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VIP Client Spotlight: FitMom Taylor

Uncategorized May 06, 2020

Who is Taylor?

I work at the Children's Hospital in Minnesota. I am a friend, wife, daughter, and mother to two beautiful children. 

What made you want to start your fitness journey?

I wanted to be healthy enough to live a long life enjoying time with my family. I have never been out of shape, but wanted to add muscle rather than fluffiness and needed help staying accountable.

What inspires you most?

I’m inspired by those around me that strive to build others up and congratulate even the smallest of wins in the lives of others.

What have been the biggest obstacles getting started?

The biggest obstacle is the craziness of a busy life. It’s the lack of good quality and good length sleep, it’s the kids’ schedules and my husband’s schedule. It’s work plus school and trying to live somewhat of a social life.

Why did you choose to work with Okon Fitness?

I needed to have a group that held me accountable. I knew that I wanted to...

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VIP Client Spotlight: Biggest Loser & Team Player Korrina

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2020

Who is Korrina?

Mom. Wife. Friend. Full-time Treasury Analyst. Aspiring Personal Trainer/Coach — working on my NASM - CPT. I have a bachelors degree in Accounting, but I started going to school for Vocal Music Performance. I love singing and performing. I used to have a family band made up of my mom, grandma and occasionally my uncle, we called ourselves Buggy Whipp. We do have a few videos on YouTube if you are interested in checking that out. What made me change majors, well I figured music was not going to make me very much money and would be better off as a hobby, so I chose to go for accounting. I have been married for 8.5 years. I have two boys — Killian (5 years old) and Porter (almost 3 years old). We also have a 7-year-old German Shepherd, Zooey Dog Chanel.

What made you want to start your fitness journey?

I have been overweight and unhappy about my body nearly my whole life growing up.  I have never been “skinny” or even what I would call...

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FIT 2020 // 12 Best Fat Burning Foods!

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2020

Best Foods + Beverages for Fat Burning

Everyone seems to be looking for the next big diet trend. You know, the one that takes no work whatsover and you just take the pill or eat the supplement and VOILÁ you are shredded with a six pack and the perfect aesthetic physique. 

Well these aren't magic foods or beverages. They are actually pretty basic and well-know...most of you likely have them in your home! Did you know that Coffee is considered to be a fat burner? Newsflash hunnnyyy! It is.

Below I have provided a list with all the foods that burn all the excess fat. Some sources you may have known, some may be a surprise. Speaking of surprises...we want to offer all our readers a free macros guide PDF. Just click here and it's all yours! No this isn't a scam -- we are really giving it to you free of charge, so take it... it will help! 

1. Coffee

Coffee!! WHAT -- This has to be some kind of April Fools joke (wait is it even April?) ...Coffee is my...

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VIP Client Spotlight: Biggest Loser & Go-Getter, Valerie

Who is Valerie?

Mom. Sister. Daughter. Friend. Full-Time Finance Consultant. Side Hustlin' VIPKid English Teacher. I was born and raised in Minnesota. I attended the Univ. of Minnesota for a year and then enlisted on Active Duty in the Army as a Combat Medic; later attending the United States Military Academy at West Point and Commissioning as a Logistics Officer. I spent the last ten years all over the place traveling due to the Army. Since retiring from the Army I'm a full-time Finance Consultant by day and a VIPKid Teacher in the early mornings and evenings. I'm a chronic/genetic disease warrior with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome among other co-morbid conditions which have led to multiple joint surgeries and hardware over the years; I love to shed light and perspective on invisible illnesses and help people realize our biggest limitations really do lie within our own minds. I'm a single momma of a sweet and sassy two-year-old girl and have two dogs who are also 2, Luna, a Great Dane...

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VIP Client Spotlight: Biggest Loser & Motivator, Kimberly

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020

Welcome to another installment of our VIP Spotlight! Kimberly has been a VIP client for several months, and she has been an incredibly wonderful addition to our team!

We are excited for you to get to know our latest VIP Spotlight, Kim!

“If you’re really hungry, you’ll eat fish and veggies.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told myself this as I’ve resisted the urge to eat a candy bar or stop at a drive-thru on the way home.  

As cliché as it sounds, changing my mindset was the first step I had to take in order to start seeing results.  While I’ve always been happy with myself, regardless of the number on the scale, I knew I wasn’t where I wanted to be physically.  I spent years trying to see change, but I was ultimately my own roadblock.  It was a continuous cycle of me putting forth the effort, not getting results, and giving up.  I would see all these...

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Top 7 Movements for a Stronger Core & Visible Abs

Get a Stronger Core and Reveal Your Hidden Six Pack

And steps to see your abs ...

Whether summer is around the corner, you are ready to rock that bikini on vacation or you just want to see those mystical abs! 

GOOD NEWS: WE ALL HAVE ABS! AND YOU/LL EVEN BE ABLE TO SEE THEM.. FOR SOME AS SOON AS 3 MONTHS!

UNPOPULAR NEWS: IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO SEE THEM + THERE ARE MULTIPLE STEPS TO GET THERE!

Okay, I’m done yelling but got my point across. 

One of the biggest goals Okon clients set out to accomplish is to see their abs, which is a pretty common end goal! 

For many losing belly fat seems like a longgggg road, but what's more important is how dangerous stored body fat that surrounds the internal organs is. Excess fat makes it more difficult for organs to function properly.

This fat is also known as visceral fat, this  type of fat circulates throughout your bloodstream which puts you at risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease!

But back to...

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Top 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Optimize Your Immune System

Immune System 101

The immune system is an intricate network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together as your body's natural defense system. It gets a lot of attention during the winter months (aka cold and flu season), but it is working year-round to protect you from a flu/virus or an infection that could happen at any time.

According to WebMD, "A healthy immune system protects us by first creating a barrier that stops those invaders, or antigens, from entering the body. And if one slips by the barrier, the immune system produces white blood cells and other chemicals and proteins that attack and destroy these foreign substances. They try to find the antigen and get rid of it before it can reproduce. Failing that, the immune system revs up, even more, to destroy the invaders as they multiply."

If you are somebody who tends to get sick the second someone around you coughs, maybe you need to think about strengthening your immune system. Below are five of the most...

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How To: Use your FITMAS Calorie Surplus to Your Benefit -- Holiday Gains the Right Way!

 

The Holiday Season -- Filled with Joy & Cheer, a time to celebrate when loved ones are near!


...as well as the dreaded holiday weight gain...

Tis’ the season,  to eat all the treats, cheese & meats, a real Holiday Feast... The time of year that we aren't seeing our fitness goals clear, even with the coming New Year!

It is the season of indulgence and we merrily enjoy the festive fulfillment of stuffing ourselves into a ham, potato, pecan pie coma concluding the end of this year in true American culture -- tis the season to binge eat!

But for those of us who want to make it out of the holiday season without gaining the dreaded holiday weight, here are some tips to stay fit.

Tip 1: Eat in moderation & Enjoy time with loved ones

Christmas Dinner— the biggest concern over the holidays for almost everyone! You should partake in your holiday festivities and that INCLUDES FOOD!  You get to have your dinner (try to have some control) your...

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VIP Spotlight: Joanna

transformation Apr 28, 2019

Each month we ask one of our incredible clients to share about their lives. How Okon has transformed their mindset, bodies, and view on life. This is April's VIP Spotlight.

Who is Joanna?

Who was I? disturbed. broken. lost soul. numb. dead.

Who Am I now? QUEEN. Fierce. Wild spirit. Soft heart of gold. Sweet soul. Focused. Affectionate. Bold. Passionate. Selfless. Determined. Mended. HEALED. Alive. I am who I was intended to be because I did not stop.

What made you want to start your fitness journey?

I got to a point in my life where I was considering a choice between life and death constantly. It was a very disturbing period in my life. When death started to outweigh the choice of life, I decided to give one last chance to see if I could figure out a way to cope and so I decided to turn to fitness.

What have been the biggest obstacles getting started?

The biggest obstacles I have endured during this process is accepting the...

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Lifestyle Spotlight: Krista C.

transformation Apr 28, 2019

Every month we include a spotlight for one of our VIP clients, and this month we are introducing one of our new features: Lifestyle Spotlight! 

The Lifestyle Spotlight highlights a member of our Lifestyle Program community who is achieving their goals and exhibits the spirit of Okon Fitness in being motivating, encouraging, and uplifting to the community. The other part of how we choose the Lifestyle Spotlight is when someone shows a commitment to their health, and following a healthy lifestyle.

This is Krista's Story

Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey.

I am 34 years old and live in the small town of Arlington MN. I work in accounting for a large health care organization in Minnesota. My work life is very sedentary. I started really taking my health and well being seriously when someone made a comment that they thought I was pregnant.

Which I wasn't. 

It wasn't the happiest time of my life and I let myself get to a low place. That comment lit a fire in...

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