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Content Exposure / 4

#MusicCityFit / 14

Discover! / 61

Publisher’s Letter / 8

New to Nashville / 18

Fitness Directory / 62

Contributors / 10

The A-List / 22

Events + Races / 64


56 NUTRITION Pan Roasted Maple Chicken / 16 LIFESTYLE The Business of Fitness / 24 Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe / 36


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36 WELLNESS Treat Yo’ Self / 42 Get Your Mind Right / 44 PMA / 46 FITNESS Cardio For Haters / 50 Fit to Serve / 52 Lagree / 56

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Publisher’s Letter The List What I’m consuming right now:

Lately I’ve been hooked on the power of mushrooms and I can’t stop eating these FOCUS eBars when they are within my reach. Check out their story on page 30.


unning your own business is one of the hardest yet most rewarding tasks I’ve ever encountered. The accountability is endless while obstacles are ever present. Between juggling life and the responsibilities of the job, there’s not much room in between and I applaud anyone willing to set out on their own and run their own company. The Business of Fitness Issue spotlights six companies that are enhancing the way we eat, exercise, and connect through innovation in the fitness industry. From superfuel we eat, to home-gym sharing apps to performance enhancing water, all of these companies are headquartered right here in Music City. I was personally able to meet all of these business owners and I have to say the future is bright for Nashville. The passion each one of them had for not only their business but also their customers is inspiring. It’s no secret we’re growing as a city, but we’re now being seen as an innovator in the health and fitness space as well too. Our gyms are getting better. Our trainers are getting smarter. Our athletes are becoming healthier. We’re becoming more and more competitive, in a good way, pushing each other to new heights. Nashville Fit Magazine is growing as well and has some exciting things planned on the horizon. To start, we’re expanding our family, taking our publication to St. Louis and launching St. Louis Fit Magazine to the Gateway City in the fall. A new frontier for us means putting out a better product for you. With each expansion, our toolbox gets a little bigger. Yes, of course, we will still be pumping our local flavor each issue, but we’ll also be sharing with you what’s happening aboard too. We’re looking forward to the opportunity and sharing more.

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What habit I’ve picked up on: I am starting to use more visualisation in my day to day activities. Wether it’s in the morning before I head off to a meeting or when I’m standing in front of a barbell at the gym, I try to visualize how things will begin and end. Imagining yourself acheiving something or completing a movement can help us get better at them. All it takes is 30 seconds.

What I’m most looking forward to: In October, I’ll be heading home to my roots and taking a day trip to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. We’ll be taking a hospital tour with some of the leader in the fitness community in Nashville.


Thank you to NFM’s contributors who make this magazine a worthy source of health and wellness information in Nashville.

PUBLISHER Ryan Freebing

EDITOR Lindsay Miller


Kathryn Defatta

Eric Diaz

Jennell Evans




Alyssa Kalams

Josh Orendorf

Kathryn Defatta Kathryn, a Nashville native, is a therapist and instructor at CycleBar. She specializes in eating/exercise disorders and helping individuals find balance in their health and wellness lifestyles. She believes how we feel is more important than what we look like and her mission is to create a safe environment for others to share in her beliefs. Eric Diaz A personal trainer with a background in healthcare research and college athletics, Eric trains people looking to perform better in every aspect of their lives. He considers fitness a sanctuary, therapy, a community, and a lifesaver. When he’s not training, Eric enjoys time with his wife and business partner, Jennifer, and their pup, Luna.

Jennell Evans CEO of Strategic Interactions (SI), a leadership development firm, and Chief Mindfulness Officer of Music City Meditation, SI’s division focused on mindfulness and meditation. Jennell’s passion is to teach others how to stop feeling stressed out so they can be happier and more successful in life. Check out or contact her directly at Alyssa Kalams Alyssa is a certified nutrition coach, recipe developer, and stylist based in Nashville, Tenn. She enjoy sharing recipes, and learnings in sustainable nutrition, mental well-being, and achieving wholesome lifestyles, all while she continues to grow in the balance of healthy living. Josh Orendorf Josh is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Paceline Physical Therapy in Franklin, Tenn. He is an Ironman triathlete and Boston Marathon qualifier. He has a passion for helping athletes conquer injury and return to sport without pain. He lives in Nashville, Tenn. with his wife, Leigh, and their dog, Annie. 10

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Nashville Fit Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of articles or advertisements, in that the views expressed therein may not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or any magazine employee or contributor. This publication and all of its contents are copyrighted.





GUEST TRAINER Gerell Webb @itrain365

PHOTOGRAPHER Meghann Booth @booth10

This month, the NFM team visited BOOTHCAMP in downtown Nashville with personal trainer, Gerell Webb. Owned and operated by Shawn Booth and Jordan Peters, BoothCamp is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with black turf, battle ropes, Assault Bikes, TRX suspension bands, 150 pound water filled punching bags, resistance bands anchored to the wall, and much more. “From a trainer’s point of view, I loved the way the class was organized. Using a 50/10 split and completing four exercises at each station, the class was broken down into five groups, and we were all coming back together after every station to complete one exercise together. It really created a team atmosphere. This a great formula for keeping the heart rate high and torching fat,” says Gerell. If you live in the Nashville area or just so happen to be in Nashville for your bachelorette party, be sure to stop by BoothCamp and give them a try. You won’t regret it.


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Nashville Fit Magazine is partnering with lululemon, Market Street Enterprises and barre3 to host Sweat In The Gulch on Saturday, September 15th. A full day of fitness classes with a host of partners, we’ll also have local vendors on-site to help you get through the day in style and comfort! All classes are donation based and support The New Beginnings Center. Get your tickets at


Our family is getting bigger! We’re excited to be adding St. Louis Fit Magazine to the community in the fall. In a city just as vibrant as Nashville, there are endless ways to stay healthy and active. If you’re ever in the area, make sure you pick up a copy and spread the word. Get all the updates at


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2 chicken breasts 6 rainbow carrots, peeled and diced 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, minced ½ tbsp olive oil ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 1 ½ tbsp butter or ghee ¼ cup maple syrup Fresh rosemary



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1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees and assemble your pan—laying the two chicken breasts in the middle, and surrounding with carrots and sweet potatoes. 2) Coat with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and fresh garlic. 3) Roast in oven for 15 minutes. While the pan is in the oven, mix your maple syrup and butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. 4) Remove pan from oven and toss vegetables. Generously brush on the maple syrup/butter mixture, and add rosemary. 5) Roast again for an additional 15 minutes.


Salad 2 cups butternut squash, diced ¾ cup raw pecans 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp coconut sugar 2 green onions, chopped 4 ½ cups of greens ½ cup cranberries Dressing ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup dijon mustard 2 ½ tbsp maple syrup 3 tsp lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste


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Bells Bend Farm 5188 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, Tennessee 37218

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add your butternut squash, pecans, and coconut sugar to an 8x8” pan. Coat in olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing every 8-10 minute. 2) Assemble greens, green onions, and cranberries in a large salad bowl and set aside. 3) In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, dijon mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to make your dressing. 4) Add pan ingredients to salad bowl, and drizzle on dressing.

Smiley’s Farm Troy Smiley PO Box 106 Ridgetop, Tennessee 37152

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NASHVILLE GYMS, RESTAURANTS, AND SPAS FOR FITNESS-MINDED FOLKS Modern Acupuncture 1731 Mallory Ln #109, Brentwood, TN 37027 brentwood/cool-springs-tn001 Modern Acupuncture is the nation’s first franchise to make the natural health and cosmetic benefits of acupuncture available to people in an accessible and affordable delivery. Modern Acupuncture offers an enhanced acupuncture experience that utilizes needle therapy on nodes to increase blood flow, but unlike traditional acupuncture, does not require the removal of any clothing to access full-body health. The cosmetic acupuncture offering is a true differentiator that has become increasingly popular at each location, providing a safer and more natural alternative to reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments are administered by acupuncturists who have been certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) after completing a threeyear master’s degree from an accredited school. Licensed acupuncturists utilize needle therapy on nodes to increase blood flow, but unlike traditional acupuncture, does not require the removal of any clothing to access full-body health; treatments are performed on feet, legs, arms, and face. A visit to Modern Acupuncture feels like a relaxing retreat, where guests can unwind and possibly even fall asleep, zoning out to peaceful music all while experiencing the healing and/or cosmetic benefits of acupuncture. Sessions are typically 30 minutes or less, and walk-ins are welcome.


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Artista Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 4012 Hillsboro Pike Suite 2A Nashville, TN 37215 Artista Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a family-owned martial arts academy located in the Green Hills area in Nashville. They focus solely on the art of Brazilian JiuJitsu and provide clean, large, high-end training facilities with an environment designed to inspire their students. Most of their students started with zero martial arts training, so they have both basics and fundamental classes on the schedule to help get beginners started. For the more experienced students, Artista provides both advanced and competition classes. They have students ranging from 3 years old to mid-sixties. Artista’s goal is, no matter your background or level of experience, to provide a welcoming, safe environment to grow as an athlete, BJJ practitioner and person. The owner and head instructor, Felix Garcia, is joined by several additional coaches to provide a well-rounded base of experience. If you’ve ever thought about giving Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or martial arts a try, send them an email or give them a call and they will get you setup with a FREE introductory class. | 615-364-2847

HOTWORX 818 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 HOTWORX is a virtually instructed exercise program created for users to experience the many benefits of infrared heat absorption, while completing a 30 minute isometric workout or a 15 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session. HOTWORX (HWX) was created for customers who want to flush toxins from their body and burn massive amount of calories in the process. As the infrared heat penetrates your system causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction. HOTWORX can help improve strength, cardio, flexibility, circulation, immunity, while also burning fat, decreasing workout recovery time, increase metabolism, and much more! Whether you are looking to polish off your regular workout routine or looking for new ways to live a healthier lifestyle, HOTWORX will be a major component of your beauty, wellness, and fitness program. HOTWORX is coming soon to the Midtown district of Nashville. We’re looking forward to taking a class soon! S E P T / O C T 2 0 1 8 • N AS H V I L L E F I T M AG A Z I N E


SculptHouse 3990 Hillsboro Pike Suite 200 Nashville, TN 37215 The Atlanta-based fitness concept SculptHouse opened in the Vertis Green Hills in August. Created by former athlete, Wilhelmina fitness model, and Lagree Fitness instructor, Katherine Mason, the one-of-a-kind program is the world’s first to combine the Lagree Fitness Megaformer with a treadmill. While working as a Lagree Fitness instructor in NYC, Katherine saw a need from clients to combine the full-body toning workout Lagree offers with high-intensity interval training on a treadmill. After realizing that no other studio had created this method, she partnered with Megan Armstrong, SculptHouse’s Creative Director + Master Instructor, to come up with SculptHouse’s signature 50-minute workout. The signature CardioSculpt program features 25 minutes of strength training on a Megaformer and 25 minutes of cardio intervals on a human-powered treadmill called a Woodway Curve. This unique combination ensures a low-impact but high intensity workout for participants of any fitness level, age or injuries. The SculptHouse boutique features over 30 different lines from around the world, including athleisure shoes, clothing and accessories. Located at 3990 Hillsboro Pike Suite 200, Sculpthouse Nashville is led by Anne Marie, Former NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleader who has been a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor in Nashville for the past 8 years. TYLT Cycle 139 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 TYLT Cycle, opening at the end of August, in the North Gulch, is a revolutionary, indoor cycling studio that offers cycling, strength training, and yoga, all under one roof. If these classes alone don’t bring fitness enthusiasts to a new level, the LED “nightclub” lighting and heart-pumping music will be sure to take you on a one-of-a-kind fitness journey you have yet to experience in Nashville. TYLT has partnered with Real Ryder to exclusively introduce an innovative, three-dimensional cycling technology. Not only do these bikes burn 20% more calories than a stationary bike, but they focus on rhythm, sway, motion, cardio, balance, and cadence, unlike any other indoor cycling studio around. Don’t call it a stationary bike. TYLT Cycle will offer riders six different classes from which to choose: Strictly Cycling; Express Cycle (30min); Cyclone (which incorporates cycling and strength and plyometric stations); Tylt Triple Threat aka TTT (15min cycle, 15min floor, 15min cycle); and, on the weekends CycleFlow (25min cycle – 45min vinyasa flow). Additionally, for those looking to have more of a one-on-one experience or are looking to host their own cycling party, TYLT will also offer private rides, giving you the option to pick your instructor, personalize your playlist, and receive one-on-one attention from our staff. Owners Allison Jacob, Paige Fuson and DeMarco Murray are (individually) about as opposite as they come, but together, they are bringing Nashville one wild ride! 20

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True Food Kitchen 3996 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 True Food Kitchen will open its first Tennessee location in Nashville at Vertis Green Hills on September 26. Founded in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2008, True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that great tasting food and thoughtfully crafted beverages can serve as the foundation for a life well lived. The restaurant is driven by a passionate collective of accomplished chefs, visionary restauranteurs, and a renowned doctor of integrative medicine – who believe delicious dining and conscious nutrition can go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity, or indulgence. True Food’s seasonal menu is guided by the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid. True Food Kitchen emphasizes wholesome, simple ingredients with simple preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each ingredient. From nutrient-dense staples and carefully sourced proteins to little-known superfoods, True Food Kitchen is committed to sourcing the most responsible, creative, freshest, in-season ingredients. To learn more, visit

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At Nashville Fit Magazine, we pride ourselves on being bold, well-researched, and above all, fun. The A-List is a curated list of our team’s favorite products and tips based on personal experience or expert advice. This month features a list of our favorite new products as we gear up for the fall. Primally Pure Blue Tansy Deodorant $16

Primally Pure ( Finally! A natural deodorant that truly works. This deodorant is aluminum free and contains good-for-you organic ingredients including grass-fed tallow, fair trade coconut oil, arrowroot powder, beeswax and essential oils. It doesn’t clump throughout the day too.

MISSION HydroActive Max Instant Cooling Towel $20

MISSION ( Beat the heat with this amazing cooling towel. When placed in cold water, the ultra-soft, breathable fabric cools down to 30 degrees below your average body temperature and provides a cooling effect for up to 2 hours.


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Four Sigmatic Chai Latte starting at $20

Four Sigmatic ( The power of mushrooms are all the rage right now. Get to the gut of the matter with Four Sigmatic’s new Chai Latte mix. It’s light and supports a happy belly with gut-loving turkey tail, calming reishi and classic carminative spices. It’s caffeine-free, vegan and certified paleo too. Give yourself a sweet belly rub and support your “second brain” with a comforting cup of this classic chai blend.

Edge Fitness Performance EDGE Peak Pre-Workout $40

Edge Fitness Performance ( EDGE Peak Pre-Workout has taken the most highly researched ingredients and dosed them clinically, delivering one of the most complete pre-workouts on the market. Owned and operated by Jacob Westerhouse, a former NCAA baseball player, Edge Fitness Performance is based right here in Nashville, TN. Some of the unique ingredients in Peak Pre-workout are electrolytes, beetroot extract and coconut water powder to increase hydration and blood flow. EDGE also produces other supplements including protein powders, amino acids and a fat-burner.

TenneCBD Formula Black starting at $30

TenneCBD ( TenneCBD has arrived! The power of CBD oil is real, and it’s been known to relieve joint pain, anxiety and depression. Grown and manufactured by LabCanna exclusively in Franklin, TN using a pure CBD isolate, TenneCBD Formula Black packs 1800mg of pure CBD in every 30ml bottle and has an organic mint flavor to it. Add to your morning smoothie, tea or coffee.

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ix Juice Co. is a locally owned, small business, located in Belle Meade’s Westgate Center. It’s conveniently located close to a few outdoor spaces and parks where local athletes and families alike can come grab a healthy snack and a juice. With a deep regard for organic growing practices, seasonal harvests and local suppliers, Fix Juice Co. is committed to using whole fruits and vegetables for handcrafted, cold-pressed juices and smoothies. The environment has helped mold the business into a family friendly, health promoting atmosphere which has allowed the business to only sell organic, but grow organically and become a big part of the community. Born and raised in Nashville, owner Kara Sharp came from an active family and grew up loving the outdoors. As a teenager, she asked for permission to transfer from her current school, where her family had roots, because she wanted the opportunity to play sports. At The Harpeth Hall School in Green Hills, she stayed involved in many activities before attending Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate degree and later law school. In college, Sharp developed a love for running that has only recently been altered when she had her first child about four months after Fix Juice Co. opened their doors. Between the years she graduated from school and starting her own business, Sharp was a litigator at a local law firm. “I assumed everyone had a job they had to go to on a routine schedule,” she says. Personally, she always felt the need to take the avenue of what American society would call a real profession. After spending four years in law, she has kept her license current, but admits, “I realized I was living a very rushed lifestyle and it wasn’t near to my heart.” “At the time, I was always trying to out-exercise a bad diet,” she continues. “It didn’t catch up with me until I spent too much time sitting down at a desk. I felt lethargic at work and I wasn’t alert. When Sharp’s aunt was diagnosed with cancer, the family witnessed somewhat of a modern miracle. “We strongly believe [my aunt] survived longer than expected because she was eating organic and staying away from pesticides and processed food,” she explains. This also helped her realize, “I had to get my own diet back together.” Sharp’s natural reaction to the health of her aunt was to listen to her inner lawyer. “There must be something to this whole diet thing,” she thought. Her aunt had proven that consuming nutritional components of organic food could make a huge difference on your body’s recovery and healing power. Sharp says the difference in natural, organic product is most commonly the soil. When the product is richer and absent of traditional and common pesticides and chemicals, the result is clean, positive health effects. “Sometimes it takes a major event for health to hit you,” she admits. “With my aunt, I realized food can truly be your medicine.” Sharp has found the significance in including vegetables into her consumer’s daily diet. “It’s the one thing we need the most, but get the least of,” she admits. While there should always be balance in life, Sharp prides herself on owning a shop where you can come in and “drink your vegetables.” It took about a year to put together her plan for a juice bar. In 2014, Sharp officially quit her job as a litigator and in December

of 2015 opened up Fix Juice Co. Surprisingly, the catalyst for her idea was when her go-to healthy eatery, Calypso, closed its location in west Nashville. She says it threw off her routine and eventually made her recognize the need for a healthy option in the area. “It’s really hard to find healthy food on-the-go. I felt capable I could supply that need.” “Starting a business from scratch wasn’t ideal though, so we tested our recipes on our friends before we did. We held tasting parties and spent hundreds of hours figuring out what we were going to include,” Sharp says. Using her background in law, Sharp re-educated herself on how to start a small business. She had to learn how much produce to buy daily, how to use large equipment and what type of location she wanted to set up shop in. She continually discovered tiny details she hadn’t thought of before. Sharp remembers, “We asked advice from other owners outside of the area,” and credits, “a lot of trial and error and a lot of podcasts,” to furthering her business skills. While one of Sharp’s major ideals is the removal of pesticides in her products, she also requires fresh ingredients and full transparency from her products and employees. “Every ingredient we can get from local farmers, we do. And everything is organic,” she says. She believes in running a transparent company because she wants customers to know exactly what they are getting. Her willingness to be open and honest about her ingredients also creates a level of trust with her employees as well. Reviewers admit to being educated by the friendly staff and even call the store products a “mood-lifter.” But Sharp admits, “The cost [of produce] fluctuates and it isn’t cheap, but we want our customers to trust they will always get the best organic products available.” From her encouragement of healthy eating on-the-go, to the dedication to social entrepreneurship, Sharp focuses on sustainability and joining the local community in its effort to create awareness, educate and inspire a healthy lifestyle. In addition to nutrient-dense juices and smoothies, she also offers healthy, locally made grab-and-go food items. “I love the people we serve,” Sharp proclaims. “It’s what makes it all worth it at the end of the day.” Seeing the community come and go, watching friends grab a juice together, meeting mothers and children and seeing those children grow through the years, are just a few memories the shop has enjoyed. “Kind of like watching this idea in my head grow and now watching that business grow,” Sharp conveys. “People come in and tell their stories and I love hearing them!” Starting a business is never easy, but Fix Juice Co. has found a balance and beauty from the company of others. Sharp expresses, “I could absolutely say I get to do what I love. And I took a huge risk on a personal interest of mine. It’s more work than I imagined but also a lot more rewarding than I ever thought.”

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The Business of Fitness

Defiance Fuel by RYAN FREEBING


e all know water is essential to life and that the common “recommendation” is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses a day to stay hydrated. But have you ever wondered why or if the water you’re drinking is even hydrating you the way it should be? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hydration is one of the most important indicators of and contributors to overall cell health. When we are young, our skin and


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organs contain an abundant supply of water. Not only is the water content high, it is also highly mobile and active. As we grow older however, the mobility of the water in our cells dramatically slows down, thus the need to stay hydrated becomes more and more valuable. Well-known throughout the fitness industry in Nashville, you’d be hard-pressed to find a gym, studio, or health spa that doesn’t include a refrigerator full of Defiance Fuel: an ultra-purified, per-

formance driven water. Defiance Fuel President, Brian Burgdorf, has been living in Nashville for almost fourteen years now, and he’s been humbled with the support they’ve received in the local market. “Our ambassadors are incredible. They really love our product and go above and beyond to support and share it’s advantages. Being hydrated gives them more energy and efficiency in the gym, and our athletes love it because it doesn’t fill them up like other waters or sports beverages.” “And why wouldn’t they?” Burgdorf continues, speaking more on the approval of his product in the local scene. “Defiance Fuel is the culmination of over 30 years of water research and has undergone double blind studies and placebo controlled tests. It increases your metabolic rate, cellular mobility and overall cellular health.” Now we know what you might be thinking. ‘Water is water is water, and if I drink the recommended amount, no matter where it comes from, I’m sure I’ll stay hydrated.’ The difference in Defiance Fuel and other products in the market though is that Defiance fuel has been scientifically proven to increase cellular hydration. They have a number of award winning scientists working closely with them every step of the way too including Dr. Ajay Goel, a Director at the Center for Epigenetics at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, TX. In the fitness industry, staying fit and healthy is priority number one. We’re always looking for and aware of the quality ingredients that are going into our bodies, specifically when we eat. Why shouldn’t our hydration be the same? We can be beer or wine snobs when we want to be. Why not water too? Dan O’Hearn, who is now a part owner in Defiance Fuel, also thought “all water was the same” before he met Burgdorf. “After trying Defiance Fuel at a local gym,” O’Hearn elaborates, “I realized that Defiance Fuel water was different. My first thought was how clean it tasted and that I didn’t feel bloated like other waters. A few cases later, and I started to feel better during my workouts and my recovery was faster too. Shortly thereafter, I contacted Brian and we had a chance to speak more in depth about the science, research and patented technology of the water. At that point I knew that I wanted to be part of the company. “Being former athletes, we both knew how this product could have helped us in our former careers and how it could now benefit so many others playing and competing in today’s sports,” Burgdorf says.” After spending a few days with both O’Hearn and Burgdorf, we found out both of them had lost family members to cancer at an early age. We asked them how this had impacted their lives and view on wellness and living a healthy lifestyle. O’Hearn says, “My mother’s passing made me even more cognizant of the choices I was making and how I can help impact the choices of others.” “When I lost my dad at an early age to cancer,” Burgdorf explains, “it motivated me to stay healthy, grind hard every day with a positive attitude and treat people with kindness and love. Being a former athlete, it’s also important that I teach my three daughters about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and being the best leader they can possibly be for their community.” “Being surrounded by such a great group of people is incredible and we are so thankful for the opportunity to share this product with others,” Burgdorf continues. Defiance Fuel is more than just a water company though. In 2016, Defiance Fuel partnered with New York Giants Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks to donate over 30,000 bottles of Defiance Fuel to Flint, Michigan when residents were hit with a drinking water crisis.

In 2017, Rapper and investor Jeezy donated 50,000 bottles of Defiance Fuel water to Houston when Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion in damage to the area. Recently, Jordan Matthews, a former Vanderbilt standout and current New England Patriot, partnered with Defiance Fuel to send 17,000 bottles to Puerto Rico as well. On a local level, Defiance Fuel supports a number of events and initiatives around town. “We ask our employees to workout at a different facility in their respective city every day to help them gather a pulse and interest in other brands around town,” Burgdorf says. “We’ve sponsored events for our athletes like Beyond the Game and all of the money raised [through donations and auctions] goes to supporting charities, like the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Right now, we’re working on a healthy water initiative in Africa, and we hope to take a group of our ambassadors down there in the next couple of years.” Even though Defiance Fuel water is the flagship product of the performance brand’s output, they have also recently entered into the pre-workout industry with ingredients that have a long history of safety and performance. “Our pre-workout has done well for us, but what I’m really excited to bring to market is our patented box water technology that we will be rolling out in January.It will be big for the retail space.`` “We have so many more cutting edge products coming soon too,” Burgdorf shares. “Defiance Labs continues to partner with the top scientists around the world and we’re launching a line of supplements to our partners soon!”

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alking into any GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, or local supplement store can be surprisingly overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. On the surface, it appears to be a buffet of brightly colored packages, vitamins, pre-workouts, energy drinks and protein powders. Not to mention, the flavored versions of peanut butters and bars that say “birthday cake” that leave us all a little confused. It’s enough to have you pulling your hair out because trying to uncover each one’s effects, ingredients, and sometimes empty promises is near impossible due to skewed versions of what looks like made-up words on a nutrition label. Austin Hulsey felt the same way. In 2013, he decided to change that experience for himself and everyone else. Thus began the journey to create a clean, high-performance line of supplements. At this time, Hulsey was attending Tennessee State University (TSU) and spending much of his time playing in the campus lab. What he would eventually create is the brand we know today as NutriFitt: an all-natural supplement line for today’s busy men and women. Often we find ingredients we can’t pronounce on the back of our supplement bottles. That’s because a number of products in our market today are combined with fillers, artificial additives, and chemical sweeteners. Not to mention the flattering speech and images designed to persuade you into believing there is one magic product. “I knew I was entering into a heavily saturated industry,” Hulsey confesses, “but I trusted in what I stood for and believed that the health of others did not need to be placed under the profits of a shiny label.” As the founder and CEO of NutriFitt, Hulsey has also taken it upon himself to provide consumers with effective doses for each ingredient. He discloses, “You’d be surprised how easy it is to throw some caffeine and a proprietary blend of ingredients, sweeten it with Splenda or aspartame, not tell anyone how much they are getting in a container and sell it to the masses.” At TSU, he was pursuing a degree in Clinical and Sports Nutrition, but knew he wanted to build a brand based on research, testing, and the collaboration with top biochemists, food scientists, pharmacists and dietitians. The goal was to create the most effective and clean products on the market. The task wasn’t easy, but with a foundation of passion, he set out to prove that supplements and science were meant to be a winning combination, not a marketing ploy. “I’m still extremely grateful for the support and guidance of various instructors at TSU and the access they provided me to lab equipment. It actually led me to creating the company’s first product, PRE-FITT,” Hulsey recalls. It’s not uncommon to hear him mention “the lab” during casual conversation. That’s because his hands-on approach to each and every concoction is driven by his experimental curiosity and need to create a quality product driven by scientific evidence. After studying the market and product labels for some time, he reports, “It was clear to me that there was a need for a company that offered high quality supplements at an affordable price. But without all the unnecessary additives.” A long-time consumer of supplements himself, Hulsey remembers, “The more I educated myself about nutrition the more

intrigued I became. But the more I learned about the business side of the industry, the more I wanted to create something pure.” NutriFitt products are naturally flavored, sweetened and colored for this reason, but also because no one likes to be tricked. Even when making an effort to keep a clean diet and exercise daily, we are surrounded by a lot of information that can steer consumers wrong and twist the facts. We have all fallen victim to marketing and advertising methods as one time or another. But Hulsey says, “I wanted my brand to have a profound impact on the performance of others, without potentially sacrificing their health.” Headquartered right here in Nashville, NutriFitt officially launched over a year ago. “The growth we’ve seen and the unwavering support from the community in Music City has been amazing,” Hulsey admits. In just a short span of a year, NutriFitt has managed to expand to over 10 retail locations and ship to nearly 30 different states through their online sales. Having moved to Nashville with only 100 dollars to his name, Hulsey is no stranger to taking risks. “It’s been a journey filled with doubt, sacrifice and a desire that wouldn’t let me stop, no matter how many times I failed during the process,” he admits. Stepping into the unknown of entrepreneurship can be scary, especially in this town, but he says there is no reward without a little risk. The risk he was willing to take stems from witnessing health concerns within his own family. Hulsey says his loved ones have experienced a wide variety of health issues, including heart disease and cancer. However, he claims, “It led me to discover health and nutrition was a passion at an early age.” Seeing the negative effects of bad nutrition and sedentary lifestyles first-hand, drove him to create honest products. It was also a constant reminder to put the health of his clients and community as his number one priority. The production and successes of NutriFitt has not stopped Hulsey from thinking outside of the box. In fact, it has sparked an interest to not only reinventing already popular products, but also expand his ideas and followers. He is currently working on products that reach much further than the general fitness consumers. He hopes to one day provide his supplements to hospitals and caregivers in the attempt to heal and not just enhance. Like Hulsey, these healthcare providers would be choosing to approach the usual medical process from an overall wellness perspective, instead of a dependency on pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs. While modern medicine is a popular topic these days, our society continues to study and elevate ways to use food as our cure. Instead of supplying nutrients for just the fit and active, he is looking at those in need of a foundation in good health. He is choosing to step outside his comfort zone and offer a positive alternative approach to fighting sickness. He says. “It’s about how we can continue to impact the lives of others and help them realize that everyone deserves greatness, in whatever form that may be.” Hulsey has set his personal bar high, because to him, “it’s never been solely about NutriFitt or how far our products can grow and where they are sold.” But whether it be through products, competitive athletes, ambassadors, or a simple conversion about fitness, health, or wellness, it’s the culture Hulsey vowed to build that keeps him humble and in pursuit of a quality. He has created a team that is aligned with his mission. He sets the business goals at reaching both the community and individual lives, because to him, that will make all the difference in everyone’s journey to health. Hulsey proudly claims, “I want our community to know that we are a brand that stands behind them, that believes in them, and will do whatever it takes to help each and every person achieve their health and fitness goals.” S E P T / O C T 2 0 1 8 • N AS H V I L L E F I T M AG A Z I N E


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uperfuel is a term used to describe something we eat with supposed health benefits. While some may find this word controversial, David and Jan Dalton believe they may have found something that gives this word a run for its money through eBars. A highly organic, certified gluten-free, energy bar, eBars are made with the power of mushrooms. The product is so effective, it’s even been blessed by scientists from Miami University and is manufactured right here in Tennessee. When we visited David and Jan at their factory in Franklin, we expected to find a massive production with conveyor belts and cooking machines, but what we actually found was the exact opposite. No signs. No logos. And that’s the way David likes to keep it. “We’ve been flying under the radar for a long time now, and that’s the way we like it. This isn’t something we have any interest in rushing because when you do, you’re going to sacrifice quality,” David explains. Quality ingredients like non-GMO honey from Brazil, almonds from Spain and mushrooms from California are just a few of the products that make up eBars. “We’re changing the way people think about protein bars and snacking. No longer will you eat a bar because you’re hungry or trying to get some ‘accessory’ calories in your body. Ebars are a purpose-driven consumption,” David explains. “I remember a moment at the supermarket [10 years ago] when I had picked up a bar, taken a bite, and said ‘That’s it.’ I just couldn’t eat this anymore. I was unhappy with the quality of some of the ingredients and I’d had enough.” With so many protein and energy bars on the market, it’s easy to share in David’s frustration. The desire to create a product for men, women and children packed full of immune-building foods was clear, and David was now on a mission to change the game. “When I first started out on my journey, I challenged myself to not look at any competitive products or write down any of my recipes. I wanted to be innovative and constantly evolving,” David recalls. During our discussion, David used words like wholeceuticals and superfuel, which are actually trademarked words of eBars. “I make sure I write down our mission statement at least a few times a day,” David says. “We help purpose driven people function at their peak levels by combining healthy wholefood with organic performance enhancing nutrition.” It took a few years of experimentation for David to craft what would eventually become known as the first eBar, The MAN bar, but it was an exciting milestone. “Mushrooms hadn’t even been utilized in my early recipes yet. This was 2007, and I was using oats, grains, honey and protein powder,” David explains. His then-teenage son Christopher liked eating MAN bars so much, he was taking them to his friends at school and selling them for $2 a bar. “I never did teach him about ‘kickback’ though,” David recalls laughing. “Soon the requests for more bars became more than we could


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fill from home,” Jan recalls. “Though we had no experience with manufacturing and production, we knew a huge transition was coming. I remember the day we bought our first packaging machine,” Jan recalls. “David wanted to purchase it at a food manufacturing convention and I asked if it was going to fit in our garage,” she says with a laugh. “We knew it was time for an upgrade.” “Now our organically dedicated manufacturing facility holds the highest credentials possible in food purity of any sport and functional bar nutrition company in the U.S.” And David isn’t bragging when he says this. It’s a fact. Countless hours have been invested into researching the ingredients most potent and unique to gender, function and sport. “Think about the impact these products will have on our kids too,” Jan says. Let’s say you have a big meeting coming up and you want to really dial-in your brain to prepare for it. A FOCUS bar may be perfect for you. “Now, there are many synthetic products in the market that can help a person focus,” David explains. “The majority of products are in the form of either a pill, tablet, or drink and are not engineered around organic wholefood. Why is this so important? Because the best possible delivery system for natural and gradual absorption into your bloodstream is wholefood.” “For Optimal Clarity Under Stress,” David continues, counting off each word on his fingers. “That’s what FOCUS stands for. This bar is filled with high octane brain foods such as lion’s mane [mushroom], cordyceps militaris [mushroom], guarana [whole and not extract], and flax seed and supports a balanced stimulation of your brain’s neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are going to play an important role in regulating your mood and keeping you calm and focused under stressful conditions.” What if you are having a stressful day or know you are about to be in a stressful situation? You might consume a CALM bar. “[A CALM bar] naturally helps stimulate serotonin and dopamine, and helps level out the feelings of anxiety. Additionally, it won’t make you sleepy. When it does come to bedtime, and your natural biorhythms are slowing you down, the CALM bar can help bring a person ‘home’ to initiate a restful sleep. The CALM bar was actually created in partnership with StressRx, a Tennessee based company who is in stress reduction nutrition. “Calm Anxiety Limit Mayhem. Simply put, this bar is going to improve focus and emotional energy while reducing your cortisol levels,” David explains. “Clinical studies have shown that ingredients like ashwagandha and rhodiola help reduce cortisol levels and help protect us against stress-related symptoms.” And, like the FOCUS bar, because it’s being introduced into your bloodstream through the natural processes of a wholefood, your body responds to it more naturally. “Ebars is ever evolving though. We’ve gone through no-less than fifteen renditions [of most bars] and we are constantly changing for the better to help make sure we’re using the most innovative and natural superfoods available,” David says. Even though eBars has been developing for years now, David still considers them to be early in their journey. “You might as well call this article eBars 1.0 because this is just the beginning for us.” We share a laugh. We know what it feels like to come so far and have so much more to give. The excitement David and Jan have for their future is encouraging and we couldn’t be happier to share eBars with our audience.

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ith 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Chris Daskam has certainly established himself as an accomplished leader. However, as a college soccer player, black belt in karate, and three-time Tough Mudder participant, he has recently chosen to pursue his passion in the fitness space. His current full-time career as a top-producing, sales leader has taught him the traits he needs to start a new business. Switching from a physical therapy major in college to a degree in business and marketing has its advantages to assisting a startup company as well. He has combined his background to create the first mobile platform for home gym owner’s to host their own gym sessions and get paid for it. AirGym could also be known as the fitness version of Airbnb, and Daskam intends to break the mold of traditional gyms. AirGym allows users to search and schedule workouts at local home gyms, giving fitness lovers the option to workout just about anywhere they want. It’s major purpose, Daskam says, “is to connect like-minded individuals and allow them to sweat together.” Along with working full-time, creating and managing the AirGym app, Daskam hosts his own podcast and produces the social media content available to owners, members, trainers and suppliers alike. He resides in Thompson Station with his family, just south of Franklin. “AirGym is designed for home gym owners to make some money and host athletes, but it also allows members to get a workout in at their convenience and experience a setting different from their regular gym.” It could very well be used in place of a traditional membership, as it holds some comparisons to things like Class Pass while supporting local trainers and regular people that have created their own garage gyms. The app is a platform for home gyms of any type and is filtered by the type of workout you want to do. Whether it is yoga, martial arts, strength training, garage gym CrossFitters, or simply someone looking for a running partner to meet at the track, it is a way for people to share space and not have to work out alone. While there are only currently 39 trainers signed up across the country, the app gives them an opportunity to supplement their income while giving the everyday home gym owner the opportunity to make some money back. Similar to the option on Airbnb for entire places or private rooms, AirGym supplies the option for both home gyms and commercial properties. Daskam says, “We aren’t as uncomfortable to meet new people as we used to be. People are willing to step outside their comfort zones now.” Wondering if people would overcome their fear of trying new things was a large concern, Daskam admits, but he has high hopes that people will continue to jump onboard. “I think people will find that there are others out there who care just as much as they do about getting health,” he explains. In turn, those experiences through the AirGym app, build the surrounding community. Especially since each user has the option to leave a review. Daskam says the idea came about because his neighbor had a garage gym. “They invited me to come workout, and to this day, it was the best workout I’ve ever had,” he admits. Because of the experience, he says, “This light bulb went off and I thought, ‘Man, I would pay you to workout here.’”

“I wanted to create an app that allowed people to have a similar experience. Whether it is in a neighbor’s garage, an outdoor park, or a home gym, the purpose of AirGym is to create networking opportunities and friendships between like-minded people. It can used by anyone - the couple down the street, people on vacation or business trips, or someone looking for a quick sweat on their lunch break. The schedule and the membership combinations are unlimited. “It’s a chance to get to know a different community or enhance your own,” Daskam says. AirGym supports people that want to get in good workouts, save time, and save money. “It made sense for me to create something I would personally use too,” he adds. Once the idea for AirGym came to Daskam, he says, “I started doing research on home-gym sharing apps and there was nothing out there. Basically, all research found the market to be fairly open.” What he also discovered was a collection of category data telling him the fitness industry is growing and will continue to grow. Daskam put together data that eventually showed him where the money in the market was going. Surprisingly, he explains, “Many equipment companies direct their advertising to home gyms.” This makes sense when you consider companies like Rogue who are offering lifetime warranties. Facilities order equipment and pay to have that product repaired, but how often are they actually upgrading or purchasing new machines? The market branches out instead of going to the same clients. Now more than ever, companies are outsourcing the same equipment you find at the facility where you pay a membership to homes around the world. The home-gym market is not only expanding, but becoming a contender in the domain of “health clubs”. This is why Daskam’s findings (and his app) could potentially reshape the business of fitness. Personally, Daskam is no stranger to trying something new. His personal history with fitness went from watching his father be active, to playing sports as a kid and tennager, to focused and intended for a higher level of play in college. However, things really changed for him when he found a specific engagement for extreme sports. Although he knew these interests were risky, he says, “My parents still supported me. They supported the notion of putting myself out there. His risk has rewarded him with rapid growth though. At the time of this interview, AirGym had received six thousand downloads in the last two weeks alone. In an effort to potentially create a full circle health and fitness venue, Daskam hopes to one day add programming and nutrition, allowing users to have a more personal experience. This could open the app up to health coaches, nutritionists and dietitians. Daskam encourages, “Download the app, go sweat with someone you’ve never met and I promise you will learn something new about yourself and your community.” “There are a million ways to get healthy,” Daskam continues. When you share that one-in-a-million experience with someone else, there is a special connection. Not just for the individual, but for your overall health. We know wellness is not limited to physical capabilities, and although the character building aspect that AirGym offers may not have been Daskam’s number one priority, it comes from a genuine place. He confesses that he truly loves helping people and says, “I want to prove that we don’t have to continue the same routine just because it is what we have always done. I don’t want people to be afraid of change. Trying something new and different will always have its benefits.”

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Axcess Coaching

Bottom right: During our photoshoot, Charles showed us a salvaged peice of coal from the RMS Titanic. It’s important to him because it symbolizes an event that was extremely rare and historic, and he hopes to some day create an impact of similar value on the world.



he founding values of the United States of America are a set of ideals that include, rights, opportunity and equality. They promote and inspire the most important word in the history of our country: Freedom. This includes the opportunity for prosperity, success, and social mobility, all achieved through effort and resilience, in a society with few barriers or limiting circumstances. It is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims “all men are created equal” with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Each of us has grown up believing the American Dream is attainable and that every one of us can achieve our goals through hard work and determination. This dream was passed down from former generations to the next in hopes the preceding group will do better, be more,


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and never give up on that notion. Today, there is no better metaphor for the American Dream than that of high school sports. The teenage years of our life has become the land of opportunity, while school systems take on a resemblance to the new frontier. While the connection between high school sports and their school systems presents a wide array of issues, the most common being equal access to opportunity. Some systems are arguing scholarship money and recruiting styles, while others struggle with cafeteria food and care little about healthy options. The two sides of the spectrum are so far apart that they leave an ocean-sized pool of students, parents, staff, and athletes floating aimlessly in the middle. Luckily, Charles Kaelin still believes in the American Dream.

He is currently working in Nashville as the lead developer at a web agency where he builds websites for clients across the country. In college, he ran five triathlons, basically because his friends disputed he wouldn’t. “I don’t have bad days,” he says, “you either encourage me or motivate me.” But Kaelin’s motivation these days is focused on leveling the playing field for junior high and high school athletes. He is creating an app called Axcess Coaching that gives hope to every kid with a sports dream. “I’m trying to solve the problem for kids that don’t have access to developmental training,” he explains. Furthermore, the goal is to completely change how recruiting and training is done around the world. Axcess Coaching gives kids without mentors the equal opportunity to excel in health and fitness. The open door app leads to programming, nutrition, and other resources that make becoming an all-around better athlete possible for anyone. Not only is the curriculum at an extremely high standard, but each movement can be modified to any preferred intensity level. To build the training portion of the app, Kaelin went out and found coaches that have either won a National Championship, World Championship, trained at least one global athlete, or have set a world record themselves. He says, “They write the plans for preseason, in season, and offseason.Then they create beginner, intermediate, and advanced stages, and give us a total of nine plans to upload into the app.” The programming relies on the proven winners in each category and their willingness to share successful tips. Kaelin claims, “Once we found the best with these qualifications, we reached out. A lot of times they already aren’t getting compensated very much, so they appreciated the call and the idea and shared their knowledge.” Kaelin’s father grew up in one of the poorest towns in Kentucky and he says, “His life story has always impacted me.” As a young boy, he blew out both of his knees playing sports. He didn’t have a doctor willing to take care of him and was simply told to get in the hot tub. To this day, Kaelin’s father has major trouble with both knees. He is now a doctor himself and cares a great deal for each patient he sees. Those experiences and now those connections have led to the list of doctors under the American Sports Medicine Institute network connected to Axcess Coaching, where the user can find recommendations for any issue. They’ve also added video of correct technique and safety for education purposes and preventive measures. Kaelin has devised a partnership that allows access to over 400,000 nutrition plans based on the sport and season. Another generated partnership is with fitness wearables that track data through technology and transfer into the app, continuing to build the athlete’s profile. “Our goal is to take all the thinking out of the process,” Kaelin explains. But the total collection of data is also another way to connect the athletes to a number of college coaches. “All data entered into the app from age 13 and on, will be visible to coaches,” he says. They are given access to see everything from one rep maxes to the consistent number of days the athlete has logged information. “This data allows the coaches to see a number of things that are usually intangible until you enter college camp,” he adds. Consistent data on the athletes profile will show the improvements and setbacks each year, as well as a level of responsibility. Kaelin conveys, “It will allow coaches to see different aspects of the athlete than the current, common process.” Besides the given material, the hope is that each athlete will soak up the process and learn from it. During high school, it is common for the most notable influencers to be coaches. Unfortunately, because that role does not exist in every system, Axcess Coaching has provided the best informational steps to achieve

any athletic goal. “The whole point of Axcess Coaching is to give kids access to things they don’t have access to,” according to Kaelin. Simple as that. They believe plenty of high schoolers aren’t given a fair chance at meeting their potential because they have to depend on something or someone that is out of their control. In fact, three years ago, Kaelin got a call from a friend basically saying the same thing. He witnessed a local, large, high school that didn’t have a sport specific coach for the players. He was concerned the school couldn’t afford such a basic need. Kaelin admired his own father’s story and had administered relief in recent third-world countries, making him sympathize with the lack of options. He said, “I just felt like it wasn’t fair. I thought, ‘what if someone in a place like Haiti was able to receive a scholarship?’ The opportunities we provide here would allow that kid to change his entire village.” He wanted to connect the world, but first, he had to give everyone equal opportunity. “As we began the initial process, we spent the first years researching. That is it. We just studied,” he claims. Acquiring knowledge was his number one goal before turning 30, which explains the reason behind his thorough starting course. “We went out and watched junior high and high school athletes and coaches,” he continues, “We studied athletic directors, college recruiters and recruiting agencies, strength and conditioning trainers, and more. All we did was shut-up and listen. We took notes and we didn’t start a platform until we had solutions.” To sign up is about 30 dollars a month. The company has no sales team, as they believe the athlete is responsible for selling themselves. “There will be a judgement day for each kid,” Kaelin claims. The honor system alone will sort out any untrue statistics that may have been recorded. “They can’t fake it because once they show up, they will have to perform,” he says. This holds true in every aspect of life, especially health and wellness. There is no shortcut in fitness, just hard work and dedication. People are involved in this industry because it is something they love and care about, however, we too easily forget how many avenues it can lead to. The power of sports and access to the best all-around programming gives them access to an education. That access to college, gives them the chance to change their own fate and even that of their community. “We have a powerful chance to change a person’s path in life,” Kaelin realizes. Axcess Coaching is changing those lives by giving the same resources to every athlete, no matter race, religion, income, location or social stature. Without discrimination, we create a level playing field that isn’t just for recruiting purposes, but also for teenagers to develop the knowledge, work ethic, and skills required to attain their goals. Kaelin says, “This way, no one has a better shot than you at making your dreams come true.”

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Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe:

Practice What You Preach by LINDSAY MILLER photos by SAM CARBINE

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itting in a Nashville suburb of Franklin is the office of one of the country’s most popular natural health websites. With 7,500 sq. ft., this wellness empire is the production headquarters to videos that collect millions of YouTube clicks, comments, and shares from all corners of the globe. It is the home of an unparalleled class of product and education on nutrition, natural medicine, fitness, healthy recipes, DIY home remedies, and trending health news through multiple platforms of media, including Facebook Live, webinars, videos, podcasts, Q&As and ebooks. Dr. Josh Axe is the visionary behind several cutting-edge and premium nutraceutical brands, including Ancient Nutrition, Axe Organics, NUMA Essentials and ProBiome Rx. The Axe Wellness office is, of course, a health-conscious work environment with kombucha on tap, and a refrigerator stocked with vegetable juice and paleo donuts. Employees have daily exercise times for planks and push-ups. They say the leadership reinforces a culture that is open, transparent, innovative, entrepreneurial, and not bogged down by bureaucracy. Axe Wellness continues to emphasize personal development and growth for their customers, employees and founders alike. This mecca to natural health knowledge is one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. Along with Axe Wellness, Dr. Josh Axe and Jordan Rubin (one of Josh’s business partners), founded a supplement company called Ancient Nutrition. They produce Bone Broth Protein, collagen products, essential oils, probiotics, keto products and educational materials. At Ancient Nutrition, Josh says, “The mission is to restore health, strength and vitality by providing history’s healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.” Although Ancient Nutrition is only one entity of Axe Wellness, it has become steadily popular of the years. Josh says, “Right now our main focus is on both of these businesses,” meaning the main website, and He explains, “While Ancient Nutrition is mostly product, is all about creating and distributing the world’s best content and educating people on how to use food as medicine.” Both Dr. Josh Axe and his wife, Dr. Chelsea Axe, hold the title DC or Doctor of Chiropractic. Josh is a certified doctor of natural medicine and a clinical nutritionist. A doctor of natural medicine, or DNM, is interdisciplinary in nature and sometimes referred to as traditional or classical naturopaths. DNMs are known to focus primarily upon patient health and not pharmaceuticals. Doctors of natural medicine are a multi-disciplinary group of Natural Health care professionals such as Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Osteopaths, Dentists, Holistic Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, and Eastern Medicine Doctors, among others who have dedicated themselves to providing basic Natural Medicine health care worldwide. It is important to note, the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of all natural healing agents, including methods and products. Dr. Chelsea Axe is a Tennessee board certified chiropractic physician and a CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her background is largely rooted in sports and to this day she stays extremely active in and outside of the business. Clearly, both Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe take on a variety of multiple roles to keep their businesses running, but they also play important roles to each other and their community. They are heavily involved with their church, they seem to travel and sweat together when they can, and stay physically active in Music City and all over the world. Perhaps most essential is trying to bring along their two dogs, Oakley and Flash, everywhere they go though. Josh has been a previous health advisor for many athletes and worked with the Wellness Advisory Council and the University of Michigan Swim Team. In 2008, he founded Exodus Health Center, which quickly grew to more than 1,000 patients per week. He

is well known as the author of Eat Dirt and has been a regular guest expert on The Dr. Oz Show covering topics such as weight loss, gut and digestive health, and herbal medicine. He is also the co-founder of BurstFIT training program alongside his wife, Chelsea. As the other half and co-founder of BurstFIT interval training program, Chelsea is also the face of each workout. Her program combines functional body weight exercises, Tabatas, weight lifting, and HIIT cardio. She encourages proper posture to reduce the risk of injury throughout lifting and daily tasks. Her focus relies heavily on exercise technique and she thoroughly teaches functional movements while also incorporating them into all of her specialized programs. She is proficient in Olympic weightlifting standards as well. Besides Chelsea’s contributions to BurstFIT workout demos, videos and programming, she is also experienced in a plethora of health and wellness categories and contributes to the website, She is an expert in the field of natural health, cross-training and nutrition. Chelsea has coached and participated on the junior olympic volleyball team, where she played at nationals for consecutive years. Specifically working with athletes is her favorite because of her own experience in sports and her passion to push thresholds to another level. Because of her nutrition and programming skills, she is adept in developing specific programs catered to individuals goals. Both Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe have worked with a variety of individuals. From triathletes and weight lifters, to families and young athletes, they continue to make health and wellness not only a priority, but also a positive, life-changing, convenience for each and every person interested in their methods. They run a world-wind schedule, pacted with media, websites, guest appearances, product examples, YouTube videos, and supplement content. “Chelsea is at the forefront of our fitness brand, BurstFIT, and most all videos on social media,” Josh conveys. Right now, he says his focus is more on the nutrition side of things, while Chelsea is more involved with fitness. Josh was born in Troy, Ohio, where he grew up playing soccer among other sports. He joined the triathlon team in college at the University of Kentucky, and worked as a personal trainer during his academic stay. He has spent the majority of his life and education learning about health and wellness, but that is all because of an unfortunate diagnosis when he was a child. He claims his inspiration on medicine and natural health came from a health crisis in his family. He explains, “When I was young, my mom was my gym teacher in elementary school and my swim teacher. My dad was a semi-pro water skier and lifted weights a lot.” So when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40, he says the family was not only surprised, but followed into the traditional medical route for treatments. “We lived in the medical model,” Josh further explains, “When you get sick you go get medicine from the doctor.” And although his mother went through chemotherapy and was diagnosed as cancer free, he says she was sicker now more than ever. “She was always on medicine,” he remembers. From that she developed things like thyroid issues, and this type of cycle would continue for close to ten years. “It triggered something in me,” he says. “I watched her age years in a matter of weeks, as a side effect of the chemotherapy. Her face was sunken, and she looked defeated. Even as a kid, I remember thinking there had to be a better way than this just to stay alive,” he describes. Witnessing his mother’s health decline made him rethink his own ideas, even at a young age. At 14, he says he decided to stop drinking sodas. He recalls, “I didn’t know a lot about nutrition, but I knew soda was bad.” Small steps may seem simple, but it built S E P T / O C T 2 0 1 8 • N AS H V I L L E F I T M AG A Z I N E


LIFESTYLE significant habits and that mindset would follow him his whole life, dictating his actions, eventually leading him into the industry he’s now in today. Josh’s first involvement in fitness was structured more toward body building methods, however, between eventually participating in triathlons and having a clean diet, someone suggested his interests might best fit chiropractic school. Josh says, “I realized with that degree I could practice functional medicine, nutrition, chiropractic and work as a natural physician, among other certifications.” The idea of following this academic path allowed him much more freedoms with medicine. During his last year in college, his mom called to say, yet again, she had some bad news. She said she had been diagnosed with cancer again and this time it was in her lungs. He flew home and just so happened to be studying specifics on natural medicine. He encouraged his mother to try an all natural route. So they started juicing, drinking bone broth, eating mushrooms, incorporating turmeric, essential oils, and worked on her mind set for four months. In her next visit, the doctor found that the tumors had shrunk in half. Josh boasts, “13 years later she is in the best shape of her life, completely cancer free.” This experience, he says, “drove me to practice the way I practice and use food as medicine.” He believes in wellness care as more of a preventative measure and opposed to our traditional doctor visits, in which MDs are forced to react to immediate sick care. Chelsea experienced a much different path. As an athlete her whole life, she was on track to play volleyball for the next four years of college and had a few options as to where she wanted to go. Not according to plan, she tore her ACL and meniscus her senior year in high school. Without having signed any documents defining her future, all the offers on the table immediately fell threw. With a new and unknown future to look forward to, Chelsea only knew she wanted to somehow be involved with sports. “I didn’t have any experience inside the fitness industry, outside of specific sports,” she admits. Racking her brain between athletic professions like physical therapy or additional years of med school, “I eventually decided I wanted to be an ER doctor,” she said. But looking back, she cringes at the version of a “healthy” lifestyle she thought she was living. For example, her diet was above the average college student, but she would have cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast, “but then I was drinking three energy drinks a day,” she shakes her head. “I didn’t have a real nutrition understanding even though my diet was still better than most.” She had plans of heading to medical school but kept finding herself venturing to the web page of Life University in Atlanta, where a relative had suggested she look. Chelsea had her things moved from Minnesota to Georgia within a matter of weeks and was attending Life University, a leading chiropractic and holistic health university where she quickly fell in love - with her education. She says, “Being in chiropractic school, you are so much more immersed in the actual education of real nutrition.” Fitness outside of organized sports was still new to Chelsea, so she did what she thought was healthy - run. Running became her routine until she found a group of friends doing, what she looks back on as Crossfit workouts, or at least another version of HIIT with a competitive edge. “After that I started trying out everything. Exploring the different avenues of fitness opened up a whole new


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realm of education and understanding.” Josh happened to have started a practice in Nashville around the time Chelsea was looking for school credit. “I found him on his website and thought he was cute,” she laughs. “I told my best friend we needed to go to Nashville and shadow just for the day.” So she made the short drive from Atlanta to shadow Josh for the final stages of her degree. Although she was only there for one day during business hours, they ended up talking the majority of the time. The funny part of the story, however, is her puppy, Oakley, was only ten weeks old when she went to shadow Josh in Nashville. “I couldn’t leave him,” she says. “When they are that little and just a baby, you can’t just leave them. So I had to bring him with me.” As Chelsea tells the story she glances over, “And Josh hated dogs.” “I didn’t love dogs,” Josh says immediately. “I’m not going to argue that, I guess. But here is why. Let me tell you the story,” he insists. So he explains, “Growing up, our neighbors had this overweight, black lab, that just smelled.” And as everyone in the room laughs, Josh is dead serious. “The dog would find me!” he claims, “This is how labs are. They find the person that doesn’t want to be close to them and they just pester them.” He looks down but is smiling and says, “Because of that, I didn’t like most dogs.” “Well, it wasn’t good for me that he saw I had a dog, seeing as I had to bring Oakley with me,” Chelsea says. And they tease that Josh would think, ‘Yes, she’s cute, but she has that dog, so it’s not going to work.’ And Chelsea claims, “It was actually a red flag.” “Well, yeah,” Josh admits, “Yeah, it was a red flag.” Obviously, Josh finally caved in and Chelsea remembers, “It wasn’t for another two months that he reached out to me because he was in Atlanta.” With a base of communication established, it was really one of the following trips to Nashville that Oakley will never forget. Staying with friends that just so happen to be living with Josh, Chelsea brought Oakley along again and placed him in his kennel. Josh recalls, “I came home and this dog was in a cage, in my laundry room. I thought, ‘who would leave this dog in this cage?’ ‘What dog would rather be in this cage than outside in the backyard?’ So I let him outside.” “He was ten weeks old!” Chelsea exclaims, “And it was January!” And while Josh agrees to the timeline, he clarifies the temperature was only 50 degrees in Nashville. Then he reluctantly adds to the story, “Well anyway,” he sheepishly starts, “I had to leave for some reason and I guess it started raining.” Chelsea says when she came home, little, baby Oakley was standing at the door just crying and begging and wet. Nevertheless, once the two actually started dating, Josh is sure that Oakley got him back. “I planted a garden,” he begins. “He was really excited about it,” Chelsea chimes in, laughing. “I was so excited about it.” Josh agrees. “I had raspberry bushes, blueberry bushes, pumpkin squash and tomato. Then I came back one day and the entire thing was wiped out! He didn’t even dig it up.” Josh reveals. “He just tore off every bud, like he knew what he was doing. He literally snapped every little twig.” And while the room is full of laughter again, Oakley lays comfortably sprawled out on the large couch, looking as adorable and innocent as ever. But Josh looks at him and adds, “Oh yeah, he got me back.” But seven years later, both Oakley and Josh have worked out a way to share Chelsea. Although, now they have both Oakley and Flash, so it’s safe to say Josh has warmed up to idea of them as

pets. They do try and take the dogs on as many activities as they can, but Josh gets his alone time for couples workouts in the gym. “We don’t get competitive,” he says, “but Chelsea likes to instruct you on your last rep,” he jokes and Chelsea laughs. “But she really is a great trainer,” he says. Josh appreciates her instruction mostly because so many trainers today aren’t focused on technique or trained in proper movement. “She really is good at knowing biomechanics and functional movements,” he brags on her, “She has a lot of knowledge on proper form and technique.” Despite their busy lifestyle, they’re a couple that truly enjoys life together. The two deeply value their relationship with God and each other, they host and entertain friends and family, which keeps them grounded and gives them the chance to try new recipes. Both Josh and Chelsea are as good in the kitchen as they are in the gym. Overall, what they love the most is sharing. Whether it be meals, blog posts, workouts, or a natural medicine approach, they both have an inherent need to share their knowledge and experiences. They share a passion for investing in other people’s health. Too often we get swept up in our businesses and forget to

reap what we’ve sown. It is good to see successful, hard-working people still loving one another and the life they have created. Chelsea and Josh balance each other in this way. More recently, they split time between their home and business in Tennessee and their newly finished house in Florida. Both love the sand, outdoors, and sunshine, so checking off the beach house from the bucket list was a long time goal they are happy to finally settle into. After a lot of hard work, it’s time they enjoy some of the benefits.

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TREAT YO’ SELF An explanation to handling some of those pesky problems you’ve been dealing with. BY JOSH ORENDORF

Injuries are the worst. As an athlete, there’s nothing more frustrating. You may feel anxious or uncertain about how to handle it. I get it. I’ve been through it, and I want to help you get through it too. The best part of my job as a Doctor of Physical Therapy is teaching the athletes I work with how to conquer their injuries and return to their sport without pain. I love empowering others to take control of their injuries. That’s why I’ve compiled this simple three-step guide. It will help you learn how to to treat your own injuries, without ever needing to see a PT.

Identify The Anatomy

The first step in treating your own injuries is accurately diagnosing the problem. This can seem overwhelming at first, but once you understand what you’re dealing with, you’ll be able to treat it much easier. Let’s walk through it. Here are the four most com-


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monly injured structures in athletes: Muscle - Muscle tears are prevalent in athletes due to the high amount of strain. When we put too much external strain on them, it can result in a tear. Symptoms of muscle tears will include swelling, tenderness to touch, loss of range of motion, and bruising. Athletes involved in weight lifting or contact sports are most prone to muscular injuries. It can take between 2-8 weeks for damaged muscle to heal. You’ll want to work on your range of motion after the initial tear and begin gentle strengthening after two weeks of rest. If you start loading the tissue too soon, you may further the tear. Tendon - A tendon is where a muscle connects to a bone. Irritation can easily develop at this anchor point, resulting in tendonitis. Tendonitis is common in endurance athletes due to the high repetition in their sport. Most with tendon injuries will complain of pinpointed pain, dull aching, throbbing and pressure around the affected tendon. Tendons are notoriously stubborn healers, so

you must be patient with them. Tendons respond well to ice massage and soft tissue mobilization. If you have tendonitis, be sure to avoid highly repetitive motions as the tendon heals. Bone - Bone fractures are often the cause of direct impact. Athletes involved in contact sports as well as cyclists and runners are at high risk for bone fractures. If you experience pain with weight bearing that is sharp and stabbing, you may be dealing with a bone fracture. Bones are predictable healers and will take a minimum of six weeks to heal once fractured. You may have to limit your weight bearing while a fracture is healing. Aquatic-based cross training is a great non-weight bearing alternative to maintaining muscle strength and cardiovascular conditioning. Nerve - Your nerves are your body’s electrical system. When this system gets disrupted, you’ll experience a sharp shooting pain that radiates from one spot to another. This will present itself as burning, tingling, numbness or weakness. The most common sites of pain are the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (low back). Healing time frames for nerve injuries vary widely based on the severity of the injury. Due to the potentially serious nature of nerve injuries, I recommend seeing your PT or MD if you’re experiencing these symptoms.



Recover & Cross Train

Once you’ve identified your injury, it’s likely that you’ll need to modify your training in order to allow complete healing. The number one mistake most of us make (I’m guilty of it as well) is not allowing their injury to heal completely. Going back to your sport too soon is a great way to get stuck in the re-injury cycle. Be patient and diligent about giving your body what it needs. Respect the healing time frames listed above and let your body bounce back. I encourage you to take this opportunity to cross train. Cross training is a great way to increase your overall fitness and occupy your mind as you focus on recovery. It allows you to continue to be active and can help keep you in a positive headspace. Try something new or re-hash an old sport. Get back in the weight room, jump on the rowing machine, swim laps or ride your bike. Do whatever it takes to stay active without irritating your injury. Your future self will thank you.

Prevent It From Happening Again

Now that you’ve fully recovered from your injury, how can you prevent it from happening again? We’re glad you asked. First of all, prevention depends on the type of injury you have. If you tore a muscle for example, you may need to modify your strength training program in order to strengthen weak muscle groups that are now susceptible to further injury. If your problem was an overuse injury, like tendonitis, you may want to modify your form and allow some time for offloading the tendon. Treating your symptoms is a great first step, but your goal should be to fix the underlying cause. Some of the best advice for athletes that have successfully recovered from an injury is to take the cross training they did during their recovery and permanently incorporate it into their regular training program. Creating diversity in your program is a great way to create muscular balance, avoid injury, and increase your overall athleticism.

Final Steps

Hopefully, this guide offers some valuable information about treating your own injuries. If you follow these three simple steps, we guarantee you’ll be able to treat most of your own injuries. But with that said, if you are ever in pain and in doubt, a medical expert will always help guide you.





orty years ago, the trending fitness evolution got Americans off the couch. Today, we again see a trending health and wellness market full of mindfulness articles, mobile apps, and a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Sports teams, business leaders, hospitals and even large corporations are shining a spotlight on meditation, seeing it as a special ingredient for greater performance and overall well-being. We are on the cusp of an introspective evolution! Why? You may ask. Because thousands of valid research studies are showing that mindfulness practices yield amazing mental, physical and psychological benefits. The best part? We can have these benefits by simply taking time out of our day to sit and breathe. With our calendars full of deadlines, meetings and appointments, our lack of time and need for constant productivity is the major factor in never slowing down. This leads us to the main reason we now crave benefits like “a greater sense of calmness.” In turn, we have created an imperative and newfound need to better manage stress. Known as the silent killer, over 73 percent of Americans report that they regularly experience physical and psychological symptoms caused by stress. Thankfully, stress is diminished when we put in physical work. Additionally, our brain needs rest from the everyday pressure we


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continue to exhibit. Meditation is the remedy we have been seeking. It is the antidote to stress and helps counterbalance the constant distractions and digital overload. Furthermore, meditation is a simple practice that should be done daily to prevent stress from accumulating. It supercharges our ability to be mindful, fully present, and appreciative for each breath, as these are all a part of the practice. It enhances our ability to process information and focus on what is most important instead of scattered multitasking. As a certified mindfulness and meditation instructor, I regularly hear excuses about why people don’t meditate. Many myths about meditation often discourage people from ever attempting it. But let’s address them here and now. Read on for ways to lose the overused excuses and get your mind right.

Myth #1: I CAN’T STOP THINKING SO I CAN’T MEDITATE. Meditation is not about stopping our minds from having thoughts. It’s impossible to stop thinking! That is not the goal. When we meditate, we’re striving to interrupt normal thinking patterns that will, in turn, create new neural pathways. We begin to make new habits and learn to meditate with focus. When our minds wander off, we practice returning to our focal point, which may be our breath, a mantra or listening to a guided meditation. It does not matter how many times we have to return to our breath during meditation because the process alone is releasing stress, despite the distraction of our minds wandering off.

Myth #2: MEDITATION IS TOO HARD TO DO. If you can sit and breathe, you can meditate. It does not have to be complicated or prolonged intense concentration. It does, however, need to fit you and your goals. Whether that means listening to a guided meditation on your phone or sitting comfortably in a chair to focus on your breath, the right approach is key. There are many different ways to meditate and one that fits each individual. The best approach is the one that enables you to easily relax and let go. Myth #3 I’M TOO BUSY TO MEDITATE. Time is what we perceive it to be. When we take time to slow down, we become more present in each moment, allowing us to focus more easily. We become more efficient in how we use time because we’re not mentally scattered. Where there is a will, there’s a way. It’s easy to find five or ten minutes a day for something that yields such a high return on time investment. You can meditate at home or at your office. Find a quiet place and close the door. Try setting a timer or use a guided meditation app on your phone. No private office? Book a conference room and use that as your meditation space. Sit in your car for ten minutes before you go into your office and meditate. How you spend your time is merely a reflection on your priorities.

Myth #4 I DON’T HAVE A QUIET PLACE TO MEDITATE. Clearly it is easier to concentrate in a quiet place without distractions, but you can meditate anywhere, even in a busy airport! Meditation is accessible to everyone, so make it work with some props like headphones and a guided meditation app on your phone. Don’t let the distractions deter you from finding your focus, as this alone is a major part of the practice. And don’t let not having a perfect zen-like meditation room keep you from reaping the benefits of simply pausing, breathing and relaxing every day. If your daily routine is filled with busy and noisy surroundings, then your focal point will drown all of it out soon after you begin to meditate. Yes, you’ll hear the noise again, and you’ll just return to your focal point every time. After all, the purpose of meditation is not to escape anything. It’s purpose is to be present. No matter where that is.

So, if you’ve been avoiding meditation, haven’t tried it yet, or tried and stopped, you’re missing a major game-changer in how you experience life. Just drop the excuses and experience for yourself how meditating can amplify your mental fitness in less time than it takes to make a smoothie. You have the ability to change your mental state. Do your health a favor and go from feeling chaotic and scattered to calm and focused. It only takes some practice. Now, go try it!

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Reclaim Belief in Yourself: How a Positive Attitude Can Create Success Editor’s Note: In the July/August Issue, we ran this article with the wrong copy. We apologize for this error and are running it again for your reading pleasure.


hen I was a kid, I signed up for every team possible. I’ve participated in dance, cheerleading, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, swimming, cross country, and tennis. If it was available, I thought I could do it. As kids, we have the privilege of living in a somewhat magical world. A world where anything is possible and limitations do not exist. We all remember the excitement of signing up for a team and the butterflies at the


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beginning of each new game. We tended to try new things simply because we had blind faith and confidence in ourselves. Nevertheless, we all grew up at some point. The magic inevitably fades and the, “I can do anything!” mentality takes a hit each time we label something as a failure (despite the fact those failures teach us how to grow). As I got older, I started signing up for less and less. I became someone who lived in my comfort zone and focused on perfecting what I already knew I was good at. “There is no way I can do that,” became a staple phrase in my life. For so many of us, this is called life. We joke about #adulting, when really the magic is just gone. The simple childlike belief in

ourselves dwindles away. Fortunately, as easy as it is to think we’ve lost it; we can get it back. It is important to experience things in life that make us feel small. Like standing under a redwood tree or sitting quietly to view the sunset. These moments will wake you up in a positive way. They encourage adventure. They bring back your bright and innocent views of the world. One day, I woke up and decided to challenge myself. I wish I could say it was a graceful shift from being stuck to finding my power, but it was not a simple transition. When I decided that I wanted to stretch outside of my comfort zone I did the only thing I knew to do - Googled everything. With that, I became increasingly overwhelmed with the amount of trends, information, and options offered to the public that promised goal oriented results. Google it yourself. In 2017 alone, some of the most highly searched health and fitness trends were Murph Crossfit, apple cider vinegar diet, tabata workout, plant based diet, Tom Brady diet, and the Ketogenic diet. With all these options, which one do you pick? Well, I picked everything. If there was a product that told me I’d be better, I bought it. Even though I was unintentionally learning more about myself, I also learned the problem with trends - they change. My route to success became quite exhausting and self-defeating. I was hungry for something long term and my way was obviously not working. After a lot of failure, I started seeing a licensed therapist who helped me realize that my growth had to be about something bigger than a trend I found online. Thus, my advice? Recognize this - you internally hold everything you need to reach your goals. Insert PMA. The human mind possesses the capability to create something that is more powerful than any fad diet or new workout plan. Thousands of studies have shown that a key (and possibly the key) component of success is attitude. More specifically, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), in regards to goals and capabilities. Meaning, you control your attitude, therefore, you control your success. Your future is literally in the hands of your own mind. So, what is PMA exactly? By definition, it is the philosophy that having an optimistic outlook on any situation attracts positive changes and increases achievement. PMA is considered an internal focus of control that influences external factors. In other words, you control the outside matter through your internal resolve. PMA is basically the childlike magic we lose from years of repeating negative thoughts. In its simplest term, it is optimistic disposition. There has been a lot of dialogue around the power of PMA. By no means is it a replacement for hard work, nor does it promise that thinking positively will make you a professional athlete overnight. This philosophy is more than positive thinking - it is creating meaning out of our circumstances. PMA ideology says that we are not in control of the cards we are dealt in life. We are only in control of how we play them. Sometimes it can simply comes down to the stories we choose to tell ourselves. In Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, he points out a commonality in those who lived through the Holocaust. Survivors were not necessarily the strongest or smartest, but created meaning out of their experience. Their mental strength carried them through the physical and emotional trauma. Comparable to extreme athletes that participate in high intensity activities, they too believe that physical ability is not the entire battle. Focusing on why

we do what we do and believing in one’s self often perpetuates achievement. Finding your personal PMA is like growing a muscle. It takes effort, attention, and habit. People don’t generally wake up one day deciding to be optimistic and poof, they see the silver lining in everything. You, yourself, can start developing the PMA muscle with these five tips.

1. Be intentional about your goals and make sure they are your goals. It is hard to stay positive

through trials when you are working towards something you don’t actually care about. Find your purpose!

2. Be nice to yourself! Please. Recent studies have

shown that participants who use positive affirmations through a workout compared to a group who said negative things to themselves rated the workout as easier and performed at higher levels. Remind yourself you are doing a great job, and do this often.

3. Turn your foresight into hindsight. Entrepreneur, Aubrey Marcus says, “In hindsight we are clearly able to see the purpose in our failures and disappointments. In hindsight, we are almost always grateful.” So try starting with gratitude and bypass a lot of anxiety. Be thankful. If we are can realize, in time, we will be grateful for our perceived misfortune, then we are sure to grow and reflect on the experience in a positive manner. 4. “Focus on your elbows,” my uncle, a personal trainer and avid long distance runner, told me this once. PMA is about focusing on what you do have and not what you don’t. Maintaining a positive attitude requires us to put more value in our strengths than our weaknesses. Just think, you’ll always have strong elbows. 5. Replace the idea of needing motivation with whether or not something is important to you. There are days when we don’t feel like doing one more

rep, but it is important to challenge ourselves because that is how we get better. There are days when we don’t have the motivation to cook dinner, but it is important to fuel our bodies. Motivation tends to become an excuse that whispers, “you aren’t worth it,” at your most vulnerable moments. But, guess what? You are definitely worth it. Remember, we each have the power to collectively change our mindset. And mindset is everything. It’s how we wake up in the morning. It’s how we go about our day - deciding what foods to eat and what things to say. It is the community we choose. It is our scattered thoughts and self talk. Positivity is magic. Magic can be reintroduced into adulthood. The majority of magic is simply believing! And believing in ourselves renders a positive attitude. We create our own mentality and hold the power to change it at any time.

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for haters BY ERIC DIAZ


Who else hates running? Me too. Ever since my playing career was over, my desire for any type of long distance running has gone out the window. However, I’ve only been able to fully reach my fitness goals when I’ve included some form of cardio in my programming. The great benefit of any form of cardiovascular exercise is its ability to increase the size of your heart. With this healthy size increase, the left ventricle of the heart has the ability to pump more blood per beat, which results in an increase of oxygenated blood pumped throughout your body. The scientific terms we are looking at here are stroke volume and cardiac output. Studies show the added bonus of using resistance-based cardio vs. steadystate cardio can increase blood flow to your limbs. Resistance cardio has also shown to have a longer lasting positive effect on post workout blood pressure. Here are some of the top non-running forms of cardio you can utilize in order to get your heart rate elevated, without enduring the repetitive steadystate joint torture that is running long distances.


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Maintaining a flat back throughout this movement, you will swing the kettlebell or dumbbell between your legs just below your groin, and use power through your hips to “thrust” the weight up until your arms are parallel with the floor. This movement should emphasize a hip hinge pattern instead of a squat pattern. Think about the Newton’s cradle that you see on many an office desk, where the row of balls use momentum to swing back and forth.


Not everyone has access to these, but they’ve become quite popular in recent years. The goal is to move the ropes in an undulating pattern, while maintaining bent knees and a braced core. Popular variations include alternating waves (arms move in opposite direction up and down), double waves (“Hyah mule, hyah” like Yosemite Sam), and snakes (moving arms in a lateral motion to create a snake-like slither). There are plenty of rope variations, but these three will get you rockin’ and rollin’!


A very popular movement amongst the CrossFit faithful, you want to front squat with the med ball or dumbbells in your hands, and as you come back up, use the momentum to press the DB or toss the med ball against a wall (10 foot target). DO NOT TOSS dumbbells unless you are a complete savage. Common med ball weights are 20lb for men, 13lbs for women. With dumbbells, you can use a lot more weight since you’re not letting go.


The name is somewhat self explanatory, but there are multiple ways to slam a ball. Also, make sure you have the right type of ball to slam. Depending on the bounce return, you may have to pick the ball up off the ground, so be sure to use proper form when doing so. Raise the ball high overhead with an elongated torso, come up on tiptoes, and slam the ball to the ground, exhaling and following through your motion. Picture your enemy on the ground and you can slam the ball directly into their gut. Just kidding. But seriously.


Jumping rope is a skill, and I was probably better at it as a fourth grader than I am as an adult. But it is an awesome cardio workout once you build your skill base. After you string together a bunch of single jumps, try some double-unders, crisscrosses, and backwards skips. Also, play the Rocky soundtrack for maximum effect.


Do you have healthy ankles, knees, hips, and good balance? Try these on for size. Jump side to side landing softly on your outside foot. For a good progression to prime your body, first try some jump squats with both feet, and then forward leaping bounds.


Another CrossFit staple, rowing machines can and should be found in most commercial gyms. Check out a few YouTube tutorials to get an idea on proper technique, but skip this one potentially if you have any history of knee arthritis. If you’re healthy, rowing can strengthen the muscles around the knee. If you have pre-existing issues, they may be exacerbated with a repetitive rowing motion.


Your one-stop shop for cardio, muscular endurance, and power production, boxing packs a mean punch (PUNch intended, alright I’ll stop) as an absolute beast of a workout. Boxing not only provides an incredible physical release, but it also allows you to really tap into your mentality and acts as a form of therapy. Nashville is sprinkled with incredible boxing gyms and extremely knowledgeable coaches, so find one that fits you and hit ‘em with your best shot (last one, I promise).

The beauty of these moves is they will not only benefit your cardiovascular system, but they will also enhance your ability to produce power. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but pick a few you like, take inventory of the equipment around, and get to repping, friends!

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elatively new to the Nashville area is an organization helping veterans become personal trainers and join the community of Certified Veteran Fitness Operatives. The program offers a life changing experience with structured courses on coaching and the study tools for a variety of health and wellness certifications. While scholarships are available, not all veterans accepted will receive them. It can be a lengthy waitlist for applicants who want to receive a scholarship, so veterans who want to attend camp sooner are set up with the tools to fundraise their own way into successful financing. Not only are they promoting fitness and healthy lifestyle choices, they are saving some of our heros from the demons they continue to face. They are giving them the supplies they need to beat their personal struggles one endorphin at a time. This organization is called FitOps Foundation, and was founded in 2016 to address the growing disconnect veterans face as they leave the service. Performix CEO and Army veteran, Matt Hesse, knew all too well the lasting effects and the internal struggles that come from the duty of service. While Hesse searched for an outlet, he noticed too many veteran organizations placing Band-Aids on issues that needed real solutions. Despite good intentions, he believed in a program that would help stop the epidemic at its core. It takes a special individual to join our nation’s military. They serve proudly for years, repeatedly leaving their families in order


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to fulfill an intrinsic motivation. However, once it is time for them to leave the service they struggle to find satisfaction in the civilian world, especially through the job market. The framework and guidance of the military provides a deep sense of fulfillment. Especially because, at this point in time, many service men and women have grown up in the military service. They have spent the majority of their adolescence under the organization. These soldiers learned all conventions in the midst of war and returning home commonly feels more like losing something. The idea of home isn’t a safe place and comfortable bed. It is unknown, quiet, and a sensitive place. The transition is not easy. What our service men and women learn on a daily basis is structure, discipline, and the skills needed to both lead and follow. What FitOps Foundation is providing is a way for those extensively engrained core values to work in their favor. It also provides something of equal value - a second family. Much like the one they experience on military bases all over the world, the diverse network of FitOps alumni stay closely connected through mentorship, aftercare, and accountability partners. Today, veterans are 22 percent more likely to commit suicide than non-veterans and nearly 50,000 veterans currently sleep on our streets any given night. With a purpose and direction, FitOps believes that helping veterans attain fulfilling careers, will guide










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them to excel in finding financial and emotional success. The FitOps Foundation is a three week training camp organized to educate veterans looking to pursue careers in the fitness industry. Given their military background, veterans build upon their existing skills by following the given instructors lead. Although the instructor may vary, the three weeks consist of attending classes about diet and nutrition, strength and condition, movement standards, safe technique, and much more. They participate in multiple workouts, shadow coaching sessions, and usually end the day with mental exercises that range from meditation to physiological tests to anger management. They learn to utilize their leadership abilities and channel their inner drive in order to serve others through the avenue of fitness. Over the course of this hands-on training, from experts in the fitness industry, the Certified Veteran Fitness Operatives (CVFOs) are tutored with the intent to become the most elite personal trainers available. Because of this, the CVFO certification course is only available to military veterans, active-duty military, and reservists. This specific course is nine weeks and consists of the three weeks, hands-on curriculum where the veterans also live on site, completely immersed in the training. In addition to the ​ curriculum, CVFOs receive instruction in business management, branding, networking, and social media. FitOps Foundation has graduated six classes, with certified instructors in almost every state. Graduates of the current program have gone on to become top-performers in their facilities and have


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been fast-tracked to supervisory roles. They have recently found success in the Nashville fitness market and are looking to hold one of the three week camps close to the Tennessee area in the near future. FitOps is completely free for the veterans that attend. It is their hope to provide a stable income and a stable mentality for each graduate. Once they leave the FitOp’s camp, they have learned the essential skills to a healthy lifestyle, a new and positive outlook, leadership skills, and a certification that will unlock numerous doors to the fitness community and potential job opportunities. Erik Bartell, FitOps Foundation Director, and current resident here in Music City, explained that his real work in Nashville consist of making connections. His vision is to create a funneling avenue for graduates to leave the FitOps camp and step into a role with gyms, other trainers, and/or fitness facilities. He sees the opportunity here in Nashville to to allow the CVFOs to further gain experience and become a part of their communities. Overall, the goal is to make a quantifiable impact on the veteran experience after their service. To bring about a healthy method to combat depression and PTSD with endorphins from exercise, and put a large dent in the high veteran suicide rate once and for all. They want to encourage our service men and women to pursue greatness in fitness and in life, potentially replacing alcohol, drugs and hopelessness with endorphins, community and professional success through a passion for fitness.




This strength training workout utilizes the Lagree Fitness Method’s Megaformer to effectively combine strength, endurance, balance, core, flexibility and cardiorespiratory training in each and every exercise. It is intense on the muscles, but low impact and safe on the joints, spine and connective tissues. The Megaformer is a spring-based machine. In each class, you can expect to work with different spring loads throughout class to work the muscles differently. Studio Novo workouts use a combination of pulling and pushing against the tension of the springs to strengthen, tighten and lengthen the muscles. In each class you can expect to get a full-body class, focusing on lower body, upper body, center core and obliques. Each class is put together in a different effective sequence, so you never know what is coming next. Each movement is slow and controlled, targeting the slow-twitch muscle fibers. While moving slowly in each exercise, the slow twitch muscle fibers will fire up quickly and the heart rate will increase. In each Lagree Fitness exercise, you will get the benefits of all 5 components of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio endurance, flexibility and body composition.


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During a workout, the instructot may ask you to change springs. This can be done by lifting the front platform and hooking the desired spring fully around the adjacent knob. Yellow springs are utilized for light tension while the blue springs are for more tension or heavy, push movemets.


SET-UP: Place the knee of the supporting leg on the carriage behind the centerline. Hands are on the side of the carriage. Hips and shoulders are square to the side, spine is in a neutral position and stays long. The foot of the primary leg is aligned heel to toe on the handlebar. Knee is at shoulder height. Knee and toes point the same direction. ACTION: A. Press the foot of the primary leg into the handlebar, using the glutes and muscles in the back of the leg to extend the leg and send the carriage open and away from the platform. B. Bending the knee, resist the tension of the springs to slowly bring the carriage back in, keeping the tension of the spring. To keep proper alignment, the knee should aim for the shoulder as the carriage travels back in. Muscles worked: glutes and hamstrings


SET-UP: Hands are on the front platform with a wide grip, toes are on the carriage in a plank position. ACTION: A. From the starting plank position, keep the legs straight and heels lifted and slowly slowly lift the hips straight up to the ceiling into a pike position. Engage your shoulder strength and drop your head slightly to increase flexibility and range. B. Slowly lower back down into a plank position. C. Slowly draw the knees in, directly under the hips, keeping the back in a tabletop position with the shoulders and hips the same height. Muscles worked: abdominals, triceps, shoulders and lats.

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SET-UP: On the front of the machine, hands on upper handlebars, shoulders slightly behind the wrists, back is flat in a tabletop position, knees are slightly bent, toes are on the first red line, heels are lifted. ACTION: While stabilizing the upper body and engaging the core, slowly send the carriage away. As the hips naturally drop, lower your upper body down for a slow-motion push-up. While rising up to the tabletop position, press into the balls of the feet to drag the carriage back to the starting position, never losing the tension on the center core. Muscles worked: abdominals, triceps, shoulders and lats.


SET-UP: Kneeling on the carriage facing the back of the Megaformer, with the black handles. Primary foot forward around the 3rd red line on the carriage. Keeping the back knee down on the carriage and curl the toes under onto the carriage, with the back heel lifted. ACTION: A. Press front foot into the carriage and straighten both legs while drawing the black handles toward body on the way to standing. Engage the glutes and hamstrings in the back of the front leg. B. Bend both of the legs, dropping the body back down toward the carriage, and the back knee almost touches the carriage at the bottom of the move. Arms straighten while lowering toward the carriage and should be almost straight at the bottom of the movement. Muscles worked: glutes, hamstrings, quads, upper body, abdominals and back.


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SET-UP: Standing on the front platform, facing the back, the foot of the primary leg steps onto the carriage. The foot of the secondary leg stays on the platform with the heel lifted, allowing the weight to go forward into the primary foot on the carriage. Feet are hips distance apart and shoulders and hips are square t the back. ACTION: A. Bend the front leg to send the carriage out, making sure to keep the knee directly over the ankle. B. Press front foot into the carriage to lift up to standing, pulling with the muscles in the back of the leg- aka the hamstring. C. Using the red pole is optional, but it adds more intensity to the move, adding in upper body work and forcing the core to work harder to balance and stabilize while in this exercise. Muscles Worked: Hamstrings, glutes, quads, abdominals.


SET-UP: Kneeling on the carriage facing the back, using the black cables/handles. The glutes are lifted off of the heels and the body hinged forward at an angle. Arms are bent, with the elbows pointing straight back. ACTION: A. Squeezing the backs of the arms (the triceps), straighten the arms back, keeping the upper portion of the arm stationary. B. Bending at the elbows, keeping the elbows pointing back, return to starting position, keeping the elbows still. Muscles worked: triceps and rear deltoids.


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ave you been to a Nashville Predators hockey game yet? Of course you have. But in case you are one of the few that hasn’t, I guarantee you’ve checked for tickets. The fast paced play, the sound of skates on the ice, the puck flying into the stands, the lights, the crowd, the action, the pure adrenaline through the packed crowd. After taking in a Preds game inside Bridgestone Arena, you will officially be a hockey fan – and your live sports experience will never be the same. David Good has been a hockey fan all his life. Growing up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he was lacing up ice skates before he learned to tie his shoes. Hockey was introduced early in his childhood and continued to be a steady passion as a teen and into college where he played for the University of Colorado. Today, he considers himself lucky to be surrounded by the sport he loves. Good isn’t just a fan though, he is a long-time athlete, a motivator, a modest human-being, willing student and a well-respected Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Nashville Predators. While Good may not come flying out of the saber-tooth tiger tunnel on game night, he sure as daylight deserves the credit for helping those players get there. Good is responsible for preparing and supervising workout programs for all players on the team. While much of his work is done behind the scenes - calculating everything from rep schemes to sports psychology - he lays the foundation for what all of us screaming fans see under the bright lights on the ice. Before coming to Nashville in 2004, Good served as the Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning for the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He served as the Assistant Speed, Strength and Conditioning Coach from 1997-99 with the Ice Dogs (IHL). And later held the same title with the Los Angeles Kings from 1999-2003. He also served as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles from 1998-99. Before moving to California, Good served as the Student Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Colorado for two years, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. While there, he gained certifications in strength and conditioning, sports conditioning, Olympic weightlifting and kettlebell training. Overall, Good provides players with guidance in all things health and fitness. He claims the key element to the success of the Predators isn’t just one aspect or another - it is the combination and balance of them all. Between strength training, conditioning, nutrition and a solid rehab program, the players have an exceptional staff to support them. Furthermore, Good claims, “We are all working towards the same goal and that is the most important thing.” The team is kept on track and healthy with the help of many. He says, “For five years, Marietta Parrish has been the team dietitian, and she is amazing. With her help, the performance of our athletes has increased. Her work allows me to be more of the nutrition cop, because I get to enforce her expertise.” What Good is eluding to is the teamwork that makes the team work. Good agrees, the health and performance of his players is only amplified by the dedication and consistency to improve their bodies from the inside-out. Good is entering his fifteenth season as the Strength and


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Conditioning Coach. “This institute is amazing, from the top down,” he says. “They’re hiring really great people - everyone from the staff to the professional players to the surrounding volunteers and interns,” which is a testament to the reason Good has stayed in Nashville for this extended amount of time. At this professional level, Good explains, “you have to find different ways to motivate athletes.” He’s tasked with stimulating interest and enthusiasm in order to accomplish the required work rate. He explains the overall accomplishments are not because of effort or muscle gain (which are both helpful), but how you speak and what you say. “Sports psychology is fun and challenging, but you have to learn how to communicate with your team. Otherwise no improvement and no progress is made,” he conveys. According to Good, the major difference between professional athletes and the average gym goer is specificity. “I have to be hands on,” he says. And because specific needs have to be met in order for this level of fitness to succeed, the first thing he does every day is talk to the team’s athletic trainer. He also says, “mental training is a large part of our recovery.” But between the starting product and the end product, it is hard to predict. “It’s impossible to program too far out because [the players’ needs] change from week to week or day to day,” he admits. As a self proclaimed military brat, Good says he loves all things concerning the armed forces and seems to always be reading something on the topic, which transfers to his focus on discipline and continuing education. He understands that as an individual, being well prepared and continuing to grow with the sport, will offer the same advancements to those around him. If he grows, everyone grows. That is the purpose of a coach. The ability to lead by example requires multiple strong character traits. Good claims, “My parents set up that type of role model for me and then professionally my mentors taught me a lot, especially about the business.” He thoroughly believes in doing what you ask of others. He is direct. And he is honest. And he honors the lessons in his own life by passing them on. One of his most memorable pieces of advice was, “Be a leader not a boss,” and he reveals, “I would have a harder time asking anyone to do things if I, myself, refused to do them.” Living in three different cities, has had a major impact on his life. Good says, “I was excited to learn at the beginning of my career. Los Angeles was such a big city, far from my experience at home. It was great support and awesome to be around my brother, but I had to figure out how to survive almost.” Each place in life created an important memoir, as is the case for many of us. But from the beginning to now, he has managed to keep certain common denominators: Working in a field he loves, in a place he admires, doing what he has always had a passion for. Because of this, his excitement to learn and improve has not faltered. Good grew up with a family of athletes whose mother, to this day, at the age of 80, is still figure skating. The role models in his life continue to lead him the way he leads others. “I want people around me to be healthy too,” he says, “because I want to know I have set the proper example - the way others have set one for me. That way, when someone needs me, I am present and able to support them the way they have supported me.”



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