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Amanda Borden

How Amanda Borden Stays In Olympic Shape In Her 30s

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and owner of Gold Medal Gymnastics, Amanda Borden, keeps in shape, but it hasn’t always been easy — especially now in her 30s.

“I retired from gymnastics when I was about 21, and my body went through a lot of changes,” Borden says. “Through my 30s, I had two kids, and my life changed a lot, too. Finding time to workout was extremely difficult, and finding something that motivated me to actually workout was even harder.”

She continued to workout but had trouble getting results, especially compared to the immediate results she used to see in her 20s.

So, to get back in Olympic shape, Borden turned to Orangetheory Fitness, a workout completed in four 10-30 minute intervals throughout an hour, including cardio intervals, weight training routines, rowing and suspension straps. The workout helps build strength and increase energy with noticeable results in three months.

“I’ve always been a very motivated person, but actually doing a workout that is going to challenge me enough to get the results I want is really hard to do without having someone else push you,” says Borden, who frequents the Orangetheory Fitness in Chandler. “The Orangetheory workout challenges me every time I’m there, and it pushes me to places I would never push myself.

“The great thing is that each trainer is really different in his or her style and approach to the workout, so it really feels like no two classes are the same. In one hour at Orangetheory, I get in a killer cardio and strength workout, and I’m really pushing my endurance to the max at the same time.”

In addition to attending Orangetheory classes, Borden says she tries to do something active every day.

“Workout at Orangetheory, go for a run, ride bikes with my kids, etc.,” she adds. “I find that if I build fitness activities into my life, it’s much easier to get a routine and stick with it!”

For more information about Amanda Borden and Orangetheory Fitness, including locations, visit goldmedalgym.com and orangetheoryfitness.com, respectively.

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GCU Will Host Biggest Night In TNA Wrestling History

TNA IMPACT WRESTLING announced on the July 5th live broadcast of IMPACT WRESTLING on Spike TV that Phoenix will host the biggest night in TNA wrestling history. The “Bound For Glory” pay-per-view extravaganza will air to a world-wide audience on Sunday, October 14th. Tickets for the event will go on-sale Friday, August 24th.

“Bound For Glory,” presented by Direct Auto Insurance, will be held live at the Grand Canyon University Arena starting at 5pm local time with doors opening at 3:30pm MST.

The superstars of Spike’s “IMPACT WRESTLING” will headline “Bound For Glory,” including Hulk Hogan, current TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Austin Aries, Rob Van Dam, Mr. Anderson, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts, the stars of the X-Division and many more. “Bound For Glory” will feature the winner of the “Bound For Glory Series” in the main event for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Continuing the celebration of ten years of Total Nonstop Action, this will be the biggest weekend of the year for the superstars of IMPACT WRESTLING. The weekendwill feature expanded activities in the Phoenix area, including a special “Bound For Glory Fan InterAction” and the inaugural annual TNA Hall of Fame induction. As announced at “Slammiversary” in June, the first-ever inductee is “The Icon” Sting.

“TNA Fan InterAction” gives fans a once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with their favorite TNA Wrestling Superstars for pictures, autographs, special interview sessions and much more. “Bound For Glory Fan InterAction” will take place Saturday, October 13. For a full list of “IMPACT WRESTLING” superstars participating as well as ticket information visit: www.ShopTNA.com

Tickets for “Bound For Glory” go on sale Friday, August 24 (10am MST/ 1pm EDT) at the Grand Canyon University Arena box office, GCUArena.com or charge by phone at 602-639-8999. For more information about this TNA wrestling event, visit www.impactwrestling.com.


Olympic Athletes Train Phoenicians To Become Triathletes

Want to become a triathlete? The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has a program for you.

From now until May 16, the Sanctuary will be offering a series of three-day training programs that allow people to train with Olympic-caliber athletes.

“We can train the well-conditioned athlete or someone who is a beginner and wants to get involved with triathlons for the first time,” Sanctuary fitness director Kara Thomas says.

The package includes room accommodations, power breakfasts and spa treatments in addition to the training. The package offers three different types of massages: a sports massage that is geared towards enhancing athletic performance, a Thai massage that works the muscles, and a reflexology massage that stimulates the flow of energy.

“We are hoping to draw locals as well as people from around the country,” Thomas says. “We can work with individuals or groups.”
The roster of athletes involved in the program is impressive.

Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman of Phoenix will be assisting with the swimming portion of the training. Hyman will be focusing on helping athletes learn to swim straight, match intervals to get faster and make swimming easier by changing posture. Hyman joined the Sanctuary last year.

Distance runner Mike Schneider qualified for the 1996 Olympics in the 5,000-meter race. Schneider will be assisting with the running part of the training. He is currently the Sanctuary’s trainer for both running and hiking.

Additional trainers include Melissa Branta, a cyclist who has raced at the semi-professional level for 6 1/2 years, and Mike Masood, who focuses on evaluating the muscles to find imbalances and enhance training.

“Because of our background and our location and reputation, we get people that apply for different positions here,” Thomas says. “Our staff has a wonderful background in sports conditioning and training.”

One day will be spent concentrating on each discipline – swimming, cycling and running – with core training emphasized. The spa treatments are part of the program because the training is intense and muscles need to relax after each workout.

The package runs about $2,000. For more information, call (480) 948-2100 or visit www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.