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Ford – Simplicity Fitness: Boot Camp

Congrats to the first Ford – Simplicity Fitness boot camp participants!  See images and testimonials below of their experience with the program.  For more information about the program and to participate in a future bootcamp, contact us.

 

Mission:

The Ford – Simplicity Fitness Program is dedicated to providing models with a holistic approach to optimizing their health (body, mind and heart) in order to maximize their career potential and longevity.

Guiding Principles:

  • Clean Nutrition – Whole foods that promote alkalinity and decrease inflammation.
  • Functional Fitness – An integrated approach to maximizing fitness capabilities emphasizing balance, flexibility and strength in all planes of motion to achieve a lean, fit body in a minimum amount of time.
  • Wellness – A strong, centered heart and mind attained through conscious living and meditation practice.

“My vision for the program began several years ago when I was traveling the world as a model during my early to mid twenties. Though I consider that time to be a mostly positive one, I saw and experienced first hand the toll the industry can take on your physical and emotional wellbeing.

What I recognized is that most models aren’t realizing their full potential because of poor lifestyle choices and as a result their careers are cut short. This is due in part to the hectic nature of the industry and the lack of a real support system from virtually any agency in the business.  I want to help Ford RBA be the first agency to change that!”

- Danny Collier – Simplicity Fitness Creater / Ford Model

I foresee other agencies in the U.S. and abroad adopting this program because it just makes sense.  By fostering a climate where vital and healthy bodies are lauded and encouraged, the Simplicity Fitness program will change some of the negative connotations associated with our industry and empower men and women, models and non-models, to make healthier lifestyle choices.”

- Sheree Hartwell – Ford RBA Owner 

 

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Rio Telischuk 

“I joined the Simplicity Fitness boot camp because I wanted to learn new ways to eat cleaner and train to keep my body fit and toned.  Mission accomplished! I loved the healthy recipes Danny provided and the functional training routines were killer, especially for the core.  Eat clean and train dirty, pretty much sums up my experience with the program.  Thanks Danny!!”

Favorite Functional Training Exercise: 

TRX Forward Rollout – There’s so many other ways than just crunches to work the abs and core on the TRX…This one was my favorite!

Favorite Clean Smoothie Recipe:

Sweet Green Smoothie

·      1 handful of baby spinach

·      2 fresh dates

·      2 cups cold water

·      1 cup honeydew melon

·      1 tbsp chia seeds

·      ½ tbsp grated fresh ginger

·      1 scoop VegaONE (natural flavor)

 

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Clayton Straker 

“The head booker at Ford came to me with the opportunity to participate in an innovative and unique new health and wellness program.  The boot camp consisted of TRX Suspension and Rip training and incorporating whole plant-based foods into my eating habits. After just the first week, I was noticing major changes!

I had always been a free weights kind of guy, but after using the functional TRX training systems, I don’t think I’ll ever go back. They provide such functional movements during strength training and each move always revolves around the core. Anytime I need to adjust the difficulty, I can simply change my position or speed. Along with the training, I changed the focus of my diet to whole-plant based foods and the VegaOne and VegaSport for my supplements. Eating this way not only improved my strength and appearance, but it also keeps me energized throughout the day, helps me sleep better, and keeps me engaged in the nutrients that I put in to my body, which is so crucial in today’s society.

Six weeks later, Danny’s Simplicity Fitness program has changed my body, lifestyle, and outlook on health and nutrition for the good! I look forward to learning and growing more with this lifestyle. Thanks, Danny!”

Favorite Functional Training Exercise: Rip Trainer Rotational Row

Favorite Clean Smoothie:

Sweet Green Smoothie

·      1 handful of baby spinach

·      2 fresh dates

·      2 cups cold water

·      1 cup honeydew melon

·      1 tbsp chia seeds

·      1 scoop VegaONE (natural flavor)

·      ½ tbsp grated fresh ginger

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Emily McGill 

“When I heard about the Simplicity Fitness program it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get in the best shape possible before leaving for Japan on a modeling contract later this spring.  What I loved about the program is that it focused on far more than just physical fitness, it focused on overall health; body, mind and heart.  The program covered everything from stress management, to clean nutrition and functional training.  I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to be apart!”

Favorite Functional Training Exercise: TRX Suspended Pikes

Favorite Clean Smoothie Recipe:

Kale Calcium Boost Smoothie

·      3 kale leaves

·      1 apple cored

·      1 fresh date

·      2 cups cold water

·      1 tbsp chia seeds

·      1 scoop VegaONE (natural flavor)

 

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Drew Williams 

“I joined the Simplicity Fitness 6 week boot camp because I wanted to bulk up and add some lean muscle mass in as healthy a way as possible.  Danny provided a clean nutrition plan customized to my goals, focusing on high quality plan-based protein combined with starchy carbs like sweet potatoes, yams squash, and brown rice.  I didn’t realize how good some the healthy foods were and how easy it was to implement them into my lifestyle.  Also staying consistent with the functional training classes was key.  Having never tried TRX before, the style of training was completely new to me, but I loved it and I saw results quickly.  My body fat has dropped and my bicep and chest measurements have increased.  Thanks Danny!!”

Favorite functional training exercise:

TRX Hip Press – Love these because the really work the quads, gluteus and hamstrings and I’ve noticed how much stronger and toned these muscles have gotten.

Favorite clean smoothie recipe: 

Tropical Pineapple Papaya Smoothie

·      1 banana

·      2 fresh dates

·      2 cups cold water

·      ½ medium papaya

·      ½ cup pineapple

·      1 tbsp VegaONE (natural flavor)

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Jordyn Weekly 

“I’ve been interested in incorporating more whole, plant foods into my diet because of all the health and beauty benefits but didn’t know where to start.  Danny’s Simplicity Fitness program was the perfect introduction to this cleaner way of living.  He provided meal plans, recipes and guidance whenever I needed it.  I feel like I’ve made a complete lifestyle change with the way I eat and I feel so much better because of it.  I love trying new recipes and not feeling guilty after eating them as they’re all super healthy and nutrient dense.  Thanks Danny for helping me get started on this new, healthier path!”

Favorite Functional Training Exercise: TRX Pistol Squats

Favorite Clean Smoothie Recipe:

Ginger Pear Smoothie

·      1 banana

·      ½ pear, cored

·      2 cups cold water

·      1 tbsp chia seeds

·      1 scoop VegaONE (natural flavor)

·      1 tbsp grated ginger

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Kyle Kriesel 

“I’ve been going to the gym doing the same workout routine for years and I wanted to try something new and unconventional.  When Sheree at Ford told me about Simplicity Fitness and the boot camp for models I knew I wanted to try it.  I had seen the TRX but I didn’t really know how to use it.   Danny’s functional training class featuring HIIT on and off the TRX suspension and Rip trainers was exactly the type of change in routine I needed.   I saw a drop in body fat and I’m functionally stronger than I’ve been.  I definitely recommend Danny’s program to anyone who wants to try something different and see results fast!”

Favorite Functional Training Exercise:

Rip Pitchfork on the TRX Rip Trainer – Everything on the Rip Trainer works the core but these things are killer and really deliver a full body workout.

Favorite Clean Smoothie Recipe:

Tropical Pineapple Papaya Smoothie

·      1 banana

·      2 fresh dates

·      2 cups cold water

·      ½ medium papaya

·      ½ cup pineapple

·      1 tbsp VegaONE (natural flavor)

Rip’s Veggie Lasagna

Created by Rip Esselstyn of the Engine 2 Diet, this delicous lasagna recipe has become one my go-to dishes for special occations, holiday parties, etc. This delicous lasagna recipe has become one of my go-to dishes for special occations, holiday parties, etc.  I recently featured it as the main course at the 21 day clean-eating cleanse victory party.
Ingredients:
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package Silken Lite tofu
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 2 no sodium added pasta sauce
  • 2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 cup raw cashews, ground

Prep:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Sauté the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan.
Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liquid.
Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon.
Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan.
Sauté the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl.
Sauté the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften. Add them to the vegetable bowl.
Drain the silken tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl.
Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.
To assemble the vegetable lasagna :
Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole with a layer of sauce.
Add a layer of noodles.
Cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy.
Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles.
Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce.
Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles.
Cover the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes.
Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes.
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Let lasagna sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad

We had another fantastic clean-eating cleanse cooking demo with Holly and Jim of My Plant-Based Family on Saturday.  They both shared their amazing stories of transformation and showed us how to make a festive butternut squash and quinoa salad.  I love squash and it compliments the quinoa and dried cranberries superbly!  But purhaps the best part was Holly’s homemade oil free cranberry dressing…So good!!

So if you’re looking for a nutritious and delicious meal this holiday season, give this salad a shot.  You won’t be disappointed!

*For more info on our monthly Clean-Eating Cleanses, email us at info@simplicityfitness.com

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Ingredients for Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad 1 serving (dressing recipe below)

  • 2-3 cups of your favorite salad greens
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup roasted or steamed butternut squash
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1/4 of an onion

Do

  1. Cut onions into rings and cook in a hot skillet, stirring regularly until onions are crispy.
  2. In a medium bowl mix cooked quinoa, squash and cranberries together and carefully stir in grated ginger.
  3. Spoon quinoa mixture over fresh greens. Top with cooked onions and oil-free cranberry dressing.
  4. If desired toss everything together.

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Oil-Free Cranberry Salad Dressing

Ingredients (2-4 servings)

  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp xanthum gum

Do

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor (I used my Magic Bullet) and process until everything is smooth.
  2. Taste and add more maple syrup if it is to tart or add more water or juice if dressing is too thick.

Tip: If you don’t have xanthum gum you can get away without it if you do not add the water. The dressing will be more tart and thinner but works great in a tossed salad. You could also add a little corn starch instead.

Black Bean Burgers

October 1, 2013

Some of the best burgers you will ever eat!   I made these delicious and nutritious sliders for the clean-eating cleanse victory party and the participants loved them.  Best served on a sprouted bun with sprouts, sliced tomatos, avocado and Veganaise.

 

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Makes 25 small burger patties

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
6 cloves minced garlic
1 yellow onion,
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
6 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (probably optional but I think it adds good flavor)
Sea salt to taste (I used 1 teaspoon)

  • Heat the oil over medium heat.  Add garlic, onions, and bell pepper.
  • Cook until the veggies soften (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients.  Mash the beans to form a chunky mixture.
  • Place in refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes to allow chia seeds to absorb the excess moisture.
  • Form the mixture into 20-25 small patties.  Place patties on nonstick pan (over medium heat) for about 5min or until browned on each side.

Lentil-Quinoa Salad

September 15, 2013

Holly of the popular plant-based blog MyPlantBasedFamily.com shared this delicious, nutrient dense salad with the clean-eating cleansers yesterday.  Super easy to prepar and refreshing yet filling!

Ingredients

  • ½ cooked Lentils
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ c diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/8 cup diced red onion
  • 2 to 3 (packed) cups of mixed greens
  • For Dressing: 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • For Dressing: 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

Method

  1. Gently mix spices salt, onion powder and garlic powder with cooked lentils and set aside.
  2. Layer greens, quinoa, lentil, and remaining veggies to build your salad.
  3. In a small bowl or cup combine lemon juice and vinegar then pour it over your salad.

If you cook large batches of lentils and quinoa you can use them in other recipes like these Lentil-Quinoa Tacos or Taco Salad. Lentils and quinoa also freeze well once cooked and can be stored in individual portions for quick and easy meals.

To see more healthy recipes and weekly meal plans check out My Plant-Based Family or follow Holly on Facebook, Google+ or twitter.