Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

A Fall Favorite without the calories, sugar, and fat!  Plus it is high in protein!


Pumpkin Pie Shake



4 Scoops of Beverly International UMP

12 oz of Almond Milk

½ Can of Pumpkin (NOT the pumpkin pie filling that is loaded with sugar)


2-3 tsp Cinnamon or to taste

1-2 tsp Nut Meg, All Spice or Pumpkin Spice or to taste






Approximate Nutrition Facts per Serving

Makes about three servings.

Calories 300

Protein 27

Carbs 12

Fat 2


We Change Lives August 20, 2013

August 20, 2013

Motivated one on one client

“I bought size 12 jeans for the first time in years!  Plus I am down 60 lbs since the first of the year…a MONTH a head of my goal!”



August 19, 2013

Via good old snail mail

The most AWESOME thank you card from a member whose life is a changing!






August 15, 2013

Here at FitWorkz

My daughter was given a Tshirt for her sport.  It was skin tight.  Last night she said look mom, she was wearing the shirt.


August 13, 2013

Retired one on one personal training client

“I just had my best doctor’s appointment results in 4 years!”

CAUTION! FitWorkz is Changing Lives, In the Words of those Changed!

July 31, 2013

Via Facebook

“I bought some scrubs and the tops are large instead of xxl and large for the pants. I’ve NEVER worn large scrubs!!”

Congrats you do now!  Her secret FitWorkz + Eat by Color!


July 31, 2013

At the front counter


“I really like Evolution Training.  I did not think I handle the training.  But I can.  The best part is I have not run in years because my knees would hurt.  My knees don’t hurt and I am running again.  Even better my son and I did the Muddy Buddy in Gilberts…at 58 I was shocked that I could climb cargo nets and event did a rope climb, plush we finished the race!”

-Life is more fun when we participate!  Her secret Evolution Training!


July 29, 2013

Via Facebook

“So far I’ve left 14 lbs at the gym in less than a month so far.  Or 1 – 14# bowling ball lol”

-This is from a self employed tradesmen that has been framing houses 8-10 hour per day. His secret Evolution Training!


July 27, 2013

Via Facebook

“Just bought my FIRST EVER bikini!! to some that might not be a big deal but for me it equals success for all of my had work!”

-This is the second time we have had a woman accomplish this!  Congrats!!!  Her secret FitWorkz + Eat by Color + Small Group Training


July 25, 2013

1:1 personal training client

I wore a pair of pants that have not fit in YEARS to my interview…and got the job, not just any job, my dream job!

-Client is down over 40 lbs and MANY dress/pant sizes!


July 10, 2013

Via facebook message

Just left a doc appt with my pulmonologist which I normally dread. He makes comments about weight all the time. But today I went in there knowing he couldn’t make a comment….instead of saying “you’re too nice and pretty to be heavy” he said “too bad you aren’t single”!!!! Can’t wait for measurements tomorrow.


Btw….no more advair (steroid and bronchodilator) lung function was 106% !!!!! The best I’ve ever had.

Wrap it LOW CVARB with Lettuce…and Eat by Color favorite!



So some of you have asked for recipes for the lettuce wrap picture we posted on Facebook.


Why lettuce wraps?  Well lettuce is a great replacement for bread or a higher carb option in what we typically call a sandwich.  Lettuce makes it EASY to create Eat by Color meals.  Now a little history why the bread/fajita for sandwich/wrap?  Most likely because it made food more portable and with the bread providing a vehicle to move typically some type of meat from plate to mouth.

Where does sandwich come from?  Click her to find out.


A few options for the lettuce wrap.  The first is mine.  The second a little more on the racy edgy side as I am including a Rachel Rey recipe.  There are no rules.  Feel free to make recipes your own using foods and ingredients that you have in your house.   Simple means it will fit your lifestyle and you will be successful.


Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 lbs of chicken breast

4 fresh peppers, go with red, yellow, green, and orange

Fresh Portabella Mushrooms


1 Pack of Fajita Seasoning



Grill chicken and peppers.  Yes grill the peppers just wash them and put the right on the grill.  Once the chicken is done remove along with the peppers.  Slice the chicken, onion, and peppers into strips.  Combine peppers, chicken, onion, and mushrooms in sauce pan with fajita seasoning (follow fajita instructions) and sauté.

Serve on lettuce instead of tortillas.

Feel free to get crazy.  If you have something at home add it.  There are no rules!  Literally as I write this I have a jar of Jalapeno green salsa and yes this would be going on my fajitas.

This is the one that was not posted on our Facebook page but on a friends.



The Sloppy Joe

Brown lean ground beef

Drain fat, and add your favorite Sloppy Joe mix (be weary as some have a ton of carbs and sugar)

Follow directions on Sloppy Joe mix


Or you can do the following that is from  Personally I am not a fan of recipes like this that require ingredients that I may not always have readily available.  Remember, success with health, wellness, and weight loss requires the process to fit YOUR lifestyle….fancy pants ingredients don’t fit mine.   Read that again, if you are going to be successful with health, wellness, and weight loss the plan you follow has to be easy and fit your lifestyle.

Here is the recipe as it appears here



1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
1 1/4 pounds ground beef sirloin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend, such as McCormick brand Montreal


1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 crusty rolls, split, toasted, and lightly buttered
Garnish: sliced ripe tomatoes, pickles, Deviled Potato Salad, recipe follows


Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, peppers, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce with meat for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, pile Sloppy Joe meat onto lettuce.

Another Life Changed!

Normally we post progress feedback we receive by email, facebook, or in the club about once a month.  This one, well it was too good to wait until next month.


July 10, 2013

Via facebook message


“Just left a doc appt with my pulmonologist which I normally dread. He makes comments about weight all the time. But today I went in there knowing he couldn’t make a comment….instead of saying “you’re too nice and pretty to be heavy” he said “too bad you aren’t single”!!!! Can’t wait for measurements tomorrow.

Btw….no more advair (steroid and bronchodilator) lung function was 106% !!!!! The best I’ve ever had.”

Have you experienced CHANGE LIKE THAT in your Life?

If not what are you waiting for?

Call today and ask for a FREE consult and find out how we can help YOU Change!

FitWorkz Like it is in Members Words

Our members ROCK!  Their experiences are AWESOME!  Even better when they share them with us!

Here is what they are saying about FitWorkz!

July 5, 2013

Via email


You’ll probably get a chuckle from this. In the last 8 years I have never been without working out until my thyroid went into a tail spin and I got sick this last winter.  I haven’t been in a “group” setting since the boxing gym and that’s been 4 yrs plus.  I’ve signed up for Evolution training tomorrow–and I am nervous.   I can’t even imagine how I will do–or how sore I will be come Sunday or Monday.  Signed up for Monday and Wednesday as well.

LOVED the posting you put on facebook–about beating “her”.

It’s perfect for where I am at right now.

Yup. Nervous–and excited.


July 4, 2013

Via email

Hi Ray !

Last week while working out at Fitworkz, I thought back to when I purchased my 1st gym membership;  I was in my early/mid 40’s, now I’m 70.  Since then I have held annual memberships in 3 states, 6 cities, and 14 gyms;  sometimes 2 0r 3 at the same time.  Some kind of Junkie, huh?  Never wanted to miss a workout.

Telling you like it is, “Fitworkz is overall the very finest facility I have ever known, and the only one I will miss.”  You have done an outstanding job of creating a professionally managed gym with the most knowledgable and helpful staff I have ever known.  You, Ray, have continuously re-invested in upgrades, new programs for the betterment of members, and state of the art equipment;  most gyms only want to sell a membership and forget all else.  Fitworkz, the staff and members have created an atmosphere of belonging I will not forget.  My best wishes to all.


***Jim we miss you already!!!


June 28, 2013


MariJo had been training for a marathon before a muscular injury literally stopped her in her tracks. After a functional movement screen, gait analysis, and running analysis was performed here at FitWorkz several muscular imbalances were identified and trained accordingly. After just five sessions with a sport performance training specialist she is now running pain free and the entire FitWorkz team is happy to see her back in action! TRAIN SMART!  Have a nagging pain holding your training back?  Ask for a FREE consult with a trainer!

June 30, 2013

via facebook messaging

Tessa tagged you in a post.

Tessa wrote: “For those of you who knew me when I lived in Illinois, you knew me as an overweight woman who always had a smile for everyone. I was always happy, always smiling, but I was hiding a terrible secret behind my smile. I was 230 lbs, and behind closed doors i was very depressed & very unhappy. I slept all the time, I wasn’t happy in my marriage of 10 years, and I had gained 70+ lbs during my marriage. I didn’t realize I was depressed until one of my daughters friends said to her, ” what’s wrong with your mom? I’ve never seen anyone sleep as much as she does.” When I wasn’t sleeping, I was eating. I was in denial. Then I saw a photo of myself that was taken at a friends baby shower and I was horrified. I couldn’t believe I looked like that. I had to do something to get healthy, to feel better about myself. I joined a gym in Dekalb IL. and I met Ray Binkowski. He was the owner of Fitworkz athletic club and got me on a 16 week program. It worked! I started losing weight and feeling better about myself. In fact, the gym was my happy place. I didn’t like my job at the time, I didn’t want to be at home because I was unhappy there, but when I walked into the gym, I felt at home. I actually had people care about me and care that I was getting fit. Well long story short, I divorced my husband of 10 years, moved to Arkansas to be with my parents, I got an awesome job at a great company, I met the man of my dreams, I got married again, and in the 3 yrs I’ve been here in Arkansas, I’ve lost 60 pounds. I still have a ways to go, because I want to loose another 15 lbs and get toned, but I am so much happier now, happier then I have ever been in my whole life!



June 24, 2013

Monthly reassessment!

One month re-assesment…”shorts are falling off.  Down 5 lbs of fat!!!  “Eat by Color” is SO easy!”


June 23, 2013


From Facebook and client that lives out of the area.

“I just went to old navy and bought size 14 Capri pants. And they aren’t even stretchy!!!! I’m so excited!! Wish your gym was closer!!!”


June 23, 2013


From email

“I had a conversation this week with a person who I just think couldn’t be happy for someone. She asked me how the gym was going and I modestly told her good and that I was working on my own now and taking in a evolution class a week. I also said how you were so very kind to continue to let me check in with you once a month. She then proceed to say, “well you know that they can manipulate those numbers any way they want. I was set a back. Too bad she would have such a negative out look. I then decided she needed to hear how much I had reduced my body fat and that clothes don’t lie.


June 22, 2013

By email

“Just got this by email…. “I saw my doctor this week and my blood pressure is now too low, so she lowered my dose of blood pressure medication.”


Eat by Color made this possible for 50 year old FitWorkz member!

FitWorkz Trainer Earns Army Commendation Medal from Client

We Change Lives at FitWorkz.


45 Minutes ago Henry received the ultimate THANK YOU from a client.  There is no greater form of gratitude then when an active duty or retired service man or woman says thank you with a medal or ribbon they earned serving our country.

David is a retired 62N Engineer from the U.S. Army and has been training with Henry for a few months.  Today David came in with the Army Commendation Medal AND Physical Fitness Excellence patch (can only be earned by perfect on the Army PT test.)  For those not familiar with the Army Commendation Medal it is a step below the Bronze Star.

Below is a picture of Henry and David with the medal and patch, close up of the medal and patch, and Shredded David’s abs.  Great job Henry!  David thanks for the opportunity to work with you.  Keep up the great work!



We Change Lives! Some Incredible Testimonials!

In April we made some significant changes at FitWorkz.  Group fitness classes were eliminated and replaced with group personal training.  Change of any type is uncomfortable and met with resistance.  This change was no different, but WORTH IT!

How so?  How about three ladies that had done Body Pump for years…with out losing an ounce or an inch…reporting they are down 11 lbs, 14 lbs, and 17 lbs respectively.  RESULTS are why we made the change.

So what is being done in our training?  Things not found in other facilities.  Functional training using TRX, kettlebells, a Rogue Rack system, plyometrics and more.  Functional training allows us to help people get the best results as quickly as possible.

Below are a video demonstrating a great functional exercise the TRX Glider Lunge.

First here are some comments and feedback we have been getting.

May 15, 2013

 By email

Judy made my day today. She thought I was younger than I am. That always makes a person

feel good. Thanks for getting me on track. I really like coming to the gym. 



May 15, 2013

From the front counter

Conversation with Two Unlimited Small Group Trainees…it has been a month and I am down 12 lbs and I am down 10 lbs!

May 14, 2013

Eat by Color Client

In the last month I am down a full size in scrubs, I bought a dress off the rack for a wedding and it FIT for the first time ever!!!  I just got rid of ALL of my jeans except one pair because none of them fit anymore they are all too big!


May 10, 2013

1:1 Training and Eat by Color Client

“I have cheek bones again!!!”  My clothes are fitting better!  Which is no surprise because she is DOWN 7 lbs of fat in a month!



May 9, 2013

Eat by Color Client

And, for what it’s worth….and it’s worth a lot to me 😀 it’s awesome to hear your husband of 10 years tell you how awesome you look and that he is excited to see how far I can push myself.  It’s also kind of awesome to have your sister’s call you a bitch because of how different I look 🙂  Sibling rivalry at it’s finest!  

Thank you for all of your help, critiquing, and support.  It really has made a difference in a short amount of time!  Thank you for helping me start a new way of life!  

May 4, 2013

I am down 18 lbs in 5 weeks…

He is down 22 lbs of fat in 2 months.  She is down 13 lbs of fat in two months.  Their secret? 

Evolution Team training and Eat by Color!


May 3, 2013


I have gained 12 lbs of muscle and have more energy and am always in a better mood!

“My food is not perfect but I am working with Rose consistently.  I feel better.  This last week I had 12 inches of water in my basement and managed to get it cleaned up by myself, something I could not have done a year ago.  I was not even sore after cleaning up the water.”


April 21, 2013


I’ve never gone out and ran four miles after a long winter of not running outside. It felt good. I’ve had a goal of running at 9.0 on interval runs on the treadmill when I train with Henry. Yesterday I finally did it twice for a minute each! I told him I wouldn’t be able to do it and he said, “yes you will”. He was right.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


April 12, 2013

5 Weeks, 1:1 training with Rose at FitWorkz, “Eat by Color” and down 8 lbs of fat!


April 11, 2013


11 lbs of fat lost in two months…not bad!


April 11, 2013


I am off BP meds due to healthier food choices and working out… your book has helped, thanks! (I had been on that RX for 7 yrs!)


April 11, 2013

“Check this out I have not been able to fit in these pants for two years!  They fit!”

***Comments at monthly check in by Dave who has lost 29.5 lbs in two months with FitWorkz’ Evolution Team Training and “Eat by Color.”

It’s EASY to Change Your Life!


Some of the absolutely amazing feedback from FitWorkz members via monthly assessment, email, Facebook, or Twitter.


April 10, 2013

“I just want you to know your book inspired me.  I am changing my life.   I have an identical twin sister that is in need a of kidney.  I am a match and candidate but up until now I was NOT healthy enough to donate one of mine to her.  Thanks to FitWorkz and “Eat by Color” I am healthy enough to do so.”

***Amazing comment from a client/member this morning…she has also lost just under 10 lbs of fat in the last month and a half.  FitWorkz-“We Change Lives!”

April 8, 2013

I am now a size 2!

March 25, 2013

Well I did it, I beat it.  I am cancer free.

March 25, 2013

I just got back from an 11 day trip to Isreal.  I am glad I worked with Henry before I left.  With all of the walking on the hills and cobblestone roads my ankle which is fused never would have made it.  Neither would my knees.  If I did not train with Henry specifically, the calve raises and step ups.  The miles of walking also allowed me to enjoy the smorgasbord of food from around the world without gaining a pound.  Thanks Henry and FitWorkz!

March 13, 2013

Hello Ray,

I knew you might like to hear about this. I went looking for a dress for Easter Sunday yesterday.  I actually had to buy a smaller size! The dress that fit was two sizes smaller than I wore before I started working out with Henry and eating by color. The most noticeable difference in the way the dress fit was that my hips are definitely slimmer. I only mention this because I know this is a very difficult area for women to slim down. This has been especially true for me!

Thank you, Ray, Henry, and Rose for your help,

March 12, 2013

Last week I ran and jumped for the first time in many years, this week I bought pants in the “misses” department instead of the “plus” size area and it felt fantastic! Due to fibromyalgia I never imagined I’d be able to do these things again. Thanks to Ray and the FitWorkz team I AM!  Schedule you FREE consult with Ray to find out how FitWorkz can help you too. Share this with your friends, members or not. Helping someone get their life back is the greatest gift you can give!


Early March 2013

Just wanted to say Thank you for this book! It has taught me what kinds of food to eat to help aid in my weight loss and what kind of foods to stay away from, but the biggest success of this book for me was how it taught me that weight training is a huge part of changing your body and I am Loving all the changes I have seen in just the two months I have been doing what Eat By Color has taught me! I’m down 21.3 lbs and still going strong!!

Changing Lives, Would You Like to Be Next?

FitWorkz…We Change Lives!






We were the first club in town almost 35 years ago and we were the first to offer group exercise (The Wright Athletic Club), a women’s only club (Body Works) and NOW we have been the first to embrace functional fitness and other newer cutting edge methods to help you reach your personal fitness goals. Yes, you can be the oldest and still LEAD the way IN the FITNESS business.

Many clubs in the area have come and gone. Most of these clubs have failed because they forgot that this business is not just about selling memberships. It is not about cramming as many people into one club as possible, it is about people and results. Our goal has always been to support you and to provide a place to escape to for an hour while working on your personal fitness.

We have THRIVED for so many years because we value our members, and we are extremely grateful to the community for their   continued support. If you haven’t been to FitWorkz lately, or have never tried us, please consider our risk free trial membership.

We invite you to try our club for a 30 day trial for ONLY $9 (a $269 value). This includes group training and unlimited personal coaching as well. That’s right, you can have a personal coach supervising your exercise every time you walk in the door. With a coach you always have the help you need to reach your goals.

Why the trial membership? Simple. Talk is cheap. There is a difference in fitness. We want the chance to show you we care about you, your goals and your results. We want you to experience the FitWorkz difference. Most importantly, we want the chance to Change Your Life!

Try us for 30 days and give us a chance to earn your business. If we don’t earn your business we part as friends. If you have been a past member, please come see what’s new and visit with some old friends. If you’re new to fitness, come get started at a place that will patiently help you get started with something you know you need in your life but maybe have never found someone to help you get going.