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Spott3r Spotlight: Pro MMA Fighter, Zach Maslany

We’re thrilled to welcome Zach to the Spott3r community! In addition to being a professional MMA fighter, the 31 year-old is also an entrepreneur and co-owns Finishers MMA and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu in Pennsylvania. On March 7th, Zach will be participating in his first professional fight since 2004, at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. We asked the kickboxer and black belt a couple of questions about his workout routine.

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What is your favorite workout?

I like to change my workouts up all the time to keep it interesting. I have been doing yoga for flexibility and movement, swimming and running for cardio, and kickboxing and kettlebells for strength and conditioning. My favorite workout is jiu-jitsu for sure because it’s so much fun. It requires the use of technique to overcome someone’s strengths. On Sundays, I usually do one hour of yoga, 5 x 5 minute rounds of jiu-jitsu sparring, and 5 x 3 minute rounds of kickboxing with either partners or pads.

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What type of music do you like to work out to?

I listen to different types of music, and it’s dependent on the type of workout I am engaging in. Jiu-Jitsu is reggae all the way – Nas and Damian Marley, Patience Rebelution, Comfort Zone, On the Road to Zion – are some of my favorites.

What is your biggest fitness achievement to date?

My first ever MMA fight happened because I was a late addition and took the fight for someone who had gotten injured while training. I ended up winning the USMMA Reality Fighting Championships in 2002.

What is your current fitness goal?

My current fitness goal is to become more flexible and really concentrate on body movement. 

What motivates you to get to the gym?

I want to be the best that I can be and I know the formula to achieving my own personal goals is to be consistent and never give up. Embrace The Grind.

What’s your biggest excuse for not working out?

Sometimes slight annoying injuries hold me back, but the two things that I can do is continue to eat healthy foods so my body gets all the right nutrients to heal quickly, and make sure that I stretch before engaging in any hard physical activity.

What makes your fitness journey unique?

I feel that my story is unique because, while I have been training in martial arts for a long time, I’ve been out of pro competition for over ten years. This year, I decided to make a comeback and represent my style and team in the upcoming fight at Sands Casino.

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If you could give one piece of fitness advice to a newbie, what would it be?

I would recommend starting small and working your way up the fitness ladder –  don’t go from 0 to 100 too fast. Set goals, stay consistent, and fall in love with living a healthy lifestyle. The results will follow.

What gym do you work out at and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I train out of Finishers MMA and 10th Planet Bethlehem. My favorite thing about our gym is the positive atmosphere and the people that I get to spend everyday with, doing what I love. I am blessed.

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What’s your favorite fitness quote?

My favorite quote is actually from my favorite childhood athlete, Michael Jordan. He said “Limits like fears are often just an Illusion.” I believe that anything is possible when you think positively and believe in yourself.

Spott3r will be sponsoring Zach for his fight on March 7 at the Sands Casino. Good luck, Zach!

You can keep up with him on Twitter and Facebook or learn more about the classes (including a kids program!) at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu.

Check out this video of Zach in action. Talk about inspiring!

Video and photography by Andrew Tomasino

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Spott3r Spotlight: Beachbody Coach, Cecilia Esteban

We are delighted to introduce our newest spott3r friend, Beachbody coach, Cecilia Esteban! A bit of background:

Cecilia is a stay at home, homeschool mom to two awesome children and has been married to her best friend for 16 years. While she has always been active and interested in nutrition, it wasn’t until Cecilia joined a Team Beach Body Challenge Group coupled with nutrition and Shakeology that it all changed for her.

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“It was a great experience because I had teammates and a coach that kept me motivated and accountable. I am at my goal weight but I will not stop because being fit is a way of life.”

Cecilia became a Beachbody coach because she realized there was more to it than losing weight; she can actually help change a person’s life.

beachbody coachWhat motivates this inspiration coach to get to the gym?

“My motivation is to get a six pack and maintain what I’ve worked so hard for. It took me a while to realize that nutrition AND working out are needed to get results. As Dr. Hyman said, “You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.’ I have to eat clean, (eat whole foods) 85% of the time and workout to see results.”

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Her biggest fitness achievement to date?

“I can do 30 real push ups without stopping!”

Favorite workout:

 T25 by ShaunT and Asylum2 by ShaunT

When Cecilia is crushing her workout, she likes to listen to Pandora Hip Hop Power Workout.

#NowPlaying on her iPod:

“Love on Top” by Beyoncé

“Play Hard” by David Gueta (rehab remix)

“Am I wrong” by Nico & Vinz

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beachbody coachLike all of us, Cecilia has her excuses for not making it to the gym.

“My biggest excuse was time. When Beachbody came out with T25, I had no more excuses. The workouts are 25 minutes. I schedule my workouts early in morning so I can get it done before the kids get up. Everyone can find time to workout for 25 minutes.”

She has a good workout when:

“I know I had a good workout when I’m dripping in sweat.”

 

 

 

 Cecilia leaves us with her favorite fitness quote:

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.”

Be sure to check out our Instagram, where Cecilia will be guest posting all week! You can also find her on her Instagram, Facebook, or her Beachbody team page.

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The Ultimate Fitness Inspiration: Julianne Lago

A warm welcome to Julianne Lago, the most recent addition to our spott3r fitfam! Aspiring to be a woman fitness model and need some inspiration? Take one look at this gal’s abs and you’ll be headed straight to the gym.

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Julianne’s best fitness achievement to date  is competing at the Bev Francis Atlantic State Championships and placing 6th! (She missed Nationals by 1 place.) She also considers placing a University of FLorida record in the 200 Medley Relay and competing at the Olympic Trials one of her biggest successes.

Her current fitness goal? To make Nationals at an NPC competition.

 

unnamed (1)When getting her sweat on, Julianne likes to put on Pandora and get to whatever is playing on the workout mix.

Her favorite fitness activity? “Glutes, glutes, glutes!” Her go-to workout is below:

  • Bulgarian lunge (each leg) 6 reps slow (6 sets)
  • Hip thrusts 10 reps (upper back on edge of bench and bar on pelvis) (6 sets)
  • Ankle cuff kick backs 8 reps each leg (slow up & down) (4 sets)
  • Ankle cuff side kicks 8 reps each leg (slow up & down) (4 sets)
  • Glute machine (8 reps – heavy) (4 sets)
  • Hip abduction 12 reps superset
  • Hip abduction 12 reps (4 sets)

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What motivates this fitness queen to get to the gym? Knowing that she will be one step closer to her dream goals each day!

Despite her perseverance, Julianne is only human, and occasionally finds herself tired or wanting to sleep in. To remedy this, she thinks about losing her physique and reminding herself that:

“The reward is well worth the sacrifice”

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Julianne leaves us with her best fitness advice:

“Results come with hard work and dedication. Most people use the ‘not enough time’ excuse, but the reality is that everyone can find the time to reach their fitness goals. What pulls those of us who find the time away from those of us who cannot find the time is the mind frame. The mind takes control of everything. Just get your mind to know that it is all worth it in the end.”

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Julianne was excited to learn about spott3r and supports the concept of earning cash for one’s workouts:

“Spott3r is a great help and motivation for people wanting to get in shape and make a lifestyle change!”

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Zumba and Fitness: One Mom’s Journey

We are delighted to introduce Rhoa Rafeh of Olympia, Washington to the spott3r community! Rhoa started off as an overweight mom hoping to add fitness into her routine. It exploded into something bigger than she could have ever imagined! Rhoa enjoys a healthy lifestyle, and has been a Zumba instructor for the last 6 years.

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Rhoa’s biggest fitness achievement to date is being, simply, fit and healthy. She gained 60 pounds in her pregnancies and felt isolated and alone. As a social person, group fitness made sense to her. She started taking classes and realized, “hey I can do this!” So she did.

“It wasn’t until I became a licensed fitness instructor that I became religious about my workouts. I made connections with people and we became Zumba sisters…and a few Zumba brothers evolved as well.”

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What does Rhoa love the most about Zumba?

“There is something very powerful  about being in sync with a big group of people, moving in the same direction and dancing to the same music. You sweat and become in sync with a big group of people and that bonds you. Pretty soon an hour of moving and grooving is done,  you’ve burned tons of calories and you’ve had the time of your life. That’s a great workout that you can stick with and enjoy.”

Below is a photo of when Rhoa was her heaviest (190 pounds), before she discovered Zumba and became an instructor.

“My amazing husband, Zach, had been such a support to me and my kids inspire me to be better and do better every day. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired so I decided to become a Zumba instructor and here we are today!”

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Zumba has changed Rhoa’s life in so many positive ways. The energy blast she gets from teaching gives her the strength she needs to care for herself, for her family, and to keep up with everyday commitments.

And while Zumba has been extremely rewarding to Rhoa, it is in sharing it and celebrating the successes of her participants that she feels the most blessed.

“Watching them week after week as they become more familiar with the routines, more confident and comfortable with themselves, and improving their overall health and well-being. Zumba has changed my life on so many levels but the greatest reward is allowing me the opportunity to help others change theirs.”

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unnamedTo the right is a photo from when Rhoa added Les Mills Body Pump to her fitness schedule.

What else helps this Zumba queen to stay movitated? Music.

“Daddy Yankee is the best for livening up a class and great for infusing some hip hop, reggaeton genre. I love and use many of his songs for my Zumba routines, like Limbo, Ven Comigo, Pasarela, rompe, and Ella Me Levanto.”

Rhoa is a licensed Zumba, Aqua Zuma, Zuma Toning, and soon to be Pro skills Zumba licensed instructor. Her love at dance extends to another program through Les Mills international called Body Jam. The program lets you enjoy the sensation of dance through explosive movements and chart topping music.

Beyond dancing, Rhoa and her Zumba friends give back to the community by offering free classes through local parks and recreation, family and support services, and have participated in various “let’s move” campaigns to increase the importance of physical activity for individuals and families.

unnamed (8) Rhoa leaves us with one last piece of fitness newbies:

“Just try it! Getting there is the hardest step but once you’re there the music will move you, watching others of all ages and fitness levels dance will inspire you. Eventually you’ll make friends and it just becomes a part of your routine. You don’t ask yourself should I brush my teeth today? You just do, same goes for physical activity.”

To learn more about Rhoa, you can find her on Instagram as Live2dance360 and on Facebook. You can also find her on our Instagram, where she’ll be guest posting all week!

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Spott3r Exclusive: How Bravo star, Ryan Serhant, makes fitness a priority

Raise your hand if you’ve ever bailed on the gym because it just didn’t fit in your schedule. Or because you were too tired to get up for that early workout. (We know, we know. It’s hard.) But it’s not an excuse! We were able to sit down with Million Dollar Listing New York star, Ryan Serhant, who gave us the DL on how he manages to get his daily dose of fitness – despite being a television celeb and simultaneously conquering the real estate market! Let’s be honest with ourselves, if he can make time for fitness, we all can.

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1. Have multiple options

Ryan has a gym in his apartment building, and also spends time with his personal trainer Oscar Smith. If he has a full day at the office, you can find him at Equinox! Having multiple options allows Ryan to get his sweat in where he can.

2. Workout early

With everything on Ryan’s plate, the only time he has to squeeze in a workout is in the early morning.

“I used to wonder how people could work out at 4am. I used to think they were crazy! Now I know why. It’s how you make it happen.”

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3. Find what you love

Speaking of early workouts, Ryan knows that he has to incentivize himself with workouts he actually likes if he’s going to make it to the gym. What does that mean for him? Ryan is a good old-fashioned weights guy. He loves bench pressing, and advocates switching things up to keep things interesting.

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4. Find other things to look forward to 

Music is one key component to Ryan’s workouts. You can find him bench pressing to EDM mixes he finds via SoundCloud (you can see some of our favorite mixes here).

“It’s hard to wake up at 4:30 and kill myself at the gym. Music gives me something to look forward to.”

Want to know who Ryan is listening to at the moment?

Martin Garrix

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5. What motivates Ryan to stay fit?

Ryan has learned that balancing his energy is extremely important to his success. Wearing so many hats can make it impossible to get a good night of sleep let alone get to the gym in the morning. He needs to make sure he is resting and using his time in the morning wisely – that extra hour can make or break his day.

Ryan leaves us with one last piece of advice for fitness newbies:

“Everyone makes a huge mistake of fads (bootcamps, intense cycling, etc.). These can make you want to shoot yourself! You think to yourself, ‘this sucks’. And then you don’t want to work out anymore. 

 Find something you like, that you are likely going to continue to enjoy. At the very least, find a physical activity you like, and do it with a friend. Start slow, and help each other.”

A huge thanks to Ryan for all of the valuable tips! (And congrats on the recent engagement!)

To follow Ryan and his adventures, check out his Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Photo cred: Huffington Post, World of Wonder, Bravo TV, @RyanSerhant on Twitter

Spott3r Spotlight: Lindsy May

Our most recent spott3r member is a healthy mom who has earned her title. Lindsy May explains that she has always been bigger, but athletic. Once she got to college, she tried working out but had no control over her eating. Getting married, working and having two kids didn’t help. Every once in a while she would get the spark to be healthier but it never stuck. It wasn’t until after her second c-section that she realized her weight was a big contributor behind her emergency c-sections.

“This January (6 months after the birth of my second son) I decided enough was enough.”

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Lindsy started with a Zumba class at BYU (her almamater), took before pictures, and went from there. We’re so impressed with how far she’s come in just a few short months!

What is Lindsy’s favorite workout?

“I really feel the burn doing stadiums at my local high school and I love doing barbell squats. It really surprises people when I stack the weight on!”

Her best fitness achievement to date?

“I’ve never been a runner and I worked my way up to 5 miles back in April! I’ll be working on running again for my first half marathon in October”

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When it comes to working out, Lindsy is a Pandora girl all the way. Her favorite stations include Imagine Dragons and Michael Bublé.

What’s playing on her iPod right now:

“Demons” – Imagine Dragons

“Girls Chase Boys” – Ingrid Michaelson

“Ten Feet Tall” – Afrojack

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What is Lindsy’s current fitness goal?

“I’m working my way to be comfortable in a Medium shirt, and size 10 pants. After that, it will be hitting 50 pounds lost!”

What motivates Lindsy to get to the gym when she’s struggling?

“With two kids, gym/fitness has become my ME time to de-stress and unload. I have never been a morning person, but now I can’t wait to get up at 6am and get my time in! And of course, the changes in my body are awesome too!”

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What’s Lindsy’s biggest excuse for not working out?

“Not getting a full night sleep. If my babies wake up during the night and keep me up it’s easy to decide I’ll do a workout later, but working out at home is so much harder and not me ME time, just working out.”

Speaking of her ME time, Lindsy knows she had a great workout when:

“I’m dripping sweat and I can keep my calorie count averages about 10 per minute.”

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If Lindsy could give one piece of fitness advice to a newbie, what would it be?

“Always believe. Everyone thinks that they can change for the worse, so why can’t you change for the better?”

Keep up with Lindsy’s fitness journey on our Instagram where she’ll be posting all next week!

Spott3r works to get people paid for their workouts. Learn more on how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits here! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Spott3r Spotlight: Natalia Bonanno

A warm, spott3r welcome to foodie and fitness fanatic, Natalia Bonanno! From CrossFit training to half marathons, Natalia inspires us on a variety of levels.

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Natalia works as a food scientist and has always been into nutrition and fitness, but it really became a part of who she was when she started CrossFit about two years ago. Until then she always worked out to lose or maintain her weight, but never really enjoyed exercising. Once she started CrossFit she began to enjoy working out and revamped her fitness goals.

“I no longer strived to be skinny and focus on the number on the scale, but wanted to be fit and strong.”

When it comes to food, Natalia incorporates a lot of the basics of the paleo diet into her cooking and eating habits. She always looks for fresh, local and responsibly sourced foods while avoiding processed foods, cane sugar, gluten and dairy as much as she can.

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Her favorite workout? Natalia loves to run but also enjoys variety so any CrossFit workout with running really gets her energized. Her very favorite is called the “Helen” saying that it’s quick and fun!

3 rounds:

400- meter run

21 kettle ball swings (with a 35-lb kettle bell)

12 pull ups

Natalia’s biggest fitness achievement to date?

“This year I competed in my first half marathon and first triathalon, both equally important to me because they really brought me out of my comfort zone and forced me to start running a lot.”

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What motivates Natalia to get to the gym?

“The people. Since I go to the same CrossFit classes every day I always work out with the same people. The members along with my coach inspire me and motivate me to work harder and get stronger. If I wasn’t surrounded by such positive and encouraging people it would be really hard to get up at 5:30am for a 6am CrossFit class.”

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Her current fitness goal?

“My current fitness goal is to be able to do a Muscle-up! The half marathon was enough distance running for me and a good challenge, so now I set mini goals to work towards in my CrossFit training.”

When asked what her biggest excuse for not working out is – and she says she doesn’t have one.

“I work out 6-7 days a week and the only days I take off are when I’m too sore to move, so resting is probably a good thing!”

 

 

What’s on Natalia’s iPod right now:

“Bulls on Parade” – Rage Against the Machines

“30 Something” – Jay-Z

“Turn Down for What” – DJ Snake and Lil Jon 

(Because sometimes she just needs an upbeat goofy song to get her going!)

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Natalia’s last words of wisdom:

“You have to find what you love. I don’t look at CrossFit or running as a chore because I truly enjoy it. Sometimes I’ll go out for a mile run and get so into it that I keep going for another five. With CrossFit, even the workouts that I dread doing I wind up liking when they’re done because I feel proud that I challenged myself and pushed through the workout.”

To keep up with Natalia’s fitness journey, visit our Instagram where she will be posting all week! You can get a head start by following her here.

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Learn more about a few of our other spott3r members, Britney, Lindsay, Wilhelmina, and Michelle!