Did That Just Happen – Talking politics with Jen Rash

In this episode Garett talks to CKO/2.0 Member Jen Rash about the 2016 Presidential Election. This most recent election is one that will definitely go down into the record books as the most insane election ever. Garett and Jen don’t waste anytime and start the podcast off full throttle. Enjoy!

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Jen Rash CKO Kickboxing Seattle

Jen Rash grew up in El Paso, TX and moved to Seattle in 2002 to attend UW where she studied Communications. She has been a member at both CKO Kickboxing Seattle and 2.0 Next Level Fitness for just over 1-year. Over the course of this year she has become “much stronger”, and “much saner” (her word). Jen is a Senior Account Manager at PRR, which is a full service communications firm in downtown Seattle. Jen has worked on everything from the SR 99 Bored Tunnel, to the Surprised by Shoreline campaign.

Who will you become?

Short term fitness goals are great! However, in addition to those short-term goals you should also be working out and trying to get healthy for the long term. In other words, you should be working out for the person you are to become 5 years from!!!

Some of the Video Clips are from Ahmed Ismail an awesome Motivational Video maker: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZtyUD4zqY0zoGSaYf_FzcQ/featured

10 Week Challenge Results (Megan Megan)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.

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Meet Megan Megan, an accountant, a fitness meme junkie, a 10-week challenge graduate, and a gym badass who is deathly afraid of getting a callus on her delicate hands (lol).  In fact after one Kettlebell class, Megan was on the verge of developing a few callus, so what did she do? She named her baby calluses after all the people giving her a hard time about her “soft hands”.

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Is that 4 calluses forming? I am honored to have 2 named after me (even though she spelled my name wrong lol)

Over the course of the 10-weeks Megan lost 13-inches and 9-lbs and but most importantly gain a lot of strength! To hear more about her journey read her testimonial below:

 

2.0 Next level fitness before and after

March 2016 – May 2016

Testimonial by Megan Megan
A little bit about me: I am a bean counter aka accountant for a property development company in Edmonds. Outside of the gym, you can find me hanging out with family and friends, traveling and exploring new places, and hiking (in the summer)…
I began my 2016 fitness quest by signing up for the 40/40 challenge, which meant 40 workouts in 40 days, and by the 2nd week, I knew I had a good enough routine to conquer it with ease. I also learned that at the end of this challenge, there would a another opportunity to prove my prowess..” The Cinco” 5 kickboxing classes in 1 day, and signed up for it immediately. 
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CINCO Saturday (Feb 2016)

This meant that I had to increase my stamina by double and triple kickboxing classes to build more endurance and earn my Cinco shirt… the rules were you had to do ALL 5 classes to get it. So off I went, hitting the bag 5 days a week..and that Saturday morning, I earned it! Yaay Megan!
Then they announced about the upcoming Spring 10 week challenge and I signed after hearing about all the success stories from former participants.
Kettlebell class 2.0 Next level fitness

Kettlebell class at 2.0

The challenge required us to log all of our meals on the my fitness pal app, take daily selfies and post our workouts on social media. I was fine with this till I read about social media, and for a long time I debated whether I should do the challenge.. I was not on Facebook and did not want to be on it, but since I wanted to earn my money back, I had to cave and create an account and discovered memes. 
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One of the many memes Megan has become “famous” for posting

As the weeks went by, it became easier and felt more natural to work out, log food and take the daily selfie. The one thing I appreciated most was the weekly recommendations from Carla. She totally overhauled my relationship with “bad foods” (meat, eggs, carbs and fat) and once I made the switch then the results started showing. By the end of the challenge I lost 9lbs, and the 13 inches off my body in 10 weeks.
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Drop it like a squat

My 10 week challenge was a major success, not only did I loose weight and inches, I have also increased my strength and now I  am on my way to becoming a power lifter and a member of the #gainzgang. 
Deadlift PR, 2.0 Next level fitness

Deadlift PR – 265 lbs!!!

I highly recommend everyone to do the 10 week challenge, it’s a life changer!  I couldn’t have done this without the amazing staff at CKO and 2.0fit  and the Spring 10 week members, we did it! 
Girls who lift at 2.0 Next Level Fitness

Getting stronger everyday

10-Week Challenge Results (Mary Grace McKernan)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.

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Have you ever had one of  those moments when all the stars seem to “align” and you find yourself at the right place at exactly the right time? It is those “perfect” opportunities that make you wonder if there is something bigger “operating in the background”…

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Well Mary McKernan, had one of those moments when she discovered CKO/2.0. Mary went out for a random bike ride. This bike ride was “random” because Mary’s dog had just died, and well, as you can imagine, Mary was depressed. So to help with the grieving process Mary decided to go for a bike ride.  As Mary put it, I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I just decided to ride my bike around the shopping center near my house… It was in this shopping center where Mary discovered CKO/2.0 and well the rest is history…

So in just 10-weeks Mary lost 13-inches and 16-lbs! In addition she improved her max push-ups (in 2-mins) by 19, her max goblet squat (in 2-mins) by 12, her max sit-ups (in 2-mins) by 30, and her flex arm hang by 16-secs.

To learn more about Mary’s 10-week journey, read the interview below.

September 2015 (left) - November 2015 (right)

September 2015 (left) – November 2015 (right)

Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?

I am a photographer/writer and photo editor.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love bicycles…and when I travel it usually involves a bike tour.

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?

I had just moved into my apartment and I decided to take a ride on my bicycle to check out the neighborhood. Instead of going south on Greenwood, I went north and I was riding through the parking lot and I stopped at CKO Seattle. The guy at the desk told me about 2.0, so I rode over and noticed the chalkboard with the 10 week challenge information. It wasn’t a hard decision to sign up because I was told that I could get my money back if all the terms of the challenge were met. I liked that idea. Also, unfortunately, my dog had passed away 2 days before and I was grieving and I missed her terribly and I was depressed. I knew that I had to get out and exercise. I needed something structured and I think it was almost serendipitous that this challenge began in less than a week. I hope this doesn’t sound too ridiculous but going to the boxing classes and working out with others helped me through the grieving process. I still miss my dog but I’m not depressed anymore and this challenge helped me through it.

Mary competed another 2.0 Bootcamp

Mary (back row, 4th from right) competed another 2.0 Bootcamp

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?

I enjoyed the camaraderie. I liked that we were treated as a team and that I was able to see other challengers’ progress. I liked that all the instructors were so friendly and inviting. I also liked the music that was played at 2.0 Fitness and CKO Seattle. I think watching the documentary Fed Up was a big help to understanding food. I can’t think of one favorite thing because there were so many.

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Taking a photo of myself in the mirror was the hardest part. For the first 10 days I wouldn’t even look at the photo. I would just send it to Jessica. At about day 26 I finally started to see a change and then I actually looked forward to taking my photo.

Doing deadlifts (2.0 semi-private training)

Doing deadlifts (2.0 semi-private training)

 

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? 

I look at the 70 photos I took of myself over the course of this challenge. I see the changes in just 10 weeks.

Check out Mary’s 70 day (10-week) “selfie transformation:

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?

I wish that I would do yoga and stretch more.

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?

Sign up immediately! Keep track of your workouts and your food. Remember, you are going to change habits and the weight will come off and you will get into shape.

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Mary (far left) celebrating another completed workout with fellow 10-week challengers

Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different?

I belonged to another gym when I lived in Fremont/Wallingford and it wasn’t a challenge but a group “meet-up”. I could never get into it and I wasted a lot of money. I belonged to a lot of gyms in the past but I could never get the momentum that I seem to have now. I know that has a lot to do with how structured and planned the workouts are and all of the instructors, of course.

Working the bag at CKO Seattle

Working the bag at CKO Seattle

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?

I think you are already doing it but I’ll say it anyway. Change up the workouts. Maybe post more articles about fitness and health on social media. More mini-challenges. I think I saw at another gym that everyone can put money into a pool and if you miss a workout you get less and less of your money back and the people who go to all the classes get more than they put in. (Is that even legal? I find money very motivating…ha! It really is fun to talk about when you’re at work).

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining the challenge)!

I hadn’t seen my family since before I started the challenge and when I went home every single one of my family members saw that I had lost weight and told me how good and healthy I looked.

It is amazing the amount of change possible in just 10 short weeks!

It is amazing the amount of change possible in just 10 short weeks!

Congratulations Mary, your 10-week transformation is impressive. We (CKO/2.0) are so glad you decided to ride your bike around our parking lot!

10-Week Challenge Results (Lynda Beddall)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.

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If we had a list of amazing members Lynda Beddall would definitely be on said list! She has been with both CKO and 2.0 from their beginnings, and she is amazing because she never complains or makes excuses, she just works hard! It’s AWESOME! And the results speak for themselves…

(Check out Lynda’s 2014 challenge results: Lynda’s 2014 10-week challenge results)

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Lynda (3rd from left) –Has no time for sleep. She will “sleep when she is dead”

Lynda has had amazing success over the last several years and this last 10-weeks challenge was no exception. Over the course of the 10-weeks Lynda lost 24.5-inches and 9-lbs! She also increased her pushups (in 2-mins) by 11, her goblet squat (in 2-mins) by 13, her sit-ups (in 2-min) by 8, and her pull-ups (using the blue band) by 5!

In addition to all this, I believe Lynda, also has, the best time management skills in the entire world! She is a mother of 5, works a full time job, play’s soccer and softball, competes in mud runs, and still workouts out (at one of our gyms) nearly everyday! It is amazing!

Check out Lynda’s story below.

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Besides being a Gym Beast, what is your day job?
I’m a property management accountant Monday thru Friday but most importantly I’m a mother to 5 amazing kids and wife to the most amazing man I know!

Lynday post baby # 4 and right after an Achilles rupture!

Lynda post recovery of an Achilles rupture (around 2013)!

Do you have any hobbies?
Besides hitting the gym 5-6 times a week I also play indoor and outdoor soccer and when the Seattle weather permits I like to play softball! Otherwise I’m honestly pretty low key… I love relaxing and being home with the fam!

 2012 Restarting her fitness journey after baby #4!

Mud Run!!! 2012 Restarting her fitness journey after baby #4!

 

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up? I’ve been a member of CKO since they opened so this was actually my 3rd time conquering the 10-week challenge! Each time I learn something new to add to my arsenal of healthy tricks, and each time I’ve had amazing results! Next for me is to keep on track during the holiday season and not get side tracked with life and loose sight of how far I’ve come! It’s a lot harder to keep it up when you don’t have the accountability of the trainers and nutritionist keeping you focused… This challenge is structured to get started on your journey, and it’s hard work but let’s face it — life is always gonna get in the way from time to time so you have to decide, how bad do you want it?!

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Jan 2014

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?
Its hands down the community!! The group of people you meet during this challenge always astonishes me and I’m no newbie at this… You meet so many different people who are fighting the same fight as you. Pushing towards the same goals and supporting each other thru every step of the journey, and that is priceless!

What was the hardest part about the challenge?
Food!!! Restructuring your brain to relearn everything you’ve been taught… Like i said, I’ve done this challenge multiple times and every time I’m reminded why this program works. There’s no shortcuts to nutrition, either you stick to the program OR you don’t and you DON’T see the results.

Fastest time of the day! (2.0 Circuit Training)

“Momma B” — Fastest time of the day! (2.0 Circuit Training)

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? My family… I want to be a strong role model to my kids, especially my daughters. I want them to see that hard work will get you further than shortcuts and that there’s no substitute for drive and determination. I want to be around to see them conquer their own obstacles in life with the same mindset! Most importantly want to be able to grow old with my husband, and you can’t do that if you don’t take care of yourself. He absolutely deserves to have the best version of me in his life, cause let’s be honest he helped me create this person… He’s always been my biggest supporter. Never allowing me to self sabotage or throw the scale thru the window!! Haha!! No seriously, life is too short as it is and I intend to not make it any shorter!

Check out Lynda’s 70-day (10-week) “selfie transformation”.

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? Food!!! I could use the excuse, I love food too much but that’s been explained to me SO MANY times as not a valid excuses 😉 You can love food and still make the right choices of things to eat. You truly have to grasp that fact that this IS A LIFESTYLE… It’s not the end of the world if you dabble into the badlands (with food) but you CANNOT allowing yourself to live there!

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge? Do it… Not just for yourself but your your family, cause this challenge will change your life. It a whole new world when you open your mind and heart to what you can accomplish in 10 weeks! The sky truly is the limit…

Namaste!

Namaste!

Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different? Like i said before I’ve done this challenge 2xs prior but this time was definitely different. There was more accountability with the tracking the workouts and the daily photos and weekly weigh ins, which I’ll be honest was a pain in the ass at times, but it without a doubt kept me on track. There were also weekly meal plans! I was SOOOOO EXCITED about the meal plans that Jessica created for us… It helped me remember the serving sizes that are acceptable when you’re eating the right things and that you can eat great food and not feel restricted! My mantra this challenge was Athletes Eat and Train — They don’t diet and exercise! For me this means more than just what it says… I truly feel like an Athlete after this challenge! I’m WAAAAAY stronger, toner, and faster than yesterday and I plan to continue this journey because I believe in myself! I AM AN ATHLETE!

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? This is a hard one cause I truly believe you’ve done an amazing job at creating a program that works… Please continue to keep bringing the fire and passion to everything that you do at your gyms. You truly are changing lives and I can’t stress that enough. For me personally keep challenging me to get better at everything I do, EVEN if you know I hate doing it… That normally means that I need it the most!

Kettlebells, soccer, softball,Kickboxing, Bootcamp, is there anything Lynda can't do?

Kettlebells, soccer, softball,Kickboxing, Bootcamp, is there anything Lynda can’t do?

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining the challenge)! I may seem like this comes easy to me but I’ve ALWAYS struggled with my weight and being healthy. Most people DON’T know that once stood at 5’0 and 200 lbs! This transformation did NOT happen overnight and has taken me about 10 yrs to get to where I am today… This challenge has brought me to the best shape of my life. I may not be at my lowest weight but I honestly don’t believe that the scale can truly measure ones accomplishments! I’m able to lift more than I’ve ever been able to before! I can do more push ups ON MY TOES than I ever could’ve imagined and can actually do pull ups without a band! I never envisioned these accomplishments for myself because prior to coming to CKO and 2.0 my only gauge of fitness was the scale… I now know that this can’t be measured by just that and THAT my friends is a TRUE accomplishment!!!

Having fun!

Halloween 2015 – -Having fun!

I am a firm believe in the phrase “if it is important to you, you will make time” and Lynda is living proof; if we want it bad enough, we will find a way! Congratulations Lynda, your work ethic and time management skills are amazing and highly motivational. Keep doing what you are doing!

10-Week Challenge Results (Amy Colburn)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.

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Ok, I am just going to come out and say it, losing 32-lbs and 21-inches in just 10-weeks is simply awe-inspiring! I have seen numbers like this before but they usually come from a MLM calorie restriction diet where the participant starves themselves for 60-90 days. Sure these MLM participants “lose weight” but they often lose muscle mass (becoming weaker), and reinforce their unhealthy relationship with food. In other words, not all weight loss is created equal

Meet Amy Colburn – Amy not only lost 32-lbs and 21-inches in just 10-weeks, she also improved her strength, increasing her max push-ups (in 2-minutes) by 18, her max squats (in 2-mins) by 24, and her max sit-ups (in 2-mins) by 13! The best part about all this, Amy made this progress in a healthy and sustainable way!

To learn more about Amy’s 10-week Journey read below:

Left (Sept 2015) - Right (November 2015)

Left (Sept 2015) – Right (November 2015)

Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?

I am a high school math and science teacher at Everett High School!

Do you have any hobbies?

Besides being a Gym Beast? ha! I spend most of my free time these days rooting for the Hawks and the Cougs. I like to go on hikes, spend time with family and friends, and watch my younger cousins’ sporting events.

Bootcamp at 2.0

Bootcamp at 2.0

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?

I heard about the challenge from the trainers while working out at CKO. I had been a member for a while and had passed up on a couple of other challenge opportunities. I didn’t think I needed the support because in general I (thought I) knew what I needed to do to see results. I went back and forth and finally decided to join just a few days before the challenge started. The hard part was committing to something right at the same time that a new school year started as sometimes things can get a little hectic!

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?

The CKO/2.0 Owners and Staff! I was nervous when I signed up that it would be like other challenges or weight loss groups where if you know anything about nutrition you are hearing the people running it talking about the plan and you just think to yourself “this is a bunch of nonsense”. I’d done some research on what we actually should be eating (again…I had the tools, not the motivation) and everything that Garett, Jessica, and Carla said at the kickoff meeting aligned exactly with what I’d read. I knew during the kickoff meeting that this challenge would be a success because it was obvious the people running it aren’t just there to get your money but they really want to help you change your life.

Amy was a regular at 2.0's Kettlebell class

Amy was a regular at 2.0’s Kettlebell class

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Signing up for it.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

Knowing that I am fully capable and deserving of being healthy and comfortable in my own skin.

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Amy (second from left) at the Challenge take over class. Yoga at 2.0!

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 

Being afraid of falling quickly off the “bandwagon”. I’m typically an all or nothing kind of person and so the challenge itself was fairly straightforward. The guidelines were clear and I even had a checklist with exactly what I needed to do on a daily basis. Now that I can make my own decisions and having to make a conscious decision on my own to eat well and workout, I struggle with wondering if I am capable of making the right choices but also being able to enjoy life. I know I will not go the rest of my life without a drink or dessert, but being able to make a conscious decision to have that thing and then move on is what I am still working on.

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?

DO IT! I don’t think it really matters where you are on your journey, you will get something out of the challenge. I know that what I needed was most definitely not the same as what every other person needed but we all got something good out of the challenge. I knew pretty much all of the information but the challenge helped me put it into motion and see that I was capable of making positive changes. I know other people who were motivated but didn’t necessarily have all the tools they needed. The CKO/2.0 owners and trainers do an excellent job of giving everyone all the information they need and then individualizing support to help each person where they need it.

Amy at the Community Challenge. Help make over 9000 meals for the HUNGRY

Amy (at right) at the Community Challenge. Help make over 9000 meals for the HUNGRY

Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different?

I’ve tried pretty much everything. What made this challenge different: The food! At the kickoff meeting we were told to cut out sugar AND sugar substitutes for the first 30 days. I truly believe this is what made my challenge so successful. I’m a rule follower but also good at finding loopholes. Even while eating healthy in the past I would have diet soda and things with splenda in it because I figured it didn’t have calories so it didn’t matter. Once I cut those things out I found that I didn’t really crave high carbohydrate foods like I had in the past.

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 

Just keep doing what you guys are doing!

Working hard at CKO

Working hard at CKO

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining the challenge)! 

Something you might not know about me – I actually had a dream during the 2nd week of the challenge that I ate a glazed donut on accident. It wasn’t until I was almost done with it that I remembered I wasn’t supposed to eat it and I was like NOOOOOOOOO. Luckily I woke up and all was well, but it was weird!

Challenge results

  • 32.4 pounds lost
  • 21 total inches lost
  • Push-ups: from 32 to 50
  • Goblet squat: from 28 to 52
  • Sit-ups: from 50 to 63

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Congratulations Amy! Your 10-week journey is definitely an inspiration and a great testament to healthy “weight loss” practices. This is just the beginning of your journey!