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Food for Fitness: Shred Super Smoothie

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This is an oldie but a goodie -- obviously, as it's a staple in the Garcia household! Yes, it REALLY is that good for you! You can pack a lot of yummy greens and fruit in the convience of a smoothie. You don't need any ice because the berries are already frozen, but if you find you want to use some fresh fruit, just pop some ice in. If it's too thick, add more liquid! Enjoy!

Food For Fitness: Avocado Banana Smoothie

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I wake up every morning and go straight to my nutrininja.  The way I look at it, if you fuel your body with tons of great nutrients right off the bat, your body in turn will reward itself by giving you sustainable energy for the day.  Over the next four weeks, I will be sharing my favorite smoothie recipes with you.  Feel free to share your faves on my Facebook page, Stacey's Official Shred Challenge.  And don't forget to add your favorite protein powder!  

Workout of the Week: Shred Workout!

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Join us this week at Arena or at home with Tabata style workouts. Pick 6 of your favorite exercises and set 5 minutes on a timer. You are going to work hard for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds for a total of 5 minutes per exercise.
Time to lose some pounds!!!
Here's the workout:  
WARM UP: Corrective exercises (Don't know what to do? Contact Joe at to set up your Functional Movement Screen!)
5 Minutes 20 sec.(work)/10 sec.(rest) 
Push Ups
5 Minutes 20 sec.(work)/10 sec.(rest) 
5 Minutes 20 sec.(work)/10 sec.(rest) 
5 Minutes 20 sec.(work)/10 sec.(rest) 
1/2 Jumping Jacks
5 Minutes 20 sec.(work)/10 sec.(rest) 
5 Minutes 20 sec.(work)/10 sec.(rest) 
Sit Ups (add a medicine ball if you want to get a total body workout with this move!)
3 Mile Run
Cool down:
10 Minutes of your favorite stretches and yoga poses. 

It's SHRED Time!

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It's that time again! Summer is almost over, time to get back into shape! You could join the winners of our last Shred, or at least learn some new skills and kick your fitness plan into high gear! Who's going to progress the most this time? It could be you. Starts September 8th, register now, email for more information or visit our SHRED page and fill out the form you find there!

Progression, Regression, and Your FMS Score

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So, by now, you've probably seen a bunch of people around Arena Fitness doing corrective exercises or taking a movement screen. You may have even done it yourself. And if you haven't, I strongly and super enthusiastically encourage you to get screened yourself. But there's no easy way to say this: don't be upset, horrified, or depressed if your score isn't perfect or even REMOTELY close to perfect. 

Food For Fitness: Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing


Tomatoes are at their peak at the end of summer so head to your local farmers market (or even ask your more enterprising friends!) and stock up for this mouth-watering salad.  Remember, the more colorful the salad, the more variety of nutrients! Salads are endlessly customizable so feel free to substitute stuff you like for what you don't.

Workout of the Week: Joe's Favorite Ladder Run


We like to stick to the basics here, but just because something is simple doesn't mean it has to be unchallenging. Challenge yourself and your cardiovascular endurance with this ladder run. Feeling lucky? Post your time!

Food For Fitness: Breakfast Smashed Avocado Tomato Toast

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Stay full for hours with this amazingly delicious breakfast.  The fiber from the whole-grain bread, mixed with the protein from the egg and those good fats from the avocado will keep you feeling satiated and energized to rock your training session or your long day at work.

Workout of the Week: A Fitness Classic

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10-1 them 1-10! Go back up the ladder!

Food for Fitness: Slow Cooker Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling

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I'm back from my stay-cation and am yearning to cleanse my system from all the meat and wine I consumed this past week. This recipe supports clean eating -- plus it's so quick and easy! It's vegan AND high in protein, perfect for fueling your fitness journey. Just throw everything in the crockpot, go to work, and come home to a delicious meal waiting for you.  It's almost as if your significant other surprised you with dinner as you walked through the door... Minus the flowers. 

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