Summer came and flew by and in the blink of an eye, the holidays will be here.  Want a jumpstart on your fitness?  We are offering our “Fall Fitness Special” that will help jumpstart or intensify your fitness, give you proper form & instruction, a workout plan that you can take with you, as well as a personalized nutritional guideline.      $95.00This special includes the following:

  • 3 – 30 minute one-on-one sessions with one of our certified personal trainers at our Personal Training Studio
  • A personalized Nutritional Guideline (designed by our Certified Fitness Nutritionist)
  • A take home workout plan for you to carry on your fitness routine on your own

At the first session we will find out what your fitness goals and/or concerns are, start the first workout, instruct and teach proper form and burn a few calories too. The second session will be a workout and Q&A time; then on the last session, we will send you home with knowledge and safety, a workout plan to continue a fitness routine at home, as well as a nutritional guideline to help continue fitness growth.  If you want to continue your fitness plan with us, we have packages available to meet your continued fitness needs as well.

Also, just in – our great new Bodyrich Fitness Company t-shirts…check them out:

New Bodyrich Shirt 2015

We offer men’s and women’s cuts for $10 each or if you refer a friend and they end up buying a session(s) you will receive a FREE t-shirt as a thank you (while supplies last).

For information on the Fall Special, if you are interested in a complimentary consultation & introductory workout or any basic questions please feel free to contact us at                678-417-0880 ext. 8301 /  info@bodyrich.com.  Also check out our website at http://www.bodyrichfitness.com/

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Nutritionist/Exercise Therapy Specialist



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Here today and gone tomorrow fad diets are all the rage today. If you flip through almost any magazine, surf the web or turn on the TV you will see numerous diets promising to help you lose several pounds in as little as a week. If you have been struggling with your weight for some time now, these fad diets can certainly be tempting. However, just know the reason these diets come and go is because they don’t work and most of them are backed by pyramid companies who don’t care about your health and well-being but just want your money.

Experts will tell you time and again that the only way to effectively lose weight and keep it off is by making long-term changes to your lifestyle: adapting a healthier nutrition plan and exercising regularly. Needless to say, if there was a miracle diet, pill, powder or shake that would help keep us thin and healthy the whole world would take it and fitness centers, nutritionist and personal trainers (like me) would be out of a job.

When you start a fad diet, you will, more than likely, lose several pounds in in the first few days and get very excited. Unfortunately, most of the weight you will lose is just water weight due to a very restricted diet and caloric count. Once you stop the diet and resume your normal lifestyle, you will gain the weight back – and in most cases comes along a few additional pounds as well. Fad diets can be more dangerous to your health in other ways too. Because the majority of the weight you drop when you lose weight too quickly tends to be water weight, it can lead to rapid dehydration which can cause excessive thirst, dry skin and hair and eventually, your kidneys will no longer function properly.

The nutritional deficiencies that fad diets cause can also lead to health conditions. Muscle loss is another negative side effect of fad diets. Since your diet is very low in calories, your body will look for other ways to get energy. One of these ways is by digesting (basically eating) your muscles and eventually your organs. Your body is made to burn calories and excess weight in stages, and if you try to force your body to lose weight faster than it naturally wants to, you can cause serious health problems. Muscle weighs more than fat and is just as easily lost as fat. Losing muscle may help you lose total weight, but muscle helps you burn calories while you are in a resting state and processes energy when you are active. If you lose muscle mass because of fad dieting, you lose weight temporarily, but you will have a lot of trouble keeping weight off and finding energy.

Crash diets and fasting are dangerous because by restricting you from consuming fats and carbs, they prevent your body from getting the vitamins and minerals it needs. If you restrict your body from its normal caloric intake over a long period of time, your body will be deprived of its essential nutrients and you’ll become severely malnourished. You’ll notice your body begins to suffer when your stores become depleted; your skin, hair and nails will show the first signs of malnutrition. If you stay on a fad diet for a long time you’ll notice that you’ll begin to shed hair more frequently, your nails will be brittle and will break more often. Your skin begins to lose its shine and you may develop dark circles under your eyes. These nutritional deficiencies are a direct result of not getting the nutrients you need. A healthy, well-balanced diet is the key to proper weight loss. Calories are what translate into the energy your body needs to get through the day. If you fast or eat less than what your body requires in order to lose weight too quickly, you’ll find yourself feeling fatigued for most of the day. By eating smaller meals throughout the day, this will help to boost your metabolism, and can provide you with more energy to help you lose weight in a healthy manner. Also, with the excess energy that you will have, you may find that you like to get out and exercise.

In addition to the nutritional deficiencies, fad diets also mess with your metabolism. When you eat too little food you slow your metabolism. As a result, your body will hold onto the few calories that you do eat. When you go off the diet, your body won’t use food as efficiently and you’ll actually put yourself in a position to gain more weight in the future. This is the reason that many people who try fad diets end up in a pattern of yo-yo dieting. They go on a fad diet and lose weight. Then when they go off the diet they immediately gain weight because of their slow metabolisms. The next diet that they go on slows down their metabolisms even more and it becomes harder and harder to lose weight.

Fad diets, just like fashion fads, come in all shapes and sizes and they go in and out of style. Just because a diet is popular doesn’t mean that it is effective or healthy for you. If you’re considering going on a diet, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does the diet make wild claims about weight loss (e.g. Lose 10 pounds in one week!)
  2. Does the diet use a single study as a basis for its claims?
  3. Does the diet claim that you can lose weight without exercise?
  4. Does an element of the diet have warnings against it? (e.g. FDA has warnings against an ingredient in a fad diet supplement)
  5. Does the diet eliminate one of the five food groups?
  6. Does the diet sound too good to be true?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you’re looking at a fad diet. Steer clear of it.

If you want to learn how to create a nutrition and/or workout plan that helps you lose the extra pounds safely—and keep them off, contact us for a free consultation and introductory workout. We have certified personal trainers and fitness nutritionist onsite to help you meet your goals and needs.

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer / Fitness Nutritionist / Exercise Therapy Specialist

678-417-0880 ext. 8301 / info@bodyrich.com     www.bodyrichfitness.com






If you, your spouse, your children, other family members or friends were unable to speak and needed help, would anyone know who you are or who to contact?  What about special medical conditions or allergies?

Participation in outdoor sports, events and activities including running, cycling, hiking and other recreational activities has increased immensely over the past several years. Sometimes participation in these activities can make it inconvenient to carry traditional forms of identification (license, passport, work/school ID etc.) Even if you do carry one of these items with you while you are out, traditional ID does not provide adequate information about your medical conditions or family contact information. Should something happen to you and you need help, both of these are critical in treating an injured person.

Unfortunately, accidents involving recreational activities are prevalent and increasing in number. In 2003 over 387,000 pedestrians (including walkers, joggers and runners) and bicyclist were injured in accidents – 129,000 of them were traffic related. The current estimates are well over 500,000 runners and cyclists involved in roadway accidents annually.

Personal identification and medical information could save your life in an accident or emergency situation – to be effective, ID must be worn on the body. There are several companies now that offer a variety of portable and convenient ID and Medical Alert options. Most of these are fairly inexpensive ($19.99 – $24.99 average) and considering they may save a life, they are priceless.

My personal favorite is the Road ID shoe strap that velcros onto your shoe lace. This is great for runners, bikers and is very popular as a kids ID as well. Road ID also carries ID’s for wrist, neck, shoe pouches as well as one that fits on the popular Fitbits. They have room for 6 lines of information (which is plenty of room for name, address and medical alerts). For an additional $9.99/year you can get the “interactive” Road ID which has a 24 hour live emergency support as well as a secure and updatable emergency response profile. This is great for people who travel, those who exercise alone or do not have family nearby and also for the elderly who live alone. There website is www.roadid.com. A few others are www.crosstrainid.com , www.1bandid.com , www.tagxpress.com and www.goneforarun.com/laceitup_idmeband . You can also make your own ID card and have it laminated but just be sure to keep it on you.

Be seen, be heard and be known – even if you cannot speak.

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer / Fitness Nutritionist / Exercise Therapy Specialist

678-417-0880 ext. 8301 / info@bodyrich.com     www.bodyrichfitness.com




For many people, Labor Day is looked at as the end of the traditional summer season (although summer doesn’t officially end until September 21). It is a time for great sales at the store, one more beach trip, one more cookout, etc.

Officially, Labor Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States on the first Monday in September. It honors all American workers who have made contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country and also recognizes the labor movement. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in NYC.  In 1887, the United States holiday was established in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday. President Grover Cleveland signed it into law only six days after the end of the strike.

Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. In 1894, by the time it became a federal holiday, 30 states officially celebrated Labor Day. The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade, to exhibit to the public “the strength and spirit of the trade and labor organizations”, followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Later, speeches by prominent men and women were introduced as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday. Then, in 1909, the American Federation of Labor convention declared the Sunday preceding Labor Day was Labor Sunday and dedicated it to the spiritual and educational aspects of the Labor movement.

Today, all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday. Canada’s Labor Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 other countries celebrate International Worker’s Day on May 1 as their holiday dedicated to labor.

Though this holiday is supposed to be a day of rest and celebration from hard work, like every other holiday, retailers in the U.S. have made it become a major “sale” weekend. It is the 2nd largest sale/shopping date of the year, second only to Christmas season’s “Black Friday”. Ironically, because of the importance of this big sale weekend, instead of relaxing and having the day off to celebrate, many Americans who are employed in the retail sector not only work on Labor Day, but they work longer hours.

However you decide to spend your Labor Day weekend (whether it be resting, exercising, shopping, traveling, cooking out, or a little bit of it all), we at Bodyrich Fitness Company hope you have a safe and very happy holiday weekend!

Paula Jamieson

Bodyrich Fitness Company

Certified Personal Trainer / Fitness Nutritionist / Exercise Therapy Specialist

678-417-0880 ext. 8301 / info@bodyrich.com     www.bodyrichfitness.com