Monday, January 28, 2013

Power Shake

For those of you following us on Facebook, you might have spotted Body Shop owner Bruce posting a picture or two of his morning shake making. Bruce is the king of shakes and knows a lot about what to put in them in order to get all the goodness of fruit and veg into one cup. When it comes to shakes a lot of it comes down to taste, if you don't like strawberries, don't put them in, but the more bright colored fresh produce the better. Favoring organic and avoiding GMO stuff is a given, when available and affordable, but work with what your budget allows. Try to use fresh produce for the most part, but if fresh is hard to come by frozen fruit and vegetables can be mixed in. As a rule, they will have been frozen a very short time after harvest and therefore retain a lot of their nutrients. (Be aware that the consistency of the finished smoothie might be different as frozen foods contain more water than fresh).

The essential equipment needed for making shakes/smoothies is a good blender, so you can get the texture nice and smooth. Bruce uses a Vita Mix blender.

Here is one of Bruce's typical concoctions:

1 orange
6 strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries (can be substituted for grapes or blackberries)
1/2 cup raspberries
1 kiwi
1 small apple
1 cup fresh broccoli
1 cup fresh spinach
1-2 scoops Met Rx Protein Powder
1 scoop veggie protein powder
10 grams Creatine
10 grams Glutamine
Add any amount of water to get the consistency you desire, alternatively add ice if you prefer a chilling smoothie.

As you can see by Bruce's staging of this photo, he does not exclusively eat healthy stuff.

If you have any questions about making shakes Bruce is happy to talk about it if you catch him at the gym.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Member profile January 2013

It's a new month, a new year in fact, and our 'Member of the Month' feature is back. This month we convinced one of our male frequent visitors to spill the beans for us.

BodyShop: Please state your name for us.

Member: Aaron

BodyShop: Do you live in Mammoth full time, seasonal or visiting? And how long have you been here?

Member: Full time now. I’ve lived here on and off for the last 6 years, but have been a more permanent resident the last 3 years.

BodyShop: What is your occupation?

Member: I work Security, and I also do construction in the summertime.

BodyShop: How long have you been coming to The Body Shop?

Member: Since 2010, a bit on and off though.

BodyShop: How often do you work out and what’s your favorite time of day for working out?

Member: I work out 5 times per week if I’m really on it. You know when I like to come in, it’s usually around 4 or 5pm.

BodyShop: What’s your favorite work out music?

Member: I like Hip Hop.

BodyShop: What other sports/recreational activities do you engage in?

Member: I’m a summer activities kind of guy. I like a lot of the stuff there is to do here in the Summer, and I play some B-ball as well.

BodyShop: Which are your favorite spots to do those things around Mammoth?

Member: The Lake Basin is cool.
BodyShop: What do you like best about The Body Shop Gym? 

Member: I like that it’s a smaller gym and there isn’t a whole lot of people in all the time, it’s easy to get on the equipment, you can get in and do what you need to do quite quickly. It’s also a friendly gym, people know each other here.
BodyShop: Finally, what is the one piece of work out gear you have that should probably have been retired a long time ago? (oh, come on, you know you have at least one item like that)

Member: My work jeans, I shouldn’t even be wearing them in the gym really, I just do because I come here straight from work sometimes.

Aaron and an inspirational picture of a bundle of muscles.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Our favorite machine

Introducing our favorite piece of equipment at the Body Shop gym, the Stairmaster Gravitron 2000. Made by the brand Stairmaster, but it is actually a weight assisted pull-up/triceps machine. It allows you to subtract a desired amount of weight from your total body weight, enabling anyone to do pull-ups or triceps lifts/dips. Lifting your entire body weight might not be for everyone (just yet), so here is your chance to work on those upper body muscles with a little helping hand. Amazing!

The machine as it's stands close to the entrance to the Body Shop main gym floor.

Knees are placed onto the platform and the desired handle bar grip is chosen.
If you ever have any question regarding operating one of our machines, please don't hesitate to ask the gym staff member on duty.