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You are Unique


Every client is truly unique and that includes YOU.  No matter who I’m coaching, I always customize as much as I can for every single person, whether in a group, semi-private or 1-to-1 setting.

Everyone, including you, has an imbalance and/or dysfunctional movement pattern, a history of sport or a sedentary lifestyle, issues of pain or mobility restrictions, various nutrition habits and mindsets, and ideals of who you want to be.

It’s up to me to help you discover the best ways to achieve your goals, to inspire and motivate you to put in the work needed, to guide you effective execution of the tasks at hand, and to educate you on your journey through a new phase in life.

This is one of the reasons I love learning and educate myself as often as I can. It’s important to me to stay on top of the health & fitness industry and to share the very best with you.

I have to earn your trust and I truly value the trust you put in me as your guide, your coach, and your mentor.  And when your successes happen, I’m on cloud 10!

I know I am doing the right thing.  I am living my passion every day and look forward to helping more people like you find the athlete within, whether it’s been buried for awhile or never been found. YOU are an athlete!! 💪🏼

Yours in fitness,

Heather Binns

P.S.  Let me show you how to shed fat and become strong while creating a lifestyle you can sustain forever in a close-knot, nonjudgemental environment.




One of our Renov8 Fitness core values is "Community Consciousness." Not only do we try to be environmentally friendly within our community any moment we can, but we also love to give back to our community through charity work and donations.

I am happy to share that Renov8 Fitness presents five (5) special donation-based workouts for all skill levels this Saturday, June 10th, in support of baby Melanie Sanchez who was diagnosed at the tender age of 2 months with a rare end stage disease known as Biliary Artesia. The donation is $21/person with a maximum of 25 people. This event is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

Baby Melanie’s parents were told that without surgical intervention, very few babies with Biliary Atresia live past their second birthday. She immediately underwent surgery to try and save her liver. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful and Melanie suffered liver failure, causing fluid to build up in her abdomen, which then put pressure on her stomach and lungs. She was in critical condition at the pediatric intensive care unit of Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, where she was sedated and intubated since she was unable to eat or breathe on her own. At that point, her only chance of survival was to receive a liver transplant, which she did recently receive and is now recovering with her new liver.

Baby Melanie was recently downgraded on her breathing tube and her liver is working well. Her labs look good and continue to trend down. She's also been weening off pain killers and sedation medicine, although she is still not eating. She receives her nutrition through an IV and her parents pray every day that she keeps getting better and will be able to come home soon with her family.

Here’s where you come in! Help cover the costs of Baby Melanie’s stay at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles by joining us for a special workout session for all skill levels -- only a $21 donation/person for one workout. All proceeds ($1 covers transaction fees) go to Baby Melanie’s GoFundMe account to help with the cost of extending her life. Also, if you are unable to make it to one of the workouts that day, you can make your own donation at Help us spread the word!

  • When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
  • Where: Renov8 Fitness at 7817 Nagle Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605
  • Times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm
  • Details: Space is limited to the first 25 people (5 people per workout). All sessions are first come, first serve so reserve and pay for your spot today!

For more information, please contact us at 818.925.LIFE (5433) or at GetFit@Renov8.Fitness today. You can also visit www.Renov8.Fitness to learn more about what we offer to the community.



Fitness and Diabetes: The Down and Dirty Summarized

What does it really mean to have diabetes and workout? Last month Renov8 Fitness Coach, Jenn DeMartino, shared with us the different types of diabetes, the different affects workouts have on people with diabetes, as well as how nutrition plays a part in diabetes management. Here is what Jenn shared if you missed it.

"In short, the definition of diabetes is high blood sugar and there are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and 2. Type 1 diabetes is not procured by way of a bad diet or lack of exercise, but rather it's brought-on by an attack of immune cells on the pancreas. Whereas Type 2 diabetes is caused by either a tiring out of the pancreas or a reduction in sensitivity of the cells' ability to take the insulin that their pancreas produces. With both types of diabetes there is a very large number of treatments available depending on the body response to the treatment. Approximately 136 types of medications for Type 2 and 8 medications for Type 1. Each treatment affects the person's blood sugars in different ways by different mechanisms and none of them or perfect.

Also, different types of exercises have different affects on blood sugar levels. There's no cookie-cutter approach. High intensity can either raise or lower blood sugar depending on where the sugar level starts and how much medication and carbohydrates are on board. Low impact exercise usually doesn't affect sugar in the short run, but again it depends on the person. The same goes for heavy lifting, although sometimes people report having high blood sugar. With HIIT (high intensity interval training), there usually is no prediction on what will happen with blood sugar levels. A person with diabetes needs to practice and learn the patterns of their own body on their good days, bad days, high carbohydrate days, low carbohydrate days, sad days, happy days, time of year, time of month, etc.

Just like the different types of medication and exercise, various types of food also effect sugar levels differently. In general, high glycerin carbohydrates spike blood sugar whereas low glycemic carbohydrates do not. Protein in high doses can spike blood sugar and low doses do not. Fat has no direct immediate change on blood sugar levels, but it does delay the absorption of any type of carbohydrate.

In general, for people with diabetes it's not just a simple answer. There can be extremely healthy fit people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who have no way of getting rid of their disease and there are those that can. Exercise and nutrition may or may not also have an affect on blood sugar levels with or without immediate complications. For example, Olympian Gary Hall, Jr. (won 10 U.S. medals in the 500m swim) had his blood sugar spike to the 300s as a result of his swims, which is not what you would expect.

So bottom line is that exercise and nutrition are both important for a person with diabetes just as much as it is for a person without diabetes. It's just not as easy as 1, 2, 3."

I hope you've learned something new from Jenn's synopsis of her seminar about diabetes and how it relates to fitness and nutrition. No mater who we are and what's going on with us and our bodies, fitness and nutrition is key!

Yours In Fitness,

Heather Binns