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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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Gym Bag Essentials

What to take with you to the gym, each and every time.

As you head out the door each morning, you’ve got your hands full. A purse or briefcase, lunch, keys, and a kid or two. If you’re planning to hit the gym before coming home, don’t forget your gym bag. And make sure it has everything you need for a good workout.

Not sure what to include in your gym bag? Here are a few things you may find helpful when you workout.

Workout Clothes

It’s not easy to work out in jeans or dress clothes, so be sure to pack workout clothes. Athletic shorts or leggings and a T-shirt will do just fine. Women may want to pack a sports bra. Remember, you want clothes that are comfortable and easy to move around in. Choose clothes that will keep you cool. Many athletic clothes these days are made with special fabrics that dry quickly and wick moisture away from your skin to keep you cool. Pick these when you can.

Athletic Shoes

Your shoes may be the single most important piece of athletic equipment. Leave these at home and you may wind up in a world of hurt. For the best support and improved performance, choose shoes specifically designed for your activity. In most cases, regular athletic shoes are fine. But if you’re serious about your sport, there are shoes for just about every type of sport out there. Go with shoes that are lightweight, supportive, and comfortable. And don’t forget your socks!

Hydration

Prevent dehydration by drinking water before, during, and after your workout. Keep a water bottle nearby at all times. To help protect the environment, keep your water cooler, and save money, use an insulated reusable water bottle.

Snacks

For best performance, fuel your body before and after exercise. Pack a high-carb snack to eat before you hit the gym and a carb- and protein-filled snack to eat when you’re done. A granola bar, peanut butter crackers, or a piece of fruit are a few ideas. Pick what you like or talk with your trainer for recommendations.

Headphones

If you enjoy listening to music while you exercise, headphones are a must. Upbeat music can be motivational. It can also serve as a way to distract you from sore muscles, so you can go that extra mile. Create a workout playlist and rock and roll your way through your routine.

Key Fob

If your gym ID isn’t already on your keyring, leave it in your gym bag. While gym staff may be available to let you in during office hours, you’ll need your key fob to get in after hours. Not having it on-hand could make gym access complicated or even impossible.

Fitness Device

Tracking your steps, heart rate, distance traveled, or calorie burn is easy with a Smartwatch, pedometer, or heart rate monitor. Don’t wear it all day, every day? Keep it in your gym bag for when it matters most!

Sweat Towel

If you tend to get extra sweaty during exercise, do yourself and others a favor. Keep a small towel in your bag. That way, you can wipe your sweat off your brow and any machines you use.

Shower Supplies

If you plan to shower at the gym after your workout, you’ll need a few extra supplies. Place some shampoo, body wash, shower shoes, deodorant, and a fresh towel in your bag.

Accessories

Depending on your needs and preferences, you may need some extra accessories. What extras might you want? Hair bands, sweatbands, exercise gloves, or your own yoga mat. Need or want something else? Be sure to pack it!

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