Sunday, March 26, 2017

Battle Of The Badges Event Chicago


Thanks to Country Financial, I got to attend the Battle Of The Badges charity boxing exhibition on Friday, March 24, 2017. It was an event to raise money for several police and fireman charities. To show their support to first responders, Country Financial was this year's sponsor for The Battle Of The Badges event.

This was the first time I have seen boxing live. Like a lot of people, I have only watched it on television. The exhibition started with children from local park districts battling in their weight class. This is a great idea to teach children a skill and to learn to handle aggressive behavior. It inspired me to look for boxing gyms near my home.

After the Jr. Boxing event, they started with the Battle Of The Badges with the opening ceremonies. The police and fireman color guards entered first, followed by the pipes and drums for the Chicago Police and Fire departments. After the procession, the musical performances began with The Star Spangled Banner, and then Country Financial presented the check to the chiefs of both the police and fire departments.


The main event began with the firemen versus the policemen. Each boxing events were short, they were only three rounds so they were over very quickly. The best part of the night was when the judge would announce the winner and if they said it were a fireman or a policeman, the cheers and the boos would go up simultaneous and they were LOUD. There was a lot of support for each side in the audience.

I forgot to mention that I got to meet Yuri Sardov an actor from NBC's Chicago Fire. On the show he plays Brian "Otis" Zvonecek, Firehouse 51's rescue specialist. He was very nice and very much in shape. I was able to discuss with him his daily training program. After each fight, the winner got a picture with him along with his or her trophy belt.


I was reading the program for Battle Of The Badges and I found that Country Financial is offering 5% off their car insurance to qualified applicants. Thanks to their sponsorship, these following charities will benefit from this exhibition:

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
Ignite The Spirt
The Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society
Fire Chaplains Ministry
The Fireman's Widows and Children's Assistance Fund


It was a great event and loads of fun and I hope I can attend next year. For more information on Battle Of The Badges or Country Financial, please visit the sites in my blog post.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Treadmill Running Classes

Total Body Run Class At Cross Town Fitness (Chicago)

I had a chance to take part in a class that has recently become popular in the United States. Treadmill running classes are popping up all over the country.

These classes are usually 30 to 90 minutes. They are a choreographed intense routine that involves jogging, fast running, sprinting and hill work. When you add the group dynamics to the class, it helps the participations with motivation and group camaraderie.

A few weeks ago, I tried a class at Cross Town Fitness in Chicago at 1031 West Maison at 9am in the morning. The class called Total Body Run is only for 30 minutes but it is an intense 30 minutes. The goal of the class is to increase your running performance.

I couldn't find the gym so when I arrived, I had missed the 5 minute warm-up and they were already running on the treadmills. I informed the teacher that I don't run but I would be participating by walking. After a brief warm-up, I cranked my speed up to 75% max effort at a 3% incline. The Total Body Run class took us up to our own 65%, 85% and 90% perceived fitness levels. I was walking at my own fast speed of 4.0 mph - 4.4 mph and during the resting phases, I would bring my treadmill back to 3.6 mph. It was an intense workout and it was over in an instant, the 30 minutes flew by. We ended the workout with some lateral moves on the floor, followed by some stretching exercises.

My Thoughts On The Workout

It is a great workout if you want to run faster and you need someone to push you. If your goal is to burn extra calories once or twice a week, it will do that too. Even though, the class says it is for runners, walkers can also benefit from the workout. Walkers feel free to join, and don't be intimidated by the runners because you work at your own level anyway.

A one day pass is $30. They have numerous unlimited membership prices depending on commitment: $160 for 8-month commitment, $175 for 3-month membership, and $190 for month to month membership. Right now, they are offering a special of $60 two week all access pass.

If you are looking for a bargain, these classes might be too steep for you but if you really want to try it out, they offer a one day free class. After taking the free class and you still want to continue but the price is too high, I would wait for the unlimited special and go at that time. If you are in the city for business, Cross Town Fitness is located in the West Loop or west of the downtown area and on the North side, feel free to check them out. For more information about Cross Town Fitness visit their site at

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fitness Bridal Shower Games


Wedding season in the Northern hemisphere is coming soon and the bridal, bachelor and bachelorette parties will be in full swing. My friend is getting married and I was looking for a design for the fitness loving bride. I couldn't find one so I designed my own.

I'm selling it on Etsy and it is an instant download. You can take it to a print shop and it should be copied on a card stock for best use. You can also print and cut it yourself. I have provided crop marks.

This printable bridal shower games package is perfect if you're wanting to have a variety of activities at your event. There are four different games included. You can use them all or just a couple but it is a great way to let the fun begin.

If you don't want to buy it from Etsy, send me an email( and you can pay via PayPal and I will send you the download. 

If you have a fitness printable in mind, send me an email and maybe I can develop something for you.

Try these workouts to get you ready for the dress 🥂💒🏋🏽‍♀️:
1. Mother Of The Bride Workout
2. Get Ready For The Dress 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lady Runners, Walkers, Hikers, Protect Yourselves With Tiger Lady

Last week, two teen-agers girls went hiking near their home in northwest Indiana, they were later found murdered. The two girls were dropped off at the Delphi Historic trail by relatives and when they came to pick up the teens, they didn't return so they called the police. Their bodies were later discovered near Deer creek in Delphi.

I don't know why their family members let them hike alone but maybe it being a small town, they thought it was safe. It is very dangerous to hike, run or go walking in desolate areas like nature trails and etc. Try to go hiking, running or walking with a buddy or a guard dog. If you are caught alone and attacked, it is good to have a weapon like Tiger Lady.
Tiger Lady is a self defense weapon based on cat claws which you can carry while you are running, walking or hiking. According to the website, Tiger Lady is easy to carry and is simple and powerful to use. It is also great for collecting DNA from the perpetrator. Read more about how it works here.

Even though we should not to go hiking in wooded areas or trails by ourselves, sometimes things just happen. It is better to have some type of mace or claw like Tiger Lady to protect you.

Do you know anyone who has been attacked while jogging or exercising?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Favorite Things On Etsy Contest

I'm so excited this is my first of many Etsy contests I will throw this year. As you know, I'm a Etsy seller and I have fitness and health printables for sale. If you don't know what Etsy is, Etsy is an online marketplace for buyers which one can choose vintage or hand-crafted goods. The products that are being showcased and which you can win are from some of my favorite shops.

What you can win:

ApothOtopiA Salve
Historically, Arnica has been used to provide your skin & muscles support in time of injury. Well known to comfort & soothe - the old recipes advise to use it to support your skin and muscles natural abilities.

Butter Me Soft Eucalyptus Bath Bomb
These eucalyptus bath bombs are naturally scented with all natural essential oils for a therapeutic home spa that's known to help with congestion, sinus relief, achiness of the body, and relaxation of the mind. Watch this beautiful bath fizzy turn your relaxing bath to a beautiful shade of mint!

The Spartan Table Extra Virgin Olive Oil 7 Day Pack
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil — the finest oil can now become your new daily luxury for nutrition.  Whether you are at work or at school, traveling or busy running errands, you can carry your own personal Extra Virgin Olive Oil to use with salads, meals, in the lunch box. A daily quantity of EVOO is not only healthy; it tastes delicious. Also can be used for skin moisturizer with excellent results.
Wicked Calm Candles  Eucalyptus and Lemon Soy Candle
A Eucalyptus and Lemon Candle scented handmade soy candle made with all natural soy wax, therapeutic grade oils, certified organic ingredients, and vegan friendly materials used for aromatherapy in an eco friendly reusable 8 oz tin. Benefits: Fights fatigue and boosts overall energy, like a coffee without the calories

This contest will run from February 14, 2017 to March 13, 2017 and one person will win all four prizes. You have to enter to win and good luck to all. Open to USA residents only.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Planet Fitness Circuit At Home

One of my favorite workouts is the Planet Fitness 30 minute circuit program. At most of the Planet Fitness clubs, they have an area of strength machine and step benches where the circuit takes place. You have to follow the traffic signal light to tell you when to begin and when to stop. The green light lasts for one minute and the red is 30 seconds. On the green you are supposed to do your workout and the red is for transitioning to the strength machine or the bench for the cardio portion of the routine.

One day, I invited a client to test it out and she loved it and she wanted me to help her with doing the same routine at her home. If you have a home gym or just dumbbells, I can help you do that.


  • Home gym like the picture above or dumbbells and a bench or step bench
  • Step bench or your stairs at home
  • Stopwatch

30 Minute Workout Program

The program is 1 minute work and 30 seconds rest for you to transition to the next exercise. After a three to five minute warm up, you can start the program.
Chest press-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Step up and down on the step bench or stairs (right foot)-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Lat Pulldown or row with dumbbells-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Step up and down on the step bench or stairs (left foot)-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Leg extension or lunges with dumbbells-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Step up and down on the step bench or stairs (alternating knee ups)-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Leg curl or deadlifts with dumbbells-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Step up and down on the step bench or stairs (punch and lunge)-one minute & 30 seconds rest

Back rows if you have the component on your gym or back flyes with dumbbells-one minute

Repeaters on the step or stairs, bring your knee up 3 times and then switch to the opposite leg

Shoulder press with your home gym or dumbbells-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Step up and down on the step bench or stairs (hamstrings)-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

Bicep curls with the fitness gym or dumbbells-one minute and then 30 seconds rest

If you have stairs go up and down or do #10 

Triceps push-downs with your fitness gym or triceps kickbacks with dumbbells-one minute

Repeat step #6

If you have a leg press component on your gym do leg press, if not, do squats-one minute

Repeat step #10

Any abdominal exercise you would like to do-one minute

Repeat #8

Stretch and you are finished. I will make a video of the exercises you are supposed to do on the step bench at a later date. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and enjoy the quick and efficient workout plan.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Make Money With Clinical Research Studies

I got lucky and got accepted into an arthritis study. My knees started bothering me 2 years ago and I was diagnosed with moderate arthritis in both knees. I'm excited because it might help but there is a chance that I might be put in the placebo group, and my on and off pain will continue.

With that said, I will be getting paid for participating in the study. I forget how much but I think it is between $800 and $1000. The study will last 11 months and I check in once a month with the first visit being the longest. 

There are some pros and cons in participating in clinical studies that I won't get into here, but you can read a wonderful article from The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

If you want to be involved in a few clinical research studies, they can be found on Acurian Health, Biofortis Clinical Research(Chicago Area) or your local hospital that is associated with a University.

If you have arthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis or any of the conditions below, you can apply to see if you qualify.

Arthritis: Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation up to $1000 for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation up to $625 for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: (Quebec Canada): Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation up to $1450 for sharing your thoughts and opinions!!

Clinical Trial: Anemia & CKD (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia) 
Description: Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation varies by study up to $1,000 for sharing your thoughts and opinions!!

Clinical Trial: Sarcopenia (Age Range: 70+ Only California, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin) Description: Get a chance to participate in a Free Clinical Research Opportunity & get a compensation up to $1000 for sharing your thoughts and opinions!!


Biofortis Clinic

New research study to assess blood sugar levels across a 3 hour period in healthy subjects.

Qualified Participants must:
Be a generally healthy male or female, 20 to 45 years old
Have a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2
Be willing to attend 3 visits over the course of about 2 weeks
Be willing to undergo multiple fingersticks and other blood sampling
Refrain from taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications/supplements (except a standard multivitamin)

If qualified, you may be compensated up to $500 for time and travel and receive study related care at no cost (and no insurance required).
Qualified Participants Must:
Be ≥18 years old
Have high triglycerides* and be willing to safely discontinue or refrain from taking medications or supplements for it
Be following and continuing to follow a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet
Be willing to attend up to 10 visits over the course of about 7 months
Be willing to take the investigational medication at home as instructed