Meet Max

 

 

For those of you who haven’t yet had the privilege, meet Max. Max came to us one year ago, as a 16-yr old, high school sophomore who, quite simply, was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

An aspiring collegiate baseball player, even those closest to Max advised him not to attend select talent showcases out of fear that college coaches would write him off entirely at first sight.

It was around this time, too, that Max’s physician began using words like, “overweight,” “pre-diabetic,” and “type II diabetes.” This is scary stuff for anyone, much less a 16-yr old high school athlete with a whole lot of life ahead of him.

It was then that Max made a decision that has, since, altered the course of his life. Max bought in. Max bought into our suggested way of eating, he worked his butt off with us in the studio nearly everyday, and, ultimately, elected to take control of his own health and put it in his hands once and for all.

The results? Well, we think the pictures below speak for themselves, but in the first eight months of joining Live Clean, Max lost a total of 75lbs. and, in the last four months, has packed on 20lbs. of lean muscle!

Max, you an inspiration in every sense of the word, and the very essence of Live Clean’s daily mission. Max, we are so proud of you and could effuse about your accomplishments and the way you carry yourself forever, but we think you said it better than we ever could.

Take a look below as Max highlights some of his journey over the past year and his decision to, ultimately, take control of his own health once and for all!

“One year ago today, I made a decision. I was sick and tired of putting up with my body as well as my declining overall health. I was physically at my ultimate low. I weighed 230lbs. I had little to no energy, constant pain everywhere from all the weight I was carrying around, and I was on my way towards type II diabetes. Change was much overdue.

I threw out all of my unhealthy eating habits, went to the Live Clean everyday, and worked my ass off. I completely cut out all pro-inflammatory foods such as grains, dairy, refined sugars, sweeteners, and all things processed. I went completely “clean” with my eating habits, and I went on the high fat path. This was the best decision that I have ever made. In eight months, I have been able to lose a total of 75lbs., and in the last four months, I have put on 20lbs. of pure, lean muscle.

Today, I am in the best shape of my life. Everyday is another opportunity to learn something new and be the happiest and healthiest I can be. Through this entire rollercoaster of a journey, full of ups and downs, I have met many new people, created so many new relationships, but, most importantly, I have learned so much about myself. I have learned so many things that I will forever be thankful for.

There were always moments where I wanted to give up and accept where, and who, I was. But, I never gave up. I had a goal, and I was going to make it happen no matter what. If you have a dream, go get it. If someone else can accomplish his or her dream, why can’t you? Never let someone’s opinion of you tear you down. Use that as fuel.

I now have many new goals. I want to continue my baseball career into college and study fitness and nutrition. More than anything else though, I want to inspire people. I want people to know that their goals are, not only possible but, attainable. I want to inspire people to take back control of their health and to live a happy and healthy life. I am truly blessed to be where I am today and I am the happiest I have ever been. I want nothing less for anyone else.

Take what God has given you, and live your life to its fullest. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, but the possibilities in life are endless!”

Pickle Juice Shots—wait, what?

Pickle Juice – The Natural Hydration Remedy

Back in 2004, I participated in the Elite Soccer Program—a 1-week, invite-only camp that, more or less, served as a combine for the top high school soccer players in the country to strut their stuff. Undoubtedly one of the more grueling weeks of my playing career, we trained three to four times a day. With such limited time between sessions, we were left searching for answers as to how to best preserve our bodies. No matter what we did, nothing seemed to help the tired muscles, exhaustion, dehydration, and cramping we endured from one session to the next—except pickle juice. Yes, you read that right—PICKLE JUICE!

Just a few tablespoons between sessions and gone were the cramps, dehydration, and overwhelming fatigue. Now, I’m not suggesting that we start lugging jars of pickles to every workout—that’s crazy. And, now, thanks to The Pickle Juice Company (PJC), we don’t have to.

PJC has developed a concentrated pickle juice that has been formulated to specifically address muscle cramps and dehydration. Unlike other sports drinks, PJC’s Pickle Juice Shots contain no sugar, chemicals, or additives, and produce no negative side effects, and contain 8 natural ingredients—none of which are sugary syrups. Each shot provides substantial amounts of electrolytes sodium (470mg) and potassium (20mg), and beneficial vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamins C and E, and Zinc. Studies show that there is reason to believe pickle brine helps cure cramps by triggering a nerve reaction—meaning it starts working in the body before leaving the stomach—and might even assist in correcting misfiring muscles that cause cramps.

Because PJC’s Pickle Juice Shots don’t contain sugar, they are beneficial for any type of athlete and come without the negative effects of a typical sports drink. Don’t let dehydration be what slows you down. If you want to put your best foot forward every single time you step foot on the field, court, ice, or mat, you need to put your body in the best position to succeed, and it all starts with hydration!

 
Yours in health,

Doug Jr.

Member Spotlight – Max V

“52lbs. in three months!”

A studio member for three months now, Max came to us with the goal of putting himself in the best position to, ultimately, play collegiate baseball (in the SEC power conference, no less!).

In order to do this, Max wanted to improve his body composition and overall fitness. Since that fateful day, Max has bought in completely, not only from a physical exercise standpoint, but from a way of eating, living, etc.

Max has completely revamped his lifestyle and, well—I’ll let him tell you the rest!

Full Body Blast

LOOKING FOR A NEW GYM? CHECK THIS OUT!

 

WHY WORKOUT WITH US?

How many times have you walked into a gym, look around, wondered what to do, and, ultimately, ended up on a treadmill, bike, or stationary exercise machine? This is an all too common picture for the average gym goer. Like anything that requires planning, having success in the gym is no exception.

 

LET’S TALK PLANNING

To go to a workout with no advance plan is like going to a sold out concert with no ticket. Without a plan in place every time you walk into a gym, you miss the opportunity to maximize your workout. By that, we mean, addressing multiple muscle groups, core strength, cardio, balance, agility, and even mental focus. Planning each workout shortens time in the gym and allows you to put that extra time to good use elsewhere. Now that you know all this, who has time to plan? Seriously, planning a workout that zeros in on a total body routine takes time, and when you factor todays plan into what was done the previous day and what will be done the day after, complexity begins to take hold. This my friends, is why we see so many wanderers aimlessly walking around the gym, ultimately making their way to the treadmills, bikes and weight machines.

 

LET’S TALK SCHEDULES

Okay, so you say you would rather attend an exercise class instead of actually being in the gym. That’s cool, but what time did you say that Body Sculpt or Strictly Strength class was starting? Five pm? I can’t make it there at that time!! Well, if the gym doesn’t work because you don’t know what to do, and the classes don’t fit your schedule, now what???

This is a common problem faced by many people. The gym down the street has what I want, but I can’t make it there on time to make it work for me.

 

MAYBE I’LL JUST HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER

Good plan. A personal trainer can help you reach goals, prepare your routines for each visit, and even modify exercises based on personal injuries, or other limitations. A Certified Personal Trainer is a fitness expert; that’s a good thing, however experts don’t come cheaply. Personal Trainers at top gyms can cost as much as $75-$100/hour, and have several clients. What that means is anywhere from $75 to $300 per week based on one to three sessions, and another scheduling thing you have to worry about.

 

I DON’T HAVE TWO HOURS TO SPEND IN A GYM

Ironically, if exercise routines were maximized, 95% of the gym population would be in and out quickly. This, of course, doesn’t happen for most. ?Going back to planning: without a prior, pre-organized routine, expect to be in the gym longer than necessary. We all know it is hard enough just to get ourselves to workout. But, factor in two hours out of your day, and motivation to be in the gym dissipates faster than a raindrop in the desert. So, what if I told you that it was possible to get an amazing workout, one that changes everyday, and only takes, maximum, 30 minutes? READ ON!

WE HAVE ITA LL FIGURED OUT!

If the profiles above seem familiar, it might be time to make a change. Change to what you ask? Well, change to a place that provides the exercise plan, the flexible schedule, the personal trainer, and the quick, effective workout!! Sound good so far? If so, here’s the scoop: At Live Clean Nutrition, we do one thing and one thing only when it comes to exercise.

We have a circuit based training program that changes every single day, so no two days are the same. This circuit, which is designed and lead daily by a Certified Personal Trainer, is largely natural body focused, works multiple muscles simultaneously, and always engages the core (remember: core is king!!).

And the best thing——you will be in the gym a maximum of 30 minutes. Most of our routines are 20-25 minutes of pure exercise, and, with rest periods, a total of no more than 30 minutes. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, listen up. We have no classes. As a member, you walk in on your time, anytime we’re open. One of our personal trainers will welcome you with a smile, walk you through the routine of the day, get the timer started, and guide you through. All without the $75-$100 hourly fee!!

Our exercise routines are based on Burst Training, otherwise known as Tabatas or High Intensity Interval Training, and guarantees to work multiple muscles, engage the core, get your cardio going, work on balance, agility and mental focus. And, in 30 minutes, you will know that you just got one of the best workouts of a lifetime.

Have we convinced you? Come check us out, THE FIRST WORKOUTS ON US!!

Keep Your New Year's Resolution

Start Today to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution!

 “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our minds sharp and clear.”  ~Buddha

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right, ”  ~Oprah Winfrey

Thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Is getting more exercise on your list? You’re not alone. Varying studies suggest that up to 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions (many fitness-related) and promptly dump them several weeks later. In fact, research from the University of Scranton points to only 8% of us sticking with our resolutions beyond the first quarter of the New Year.

We all know why exercise is important, but are you wondering how to start working out and stick with it? The answer is easy: Decide you’re going to do it and just start. Making exercise a permanent part of your routine can be the hard part, but we have some tips to help you keep going and be part of that elite 8% of resolution-keepers.

Be realistic about what you can do now. If you need to, start slow. As you gain strength, you can build more into your workouts.

Consistency is critical. Set your workout schedule and then stick to it. Treat that time as non-negotiable in terms of scheduling over it. For an activity to become a natural part of your day, it really helps to do it at the same time each day. You brush your teeth every day, right? (We hope you do.) You don’t have to make yourself do it, it’s just part of your day. Stay consistent about working out and in time, it will be as much a part of your routine as brushing your teeth.

Acknowledge that success won’t be easy or fast. Do it anyway. You will likely be full of enthusiasm when you first start working out, but then it may become harder to stay on track. Keep going anyway. It could take a few weeks to a few months for exercise to feel like a normal part of your routine. Don’t worry about how long it takes. Just keep going.

Pay attention to how you feel. Exercise releases endorphins, which give you a natural “high.” You’ll also feel proud because you are taking care of yourself. Remember those feelings and tap into them when you are having trouble getting out of bed to work out in the morning. Speaking of which…

Start before you even get up. It can be hard to get out of bed in the morning to work out. Before you hit the snooze button, try this: do the Pilates 100 while you’re still lying in bed. It lets you start slow, but requires enough effort that your body will begin to warm up and you’ll feel more awake and able to get up and work out.

Set goals and reward yourself. When you are first starting a workout routine, this kind of extra motivation can help. Maybe it’s a new set of earbuds or a specialty drink at your favorite juice bar. At a certain point you won’t need rewards, because your workout will just be part of your day. (Again, you don’t reward yourself for brushing your teeth, do you?) We also truly believe that in time, the way you feel overall will be a reward in itself.

Plan ahead! Why wait until January 1? Start making regular exercise part of your routine now and you’ll be well underway when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

The Live Clean crew thanks you for your support this year and sends you wishes for good health and wellness in 2017. Happy New Year!

Beat the Holiday Bulge with HIIT

Beat the Holiday Bulge with HIIT

Here we are in the middle of the season of overindulgence: so much to do, not enough time…so much to eat, not enough exercise.

Sound familiar? Are you already feeling the effects of overdoing it this holiday season? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to stay on track that’s easier to fit into this busy time of year. A HIIT (high-intensity interval training) circuit regime may be a great choice for you. HIIT has many benefits, particularly at this time of year. Workouts are fast, flexible and when done properly, highly effective. And as the name suggests, HIIT alternates short intervals of highly demanding cardio exercise with short intervals of lower-intensity exercise or rest.

Thinking about HIIT, but aren’t sure how to start? Here are answers to some HIIT-related questions we hear most often:

Why should I do HIIT?

Lots of reasons! HIIT routines are great for people who are strapped for time. You can finish a highly effective workout in 25 minutes (or less). It’s flexible, too – you can work out in a studio or at home, with or without special equipment. HIIT is excellent for your heart, and helps you burn fat and keep muscle. Because of its high intensity, an HIIT workout boosts your metabolism, so you may continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after you complete your training.

How can I get the most out of my HIIT workout?

Pick something you like doing, or you won’t stick with it. Don’t like running? Try cycling or a studio workout. If you are just starting out with HIIT, strongly consider working out with a professional trainer at first so you learn proper form and understand how to safely space your intervals of activity and reduce the risk of overtraining. Make the most of your recovery periods by incorporating an active rest activity, such as the plank. Finally, don’t overdo it. Keep your HIIT workout to no longer than 30 minutes, with 20-25 minutes being ideal.

How often can I do HIIT?

While very effective, HIIT workouts are extremely demanding. Your body will need to recover between sessions. We recommend no more than 3-4 HIIT workouts a week, with at least one recovery day between workouts. Beginners should start with 1-2 sessions a week and build up as their stamina increases.

Can I rotate other exercise with HIIT?

Absolutely. We think this is a great way to maintain a consistent exercise regime. Assuming you feel strong enough, try some low-moderate cardio exercise on your non-HIIT/recovery days. Be cautious about doing heavy strength or weight training on your recovery days. Again, you run the risk of overtraining, which can cause injury. If you have questions, consult a professional trainer for advice.

Do you have other HIIT question we can answer? Have you tried HIIT? If so, what do you think? Talk to us in the comments!

How to Stay Motivated in Cold Weather

How to Stay Motivated in Cold Weather

It’s fall, and we are entering that busy time of the year. Kids are back in school, activities are filling up the calendar and the holidays are looming. With all of this, it’s very easy to convince yourself that you’re too busy to stick to a regular workout regimen and keep up your healthy eating habits.

We can think of several reasons why it’s so important to stay on your path to a healthier lifestyle. Read on to discover how you can stay motivated during these “hibernation months.”

You will feel better in your body and your head!

Exercise releases endorphins, which simply put, make you feel good. Research has shown that regular exercise can help with mild to moderate depression. Many people get those winter blues, and regular exercise is a great way to ward them off.

You’ll sleep better.

People who exercise regularly tend to sleep more soundly for longer periods of time. Consistently getting solid, uninterrupted sleep is important, because lack of sleep can contribute to all kinds of other health problems, which leads us to our next point.

You may get sick less.

It’s true! Regular exercise helps keep your body healthy, which in turn can help keep your immune system in good shape. Add a diet including plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and you could potentially skate through cold and flu season!

Here are some ideas to help you stay on track:

Keep your schedule!

Ideally you already have a workout schedule in place. Stick with it! If you need to switch it around to fit into a busier autumn schedule, take the time to do that, and then don’t change it. The more consistent you are, the sooner it will feel like second nature.

Mix it up.

We switch up our HIIT workouts on a daily basisbut if you still start to feel like you’re in a rut, try adding something new like cross country skiing, snowboarding or ice skating to your rotation.

Don’t do it alone!

An accountability buddy is a great way to stay motivated. You can encourage each other to keep moving when one of you has one of those days when you just don’t want to work out, and you can celebrate each other’s successes. Our in-house HIIT personal trainers make great accountability buddies, too!

What are some of your favorite ways to maintain healthy habits during the colder months? Speak up in the comments and share your ideas!

Health Speaker in Rochester Hills Mi

Live Clean Guest Speaker Series

We’re excited to announce our Live Clean Guest Speaker Series! Please join us for one of our upcoming events:

Autism: An Alternative Approach

Tuesday, November 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Dr. Grant Tully, BS, DC

  • Factors contributing to autism
  • Toxins and autism
  • Proper nutrition for children with autism
  • Neurological exercises for autism

Why Am I Always Sick?

Wednesday, December 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Dr. Mathew Jadan, ND

  • Lyme disease
  • Heavy metals
  • Autoimmunity
  • Parasites
  • Diet & lifestyle

Free admission! Call 248-608-3959 to reserve a spot. Limited seating available!

How to Start HIIT When You’re Out of Shape

How to Start HIIT When You’re Out of Shape

Have you heard about High Interval Intensity Training (HIIT) and wanted to try it, but thought you were too out of shape? False! Anyone can benefit from HIIT, no matter their fitness level or weight.

What is HIIT?

 HIIT is a workout where short bursts of high intensity exercises (as in, you’re giving 85% – 90% effort) are alternated with short periods of low intensity activity or rest.

What’s so great about HIIT?

Where do we start? HIIT is a great way to get a highly effective workout in a short amount of time. Typical HIIT workouts range from 15-30 minutes. Other benefits include:

  • HIIT is one of the best fat-burning workouts out there. Many people see results quickly.
  • HIIT keeps your heartrate up, making it a great cardio workout.
  • HIIT speeds your metabolism, so you’ll keep burning calories after your workout is complete.
  • HIIT can be done anywhere. (If you can’t get to our studio, you can do our exercises at home!)

How do I get started?

 
Decide you want to start. It’s that easy. We have friendly, knowledgeable trainers on-site all the time who can show you how to move through the workout and reach your goal.

What else should I know?

 
To see results, An HIIT workout requires real effort. You’ll sweat, and you’ll be sore as your body gets used to the regimen. Move at your own pace and build up gradually. Taking care of your whole body before and after a workout can help you get the most out of your training and recover more quickly between sessions. We have supplements to support your overall well-being, and a number of specialty and enhanced juices to help your body recover after your workout.

Have you tried HIIT? How is it working for you? Do you have any tips for someone just starting out? Speak up in the comments!