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So as you may remember from our countless blog posts (like…this one) leading up to the event, Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City‘s first health and fitness expo, Sweat AC happened this weekend at Caesars Atlantic City and Showboat Atlantic City, and we’re pretty sure ya’ll loved it. You zumba’d, you cycled, you P90x’d, you worked out like a celeb, you yoga’d, you learned out to lift that butt, you faught like a champ, you did some Jade Of Spades (harder than it sounds, huh?), you worked those abs and those glutes…a lot….you got your butt kicked in Jillian Michaels’ Bootcamp…and much much more. And you had fun…maybe not in the most rigorous moments of your workouts…but didn’t you feel good (at least mentally) when you were done?

Jillian Michaels

Here is a visual reminder of you all getting your butts kicked by Jillian.

You also got some dope food for thought to go home with and put to use from your favorite fitness peeps. And because we’re such a nice blog, we are going to share some of it (via Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton) with the rest of you. We know your questions and we gotcha covered.

Question: Why would people want to go to like one of these fitness festival kind of things and like workout all weekend?

Tony Horton: They come to the festival partly because they’re fans of me, they’re fans of Jillian, they’re fans of Leandro (Brazilian Butt Lift creator), they do the programs, they’ve seen results, they’ve seen us on their televisions 6 days a week for months and months, and they want to meet us in person. They want to shake the hand of the person that they think created change. People thank me and say thanks man, you changed my life and I say you’re the one that opened the box. That’s one reason why. The other reason why is they come here for information they might not necessarily get from the DVDs. I just did a seminar on variety, intensity, consistency, purpose of plan, sleep and supplementation. The only way they’re going to get that information is LIVE with me. They’re going to see me on stage, I’m going to tell some irreverent jokes in the middle and keep them interested, so that’s why they come. Also they come here with their friends and family to meet other people that are like them. Why does anybody go to motorcycle convention, why does anybody go to a car show? Why does anybody go to anything where there are other like-minded people? And that’s it. When they come here they are energized and get fired up and ready to take it to the next level.

Tony Horton

Tony teaching you some new stuff that wasn't on his DVDs in his Striver And Warrior workout session yesterday.

He’s seriously right on the money about that last part because we had egg whites for breakfast Next Question.

Question: How am I supposed to fit my workouts in when I have kids? They’re monsters.

Jillian Michaels: One of the things I do is, I’ll take my kids with me. So when we were on vacation, I put her on a paddle board and we went to paddleboard or I put my son in his little carrier and I’ll go hike with him, or I’ll put them in a jogging stroller and go to Venice Beach and jog on the boardwalk. So I can do it with them. Another thing I’ll do is Heidi and I will take turns. So I’ll say okay, you go to the gym like on a Saturday morning and I’ll go tonight. And we’ll do it that way. So it leaves once, maybe twice a week we’ll trade off. Then usually my mom will come over on Sunday afternoon and then I can get my e-mails done, my work finished for the weekend and my workout in, so I use friends and family to my advantage. I’ll do it with them and/or I will do it while they’re home, so when my son’s sleeping and my daughter’s up, I’ll work out at home and she thinks it’s hilarious. She’s like in downward dog, laughing her butt off. So I’ll try to fit like four in that way. One thing I can’t do that most moms do, I can’t get it in while they’re sleeping. I will not get up at 5:30 in the morning. I won’t do it. I refuse to do it. But a lot of moms do it and it works for them. You have to be a morning person. I’ll kill someone if I have to get up at 5:30.

Tony Horton: At BeachBody, we have P90X and 10-Minute Trainer. We created 10-Minute Trainer for people that are busy. And people say oh P90X is an hour and with 10-Minute Trainer you’re selling out and I say well 10 minutes beats the crap out of zero minutes which is where a lot of people are, so when you begin to move more often, when you begin to change your brain chemistry as a result of moving, then you are going to start making other decisions in your life that are going to make your life better.

Question: Still talking about the kids….mine are getting fat. What should I do?

Jillian Michaels: Find somebody they look up to and emulate the way they live. Whether it’s an athlete, or whether it’s Beyonce…we all know Olympic athletes are not drinking coke. I’ve been to Olympic training centers and I promise you they’re not drinking it, even though they endorse it. So it’s like finding positive role models that they look up to, and seeing if you can motivate them that way. And with that said, find something that’s social and fun for them. Kids really shouldn’t be in the gym. They should be on the soccer field, they should be cheerleading, they should be in gymnastics, they should be playing basketball. Something that’s fun, something that’s social, something that’s supportive. Again, martial arts, whatever it might be. When it comes to food, I’ve learned even as young as two years old, they are so far from stupid. They so get it and I think if you explain to them listen, we can find these foods in a healthier way, so we can take the sweet potatoes and we can bake them, and here’s how many calories. Explain it to them. It’s a matter of yeah, we can have that Starbucks drink, but it’s 500 calories, just so you understand, this is going to be an hour and a half of exercise. Just put it in perspective. They do get it. I think if we arm them with options and alternatives that don’t taste like crap, and that are in the vein of the kind of things they eat…options and alternatives. You can’t talk at them, you have to show them the kind of things they can eat.

Tony Horton: You know what fruits and vegetables look like, so go and get them. If you don’t have the time to cook them, there are companies that make frozen versions that are better than others. Don’t eat cereal in the morning, make oatmeal. There’s instant oatmeal, you look at the side of the box, it says oats. Heat them up. It takes maybe two minutes. Put some blueberries and some bananas in there and feed it to your kids. Are they gonna kick and scream and yell and Mommy, where are my Cocoa Puffs? Well who runs the house? You or the kids? Who pays the bills? You or the kids? They’ll adapt. It’s gonna take time. They’ll piss and moan, but that’s just life. Do you care about how much they complain now or do you care about their future? And how they’re gonna function better in school, and how they’re gonna sleep, and how they’re gonna be better human beings with the result of you having a little discipline not only for yourself but for them. And when you’re traveling, get a cooler. And have those healthy meals prepared and put them in the cooler in the car so you don’t have to stop at McDonalds, or Burger King or Kentucky Fried Chicken. It’s already in the car, you prepared it the night before, it’s no big deal. It takes a half an hour. Maybe you don’t watch Mad Men or Big Love or some other TV show that you love to watch, and I love both those shows but I DVR them. It’s not easy. These things require discipline and hard work and will power and plan.

Question: Enough about them. What about me? What can I do to start being healthy?

Tony Horton: We’ve got a third of Americans that are overweight or obese and that’s only going to rise. By 2030, if we don’t make some real changes, 2/3’s of Americans are going to be walking heart attacks, strokes and cancer, and so we’re beginning to figure out that it’s not pills, potions and processed foods that solve the problem, we have to make better choices. We have to get off the fats, sugars, salts and chemicals, boxes and bags and you have to start eating naturally like our great, great grandparents ate. And find ways to make those things taste good so we can be consistent and not feel deprived eating them. See if you can make your breakfast the healthiest meal of the day. Start there. Start with breakfast. Get up in the morning. It’s easy to make some egg whites some grilled peppers and onions, that’s easy to do. You just throw it there on the skillet. Or instant oatmeal. But get the Cinnamon Toast out of the house, get the white bread out of the house, get the refined cereals with the whole grain and the low sugar and blah blah blah, they aren’t fooling anybody, man. Certainly some cereals, not all are created equal. I eat pizza but it’s gluten free, thin crust, no cheese tons of veggies. It’s not a pepperoni pizza with cheese and cheese in the crust. They’re both called pizza, but they’re two different categories. A Snickers bar is carbs, but so is quinoa. You have to break things down and look at the nuances.

Question: Well, what do you eat? I want to look like you.

Jillian Michaels: I allow myself, it used to be 200 calories a day, now it’s probably a little bit more than that of I don’t say whatever I want, because I don’t eat chemicals ever. So the only thing I really rule out completely are chemicals. They have no place in my diet. I don’t eat artificial pretty much anything. If I’m out and the salmon’s not wild, well okay, fine. When I eat crap, I’ll eat this candy called Unreal. They make Snickers and M&Ms and peanut butter cups, but they’re with sugar and butter. It’s not hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup and artificial color. So I do eat that stuff, like a couple hundred calories a day of it, but I eat that kind of it, so it’s not loaded with chemical crap. I do believe that those chemicals are at the root of our obesity epidemic, in large part and cancer, heart disease, autoimmune and the list goes on. So for me, I usually start off pretty good. I get worse as the day goes on which is exactly the opposite of how it should go. So I’ll wake up and eat greek yogurt with berries, or an ezekiel English muffin with almond butter, or Hemp Plus Nature’s Path oatmeal and some egg whites. Today I had two eggs over easy and dry wheat toast. For lunch I’ll probably have a protein salad with meat or something, a grain if they have it like brown rice or what have you, then it gets to snack time and then I’ll have a protein bar that’s not necessarily good for you, but not necessarily bad for you, or a whey shake, or a piece of fruit and some cheese, or the hummus and the veggie sticks. And then dinner’s usually out. If we have Mexian food, I’ll get the carne asada with corn tortillas and tell them to make it with light oil. Or Sushi is sashimi with a spicy tuna roll and a couple pieces of sushi here and there. If we’re at Thai, I’ll get the spring rolls, but not fried, the vegetable ones but not fried. Or a vegetable curry that I’ll take home and rinse all the shit off of, and put it over brown rice. And then after that is usually when I eat the shit, two of those little candy bars, or the Newman’s organic peanut butter oreos, it’s like 2 to 300 calories. It’s usually 2, on a bad day it’s 3. And I really try not to drink. It’s usually once, maybe twice a week and it’s like a glass of wine, a beer, and once a month maybe, maybe we’ll go out and have two tequilas on the rocks. But it just, it makes you fat dude. I’m telling you.

Question: What workouts can I do that will actually work?

Jillian Michaels: I’m a really big fan of combo lifts, so what I love for people to do is get a light pair of dumbbells and do their leg work with their arm work. Arms are a waste of time. But if you put them together with legs, now you’re working multiple muscle groups at the same time, you’re forcing your body to stabilize, you’re being more 3 dimensional, so I’d rather see you do sumo squats with tricep extensions, I’d rather see you do pendulum lunges with shoulder presses, chair pose with anterior raises. I want to see you put the arms and the legs together. And you can do that with a very minimal amount of space. You have to have the resistance training. I’m still not sold on the heavy weights. I’m not sold on throwing heavy weights around. I just don’t think it’s the way we were meant to function. I feel like I can get a perfectly good workout using my own body weight to be functional. You have to get resistance, I just don’t think anybody needs to be doing a 300 lb bench press. Sure if you want to, once a week do your chest press or lat pull down. To me, I’d rather see you using dumbbells lunging, swinging, throwing, chopping, haloing, moving multi-dimensionally with resistance.

Question: You two be crazy. I can’t do that stuff you do in your DVDs!

Tony Horton: In my last workout we had people that were overweight and I said look, here is version 1, version 2 and version 3.version 3 is extreme, version 1 is modified. Pick one. Do what you can do. Do your best and forget the rest.

Question: What can I do when I reallyyyyy don’t feel like working out?

Tony Horton: Focus on if I exercise today my flexibility, my range of motion, my balance, I’m less prone to illness and injury, my immune system improves and I sleep better. Think about all the amazing things that will happen to you physically, mentally and emotionally as a result of making a 20 minute or more choice. And does it have to be pilates or yoga or P90X or swimming or zumba? I don’t know. But it has to be something you look forward to doing because if you despise it and hate it, you’re not going to do it. But at the same time, you also have to start doing things that you’re not familiar with, that are new to you, that you don’t have to be very good at, that are outside your comfort zone, and do those as well. If you exercise today, you slow down the aging process, you improve your immune system, you become less volatile to illness and injury, and that happens today. You don’t have to wait 30 to 60 to 90 days for that. That’s what gets me going. Even on days where exercising is the very last thing I want to do. It’s an interesting mix between the mental, emotional and physical because of the physical.

Those were all your burning yet skeptical health and fitness questions, right?

Anyway, we hope these answers help you at least a little bit. And we hope everyone who attended Sweat AC had a good time. What was your favorite class and/or part of the weekend?

 

 

 

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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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