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Meet BFT Contributor Dr. Phoenyx Austin



Dr. Phoenix Austin

Hi! I’m Dr. Phoenyx Austin- a physician, bestselling author, certified Sports Medicine Specialist, trainer and fitness consultant based in the Washington, DC area. I’ve had the incredible honor of being featured in countless major publications, as well as on networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, NewsOne Now and Radio One. People ask me all the time for advice in regards to fitness and wellness, and I must say that hands down, I believe exercise and nutrition is the ultimate medicine. In fact, I’m so passionate in my beliefs about fitness and wellness that, from a professional standpoint, I’ve built an awesome career totally centered on it. And when not at work, I also exercise daily, rotating between a variety of activities like rockclimbing, Crossfit, boxing, swimming, spinning, and strength training.

All in all, I live and breathe fitness, and I love sharing fitness advice with people who want to get in shape and take better care of themselves. The current statistic is that 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese. And that’s so crazy and so sad to me. Just think about it: We are a nation that’s literally killing ourselves with crap food and lack of exercise. How does that sit with you? It doesn’t sit well with me and that’s why I’m here. So now I have to ask: Are you one of the 66% of Americans that’s struggling with your weight, and maybe even struggling with other weight-related health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure? If you are, I want you to listen up. This is no way to live! And it’s high time you took control of your life and responsibility your health. You can lose the weight and you can get in shape. And I truly want to help you achieve your goal of becoming fitter, stronger, healthier- and yes – sexier! But you must come ready to learn and ready to work. At the end of the day, you have to make the choice: Will you be your biggest motivator or your biggest obstacle? That said, the rules of engagement are very simple and breakdown like this: My job is to teach and your job is to work. And if we can keep this pace, I promise you, everything will fall in place. You will lose the weight, you will get in the best shape of your life, and you will feel awesome. And I will feel awesome for you!

And that’s the short and sweet of it guys. Basically, I’m a doc who believes that when it comes to fitness, you shouldn’t just talk about it, you should be about it! So from here on out I’ll be hanging up the white coat, trading in my heels for a pair of sneaks, and the next time you see me I’ll be suited up in my finest go-hard gear and droppin’ a bit of “get fit” knowledge! My passion is fitness and my goal is to help YOU achieve your best body! Now let’s get started!

− Dr. Phoenyx

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Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, fitness expert, creator of advanced nutritional supplements BeautyElite & BodyElite and the #1 bestselling author of If You Love It, It Will Grow, And That’s Why You’re Fat: Health & Fitness Mistakes to Stop Making. Dr. Phoenyx’s passion is fitness and her goal is to help others achieve their best bodies. For tons more fitness tips and inspiration, check out her website.

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How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…



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!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

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.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“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? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



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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