American Ninja Warrior Kansas City

Kansas City American Ninja Warrior fans, who is ready for ANW Season 9?  They are all set up in front of Union Station.  Filming will be Monday April 24th and Tuesday April 25th.  The competitors have been selected; they are just putting the final touches on the course.

 

If you have some free time, go check out the American Ninja Warrior course.  There are some road closures (http://www.unionstation.org/ has the details), but you can still park in the Union Station Parking garage in the back of the building.  If you exit on the 3rd level you end up by the course.  Spectators can see the course (stay outside of the fence) from the Liberty Memorial or inside Union Station (go up the elevator to the 3rd floor).   IT is a pretty large setup that takes up the whole front parking lot.  Definitely something to see for anyone interested in American Ninja Warrior.

 

Another way to experience the course, if you were not selected to be a contestant, is to be a tester.  I had the opportunity to be a tester last weekend and it was a pretty fun experience.  This is not testing to be on the show, which involves an online application and video submission due at the beginning of the year.  Visit for more https://www.anwcasting.com/ details.  A tester helps the crew of the course test individual obstacles.  They are looking for males and females of different sizes to try the obstacles.  Then the crew may make small adjustments to the obstacle angles, handles, difficultly, etc.   You never know how it will end up for the official show. american ninja warrior kansas city 2017 molly wichman 1

 

I was invited to be a tester from someone I know at Apex Climbing Gym.  They have a ninja warrior training facility and offer ninja warrior classes.  After being selected, you receive an email with all of the details of being a tester.  While they told me what to bring and where to go, I didn’t know what to expect.  I went to two testing sessions.  One had about 10 testers and the other one had over 30 testers.  The crew gave directions, then let us know which obstacle we would start with.  Everyone who wanted to do that obstacle got in line, and tried it out.  They the crew would take us to another obstacle.  You never know how long we would be at that obstacle before moving on.  To get the whole experience, make sure to watch all of the testers and see how they do the obstacles with different technique.  Also, cheer on the testers and see how everyone helps and coaches testers from the sidelines.

 

Overall, I would say being a tester is the next best thing to being a contestant on the show.  You get to try out your skill on the course, experience the atmosphere and have some fun with like-minded individuals.  If you ever get the opportunity to be a tester, then try it out and have fun!

 

If American Ninja Warrior is coming to your town, check out http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/American_Ninja_Warrior to apply to be in the audience.

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Trainer Recipe- Ranch Dip

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, MO shares healthy recipes and tips with clients and the community.  Try out a quick and healthy recipe for Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip.  This recipe is super easy to make and tastes great.  You can make ahead and store in the fridge.  Great to top salads, dip fresh veggies, add to sandwiches or wraps, or even replace high calorie cheese in casseroles.  Who doesn’t like ranch?  This is a family friendly recipe.

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Ingredients

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3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Fresh, chopped chives garnish

 

Directions

 

In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, onion, dill, salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne. Garnish with fresh chives and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.

 

*Recipe from http://wellplated.com

American Ninja Warrior Kansas City

Kansas City American Ninja Warrior fans, who is ready for ANW Season 9?  I know I am.  American Ninja Warrior is coming to Kansas City on April 24-25, 2017.  I have recently been playing around at Apex Climbing Gym in Overland Park, KS in their Ninja Warrior room.  This is a great workout and place to work on balance and grip strength.  Let me tell you what I have been up to.

In January I applied for American Ninja Warrior by submitting an application (application link).  I probably will not be selected for the show, but it was fun training. I have strength, but ninja warriors have a different type of strength.  After searching Kansas City for a ninja warrior gym, I came across Apex Climbing Gym in Overland Park, KS.  This gym fit my hours and had the training equipment to help me with ninja strength.

Next, I set up a training program.  I love to lift weights, so I kept this in my weekly schedule, but I added in Apex training. I changed my weekly schedule to have four weight training days (at Anytime Fitness Lee’s Summit or World Gym Merriam) and four Apex ninja warrior training days. 

Weight training days were as follows: quads and glutes, shoulders and abs, hamstrings and glutes, back and abs.  I changed my weight training to supersets to speed up my workouts and get my heart rate elevated.  I also added in balance, hanging and core exercises into my weight training sessions.  Then, 20-30 minutes of cardio after each weight training session. 

Apex ninja warrior training was focused on hanging and balance.  Usually, I would set up a superset of a hanging exercise and a balance exercise, and then repeat 5 times.  I would keep doing different exercises for about 60 minutes.  Sometimes I would add in some climbing in the climbing gym or some functional cardio.  Examples of supersets are:

Flexed arm hang in cannonball alley/balance on tube

Campus board/ stand on tube and roll across room

Peg board/balance on board on 1 foot

Finger board/ Slackline

So, weight training and Apex ninja warrior training made up the bulk of my training, I also like to do some on my own.  Local parks are filled with workout and ninja warrior training apparatuses.  We live in Lee’s Summit, where our Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation program has built some outstanding parks and trails.  Look at a park and see where you can jump, hang. Balance, push or pull yourself to do a workout.  You can have a lot of fun in your own back yard.  I have the benefit of having a Lee’s Summit park less than a mile away.  One of my favorite workouts is to jog to the park, do a park workout and jog home.  This is definitely a great way to start your day.  Also, look around your house to see how you can hang or balance.  Ninja Warrior training can be fun.  Involve your family and kids to see how everyone can improve balance and strength.

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Trainer Tip- Playground Workout

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, if you need a quick and effective workout, try this Playground Workout.  Life Transformations personal trainers show you how it’s done. Run or drive to a local park and get your workout done.  Be creative and use the equipment you see to add to this workout and come up with your own fitness routine.  Remember to move fast enough to keep your heart rate elevated, but take it at your own level; you know yourself best.  See you at the playground!

PLAYGROUND WORKOUT

30 Quick curb-steps in place

30 Slide incline pushups

20 Bench box jumps

20 Railing ab leg lifts

30 Bench decline pushups

30 Broad jumps

30 Bench dips

30 Line hops (2 feet)

*Repeat 4-6 times, walk for 30 seconds between each set.

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Trainer Tip- Fitness Tips

The Life Transformations Personal Trainers in Lee’s Summit offer personal trainer tips to try and help clients workout in the gym.  Try out the latest personal trainer tip on your next visit to the fitness center.

There are plenty of exercise misconceptions in the world, some of which may be holding you back from your best body. Do the following 5 exercise myths sound familiar?

1) You should make sure to eat before you exercise.

Experiment with what works best for you. Try training on an empty stomach and see how you feel. Then instead of going hungry, enjoy a small, nutritious snack about 90 minutes before you exercise. See how you feel after that.

2) Cardio is more effective for weight loss than weights.

Cardio alone is never as effective as a routine that also includes resistance training. Strength training is essential for building lean tissue, which increases your metabolism and decreases your body fat.

3) If you exercise enough, then you can eat anything you want.

Even if you exercise daily at an intense rate, your diet still matters. To top it off, most people Life Transformations lees summit Personal training lees summit 3113overestimate how many calories they burn as well as underestimating how many calories they are eating. This can be a fattening combo.

4) For optimal fat burn, exercise longer at a low intensity.

Intensity matters when it comes to getting great results so do a workout that challenges you.

5) Unless you exercise often, exercise is a waste of time.

Research continues to prove that any exercise is better than zero exercise. So you can only exercise once a week? Do it. Any exercise is better than zero exercise.

Just remember:

  • Be Consistent: exercise at least 3 times each week
  • Be Challenged: keep your routine intense
  • Be Patient: true fitness results take time
  • Be Excited: find a form of exercise that you love

Follow us on Social Media to get more tips like this!  Get fit…Stay fit!

Trainer Tip- Organizing your Cabinet

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, MO shares tips to help you get organized.  Most everyone has a plastic ware cabinet.  This can be a challenge to stay organized and keep from plastic ware falling out.  I’ve been there and solved the problem.  The solution is to keep it simple.  I used to have round, square, rectangles, Rubbermaid, Gladware, Hy-Vee Brand, Dollar Store brand and many more.  So, I consolidated to one brand and fewer shapes.  I choose Gladware for my family.  It is very universal, user friendly, sturdy and works for all three of us.

Here is what I did to reduce clutter and cleanup my plastic ware cabinet.  Since we take food many places, usually batch cook a weeks’ worth of food into individual meals, we use quite a bit.

So I stocked up on some new Gladware.  We have a majority of our meals in Gladware Entrée containers.  These usually come in a five pack.  These are great for meals, sandwiches, and storing extra leftovers.  Next, we use Gladware Deep Dish for larger    meals and storing larger servings of leftovers.  Both of these options are square shaped, stack well and can fit great into most coolers or bodybuilder meal bags.

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Next we throw in some extras.  Gladware Mini Go is a small round container.  These are great for small servings of fruits and veggies or snacks for kiddos.  Then we add a few Gladware Dressing Cups.  These are a little secret cup that snaps in the lid of ALL Gladware.  Fill the cup with dressing, oil or what you desire and snap it right in the lid.  Last, I use some Gladware TMNT To Go circles.  These are great for my son’s lunch and snacks.  Some of my tricks for my son’s lunch at school include the To Go Circles and dressing cups.  I do chicken nuggets with ketchup, ravioli with marinara, little smokies with barbecue.

So let’s put all of these containers into motion.  Here is a picture of my plastic ware personal training lees summit gladware kpcabinet.  All lids interlock and containers stack perfect.  I’ve done the different brands of similar shaped plastic ware, but they just don’t stack very well.  Then you need to search for the correct lid for the correct container.  So save time and energy and consolidate.

Next, let’s see how the filled containers stack so nice in the fridge and cooler.  Stacks greatpersonal training lees summit gladware k and stays fresh.  The Gladware even does great in the freezer.

My goal of writing this is to help simplify your cabinets and storage.  If you are like my family…busy, like to eat healthy, and eat often…then you may benefit from organizing your plastic ware cabinet.  If you aren’t for sure what to do with your old mismatched plastic ware, donate to a thrift store or non-profit to help someone in need.

Thanks for reading.  Happy organizing!

Trainer Recipe- Energy Balls

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, MO shares healthy recipes and tips with clients and the community.  Try out a quick and healthy recipe for No Bake Energy Balls and Banana Bites.

Do you struggle to eat healthy?  Do you have a sweet tooth?  The solution to this is a healthy treat.  Having healthy food around in a convenient format makes it easy to stay on track.  Pre-make healthy snacks and put in small servings so you can grab and go.  This is great for singles, couples, or families. 

As a busy family, you often eat on the go.  Usually we reach in the fridge or panty to grab something fast and not always healthy.  Try keeping some No Bake Energy Balls or Banana Bites around as healthy on the go snacks.  These are kid friendly!  Involve the kids and let them help make them.  We made these for our Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.  Enjoy!!

No Bake Energy Balls

Ingredients

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  • ⅓ C honey or agave
  • 1 C old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ c mini chocolate chips (also try dried fruit, coconut, seeds, sliced nuts).

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  If peanut butter is stiff, you may need to microwave for 30 seconds.  Mixture should be a dough consistency.  Roll or scoop mixture into balls.  Place in airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer.

Banana Bites

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1 banana

1 c old fashion oatmeal

1 c craisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together.  Mash banana into oatmeal with fork or potato masher.  Roll into small balls.  Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.  Enjoy room temp or cold.

Stage Ready Seminar

Join Team PROformations and Robert and Molly Wichman for a FREE Stage Ready Seminar at World Gym in Merriam, KS. This is a great opportunity for Kansas City bodybuilding, figure, fitness, bikini, and physique competitors.

Open to competitors, those thinking of competing ,or workout
enthusiasts. Learn how to setup your training, stage look, and MUCH MORE! Free Admission

Figure * Bikini * Fitness * Bodybuilding * Physique * Classic Physique

Hosted by Team PROformations
Robert Wichman Top National Level NPC Bodybuilder, NPC Judge
Molly Wichman IFBB Fitness Pro, NPC Judge

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00pm
World Gym, 6501 E Frontage Rd, Merriam, KS

*Join us at 12:00pm for a group workout.

Phone 816-217-2762 or email mwichman11@gmail.com
*Call or email to ask additional questions or RSVP.

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Team PROformations at the 2016 NPC Texas Cup

Team PROformations, the competitive team of Life Transformations Personal Training, had a group of bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, bikini, and figure athletes compete at the 2016 NPC Texas Cup on December 10, 2016 in Houston, TX. All athletes competed well and coaches Robert Wichman and Molly Wichman are proud of everyone.  Here is a wrap up of the results.

Patience Rye- Open Figure

Angie Simons- Open Bikini

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Trainer Recipe- Christmas Granola

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, loves to share healthy recipes for clients and our community.  Try out this healthy holiday recipe as a treat for you and your family.  Have a holiday treat that is not to sweet. Enjoy some Homemade Christmas Granola.

*Personal Training clients, this is the recipe for your holiday gift!  Try it out and enjoy!

Homemade Christmas Granola

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6 cups rolled oats

1 c brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup dried cranberries

1 6oz bag dried apricots (chopped)

1/2 c honey or agave

1 1/2 sticks margarine

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat melt margarine and then stir in honey. Mix till combined and pour over oat mixture and toss to coat evenly.  Spread granola onto parchment  lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Stirring every 15 minutes and oats should be toasted and sugar begins to caramelize.  cool completely in pan, transfer to airtight container.

*For other variations add sliced almonds, various dried fruits.

Try the granola warm or room temp with:

  • Yogurt
  • Whey protein
  • Milk or Almond Milk