Maria’s Success Story

I had always been fairly active, but gyms bored me. I?d make it a few months and decide that I wasn?t having fun, so I?d quit going. I got my workouts in scuba diving, skydiving, and running around at work, or around the house. However, life and a desk job got in the way of my well being. By Christmas of 2015 I had had enough of not feeling well. One day around that time I happened to drive by Advantage Personal Training. I made the decision to stop in and ended up signing up for the 21 day trial that started in January of 2016. I finished the trial and haven?t looked back. Two and a half years later I?m still here.

Looking back I see how far I?ve come. Because I hadn?t been feeling well I scheduled myself to see my doctor in the summer of 2016. My blood work came back and he said ?I believe you?re pre-diabetic and we should start you on medication. You need to start testing your sugar?. I told him I wouldn?t do that. I would make lifestyle changes before I would even start to think about taking medication and accept a pre-diabetic diagnosis. He said, ?I disagree, but let?s see how it goes?.

With the direction and support from the staff at Advantage, my workouts changed to better meet my needs. I started talking to the Nutritionist, and my eating habits changed. I found myself tracking my food, and my macros, and I started feeling so much better!

Fast forward to June of 2018 when I was nagged into going in for a follow-up doctors appointment. When I told him I was there under protest and reiterated my refusal to take medication and track my sugar, he laughed and said, ?Let?s see what your blood work says?. After a few raised eyebrows and a lot of scrolling on his screen, he laughed and said ?Whatever you?re doing, it?s working. All of your blood work levels are where they need to be. I don?t see any reason for the diagnosis at this time or any need for medication. If you don?t mind my asking, did you turn into a gym rat or become obsessive about your food??. I laughed and answered, ?kind of both..?.

And I guess that is kind of true. I?m at APT an average of 5 days per week. I?m in better overall shape now than I was in high school. And In the last two and a half years I have completed 3 marathons, 1 half marathon, 3 Tough Mudders, 1 Spartan Trifecta, (with 2 more Trifectas pending this year), and a bunch of 5K runs.

So, THANK YOU APT! I haven?t gotten bored, I?ve revamped the way I approach fitness AND food, and I have made some fantastic friends along the way with whom I?ve shared so much fun and laughter. You really are the best part of my day.

Perfect for snacking, Spiced Nuts

Perfect for snacking, Spiced Nuts

Makes 20, 1/4 Cup Servings

1 cup raw pecan halves
1 cup raw pepitas
1 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup raw almonds
3 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 Tablespoons coconut sugar (optional)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with coconut oil.
In a large bowl combine all of the nuts with the coconut oil. Toss to coat.
In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Mix well and then sprinkle over the nuts, mixing until fully combined.
Spread the nuts over the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and then bake for an additional 10 minutes until golden and toasty.

10 Min Workouts

Advantage Personal Training Expands Facility In Mystic

Advantage Personal Training has expanded its facility in Mystic to better meet the needs of its growing clientele.

The new addition will be celebrated on Friday, September 28 from 6:30?8:30 p.m. at Advantage Personal Training, 2906 Gold Star Highway, Mystic. Join owner Greg Drab and his team to celebrate the expansion! There will be food, and friends are encouraged to bring a potluck dish.

The 2,100-square-foot addition was built over the spring and summer. Drab, who started APT in 1999, said it was needed because the growing clientele was squeezing the existing space. The new room will be home to small group and team training sessions, and will also give clients additional space and equipment for their personal workout programs.

?Serving our customers is our number one priority and we look forward to offering them more training options,? Drab said. ?We invite everyone to join us September 28 to celebrate!?

Additionally, Advantage is offering a new app that allows clients to access training programs, nutrition, and track their activity while in and outside of the gym. ?We?re really excited about this new technology,? Drab said. ?The app can be used to view and record both training and nutrition programs, allows direct messaging with the trainers or the facility, and can be used both inside and outside the training facility on your mobile device.?

About Advantage Personal Training
Since 1999, Advantage Personal Training has been helping local residents to get into the best shape of their lives. With an experienced and friendly staff and 2 convenient locations, Advantage Personal Training strives to show our clients how they can fit fitness into their daily lives ? while actually making it enjoyable! We are on the cutting edge of the fitness industry, which allows us to provide a variety of fitness programs.

Birthday Cake Smoothie

Birthday Cake Smoothie

1 cup of frozen organic banana
?-? cup vanilla almond milk adjust amount depending on desired thickness
2 scoops of vanilla protein
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 few drops of almond extract
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
1 tablespoon sprinkles optional- but always fun

BBQ Wings


All you need is:
18 Bone in Chicken Wings
1.5 Cups Barbecue Sauce (Annie?s is a good all natural choice)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, then place a wire rack on top of it.

In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken wings and half of the bbq sauce. Gently toss to coat.

Transfer chicken wings to rack, and line them up in a single layer.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven, brush with the remaining half of the bbq sauce and put back in the oven on the top shelf for another 5 minutes.

Recipe inspiration from Gimmie Some Oven