The Protein Guy

  Do you eat enough protein?  For many of us, our bodies function best when we eat an even percentage of calories from Protein, Carbs, and Fat.  So that’s 33% from each.  Therefore, if you eat 2,000 calories per day, that’s a goal of 165 grams of protein per day. Protein comes in the form of meats like chicken, steak, fish, turkey, and eggs, and vegetarian sources like beans, tofu, and soy.  These items are usually perishable, require cooking, and are not available in the snack isle or vending machines (at least none that I have seen.) Protein can only be efficiently digested in amounts of 30 grams at a time for average sized human beings or up to about 50 grams in bigger ones, so one giant portion of chicken will not cover your protein needs.  It has to be spaced out. So, if you need 30-50 grams of protein per meal, and a total of 165 grams in a day, how the heck are you going to eat all the protein you need during your busy day? Meet Juan Ponte.  He is a nutrition specialist and owner of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition in Columbia and a trusted partner in our local fitness community.  In addition, and perhaps most importantly, he offers all our members a 15% discount at his store. Juan’s store carries several lines of high quality proteins that are the best in the business.  Maxpro protein is derived from milk, so the primary protein is whey – a fast and efficiently absorbing protein.  Furthermore, digestive enzymes are added to the mix to prevent gas or...

Help Bring Christmas to Families on Local Domestic Violence Shelters

  Christmas is a magical time of giving and receiving gifts and sharing time with ones we love, but for some, this Holiday can be very difficult.  Some families go through challenging times around Christmas and find support through shelters such as local Domestic Violence Shelters. The centers provide safety and comfort to those who need it, and during the Holidays also try to rekindle a shred of the magic by having presents for the families and children they serve. Earlier this month, Colosseum owner, Tim Gallagher, spoke with a representative from a local Domestic Violence Center about how he could help donate Christmas presents for those families.  Here is what he found: The Domestic Violence Centers appreciate gifts in the form of gift cards to local stores such as target, kohls, toys r us, kmart, etc. so that they can purchase age appropriate and perhaps even kid-specific presents. If you would like to help us on our mission to raise $2500 for these families, please drop a gift card (recommended amount $25) into the check slot at the front desk.  Tim will personally see to their delivery.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting this deserving cause!...

Colosseum Expansion Part II

The wall is up and construction on the back room is complete!  We have purchased some new equipment including two squat racks, a new set of rubber covered bumper plates, clips, Olympic bars, deadlifting platforms, a boxing bag, and more! The results of the Facebook Poll are in!  The official Facebook name for the backroom is …. (drum roll please) … The I pick things up and put them down room.  ?  … really guys? I’d like to call out a certain someone with a first name that begins with the letter “K” and rhymes with Lady for creating that hilarious option. Supreme Dictator Tim has overruled the ridiculous Facebook poll name and has decided to go with something a little simpler and more relevant: The Arena!  The floor of the Colosseum where the gladiators did battle was referred to as the Arena, and it was the stage for all the action. Despite being overruled, many thanks to all who participated in the poll! You’re interaction with us helps give us new and better ideas on how to continue serving you best!...