Retired From Soccer, Not Life

Topics: Ambition, Training

  Hi, Everyone, As many of you know, in December, after a 13 yearlong career, I retired from professional soccer. Even though it was difficult to step away from the game I loved, it felt like the right time, and I was excited to start a new chapter of my life. For those of you who have followed my career, it’s no secret that I love strength training. It has been an integral part of my fitness regimen, and in addition to keeping me healthy, it ultimately helped me realize my ability and achieve my dream of playing at the highest level.  It provided me with more confidence and the knowledge that I was covering all bases to be the best I could.  As a result, I played in all three women’s professional leagues in the U.S., a feat accomplished by only three other players, I played in the 2011 read More

Nutrition: A Whey Protein Experiment

Topics: Nutrition, Training

During the month of September, plus some (45 days), I gave up convenient whey protein in order to evaluate my daily nutrition, digestion, and total health. A lot of people suffer from food allergies and don’t even realize it. Dairy, peanuts, eggs, seafood/shellfish, and tree nuts are among the most common foods allergies amongst adults; eggs, dairy, peanuts, soy, and wheat are the most common in children. I personally don’t have any extreme EpiPen like allergies to these foods, but I do have slight intolerances to certain foods that don’t make me feel good. Intolerance symptoms include gas, bloating, stuffy nose and general abdominal discomfort. Four years ago, I gave up drinking beer because it gave me sinus pressure, a stuffy nose, and a foggy mind. Two years ago, I began peeling the skin off of all apples and potatoes because of stomach cramps. Recently, as much as I didn’t read More

Ambitious All-Star Member Spotlight: Fall 2014

Topics: Ambition, Nutrition, Training

Please welcome Jenn, Shelton, Christie and Brad to the Ambitious All-Star line up. An Ambitious All-Star is someone who self defines Ambitious Athletics. This person demonstrates dedication, perseverance, community, and the willingness to get better. Below, each All-Star answered a series of questions related to their lifestyle, check em out. Jennifer A. Why do you workout, what got you started, when did you get started? I workout for multiply reasons but the main two reasons are stress release and to stay healthy. I have been working out since my days of playing soccer and field hockey as a kid and continued to do other types of exercising such as running or taking gym classes. It was not until my mid-twenties when I started to really get hooked on working out, lifting weights, and eating healthy. This was mostly due to my father being diagnosed with cancer for the third time read More

We’re Hiring!

Topics: Ambition

Ambitious Athletics is a Washington DC-based strength and conditioning organization that empowers individuals through movement education and training programs. We help members achieve their physical goals while helping them better understand their capabilities. We’ve been featured as a highly-rated bootcamp program by the Washingtonian Well+Being Blog, have maintained a 5-star Yelp rating for more than 4 years, work with local corporate businesses such as Travel Channel and The Optical Society, and run programs for the Department of State “Sports United” initiative. We are looking for quality individuals to join our team, to be passionate about serving our members, and who believe in the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Our ideal candidate should – Have strong communication skills – Have a good sense of humor – Be comfortable with public speaking – Have experience in a service industry (hospitality industry is particularly well-suited) – Have worked in or lead a read More

Decision, Habit, Lifestyle: Rebuilding A Healthy Foundation

Topics: Ambition, Nutrition

As you could imagine, people like to tell me about their fat problems, what derailed them from their healthy athletic days, and request help to burn fat and build muscle. But that’s my job, to listen, to dissect, and help; and I freakin love it! But the frustrating part, thanks to media, is that they want to accomplish their best body by this Monday. You’ve got to realize that it didn’t take you just four days to successfully put on weight, feel fat, and begin to buy bigger clothes, so realize that it’s going to take 400+ days to undo the damage and effectively shed the fat, build sustainable strength, and maintaining a lean body. It takes time, just like everything else. And to maintain it, takes action by habit. So if you’d like immediate results that will transpire to the real thing, here are my suggestions. 1. Know your read More

Signing Day: Ambitious Athletics Performance and Fat Loss Training Facility

Topics: Ambition

It’s a honor to have you a part of this Ambitious experience. Thank read More

Chris’s Kitchen: Labor Day Eats & Exercise

Topics: Nutrition, Recipes

When Chris is involved, you know how we do when we escape the city for a weekend of fun, right? Dude throws it down like the Ritz-Carlton. Check out this collaborative menu for Labor Day 2014. Friday Evening/Night – Welcome Cocktails, Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad, Pulled Pork and Beef Sliders, Brownies with Ice Cream. Saturday Morning – Push ups, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, Toast, & Sangria Saturday Lunch – Chicken Bacon Greens Tomato with Avocado Spread on Ciabata Bread. Saturday Dinner – Chili Lime Steak with Coconut Rice, Grilled Asparagus, Grilled Pineapple Rings, Grilled Zucchini and Squash. Moscow Mules Sunday Morning – KB swings Sunday Brunch – Cobb Salad Sandies and Mimosas Sunday Dinner – Cherry Mustard Pork Chops, Grilled Chicken, Portobello Mushrooms, Roasted Potatoes. Cocktails. Monday Morning – Ring Pull ups Monday Brunch – Waffles, Bacon, Canadian Bacon, Roasted Red Potatoes with Peppers & Onions. Live life. read More

Ambitious Adventure 002 Recap – Thank You

Topics: Ambition

Firstly, I want to congratulate every single person that was strong enough to show up and push through a very difficult Adventure course. Not only were the challenge stations difficult, it was a challenge just getting to each of them. Of the 30 people who signed up for Ambitious Adventure 002, 23 showed up to take on the course. Most people showed up in teams of two, made up of friends, boyfriend/girlfriends, and strangers. There was just one solo competitor, who earned the nickname “The Machine” from fellow runners. While the course was only 5.5 miles, a few mapped their route to find out they were just shy of 9 miles – navigation is obliviously not their strongest sense… Unlike last year, we didn’t have anyone hitching rides in police cars. Speaking of cars, the Red Bull DC Wings Team came out to provide free Red Bull to all of read More

5 Fit Items To Maintain Your Health During Travel

Topics: Nutrition, Training

If your daily routine means anything to you then it should continue as part of your daily routine when and wherever you travel. Most people in your family or circle of friends might look at you funny when you show up with the arsenal listed below, but when was the last time you let someone negatively influence your healthy habits? Care what others think of you and you’ll never live life to your fullest potential. Here are 5 things that make it in to my travel bag before anything else. Foam roller or lacrosse ball Planes, trains, automobiles, or your host family’s bed, it’s not going to be all that comfortable for the amount of time you’ll spend sitting or laying there. In addition, something will most likely stress you out along the way. You’ll appreciate taking some down time to roll out any uncomfortable knots when you can. 1 read More

Chris’s Kitchen: Healthy Human, Food Feast Favorites

Topics: Nutrition, Recipes

Hello from Chris’s Kitchen!!!! I know it has been a long time but in my absence I have been trying many new recipes from some of the same websites and some brand new sites. All of these sites provide something for everyone from the Ambitious community with the opportunity to discover healthy meals that are easy to prepare in minimal time. I have compiled a very small sample of some of the recipes I have tried over the past several months that I absolutely love. These recipes are easy, very easy to assemble over the weekend and enjoy right away or throughout the week. In the coming weeks I will share with you what I am eating and from the sites that I am eating from. When I search for recipes I am not just asking how this is going to fuel and repair me during the upcoming week, I read More