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Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now, it’s back to business. Statistics show that many people fail to drop pounds gained during the holidays, but the BFT community doesn’t follow statistics! We’re working hard to break and create new ones. So don’t wait until January to get moving again and cheat yourself out of a month of potential progress! Here’s 3 tips to stay trim before the Christmas meal, and after.

1. If you still have leftovers, it’s time to freeze them. Get rid of those high-fat, high-calorie and high-carb side dishes and replace with healthier ones such as baked sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, etc. Hang on to the turkey or protein source and vegetables. Still have a sweet-tooth after all those cakes and pies? Try sautéed apples and cinnamon, plain non-fat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit or other healthy, but sweet-tooth killers such as our Protein Oatmeal Whoopie Pies! 

We’ve had several days to dig in so it’s time to get back to being disciplined!

2. Try some high intensity interval training (HIIT) this week to shed some serious calories in short amount of time. Check out our video for some ideas.  You can incorporate weight training into HIIT workouts as well.

3. Stay accountable. Keep a food journal and write down everything you eat, good or bad and include calories. There are free and useful apps on the market such as Myfitnesspal that can help you track your daily intake. Also, log your workouts so you can look back at the progress you’ve made. Remember, in order to get different results, you have to be willing to what others aren’t.

As always, you can browse through our website to find more fitness tips, motivation, healthy recipes and more!

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Gee Bryant A Force To Reckon With in the Fitness Industry

Atlanta’s Transformation Specialist Talks About His Road from Uncertainty to Becoming a Successful Businessman and Celebrity Trainer

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Fitness expert, success coach and entrepreneur Gee Bryant has always been a hustler with a “MUST get it” attitude, and he’s walking in his purpose. He’s the brains behind the #1 online fitness program Results in 28 Days and owner of The Loft Atlanta, Phlexx Fitness and is CMO of Fitness Plane.

Gee says that he never had a “real” job and did whatever he could to make money. He tried multiple business ventures that eventually led him to become a personal trainer, as a way to work for himself while also staying active. Even though fitness was never cool where he’s from, Gee says he’s always been in his own lane. He has always recognized that he is unique and learned that by being a personal trainer he had a major impact on people. This hobby eventually transformed into a passion.

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Growing up in Philly, Gee says there was a lot of pain – he used to reflect on it and let it consume him, but now he uses his pain to push him further.

“You can’t be a victim your whole life.”

In 2015, after starting to create buzz around his name as a personal trainer, Gee decided to move to Atlanta with just his car and clothes. He created boot camps, trainings, began marketing himself on social media and just doing anything to make money, to pay rent, and to NOT go back.

“If you ain’t willing to go crazy, then leave the entrepreneurship game.”

Gee created a business plan with the mindset, “I’m going ALL IN.” He started with, “How much money do I want to make? And, How many people do I need to help?” He also began reading books and focusing on personal development.

“As you expand, your mind has to expand as well.”

Gee had a plan and a goal, and decided to do anything he could to make it all come true. His efforts started to work so well that Gee had an overload of clients, which then gave him reason to open up his first gym.

During this time he was constantly growing his brand on social media and in the fitness profession, but knew he wouldn’t be able to fully execute his vision without the right help. So, he reached out to trainers to hire and assist in his gym.

“I’m a control freak, but I had to learn how to let go. It’s better to have someone who can do something 70%, than you trying to do it 100%. If you try to do everything you’ll burn yourself out.”

Gee began pushing online programs that he created on his own, recorded on YouTube and from that he started increasing his clientele. From there, he built his website.

“For this to go global, it has to be beyond me.”

It was then that Gee created the RI28 program. Gee says he makes his program different.

“I get their mind right. Your body won’t go where your mind won’t let it.”

Gee says his program is so effective because it’s easy to follow, he has the RI28 Facebook support group, it’s only a 28 day program, the meal plan and workouts are included, he has a team of like minded people behind him, and it’s SIMPLE.

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The Loft Athletic Club opened in Atlanta, GA this year. Not only did Gee need a bigger space, but he says, “It was time.” Loft Atlanta is FOR Atlanta.

“I did it MY way, he says.” He never cheated the process, and changed and helped thousands of people do the same thing.

What he wants people to know is that they can do whatever they want, not become a product of their environment, and he wants his legacy to be a legacy of SERVICE.

Gee encourages other entrepreneurs to be obsessed and consistent about their brand and reminds us that small daily improvements = long term results.

2018 is here and there is so much more for Gee Bryant to accomplish. Make sure to follow him @geebryant and via his website to not only stay in the loop with what he’s up to next, but to get all the information on how to join any of his programs or find his facilities.

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Intensity is the Game Changer

Often when people reach out to a personal trainer in need of assistance in their fitness journey, they actually know what to do but it is easy to get stuck in a exercise routine that’s well…..simply a routine. While going through the motions of a workout may be better than no workout at all, this uninspired approach won’t likely lead to significant improvements, often what is needed is a change to the INTENSITY!

1. Get explosive. Research shows explosive movements such as box jumps, kettlebell swings, and plyometric push-ups can achieve a greater response from something called fast-twitch muscles (the ones used during quick, powerful movements) The BONUS to these movements is that “fast-twitch” fibers have greater potential for growth when compared to slow-twitch fibers….and remember more muscle, less fat!

2. Superset strength and cardio. People often think of strength training and cardio exercise as two separate beasts, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Adding a cardio interval such as jumping rope, or 20-second sprints will rev the metabolism while still allowing for added strength. The BONUS – it can shorten the time it takes to workout, so busy moms like me can get more calories burned in a shorter session.

3. Skip the machines. While exercise machines do make resistance training user-friendly, lifting with free weights will incorporate more stabilizing muscles adding to your intensity. More muscles used equates to you burning more calories than your weight machine counterparts. The same can be said for bodyweight exercises, which can be more effective for core strengthening and calorie-burning than workouts done on machines.

Overall I find people over estimate the intensity of their workouts, sometimes you have to switch things up to get you back on track to your goals!

 

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