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Imagine the ideal camping spot on Kauai, somewhere along the pristine beaches of Polihale State Park. With another majestic sunrise and the blue-green sparkle of perfect surf, the water again calls out. When the hunger pangs get too loud, you paddle back in for grilled fish tacos, healthy and brimming with indigenous mango and papaya. In the afternoon, hike the beautiful Kalalau Trail, where native plants, waterfalls, and exotic sounds engulf your senses. On the way home, there’s a stop at your favorite local hangout for fresh juices, an açai bowl, or poke. Finally, after a quick change, it’s time for two hours of hula practice, where you can’t help but learn more about the culture and history of Hawai’i. Ah, just another perfect day in paradise.
Living on Kauai for so long shaped me into the health-crazed individual I am today. I parlayed my early lifestyle into a career by getting a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Hawaii. Growing up on the islands, surrounded by such breathtaking beauty, one can’t ever imagine anything better. In 2009, the explorer in me yearned to travel beyond paradise, to California, in search of what’s “out there.” Questions raced through my mind: What activities could I do there to stay fit? Would I find similar food places with offerings as tasty and nutritious as the ones where I was raised? The last 5 years on the mainland, in Orange County, California, have been a slice of the same amazing pie. With sunny days, great beaches and people who prioritize well-being, it’s as if I had never moved. It reminded me of Kauaiunbelievable, a place just like home.
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Heck- it was home. I quickly graduated with a certificate in nutrition from Orange Coast College’s prestigious program and began offering personal training services. Along the way, I left no stone unturned in my quest to stay active. I discovered Orange County is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages original fitness options. There are a variety of things to cultivate the mind and body in this cultural melting pot. From an abundant array of gyms and community events, including healthy places to eat and shop, you’ll never exhaust the to-do list. Orange County’s charm is evident and distinct in each of its parks, trails, beaches, juice bars, yoga studios and even fitness locations. Just like snowflakes, no two are exactly the same. It’s a blessing that who I am dovetails nicely into helping direct the Active OC team. In between the magazine’s pages, we hope to share our collective passion in providing you, our readers, with a one-stop shop of tips toward a happy, fit and balanced life. This includes, but isn’t limited to: interviews with newsmakers, upcoming events, product reviews, personal/competition training, outdoor activities, food reviews, and a few surprises as well. It’ll be a bold journey of exploration, fun, and the pursuit of exciting things extending past the usual comfort zones. Partnering with Active OC and its dedicated staff in discovering them together. There are treasures in your own backyard. We invite you to join us. Your adventure awaits…
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Born on the Big Island of Hawaii and raised in Orange County, Ikaika, a naturally gifted swimmer, could swim before he could take his first step. Played water polo until middle school then into high school being an CIF finalist all four years with a championship sophomore year. Earning All American his Junior Year with his relay team and individual. Senior year his 4x50 relay team broke Olympian Aaron Piersol’s highschool record. ia or wherever he ends up, he’s always staying fit staying active and staying happy. You can see his adventure on insta: @_kaikamon.
Melinda is the creator of the Fitness Femme Elite personal training company and the author of the Achieving Greatness Elite online trainer series. She has been an athlete since she was six years old, and has dedicated her personal and professional endeavors to health and fitness. She hold several certificates in personal training instruction, as well as nutrition, and 22 years experience in Martial Arts. You can find her full bio and list of certificates at www.fitnessfemmeelite.co
John is an independent writer with a strong passion for the outdoors. He has spent over a decade hiking, from day-hikes on the local trails of Orange County to multi-day backpacking trips in the Sierras. He has served in the US Army Infantry for 8 years. Now back home, John enjoys spending time with his family and getting outside and connecting with nature whenever possible. For more reviews and videos, checkout John’s blog at www.socaloutdoorsman.com or find him on facebook/socaloutdoorsman.
Lyndsey’s enjoys her active life in Costa Mesa. Lyndsey changes bodies and transforms lives in her studio with her passion for connecting to other, building a community and empowering women to be themselves. By blending her love for the natural life with a background in fitness, yoga, rehab, life coaching & homeopathy, her style is effective, unique and fun.
Erica is a newcomer to Southern California, she recently moved from southwest Montana and fell in love with Orange County immediately. Erica grew up camping, fishing and backpacking starting at a young age and her love for the outdoor activities has never stopped since. Her passions include back country hiking, daily yoga practices, organic gardening, holistic health, swimming or anything that involves being outside in the fresh air. You can typically find her running at the beach, checking out new vegan joints, climbing to the top of a mountain somewhere or stretching out at a local yoga studio.
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This inspiring young women played almost every sport including basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball but after high school found myself in the crossfit world! She has been doing crossfit for over 2 and a half years now and has been competing now for a little over a year. “I’m more fit, disciplined, and motivated than I have ever been and I have Crossfit to thank for that and the family it has brought me to at Garden Grove Crossfit!”.
Grant is a Professional Personal Trainer certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Grant is currently working on Performance Enhancement and Nutrition as well as working with Sports and Vitamin Supplements. He was a three sport athlete in the Southern California Area. When his weekly regime of running, weight training, Yoga and Kempo is finished you might find him enjoying a Kings hockey game. He also has a beautful daughter named Lauren that he stays healthy for! Grant can be contacted for questions about training at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS the NPGL? At first glance, The Grid looks like the CrossFit Games. And it’s no wonder: It’s founder and commissioner Tony Budding worked as a CrossFit executive for 10 years. However, Budding left because he believes the key to expanding and monetizing the sport is by making it more spectator- and sponsor-friendly. The CrossFit Games catered to CrossFitters. Budding wants to introduce this sport to a much broader audience. He wants fans. That’s why the NPGL won’t be set up like the CrossFit Games. It’ll be modeled after other professional leagues like the NFL or NBA, with professional paid athletes. Potential Grid competitors attended a combine in April and May, and then a draft was held in July. Athletes who made one of the eight regional teams—the District of Columbia
Brawlers, the San Francisco Fire, the Philadelphia Founders, the Boston Iron, the Los Angeles Reign, the New York Rhinos, the Phoenix Rise, and the Miami Surge—will earn $2,500 per match. Right now, only the top 10 individuals and top three teams of the CrossFit Games walk away with any money. As for the matches, they involve two co-ed teams of 10, who will go head to head on a court or “Grid” that measures 94 feet by 50 feet. Each match lasts two hours and consists of 11 races that test strength, speed, endurance, and coordination. For example, in one race, men and women from each team must match each other rep-for-rep on heavy lifts without letting the barbell touch the floor. And since there are unlimited substitutions allowed, coaches can tailor the team lineups
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to each particular event. “At the CrossFit Games, you’re testing the fitness levels of the athletes,” says Budding. “What we’re doing is racing. Because of substitutions, we’re testing the strategy of the teams.” Budding has high hopes for the league. Prices for floor level seat range from $100 to $225, and he’s hoping to attract an audience of 3,000 to 4,000 for every match. He says he has 40 inquiries for expansion teams in 2015, and that he’d like to eventually grow the NPGL to 32 teams so it’s on the same level as other mainstream sports. “I think this can be enormous,” says Budding. “The Grid is a great spectator sport and we’ll be able to grow it to the size of the NHL.” So tell us: Will you tune in?
On October 1st, 2014 the MMTSC opened a new, stateof the art sports destination in the city of Irvine, CA. Boasting an impressive $1,000,000 of low-impact Haro wood floors, the MMTSC features 22 indoor volleyball courts, 21 indoor basketball courts, and 21 indoor futsal courts that will be used to organize world class youth and adult club programs and sports leagues. For more info logon to www. mistymaytreanorsportscenter.com
THE12 IN COSTA MESA
The 12 is Orange Countyâ€™s premier destination for health and fitness. With two distinct locations in Irvine and Costa Mesa, men and women of all ages can effectively address their fitness goals with a combination of dynamic afterburn group classes and nutritional coaching. For those looking to make a significant lifestyle change with dramatic results, The 12 also offers their signature 12 Week Fitness Challenge program which incorporates a carefully designed system complete with coach support, ensuring real, sustainable results. Their new location, off of 17th Street in Costa Mesa, is complete with a state-of-the-art open gym area, entirely outfit with Nautilus equipment as they are the first-ever signature club for the Nautilus brand in the United States. Learn more by visiting: www.The12.com
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THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
When you’re in the market for training equipment, do your homework. We bring you eight quality products that fit the bill. From powerlifting to stand up padddleboarding (SUP), and everything in between, we have something for you. ROGUE SPORTS Rogue Kettlebells start with the highest quality first run iron ore available, not scrap. They use a proprietary casting process so each bell can reach the highest quality and have the cleanest finish possible. This also allows the kettlebells to have a smooth, comfortable handle. The Rogue Kettlebell is cast in one solid piece, creating a stronger, more reliable handle and a void free surface. The Rogue Kettlebell has a matte black powder coat finish that has a great feel and will hold chalk. This feels more natural than a thick epoxy finish. Handles are color coded. By associating each kettlebell weight increment with a different color handle, it becomes much easier for gym owners and trainers to direct athletes to specific kettlebells on sight alone.
XBAR XBAR XBAR has been skillfully crafted to fit the ergonomics and natural position of your hand and wrist placement. Just like with the familiar curl bar, you have three different standard hand positions, close grip, regular grip and wide grip, which allows for unlimited exercises. Because of the fluid rotating end-swivels, and the rubber-to-rubber detached push-up docks, you can always find a position that perfectly fits your comfort zone. With three different resistance bands (included), the amount of resistance you can achieve is equivalent to an entire gym rack. Use one band for a light workout, add all three bands together and the resistance is more than most people can handle. So the XBAR can go with you anywhere. The gym, the office, the park, the beach, vacation, even in your own living room. The XBAR delivers.
L I Q U I D C H ALK Liquid Chalk is a unique, non-binding liquid chalk that’s easy to apply and easy on your wallet. Sourced from different types of limestone to formulate a fine quality, proprietary chalk compound. It has an added drying agent to give you the longevity you need during your sets without having to constantly reapply and the liquid delivery system is anti-bacterial. This is a special, non-binding Liquid Chalk that gives you the feel of regular chalk with virtually no mess. Liquid Chalk wanted to re-create the dry chalk experience so excess chalk can rub off, and they did!. Just remember to wipe down any excess (and re-rack your weights). The best part is it’s easy to clean up: just use soap and water. It doesn’t matter where you lift or how, Liquid Chalk works. APPROVED FOR USE IN THE UNITED STATES POWERLIFTING ASSOCIATION!
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The LiveON Yoga Mat is a great beginning for your practice on a mat that provides comfortable cushion and is lightweight. Practice sustainability with this revolutionary, eco-conscious mat, made of 100% reclaimable & recyclable PLUSfoam®. Available in classic colors, The LiveON Yoga Mat has supportive cushion to protect your bones and joints, a sticky surface for ultimate grip, and it is part of a bright future for this planet we love.
B A T T L E H O U S E F I T N E SS Looking for a new workout to burn the fat and tone those muscles? Battle Ropes by Battlehouse Fitness in Brea, CA. will get you moving in all the right directions. Forget those old stiff dumbbells- ropes aren’t just for sailing anymore. They’re essential for anyone looking to pack on lean mass. They also provide a killer cardio workout. This Battle Rope is what should be in every home gym and workout facility with out a doubt. The possibilities are endless from pulley counter squats, suspension techniques to throw movements. A must have!
U ltim a te S a ndb a g The Ultimate Sandbag™ is the tool of choice from elite military units, sports teams, to rehabilitative clinics, and fitness enthusiasts in over 80 countries worldwide. The amazing versatility of the Ultimate Sandbag allows for over 400 progressive exercises to be created, simply replacing an entire gym that allows you to train at high level, anywhere, any time. Developed back in 2005, the Ultimate Sandbag set the standard in sandbag exercise equipment, revolutionizing the concept of the sandbag from a dirty, grungy, duffel bag, into the most innovative, easy to use, durable, and fun fitness tool on the market today. Ten years of highly detailed engineering not only makes the Ultimate Sandbag a superior fitness tool, but is amazingly durable and comfortable to use. Whether you are a beginner or someone who has trained your whole life, the Ultimate Sandbag will give you a special edge.
SKL Z Like good therapists, SKLZ Barrel Rollers offer different massage pressures — soft, firm or extra firm. Each roller features an advanced roller pattern that aids in soft tissue release. Designed for pre- and postworkout use, Barrel Rollers not only massage soft tissues, they help you increase flexibility, rejuvenate and restore muscle performance. sklz.com
RED PADDLE CO. What do you give to the paddler who has it all? The New 11’ Sport that’s what.The 11’ Sport fits perfectly between the Ride and 12’6” Shapes. Faster to paddle than the Rides and quicker to inflate than the 12’6” boards.The Sport is the perfect fast cruiser for those paddlers looking for a board that can get them around the bay or up the river with speed and glide but can still pick up a small wave.120mm/4.72” thick and with RSS make this a super rigid board. The 30” width makes it a stable board for all paddlers.The striking deck pad and colour ways make it a great looking board. Most people don’t even realise it is inflatable when they see it. Destined to be a classic of the Red Paddle Co range. redpaddleco.com active ocmag.COM
STAYFITTED Get the gear that looks good and works as advertised. From Crossfit® to yoga, we’ve got you covered.
M O YA B R A N D Daily beanie • Knitted Lightweight • Small MB label
Classic Flat Bill Snapback Keep your dome cool and fresh. Six-Panel, Flat Visor, Green Undervisor
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C O R AL R E E F THE CANDY MAN PRO PROFESSIONAL GRADE 3/2 or 3/3 Millimeters thickness SEAM CONSTRUCTION: Double Glued and Double Blindstiched 80% Water tight, Strongest seam construction on the market today and the longest lasting. THERMOFLEX NEOPRENE: Exclusively Made for CORAL REEF, More Thermal heat locking properties, and more flexible stretch. DESIGN: Professional pattern design for the pro surfer or water related sports enthusiast, ease of movement of all joints, no stress on movement, feels like your not wearing a thing, gives the wearer more water time, most comfortable suit on the market. DURABILITY: CORAL REEF’S wetsuits are designed with the customer in mind, our philosophy is to build the most comfortable, longest lasting, and best priced wetsuit on the market, our wetsuit’s last 5 times longer that any wetsuit on the market.
ROGUE American Giant built the “Greatest Hoodie Ever Made” from the ground up and paid attention to every detail. From the classic side paneling- for better mobility and fit- to the durable over-locked, double needle straddle stitching construction, this sweatshirt will withstand the wear and tear that you subject it to every day.
ROGUE Made from a nylon/spandex/poly blend, WOD Gear’s Crop Pants combine the best elements of women’s training tights, athletic capris, and track pants to offer maximum comfort, coverage, and mobility. Wear them with confidence during virtually any type of workout—from intense CrossFit training to standard squats, gymnastics work, and more. The four-way stretch material gives you the breathability and range of motion you need without the unwanted sliding, bunching, or slippage. To find the Crop Pant size that’s best for you, use our sizing chart below. roguefitness.com
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VSxUS CIU Racerback Tank Sometimes you need to get a grip and CHALK IT UP. Poly/Cotton/Rayon Tri-Blend. Heat Transfer Neck Label. Ladies this is a must have tank! vsxus.com
West Coast Clique womens hoodie. This hoodie offers a Special Blend and Crazy soft fabirc! Moyas new Special Blend leads the pack with a softer hand, unisex fit, and the premium quality. 8oz 52% polyester 48% cotton blend 30 singles polyester/cotton blend face yarn, reverse coverstitch sewing, 1 x 1 ribbing at neck, cuffs and waistband, Twill neck tape, Self Fabric Side Panel Inserts. www. moyabrand.com FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA! moyabrand.com
The Free to be Bra Wild made from Luxtreme速 fabric is sweat-wicking and has a four-way stretch. Added LYCRA速 fibre moves with you and stays in great shape. Builtin pockets for optional, removable cups. Designed not to shrink for no surprises on laundry day. Light support, low coverage. The Free to be Bra is designed as a light-support bra with a strappy, open back for the small-busted yoga enthusiasts among us.
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The Both Ways Bomber is smooth and satiny on one side, soft and cozy on the other, this reversible jacket is our new favourite cold-weather companion. Tons of storage (including a secure phone pocket) allows us to leave our handbag at home. A cozy companion that holds our stuff AND lets us go both ways? Keeper!
N I K E S T U D I O W R A P PA C K 3 The innovative Nike Studio Wrap Pack 3 Three-Part Footwear System is designed to help you make the most of workouts typically done in bare feet, including Nike Training Club Toned, yoga, dance and barre. Made up of a wrap, a ribbon and a mesh flat, this three-part footwear system combines a barefoot feel with protection, traction, support and style. store.nike.com
HEALTHY CHOICES Staying healthy these days means making better choices with what enters our bodies. Below you will find items that are some of the best on the market that are gluten free, organic, dairy free, raw and overall better for our bodies. So make your choice to live longer and healthier and see if some of these great products are right for you.
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ARTY™ Water is tastefully balanced with zesty hints of organic lemon, apple and spearmint. With only 30 cal per serving and lightly sweetened with organic blue agave and natural monk fruit. The Arty Water Company proudly sources artichokes and fruit grown in the United States and supports farming communities that promote sustainability and conservation. www.artywater.com
Great for your teeth • Great for the planet Multi-level nylon bristles cleans between your teeth & gums. Ergonomic organically grown bamboo handle & packaging are 100% biodegradable. Everything is compostable accept the bristles which can be plucked with pliers and tossed in the trash. www.senzacare.com
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CLEAN BCAA™ is made from natural food-sourced ingredients; Non-GMO Corn, Coconut Water and Sunflower Seeds. This unflavored BCAA can be mixed with any protein shake, pre-workout or postworkout drink. All Natural, Gluten Free, Vegan www.cleanmachineonline.com
Elemental Superfood products are made with the highest quality ingredients. They are gluten free, dairy free, raw and organic. They have no additives, no preservatives, no fillers and nothing artificial. These bars are a great source of protein and fiber, loaded with omega-3s and omega-6s, and sweetened with the highest quality raw honey. www.elemental-raw.com
Elli Quark is a creamy fresh cheese similar to Greek yogurt, but without the sour bite! It offers clean protein with no added sugars and no artificial sweeteners or ingredients. Each 6oz cup has 80-90 calories, 0% fat, and 14-17g protein. Check out all 12 yummy flavors at www.elliquark.com
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The 70-calorie, Tanka Bar delivers a slow, powerful protein punch by mixing two primary ingredients: low-fat, high-energy American buffalo meat and tasty cranberries. Tanka products are based on wasna, the original Native trail food that combines meat with fruit and are free of gluten, nitrates, MSG, hormones, soy, nuts and lactose. www.tankabars.com
Neogenis Sport® has found a way to deliver the nitricoxide boosting power of beets in one concentrated, easy-to-take shot. Its patented technology provides both fast- and long-acting nitric oxide benefits, improving blood flow for the duration of exercise. Unlike any other beetroot product, vegan and GMO-free BeetElite is made from naturally superior beetroots When mixed with four ounces of water, BeetElite delivers the nitric oxide power of six beetroots in a single shot. www.neogenissport.com active ocmag.COM
100% natural. There’s nothing artificial about wheycoco. We only bottle nature’s finest fuel, and deliver a deliciously refreshing taste you can trust. www.wheycoco.com
CRAZY RICHARD’S P E A N U T B U T T E R C O. Simply put, PB Burst is Crazy Richard’s Natural peanut butter that has been fortified to give you a Burst of energy. We have added a B vitamin Blend, Green Tea Extract, and Natural Astaxanthin. These natural supplements help to increase focus and provide sustainable energy, as well as provide nutrition that delivers an all-natural recovery; without the crash. www.crazyrichards.com
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Despite old stereotypes that insist athletes cannot adequately perform and compete eating a plant-based diet, MRM Veggie Elite offers a true alternative to whey that enables both vegans and vegetarians the opportunity of peak performance without compromising commitment to diet. Now, athletes have a choice in a tasty, satisfying, plant-based protein that meets daily protein requirements.
WARRIOR FOOD Warrior Food™ enhances your physical appearance and your performance, without sacrificing your health...or your ethics. 100% high performance complete protein/amino acid profile with branched chain amino acids for performance and mass. 100% Raw. 100% Vegan! Regardless of your diet, lifestyle and ethics, whether you are a professional athlete or a “weekend warrior,” this is the best performing protein supplement you can buy (with phytonutrient benefits way beyond isolated proteins). For more info: www.healthforce.com
1/2 Cup Sliced Organic Strawberries 1/4 Cup Organic Blueberries 2 Heaping Tablespoons Your Favorite Protein 1/2 Cup Almond Milk 1 Scoop Your Favorite BCAA In a blender, mix almond milk, strawberries and blueberries until it thickens, about 1 minute. Add protein powder and BCAA’s blend until smooth. Enjoy! active ocmag.COM
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If you are looking for your typical everyday and overly hyped about supplement then move on; however, if you’re looking for what is next in the fitness industry then listen up. Pro athletes such as Jon Pera (crossfit athlete), Mike Rodgers (pro-sprinter), Lloyd Dollar (bodybuilder), and Melina Bernecker (pro-cyclist) have discovered one of the best kept secrets today and all have one thing in common: they believe that since on ATP Extreme, they have been having the best training of their careers. Every single one of these athletes have different fitness backgrounds yet are in need of the same outcomes in their trainings. They need speedy recovery, strength and performance gains, help with lactic acid build up, and an increase in VO2 max. Jon Pera has hit an Overhead squat of 400 Lbs while Lloyd dollar is bench pressing 315 Lbs for 20 reps. I think anyone would be more than happy to discover such results as these ones! I discovered ATP Extreme almost one year ago now at the LA FIT EXPO while competing for Garden Grove Crossfit at the affiliate crossfit showcase! Craig Inaba (company president) allowed me to use this product for my last event. I had never met someone so passionate about one product and so sure in a supplement then Craig and this is coming from someone who had worked at a supplement store. I was excited to see what this product could help me achieve in a matter of one workout. Of Course I was skeptical of how just one dose of a product could help in such a short amount of time, but after finishing the event with no sign of exhaustion I was hooked. Throughout the past year Craig has conducted many tests to prove what ATP Extreme can do for an athlete and I was able to participate in a rowing study. Rowing has never been my strong point; however, I wanted to see just how much this product can help me in my biggest weakness. The test lasted two weeks and on the first week we were instructed to be off of all products including ATP Extreme and participate in the following workout:
• 500m. row at max effort 2 min. rest • 500m. row at max effort • 2 min. rest
The second week we were to do the same thing but this time participate while only using ATP Extreme. The major difference I had noticed was my pace was a lot more consistent and the lactic acid build up in between rows decreased majorly. My max effort actually lasted passed the halfway mark and I was able to breathe more smoothly than the week before. Every other participant had noticed these same results within this study as well. Strength wise I noticed a huge increase in my back squat and my snatch. Two powerlifting movements that were not my strongest points. I had hit a wall when it came to back squats. I was stuck at my one rep max being only at 165 lbs for more than 5 months and at a competition last year I could not snatch more than 75 lbs. However just months on ATP Extreme I hit a front squat at 165 and my back squat moved up to 180 lbs while only 2 months after my competition I hit 100 lbs on my snatch at the gym! The look on my coaches face when I hit that 100 pounds was priceless knowing that not even 3 months ago I was 25 pounds away from that number. One year later and I have found myself with a product that has taken the job of 5 different products I use to take! Instead of carrying a gym bag full of supplements, I have my protein, BCAA, and my ATP Extreme and I have yet to be tempted to try anything else. What this product has brought into my training has proved to me that you do not need all the different supplements that every supplement store tries to tell you that you NEED in order to gain results. I had made podium in my first Legendary Competitor Crossfit competition and now onto my second year competing with my team from Garden Grove Crossfit at the LA Fit Expo. Like the athletes above, I have had the best year in training since starting this sport. With no banned-substances, no on and off cycles, and no stimulants, I could not be more happy than to represent such an amazing product!
TOP 6 SOURCES of PROTEIN Protein is a macro nutrient necessary for the proper growth and function of the human body. Physiqueminded individuals should seek out at least 1 g of protein for each pound of body weight to maintain and build muscle.
(1) Lean Beef (3oz ) 31g Protein
(3) Turkey Breast (30z) 21g Protein
(5) Low-fat Cottage Cheese (1 oz) 5g PROTEIN
SOURCES OF VEGAN PROTEIN Itâ€™s a great time to be a vegan. As the numbers of vegans grows, the demand for vegan products increases. There are lots of nutrient dense foods with a decent protein content. Even meat eaters ought to vary their protein sources, and try some of these:
(2) SALMON fillet (3oz ) 22g Protein
(1) lentils (1 cup) 18g Protein
(2) avocado (1) 10g Protein
(4) Chicken Breast (3oz ) 16g Protein
(3) Quinoa (1 cup) - 9g Protein
(4) sesame seeds (1 0z) 6.5g Protein
(6) Eggs (1 LARGE) 5g PROTEIN
(5) broccoli (1 CUP) 5g PROTEIN
(6) cashews (10z) 4.4g Protein
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According to a study, 1/3 of people who make New Year’s resolutions, declare weight loss as their “New Year’s Resolution,” more specifically, beginning a new exercise program. Did you know, a majority of nutritionists and trainers use the 70:30 ratio when it comes to nutrition versus exercise? That’s right, the result of shedding unwanted weight will be made up of 70% of your weight loss efforts. So, how do you stick with your New Year in nutrition? Follow these easy, health saving tips. Start with a kitchen check, by ridding your refrigerator and pantries of high-sugar and highly processed foods. This will drastically reduce the instance of giving in to temptation; if it is not there, you will not eat it. When filling up the grocery cart, have a pre prepared grocery list with you, sticking to the outer perimeter of the store, and get only what is on your list. Your grocery list should contain an assortment of vegetables of all colors, low-glycemic fruits (fruits that have minimal affects on the blood sugar), lean meats, whole grains, healthy fats (i.e. olive oil, avocado), and low-fat or fat-free dairy. While you will want to avoid most pre made sauces and dressings because of their hidden calories, healthy eating does not have to be bland. Herbs and spices provide an excellent source of flavor, are low in calories, and some even have disease-fighting properties. Finally, the most neglected component of nutrition is hydration; often, consuming water is not considered when beginning a new diet and exercise regime. active ocmag.COM
Eliminating soda and fruit juices is the number one way to cut down your “empty calories,’ calories with no nutritional benefit. Instead, replace these items with water. The body requires hydration via water for optimal health, including normal cell function, digestion, filtration of the kidneys, and, you guessed it, weight loss. By following these easy tips, you will be on your way to conquering your New Year’s goals in good health!
Your stomach rumbling, letting you know its time to eat is something everyone has experienced. That very instance where you are so hungry, you grab the first food item available, even if it is not a healthy option. Sound too familiar? Try preparing your food in advance. By preparing your meals at the beginning of the week or the night before, you take out the guesswork and avoid the panic of straying away from your diet plan.
Benefits of an Afternoon Snack
A quick afternoon snack between lunch and dinner can help keep your metabolism working properly, provide you with energy, aid in weight management, and help prevent you from overindulging at dinner. Keep your snacks between 100 to 200 calories and avoid sugary foods like cookies and cupcakes, which contain no nutritional benefits. Rather, an apple and a 1/4c of nuts provide slow digesting carbohydrates for energy, healthy fats, and fiber to help with digestion. And make sure you get organic fruits and veggies!
The low down on the raw food diet WORDS AND PHOTOS : ERICA PATTON
What is the raw food diet that everyone has been buzzing about lately? “Rawism” as it is sometimes referred to consists of eating only raw, fresh, living, organic unprocessed foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. This concept is based on the fact that once food has been heated above that temperature it begins to break down and loses nutrients and enzymes. These natural occurring enzymes aid in the digestion process, help to boost the immune system and fight chronic disease. So what does that mean? In short by eating raw foods that are full of their natural enzymes your body does not need to work as hard to process
these foods and absorb all of their powerful nutrients. A proper raw diet eliminates constipation, and the transit time of waste matter shortens to 24 hours or less, avoiding the buildup of toxemia from the recycling of toxins from the colon. Many people on the raw food diet or a diet that consists of mostly raw foods say that they have more energy, sleep better, feel clear headed and have had an easier time shedding unwanted pounds. The very best quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, coenzymes, fiber, water, protein, carbohydrates, and fats come from fruits and vegetables. They are complete nutritional packages and
provide the body with everything it needs to function properly. Of all foods, fruits are richest in vitamins and water, and second richest in minerals and fiber, while vegetables and leafy greens are richest in minerals and fiber, and second richest in vitamins and water. The other two nutrient groups, proteins and fats, are needed in smaller quantities; so, while fruits and vegetables are not high in protein and fat content, they still remain their ideal source. You can find many raw food products at your local health food store such as grab and go meal bars, raw chocolates, raw dehydrated crackers cookies, wraps and more.
Benefits of superfoods What are superfoods you might ask? A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Superfoods are very special things that do wonders for our body and overall health. Superfoods are popping up in restaurants dishes and products all over everywhere. With so many nuts, seeds, legumes and plants boasting these super benefits it is so easy to incorporate them into our daily diet. Blueberries, Maca, Raw hemp seeds Beluga Lentils, Cacao, Ginseng, Green Tea, Kale, sesame seeds, avocado, bananas, walnuts, bok choy, spinach, apples, asparagus, spirulina, steel cut oats are all great superfoods we could all use more of.
Raw Superfood Smoothie 1 Banana ¼ Cup Goji berries 2tbsp Raw Hemp Seeds 2 Dates 1 tsp Maca powder 1 Cup of Strawberries 1 ½ Cups of Almond Milk (can substitute hemp milk, soy milk or base of your choice) Place all ingredients in the blender on high for 1-2 minutes, pour and enjoy this delicious treat that will keep you full all morning!
“Cheesy” Kale Chips 1 Bunch of organic kale 1/3 Cup Nutritional Yeast 1 Garlic Clove ½ A red bell pepper 2 Tablespoons of olive oil 3 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ Teaspoon sea salted 1 Cup of raw cashews soaked for one hour and drained Rinse the kale and dry. Remove the stems and tear into bite size pieces. Let the kale air out as much as possible before coating. Blend all of the other ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Transfer kale and seasoning to a large bowl and mix well using your hands to ensure the leaves are well coated. Place the kale on the dehydrator trays, dehydrate at 118 degrees overnight or until coating is dry. You can also bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until crispy.
Fermented Foods BEST FOR THE BODY If you walk into any natural health food store today you will encounter a plethora of cultured products. These trendy companies are popping up all over and we love it! Forget plain old sauerkraut, fermented foods have gotten a make-over. From traditional kimchi to artisan pickles, kombucha, ginger beets and countless other creative cultures, the options are endless and delicious. One of the many benefits of fermented foods is that the fermentation process actually increases certain nutrients. Fermented foods are also easier for our bodies to digest and they are loaded with probiotics that are essential for maintaining a healthy gut. So the next time you see that shiny mason jar filled with fermented goods, go ahead and give it a try, your belly will thank you.
Mendocino Farms The Secret Ingredient to Quality Food: LOVE By: @alesandra_rene
It’s no secret that the secret ingredient to good food is love. But for ecoartisan sandwich market, Mendocino Farms, they take that extra cup of love seriously. Mendocino Farms takes pride in serving quality, seasonal foods to Orange County and Los Angeles. With nine locations total, but with only one of those in the OC – just off 17th St in Costa Mesa – you have to check it out ASAP.. As soon as you walk through the door, “Hi, welcome! Have you been here before?” an excited and genuinely employee asks you. The employee then takes you through the entire menu – which doesn’t lack options, let me tell you. From Classics “Mendo Style” sandwiches, to sophisticated salads, to the separate sections of Farm and Foodie Favorites, and even its own section for Vegan options, and of course don’t forget the Seasonal Sandwiches,
the tour guide through the menu will get your taste buds and appetite so pumped up, you’ll want one of everything. Turn the corner and you’ll find a glass casing full of colorful side options. Now don’t even get me started on these sides. With options ranging from Curried Couscous, Marinated Red Beets & Quinoa, and the “Healthiest Side Salad Ever” you’ll want to try every single one. And you can – unlimited amount of times. Need I say more? From the menu, I chose the Kale Caesar salad and, from the Foodie Favorites, the “Not So Fried” Chicken. Let me start off by saying, I am not a salad lover. They always leave me feeling like an unsatisfied rabbit. But this Kale Caesar, with locally grown kale, butter lettuce and romaine, crispy wheatberries (instead of croutons), red onions, grape tomatoes and chucky avocado – plus the
option to add their free range roasted chicken – YUM. The “Not So Fried” Chicken didn’t disappoint either. Crispy fresh toasted ciabatta with roasted free range chicken, mustard pickle slaw, local tomatoes and pickled red onions with a side of warm sweet and spicy chipotle BBQ sauce. Yeah, they went there. Their creativity and artisan take on dining doesn’t stop with their food. With house-made soda flavors like Vanilla Cream and Mandarin Orange (hint: 2/3 Vanilla, 1/3 Orange = Creamsicle) your meal from Mendocino Farms will be anything but boring. And their menu states, “A great sandwich starts and stops with quality ingredients – and one other secret ingredient: LOVE.”
LYING FLOOR WIPES
Suspension training can give you an incredible total-body workout, but at first glance these bands, pulleys and grips may confuse you. Do you know exactly how to use one? Be sure to check out our upcoming ARTICLE IN OUR NEXT ISSUE AND videos that will get you going on the right track with suspension training so you reap the most benefits from your workouts.
The Foam Roller? Really! Most Underrated Tool in Fitness and Health WORDS: S. Grant Caron OC NASM Certified Trainer
Foam Rolling is a must in any complete Fitness Program. Why? Our bodies muscle tissues are controlled ultimately by the neural system. Prior to exercise and stretching this corrective flexibility method will prepare the bodies neural system for stretching and load. Here is how and why. By applying gentle force with roller to a “knot” or adhesion (soreness) you can break up the tissue that is in a bundled state causing adhesion which decreases movement. The fix. Gentle force which requires at least 30 seconds of pressure can reset the tissues by stimulating the Golgi tendon. This tendon connects to the muscle and controls its length and tension. This can take that bundled muscle tissue and align it releasing the tension or adhesion. For a joint to work in all ranges of motion the proper length and tension is needed. This is a simple and correct way to start every day. Not just every Workout! Learn the proper techniques of this type of corrective flexibility and really change your life! This can and will affect your posture almost immediately. I’ve had clients tell me that this tool has become their best friend. It has changed the way their bodies deal with soreness and flexibility. This can truly help you stay Active in OC. active ocmag.COM
Shake up your abs routine with this move. How it works: Lie flat on the floor with your hands out to the sides, head on the ground, and feet and legs straight to the ceiling. Press down into the floor with your hands, and, with a controlled movement, lower your legs all the way to the ground on the right. Using your abs, move your legs back up and all the way over to the left. That is one rep. How many reps: Continue for 10 reps. Why it works: This challenges your whole trunk and lower back. Plus, it burns more calories than situps by forcing you to move a bigger load (both of your legs) in a more dynamic motion. How to make it harder: Instead of just taking your legs side to side, take them in a full circle, including up and over your head.
SQUAT-101 Lift More… Gain More All else being equal, the more you lift on any squat variation, the more muscle you activate. That’s why it’s so important to increase your strength over time. Wider Stance and Thigh Rotation You can probably lift more weight on the back if you take a wider stance, and rotate your thighs outward. That increases activation of your adductors (inner-thigh muscles), but not your quadriceps and hamstrings, which are the prime movers. Try to void the Smith Machine You can activate 44% more muscle squatting with free weights VS a Smith machine, those barbell on rails found in most gyms. This is despite the fact that most people can lift significantly more weight on the Smith.
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POSES TO KEEP YOUR ACTIVE
HIPS HAPPY WORDS: Lyndsey Chambers PHOTOS: Charissa Littlejohn
Here is a little secretâ€Ś You donâ€™t have to live with a body that is tight and sore. You can be pain free and still engage in all of the activities you love! Happy hips combine go-to poses to stretch and open your hips, legs and low back. Hips are at the center of everything our active bodies love to do. The key to keeping your body balanced is to stretch and perform movements in multiple directions. Think about your average day. We tend to sit and move in one plane of motion the majority of the time. Regardless of our fitness levels, our bodies need a chance to lengthen and stretch. I always recommend for every two days you workout you should blend in 1 session of yoga or purposeful stretching. Not a yoga expert? No worries. You do not have to practice yoga or be flexible to enjoy the benefits of these moves. Use your new Happy Hips sequence as a post workout stretch, to break up your day at the desk or before bed. For the best results, perform them in this sequence, taking your time, letting the body enjoy the stretch. While in the pose, focus on the correct action and alignment in the legs and pelvis. Repeat each move 2Xs, holding for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Mind Your Mat
Ready to give your body some undivided attention? The next time you step onto your yoga mat, commit to making your yoga more about you by resisting the urge to compare yourself to others. This practice will allow you to focus your energy on you, your day and your body. In Orange County we have an abundant variety of places to practice yoga: In studios, on a SUP,
From a wide standing position (4-4.5 feet) turn your left foot/leg to the left. Keeping both legs straight, lengthen the torso reaching over your left leg and place your left hand on the left shin. Now press your outer right heel toward the floor and press your right thigh back. Allow the front of the pelvis to open, low back to lengthen. Repeat on the other side.
From a wide standing position (4-4.5 feet), turn your left foot/leg to the left. Bend the left knee to 90 degrees, keeping the right leg straight. Use the hands on the hips to check that the hips are aligned. Lengthen the low back as you press your right leg back and slightly tuck your tailbone forward. Lift and open the chest, leaving the hands on the hips or lengthen the arms out from the shoulders. Repeat on other side.
Starting from your knees, step the left foot forward moving into a lunge position. Check to see that the left knee stays over the ankle not in front of the toes. Hold the pose to allow your hip flexor and quad to stretch. To move deeper, roll the back toes under, lifting the back knee off the floor, straightening the leg. To modify, keep the back knee on the ground, place both hands on the front thigh and lift the chest. Repeat on the other side.
Hamstring 3 Way Stretch
1. Lying flat, straighten your left leg and lift your right leg 90 degrees with a strap on the arch of your foot. Both legs are straight, thighs active (quads flexing) and both feet flexing. Now, take your right thumb into the crease of your right outer thigh/hip. Pull the outer right hip away from yours ribs, toward your bottom foot creating space in the side body. Hold the pose here stretching hamstring. 2. Move your top leg 2-inches across the body, keeping the outer hip pulled down to target the IT band. 3. Move your leg all the way out to the right, opening the pelvis. Repeat on the other side.
Seated Cross Legs
Starting from your knees, step the left foot forward moving into a lunge position. Check to see that the left knee stays over the ankle not in front of the toes. Hold the pose to allow your hip flexor and quad to stretch. To move deeper, roll the back toes under, lifting the back knee off the floor, straightening the leg. To modify, keep the back knee on the ground, place both hands on the front thigh and lift the chest. Repeat on the other side.
at 100+ degrees, outside... all at our fingertips. Strive to find a class and a teacher that you can connect with, keeping in mind that our needs do change, and what works for others may not be what works for you. Trying a few different classes before you get a perfect fit is okay, too.
Whether you have practiced for years or are a newbie, the simple idea of focusing on oneself can transform your practice. Make the conscious effort to unplug from what is going on around you and connect to what is happening on your mat and inside you. Be present & enjoy. To me, this is yoga.
IT TAKES HARD WORK : THIS IS WHERE YOU GET IT DONE Tucked away on 17th Street in the beautiful city of Costa Mesa, located right in between CVS and Vons, you’d not have an inkling that a private personal fitness gym is a part of this strip mall, but it’s true. Behind tinted windows is a gym that caters to locals in the community, locals who show up to work hard and get results. It was meant to be when Ryan Lee and Sara Cho met while working at the same local gym a few years back. Little did they know, their fate was sealed, and they’d go on to become active ocmag.COM
Co-Owners of Precision Fitness Costa Mesa. Together, Ryan and Sara discovered common ground in their frustration with their experiences at ordinary, run of the mill gyms. They craved a fitness experience that would emphasize maximum results, as well as exceptional nutrition. Since then, they’ve gone on to develop a top notch facility that caters to a clientele who have access to a well-rounded and successful personal training experience. Ryan has a very personal investment
in Precision Fitness as an individual who has accomplished the amazing feat of shedding nearly 200 excess pounds with absolutely no support. Of this experience, he says: “I was 280 pounds overweight and decided to kill myself trying to lose weight every day, 7 days a week, over a year and a half span.” Ryan came to the conclusion that no one should embark upon such a challenging journey alone. He made a commitment to do his best to prevent anyone from experiencing a weight loss journey such as his alone. Ryan and Sara have
united to empower health seekers by sharing with them knowledge, training, and nutrition strategies vs. other commonly held approaches of simply combining low calorie diets with heavy cardio workouts. Ryan and Sara have successfully coached others toward a more all-encompassing, long term lifestyle approach to well-being and fabulous fitness. The beauty of Precision Fitness is that, no matter what your workout or lifestyle preferences may be, there’s something for everyone, and you’ll
find it here. Options run the gamut from traditional bodybuilding to rehabilitation, weight loss, and of course, the meaningfulness of good nutrition. Also, for the competitors among us, Precision Training does provide a service that prepares individuals to go for the gold. Sara is the in-house competition expert, having been a participant in National Physique Committee contests. These words ring true with just one glance at her ripped and toned body! Ryan has been an excellent trainer to Sara, and many others. They are a dynamic
duo who complement one another as they collaborate to push their clients to ultimate form, the physique of their dreams. Precision Fitness is not short on options. Private one-on-one sessions are their specialty, but group training sessions are also an option. These groups tend to be small in number, allowing the opportunity to give special attention without overwhelming anyone. Ryan describes: “Even with small groups, there’s no excessive hovering, but
“everybody has their own goals, and everybody gets results.” there is attention to detail with each one of our clients. With a small group of 6 people, everyone gets individual attention, and that’s what’s unique about our system: everybody has their own goals, and everybody gets results.” Talk about developing a custom-made physique! Don’t forget, summer is just around the corner…! Ryan and Sara have worked very hard to develop Precision Fitness into the facility and service it is today, and they are deeply appreciative of every single client who has entrusted their health, fitness, and well-being into the dream. Clearly, if you’re looking for a great place to train, a place where you can get the physical results you desire, and enhance your approach to nutrition, quickly get on over to Precision Fitness. Your body will thank you for it!
PRECISION FITNESS 179 E 17th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Ph. 949.650.3399 facebook.com/precisionfitoc
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THINKING OF COMPETING? four IMPORTANT FACTORS FOR A SUCCESFULL BIKINI COMPETITION JOURNEY STORY AND PHOTO COURTESY: SARA CHO
1 - Nutrition: Healthy eating isn’t just counting calories but knowing how to manipulate your body to use the macronutrients you consume during your contest preparation.
2 - Workout Programs: Building a good physique requires a combination of weight and cardio training starting with a good foundation for muscle and strength building which will lead to a stage-ready lean physique.
3 - Dedication & Commitment: Like any competitive sports, bikini competition requires a focused mind along with the dedication to commit to fully complete the training and nutrition program leading up the competition.
4 - Have fun! Enough said.
Is Bikini Competition for you? It’s important to have an understanding of stage presence, judging, pre and post competition as well as what to expect the day of competition. The more you know about the fitness competitive industry, the more prepared you will be mentally and physically.
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Crossfit Tustin co-founders Tim Brooks and Joel Thompson didn’t go the usual or even expected route when they started their first CrossFit training gym in Orange County. In fact, you could say they started from the “underground up”... literally.
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Four years ago, Tim and Joel, who worked out together, jokingly talked about opening their own CrossFit gym. That idea languished in the back of their minds until Tim, who was a firefighter, bought some equipment and approached Joel with the idea of opening a gym.
no frills. We like to say it was The Fight Club of CrossFit facilities.”
Joel was in a dead-end job, broke and unsatisfied, so he jumped at the chance. “It wasn’t risky because I was broke anyway,” he says. “May as well be broke doing something I like.”
But much like starting a new workout routine, you just don’t go for the heaviest weights and the most strenuous workouts from the get-go, you build your strength and stamina gradually. Before long the two had a much larger space, better equipment and more clients.
So they started with a little equipment and one client in, of all places, an underground “storage closet,” as Tim jokingly likes to call it. “We started in an underground parking lot, rented like a storage facility, put our equipment down there, started slowly getting equipment as clients were coming in,” Tim says. “It was active ocmag.COM
New clients had to be practically led down into the underground structure, all the while probably thinking “What did I get myself into?”
“We saw that people were looking for CrossFit, so we knew that as long as we can be good at what we do, the natural growth will happen,” says Joel, a four-year soccer player at Biola University with a degree in theology. “We were always confident in what we did and the way
we cared for people, but at same time we were taking a huge risk, with everything you had, your time, your resources. Nothing was guaranteed, but we knew we were doing good work.” And that risk and leap of faith paid off with CrossFit Tustin, which was recently voted one of the top CrossFit gyms in Orange County. The full-service Tustin facility offers a number of unique programs, including the Redline program that combines intense cardio mixed with basic resistance training (“CrossFit without the heavy barbell lifts”); Crossfit Young Guns for youthful athletes; CrossFit Elements introductory program; Catalyst Endurance training; Olympic Lifting; and CrossFit Competitor Program for elite athletes. “We’ll continue to improve here, continue to develop our elite athletes, while
maintaining and developing our daily athletes,” says Tim. “We have an established membership base, they come here for community rather than just CrossFit. We don’t need to jump on board the next thing just to keep our members here.” Despite starting from such a “low” place, Tim and Joel have lofty plans for CrossFit Tustin. “We want to have the best, the safest, the most comprehensive CrossFit facility in Orange County,” says Tim. CROSSFIT TUSTIN 2682 Walnut Ave. Tustin, CA 92780 Phone:(714) 497-0660 www.crossfittustin.com ig: @crossfittustin
TIPS CROSSFIT STAY THE COURSE WITH SOME HELPFUL TIPS CompetE Against Yourself, Not Others When it comes time to throw down in a wod, go at your own pace. You have to let the intensity find you. You need to create a solid foundation of strength and flexibility in order to progress into more demanding workouts for yourself. Nutrition Is More Important Than What You Lift Nutrition is the key in your life. When you first start out, the quality of your food intake is far more important than the quantity. You may call it whatever you want: Organic, Gluten Free, Raw, Paleo; just eat clean. NO SUCH THING AS A DUMB QUESTION If there are times you don’t fully understand something, just ask. If you still don’t get it, ask and then ask again. Everyone of us is a newbie at some point. We’ve all been there. Learning the mechanics of certain movements like the squat, dead-lift, kip, or any of those crazy Olympic lifts takes lots of practice. If you need help, don’t be shy, just ask! DON’T TRY TO PR EVERYDAY Not feeling up to the task certain days? That’s fine. Just don’t skip a planned workout just because you don’t think you’re going to kill it. Something is better than nothing. IT WON’T GET EASIER, IT WILL JUST SUCK LESS First off, CrossFit never gets easier, but it will suck way less when you are able to perform the movements at a higher intensity and with better form. So be ready and take it as it comes, this is Crossfit after all! Rest and Recovery ARE KEY Too many newbies (and even those of us who have been doing this for a good minute) get caught up in trying to “kill it” most of the time. Here is an old saying that you need to live by: “You don’t get bigger and stronger from lifting weights, you get bigger and stronger from recovering from lifting weights.” you can do it Remember this, everyone who does Crossfit was once a beginner at CrossFit. You just have to go do it.
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Since traveling the globe, embarking on what he describes as “primal” and “life-changing” endurance challenges, The Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena, has had a singular goal: to provide that same sensation of exhilaration and fear to others, along with the transformative benefits.
Born in Howard Beach, Queens, a neighborhood known to tempt young men into drugs and crime, as a young boy De Sena was moved to the relative security of nearby Ithaca by his concerned mother. A few years later, upon his return to his former community, Joe charted his own course, replicating his father’s entrepreneurial spirit. Sometime around age13, Joe created a swimming pool and construction company that expanded from his Howard Beach neighborhood, throughout the borough of Queens and into Brooklyn. At 25, Joe continued to buck local trends. He sold his existing companies and tested the waters of finance on Wall Street. Later, in early 2000,
De Sena proved he was a true Renaissance entrepreneur, and moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate a farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for fellow hikers. Always an active guy, in 2005, De Sena met Andy Weinberg and, through their mutual love of fitness, together they developed a series of challenging obstacle course races for private clients. They designed a 24-hour event, meant to test participants both psychologically and physically, which they dubbed “The Death Race.” De Sena’s experience growing up in a tough neighborhood gave him the ability to conjure up unimaginable obstacles for the event,
including: excavating tree stumps or deadlifting heavy rocks. The Death Race, later lasting up to three days with little sleep for participants, was a true test of endurance, and people loved it! Sometime after the fourth annual Death Race, De Sena was pressured to create an event that would be available to the masses- not just the elite Death Race crowd. This new venture became the popular obstacle race series known as Spartan Race.
the ability to complete three different race distances in a year and collect the coveted Trifecta medal.
As De Sena’s company grew across the U.S., international interest grew. At first, Spartan Race tested the European market in Slovakia, and later found success in Australia, Mexico, Germany, and beyond. Ever expanding, in 2013, Spartan Race broadened its stadium series to include CITI Field, Miller Park and AT&T Park. During the same year, De The Spartan Race began as two distinct races: the Sprint, Sena’s Spartan Race was a course of over three miles, named “Best Obstacle Race in 2012” by Outside Magand the Super, which was nearly eight sweat-inducing azine with over 350,000 miles. The event caught the competitors participating. attention of a mass audience In an effort to document his looking for something to inspire and challenge them, own story and successes, De Sena wrote the book “Sparand soon similar events tan Up” which chronicles his were hosted around the journey while also exUnited States with thoupounding upon the positive sands of new racers joining transformations that have from near and far. occurred for over 1 million people thus far. Signature obstacles, like the rope climb, sandbag carry, and barbed-wire crawl, “Spartan Up” reached became the “hot new thing,” number two on The New York Times Best Seller list for while the spear throw became known as a right of Advice and How-To Books as well as number six on the passage at the end of each race - just before a fire jump Publishers Weekly bestseller to the finish line. Eventually, list and was named a USA Today bestseller. a course called the Beast was added to give racers SPARTAN RACE www.spartan.com active ocmag.COM
SPARTAN RACE FOUNDER: Joe DeSena
How to Fuel an OCR Podium Finish
Sample Race Day Nutrition Plan
Every Athlete’s Basic Rules of Sports Nutrition Fueling: 1) Hydrate before, during and after training and competitions. 2) Keep your glycogen stores optimized by taking easy to digest carbs before training or competitions, and during training or events lasting more than 45 min-1 hour. 3) Take in adequate carbs and protein within 30-45 minutes after training or competitions. 4) Use evidence based foods and supplements wisely to optimize performance. Trained by Yancy, Pro Spartans Isaiah Vidal and April “OCR” Dee agree. “I count on a solid nutrition plan like the one below, for that winning edge,” says April.
Sip on fluids with calories.
Hydration and energy
After waking up- leading up to the start 1.5 hours before start-Experiment with what works best for you while training
Oatmeal loaded with brown Energy pre load sugar, and fruit like bananas, berries and canned peaches Take 1 BeetElite® Shot (concentrated beetroot powder) mixed with 6 oz. cold water
40 minutes before start Provides improved stamina and energy powered by nitric oxide, increasing circulation and blood flow. Plus, it lasts up to 6 hours for extended endurance 5-10 minutes before start
Energy gel - chase with water Hydration and energy Plan to take gels when hydrating at water stations
Every 40-45 minutes during the event (for longer races like Supers, Beasts, and Ultra Beasts)
Plain water, plus liquid pro- Rebuild and repair muscle tein and carb sources, snacks tissue and replenish muscle glycogen stores, rehydration like beef jerky, trail mix, dried fruit, and granola. Aim for 15-25 grams protein and 50-90 grams of carbs
Ideally within 30-45 minutes after. Extremely important if competing again within 24 hours.
Post-race balanced meal
Rebuild, repair, rehydrate
Energy gel - chase with water Ensure glycogen (energy) stores are topped off (from carbs)
The question often comes up when I talk to Spartan athletes, “How do I optimize my nutrition plan on race day?” Well the simple answer is, keep it simple. One of the biggest mistakes athletes make is changing things up with new foods or supplements on race day. Your game day nutrition plan should be consistent, science based, and produce results in training. According to Yancy Culp, Spartan athlete and trainer for many top-ranking Spartan Pro Team athletes, “Things can fall apart fast when athletes ignore the basic rules of sports nutrition fueling. I can still compete at an elite level at the age of 43, because I know how to use science to optimally fuel my body.”
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Imagine being able to get boxing lessons from champion Manny Pacquiao or passing tips from Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, even one-on-one instruction on basketball with NBA great LeBron James. While the Mendes brothers, Guilherme and Rafael, havenâ€™t quite reached the lofty status of those superstars, they are stars in their own right in their profession, Brazilian jiu jitsu, with almost 40 world and national championship titles under their belts. And theyâ€™re still young, 26 and 24, respectively.
Now practitioners of jiu jitsu can get personalized, handson training from the Brazilian brothers from São Paulo at their stylish, white-on-white facility in Costa Mesa, The Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy. The brothers opened the academy in July 2012 with sponsor and patron Pat Tenore, co-founder of the sports clothing line RVCA. The Mendes brothers, who started in jiu jitsu when they were just 11 and 12 years old, have made it their mission to spread the benefits and lifestyle of jiu jitsu through their academy. “We want to make an impact on this area, share jiu jitsu and the lifestyle that comes with jiu jitsu,” says Rafael, a six-time world champion. “Because once you start training you want to eat healthy, you want to be in shape, it’s so good for you, good for your family. That’s why we want people to come here, to live as a better person, that’s most important for us.” Guilherme and Rafael are professors at the academy, with assistance from five accomplished coaches, all of whom compete in jiu jitsu on the national and world levels. But the two are also working on their burgeoning careers in the sport of Brazilian jiiu jitsu, which is an offshoot of the ages-old Japanese style and features grappling and more of a ground fighting style. “Our goal now is to keep competing, training at a high level, and at the same time, for us, the most important, is to keep growing the academy and being able to share jiu jitsu with the active ocmag.COM
community,” says Guilherme, a seven-time world champ himself. “We have the academy to influence everyone’s life here.” And since jiu jitsu was a motivating and inspiring force for them early in their life in Brazil, they wanted the academy to focus on kids and families too, offering classes from kids and beginners to those who want to compete at a higher level. “It’s not like a fight club, we have kids as young as 3 years old,” says Guilherme. “We have a lot of families where the mom and the dad train in jiu jitsu, and with all the kids. It makes the familiy stronger.” The brothers, who were trained and mentored by the renowed Brazilian jiu jitsu coach Ramon Lemos, came to the U.S. in their late-teens to compete in world championships. Here they met Tenore, who took a shine to the youths and offered to pay their expenses to live here and train in exchange for them training him in the art. “Pat Tenore, he was person who made everything possible for us,” says Rafael. “It was really cool. A dream come true.” And the dream continues for the brothers with The Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy and their new additions to the family.
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TIPS JIU JITSU BEGINNER TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY ON THE MAT Tap and Learn A common mistake for white belts is not learning when to tap. If you’re caught in a submission and can’t get out of it, don’t be afraid to tap. Forget About Rank Obsessing over rank is pointless. How you perform on the mats is what really matters. Stripes won’t make you better, training will. Leave Your Ego AT THE DOOR When you first start training, it’s natural to want to be good. But jiu-jitsu is not just about being good. It’s also about improving your game and helping your training partners improve theirs. Ask Questions If you have questions, ask them. Most instructors and higher ranks will go out of their way to help you with problems or questions you may have. Supplement Your Training Training is the best way to get better at jiu-jitsu. However, just like other sports there are things you can do outside of regular training that will improve your game. Strength training and conditioning for example will help you on the mats. Relax For a white belt, staying relaxed is much easier to say than do. It can be very difficult to know and understand how much energy is required to use when rolling and even training. With time and experience, beginners eventually learn to settle down and efficiently use their energy. Learn The Fundamentals Learning new techniques can be exciting and fun, but as a fresh new white belt, you should be focusing on learning and improving your foundation more than the fancy stuff that comes later. Stick With It There is an expression: “A black belt is a white belt that never gave up.”
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RHYTHM RIDE Years ago, while waiting for an instructor at a spin class she’d planned to attend, it was with great dismay to realize the instructor was a no show. So this woman, Shelly, who today is the owner of Rhythm Ride in Laguna Beach, actually quickly volunteered to lead the class that day! It was at that moment that Shelly knew she had found her calling, or, as Shelly calls it: “the addiction to teaching”. After 17 years of working in several different spin studios prior to Rhythm Ride, Shelly’s mind was boggled as to why no one used music to go along with the riding. The slow beat rhythms to correspond with the slow climbs, and the fast powerful beats that go along with the more intense and fast-paced portions make a night and day difference to the workout, and on an intuitive level, Shelly deeply understood this. So with this in mind, Shelly started to develop programs that went along with the beat of the music. Simple, yet profound! Shelly also expertly noticed that facing towards the class had far less of a community feeling, so she boldly started jumping in right along next to the class. Shelly recalls: “This was much more powerful: riding with the class, as opposed to facing them.” So after getting fired from a few spin studios for riding along with the class while instructing, and learning the ropes instructing in a few local Laguna studios, Shelly decided to finally open her own studio. Located right off of PacifIC Coast Highway in beautiful Laguna Beach, this marvelous looking studio has the latest, state of the art equipment, an impressive sound system (of course!), and when we paid the attractive studio a visit, the studio was far from a ghost town. We are sure this is why Shelly states: “We pack the house, and people love riding to the beat!” Her choreographed moves are innovative, and she’s developed programs that build core strength, and are, as Shelly describes: “fun!” Very engaging. Today, Rhythm Ride is one of the most successful studios in existence. Shelly’s feet are firmly grounded with her own studio. She has initiated a certification program, and has plans for nationwide instructor certification. This business owner and entrepreneur has goals to make Rhytym Ride the best spin technique in the country. Come join in on the fun!
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HANGAR 18 story by : STAFF Photos: BLAIR SHOOP
Byron Schumpert’s life really rocks; he’s been climbing the ladder of success since the early 90s in Northern California. Fortunate to learn from old-school climbers Scott Frye and Tom Richardson in those young wall-crawling days, he fell hard, and was hooked. In 1997, Byron left the Bay Area for Southern California, landing softly in Upland, to follow his dream of introducing the sport to a new community of enthusiasts. The beginning of the journey was the first Hangar 18, in Upland, years ago. Fast-forward to 2014, and the latest and greatest stop in Byron’s rock-building empire: a state-of-the-art European-style top-bouldering facility in San Clemente, California. With the best wall angles of any climbing gym on the West Coast, it boasts a seamless padding system and some of the most diverse and challenging climb terrain, for both beginners and advanced climbers, in the country. That, as well as endless fitness classes and an expansive yoga studio, will give anyone a leg up on the competition. For the first-timer looking for something new or the experienced hand taking it to the next level, come be a part of the fun at Hangar 18 in San Clemente. As any social climber knows, there are many ways to the top!
HANGAR 18 1031 Calle Trepadora #A, San Clemente, CA 92673 Phone:(949) 388-0480 59 climbhangar18.com/sanclemente
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PURE BARRE The fastest, most effective, as well as safest way to make a positive change to a woman’s body is how Monica Pommier, Owner of four Pure Barre locations in Orange County, describes what makes Pure Barre “a woman’s ideal workout.” Monica started taking Pure Barre classes in order to stay fit and loved the concept so much that combined with her degree in Exercise Physiology and vast experience in the medical profession, she decided to open up her own studio in early 2009. According to Monica, this was to be the first barre studio of its kind in all of Orange County. Monica is a young businesswoman who introduces movements in an isometric way, a way that uses small movements designed to follow along with great music, an experience that leads to a workout that is extremely time efficient! The purpose of the barre is to provide stabilization and support during the workout, not entirely unlike the way a ballerina utilizes it. The Pure Barre technique is amazing because it allows for the participation and inclusion of any woman, regardless of her shape, size or age. This is a workout that is definitely appropriate for anyone, despite what level they may be at during any given moment in time. It’s quite an experience to be in a room with a vast array of diverse women all enjoying the same workout, and this is only because Monica works with a staff of trainers who are experienced and highly equipped to give proper instruction, as well as provide necessary corrections, and it’s all on an individualized basis. Classes are typically 55 minutes long. The workout usually begins with a nice Pilates-based warm-up that’s designed to help strengthen and tone the upper body region. To see some real changes in your body, Monica recommends you take this class 3 to 4 times a week in order to witness some real results. After the warm-up, here’s what you can expect: variety! This is because, as Monica mentions, the choreography of the routines vary. This workout is quick, very time-efficient, and perfect for those who need to get in, get out, and keep their day moving after a great exercise routine. What’s more, there are also couples workouts available. Couples workouts have been proven to aid couples who wish to get out and stay active together as a unit. Learn more about this and other workout classes by checking out any of Monica’s four Pure Barre locations in Orange County: Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Irvine, and Huntington Beach. active ocmag.COM
PURE BARRE Newport Location 234 East 17th Street #116, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 230-9131
GARDEN GROVE CROSSFIT There isn’t anything sedentary about Jeff Brown. An athlete his entire life, he’s been involved in competitive hockey from the age of 6, up until college at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Realizing in high school that the sport attracted the burly kids, he started weight training to pack on muscle and level the playing field. In doing so, he discovered a love for bodybuilding. The pursuit of fitness continued after graduation, in Jeff’s early 20s, when a buddy dropped the unfamiliar word “crossfit.” The rest is history. Crossfit®, initially designed for functional fitness, morphed into Jeff’s uniquely styled vision, Crossfit Garden Grove. Cultivating his baby for the local community, he provides inspiration and a “small-box feel” for those entering his gym, and a directive to check egos on the way in. From soccer moms, seniors, military men and women, and public safety personnel, to long-time Crossfit members, the common denominator is the attraction of training in a friendly, supportive environment. Whether a recently-retired beginner, or a younger battle-tested veteran, you can find a customized training program to complete at your own pace and intensity level. Located in an industrial area of Garden Grove, California, this Crossfit gym is the one you were meant to find. The moment you walk through the doors and meet the owner, notice the state-of-the-art equipment, and see the welcoming smiles, not only are you family, but you’ve taken the first steps toward better health and wellness. GARDEN GROVE CROSSFIT 11258 Monarch St, Garden Grove, CA 92841 (714) 893-6012 gardengrovecrossfit.comt
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Firestorm Freerunning 2533 S Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92707 (714) 458-3733
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JUSTIN TAYLOR & STEVE NGUYEN
FIRESTORM FREERUNNING Justin Taylor and Steve Nguyen are Co-Owners of Firestorm Freerunnning in Santa Ana. Justin grew up in competitive gymnastics, and Steve began martial arts at the age of 8. Both are competitive sports athletes, and have brought that spirit to Firestorm where there are many fitness options, with Parkour being the foundation of their approach.
Have you ever tried aerial silks and lyra? Participants must be over the age of 7. It’s sometimes referred to as aerial tissue, contortion, or ribbons exercise. You’ve seen it in Cirque du Soleil as a performance involving aerial acrobatics executed while hanging from a fabric. Performers rely upon body strength, and it’s also great for flexibility.
Firestorm offers Martial Arts Tricking, aka “Tricking”, a martial art that combines Karate, Capoeira, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Gymnastics, Cheer, and Breakdancing.
They have a “Little Hero” class geared toward introducing kids to cross-training during the precious window of opportunity of youth. This creates a substantial foundation for physicality that can last Tumbling classes that focus on the fundamentals of their whole life long. Firestorm’s mission is to train gymnastics are available. Proper body position and timing body mechanics and awareness until it becomes seconddevelop strength and flexibility, essential elements nature. toward mastering Tumbling. Handstands, handsprings, backflips, and layouts are all covered in this class. The Trampoline/ Wall Trampoline , also for ages 7 and up, is a ton of fun. Trampoline is the most powerful training At Firestorm, you can focus on Strength and Conditioning. tool utilized at Firestorm. It develops body control, as Compared to most strength building routines that grow well as spatial and aerial awareness. Trampoline helps repetitive, this class takes a building blocks approach to students refine body control while suspended in midair. strength training.
F I T N E SS M A D E F U N C T I O N AL AOC had a chance to visit Battlehouse Fitnessâ€™s flagship showroom in Brea, CA and get an inside look at what makes them one of the leading fitness equipment companies in the O.C. story by : STAFF Photos: JB JAKUBEK, BATTLEHOUSE
Getting laid off from his job may have been the best thing to ever happen to Eric Huerta. That was eight years ago. Now Huerta is the founder and owner of Battlehouse Fitness Equipment Development Center in Brea, one of OCâ€™s leading fitness equipment companies. After he lost his job Eric could have sat around collecting his unemployment check and play video games all day, but he wasnâ€™t exactly the type to do that. A lifelong athlete who competed in active ocmag.COM
virtually every sport offered in high school, from cross country to wrestling and basketball, Eric was passionate about staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Easier said than done, he quickly found out. Much of the fitness equipment he wanted to use was cheaply made, had to be ordered online sight-unseen and overpriced. So he did his homework, researching ways to make his own workout equipment. Armed with his own equipment, Eric would work out wherever he could: in a gym, a local park, the beach, even a
parking lot. And he noticed a curious thing when he was working out. “I was approached constantly, people were always asking me for the equipment I was training with,” he says, telling the curious it was one-of-a-kind pieces he made himself. “I would sell it because they would offer me double or triple what it cost me to make it. And they loved the quality of it. From that point on I constantly had to keep replacing it. Finally, his wife asked him why he kept selling his personal workout equipment to complete strangers. “Well, people keep asking for it, so why not?” he’d answer. “So I saw there was a draw there and a really big market for quality products and someone who is accountable.” So, working out of his garage at first, Eric launched Battlehouse, a name taken from two very different concepts, one, the fight he had to get his business off the ground and two, house and home, something near and dear to his heart. “Nothing is more sacred than your house, this is what you protect, this is what you are,” he says. But Eric isn’t just content to sell equipment, he’s looking at a much bigger picture.
“I’m looking to change the industry. I’m looking to actually evolve it, to change the way people train,” he says. “I’m not looking to be a seller of product, I’m looking to be an innovator for ways to work out and redevelop the way you work out.” Battlehouse does this by integrating various forms of workouts, making the equipment more interactive, versatile and multi-dimensional, bringing the term “crosstraining” to a whole new level. Using such things as channel and track systems, integrated pegboards and integrated grip holes and mixing in heavy bags, ropes and rings, Battlehouse can not only make the equipment cross-functional, but use much less space than a conventional gym. “That’s where we’re from, that’s the mindset, to maximize usage. Not only in space, but in equipment,” he says. “Making the most out of small amounts of space, that’s really our forte.” 69
The equipment, however, is only as good as the person standing behind it, Eric contends. “The truth of the matter is, it’s not the equipment that people are buying, they’re buying you,” he says. “And if they’re buying you, that means they’re buying the fact that you’re 100% accountable and know what you’re talking about and people will read through the BS. If I’m moderately successful and people keep coming back to me because the quality is there and the innovation is there, then for me that’s a success.”
BATTLEHOUSE FITNESS 554 S. Brea Blvd. Brea, Ca. 92821 Ph. 626.848.2793 www.battlehousefitness.com inst: @battlehouse_fitness
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Bren Events Center, IRVINE
The National Pro Grid League crowned its first championship team at the Bren Events Center In Irvine, California on October 1, 2014. The undefeated DC Brawlers emerged victorious against the San Francisco Fire. The inaugural season of Grid showed the world how athleticism, teamwork and strategy can energize an audience and provide new opportunities for athletes. After eight teams -- with men and women competing side by side -- stormed the sports world, it all came down to two: The undefeated Brawlers and the undefeated San Francisco Fire. A new sport, new fans, national TV. It doesnâ€™t get any bigger... or better, than that.
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The 35th Annual Natural Products Expo West, the worldâ€™s largest organic, natural and healthy products event took center stage this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Ca. March 4-8. The event is absolutely amazing, with over 71,000 attendees and 2700 vendors 3 days does not seem nearly long enough to take in all of the action. The sights, sounds, and tastes embody you, as you seem to be in another world where gluten free, no sugar and organic are the staples of everything you lay eyes on. From artichoke water, protein packed peanut butter to pre-work out beet supplements, you will be hard pressed not to find something that you love.
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A COUPLES STORY ON HOW THEY STARTED THEIR DREAM
ANAXMETHODS Where are you both originally from and how did you two meet? Nick: I was born in Newport Beach, California and grew up in Orange County. When I was 25, I received a sponsorship from Controlled Labs supplements. One of the marketing directors just happened to be Veronica’s best friend and introduced us via Facebook. active ocmag.COM
Veronica: I am originally from Saginaw, Michigan so when I met Nick I didn’t really expect too much to come of it. After several months of getting to know each other we decided to see if we had the same chemistry in person. I moved to Orange County in the summer of 2011 and the rest is history.
From the looks of it, you both have been training for a good minute, how did you two start your fitness quest? Nick: I grew up skateboarding and surfing but didn’t get into serious weight training until I was about twenty-three. It quickly turned from a hobby to a passion. I loved the way it made me feel about myself and de-
cided then that I wanted to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Veronica: My dad introduced me to fitness when I was very young. I would lift little weights with him in our basement while we watched Pistons games on TV. I grew up playing basketball and played sports all through high school. After high school I knew that I wanted to work
in the health and fitness industry so I got my first personal training certification. How did Anax come to life and what is “The Anax Methods”? Nick and Veronica: Anax Methods is an idea we had after we started getting more and more inquiries about online coaching and personal
training. We wanted to take on as many clients as we could but we weren’t able to dedicate 100% to everyone. We wondered how we could deliver our own custom ways of training to several people at once while still being affordable and the business was born. Really, the Anax Method isn’t just one particular method. It’s a way for us to offer 77
our own personal spin on tried and true fitness and nutrition ideas. One of the major parts of Anax Methods is offering exclusive programs designed by some of our fitness professionals because we find that variety is the best way to stay motivated Anax looks like it offers clients something different, what does Anax do that is unique for its clients? Nick and Veronica: We listen to our clientele. We don’t offer cookie cutter programs. We really take into account what our clients and followers want. We know that not everyone will benefit from the same exact routine so we try and design our programs so that the person using it
will be able to grow and progress and really make it their own. Who would you like to thank? Nick and Veronica: First and foremost, our families. They have supported us every step of the way through ALL of our mistakes and setbacks. We couldn’t be more thankful for our families. A very special thanks to Brandan Schieppati and his gym Rise Above Fitness in Huntington Beach for giving us the opportunity to train at his gym and always being there for both of us as a mentor and especially as a friend. We’d also like to thank Active OC Magazine for giving us the chance to be part of this issue.
The end of arm workout monotony
For many people, building strong, defined arms can be challenging. Feeling like you’re not progressing can leave you discouraged when it comes to training this muscle group. Anax Methods has put together a detailed program specifically targeting the biceps, triceps, and forearms. Arm-ageddon is a training program designed to build lean muscle by focusing on a slow and steady contraction. When you start Arm-ageddon be sure to keep these tips in mind:
• Never sacrifice form just to lift heavier weight. The best way to train any muscle group is to avoid injuring it. • When performing standing bicep curls, don’t let your body’s momentum bring the weight up for you. Focus only on contracting the biceps. • When it comes to working your triceps, try changing the movements up a bit by reversing your grip, using a decline or incline bench and to alternate between machines, cables, and free weights to isolate all the parts of the muscle.
A HEAVY SOUL AND HEAVIER WEIGHTS rib and a fractured rib, a compression fracture at the T7 and T9, and an immense lack of mobility. I was tired of the pain; I spent months in bed avoiding life because getting up was absolute agony. A couple weeks I had a major back injury that into it you find out that tricks was not getting better. Long like caffeine and Tylenol only story short: I had a dislocated go so far. It was depressing Ever heard of Henry Rollins, a punk icon and Black Flag vocalist? Well, a few years ago I came across an article he wrote called “The Iron and Soul.” It was during a rough patch in my life.
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and I hated it. Therapy was limited and basic. It was just ting 500 lbs. on my back. What on Earth was I thinking? enough to get by. The pain kept lingering like a bad dream A year ago I couldn’t sit down at the table for more than a few minutes to eat and now I am dropping you can’t shake. I wanted out; I didn’t want half a ton on my back, squatting down to any more pain. ground, and coming back up? It was crazy, right? It was not just the absence of pain I started looking for answers. As you can probthat made me push further it was finding ably figure out by now, it wasn’t some esoteric strength. The iron not only showed me what book or a stranger I met on a bus down to the I could do, but the iron had taught me how beach. It was this old piece of untouched iron to live. There was something about the daisitting in my garage as well as a few passages ly grind, the little wins, the discipline and out of that article that I came across on Digg. habits, and coming into the gym and plugThe article states: ging away at it. It was trying to squat a little deeper, trying to deadlift a little faster, put“There is no better way to fight weakness ting an extra five or ten pounds on the bar than strength. Once the mind and body to see what would happen. If I got cocky, I have been awakened to their true potential, would get knocked down. If I was too meek, it is impossible to turn back.” I would stall. I learned honest progression It’s true. I was depressed. Then Rollins and built a new man out of smacked me across the sweat, steel, and cast iron face with the answer: plates. “The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever In October of 2011, 11 found. “In hindsight, months after I decided my it seems like common fate, I squatted 495 lbs., sense, but at that mobench pressed 275 lbs., ment the gears were and deadlifted 395 lbs. I starting to turn. Think totaled 1,165 lbs. weighabout it. We’re animals— ing 225 lbs. in the gym. flesh and blood, proRollin’s prophetic words cess-driven, evolutionhit me again: “I felt strong. arily wired animals and It was the first time I can rethen include conscious member having a sense of thought together. We formyself. I had done someget that we can’t expect a thing and no one could change in our mentality ever take it away. You without a change of our couldn’t say shit to me.” I physiology. also came down at 75 lbs. The day I was injured, I Years ago I had strength, weighed 204 lbs. The day I and endurance. At that decided to make a change, point, I just wanted to stand up without having to brace myself. It was time to I weighed 279 lbs. By the 11th month I weighed 225 lbs. submit. It was time to rebuild myself; It took 11 months. I If you do the math, I lost around 75 lbs. of fat, and put went from being unable to perform basic stretches to put- on around 20 lbs. of muscle based on body fat percentactive ocmag.COM
age readings. Now, the new found strength and weight loss was awesome, but do you know what was better? My pain had gone away. Yeah, there were days I was so sore that I couldn’t walk, but I would trade a lifetime of pain from weakness for a lifetime of soreness from strength any day. In retrospect, my only real mistake was not competing. I was an athlete for most of my life and it would have been awesome to see this new found strength tested in the real world. I regret it; I could have gotten off to a great start, but it’s never too late. I remember still being wet behind the ears thinking I just climbed Mount Everest. By totaling up my three lifts, which is the standard measure in powerlifting, I made it into the “prestigious” 1,000 lbs. club. It is one of the major milestones in a powerlifter’s journey and a sign of accomplishment. It is a gauntlet that you pass from boyhood into manhood. Little did I know that there were men out there passing through another gauntlet: from man to beast. Absolute animals picking up 700, and even 800 pounds off the ground while weighing less than I did! Women who were twice as strong as I was relative to their bodyweight and looked great doing it! Kids and I mean kids at 16 and 17 passing me up with ease. It was an amazing journey.
STEP x STEP
KETTLEBELL The kettlebell or girya (Russian: ги́ря) is a cast-iron or cast steel weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training
A SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE EXERCISE
Place one kettlebell between your feet. Push back with your butt and bend your knees to get into the starting position. Make sure that your back is flat and look straight ahead
Swing the kettlebell between your legs forcefully.
Quickly drive though with your hips taking the kettlebell straight out and ABOVE SHOULDER HEIGHT. Let the kettlebell swing back between your legs and return to stance. Repeat
one arm press
SHOULDER AND FOREARM FOCUSED EXERCISE
STANCE SHOULD BE SHOULDER WIDTH AND SLIGHT BEND iN KNEES. GRIP a kettlebell by the handle letting it hang by your side
RAISE THE KETTLEBELL TO SHOULDER HEIGHT WHILE KEEPING YOUR WRIST STRAIGHT AND FIRM
WITH A FIRM GRIP, DRIVE THE KETTLEBELL STRAIGHT UP ABOVE YOUR HEAD WHILE KEEPING YOUR WRIST STRAIGHT. Slowly returnING for negative resistance to original POSITION, SWITCH HANDS AND REPEAT, ALTERNATING SIDES
STEP x STEP
ONE ARM KETTLEBELL CLEAN
GREAT MOVEMENT FOR OVERALL STRENGTH
Place a kettlebell between your feet. As you bend down to grab the kettlebell, push your butt back and keep your eyes looking forward
Clean the kettlebell to your shoulders by extending through the legs and hips as you raise the kettlebell towards your shoulder. The wrist should rotate as you do so
DRIVE THROUGH THE MOVEMENT BY RAISING UP AND LIFTING THE KETTLEBELL ABOVE YOUR HEAD. Slowly returnING for negative resistance to original POSITION, SWITCH HANDS AND REPEAT
BATTLEROPE THE BATTLE ROPE began as a KEY TOOL in MMA and HAS EXPLODED WITHIN THE CrossFit COMMUNITY. It is now used by NOVICES, PROFESSIONALS AND ATHLETES ALIKE. THE BATTLE ROPE has THE ability to build core strength and HAS A MULTITUDE OF EVER EXPANDING TECHNIQUES TO KEEP YOU FIT AND ACTIVE.
A counter balance training technique that derives from Judo
Set your platform by clasping both hands on rope with small loop in center , slight bend in knees, shoulders back, chest out with tension APPLIED on the rope
throw your hip left or right , set your foundation bringing arms up towards chest
AS IF THROWING A PUNCH LUNGE FORWARD SETTING FEET, PULLING WITH ONE ARM AND PUSHING ON THE ROPE WITH OTHER ARM. Slowly return for negative resistance to original staNCe, SWTCH HANDS AND REPEAT STEP ONE ALTERNATING SIDES 87
STEP x STEP
single arm counter squat
A counter balance EXERCISE FOR LEGS AND ARMS
Set your platform WITH SHOULDER WIDTH STANCE, SLIGHT BEND IN KNEES, FREE ARM RELAXED with TENSION ON the ROPE
IN A SINGLE MOTION, descend in SQUATTING stance while pulling THE rope with one arm and sending your other arm straight forward
RETURN TO ORIGINAL STANCE WHILE FEELING THE NEGATIVE RESISTANCE OF THE MOVEMENT, SWITCH HANDS AND REPEAT STEP ONE ALTERNATING SIDES
MORE ANGLE MORE INTENSITY
Set your platform by BRINGING YOUR feet together, leanING back at a 45 degree angle (or close to it) while gripping firmly WITH BOTH HANDS
RELEASE ONE HAND AND SLOWLY ASCEND WHILE TWISTING YOUR BODY KEEPING AN ALIGNED POSTURE WITH FREE ARM REACHING AND POINTING TOWARDS THE GROUND, HOLD FORM
Slowly returnING for negative resistance to original staNCe, SWITCH HANDS AND REPEAT STEP ONE ALTERNATING SIDES
NEWPORT AQUATIC CENTER A BACK BAY Favorite FOR THE LOCALS If it floats and requires a paddle or oar to propel it forward, then the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach can teach you how to use it, rent it to you or have you become a member of one of their many award-winning competitive teams. STORY BY: STAFF PHOTOS: BLAIR SHOOP
Whether you’re a newbie wanting to learn how to standup paddleboard or an Olympic-class rower who wants to hone their skills, and virtually everything in between, the non-profit center on Newport’s scenic Back Bay is the place to find it. “Whatever someone wants to try, we can get them out there on the water,” says Kelly Thompson, NAC outrigger coach and office manager. “And if we can’t, we can point them in the right direction.” But more than likely they’ll have it there for you. Their 18,000-square-foot facility not only has room for 400-plus outrigger canoes, kayaks, standup pad-
dle boards and rowing shells, but houses a large multi-purpose meeting room, cardiovascular and weight-training facilities with indoor rowing machines and locker rooms for men and women. And you don’t have to be a member to use their equipment or facilities, although membership has its perks and special benefits (such as the ability to store your own vessel there). You can rent a standup paddleboard, a kayak or even an outrigger canoe (think Waikiki Beach in Hawaii) for an hour or two, try it out, see if you like it and go from there. “We offer lessons in all our sports, so you could get a lesson in standup paddling or kayaking or outrigger,” says
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Kelly, an experienced coach who started out as a rower on NAC’s junior outrigger team. “If you want to learn something, we can teach you.” The center also does a lot of community outreach, not only to schools, but to AA groups, sober living homes, inner city kids, veterans groups such as the Wounded Warrior Project and charities such as cancer and cystic fibrosis groups. One of the success stories is the City of Santa Ana’s Project P.R.I.D.E. (Parks and Recreation Inspires Dignity and Esteem) in which youths are shuttled in from the city and given the opportunity to participate in paddling and rowing watersports. “It gives them a direction, something in their life to look forward to, it’s a great program,” says Kelly, who adds that one of those kids who participated in the project now works at NAC. Members of the Junior Outrigger Team get high school credit for participating and competing. There are currently 170 students in
the rowing program and 40 in the junior outrigger program, with 12 NAC coaches, all of whom went through the same program. NAC, which was founded in 1982 and became a non-profit corporation in 1987, also hosts a number of races and regattas, including the The Hal Rosoff Classic paddling race and Off Da Couch Race, Sam Couch Memorial Race, and participates in several fund-raising and charity events during the year. NAC’s rowing, canoe, outrigger canoe and kayak teams have won a number of national championships titles and NAC members have won 12 Olympic gold medals so far.
whatever someone wants to try, we can get them out there on the water
“Every day we’re trying to figure out ways to make us stronger,” says Kelly. “There’s always something we can improve on. We’re always aiming for that, always aiming to be the best facility, open to anyone who wants to come down and who wants to get on the water.” 95
BEGGINER Crystal Cove State State Park Crystal Cove State Park is a perfect hike for just about anyone wanting to get their feet wet (literally). Now if you consider yourself in the beginner category, you’re probably new to hiking. Don’t worry, it’s only as involved as you want it to be. In fact, you can look at this hike as an extended walk on the beach. This Crystal Cove hike is about a 4 mile loop that takes you from the parking lot down to the tide pools where you can explore the local wildlife. Although I rate this hike as easy, you do need to walk down to the beach, walk on sand, and eventually walk back up the hill to your car so be prepared for a little workout.
INTERMEDIATE All things hiking to get you connected with nature. Whether you’re just looking for a child friendly afternoon stroll or a heart pounding climb up a snow capped peak, Orange County and its neighboring mountains has what you need to get you inspired and on the trail. In this section, we will review trails of various skill levels and give you an in-depth look at what to except on each hike. We will go over terrain features, difficulty levels, and other pertinent information to get you out and back safely while maxing out the fun scale. Not sure of what to take with you? We have you covered. In future issues, we will cover packing lists for everything from day hikes to ultralight backcountry trips and everything in between. Look for unbiased gear reviews of the latest equipment as well as proven favorites. There is a lot to cover so stay tuned! We look forward to connecting with the local hiking community and appreciate your feedback. Happy trails! active ocmag.COM
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Aliso Wood Canyon For the person with a few hikes under their belt, check out the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, located in Laguna Niguel. It’s absolutely huge with miles and miles of trails to explore. Aliso and Wood Canyon has something for every level of hiker. You can go for a casual walk with your favorite four legged companion or push yourself up the endless hills until your heart’s content. But be warned: the terrain can be rough at times, so I recommend wearing trail running shoes at a minimum and don’t forget your water! Let’s face it, we live in Southern California and it’s hot and dry most of the year. Do yourself a favor and bring water. You don’t want to be halfway into your hike and realize your 16.9oz bottle of water has just run dry.
ADVANCED Cleveland National Forest Have a little more time and experience? Head out to one of the least visited spots in Orange County the Cleveland National Forest. With over 450,000 acres of wilderness, exploration is limited only by one’s imagination. There are so many miles of trails with enough switchbacks to quiet even the most ambitious hikers. And the best part? It’s all right here in Orange County! We will cover some specific hikes in future issues. Some of the hikes are strenuous and the terrain dangerous, so be sure to practice good safety and hike with a buddy!
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NOMAD GOAL 7 If you’re heading out to the wilderness, chances are you have some sort of electronics with you. Whether it be your indispensable iPhone or a handheld GPS, you’re going to need power because eventually you’re going to run out. Well, here’s one way to get back in the game. Goal Zero has a whole lineup of solar panels and chargers to meet anyone’s demands. My personal choice? The Goal Zero Nomad 7 with the Nomad 10 Battery Charger. This little powerhouse charges my iPhone, audio recorder, and keeps my headlamp batteries topped off on overnight trips. This eliminates the need to carry extra sets of spare batteries of various sizes and ensures me power for as long as I need. Tip: use the recharged AA batteries in the Nomad 10 Plus Battery Charger to charge your iPhone, then recharge the AA batteries using the solar panels. This will ensure uninterrupted charging of your device. 97
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FITNESS COMPETITION AND EXPO The Lauren Powers Christmas Classic Fitness competition and Expo was held at the Costa Mesa Community Center on Saturday, December 13th, in Costa Mesa, CA. The fitness competition included a Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding and Physique, Women’s Figure, Bikini, Fitness, Mixed Pairs, Teens, Fit Moms/Dads, Evening Gown, Physically Challenged, Shirtless Tuxedo, and the all NEW Ink & Ripped round. The LPCC is always a great event and highlighted an awesome array of vendors and athletes. For more information visit: laurenpowers.com/lauren-powers-classic
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“Hello me ‘earty’s!” Yer voyage awaits in the heart of the world famous Newport Harbor, the gem of Orange County, California. We welcome you to pillage Pirates Life Boat Rental, conveniently located in Lido Village Marina. Visit famous homes and waterfront hotspots, dock and dine, or enjoy a relaxing sunset with your lads and lassies - salty “lap” dogs welcome. Don’t forget your picnics and grog! Special occasions, birthdays, engagements, friends and family, corporate events, any occasion or none at all, our family owned business is open every day 10am-830pm. Call now for weekly specials.Our deckhands are ready to take your mateys and belongings to our 8, 10, or 12 passenger electric pirate ships fit for Grandma Hook or Junior Peg-Leg. Our vessels are battery powered and easy to operate with any or no experience at all. We equip you with a map and music, but leave the memories up to you. Whether it’s a voyage under the sun or a night accompanied with candle lighting and blankets, these are adventures are yours to treasure for a lifetime. Located at Dock “D” in front of 3400 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA For reservations please call (949) 200-9355 or text (714) 486-9608 email firstname.lastname@example.org active ocmag.COM
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