Our first 8 Week Workshop has come to a close. 

It was a crazy roller coaster ride with this group! From the heart to hearts and constant macro adjustments after a weigh in didn't go as planned to the exhaustion caused by the demanding physical grind. Regardless of these factors this group stuck it out and developed a friendship and camaraderie among one another that was a privilege to watch. Our main focus with this group was to educate them on proper and sustainable nutrition while showing them that drastic measures and fat burners are counteractive.

Among ten individuals they had a combined weight loss of 105.6lbs, a loss of 22.8% body fat, and 143 inches lost total! They also had a combined squat PR increase of 510lbs, a combined bench PR increase of 185lbs, and a combined deadlift PR increase of 380lbs.

To all that participated, thank you! You guys started out as contestants and finished as my extended family. You guys are all so very unique and the bond that we created will only grow stronger. It has been a pleasure to take part in building stronger versions of yourselves. Not only did we watch all of you change physically, but we noticed as you gained a more positive outlook toward yourselves.

The winners for Season 1 are Jose Morales and Delanie Bellington. It's been humbling and a learning experience watching these two grind day in and day out. Please congratulate them on their hard work and success!

These are real results achieved in 8 weeks and they are SUSTAINABLE moving forward. No drastic measures. No fat burners. No yoyo effect will take place for these individuals once the workshop is over because no imbalances were created.

    
 
       
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Jose lost 10.4lbs, dropped 2.7% body fat, and went down 13.1 inches. The first time Jose took the endurance test at the track he could not compete it. At the final endurance test he not only completed it but he added a combined PR of 140lbs to his bench, squat, and deadlift. Jose started off the Workshop by sprinting in 5 minutes late to the 6am session every day. During the last few weeks he would make it to the 5am session and then stay and do his strength or conditioning protocol during the 6am.

    
 
       
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Delanie lost 12.8lbs, dropped 2% body fat, and went down 9.8 inches. Delanie was able to complete the endurance test at the start but at the finisher she completed an additional 190 reps within the allotted time frame.  She also added a combined PR of 65lbs to her bench, squat, and deadlift. Delanie has an iron will and would drive 30 minutes to make it to the 5am session then come back again at 5pm. She set her mind to this task and would not be denied.


Our goal with the 8 week workshop (strength and body recomposition) is to push individuals past the preset mental barriers that a sedentary lifestyle brings about. We want to show individuals that strength and aesthetics go hand in hand. This will be a 2 month commitment. You will submit an application and we will determine who will participate. This is for serious inquiries only.

Taking the first step and reaching outside of your comfort zone is the hardest part. We will be providing the guidance and blueprint to move forward. This will also be an educational process. You will be learning proper body mechanics, the importance of counting your macronutrients, the importance of making sure your diet is rich in micronutrients, and safe and effective protocols for strength and endurance training.

This will not be easy. You will want to quit. But it's our job to keep you on track. You will have a tight knit support group to lean on and feed off of each other for motivation and support. You will be provided a private forum to do this on as well to keep in touch outside of bootcamp.

We're giving away 2 spots for FREE! One male and one female will be awarded free admittance to the 8 Week Transcend Workshop. Tell us why you should be part of this workshop and you can win a coveted spot for free! You must fill out an application along with sending us your story. Entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on 8/23/15. Winners will be announced on 8/24/15.

 

Spots will be filled on a first come basis *pending application approval*. All applications must be received before 5:00 pm on 8/25/15. A waiting list will be created once we reach 20 participants. You will be contacted once your application is reviewed to discuss the outcome of your application, workshop rates *if approved*, or additional bootcamp options that would best fit your needs.


Congratulations to Melissa Castilleja!

Melissa won a free spot in Season 1 of the 8 Week Transcend Workshop. You can read her inspirational story below:

I have been overweight for the majority of my life. I’ve never had a positive self-image. Most of my friends and family were skinny. Even my mother was thin from the time she was a teen through her middle age years. It made it very hard to identify with people, even my mother. I have gone through many trials and tribulations and it was then that I learned to cope emotionally with food. For a period of my life (my later teen years) I was very thin. However, I only ate once a day. It was a very unhealthy lifestyle. After I had my first son in 1999, I immediately gained weight and have not been under 200 pounds since. As he grew up, I did not have many pictures taken with him because I was so insecure and unhappy with myself. Fast forward to 2008, I had a second child born with a severe congenital heart defect. It was through him that I learned to see that I had more strength that I realized. I sat in a hospital room for 4 months trying to nurse my son through a complicated open-heart procedure. I looked at him and saw an unbelievable strength in him. It was in that moment that I knew that I needed to be thankful for the health I was blessed with. I knew I had to do something and I didn’t have an excuse. I considered the gastric bypass surgery. I prayed about it. I even went to the doctor to see if I was a candidate. I took the tests, went to the classes and was approved for the surgery. However, during the whole process there was this little voice inside of me telling me, I was blessed with a healthy body, and that I could lose this weight on my own. I remember in March 2013 looking at my two sons, one who was overweight, and another with a serious illness. I decided that I needed to TRY. TRY to do this utilizing the very tools I was blessed with, my healthy body. I did not know how I would accomplish my goals.

In July 2013, I began my fitness journey. In the beginning, it was a very slow process. I joined a place where I could work out up to 6 days a week. I started at 251 pounds. I had not been physically active at all before this. In order not to discourage myself I decided not to focus on the pounds I would lose, instead mastering and learning to complete the exercises I would learn. It took me 3 months before I could even do one burpee! My other goal was to become consistent in working out because I understand that consistency is key! I lost about 13 pounds and inches doing that. In June 2015, I joined the Transcend family. This has been life changing in so many ways. While I had already begun to work on being consistent and conquering exercises I could not do; I needed to tackle nutrition. Previously I thought I was eating healthy. However, it was not until I joined Transcend Fitness and learned about macronutrients that I was able to really understand what I was putting in my body. In addition, my trainer Kamran said something to me one time that stuck with me and TOTALLY changed my perspective on my body and nutrition. He said, Melissa your body type builds muscle easily, so we need to work with that. You need to accept that and focus on your eating. He introduced me to strength training. I suddenly felt my body getting stronger. Then it hit me like a light bulb. I need to EAT TO TRAIN. I had never felt like I had any control over my nutrition. I always felt defeated. Since that conversation and explanation of macronutrients I have EMBRACED my body and my body type. I now eat to train. Also, my son who I raised with the same type of dependency on food as I had, has now joined this journey with me. He is 16 and he has told me many times how proud of me he is and how he now does not feel hopeless. He too, is learning how to accept his body. He is learning not to compare his body to others! I just want to keep going for myself and my family and most importantly MY BOYS! I want to continue to train my body to be as strong as it can be. I have been tested emotionally many times in my life. I feel like I have come out a victor and conqueror. I have always felt defeated physically. This is the first time in a long time I do not feel that way. I am excited to continue with Kamran, Leah and the Transcend Fitness family. I am excited to continue to challenge my body and embrace my changed relationship with food to become as strong as I can be!
— Melissa Castilleja

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