Muay Thai Fighter James Gagnon Strikes a Fitness Balance – #MyIdeal

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Working up a sweat every day isn’t easy, but it got a lot easier for James Gagnon when he discovered Muay Thai fighting. “I would go to the regular gym and just sit on a stationary bike forever,” he says. “My body would get tired but my brain wouldn’t … so I started looking at […]

Our August Ship Shape Winner Just Bought Her First Bikini…at 40!

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Meet our August winner for the Ship Shape Contest: Kim Ratliff! Approaching her 40th birthday, Kim has achieved a goal that few of her peers can boast: she just bought her first bikini ever! This North Carolina mom of two kids (ages 11 and 5) and army wife of 19 years is now in the […]

3 Exercises To Improve Range Of Motion

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As we have mentioned before, flexibility is one of the three important components of fitness. Being able to move your muscles through their full range of motion will not only help you perform daily activities better, but you will also feel better and experience less pain due to tight areas of soft tissue. Actively stretching […]

This Marathoning Mama Has Some Fitness Advice for You! – #MyIdeal


After gaining 65 pounds with her first baby, Chandi Schwab was ready for a healthier lifestyle. “It was miserable — I just wasn’t myself,” she says. Five years and three more pregnancies later, Chandi has built a fitness regimen that can stand up to the challenges of being a busy wife and mother of four. […]

Why a Meal Replacement Shake Prevents Diet Chaos


When it comes to eating for fat loss, we believe in “K.I.S.S.” (Keep It Simple and Sustainable). A meal replacement shake is one of the best ways to do it. Here’s why. There’s no way around it: biting off more than we can chew (forgive the pun) causes us to choke. We freeze up mentally […]

Jenny Grothe’s Total Body Transformation was Built on Oatmeal! – #MyIdeal


Jenny Grothe has a remarkable transformation story — and it has a lot to do with oatmeal. At age 37, it hit her: she was now that person, the one who people were worried about. She was 170 pounds, and the weight had snuck up over the years. Work, motherhood, eating unhealthy and not exercising […]

Three Easy, Fat-Blasting Breakfasts


“I don’t have time for breakfast in the morning.” “I’m not hungry when I wake up.” “I want to save my calories for later.” There are many reasons to skip breakfast… but the truth is, there are more reasons NOT to. You can diet and exercise all day long, but missing your morning meal will […]

Power Combo: Green Tea and Caffeine for Weight Loss

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There’s a reason IdealBoost contains both green tea and caffeine for weight loss. Green tea naturally contains a small amount of caffeine, but adding extra caffeine to the mix has been shown to powerfully improve metabolism… and we’re not ones to let research go to waste! In an investigation done by Maastricht University in the Netherlands, they studied the […]