(Ahhh! No makeup!! Eh, its FITNESS FRIDAY!)
Whos ready to get FIT!!! I know I sure am! Lets kick off FITNESS FRIDAY!!! Fitness and healthy eating is something that is important to me in my daily lifestyle. Growing up, I had horrible eating habits and was a chubby kid. I didn’t know much about fitness but I knew I LOVED physical education at school. As I entered high school, I began to lose weight because I was now able to take a fitness class in school. I LOVED every second of the aerobics and weight training, and I was able to keep the weight off with all of the information taught for a few years. As I got older, (sigh…) life became busier and more difficult. I began to forget about making “me time” and began stressing more than ever. I started to put on the pounds again. I began to get frustrated with these changes that were happening and wanted to do something about it. It was that one fateful day that my best friend Kristina asked me to go to a kickboxing class, that changed everything.
The gym that Kristina took me to was called Krunchtime Fitness on City Island. We met Anthony, the owner of the gym, and Nick, my future trainer and friend. The gym is a nice, personal and intimate place. Its not overwhelming or unwelcoming. They also have a juice bar called JUICE ME which is pretty awesome! I LOVED the kickboxing class. I LOVED this gym. I kept on going back for more. I decided I wanted to do more than just classes so I asked Nick to train me. First I was going only once a week, now I’m going four times a week. Nick is a nutrition coach and an Herbalife coach. Nick taught me how to eat healthier and put me on the DELICIOUS Herbalife shakes.
Nick loves his Herbalife!
We work out like CRAZY, but its been much more difficult for me to reach my goal. I am SUPER determined to make my goal! Now this is where the fun begins. Nick and I decided to start a TWO WEEK CHALLENGE that I wanted to share with you all. So Nick and I will be working really hard for the next two weeks to try and lose just three pounds (hey, don’t judge, I figured I’d start low, haha). I would be following my healthier eating habbits with the help of Herbalife, and working my big booty off with intense training!! For this week to get things started, I wanted to formally introduce you all to Nick by interviewing him and asking him about his plan to kick my butt into shape! So here it goes!!!
SHOUT OUT TO MY SPARRING PARTNER FOR THE DAY LYNN!! THANKS GIRL!
Yesie Marie: How long have you been boxing?
Nick: Ever since I was a teenager I had a desire to learn how to box. I started boxing when I was 21 years old. So I am closing in on 10 years now.
Yesie Marie: How did you start boxing?
Nick: I was working out at a gym in Westchester ( Elmsford ) and it was a little hole in the wall gym. They had a small room with a heavy bag in it. When I would finish my weight training I would go upstairs and start hitting the bag, not really knowing what I was doing. One day I went upstairs and noticed a guy training someone in boxing. That guy’s name was Joe Silva and he offered to give me a free session. After that I ended up training with him for 6 years and the rest is history thanks to Joe and all he has taught me.
Yesie Marie: How did you get your started with Herbalife? And what do you like most about Herbalife?
Nick: Three years ago I moved to San Diego. My buddy and I picked up and took off with nothing but a couple suit cases of clothes. We had no jobs or housing lined up. I came across an ad about becoming a nutrition coach. I decided to give it a shot, but before I did I wanted to try the Herbalife products. I wanted to make sure this was a company I wanted to get involved with. I also have Colitis (disease of the small and large intestines). Before starting with Herbalife I was taking 20 pills, 3 antibiotics suppositories and 2 enema’s every day. The Herbalife products helped so much that I was able to stop taking all medications and haven’t experienced a flare up since. That made me a believer!
Yesie Marie: What type of training do you like best or find most efficient?
Nick: Personally, I will go with boxing training everyday of the week. Personally I have had excellent results boxing and many of my clients have had fantastic results from my boxing training. It is the complete full body workout. Not only is it a great physical workout, but it is also a great mental workout. For anyone who has not tried boxing, try it and you will know what I mean.
Yesie Marie: What is your favorite thing about training?
Nick: What I love most is helping my clients reach their fitness goals. There is no greater feeling than when my clients reach their goals and I know I have helped them achieve that fitness goal.
Yesie Marie: What do you think is the key to reaching or maintaining a fitness goal?
Nick: The DESIRE and DRIVE to change your life. You need to have a burning desire to achieve that fitness goal. I also believe that people who diet alone will never maintain their goals. It’s all about nutrition and changing your lifestyle. Learning to eat right instead of trying a diet and never starving or depriving yourself of the right nutrients. Living a healthy life style.
Yesie Marie: Do you think we can reach my goal in two weeks and how will we do so?
Nick: 3 pounds in 2 weeks? Absolutely! Hard work, dedication and healthy nutrition.
Yesie Marie: Who is your favorite client??? (Haha just playing, you don’t need to answer!!!)
Nick: Do you even have to ask me that question?
So now that you know a little about my trainer, I asked him what training we would be doing for the TWO WEEK CHALLENGE and why it works, here was his answer…
Boxing – Weight loss, increased agility, muscle tone, it is a full body workout. It works every bone in your body including your mind.
Calisthenics – Muscle tone, fat burning, endurance.
Cardio/ Core/ resistance training
Why will we do these workouts?
Because I believe these workouts are the best workouts we can do for your fitness goals. We never want to do the same thing every session. You need to shock your muscles.
How do you shock your muscles? By working out a different body part or doing a different style of training.
Boxing, I believe, will be the most beneficial. You burn a ton a calories and you gain lean muscle which is our goal.
I am extremely nervous, but extremely ready to start this TWO WEEK CHALLENGE! I know this was a long blog, but I needed to share this because I know there are others out there like me who are having a hard time reaching their goals. I wanted to share my motivation and support with you all, and maybe you will join in on the TWO WEEK CHALLENGE with me! YOU CAN DO IT! No one said it would be easy, but it’s worth it. I have a supportive boyfriend Phil, a great Gym (KRUNCHTIME BABY!) the BEST TRAINER EVER Nick, and now I hope to have your support. I would love for you all to share in your accomplishments and setbacks with me! We are all in this together. I will be back with my fitness Friday TWO WEEK CHALLENGE results in exactly two weeks from today. GOOD LUCK!!
Me and the best trainer EVER!
Until we meet again,