October Trivia Week

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This month's Trivia Week, we're highlighting the role fitness plays in fighting cancer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How much do you know? 

Here's how the contest works: 

  • Check the whiteboard in the lobby, instagram or the Burn 60 blog to view the questions.
  • Grab a trivia week card in the studio, fill it out and submit your answers by Sunday, October 15th.
  • Get all the answers correct, and you'll be put into a raffle to win a Burn 60 t-shirt or tank!

 

1. Any form of physical activity can help reduce your risk of cancer?

  • True
  • False

2. The US Dept. of Health & Human Services recommends that adults participate in how many minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week? 

  • 2 hours 30 minutes 

  • 1 hour 45 minutes 

  • 2 hours

  • 3 hours

3. Physical activity is linked with better survival outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis?

  • True
  • False

4. Physical activity boosts the immune system, which can lower risk of cancer? 

  • True
  • False

5. Which of the following is/are (a) universally accepted way(s) to reduce your risk of cancer? 

  • Quitting smoking 

  • Staying consistently physically active 

  • Maintaining a healthy weight 

  • All of the above 

September M.V.B. Adam Howard!

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We’re proud to announce Adam Howard as the September 2017 Most Valuable Burner! Adam has come a long way since he came to Burn, self-motivated to hit every milestone. He was thrown right into the Burn 60 experience with Liam's Extreme Burn 45 Class. Pushing through our most challenging class, Adam has gone on to take 136 classes from over 10 different Burn instructors and amazingly enough, 99% of them at 6AM! Impressive! Determined to hit serious milestones, Adam has conquered Liam's military style class, completing his first 2:59 half-mile. His trainers couldn't be more stoked on his progress, watching him transform into an all-star over the course of the past year and a half. Adam is an inspiration to the Burn community and we can't wait to watch him create a new Burn 60 milestone!

A CHAT WITH OUR MVB....

Tell us about your first class at Burn on January 4, 2016

I'll be honest - I can't even remember my first Burn class, which is probably a good thing if you're telling me it was with Liam.  I would imagine probably went something like running a 4+min half mile, wanting to vomit, and having Liam tell me I'd be better off going outside to have a smoke and a donut.

Do you have a favorite instructor or class?

 Since Liam is copied on this email, I have to say Liam, right?  In all seriousness, there are things I like about all the trainers at Burn, but I think Liam challenges me the most and pushes me the hardest.  I'm really competitive and I hate failing, and I think Liam knows that and uses it against me. I used to be the chubby kid who ran 10 minute miles in middle school, and just prior to injuring my knee, I ran a 5:46 mile, which I can guarantee wouldn't have been possible without Liam kicking my ass every morning. If he could only get his act together with the music…

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

 My favorite exercise is none of them; I think if you have a favorite exercise, you're either not doing it right or not trying hard enough.  My least favorite exercise is a tie between burpies and running at an incline.  Woof.

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back

My favorite thing about Burn is definitely the trainers.  All the trainers have their own style and I like that I get to go to the same studio and get very different, yet very challenging workouts.  That consistency is something I think a lot of other studios lack.  I was also very appreciative of the extra attention I received when I couldn't run and had to double up on the floor.  It was a very frustrating couple months, and the Burn trainers definitely helped me though my recovery (and continue to do so).  Finally, I also think there's something to be said about the members; there's almost an unspoken bond while we all commiserate through Liam's class at 6am.  It's a very motivating group to be part of.

Here's what Liam has to say about Adam:

He did double floor for 6 months because he injured himself running but didn't want to stop coming to Burn 60 with his wife Rachel.  Monday morning of this week for the first time in half a year he banged out a 2:59 Half Mile. He is fully recovered and never stopped training even though he couldn't run and running was his favorite exercise. He learned new exercises. Strengthened his back. He kept his lungs and heart in running shape without running because we operate very fast on the floor at Burn 60. Pure determination and intelligent training - Liam G.

Congratulations Adam. We are proud to have you have you as our 6AM Ambassador. 

 

 

October Community Calendar

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Monday, October 9th: Trivia Week 

Saturday, October 14th: Vere Hair Tie Pop Up from 9:00a - 11:45a

Monday, October 19th: Health Warrior Sampling: 7:45a - 11:45a

Thursday, October 21st: Purlisse Pop Up from 9:00a - 11:45a

 

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Saturday, October 7th: Primo Health Body Comp Testing from 9:00a - 11:30a

Monday, October 9th: Trivia Week

Saturday, October 14th: Body Energy Club Sampling from 9:00a - 11:30a 

Friday, October 20th: BURN 60 WEHO TWO YEAR BIRTHDAY!

Saturday, October 21st: Health Warrior Sampling from 9:00a - 11:30a

Saturday, October 28th: Stretch Pro Demo from 9:00a - 11:30a 

Saturday, October 28th: Reebok LA Scavenger Hunt from 1:00p - 4:00p 

A Letter From Julie (Kickin' Cancer - Narrative)

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Julie shared some inspiring words, a letter on her life-story and the ways in which cancer has affected her life. Read the story below, and get involved by signing up for Kickin' Cancer via team Burn!

 

F*CK CANCER!

Seriously --- I lost both my parents to cancer at an early age. My Mom had ovarian cancer and my Dad had throat cancer. And watching the ones you love suffer and deteriorate is heart wrenching.

Prior to them getting ill, I had a booming career in fashion but had to step away to care for my sick parents. In that time I reevaluated my life and career and decided I wanted to focus on health and wellness --- for myself and others. I had a new calling from fashion to a career in fitness. I became passionate about learning everything I could about fitness, nutrition and how to fight disease.

I myself went through all the 28 gene testing to better understand if I'm at risk --- luckily I am not but I still engage in fueling my body on every level to be sure I stay my healthiest self. Because genes aren’t the only way cancer can creep up --- lifestyle is also a big factor.

I discovered that there is substantial evidence that higher levels of physical activity are linked to lower risks of several cancers --- go workout!

In addition, there are many foods that help lower the risk of cancer --- leafy, green vegetables are one --- eat healthy!

Lastly, lowering stress levels and having a positive mindset is crucial to our physical health as well as our mental health --- find happiness!

For the last 6 years I have been the fitness ambassador to THE LYNNE COHEN FOUNDATION and I kick off their 5K race in Brentwood on Oct. 1st at 9AM. It’s a great nonprofit that is committed to raising awareness and contributing life-saving knowledge to our community.

It’s been well over 20 years and I miss my parents everyday --- my hope is to help as many as possible live a healthy, happy, and cancer free life.

Thank you for letting me share my story and if I can ever answer any questions regarding health and wellness it would be my pleasure. If I can ever answer any questions regarding health and wellness, please contact me at juliediamondfitness@gmail.com.

 

- Julie

 

Pop-Up Recap - Burn 60 x Reebok LA

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Thanks everyone for coming out to the first ever Burn 60 x Reebok LA Pop-Up Event! Such an all around great time! Jenia and Lana took control and led a dynamic class filled with burpees and jump squats, we know they're your favorite way to start a Saturday morning. 

For those of you that couldn't make it, you were missed. However, we couldn't be more excited to be throwing events and hosting partnerships just like this. Moving forward, we're hoping to do many more pop-ups, so stay involved!

Below is a slideshow of pictures from the event:

Trivia Week Nutrition Questions

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This month for Trivia Week we're heading right into one of the fundamental stepping stones of fitness: nutrition. Test what you know; and use this quiz to take advantage of where you're slipping in what you eat everyday. Stepping up your nutrition game will bring you one step closer to hitting that next milestone!

 

1. How many grams of protein should you aim to eat in every meal?  

  • 15-20 grams 

  • 25-30 grams 

  • 30-35 grams 

  • 35+ grams 

2. True or False: All calories beyond what the body needs to survive is stored as fat  

  • True 

  • False 

3. Sulforaphane, a compound thought to protect against cancer is found in which food(s)?  

  • Kale 

  • Tea 

  • Yogurt 

  • Broccoli 

4. How many calories does it take to create one pound of fat?  

  • 785 

  • 1590 

  • 2000 

  • 3500

5. Which does not contain fiber? 

  • Broccoli 

  • Oatmeal 

  • Steak 

  • Baked beans

Nutrition Talk with Christian + Julie

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Christian and Julie have teamed up this week to share a bit of collaborative insight into nutrition! This is a great way to take the Burn 60 lifestyle home with you after class, integrating healthy eating into everything you do. Follow along - this will help you push harder and hit more milestones than you thought possible!

How far in advance of a Burn 60 class should I eat? If I’m running late, should I quickly eat something or just wait until after the class? 

Christian: 60-90 minutes before class is a good window of time to eat. The second part of the question is hard to say a definite answer. Some people will perform better if they eat something small, some will benefit from staying fasted. 

Julie: It depends on you --- some people like to eat a 100-200 calorie snack a half hour before a workout while others like to eat a well-balanced meal --- play with it and find what works for you. I always think something light like a piece of fruit is good but again everybody's different! 

What’s the best post-Burn 60 workout snack or meal? 

Christian: The best post workout meal contains two servings of complex carbs like brown rice and broccoli and one serving of protein like steak, fish or chicken. It also contains a healthy fat like an avocado. 

Julie: A combination of healthy, clean carbs, protein and fats is best. Preferably real food but a protein shake is great too. 

What kind of diet should I be on to lose weight while taking Burn 60 classes? 

Christian: I believe most people lose weight on a low carb moderate protein moderate fat diet. High nutrient dense foods and no processed foods. 

Julie: I’m not a big fan of diets – I prefer to make it a lifestyle of healthy eating.    EAT CLEAN!!! Think complex carbs, protein and healthy fats. Cut out alcohol, sugar, white flour, pasta. Maintain control with portions.  

Is ‘pre-workout’ safe or recommended before a Burn 60 class? 

Christian: Certain "pre-workouts" can make someone feel very uncomfortable. I recommend taking something that only has caffeine like matcha green tea powder. Or a cup of coffee. If it's an evening class I don't recommend caffeine at all because it can affect your sleep. 

Julie: Again, very bio-individual – but you want to choose foods that are easy to digest and timing is important as far as how much you eat. Here’s examples: 

  • 2-3 hours: egg omelet on Ezekiel toast and avocado spread 

  • within 2 hours: oatmeal with berries and almonds 

  • within 1 hour: banana, orange or apple 

If I’m training like an athlete in a Burn 60 class, does that mean I can eat like an athlete too? 

Christian: If you are training at burn 60 you are an athlete that means you MUST eat like an athlete to maintain optimal performance and you will feel and look amazing too. 

Julie: We are all athletes in our own way and athletes:  

  • eat a variety of nutrient dense foods 
  • incorporate high quality protein in every meal 
  • eat mindfully and intuitively 
  • listens to their body

Test you trivia knowledge this week in the studio with this week's trivia questions on trivia! 

September Community Calendar

Sunday, September 3rd: Arctic Zero Sampling All Day

Monday, September 3rd: Trivia Week 

Tuesday, September 12th: Red Bar Sampling from 7:30a - 10:30a

Thursday, September 21st: Pressed by Kind Bar Sampling from 9:00a - 11:30a 

Monday, September 25th: Lorna Jane Pop Up Shop: 9:00a - 11:30a 

Saturday, September 2nd: Arctic Zero Sampling All Day

Saturday, September 9th: Noosa Yogurt Sampling from 9:00a - 11:30a 

Saturday, September 16th: REDD Bar Sampling from 9:00a - 11:30a

Saturday, September 23rd: Lorna Jane Pop Up Shop from 9:00a - 11:30a 

Saturday, September 30th: Pressed by Kind Bar Sampling from 9:00a - 11:30a 

 

KICKIN CANCER 2017

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Do you have the need for speed? And want to get involved with a great cause?

Join TEAM BURN and your favorite trainers at The 16th Annual Kickin' Cancer! 5K Run/Walk/Stroll on Sunday October 1st at 9:00a in Brentwood to help fuel the movement to end breast and ovarian cancer.

We're doing it BIG THIS YEAR. Julie Diamond will be leading the race warm-up on the main stage. A whole squad of trainers and staffers are running. And we'll be posted at the Burn 60 tent snappin' selfies in our photo booth all morning. You better come hang!

Kickin' Cancer 17 is an event you won't want to miss. Register for the race at KickinCancer.com under TEAM BURN 60 for $40. All proceeds go directly to the Lynne Cohen Foundation. 

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When you sign up for TEAM BURN, we're hooking you up with a limited edition "Burn 60 Racing" tee (Oh man are we going to look good). And 1 free class for a friend, because who wants to train for a 5K alone?

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In true Burn 60 style, we're kickin' things up a notch at KC. The fastest 5K time wins 5 FREE CLASSES. Better start working on your Milestones. 

To learn more about the event and the amazing work the the Lynne Cohen foundation is doing, read our sit down interview with Julie Diamond...

Reebok Lab Pop-Up: 9/9

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On Saturday, September 9th, at 9:30a we’re hosting a FREE Burn 60 workout at the Reebok Lab! Lana T will be teaching a 45:00, bootcamp-style workout that will be jam-packed with free giveaways and burpees. This is an awesome opportunity for you to hangout and get your sweat on with your favorite Burn 60 trainers. After class, we'll head up to the roof for post-workout juice and snacks. 

This event will be held at Reebok LA – located at 110 N Robertson Blvd Los Angeles, California 90048, right across the street from The Ivy. We’ll have someone outside guiding everyone in to deal with any confusion!

Can’t wait to see you all there!

August M.V.B. Angela Chen!

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We’re  proud to announce Angela Chen as the August 2017 Most Valuable Burner! Truly, we couldn’t be more proud to honor Angela as an active member of the Burn 60 family! She started out taking Signature 60 classes on Sunday’s. Then she challenged herself to an Express 45 class and bumped it up to 2x a week.  As Angela’s performance improved, she braved Liam’s Extreme class and now she is hooked- and running like the wind.  So determined. Her trainers boast about how she has progressed. And talk about contagious motivation- if she is running next to you- chances are you’re going to work a little harder and meet a milestone you haven’t reached before.

Tell us about your first class at Burn on April 3 at 1015?    

I thought running at an 8 was fast and a sprint was a 9.

Do you have a favorite instructor or class and why? 

Toss up between Kris and Liam.  They both like to torture me. 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

Favorite: Any run I actually make my distance on.

Least favorite: Complex floor work (I've been told I'm not coordinated).

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back?

The trainers (obviously) they celebrate your good days and call you out on your bad days (and then post it all over Instagram). 

What keeps me coming back?  Every workout at Burn still feels like a small victory.

HERE’S WHAT TRAINERS SAY ABOUT ANGELA:

She ran her first ever 3 min half mile in my class and I watched an wondered if she was going to finish that run or the run was going to finish her. Pure fight! …. Liam G. 

Angela Chen reminds me of that quiet, shy athlete who comes out to play and lets her action speak for itself. You may miss her walk in the door, but you'll feel her presence when she gets to work! Hard working, disciplined and humble!.... Kris C.

Angela Chen is a fighter. She doesn't want to give up or quit. She is running so much more fluid and that continued improvement fuels her to fight even harder. That makes us, her trainers, more and more impressed with her fight!.... Andrew S.

Milestone Program Update

The Milestone Program is an integral part of Burn 60's DNA. It's challenges + benchmarks were designed by our master trainers to progressively elevate your performance while training at Burn 60. Not just within the program, but during every class. 

The 4 core challenges lay the foundation for our training method. You're ability to perform them, supercharges your workout. How? 3 words: endurance, speed and strength. That's what the program is engineered to improve. The faster, longer and harder you can push, the more you'll get out of class. 

Another contributing factor, the psychological effect. The more challenges you knock off, the more you'll start to see the Milestones within every class routine. Trust us, you won't be able to run on the tread for 2:00 without hitting .25! We want you to train with intention. We want you to set goals. Not just for a month or year. But before every sprint, push-up and burpee. Let's get to that reality together!.

Starting next week we're launching 2 major updates to the milestone program: 

  1. We're adding a 4th, introductory level
  2. We'll be rotating a new challenge into the mix every month. 

ADDING A NEW LEVEL

The new Level 1 is the perfect set of goals for a 1st time burner to focus on. 

 

WILDCARD CHALLENGES

Begining in September, we're adding a new "Wildcard" challenge to the program every month. Elite and long time Burners, this is all you. Now you'll have a new challenge to set your eyes on every 30 days. 

If you have any questions about what level you should start at or how the program works, ask your trainer next time you're in the studio! 

TRAINER CHALLENGE

The Trainer Challenge begins tomorrow! Over the next 14 days, we challenge you to take as many trainers classes as you can. Try someone new or just workout at a different time! This is your opportunity to inject a little variety into your life.

Not to mention, We have the most bad-ass team of trainers in LA! Each one with their own style and charisma. You HAVE to try them all. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite ;) 

How does the challenge work?

  • Sign-up by writing your name on the lobby poster. The challenge is studio specific, so sign up where you take classes the most.  Then, track the number of trainer's classes you take between 8.14 - 8.28.

What can you win?

  • Take 5 different trainers at your home studio and win a free Burn 60 Phone Flipper* while supplies last
  • Take 6+ and you could win a FabFitFun Box and a June Jacobs gift bag. One winner per studio.

Click the link below to scout out our team of trainers before you book your classes this week, good luck!

Welcome To Brentwood Gene!

Get to know the newest Brentwood Trainer Gene Leonard...

Where are you originally from?

Chicago, IL

What inspired you to become a trainer?

I love helping, motivating, and inspiring people towards reaching their highest potentials in life, because I believe we are all capable of achieving anything we want in our lifetimes all we have to do is set our minds to it!

What drives you?

The progress and endless evolution of fitness.

What can people expect when they come to your class?

To be motivated but at the same time have a smile on your face because we’re going to have a good time!

Community Calendar - August

 

BRENTWOOD

Monday, August 7th - Trivia Week begins

Wednesday, August 9th - Kona Deep Water sampling 6:30 - 10:30a

Monday, August 14th - Beginning of Trainer Challenge

Tuesday, August 15th - Harmless Harvest Sampling 6:30a - 10:45a

Tuesday August 22nd - Lifeway Drinkable Yogurt 6:30a - 10:45a

Tuesday, August 29th - Tennis Ball Tuesday


WEST HOLLYWOOD

 

Saturday, August 12th - Brew Doctor Kombucha sampling from 9:00a - 11:45p

Saturday, August 12th - NIKI vs. ARIANA vs. Jessie J Themed Class @ 8:30a with Kevin

Saturday, August 19th - Harmless Harvest Sampling from 9:00a - 11:45a

Saturday, August 26th - Purlisse Skin Care Pop UP Shop from 9:00a - 11:45a

Monday August 28th - Lifeway Drinkable Yogurt 6:30a - 10:30a

Tuesday, August 29th - Tennis Ball Tuesday

Trivia Week: Trainer Trivia

How well do you really know your trainers? You spend more than a few hours a week with them, but do you know what they studied in school or if they speak a foreign language? Well, now's the time to test your knowledge during this month's Trivia Week.

Here's how the contest works: 

  • Check the whiteboard in the lobby, instagram or the Burn 60 blog to view the questions.
  • Grab a trivia week card in the studio, fill it out and submit your answers by Sunday, August 13th.
  • Get all the answers correct, and you'll be put into a raffle to win a Burn 60 t-shirt or tank!

 

Brentwood Questions

1) Which trainer is a twin?

  • a. Kasseem
  • b. Kris
  • c. Julie
  • d. Rebecca

 

2) Which trainer lived on an 80-acre farm as a kid?

  • a. Liam
  • b. Lana
  • c. Nelly
  • d. Rebecca

3) Which trainer lived in a Frankfurt Airport for a month in 1995?

  • a. Andrew
  • b. Liam
  • c. Nick
  • d. Keith

 

4) Which trainer completed Law School?

  • a. Keith
  • b. Sam C
  • c. Rebecca
  • d. Kasseem

5) Which trainer is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan?

  • a. Kris
  • b. Kaseem
  • c. Nick
  • d. Andrew

 

West Hollywood Questions

1) Which trainer used to be a pole vaulter?

  • a. Kris
  • b. Andrew
  • c. Kevin
  • d. Sam

 

2) Which trainer used to work as an Arabic translator?

  • a. Sam
  • b. Wes
  • c. Zach
  • d. Ricardo

 

3) Which trainer studied finance in college?

  • a. Lana
  • b. Christian
  • c. Jenia
  • d. Ricardo

 

4) Which trainer speaks fluent Russian?

  • a. Lana
  • b. Jenia
  • c. Katie Jo
  • d. Kris

 

5) Which trainer used to speak French and grew up in New Orleans?

  • a. Andrew
  • b. Katie Jo
  • c. Christian
  • d. Kris

 

 

 

July M.V.B. Rioko T!

Congratulations to Rioko T! July's Most Valuable Burner. Andrew S describes her as "a beast", and we think that's an understatement. In 2 years, she has somehow managed to take over 200 classes with 21 different trainers...WOW. Keep crushing it Rioko! 

Tell us about your first class at Burn on December 14, 2015

It took me 2 months of contemplating before finally signing up for my 1st class. Running was never my thing (I still don't love it), I was recovering from a shoulder injury, and I didn't know what to expect. I don't remember much in detail of the actual workout that day, as my brain could only focus on just getting through the 60 minutes. I think I mostly walked on treadmill. My top running speed was at 5.0 if that. But when I left the studio, I remember saying to myself I think I found the one! It's been a great journey since. 

Do you have a favorite instructor or class? 

That's a tough one! Every single instructor is a top-notch professional, and they all have something very special and unique about them!  I appreciate their creativity and expertise, their vast collection of eclectic playlists, and their inspiring words of encouragement when the going gets tough. The instructors somehow make the very challenging workout fun and enjoyable, which I greatly appreciate because there's no way I'd be working out this hard on my own. I need them to tell me what to do!

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise? 

 I like strength exercises for upper body as well as short bursts of increment running at zero incline. I dread inclines - anything over 3% saps my endurance energy quickly and I struggle. Also, I'm not a fan of high jumps (rough on my knees). 

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back?  

No matter how tough the workout, I always feel more energized after a Burn. Even on days when I dread even just thinking about working out, if I manage to make myself show up, I feel 100% better after a Burn. I love the variety of challenging workout, love the amazing (and some scary 😂) trainers, love the friendly front desk staff, and I love the spacious and well-maintained WeHo studio, not to mention easy, free parking. Burn 60 has become a pillar of my weekly routine. This is the first time I stuck with any type of exercise program consistently for this long, and that's something. 

 

Here's what trainer Andrew S has to say about Rioko

"Rioko is a beast. She sets a goal and will do everything she can to meet it. When we had the Olympic competition, she went every day to win the month. When she had the victory with stars clearly in hand she continued to keep going. She might not be the fastest, she might not be the strongest, but she takes all the hard classes and all comers without fail and puts her head down and does the work. To me, that is awesome. And for that, I give her much deserved respect"……. Andrew S.

'How To Set Up Your Heart Rate Profile' Guide

In order to get the most accurate calorie burn and heart rate data during a Burn 60 class, you must enter the following information into your Burn 60 profile:

  1. Your Age and Weight
  2. Your Maximum Heart Rate
  3. Your Studio Performance Board Screen Name

The following how-to guides below will help you accomplish these tasks...

1) HOW TO ENTER YOUR AGE & WEIGHT

 

2) HOW TO CALCULATE AND ENTER YOUR MAX HEART RATE

 

HOW TO ENTER YOUR PERFORMANCE BOARD SCREEN NAME + PRIVACY SETTINGS

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4Ward Progress Youth Foundation Leadership Camp RECAP

This past Monday, Burn 60 trainers Andrew S, Ricardo V and Jenia teamed up with the 4WRD progress Youth Leadership camp and Operation Progress in Watts during this month's Burn For Good cause.
 

About Operation Progress

The Mission of Operation Progress is to empower underserved youth to become educated, ethical and productive people who will in turn contribute to society at large. To do this, we support students from elementary through college with our comprehensive program called the Five Pillars of Success.