This was seriously a great one - pan wonder! Super flavorful and had a great play with all texture and not to mention easy! Plus, it had sweet potatoes…. I love sweet potatoes… I should probably call them ‘yams’ but they are still technically sweet potatoes. So, there you go. OK, enough of my rant on to the food! What you need: • 1 pkg. of ground turkey (1.25lbs. and I used 99% fat free) • … [Read more...]

You Have to Try This Delicious Grilled Mini Cauliflower Pizzas!

Grilled Mini Cauliflower Pizzas The Cauliflower… it’s everywhere now. You cannot get away from it. If you are spending any time looking up ways to make your eating healthier or improved in various ways you will see cauliflower being used in place of a bunch of items like rice, potatoes, and bread… thus the pizza crust. There are literally hundreds (and I’ve looked) of recipes on how to … [Read more...]

Drink To Your Health: The Benefits of Water

  Maintaining good health requires more than exercise, rest and eating right. If you want to see real results, you also have to raise a glass (or several) to your health each and every day. The contents of those glasses, however, matter a great deal. While low-sugar juices and an occasional pop aren’t likely to do you any harm, it takes only water to fuel up right. Why water? There are … [Read more...]

Go Nuts For Your Afternoon Picker Upper

It happens almost every day. Somewhere around 2:30 or 3 p.m., the post-lunchtime woes tend to strike. When they do, energy wanes, hunger rises and the need for a snack becomes evident. Sadly, many people rush for the sugar to help pick them up when the lows strike, sacrificing their fitness in the process. While an occasional sweet snack is more than OK, the reality is there are better choices … [Read more...]

Lynne Charriere – “I want to be able to enjoy my young grandchildren and to keep the effects of again at bay.”

 On Mondays and Wednesdays there are 3 of us and each one of us has an issue of some sort.  My trainer Justin is always aware of what we can and can’t do.  He is always checking to make sure a routine is okay and making sure that we are using correct form.  If you find you can only do a few reps of the workout, that’s okay, he can modify the routine as we go to accommodate our needs each day.  He … [Read more...]

Carolyn Williams – “In addition to making significant physical progress in just six months, I am eating on a more regular basis and sleeping better than I have in years.”

Being slender all my life, I dismissed the need for an exercise routine for years. I have always had more of a problem keeping my weight up and exercise was for people who were trying to lose weight, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong!  Advice from my friend JJ (and nagging from my doctor) finally convinced me to check out Better Body Fitness NW.  It was one of the best decisions of my … [Read more...]

Peggy and Thomas Allen – “I dropped 3% body fat in five weeks! “

I was given an ultimatum from my doctor last December:  Either I get my health in-check on my own within the next few months, or I will be going on several medications to get my cholesterol and high blood pressure down plus, a diabetes diagnosis was nipping at my heals.  Genetically I know I have things stacked against me - my dad died of heart disease at 62 and my sister had a stroke at 56 - I'm … [Read more...]

Get Ready for a 5K Race the Healthy Way

When it’s time to lose weight and get into shape, running is a fantastic hobby to pick up. Runners build endurance, burn calories, and greatly reduce their stress levels. A 5K race is the perfect length for beginners to select to take their running out of the solo arena and put it into a group setting. Preparation, however, is critical for gaining the ability to really go the distance. Getting … [Read more...]

Tips for Starting a Successful Fitness Routine

The hardest part of getting fit involves taking the first step. While most people think exercising is hard and getting a routine together is difficult, the simple reality is that neither of these things are true. Working out doesn’t have to be tough, boring or impossible. If you don’t let fear stand in the way, a path to improved fitness will easily open up. So, how can fear be conquered? Here … [Read more...]

Why You Should Count Repetitions Backward

Motivation can be a real concern when working out. Not just to get started with a fitness routine in the first place, but also in the midst of a grueling exercise routine. Fortunately, there are some great tips that can help keep motivation high. If pushing out those last few reps is a common problem, there’s a trick that can really help. Rather than count repetitions forward, do it backward. … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Make Fruit a Part of the Routine

Most people know they need to eat more fruit in their regular diet. Knowing and doing however, are two very different things. Fortunately, there are some very easy ways to work more fruit into your daily routine. The trick lies in making this healthy and tasty snack more available. If it’s time to add better foods into the diet to promote improved health and weight loss, here are some great … [Read more...]

Jen Askew – “I never got the results like I have gotten through Better Body Boot Camp”

            I joined Better Body Boot Camp in March of 2011. I have battled my weight most of my life but have found through eating right, exercise and motivation I can get the weight off and keep it off. Since March I have went from a size 18 to a size 12 and have lost 35 pounds and approximately 13% body fat. Better Body Boot Camp Staff and members motivate me to get out of bed at 5:00 … [Read more...]

Mark Stotik – “Every day I feel like I am making progress”

I am very pleased with my decision to choose a trainer at Better Body Fitness NW. When I first started she spent time with me to determine what would be the best fitness program for me and my circumstances - both in terms of exercise and nutrition. Every day I feel like I am making progress. She draws on a wealth of experience and knowledge to make each session a challenge. She sets the right … [Read more...]

Steve Souza

Maddie has been my personal trainer for just a little under a year now. She is very professional and always puts her client’s agenda first. We have great workouts together, even when I don’t want to. I am surprised with her knowledge of the different exercises to keep things mixed up. Maddie knows when to push you and when not to, to prevent an injury, which is exactly what you want in a personal … [Read more...]

Kristina Franklin

      Before                                            After How has my life improved since becoming a client of Better Body Fitness NW in Oregon City? An easier question is how has it not improved? My house is still messy (although I have more energy to clean it) and there are still weeds in my lawn (although I have more stamina to weed longer). Otherwise I am thinner, stronger, leaner, … [Read more...]

Courtenay M.

"The trainers at Better Body Fitness NW have been instrumental in helping me achieve my fitness goals. I've been a runner and athlete my entire life and it wasn't until I began my workouts with this team of trainers that I saw change. I've lost weight and size, gained lean muscle and improved my running performance. Not only have they helped me get in shape physically, they have given me the tools … [Read more...]

Vic Spainhower – “Without having a trainer, I would not be where I am today”

“I’m 68 years old and I had open heart surgery 5 years ago (triple bypass) and it was do or die for me. I truly believe that if I had made some changes in my lifestyle 10 years ago, I could have prevented having to have surgery. After my surgery, I started using a treadmill at home about 4 days a week but I found it boring and hard to continue to get motivated. I decided to try using a trainer … [Read more...]

Julie Dragicevic – “The inches began to melt off and the scale began to move and it hasn’t stopped moving yet!”

I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it. -Michael Phelps Better Body Fitness NW is more than just a personal training facility, it's a family! A family committed to each other's successes and sensitive to individual needs.  I started Boot Camp training in February 2011, very overweight and … [Read more...]

Donn Markwardt – “I have lost 36 pounds, I am off my blood pressure medication, I am able to walk without soreness in my knees, and I am finally able to stand erect”

For the last 44 years, I have worked in a trade that had me going up and down stairs, and wearing a heavy tool belt.  I ended up developing arthritis in my knees and could not stand erect from the heavy load of the tool belt every day.  X-rays of my knees showed that I had torn the meniscus on both sides of my left knee.  I had surgery, but never had complete relief from the pain. I was able to … [Read more...]

10 Best Foods for Your Heart

Simple food choices go a long way when it comes to your heart's health. Focusing on fresh foods full of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants can decrease your risk of developing heart disease and cut your chances of a heart attack. These 10 foods will help keep your ticker in top shape. Oatmeal Start your day with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and … [Read more...]

Be The Healthy Role Model For Your Family

Childhood obesity, underage drinking, smoking and failure to exercise are all concerns for parents these days. If you want your kids to adopt a healthier, wiser lifestyle, you are going to have to show them the light. Children often learn best by example. Lead and they will likely follow. How can you set the example and get them off on the right foot if your habits aren’t that great? Consider … [Read more...]

Vanilla Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients 3 1/2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, optional 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch nutmeg 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, plus more, to taste 1 cup lowfat milk, divided 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon … [Read more...]