American Obesity Rates Are Not Pretty (Special Offer Inside)

Today the new American obesity rates were released by The State of Obesity Organization – and it’s not pretty.

There are currently three states who have an adult obesity rate exceeding 35-percent. 22 states have exceeded the 30-percent mark. Every single state in America is above 20-percent. Things are continuing to get worse – and by “things,” I mean the health of our country.

Indiana, specifically, is at extreme risk. Our state has the 7th highest obesity rate in the country – 32.7%

In 1990, Indiana’s obesity rate was 13.3 percent. We’ve nearly tripled that number.

Look at our state by the numbers below:

It’s not just adults, our children are trending in the wrong direction as well. Indiana ranked 15th when it comes to childhood obesity – 14.3%


It’s no secret that obesity can lead to some life-threatening health issues. Help us reverse this trend in Indiana, and our country. We have a personal challenge for all of you – and there’s a reward to go along with this!

It’s time to share the gift of health. If you’re reading this, you obviously take interest in your health. Please share this with 3 of your friends. It doesn’t matter if they’re someone who works out once per week, once per month, every day, or never! We just need these statistics to be seen our community so we can create an avalanche of action. Show them that Indiana, overall, is not a healthy state and that WE are here to help change that.

Tell you friends to come visit us. We will give ALL REFERRALS who mention this article 32.7% OFF their first personal training package. 32.7 percent because that is Indiana’s current obesity rate – and also, it’s a heck of deal! We will also reward YOU, the referrer, with a $50 gift card to redeem at the gym.

Let’s do our part in getting Indiana healthy and moving in the right direction for 2016 & beyond!

*Offer ends January 1, 2016

1 & Only Fitness & Indiana Blood Center Blood Drive

We are proud to be partnered with the Indiana Blood Center to host our very first blood drive on September 26th! Please join us at the gym from 9AM to 1PM to give a blood donation that could save one or more lives!

All donors will receive a free 1 & Only Protein Smoothie after their donation! Please pre-register for your preferred time slot using the button below.

Here are some helpful hints on what to expect if you’ve never donated before. Feel free to invite friends and family, you do not have to be a member to donate at our blood drive. The more, the merrier! Hope to see you guys there!

Seafood Watch: Our new favorite tool.

We often recommend members and clients add fish to their daily/weekly nutrition plan. High in protein, Omega 3’s and several other great nutrients, fresh fish can help propel you towards your fitness goals.

There is one issue. We’re in Indiana. We don’t have direct access to any major body of water, making it more and more difficult to get good fish.

We can talk wild caught vs. farm raised for hours, but for now, let’s just use the Seafood Watch app to guide us through the fish-buying battle! This app allows you to search the type of fish you bought / plan to buy. Select where it’s sourced from and a few other specifics on the fish, and it will grade your fish!

Now you can make more responsible choices when purchasing seafood! Check out the website and app below!

EXCLUSIVE Screening of “SOUTHPAW” starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Do you want to see an exclusive early screening of what will be one of the biggest movies of 2015?! We’ve got the passes for you! From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

Check out the trailer below!

Looks like a great film! If you want your exclusive passes just click below. Oh yeah, THEY ARE FREE!

Motivation: 300 Pounds Down & Counting!

One of the most common excuses I hear for why individuals don’t exercise is LACK OF MOTIVATION. This story will put a quick end to that excuse. Jesse Shand was recently featured on for his amazing weight loss story.

28-year-old Jesse Shand battled obesity and won—with a little help from his friends on the forums. Learn how the kindness of strangers made a difference in one man’s life!

Jesse went from 653 pounds back in 2013, to 297 at the time of this posting. He’s probably working out as we speak. He has displayed a tremendous amount of motivation, perseverance and determination along this journey, but as the article on BB says, he’s nowhere near finished with this story!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

What is stopping YOU from taking your first step? If you’ve already started your weight loss journey, this should be a real life example of how hard work and dedication pays off. Keep it up, we’ve got your back and will help in any way!

Don’t be hesitant when it comes to your health. You only have one body and you have to live in it forever. Let’s make sure we take care of it!

You can read the fully detailed story of Jesse Shand here!

FDA Finally Banned Trans Fats!

Tuesday’s decision “is probably the single most important thing the FDA has ever done for the healthfulness of the food supply,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, which first petitioned FDA to ban trans fats 11 years ago.

That’s an excerpt from the Indianapolis Star‘s recent article about the FDA’s decision to finally ban trans fats.

In what’s been an ongoing conversation for over 10 years, the FDA has ruled that artificial trans fats must go by 2018. This will be a huge wake up call to restaurants and huge packaged food manufacturers because it will cause them to drastically alter some of their recipes. Removing artificial trans fats will make the deadly hydrogenated oils used in foods go away, which deserves a huge round of applause.

According to the Indy Star’s article, Indiana has the 13th highest death rate when it comes to heart disease in the US. We also know that Indianapolis is one of the least fit cities in our country. The ban on using artificial trans fats is a huge step in the right direction for not only our state, but our country! It’s great to see the FDA do the right thing.

This will help promote healthy hearts around the country, leading to longer/healthier lives! Read up on the entire details of the ban here!

The Whole30 Challenge: Justin’s Journey

Note from author: This is a little bit more personal than most of my other articles. Stick with me on this one, it’ll make sense in the end.

You’ve probably heard that when it comes to weight loss, health and wellness, nutrition is the most vital component of the process. I agree wholeheartedly. You can’t out-train a poor diet. That’s a 100% fact.

Nutrition has always been the most intriguing piece of this fitness puzzle to me. Ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease back in 2012, my entire lifestyle has changed – for the better. I place an extremely high priority on my nutrition, and my knowledge on the subject.

Of course, the exercise and anatomy portions of the fitness world are very important to me as well, but something about nutrition just really gets me going. Clients at the gym have noticed this about me and I’ve kind of become the go-to guy for nutrition questions. I love that. Keep it coming.

I got into this profession to help people and I enjoy doing that every single day. I do want to come clean about something and extend a challenge to everyone reading this!

Before I get to that, let me give you some background…

I recently lead a lecture and discussion about Celiac Disease at the Community Healthplex Sports Club, which is part of the Community Health Network. It was an unbelievable experience. I was able to spread great information to a receptive audience and it went better than I could have ever expected. It did open my eyes to some things I was not aware of.

I realized that sometimes my nutritional beliefs, when compared to the common view of nutrition, can be:

  • Intimidating
  • Challenging
  • Peculiar

But I also know that my nutritional beliefs produce:

  • Results
  • Healthier Lives
  • Happier Lives

I’ve lived it and seen my clients live it. When I discuss my nutritional lifestyle, a lot of people’s initial reaction makes it seem like they think I eat a perfect diet – and at times I think this can be discouraging for clients, rather than the uplifting effect I was aiming for. I never want to give that impression, and sorry if I have given that impression to you!

This is what I want to come clean about. I have slip-ups just like everyone else. Let me tell you something, no one eats a perfect diet. I can guarantee that. Like I said, I have slip-ups, overeat occasionally, give in to temptations, etc. It’s natural for us to do so, we just have to minimize it.

Sounds easier than it is, right? Because life happens. My wife, Catherine, is 23 weeks pregnant and her cravings are my top priority. If you’ve never experienced pregnant woman cravings, it’s exactly what you think it is.

She craves something unusual, unhealthy and/or delicious. You go and get it for her immediately.

I have pretty strong willpower, but as you know from my previous article, environment trumps willpower. Sometimes her cravings become my snack. Or my dinner. Or my dessert. Or all of the above.

Related Article: Stop Using Willpower!

As I said before, you can’t out-train a bad diet. As my dietary slip-ups are increasing, I would love to increase my training intensity to at least try to level it out – but I can’t. A herniated L4-L5 disc will do that to you.

I’ve been battling this for 4-5 months now and I’m finally receiving injection treatments for it after trying several other methods. With that, comes a lowered level of intensity of my workouts. Sorry about all the personal info, but it all has a point! Just wait… it’s coming!

Nutrition is going to be exponentially more important to me over the next 12 weeks during my recovery process. Not exercising as hard will leave less room for dietary errors and I’m ready for the challenge!


I’ve decided that during the month of June I’m going to do the Whole 30 challenge. Whole30 is not one of those fad diets that may or may not work. It has only one rule: Eat real food. It’s like hitting the ‘reset’ button on your nutrition, or it could be an intro into a healthy lifestyle for those who may not be happy with their diet.

For 30 days, you avoid added sugars (even natural ones like Stevia), alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, MSG and pseudo-treats. During the 30 days you step away from the scale and any other body measurements and just let whole, natural food have its effect. You will feel great and this will undoubtedly get you closer to your goals.

View The Official Whole30 Rules Here

This is going to be tough. I already avoid grains, alcohol, dairy, most legumes and the food additives, but as I mentioned before, I have slip-ups more often than I’d like to. The added sugars can be tough to avoid, even if they’re natural. I can buckle down and do this for 30 days. If not, then that’s just weak!

I’m going to document the entire month on this blog. You’ll see what I eat, how I’m feeling and stay updated on my progress.


After I complete this during the month of June, I’ll repeat it in July and invite friends, family, clients, etc. to join the fun so we can all feel great together!   So stay tuned and do some research on Whole 30! It’s going to be an awesome month for me in June and I hope you all join me in July!

Sign Up For Free Below

This is a 100% FREE challenge. Just fill out the contact form below and we will get in touch with tons of useful tools/info to help you out when the challenge starts on July 1. Myself, and other 1 & Only Fitness staff members, will be there right by your side every step of the way! We are participating too and can’t wait to share the results.

Join me in the Whole30 challenge, starting July 1! Sign up below for FREE!

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Indianapolis: One of the least fit cities in America

As reported by USA Today, Indianapolis has recently been named one of the least fit cities in America. An annual American Fitness Index by the American College of Sports Medicine ranks the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States based on several criteria such as access to walk ways, bike routes, gyms in business, obesity rates, etc. Below is an excerpt from today’s USA Today report:

Meanwhile, the Indianapolis area dropped from 46th in 2014 to become the least fit major metro area this year, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation.

The rankings, based on outdoor exercise options and rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes, are designed to be a “call to action” for areas to improve their infrastructures so they promote healthy lifestyles, says Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI advisory board and a professor of kinesiology at Georgia State University.

Instead of accepting this fact, let’s do something about it! We have a great community of staff, gym members and clients at 1 & Only Fitness who are working relentlessly to debunk the myth about the Indianapolis fitness levels being so low! Let’s continue to do our part to help change the fitness culture in our city/state.

If you have a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker, etc. who is on the fence about embarking on a fitness journey, we urge you to show them this report! Spread the word. We do not want our hometown to continually be recognized as “un-fit.” Hoosiers deserve better!

Let’s come together to make a change and spread the wealth of health!