D1 Athlete Bryanna Phelan Talks Collegiate Sports and More, Eat by Color!

 

D1 Athlete Bryanna Phelan Talks Collegiate Sports and More, Eat by Color!  So I sat down with one of our FitWorkz staff Bryanna Phelan. Bry runs our Sports Performance program for our athletes. Bry talks about life as an athlete, training, and more. Watch the video. :-)

 

After the video Bry sent the following thoughts. Athletes and parents will find the information below useful. Please read and share.

 

“This is my experience. Not that all athletes go through the same thing. However, those that are competitive and want to play collegiately, may experience the same things.

 

– Competitive travel organizations, or at least the one I was in, push for the athletes to start thinking about college at a young age. By 14U it becomes a serious conversation.

-For us it was, what division do you want to play in? how far from home? big or small school?

-Then player profiles are created so that you can start promoting yourself as an athlete to the potential schools that you may want to play for.

-That means that 13 year olds are now planning and thinking about their life after they are 18. Essentially you are telling an 8th grader to know what career path they want to take when they are 18 and older.

-The focus is on the school you want to play for. What coaching staff you want to play for. You become the mascot, i.e a “huskie” an “eagle.” You represent that school, and stand by what it believes in.

-Then the focus on scholarship becomes an issue. Can you go where you want to go with the coaching staff you want to play for AND get money for it? Everyone knows grades are important, and my grades were never an issue, but preparing for a future beyond playing softball at NIU was never really enforced.

-Once you get your scholarship, or make the decision to play somewhere the talk about choosing a major becomes more important. Sure I went in as a Nursing major, but I changed my major twice after that because I realized I no longer want to be a “nurse”

-Don’t forget that while it is okay to change your major, you are also a student athlete. That means that you have certain percentages of your degree complete each semester so that you are eligible to play. That means time is not quite on your side if you are undecided.

-For me, I chose to try out business. After 3 semesters, and a quickly declining GPA, I had to make another major decision. At this point, I was going into my sophomore season and had minimal time to consider where I saw myself after college. I chose Kinesiology because I knew that it was a field that interested me and I also had to have enough of the academics completed so that I was eligible to play.

-Life is always laid out for you when you’re an athlete, everything is scheduled. Practices, games, meetings, lifting, everything. It’s all you really know. When that schedule is gone, the ‘real world’ is all that’s left. Something we never really had time to experience.

-Being a collegiate athlete is an excellent decision, but there should be more focus on life after, and career fields. Granted, no one really knows what they want to do for the rest of their life, but finding a general interest can help immensely.

-High school is a great time to feel out jobs/careers and shadow/research/talk to people who may be in the field you like

These are just some of the things that mull around in my mind months after graduating. only my opinions and life experiences. not to be taken as the end all be all every athlete experiences this sort of thing. ”

 

 

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Ray Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast.

 

 

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Secret to Success from former NIU football player and Fitworkz sports performance athlete Marckie Hayes!

 

Secret to Success from former NIU football player and Fitworkz sports performance athlete Marckie Hayes!   Once again we sit down with an athlete that we happened to have the chance to train.  Marckie’s story is one more than included the power of setting a goal, creating a plan and then executing the plan until the goal is reached.   Athletes and celebrities are high visibility people that we often think are just that good.  There is always a back story, a struggle, hard work and overcoming obstacles before they are “good.”

 

This is the second in a series of videos we are doing with athletes.  If you are reading this and thinking I am not an athlete what does this have to do with me?  Simple.  No matter what you want to accomplish in live the process is the same.  Goal, Plan, Execute, Repeat.  Expect to fail.   Accept it as part of the process.  Just keep going.  Just like Marckie did.

Below is an excerpt from our Exercise Galore, The Beginners Guide to Weight Training

 

Kick Start Your Health, Wellness, and Weightloss with these Ten Simple Steps

 

There is a great deal of information in this book on exercise. Over one hundred exercises, descriptions, pictures, and videos. There are results producing training programs in the Appendix. Everything you need to reach your goals and create a lifestyle of health, wellness, and weightloss. Unfortunately, this book will do nothing for you if you do not execute. In other words you have to take action to make it happen. Action starts with a goal and reason. There is no skipping this step. Check out the action plan or steps below to jump start the process.

1. Find Your Reason, there has to be a WHY

2. Set a Goal and Write it DownGet a Plan,

3. “Eat by Color”

4. Make Sure you Can Execute the Plan for the Rest of Your Life

5. Tell the World, Leverage the Power of Social Media

6. Join a Group, Again Leverage the Power of Social Media

7. Accomplish a Big Change by Slowly Adding up Small Changes

8. Resistance Training is a Must, 2-3 Hours a Week of the RIGHT Training will do

9. You Probably Don’t Need Cardio, Seriously You Don’t

10. If You have been Successful at Something in Your Life, Retrace Your Steps and Apply to your Health, Wellness, and Weighloss and you will Find Success

NO One is Made at the Factory to be Fat, Skinny, Toned, etc.!

Raymond M. Binkowski. Exercise Galore! (Kindle Locations 203-215). Raymond M. Binkowski.

 

 

Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podcast is FREE on Itunes.

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Jon Jursich Raises Money for Hope Kids and Relentless by Lifting BIG Weights!

Eat by Color Elite Powerlifting client Jon Jursich nutrition, training and most importantly raising $$$ for kids for Hope Kids at Relentless. 100% of the money goes to the kids and families to cover expenses.

 

 

Here is a click from Jon’s facebook wall:

“Got awesome news yesterday! I have been paired up with the awesome child I get to represent for Relentless 2016. Lydia is an awesome 4 yr old (picture below). I have been in touch with her mom Amy since this morning. Lydia is smart, pretty and loves the Cubs! I can not wait to meet Lydia and her family in a couple of weeks! Had some more donations come through and interest in sponsoring my tshirts. I’m hoping to have my first order for tshirts towards the middle of April!”

 

 

Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podcast is FREE on Itunes.

 

Yes You Can Lose Fat While Gaining Muscle, Best Advice for Working with a Trainer, and More!

Yes You Can Lose Fat While Gaining Muscle, Best Advice for Working with a Trainer, and More! Yes you really can lose fat while gaining muscle and it does NOT take as much time as you think in the gym. We just featured Emily in a post. She has lost 12 lbs of fat while gaining 8 lbs of muscle. The best part she still had the occasional glass or two of white or red…as well as pizza. Plus she only spent about three hours a week exercising. Seriously three hours a week. That is it. Emily follows Eat by Color and is using our affordable training app for her workouts. Not only does she has a plan, our training app allows her to record her sets, reps, and rest. Most importantly the app shoes her progress in each exercise…. Remember progress is very motivating. Want to learn more about our app or what Emily is doing we would love to hear from you!

The best advice when working with a trainer. If you feel light headed, dizzy, nauseous, etc. STOP! Sit! and tell the trainer! Sipping a Gatorade will help alleviate the nausea. There is no working through these things and no million dollar contract for trying to.

Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podast is FREE on Itunes.

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Chad drops fat and gains muscle with no cardio with Eat by Color Elite.

Chad drops fat and gains muscle with no cardio with Eat by Color Elite. Attention to the simple details while balancing career, family, kids and philanthropy. Chad is just like the rest of us. He works, actually is the manager of a big box home improvement store…one of the best performing big box home improvement stores in the Midwest. His daughter active in competitive cheer and his son college football. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it

 

Here is a screen cap of training

 

 

And a look at a day’s food

 

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Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podcast is FREE on Itunes.

 

 

 

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Train in 3-D and make your Injuries go away.

 

Are you an athlete? Not sure. Well in this case we are loosely going to define athlete as anyone that exercises regularly. More specifically as anyone that does the same type of exercises week in and week out. Bodybuilders, powerlifters, runners, cross fitters… you are definitely in this category.  Training in 3-D means not doing the same old same old.  Many of us fit in to one of the categories above.  We do the same exercises over and over and over again.  This is done in a very 1 dimensional manner.  3 dimensional means training outside of our norm.  See the video above and tips below.  PS>..would love to hear from you so post, comment or message us!

 

Gym goer/regular exerciser

Make sure you include variety in your trainer. Don’t just do the same machines and same cardio. Every two to three months take a week off. When you return do something fun for a few days then back to a normal routine. By fun, try some new exercises. If you normally hit the free weights try some machines. If cardio is your game on the treadmill try the rower. You get the idea try something different.

 

Runner

If you put the miles in and run 5K/10K/13.1/26.2 make sure you include some time away from your next race. We see many train and run race after race after race. The result is chronic pain and in some cases having to give up running. To avoid this make sure you hit the weights as part of your training. Also pick a few fun races a year and leave them at that, forget the “it is just a 5K this weekend” which leads to a race every week or few weeks. We see many clients quit running, hit the weights and then run their BEST 5-10Ks. Add weights, take a break and back off on the race every weekend even if it is just a 5K.

 

Bodybuilder

Back off on the volume. Changes the lifts and movement patterns. Take a week off completely every few months. We have seen drug free competitors make real progress by training for 8 weeks then taking 5-7 days off. Gains? 9 lbs of lean mass in 6 months and another client gained 16 lbs in a year on their contest weight.

 

Powerlifter

There is more than just the big three. Take some time away form the big lifts. Don’t do a meet every few months indefinitely. I worked with a 6 time USAPL drug free for life bench press champion a few years back. He would rock Nationals every August if and only if he did NOT do a meet in the first quarter of the calendar year. Every time he did a small local meet in the first part of the year he would bomb at nationals. Since he kept incredible training logs and meet records we could see this trend. Take time offer.

 

____Fitter

Max reps for time of the same exercises often leads to overuse injuries. This is of course if you are in good enough shape to do the to begin with. Take time off and do some traditional weight training. Even hit some machines. Back off the oly lifts and their hybrids for a bit. Let your body rest. Take a week off.

 

 

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Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podcast is FREE on Itunes.

 

 

 

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Eat by Color Portable Breakfast Egg Muffin Sandwich

 

Eat by Color Portable Breakfast Egg Muffin Sandwich will make having breakfast on the way out the door easy! So this morning things were crazy at our house. Dogs have vet appointments, kids have kids stuff…the classic going in a million directions at once with little time to eat breakfast.  Sound familiar???

 

Eat by Color Portable Breakfast Egg Muffin Sandwich solution.

 

5 Eggs

1 Whole Grain English Muffin

1 Piece of Havarti cheese

1 TBS Butter (yes butter it really is not bad for you)

 

Cook the eggs… I cheated and put a lid on the frying pan so they would cook faster. The muffin toasted while the eggs cooked. When the eggs were done I used a cup to make a circle egg patty the size of the muffin. The cheese was placed on each piece of the muffin. The eggs were put on one muffin then the other half of the muffin was put on top making a sandwich. The Eat by Color Portable Breakfast Egg Muffin Sandwich was then placed into a folded paper towel. Done. Breakfast complete with napkin in minutes.

 

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Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podcast is FREE on Itunes.

 

 

 

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NFL Quarterback and NIU Alum Chandler Harnish talks going to the next level with Eat by Color!

NFL Quarterback and NIU Alum Chandler Harnish talks about what it takes to get to the next level. Athletes and parents….in a few words, don’t quit, do the extra, invest in academics and others! Watch the video for the whole story…

Another outstanding athlete that has played at all levels all the way to the top…the NFL.
Watch the video…parents, athletes, and coaches…watch the video you will take something away.
If you are interested in getting recruited (Chandler talks about making DVDs and binders and sending them out), getting in the game (Chandler sat the first game of his Junior year,) overcoming injuries (training builds confidence), becoming a leader (even on the plays he was not in), or earning the start…he talks about how he did it.

Take home points:
1) Do the school work and excel
2) Learn to enjoy the grind and the challenge of getting better
3) Consistently do the extra work….great Coach Jerry Kill story recalled mid video about getting better and moving forward or backward
4) Speed and Agility at a place like Sports Performance Speed and Agility is a must…training at school with the team is not enough.
5) Leaders lead in some way every play
6) A good football player is a good athlete…again the value in cross training (Sports Performance at FitWorkz) and being a multi sport athlete
7) Training not more sport specific work but training to get faster, be more agile produce more power, etc is a must. Playing more of your sport will not make this happen.
Across the board Chandler mentioned ‘the extra’… Extra = Success

Interested in training? Give us a call we have 6 week to 12 week training programs….start now! 815-756-1188 for the details

 

 

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Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podcast is FREE on Itunes.

Over 900 Videos on our Youtube Channel!!!

 

 

Local Athlete Alyssa Hemmerich Stopped in to Discuss FitWorkz Sports Performance and its Impact on Her College Sport Soccer!

Local Athlete Alyssa Hemmerich Stopped in to Discuss FitWorkz Sports Performance and its Impact on Her College Sport Soccer!

 

Alyssa is a Sycamore High School graduate that played soccer for UW-Stout as a freshman last year. She trained with FitWorkz in our Sports Performance program to get ready for her first year of college athletics. We do not always see athletes comment that the realized they had more confidence…but that is exactly what Alyssa mentions… watch the video for the full details.

 

Athletes… you have to be doing the extra on a regular basis. Your competitors are. The right EXTRA is not more of your sport….

 

Learn more or try Sports Performance

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Raymond M. Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. Ray’s books Eat by Color, Get Fit and Live Healthy, and Exercise Galore can all be found on Amazon! He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast. The podcast is FREE on Itunes.

 

Over 900 Videos on our Youtube Channel!!!