Cardio Free Challenge Workout A

How to lose weight without cardio? Let’s find out with the Cardio Free Challenge.

Good news, I broke through a plateau that I’ve  been struggling with since May.  I would eat and train right, get to 128, and then overeat my special occasion foods, and bounce right back up.  Not this week though. The cardio free challenge has helped me stay committed to following the plan of 30 minutes of resistance training 3 times per week, three Yoga session per week. plus plenty of gardening, walking, and playing with my dogs. The result? Breakthrough!

Here is a video describing my training, plus plateau busting tips at the end.  Enjoy, and I hope to see you in class at Sol-Y-Breath Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8AM, and Thursdays at 5:30PM.  Just $8 per class, and your first class is free to try out the program.

Watch “Train with Catherine,” on YouTube live every Monday at 6:30AM Pacific time. Cardio Freedom challenge Workout A: In a circuit: 8 reps each of Push ups, Goblet Squats, Rows, RDLS, Overhead Press, Bicep curls, and Tricep extensions. Rest one minute then do 5 reps of each exercise at a higher weight. Nutrition program at

Cardio Free Challenge

A cardio free workout helps you lose fat, protect your knees, and it won’t increase your appetite.

The first week of the cardio free challenge went really well.  The best part was the feeling of peace I had around food.  I left out my “yellow light” foods like cheese and nuts, and I stuck with protein, healthy fats, and vegetables that grow above the ground. I’m especially enjoying the last of the cherry tomatoes from our garden.

I made myself a promise that I would focus on enjoying my time with the weights, and on the yoga mat.  I had so much fun introducing the 10/8/5 circuits to my students at Sol-Y-Breath. The result? I lost one pound this week, and that’s fine by me.  I’d like to release seven more pounds of fat, and by taking them one pound at a time I’ll be arriving at goal weight right around Thanksgiving.

If you want to take the challenge, it’s simple.   Just lift every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and do Yoga, or another restorative practice on three other days of the week.  Replace all traditional moderate steady state cardio with walking, gentle swimming, gardening, or any other low intensity activity you enjoy.

Here is a video of training session B for you to follow along with.

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Warm-up: 10 kettlebell swings, 8 stick ups, 10 swings, 8 reverse flies, 10 swings 8 shoulder rotations, 10 swings 8 straight arm overhead swings. Workout B: 10-8-5 rep circuits: Chest Press, Goblet squat, Reverse Fly, 1 Leg Deadlift, Butterfly Raise, Calf raises. Circuit one: 10 reps, Circuit two: 8 reps, Circuit three: increase the weight and do 5 reps. Nutrition program at Training programs at

If you need workouts that are custom designed for your goals and level of ability, e-mail me:

Easy Keto Quiche Cups

This has been a family favorite for years.

These are wonderful for breakfast.  Make extra so that you can freeze them, and re-heat in the microwave when you need a quick meal.

Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix 6 eggs, 1 cup shredded cheese, (I used mozzarella here but try, cheddar and jack cheese as well.)

2 cups chopped spinach, 1/2 diced onion, 1 diced celery stalk, 1/2 diced red bell pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Grease a 12 serving muffin pan with butter. Mix all ingredients well and divide evenly between cups in muffin pan.

Bake for 20 minutes: test by inserting a toothpick: if it comes out clean it’s done.

Now that you know what’s for breakfast, don’t forget to join me on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8AM at Sol-Y-Breath for strength plus balance.  Or come to the 5:30PM class on Thursdays for Strength plus balance: chair.

Location: 14709 Mono Way in the Sears center in East Sonora. 50 minute class $8.

Weight Loss Workout

Even if you are coming to class regularly, it helps to have a plan for training at home.  I have to admit that, even as a working personal trainer, there are times when a trip to the gym doesn’t sound appealing or inspiring.

This morning, I’m upset with myself because I thought it would be ok to have conventional prepared mayonnaise with my chicken last night.  This morning, I’m bloated, my fingers are swollen, and my knee hurts.  I also hopped on the scale and I gained two pounds overnight.  Why is this?  Let me list the ingredients on the mayo:

Yes, there is sugar in the mayo, and what the heck are “Natural Flavors?”  Note: I fixed the angle in the editor, but it insisted on staying sideways!

I know better than to eat soybean oil, any amount of sugar, and “Natural Flavors.”  Now wonder my fingers are so swollen it’s hard to get my wedding ring off this morning.  Honestly, I don’t want to train at all when I feel like this, let alone train in public.

Here’s the thing though, It’s Monday, and I have made a commitment to put up a new train video every Monday at 6:30AM on my You Tube Channel.  I am definitely going to keep my promise, especially since 28 people have subscribed to my channel in the past month.  My channel is just staring to grow, even though I created it almost five years ago, and I want to keep my promises to post so that it keeps growing.  My intention this morning is that I will finally learn my lesson about prepared condiments, and not eat problem foods, especially the day before I am going to post a video!

Now it’s time to head outside with my barbell and make that video.

I hope that you will subscribe to my You Tube channel, so that you can follow along with my journey, and so that you can have training sessions available whenever you need them.

Here’s to the willingness to keep your commitment to fitness. 

The Freedom Forty Fitness Challenge

The Freedom Forty Fitness Challenge starts Monday, July 9th, and wraps up Saturday, August 18th.

As promised when I designed the Freedom Fourteen, I am ready to offer the Freedom Forty in order to encourage my clients and readers to make this their fittest Summer ever.

While the sun is out and the days are long we can make wonderful advances in our fitness and nutrition. Farmer’s Markets are full of delicious freedom foods, and we can do our interval training almost anywhere these days, especially if we train in the cool or the morning.

I have created 4 new lifting programs, and 4 new interval sessions to alternate with them.  In addition, I have new Ketogenic meal plans ready for the first 14 days.  You may have seen my cooking videos on You Tube as well, and I will be making more videos of the Cardio Freedom Training that I’m currently using myself, and in my live classes.

I have already begun to use the training program, and it has just the right mix of intensity, variety, and duration to make it both effective, and enjoyable.  Because we all enjoy training with intensity right?

We will be supporting each other on the Facebook group:

If you want to join this challenge, the cost is $150.00 and that includes weekly 20 minute phone consultations with me, any modifications in design that you may need in the training program, and personalized demonstration videos.  Nothing beats the accountability you get by checking in with your coach each week.

E-mail me: and tell me that you’re interested, and I’ll send you more information.

I can’t wait to train with you,

Catherine Best Gordon

P.S. If you’re in the Sonora, CA area classes are every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8AM at Sol-Y-Breath 14709 Mono Way in the Sears center.

Healthy Happy Summer

For a healthy, happy Summer I want to invite you to practice what you love, especially when it comes to movement.

Whether you are lifting, dancing, doing yoga, or my current favorite, playing with your dogs, I hope you will find enjoyment in everything you do this Summer.

I know that it takes discipline to make healthy choices, so I want to invite you to use most of your will power in the kitchen, while you have more fun with your fitness.

In my classes and training sessions, I will be offering ways to connect the way we train to the activities we enjoy.  Balance, strength, and flexibility give us the freedom to live life to the fullest.  Whether you book a one-on one session, come to the morning Strength Plus class, or take a gentle approach with Chair Yoga Fitness, I want to encourage you to enjoy your fitness journey.

Here is the Summer schedule:

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 8AM: Strength Plus.

This class includes warm up, intervals, resistance, dance based movement for balance and co-ordination, plus yoga inspired cool down.


Every Thursday at 5:30PM: Chair Yoga Fitness.

This class is for anyone with balance, knee, of back issues who wants a class that improves strength, flexibility, balance, and well being with a chair for support.  Note that this class incorporates light to moderate weights, and the level of difficulty is tailored to your needs.

For more information or to book a training session, e-mail me:



I am not a food addict.

The term “Food Addict,” is too broad because there are many foods I can eat in normal, sensible amounts.

I am not a sugar addict.

The term, “Sugar Addict,” is too narrow because wheat, rice, oats, and all other grains I have tried to eat make me binge until I can’t eat anymore.

When I eat foods that turn to glucose in my body, the eating madness takes over, and I gorge until I finally collapse into bed and sleep it off.

In the morning my head, joints, and muscles ache.  My hands and lips are swollen, and I feel so desperately sad that I don’t want to go on.

The self loathing used to drive me to eat more of the foods that  bring me momentary euphoria: the sweets and starches that drive my mania.

Back in 2008, I went on a whole food version of the Atkins Diet.  After just a few days, my appetite normalized, and I felt like I was back in control of my eating.  I would experiment with fruit, oat bran, and sprouted grains, and the binges would come roaring back.

I learned not to try to re-introduce the foods that made me gorge, and I added moderate intermittent fasting.  I learned to finish eating by one or two o’clock in the afternoon.  I wouldn’t have breakfast until 16 hours later, and this is how I discovered the freedom of living in Nutritional Ketosis.

In 2013, I wrote the e-program, “Sugar Freedom.”  Over the past 5 years, I have become aware that I need to be free of more than sugar in order to stay in nutritional ketosis.  When I am in N.K. I feel alive and I thrive.  I don’t get the hit and the euphoria that I get from glucose producing foods, but I do get reliable energy, and a steady kind of optimism that allows me to be a reasonably sane wife, mother, and worker.

Yesterday, I went shopping in town with my son.  I had eaten my ketogenic breakfast at 7AM.  By 2PM I was only mildly hungry, but we went to Chipotle for lunch, and I ordered a salad.  I foolishly used some of the dressing that came with it instead of bringing my own.  The dressing has honey in it, and I am still paying the price for eating it as I write this at 8:30 the next morning.

One very good thing, is that the terrible eating episode that I went through afterward finally drove me to find a new word, a true word for what I experience when I eat foods that contain sugar or grain.  I experience Glucomania.  I am a Glucomaniac, and I can only be free of this madness when I don’t eat sugar or grain.

New Fitness Classes at Sol-Y-Breath

New Classes at Sol-Y-Breath

New Classes just $8

Strength Plus and Chair Yoga Fitness

Strength Plus: a mix of Catherine’s Best Fitness Techniques for all levels: Tuesday and Thursday Mornings at 8AM $8

It’s good to get stronger safely with Catherine Best Gordon ACE-CPT: warm up, resistance training, and dance-based balance development.  We finish with a gentle yoga sequence and relaxation.  Featuring Catherine’s new 8X5 rep technique to help you get stronger fast while maintaining safety and excellent form.

Gain strength and energy for the day ahead.  There is plenty of parking up close at 14709 Mono Way.  The studio is in the same shopping center as Sears.  Cash, checks, or credit cards accepted.

Chair Yoga Fitness every Thursday at 5:30PM $8: For anyone with knee, back, shoulder, or balance issues.

The chair class includes warm up, resistance training, and dance based balance development.  We finish with a gentle chair yoga sequence and guided meditation.  Leave the workday behind with a total fitness practice that is kind to your body.


We start the Freedom 14 challenge on May 29th, the day after Memorial Day, and we finish on June 12th.

You can take the challenge by coming to my classes at the Dome.  Simply click omg “Class Schedule,” above for information.  Good news: I am having Summer Sale on my group classes: $8 per class or a 6 class card for $40.

If you can’t make it to class, I am designing 14 day programs, complete with a photo exercise demonstration guide and nutrition plan for $50.  E-mail me: for more information.

Exercise example: The Romanian Deadlift.


Cabbage Soup: Sugar Freedom Style

Sugar Freedom Style Cabbage Soup Can Help You Get Off Of Sugar

When people ask me, “How do I get off of sugar?” I reply, “Eat something else.”

So many of the simple grab and go foods we eat contain sugar, grains, and processed vegetable oils.  All of these foods are inflammatory and appetite boosting in my experience.  The fresh whole foods that make me and my students feel energized and satisfied can take time and effort to prepare.  That’s why I’m posting this recipe.  It is simple enough that anyone can make it, and once it’s prepared you can have some whenever you feel a craving, or you need something to hold you over until it’s time for your next meal.  Plus, if you practice intermittent fasting, in my opinion, this soup won’t officially break your fast.

Freedom Soup Recipe

Ingredients: One 31 oz. Jar of Bone Broth

1/2 Onion: diced

3 Stalks Celery: sliced

1 Basket Mushrooms: Chopped (about 1&1/2 cups)

2 Cups Cabbage: chopped

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Directions:  In a large soup pot over medium heat add the oil and sauté all of the ingredients above in the order listed.  Add bone broth and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer 40 minutes and add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

This soup is ideal for anyone starting a low carb or Ketogenic diet, as it can stop the symptoms of “Low Carb Flu,” which happens when the body looses sodium and electrolytes through the diuretic effect of a transition to low carb eating.

Contact me at for personalized training plans.  Here is a sample below.

The entire Sugar Freedom program is available at:

Here is a salad to go with your soup, or anytime. (Oops, it goes sideways at the start, but then I turn the camera the right way.)

Spring Fitness Classes You Can Join Now

Catherine Gordon ACE-CPT announces Spring fitness classes you can join now.

“Train With Catherine,” every Monday at 5:15PM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8AM at TCAA Dance at the Dome: 251 B. Baretta Street.

“Chair Total Fitness,” every Thursday at Sol Y Breath: 14709 Mono Way.

I am delighted that Tully Baker of Sol-Y-Breath has invited me to create this class for her studio.  It begins with a very gentle warmup to connect mind and body.  Then we do our resistance training with light weights so that you can learn excellent form within your proper range of motion.  This is followed by Chair Intervals.  Yes, you really can do interval training while seated.  Then enjoy learning  some dance based movement to fun music.

Next we move into the restorative phase with a very gentle seated yoga flow, and we close with a gratitude meditation.

This class has been developed in accordance with the guidelines of my ACE Mind/Body Specialist Certification to help you develop confidence, strength, and flexibility in a safe supportive atmosphere.

Email Catherine with any questions

14709 Mono Way in the Sears center.