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Tyson Jacobsen Earns His Man Up Hat!

Hard work earned Tyson the coveted and elusive Man Up! hat in just 2 months!


Chris Gautreau at STARK

After 8 months of training hard, starting at 17.2% body fat, Chris is now at 9.3%!


Look at Pam Kee…

Look at Pam Keefe’s progress in just a couple of months!

 


Tana Amen Mans Up!

Check out our client, Tana Amen, under 10% and getting after it in the gym, earning her ManUp! hat.


Conrad Metz Mans Up!

Conrad started with us about six months ago in the mid-teens in body fat. He rapidly crossed the 10% mark and is currently in the low 8’s! Conrad does a tremendous job in maintaining a healthy diet and works out consistently. Way to go Conrad!


Jen Panaia Man’s Up!

Jen Panaia, a client of about six months, began with steely determination to reach her health and fitness goals. As measured by her starting body fat of 17%, that determination paid off. Currently, well below 10%, as she states, she’s looking and feeling better then she has in years! Congratulations Jen.

Our clients receive a ManUp! hat when they get below the 10% threshold. . . .


Anthony Valentino – compression fracture to golf in 2 months!

I’m sure the day started like any other day on the slopes in Southern California, but much to his dismay ended badly. Anthony, an athlete his entire life, botched a jump while snowboarding and landed like this. . . .

A back injury can be a pretty scary thing with, in some cases, a recovery which never ends. . . .

As he was hauled away by the people in red jackets, I’m sure he was wondering when he’d be able to get back on his surf board!
The end result was a serious injury, threatening to put a cramp in his style: a compression fracture to his L1. As he puts it, after eight weeks of initial recovery, he decided change the traditional course he’s taken over and over again after sustaining sports-related injuries. He entered the STARK spinal care program.

Two months later, he was back swinging a golf club!

Prior to a vacation in Belize, he went to his M.D. for malaria meds, and informed him of his injury. He was shocked at Anthony’s mobility. The conversation went something like this:

Doc: “. . . . but you seem to be moving around just fine. Well, if you want we can do surgery or shots if you need it.”

Anthony: So I showed him the xray, he immediately looked at me with a look of dismay.

Doc: “I have a patient that has the exact same break, same age and build as you, it’s been 6-months, and I still can’t get his pain level under control… what are you doing differently?”

Anthony: “Well for starters, I didn’t come to see you first. I went to an orthopedic specialist, got an MRI just to double check what was going on. I then rested for 3 weeks, saw a chiropractor twice a week, and as soon as I could move enough I went to get training.”

Doc: “Oh, so you went to get Physical Therapy. . . . that makes sense.”

Anthony: “No, actual training, like with weights.”

In Anthony’s words, he believes his doctor is re-thinking his approach to medicine! Way to Man Up Anthony! See the pics below of his recovery, in action.


Jacob Davidson, desk jocky extraordinaire transforms himself in 112 days!

I’ve really enjoyed listening to, and seeing, Jacob’s transformation! In particular because he’s not a local client but an engineer, living and working in Chicago. Because of his conservative engineer-detailed-like approach, he started slowly and is only now working exercise into his transformation. His brother and my partner, Brad, has coached him through his health plan while documenting his experience via podcast (pretty entertaining insight through the eyes of a regular, non-fitness dude). Go to for the details of that experience.

For those into cliff notes, here are the stats and a few pics of Jacob:
Day 112
Weight 166 lbs. of sex appeal
Starting weight 196 lbs.

Next step: put on some muscle!

BEFORE

AFTER


Drive For Water

A good friend and client of ours, Stephen Magliocco,  Manned UP recently by creating a non-profit called Drive For Water to benefit children who don’t have access to clean drinking water.  Through his efforts, his organization will help fund the installation of wells and water purification systems as well as provide health and hygiene training to the communities in need.


As a father, imagining my own children in a struggle for basic necessities is no less than heart-wrenching.  Stephen, also a father of a young family, after being exposed to the benefits of easily-installed water purification devices, donated the money to have one installed in a clinic.  Realizing the impact of this small gesture and its positive ripple effect, he decided to form Drive For Water, a non-profit created to promote and organize golf tournaments and other charitable events with all of the profits directed at providing clean water to children in need.


Please join us in support of Drive For Water’s first golf tournament held at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point on August 22nd.  The format will be ‘shotgun, best ball’ with an 11:00 AM T-time, followed by dinner and awards at 5:30 PM.  You can contact Stephen at Stephen@driveforwater.com, or 714-470-3306.


Or, for more information, see the Drive For Water website, and we hope to see you at the course!

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The latest addition to our team!

Brandon Scott Campbell, currently enrolled in Stark University, and soon-to-be addition to our team of Personal Trainers and Strength Coaches is training to become the world’s strongest man!  Weighing in at 265 lbs, standing at 6′ tall, his personal records are a 555 lb bench press, a 640 lb squat, a 710 lb deadlift, a 380 lb clean & jerk, a 380 lb log press, a farmer’s walk of 350 lbs per had, and a 50′ yolk walk of 1,100 lbs!

This is a video of a recent Strongman Competition where he took 3rd place!