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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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CBD: Have You Tried It Yet?

Wondering if you jump into the world of CBD? Find out for yourself.

It seemed to come out of nowhere and now it’s everywhere. Shops and ads for CBD are popping up on every corner. Friends are talking about it and even selling it themselves. But what’s the scoop?

Maybe you’ve been skeptical of medical marijuana and now don’t know what to think about CBD. Can it be trusted to do what it claims? Is it safe to use without the supervision of a doctor?

Keep reading to get in the know on CBD.

What Is It?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is an active ingredient in cannabis. It is derived from the buds and flowers of the hemp plant, a relative of the marijuana plant. Unlike marijuana, CBD contains no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana that affects the brain and causes a high. Therefore, CBD is not addictive and doesn’t cause dependence.

CBD comes in various forms. The most common is an oil, but it can also be found as a vaporized liquid, an extract, or an oil-based capsule. It’s also marketed in foods, candies, drinks, beauty products, and vaporizers to be inhaled with a vape. So no matter how you want your CBD, there’s a product that offers it.

What’s It Used For?

The most widely studied use for CBD oil is its ability to treat seizures. A prescription form of CBD oil is proven to treat two kinds of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. These two syndromes are difficult to treat with anti-seizure medications, but studies found treatment with CBD to be highly effective at reducing seizures or preventing them altogether.

Of course, CBD’s popularity isn’t due to its ability to treat seizures. There are quite a few other reasons people use CBD. From mental health issues such as anxiety and schizophrenia to chronic conditions such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis to acne, inflammation, and Parkinson’s disease, CBD is used for it all. With a growing list of uses, it’s no wonder CBD is the new big thing everyone’s talking about.

Is It Legal?

Each state has its own regulations concerning CBD products. Currently, there’s confusion and uncertainty surrounding the legality and safety of this marijuana extract. Even though CBD is advertised to treat or provide symptomatic relief for many conditions, it’s not marketed or sold as a medication. It’s sold as a supplement. As supplements aren’t regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration, there is no way to know exactly what you’re getting.

Is It Safe?

When deciding whether or not CBD is safe, ask the following questions:

• Does the products you buy really contain the active ingredient in the amount it claims?
• Could the product contain other ingredients that aren’t listed?
• Does the product contain the right amount of CBD to treat your condition?
Unfortunately, finding answers to these questions can be difficult. Studies indicate you may not like the answers.

Additionally, there are side effects associated with CBD. The most common include nausea, irritability, fatigue, dry mouth, reduced appetite, diarrhea, and sleepiness. Studies suggest that CBD may also increase liver enzymes, which may lead to liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with liver disease should not take CBD oil. And as with all supplements, CBD may interact with medications. For this reason and others, it’s important to talk with your doctor before using CBD products.

At this point, there isn’t enough evidence to prove the many uses of CBD. The one exception is as a treatment for epilepsy. A few animal studies have been performed, but more human studies are needed to determine the safety and efficacy of CBD and its claims.

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