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Athletic Greens Review - Coach Rollie

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In my last post, I made a point that the best way to lose body fat is by getting healthier.  Exercise and a healthy diet are necessary components for a healthy body and a healthy life.  For many people, the eating, or diet part can be a difficult.  Fueling the body properly can be a challenge.  Supplements can be helpful in filling in nutritional gaps.  One of the supplements that I recommend to my clients is a multi-mineral/multi-vitamin.  But, there’s many on the market.  Luckily for readers of Fat X 101, recently I was contacted by Athletic Greens and asked if I would be willing to use their product and give feedback. I looked over the ingredient list in their product and agreed.  

I was sent a 30 day supply of Athletic Greens Premium Superfood Cocktail right before I went on vacation in June.  I decided to wait until after I came back from vacation to begin using the product.  I did this because when I go on vacation, I relax!  That means I don’t exactly watch my diet very well.  Also, it’s tough to get back on track when returning from vacation. I figured taking Athletic Greens at this time would give me a much needed nutritional boost, and, I could give an honest review as to whether it helped or not.  

Before I get into my thoughts and experience with the product, let me give you a brief overview of why I decided to use the Athletic Greens product. 

How to Lose More Fat and Stay Motivated

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Working on the June 3000 Challenge
Fat X 101 and the Fat X Program was born out of the need that I saw for people to understand that losing body fat is best done by becoming healthier and more fit.  I got tired of seeing people fail their weight loss (fat loss) journeys because they attempted to drop excess body weight while doing everything else other than doing the things that were going to make them healthier and more fit (exercising properly and eating healthier).  The bottom line is, and what I want you to take away from this website is that losing body fat and achieving that “toned”, “trim”, “ripped” look will best be accomplished by doing the things that will make you healthier!  

Eating healthier and exercising is the way to go, but, we can all fall off!  And, in this environment that we live in, where comfort is king and everyone is looking for comfort, it can be extremely difficult to put yourself in uncomfortable situations, even if you know that it’s good for you.

I’ve found that fitness challenges are an excellent way to get motivated and stay focused on health and fitness.  This year, as motivation, I began challenging my clients every month to either accomplish an aesthetic goal, or a physical goal.  For example, earlier this year I challenged my clients to lose 1 inch of their belly area.  In June, I challenged my clients to  complete 3000 total squats.  I was cranking out as many as I could, even while on vacation in Mexico.
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Squats at the Museo Rafael Colonel

These challenges have worked well to either ignite, re-ignite or keep my clients motivation revved up.  Although I’ve challenged my clients, I haven’t put on the challenges here on Fat X 101.  That changes today!  Since It’s worked so well, every month, I will create a Fat X 101 fitness and motivation challenge, not only for the clients that I train personally, but for everyone that follows the Fat X 101 website.  Don’t forget you can always use the 12 Day Fat X Program as a challenge.  

If you haven’t already done so, sign up for a Discuss account, and feel free to comment, ask questions, or post pictures here.  Believe it or not, you might motivate someone else, or keep someone else motivated by what you’re doing.  And, by committing yourself to complete these Fat X 101 fitness challenges, you will do a great deal to help yourself push farther along this health and fitness journey.  

This month, July 2016, the fitness and motivation challenge is going to be to complete 180 minutes of holding a plank position.  Just like the 3000 squat challenge, don’t let the big number scare you off, it doesn’t have to be all at once.  Break it down into smaller goals. My suggestion to complete the July 180 goal (#July180) is to start by holding the a plank a few seconds at a time.  

An example would be to hold the plank 30 seconds at a time, 4 times a day for the first 5 days.  At the end of 5 days, you would have completed 10 minutes of total planking time.  From there you can start increasing the time you hold the plank, and keep chipping away at the 180 minute (3 hour) goal.  

At the moment, I’m using Instagram a lot, feel free to follow me for more tips, and regular updates.

You can also follow me on Twitter, and the Fat X 101 Facebook page. Or you can E-mail me.  

If you’re in the Pasadena area, contact me to for private fitness training (personal training), or to join my FX Workout Class.  

Free Fat Burning Workout Video: Bermuda Triangle Workout

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The Bermuda Triangle Workout is one of my secret workouts. I was debating on whether or not to release it publicly. My financial advisor has really been getting on me about releasing so much free information.  Oh well, I guess she’s not going to be happy when she sees this!  Anyway, I’ve been getting a lot of great feedback on the free fat burning workout bonus series, so as a thank you to all of you who have been coming to Fat X 101, here is another free workout video to add to it.  Remember, these workouts work best after you’ve completed the 12 Day Fat X Program, but, if you want to find out what the Coach Rollie Method is all about, and why it’s so effective, you can try some of these workouts before downloading and completing the 12 Day Fat X Program.  I’ll go into some details on the Bermuda Triangle Workout below the video.  

Free Fat Burning Workout Video: Cali Hustle Workout 

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Are you short on fitness equipment? Well, the Cali Hustle Workout is another one of my free fat burning bonus workouts you can do with very little exercise equipment.  All you need for this fat burning workout is one dumbbell and a bench.  A pad or something you can place your knee on would also be helpful but not absolutely necessary.  Like most of my workouts, anyone at any fitness level can do this routine.  You can lower or raise the difficulty of the workout by the size of the dumbbell.  Also, just like in my Fat X Program, you want to track your statistics so that you can challenge yourself and best your numbers next time you go through this routine.  Below the video demo I’ll go into some specifics.  

Burning Questions: Fit, Toned, and Strong for a Wedding

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A few days ago, Debbie wrote me a message and sent it to me via the DM option on Instagram. It brought up some very good fitness and fat loss topics so I thought it would be best answered here on my “Burning Questions” segment.  I’m sure there are plenty of people wanting to get in shape for a wedding and beyond.  I appreciated the time and effort it took her to write it and I wanted to match that with a good answer.  I asked her if I could share it here and she was OK with it. So, here is her message and questions: 

Hello, I am 57 yrs young and very happily married to my high school sweetheart. We lost each other after HS, married badly, but found each other again ten yrs ago. We were fit and healthy until I broke toes on my left foot three times and sprained the ankle five times between 2012 and 2015. I also went through menopause during that time! I gave up and became depressed. I went from 125 lbs to 183.  On Jan. 4th of this year we made some changes and I've lost 12 lbs so far and two inches off my belly. 

3 Important Tips to Avoid Fat Loss and Fitness Failure 

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When I was attending Cal State Los Angeles, on a good day, it was about a 25 minute drive for me from Pasadena where I live, to the campus.  Some days I would hit traffic a few miles from reaching the campus.  When this happened, and I would stay the course, it would add another 7-10 minutes to my trip.  But, there were a few times when I would outsmart myself.  I’d see a clear side street and thought I could cut through traffic.  I tried this a few times, and every single time it would only make my trip longer.  These routes that I thought would be shortcuts would usually end up taking another 12-20 minutes.  When it comes to fitness and fat loss (fat burning), over the years, I’ve witnessed people start off on the right health and fitness track, and then attempt to take shortcuts that only derail their fitness and fat loss progress.  Whether your goal is to lose fat, gain lean body tissue (muscle) and or enhance your athletic capabilities, it is important to find a good fitness program and stay the course so that you allow the process to work for you. In this article, I’ll go over a few tips and tricks to identify fitness gimmicks, fads, and fool’s gold so that you don’t get sidetracked and have your money, time and effort wasted. 

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