on getting healthy the hard way


After moving to Costa Rica I figured I might as well get in shape…boring I know but totally necessary. New chub rolls were popping up weekly and it was making me miserable. The Hubs was surfing everyday and was dropping the lbs every second…while I lost a few pounds from a healthier diet…not on purpose mind you…it just happens here.

So…you know how it goes…I was unhappy with myself and feeling gross. Luckily (!?) our good friend, Jon Mangogna, is a TRX trainer.

After going to a few classes and being unable to walk for a day or two…that shit hurts…I pouted too much and gave up…then finally something clicked, aka my hubby made me go with him regularly, and it has honestly changed my life.

For about six months now the Hubs and I have been going to Jon’s TRX sessions three times a week and it has totally transformed my body and my attitude. I never thought in a million years I would be able to do 100 pushups, crunches, squats, jumping jacks, and battle rope hell action, without a break in thirty minutes but I can now…thanks to Jon. He also incorporates kickboxing into the workouts because it is fun as hell and so fucking hard. Man I love hitting shit.

I asked Jon for his take on TRX to share with you:

“I never really got caught up in the whole “lift heavy weights and get big” phase. In fact I never was even interested in the gym (I know, funny thing to hear from a professional trainer). I was, though, always interested in movement: judo, surfing, skating, snowboarding, running, jumping, climbing, flipping, you get the point. In every day life your body moves using muscle groups, not isolated muscles, and in 3 dimensions without stopping to think about it. The TRX allows you to work in all 3 of these dimensions using multi joint movements at all times. Combine that with balance, flexibility, constant core challenge, and a low impact on the body and the TRX makes you good at….well….LIFE. Just so happens that all that aesthetic stuff, like a smokin beach bod, follows as a bi-product!”

He said it…and I am a believer. Now that we are leaving Costa Rica I am genuinely sad to leave behind our sessions…who am I? Also… the view certainly didn’t hurt.

So thanks Jon…I will miss you. I will also miss telling you that you are a big dick for an hour, and then giving you a kiss and a big Thank you as we leave. It’s a love/hate hour.

If you are ever in the Nosara area and are looking for a great work out…contact Jon at vivaventure1@gmail.com.

What do you guys do to keep/get in shape? I am all about working out now and would love to expand my physical horizons. Please share in the comments.