Ever wonder what supplements you should take to boost energy, make your workouts more effective or help the body recover after a strenuous session at the gym? Taking supplements can be beneficial for many people, but choosing which ones to take can get downright confusing. To defuse the confusion, we asked Ethan Marine, Master Trainer at Body Machine Fitness (BMF) Plano, for his insight on which supplements to take, when to take them and why.

Let’s get real about the role of supplements first

People often believe they can get the nutrients they need by replacing meals and whole foods with supplements and...

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Thinking about jumping on the group fitness bandwagon? Group personal training classes are all the rage these days – with new boutique fitness studios and gyms opening every day. With so many options, how can you find a gym or studio that’s a good fit for you and get the access to personal trainers you need?

Body Machine Fitness (BMF) Plano certified personal trainer Lizzie is here to help! Read on for her tips on finding the right fitness studio for you and how to get the most out of group personal training classes.

Group fitness moves from big box gyms to boutique fitness studios

A personal trainer for six years, Lizzie has been hanging out in gyms her whole life, “before kids clubs and daycares existed,” she says. During this time, Lizzie has...


Have you ever stepped on the scale, hoping you’ve lost a few pounds, only to find you haven’t lost an ounce? Does this news propel you toward the nearest bag of chips, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s or the Whataburger drive-thru? Then it’s time to ditch the bathroom scale and change the way you think about and track fitness goals. We asked Body Machine Fitness Plano personal trainer Debi to explain how.

Set yourself up for success: Ditch the scale and make small changes to daily habits

“I don’t own a scale. I hate the scale, and I hate the numbers on the scale, because they sabotage our fitness goals. When people are working out and eating healthier, and then they don’t see results on the scale, it can be really demotivating....


Who doesn’t love summer? Fun in the sun, BBQs, boating, pool parties, picnics, family vacations, sleeping in … Aaaaahhhhhh, it’s been a great ride. However, those laid-back – and, if you’re a parent, kids home from school – days can also throw a monkey wrench into our fitness routines. Fret not! With back-to-school season in full swing, now is a great time to reclaim your fit and fabulous self. Here’s how:

Step 1: Love thyself! Make your health a priority.

Whether you’re a mom who always puts family first or a workaholic who always puts clients first, it’s time to show yourself a little love. Give yourself permission to take time for self-care, so you can be in...


In our post, Frustrated withStubborn Belly Fat? Get to the WHY First. Body Machine Fitness (BMF) Master Trainer Ethan and licensed nutritionist Alix addressed the BIG WHY: Why do we get belly fat in the first place? Yep, stress, lack of sleep, inefficient workouts and what you put in your mouth can all play a role. In this post, Ethan and Alix address the BIG HOW: HOW can we get rid of belly fat?

If you’re ready to kick belly fat to the curb, check out Ethan and Alix’s two-step plan below.*

Step 1: Exercise smarter! Switch to a belly fat busting workout regimen.

As BMF’s Master Trainer, Ethan ensures that every single...


You work your tail off in the gym, do crunches until the cows come home and keep calorie intake to a minimum. Yet, that stubborn belly fat won’t let go. What gives? For most people, banishing belly fat requires a change in mindset about lifestyle, working out and food. Shifting mindset in these key areas is key to transforming the body, mind and soul, but it’s not easy to go it alone.

We asked two belly fat busting experts – Body Machine Fitness (BMF) Master Trainer Ethan and licensed nutritionist Alix – to share their “prescription” for tackling belly fat. Along with the exercise and nutrition tips they provide in our companion belly fat post, Ethan and Alix...


If you find yourself feeling down or irritable more days than not, spending more time at your local gym may help turn things around. That’s right. The mind-body connection is REAL people!

It’s true. Take the classic runner’s high for instance. After a long run, endurance swim or intense HIIT workout, BOOM! People feel crazy good afterwards. Why? Exercise is essential for a healthy brain. And the benefits reach far beyond a short-term high. Exercise can also help you get a good night’s sleep (YES!) and do wonders for long-term mental health and wellbeing.

Want to check out a group personal training class at BMF? Your FIRST CLASS IS FREE (sign up here)!



Aaaahhhhhhh … the trusty salad … maker and breaker of diets and waistlines. Are you trying to eat right to meet your health and fitness goals but sick and tired of bland, unsatisfying salads that leave you reaching for a bag of Cheetos? Body Machine Fitness (BMF) nutritionist Alix is here to save the day! Whether you’d rather opt for a take-out prepared salad or prefer making your own, she’s got you covered.

Going the prepared salad route

Alix is a big fan of prepared salads, if chosen wisely. As she explains, “If you want to grab a salad and go, look for the type of salads Crisp Salad Coor Salataoffer. Their salads are loaded with greens and topped with three, six or even...

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Body Machine Fitness (BMF) is joining forces with 22KILLto raise awareness and funds to combat the suicide epidemic plaguing veterans, first responders and law enforcement officers. FACT: An average of 22 veterans die by suicide every day. This staggering statistic, released by the VA in 2012, was the inspiration behind 22KILL, a non-profit that focuses on suicide prevention through empowerment.

Get details about the BMFx22KILL Challenge here.

For 22KILL CEO Jacob Schick, a third generation combat marine, this unnecessary loss of life really hits home. “I’ve been pretty involved with 22KILL since the beginning, because its mission is near and dear...


As summer nears, are you panicking that you won’t reach your beach body goals? Staying motivated to get fit can be tough, especially when you’re working out and eating healthy but not seeing results. Have no fear! The Body Machine Fitness (BMF) team is here with a few motivational tips to help you push through, tap into effective gym workouts and reach your summer body goals.

Tip No. 1: Get real with yourself.

One of the biggest reasons people get frustrated during a weight loss journey is the unrealistic expectations they set. If you want to lose 30 pounds, don’t expect to hit that goal in a month. Get real. Odds are good you didn’t gain that weight...


Whether you’re busting your bum to reach beach body greatness or simply want to treat your body right, eating certain healthy foods – in balance – is a key part of the equation. Unfortunately, eating healthy isn’t exactly a piece of cake – unless you have a secret weapon …

At Body Machine Fitness (BMF), the secret weapon our members have in their quests to eat right and get fit is our team of licensed nutritionists, Alix and Mo. Alix and Mo are incredibly passionate about educating people on how to eat healthy and why it’s so important.

‘Abs are made in the kitchen’

According to Alix, “The infamous gym slogan – ‘Abs are made in the kitchen’...

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If you really want to get pumped up during a workout and relax during a cool down, the right music makes a huge difference. At Body Machine Fitness (BMF), we believe in the power of music so much, we hired Tog Bomb, a nationally renowned music producer and DJ, to curate and compose music for our group personal training classes in Plano.

Over the past 10 years Tog has produced music for TV shows, legendary artists like Ludacris and Lil Jon, movie trailers and sound effects for feature films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spider Man: Homecoming and others, as well as commercials for the likes of Lexus and Taco Bell. You’ll also find him performing at some of the biggest music festivals in the country.



When it comes to working out, cybersecurity consultant and exercise enthusiast Greg N. has tried just about everything – big box gyms, trendy fitness studios, group fitness classes, CrossFit, spin classes, running clubs – you name it. When he realized a 45-50-minute fitness class at Body Machine Fitness (BMF) in Plano yielded results that take up to two hours elsewhere, Greg was hooked.

The 36 year old was introduced to BMF when he stopped in for a smoothie after attending a runner’s social event in Plano last summer. Curious about what BMF had to offer, Greg thought he’d give one of our group personal training classes a try.

“There are two things I look for in a gym or fitness class. I look for a place where I can get results and that extra push you need from a...


Summer will be here before we know it. If you’ve put on a few lbs. this winter and want to get in shape to hit the beach or pool by summer, you better start now. According to Body Machine Fitness Plano trainer David C., “Committing to 90 days of eating right and exercising will allow you to see results in a safe and healthy timeframe.”

It also sets the foundation for a long-term approach to looking and feeling good. “What I really like to ask people who come to our Plano fitness studio is whether they are looking for a beach body or a lifetime body. If your goal is beach body, you’re giving yourself permission to take the short-term track. Why not choose the long-term?” David says.



If you haven’t worked out in eons – or ever – you may wonder if you’re up to the task of getting fit. Don’t let feelings of self-doubt or fear of injury or failure hold you back! Instead, rely on a fitness pro – like trainer Mario S. from the best gym in Plano, Body Machine Fitness – for expert advice and guidance. Check out Mario’s four success tips for effective exercises below.


Success Tip No. 1: To stay motivated, be OK with not being perfect.

People lose the motivation to workout for a number of reasons. Whether they have sore muscles or life gets in the way – work, family, etc. It’s also common for...

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According to a recent report from Foursquare, more people searched for activities related to self-care – walks, morning yoga, meditation – last Valentine’s Day than in years past. At Body Machine Fitness (BMF) in Plano, our trainers love this trend, because they know the best workouts heal the mind, body and soul.

Show yourself a little love – try a group personal fitness class

Lizzie, a trainer at BMF’s group personal training studio in Plano, believes that taking a fitness class is one of the best things we can do for ourselves on Valentine’s Day.

As she explains, “Love should be the focus on Valentine’s Day, and showing yourself the love by taking...


According to a recent Life & Style magazine article, the Kardashian (and Jenner) sisters each follow very different diet and exercise routines to maintain their signature curves. Love them or hate them, all of the sisters are in great shape. They also work hard at it. So how do they do it? We asked Debi, a trainer at Body Machine Fitness in Plano, to weigh in.

Embrace your individuality

If you check out a group photo of the sisters, you’ll notice both striking similarities and distinct differences between Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie. While workouts can be customized to sculpt specific parts of the body, Debi always encourages clients to:...

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The fact that 4,000 fitness pros chose HIIT (high-intensity interval training) as the TOP fitness trend for 2018, comes as no surprise to Body Machine Fitness (BMF) Master Trainer Ethan M. “I am a science nerd, and HIIT has been proven time and time again to be one of the most effective ways to burn fat by stimulating your post metabolic rate (the amount of calories you burn AFTER your workout), so it’s a no brainer for me,” Ethan says.

He also loves HIIT workouts because they are high-tempo and high-energy in nature. As Ethan explains, “The HIIT group classes at our Plano boutique fitness studio give our members super powers in class. They end up doing things they’ve never done before in their...


If you’re like the millions of Americans who resolved to lose weight and get healthy this year, the odds may be stacked against you. According to a recent study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 37 percent of people in their 20s and 16 percent of people 50+ stuck to their fitness resolutions after two months. Don’t fret! You can increase your odds of success by taking a few simple steps.


We asked Body Machine Fitness (BMF) co-founder and president,...