AIM Radio Ep 012

Special Guest:  John Gorman

Take advantage of all the amazing information brought to you by our special guest John Gorman.  John is one of the top diet coaches in the country, he is host of the TNT (Training and Nutrition Truth) Podcast, published author, gym owner, owner of The Phat Muscle Project, 1st Phorm Elite Trainer, Co-owner of the Physique Summit with Cliff Wilson and has a long list of winning bodybuilding, physique and figure competitors as his coaching clients.

Join us as we discuss metabolic adaptation, reverse dieting, calorie adjustments, training and cardio.  In this podcast we try to draw down on the key points for those who have been yo – yo dieting for many years with little success and those who have over time, unknowingly slowed their metabolism by falling into the trap of a busy life with only one large meal per day and very little physical activity. 

Follow along as we outline what a slowed metabolism looks like and how to stair step your way back to a fast metabolism by using meal timing, calorie increases and weight training, priming your body for fat loss through small periodic calorie reductions. 

Be sure to go check out John’s two amazing books Metabolic Capacity and Reverse Dieting and The Flexible Fat Loss Solution. These are two the most informative books I have ever owned and will definitely take your physique or fat loss journey to the next level of success. 

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AIM Radio Ep 009

Progressive Workout Splits for Fat Loss

We’re back!!!!!  We’ve been away too long!  Join us as we knock off the rust after 1 month off of recording.  There are definitely lots of slips, stumbles and of course Brandi being GOOFY.

During this episode we discuss progressive workout splits, how to utilize each one and for how long.  

Plus more shit talking from Captain Nasty about the Maritime Throwdown.

 

WHOLE BODY TRAINING  

  • Work all major muscle groups by using multi joint compound moves,
  • Allows you to train each muscle group 3 times per week, providing ample recovery time while also building volume. 
  • Very good for beginners in order to adapt your nervous system  to get better muscle contractions, lifting is a learned skill . 
  • Using compound movements and hitting the entire body causes greater production in testosterone and growth hormone
  • Burns the maximum amount of calories during the workout and stimulates a boost in metabolism up to 48 hours. 

UPPER BODY / LOWER BODY

  • Breaks the body down
    • Upper body
      • chest, back, shoulders, biceps  and triceps
    • Lower body
      • quads, hamstrings, calves and often abs simply to reduce the over all volume on the upper body day. 
  • Allows each muscle group to be trained two or even 3 times per week if your schedule allows 
  • Allows for more volume per muscle group by train fewer groups per work out
  • Better variety of movements , sets and reps even the use of different movements on separate workouts throughout the week. 
  • More intensity per muscle group

PUSH, PULL, LEGS (THREE DAY SPLIT)

  • Breaks the major muscle groups into 3 separate workouts
  • Major muscle groups are paired with assistant muscle groups which are engaged through each movement
    • Most commonly chest / shoulders / triceps,  back / biceps / forearms, with a separate leg day (abs on leg day)
  • Breaking muscle groups down further allows for more intensity and volume per muscle trained in each session.
  • Commonly set up
    • Chest, Shoulders, Triceps on Monday
    • Quads, Hamstrings, calves on Wednesday
    • Back, Biceps, forearms, abs on Friday
    • Can also be set up for twice a week training Mon, Tues, Wens, then repeat Thurs, Fri and Sat with Sunday off.  

Four Day Split

  • Divides all the major muscle groups into four separate training days. 
  • Allows you to train fewer muscle groups per workout 
  • Each muscle group trained can be do with more intensity and volume. 
  • Pairs large muscle groups with smaller ones that assist larger groups
    • chest / triceps
    • back / biceps 
  • Each set of the large muscle groups serves to pre exhaust  the smaller muscle group 
  • Typically set up for:
    • Chest, triceps, abs on Mondays
    • Quads, hamstrings and calves on Tuesday
    • Shoulders, Traps and abs on Thursday
    • Back, Biceps and forearms on Friday. 

Guidelines

  • Always watch for stalls in your progress
    • Any stall in strength gains or fat loss could be a sign that you need a change to spark new progress. 
  • Beginners start with whole body
    • 1 to 3 months 
  • Whole body
    • 1 to 3 months 
  • Upper body/lower body
    • 4 to 9 months 
  • Push/Pull Legs
    • 10 to 18 months 
  • 4 or 5 day training split
    • 19 months plus 
  • Advanced beyond 20 months consider
    •  twice per day training
    • body part training 
  • 16 to 20 sets per muscle group or 40 sets per workout depending on
    • type of training
    • rest between sets
    • over all recoverability

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Weight Training Vs. Steady State Cardio For Fat Loss

Weight Training Vs. Steady State Cardio For Fat Loss

If someone asked you “what burns more calories, lifting weights of cardio”, you would probably, without hesitation, tell them that cardio burns more calories.  Don’t worry, because this is the answer that most people would give as well. 

However, if you look a little closer, this might not be as clear cut as you think.  Both of these training methods burn calories and reduce body fat, but they use different methods and have different effects on your body.  

During The Workout 

When you are actually performing the workout (lifting weight or steady state cardio), how much fat are you really burning?  In this case, steady state cardio may have weight training beat.  You will burn quite a few more calories during a cardio session than a typical weight lifting session (1 body part per day).  What you are NOT told is how long steady state cardio sessions can also break down muscle tissue which reduces your calorie burning ability. * A game changer here would be a FULL BODY weight training session like we have discussed in previous blogs.

Post-Workout

We determined that cardio burns more fat when you’re doing the workout.  After the workout is over; now that’s a different story.  Once you have stepped off the treadmill, the calorie burning has stopped by the time you get home.  

After a session of high-repetition weight training, you will experience a phenomenon known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC).  This is your body’s way of using calories to repair damaged muscle tissue.  EPOC can provide your body with 38 more hours of fat burning. 

Keeping It Off

Ever notice that those with the most muscle, lose fat the fastest when they choose and are in general leaner than those with less muscle?  Once you get the weight off, which training method is better at keeping it off?  Here, weight lifting may have its biggest advantage.  Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is how many calories that your body needs to burn just to exist.  

Muscle requires 3 times the amount of calories than fat.  This means all that lean muscle you built from weight training will continue to burn fat every day; even when you don’t exercise.  

Body Composition 

Your body composition can be described as “what you’re made of”.  It takes into account your fat mass (your total amount of body fat) as well as fat-free mass (FFM) (everything in your body that’s not fat).  

Lifting weights and performing steady state cardio will affect your bodyweight and your body composition.  Since strength training not only burns fat, but builds muscle, it can give you the appearance that it’s not helping you lose fat if you only use a scale to measure progress.  

Likewise, steady state cardio will also give you a skewed reading on the scale.  As I mentioned previously, cardio only burns fat and builds little (if any) muscle.  This can make the scale give you a more pleasing number, but you may not have a healthy body composition.  

Measuring your body composition is a much better idea than only using a scale as a guide for fat loss.  Consider that muscle tissue is much denser that fat.  This means that you could lose 5 pounds of fat mass and gain 7 pounds of muscle (FFM) and be 2 pounds heavier on the scale.

Now, you may think that you are gaining fat mass, when in reality, you’re gaining FFM and making positive changes in your body composition.  Having a health professional determine your body composition will help keep you on the right track.  

Weight training and steady state cardio will both help you burn calories and lose fat.  Since lifting weights burns more calories in the long run and cardio burns more calories while exercising, using weight training as the foundation of your plan and cardio as an additional tool may have the biggest effect on fat loss.  

If you need help developing a comprehensive FAT LOSS strategy, never hesitate to reach out to us. We are as always, here to help. 

AIM Radio Ep 008

Maritime Challenge Interview With Captain Kenny

The Maritime Throwdown is an all-out line handling competition that is designed for mariners from all maritime fields.  No matter whether you work on a towboat, shrimp boat, trawler, oyster boat, supply vessel, harbor tug, ice breaker, a tanker or grocery boat, you need to come and join us for the competition, have some fun and win some cash.  

In this podcast, join us to hear all about Captain Kenny Brown the mastermind of the Maritime Throwdown, his background in the maritime industry, vision for the event and how this all came together. 

Kenny breaks down the Maritime Throwdown course for us in detail as he explains his vision of an America’s Ninja Warrior inspired course adapted for maritime skills. We go into every detail of the AIM Challenge, a winner takes all battle of skill, muscle and strategy designed to find the best of the best from all maritime fields.  The AIM Challenge is a winner take all, single part line throwing event featuring 3 rounds of attempts to see who can catch the longest single part line.  Last but not least, Kenny explains the final event of the competition.  The heaving line toss.  Who will come out on top? 

Best of all, listen for full details on all the cash prizes and giveaways.  There is BIG money on the line and even a special announcement of even more cash now on the line. 

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Why Women Should Lift Weights

Weight Training For Women

Ladies, ladies, ladies, now I know that society, the media and infomercials have lead you to believe that starving yourself and doing lots of cardio is the way to have the ultimate bikini body but that is just NOT TRUE. 

There is certainly no shortage of women at your local fitness facility.  Actually, they tend to be in the majority when it comes to cardio equipment and fitness classes.  The same can be said for women and healthy eating.  Women are 50% more likely than men to eat their daily amount of veggies. 

In our last transphormation challenge we sent out the request for every person to find a photo online of someone they wanted to look like. As the responses came in I was not surprised to see what I knew to be true.  EVERY photo I received was of a person that clearly used weight training as the foundation of their overall plan.  Hours of cardio and starving yourself only breaks your body down.  By breaking down your own muscle tissue you are destroying your FAT burning ability. It’s time you heard the truth.  Resistance training (weight training) is the real NO BULLSHIT way to the body you want.  Anchor yourself in muscle. It is MUSCLE that will get you lean and KEEP you lean. 

So, if you are clearly living the fitness lifestyle, then why is there still this fear of going over to the free-weight area and grabbing a set of dumbbells?  Women who are not training with weights are missing out on some major benefits. 

You Won’t Look Like Man

While this isn’t exactly a benefit, it’s something that needs to be said right up front.  Many personal trainers will hear a common concern when first working with a female client, “I don’t want to get too muscular and look like a man.” 

You will not look like a man because you lift weights!  There are two huge reasons why training with weights will not make you look like a man.

  1. Testosterone– This is the muscle-building hormone that is abundantly found in men. There is significantly less of this hormone in women and will keep you from looking like a man.  Now getting it into your body artificially (aka illegally) that’s a whole different story. 
  2. Time– The amount of time that you would have to dedicate to even begin to resemble a male’s physique would be insane. The very few women that you do see who look like men have essentially devoted their lives to achieving this. 

Now that we have that issue cleared up, let’s go over the overwhelming reasons why you should be training with weights. 

Torch Fat

Hopefully, we all know that there is no such thing as “target fat loss”.  However, studies suggest that strength training may be a better way to lose abdominal fat than cardio. 

This has to do with that fact that when going for a 60-minute run, you’re burning fat, but also losing muscle. While weight training, you are almost entirely burning body fat. 

Burn Calories

Weight training is a physically demanding activity, so you will clearly burn calories when you’re in the gym training.  You will also continue to burn calories long after your training session has ended. 

Your body will keep burning calories for up to 39 hours post-workout to recover and repair damaged muscle tissue.  Adding weights to interval training will also greatly increase your calorie burning ability. 

Look Lean And Healthy

We already touched on this earlier, but lifting weights will not make women big, bulky, and masculine.  It will make you lean, defined, and healthy.  Lifting weights is one of the best ways for women to get tone looking muscle definition

Women who lift weights can expect to see some major postural improvements.  This will radiate a confident and sexy look to others around you.  Better posture will also improve your breathing, reduce stress, and boost energy levels.

Lifting weight is not an activity that’s exclusive to men.  Training with weights will help you look, and feel, great.  If you are ready to once and for all take control and BUILD the body you want, if you need help, we are always here. Reach out, lets get started on the BRAND NEW YOU! 

 

Captain Nasty your muscle Captain

 

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My Transphormation Challenge Journey Part 1

I joined the 1st Phorm My Transphormation Challenge on July 1, 2017.  As promised, I am documenting my journey for everyone to read.  I have never done anything like this.  From August 2016 to April 2017, I gained 20 lbs because of a random blood clot that formed on my spine.  I couldn’t workout because it was pushing my spinal cord out of place.  To make a long story short, I was released to workout 100% in April.

The process of entering the challenge was sort of traumatic for me and by far one of the hardest things I have EVER done.  Of course, I had to take pictures of my “not so fit self” holding the “Day 1” card.  I got that done with the help of my daughter Curstann.  I did a little bit of crying looking at the pictures and while I was uploading them.  Next came the dreaded YouTube video.  I was a mess.  You have to tell your “story” which I did and cried through some of it too.  Needless to say, it is now on the internet for the world to see.  Ugh!  I did it though and survived.  The last thing was writing an essay also telling my “story”.  Completed that too.  I think it took me quite a few hours to accomplish mainly because I had to click submit and my finger didn’t seem to want to do that.  I eventually closed my eyes and did it.

After the entry process, you receive daily emails for 5 days, I think, featuring Will Grumke and Sal Frisella.  They basically welcome you to the program and give you helpful information about nutrition, supplements, workouts and what to expect.  You also learn about posting on social media and using hashtags so they can keep up with you.  For example: #mytransphormationstartstoday, #myfitnessjourney, #1stPhorm, etc…

I had actually started their nutrition plan 3 days before I entered the challenge so I knew what to expect.  One thing I realized when I switched over to their meal plan was even though I was weighing my food out, I STILL WASN’T EATING ENOUGH!  I actually struggled with the amount of food they require you to consume.

One thing I’m not following are the workouts they provide you.  I am still training with Jason.  They want you to do full body workouts and we weren’t doing that during the first two weeks but have now switched over to full body workouts.  I could’ve chosen anyone but I stuck with Jason, not just because he’s my husband, but because he really knows what he’s doing, I admire him and because we are a team.  He pushes me when I think I can’t go any further and I like to mentally compete with him when we are lifting.

Currently I am using the following supplements:

  • Level 1 (meal replacement): I don’t use this much because I am getting all of my meals in.
  • M Factor Goddess (multivitamin)
  • Full Mega (fish oil)
  • T-21
  • Dandelion Root
  • Liquid Vitamin D-3
  • Post Workout Stack
  • GDA
  • C-21

I am doing good so far even though I had a week where I fell off my workouts but I am back on track and fully committed to this.  Jason can see changes in my body even though I can’t.  One thing we did was to record me working out so I could see what my muscles look like.  It also helps me to visualize my muscles when I squeeze during lifts.  He believes I have more definition in my shoulders and chest than before my back issue.  I have to keep in mind that my “problem area” (torso) will be the last to go and I need to stop focusing on that.

Keep working everyone!  It won’t happen overnight but with dedication and hard work, we will get there.

 

 

 

 

Brandi

Full Body Weight Training Split

 

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Burn More Fat With Full-Body Weight Training

No matter whether you are a boat hand, rig worker, plant worker or the wife at home managing the house, the kids and possibly even a job of your own, TIME is your most precious commodity.  You want to look good, be strong and be healthy.  Lets just be honest, you want to either bring your sexy back, build a hot body, feel like a million bucks, combat a health condition or be the example for your kids to follow and look up to.  That said, you don’t have the time, money nor desire to live in the gym 7 days per week like a fit pro or physique athlete.  Lets talk about how you can build muscle, burn fat, have that amazing body and still have time for a LIFE.   

Unless you’re a competitive bodybuilder, you may want to steer away from the single body part splits (chest and triceps on day 1, back and biceps on day 2, etc.).  This type of training split may be good for mass gains, but it can be incredibly time-consuming to do it right.  

Now, if your training goal is burning calories and getting shredded, then you need to start performing full-body splits.  If you want to burn more fat with full-bodyweight training, there are a few things you need to know. 

 

Exercises Used

You will primarily rely on the use of compound lifts such as the bench press, squat, deadlift, overhead press, and row.  When you get stronger on your main compound exercises, you’ll indirectly stimulate smaller muscle groups as well.  

Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, bands and even your own body weight can be incorporated into a full-body workout.  Don’t think that just because you don’t have access to all the equipment imaginable, you can’t perform a killer workout.  Simple compound movements is all you need.  

  

Training Frequency

When we’re talking about training frequency, we’re simply referring to how many workout sessions performed during the week.  Compared to other splits, particularly the body part split, full-body training will have a very high training frequency.  

Full-body training should be performed 3 times per week and be sure to allow 48 hours between sessions.  This will give your muscles enough time to recover for the next workout.  Your training split may look something like this: 

  • Monday–  Full-body training
  • Tuesday–  30 mins moderate cardio
  • Wednesday–  Full-body training
  • Thursday–  30 mins moderate cardio
  • Friday–  Full-body training
  • Saturday–  Rest
  • Sunday–  Rest

 

Rep Scheme

Full-body training can use any rep scheme to accommodate any fitness goal.  However, if you want to burn more fat, then you will be training around the 15 rep range.  Don’t think that 15 reps means that it’s time to go light.  

Keep the weight heavy enough to reach failure at the last set.  If you just completed a set of squats for 15 reps and you could have completed about 5 more, then it’s time to go heavier.  

The reason that you’re training at this high of a volume is simple—glycogen.  Training at such a high rep range will drain your muscles of stored carbs, or glycogen.  Your body tries to combat this unwanted glycogen depletion by increasing its glycogen stores.  

Why is this important?  The extra glycogen pulls in intracellular water, which is very anabolic. This phenomenon elicits protein synthesis and causes the cell to stretch.   When the muscles cells begin to stretch, it signals cellular growth and can even cause the release of growth factors.  

 

Calorie Burning

Just as we went over in the introduction, full-body workouts will get you shredded because you’ll burn more calories than other training methods.  When you’re training large muscle groups with compound lifts, your body uses a lot of energy to coordinate the movement and provide oxygen to the working muscles.  

The concept is simple; you will work more muscle groups which will cause greater calorie expenditure—period.  

Full-body training is just what you need to burn calories and lose some fat.  If you are already performing a full-body weight training split, then keep it up!  If you’re on the fence about it, hopefully, this will be enough for you to take the next step. 

If you need help with your training, nutrition,  supplementation or maybe you want to take it to even the NEXT LEVEL, never hesitate to reach out. We are committed to bringing you all things fat loss, muscle building and wellness without the FEES. 

 

Captain Nasty your muscle Captain,

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Why I Joined 1st Phorm’s My Transphormation Starts Today

I have decided to chronicle my journey with 1st Phorm’s My Transphormation Challenge.  July 1st was my start date.  I know I started at a crazy time because of the holiday weekend but if I didn’t do it then, I wasn’t going to do it all.  So far, I don’t regret it.  I had actually started using their meal plan 3 days before I signed up.  It was also a surprise to everyone.  No one knew I was doing it.  Joining was pretty terrifying to me because I knew I would be putting myself out there.  WAY OUT THERE.  Participating in the challenge was strictly because I needed to get myself back under control and to also show our Facebook group that it can be done.  When I say “get myself back under control”, I mean emotionally and physically.  This is the heaviest I have ever been.  This is also the lowest I’ve ever been. 

Backstory time.  I have been an athlete since the 4th grade when I started playing softball and was also in the drill team in high school.  Actually, softball was the only sport I was ever really good at.  I played 1st base.  What do you think of when you think of a 1st baseman?  You think of tall, lean and flexible.  Guess what.  That was me.  I am 5’8″, definitely not lean anymore nor as flexible as I used to be.  Now, I LOVE my family with all my heart BUT sometimes words can have an effect on a young person.  Because I had that description of myself, I was always told I should be a model.  Hell, at one point my nickname was “Legs”.  So, what did my young and not so wise ass do?  I looked up to the supermodels of the time.  Yep, women like Elle McPhearson, Cindy Crawford, Christi Brinkley and Heidi Klum.  What did I eventually fall into?  You guessed it.  Eating disorders.  Mainly binge eating during my high school years.  Of course, later on, I graduated to bulimia and anorexia.  I don’t talk about it because it’s just not something I wish to discuss or open up a lot about.  Moving on.

After high school, I continued to struggle with my old habits.  I began to gain weight.  The only way I knew how to get the pounds off was by reverting back to my old ways.  The lowest my weight has ever been as an adult is 95 lbs.  I achieved that by not eating at all.  My mom figured out what was going on and we worked on getting my weight back up.  I gained way more back than I originally lost.  Needless to say, it was an endless cycle until Jason came along but the emotional scars from it will always be there and I will always fight those demons.  Mind you, when I met Jason, I was still playing softball.  It was slow-pitch but at least it was softball.  I think about 4 years ago, I decided to have my knee looked at because it had been hurting for so long.  We’re talking years.  Turns out, I had been playing on a micro-fracture.  The plan was to have it fixed, heal and play ball again.  That’s not what happened.

After surgery, I was on the couch with my knee in the “bending machine”.  I have no idea what it’s really called.  Jason turned on The Olympia.  I had never watched it before and Jason was really excited for me to see it for the first time.  I had always had negative views on a lot of muscle.  I always thought you were supposed to be skinny (model skinny).  When I first saw the bikini competitors, I didn’t like that division because it reminded me of a beauty pageant.  I have tons of respect for them but it just wasn’t my thing.  Next was figure and I got into that pretty good.  Nicole Wilkins won and she looked amazing.  Then came physique and I was hooked.  As soon as DLB stepped on stage I picked her to win.  Guess what.  She did and I have been following her ever since.  I told Jason I wanted to start lifting as soon as I could.  I stopped playing softball not because I wanted to only lift but because my knee was never the same.  I learned the right way to get weight off and wanted muscle for the first time ever.  I asked so many questions when we were in the gym, we decided I should just take a course.  I did and I am now a personal trainer.

Flash forward to a very rough and traumatic year.  2016 was wonderful because it seemed like everything was falling into place with my training.  It was also one of the worst years of my life because we found out my mom never had thyroid cancer (she had her thyroid removed the year before because of that diagnosis).  She was misdiagnosed.  It was actually lung cancer and had spread to her brain and bones.  It was crazy because I couldn’t wrap my brain around her having lung cancer because she had never smoked.  We were made to feel like we could get at least 5 – 7 years with her according to her doctor.  That wasn’t going to happen and I never saw it coming.

Mom wanted me to help her gain weight and workout to build up her strength because we knew she needed it for the treatments.  I wasn’t ever able to help her fully do that.  I believe the diagnosis was official in March 2016.  In May we found out it had spread.  I was the cheerleader.  I believed we could beat it.  At the end of July I was bringing her back and forth to Houston almost everyday for her radiation treatments.  Once that was done, in August she was able to start the chemo pills to target the gene that mutated.  My mom passed away on September 9, 2016.  I never saw it coming.

During August, there was a power outage in our town and we had to stay at a motel that night.  We had our back workout the night before that happened.  The next day I was feeling sore but it was normal.  The next morning when I woke up at the hotel, I could barely move my back hurt so bad.  The way it was radiating around to my abs made me think I had maybe pulled an oblique muscle.  I stopped working out for about a month to give myself time to heal.  Once that month was up, I got to workout for maybe a week and the pain came back.  During the middle of September, I went to the chiropractor.  She wanted me to have an MRI and of course being the badass that I am, I refused.  I cannot even begin to describe the pain I was in.  I went back to see my chiropractor in November and finally agreed to the MRI.  The MRI showed an anomaly in my spine.  She said blood clot.  I said oh shit.

Further testing showed that it was indeed a blood clot.  The neurosurgeon I went to informed me that it had to go.  Surgery was scheduled for December 9, 2016.  I was also told that if I felt any kind of tingling or numbness in my legs, I was to haul ass to the hospital.  The fear of being paralyzed was way too real.  Mind you, the MRI with contrast showed my spinal cord looking like a highway overpass.  My spinal cord was being pushed out of place.  I got a reprieve from surgery just a few minutes before I was about to be wheeled into the operating room because the doctor wanted another MRI to check on the blood clot.  It had gotten smaller so surgery was cancelled. 

My next MRI at the end of February showed the blood clot was gone but I was still having back pain.  I still wasn’t able to lift.  I had some nerve damage and needed nerve blocks with antibiotics in the injections to help the nerves heal.  I had 3 rounds.  I was finally released to workout the beginning of April.  Of course I was scared to death the blood clot would come back because there was no reason for it to be there in the first place.  It’s supposed to be a high impact trauma but nothing like that had ever happened to me.  I’m actually supposed to have another MRI to check on things in September.

During all that time, I gained 20 lbs.  How did I manage to do that even though I’m a personal trainer?  What I didn’t realize was I was depressed.  OBVIOUSLY.  I think I was in denial about everything that had happened.  PAY ATTENTION HERE.  I WAS ONLY EATING 1 OR 2 MEALS PER DAY.  That’s a big no-no.  I didn’t even realize I had gained 20 lbs. because it happened SUPER SLOWLY.

On to the next phase that made me realize I needed to get my life back under control.  Jason got us VIP tickets to 1st Phorm’s Summer Smash.  I would dining with the big dogs.  A cocktail dress was needed and I didn’t know that until 1 week before our flight to St Louis.  A lot of things happened during that week that made me take a long hard look in the mirror at myself.  I had to leave the VIP dinner, not because someone did anything wrong (NO ONE DID ANYTHING WRONG) but because back in August 2016, I was almost to my goals.  I saw all the beautiful women and SAW WHAT I ALMOST WAS AND WHAT I WOULD’VE BEEN PHYSICALLY.  I have never officially had a panic or anxiety attack and I’m pretty sure I was on the verge of one.  I will never forgive myself for leaving and that was the start of this journey.  I knew I had to get myself back in check.  I haven’t felt that way in a VERY LONG TIME.  I was angry with myself, disappointed and ashamed but most of all, my self hate returned and that is unacceptable.  I thought I had beaten all of those things and those emotions slapped me in the face all at once. 

So here I am doing something about it.  I never want to feel that way again.  I will fight to be back to where I was and to improve myself after that.  That is the main reason why I joined the Transphormation Challenge.  I am also doing it to show that things happen to the best of us all.  Even personal trainers.  By showing others that I can do it and fight for it, I hope it will encourage them to do the same.

 

Brandi

 

AIM Radio Ep 007

 

Hear all about our trip (from beginning to end) to St. Louis, MO for 1st Phorm’s Summer Smash.  It was an interesting adventure.  Crazy plane ride, Helen Fitzgerald’s, Meramec Caverns, super fancy VIP dinner & the HUGE Summer Smash Party.  Who we met, our thoughts, take aways and some inner soul searching.  Plus Brandi is on a roll in this podcast.  

We have included  Instagram links so you can check them all out.  Some of them are listed more than once in case you missed it the first time!

AIM Summer Smash Recap

Traveling to St Louis for Summer Smash

Events:

Pre-Party @ Helen Fitzgeralds

Legionaire Conference

VIP Pre-registration

  • Custom Backpacks
  • Journals
  • NEW Flavors
  • Exclusive VIP Flavors
  • Coffee Cups
  • Coozies
  • Hats
  • Shirts

VIP Dinner

Mud Run

  • Held at the battle grounds (we skipped)
  • Cavern tour, zip lining (Meramec Caverns)

Summer Smash Main Event

  • Open Warehouse
  • Portable Pool
  • Concert Stage
  • Live Band
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pull-up Challenge
  • Bench Press Challenge
  • Rowing Contest
  • Product Sampling
  • Food
  • Speakers
  • Fireworks

Travel Home

Take Aways & Final Thoughts

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AIM Radio Ep 006

Getting Type 2 Diabetes Under Control

Are you living with Type 2 Diabetes like so many of my maritime brothers, sisters and their families?  I too live with Type 2 Diabetes as my own mother has Type 2 Diabetes.  Fighting Type 2 Diabetes is one of my passions.  In fact, it was and is a driving force behind what lead me to begin my journey to offer FREE HELP to all that will listen and take on the fight to combat their Type 2 Diabetes.

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