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‘Westbrook Werk’ Taking Chicagoans To The Next Level

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Chicago’s Tommie Westbrook of ‘Westbrook Werk’ is using his knowledge, success and challenges in fitness to motivate others in the windy city to recognize their God-given potential.

Westbrook started off as a child with a love for sweets and snacks, but when his weight skyrocketed and shattered his confidence once in high school, he knew he needed to develop better habits and discipline that would not only improve his physique, but his character. He started the journey of exercise and eventually became a member of his football team.

During this time, Westbrook was able to realize not only the great physical feats he was capable of, but the internal ones as well. He performed so well as an athlete, he earned a scholarship to Illinois State University. “I was constantly being called to perform, which was good for my fitness level,” recalls Westbrook. But after graduating and not having to endure the rigor and demand he once endured, After graduation from college and not having the rigorous schedule, Westbrook started to go back into old habits. In 2014, he made the decision to get back into shape.

He told his close friend, LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays officer Kevin Atwater on NBC’s ‘Chicago P.D.’ about his new goals. After seeing the improvement, Hawkins decided to let Westbrook become his personal trainer. A few intense sessions later, he was a true believer in his training, and said “This workout, this is your work – Westbrook’s work.” From there, ‘Westbrook Werk’ was born.

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Training sessions at ‘Westbrook Werk’ are a combination of agility ladders, compound exercises and multi-functional movements, which helps clients build their body overall and operate better in everyday activities.

What makes ‘Westbrook Werk’ different from other training programs is found in its motto, “conditioning the mindset.” The greatest challenge is not in the healthy eating or staying consistent in the workouts, but in getting in the right frame of mind to make goals happen. Westbrook helps all his clients develop strong mental habits, as well as persistence in reaching their personal goals.

“When you work out with me, you can expect a two to three-year commitment,” says Westbrook. “You can reach a small goal in some months, but the ultimate goal is lifestyle change.”

One thing that has helped him through the journey of staying committed and maintaining his business is faith. “We are called to lead not for our own benefit, but for God’s sake,” Westbrook affirms. “The greatness in us comes from above.”

Westbrook takes the time to understand each client’s motivations and challenges in creating new lifestyle habits. He wants his clients to achieve permanent change, not a temporary one.

“I do not have a vanity approach to my training,” assures Westbrook. “This is bigger than looking good; it’s about being healthy and magnifying God in our actions. Our actions should reflect goodness, and the body is a temple, so it’s the first place you start.”

With all the momentum of Westbrook Werk, Westbrook still remains humble and recognizes the purpose behind his success.

“Every rep, every drop of sweat is a sacrifice to our Lord and Savior,” says Westbook. “With all my success, I give God all the glory.”

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Find more about ‘Westbrook Werk’ on Instagram, @Westbrookwerk.

Quinton R. Arthur is a student at Roosevelt University, pursing a Master of Science in Journalism. He contributes as a staff reporter to The Roosevelt Torch, the official newspaper of Roosevelt University; the Quemmunicator, the official publication of the Tenth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and to Progressive Greek, a publication that focuses on the lives and accomplishments of Black Greek-lettered organizations.

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How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…

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Are you struggling to build bigger glutes?

Check out my video to learn about the 4 cues you must use with the barbell hip thrust in order to perform them with excellent form and maximize your gains.

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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!

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Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

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“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains?

Jordan’s Black Panther Workout

To make Calliet’s vision come to life, Jordan was doing two to three workouts and eating six meals a day. To sculpt his chest and back, Calliet had the actor going back to basics — with a lot of weight.

“[We did] a lot of old-school bench presses, lat pulldowns, deadlifts — nothing fancy, just really contracting the muscle,” Calliet says. “We lift heavy — a lot, a lot of times.”

Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .

 

 

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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym

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1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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