When we were driving across the country last summer on our way to Tennessee, a fitness trainer named Josef Brandenburg wrote a guest post for me on how (and how not) to exercise to lose fat and build muscle. If you happen live somewhere near Washington, DC, you can earn a free training session with Josef by donating to a low-carb food bank. Here’s a post from Josef explaining how and why:
Thanksgiving and Christmas are well behind us and, unfortunately that means that Food Banks and soup kitchens are once again low on food and volunteers. Additionally most of what gets donated to Food Banks and the like is just straight up junk — high fructose corn syrup this, hydrogenated that.
Donated food is often the worst quality food because it is the cheapest and has the longest shelf life. We don’t really need to be helping the poor people in this country get any fatter or more diabetic! Protein sources are almost always the items least likely to be donated, yet they are probably the most important items for families short on food.
With all of this in mind we’re doing a food drive of a different color — a low-carb food drive. Well, not a low-carb “food” drive — please do not show up with sugar alcohol packed “low carb” bars. It’s a Food Bank, not a diarrhea and gas bank.
Please do donate non-perishable protein: canned tuna, canned salmon, canned chicken, natural peanut butter, and any other canned meat that is not brimming with preservatives and stuff you can’t pronounce or recognize.
Here is my bribe to you
It’s February, so most of you all have probably set some sort of New Year’s resolutions having to do with weight loss or fitness. I’d like to help you get in better shape at the same time that you give back:
We at The Body You Want are going to be giving away a free, fun and very effective group metabolic acceleration class (intervals) every single Sunday in February 2011. All you need to do to join us is bring a pound of non-perishable protein with you. A single class would be $20 normally, and you can get a pound of tuna fish for a lot less, so this is a good deal for you.
Who can participate in class safely?
Pretty much anyone within reason can come to class and get a safe, effective and relatively fun workout. (Its also a non-intimidating environment.)
If you just had a bypass surgery, you should wait. If you just had a hip replacement, you should hold off until your complete your rehab.
However, everyone else: people who are out of shape, weak, have no coordination, can’t touch your toes (by the way, you can fix that in 10 minutes), or whose knees bother them during running, etc. will be totally fine with our class. The class is minimal impact, while still getting high intensity (intensity is a relative term) and good results.
We even made this cool video. Well, if you think it’s a cool video, then I will take all of the credit, but if you think it sucks, then my wife did it.
Summary of details
Bring one pound (or more) of non-perishable protein (canned tuna, canned salmon, canned chicken, natural peanut butter, and any other canned meat that is not brimming with preservatives and stuff you can’t pronounce or recognize) to
The Body You Want
1070 Thomas Jefferson St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
Sundays in February 2011, 10 am (you can donate any other time the doors are unlocked, but we’re only having the free classes to fuel the food drive Sundays at 10am)
RSVP with Natillie: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-316-1457
If you need more details click here.
What if you’re not in the DC-metro area?
Start your own. (You could also donate to ours, but I think it’d be better to run your own in your own community.) Just find your local food bank, set a date for the food drive, set a goal for what you will raise, and then tell everyone you possibly can.
Yet Another Bribe!
Oh, and if the 4 classes weren’t enough for you, then local fitness celebrity Joe-Billy will be there mullet and all signing autographs. Well, Joe-Billy can’t read or write, but he’ll make an “X” for you. His sister/wife might be there too. So exciting.
Josef Brandenburg and Natillie Rauch are the co-owners of The Body You Want™ Fitness Training Systems, a personal fitness training and weight loss company in Washington, DC. Help up reach our goal of 400lbs of non perishable protein.