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imageCalling all Bride-to-Be’s! Your wedding day is a special moment in your life that You, your Fiance, family and friends will remember forever. As the Bride-to-be, we want to provide you with the opportunity to look your best on your big day! Allow us to introduce The DreamBody Wedding Challenge!

Created by Calgary Pro Trainer Paul Anthony, this challenge will provide our contestant’s with the opportunity to say “I Do” in the body of their dreams!

We are proud to announce our two contestant’s in the DreamBody Wedding Challenge: Please welcome Sasha and Jaime!

Follow along as we update you on our contestant’s journey during this three month challenge! Will they achieve their dream Wedding Body? Stay tuned to learn tips, tricks and get inspiration from Sasha and Jaime.

For more information about the challenge, please email


The week leading up to mid point was very stressful and I was really anxious and nervous. I was continuously thinking about the other competitors and obsessively wanting to know what weight they were at and where I would be compared to them, had I done enough cardio, I could have done more cardio and on and on and every morning I would step on my scale and that week I did not lose one single pound. I had set a goal of where I wanted to be at midpoint and had not reached it. I was beyond frustrated and beyond unhappy, for the amount of work I was doing; it was just not coming off fast enough. So on the morning of midpoint I came in 3rd place, the lady in 2nd had lost 21lbs and the machine in 1st had lost 27lbs! It was strange though, that morning, I felt better and I actually felt proud of myself and really motivated to “bring it on” for the last half of the competition. Meeting the other women eased my obsessive negative fantasizing about them, we were able to talk and share our journeys and I realized that no matter what, even at midpoint we are all winners and we were all working our butts off….literally!

So after midpoint Paul and I decided that I would not focus on anything but myself and take it one day at a time….one fit, perfect eating, 2.5 hour cardio, bangin’ day at a time. I packed away my scale and decide to only weigh myself once per week; we kicked up my nutrition and increased my cardio. I made a commitment to myself that I would focus on each day and being the most healthiest, strongest, disciplined and courageous I could be. As a result, I let the numbers go and decided to be “Unlimited”. Stressing and compulsively weigh myself had created a block, so I let it go. Taking away the “numbers” I am free and open to losing 10, 20, 30, 50 more pounds because with expectations comes limits and I am not limiting myself!

Tip of the Week: Stress response, whether it is “fight-or flight”, juggling too many responsibilities, or coping with financial pressures, triggers a biochemical process where our bodies go into survival mode. Our bodies store fuel, slow down metabolism, and dump out chemicals {cortisol, lepton, and other hormones} which are more likely to cause….obesity in the abdominal region. -Michelle May

Dream Body Jam (DBJ) for the Week

“I Can Transform Ya” Chris Brown feat. Lil’ Wayne & Swizz Beatz

Mark Twain: Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

Julius Erving: If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.

Jim Eason.: If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people.

Unknown Author: Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.

Vince Lombardi: It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.

Milton Garland: My advice is to go into something and stay with it until you like it. You can’t like it until you obtain expertise in that work. And once you are an expert, it’s a pleasure.

Winston Churchill: Never, never, never, never give up.

Eleanor Roosevelt.: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.

Horace: Rule your mind or it will rule you.

The biggest trick to this, especially if you have children, is being as prepared and as organized as you possibly can the night before. This means having all your food packed and ready and children’s lunches made; school bags packed and sitting by the door, your brief case & gym bag already in your vehicle and feel free to sleep in your lulu lemons….very comfortable!

The more ready to go you can be the better, so literally all you have to do is wash your face, brush your teeth, kiss your babies, start eating your 1st meal of the day and get out the door.

What is Perseverance? Perseverance is about being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don’t give up…you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don’t become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.

I have perseverance.

I finish what I start.

I keep a steady pace in what I
choose to do.

I am loyal and committed.

Source: Virtues Project

If you have been trying to exercise with your male or female partner, and finding that your workouts are not exactly yielding the same kind of results for both of you, then don’t be surprised. Research has proved that men get a better deal when it comes to achieving their target fitness levels, weight and muscle mass when compared to women.

Since nature has endowed both men and women differently, achieving a desired fitness level requires a different approach for both men and women.Let us have a look at some of the main factors that help in supporting men’s fitness levels vs. women’s fitness levels.

Testosterone: We all know that men are well endowed by the male hormone testosterone while women have estrogen in large quantities. Unfortunately for women, testosterone is the hormone that aids muscle growth and muscle building. So if both a man and a woman of the same height and weight follow a similar strength training regime, then a man will end up gaining more muscle than the woman after a certain period of time. This affects thefitness levels of both sexes in two ways. For one, men’s bodies get leaner and muscular than a woman’s with the same amount of exercise. Secondly, since higher muscle mass leads to higher calorie burning, men tend to lose weight faster than women with the same amount and quality of workouts.

Muscle Mass: Men are also naturally endowed with more muscle mass than females. Since a man of the same weight will have more muscles than a woman weighing the same, men generally have better metabolism than women and will burn more calories even when they are sedentary. So men will get fitter with lesser exercise when compared to women.

Flexibility: Flexibility is one factor where women score over men when it comes to overall fitness. Women are known to be more flexible than men, and they should try and use this to their advantage by indulging in flexibility and stretching routines like yoga and Pilates etcetera.Apart from the above factors, ongoing research shows that a difference in fitness levels arises between men and women because of differing lung functions, eating behavior and energy metabolism.In order to achieve optimum fitness, or even to lose weight, women will have to exercise more than men because of these inherent biological differences. The best fitness regime for women should include interval training, since it goes a long way towards increasing metabolism throughout the day. Another way by which women can achieve optimum fitness levels efficiently is through cross training by indulging in a variety of different exercises that will increase metabolism and workout different parts of the body.

Article Source: Health Reviser

calgary personal trainer“Fail to prepare….prepare to fail!” Paul Anthony

This has been really challenging for me to get used to and incorporate into my busy lifestyle. I used to eat when I could, eat on the run, didn’t eat, or if I did it was really late at night and you could bet that it sure ended up being the worst possible choice I could make. The only way that this works is that my food must be prepared in advance and I have to carry it around with me all day because I get busy, meetings comes up, late nights at the office happen, so by always having my food with me, I am prepared for anything. I am also keeping my metabolism going and not getting really hungry where I stop at the nearest McDonalds en route to my next meeting or when I’m leaving the office at 11pm at night because it’s just so great its open 24hours now! So, that being said, I now have some nice insulated lunch bags, ice packs and a bunch of Tupperware! Typically, every Sunday, I grocery shop and turn my fridge into, what I like to call, Tupperware Town. I get all my chicken for the week cooked and portioned and all veggies washed, cut up, and portioned because, I find, that these are the most time-consuming items to prepare.

After Sunday, the week is a little easier and less stressful; you feel totally in control and organized – food wise at least. You don’t have to worry, stress, or starve over food during the week and you really feel like you are eating to live not living to eat!

In addition to this, I keep a journal off my food and fitness every day. It’s great to keep me conscious of what I am doing each day and something that I can reflect on at the end of the day and see how great I did.

(Miss Holly’s TIP: I found an amazing journal at Chapters called the “Diet & Fitness Journal” where I can log my daily food & fitness, chart my weight loss & measurements, it has quotes, tips, a nutrition guide of popular foods and a spot in the front for a before picture and a spot at the back for an after picture.( I was too scared to put my actual before picture in, incase I lost my book and someone found it, so I drew in my before picture!), plus much more! Since then, I have got a bunch and have given them to my best friends or amazing women that I know who are on the same journey as me. So go out and get yours and buy one for a friend, it’s a great way to keep you accountable and a support each other!)

-Holly Smith

Pro Personal Trainer Paul Anthony

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