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Quick, Easy, Convenient and On-the-go Meals? Yes, and tasty

Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes (MRPs) get the job done.  Last month our Skinny Jeans/Muffin Top Melt Off Challengers lost a combined 89 inches with the help of a mid morning meal replacement shake. Heck, I even use them heading into my pre-competition training regimen. When you need to cut calories or you need a nutritious on-the-go meal, they are perfect.

These Meal Replacement Shakes have a 1:1 protein-to-carbohydrate ratio, which studies show supports weight (fat) loss and sustained energy. And since they’re loaded with 24 grams of easily digestible protein, 26 vitamins and minerals and just 220 calories per serving, you’ll satisfy your rumbling tummy, feed your muscles with high-octane fuel and give your body wholesome nutrients for a healthier you. Hey boot campers, we are talking to you too!  The Advocare MRPS come in three flavors; berry, vanilla and chocolate. They contain 5-6 grams of fiber and 50% of the daily value of calcium.

Is this you?

  • Someone who wants a nutritious meal on the go
  • Someone seeking a balanced, low-calorie meal for your diet and exercise program
  • Someone seeking to lose or maintain weight in a healthy manner
  • Someone who has limited gastric capacity or requires an easy-to-digest, light meal
  • Someone looking for an additional source of protein to supplement your diet

Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp coaches ALL use the Advocare line because it is high quality and it works for our needs. We will ALWAYS carry supplements but will ONLY carry what we love and what gives super results. Check out our offerings online or ask your coach if you have any questions on supplements that you could benefit from! Click for more information.

Skinny Jeans Update and NEW Challenge

20 challengers…8 weeks…32 sessions…to get into their Skinny Jeans.

Mission Impossible? No way!

At the end of week #6, ALL Challengers who tried on their “two sizes too small” Skinny Jeans, FIT INTO THEM! Check out a session in progress. What a super success we had for our FIRST Skinny Jeans & Muffin Top Melt Off Challenge.

This Challenge is a professional fat loss exercise program led by trained coaches and included metabolic and total body protocols – high-intensity cardio bursts and strength and resistance training.  This is NOT Boot Camp! All sessions are held at our new, almost state-of-the-art fitness facility. This eight-week program, which ran from April 19 to -June 12, consisted of four workout sessions per week (for a total of 32, 45-minute sessions). Sessions were offered on a variety of days and times so all Challengers had a few choices to constantly pick from to suit their schedules.

The Challenge Recap:

  • It all began at the MABC new indoor facility, 4170 N. Port Washington Rd, Suite 2, in Glendale.
  • Contenders brought in a pair of jeans (from their closet or newly purchased) that they would like to fit into; jeans had to be at least two sizes too small.
  • A photo was taken with participants trying to pull on their jeans (over a pair of spandex shorts or pants).
  • Jeans were kept at Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp indoor facility for ongoing “try-ons” every two weeks.
  • Participants were given a free fitness assessment and circumference measurement at the time of the initial “try-on” photo shoot.
  • Challengers whose jeans fit at the end of the Challenge (June 12th) will be entered into a drawing for a free pair of designer jeans donated by our partner, Stephanie Horne Boutique.

“Imagine losing two jean sizes in eight weeks!” Our Challengers did it! What better way to kick off summer than by shedding those pounds you’ve been wanting to lose?  They followed this training and nutrition and program and found success.”

What about you? C’mon, give yourself 8-weeks and be in the those Skinny Jeans or just lose that Gut before Labor Day! This is NOT a gimmick. It is the most recent, effective total body and metabolic training protocol performed in a small group format.

Intrigued? Want to know more about the NEW Skinny Jeans & Gut to Cut Challenge running July 5th – August 28th? Check it out online and keep your eyes open for our e-blast e-flier. Registration for the next session opens on Wednesday June 16. This is co-ed and all are welcome, but the challenge will take only 40 participants to keep the “small group” element in tact.  So sign up without delay. For more information about the NEW Skinny Jeans & Gut to Cut Challenge, visit www.milwaukeebootcamp.com or call 414-881-5FIT (5348).

24-Day Cleanse Results Are In

In February, Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp (all locations) launched a 24-Day Cleanse challenge. Campers who participated, purchased an Advocare “kit” containing the following: 10 Day Herbal Cleanse, Spark energy and focus drink powder, Omega Plex supplements, Catalyst supplements, Multimineral/vitamin packs and Meal Replacement shake powder.

The goal was to create an environment in your body that allows it to eliminate the excess “stuff” (sugars, processed starchy carbs, etc.) that have a tendency to clog up our intestines and keeps our bodies from working at optimal levels. These also have shown to keep our mid section puffy. It was a super jump start for those who maybe indulged a little too much over the holidays and New Years.

How were the results? Mixed, which is what we expected.

The Cleanse, like any programmed plan, was a little tough to follow. It was well planned out but a few campers struggled with consistency. Those that were able to make the commitment and stuck to it, did well.  The average weight loss was 5 lbs but we had a few campers who lost 8 and 10 pounds.

For a look into the plan, check out the attached 24 Day Challenge Quick Sheet.

With such super feedback, we do plan to launch a second 24-Day Cleanse heading into the summer months so if you are interested, keep your eyes and ears open.

Here are a few camper comments…

…Well, I only lost 5 pounds and have not seen a major change in my measurements, but believe I must have lost something in my midsection because my clothes are fitting better. I was very strict with the diet with the exception of 2 days (a success in itself!) but was only exercising 3-4 days per week for 45 minutes to an hour. I do feel a lot different, though. I cannot believe I have not had coffee in a month and plan to see how long I can go now that I do not have the Spark and Catalyst to help me with energy. Also, I feel like I lost fat. Before Advocare, I was between a size 8 and 10, where an 8 was mostly too tight in the waist and hips, but a 10 was big in the butt and legs. Now I fit better into my size 8 clothes and even bought a size 8 dress, which I have never been able to do because of the sizes of my midsection
and chest.  I am enjoying them and using the Advocare challenge as a jumping off point to continue to my personal goal of being a perfect size 8…

…I felt bloated at first, but after I upped my water, I became VERY regular and that little pooch in my mid section went and stayed away, yeah!…

…The food part was pretty easy to follow, the checklist was very helpful once is was updated. I liked all the food, it was easy since it follow the SMART nutrition packet pretty closely. I lost 4  pounds and few inches but I have tons more energy. Kind of weird, I sleep better too…

…I was not consistent at all, I admit it. The next time we do the challenge I will for sure follow the plan as outlined and think I will see much more success…

Stay Fit This Holiday Season

The holidays shouldn’t leave you looking like a bowlful of jelly. As fun as the holiday season is, it can be rough on your fitness program. Bad weather, stress, and lack of time can sap your motivation, while parties, visitors, and vacations can distract you from your workouts. It’s no wonder so many people gain weight in November and December, only to regret it on January 2nd.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can keep up or even improve your fitness level, stave off weight gain, and enjoy the holidays as much as ever. Just stick with the following guidelines.

Manage your time. Scheduling your workouts in advance, and letting those around you know (your family and friends so they can December calendarhelp you stay on track), is always a good idea. But it’s especially important over the holidays, when just saying “I’ll do it when I have time” can be a recipe for failure. Your free time is sure to get filled up with other activities, and it’s easier than ever to forget about working out. On the other hand, if you schedule your workouts just like any appointments, you’re much more likely to do them when the time comes. (Better still, invite some friends, neighbors or family members from out of town to join you for extra motivation.) If you absolutely can’t find time on a particular day, mark it as a recovery period, and make sure you have a workout scheduled for the day afterward. It’ll prevent you from losing the fitness gains you’ve built, and ensure that you keep your exercise habit intact.  Check out our December fitness  schedule.

Keep up your energy. If your holiday period is marked by flurries of frantic activity followed by a worn-out feeling, you’re not alone. But you can shorten those “dragging” periods with these healthy habits:

Stick to your food plan. Loading up on high-carb holiday treats can cause blood sugar fluctuations that leave you feeling tired, while subsisting on rushed snacks or skipping meals entirely prevents you from getting the fuel you need. But regular, high-quality meals and snacks will keep you running at top speed, whether you’re working out or fighting over the last “Dora the Explorer” doll in the toy store.

Take time to relax. A meditation session, a round of yoga, or just a few minutes sitting with a hot drink or your favorite music will go a long way toward recharging your batteries.

See the light. If your energy takes a nosedive in the wintertime, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, a mood-dampening condition caused by too little light exposure. See if you perk up after getting more rays (either by spending more time outside on sunny days, or by using a full-spectrum light box). If that doesn’t help, see your doctor.

No skipping. If you feel a little tired before a planned workout, don’t take that as a signal to skip it. Chances are your energy levels will pick up once you start moving. And when you exercise regularly, you’re much less likely to experience those lulls during the rest of the day.

Travel right. This is a great time of year to take a vacation or visit family—but without advance planning, those trips can bring your fitness program to a screeching halt. Here’s how to avoid that:

Protect yourself on the plane. Since there’s no guarantee that an airline will have healthy food on hand, pack a meal or snack in advance, and make sure you drink plenty of liquids. If you’re worried about catching something on the flight, boost your disease-fighting ability by eating fresh veggies and fruit as much as possible. And use antibacterial hand products often.

Watch out when eating out. Travel often means a lot of restaurant meals, and that can derail your food plan in a hurry. Try to find restaurants that serve high-quality meals, or, if that’s not possible, order the best of what is on the menu. (Even the IHOP® has some healthful, high-protein selections these days.) But if you eat in a chain restaurant, check out the nutrition ratings just to make sure you’re not getting one of those 2,000-calorie salads.

Organize healthy activities. When you go to a warm beach or on a ski vacation, this is a no-brainer. But if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar city, you should find out in advance what you can do that requires a little movement. And if you’re staying with family members who prefer life on the couch, suggest some outdoor games—or, if the weather isn’t cooperative, healthy indoor activities. Even a post-meal walk will get everyone’s blood pumping and prevent total lethargy from setting in.

Take your workout with you. A band and a jump rope with your running shoes is all you need. Ask and we will be happy to send you the MABC vacation and hotel workout.

Take care of your health. Nothing can derail a workout program like getting sick. And you may be extra-vulnerable to illness at this time of year, when stress and bad weather collide with cold and flu season. But a few basic precautions can improve your odds:

Wash your hands frequently, especially before touching your nose or mouth. (A recent study found that it doesn’t matter how hot the water is, but for maximum benefit, you need to lather with soap for at least 20 seconds.)

Avoid germs. If you work out in a gym, clean the equipment with antibacterial spray, or at least cover it with a towel. Warm, moist surfaces are an ideal place for germs to live and grow.

Get plenty of sleep—less than 7 or 8 hours per night can compromise your immune system. (It can also slow your exercise recovery.) Try to save the late-night carousing for times when you can sleep late or take a nap the next day.

Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to forget when it’s cold outside, but staying hydrated helps keep your immune system in top working order.

Get a flu shot. Remember, there are different strains of the flu virus every year, so last year’s shot won’t keep you protected.

Maintain your healthy eating habits, and get a complete supply of vitamins every day. If you do come down with a mild cold, it’s okay to keep working out—moderate exercise can actually boost your immunity. If you’re following a high-powered exercise program such as Boot Camp training- and you have chest congestion, or if can barely get out of bed, it maybe a sign that you need to rest up and recover. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

~ Coach Catherine – Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp – http://www.milwaukeebootcamp.com

Adapted from Beach Body and By Ben Kallen

FACT: Most Americans gain weight (5-7 lbs) between October 31st and January 1st!

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COMING SOON! Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp Indoor Boot Camp Facility & Corporate Office

Yes, you are reading that correctly! The first ever indoor boot camp facility to grace the eastern part of Milwaukee is coming. The planned open date is scheduled for Monday October 5th, just in time for the autumn 2009 boot camps.

The Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp office as well as an 8,000 square foot fully functional indoor facility is located at 4180 North Port Washington Road (doors face Olive street) in Glendale. The 2nd floor facility will offer two morning camps (5:30 and 8:45) an evening camp (6:00 co-ed), Yoga, Pilates, a boutique –style personal training area as well as locker rooms.

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