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STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND: Midyear Resolutions



I’ve never really been a New Year, New Me kind of person. Celebrating New Year’s Day always felt a little random, as did the idea that an ambitious resolution could change something about my life in the middle of winter. I’ve always connected with winter as a necessary time of growth through rest, and I personally like to dedicate this season to maintaining good habits and getting plenty of sleep.

As I’ve grown older, even the societal pressure to name a goal, intention, or vision for the new calendar year has lessened.

Fast-forward six months, though, and you’ll find me in quite a different mood. Perhaps it’s the energy of a northern summer, brimming with life, warmth, and sunlight after months of darkness and snow. Maybe it’s my birthday, on July 1, pushing me, as birthdays do, to reckon with the past and look to what lies ahead.

Or it could be some combination of the two — the natural world and my interior world conspiring to irritate and energize me. What I know for sure is that as summer rolls around, the days seem endless and I feel restless, yearning to move.

For years, I didn’t have any outlets for my heightened energy; each sum­mer I struggled with insomnia and a depressed mood. But as I discovered sports that I loved and my physical activity increased year-round, it became clear that I could harness this summertime energy for good.

Now, as the days stretch out and snow is a thing of the past, my activity levels peak almost organically: I want to walk, run, bicycle. I want to lift weights and try some outdoor boot camps. I want to paddleboard, hike, and take my virtual Zumba classes outside.

In other words, if I’m not working, I want to be moving my body, preferably outdoors. I want to feel as alive and vibrant as the world around me.

And as my activity increases, my mind jumps in to turn up the inten­sity by setting goals — specific and measurable goals, as I’ve been taught. Goals like performing 10,000 kettle­bell swings in one month, running 100 miles in a month, completing a 27-mile through-hike, or logging 1,200 activity “points” each day on my smartwatch (twice my wintertime goal for what is essentially calories burned through exercise).

I love having something to reach for every day. And I love the feeling in my body and mind as I work toward and achieve my goals.

This is a fine line to walk. There are many rewards to my increased activity level, including improved overall fitness, sleep, confidence, and mood. But there is a cost, too: the risk that my positive mindset will evolve into something unhealthy, emphasizing goal-setting and achievement over everything else.

You see, even though I feel like I should know better, I still tend to fall into a common resolution trap — losing sight of the why behind my actions.

I’ve learned that as summer progresses, I tend to push myself to do more or perform better every day. I tend to ignore signs to pull back or rest. I tend to berate myself when my workouts don’t go as planned or I don’t hit a particular goal. I trick myself into believing I can maintain this level of ­activity not just all summer, but all year.

All these tendencies are common — it’s easy to get excited about progress and caught up in achievement. But if they disconnect me from my why, then can I really call it progress? If I don’t feel alive — if I don’t feel the vibrance I initially sought out — are my achievements sustainable?

In noticing these tendencies, I’ve learned from them. Now I am able to stop and ask myself: How do I want to feel? Is this activity helping me feel that way? 

“How I feel” isn’t as specific or measurable as how fast I’m running, how much weight I’m lifting, or how my body composition is changing.

And “how I feel” isn’t a substitute for those goals. Rather it works with them, side by side, to help keep me accountable, consistent, inspired, adaptable, and connected to myself.

Fitness — like life — isn’t about choosing to feel good or perform well. I can get enjoyment from working hard, and I don’t have to suffer for my goals. Experience has taught me it’s possible to have both, if I keep both in mind.

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FOOD! REAL WHOLE FOOD. We crave it. It fuels us, helps us heal and repair, and powers us through strenuous activity. We prepare it, meal plan with it, socialize with friends over it, and bring families together with it. With great food choices you can achieve: physique goals; hit new personal records; and maintain a healthy and maintainable low body fat level. REAL WHOLE FOODS will keep you sustained longer, pushing you through intense workouts, long work days and reduce binge eating. The biggest problem for most is finding the time and energy for prepping these meals. One alternative is prepared meals from food-prep companies. While convenient, the costs of these meals can become expensive. Plus, if improperly stored, or you fall off your plan, the meals could go to waste.

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MEAL PREP is DAIRY FREE, SOY FREE and MALTODEXTRIN FREE – perfect for those with diet sensitivities. MEAL PREP proteins are sourced from meat (beef, salmon, chicken, eggs) and vegetables. Zero dairy proteins help reduce water retention and bloating. MEAL PREP is soy free – eliminating a common allergen and a heavily processed, massed-produced protein source used in many meal replacements. No simple carbohydrates like sugar or maltodextrin are used. Instead, MEAL PREP uses slow-releasing, low-glycemic carbohydrates from oatmeal, sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa and flaxseed. MEAL PREP is also powered by an overabundance of fruits, vegetables and superfoods including kale, spinach, blueberry, reishi mushroom and turmeric.

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STS Body Toning Cream uses a powerful triad of ingredients to help define and detail your physique.

Former bodybuilder and Powerhouse Gym owner Dean Caputo always knew what he wanted, how to achieve his goals and exceed expectations. At age 16, Dean had an interest in working out, so in 1979 he built a weight room in his parents’ Streetsboro, Ohio garage with only a couple of benches and a few machines. Having Dean’s friends train with him in his weight room gave him the idea and inspiration to open his own gym.

After working two jobs through high school, Dean was able to make his dream come true in 1982. He opened his first business at age 18 in his hometown of Streetsboro. It was named Bodybuilders Unlimited in the Streetsboro Plaza.

While Dean owned his own gym and enjoyed a successful reign as a competitive, undefeated bodybuilder, Norm and Will Dabish of Powerhouse Gym approached Dean about converting his Bodybuilders Unlimited name to a Powerhouse Gym. This was the exciting beginning of a new chapter in Dean’s life, but there were many more chapters to come. Dean has turned another page and is proud to introduce STS and the release of their Body Toning Cream, an anti-cellulite cream that is perfect for the start of bodybuilding contest season.

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STS Body Toning Cream is designed to help define and detail your physique. The Advanced Heating Formula is known to help increase blood circulation and promote sweating during workouts and recovery. Sweating helps to shed extra water to help sculpt and define problem areas. STS Body Toning Cream can also be used to help aid in the recovery and relief of sore muscles.

How does STS Body Toning Cream work? The cream uses a powerful triad of ingredients to help define and detail your physique:

• Juniper and sweet basil oil improve blood circulation to burn fatty deposits and strengthen connective tissue.

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Bigger Pumps, Leaner Physique and Natural All-Day Energy!

Building more muscle and seeing explosive gains in the gym is very much a question of your body’s efficient use of carbohydrates for energy. You want the carbs you consume to be used to build more size and fuel your anabolic potential, not be stored as excess body fat that can result from poorly timed carbohydrate consumption. In short, you want a ripped and hard bod, not a dad bod – and FUEL INJECTOR GDA, the glucose disposal agent from Allmax Nutrition, can be the key to unlocking your training success and seeing bigger muscle gains.


By putting glucose in its place. In order to optimize carb utilization, it’s imperative that you control insulin sensitivity and how effectively your body metabolizes sugars. The ingredients in FUEL INJECTOR GDA have been scientifically formulated to prime your body to properly absorb and store carbohydrate-rich foods. What does this mean for muscle building? Excess glucose is eliminated, and the glucose that is made available for circulation can be properly stored and utilized for energy to lift more weight and build more muscle, as opposed to being converted to body fat. The bottom line for weight trainers? More energy, greater muscle gains, less body fat and unrivaled muscle pumps!

Scientifically Proven to Achieve Results

Super Berberine (Berberine Cyclodextrin) has been found to effectively decrease insulin resistance, increase glycolysis (the breakdown of sugar in cells for energy), decrease sugar production in the liver, increase beneficial gut bacteria and slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in the small intestine. Obese individuals who took the recommended dosage of Super Berberine three times daily lost an average of 5 pounds, including a 3.6% reduction in body fat!

Jiaogulan (95% Gypenosides) has been shown to help combat insulin resistance and poor insulin production. Subjects who took this herb significantly decreased total abdominal fat along with bodyweight, body fat mass and BMI.

Maqui Berry enhances the way carbs are used for energy. One clinical study suggests that Maqui Berry may help lower blood sugar in pre-diabetics. Another study showed that diets high in compounds called anthocyanins (found in Maqui Berries) have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

Pomegranate has been shown to aid blood sugar management by correcting insulin resistance to reduce circulating blood sugar levels.

Loquat Extract (Standardized for Maslinic Acid) has been shown to improve metabolic health by reducing blood triglycerides, blood sugar and excess insulin. Loquat Extract has shown great promise as a natural alternative to improving metabolic conditions such as diabetes.

Banaba Leaf Extract helps to keep blood sugar levels in check by shuttling glucose into muscle cells (and away from fat cells), where the sugars can be used to power intensive weight-training sessions. Banaba has also been shown to increase the expression and activation of GLUT-4, a transporter protein that allows glucose to be absorbed into the cells of the body. This is important for bodybuilders who want full, round muscle bellies and ample training energy.

Gymnema Sylvestre (75% Gymnemic Shrubs) effectively soaks up excess glucose and shuttles it where it belongs. One of its primary active components, gymnemic acid, is known for suppressing cravings for sweet foods by blocking the sugar receptors on the taste buds.

Glucomannan (from Konjac root) is another powerful blood sugar-stabilizing and weight-management agent. It works by swelling up in the digestive tract and delaying stomach emptying to increase satiety, all while decreasing caloric intake at subsequent meals. Like Gymnema Sylvestre, Glucomannan eliminates absorbed carbohydrates (and fats) before they’re digested. This in turn, helps create a zero caloric environment from any excess calories consumed.

Key to Unlocking Muscle Growth

Muscle protein synthesis is the real key to unlocking huge muscle gains and fueling muscle growth, and FUEL INJECTOR GDA unlocks your body’s natural pathways to optimal muscle building and physique development. By making your body more insulin sensitive, FUEL INJECTOR GDA increases the uptake of vital amino acids into muscle cells to fully induce muscle protein synthesis.

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