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This year Shawn completed her very first Spartan Race and is excited about her fitness regimen and boot camp alongside her family. We are so proud of you, Shawn Black, and all you have accomplished. You are an inspiration and an example to all of us.
Congratulations on being this month’s “MOM BOM.”

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