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Here is a compilation of personal blogs, fun stuff, non-fitnessy topics, vlogs and more. Although you can take your workouts serious, living out fitness should always be fun. Live a little and laugh a lot!

Twas the Day After Christmas, and Not a Creature Was Thin

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house,
Every creature was stirring, yes, even the mouse.
The stockings, once hung by the chimney with care,
Were being packed up and are no longer there.
If only the children were nestled all snug in their beds,
All the adults in the house wouldn’t be losing their heads.

I finished some cleaning and took off my thinking cap;
And thought for a second I might take a nap,
When out of nowhere, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.
Across the house I flew like a flash,
Tripping over empty boxes, wrapping paper and trash.

My neighbors’ Christmas lights lit up the neighborhood
So I could see my neighbor clearly exactly where she stood.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
She was standing on her scale crying in fear.
More rapid than eagles, all her weight came,
She cried and shouted and called her scale a bad name.

“Now Dangit! Now Darnit! Dagnabbit and Flippin!
My True Religion jeans are no longer fittin!
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall;
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves before Hurricane Frances did fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount in the sky.
Out of her garage her husband flew,
With the car full of toys and all the kids too.

And in a twinkling, I heard my doorbell sound,
Followed by crying and sobbing from everyone around.
As I drew in my head wondering how I could help,
All my friends and neighbors were at my door with a yelp.
They were dressed in fitness gear from their head to their feet
Their clothes were all tarnished with cookie crumbs and sweets.

They seemed to have an extra bundle around their fronts and their backs,
And they all looked like peddlers, each one with a gym sack.
Their eyes, how they twinkled – but wait, they weren’t merry,
They’d all been crying, their noses red as a cherry.
Their droll little mouths were drawn up like bows;
And their faces looked shocked, like they had all seen a ghost.

They had gotten on a scale and didn’t like what they saw.
And now they were ready and determined to erase it all.
They had broad faces and a little round belly,
That shook when they cried like a bowlful of jelly.
They were chubby and plump, each like an unhappy old elf,
And I laughed when I saw them because I was there myself.
A wink of my eye and a twist of my head,
Soon they all knew they had nothing to dread.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to work;
Getting the gym ready, and then turned with a jerk.
And laying my fingers on the computer keys,
I started writing out my fitness tips with ease.
I sprang to my car and gave my team a call,
And told them “get ready! Get ready for them all!”
And away they all flew to the health clubs that night
saying, Happy New Year to all, let’s give fat a good fight!


story by Bonnie Pfiester

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Lifestyles of the Fit and Fantabulous

The Day in the Life of a Fitness Blogger, Trainer, Gym Owner, Dog Lover, Picture Taker, FitFluential Ambassador…(ME!)

steve and bonnieMost of the time, when you read a fitness article in a magazine, you have no idea who’s writing it. You don’t know what they look like, where they live or how they act. That’s what makes bloggers a little different. We tend to come with a little more personality, a little more fun, more “reality” and, frankly, more honesty. No one’s editing my blogs. No one tells me what to write, or what not to write. My blogs are raw, real, fun and very much alive. Although you may know what I look like, and know my personality a little, nothing beats video footage – hence the world’s love for reality TV.

So who the heck am I really? I mean, many of you have never even met me or my honey “for reals” – live and in person. 😉 Unless you’ve watched me on video, or you take Steve’s classes online, you probably don’t know that I have a southern accent or that I ride a motorcycle – and you haven’t had the ‘pleasure‘ of hearing Steve’s bad jokes (especially the “two talking muffins”) haha. You may not know my husband and I both play the trumpet (yes, we were band geeks) and that Steve’s main source of transportation in college was a unicycle (true story). Ok, maybe you don’t want to know that (that kind of information might not get us on the cool couple list! lol). Anywho, let’s have a little fun!

tutu on the head

As a blogger, sometimes it’s challenging to show your personality through words alone. Sometimes, readers just want to know the person doing the writing a little better. You may wonder what we really act like, how they think, how we talk, what we do – outside of the blogger world. Since the fitness business is so intimidating, many people may wonder if we’d make them feel comfortable if they joined our gym, or if we we take fitness too seriously (that’s a big fat no! Fitness is serious business, but it HAS to be FUN). And, maybe you wonder what the heck to gym owner people do anyway? Workout all day? haha! Nope! I can answer that one right now! 😉

bonnie pfiesterWell, here is a video that not only captures our training style and personality at the gym, but it gives you a little peak into our home and our marriage. I hope you can get to know us a little better (and I hope we don’t scare you off too bad with our dorky personalities! lol).

My goal is nothing more than for you to just get to know us a little better, and maybe have a giggle along with way!

Steve and Bonnie Pfiester own Max Fitness Club in Vero Beach Florida and are the founders of BCx Boot Camp certification and workout program offered across the globe. Steve is the creator of BCx Treadz, brand new innovative and exciting treadmill workout video series, just released this week.

As FitFluential Brand Ambassadors, Steve and Bonnie represent major fitness brands, creating fun and educational fitness content for a variety of brands including:

Designer Whey
Detour Bar
Car National Rental
and many more…


Go Shorty, It’s Your Award Day

IMG_0061-BOk, so I’ve never been called short or shorty – EVER! Being a total beam pole skyscraper all through school, I was quite the opposite. However, I was recently nominated for a Shorty Award – but it has nothing to do with my height.

A Shorty Award is an award honoring the best in social media. Quite frankly, I’m just honored to have been nominated. There are TON of greats way ahead of me, but when you spend hours a day blogging, tweeting, facebooking, instagramming, pinteresting, and all that stuff, it’s great to be appreciated.

If you have enjoyed my blogs, tweets and posts, I would love for you to add your nomination too. Here’s more on the Shorty Awards! CLICK HERE to add your nomination.

Can I Interview YOU?

I have a few quick questions I’d like to ask you so I can continue to give you the content you want to read to help you reach your goals this year.

1. What are you glad I blog, tweet & post about?

2. What do you wish I’d talk about more?

3. What’s your favorite fitness topic?

4. Do you workout at home or a gym?

5. You spend your precious time coming to my site, what keeps you coming back for more?


Bonnie Behind the Scenes: UFC Training

Today’s blog will be short and sweet because I’m about to hit the road and get some killer footage of Head Coach for Team Jaco (Blackzilians, home of Rashad Evans) Coach Van Arsdale train some of his world class athletes.

Anyone who watches UFC, has probably seen coach Van Arsdale in action or on the side lines coaching Rashad Evans. He was on the Ultimate Fighter Season 10 coaching with Team Rashad and has a pretty killer professional record himself as a UFC veteran, Gold Medalist in freestyle wrestling, and inductee in the Iowa’s Hall of Fame of Wrestling.

He’s faced UFC icons like Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva, just to mention a few. He may look tough, but don’t let that full you – he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met in the industry and you should see how proud of he is of his family and kids. The guy is just plain good people.

So what am I doing smack in the middle of a bunch of UFC fighters? I’m going to get some inside training tips, as well as shoot a couple of workouts that YOU will be able to tryout yourself! Stay tuned for the exciting details!!

Welp, I better boogie! I’ve gotta get on the road!! I’ll be posting pics on facebook & tweeting for sure! But do me a favor, be sure to like his brand new fan page. The guy has been so busy training world class athletes, he hasn’t had time to get social – but he’s making time now! He’s on twitter , but just joined facebook, so give him some love and Like Coach Van Arsdale’s page for me! Thanks!!!  This is going to be a fun day! 

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Watch Mike in Action, with Rashad Evans, right now on

Pfiester Pfridays: Join me Behind the Scenes

A typical Friday doing not-so-typical cool things
While Steve was on the road to Boca to shoot his weekly Friday shows with one of our BCx Trainers, Cristina, for LiveExercise, I was takin’ care of business at our home office all morning, meeting all my Friday deadlines: design my weekly ad, write my blog, finalize the BCx Bikini Boot Camp program for Max Fitness, write my Honestly Bonnie column for FitStudio and finalize a few tasks for Designer Whey protein as they prepared for their new site launch.

Fiji Bound
Once I checked everything off my to do list, it was event time! While Steve was wrapping up his shows yesterday afternoon, I was heading to our local high school football field to set up for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year’s theme Relay was countries, so our gym decided to be Fiji – because you have to have a great body if you go to Fiji right?!

Surviving Fiji
Since the CBS Survivor reality show did a season in Fiji, we decided to go WILD and play the Survivor part (perfect for the American Cancer Society too!). Frayed jeans, bikini top, worn tee, natural hair and a fun hat would be my “costume” for the event.

Our staff did an AMAZING job dressing up our tent with palm fronds, grass decor and tiki torches. I painted tribal faces and we whipped up some yummy tropical smoothies for donations, compliments of Designer Whey. Our members did a great job coming out to walk and support such a great cause – and Steve finally got back to town and joined us too!

Surviving another busy Friday!
Finally, I got to go home and crash with Steve, who had dinner waiting (thank goodness!). My final task for the day was to check my email and social media accounts, and that’s when I saw the good news – Designer Whey launched their new website! What a wonderful way to end a productive day! WOO HOO! As the resident fitness experts for Designer Whey, Steve and I celebrate the beginning of an exciting year with the #1 protein company in the nation!

Workout with Us
The first workout to launch on the site is called “Basic Training”  4-week workout program – not because it’s hard, but because it’s truly basic. This 3-day a week program is simple, effective and requires a minimal amount of time, space and tools. Perfect for any begginer, this program grows in intensity, and length, as you get stronger and more fit.

Our next program to come out (in a week or two) is Design Your Body. This program is a 4-week program with 5 workouts a week – a total of 17 fresh new set of circuits (called Blocks) – adaptable to workout beginners to athletes.

Get Ready!
Steve and I will be writing weekly blogs and doing bi-weekly workouts exclusively for Designer Whey, so be sure to follow them, like them and get E-news so you are the 1st to know what’s new at the all-new Designer Whey!

One Thing Missing
People often think all I do is workout for a living. With a day like today, you probably can see how working out is just as hard to squeeze in for a “fitness professional” as it is for any business person. It was one thing that did not make my to-do list yesterday. You see, we all have our “bad days”. The key to success is not beating yourself up for them and just picking up right where you left off. Yesterday was a productive day, and missing my workout was a small sacrifice for a great cause!


Exercise is Just More Fun in Mexico!

As many of you know, we had the privilege to lead Mexico Body Camp, a luxury wellness retreat at El Dorado Royale.WOW!! What a FUN trip to Mexico with the Sears FitStudio & My Destination Wellness team! Below is Scott Herman, Me, Steve Pfiester, Alfonso Moretti (AKA: The Angry Trainer) and Andrea Metcalf.

Every day was filled with fitness activities – boot camp on the beach, sunrise yoga, pilates, MMA kickboxing and trainer workshops. The resort was simply amazing, making pretty much any exercise there dreamy! I’ll be posting photos on my facebook throughout the week so be sure to check them out and writing more recaps and sharing Mexico fit tips.

If you are looking for a wellness retreat, stay tuned because this won’t be the last. Not only do we lead retreats at Gloria Estefan’s beach resort, we will be planning another dreamy fitness vaca with the FitStudio trainers – and likely another chance to WIN! Stay tuned!


Keith, from Visible Air, was on location the entire time shooting video for FiStudio, which you will be seeing soon. He captured all the sweat and plenty of fun! Thanks Keith!! You ROCK!

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
Steve had a hard time concentrating on his lines with the Dallas cowboy cheerleaders watching. That’s OK, because he returned the favor and had a perfect view during pilates to watch them during THEIR swimsuit shoot! …but somehow I don’t think they were as distracted as he was. ha!!

Back in Action!
Now that I’m back in the states, I’ll be get back to blogging and motivating my peeps! Tell me what YOU would like to hear. Diet? Workouts? Motivation? My inquiring mind wants to know! …as soon as I get your feedback I’ll get back to work!

Hope you all have a fantabulous week!!!

LAST CHANCE to Go to Mexico with Us!


FitStudio is giving SEVEN lucky winners a one-of-a-kind fitness VACATION FOR TWO at the plush El Dorado Royale Spa Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. That’s 14 people who get to spend time with us in Mexico FREE!! CLICK ON THE BANNER TO ENTER!

FitStudio Body Camp: Mexico

Come join Steve and I, along with FitStudio trainers:

The Angry Trainer (Alfonso Moretti), as seen on Fox, MTV & NBC
Andrea Metcalfauthor of Naked Fitness, as seen on the NBC Today Show
Scott Herman, as seen on MTV’s Real World of Brooklyn

Get your body beach ready!

Choose your FitStudio fitness program & get ready with the trainers you’ll be vacationing with:
BCx Boot Camp with Steve & Bonnie
Real Strength with the Angry Trainer
Better Beach Body with Scott Herman
Naked Fitness with Andrea Metcalf


Book Your Vaca with Us!

Don’t want to take your chances? Book your all-inclusive fitness vacation TODAY – and if you WIN, they’ll REFUND your money! You can’t beat that! Click on the banner below to get more information on your personalized vacation!

Join us in Mexico: Body Camp Vacation Give-a-Way!

FitStudio Body Camp: Mexico

How does a fitness vacation in MEXICO sound? Fureeeeeeeee!!!!!

Duh?! I guess that’s probably a dumb question!! Well, here’s YOUR chance to get it FREE!! FitStudio is giving SEVEN lucky winners a one-of-a-kind fitness VACATION FOR TWO at the plush El Dorado Royale Spa Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. That’s 14 people who get to spend time with us in Mexico FREE!! CLICK ON THE BANNER TO ENTER!

Guarantee Your Spot

Don’t want to take your chances? Book your all-inclusive fitness vacation TODAY – and if you WIN, they’ll REFUND your money! You can’t beat that! Click on the banner below to get more information on your personalized vacation!

Come join Steve and I, along with FitStudio trainers:

The Angry Trainer (Alfonso Moretti), as seen on Fox, MTV & NBC
Andrea Metcalf, author of Naked Fitness, as seen on the NBC Today Show
Scott Herman, as seen on MTV’s Real World of Brooklyn

Get your body beach ready!

Choose your FitStudio fitness program & get ready with the trainers you’ll be vacationing with:
BCx Boot Camp with Steve & Bonnie
Real Strength with the Angry Trainer
Better Beach Body with Scott Herman
Naked Fitness with Andrea Metcalf

Comment below if you plan to enter or book your vaca! Can’t wait to see the lucky winners and see everyone there!!! 


Fitness Freaks Freak Me Out! (and make me laugh…HARD!)

There are people who workout and then there are “fitness freaks“. You know the kind. They don’t just workout, they live it, breath it, eat it, preach it, live for it and have no life outside of it. OK, before you start to point the finger at ME, consider I am a fitness professional – it’s kinda my job to “represent”. BUT, although I do tweet it, facebook it and write on it – I live a relatively pretty normal fitness life. Meaning, I jog and workout a few days a week – that’s about it. I eat normal food, I live a pretty normal healthy life.

On the other hand, some people dive into fitness and get in so deep they scare everyone away. This video, put together by part of the FitFluential team, is a perfect example of those types of people. They often are misinformed and narrow-minded. They try every diet gimmick and believe every new fitness fad they see. They are full of excuses (and just full of IT) and have all the answers. They are basically self-absorbed obsessed people with a warped view on what fitness and eating healthy really is – BUT they aren’t the norm, so don’t let them scare you away too! Get ready for a laugh! Enjoy!

PS: Can you spot Steve Pfiester in this video? (He’s kinda hard to miss! hahaha)

What do YOU think of when you think of a “Fitness Freak”? (and don’t say ME! haha)
I want to hear from YOU!

Protein Pancake Recipe: If Steve Can Do it, Anyone Can!

After a series of tweets, Steve found himself in the middle of a twitter challenge to make protein pancakes this weekend. He took on the challenge – without the apron (sorry @kelly_olexa) & thongs (@Openmindfitness) but I think he will give you plenty of laughs without them. ha!

Enjoy the video – and when you are done, you can use the CORRECT recipe below & enjoy!

Challenge: How many supplements can you spot in this video? haha

RECIPE (passed to us from of @BridgetNicole26 on twitter)
1 scoop vanilla protein (we used GNC’s Amplified Whey)
1 TBS Aunt Jemima Pancake mix 
3/4 TPS baking soda
1/2 banana
1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 cup egg white
1/8 cup Silk almond milk

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