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Let's Talk About 2018!

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season thus far and are taking time to connect with your family and friends while reflecting on what you are thankful for.

As our holiday season continues, who else has a list of To Do's to start tackling?

Shopping Baking Holiday cards Oh my!

Remember to keep YOU as a priority. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all! Stop and make time for you.

Keep your workouts on schedule at least twice a week. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated as you enjoy the end of 2017! Do something every day to recharge while you start to think about what's ahead for 2018!

Goal setting is something I really believe in and love to teach others about. With every New Year comes an incredible energy to get refocused and set some goals. This is why for the past 5 years we have offered a transformation challenge at Renov8 Fitness to give our members extra motivation in the new year while inspiring their friends to join in!

We've been brainstorming what to offer for 2018 to get everyone excited and would love to get your feedback on what you loved about past challenges and what you would be looking for in 2018? Whether you have participated in the past, or are new to Renov8 Fitness, we want to get your feedback!

The survey is only 6 questions so please take about 1-2 minutes to share with us how we can help you start the year off to make 2018 YOUR YEAR!

Click here now to share your feedback

Heather Binns

Founder, Renov8 Fitness, LLC





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



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.


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



None of This is For Me

Everyone always wants to know the secret to making change in their health and fitness. Well here is our answer to the question of “What’s the secret?”

Show up!

There really is no secret; you have to do the work in order to get results. At Renov8 Fitness, we find those who show up to workout at Renov8 on average 8 times a month are the ones who are successful at attaining their goals. Make it a goal to finish the year coming to Renov8 Fitness just 8 times a month!

We have many opportunities to encourage you, motivate you, support you, and guarantee your journey is successful.

• Our annual Shed 2 Sizes Challengers are almost done with their challenge getting ready to celebrate in November making huge strides in their progress! They have their final jeans try-on coming up just around the corner!

• We have our 100 Workout Challenge and 50 Workout Challenge off and running as our participants get closer and closer to their goal for the latter part of 2017!

• Team Renov8 is supporting each other as they participate on November 4th at the Kaiser Get Fit Relay, on November 11th at the MuckFest Mud Run, and on November 19th at the Muddy Warriors Xperience. There’s still time to join us for these fun races!

• Our nutrition coaching members have successfully been changing their habits all year long through our individualized nutrition program that is focused on helping you establish a lifelong nutrition approach. By offering sound nutritional advice, a tailor-made nutritional plan with your goals in mind, and support from us, you can make a positive change that you can be proud of for years to come.

• We have Spartans training for their races in November and December. Join Team Renov8 for to tackle the hills of Castaic on December 9th and learn on all of our obstacles under the leadership of Spartan SGX Coach & Spartan Obstacle Specialist, Heather Binns!

• And if you haven't joined into any of that, you can still make a difference by contacting us today to see how we can best serve your health, fitness and nutrition needs!

NONE of this is for me! If you're reading all of the above thinking...NONE of this is for me. There's no way I could do a Spartan or other obstacle course race, I never joined into the 50 or 100 Workout Challenge, I'm not interested in shedding 2 sizes, and I dislike eating healthy…Listen up!

We have one question for you – WHY NOT YOU?

If you are one of the people who thinks none of the above is for you, why not? In case you didn't know, Renov8 Fitness is led by one of the top trainers & fitness coaches in Los Angeles who can help you accomplish anything you decide you want to do. The key word is – DECIDE! You have to make that decision and we can show you the path.

Don't miss out as we head into 2018 on everything we will be offering throughout the year! We have so much in store as always. Start to think about your goals now and let us know what they are. What can we help you accomplish in 2018? Maybe doing a Spartan Race is out of the question for you 6 weeks from now, but what about one year from now? Or maybe a triathlon? Or maybe you're ready to tackle the 100 Workout Challenge in 2018! Let's get started now. You don't have to wait until January to get focused on your goals. Why not you? Contact us today at (818) 925-5433 or GetFit@Renov8.Fitness so you can take your first step towards improving your health, fitness and nutrition today!

We promise that you will enjoy saying ‘hello’ to the new you!!



Unfinished Business?

It's fall…can you believe it’s already October? 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 this year? What unfinished business do you have before 2018 begins?

Here’s a Question for You: Which one describes you?

New 2017 Member - Some of you joined Renov8 Fitness this past year and have made BIG changes, congratulations - bravo to you!

Renov8 Fitness Athlete - Others have been members with us for years and have set new athletic goals such as competing in an obstacle course race (OCR). We had our biggest OCR team yet at the last Spartan Stadium Sprint race in Los Angeles!

Renov8 Fitness Super Hero - We have so many incredible people who are members of Renov8 Fitness. Some of you may have had a lot of "life stuff" going on this year and been focusing on keeping stress free and taking care of you. Kudos to you! By putting yourself as a priority this year you are able to take care of everyone else in your life and continue to be the Super Hero that you are. We love seeing you consistently in the gym and some of you are doing great in the 100 and 50 Workout Challenges. Great job!

Not a member yet? Lastly many of you are not members of Renov8 Fitness yet. You read our emails and are thinking I really need to do something to stop feeling guilty and start feeling proud of myself. Is this you? Well, the year is not over yet! We're here for you! Just reply to this email and we'll get you started.

We Have Something For You! This last quarter of the year we have all kinds of opportunities to finish 2017 strong. Whether you are looking to step-up the consistency of your training to continue to be a Renov8 Fitness Super Hero, want to compete in a race, or are looking for a new way to de-stress or learn more about nutrition, we have your back!

Check It Out:

The 50 Workout Challenge is off and running! If you haven't started yet there is still enough time to get your 50 workouts in by the end of the year and earn yourself $25 Renov8 Club Bucks! Ask us for details next time you are in, or reply to this email. Consistency is key with your results and we are paying you to be consistent. What other gym pays you to workout?

We are gearing up for multiple mud runs and obstacle course races in November and December! If you are looking for a new challenge to push yourself this could be the year for you! Talk to your Coach if this would be a good goal for you. Our upcoming team races are:

  • Kaiser Permanente Get Fit Relay – 11/4
  • MuckFest Mud Run – 11/11
  • Muddy Warriors Xperience – 11/19
  • Spartan Sprint Race – 12/9

Looking to dial in your nutrition? Our PN Coaching program is a year-long nutrition and lifestyle coaching program to finally help you master what can be one of the most difficult aspects of looking and feeling great - food! If you are interested simply reply to this email and we'll get you started!

Last but not least, our 2017 group of Shed 2 Sizes participants have been staying focused and committed to their goals! They are approaching week 4 of the 6-week challenge and are getting their first try on this week! Tina came in this morning and already has her jeans coming up over her hips – way to go Tina!! We are so proud of all our S2Sers as they are learning new habits to change their life!

Train hard this week, stay focused on your goals, and above all enjoy your journey. Always feel free to reply to this email if there is anything we can help you with! The last quarter of 2017 is going to be so exciting around Renov8 Fitness.

Heather Binns, Renov8 Fitness


Are You Up for the Challenge? – The S2S Challenge?


Are You Up for the Challenge? – The S2S Challenge?

Most people workout just to workout, and there's nothing wrong with that, if you're not interested in specific results. But we like setting goals be it weight loss, gaining strength, or what have you - and actually helping our clients achieve their goals. We're fanatical about delivering results!

Many of our clients have come to us after working out at big box gyms, trying random weight loss programs, and working with other personal trainers with little to no results. Frankly, we pride ourselves on the results we deliver to our clients. I guess you could say that we create fitness and fat loss programs that produce results, and that our clients stick to!

That's a BIG deal...creating workout programs that are challenging enough to create change, but fun and motivating so you'll stay with it long-term. Well, we've created what we considered our best challenge yet.

We call it the S2S Challenge (Shed 2 Sizes Challenge) and its fat loss-driven nutrition and workout program (not a diet - we HATE diets) are designed to get you down at least two jean sizes in only six weeks.

Let's say that again...We've figured out how to help you lose at least 1-2 jean sizes in only six weeks without having to starve yourself or having to work out seven days a week. Don't get us wrong, our S2S Challenge, does require you to train, and you'll train hard, but only 3-4 times per week. And, as we said before, there's no dieting or starvation involved…just healthy, sensible eating. We'll give you a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid so you'll get maximum fat burn from this program. This program isn't just about losing inches and weight either...It's about getting toned and defined in your arms, legs, and midsection too!

Here's the How S2S Challenge Works: It's a six-week fat loss and fitness program designed to melt away at least 1-2 jean sizes. The workouts take place at our private fitness center under the watchful eye of certified Fitness Coaches. Every workout is designed to provide you with the coveted "afterburn" effect, which is a state of having an elevated metabolism for well over 20 hours after you've worked out (the afterburn is the real reason you'll burn maximum fat). And to help you get the most out of this six-week program, we're going to give you a nutrition plan to follow. Basically you'll just follow the nutrition plan and see that you're no longer bloated, and you'll know that the foods you're eating are helping you to burn maximum amounts of fat. And as always, you're going to have tons of motivation and accountability because that's our secret ingredient. Well, that and our awesome ability to help you burn fat and tone-up fast.


We're having a Kickoff Seminar on September 14th at 7:30pm and YOU'RE INVITED! Then you get to go shopping and buy yourself a new pair of jeans BUT, they must be 1-2 sizes too small for you (there's a method to our madness here...motivation!).

You're going to bring your new jeans, or an old favorite pair, to us on or before the first day of the challenge and we're going to hang onto them for you. At the end of the six-weeks you'll have lost at least 1-2 jean sizes and you'll comfortably fit into your new jeans, AND...

We will be hosting a S2S Finale Party where you can sport your new jeans or outfit and receive gift certificates from our S2S Challenge sponsors (see below) and other great prizes! We've created a really fun, motivating, and high-energy program to help you drop at least 1-2 sizes in six-weeks. Best of all, this program is for any fitness level...whether you're just starting out or you've been working out for a long time, this program will work for you because it's customized for your fitness level.

The S2S Challenge starts on Saturday, September 16th.

All you need to do now is...

  1. Click HERE to register or call us at 818.925.LIFE (5433) to reserve your spot for our Kickoff Seminar on September 14th at 7:30pm.
  1. Go shopping for a pair of jeans that you really like or find that old favorite pair, but make sure they're 1-2 sizes too small.

  2. Bring your jeans with you to your first appointment at Renov8 Fitness so we can hang onto them for you and use them as a motivational tool to inspire you over the next six weeks. Okay, be sure to reserve your spot ASAP as space is limited in this challenge.

See you in the gym!

Yours in Fitness,

Heather Binns



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?


Protein Bar for a Quick Snack?


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 :)



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





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



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


Pose, Fall, Pull...


Pose, Fall, Pull...

Last month Pose Method Running Technique Specialist, Albert Lu, came to Renov8 Fitness to speak about the Pose Running Method. All in attendance loved what he shared (and learned first-hand how to improve their running form) that we asked Albert to give us the key points of his presentation so you, too, can test out a new method of running.

Pose Method Running Clinic

"We met at Renov8 Fitness on that rainy Sunday morning and we learned how to run (better)! We first went over proper body positioning and the running Pose, and then learned how we move. We move harnessing gravity to take us where we want to go. With that in mind, we did numerous drills to feel what we were doing with our bodies while in Pose, and while Falling. Equally as important, we worked on drills that reinforced the necessity to Pull our feet straight up off the ground, to directly underneath our hips when we are running. We talked about how that Pull is just a reflexive and extremely quick action; as soon as your feet make contact with the ground, it should be immediately pulled back up. We learned about the importance of spending as little time on the ground as possible (by Pulling), and as much time in the air as possible, since pain and injuries are only experienced on the ground.

We talked about applying these basic principles (Pose, Fall, Pull) to different environments and conditions (rain, mud, snow, dirt, heat, uphill, downhill, etc.), especially when under any kind of stresses. The better we can execute the basics under any circumstances shows how skilled we are with our technique.

We also were reminded that skill takes time to master, and running is no different. Learning how to read took years, where we first learned the alphabet, and we progressively learned more and more over time, until we mastered the skill of reading. The same thing goes for running. Learning the “alphabet” of running (Pose, Fall, Pull) does take time, and a significant paradigm shift from what we were doing for years before, and it will take time to progressively learn how to run faster, and longer, based on how well we are mastering this skill. Learning and practicing the skill of running is now a lifelong journey.

We ended the clinic by talking about shoes and how running with proper technique will save us hundreds of dollars over the rest of our lives, since we won’t be wearing out our shoes as much in the wrong places (like the back of the heel). Also, we won’t be buying braces, straps, etc. that only mask the underlying causes of pain and injury when running with poor technique.

Thanks for the opportunity to come and affect some positive change in your community and to shift some mindsets to help you all become more aware of what you are doing, in order to get and do better!” Albert Lu

I hope you enjoyed this recap provided by my friend and Pose Method Running Technique Specialist, Albert Lu.

Yours In Fitness,

Heather Binns


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