1 month ago
About six weeks ago Porkchop, Shannon, John and I embarked on a very public journey to get "Fit for '14." It isn't always easy broadcasting such private matters, but the response has been incredible. Yes, the competition centered around losing the highest percentage of our starting weight, but we've come to learn that getting "fit" goes far beyond the number on the scale.
We can all see and feel the results. We're leaner, stronger, have more energy and are determined to continue our transformations by adopting the many changes we've made as a lifestyle. Our trainers at Amped Fitness have helped us all to realize how amazing it feels to not only lose weight, but also to be strong, both inside and out.
With all of that said, Jayson's KIIM team fought a hard battle and came out on top! Porkchop and Shannon lost 9 percent of their combined starting weight, while John and I lost 7 percent. A huge congratulations to them for being such tough competitors.
Here is a closer look at the numbers:
Porkchop started at 271 pounds and 40.1 percent body fat. He now weighs 250 pounds, with 33.9 percent body fat. That's an 8 percent loss in total weight!
Shannon weighed in at 169 pounds and 28.8 percent body fat. She now weighs 152 pounds, with 23.2 percent body fat. Shannon was also the overall winner, shedding an incredible 10 percent of her starting weight!
John started the challenge weighing 188 pounds and 27.8 percent body fat. At the final weigh in, John came in at 172 pounds and 22.4 percent body fat. He grabbed the second place spot overall, losing 9 percent of his starting weight.
I started at 169 pounds and 34.4 percent body fat. I'm now just under 160 pounds and 30.5 percent body fat, down 6 percent of my starting weight.
We also crowned an at-home winner Saturday! Kristina Van Aken lost a whopping 27 pounds! Congratulations Kristina and enjoy your six months of free group training!
Thank you to all of you who supported us these past several weeks and stay tuned for more updates down the road. After all, this is a kickstart, not an ending point!
2 months ago
In less than four days we'll have our Fit 4 '14 challenge winner but the lessons we're learning from our Amped Fitness trainers, Bryan and Jayson, will surely last well beyond this competition. The numbers are going to be close as Porkchop and Shannon are proving to be incredibly tough competitors. They've been working hard in the gym these past six weeks and cracking down on their diets to maximize weight loss. John and I have also been battling hard, powering through every workout Bryan gives us, and putting in some extra hours outside of our regularly scheduled workouts to make the most of this amazing opportunity.
We can all see the physical transformation in one another. We're leaning out and replacing fat with muscle. Even though the scale doesn't always reflect a big change, we can definitely feel it in the way our clothes fit and the way we train. John and I have especially noticed how much stronger we are. For example, this week I celebrated doing push ups from my toes instead of my knees, and using a lighter resistance band for pull ups. I've also become more confident when it comes to lifting heavier weights. All four of us have our own mini milestones each and every workout, and THOSE are the true measures of our success.
In the end, getting fit isn't a six-week process. It's not a six-month process. It's really a lifelong process, and something we'll have to continue making a priority long after our final weigh in. As Bryan and Jayson say, it's about becoming the best possible versions of ourselves and it's exciting to see the progress along the way. So, regardless of who "wins" the challenge, the journey has already been rewarding. Bragging rights are great, but living strong, healthy lives is even greater.
We know many of you have been following along at home, so if you signed up for the Amped Fitness competition six weeks ago, be sure to head back to the gym Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00am to get your updated numbers and measurements. The at-home winner gets six months of free group training!
Thank you so much for all of your continued support. We will also have our final weigh in Saturday morning, so be sure to watch Tucson Today on Tuesday, February 25 for a final look at the numbers.
2 months ago
TUCSON- It is hard to believe we have just more than one week to go in our Fit 4 '14 challenge. It is even harder to contain the excitement of just how far we have all come in so little time. The ultimate goal in the competition is to see who can lose the highest percentage of their starting weight. However our trainers at Amped Fitness continue emphasizing other measurements of success. Things like inches lost, body fat caliper testing and simple indications like how our clothes fit and how we feel. I think it's been particularly tough for the girls. Shannon and I both tend to fixate on the scale and it's amazing how a "good" or "bad" weigh-in can take a toll on a workout, or even the entire rest of the day. The two of us are always encouraging one another to keep up the hard work and giving reassurance that everything will even out in the end. It's something our trainers address on a weekly basis and while the two of us are getting better, it's definitely going to take months, even years, to truly stop associating our overall health with one little number.
Speaking of numbers, the latest one show we're all slowing down a bit when it comes to pounds lost. However, in looking at photos from the past six weeks, it is obvious we are ALL making progress in our quest to get fit and healthier, and that is what we've been told to focus on.
Porkchop is still the biggest loser, he's now down a whopping 15 pounds, which is 6 percent of his starting weight. Shannon continues to show great progress, she's lost 8 pounds and 5 percent of her starting weight. John has really kicked it up in the gym and with his diet. His strength and cardio are improving with each workout. So far he's lost 10 pounds, which is 5 percent of his body weight. After a .2-pound gain last week, I was happy to see a loss this week. I'm now down 7 pounds, which is 4 percent of my starting weight, and have really noticed some changes in the way my clothes fit. Also, my cravings for sugar and junk food aren't nearly as strong as they used to be, and that's really helped keep my diet clean.
More updates to come next week as we take this thing down the home stretch. Thanks for all of your support and for following along! You can also "Like" our Facebook pages for more photos, workouts and updates. Click here for John and here for Danielle.
2 months ago
TUCSON- Last week we introduced you to Bryan Mashburn of Amped Fitness. Bryan is training Danielle and me in our Fit'4'14 Challenge against KIIM FM.
Shannon and Porkchop are getting Fit-4-14 under the watchful eye of Jayson Ryder, a nationally recognized certified
personal trainer and the co-owner of Amped Fitness.
Ryder is a walking billboard for Amped Fitness. It's obvious he spends a lot of time in the gym working on his own fitness. But even people who've never worked before shouldn't be intimidated by Jayson. He works with anyone who has the desire to improve their health and fitness! "What we do here is we take everybody who walks through our door and we build our program specifically for them. So they shouldn't be as intimidated because what we're doing is going to be what they're capable of doing," said Ryder.
You'll see free weights and kettle bells at Amped Fitness but you won't see any machines. The Amped philosophy is what Ryder calls functional fitness. "The functional way just being strictly with free weights, whether it's with kettle bells, dumb bells, medicine balls. Basically body weight, anything we can use to basically get that fitness to the next level," Ryder explained.
It's not a boot camp, and it's definitely not boring! Every workout is little different. The KIIM crew is getting Amped up because Ryder knows how to inspire them to achieve their fitness goals! "We train people who want to lose weight, we train people who want to get stronger, we have athletes that come in and they want to go to the next level," Ryder said.
2 months ago
TUCSON - It's hard to be involved in a fitness challenge without focusing on weight.
Many of us judge ourselves by the numbers on a scale. We celebrate when we lose a certain number of pounds. We pout when the number get higher.
But the trainers at Amped Fitness are trying to reprogram us. Preaching overall fitness over those annoying numbers.
Unfortunately in a contest like our Fit 4 '14 Challenge, the only way to determine a winner is by the numbers. In this case the team that loses the highest percentage of their beginning weight will win.
We have just 16 days left to trim the fat and get Fit 4 '14.
Each of us have worked hard and we've seen great results so far. But we've all had one week where we stalled and showed no weight loss.
This week it was Danielle who stalled. It's obvious she's lost inches and she's putting in the work, but for some reason she's stuck at 163 pounds.
That's six pounds lighter than Danielle's starting weight and she's lost four percent of her total weight so far.
Last week Shannon and I got stuck on a number. This week it's a different story.
Shannon dropped two pounds and has lost a total of eight pounds or five percent of her starting weight.
I lost four pounds this week for a total of 10 pounds or five percent of my beginning weight.
Porkchop is still the biggest loser so far. After shedding two more pounds this week "Chop" has lost an amazing 15 pounds or six percent of his starting number.
We have just 16 more days to go to crown a winner. But the quest to be Fit-4-14 will continue because it's not about the numbers it's about the lifestyle!
2 months ago
Less than three weeks to go in our Fit 4 '14 Challenge and the competition is really heating up. Tucson Today is battling it out against Porkchop and Shannon from KIIM-FM to see who can lose the highest percentage of their starting weight.
The trainers at Amped Fitness are a huge part of this process. Both Bryan Mashburn and Jayson Ryder are working hard to try and whip us all into shape. This week, we're introducing you to Bryan Mashburn, who is leading the Tucson Today team.
"Our philosophy is to train people to be the best versions of themselves," Mashburn said.
He's been personal training for almost eight years, is certified in Russian Kettlebell Challenge, educated in Paleo nutrition and spent several years working in post-op rehabilitation training. For him, success is more about efficiency than rep counts.
"Pain free, if there's ever any sort of snags or anything we try to fix you up before we try to push through it," said Mashburn.
Mashburn pushes ad motivates his clients through a variety of functional exercises but he's no red-faced, screaming training. He opts instead for a smile and a sense of humor.
"We try not to be in really, really good shape," Mashburn says with a laugh. "I think that we really do connect with people in that way because we're not really huge and we're not really big on supplements."
In the end, Mashburn does not measure success by the number of pounds lost or how much a person can lift. It is the total transformation, both inside and out, that he strives for most.
"We'll throw the athletes in there with Jayson and I tend to go more toward the normal crowd quote on quote," he said. "We definitely try to do a characterization match and I think it works out well."
We'll have an updated progress report Thursday on Tucson Today and coming up next week, we'll introduce you to Jayson Ryder, tasked with trying to put the KIIM-FM team on top.
2 months ago
TUCSON - After three weeks of healthier eating and working out with the trainers at Amped Fitness, three out of four of the competitors in our Fit 4 '14 Challenge are struggling to shed those unwanted pounds.
KIIM-FM's lovable Porkchop is dropping weights faster than he used to devour a 12 pack of tacos from Taco Bell.
Those days are behind Porkchop now. He's eating fresh and pushing himself to the limit under the watchful eye of his trainer, Jayson Ryder at Amped Fitness. Porkchop has already lost 13 pounds or five percent of his total weight.
Shannon held steady after week three even though she's working out an extra day with Ryder. Shannon is doing everything right and her newfound muscles weigh more than the extra pounds that are no longer weighing her down. Shannon has lost seven pounds or four percent of her total weight.
Danielle is getting stronger every day. Impressing our trainer Bryan Mashburn with her drive and determination. She's showing progress in her strength, endurance, and speed. After stalling in the weight loss category last week, Danielle dropped three pounds this week and has lost a total of six pounds or three percent of her total weight.
I struggled more than the others this week. I've been watching my diet and working hard but the pounds just don't seem to want to leave. I lost a single pound this week and I'm only down six total or three percent of my total weight.
Our coaches at Amped Fitness keep reminding us that it's healthier to lose a pound or two a week than it is to drop a lot of weight quickly. We have to remember it's about getting fit in 2014, not getting skinny.
Twentyfour more days to go in this challenge and then our goal is to keep on keeping on after that.
2 months ago
Hard to believe we're already halfway through our challenge! Our final weigh in is set for Saturday, February 22, so it's time to kick things into high gear. Judging by last week's progress report, John and I have some catching up to do.
The four of us are still doing our best to eat clean, although we're all following our own plans, and we're hitting the gym with our trainers at Amped Fitness at least three days a week. I've switched from having protein/beans/greens for every meal, to following a high protein/low carb plan. I've also tried to eliminate as much sugar as possible, except for the occasional handful of berries, or skinny latte (one or two a week TOPS!). This new plan also eliminates a "cheat day," so I'm just focusing on making healthier choices every day of the week.
Our trainer Bryan also suggested intermittent fasting, which involves picking an 8-hour span during the day and only eating in that time. For me, that means eating between 8a.m. and 4p.m. during the week. It was tough at first, but I'm getting used to it and don't feel deprived, since you can pretty much eat as much as you want during those hours. If anything, it's shown me I don't NEED tons of food throughout the day to be satisfied. (DISCLAIMER: check with your doctor before starting any sort of diet/exercise plan to make sure you find the one that's best for YOU!)
I'm also looking for ways to spruce up my meals. Just because I'm eating healthy doesn't mean all my meals have to be boring, right?! I go online for most of my ideas and just discovered this great recipe for egg white casserole on one of the many, many blogs I browse from time to time. It's a quick, tasty dish that's almost ALL protein and veggies!
Looking back on the past three weeks, I can definitely see and feel a difference in my body. My clothes are fitting better, my pants are looser and I've even had a few people say they notice a difference in my face. That said, the scale hasn't moved much, which is frustrating at times. Bryan is constantly reminding us NOT to obsess about the number, but to pay attention to our bodies. That the goal here isn't to drop a whole bunch of pounds as fast as possible, but to train our bodies so they can reach their ultimate potential. In fact, our trainers have even posted that reminder on their website:
"The other factor we must take into consideration is the amount of muscle mass each participant is increasing in their bodies. Muscle weighs more than fat, so when you add a little muscle and decrease A LOT of fat from your body - the end result can be ZERO TOTAL weight lost. So just keep that in mind when starting a new fitness program, the scale isn't the end all be all indicator of your progress."
Well said guys! There is no doubt John and I are both getting stronger, leaner and making serious strides in the gym, and for that I'm both excited and grateful!
2 months ago
TUCSON - The quest to Fit-4-14 continues. And after seeing some early progress after our first progress report it's getting a little tougher to shed those unwanted pounds.
Our trainers, Bryan Mashburn and Jayson Ryder, at Amped Fitness have been guiding Team KIIM FM and Team Tucson Today through custom workouts 2-3 times a week. Shannon, Porkchop, Danielle and I have been doing our best to change our eating habits instead of dieting.
We all want to shed some pounds and improve our fitness in the most healthy way possible. To make it more fun and to keep us motivated we're competiting for bragging rights. Which ever team loses the highest weight percentage by February 22 will raise their hands in victory.
After our second weigh-in Shannon has lost 7 pounds which is 4 percent of her starting weight. Porkchop has lost 9 pounds, 3 percent Danielle 3 pounds, 2 percent and I've lost 5 pounds, 3 percent.
So KIIM-FM has the early lead but slow and steady will most likely win this competition.
We'll continue to bring you progress reports on News4 Tucson Today and on Facebook and Twitter. We'd also love to hear how you're doing in your quest to be Fit-4-14!
2 months ago
I don't think it's quite hit me yet. I know I spent the past 18 weeks training for it and I know I crossed the finish line in 6:37 Sunday, but it's still hard for me to believe that I completed a full marathon. It is something I can honestly say I never thought I would do, or even want to do, but in a way that's what makes the milestone even greater.
I first got the itch to go 26.2 miles after completing my third half marathon in January of 2013. I crossed the finish in 2:35, my best time yet, but couldn't help feeling like I was capable of more. I thought about it for a few months and realized fear was the only thing holding me back from taking the plunge. I knew if I trained properly my body would physically take me all the way, but it was that unknown element, the act of embarking on something I had never tried before and being afraid to fail. When I think back over my marathon experience, it's that decision I'm most proud of, having confidence in myself and my ability to at least try. So many times that's the toughest part of making a change or moving forward. Simply deciding to give it your best shot.
I went online and found an 18-week marathon training plan for beginners and got to work. We ran 4 days a week and placed our long run on Saturday mornings. The program builds until you run 20 miles a couple of weeks before the big day, and then taper down from there so your body can rest and repair itself. I was nervous the lack of mileage toward the end would take a toll on my performance but was assured time and time again my body would know what to do on race day, so I decided to trust the training.
Before I knew it, I was standing in corral 6, facing the start line. I had my running pack full of GU gels, Gatorade, water and a protein bar to eat at the halfway point. I looked around at the thousands of runners lined up in front of me and the few hundred behind me, and still couldn't help but think, "I can't believe I'm about to run a marathon!" With the music blaring and runners cheering, we surged across the start and began the 26.2-mile journey from Phoenix to Tempe, with a detour through Scottsdale. I felt strong through the first half, felt a little pain in my left knee and tightness in my legs, but that was to be expected. My sister met us at mile 14 with bottled water and ice cold towels, just what we needed since it was starting to get warm. By the second time we saw her, at mile 19, the crowds were thinning and our pace was slowing down. We were now picking landmarks a little ways up the road, running in short bursts and walking in between. Around mile 22 is when I really started to feel it. My legs were tight, I had a brief stint of nausea and was starting to get a headache. People were passing us left and right and the competitive part of me was starting to get frustrated. We trudged on through miles 23-25, thanking each and every volunteer/band/cheerleader who stayed to support the stragglers. Once we hit mile 26, we could see the finish line and some of our friends and family members who waited more than six hours to see us cross. I also thought of all the people who had called, texted, sent emails, Facebook messages and tweets of encouragement. We jogged the final .2-mile stretch before nearly collapsing in a heap of exhaustion. It was over. We finished.
Now that the soreness is fading and I'm a couple of days removed from it, the idea of doing another one is no longer out of the question (if you had asked me Sunday night I would have said NO WAY!). To be completely honest, I was a little disappointed in my time, but I know that's just my competitive spirit. Overall, I always knew the ultimate goal was to finish and now that that's done, I can focus on going a bit faster next time.
If there is anything this "Fit 4 ‘14" challenge is teaching me, it's to push myself beyond the limits I've set for myself. Yes, we're trying to lose weight, but we're also trying to improve our health, both physically and mentally. It's easy to get lost in the numbers on the scale from week to week, but it's also important to revel in the mini milestones along the way. Whether it's eating healthier just a couple of days a week, going for a walk around the block, or conquering a marathon, each of us have our own ideas of what seems "impossible." Thank you for all of your support in helping me to conquer mine, and we wish you the best of luck in conquering yours!
3 months ago
We are officially in Week 2 of our "Fit 4 '14" challenge and we're getting our first look at some of the progress we have all made. The hard work both in and out of the gym is paying off for all four of us, and it's becoming more and more obvious this competition is going to be tough.
Our trainers at Amped Fitness say we're all right on track, since they recommend losing a healthy 1-2 pounds a week. They also measured John's body fat with calipers and took a few of my measurements as another way of tracking progress. Happy to report the two of us are down on those two fronts as well.
We were also excited to hear several of you weighed in last Saturday to take this journey with us! Congratulations and good luck!
At the end of our 6-week challenge the team that loses the highest percentage of their initial weight, wins! Watch the video above for a look at the updated numbers.
3 months ago
So far so good. One week of hard work, sweat, and inspiration from the physical trainers at Amped Fitness, Danielle Lerner and I are feeling motivated to remain undefeated against KIIM-FM.
But this contest won't be easy. We are working out 2-3 times a week at the same time as our competitors, Shannon and Porkchop. We can see how hard they are working and how much their trainer, Jayson Rider, is pushing them. Good thing our trainer, Bryan Mashburn, is equally motivated to help us achieve success.
The guys at Amped run us through a variety of exercises focusing on core, cardio, and continuous motion. We are doing some weight work but there's much more floor work, crunches, planks, burpess, mountain climbers, bicycle sit-ups, and several other exercises I would rather not think about until Bryan makes me do them.
It's not easy but working out with Danielle and competing against our friends at KIIM-FM makes it less difficult and much more fun.
We'll keep updating you on our progress and hopefully we'll inspire many of you to join in on the fun. Let's all get Fit-4-14!
3 months ago
It's now been 10 days since we all got reality checked in the U of A's BodPod machine. We won't know our official progress numbers until we weigh in again on Wednesday, but I can already say I feel a difference. I have more energy, I'm sleeping better and I don't have that "full" feeling after meals. Sure, I'm hungry from time to time and the lack of variety on this diet can be tough, but I'm learning that a bit of planning can go a long way in easing those frustrations.
My trainer recommended the 4 Hour Body diet, so I eat protein/beans/greens for EVERY meal six days a week, and then eat whatever I want on the seventh. I had my first cheat day Saturday and instantly felt the shift in my body once the processed foods returned. However, happy to say I didn't go too overboard and so far returning to the diet hasn't been too tough. I also spent Sunday preparing a couple of dishes I found online to use throughout the week. Both were relatively quick, easy and very tasty! I added Spinach instead of corn to the soup to boost the "green factor." Click the names below for the recipes.
Exercise has been another huge component to this. The trainers at Amped are fantastic and Bryan is a great motivator in the gym. Below is the workout from last Friday. It was the hardest workout of my life (this coming from the girl who is running a marathon Sunday) but I felt amazing afterward. He says we'll try it again in a couple of weeks to see how my time improves! Thanks again for all of your support!
WORKOUT: Do the following circuit 4 times as fast as you can. I did mine in 26:14.
100 jump ropes
20 15lb medicine ball slams
8 Burpees (Jump forward instead of up on the finish)
12 pull ups (with a resistance band assist)
3 months ago
This year News4 Tucson Today is determined to help you reach your fitness goals. Danielle Lerner and John Overall are taking on Shannon Black and Porkchop from KIIM-FM in a fitness challenge and our News4 Tucson viewers are encouraged to join us in our pursuit of healthier lifestyle.
Join us in the weight loss challenge and win a 6 month training pass to Amped Fitness!
HOW TO ENTER:
3 months ago
The new year is upon us and just like millions of Americans out there, improving my physical health is one of my top resolutions for 2014. This is a weight loss challenge, and going up against the KIIM-FM crew always makes for a fun competition, however for me, it's not about getting as skinny as possible. I've struggled with my weight for years, and know all too well how tough it can be to not only lose those pounds, but also to keep them off permanently. That's why for me, these next several weeks will be about working hard, getting fit and turning my body into the efficient, fat-burning machine it can be. We've been given a fantastic opportunity to learn from our trainers at Amped Fitness, and I look forward to sharing our newfound knowledge and results with all of you!
So how will we do it? Well, for starters I've spent the past 16 weeks training for my first full marathon, which is January 19th. All that cardio has done wonders for my endurance, but when it comes to weight loss? Not so much.
Here's the plan, John and I will be working out 3-4 times a week for about an hour each session. Our first workout on Monday included exercises like burpees, planks, rowing, running, sit-ups, bicycles and V-ups, and that was just the first time!
The physical part is important, but as any trainer will tell you the diet is equally, if not more important. Our trainer recommended a basic plan from the "4-Hour Body" diet. Six days a week you eat protein/beans/greens for EVERY meal, 4-6 times a day, eating every 3-4 hours. Then you have a "cheat day" on the 7th. I'm also switching from coffee to unsweetened tea on those days (that way there is no temptation with the creamer), eliminating diet soda, and drinking lots of water.
I've done almost every diet out there so I know eating right can take a lot of planning. I included a picture of the breakfasts, snacks and lunches I'll be bringing to work the next couple of days. Late afternoon snacks and dinners will be made at home. Took me about 45 minutes total to prepare, and that included baking three chicken breasts seasoned with only lemon juice and pepper.
Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, black beans, asparagus spears
Snack: Diced cucumbers, chickpeas, Tuna
Lunch: Lettuce, black beans, chickpeas, chopped grilled chicken
This is only the beginning of our journey to get "Fit for '14," and we're excited to have you along for the ride! Don't forget, you can join in by heading to Amped Fitness at 3603 W Cortaro Farms Rd. on Saturday, January 11, at 10 a.m. They'll weigh in the first 100 people and offer some diet and training tips to help get you going on your own goals! Whoever loses the highest percentage of their starting weight by the end of February gets 6 months FREE GROUP TRAINING! Good luck and go Tucson Today!
3 months ago
According to statisticbrain.com 45 percent of Americans usually make some kind of New Years resolution and the number one resolution for 2014 is to lose weight. Only 8% of Americans actually succeed in achieving their goals.
This year News4 Tucson Today is determined to help you reach your fitness goals. Danielle Lerner and John Overall are taking on Shannon Black and Porkchop from KIIM FM in a fitness challenge and our News4 Tucson viewers are encouraged to join us in our pursuit of healthier lifestyle.
Tune in to Tucson Today on Tuesday, January 7th for all the details.