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Dr. Chad McClellan of Chiropractic Nashville is a key partner with Life Fitness Academy. We are so thankful to be able to work with him and our team and clients have seen excellent results from his guidance. Below, Dr. Chad shares some of his LFA story, here are some bits we liked:

“He immediately had me doing stuff that was completely counterintuitive to my own sports medicine background.”

“A lot of stuff that I just would have avoided and would have told my own patients to avoid doing… before we did it. I spent 6-7 weeks going through the Bars of Steel and now fours years later I have still not had one bit of shoulder issue. Nothing. Not at all. And everything else was held equal…”


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Thank you, Kyla! We are glad to have you and glad you found us on twitter all those years ago. Some bits we liked:

“I just thought I could do it on my own… but I found that I was not accountable to myself.”

“I have been with Terry ever since…”


benefits of raw honey Nashville

best personal trainer nashvilleRecently, a friend of mine told me that he was in a grocery store and was surprised to see $12 honey that stated it was “raw”. He was so confused as to why his $3 bottle of honey was not raw. Our conversation looked like this.

Friend: “All honey isn’t raw? What makes it not raw?”
Me: “It is pasteurized.”
Friend: “Why would they pasteurize honey?”
Me: “That is a great question!”
Friend: “So this isn’t healthy?”
Me: “Compared to all the benefits of raw honey, absolutely not.”

It is a great question! Why are we pasteurizing one of the healthiest foods on the planet?

The standard American diet is heavily deficient in beneficial bacteria. The food industry has done it’s due diligence to get this beneficial bacteria out of our food in the form of pasteurizing and processing and heavily diluting the nutrients in our food. Our immune systems are compromised because of this. We are unable to fight off more illness because we are exposed to less bacteria. Those of us who consume more raw, unpasteurized superfoods like honey and milk have much stronger immune systems and gut flora.

First, let’s talk about some of the benefits of raw honey and why it should be far more popular than it is.

Other than the fact that raw honey just tastes better, raw honey has numerous health benefits!

** Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and extraordinary antioxidants
** Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
** It promotes digestive health and the beneficial bacteria in wild, raw honey will naturally help boost your immune system
** Consuming raw honey from a local beekeeper will help contain allergies
** Can be used to help relieve sore throats and also help with sleep
** Raw honey helps eliminate damaging bacteria that can cause salmonella, E. coli, and cholera

When honey is heated (pasteurized), the benefits above are greatly diminished and most are eliminated completely.

Ideally, you should buy honey from a local beekeeper. Many times, you can find raw honey at your farmer’s market, directly from a local farmer, or locally owned grocery stores. Once you have had local, raw honey you will not be able to have anything else because it tastes so good!

If you must buy from the store, be sure that the label says “organic” and “wild”. Many conventional and non-organic bee processors feed their bees high-fructose corn syrup and mistreat their bees. In most cases, raw honey will, by nature, be at organic at minimum and many will be wild.

The easiest way to use honey is to use it as your sweetener of choice. Where you would normally use sugar, use some raw honey! I love to use it in coffee, tea, smoothies, and in baking. Additionally, sometimes I will just eat it by the tablespoon!

Eat more raw honey!

Zach Bohannon is a personal trainer at Life Fitness Academy and also blogs at:


Whiteboard workouts are a great way to get in your fitness at home–check our workouts here as we post them from the gym and follow along!

2 min warm up

8 overhead press
10 crucifix push-ups
12 Tricep ext
Repeat 3 times

8 frontal raises
5 muscle ups
30 sec towel Pushdowns
Repeat 3 times

10 isometric crunches
10 hanging leg raises
50 cherry pickers
10 V up trifectas
Repeat 2 times



Life Fitness Academy’s whiteboard workout of the day! Bam!

5 min warmup

2 min isometric one arm pull

10 Plyo chin-ups
10 ring rows
10 upright row
10 deep push-ups with yoga blocks or chairs
10 lever leg raises
2 min side plank/bridge per side
Repeat 3 times


Krav Maga and Practical Self Defense – Our 4 hour intensive!

If you know anything about Krav Maga, you’ll find that it is very functional and fast learned. It was designed for speed and is for everyone. In fact, in Israel everyone (women and men) are required to spend 2 years in the military and while there they learn this martial art. We here at LFA are embarking on our next intensive boot camp of this amazing fighting style and we want you there! Our next class will be 4 hours long and you will leave with more confidence in defending yourself. The class will happen at our new south location on Sept. 14, 2013, from 10:00am-2:00pm with a light lunch provided.

You must RSVP!
The cost is only $100 for the 4 hour class which is half off the normal cost. Please bring a friend and come enjoy this class! RSVP by Sept 10th.

Life Fitness Academy South
620 Church St. E
Brentwood, TN 37027


Pizza Party! Or rather, Pizza Throwdown! This time our contest is for the best pizza pie. Channel your inner Italian and create the best-tasting, most creative and, of course, healthy pizza for our contest this Thursday August, 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the gym. What goes best with pizza? Beer! We’ll have high-quality beer available for purchase along with our non-alcoholic beverages like Tealixir kombucha and Sueroviv as well. It is $5.00 to enter your pie to be judged by our experts, winner take all! Free to taste. So come taste pizza done right, have a brew and a good time. See everyone Thursday!

Organic sprouted and sourdough crust, nutrient dense veggies, lacto-ferments, raw pastured cheeses, pastured meats, and the best quality ingredients you can find, all welcome!