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      Mekenzie Riley: 2017 Crossfit Game's Athlete / Registered Dietitian

      Mekenzie Riley:  2017 Crossfit Game's Athlete / Registered Dietitian

      Mekenzie Riley: Crossfit Athlete and Dietitian for American GAINZ Nutrition


      Meet Mekenzie Riley, an athlete and professional on a mission to make noise this 2017 Crossfit season.

      Centered on nutrition & fitness, Mekenzie has created a life for herself most fitness athletes would drool over. Armed with a Bachelors and Masters degree from Eastern Illinois in Dietetics, Mekenzie leads a career as a Registered Dietitian specializing in performance nutrition and lifestyle change. In 2015, with the Inception of Real Results Nutrition Consulting, Mekenzie managed her own nutrition practice, guiding a growing community on their own tailored nutrition journeys promoting happier and healthier lives.

      Growing up strong, Mekenzie excelled in multiple sports; competitive swimming became the focal point that led her to compete in college. After moving to a new town post-graduation in 2012, Mekenzie was in the market for a gym to replace the competitive void left behind from her swimming days. With her husband by her side, Crossfit was found.  Kenzie, not too long ago (Jan 2018) wrote a blog that touched the entire fitness community, you can check it out here for a deeper dive into what makes Kenzie tick: "Letter to My Younger Self".

      Immediately hooked with the intensity void filled, Mekenzie began developing and evolving into a competitive Crossfitter both in physical abilities and mental fortitude. Mekenzie, with her sites locked in on earning a 2017 Games Invitation, currently trains as much as necessary to make the progress it takes to remain competitive without losing herself in the process. Unlike so many new athletes to the sport and a huge differentiator, Mekenzie is no stranger to having her finger on the pulse of “over-training.” She approaches every training session and meal cognizant of injury prevention, burning out, breaking down, and avoiding fitness becoming a chore.

      Since starting Crossfit in 2013, Mekenzie has climbed the leaderboard, recently establishing some consistency as 33rd and 37th worldwide for 2015 & 2016 Crossfit Open seasons. While always pushing herself as an individual, Mekenzie gained 4 years of regional experience through competing in the Team division. She finished off her team aspirations in 2016 where she was a member of OC3 Black of Crossfit OC3 out of in Davenport, Iowa. OC3 Black placing 5th overall in the 2016 CrossFit Games left Mekenzie with amazing experiences but also hungry to test her might as individual athlete.

      Mekenzie’s goal this season was to qualify individually for the 2017 Crossfit Games, with her explosive event 6 win at the Atlantic Regional she solidified her Games spot and a 3rd place overall finish at the Regional competition.  More importantly than her 2017 goals, Mekenzie wishes to continue making longitudinal progress and pushing her limits daily. Priding herself in exploring new places, meeting new people, enjoying the relationships she has built, and creating opportunities to help people through the Crossfit Community is why we at American GAINZ Nutrition are in 110% support of Mekenzie!!!

      “We’ll always remember our first correspondence with Mekenzie, something about “forging her personal career to allow for a better training environment, ready to F*** S*** up this 2017 fitness season.” It doesn’t get much better than finding an athlete that matches our brand spirit with that kind of positive intensity. We are proud to support such an amazing professional and athlete.”  

      —American GAINZ Nutrition



      Bethany Shadburne: 2017 CrossFit Game's Athlete

      Bethany Shadburne: 2017 CrossFit Game's Athlete

      Bethany Branham, crossfit athlete for American GAINZ

      “Words can’t express how thankful I am to both my mentors Jenn & Jared Astle as well as American GAINZ Nutrition for supporting me as I train towards the 2017 CrossFit season.”
      – Bethany ShadburneStreamline Crossfit

      For the overwhelming majority of Bethany’s athletic career, CrossFit wasn’t even an afterthought. It wasn’t until a back injury forced Bethany to retire from an 8-year career in competitive gymnastics that she started developing a more well-rounded skill set taking on several different sports.

      Once fully recovered, Bethany redirected her energy towards the endurance sports, competing in several half-marathons and sprint triathlons. Soon after her running phase, she found herself competing in bodybuilding as a women's physique competitor. Although long distance running and bodybuilding are rewarding in their own right, the void created by no longer competing in gymnastics wasn’t filled.

      It wasn’t until after getting married that Bethany’s husband helped introduce the sport of CrossFit to her as just “something to try.” With the understanding that if you are not currently in the CrossFit cult, the perception of the sport—especially coming from the world of body building—is a bit taboo. None the less, the rest is history!!!

      After the first year of essentially playing and having fun in CrossFit, it seemed obvious that Bethany’s potential in the sport was dying to be hydrated. Her awesome husband then reached out to a games veteran, amazing person, and AGN athlete Jenn Astle (formerly Jenn Jones) for guidance. Only described as “an experience I’ll never forget” early post open in 2016, Bethany found herself working out with the elite Crossfit couple, soon-to-be husband and wife Jenn & Jared Astle following Black Magic Training.

      Over the course of the next 6 months, under the mentorship and guidance of Jared, Bethany’s life has dramatically changed for the better. Bethany has noticed remarkable improvement not only in her athletic capability but also her mindset.  We believe Bethany is on the road to earning great success in this sport and competing at the highest levels.

      Bethany’s short term goals just this year included a 2017 placing at Wodapalooza in Mia in which she finished 1st place in the Rx Division, and of course, achieving a top 20 spot in this year’s 2017 Open in which she rose to the top finishing 1st overall in the South Central Region.  She then went on to place 4th at the South Regional qualifying for the 2017 Crossfit Games in Madison this summer!!!

      “Bethany has displayed extraordinary potential and is the epitome of a 'coach’s dream athlete.' It’s no secret that, when potential meets experience, the sky becomes the limit; we are proud to welcome Bethany to the American GAINZ family and wish her the best of luck in her 2017 CrossFit Season goals."
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

      Teresa Trojanowski: 2017 Crossfit Games Masters Athlete, Crossfit Central Houston Owner

      Teresa Trojanowski: 2017 Crossfit Games Masters Athlete, Crossfit Central Houston Owner

      Teresa Trojanowski, athlete for American GAINZ

      We are proud to announce Teresa Trojanowski of Crossfit Central Houston joining the American GAINZ athlete family. As a Regional Athlete Veteran since 2011, Teresa has gained immense popularity as a Houston favorite athlete representing Crossfit Central Houston, a box grounded by a welcoming, family-like culture.

      Growing up strong, Teresa started her athletic career at a young age. At the age of 3 up until her teens, she developed as a gymnast. Then from basketball in middle school to track & field in high school, Teresa ultimately landed at Rice University in Houston, where she continued her Track & Field aspirations as a member of a 5-time WAC Conference championship team. Starting out as a Jill of all trades and competing as a heptathlete with noticeable talent in the hammer throw, it became evident that strength and explosiveness were in Teresa’s wheelhouse. Teresa went on to achieving a school record in the hammer throw.

      Like so many of the athletes we support, Teresa’s education backs up her passion for health and wellness. During her time at Rice University, she earned a BA in Health Science and Management as well as Masters in education. After graduation Teresa began to hydrate her love for teaching others as a full-time middle school math teacher. Introduced to Crossfit in 2010, it wasn’t long before Teresa was competing at the Regional level as a team member in 2011. Shortly after in 2012, a joint decision was made to invest in her passion and open a Crossfit box with her husband Philip, pairing both her love for teaching others with her background in health sciences.

      Over the course of the next several years to date, Teresa and Philip have built something special; fostering an environment of support & comradery, Crossfit Central Houston stands as the epitome of a welcoming family culture bolstered by amazing people. As a Level 2 Trainer, Teresa is also Crossfit Weightlifting certified, Crossfit Kids certified, and Crossfit Mobility & Movement certified.

      Teresa has since competed in the Crossfit Open annually, establishing herself as an individual regional athlete veteran, competing at the 2013, 2014, 2016, & 2017 Regional event. In 2017 Teresa qualified and will compete as a Masters Athlete at the Crossfit Games in Madison.  We at American GAINZ are confident Teresa's success streak continues to build momentum into the years to come!!! 

      “When we finally met Teresa it was obvious she was one of us: super passionate about nutrition & fitness and extremely devoted to the Crossfit community. We are proud and honored to have Teresa on our side. Best of luck this 2017 Season!!!”
      —American Gainz Nutrition

      Camzin Martin: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Crossfit Coach

      Camzin Martin: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Crossfit Coach

      Camzin Martin: Crossfit Regional Athlete and Coach

      "Over this last year of training while nursing my newly born baby girl, it was of utmost importance for me to consume only the cleanest supplements to not only enhance my recovery but to do so without putting my baby at risk. Before American GAINZ there really was a void in the CrossFit recovery protein market, especially if you didn’t buy into the mass marketed big names. As my training goals for 2016 include earning my third Regional Individual invitation, I'm proud to be taking the leanest and healthiest protein available." 
      —Camzin Martin

      Growing up strong, Camzin’s athleticism was grounded in the world of gymnastics. In her home country of South Africa, Camzin experienced success at both the regional and national levels before moving with her family to the United States. Once arrived and settled, Camzin continued to develop her athletic and mentoring talents as a gymnastics coach and was ultimately introduced to Crossfit by the use of friendly peer pressure.

      Since her introduction to the sport, Camzin received her Level 1 and shortly after earned her first individual regional invitation. Her achievements include being a two-time Regional Individual qualifier out of the SoCal Region, a one-time SoCal Team competitor, and earning several CrossFit certificates. One of Cam’s most admirable accomplishments has been her long-time involvement on the CrossFit Kids seminar staff; with her love of children it’s no secret as to why she has become an incredible mother to her one-year-old daughter.

      “We at American GAINZ are so lucky to have Camzin in our corner; she has an unwavering passion for supporting the athletes around her and is truly a role model in the fitness & nutrition community. Thanks for your support!!!” 
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

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      Kerry Moritz: Fitness Competitor / Fitness & Diabetic Wellness Coach

      Kerry Moritz: Fitness Competitor / Fitness & Diabetic Wellness Coach

      Hey! What's in your tub?

      I had That Tub in my kitchen for a long time—you know what I mean, the big plastic container of whey protein. For years whey protein powder has been a fixture in my life and in my fitness routine; we all know the benefits of a protein shake after a hard workout. But until American GAINZ cued me in to Tactical Recovery, there was one thing I didn't think about:

      What they did is prompt me to look at the scoop. So I did. The one in my plastic tub was around 40 grams, but it only contained 20 grams or so of protein. This was the first day I ever asked myself, “What's in the other 20 grams?” It wasn't all accounted for.

      I didn't think about it before because I trusted that whey protein isolate was simply good for me. This moment was surprising, because as a diabetic and a coach who is passionate about helping others, it is critical that I take a second look at what my clients and I are eating. It's part of me, my life and my work—passion to be conscientious and dedicated to health.

      This question became important to me. But after looking around, I wasn't able to get any good explanation of why I've had to consume countless grams of unknowns over the years along with my 20ish gram servings of protein. That was the moment when I understood the value of Tactical Recovery.

      I would never tolerate ambiguity in my training. I made the change to Tactical Recovery because I realized that the big plastic tub meant I was accepting ambiguity in my whey protein. I consume hydrolyzed whey protein isolate on a daily basis, and I have for years, and I plan to for many more years. It's important to me to know what I'm consuming, down to the gram. I respect that American GAINZ can track the source of every ingredient, and can track them to an American source. Of course I like those big-time BCAAs fortifications, and I like knowing their exact breakdown. It's an excellent product. Plus Tactical Recovery tastes great.

      But the real reason I've become a big fan of Tactical Recovery hydrolyzed whey protein isolate is because I trust it. I'm never going to spend another year consuming unknown fillers from unknown sources.

      —Kerry Moritz, Fitness Competitor/Diabetic Wellness Coach