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Do you judge a trainer by their cover?

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The two articles on our Magazine Rack this week are on a topic that hit close to home for us.

The first, from our fit friend Julia Avery of average2athlete I Don’t Want To Look Like Her which was originally posted on her blog at average2athlete.com but then picked up via the Huffington Post.  The blog goes into people judging trainers by their covers.  It also discusses how those who observe fit folks that make fitness their life make their own judgments on how far one should go in their fitness goals. Julia is extremely fit but just because she looks that way doesn’t mean that if you train with her, you’re going to look exactly like her.  The blog is empowering and enlightening and we recommend you take a read!

The second article addresses something similar but with the opposite observation. Do you have to be ripped to be a personal trainer? by Jonathan Goodman takes a look at a trainee’s view of their overweight and out-of-shape trainer.  This article is also eye-opening.

Michelle and I aren’t ripped.  Michelle, being a personal trainer, became a personal trainer to help those who come from the same situation she did.  To judge a trainer by their cover means that you lose out on where that trainer came from.  People don’t become trainers to “get paid.” Fitness is hard, people who do it and do it for a living enjoy it and have a passion for it.  We have never met a personal trainer who was training to “pay the bills” and who didn’t have an inspiring backstory!

Don’t judge. Because you’re trainer isn’t judging you!



Quick and easy recipe!

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recipe rundown

Our recipe on this episode we actually made as our lunch for the week!  We found the recipe on Pinterest!  Follow us there to see more of what we’re pinning and making!

Burnished Chicken Thighs & Roasted Vegetables

A very easy recipe which includes the following ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbs. whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 chicken thighs (about 6 oz. each), trimmed of excess fat and skin
  • 1 medium-large (12 oz.) sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 medium parsnips (6 oz. total), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 small shallots, lobes separated, peeled and halved through the root end
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Check out the link above for more details!


First Anniversary Tabata

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This happened to be our very FIRST tabata on our very first show!  Its a classic!

20 seconds jumping jacks, 10 second break.
20 seconds push-ups, 10 second break.
20 seconds high knees, 10 second break.
20 seconds mountain climbers, 10 second break.
Repeat for a total of 4 minutes.

One Year Passed

Episode 1 - 7/2/13

So one year has gone by and here we are with our First Anniversary Show!

We’ve been training with Jenel Stevens as you’ve seen on our past blogs.  We are in a bit of a transition because we need to find more time in the afternoon for things like FourC and other personal stuff so we really need to commit to morning workouts!

In reflection of this year, we’ve come to realize a few things:

It is important to recognize growth on your journey.  It is also important to know when it’s necessary to make a shift in a new direction.  We have grown this year, but we’ve also settled more into our new lifestyle and our new bodies.  We don’t obsess over the scale the way we used to, we don’t obsess over our workouts – we try to keep a healthy balance.

But at the same time we recognize when we need to kick things up and we have learned that consistency is key.  Stopping and starting gets you no where, this is something we continue to recognize on our path to our goals.

Many might think it’s weird that we still have goals, but we think that’s what life is all about, setting goals and accomplishing things, it’s my opinion that the minute you become complacent you give up or stop growing.  What’s life without constantly trying to better yourself & your lot in life?

We started the show to help others and we hope we have been able to do that in our first year.  We plan to continue to help others while branching out and growing in new directions.

It’s not always about “weight loss” or the scale, it’s not about working out 24/7.  It’s about loving yourself enough to be healthy for yourself and your family.  To live a long and happy life, to find what it is that makes you happy and to enjoy that to the fullest.

A big thing we have learned this year is that special occasions are just that, special occasions – we have grown to not “cheat” just because it’s the weekend.  I am sure we will continue to grow and learn more this year and we thank you all for being on this journey with us!

We watched back our first show and we notice a few things that are the same and a few things that have changed!

On the first show:

Lisa was yelling into the microphone
We were cross fitting
We were eating Paleo
We struggled with early morning workouts
We preached finding what works for you
We were not runners but we were gearing up for the Color Run in Brooklyn
Our workout recovery was sweet potatoes

FourC Fitness Now:

Still eating Paleo and have successfully completed two Whole30’s

Still struggling to wake up for AM workouts but will not give up

Personally grown to know what works and what doesn’t work for us both exercise wise and eating wise.

We have met so many amazing people, guests and non-guests in the fitness community and those needing inspiration and guidance.

Our amazing past guests have included:

- Our first guest was Jenel Stevens, who has now been our personal trainer and has become a good friend.

-JoAnne Romanelli taught us more about Creating Energy and the self help we can use along with natural products to help with our energy levels!

- Christina Vircillo, Fitness Enthusiast and Mom joined us for show, Commit, part of the “FourC Series” shows.  She shared with us how to make time for fitness on top of being a small business owner and busy mom!

Dasha Libin, she presented us with Body Series DVDs, and we had a massive Q&A fill with great tips!

Tea Green of Tea Rex Paleo Cookies came to talk more about Paleo & Crossfit.

Jeannine Andre-Burns, MS, CNS taught us all about Diabetes.

Scott Dean of Custom Fit Meals talked all about how the body works and how Custom Fit Meals can help you attain your goals.

Founders of Qinetic helped us out on our Resolutions episode

Michele Gordon, Miss Motivational provided us with some Quick Fitness tips and of course, tons of motivation!

Founders of Sportsetter introduced their newly launched App that assists in trying new fitness around the city and living a Multi Sport Lifestyle

Founders of OakPoint Health & Vitality came to teach us more about Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture.

Rebecca Golian of Vemma introduced us to VEMMA products and how they can aide in your active lifestyle

Julia & Kayte of Average2Athlete discussed their CMC experience and training.

Kenny Pena of Pena’s Fitness Method brought to light the importance of Fitness for Survival

Team MissFits/P.E.P.P.E.R taught us what goes in to Competition Training and how you can become a member of Team MissFits whether it be for personal goals or competing!

Upcoming shows:

Kim Watkins of inSHAPE Fitness
Julia Dalton-Brush from  FitJourney
Alan Courtenay, Personal Trainer and CEO of NYC Boot Camps
Kettlebell Kickboxing introducing the 7 Day Lean program
Linda, Breast Cancer Survivor and Fitness Enthusiast

Upcoming events:

Video Vignettes
Civilian Military Combine Race
City Challenge Race
Quest/Fitness Transformations
Networking and taking up invites to try new workouts around the city!

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