Brandi’s Granola Recipe

Here is our Massage Director, Brandi’s favorite breakfast, the recipe for her homemade granola is below.  Here’s what Brandi has to say about this delicious looking breakfast: “I workout in the morning before breakfast and almost every morning I eat a bowl of granola with milk, 2 eggs with feta cheese and spinach and fruit.  […]

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21 Day Detox Cleanse:

Liz Hurley Style – Week 1: For those of you that do not know me…my name is Liz Hurley, I am the group fitness coordinator and a personal trainer at EMPOWER.  This is my summary of Week 1 on “The Cleanse.”  If you are unfamiliar with it- the cleanse is a 21 day liver detox […]

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Alec’s Blog: Family Weight Loss Challenge Update

Family weight loss challenge update 3/7/2013: I’ll be honest, the first two weeks of February were tough.  With the Super Bowl, my busiest season at work, an out-of-town engagement party, and the first Carolina-Dook game, there were many reasons to both celebrate and drown my sorrows in food and beer (based on how I spelled […]

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Alec’s blog: Checking In

1/10/13 Three weeks in and I have successfully tracked my food and exercise in my phone’s app and been committed to working out. My phone told me I needed to weigh 258 pounds or less today and I came in at 253.5! In more exciting news, Empower kicked off its group fitness classes with Casino […]

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Alec’s Update: 1/5/13

Family Weight-Loss Competition: The decorations are back in the attic, the ball has dropped, and 2013 is upon us.  What does this mean?  It means we are only six months away from lying by the pool, sunbathing at the beach, and going to weddings every other weekend.  In other words, we are six months away […]

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Alec’s Story: Catching up

So here it goes again – work hit overdrive and Alec hit the fast food window more times than you can count on your fingers and toes.  With a colleague out on vacation during our busiest time of year, I had to pull all-nighters and work 70-80 hours per week.  With that said, working out […]

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My Life as Liz’s Guinnea Pig Part 2: “The Rip”

THIRD SESSION: So this past week was my birthday, the opening weekend of college football, and I took a trip to New York City to see a bit of the U.S. Open to see my athletic hero , Serena Williams (don’t  you judge me).  Needless to say, exercise and eating healthy weren’t exactly priorities.  I […]

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Personalized Fitness Assessment and TRX Training

My Life as Liz’s Guinea Pig: The Alec Brinn Fitness Story Part 1: Why I decided to get a personal trainer: I have always struggled to be fit.  I am the stereotypical yo-yo dieting, fitness DVD-buying, fast-food loving, red-blooded American (can I get a hell yeah?!?).  I have been as heavy as 280 pounds and […]

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Common Questions: What is the ‘fat-burning zone’?

  Have you ever heard of the mythical ‘fat-burning zone’?  This is supposedly the heart rate range where your body will utilize fat as its main energy source.  I think this question often comes from these little graphs you see on treadmills or the walls of the cardio section in your gym:   In this […]

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