New HellaLife Advocate: Pro Muay Thai Fighter Jason Andrada

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We are HUGE fans of Muay Thai and we couldn’t be more happy to support our good friend Jason Andrada as he gets ready for his next fight on Lion Fight Promotions February 20th. If you know anything about Jason, he certainly lives one heck of a HELLALIFE!

Name: Jason Andrada

Nickname: Ridiculous
Style: Muay Thai
DOB: January 15, 1985
Sign: Capricorn
Amateur Record: 18win 7loss 1draw 1no contest
Professional Record: 6wins 1loss

Favorite  Quotes: “Do what you must and do it well” -my dad & “fight hard eat hard” -me
Professional Accomplishments: Muay Thai Authority 2013 Rookie of the year & 2013 knockout of the year

Amateur  Accomplishments: 2009 IFMA 125lb bronze medal, USMF 125lb title, WMC 125lb title, USMTA 130lb title, WCSC “Best of the Bay” 130lb title, INKOSI Cup 125lb title

Why did you start training: Technically  i started jumped into Muay Thai when i was a freshman in highschool. This only lasted a few months taking the youth class with Master Toddy. Fast forward several years later 2006 after watching Ben Garcia on MTV’s True Life and the then newly released Ong Bok, curiosity took over and brought me back to Master Toddy’s with the question i asked myself “do i have what it takes to be a fighter and can i be good at it?” The rest is history.

Most memorable moment so far: Competing for the US team in Thailand for the 2009 IFMA World Championship and bringing home a bronze medal.

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Jason Ridiculous Andrada HL: http://youtu.be/YRjcTCx8nFk

Fight of the Week: Vicious Elbow – Jason Andrada …: http://youtu.be/BA3W8H3jFSw

Lion Fight Muay Thai9- Eric Ruiz Vs Jason Andrada: http://youtu.be/6C27WcdMaUY

Lion Fight Muay Thai 10- JP Cole vs Jason Andrada: http://youtu.be/EJrFcpGUbPk

 

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New HellaLife Advocate: Fitness Model & Bikini Competitor Dani Butler

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Dani is mild mannered and demure by day, WOD crushing fitness crusader by night, Dani can help turn a home maker into a heart breaker with her custom Boot Camp workouts and nutritional information.

 She is a local CrossFit trainer, part time fitness model and a nationally qualified bikini competitor.
Be sure to give Dani a follow on Instagram for more info.
We’ve know Dani for over two years now and we are happy to have her representing the branding and continuing to live that HellaLife!

 

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Benjamin Tibbs our Newest & Youngest HellaLife Advocate

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This is one of those stories we love to talk about and share with the world.  As you can image we get quite a few requests from athletes all over the world to become brand advocates.  We are extremely selective of those we pick as we want to make sure they are living up to the standards of a HellaLife!

So a few weeks we get an email that started off by saying “before you say no, and that I’m too young…let me first tell you more” and the more we read that email the more we feel in love with Benjamin Tibbs.  At 14 years young this young man has amazing passion and spirit that embodies everything we preach about.  One of our goals was supporting people like this and there efforts to be a better person. Ben just got back from  competing at wodapalooza in Miami last weekend with some of the best CrossFit athletes from around the country.

It gives us great pleasure to have Ben as part of Team HellaLife!

Benjamin Tibbs
14 years old
135lbs
5’5″
Snatch: 145lbs
Clean and Jerk: 190lbs
Originally from Methuen, Massachusetts (just north of Boston), I spent my first 6 years in New Jersey. There I was on a swim team for several years. Next my family moved to Sarasota, Florida. In 2011 my parents introduced my CrossFit. In 2012 I played JV football at the Out-of-Door Academy. I quickly decided I wanted to do CrossFit more than anything else. My first CrossFit competition was the 2013 Bacon Beatdown kids division. Next, I began competing in both Men’s RX CrossFit competitions and Olympic weightlifting events. I am training to win the CrossFit games in 2019!
Be sure to follow Ben Tibbs on Instagram: ben_tibbs316

 

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Grid League News: Dimitry Klokov Signs with Baltimore Anthem Expansion Team

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Well if you don’t know who Dimitry Klokov is by now you must be living under a rock! Just kidding but over the last year or so this Russian Olympic world champion has taken over the entire CrossFit and functional fitness world.

Now fans of Klokov will be able to see him compete for the first time against other functional fitness athletes which is something we have yet to see.  He’s been signed by the new expansion team from Baltimore for the 2015 Grid League Season.

Head Coach Garrett Smith said it’s nice to know Baltimore has someone on the team who “I know can lift any kind of weight out there.”

We can’t wait to see what other athletes they get to fill the team up but either way we will be paying attention when Dimitry steps on the Grid!

To read the entire article head on over to NPGL.

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J.D Alex Newest HellaLife Brand Advocate

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HellaLife is not only a lifestyle but its also an attitude. So when we partner up with potential advocates we certainly make sure they have some character in them.  When it came to J.D we didn’t have to look too far!  Here’s a little bit about the newest member of Team HellaLife.

My name is J.D. Alex I am from Des Moines, IA and couldn’t be more stoked on life! I am a CrossFit Competitor competing at regionals as a member of Team 8035 in 2014 as well as competing in a long list of other competitions last year. I am a USAW Sports Performance Coach as well as a Level 2 Crossfit Coach and have a degree in Pre-Law from Iowa State University. J.D. is also an intern Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Iowa State University Football team. Through my travels and many opportunities one thing that I have always promised myself to be is a beacon of HOPE. Growing up with a single Mom things weren’t always ideal, but my Mom is strong, stronger than any person I have ever met. And through her I learned that positivity and hope through struggle are key. We must find what brings us hope and not let it go, we must share our hope with others. I strongly believe that we are here for each other! So I’m here to slap some five’s eat some donuts and keep things loud and always 100!!!

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HellaLife Advocate Amy Mandelbaum CrossFit Games Masters Athlete

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Amy Mandelbaum

I grew up in Columbia, Maryland, and currently live in Westport, Connecticut..  My background is in theater, voice and dance, and I held a long-term career in broadcast production, film and video editing after graduating from Towson University in Maryland.

I started CrossFit by accident almost five years ago. I have never been an athlete, I have no previous training, but a friend brought me to a box close by and I was, as cliche as it sounds, hooked after the first WOD. Within two months of joining the box I was competing in my first CrossFit event and took second place. From that point on I trained as a competitor.

The competitive life was new to me. It forced me to radically change a lot in my life very quickly. Diet, rest, time management, etc. I have a full life outside of competing: a family, a small business as well as all the other things that come with being an active participant in my community.  So here I am five years later. I am a coach, I mentor other competitive athletes and I have competed in the CrossFit Open every year since 2010 and have made it to NorthEast Regionals as an individual Female every year consecutively as well. I have participated at NE Regionals twice on an affiliates team and I have made it to the CrossFit Games as a masters athlete for the last last three years. (I am currently 47 years old.)

I have worked with James Fitzgerald, owner of OPEX Fitness for the last two years. He has taught me so much as both an athlete and coach. My goals moving forward are to continue training and competing to the best of my ability, help other athletes over the age of 40 on their training and competitive journeys and maybe even try my hand at an Oly meet or two!!

Clean & Jerk:185lb
Clean: 205lb
Snatch: 135lb
Deadlift: 315lb
Back Squat: 260lb
Front Squat 235lb

My clients, friends and family will tell you that I LOVE TO LAUGH, especially at myself. I dance while I’m coaching and sing to my clients. I am not afraid to dress crazy and look like a fool. I knit, read, bake, cook, do volunteer work and am a philanthropist for causes that I believe in.  I love running around on the beach in a bikini. I don’t give a f*ck if I’m a mother of two teenagers, I’m getting better, not older.

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Newest HellaLife Advocate Rickylynn Joy Long A.K.A Lil Riki

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Say hello to the newest member of the HellaLife family from CrossFit Lindy in New York Rickylynn Joy Long A.K.A Lil Riki.  Talk about someone with a TON of personality and high spirit and not to mention just straight up strong! She might be little but that’s about it cause everything else she does is BIG!

Little bit about Lil Riki:

I am a Marine Corps Veteran, served honorably from 2006 to 2010 as a section leader in legal administration and quality assurance. I began CrossFit a little over two years ago because my friend said I can go to a free class and the owner is also a Veteran in the Military. I am now a competitive CrossFit athlete with my CF-L1 trainer certificate. I’ve competed with team Lindy at The CrossFit Games North East Regionals in 2014, we shall see what happens in 2015!! I am a team member of Outlaw Barbell. I have recently competed with them at the USAW American Open and placed 4th overall in the 48kg weight class, with a 3rd place snatch. I will be competing at the Arnold in 2015 in hopes of qualifying for USAW Nationals this summer. What I am most proud of is that I’m an online nutrition coach certified as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist, advocating in Flexible Dieting/IIFYM. Nothing is better than receiving texts and emails from your clients telling you they no longer have bad relationships with foods and they are happy again.

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Lil Riki – Age 28, Height 4’11, Weight 106, Region Northeast

Notable Lifts:

Snatch: 150lbs
Clean & Jerk 186lbs
Clean 195lbs
Jerk 200lbs
OHS 175lbs
Back Squat 240lbs
Front Squat 210lbs
Deadlift 315lbs

Be sure to Follow Lil Riki on Instagram: @lil_riki_kk

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Focus On Whats Important | Tips To Help You Focus

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Focus On What’s Important | Tips To Help You Focus

If you want to improve your daily balance and your focus, you have to be able to focus on the important things and let go of all the unhelpful thoughts. If you want to achieve your goals, and feel less stressed, then you gotta keep a positive mindset and stay proactive.

Here are some ways to help you remember what’s important, so that you can stay on track. I’ve included some examples too!

1. Lists: When you think about it, write it down. Try to keep your lists in one place, whether that’s a notepad on your phone, or a journal, that way you know where to find them. I keep all of my “notes” on my iPhone and I have a handful of very important lists there like “to-do, people I want to talk to weekly, ideas, places I want to explore, and some other random things.

2. Post-it notes: Leave yourself a little note somewhere where it will impact you. Put a quote, or a reminder on a sticky note and leave it where you will see it.

3. Calendar alerts: Use a calendar and schedule out your days. If you want to do something (even if it’s “take a break”) then put it in your schedule. Structuring your days is key. I swear by my gcal which is synced to my phone and computer and I share it with the people who I spend the most time with.

4. Pictures or quotes: Use an image somewhere that will help you remember what’s important to you, or that will remind you of a goal. I regularly change the background image on my computer to a gorgeous place in nature that I want to travel to.

5. Timers and alarms: Set one of these to remind you to do something, or give yourself a time limit if you’re trying to stay with a certain schedule. If I’m trying to get a project done, I’ll set a timer and make myself focus on only that for a certain period of time with no distractions.

6. Voice notes: If you can’t write it down, or you’re in a rush, record yourself a voice note. I talk to Siri a lot and have her remind me of things at certain times.

7. Social media: Maybe you’re trying to work on something that you can share with your friends and followers on social media.

8. Tell someone: If you keep forgetting, putting it off, or not prioritizing it…then tell someone who cares about you and ask them to remind you, support you or challenge you. I tell people to stay on me about certain tasks and they help hold me accountable

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Rick Ross and CrossFit or RossFit

 

Recording artist Rick Ross has taken up CrossFit, and the 38-year-old rapper says training and an improved diet have benefitted him in several ways.

“Being in better shape, it affects everything,” Ross says. “Of course your health. Of course your psyche, your confidence.”

Ross recently released his seventh album, “Hood Billionaire,” and he’s up for a pair of Grammy Awards for his work on two other projects. Trainer Garret Fisher, fifth-place finisher at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games, says Ross’ progress fires him up.

“Every day when we work out, (Ross) definitely pushes his limits … and it shows,” Fisher says.

As a frequent traveler, Ross has limited opportunities to work out and appreciates CrossFit’s intensity and minimal time commitment.

“We come out here, we get it in, we feel good,” Ross says of his training, which takes place primarily in his backyard.

Watch as CrossFit Inc. journalist Sevan Matossian follows Ross, who says he uses CrossFit to start each day “like a boss.”

Video by Sevan Matossian.

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“Holidays Decoded: How to Enjoy Yourself Without Sabotaging your Diet”

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Holidays Decoded: How to Enjoy Yourself Without Sabotaging your Diet

The holidays are such a fun time the year! Everyone is in the holiday spirit, reconnecting with friends and family, and celebrating cherished traditions. The best (and worst) parts of the holidays are the excessive amounts of delicious foods.

We all channel our inner Martha Stewart for the month and cook up a storm. There seems to be a holiday party every other day. Things get crazy, fast.

No need to worry! Holidays shouldn’t be a stressful time where you constantly have to obsess about what to eat. It is a special time of the year to enjoy recipes that have often been passed down for generations.

You don’t want to ruin the holidays by majorly depriving yourself, or worse, being a constant whiney and picky burden on your friends and family!

Here are 3 sure-fire ways to help you get through this sugar-coated holiday season.

Don’t Forget to Prepare

There are so many distractions during the holidays that can cause our usual healthy habits to fly out the window. Preparation is key! Make sure you follow these guidelines.

Meal prep: In the CrossFit world, meal prep is an absolute must! Make sure you continue to meal prep during the holiday season. To keep holiday temptation at bay, try adding new recipes and variety to your meal prep this week. New spices and seasonal vegetables are a game changer.

Don’t skip meals: Even if you anticipate splurging at a holiday party, do not, and I repeat, do not skip any meals. Make sure you eat a protein-dense breakfast, and clean-meals throughout the day. You actually should eat a small snack a few hours before the party. Skipping meals insures you’ll have low blood sugar. Low blood sugar equals being ravishingly hungry and succumbing to on-the-whim eating decisions.

Bring a healthy dish: You don’t have to be at the total mercy of the host’s dinner choices. There are a ton of healthy and delicious dishes you can bring and shine as a total hit at the party. Try this Green Beans with Sage & Almond Burnt Butter—it’s the perfect side!

Amp up your exercise: Switch up from your usual routine and try something new to shock your body and speed up your metabolism. Maybe try a new instructor or concentrate on a part of your

body you’ve neglected.

Ditch the All-or-Nothing Attitude

There are going to be days during the holidays where you indulge a little too much. This is a normal part of life. I would go further and say it is a healthy part of life. Health does not strictly boil down to exercise and nutrition. Treating yourself and bonding with family are priceless.

The excessive mindless eating is what must be avoided. A few cookies are okay. The whole plate is not. If you have been eating clean or paleo for a while, without many breaks, a slip up might leave you feeling some major guilt.

Don’t beat yourself up about it! Instead of thinking, “What the heck, might as well eat whatever I want until New Year’s, I ruined everything anyways” shift your attitude. Look at health in the long term. One evening is not going to change everything. Simply have strong strategies for getting back on track after said splurge.

If you already anticipate this reaction, realize that this won’t be the only time during the year to splurge on mashed potatoes, cookies, or cake. In fact, you can have these foods at almost any moment. One of my favorite techniques for not overeating is to think, “I’ll have more of this another time soon.” This kicks deprivation out the window and helps bring a more positive and empowering mindset.

Eat slowly & Focus on the People

The holidays are a time to really relax, slow down, and enjoy the company around you. Unfortunately, most of our lifestyles during the year are polar opposite to this.

Americans are hardworking and always in a go-go-go mindset. 20% of meals in America are eaten in the car. According to Forbes, the average combined length of all meals during the day in America is 1 hour 14 minutes. For many other countries, this is the length of one meal.

These fast-eating habits can be lethal during the holidays, especially with endless buffets and not-so-clean recipes. Try these tips!

Serve 20% less: We often overestimate how hungry we are when serving ourselves. Make a conscious effort to serve yourself 20% less than you think you need. Take it a step further by using a smaller plate, if possible. Filling up a smaller plate is a great way to trick your mind into thinking you’re eating more.

Take at least 20 minutes to eat: It takes 20 minutes for the hormone ghrelin to signal to your brain whether you’re still hungry. If you eat a whole meal in 12 minutes and go back for seconds, you’re not giving your body enough time to cue to your brain that you’re satiated.

Take deep breaths: Taking deep breaths throughout the meal, and making sure you really listen and pay attention to your friends and family will make dinner more enjoyable, and prevent you from overeating. I like to take a deep breath when I switch from one food to another on my plate.

Last Big Tip!

Make sure you splurge on the most decadent, delicious, and divine treats. Don’t just eat something because it’s there. We all know those hosts who pick up the nasty processed sugar cookies from the grocery store and arrange them on a pretty plate.

Skip the chemical cuisine and avoid your Aunt Irene’s dry mashed potatoes. It’s not worth it and your body will thank you in the end!

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