Healthy Fitness Guru Worries about Effect of Illegal Steroids on Teenage Boys

According to the website of the Canadian Mounted Police, although Mexico is a notable supplier for diverted anabolic steroids, the majority of shipments that make their way to Canada do so through the United States. The under-reported result is that “Teenage boys on both sides of the border are falling victim to the lure of steroids,” says Anthony Ellis. “More victims in the war on drugs.”

Like many others, Ellis is concerned about America’s southern border crisis. Unlike others, however, his primary concern is neither immigration nor the trafficking of “hard core” substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Ellis is focused on getting the word out that “steroids must be stopped, too.”

Ellis is the creator of Gaining Mass, a program designed to help people who have trouble gaining weight add lean muscle. The regimen puts the emphasis “on health, not magic pills,” says Ellis who has used the combination of diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation to transform his own body.

An Overwhelming Task

Ellis is sympathetic to the challenge of customs agents who enforce hundreds of laws for dozens of Federal agencies. “Steroids are just one of a growing list of contraband that overwhelmed inspectors are asked to flag,” he acknowledges. And although intercepting narcotics is a top priority, “Steroids get less attention than drugs like marijuana and cocaine.”

Once across the border, steroids are reaching younger consumers, and are especially attractive to teenage boys. “Young men who use steroids are at the greatest risk for serious side effects and problems,” Ellis says. “Because of their hormonal makeup, young boys who use steroids are cause irreversible damage to their health.”

Ellis points to data from the National Drug Intelligence Center’s National Drug Threat Assessment 2005. The report finds that in 2004 steroid use “fluctuated, but continued to rise overall among adolescents, ” says Ellis who notes, “On top of that, kids perception that using steroids is risky is dropping.” He calls it a crisis.

An Answer in Education

“I know what happens with steroids,” he says referring to a laundry list of mental and physical health problems associated with abuse of the drug. “And I know what’s possible without steroids. I also know that a key component to combating illegal steroid use is a program that provides the same results, without the risk.” Gaining Mass, he points out, was created “to work, not sell. But then I realized that what worked for me would work for other people, and I suddenly was able to turn my personal passion into my career.”

Based in nature not chemistry, Gaining Mass is written for beginners, but contains cutting-edge information that will benefit even the most experienced fitness follower. It’s appropriate for athletes trying to get their game on, for armchair quarterbacks who want to look and feel better and, says Ellis, “It’s for anyone who has ever felt the pain of being skinny and thought that illegal drugs were the only answer.”

PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years

PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2010

PACE Fitness has been marketing its hydraulic circuit training equipment to women’s fitness centers and coed health clubs for over 20 years. PACE has now joined with the Medical/Weight Management Industry’s leader in the development of weight management products to offer an extensive line of meal replacements and protein supplements which have been scientifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of the Low Calorie dieter just in time for New Year’s Resolution memberships.

PACE President Rande LaDue states, “We have always suggested our health club customers offer some type of nutrition program to their members, but up until this point, we have never offered anything. We are happy to introduce our comprehensive program to help facilitate faster results for members and increased profits for the clubs. Exercise alone is only half of the wellness equation; now our health customers can offer a complete package.”

“January is typically the busiest month of the year for health clubs; however, it is even busier for weight loss centers because of the intimidation factor. Overweight people typically are too intimidated to join conventional health clubs. Our non-intimidating hydraulic equipment has helped many clubs overcome this hurdle; however, without a nutrition program, clubs are not offering what these people want and need as well as missing out on a great deal of profit.”

“Simplicity has always been a key factor to the success of our hydraulic circuit program. The same holds true with our new nutrition program. Our turn-key start up package for clubs includes staff training, marketing and program manuals as well as a start up supply of products for immediate sales.”

PACE Nutrition products will be available direct to the consumer through its website for those areas without a PACE club nearby.


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The Edge Fitness Clubs Announces NEW Club Opening!

The Edge Fitness Clubs Announces NEW Club Opening!

Derby, CT (PRWEB) May 11, 2011

The Edge Fitness Clubs announced it will open a brand new multi-million dollar facility at the former Staples store at 600 New Haven Av-enue, Derby, CT. The club will feature unique items such as an indoor turf area for athletic training, a space for functional training, a large spinning studio with fresh air and windows, and separate personal training areas throughout the club. The Edge Fitness Clubs is known for it’s group exercise offers. The new club will have several large studios that will offer a host of classes such as ZUMBA, Spinning, Kickboxing, Extreme Sports, Pilates, yoga and so much more! The Derby Edge will offer the latest in health club equipment; with individual television screens, heart rate monitors and ipod docking stations.

“We are excited about building this club,” says Vincent Sansone, company President. “Our current members have been requesting a in the valley area and we believe we have found a perfect space – access to route 34, convient to New Haven, Orange, Seymour and all of their surrounding towns”.

The Edge Fitness Clubs are high service facilities at a competitive price says Sansone. “Many clubs eliminate services in order to keep their prices low,” says Sansone. “We take the opposite approach, by offering more services and keeping our price reasonable we are able to please more members and keep them involved in fitness at The Edge longer”.

The Edge Fitness Clubs also offers one-on-one services like personal training, Pilates and specialty classes like TRX, Body Method and Kettlebell. Each new member to The Edge receives a complimentary personal training session so that they can acquaint themselves with the gym and develop a workout routine that will get them results.

The company will be announcing the club to its 50,000 members in its six clubs today and unveiling architectural plans to the public in the coming weeks. A fall 2011 opening date is projected.

“We are excited about being able to layout an exceptional world-class facility with state-of-the-art equipment,” says Sansone, “When it’s done, it will be a premier fitness club in a great community”.

This new location is part of The Edge Fitness Clubs, which are located in Fairfield, Stratford, Milford, Shelton, Norwalk and Greenwich, CT. Multi-club memberships are offered, giving members access to all locations

The new club will have approximately 40 employees including managers, personal trainers, Pilates instructors, babysitters, group exercise instructors, cleaning staff and customer service representatives.

For more information on the facility, please log onto

Contact:    Nicole Falco

Phone:    203-273-0630



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D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness

D.C. Council President Kwame Brown speaking to the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs and other guests.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Council Chairman Kwame Brown, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) celebrated the start of a new program to help D.C. youth live healthier through improved fitness and fun.

Chairman Brown shared his own words with the children at the event about the importance of being healthy and fit. Listen to the Kwame Brown’s audio clip.

Leah Lamb, the Chief Development Officer for BGCGW, Jenny Wallace, Women’s Leadership Committee Member, and Paul Alagero, Director of Corporate Relations for BGCGW, spoke on the benefits of reaching children and helping them to become healthier.

View the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington video.

Lamb led the day’s activities. She spoke about the partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs and CareFirst. The youth at the event joined in for a “thank you.”

Listen to Leah Lamb’s audio clip to hear her comments about the Boys & Girls Clubs’ partnership with CareFirst.

CareFirst presented a $ 75,000 check for the adoption of the Richard England Club House 14 and its goal to enrich the lives of boys and girls in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 2005, the BGCGW has received $ 223,500 in funding from CareFirst. Most notably is the BGCGW’s Adopt a Club campaign. CareFirst sponsors Clubhouse 14, in Ward 7.

Karen Dixon, AVP of Corporate Marketing Communications at CareFirst, spoke to the children during the presentation about CareFirst’s emphasis on health and wellness. Listen to Karen Dixon’s audio clip to hear her remarks.

Approximately 858 youth ages 6 to18 from low-income families will have access to a broad range of programs and services administered by BGCGW professional staff specifically trained to deal with this demographic group.

For 125 years, BGCGW has been a leader in youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances, and helping them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Founded in 1886, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) has been serving youth in the area for more than 125 years. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is ‘to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.’ BGCGW is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, currently operating 21 sites over a 75-miles radius from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Germantown, Maryland. Over 21,000 members attend the Clubs for activities, sports, and encouragement. For more information, visit

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 74th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its service areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our Web site at or follow CareFirst news on Twitter:


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FitRewards Loyalty and Reward Program Now Offered at Trivantage Fitness Loft

FitRewards Loyalty and Reward Program Now Offered at Trivantage Fitness Loft

Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 7, 2006

TriVantage Fitness Loft of Houston announced today that it has introduced the “FitRewards” loyalty and reward program to all members of the club. “We were searching for an innovative way to make our membership experience more valuable, and to thank our members for their loyalty,” stated Johnny Shelby, President. “We’re are very excited to be the only club in the area to currently offer the FitRewards program.”

FitRewards is a free member-appreciation program that rewards club members for their ongoing participation at the club. Each time a member completes a qualifying event, that member will earn points that they can accumulate and redeem for brand-name gifts and club services.

Members earn points, for example, by improving their training zones, purchases in the multi-sport pro shop, referring a friend to enroll or attending a sport-specific training seminar. Members accumulate points in their online account, accessed via the club’s website, and redeem them online at their discretion after attaining point levels that match the gifts they want.

The program was developed specifically for the fitness industry. Until now, there hasn’t been any loyalty programs for health clubs that resemble programs like airline frequent-flyer miles. FitRewards meets that need and gives health clubs a way to thank loyal members.

TriVantage Fitness Loft, a Peak Center for Human Performance, is dedicated to providing innovative fitness testing and training services. TriVantage is different from most health clubs and services offered by personal trainers. TriVantage’s philosophy and programs are based on a strong, scientific foundation and are built to provide optimal training programs to meet the member’s specific sport goals.

Trivantage has something for everyone, at every level…custom programs designed for experienced and beginner athletes, and those interested in general fitness. For details, please contact Johnny Shelby or 713.621.7336.

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