Written by, Coach Dani Zarate
My desire to be a coach was not something that happened over night, but instead it was an idea that was brewing inside of me for years.
It all began at age 12, when I started my first fad diet to lose weight. At such a young age, I was constantly reminded that I was “chunky” or “not skinny” or even worse “fat”, which led me to diet with my mom for years. Finally at age 14, I was introduced to exercise and running, but instead of viewing these activities as fun they simply became another weight loss source for me. I feared going to big box gyms like 24 Hour Fitness, since I did not know how to workout on my own or use the machines, so instead I found a small boutique gym that provided HITT group classes. Before I knew it I became obsessed with the classes and found myself attending 5 to 6 times a week, but my idea of working out had not changed, it was still just another way to lose...
By, Kate Durham
Suzie is one of our fantastic members here at FOF. She is a three-time survivor of cancer, a triathlete, a marathoner, and a cheerleader to everyone she comes in contact with. We’ve asked her some questions.
When and Why Did You Join FOF?
Coach Mark was my coach at another gym last year. When it closed in December, he programmed for me and I would work out at CSULB or Crunch. He was looking for a new gym and I told him when found one to let me know, because I would follow him. He tried a few and had me check them out but nothing fit. In August, when he started at FOF, he told me to check it out, that he thought it would work for me as well. When I met Jenny and saw your facility, I knew I had found a home.
What Does the Term “Athlete” Mean to You?
Having the physical ability to do what makes you happy.
I love skiing and I want to be...
Written by, Coach Noah Grime
Many struggle to determine what the perfect breakfast really is. What makes it right? Does a piece of fruit make sense? Bacon and eggs? What about skipping it all together?
Many philosophies will be determined on what we are used to doing and the way it makes us feel. Some will say they eat before heading out of the door for energy and to avoid a crash, while others make lunch their first meal. Who is doing it the right way?
My philosophy about the first meal of the day is simple. Your first meal should be healthy, taste good, and easy to make. This rules out a donut or pastry from being the ideal situation. In the morning, we generally rush around to try and get our day started. This is when “grabbing something quick” might not be the best solution. Maybe it’s time to consider skipping that sugary cereal or meal bar and go for water and a simple coffee.
Sugar and a calorie overload is the opposite of...