AIMing for the 2017 National Senior Games

Celebrating the fact that you can be actively fit at any age, the National Senior Games celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2017. And AIM Directors Gary and Debra Pugh will be in Birmingham, Alabama, from June 7–11 to compete.

“We live in Abernathy, Texas, but we traveled to Oklahoma in the fall of 2016 to qualify for the nationals in the 50–54 age group,” Debra said. “You have to be in the top four of the state, and there are around 10,000 people across the country who try.”

For twenty-five years, the Pughs have been taking AIM nutrition, which has helped relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia that Debra had experienced since the age of fifteen. This lifestyle change at the age of twenty-six also alleviated her allergies, asthma, eczema and irritable bowel syndrome.

“I take almost all of the products in cycles that I rotate throughout the year to keep my organs and tissues healthy. I call it my ‘recipe’ for feeling fit and healthy,” Debra stated. “Exercise is part of the lifestyle that Gary and I have chosen, and AIM is part of that healthy lifestyle too.”

Debra is a personal trainer, and her podiatrist inspired her to get in shape and be a part of the National Senior Games. “He competed in track and field at the games, but with my foot pain, I couldn’t run,” Debra explained. “So I started swimming and found out I was a lot faster than I thought, qualifying in 50-yard freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke.”

“I’m a high school principal, and my primary form of exercise is cycling,” Gary said. “Like swimming, it’s not as problematic for the body. I qualified in the 20 and 40k cycling events.” His AIM regimen consists of BarleyLife, fit ’n fiber, Herbal Release and Red Rush. “Gary and I could not have trained or qualified without the AIM products,” Debra added.

The AIM Companies™ wishes Gary and Debra great success in this year’s National Senior Games.

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The Ride of His Life

Richard Porter

The solution for Richard Porter, AIM Member, was the recovery and energy from the AIM Garden Trio®—AIM BarleyLife®, AIM Just Carrots®, and AIM RediBeets.

Richard’s problem? Finishing a daunting 300- mile bike ride.

Twice before, the 300-mile bike ride—a ride for charity from Richard’s hometown of Plainview, Texas, to the Dallas-Fort Worth area—had led to a disappointing finish and a lot of questions. The answers came from friend and AIM Director Debra Pugh who introduced Richard to the nutritious beet, carrot, and barley powders of the Garden Trio.

“I was stunned at how good I felt after trying the Garden Trio,” Richard said. “The first time I took it was in place of breakfast in the morning before a workout. I had the incredible energy for the ride—energy that I hadn’t had up to that point. That sold me.”

When he assessed his previous 300-mile ride attempts, Richard identified his problem as being one of recovery and energy. Riding 100 miles in one day is completely exhausting, and Richard aimed to do this three days in a row. On his first two attempts, he made it through two days of cycling before stopping. The third time, with the help of the Garden Trio, he completed the 300-mile journey.

“On the ride, the recovery part of the Garden Trio really became critical,” Richard said. “A trained cyclist can bike 100 miles a day. Can they do it two days in a row? Three days in a row?

“When I took the Garden Trio at night following each leg of the ride, I didn’t have the fatigue and the soreness and the lethargy that I normally had on the subsequent day of a hard ride.”

The ride was not without its obstacles. Richard encountered a twenty mile-per-hour headwind, asthma attacks, seven flat tires, and unexpected road construction. He admits that at age forty-nine he doesn’t have the same energy or stamina as he did in his youth, but he may have found his solution with the Garden Trio.

“It seems to be doing remarkably well for me as an energy drink and a recovery drink,” Richard said. “As an older athlete, being able to do a hard work out, come in and drink the Garden Trio, and get up the next day to work out again, it’s amazing.”

Richard will continue with his charity rides as he raises money for a scholarship endowment for college-age missionaries. His next ride is planned for April or May.

Garden Trio Exercise

Kai Applequist: Teamwork, Organization and Nutrition

Kai

Preferred Member and Red Rush Athlete Kai Applequist is the director of the Mercedes Benz presented by George’s Cycles bicycle racing team based out of Boise, Idaho. It’s the only elite cycling team in the state, composed solely of cyclists who have achieved the highest amateur rank, a mere notch below pro.

Formerly a professional cyclist, Kai’s career as co-captain of the Exergy racing team came to an abrupt halt in 2012 after the front wheel of his bike detached and he was flung face first into the asphalt. It took months for him to recover, and he wasn’t sure if he’d ride anymore. Kai took up the much safer running for a very short while, but when he got back on a bike, he was hooked all over again.

Founded in 2012, the Mercedes Benz p/b George’s team has accumulated over one hundred podium finishes and six state titles in that relatively short time. Kai credits organization as the key to the team’s success. Cyclists and cycling in general, tend to be individualistic, so when forming his team, Kai wanted to focus on planning, preparation and teamwork while downplaying those individualistic aspects.

“The thing I like about my team is that they all have their own businesses or they’re highlevel CEOs. They’re good at cycling because they do everything with the same purpose. When they show up to a race, their bike is clean, adjusted and ready to go. They behave the way you’d imagine adults would behave,” Kai said.

Cycling strategy is deceptively complex and teamwork is of paramount importance. It seems like the strongest guy should win every race, but wind, terrain and psychology all play factors. It’s why you see cyclists riding in formation like migrating birds. They’re drafting. It’s a way to block and manipulate air currents so that the team’s “best” rider, i.e., their sprinter (fast rider) or their climber (good at hills), is fresh for the final stretch. However, sometimes a team will have a strategic or psychological  advantage and will break away from the pack or “go on the attack.” That’s exactly how Kai and his team won a race earlier this spring.

“I had three teammates with me, so I attacked and nobody chased me. It was a total psychology thing. The other guys in the group could have tried to pull me back, but they knew that my teammates would have attacked. So they didn’t chase me down,” Kai said.

Another part of their strategy is the good nutrition from AIM products like Red Rush®, Peak Endurance® and ProPeas®.

“Red Rush plays a factor in preparation. The guys on the team who don’t normally use supplements have been using it and seeing results, even the old-school guys who bring ham sandwiches on their rides. Red Rush as well as Peak Endurance and ProPeas are integral in having a healthy and balanced nutrition plan. I really like the Peak Endurance. It has a good electrolyte profile as well as the B-vitamins for breaking down those carbohydrates during exercise. ProPeas is a very natural and usable protein for athletes and individuals.”