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The Pulse - February 2020 Newsletter

2020 Best of The Northwest

It’s that time to let your voice be heard. We have been honored with this award the past several years and appreciate all the support we have received! Please click here to vote for BodyBasics Health & Fitness Best Fitness Center/Gym!

Article – Amy Has a Heart For Your Health

Hello BodyBasics Family!

Some of you may recognize me, after all, I have been a member of BodyBasics for over 7 years now! However, unless you are an early riser like me (I personal train at 6am), then we may not have had the opportunity to meet yet. Let’s fix that! My name is Amy Maharry and I’m very excited for this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me, my business, and how I would love the opportunity to meet you.

Most of my adult life I have had a love for health and fitness. That doesn’t mean I’ve always been the healthiest or in the best shape (a lot of us have lulls) but I have definitely felt drawn to that lifestyle and how I could apply it to my life. After a debilitating foot surgery I reached a new dissatisfaction with myself (both physically and mentally) and decided to work with BodyBasic’s own Chris Litten as my health coach through the Precision Nutrition program. This was a year long commitment and I was ready to dive in and make the most of the experience. Little did I know, I would not only transform my body and eating habits, but I completely transformed my mindset and love for being self-aware and committed to a happier way of living. I enrolled for a second year and it was during that time that I decided to look into becoming a coach myself, if for no other reason than to further educate myself.

During this time I worked as a corporate executive and had been for around 13 years but I was beginning to feel burnt out, empty and unfulfilled. It was time for a change. With the encouragement from friends, expressing that they felt I would make a good coach, I decided to form my own health and wellness business and embark on sharing my passion and desire to help support others who struggle with feeling their best.  And thus began A Miraculous You Health & Wellness, which is a backronym formed from the letters in my first name.

The goal with my practice is to empower people to make a true lifestyle change and not just focus on a temporary fix. I work to achieve this by helping people realize their potential and goals and learn their why’s and how’s so that they understand their behaviors better and can commit more easily to living the life they truly want.  My approach is different than a lot of programs because with me there is no program. I understand and appreciate that each person is different and each person has different desires and limitations. Instead of telling clients what to do, I guide and teach them on how to break these down into manageable action steps for long term success. Being healthy isn’t just about the latest fad or the months leading up to a special occasion. It’s about mindfully making better choices and finding an accountability program that exists to support individual goals of what healthy means to each person.

I offer a free hour initial consultation and there is no pressure to go beyond that. Often times, even just having an opportunity to express struggles and concerns, is enough to get people moving on the right path which is all I truly want. Life is too important to not feel your best or at least strive to do so. Let me know if you would like to schedule your free consultation or if you have any questions or comments about me or my practice. Feedback is always welcome and so is a non-judgmental approach to living a healthier and happier life.

I am very grateful to Chris for giving me the opportunity to further support his clientele and to you for taking the time to read this and get to know me a little better. I look forward to supporting your health and wellness goals and helping you become A Miraculous You!

Client Spotlight – Teena Sandstrom

1. What was the reason you decided to go to a trainer?

It’s hard to remember since it was about 26 years ago. I was relatively new to Tucson and wanted to get more fit so I could hike, bike and do all the great outdoor activities Tucson had to offer.

2. Did you consider or participate in any other form of treatment for your reason before seeking a trainer? Examples: physical therapist, acupuncturist, medication

 No, didn’t really have any medical problems.

3. How did you hear about BodyBasics?

I met Chris when he was just a baby and had his first job at Gold’s Gym. I followed him to his next job and then was so happy for him when he opened his first place on Oracle! From our very first sessions together I knew Chris is someone who genuinely cares for others and wants the best for everyone.

4. Did you evaluate other gyms or trainers before deciding on coming to us? If yes, what were other places missing that BodyBasics was able to provide?

Gold’s Gym and the other place Chris worked (sorry Chris, can’t remember the name) were just gyms.  Neither of them had the friendly, personal, truly caring and yet totally professional atmosphere that Body Basics has.

5. Ultimately, why did you choose BodyBasics over other options?

Can’t imagine going any place else because Chris and his staff are so knowledgeable as well as being friendly, kind and supportive.  Chris seems to have a knack for hiring incredible people.

6. What goals did you have when you started at BodyBasics?

I wanted to be generally more fit and healthy.

7. How long have you been training at BodyBasics and what specifically have you achieved over that interval?

As I mentioned, I have worked with Chris since he started as a trainer so I have been with Body Basics since its inception. I’ve achieved MUCH over the years. I’ve hiked, biked, walked, climbed all over the world on various trips. Locally, I’ve participated in El Tour de Tucson multiple years and enjoyed numerous fundraising walks. I’m strong! I’m flexible! I’m fit!

8. What current goals are you pursuing with your trainers at BodyBasics?

My goals are to be as strong, fit and healthy as  possible as I get older.  I want to stick around with a good quality of life to see what my grandchildren do with their lives!

Welcome New and Returning Clients!

  • Tom Taylor ~ We were a Christmas gift from his wife!
  • Deb Harris ~ referred by Dr. Ryan Martinez at TMC One!
  • Al & Mary Rausch ~ Found us via Google search!
  • Kevin Moynahan ~ referred by his mom, and fellow client, Martha Eicher!
  • Phill Lehr ~ referred by his wife, and fellow client, Vickie Lehr!
  • Craig Sherman ~ referred by a past client!
  • Judith Walseth ~ Welcome Back!
  • Colleen Osland ~ referred by friend, and fellow client, Tabitha Danloe!
  • Bob Funk ~ referred by neighbor, and fellow client, Judith Walseth!
  • Jim & Pat Bowen ~ referred by John Kordich!
  • Nancy Andrew ~ referred by Dr. Jonathan Tait at Rejuv Medical Southwest
  • Elaine Bernal ~ referred by Dr. Jonathan Tait at Rejuv Medical Southwest
  • Letitia McCune ~ referred by doctor, and fellow client, Dr. Jennifer Suriano at Camp Lowell Medical Specialists!

“Shout Outs”

Shout outs are about us voicing victories we witness you all having at BodyBasics. We’ll keep it to our top 5 each month.

  • Barbara Supper ~ for her focus on mastering her deep squat
  • Barb Genzman ~ for achieving personal bests on both her Barbell Hip Thrust and Barbell Romanian Deadlift in the same week
  • Mike Cummins ~ for achieving his personal best most recently on the 1L Press, with Holly encouraging him all the way
  • Ted Reingold ~ for adding consistency at least 3X weekly to doing his stretching program on his own and also joining a yoga class with his wife
  • Robin Mangan ~ for upping her intensity on both her deep squat and hip thrusts

Recipe – Minestrone Soup

It’s February, which means it’s still winter and Tucson’s second coldest month. Soups and stews are great for those colder days and they also freeze well so you can make this ahead of time and store portion sized bags in the freezer. This recipe is super simple, tastes wonderful, and is packed with color and nutrients. An extra bonus is that it leaves your house smelling delicious.

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil

¾ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

½ shredded carrots

1 (19 oz) can cannellini beans

1 cup kale

1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes

1 (8 oz) can tomato paste

1 ½ cup cubed potatoes

1 quart chicken broth

2 cloves minced garlic

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

½ cup elbow macaroni

Seasoning to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, and carrots; sauté for a few minutes
  2. Add beans, kale, tomatoes, tomato paste, potatoes, stock, parsley and seasoning to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer approximately 40 minutes until vegetables are slightly tender.
  3. Add pasta, and simmer about 5 minutes more (or whatever pasta cooking duration suggests).
  4. All done! Serve hot and enjoy.

Basic Moves by BodyBasics – What to Expect From a Consultation w/ Health Coach, Amy Maharry

Team BodyBasics

Chris, Kris, Kristian, Amanda, Dustin, Xavier, Aaron, Mike and Vadim

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