Can You Dance 85 Pounds Away?

Yes. Yes, You Can. With BodyFX!

Meet Sharon. She is a 62-year young grandmother of three who lost 85 pounds and got off blood pressure medication. And do you want to know how she did that? With a little help from her friends at Body FX and their “Figure 8” dance fitness program!

A couple of years ago, Sharon weighed 246 pounds. Today, she weighs 161 pounds and has gone from a size 22 to a size 8! She is living proof that you can indeed dance your way to a healthy body!

Sharon is just one of the thousands of success stories from the members of BodyFX, an online membership-based fitness platform that combines private coaching, nutritional planning, and over 200 workout sessions to help their members achieve lasting results.

Sharon had been obese for most of her life, from early childhood through to her adult years. She tried all kinds of programs to help her lose weight, but nothing seemed to work. She would lose some weight, yes, but then she would gain it all back.

Then she found Figure 8 by BodyFX, a dance fitness program that combines basic footwork from popular Latin Ballroom dances (Salsa, Rumba, Samba, and Paso Dobles), and the rest is history. She enjoyed the program so much that she could actually see herself making it a part of her life.

And that is the key: you cannot be consistent with something you don’t like! And now, Sharon says:

“For the first time, I can look in the mirror, smile, and like what I see instead of diverting my eyes.”

Not only did Sharon lose weight, but she also was taken off her blood pressure medication about a year after working out with the BodyFX program! Sharon has now made it her goal to share her success to motivate others, and she did so on Access Hollywood!

If you’re interested in learning more about BodyFX, visit https://bodyfx.com/

What a transformation!  Go Sharon Go!  We love BodyFX and how they are helping people get fit and lose those pesky pounds!

Keto & Fitness Expert Drew Manning’s Weight Gain Update

Week 5 of Purposely Gaining 60 Pounds – See Where Drew is at!

Photo credit: Drew Manning

Hello everyone! A few weeks ago, we began to follow the journey of Dunn Pellier Media client Drew Manning, who has embarked on another challenge to gain 60 pounds in 4 months and to lose that same amount of weight in another 4 months. Drew is currently 5 weeks into his weight gain journey and will begin his weight loss journey on the first Monday in 2021, just a few days after his 40th birthday.

You might recall that Drew has already done this before. In 2013, he gained 75 pounds on purpose in an effort to try to feel more empathy toward his clients who were trying to lose weight. It worked. As a personal trainer who had never been overweight in his life, gaining that weight helped him understand not just the physical toll being overweight can have on your body, but also and probably more importantly, the emotional one. Suddenly, he understood his clients’ struggles from the most intimate level, and he finally saw through the myth of the fitness industry: that being fit makes you happy. Turns out, it’s not being fit that makes you happy. It’s loving yourself first, no matter your weight, and choosing to love your body from that place. Choosing to lose weight out of love for your body instead of hate for your body is the most effective way to maintain health.

Drew is turning 40 at the end of December, and he wants to turn the myth on its head that you can’t get fit after 40. Please note that he wants to do it from a knowing place. He understands that hormones change and your body changes in ways that it might make it hard to lose weight after 40, so he’s embarked on a journey to gain weight and lose it after 40.

The reason why so many Americans give up on a fitness journey is not that they aren’t trying, but because sustainable health cannot be distilled to just eating less and exercising more.

No one believes in this more than Drew because he found himself becoming so obsessed with how he looked on the outside, instead of focusing on how he felt on the inside.

After successfully completing the challenge and losing the weight the first time, he felt so much stronger — physically and mentally — because he challenged his core motivations. He now believes that one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is,

  • Why am I trying to lose weight?
  • Is it for myself, or because society is telling me I have to look a certain way?

Drew also recognizes the lack of empathy in the fitness industry: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care first.” He cares SO much about truly understanding the helplessness and frustration that his clients feel when pursuing a healthier lifestyle that he’s doing it all over again.

Drew’s journey began 5 weeks ago. Let’s check in to see where he’s at:

Photo Courtesy: Drew Manning Instagram
Week 1 Stats:

Weight – 181.6 lbs
Body Fat – 8.4%
Waist Size – 33.5″

Week 5 Stats:

Weight – 211.0 lbs
Body Fat – 15.5%
Waist – 38.5″

In his own words:

“This journey is way harder than people think y’all…Physically, yes, it’s hard, but it’s way harder mentally and emotionally. Not being able to exercise, the physical exhaustion, the sleep deprivation, and how all of that affects my brain and my ability to deal with stress is no joke. I’m surviving, but it’s getting harder and harder each day. ’ll get through this though and so will we! Let’s do this!!!”

Keep it up, Drew! You’re doing great!

If you’d like to follow Drew’s journey, check him out on fit2fat2fit.com and follow him on Instagram for up to date posts on his progress, food challenges, weight gain, when diets go bad, and more.

Photo Courtesy: Drew Manning TikTok

See what food challenge Drew has up next!  Follow him today!

Want to Take Your At-Home Workout to the Next Level?

Meet Your New Favorite App: Ladder Teams

Austin Texas always seems to be churning up something amazing for all the be had. It’s like it own little silicone valley. Stuff that comes out of there is just…well…amazing.

On August 10th, another surefire company sailed into existence and is guaranteed to disrupt the on-demand fitness industry, taking it to new heights. It’s called Ladder Teams, and it’s about to change the way you workout. Forever. But don’t take our word for it:

“People want more than just a good workout,” says Ladder CEO Greg Stewart. “They are looking for expert guidance, motivational support, personalization, and they expect a world-class, tech-driven experience. This is exactly what we are delivering with Ladder Teams. The app‘s unique training programs, easy ‘press-and-play’ workouts, and our star-studded roster of elite coaches really set us apart. However, we are most proud of the supportive communities we’ve been able to foster; especially during this ongoing pandemic when almost everyone is craving social support and human connection.”
Best described as the “Slack of Fitness” for its emphasis on community and team engagement,  Ladder Teams is poised to lead the movement of hyper-connected fitness training.

The easy-to-navigate app offers access to weekly structured workouts ranging from former senior Peloton instructor Jennifer Jacob’s functional full-body “J Method” program, and Lauren Kanski’s and Meghan Hayden’s “Body & Bell” kettlebell-focused strength and cardio training, to Sam Tooley’s “Project Alpha” which advances members of all levels on their running speed, strength, and endurance. Other programs include pre/post-natal-friendly workouts for busy moms, flexibility and strength-building routines, and HIIT programs. The app‘s globally-recognized coaches also include Ebenezer Samuel of Men’s Health, former Barre and Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Taylor Walker, Men’s Health “Fittest Trainer” and Crossfit expert Andre Crews, NYC fitness entrepreneur Miriam Fried, and former MTV reality TV personality and fitness pro Kenny Santucci.

Members can chat one-on-one with their coach, or connect via their team group chat for unparalleled comradery, motivation, and accountability. The app even comes complete with a member-exclusive “Ladder Shop” feature where users can purchase fitness equipment and accessories recommended by their trainers for their specific program.

If you’re feeling inspired, try out Ladder Teams for yourself. Your first week is on them. To sign up or to get more information, visit https://teams.joinladder.com/

Spice Up Your Living Room During Stay-at-Home Time

Things Just Got Real With These 2 Virtual Workout Platforms!

Make Fitness a Priority During this Home Quarantine!

So. You’re stuck in the house and you’re going batty. You’re wishing you could just hop in the car and head over to a class at your favorite yoga studio or gym to relieve the tension, but obviously, you can’t. Maybe you’ve been an avid runner and so have taken to the street or trails to get your workouts in. Maybe you’ve been getting creative and making circuits outside in your backyards or in your living rooms. Maybe you’re favorite studios and gyms have gone online. Who knows! Would you like two other fabulous options to keep you fit and fabulous during these unprecedented times?

Allow us to introduce you to Bulldog Online and Future, two fitness companies that arguably have been prepared for this pandemic since their inception. Why? Because from the get-go, their focus has been on at home virtual workouts.

Bulldog Yoga is an online yoga platform for people who hate yoga!

That’s right. Founder, Jon Cummins, created Bulldog Online out of his own love of the physical benefits of yoga, but dislike of the often intimidating traditional yogi vibes. In doing so, he created an online platform that makes yoga more accessible and enjoyable to all. Whether you’ve got 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or even an hour, there is a class for you. The classes are recorded live, offering a virtual feeling of being right there in the studio, but in your own, judgment-free home, office or hotel room. No Sanskrit. No chanting. No intimidation. NO CORONAVIRUS! They have a FREE 30 Day Trial period, and then it’s $12.99/month thereafter, should you decide to continue. NO commitment necessary, and NO penalty for canceling, it’s a no brainer during these unprecedented times.

Future is one-on-one personal digital training with top-level coaches (think Olympics and the NBA!)

You read that right! Want your own personal trainer but can’t get to the gym to make it happen? No problem. Future offers personal trainers virtually, so you can get personalized fitness from the comfort of your own home (or hotel room, or office, or wherever it suits you…even the gym!). Their coaches are among the top in the world, including some who were Olympic athletes, and some who worked for the NBA! They also all have either a BA or a Masters in all fitness certifications.

Bottom line? These are the best coaches you could ask for. These coaches work with clients over live video streams and are always available via text between sessions. They monitor your activity through your Apple Watch so they can proactively check in with you! So even on days when it feels impossible to find motivation, Future’s coaches give you the support you need to push through.

Right now they are offering $100 off the first-month membership for the month of April.

So there you have it. Two amazing ways you can stay fit and fabulous during the pandemic, which incidentally, is great for your immunity too.

For more information, visit https://bulldogonline.com/ and https://www.future.fit/

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