Blue Plate Fitness

Keep it simple. Lift heavy things, challenge your mind and body, eat nutritious food and enjoy the ride. Contact Jim Begley @ 703-677-8603

Blue Plate Fitness is all about providing you the tools to simplify your life. We believe that living a healthy lifestyle includes not only exercise but also knowing which foods fuel you the best and learning how to take an introspective look into what makes you happy. At BPF we will work with you on functional movements (push, pull, squat, jump) with a focus on correct movement patterns. By moving correctly, we minimize risk of injury and this leads to bigger gains in the gym. This focus on proper movement will be applied in a group class where we all work to motivate and inspire each other. We also talk about nutrition and how it impacts your body. You can’t out exercise nutrient poor food choices! In our busy society we are constantly surrounded by noise – cell phones, instant videos on demand, pressures from work – and it’s imperative we make the time to quiet our minds and refocus on what makes us smile. This is not easy but things worth doing are rarely easy. Explore our site and then come experience why this is different than anything you've been a part of before.

I've done this Weight Loss for Life program with Karie at Wellness 1st. 3 real food meals a day and protein shakes in between meals helped shift my body into fat burning mode. I lost inches and weight and have kept it off even after reintroducing some foods. If you are ready to tackle the nutrition part of your health, contact Karie Zipper for more information.

Special!! Now thru 10/31!! Get your best bud or spouse to join with you!! Feel and look your best this holiday season! Reset your metabolism!! 💪👙🙌🎉

[10/10/15]   It's your lucky (birth)day! Congrats Jen for winning again -this time a gift card to Lost Rhino Brewing Company. As I'm announcing this late we will not have a drawing for October. November's giveaway - for every canned good you bring in, you get 1 entry for a raffle prize - a gift card to the Polish Cafe nail salon - just in time for the holiday parties! Thank you for supporting the Dulles South Food Pantry.

Today saw many new personal bests. Shout out tonight to our birthday girl Jen - First woman at BPF to deadlift more than 200 pounds (with a PR of 205)!

On my 30th I was bench pressing close to 300 and running a 49 min 10k. I ate what I wanted because I worked out hard.

14 years later I don't know my bench press and I don't know my 10k time. I do know that I am 100% healthier and can't out exercise poor nutrition. Oh and I'm better dressed now too.

New toys and new ways to attack weakness.

[09/04/15]   Check-In Raffle Winner for AUGUST is..... Jen! Whatcha want Jen? Date Night at Ford's or ditch Randy and get some pampering at the Polish Cafe?

[08/25/15]   Shout out to Emi for being the only person to complete today's WOD under the 20 minute time cap.


Congratulations to some of our most recent on-ramp graduates. I'm proud of the amazing improvements each one of you made. Now on to the next part of our journey.

[08/11/15]   July's raffle winner is....Shannon Reece! Shannon - pick up your choice of either a Ford's Fish Shack gift card or The Polish Cafe gift card next time you are here. Everyone keep checking in and writing reviews for more chances at winning August's raffle!

Who Are Your Gatekeepers?

I read James Altucher almost every day and he always speaks to me. He wrote this article to his daughters but his question "Who are your gatekeepers?" applies to all of us. Who is standing in your way, wielding doubts and fear as weapons, between you and your true self? Surround yourself with people who empower you to break through your gatekeepers and in turn, be that support for those around you. We are all in this one great life together. Dear Josie and Mollie (my daughters),Everyone hates you. I mean, I don't hate you. Most of the time.But teachers hate you. Your future boss hates you (he bribes you to work extra hours and then makes a pass at you. Trust me on this one).Your colleagues hate you (if you are demoted, they avoid you. I…

Awesome way to start a Sunday morning. So proud of all the athletes getting out of their comfort zone and getting it done!

[08/02/15]   Good luck to those doing the 14.06 Tri on Sunday morning! See you bright and early for check-in.

This is a great opportunity to see how strength can be shown in sports. This might not be a goal of yours but it awesome to watch.

Tickets are on sale now for our Anaheim Matches!

Come experience GRID live at the TheFitExpo Anaheim on August 22 and 23. Be the first to see the new Kona format in action.


PRs happened this week. But even better is the character we are building. One of the teens was cheering on a mom at the end the workout. Because of his encouragement, she picked up the pace and finished strong. She told him - when my sons grow up I hope they are as kind as you.

He may not have understood the significance of this compliment but his dad and I did. This is about more than just exercise.

#effortnotego #blueplatefitness

Damage Control - What to do When You Over Indulge

I've been spending as much time as I can reading or listening to books. The last book I read was "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown. What I took away is that we shouldn't carry shame. And most often I see shame associated with food choices. If you overindulged this past holiday weekend and tend to fall into a negative self talk mode - make a decision to change how you react. Read this article - I think the sentiment is right on. What to do when you over indulge or eat too many sweets. My response for the "damage control" mentality may surprise you.

Timeline Photos

This is the sun setting on a day of PRs. Congrats to Joe Jim and Shannon. If I missed anyone sorry.

Ladies of BPF - the kids, both boys and girls, are always watching. Being strong isn't for men only.

And then this happened. These three little girls came over and wanted to know all about what I was doing. #representationmatters #amillionquestions #futurestrongwomen

Busy week ahead- meal prep is key. Mason jar salads with protein and no cook summer oatmeal can be made with your favorite flavor combos.
#blueplatefit #effortnotego #beuncommon

So impressed by the effort. Making choices that are not easy.

#beuncommon #effortnotego #blueplatefit

We have had a good week. As we continue to develop I ask you to think about this one thing.

Have you decided to be different to be uncommon?

The picture is of people choosing to work hard and grow on Friday night. Be uncommon find your purpose in life and live it. Get out of the gym stay off the couch and do something

#effortnotego #bpf

Check out our fancy new banner and yard signs courtesy of Angelique and Freddy and created at The UPS Store South Riding 5431. Can't thank you guys enough for all the support!

Father's Day is just around the corner. My father was 52 and unhealthy when I was born. Even going to get a missed ball while playing catch was too difficult.

Why am I talking about this?

Because your health is important not just for you but for your kids. They need to see you making exercise and nutrition a priority.

Recently my youngest daughter was at a friend's house talking about weights. The little girl said "What are weights?" My daughter then responded "Doesn't your mom lift weights?"

This wasn't meant as an insult to her friend's mom. It's that she sees us working out daily and making it a priority - just like brushing teeth. So she assumes that's just what people do.

My goal isn't to get as many members as possible in the gym at any cost. It won't be a fit for everyone and that's okay. My goal is to help you change the way you look at exercise. It's not a chore, it's not a luxury. It's a necessity to care for yourself and pass that mindset on to your children.

I decided, way before I got married, that I would live the longest life I could for my future children. No more missed moments.

Happy Father's Day!

First group (some pictured below) finished the on-ramp program! Everyone completed their very first workout again and the results? In the past month each athlete has gotten stronger. Great job everyone! Kudos to Angelique who reduced her time by 1/3 and to Jim who cut his in half.

Sometimes it's easy to forget we are only competing with ourselves.

#effortnotego #blueplatefit

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