MMB – Winter Fitness Challenge 2019 is a Wrap!

Hi Everyone,

I’m juggling quite a few things today, so I’m hoping I can get this blog out by this morning or later this afternoon.  There’s so much to share!  First off, a huge thank you to everyone who committed their time and effort into the Winter Fitness Challenge!  These Challenges are designed to push your limits and break out of the normal “difficult” exercises, and push even harder with timed stations, obstacle courses, and fitness tests.  I would like to give a shout out of “awesome” to the following people who had perfect attendance for all six Challenges:

Paula Allen,  Pete Calvo, Bernadette Calvo, Vanessa Perez, Brett Schalin, and Janeen Wheeler!   

Way to go you guys!  So proud of you and your dedication to commitment and consistency!  And you know what?  It shows!!

The results of the Challenge are posted after announcements and reminders.

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Classes this week:  Jen is only teaching THREE days this week due to vacation schedule.  Cardio Core is Tuesday night.  The first two classes are full, but there are (2) spots open in the 7:35pm class.  Cardio Fusion will be on WEDNESDAY NIGHT at Jen’s Studio from 5:45pm to 6:45pm.  You are welcome to sign up for either a 60 minute or 30 minute class.  Ideally, I’d like to book any 30 minute clients staggered, so one person can come 5:45pm to 6:15pm and the next person can join in at 6:15pm.  Please see me to arrange this.


  1. There will be NO Cardio Fusion this Thursday or Boot Camp on Saturday.  Cardio Core will resume on Tuesday, February 26th.


  1. Saturday, March 2nd Plant Based Food Contest after Boot Camp!  March is the month of green because of St. Patrick’s Day, so let’s  kick off the month with a plant based food contest featuring your favorite veggie dishes!  Please bring a dish to share and be judged on 3/2 directly after boot camp at 8:35pm!  Please bring a recipe card for your recipe!


  1. Navitas brand rocks!  Looking for a plant based nutrient snack with the right amounts of protein, fat, and carbs?  Check out these awesome nutrient dense snacks from Navitas!  I found them at Costco and they are delicious and nutritious!  For those of you looking for that sweet treat fix…this is a great solution!



  1. Stuffed Mushroom Recipe!  Please see my recipe page for my stuffed mushroom recipe!


Winter Fitness Challenge 2019 Winners!

Weight Loss Challenge Winner – Janeen Wheeler!  Since January 5th, Janeen has lost 14 lbs and 7.6% points in body fat!  She has also lost two inches from her waist and hips!  Janeen has won a $60 4-class card for 60-minute classes!  Awesome job Janeen!

1 minute Davies’ Test Winners:

1st place – Janeen Wheeler starting number 40, finishing number 99 = +59  Wins a free class!

2nd place – Lynnda Philbrook starting number 72, finishing number 107 = +35

3rd place – Vanessa Perez starting number 98, finishing number 131 = +33


1 minute Push-Up Winners:

1st place – Christy Stevens starting number 10, finishing number 26 = +16  Wins a free class!

2nd place – Paula Allen starting number 37 on knees, finishing number 15 on toes! = +15

3rd place – Jocelyn Lai & Lynnda Philbrook, each increased by +10!


1 minute Sit-Up Winners:

1st place – Janeen Wheeler – increased by 20  Wins a free class!

2nd place – Paula Allen & Bernadette Calvo increased by 10

3rd place – Erin Campbell increased by 7


Photos from 6th Winter Fitness Challenge:


Thought for the week:  Doing More than 40 Push-Ups Can Reduce Heart Disease

I’ve always known that the ability to do push-ups well with good form and consistency is amazing for our health and overall strength.  I came across this study and wanted to pass on that YES, doing push-ups often is really, really good for your health!  Actually, your heart!  Check out this study from a Harvard study and go get those 40+ push-ups in!

Men Who Can Do More Than 40 Push-Ups Far Less Likely To Develop Heart Disease


BOSTON — Here’s one way to predict your heart health: get down and give me 41. A new study finds that men who can perform at least 40 push-ups in one attempt are much less likely to suffer from heart disease within the next 10 years.

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health say their report is the first to show how push-up capacity is linked to heart disease. They found that middle-aged men who can log more than 40 push-ups in a single try have a 96% reduced risk of developing the potentially deadly condition and other related ailments, such as heart failure, compared to those who can complete no more than 10 push-ups.

Man doing push-ups
New research shows middle-aged men are 96% less likely to develop heart disease if they can do more than 40 push-ups in one try. (© djile –

For their study, the authors reviewed health data from 1,104 active male firefighters taken annually from 2000 to 2010. At the start of the study, the average participant was about 40 years old with an average body mass index of 28.7. The firefighters were tasked with performing as many push-ups as they could, and their treadmill tolerance was also tested.

By the end of the study period, 37 participants suffered from a heart disease-related condition — and 36 of those men weren’t able to log more than 40 push-ups in the initial test. The results of the treadmill test were not as clearly linked to heart disease diagnoses.

“Our findings provide evidence that push-up capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in almost any setting,” says the study’s first author, Justin Yang, an occupational medicine resident at the school, in a news release. Surprisingly, push-up capacity was more strongly associated with cardiovascular disease risk than the results of submaximal treadmill tests.”

The authors note that because the study was completed by middle-aged men with active occupations, the results shouldn’t be considered the same for women or men who are less active or of different ages.

This study was published in JAMA Network Open.