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March 2008 Newsletter

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  • Motivation
  • Health & Performance
  • Spring Training
  • Recipe of the Month: Southwestern Chicken



Motivation varies from person to person. Personally speaking breaking personal bests motivates me in the gym. Constantly trying to lift more weight, do an extra rep or run a 300 yard shuttle seconds faster helps me get through the set. I ignore the burn in the muscles as I do another rep or the pain in my lungs as I push myself to never slow down until I cross the finish line. But I’m not normal and I’ve found that just doesn’t work with most of my clients. Their idea of motivation is how they are going to look; envisioning themselves at the beach in a 2 piece bikini with a ripped midsection or a buff muscular upper bod on a guy that has all the girls’ heads turning. Visualizing this helps them break past the pain barrier or push a little harder. Squeezing into that adorable pair of size 4 jeans or that mini skirt usually inspires women. For guys, needing a bigger shirt due to larger shoulders or going down a waist size in their pants can be a motivating factor. It matters not what triggers the motivation but whether you have it not. Without internal motivation most of us will never reach our goals. So folks, I’m curious—educate me—I would love to hear from you…

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU, I want to know? What gets you in gear, propels you into overdrive and hurls you toward success?

Health & Performance

Okay, we’re well on our way to looking phenomenal—what else is happening? Perhaps, just maybe your blood pressure went down, your cholesterol is lower; your blood sugar is more stable. Your neuroendocrine, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems are functioning more efficiently. Your metabolism has increased. Your body fat has decreased. Your hormones are more balanced. You’re not as stiff when you get out of bed in the morning. You’re no longer moving like you were 20 years older, you’re moving like you were 10 years younger. You’re wearing your children out. You don’t need anyone’s help to unload your groceries. You no longer pull your back out lifting your briefcase out of the car. Your athleticism has improved; you’re able to run faster, drive the golf ball further and last longer. What has happened? More subtle yet profound—your health and performance have improved. So you look better, are healthier and you move (perform) better. What more could you ask for? All I can think of is winning the lottery. That aside, getting there is so simple: exercise and clean nutrition. What ARE you waiting for?

Spring Training

In Major League Baseball spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of regular season. At Jaguar Total Fitness Beach Time Boot Camp is a periodized, progressive 12 week workout series of resistance, functional and cardiovascular activity preceding the start of Bathing Suit Season. While your goal may not be the World Series, looking your best in your least just might be. All you need to do other than show up and work hard is round out the program with clean nutrition. Let’s get buff ladies and gentlemen and you won’t need to reason with bathing suit season!

908-6464, you have until Saturday March 15th to sign up.

Recipe of the Month: Southwestern Chicken
With Black Beans and Brown Rice

1 Tbs. olive oil
1 lb. boneless, skinless organic chicken breast/thighs
½ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
15 oz can no-salt-added corn, drainer
2 garlic cloves, minced
Chopped fresh cilantro
Fresh sliced avocado

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season chicken with chili powder, cumin and cayenne on both sides. Add chicken to pot and brown quickly (two minutes per side).
2. Remove chicken, then add rice and water to pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, mix beans, tomatoes (including juices), corn and garlic in a medium bowl.
4. Layer chicken atop rice mixture, and top chicken with bean mixture. Cover and turn heat to medium-high until mixture begins to bubble; reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes more or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through. Serve topped with cilantro and sliced avocado.