Summer Body Special – 2 Train for Price of 1

Summer special on personal training with Ray Bessette now through July 31st. Two train for the price of one.* Ray’s training services are provided at Raw Gym Texas located at 11703 Spring Cypress Rd. in Tomball, TX 77377. Established in 2013, RAW Gym operates a State of the Art fitness facility that is home to the best equipment available on the market. RAW prides themselves on keeping a tidy and clean facility for their members. Contact Ray today for a gym tour and more information on all the services offered. Get the summer body you’ve always wanted. Call now!  🏖 🌞 .

Ready to get started?

Contact me today!

*couples must train together in the same session

Father’s Day Blood Test Health Check Special

Give dad a Father’s Day gift that can change his life

This is a special offer for dad…a comprehensive lab blood test*, review of results and recommendations on areas where dad can improve his health.  The lab blood panel is ordered right from my office and once your dad visits LabCorp, the results come back quickly, usually within a few days.  

No insurance is involved.  Just $398 covers everything including a 60-minute lab review and suggestions to direct dad in the right direction to get fit and healthy!  Our blood test is designed to look for areas to prevent disease from happening in the first place.  We call this “healthcare.”  The annual lab test most of us get through insurance is very basic and your doctor will usually say “all looks good, you might want to watch what you eat and start exercising.”  We call that that “sick care.”  Our lab test is far more comprehensive than your standard annual blood test with your doctor. Other healthcare facilities charge over $1,600 for just the blood panel we use. 

A Limited Time Offer

With this Father’s Day Special, for just $398, your dad will get the blood panel, review of results and recommendations on areas where dad can improve his health.  It takes just a few days to get the results and to sit down with me.  Act now….this special offer is for a limited time.**

Ready to get started?

Contact me today!

 * blood drawn at LabCorp

** offer good through June 22

MAY SPECIAL! Summer Athletic Conditioning

For High School or College-Bound Athletes

Do you have a high school or college-bound athlete? Help them stay in peak condition this summer with an athletic conditioning program.  Now through May 31st, 25% off all training packages for your athlete.  Sports-specific training for all athletes (football, basketball, cheerleading, swimming, volleyball, track, etc.)

 

Training Location

Training is provided at Raw Gym Texas where they have top-of-the-line equipment and amenities.  Located at 11703 Spring Cypress Road in Tomball​.  Monthly Raw Gym Membership $29.99/month) required.  No contract, no commitment.

 

Raw Gym ​Hours of Operation: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 4AM – 11PM
  • Friday: 4AM – 10PM
  • Saturday – Sunday: 5AM – 9PM

Ready to get started?

Contact me today for more information (832-755-1949 or ray@raybessette.com).

Bridal Bootcamp ~ 30% Off 12 Sessions

Attention All Brides To Be

Summer wedding in your plans?  Want to look your best on your special day?  If that’s you, then this Bridal Bootcamp is for you!  Don’t wait until the last minute to get ready and don’t focus on scale weight loss only.  Give yourself plenty of time to get ready for your big day!!  Start now!   I’ll teach you how to make healthy and positive changes in your eating and exercise habits so you can have the energy and happiness of a fit and healthy lifestyle as you enter this new chapter in your life.

If you want sculpted and toned arms, lean legs, a tight derriere, flat tummy, this means you’ll need a low enough body fat percentage that you can actually see the shape of the muscle underneath. Through this program, you will shed body fat while building fat-burning muscle.  With my bio-impedance scale, each week I’ll be able to tell you exactly what your body composition is and where you’ve lost or gained (fat, water, muscle).  You will also learn the benefits of consuming a diet rich in anti-inflammatory properties.  This bootcamp will be focused not on just getting you to wedding day shape, but the lessons you learn can be used for the rest of your life.

Programs Offered

This program is available as either an INDIVIDUAL program or as a COUPLES program, which means you can do it with your spouse, a friend or a member of your bridal party. Now through the end of April, I’m offering 12 training sessions for 30% off:

  • Individuals: $832 (regular price $1,188)
  • Couples: $1,160 (regular price $1,656)

Training Location

Training is provided at Raw Gym Texas located at 11703 Spring Cypress Road in Tomball​.  Monthly Raw Gym Membership is required.  No contract, no commitment.

  • Single Membership:
    $29.99/month
  • Joint Membership:
    $54.99/month

Raw Gym ​Hours of Operation: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 4AM – 11PM
  • Friday: 4AM – 10PM
  • Saturday – Sunday: 5AM – 9PM

Ready to get started?

Contact me today!

Nutritional Yeast Benefits

Nutritional Yeast. What is it and how can you benefit from adding it to your diet?

My Introduction to Nutritional Yeast

I first learned about nutritional yeast (a.k.a. “nooch”) a couple of years ago when my daughter and I tried the vegetarian lifestyle. As an avid weightlifter and concern over adequate protein consumption, naturally, my first thought was “how in the heck am I going to live a vegan lifestyle without sacrificing my protein intake? There’s no way.” I did a little research and discovered nutritional yeast and the nutritional benefits of it. In the spirit of full disclosure, I consumed a pescatarian diet for about 9 months and went back to my carnivorous ways and couldn’t be happier myself.

What is Nutritional Yeast?

When you think of yeast, you probably think of the ingredient that makes bread rise (baking or dry yeast) or an ingredient to brew beer (brewer’s yeast). Nutritional yeast is neither of those. It is inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. Since it is an inactive yeast, it doesn’t grow or cultivate like other yeasts. Nutritional yeast is yellow in color and most commonly comes in flakes, but you may see it granules or powder as well. It has a nutty, cheesy, savory flavor and is often used to add a cheesy flavor to dairy-free dishes. You may see nutritional yeast labelled as savory yeast, nutritional seasoning or nutritional yeast flakes.

The Health Benefits

While nutritional yeast is mostly used by vegans and vegetarians, meat-eaters can also enjoy the health benefits of nutritional yeast which are numerous.

B VitaminsB Vitamins – Nutritional yeast is abundant in many of the B Vitamins. B vitamins help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. They also help form red blood cells. While many of them work together, the B vitamins each play their own role in our health as well.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is important for the growth, development, and function of the cells in your body.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) helps in the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, which fuels many functions in the body. It helps in the processing of amino acids and fats and can also serve as an antioxidant, which slows the pace of aging.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) has been found to treat acne and improve overall skin.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and Vitamin B7 (Biotin) are the main vitamins that benefit skin, hair and nails.

Vitamin B6 plays an important role in various physical and psychological functions. For example: a healthy metabolism, nerve function, liver function, skin health, eye health, as well as help to boost levels of energy.

Vitamin B9 (Folate) helps produce and maintain cells and is especially important for pregnant women. Read the label on your nutritional yeast, because some brands may not include folic acid.

Vitamin B12 is responsible for maintaining a good digestive system, increasing your energy, regulating your nervous system and protecting you against colon cancer, breast cancer, and stomach cancer. Vitamin B12 is also an essential vitamin for addressing adrenal fatigue, multiple metabolic functions — including enzyme production, DNA synthesis and hormonal balance — and maintaining healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems. Check the label to be sure that it does, in fact, contain B12 as it is available without it as well.

Complete source of protein – 2 tbsp. of nutritional yeast provides 9g of complete protein, containing at least 9 of the 18 amino acids that our bodies can’t produce.

Fiber is important for the gut and digestive system. It also helps with blood sugar regulation. One serving of nutritional yeast will give you about 3g of fiber.

Immune function properties. Nutritional yeast contains the compounds glutathione, mannan, trehalose, Beta-glucan and beta-1, which are associated with enhancing immunity levels, reducing cholesterol and assisting with cancer prevention.

Antibacterial & Antiviral Properties.  In Germany, nutritional yeast is considered the fourth most prescribed herbal additive, right behind ST Johns Wart and Ginko Biloba.  It is antiviral and antibacterial and has profound effects on viruses such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and E.coli.

Low glycemic index. Nutritional yeast has no added sugar and is low in carbs, meaning it is slowly digested and has little effect on blood sugar levels.

Gluten free.  Gluten is a protein found in grains and wheat. Those who are gluten intolerant cannot process this protein, which can cause digestive issues, fatigue, headaches, inflammation, and swelling.

Nutritional Breakdown for a ¼ Cup Serving

  • 60 calories
  • 5 calories from fat
  • 5 grams carbohydrates (2% daily value)
  • 4 grams fiber (16% daily value)
  • 9 grams protein
  • 0.5 grams fat (1% daily value)
  • 25 milligrams sodium (1% daily value)
  • 790% daily value of thiamine (vitamin B1)
  • 570% daily value of riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • 300% daily value of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • 230% daily value of niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • 290% daily value of vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
  • 270% daily value of folate (vitamin B9)
  • 20% daily value of zinc

How Can You Use It?

Nutritional yeast is low in fat and sodium, doesn’t contain added sugars or preservatives and, naturally, is gluten free. Although you may not be directly swapping a few grains in a dish for the flakes of nutritional yeast, it is used more as a flavor enhancer for dishes and a great substitute for cheese. Add a little to your diet and you can get all the benefits above while adding flavor to your food without all the high fat and calories.

I like to add a teaspoon to my scrambled eggs in lieu of cheese. I’ve been sneaking it in on my husband’s eggs and he hasn’t even asked about the difference.   In fact, when I did the switch on him, he remarked that the eggs were “really good!” Try these ideas to bump up your nutrition:

  • Sprinkle over your salad or cooked veggies
  • Incorporate into your mashed cauliflower
  • Mix into your turkey burger
  • Blend into your smoothie
  • Sprinkle on top of your popcorn
  • Etc., etc.

Whole Foods has several great recipes which you can find through the source link below.

Where Can You Get It?

Editorial credit: Trong Nguyen / Shutterstock.com

You can often find nutritional yeast in the bulk bin of your local natural foods grocer (i.e., Sprouts or Whole Foods Market).   If you prefer doing your shopping online, you can get it there, too. Try Amazon.com or other online retailers.

Conclusion

I hope this article opens you up to new ideas on how you can boost your nutrition without adding extra fat and calories. Add nutritional yeast to your diet and let us know how you did it and how you liked it.

Sources:

  1. https://draxe.com/nutritional-yeast/
  2. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/nutritional-yeast-one-pantry-staple-your-cooking-missing
  3. https://runningonrealfood.com/what-is-nutritional-yeast/
  4. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/

Gleannloch Farms Fitness Center Management

Dear Gleannloch Farms Residents –

This will clarify a couple of things that came up through the Facebook dialogue on the Gleannloch Farms Community News Facebook group page today.  Many have requested a copy of The FIRM U’s proposal to manage the Gleannloch Farms Fitness Center presented to the Gleannloch Farms HOA at the September 18, 2017 HOA meeting.  The proposal along with other documents is available through this link.

  • The proposal includes adding the 3,852-sq. ft. of The FIRM U for all Gleannloch Farms residents for no membership fee.  The choice of which gym the resident wants to use is theirs.
  • The management fee proposed was for $86,820 per year.

Some questions asked throughout the dialogue:

Where does the $10K Independent Contractor Fee fit into the proposal – in addition to or included in the $86,820?

Answer: What is being referred to the first bullet under the budget where I mentioned that I would “reduce the current annual budget set aside for the community gym by $10,000+ per year.”  What is meant by this is that $10k is the minimum savings that can be realized in one year from the proposal I presented. There is no additional or hidden $10k fee.

Please explain your initial plan to remove all the current equipment in the GLF gym and make it a yoga studio or cardio studio only?

Answer: That was never on my proposal. I believe a resident has suggested that, it was never a part of my proposal or business plan. I have a fully functional cardio and group class studio built in The Firm U. I have offered classes to the community, visit http://raybessette.com/p31-fitness/ . I would keep community gym as is, but with Nationally Certified Personal Trainers that meet my topmost expectations in customer service and results driven for the resident. The Firm U would ONLY be an alternative to residents to work out for free. My project proposal is to add as an (optional) additional Gleannloch Fitness Center. This would be similar to how we have six tennis courts, three pools for GLF residents. With my plan, we’d have two fitness centers from which to choose and neither would have a MEMBERSHIP FEE. A community of this size would benefit from the value of an additional fitness center with the level of the newly proposed professionalism of The Firm U.

Please confirm the discussion we had about removing all fees for residents. This is $99/month currently for your membership, you indicated at the meeting and in the letter this would occur. How many GLF residents are currently paying $99/mo to be part of The FirmU – this was a number asked for at the meeting and a response was never provided.

Answer: I have 30 to 35 GLF residents that are patriciating in our personal training program. They don’t pay any fee for a membership, I waived GLF residents from membership fees a long time ago. In fact, through November and December of 2017, I offered residents of GLF to work out at The FIRM U for free. We do have a membership of $45 (with training) $99 (without a trainer) advertised on our web site,  This is for non-residents. In my proposal I stated that all GLF residents would have free access to The Firm U just like the Community Fitness Center. Lastly, you assume I generate most of my revenue from memberships, this is not true!

A couple of other feedback items from today’s Facebook conversation:

  • It has never been said by me that the current trainers are “crap.” This is a definition used today by a member of the group.  Throughout my proposals and emails, I’ve said that I would keep the current trainers who have the certifications our trainers have and/or, offer to help any who don’t with getting their National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications. The FIRM U is a training facility for NASM trainers and I would be more than happy and willing to help the current trainers get their NASM certification should they so desire.
  • Regarding the comment “But not everyone is trying to compete in a body building show. Some people just want to workout without getting hurt.” Not ONE of The FIRM U clients is trying to compete in a bodybuilding show. They have ALL come to me for health and weight loss reasons and my main concern with our clients is helping them with their goal AND teaching them how to work out with proper technique, so they don’t get hurt.

The Facebook dialogue will probably go on and on about this subject. At this point, it’s no longer about my company being awarded the contract. It’s more important now to validate whether the board went to other companies to seek proposals each time the contract came up for renewal or to ensure they seek them when the current contract is due to expire. It’s been done with the landscaping company (mid contract, by the way), why not with this service, too?  This way, the residents can be sure we are getting the best value and best service for our dollars. This is a question that has not been answered or proven thus far by the HOA.  I’ve answered the questions presented to me and put my proposal out as requested.

Now, if there are more questions, let’s address them at the January 18 HOA meeting.

Ray Bessette, NSCA, ACE, NASM-CPT
Founder & Owner, The Firm U
Master Clinical Fitness Trainer
Cancer Exercise Specialist
833-FIRMU-Up
Cell: 832-755-1949
Email: ray@TheFirmU.com
Web Site: www.TheFirmU.com

Weight Loss Houston

The Weight Loss Chronicles of Kyle Kettler

Kyle Kettler started his weight loss journey with Ray Bessette of The Firm U Personal Training and Fitness Center on 07-28-17. To date, Kyle has lost a total of 32 ½ pounds. Kyle’s progress has not been without its struggles (Hurricane Harvey, new baby girl, hospitalized for kidney stones and a bad case of the flu). Through all this, Kyle has continuously improved his weight loss and overall health. He says he’s never felt better, has more energy, his clothes are getting loose and he looks forward to his workouts.

We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for him!

We’d love to be a part of your fitness journey, too.  Contact us for information on how you can get started.

Video Interviews with Kyle

Below are a few of the video interviews we’ve done with Kyle throughout his journey thus far.  It is our hope that his story will inspire you to take action for yourself or your loved one(s).

 

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The Perfect Christmas Gift

Give the gift of health to your loved one this Christmas. We offer several options to please everyone on your gift list. See below for descriptions and purchasing information on all gift cards we offer. Your loved one will thank you!

 

Benefits of practicing yoga from improved flexibility, strength, muscle tone & balance to stress reduction.

10 Yoga Sessions

Price: $149 (sessions must be used within 30 days following gift recipient redemption)  To purchase this gift card, please click here.

1 Yoga Session

Price: $20.00 (session must be used within 30 days following gift recipient redemption)  To purchase this gift card, please click here.


GROUP EXERCISE offers many benefits such as exposure to a social & fun environment, a safe & effectively-designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule, accountability for participating in exercise.

1 Group Fitness Session

$10 (session must be used within 30 days following gift recipient redemption)  To purchase this gift card, please click here.

Monthly Unlimited Group Fitness Classes (excludes Yoga)

Price: $120 (session expire 30 days following gift recipient redemption)  To purchase this gift card, please click here.


60 Minute Massage

Price: $100

Experts estimate over 90% of disease is stress related and nothing ages us faster inside and out than stress. Regular MASSAGE THERAPY can do a world of good for stress reduction. Other benefits: faster muscle recovery after exercise, decreased anxiety, better sleep, more energy, and improved concentration & circulation.  To purchase this gift card, please click here.

 


Perfect for the loved one to use for any service we offer (Personal Training*, Hormonal Balance*, Group Fitness, Yoga, Massage, Strawberry Laser Lipo, Fit N Firm Foods).

*Online redemption is unavailable for these two services.  To redeem for these services, recipient must print and bring the e-gift card to The FIRM U.

$100 Gift Card

To purchase this gift card, please click here.

 

$75 Gift Card

To purchase this gift card, please click here.

 

$50 Gift Card

To purchase this gift card, please click here.

 

Gift Card in Any Amount of Your Choosing

To purchase this gift card, please click here.


1 Strawberry Laser Lipo Session

Price:  $125  (50% off, normally $250)

Learn More about the Strawberry here.

To purchase this gift card, click here.

MORE INFO ON THE STRAWBERRY LASER LIPO

No recovery time – walk out and go back to your day!

Non-invasive – no incisions, no surgery, no discomfort!

“Melts the fat away! I saw immediate results!”

The areas only authorized Strawberry Laser provider.  The Strawberry Laser is completely non-invasive, completely non-surgical, and completely non-painful! FDA cleared for U.S. use, the Strawberry Laser has been successfully melting the fat and re-contouring the figures of millions of patients in over 30 countries for several years. When liposuction or other surgical body contouring procedures are less desirable options, Strawberry Laser treatments can yield noticeable, measurable results. Most patients will see a difference with their very first treatment session! We’ve grown accustomed to our patients being thrilled with the results – right from their very first session!  The Strawberry Laser helps our patients reshape their bodies – without liposuction, without surgery! Why not trim down those annoying, trouble spots of bulging fat by melting them away?! For patients looking for a simple “walk in, walk out” alternative to surgery, without any restrictions or downtime, the Strawberry Laser is a safe, affordable, non-invasive option that can achieve very reasonable results. Most patients will achieve their goals with a series of 6 -10 treatment sessions – just two a week – within only about a month! Results may vary.

For both men and women looking to shrink down pockets of unwanted fat from their arms, back, sides, hips, thighs, or abdomen, this safe, time-saving, cost-saving treatment can be ideal. The Strawberry Laser can help with everything from love handles, to spare tires, to saddlebags, to muffin tops!


Please call (833) FIRMU-Up or email ray@thefirmu.com with any questions you may have.

Happy “Healthidays” from The FIRM U!