Cast Your Vote: Best Transformation for New Year’s Revolution Transformation

Recently we hosted our New Year’s Revolution Transformation Contest, and we are excited to show you the results that some of our members were able to achieve in just 6 short weeks!

To reward their hard work, we will be giving away $500 in CASH to the winner of Best Transformation, as decided by a public vote.

Please take some time to check out their results and their stories to cast your vote.

Please Share The Vote

Please pass this page along to your friends and family to get their votes in too! You have from NOW through Sunday, March 8th, at which time we will tally up the votes and declare the winner of Best Transformation and announce the winner of the $500 cash prize! Be sure to check our Facebook Page for the announcement of the winner on Monday, March 9th.

Vote Here:



Anise B.anise b

Lost 12.4 lbs and 3.6% body fat!

“I am a wife, mom of 4 boys and a business owner. After the birth of my youngest son in December 2013, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and prescribed blood pressure medicine, which I took daily. My energy levels were low and my blood sugar levels were borderline diabetic. I kept telling myself I could get my weight down and change my eating habits myself, but all attempts failed. When I saw the Pursuit Fitness Challenge, I knew it was time to make a positive change. I immediately signed up and set goals that I was confident I could reach. The team at Pursuit Fitness were great and they motivated me every step of the way. My mom signed up as well, which provided extra accountability. I followed the suggested recommendations of the Pursuit coaches and within days I began to see a change in my weight. Within a couple of weeks, my husband saw a change.. within 3 weeks my blood sugar levels were normal and by week 4 my physician took me off my blood pressure medicine! I am excited about my weight loss during this process, but the true change is within me. Thank you, Pursuit Team!”

Brooke M.brooke m

 Lost 30 lbs!

“When I got started at PFP with the New Years Transformation Challenge I was 7 weeks postpartum. I had 3 babies in less than 4 years, and I really hadn’t done anything in between my pregnancies to get my body back in shape. I decided to take the challenge as an opportunity to jump start my weight loss and fitness journey. I want to set a positive example of a healthy lifestyle for my children, and participating in this challenge has really helped me work towards a sustainable and healthy lifestyle change. I have learned a lot about nutrition and portion sizes, and have really incorporated exercise as a regular part of my weekly routine. My transformation is still a work in progress, but I am so grateful for what I have been able to achieve so far.”

Carrie S.carrie s                                                            Lost 14.4 lbs!

Jen S.jen s

Lost 23.4 lbs and 4.2% body fat!

“I started going to Pursuit around Thanksgiving and was quickly hooked; the workouts were challenging, but kept me engaged. I actually lost weight during the holidays, and then I heard about the transformation contest. I decided to enter and fully commit to shedding some major pounds.

Staying dedicated wasn’t easy; I teach middle school and have a retail position on top of my family obligations. But everyone at the gym is so encouraging and enthusiastic! Adam was my coach, and was a fantastic person to check in with and get feedback about whatever challenge I was currently facing (even if he did make me do bear crawls in personal training). Joe, Sarah and Ryan were great supports, sources of accountability, and cheerleaders too! But I think the part that was the most amazing was how supportive everyone was at workouts. So many people were willing to give positive and uplifting comments, advice, and encouragement. I can’t count the number of times where I showed up and was ready to just put in my time and go home; but then the people and the positivity reminded me of how blessed I was to have this opportunity. It really pushed me to give that extra effort, use that next level up band wise, grab that heavier kettle bell, or even *sigh* finish all the burpees during Thunderstruck.

So thank you ALL for being there for me- I wouldn’t have achieved this level of success or have a chance of winning this contest without you :) I just hope that someday I’ll be able to pay forward the generosity of spirit that you’ve shown me!”

Kara M.

kara m

Lost 9.4 lbs and 2.5% body fat!

“I am a wife, mom of 3 boys, and full time teacher. Like everyone else, I am busy but make working out and eating right a priority. I did not make my goal weight, so for me, the transformation contest continues! Even once I hit my goal weight, I am not done! My family is learning to eat lots of protein and veggies right along with me, as I refuse to make more than one meal at dinner. I gave up drinking soda for this year. 2015 is going to be a great year!”

Kathleen M.

kathleen m

Lost 11.4 lbs!

“During this challenge I wanted to make life changes that were sustainable after the competition. I truly learned what a carb is and tried to eliminate them as much as possible. I learned that I really didn’t eat many vegetables and now I add them to every meal. I stepped up the number of days that I worked out, making 4 workouts at PFP a week and then going to club fitness for a three mile run 2-3 days. I also made sure I drank almost 100oz of water a day and ate protein at every meal, including snacks. I couldn’t be happier with the life choices this competition has taught me and I can’t wait to see the results I get from continuing these practices.”

Kathleen P.

kathleen p

Lost 28.8 lbs!

“A huge thank you to my coach, Adam, who gave me sound advice every step of the way. Thanks to Ryan, Sarah, Joe and Michelle for the opportunity and encouragement. Thanks to Mary Jane for turning me on to Pursuit Fitness. A big “shout out” to my 6:00 a.m. crew for making me laugh and telling me which exercise to do next because I’m a bit of a dork. I still wear a beautiful rainbow of colored bands on my right wrist, which show my limitations. But to me it shows…..if I can do this, so can you…..because we are truly only limited by what we tell ourselves.”

Madelyn H.

madelyn h

Lost 17 lbs and 3.2% body fat!

“This challenge was the event I needed to be able to kick start what I would truly define as a fit and healthy lifestyle. In the past, I never had issues with working out or making it to the gym. Where my excuses would come in to play would always be surrounding food – “I work out, I can eat whatever I want”. I took this contest as an opportunity to quit making excuses and for once take control of what I am putting in my body. For the 6 weeks of the contest, there were a few times my dedication and strength were tested, but for the first time instead of making excuses and eating whatever I wanted, I was asking questions and preparing food. The best part – I am taking my new habits of preparing my meals and making the smarter choice. I now have a new life in front of me with endless possibilities.”

Rick M.

rick m

Lost 18.2 lbs!

“Before I started this competition, I was already working on getting started with a workout routine but my progress was very slow. I thought what can I lose. Who knew that in 6 weeks I could make these drastic changes in my body composition and energy levels. This place is like no other. The knowledge,accountability, and pure enthusiasm has help me get to the next level.I can truly feel that everyone really cares about my progress. The changes in my habits and actions were very slight but applying them consistently has propelled me in the direction of a fitter life. Just getting started can’t wait to see what the next six weeks brings.”

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February Programming Focus: Fish Oil

Fish Oil supplementation is important for your health and helps you reach your fitness goals. Some of the benefits of supplementation include:

  • improved heart health due to the Omega 3 content
  • improved ability to lose weight
  • improved immunity
  • decreased inflammatory

Fish oils are also great for helping with increased circulation of the blood and have shown to be effective in dealing with arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s, and ADHD. And one of my favorite benefits is its effect on hair and nails, keeping your skin smooth and helps maintain hairs luster. This benefit is not only true for us humans, but this supplement also helps Fido keep his shiny fur coat :).

Some questions I hear a lot are:

  • How many milligrams do I take?
  • Why do I burp up fish hours after taking my supplements?
  • And what’s the difference between fish oil and krill oil?

The American Heart Association’s recommends in cases of elevated triglycerides no more than 4g/day of Omega 3, and suggests about 1g/day in healthy individuals. A 1,000 mg supplement approximates to 300-400mg Omega 3 fatty acid. If you are burping up fish oil taste long after taking your supplement here are some suggestions to avoid this: keep your supplements in the refrigerator, buy supplements with an enteric coating, and shop around for quality brands of fish oil supplements.

How does Krill Oil stack up to fish oil? Krill Oil is reported to have a higher concentration of EPH (eicosapentaenoic acid: DHA and EPA are polyunsaturated fats that play extremely important roles in the body, specifically in the vision development and brain function of children), and also eliminate the fishy after burps. Krill also contains an antioxidant astaxanthin which gives it is red color (same as in lobster, crab, and prawns). Krill oil is rapidly decomposed by the body in about 2-3 hours while fish oil will take up to 48-72 hours. When choosing a krill supplement the manufacturing process needs to be examined. To reduce the amount of oxidation (thus increasing the healthy fat content) krill need to be kept alive or frozen until processed. In conclusion, there is still research needing to be done to determine which is the superior supplement, but there is situations where each has its usefulness.

Fish Oil is chock full of Omega 3 Fatty acids which the body has to consume, it cannot be produced naturally. Omega 3’s increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin which is a principle factor in weight loss, and can decrease your cortisol levels. This decrease in cortisol levels increasing your body’s ability to build muscle. This combined with the insulin sensitivity is a killer combination if your goals are weight loss. Fish oil supplements also have shown to decrease acute inflammation from exercise, which can decrease soreness, and muscle inflammation. This is due to the ability of this supplement to help your body clear the waste products of metabolism during exercise.

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New Year’s Revolution Transformation Contest

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Join us for our New Year’s Revolution Transformation Challenge where we are giving YOU your money back for achieving results! PLUS a chance to win $500 CASH!

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Cavewoman Cafe Bars

These are amazing! You will find these portable protein nuggets a staple in your life.
Author: Cavewoman Cafe
  • 1 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • ½ cup of nut flour,
  • (I used Bob’s red mill hazelnut flour, more local ya know)
  • ½ cup of unsweetened dried coconut
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of dried fruit, like cranberries
  1. Preheat the primal cooking fire (oven) to 350 degrees and toast the nuts until golden brown stirring occasionally. Watch them carefully, they’ll go from golden to black fast! Once they are toasted nicely, toss them in the stone grinder, (the food processor or blender) and give them a few pulses till they are a coarse meal and stir into the nut flour in a medium bowl.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, warm up the coconut oil and almond butter for about 20 seconds, in the radiant zapper, (microwave) and stir them together well. (Or use a double boiler to do this) Add the honey, vanilla, and salt then mix till all creamy and you are starting to drool. Fold the nut mix into the honey mix then add the fruit. Pat into an 8 x 8 baking dish and stick in the ice cave (fridge) for 1 hour or more till nice and solid. Cut into squares and try not to grunt when eating. Keep in the ice cave to store.

Spinach & Crab Dip

Spinach & Crab Dip

Prep/Total Time:  25 min.

Makes:  16 servings



1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed

1-cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup Earth Balance Olive Oil mayo

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. Himalayan sea salt

1 can (6 ounces) lump crabmeat, drained

Assorted vegetables and Mary’s Gone Crackers



  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, combine the first nine ingredients. Cook and stir until cream cheese is melted.  Stir in crab; heat through.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl; serve with vegetables and crackers. Refrigerate leftovers.


Sausage and Apples Stuffing

Sausage & Apple Stuffing

Bread Cubes

¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal/Flour

¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour

¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal

1 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder

2 pinches Himalayan Sea Salt

2 Large Organic Eggs



  1. In a small bowl scramble eggs with a whisk.
  2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients.
  3. Add eggs to dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Pour into a mini-loaf pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  7. Slice bread into 9 slices and then each slice into 12 cubes.
  8. Return to oven for 15 minutes to dry and crisp.\


Prep Time:  15 minutes

Cook Time:  40 minutes

Servings:  4-6



1 lb. Fresh Ground Pork Sausage (Mild)

4 Stalks Organic Celery, Chopped

¼ cup Organic Onion, Chopped

½ Medium Organic Fuji Apple, Chopped

1 Recipe of Bread Cubes

2 tsp. Poultry Seasoning

1 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

4 Tbsp. Unsalted Organic Butter, Melted

2 Large Organic Eggs

1/3 cup Organic Chicken Broth



  1. Brown pork sausage with celery and onion.
  2. In mixing bowl, add bread cubes, sausage, apple, poultry seasoning and salt.
  3. Whisk together eggs, butter and broth then pour over stuffing. Gently mix.
  4. Bake stuffing in covered casserole dish at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.


Raw Cookie Dough Bites

Raw Cookie Dough Bites

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Makes:  about 15 bites



2 cups blanched almond flour
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil (solid but soft)
1 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. almond butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
mini dark chocolate chips
stevia to taste, if additional sweetener is needed


  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Combine the oil, honey, almond butter, and vanilla in a separate, smaller bowl.
  3. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and combine well. Your own two hands do the best job of getting it all combined.  If you find the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach cookie dough consistency.
  4. Taste, and add stevia if you prefer the dough sweeter.
  5. Mix in the desired amount of chocolate chips and roll into 1 to 1 ½ inch balls.

Store in the refrigerator.  They should keep for several days, although they tend to dry out the longer they are stored.

Notes:  The more you work the dough; the more the coconut oil will melt, resulting in the balls getting greasy.  Return the dough to the freezer to re-harden if this bothers you.  This recipe doubles well.  You can even make these in a food processor.  Just process the dry ingredients and add the wet ones once you’ve mixed them together.

November Member of the Month


Jon has been in it to win it since he started at Pursuit. When Jon came to us he was ready for a lifestyle change.  He saw his wife, Jenni (our last months Member of the Month) looking and feeling great and wanted the same for him and his family. He gave up all tobacco and soda cold turkey and hasn’t caved in since July and hasn’t missed a single workout. He also was one of the winners of our Back to School Transformation Contest that ended this October, winning a vacation in Vegas!
Not only is Jon someone who has dedicated himself to priorities of health and fitness but he is also someone that is friendly, helpful, encouraging and interactive with other members around him…making them better too! We truly value someone like this in our community which is why Jon is this month’s Member of the Month!
We asked Jon to tell us his story:
“My wife has been a member since the beginning of the year and after seeing her amazing results at Pursuit and her always talking about the workouts and how much she enjoyed everyone and everything about the gym; I had to find out about Pursuit myself.   It seemed to be the perfect cure to the sedentary nature that my life had become after my son was born (kids can be exhausting) and a way to get my energy level back up and my pant size back down to what it was before I got extremely lazy.  So, I took part in a free 2 week trial and after the first few days I knew that I would be joining for the long haul.

 My personal experience at PFP has been great; I have really enjoyed the friendliness of the staff, the challenging yet fun workouts (minus a few of the finishers), and the comradery that exists between the members in each class. The extra push from the fellow members and the training staff is exactly what I needed as motivation to push myself toward my goals.  I would have never lost the weight I have lost or made the positive changes to my life if I was doing this on my own.

 In order to really push myself and to make real positive changes; my wife and I (and a good friend) decided to take part in the Back To School Transformation Challenge.  The completion was a lot of fun and having 2 other members in my team and the PFP staff pushing me really helped to bring some positive results.  During the six weeks of the completion I was able to lose 16+ pounds and about 4% of body fat.  With my results and the fantastic results of my team mates we were able to win the Transformation Contest. The trip to Vegas is fantastic but getting back to being healthy is the real prize.

Since the day I started at PFP I have stopped my 4 to 5 soda a day habit (haven’t had a single soda since), a 20+ year smokeless tobacco habit, and have pretty much completely changed my whole lifestyle.  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a good beer every once and a while, but the changes that I have made and the results that I have seen in the past 4+ months have been pretty amazing.  I would really like to thank my wife and my son for providing all of the motivation, but I also wouldn’t have been able to do it without Ryan’s and the team at PFP’s guidance and support.  

 I look forward to continuing to work hard at PFP and to continue the healthy diet and lifestyle that I have relearned.  I still have a few pounds to lose to get to where I want to be but at least I now have the energy level to keep up with my wife and son and the motivation and drive to meet all of my other goals.”

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

This recipe was submitted by Theresa DiMartini and she said it was Delish. This would make a great post workout meal! Theresa found this recipe: Here

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Sweet Potato and Filling

  • 1 medium/large sweet potato
  • heaping 1/2 cup corn and black bean salsa (I used Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar Salsa, or use a similar chunky corn and bean salsa; or use about 1/4 cup cooked/canned black beans and 1/4 cup cooked frozen/canned corn)
  • salt and pepper, optional and to taste
  • heaping 1/4 cup shredded cheese blend (Mexican, Pepper Jack, Monterrey, vegan cheese, etc.)

Avocado Crema

  • 1 medium ripe Hass avocado, peeled and de-seeded, reserving a small portion for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or vegan sour cream)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (from about medium 1 lime)
  • pinch salt, to taste
  • water, if necessary
  • cilantro, optional for garnishing


  1. Sweet Potato and Filling – Pierce potato with fork a few times before cooking in microwave on high power for about 7 minutes (medium) to 10 minutes (large). Cook until fork tender and done; don’t overcook because potato will be broiled briefly. I micro 1 potato for 7- 10 minutes, and 2 potatoes for about 10-13 minutes. This varies by potato size and micro strength. Alternatively, roast potatoes in a 375F oven for about 45 minutes, or until fork tender and done.
  2. While potato is in micro, preheat oven to broiler setting.
  3. Remove potato from micro and slice in half lengthwise on a cutting board.
  4. Hollow out a center column of each half with a spoon. I don’t remove any flesh, but just redistribute it so the center column is a bit shallower to make room for the filling, and there’s more flesh built up around the edges.
  5. Place the halves on a non-stick baking sheet.
  6. Evenly divide the corn and bean salsa between each potato half.
  7. Optionally add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Evenly top each potato half with cheese.
  9. Broil for about 3 minutes, or just until cheese begins to melt and is bubbly. Keep a very close eye on them so they don’t burn. Remove from oven and set aside to cool momentarily. While potatoes cool, make the avocado crema.
  10. Avocado Crema – In the canister of a food processor or blender (mini food processors work great here), combine most of the avocado (reserving a small portion of chunks or slices for garnishing and set it aside), sour cream, lime juice, salt to taste, and blend until smooth and creamy. If mixture is thick, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle avocado creama over potato.
  11. Garnish with reserved avocado and optional cilantro. Potatoes are best enjoyed warm and fresh. Extra avocado crema will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, noting that some oxidation will occur.

Vote for Best Results from PFP’s 2014 Back to School Transformation

Recently we hosted our 2nd Annual Back to School Transformation Contest, and we are excited to show you the results that some of our members were able to achieve in just 6 short weeks!

To reward their hard work, we will be giving away a Trader Joe’s gift basket, and one FREE MONTH OF GROUP TRAINING to the winner of Best Transformation, as decided by a public vote.

Please take some time to check out their results and cast your vote. It’s so impressive what they accomplished in only 6 weeks by focusing hard on their nutrition and workouts!

Please Share The Vote

Please pass this page along to your friends and family to get their votes in too! You have from NOW through Sunday, November 2nd, at which time we will tally up the votes and declare the winner of Best Transformation and announce the winner of the FREE month of training! Be sure to check our Facebook Page for the announcement of the winner on Monday, November 3rd.

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Angela M.Angela M

Becky W.Becky W Jason S.Jason S Jon B.Jon B

Katie K.

Katie K


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