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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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Health and Fitness News

Enemy: Inflammation

What to eat and not to eat in your fight against unwanted inflammation.

A healthy immune system uses inflammation to protect the body from infection and disease. Sometimes, however, the immune system mistakenly sends the body into inflammation mode when there’s no illness to fight off. This unwanted inflammation can cause damage to healthy tissue and may play a role in many leading diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, asthma, and some types of arthritis.

Chronic inflammation may be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen, corticosteroids, and certain foods. But you don’t have to depend on medication alone to fight inflammation. The foods you eat can be used to keep inflammation at bay.

If you wonder what an anti-inflammatory diet looks like, it is in essence a healthy diet that avoids junk food. Here’s what to eat and not to eat in your fight against inflammation.

Fruits and Veggies

You can never go wrong with fruits and vegetables. Full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, fruits and vegetables should be eaten every day. Powerful vegetables in the fight against inflammation include leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, and spinach, as well as cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. Powerhouse fruits include cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and oranges.


Whether black, pinto, or garbanzo, beans are another food to eat on a regular basis. Whether in salads, soups, or burritos, beans are full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants that fight inflammation. Plan to eat a cup of beans at least two times a week. Whether as a side dish or the entree, beans satisfy your hunger and do a world of good against inflammation.

Whole Grains

Fiber plays a big part in preventing inflammation. One way to get your recommended daily amount of fiber is by eating whole grains. Brown rice, oatmeal, popcorn, whole-wheat bread, and whole-wheat pasta are common types of whole grains to include in your diet.

Fish & Nuts

Fish, particularly fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies are all high in omega-3 fatty acids, a fat that’s known to help lower chronic inflammation. If you really want to put inflammation in its place, eat fish at least twice a week.

Nuts also contain a type of omega-3 fatty acid that works to stop inflammation.
If you don’t care for fish or nuts, talk to your doctor about taking an omega-3 supplement. An omega-3 fatty acid has been shown to increase the effectiveness of drugs used to lower inflammation.


If you think healthy eating is dull eating, think again. You can actually add flavor to your food while reducing inflammation. That’s because spices such as curcumin, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne may help reduce symptoms of chronic inflammation.

Foods to Avoid

An anti-inflammatory diet (and a healthy diet) will limit or avoid sugar, saturated fat, and refined carbs. With that in mind, you’ll do well to eat as little sugar as possible. Cookies, cakes, candy, and soda are all high in sugar, which triggers the production of cytokines, messengers that increase inflammation. Sugar also contributes to weight gain, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Liquid sugar found in sodas, sports drinks, sweet tea, fruit punch, and lemonade is especially harmful, so go with water or tea as often as possible.

Saturated fat is another cause of inflammation, so limit the amount you consume. Fried foods, red meat, processed meats, and full-fat dairy products are all high in saturated fat. Replace these foods in your diet with healthier options.

Refined carbohydrates are also associated with chronic inflammation. Breads, pastas, rice, snack foods, and cereals made with refined, white flour are high in carbs and low in fiber and nutrients, so eat them sparingly.

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