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#30daysaxthesugar

The Challenge: No sugar in June! #30daysaxthesugar

Remember, this is for your own health and awareness. The prize you win is knowledge and seeing/feeling what a difference this makes. There are stricter versions of this but it is not necessary for this challenge.

Join the event and share with your friends here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645713665659230/


Here are some suggestions to guide you:

  1. READ YOUR LABELS! No added sugar or sweeteners of any kind allowed.
  2. Don't add sweeteners of any kind to your food or drinks.
  3. No White theory helps eliminate processed food and added sugars. Eliminate white sugar, salt, pasta or bread. Bread has added sugar unless it is sprouted grain.
  4. Do your research. If you are not sure...there is PLENTY of information out there for you.
  5. Natural occurring sugar in food is acceptable. But just remember fruit juice is NOT fruit and does not metabolize the same way without fiber found in whole fruit. Also, the fruit at the bottom of yogurt is SWEETENED. Eat plain Greek yogurt which has about 6 grams of naturally occurring sugar. You can use Greek yogurt to replace many things like mayonnaise and sour cream.
  6. You can find adult beverages with natural occurring sugar or no sugar. Consume alcoholic beverages in moderation. I did this with beer. I still drink it but I cut back. If you have a drink daily you will want to stop that during this 30 days and keep it to a minimum.
  7. A whey protein shake with Greek yogurt and whole fruit in the morning is a good way to get your day started and gets your metabolism rockin’!
  8. Remember that if you consume even natural occurring sugar, it metabolizes faster when consumed with protein.
  9. Your grocery list should begin in the produce aisle. 80% of your groceries should be perishable.
  10. Generally speaking organic dark chocolate is acceptable in limited amounts. HOWEVER, during this 30 day challenge it is NOT. I did not add this back into my diet until months later.
  11. Any food challenge is only as good as your overall diet. You must give your body what it needs to succeed. Fruit is a great replacement for sugar but too much fruit and not enough activity will be counteractive.
  12. If you are a person that eats a lot of sugar you may experience withdrawals in the first week. Tough it out!
  13. Log your food and record your experiences. Take pictures and don’t forget to use the hashtag: #30daysaxthesugar

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Member Spotlight: Ben Honda

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Member Spotlight: Ben Honda

When did you start coming to AX and how did you hear about it?

I started coming to AX as a New Year's Resolution for 2014. So January of this year. My friend and I heard about it through Groupon and gave it a try. It was so good, I stayed.

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? My fitness goals are to be healthy and look good. I am chained to a desk for most of the day and my body wasn't being worked in the ways that it used to. Because of regularly attending AX, I feel great and like how I look. I have even heard from a dance instructor who hadn't seen me in a year, that I look different and move differently because of the results I am getting at AX.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? I would describe AX Fitness as the perfect combination of group fitness class and an individualized workouts. The trainer leads class in a way that is challenging for everyone but customizable for those who either need a break and have to take it easy, or can be made more challenging for those who have high goals. It's unique and challenging every time.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? EAT AND DRINK PROPERLY BEFORE COMING TO CLASS. You have to be hydrated and fueled to expect to make it through a challenging workout like AX Fitness. I made this mistake my first time and had to take a couple of little breaks from the intensity ;)

What is your favorite part about AX Fitness? My favorite part of AX is that is challenging. Coming from years of formal dance, I need to have an instructor that can push me in ways that I can't even identify by myself. Christine has gotten to know and understand how I workout and pushes me and my body harder each day. Paired with a group setting where everyone is going hard, you make progress quickly and feel the results.

How do you stay motivated? To get to the workout: Knowing that my efforts are showing results and craving more. During the workout: Lots of high energy, sassy beats. Luckily, AX plays my mix a lot.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? You have to know that AX is a community of people all with fitness goals. That community is friendly and welcoming and refuses to let you make yourself invisible. With that said, you understand that not only is the trainer watching you but the class is too - but only to help challenge and encourage you. For me, having a community that welcomes me and pushes me is the perfect combination for success.

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Member Spotlight: Diarmuid Kelleher

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Member Spotlight: Diarmuid Kelleher

When did you start coming to AX Fitness and how did you hear about it? I started going to AX in the Spring of 2013. Back then, the AX studio was part of a gym I was attending for sprint training. I was early one day and I saw Christine putting a group through their paces and thought, “I have to try this!” I was instantly hooked and I’ve been an AX member since and have been excited to see the gym move to it’s awesome new space.

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? As an ultimate (frisbee) player, most of my training was on the field; lots of sprinting for short periods. I really wanted to improve both my strength and endurance. AX has helped me here immensely. Christine keeps you moving for the entire duration of the class and makes sure that all your muscles (even some you didn’t know you had!) are getting a workout. This has improved my stamina and functional strength hugely, keeping me going at a consistent intensity all through the season.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? It can be hard to describe AX, partly because there is really nothing else like it. I’ve heard it described at “bootcamp” and that’s pretty close. However, the difference is that AX is much more varied and personal; Christine mixes up the workouts weekly and throws in plenty curveballs so that you will never get bored and your muscles will never get used to it. I’ve also heard it compared to Crossfit and that’s also not far off the mark. However, the strength training in an AX class is sustainable. You will be able to go to AX several times a week for the majority of your life. And you will never get injured, rather AX will help keep you healthy, strong, and injury free.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? Don’t be intimidated, or at least don’t let that stop you from going! I was nervous about the intensity of AX classes when I first started. Yes, it’s a challenging workout; it’s supposed to be. But everyone has to start somewhere and it is amazing how quickly people improve and gain fitness. Christine is a patient instructor and, while encouraging you to push yourself, understands that fitness is personal where everyone is on their own level. Also, AX members are super friendly and welcoming and will always take the time to show you a workout if you haven’t done it before.

What is your favorite part of AX Fitness? The quality of the workout. It is simply the best, full body, workout you can do that will improve your cardio, strength, and flexibility simultaneously. Also, I have to mention the camaraderie; there is a perfect mix of competitiveness and motivation in all AX classes.

How do you stay motivated? Routine works really well for me. Having AX scheduled three times a week means I will get three top quality workouts in that week at least. Expanding that scheduling principle to running or yoga or lifting lets me get in even more. Also, Christine has really helped me with self-motivation during training or competition. Personally, I can struggle with mental toughness and getting psyched out sometimes. Christine is a phenomenal motivator and her mantras of “mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter” and “your mind gives up before your body ever will” have really resonated with me.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? That AX Fitness is the best workout in town. Whether you are training for a team sport, a solo event, or you just want to get healthier, Christine will make you fitter, faster, and stronger in no time.

Diarmuid recently moved to Chicago. We miss you, D!

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