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  • Crushing Goals through Support and Determination

    Crushing Goals through Support and Determination

    Crushing Goals through Support and Determination By Eva T. 2021 $10,000 National Challenge Finalist In the Summer of 2020, I was embarrassed at how much weight I’d gained after having my three kids. My youngest was almost six, and I had slowly gained weight, despite wanting to get back to my healthier self. I was ashamed, uncomfortable, frustrated, and struggling with many health issues. I had tried many times, but didn’t have success and/or couldn’t maintain the momentum, and didn’t stay disciplined. I would get discouraged, mad at myself, blame my body, and quit. To others, I looked happy and like I had it together on the outside. But on the inside, ....

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  • Farrell’s Helped Me Beat Breast Cancer

    Farrell’s Helped Me Beat Breast Cancer

    Farrell’s Helped Me Beat Breast Cancer By Tracy W. I have been a member of Farrell’s since January 2013. Like many others in the program, it changed my life. I had never been an athlete and despised working out, but I lost close to 40 pounds and learned a new mindset. I found that I was strong, beautiful, and yes . . . I could do anything I put my mind to. In 2014, my husband, Mike, jumped on the bandwagon as well, and later that year we both became instructors. We were full-on Farrell’s converts and whole-heartedly believed in the program. In March of 2016, our world was turned upside down. While showering one day, I found a small, hard lump in my right ....

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  • I Truly Look Forward to the Future!

    I Truly Look Forward to the Future! By Brad M., Farrell’s 2020 $10,000 National Challenge Finalist I first heard about Farrells a few years ago. I attended a couple of classes with a friend and was interested but never pulled the trigger. I was a member of a different gym and worked out regularly 3-4 times a week – lifting weights, some cardio, just the usual workouts I had done since playing sports in high school. I would fluctuate up and down 10 lb. week to week. I competed in challenges a couple of times and was always very disciplined and motivated during those challenges, dropping 40 lb and seeing great results. But then when the challenges would end, the ....

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  • The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing

    The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing

    The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing Kickboxing is one of the top fitness trends of 2021, and it is definitely here to stay. This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout will leave you feeling breathless, sweaty, and invincible [1] , no matter what your fitness level is! But there is so much more to kickboxing than punching, kicking, and getting your sweat on. Before we dive into the unexpected benefits of kickboxing, let’s get to know what kickboxing is all [2] about and why you should try it today. Kickboxing 101 Kickboxing is a form of martial arts, combined with combative sport principles. When it is done for exercise [3] ....

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  • Get Sparkling!  How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime

    Get Sparkling! How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime

    Get Sparkling! How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime We all know how important it is to rehydrate after a sweaty kickboxing or strength training workout. Research has shown that drinking around 64 ounces—or eight, eight-ounce servings—of water each day can help you lose weight and get in shape. But sometimes, plain water just doesn’t quench your thirst. This may have you wondering: Does sparkling water count toward your “eight glasses a day” goal? What is sparkling water? Simply put, sparkling water is just regular water combined with carbon dioxide. The CO2 is what gives sparkling water those addictive bubbles—just like in soda or ....

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  • Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In By Joy LeTendre, Farrell’s 2020 National Challenge Finalist At the close of 2018, I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I had been working the same job for 18 years, my husband and I lived in a little townhome with our two little girls, and I kept losing and gaining back the same 20 pounds. After having our two beautiful girls, I never dropped the extra baby weight. I felt like a hamster stuck in its wheel, not making any changes to truly better my life. I had tried a couple Farrell’s classes in early fall 2018, and I will never forget my first kickboxing class. What surprised me most was that even though ....

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  • My Transformation During a Global Pandemic

    My Transformation During a Global Pandemic

    My Transformation During a Global Pandemic A Year I Will Never Forget By Maria Valley “You will never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills HOW DID I GET HERE? From a young age, my weight was constantly fluctuating up and down. I’d find a diet/fitness program, follow it to the tee, and lose some weight, but every time without fail, I would gain the weight back again because I didn’t commit to a lifestyle change. I didn’t have a plan or the proper support, guidance, and accountability to lose the weight and keep it off. I would let whatever was going on in my life at the ....

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  • The Surprising Benefits of The Sunshine Vitamin (AKA Vitamin D)

    The Surprising Benefits of The Sunshine Vitamin (AKA Vitamin D)

    Vitamin D is getting a lot of time in the spotlight lately—and for a good reason. Best known for promoting bone health, this nutrient has also been linked to improving muscle strength , fighting depression , and preventing heart disease . Some studies have even shown vitamin D boosts immune system function , which helps your body fight off illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria. There was also a study that showed people with high levels of vitamin D get a boost in their workout routines at the gym and people who go to the gym regularly are more likely to have high vitamin D levels. Getting enough vitamin D can keep your hormone levels in check ....

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  • Don't Watch Your Weight - Why the scale is not a friend of your progress

    Don't Watch Your Weight - Why the scale is not a friend of your progress

    We have all been here before. The end of the year marks the beginning of new opportunities, goals, and resolutions. Health, fitness, and weight loss are at the top of many people’s list. Inevitably, most of us hit the gym hard to get in shape and lose the weight we gained over the holiday season. Eventually, we step on the dusty scale that has been pushed to the back corner of our bathroom to see what progress we have made. We deem our success based on the number that is revealed as though this is the only deciding factor in how far we have come. But our weight is only one small piece of the puzzle. So many other things factor into our progress than the number on ....

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  • Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    If you ' ve attended a Farrell ’ s FXB Kickboxing or FXB Strength Training class, odds are good you ’ ve heard your instructor answer this question. But if you haven’t or are new to the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping program, let me give you the short answer … yes, you do. While it may seem a little counterintuitive, eating shortly after exercise can have a big impact on your performance and recovery. When is the best time to eat after a workout? While there ’ s no optimal timeframe, studies have shown that eating sooner is definitely better than later. That ’ s because your body uses glycogen (aka: energy stored in your muscles) to power ....

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