Summer Sculpt

Get in shape for your everyday body!

Jill BoxMany people talk about getting in shape for summer.  Yeah, I get it…but WHAT IF you DECIDED to build your body into your EVERYDAY body?  WHAT IF you DECIDED to work hard all year round so that when any season or situation is here, you are ready for it?   This is your year!

Well, I DECIDED to split the summer into 3 different 4 week programs for all my ladies out there that have DECIDED that health does not take the summer off!  I took too many summers (and other seasons for that matter) off and that took its toll and I paid a price for it!  I finally DECIDED to transform my ‘quick-fix’ body into my everyday body.  You can read a little about that here.

Jill created this program exclusively for you!
1.Ladies only…support each other and be part of the Summer Sculpt HB Team
2.Accountability to yourself and from the group.
3.Bikini Competitor and fitness model Jill to lead you through weight bearing exercises, time management techniques, and nutrition guidance.

Check out what you’ll get to blast your booty into shape:
-Monday: group weight training (UPPER BODY)
-Wednesday: group weight training (LOWER BODY)
-Friday or Saturday Training: Cardio and Core Training
-Nutrition guidelines and recipes for maximum results
-Weekly Check-ins via email
-50% Discount on summer monthly challenges
-15% Discount on all HB Fitness Apparel
-Individual binders with workouts and reflection pieces

CURRENTLY ENROLLING FOR JUNE ONLY(see July and August dates below)

SESSION DATES:  June 3-28th

Monday and Wednesday AM
6:45-7:30 AM
*You choose on a week to week basis for either Friday Cardio and Core at 6:45 AM OR Saturday at 9:15 AM

Sign-up HERE for the AM group

Monday and Wednesday PM
6:15-7:00 PM
*You choose on a week to week basis for either Friday Cardio and Core at 6:45 AM OR Saturday at 9:15 AM

Sign up HERE for the PM group

$249.00, Enroll here

Refer a NEW client that commits to the program, your name goes in a drawing for a $30 gift certificate!

*July Dates: July 8-Aug. 2

*August Dates: Aug. 5- Aug. 30

“A year from now you will wish you had started today!”

I’ll see you in the studio!


Abs are made in the kitchen

Abs are made in the kitchen, and sculpted in the gym!graphics_six_pack_abs_couple

So, you’ve been getting into the studio and rocking on your HIIT classes, BBB groups, TRX, and the like.  We love that and it’s a GREAT piece to the healthy LIFESTYLE puzzle.  It’s only a piece of that puzzle, though.

Now that you’ve established a good exercise routine (and by good we mean at least 3 days of strength/cardio training a week) it’s time to speak about the BIGGEST piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle: NUTRITION.

Most people like to fool themselves that the act of working out is the hardest to overcome.  We at HB believe that the mental hang-up most people have over food and nutrition happens to be their biggest road block.  You see, many people will eventually get themselves into the gym/studio/outdoors to burn those calories to ‘maintain’, but what are you putting into your body?  What if all of a sudden you had an injury and very little lean muscle (see cardio Vs. Weights blog here) and still ate like your stomach was a waste basket?  What do you think the long term health issues are for eating fatty, highly processed foods? What do you think would happen?

We are so misinformed about what is healthy.  We are so over marketed to ‘buy’ into the emotional connections that the advertisers ‘sell’ us.  Most people actually believe that what the ads tell us are true…why would they lie to us?  Or maybe we do know they are lying, but it gives us that excuse to ‘reward’ ourselves for a hard day at work.  Let’s us give into our fears instead of face them for what they are.

Continue to look for blog posts about nutrition as we push and challenge you to take a closer look at ways you can add to your healthy lifestyle.  We will slowly give you bits and pieces, as with anything new taking baby steps is what will create permanent change.  HB Fitness is about creating a healthy lifestyle for your whole family for a really long time…not just a quick-fix, band-aid solution.  Here’s a first step.  Where is your food coming from?  Take a look at the dirty dozen list below.  These are the foods you’ll want to buy organic as they carry the highest pesticide amounts.  Pesticides mess with our hormones which in turn screws up your metabolism.  The clean list has foods that you can get away with buying conventional, if you want to save some green!

EAT CLEAN TO STAY LEAN…pesticide free is a first step to clean eating!

Dirty Dozen (most Contaminated)

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cantaloupe

Monthly Challenge: Plank

The idea with this is to accept the challenge now to prepare vs. getting to the end of the month wondering if you’re prepared.  When we wait for perfection (with anything in life) we miss out on great opportunities along the way!
Here’s a demo of proper form.
Here’s how it works…you sign up for the challenge here ($10) to join.
1.  We’ll email you a card that helps you track your progress by increasing your time from :30 to 2:30 by May 31.
2. We will have times scheduled on May 31 for you to come into the studio and Jason will time your Plank.  If you make the 2:30, your name goes into a drawing for an HB Fitness tank top.
3.  If you are the person that holds your Plank the longest, you get 50% of the money from the challenge! (so, if 20 people sign up, you get $100)
This is a great way to get your foot into the HB Fitness Family.  If you’ve wanted to check things out, but it just hasn’t worked, here’s that first step!
EVERY NEW person that you refer to sign up, your name goes into the drawing for the tank top…no matter what!
The more people, the more fun!
So, as we said…IT’S ON!  You IN?


What’s one of the biggest excuses people use for their lack of training?  I’ll save you the TIME so maybe you’ll have an extra few seconds to add to your workout later.

Yep, TIME!

Such a funny thing, this time business.  It seems to go so slow or so fast and yet it moves at the same steady pace day in and day out.  Time is also one of those things we can absolutely count on.  It’s there…we know how it works…we know for a fact that the same amount goes into each minute, hour, day, month, year…we also know that we will all run out of it at some point.

Why is it then, that given the same 24 hours, some can accept and maximize it the best they can, while others wallow in the lack of it?  Well, that’s for another blog…

I think we can all agree that being able to maximize our workouts for the best health results, along with shaving some time off of them, is a win-win for anyone…regardless of what time management camp you fall into!

Here is why HB Fitness is so Hell Bent on our HIIT trainings:

What is HIIT?  Stands for High Intensity Interval Training

What’s the reason behind this type of training?  HIIT taxes and maximizes both aerobic and anaerobic fitness, while cardio addresses aerobic only. Aerobic respiration requires oxygen to generate energy in the form of ATP, while anaerobic respiration does not. HIIT affects muscle tissue at the cellular level, actually changing mitochondrial activity in the muscles themselves. Studies indicate as little as 27 minutes of HIIT three times per week produces the same anaerobic and aerobic improvement as 60 minutes of steady state cardio five times per week.

Hey, have you heard that HB has HIIT trainings 3 times a week in the morning?  Did you see we are adding evening training in May?  Did you know Jason is putting together a focused group training program that will start in May?

Be prepared to check your time excuse at the door when you walk into the studio!  The more you maximize your health benefits, the more time you will have to be focused throughout your day yielding higher results in your everyday life…which, by the way, may also prove to be longer!

Cheers to Father Time!

From Blah to BAM!

My journey into fitness has been a long one…and one that still continues and always will!

Growing up I was fit, active, and a dancer.  The problem…did not learn the proper nutrition that fuels the body or the difference weight training makes in developing a healthy body.  I grew up with an obese father and what we today call a ‘skinny fat’ mother.  You see, many people see what people look like on the outside and if they are thin, think “Oh, they are fit”.  Not necessarily true. A person can be within their scale weight, but carrying a large percentage of body fat making them at risk.

This brings me to Summer of 2011.  I had lost about 30 pounds at that point and was feeling good about being able to fit into my size 8 clothes.  After a friend of mine convinced me I should tap into my long gone days of dance by trying out for the Swarm Performance Team, I finally took Jason up on his constant nudges to get my booty in the weight room.  I wanted to look like the dancers and be able to feel comfortable trying out showing my mid-riff and backside.  We had 12 weeks…

I went from this…..

Mexico 244

To this…

swarm bikini

Well, I didn’t make the team, but fell IN LOVE with weight training the difference I saw in such a short period of time.  I needed a new goal.  But what??  I came across some posts from a fellow personal trainer friend of Jason’s and how she was transforming her body.  I saw the pictures and read about her road to figure competing.  WOW!  Could I do this, though?  Did I have the will power…the drive?  What was I made of… I soon found out!  I decided to train for my first bikini competition last April 2012.  I had 11 weeks…

This is what happened:

Jill Box

So, I’m here to tell you that anything is possible and everything towards creating the body and life you want takes just the first step.  Things don’t happen overnight…they shouldn’t.  I’ve become SO strong on the INSIDE and that has made all the difference.  I know what I’m made of…I know things will be hard and I can push through.

Are you ready to start your journey with me?  What do you have to lose besides fat and excuses?

I’ll see you at the studio!


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Cardio vs. Weight Training

*This is an email I received from a gym owner.  I am passing on this information to my clients that wonder what they should do to see results.  This is what Hell Bent consists of.  Read on…

I got muscle with aerobics…

…said no person ever

Before the week hits, I want to set something straight:

For real results, you need to build muscle..

And to build muscle, you need to damage it during your workout, so that it can ‘regrow’ afterwards.

Yup, ‘damage’.. stay with me

During this ‘regrow’ after your workout.. it’s the intention to have your muscle grow back stronger and bigger.

That’s one of the main purposes of working out, aside from burning calories during the workout.

DURING your workout you’re tearing it down. When you eat & sleep you rebuild.

But you will only ‘regrow’ and rebuild your muscle if you:

-> Take a protein shake within 5 minutes from finishing your workout
-> Push heavy weight in the first place (with proper form)
-> Have a complete meal within 60 min after finishing your workout (go sweet potato & Kale, both available at TJ. Tijuana. I mean Trader Joes.)
-> Be nice to others. Don’t be like Justin Timberlake, only inviting 2 of the N-Sync members for his wedding with Jessica Biel, that’s just mean
-> Drink at least half a gallon water (aim for a gallon and fail forward)
-> Get at least 7 hours sleep. No more Jay Leno. Go to bed. Live like a European in America, it’s a beautiful thing.
-> Reduce stress to a minimum. Have a 7 month emergency fund set up. And cut out all vampires from your life. Especially if they get drunk more than once per month.
-> Eat clean. No more drive-throughs, except for maybe Waba Grill if you go for the all-white meat and brown rice before 3pm.
-> Stop saying dumb things like “I want arms like that” or “I want legs like hers”. Be grateful, happy with what you have. I can guarantee you that your absolute WORST day is someone
else’s dream come true (think paraplegics).

If you do all this properly, you will gain muscle.

Gaining muscle is GOOD.

When you gain muscle, you increase your metabolism for throughout the day, so that your Calories OUT goes up not only during your workout, but also afterwards..

So you break down muscle while you workout. That’s why every workout should be 45 min max – you don’t want to damage your muscle for too long

Muscle, muscle, muscle, muscle, muscle.. muscle

To all ladies: I want you to read that sentence a couple times – or as many times you need to become comfortable with the term.

Muscle is good, it’s your friend.   Excess bodyfat makes you look bulky. And excess calories gives you excess bodyfat.

Therefore, CALORIES make you bulky

Calories IN vs Calories OUT

Nutrition 101. If you have meatball marinara’s for lunch, you’re giving yourself too little ‘wiggle room’ for all other 5 meals you should be eating throughout the day..

.. and you’re very likely to overeat throughout the day.

‘Overeating’ here means that your Calories IN from waking up to bedtime exceeds your Calories OUT.

One more time:

IN more than OUT – you gain weight

IN equals OUT – you stay the same

IN less than OUT – you lose weight (provided your deficit is reasonable and not all week long, avoiding the starvation response)

See, I’m slightly fired up here – because after my last email where I told about Zumba being ineffective for fat loss, I get this reply from a girl:

“Zumba is a great workout because people sweat and one of my friends lost 30 lbs while doing it”

To debunk this nonsense:

-1- Sweat is not an indication of a good workout, it is your body’s way of ‘cooling you down’ when you get hot. Some people sweat more than others, and it has little to do with whether your workout is effective.
-2- Anyone can lose 30 lbs by reducing their calories IN.. i.e. going on a diet. If you’re disciplined and eating 500+ calories less than what you burn off 6 days a week, you’ll lose 1 pound per week.

REGARDLESS of what exercise program you do. Your exercise program serves to increase your Calories OUT.

Therefore, weight loss is not an indication of a good workout either. It’s your definition, inches, sizes, strength, energy, and butt that defines your workout.

Look, I must write this.

Because I want to save your day, literally.

I want to save you TIME

The #1 thing that separates the successful from everyone else is.. how.. they .. manage.. their.. time

Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day.

Warren Buffet has 24 hours. Jay Leno has 24 hours. And even Kanye West has 24 hours, 10 of which he spends with Kim and 10 of which he brags about how much money he has.

What puts you ahead or holds you back, is how you spend your time. Time management is huge

Huge as in Kim’s butt huge.

Now if you look at the Aerobic workout versus a Weight Lifting workout..

Aerobics is like Spanks. It feels good at first, but in the end you’re just as flabby.

Resistance makes you stronger. You can’t expect to see results from only aerobics, there is no resistance involved.

It’s aerobics.

And “trying to lose fat with aerobics is like emptying the ocean one shot glass at a time”

Your body grows when you are uncomfortable, Your body grows when you put it through resistance, and aerobics does not provide ample resistance.

It just hurts to me to see these unfit people ‘trying’ and truly believing they are going to see real results.

It just won’t happen with aerobics. Richard Simmons never had a 6-pack.

As another awesome gym owner in Canada, Rob King says:

“Anyone wanting to improve their body is a bodybuilder. And I’ll lift weights till the day I die”

So as a group, let’s start being bodybuilders. Or Warriors.

In the good sense of the word.

Not meatheads, but renegades that keep their eyes on the prize and live, eat, and breathe fat loss.

You can do it – I believe in you, and if there is anything you need just let me know


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