This is Clifta’s PHat PHysiques 3rd Body Challenge! This one is 8 weeks and is turning out to be a big one!
You will have to take your “before” photos in the next couple of days or so and send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Trust me… no one will see your photos but me. They will be totally safe in my hands.) They are due this week. You can enter at anytime, but you want to try to get your photos in so you have more time to make your changes! (See the 1st PHat PHysiques Body Challenge Winners Here) Also… I will be announcing the winners of the 2nd Body Challenge this weekend, so watch for results!
Along with your photos please send your: Name, gender, height, weight, age, and waist measurement. I will also need your goals for those 8 weeks. What do you want to achieve? Ex: no fast foods, lose 10 pounds, workout 2 times per week without missing, do cardio 3 times per week, make better food choices, etc….
What do you need to start?
You’ll need to get a newspaper and hold it for one of your front poses… very important. This will just show that you’re photos are recent because the newspaper has the date on it. Then without the newspaper… You’ll need to take a front relaxed pose, a back relaxed pose, and a side relaxed pose. If you wish to add any other poses you are more than welcome.
What do you need to wear?
Take your photos in a bathing suit or posing suit/trunks. If you don’t have that… then shorts are ok and a sports bra. Make sure your shorts aren’t too long… I’d like to be able to see your legs. You have to show your mid section too, so no tank tops. And whoever wins… I would like to post the winner’s pics on my youtube channel, blog, and sites, if that’s ok. If it’s not… let me know.
Does it cost anything to enter???? NO
Do you have to live in Reno to do it? NO… Anyone can enter this no matter where you are!
Please come by my facebook page often to see what others are doing. I would like you to post your activities and your changes on my page because there will be others there that will help support you on your journey.
Also check out the blog post below this that will give you some nutritional guidance to get you headed in the right direction.
That’s about all I can think of for now. This should be enough to get you started and if I think of anything else I’ll let you know… or if you have any questions… please feel free to ask.
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Reno Personal Fitness Trainer
Reno Bootcamp Instructor (2 locations)
Estrogen, cortisol, hormonal imbalance… Chances are you have heard these terms and they probably either confused or scared you. Estrogen is quite a word. To some it might mean femininity and signify the essence of being a woman. But to someone interested in getting in shape, it might mean something altogether different. Estrogen is not bad, but excessive estrogen can lead to fat gain, cause difficulty losing fat, water retention, mood swings, cravings….and the list goes on and on! Combine that with excessive cortisol—the STRESS hormone, and reaching your goals and feeling your best will be extremely difficult to do! In todays fast-paced, stressful world it is not uncommon for estrogen and cortisol levels to get out of whack, creating a hormonal imbalance. Knowing this, PGN Nutrition with the help of world renown fitness trainer Chuck Rudolph, MEd, RD, and Two-Time Miss Olympia and Miss Fitness International, Jen Hendershott, created the PERFECT supplement to help women control estrogen and cortisol to help achieve their goals and get the body they have always dreamed of! The future of the fitness-minded woman’s supplement is here, and it is PGN Estracort™. The FIRST supplement designed to specifically address this essential need!
PGN EstraCort – Estrogen and Cortisol Support for Women
Hormones are chemical messengers that signal the body to perform certain actions. For example, after you eat carbs, the hormone insulin is released to signal the body to absorb these carbs from the blood stream. The body releases various amounts of insulin depending on the type and amount of carbs you eat. Controlling insulin levels through smart diet choices is important since high levels of insulin lead to fat gain. Insulin is not the only hormone that contributes to controlling your weight, there are many. Of prime importance are the hormones estrogen and cortisol.
Estrogen is the primary female hormone (comparable to testosterone in men). Estrogen gives women their feminine characteristics and testosterone gives men their masculine characteristics. Estrogen has numerous actions in the body. Estrogen is needed for normal functioning of the body but too much or the wrong types of estrogens can have negative effects on your body. The same holds true for another hormone called cortisol.
Cortisol is called the “stress hormone” because it is released in response to stress and anxiety. When released at a normal level cortisol helps restore homeostasis after stressful events. But, like estrogen, when too much cortisol is released or cortisol levels are elevated for too long negative affects arise.
Knowing all of this PGN has created a formula to control estrogen and cortisol levels, leading to increased fat loss, less water retention and an overall leaner figure.
Summary Of EstraCort Ingredients:
- 250mg DIM (Diindolylmethane)
- 200mg Calcium d Glucarate
- 500mg PhosphatidylSerine (250mg)
- 500mg Green Tea (50% EGCG/95% PE)
DIM, a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, is an estrogen metabolism modulator, meaning it favorably shifts estrogen metabolism. Estrogen is not a bad hormone, it is needed for normal functioning of the body, but certain metabolites of estrogen have more positive actions while other metabolites have more negative actions. DIM increases the amount of “good” estrogens (2-hydroxy) and decreases the amount of “bad” estrogens (4-hydroxy and 16-hydroxy). The good estrogens protect the brain and heart due to potent anti-oxidant activity, along with other positive actions, while the bad estrogens promote weight gain and are linked to cancer (breast and uterine). By supplementing with DIM your body’s natural estrogen metabolism becomes primed to create more of the good and less of the bad estrogens, leading to a health-promoting estrogen balance.
Calcium D Glucarate
Calcium D Glucarate is a botanical extract found in fruits and vegetables that promotes the removal of toxins and excess estrogens from the body. Calcium D Glucarate helps detoxify the body through a process called glucuronidation. The body naturally tries to removes toxins and excess estrogens through glucouronidation, but this process can become reversed by the enzyme beta-glucuronidase, which releases the toxins back into the body. Calcium D Glucarate increases the detoxification process by inhibiting the beta-glucuronidase enzyme, allowing the glucouronidation detoxification process to work its magic. Supplementing with Calcium D Glucarate increases the elimination of cancer-promoting toxins and estrogens.
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid found in the membrane of all cells, particularly in the brain. Phosphatidylserine keeps cells flexible and primed for nutrient absorptive. Supplementing with phosphatidylserine has been shown to improve cognition, memory, and mood and decrease blood concentrations of cortisol. Excessive cortisol levels can lead to suppression of the immune system and the accumulation of abdominal fat. Supplementing with Phosphatidylserine not only will improve brain functioning but will also help control cortisol levels.
Green tea is a type of tea leaf (black and oolong are other types of teas). Green tea has been used by the Chinese to treat a variety of disorders for years. Green Tea has powerful antioxidant properties, specifically from the active EGCG, and has been shown to help protect against various cancers. EGCG has thermogenic effects and has been shown to assist in weight loss by decreasing dietary fat absorption, appetite suppression, and catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) inhibition. COMT is involved in the breakdown of catecholamines (i.e. NE). By inhibiting COMT, NE breakdown is slowed and it is able to activate the adrenergic receptors to a greater degree and enhance lipolysis (fat breakdown). Supplementing with green tea extract improves overall health and helps promote fat loss.
- DIM positively shifts estrogen metabolism to produce more good estrogens and less bad estrogens.
- Calcium D Glucarate increases the elimination of cancer-promoting toxins and estrogens.
- Phosphatidylserine not only will improve brain functioning but will also help control cortisol levels.
- Green tea improves overall health and promotes fat loss.
Supplementing with DIM, Calcium D Glucarate, Phosphatidylserine, and Green Tea together will optimize a women’s hormone levels, promoting a leaner, more healthy figure.
Not only will Estracort support your overall health, but it might just be exactly what you need to shift your body into the DREAM ZONE – obtaining the body you have always dreamed of having! So stop wasting time and letting estrogen and cortisol spoil your results. Get the body you have always wanted with Estracort today!
Clifta Coulter Perez of PHAT Physiques
Reno Personal Fitness Trainer
Reno Bootcamp Instructor