Fitness Together Mooresville - July 2018

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and do the work, stay focused with your nutrition, and follow what we put in place for you, you will see those changes, just as I did. Bryan: I remember many times seeing you in the back sitting on dumbbells and eating a pre-packed meal that I’m sure didn’t taste great, but your discipline was inspiring. I knew you

We wanted to know what it was like for Zach to train for his first bodybuilding competition and what kinds of sacrifices he made in his day-to-day nutrition. So, we sat down with him and asked him some candid questions. He won the competition, and while some may have thought that youth, genetics, and knowledge of nutrition and training made it easy for Zach, this could not have been any further from the truth.

would do well, and I saw how lean you got as the competition got closer. I wanted to support you in any way I could, and I shot pictures of the event. When you won, I was really proud of you. I got to see some of the sacrifices you made along the way. We recently did our Get Real 30 Nutrition Challenge in our studio. Were you surprised at the results we saw with our clients? Zach: Yeah. The Get Real 30 is a totally different approach than my competition. The Get Real 30 is actually a better system because it’s promoting health and relationships with food. It’s not a weight loss program; however, the indirect result of it is weight loss and debloating of the stomach. We saw clients lose 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, or 20 pounds and 1–4 inches from their waists.

Bryan: People see the pictures of you winning your first bodybuilding competition, but they don’t see the struggles and challenges you faced. Can you share with us some of your biggest challenges and how the strict diet affected your day-to-day life? Zach: It was very, very, very difficult — probably the hardest thing I have ever done. It was 20 weeks of preparation, of eating in a very detailed way. It was not just what I could and could not eat — I had to measure everything down to the gram and ounce. My social life was zero. For Sunday dinners at my mom’s house, I had to bring my own food. It was tough … but what kept me going through the 20 weeks was the end goal. I visualized myself onstage having completed the prep and let that competition fuel and motivate me throughout.

It always comes back to the “why” — your purpose and why you’re doing this. I just thought, you finish. You don’t quit. You don’t lose, and that’s what kind of pulled me through. Bryan: That is very inspiring, but how do those lessons apply to our clients? Maybe they are willing to train but they struggle with the nutrition. Zach: I was just like our average client coming into our fitness studio. I looked at the other guys who were competing, since they knew what to do and had experience. In terms of bodybuilding competitions, I had none. I stuck to the daily behaviors of training and nutrition day in and day out, and the results came. Our clients are in the same shoes. If you come in

Bryan: I agree. The results of our nutrition challenges — the fact that our clients who stick to our Nutrition Together program have made such significant results — it’s shocked me as well. We know that we challenge our clients and give them great workouts when they are in our studio, but we don’t know what they are eating. With our Get Real 30 Nutrition Challenges, clients stuck to our eating style for 30 days and did not cheat. Nutrition coupled with the training proves the SECRET FORMULA.

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Even if your partner is stronger, faster, or in better shape than you, the drive to close the gap between your capabilities can be a big motivating factor. Psychologists call this mental push to avoid being the weak link the “Köhler effect.” In small groups, those who begin weaker often push themselves to improve the most. Why not put this psychological phenomenon to work for you? STAY ACCOUNTABLE The most valuable reason to have a workout buddy is accountability. Just having a dedicated person to ask you if you’ve met your fitness goals can have a significant impact on how regularly you exercise. In fact, something as simple as a bimonthly check-in has been shown to help people increase the amount of time they spend working out. A Stanford University study on the impact of social support on physical activity found that an occasional check-in boosted test subjects’ workout times by an average of 78 percent. This is part of a growing body of research that suggests positive social support may be a key factor in motivation. Even if you can’t actually exercise alongside your workout buddy, just checking in on one another’s goals can make a huge difference.

When you work out alone, it can be tempting to cut corners and get comfortable. After all, if you cheat on a pullup or don’t swing that kettlebell as high as you should, who will know? That’s where a workout buddy comes in. Here are three ways hitting the gym with a friend can make your workouts safer and more effective — and a lot more fun! ENSURE PROPER FORM When you don’t perform an exercise correctly, you may not even be working the right muscles, which makes all of your hard work pointless. At best, you’ll cheat yourself out of the full benefits of your workout. At worst, you risk injury. By working out with someone else, you can spot one another and keep an eye out for lapses in form. You and your partner can keep each other honest, ensuring your routine stays safe and effective.

GET A LITTLE COMPETITIVE Whether you make your workouts explicitly competitive or not, working out with someone is a great way to subconsciously push yourself to improve.


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That is the winning formula you proved, Zach. It’s the formula that works for our clients as well, without the extreme bodybuilding approach. Would you suggest someone do a bodybuilding competition or train with us and do our Nutrition Together program with a 30-day challenge? Zach: The training with us coupled with our Nutrition Together program is a much healthier way to go — and you can have a life in the process. Bryan: If you want to see a few of Zach’s bodybuilding pictures, check them out in the studio.

If you would like more information about doing our Nutrition Together program,

email us at bryanwisdom@ or call the studio at 704-658-1522, option 2. -Bryan Wisdom

PALEO BALSAMIC PORK CHOPS This flavorful take on pork chops is the perfect centerpiece for your meal. You can serve the chops alongside a simple salad, charred asparagus, or any other summer veggies you want.


• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

• 4 boneless pork chops • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tablespoons raw honey • 2 cloves garlic, minced


5. On high heat in an oven-safe saute pan or skillet, sear the pork chops for 1–2 minutes on each side. 6. Brush chops with half of glaze and transfer to oven. 7. Roast 6–8 minutes. 8. Remove from oven and brush with another coat of glaze. Let cool 5–10 minutes and serve.

1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper. 3. In a saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, and thyme. 4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer gently for 5–6 minutes.


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