Milk and Honey Magazine interview with fitness expert and gym owner Lex about health tips, nutrition, fitness ideas, and his faith in Jesus Christ!

Motifaith Fitness

M&H Staff
10/28/16

Lex Jaramillo, a Wisconsin-based gym owner and health guru, understands that fitness can be tricky for 20-something women. How often should we go to the gym? Should we go vegan? Paleo? Should we focus on weights or fitness classes or cardio? Where do we start?!

Milk & Honey Magazine was lucky enough to interview the highly sought after Lex Jamarillo to share his insight on how exactly women (like you and me!) should tailor our nutrition and workouts. Meet Lex!

Milk and Honey Magazine interview with fitness expert and gym owner Lex about health tips, nutrition, fitness ideas, and his faith in Jesus Christ!

What should women focus on in the gym?

There's so many different activities and health club options out there to get involved in, but my advice is to gather some friends and take a look into group classes; this way you can hold each other accountable as each of you progress towards your goals. Check out classes that involve a variety of movements that make you sweat and have fun! A good class will involve, cardio, weights and a high energy environment. Plus, it's a great way to make new friends and meet new people.

Advice for women wanting to get into better shape?

I've been asked this question a lot throughout my career, and the best thing I can say is have a goal, set realistic expectations, and take some initiative. Start searching different goals and topics online that are specific for you. If you want to get into swimming, hiking, running or marathon training, search for key specifics, for instance, "marathon training for beginners." There's tons of information online written by devoted professionals in their respective expertise!

Milk and Honey Magazine interview with fitness expert and gym owner Lex about health tips, nutrition, fitness ideas, and his faith in Jesus Christ!

Best diet for women?

It's all about a lifestyle change and getting creative with healthier food choices and adding variety throughout the day. Add more protein and non-processed items to your daily intake. When going to the grocery store, stick to outside areas for your food purchases; you'll find much better food options this way. Try and eat small meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day, this way your metabolism stays high and your energy doesn't decline. Lastly, keep a food log of what you eat throughout the day, as you're more likely to make healthier choices when you write it down or input it into an food tracking app. We recommend MyFitnessPal to our clients!

Favorite recipe?

Chicken burrito bowls! See this video for an inside look on the recipe. (4-6 servings) *photo via Tasty

INGREDIENTS
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 bell peppers, any color, sliced
1 large red onion, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 jar salsa
3 cups cooked brown rice, divided
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 lime, sliced into wedges 
Fresh cilantro to garnish

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 400˚F/200˚C.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil.
3. Place the chicken, peppers, and onions onto the baking sheet and drizzle with oil.
4. Sprinkle the taco seasoning evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts. 
5. Salt and pepper the peppers and onions, tossing to coat. 
6. Top each chicken breast with a generous pour of salsa.
7. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. 
8. Rest chicken for 10 minutes, before slicing into strips. 
9. Add a base of brown rice to 4 food storage containers. Top each with a scoop of black beans, corn, additional salsa, cheddar cheese, cooked peppers and onions, and sliced chicken. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge.
10. Store in the refrigerator (and enjoy any extras immediately). Can be kept refrigerated for up to 4 days. 
11. Meal-prep FTW! Enjoy!

Any lies women often believe about fitness?

Stay away from fad diets that offer quick fixes. Developing healthy eating habits and establishing a sound fitness routine takes time. I've seen clients visually get results in as little as a couple weeks with hard work in our studio, but it all starts with planning. Get into fitness activities that develop muscle and improve cardio activity together.

Also, there's a mis-conception that muscle will make women big and bulky. It's important to know that for every 1 lb of muscle you gain, your body burns an extra 50 calories a day at rest, plus it creates a more toned appearance and provides you with a fat burning, metabolism boosting machine. Muscle is good!

Milk and Honey Magazine interview with fitness expert and gym owner Lex about health tips, nutrition, fitness ideas, and his faith in Jesus Christ!

Why the name 'Motifaith' for your gym?

I've always been inspired by motivational pep talks and quotes to get my days started back when I worked in a large health club setting, so it seemed fitting when I was thinking of a name for my studio! The 'faith' part didn't take much time at all; faith is what brought me to where I am today. It's gotten me through some of the most difficult times in my life and kept me humble and focused throughout my fitness and athletic career. It's all about instilling the belief. If you believe you can, then anything is possible, especially in regards to fitness. I combined my motivation and my beliefs and Motifaith Fitness was born!

Was it hard to open?

In December 2015, during the holiday season, I began to think about making a life change from my job after 11 years of working in a large health club setting, so I followed my dreams of opening up my own fitness company! I knew it would be extremely difficult, but I come from a family of hard working individuals, so I knew I was instilled with the work ethic, the athletic expertise and creative vision from the start. I'm the youngest brother of 4 who've already established themselves as hard working family men and professionals within their respective job titles. I had the backing of family support and the risky and excited motivation to say "Lets take a risk and do this!," and now here we are today at Motifaith Fitness with 50+ clients and growing exponentially on a monthly basis! I operate the facility with two other trainers (Ryan & Austin) in Hales Corners, Wisconsin (right outside of Milwaukee). I'm excited to see what the future holds for Motifaith Fitness to be able to help as many people as possible.

Milk and Honey Magazine interview with fitness expert and gym owner Lex about health tips, nutrition, fitness ideas, and his faith in Jesus Christ!

Describe your faith.

Faith is everything to me; it's my sole belief in everything I do. Every day, with my employees, we start with a prayer. This allows me to lead and help them the best way possible. It's also allowed me to have patience, be optimistic, and remain happy throughout the day. My brother Jason first introduced me to this way of living for Christ while he was living out his dream playing professional baseball, and ever since 2011 I've proudly been a devoted Christian and attend Racine Bible Church in Racine, Wisconsin.

Favorite verse?

"If you can?" echoed Jesus. "All things are possible to him who believes!" Mark 9:23