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The Final Quarter

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The Final Quarter

Yes, it's been awhile since you've received an email from me and I have no excuses. Renov8 Fitness has really been growing in 2018 and we've been assisting so many transformations in our clients and members - it's amazing!!

Yes, they've put in the hard work to make changes and build new habits such as eating healthier, skipping the drive thru, and attending their workout sessions every week. I've had the pleasure of coaching them so they can perform at their best; handling their recurring body composition assessments to gauge change; motivating them to stay on-point; answering their questions about nutrition, exercise & health; and keeping up with our own day-to-day duties so Renov8 Fitness can support them in every way needed.

In addition, I've been training competitively for obstacle course racing the past 3 months, spending time with my family (love my grand kids!), and studying for school each week. I went back after 19 years to learn emergency care/transportation of the sick and injured. You never know when you may have to help save someone's life!

I love learning new things, which is why Renov8 Fitness' Core Value #6 is the 'Continuous Pursuit of Education.' I've had a lot on my plate, but I don't regret any of it; I actually LOVE it!!

But let's talk about YOU instead! Another year is flying by as usual. As we head into the last quarter of the year, take a moment to reflect on 2017. Where were you at the start of the year? What promises did you make to yourself?

So here we are again…We’ve now surpassed the 75% point of the year. An entire three quarters of 2018 have already passed - we are now less than three months away from 2019 - 81 days to go! Are you on track with those 2018 New Year’s Resolutions you set earlier in the year (remember those)? Are you on target to hit your goals?

If you wanted to lose 20 lbs. this year – are you down 15 lbs. already? If your goal was to do 250 workouts – have you completed 188 workouts?

It’s amazing how time passes so quickly. If you need a “do-over” then I’m going to give you one.

You can REDO your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions right now and get started all over again. That’s right – I’m letting you off the hook – but don’t waste a single second.

If your goal is fat loss start today. If your goal is muscle building start today. If your goal is to train for an obstacle course race - start today. If your goal is (insert anything here) – start TODAY!

Over 75% of this year is gone forever. Will you make changes TODAY or will another 25% pass…..

Very few people actually measure and take stock of their efforts. If you are following a plan to lose fat – are you actually losing fat? And I mean at a rate that is acceptable for your efforts? Or are you blindly thinking you are eating healthy without actually logging your food intake?

The only way to gauge your progress towards your goals is to measure it. At the beginning of 2018 I talked about “SMART” goals — one of the keys is ‘M’ – Measurable. Measure your results.

As we continue the final quarter of 2018, it’s time to take stock of your efforts. Again — over 75% of this year is gone forever. Will you make changes TODAY or will another three months pass, then before you know it — it’s 2019…..

Don’t waste a single second. Start TODAY.

Where will you be at New Year’s Eve – Dec 31st? That’s less than 12 weeks away. Will you be 12 weeks leaner? Will you be 12 weeks closer to your goals?

The time will pass anyway….

Heather Binns Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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Is Your Confidence Engine Revving?

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Is Your Confidence Engine Revving?

Or is it running low? If you've ever thought about accomplishing a new feat such as finishing an obstacle course race, cutting sugar from your diet, or even reading a book in its entirety, how and where do you begin your journey?

I've struggled many times with accomplishing some of my own goals. I've had to reset my thoughts and action plans numerous times to dodge the curveballs life throws at me, but in the end I'm usually a success - I reach my goal. Now it's your turn. What is your ultimate health & fitness goal and what steps will you take to get there?

Let's say you belong to a gym that you rarely use, you have books about fad diets and weight loss on your bookshelf, and you’ve even had a consultation with a personal trainer, but you still can’t seem to get yourself off the couch and out of the house.

Is it fear of failure or commitment? Is it a lack of motivation and desire? Are you afraid to try something new and unknown? Do you just not know what to do and where to start? Whatever it may be, it all starts with goals and your belief to get to that prized end result. Steven Binns, Jr., PsyD, a Sport Psychologist in Los Angeles, California states:

“Confidence and goals go together like breathing and air. You can take a short breath or deep breath, the air stays the same. If your goal is to complete a marathon or lose 100 pounds, make it your main goal. The deep breath. Smaller goals bring you to your main goal, right? So let’s make small, realistic, attainable goals, like jogging for 10 minutes, your short breaths. Your confidence engine will start to build. It feels good when that engine builds because mentally, it’s a good predictor of how you’ll do on your next task.”

The first step is finding out and naming your ultimate health & fitness goal. Then you need to break that big goal down into smaller ones. Remember to take one step at a time, be mindful and make adjustments according to your current lifestyle.

Let’s look at an example: You want to start a new physical activity to help you improve your health & fitness. It must be one that is fun, yet challenging and the opposite of monotony. After doing some research you discover the Spartan Race. According to Wikipedia, Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances. They are held in USA and franchised to 30 countries including Canada, South Korea, Australia and several European countires. The series include the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles of obstacle racing, 20+ obstacles), the Super Spartan (8+ miles, 25+ obstacles), the Spartan Beast (13+ miles, 30+ obstacles), and the Ultra Beast (26+ miles, 60+ obstacles - one of two marathon obstacle courses along with Mudderthon). SPartan Race also has a military series, hosted on military bases. There are also winter and team events.

Now doesn’t that sound daunting, challenging, exciting and fun at the same time?! Beginners (anyone can do this) should start with the Sprint or Stadium Sprint, the shortest courses, at your own pace…walking, running or both. Your pace is dependent on your training.

So let’s get busy. Here’s your first freebee set of short-term goals:

  1. Register for a Spartan race.
  2. Start a training program using Spartan’s complimentary ‘Couch-to-Sprint Training Plan,’ or hire one of their Spartan SGX-certified coaches like myself.
  3. Improve your nutrition with Spartan’s complimentary daily nutrition tips and/or guidance from a Nutrition Coach like myself.

Sure everyone gets nervous before a race, even pro and elite athletes, especially when there’s an unknown adventure ahead. But to ease your anxiety, as you can see, Spartan and Spartan SGX Coaches offer you all the resources you need to prepare for your first Spartan race. You can’t cross the finish line until you get to the starting line.

What is your ultimate health & fitness goal and what steps will you take to get there? AROO!!

To Your Success!

Heather Binns, Renov8 Fitness

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Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

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Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

A solid nutrition plan is extremely important when it comes to seeing fast results from working out. Most people will never wear a bikini or go shirtless at the pool (I’m talking about men here), or ever feel confident in their own skin because they don’t understand one important point: No matter how much you exercise, you can’t out work bad nutrition.

In order to lose body fat, get back into a bikini or board shorts alone, you must have a healthy nutrition program that works for you. Pasta, white rice, most breads, pastries, flour tortillas, most cereals, and white flour (i.e. any processed carbs) should either not be a part of your nutrition, or should only be consumed in a splurge meal.

Don’t think all carbs are bad either. Fruits and vegetable are good carbs, along with whole grains such as brown or wild rice, quinoa, chickpeas, and wheat-free breads (healthy starches).

If you want to lose body fat and get the body you desire, you cannot eat foods that don't work for you. Instead, eat small balanced meals focused on green vegetables, lean proteins, and a small amount of healthy fats. Then fit-in those healthy starches sporadically. An example of healthy lean proteins that enable you to build lean body mass and burn fat include chicken and turkey breast, salmon, and grass-fed beef or bison.

So, eat lean proteins, load-up on green vegetables, drink plenty of water, exercise right, and you will start your journey to the body you desire. Check out the video HERE to learn more about healthy eating :)

Have a happy, healthy and active day!

Heather Binns, Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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No More Excuses!

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No More Excuses!

Sometimes clients don’t want to get a follow-up body composition assessment because deep down inside they know the numbers are going to be the same, if not worse, than the prior assessment. Many times the reason is because someone was out of town on vacation, had too many splurges in the last month, has not been working out at Renov8 Fitness as much as they used to, or is letting stress control their life.

I get that it happens to the best of us…getting caught-up in life and forgetting about our goals and making ourselves a priority…but at some point we need to draw the line. You can’t take care of others if you don't take care of yourself first. That’s why I know it’s important to me to continue staying active and eating healthy as best I can.

There will always be a good reason or excuse not to do what you said you were going to do. It really comes down to commitment. The only way to get back into those jeans that you love so much, to get your body feeling better with less pain, to feel more confident and proud of yourself, or to get your body ready for summer in the next 10 weeks, is to do what you said you would do long after the emotion that prompted you to say you’d do it has left. That is commitment!

Unless you have commitment, you are not going to reach your goals and get what you deserve. The key is to be prepared for the events that will come along to derail you. That is why I am a big proponent of “splurges.”

A splurge is when you can eat any and everything in one meal that you have avoided while staying true to your guidelines of working out and eating healthy. Use your splurges for celebrations, office parties, and other social events that would otherwise throw you off your game.

The other thing that will keep you on track is accountability. Imagine if the clients I mentioned above didn’t have any Renov8 Fitness coaching sessions scheduled? It would probably make matters even worse by sleeping-in, stressing out by working too much, being lazy, and NOT working out. The goal is to lose body fat, get in shape, build muscle, gain confidence and have fun!

Be true to yourself. Plan your week better. Use your splurges wisely. Find a coach or friend to use as accountability partners and you will reach your goals and get what you deserve. Everyone deserves to be happy with themselves.

Have a happy, healthy and active day!

Heather Binns

Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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Do You Eat?

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Do You Eat?

Healthy that is....

But what exactly does "healthy" mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, healthy means "free from disease or pain," "showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being" and "beneficial to one's physical, mental, or emotional state."

Do you REALLY eat healthy?

I know many times I think I am eating healthy, but when I start logging my food for a couple weeks, I notice that I have slacked. I got caught-up in my old ways of eating too much sugar, not enough protein, not enough vegetables, etc. See, I have the same problem as most people and have to continually remind myself to eat healthy as well.

So how can you REALLY know if you are eating healthy?

I recommend logging your daily food and drink intake for at least 2 weeks to really get a good look into how you eat on a regular basis. You'll most likely be surprised with what you find out. For example:

  • How often do you eat vegetables, lean protein, sugar, processed foods, etc.?
  • How often do you drink alcohol?
  • What is deficient in your nutrition?
  • Do you tend to eat smaller or larger portion sizes?
  • Are you eating only when hungry or are you emotionally eating as well?
  • How much water do you drink each day?
  • How do ingredients make you feel 30 minutes to 48 hours after consumption?
  • And so on...

By putting pen to paper you are actively recording in your brain and keeping your nutrition at the top of your mind. You'll start noticing what you reach for in the refrigerator when it's time you eat versus mindlessly choosing and consuming.

To help make these two weeks of food logging easier for you, keep a pen and paper/notebook with you at all times. Record your intake including food item, quantity, and notes on how you feel or the situation you were in at the time. This is important as snacks are typically consumed unpredictably and, as a result, is impossible to record accurately unless your food log is nearby.

Try to record as precisely as possible every single item that you consume including water, vitamins, condiments, etc. Use a small food scale if you have one, or use standard measuring devices (ex: measuring cups and measuring spoons) to record the quantities consumed as accurately as possible. If you don't eat all of an item as planned, measure what's left and record the difference.

Also record combinations of food separately (ex: 100% lean ground beef, brioche bun, and condiments) and include brand names of food items, or list the contents of homemade items, whenever possible. For packaged items, use labels to determine quantities and ingredients.

Now I admit, this will still feel cumbersome over the 2-week period, but the knowledge you will gain from this experience is ten-fold and well worth the effort. Like I said before, you will most likely be surprised with what you find out. And best of all, you don't need to count calories!

So choose your pen and paper/notebook of preference, determine a start date for logging (ex: Monday, February 12th), and when you are done I would love to hear what you found out. What nutrition habits were you surprised by and what are your plans to adjust them based upon your goals?

Ready, set, go! You got this!

Yours In Fitness, Heather Binns

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Do You Drink?

Enough water that is....

Many times we think we are properly hydrated, but how do we really know?

Our body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ needs water. Without water our body cannot remove waste, metabolize food, lubricate joints, maintain its temperature, and transport nutrients.

Did you know that water makes up more than half of our body weight and is the most important nutrient that it uses? We only have one body to live in, so we better make sure to take care of it!

Here are some of the signs of dehydration: " Extreme thirst " Headaches " Muscle cramps " Darker urine or very little urine " Rapid pulse " Dry mouth " Confusion " Sleepiness or fatigue

Here are some easy ways to help stay hydrated: " Drink water (duh!) " Eat foods high in water content such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, green peppers, lettuce, radishes, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, pineapple, cauliflower, strawberries, tomatoes, spinach, grapefruit, berries, baby carrots, kiwi, radishes, and cantaloupe " Drink beverages high in water content such as coconut water, tea, coffee, lemonade, vegetable juice, fruit juice, milk, etc. " Carry a filled water bottle all day long (I do and it really helps!) " Consume ice chips " Use all-natural sea salt sprinkled sparingly on food to help balance water and potassium levels and to alkalize the body " Exercise to increase circulation to get more nutrients into your cells

I usually recommend drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, then 70 ounces of water is ideal. If exercising or working extra hard in a day, additional water will be needed to make-up what is lost while sweating.

So, start drinking up, but keep in mind that increasing water intake abruptly can be a challenge. The key is to slowly work your way up to the allotted amount of water each day and eventually your body will compensate. If you stay hydrated, your body will function properly every day!

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Don't Miss out!

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Don't Miss out!

There's a lot of exciting things coming and we don't want you to miss out on what you may be interested in.

RSVP today for your events of choice by clicking on the the links above!

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Hey!

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Hey!

I just wanted to take a second to write to you and let you know about an exciting new system that we at Renov8 Fitness are stoked to be taking part in.

Have you ever wished that you had more short-term goals along the way to your long-term goals?

Maybe you want to be able to see how well you’re progressing without having to rely on the dreaded scale every time.

Well now you can! There's this cool fitness ranking system we are now using called FitRanX, and it is going to help you stay MOTIVATED with new fitness goals (even myself).

This is going to be great! If you want to know more, just ask me by responding to this email or when you see me at the Renov8 Fitness coaching center.

Yours In Fitness,

Heather Binns

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Gratitude

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Gratitude

Gratitude I feel such gratitude for those that lend me their most precious commodity - TIME (by reading my emails). Time, in the form of your attention, is the greatest commodity that you could share.

Thank you for lending me your attention, and as such I would love for you to have this FREE GIFT! It’s a Thanksgiving Survival Guide that has 7 tips to avoid gaining weight over this upcoming holiday weekend. I hope it adds value to your life. And remember to be thankful...I am thankful for you!

Heather Binns

Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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You May Not like This!

I was recently inspired by a fellow trainer and would like to share some of the main points in conversation. Enjoy the read :)

We have ONE body. That is ALL we will ever get. No spares, no returns, no substitutes. Isn’t that a good enough reason for you to take care of yourself?

Why should we wait until we have excess body fat, illness, and injuries before we get serious about our health? Why should we do actions that cause harm to our bodies and make us feel bad? How much suffering from physical and mental ailments will be enough?

The physical ailments like having excess body fat, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol are what influences most people to start working out. These ailments are obvious and cause physical and emotional pain. The mental ailments are not as obvious, but they cause just as much pain. Mental ailments place shackles on our minds and trap us in cycles of procrastination, destructive behavior, and poor experiences.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

It’s time to declare war on poor health! We must arm ourselves with proper knowledge. We must inform ourselves of a game plan that moves us from our current state of being toward the best version of ourselves. Once we are armed with knowing how we should take control of our health, we need to take action against ignorance, inactivity, and addiction. We must inform ourselves of a game plan that moves us from our current state of being toward the best version of ourselves.

This may sound scary, but the process is actually quite simple and highly effective. It begins with asking yourself a few simple questions that dig deep into the heart of the matter:

Who am I? Who would I like to become? How far am I from becoming who I’d like to become? What game plan will I use to reach my ideal body and self? What barriers stand in my way? How do I remove these barriers? By when will I reach my goal?

Once these questions have been answered you are ready to achieve your transformation. Then you have one last step. Take massive action in the direction of your goals! That is all it takes.

Now go get some!!!

Heather Binns

Founder, Renov8 Fitness

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Get Fit and Healthy in 5 Steps

Hello Renov8ers,

Most people think way too much about how to lose body fat. Maybe you do this too. You spend hours gathering information about the latest trends and the quickest way to get in shape, and then become completely overwhelmed by all that you learn.

There are thousands of ways to exercise and eat healthy, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, and end up doing nothing. The good news is that I outlined for you below 5 Steps to Get Fit & Healthy:

Get Fit Step #1: Consistency is KEY

If you want a fit body then exercise and eating healthy MUST be a consistent part of your life. You can’t exercise hard and eat healthy this week and then take the next two weeks off and expect to see results. Results come from consistency. Don’t overthink it…focus on being consistent with your Renov8 Fitness coaching sessions and your nutrition.

Get Fit Step #2: Set ATTAINABLE goals

Let’s be realistic here, you aren’t going to lose 20% body fat in a week. That’s not an attainable goal. Normal body fat loss is between 0.5% - 2.0% per month. Those who achieve amazing body transformations do so by reaching a series of progressive, attainable goals. Remember, we at Renov8 Fitness are here to help you in determining what an appropriate, attainable goal would be for yourself. Don’t give up too quickly. Keep striving and the results will come. Just ask Renov8 Fitness members Jacqueline Basilio and Jordan Castellanos who recently attained some amazing results both in body composition and healthy nutrition!

Get Fit Step #3: Make it CONVENIENT

Are you straining to include your chosen exercise routine into your life? If your exercise time isn’t a seamless part of your daily life, if it causes too much of a strain and headache to accomplish, then you won’t stick with it. Find the best Renov8 Fitness sessions that are most convenient for you so that you can be faithful to Get Fit Step #1 by staying consistent. Make exercise part of your routine. Don’t stray back to your old habits.

Get Fit Step #4: Find something you LOVE

Similar to Get Fit Step #3, finding a place you LOVE is key to making this a permanent part of your life. If you’re straining to get through exercise that you loathe, then you won’t stick with it. We are so glad you have found the place you love and are here to motivate and guide you every step of the way. Remember, at Renov8 Fitness you are never working out alone…you will always have a fitness coach here to guide you!

Get Fit Step #5: Work with a PRO

This is a favorite step of ours because this is where we get to work with you! Our passion and focus is in helping Renov8 members and program participants like yourself integrate fun, challenging, health-promoting exercise into your daily routine so that you reach your body and health transformation goals.

So, out of these 5 steps to get fit & healthy, which one are you going to make a priority to start working on today?

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Protein Bar for a Quick Snack?

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Protein Bar for a Quick Snack?

A new Renov8 Fitness member asked about protein bars I recommend when in a bind and need a quick snack. As most of my friends and clients/members know, I always recommend real whole food first. Howeverer, if you are to choose a bar for a quick snack, this is the one I recommend - Rx Bar. Also, that link gives you 25% off :)

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What Supplements Are You Taking?

So, most people know about protein, multi-vitamins/minerals, and fish oils…but what other supplements can you take to help improve your everyday health & vitality?

Renov8 Fitness Coach, Marcus Carter, shares five supplements you may want to consider based upon your own health & fitness goals.

1. CoQ10 - Used by the body to transform food into ATP (energy that helps your body function properly).

2. Probiotics - Helps alter the intestinal microflora balance, inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria, promotes good digestion, boosts the immune system, and increases resistance to infection.

3. Multi-Enzymes - A combination of complex proteins that stimulate chemical changes in other substances and help break-down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

4. Glutamine – An amino acid converted to glucose when more energy is required by the body. It's also good for boosting the immune system.

5. Glucosamine - Aids in the ease of joint pain and is a building block needed by the body to manufacture specialized molecules found in cartilage. It usually takes about 4 weeks of continuous usage of Glucosamine for it to start working.

Still confused or not sure what could help you? Set-up a complimentary Strategy Session at Renov8 Fitness and we can help guide you in the right direction.

Yours In Fitness,

Heather Binns

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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

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From My Place to Yours

A Letter To Our Friends and Fans

Procrastination...yes, I'm guilty! I've been meaning to write a recap of 2016 for months now. Here we are starting the 4th month of 2017 and I'm finally sending this out. There's no excuse other than procrastination on my part, but I feel good now that it's completed :)

From my place to yours, I want to share some of the highlights of our Renov8 Fitness family over 2016! We started last year with the rebranding of our company. After 8 years, we said goodbye to the Full of Life Fitness brand and launched Renov8 Fitness™. We do exactly what our name implies - we renov8 the body!

At Renov8 Fitness, you won't just walk into the gym by yourself and wonder what to do. Instead, you'll train every time with a coach and other hard-working, like-minded individuals. No crash diets. No expensive fads. No playing soldiers. Just scientifically-backed, high-quality coaching with your best interests at heart. We are a private fitness coaching center where you make some of the best friendships of your life as you sweat alongside others who are just as dedicated to health and wellness as you are.

In the first quarter of 2016 we increased the number of group fitness coaching sessions on our schedule to better accommodate our members’ needs. I focused the first half of the year really dialing in the new brand, re-evaluating our Core Values, and defining who (and what) we are to our valued members and clients.

In the second quarter, we added Spartan training to our programs to further help get people off the couch and into a lifestyle involving more movement daily. We also decided to give back more to our local community by hosting free monthly seminars on topics such as improving performance, injury prevention, juicing and detoxes/cleanses, mentally preparing for a new fitness routine, the science and secrets of self-myofascial release (SMR), improving running form/technique, enhancing quality of life, and diabetes and how it relates to fitness and nutrition. Renov8 Fitness Core Value #8: Community consciousness. You should join us for this month’s seminar: ‘Home Workouts for the Couch Potato’ on April 19th at 6:30pm!

A half-way point of the year we challenged our members to our annual 100 Workout Challenge and more people than ever took that challenge! We then kicked-off our annual Shed 2 Sizes Challenge where participants commit to the 6-week program to shed 2 sizes. They transformed themselves over the 6 weeks creating new habits and gaining confidence!

In the latter half of 2016 we grew! We added to our team Marcus Carter and Jenn DeMartino to help coach and motivate our members in each and every session! Both Marcus and Jenn came to learn, grow and improve in more ways than one to bring even more to our members and to continue leading as a company. As Renov8 Apprentices they both learned over a 2 to 5-month period the ins-and-outs of Renov8 Fitness, our culture, our members, our training style, and most importantly our methods of coaching our members to achieve success!

They both successfully passed all phases of our Apprenticeship and have officially been a part of our coaching staff for a handful of months now. Renov8 Fitness Core Value #1: Passion for fitness and healthy lifestyles.

One of the biggest improvements we made at Renov8 Fitness in 2016 was the addition of our heart rate-based training system. As you already know, we take fitness seriously. So, for about 6 months we tested various heart rate-based training systems and heart rate monitors and finally found the ones we love. Our members have seen how each system tracks heart rate, heart rate percentages, heart rate zones, heart rate recovery and training points. They even receive an email after each session with their workout summary and, at the end of each month, they receive a detailed monthly summary as well --- all real-time proof of maximizing your workouts. Listening to your body is one thing, but understanding what its telling you is a completely different scenario. Renov8's heart rate-based training system allows you to do just that - UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU!

Next at the 1-year point of being in our current location, we hosted a Grand Opening/Open House. As I mentioned, we settled in, increased our staff, and developed new programs. Our local sponsors Runnergy, Spartan SGX, Mi Ranchito Authentic Mexican Food, Juice Budz, Fabletics, SBJ Sport Psychology, Som’s Skin Care, House of Vitamins, Park Lane Jewelry and The Color Lounge all set-up tables, offered samples and demonstrations, and shared valuable information with all attendees. It was a great opportunity for our members and friends to get together and meet new people, and for our guests to meet us, other fitness and nutrition enthusiasts, and like-minded individuals.

Halloween was another fun theme this year with our team dressing-up for the occasion. Lots of laughs and good times. Renov8 Fitness Core Value #5: Smiles, fun and liveliness; “Work Hard, Play Hard!”. To finish up the year we had ‘Team Renov8’ (Karla Moore, Mario Espinoza, Jumana Jiries, Maureen Gray, Steven Binns, Jr. and myself) complete the SoCal Spartan Sprint #2 race in Castaic after 8 weeks of intense training. Our team conquered the very difficult 5-mile hilly course including 20 challenging obstacles to all bring home medals after jumping over fire at the finish line. And to top it all off, Maureen Gray placed 9th in the Elite Women’s heat. Very remarkable!

And that leads me to 2017! We’ve already had several accomplishments and improvements for us and our members:

  • Additional Renov8 members completed their first of many Spartan races at Lake Elsinore in January.
  • Our New Year, New You Body Transformation Contest winners (Alfredo Rodriguez and Jenn DeMartino) worked very hard for 6 weeks on improving their nutrition, upping their fitness game, and focusing on the goal of losing lots of body fat and gaining lots of muscle mass in only 6 weeks.
  • We hosted our Annabelle Moon Charity Workout Day in February to raise funds for little Annabelle Moon who was born on October 18, 2016 with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart condition. She required 2 more heart surgeries to give her a fighting chance to love, live and grow.
  • We had a fun group of us run the Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 10K race. Can’t wait to do it again next year!
  • Myself and Renov8 Fitness member, Sara du Bouchet, trained for the LA Marathon Charity Relay and raised funds for Angel City Pit Bulls. Together we completed the marathon on March 19th along with other Renov8 members, Mario Espinoza and Steven Binns, Jr., who both completed the full marathon distance (26.2 miles).
  • I recently took the StrongFirst Certification course and am currently applying the meticulous StrongFirst principles of Kettlebell training into our programming. Renov8 Fitness Core Value #6: Continuous pursuit of education.
  • Last weekend I had the pleasure of running with Renov8 member, Laurie Kahn, who ran her first trail race in many years and placed 3rd in her age group (women 60-69) for the Pasadena 5-Mile Trail Running Challenge series.
  • Recently I was featured in VoyageLA Magazine. Increasing exposure is important as a gym owner and it was a pleasant surprise being asked for an interview. Check it out HERE.

We’re only 4 months into 2017 and we are already on fire! As we continue our adventure into the rest of the year, our focus is on continuously improving our methods so we stay on-top of the fitness ladder, and on growing our membership base so we successfully improve more people’s lives through education, motivation, and improved health & wellness. Our goal is to help all those who come through our door to find their athlete within!

Now what’s to come? I’m very excited about our Spartan SGX workout this Saturday at 10:00am. It’s free and open to the public (join us!). Our first-ever Renov8 Fitness video shoot is coming-up in a few weeks along with our member-only Push/Pull Challenge. Then, the official announcement of our new online nutrition coaching program is on the horizon along with our member-only 30-Day Summer Shred and our upcoming Spartan Stadium Sprint training program! There’s a lot happening in the Renov8 pipeline just in the next few months! :)

We really want 2017 to be our best year yet, and we would love to have you be a part of it! We want to see our members reach new goals and accomplish more than they ever thought possible while looking and feeling their absolute best!

Thank you to every single one of you for trusting us and letting us play a small part in your journey to ongoing health & fitness. We are honored you chose us! Bring on the rest of 2017 as we are here to slay!

Yours In Fitness,

Heather Binns - Founder/Head Fitness Coach
Renov8 Fitness, LLC

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