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  • Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    By Lauren Williams If you ’ ve attended a Farrell ’ s FXB Kickboxing or FXB Strength Training class, odds are good you ’ ve heard your instructor answer this question. But if you haven’t or are new to the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping program, let me give you the short answer … yes, you do. While it may seem a little counterintuitive, eating shortly after exercise can have a big impact on your performance and recovery. When is the best time to eat after a workout? While there ’ s no optimal timeframe, studies have shown that eating sooner is definitely better than later. That ’ s because your body uses glycogen (aka: energy ....

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  • Protein and Weight Loss:  How Much Protein Should You Eat to Lose Weight?

    Protein and Weight Loss: How Much Protein Should You Eat to Lose Weight?

    Decades of scientific research on nutrition and weight loss has uncovered a few key pieces of information on what helps people successfully win the battle of the bulge. First, we know that while exercise is important, a person’s healthy eating habits likely matters more for weight loss than the hours they spend in the gym. Second, when it comes to dieting, there is no single best one for losing weight; many diets can work quite well as long as total calorie balance is accounted for. Third, dietary protein is one of the key “levers” in a diet that increases the likelihood of someone’s ability to lose weight. This article is going to cut ....

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  • Don't Watch Your Weight!

    Don't Watch Your Weight!

    Why the scale is not a friend of your progress We have all been here before. The end of the year marks the beginning of new opportunities, goals, and resolutions. Health, fitness, and weight loss are at the top of many people ’ s list. Inevitably, most of us hit the gym hard to get in shape and lose the weight we gained over the holiday season. Eventually, we step on the dusty scale that has been pushed to the back corner of our bathroom to see what progress we have made. We deem our success based on the number that is revealed as though this is the only deciding factor in how far we have come. But our weight is only one small piece of the puzzle. ....

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  • 5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

    5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

    1.Holiday-Proof Your Plan You may not be able to control what food you’re served, and you’re going to see other people eating tempting treats. Meet the challenges armed with a plan. Eat close to your usual times to keep your blood sugar steady. If your meal is served later than normal, eat a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat a little less when dinner is served.Invited to a party? Offer to bring a healthy dish along. If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread) during the meal. Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast. It will be harder to manage your blood sugar, and you’ll be really hungry and more ....

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  • Farrell's National Challenge Winners

    Sara S. 2019 National Challenge Winner BEFORE 44.8% Body Fat Push-ups: 11 in one minute Sit-ups: 17 in one minute AFTER 13.1% Body Fat Push-ups: 62 in one minute Sit-ups: 60 in one minute John P. 2019 National Challenge Winner BEFORE 36.3% Body Fat Push-ups: 15 in one minute Sit-ups: 25 in one minute AFTER 10.1% Body Fat Push-ups: 73 in one minute Sit-ups: 66 in one minute Christina W. 2018 National Winner BEFORE 55.6% Body Fat Push-ups: 23 in one minute Sit-ups: 18 in one minute AFTER 32.3% Body Fat Push-ups: 75 in one minute Sit-ups: 56 in one minute Sam W. 2018 National Winner BEFORE 55.6% Body ....

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  • Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in Minneapolis, there’s a good chance that one of your main goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat? Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s important to know the difference to help you achieve your goals. And keep them. Weight Loss Your body’s total weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t achieve ....

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  • 4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    Picture this: You hit the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in Minneapolis, get the kids prepped for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more regularly, and eventually, it turns into your new morning routine. You think to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!” Ring a bell? If you’ve been through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve arrived at the ideal ....

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  • How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    With changes going on in the world today, most of us are using more time in our houses. It can seem tricky to keep up with a positive lifestyle when your gym in Minneapolis is closed. You could have found yourself becoming the teacher, home cook, and parent in your house. Or you are working from home for the time being and struggling to set up some structure in your day. In these changing times, it can be tempting to devote more time to the couch, checking the news and movie after movie, and casually losing your day-to-day workout routine. We may be passing more time at home, but we can always create ways to keep up healthy behavior! Below, find our preferred positive habits you can ....

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  • Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Doug Wespiser is a Farrell’s member at Farrell’s White Bear, Minnesota. Doug’s story is truly one of hard work and dedication. Keep reading to hear, in Doug’s words, how he became the father, husband, and man he always wanted to be! Chapter 41: How Did I Get Here? Growing up, I was full of ambitions and dreams. “Who do I want to be? What do I want to do when I grow up?” As a husky boy in my teens, I planned to be an avid hunter, camper, and fisherman, exploring remote locations and surviving off the land. Today, at 41 years of age and nearly 300 pounds, I think to myself, “How did I get here? How could I be so far away from what I had envisioned ....

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