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It was August 16th, 2014 around 10:00am and we were halfway done with the bottle of vodka, but this was not your average Saturday. It was wedding day at my house, but the conversation wasn’t about the ceremony. It was about Bodybuilding.com’s “Back to the Grind” 6-week transformation challenge. I knew I wanted to be a part of this, so when my cousin Frank turned to me and said, “I Do,” (no, he wasn’t the groom to be) I just figured it was the Grey Goose talking.

The party ended & Summer was coming to a close. Frank insisted we take the challenge. This 26-year old was motivated to get the body he always wanted. The plan was simple -wake up, kick ass, eat right, repeat. Now with him working a full time job & my daily schedule being hectic and irregular, we had the issue of finding a common time routine. Some days were at 5:30am while others were at 9:30pm. That clock didn’t matter. The calendar did. 42 days to get in the best possible shape!

Frank is not obese. He is not fat by any means. He is your average sized guy. Just under 6 foot & weighs 176 pounds. He suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which resulted in years of knee operations. So first and foremost, we crossed “cardio” off the todo list.

Day 1. It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Frank rode his bike over for his first mission. 20 tire smashes, 10 medicine ball push ups, :30 combat rope… Results? Throwing Up!

I’ll be honest, after throwing up just from about 5-minutes of a workout, I thought this was over and we would give up. Frank didn’t give up. He showed up the next day and the next and now we are here today, day 42.photo (1)

To say Frank motivated me would be an understatement. He helped me realize why I got into this industry. He reminded me that every workout I teach, no matter how tired, sore or unmotivated I am, that I have to give my students my best effort. That’s all I ever asked of Frank. I didn’t care that he threw up. I didn’t care that he couldn’t do a single pull up. I cared that he kept showing up. I cared that he asked questions, pitched ideas, never made excuses, and most all of – gave it his best effort every time.

As the contest wraps up and we wait for the decision, I hope his story and transformation gets the credit he deserves. His commitment and honest work ethic is a testament to what fitness really is about. It is not about a cleanse or a miracle product. It is not about a specific diet or pill. It is about hard work and the desire to change. While this contest has come to an end, Frank’s transformation story has just begun. He proved to me that you can make changes in 42 days, but more importantly… imagine what can happen on day 43.
Just Keep Going!

-Professor Stern

Did you know just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolution? That’s because we set these high, but vague self-improvement goals. “Save Money” “Lose Weight” “Spend More Time with Family” While these are GREAT, they are so broad! How will you save money? How will you lose weight? Get the point? New Year's Resolutions

We are here to help improve your body! Give you that flat, toned, and sexy body you always wanted. In just 6-weeks you will see a HUGE difference in your body. You will have a chance to show off that fit body on  FREE VACATION. Hit the tropical sand and flaunt what you worked so hard for!

How It Works:

  1. On January 1st, visit COREiculum.com and fill out a simple registation form which includes basic information and your starting weight. Registration is open from Jan 1st-19th.
  2. Your Enrollment into the Challenge comes with our 1st Semester DVD Program, Nutrition Guide, Resistance Band, and COREse Planner. You also receive 24/7 support!
  3. The Valedictorian Challenge is from Monday January 20th –  March 3rd
  4. Follow COREiculum’s 1st Semester and get in the BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE
  5. Just 6-weeks later you will weigh yourself again! The challenger with the greatest percentage of weight loss will win the FREE VACATION!

It’s that simple! Don’t start 2014 with a vague plan. Start 2014 with a kick-ass plan! This is YOUR YEAR. Start Motivated! Stay Ambitious. Set Goals &  let COREiculum HELP you get there! Any questions? contact us! Info@COREiculum.com

 

This story will sound all too familiar for most of you. It was that point in time when you were on-point! You were on that gym grind. You never missed your favorite workout class at the gym. You had salads for lunch. You avoided beer at all costs. You were good. You were real good. You were pinning all the fitness things on Pinterest. You were following every motivational twitter account. You were liking all the inspirational pictures on Instagram. You might have even thrown a “Progress Pic” up there yourself! Whatever your motivation was– vacation, summer, beach, etc., you had it and nothing was going to stop you!!!

Until that one week….

Either the vacation happened, summer happened, or just life in general caught up and you missed a week in the gym. You could “afford” to eat that piece of chocolate here and there or maybe “relax” with just a couple beers after a long week. “I’ll start up again on Monday.” That turned to “I’ll start up again the 1st of the month.” Weeks pass and you look back disgusted because you see  yourself and all that hard work has disappeared!

We have all been here before! Unfortunately you will probably be here again, but realize one thing, today is a new day to start. Today is an opportunity to start a journey, that at first may seem like you are “playing catch up,” but in-fact use it become STRONGER, FASTER, BETTER than you were before. The road will be long, but time is all you have! Mark the calendar with an “end date.” Let this be a goal and reward yourself once you reach it. Don’t fall backwards once you hit it.

The hardest part is not getting in the best shape of your life. It certainly is not hard to quit. The hardest part is starting over. It is taking those set backs and making them your comeback. If you are tired of starting over… STOP GIVING UP!

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One of the most common conversation pieces at family gatherings is the “diet.” Around the table you have those who KNOW EVERYTHING. They know everything! In reality they are simply preaching what they read online or heard on a TV Show from a “Doctor.” Then across from them are the family members that are “starting.” They are ALWAYS STARTING. They use the same excuses each time you see them. Then there is the quiet cousin who is in great shape. Not because she is young. Not because she knows the magic diet, but because she joined the real FitFam. So what is the “FitFam?” Consider it  a motivational support group. A place where people share similar goals, dreams, and ambitious. While there is no Fit Fambloodline. There are no family gatherings. Hell there are hardly even real default pictures, but the FitFam is REAL.

Sometimes it is used as an escape for that ordinary person to feel special. It makes them feel accepted. The FitFam accepts ALL shapes, sizes and kinds of people. It is a family where opinions are only formed to motivate each other. It also hold people accountable. If you post that you are going to the gym, you almost feel obligated to do so. You feel obligated to be truthful to this ‘family.’ You can easily lie to your real family about your diet and how strict you’ve been, but to the ‘FitFam’ it is about honesty with each other and honesty to yourself.

For anyone just starting out into the fitness world or for anyone restarting. I encourage you to search for #FitFam You will find a world of incredible people who share their stories, share their fears, share their challenges. They don’t see obstacles as roadblocks, but as stepping stones to a new path. You have the motivation inside of you. The ‘FitFam’ has your back whenever you feel like giving up. Welcome to the Family !

As Fall approaches, the leaves start to change, the pumpkin craze returns, and school starts up again! Besides New Years, the week after Labor Day is the biggest “Time to Change.” As we put away the bathing suits till 2014, we fantasize how toned and cut our bodies will be next Memorial Day. “It starts after Labor Day! I will go to the gym everyday. I will eat right. I will get in the best shape of my life.”

While we applaud you for your motivation, we fear that it won’t even last till Halloween, but we are here to help! Why is “NOW” be a great time to start? September is 4-months away from January. The most famous time of the year for New Years Resolutions to get fit. Coming quickly just after weeks of holiday parties which consists of over eating, wintery drinks, and warm treats, it is very difficult to just drop everything; however, September is different!

Think of September as a warm up. As an opportunity to start to make the smallest of changes in your diet and workout schedule. Back to school means more of a schedule. If you start to gradually build your mindset to this healthier standpoint, not only will you dramatically see results, but January will bring a wave of motivation to take it to the next level!

Our Top 10 Small Change – Big Results Photo Credit: Golf Digest

  1. Drink More Water!
  2. Don’t Skip Breakfast. Avoid the High Carbs (Bagels, Pastries, Pop Tarts!)
  3. Adopt a Sleep Pattern. “All Nighters” will cause you to reach for sweets to stay awake.
  4. Be Happy! Unhappiness increases your chance of getting sick by 35 percent
  5. Daycation- Give YOURSELF a break from social media. Relax your mind 30-minutes a day
  6. Happy Hour? If you drink alcohol with diet soda, try switching to regular soda, lemonade or iced tea. Artificial sweeteners pass through your digestive system faster, making you feel more inebriated.
  7. Making a Sandwich- Choose Mustard over Mayo. It has no fat, compared with mayo, which has 11 grams and 99 calories in 1 Tbsp.
  8. Smaller Plate- Substitute a smaller plate for a dinner plate. Your mind’s eye will think you ate more than you did
  9. No Elevators! Take the stairs!
  10. SHOP! Go buy a new pair of running shoes and fitness apparel. You will be more motivated to workout when you see yourself in the new outfits.

Start Today! Rid yourself of “All or Nothing.” If you start to make the small changes each day, you will see results. If you drop all “bad food” and workout for hours 7x a week, you will crash and do more harm than good to your body.