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Dianna Saa
Finish Fit boot camp has demonstrated to me that I am VERY capable of pushing my body to its limits. Prior to starting the class I was nervous because it had been a really long time since I had been physically active. With Finish Fit I am now 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight, something I had been trying to lose for two years! Thanks Lauren, Brett and Armen for helping me lose 10 pounds in four weeks!

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David Binns
My name is David Binns. I began working out three years ago and while I was able to lose weight, I still lacked tone. I began lifting but only showed very small results after a year. Since I have started training with Armen, I have gained about 8 lbs of muscle in a short 3 months. I have more energy, better stamina, and my workout regimen has improved as well to be more rounded. These are things that I tried to do myself by reading books on the subject but that I am now convinced only comes with years experience and an extended education in training. These are both things that Armen possesses and has used to guide me to very favorable results. Using his advice I have improved my diet, and focused on foods that help burn fat and build muscle. My workouts have reached new levels with him pushing me to attain the best results. Armen has also helped me to create a workout schedule for the whole week, not just at personal training. I would recommend personal training to anyone who wants fast results that last.

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Thank You, Fido

Pets aren’t just fun. They’re good for you. Here are five reasons to be grateful for your furry or feathered friend.

Pets make messes, can be expensive to care for, and make going out of town a bit complicated. Then again, they’re part of the family. You couldn’t imagine life without your little friend. So you’d do anything to keep it safe, healthy, and happy.

No matter what you think of your pet, there’s one benefit they offer that you may not realize. Pets can be good for your health. Whether a dog, cat, bird, fish, or guinea pig, here are five reasons to tell your pet thanks.

They Make You Exercise

Domesticated animals can’t care for themselves. Someone has to do it for them. Especially dogs. They need regular exercise, and it’s up to you to take them for walks or play fetch. Research has found that dog owners are more likely to get regular exercise than those who don’t own a dog.

No matter what your pet is, caring for a pet requires you to get up on occasion. Instead of sitting around all day, you have to feed and water them and let them out. Once that’s taken care of, you still have to bathe your pet, clean their cage or litter, and more.

They Are Natural Antidepressants

Feeling down or lonely? There’s nothing like snuggling with your pet to cheer you up. Their funny or cute behaviors can put a smile on your face even on the hardest days. Even if no one else is home to greet you after a long day, your pet is. And that pet is super excited to see you.

If you’re feeling lonely, most pets are eager to be a constant companion. No wonder studies find pets can be a form of therapy for those struggling with depression or anxiety.

They Lower Stress

Let’s face it, pets can add to your stress level. They chew your favorite shoe, make a mess on the carpet, and get sick in the night. But they’re not always causing stress. Quite often, they’re doing the exact opposite.

Been focusing on the news or stress at work? Pets offer a great distraction. They also help you relax and can provide comfort when everything else seems to go wrong. Interacting with your pet triggers feel-good hormones and lowers the level of the stress hormone cortisol.

They Prevent Allergies

Sure, you may be allergic to certain pets, but science has found that kids who grow up with pets in the home are less likely to develop allergies, eczema, or asthma later in life. In fact, the more pets a child grows up with, the lower the risk.

Early exposure is best. Researchers have discovered that being around pets, especially dogs, during the first couple years of life, offers the greatest protective effect. Exposure to dander from a dog’s skin affects a child’s intestinal bacteria. This boosts the immune system to protect against allergies and asthma in the future.

They Improve Heart Health

While it’s unclear why, pets have a positive impact on heart health. Have a dog or cat? You’re less likely to die from a cardiac event. You’re also more likely to have lower cholesterol, blood pressure, heart rates, and triglyceride levels—all which play an important role in heart health.

Cats seem especially good for your heart. One study found that you’re more likely to die of a heart attack if you’ve never owned a cat. And cat owners are less likely to suffer a stroke.

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