By: Gene Carrejo

We have been in business close to 18 months in the beautiful city of Las Vegas. Xuberance has evolved into a home for people who are looking into establishing longevity and vitality to their lives as they move forward in this hectic world in which we exist. My wife Lisa and I are not only invested in the financial and operational aspect of our business but are totally involved in the actual process of adding vitality and longevity to our personal wellbeing.

Gene Carrejo

My journey to anti-aging began after the holidays last year. I have been very diligent in following the fitness protocol that Sarah (our director of personalized training) and her team have built for me. I thoroughly enjoy the creativity and thought that goes into my MWF workouts. Once I established a baseline through the formal evaluation process and realized I had plenty of room for improvement, I made a personal commitment for fitness. The sense of accomplishment in the gym is very important, but if you are not entrenched in the rest of the process, the results you are looking for will not materialize. (Jeremy, our registered dietitian is so right: food is my nemesis!)

Our doctor suggested hormone balancing to help with metabolism enhancement and energy along with mental focus. Jeremy and I have a regular dialogue on what I should be eating; also he adds a very creative twist that doesn’t become tedious. I am a sugarholic and have substituted fruit as my sugar fix. I have watched my cravings go away as I watch my energy improve. Simple fixes and a commitment to listen and implement are the keys to success.

I started the process at 209 lbs. with a 28% body fat ratio. I am now 178 lbs. and 20% body fat ration, and I added 6 lbs. of muscle. It definitely works, and the bottom line for success is a personal commitment. We need that same thing from our clients which gives us the opportunity to guide and counsel them through the process. I’m proud of what we are accomplishing and our clients are reaping the rewards with our recovery methods. Yes, massage and ozone therapy are also part of the process!

By: Jeremy Will, RD/LD
Registered Dietitian

The DEXA scan is a great tool for measuring results and success as you strive to be at your best. It can provide more than just data, it can provide motivation and excitement. It shows us bone density data, which is particularly important for women, as well as body composition.

Seeing changes in the mirror or fitting into an old pair of pants is a great way to notice results from all your hard work. Knowing you lost 3 pounds of fat while adding 2 pounds of muscle is data proving you are heading in the right direction. Seeing positive results like that can provide you the excitement to continue. Experiencing results that may not be as positive can provide the motivation necessary to implement more change.

You should be getting a DEXA every 3-4 months to monitor your progress and ensure you are on the right path to reach your goals. If you feel like you are past due, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to get on the schedule.

By: Donna Tagliaferri  
This blog is an excerpt originally posted on My Life from the Bleachers.

This morning I showed up promptly at 7:50 am for my 8:00 am stress test the cardiologist insists I need, along with an ultrasound tomorrow.

Yuck…

However,this time I was taking my act to the bike, confident and caffeine free! I didn’t drink any Diet Coke or take an Excedrin. I was ready….

Ready, Set….Stop.

I took my medication, which includes a pill I cannot pronounce to slow my heart rate. I was not supposed to and when they asked if I read the papers they gave me, I had to say, “Papers? Nope.” I heard no caffeine and filed everything else away. I mean no caffeine for 24 hours…what would you hear after that?

Regroup and reschedule….sigh, so dumb not to read the instructions, but whatever.

Off to the gym, but on the way, I took time to think about my last 8 months and the journey it has been. Whenever I spend time in the cardiologist’s office, I go into a mental tailspin. There are people from every walk of life sitting in the waiting room with me. Some very, very ill, some on walkers, some on oxygen, some so overweight they can hardly move, some so thin they look like they will break in two…and some that look perfectly normal just like me that have scars only they know about. We are all equal there, none of our equality the same…but equal.

I drove to the gym without the radio…just alone with my thoughts on the journey and I went into the gym happy because every person there cares about me. They are all invested in my success. They know how hard my road has been because they have my medical records! They see me 3 times a week trying so hard to lift that kettlebell, bang those heavy ropes, and sprint on the elliptical. There have been times I really didn’t want to go, times that one last circuit was just too much. I have done so many squats, so many sit-ups, planks, and leg lifts. But getting up from a chair is easier and not being able to make me feel so old.

I can lift things, I can lift really heavy things. I am doing things I thought I would never do again.

I do admit I have called my trainers “Caligula.” I am the biggest complainer….And I often, I feel like Sisyphus. But I am better than I was 8 months ago.

There are tons of success stories at the gym. My friend Brian is sticking his finger in the eye of age and has recorded 18% body fat. 18%! When he left the gym the other day, he went straight to hockey. He can do that because he works out. There is my friend Crystal who is on her feet 10 hours a day, she works out so she can work. When I first started working out, my core was nonexistent because of my surgery….today my posture is so much better, my endurance is better, and I know I’m not as worried about getting older. My blood pressure goes from 144/83 before I work out to 119/77 after I work out. (For me lower blood pressure is key -high blood pressure will cause big problems with my aorta.) A combination of lifting weights and cardio is the key….and your life will be so much better!

Then there is Gene Carrejo, the owner of the gym…He is a happy, effervescent man in his 60s who is there every day. He doesn’t ask anything of us that he doesn’t do himself so he works out right alongside us, sweating and hoping to make it through the circuit. Our trainers, Caligula (Sarah, Anthony, and Joshua) treat him and his lovely wife Lisa, just like us.😓 I asked him today to share his fitness journey (which you can read here).

This process has been such a blessing to me; hard, hard work but a blessing. With so many people invested in my success, I know I will eventually get to all my fitness goals. I have achieved a great many so far, but as they say, “Life isn’t a destination, it’s a journey!” So wherever you are on your journey, please keep moving and don’t stop. For me getting older is a blessing that was almost taken away so I don’t mind the aging process at all. I also know for a fact that working out is a price I am willing to pay so I can have a few more birthdays. I can validate every excuse you may have because I have used each one, but working out is better, lifting weights is better……it’s a better way to live.

Now get out there and move!!!

This article originally appeared in Las Vegas IS Luxury. Spring 2019.

What age do you want to feel? How old were you when you felt the healthiest? If you’re like many people, you might recall days when you had boundless amounts of energy and made positive decisions about your well-being. Those days are not over for the clients of Xuberance Las Vegas. With the goal of Restoring Vitality™, the team at this comprehensive wellness center works with members to achieve their medical, nutritional, and fitness goals.

Owners Gene and Lisa Carrejo brought this whole-person concept to the Summerlin area after Gene went through a similar transformation himself. “We were living in Texas,” Gene says, “and I found a place that offered a comprehensive solution to meet my health and fitness goals.” Carrejo was so thrilled by his results that when his family moved to Nevada and couldn’t find a similar business, he and his wife decided to create one.

Xuberance has a simple mission: to improve the overall quality of their clients’ general health through hormone balance, nutritional support, personalized training, and spa services. The Carrejos brought together a team of experts entirely focused on helping guests restore their vitality: the medical team starts the process with multiple tests to baseline the health of a client. Once the tests are conclusive, the team and a registered dietician create a bespoke program focused on the individual’s needs.

“We like to say we’re more than a gym,” shares Lisa, “even though the personalized training is a major draw for our clients.” And the workout facility is impressive, as guests of all ages work out with gifted trainers who create one-of-a-kind programs. After a high-energy workout, clients can relax with spa services, including massages, cryotherapy, and facials. “Our comprehensive program delivers better well-being by science,” shares Lisa. “We are passionate about helping clients of all ages reach their wellness goals.”

By: Jeremy Will, RD/LD
Registered Dietitian

Frozen foods often take a backseat to fresh options, especially when it comes to produce. Something about that perfectly organized and colorful produce section seems like it is the clear choice.

That is not always the case, and in some instances, it may be the opposite. Fruits and vegetables are typically harvested at their peak nutritional value then slowly degrade with time. With frozen produce, however, they are flash-frozen usually within hours of being harvested. Once frozen, they degrade at a much slower rate than fresh, preserving freshness, and most importantly, nutrients.

So, if you are ever worried that frozen fruits and vegetables aren’t as good as the fresh ones, you may want to reconsider. Throwing some frozen fruit or veggies into a blender can be an easy way to get your servings in. The one downside is once they thaw, they can become soft or soggy. Make sure to use them right out of the freezer, whether its mixing them in a stir-fry or blending them in a smoothie.

By: Jeremy Will, RD/LD
Registered Dietitian

There is a big difference between what your body needs to function versus what your mind typically wants. The body needs the correct vitamins, minerals, water, and macronutrients to build and sustain your body’s cells. What your mind wants is typically loaded with empty calories that have very little vitamins and minerals. These items damage your cells as opposed to building and sustaining them.

Your body is literally made up of what you eat and drink so why not build it with the best ingredients? You would never put the wrong oil or gas in your vehicle because it would break down. The body is no different…you fill it with things that do not belong, and it will break down.

 

Good Morning America recently featured cutting-edge facial treatments for fresh skin. With spring fast-approaching, a facial is the perfect way to shed the winter blues and put your best face forward. In the “Skintervention” video segment, a top dermatologist recommends several facial types, including the HydraFacial.

“Beauty bloggers tout the HydraFacial as the ultimate way to rejuvenate skin,” says GMA. We offer several HydraFacial options to refresh your skin; please click here to learn more about this treatment to make your skin glow. Happy Spring!

By: Jeremy Will, RD/LD
Registered Dietitian

Pre-workout nutrition is just as important as any other aspect of your health and fitness. There are multiple factors that will help you decide what the best tactic is for you. Some things to ask yourself:

  • Do I get lightheaded or dizzy during workouts?
  • Do I work out in the mornings or afternoon/evenings?
  • Is my energy level where I want it to be during my workouts?

If you do get lightheaded or dizzy, your body is not getting the necessary energy to fuel the intense workouts. You should consume a small amount of carbohydrates approximately 15-30 minutes before your workout:

  • A piece of fruit or 1-2 cups of berries
  • ½ peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Low-fat fruit yogurt
  • A small bowl of oatmeal or granola bar

If your workouts are sluggish, and you just feel blah during your sessions, consume a small amount of caffeine right before your workout. A cup of caffeinated tea or ½ cup coffee can give you the needed boost.

If your energy levels are good, and you don’t get dizzy or light-headed on an empty stomach, this can be a good way to burn some additional fat. After fasting during sleep, your body’s primary fuel source will be fat. If you are able to work out in the morning on an empty stomach, more fat will be burned to get you through your workouts.