Preventative Health

Creating a fitness plan to support a lifestyle through all stages of age and growth is imperative to maintaining good health.  Preventative health starts with an early attack on understanding what and when a body needs its exertion, fuel, and attention.  Dedication and long-term plans start with a regular level of exertion, or exercise.  Three to four times a week for at least 40 minutes is the recommended dose of physical activity.  Next, properly fueling your body is essential to supporting the dedication to long-term exercise planning.  Proper intake of proteins and carbohydrates pre and post physical activity are key.  For weight loss goals keep your nutrition plan at low-fat, low-sodium and low sugar levels.  Finally, attention!  The body needs proper attention to prevent injury and complete your fitness plan and work towards preventative health measures.  An occasional massage, proper shoes, hydration during physical activity and proper rest are just the tip of the self-maintenance iceberg.  A fitness plan can emerge and be complied differently for everyone.  It’s important to customize your plan to fit into your lifestyle or have someone do it for you.  Personal trainers are in business to keep you looking good and also help prevent future health issues.

Hey Ladies here is a 1200 calories meal plan to loss weight while training in MMAXOUT

Hey ladies here is a 1200 calories meal plan…

(Some are slightly under 1,200 – I would grab a handful of nuts, raisins, granola or the like before bed or in the evening if I needed it :)

Day One


  • 1/2 cup plain yogourt (fat free) with 8 small/medium strawberries, 1/2 medium banana and 1/4 cup fiber one cereal made into a parfait.
  • (Total: 200 cals)


  • Veggie Sandwich with spinach, tomato, shredded carrot. broccoli, mushrooms, 1 tbsp fat free miracle whip and 1/2 tbsp dijon on 2 slices of multigrain bread.
  • 1 cup carrot sticks
  • 1 nectarine
  • (Total: 350 calories)


  • Portobello Mushroom Burger, marinated in 1 tbsp Aged balsamic vinagrette – broiled and served on a Whole grain (diet) bun, with lettuce, tomato, onions, 1 tbsp fat free miracle whip, 1/2 tbsp dijon)
  • 8 spears of grilled asparagus
  • 1 large ear of corn on the cob
  • (Total: 350 calories)

Snacks throughout the day / evening

  1. 1 piece 12 grain bread, toasted with 1 tbsp fat free cream cheese (70 cals)
  2. 2 cups watermelon (80 cals)
  3. 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean (100 cals)

All Day total: 1150.

Day Two


  • 2 egg whites made into an omlette with 1/2 cup chopped spinach, tomato, mushroom pieces)
  • 8 small/medium strawberries with 1/2 cup plain fat free yogourt.
  • (Total: 150 cals)


  • Spinach salad with 1/2 cup broccoli and carrot, grated, 10 cherry tomatos, 1/2 cup corn, 1/2 cup black beans, and 1/3 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese. 2 tbsp balsamic vinagrette.
  • (Total: 420 calories)


  • 4 oz lean pork, BBQ’d plain
  • 1 small baked (BBQ) potato with 1 tbsp salsa and 1 tbsp fat free sour cream.
  • 8 stalks grilled asparagus
  • (Total: 400 calories)

Snacks throughout the day / evening

  1. 1 cup special K cereal (100 calories)
  2. 1 nectarine or peach

All Day total: 1140.

Day Three


  • 1 whole egg and two egg whites cooked with 1/8 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1 piece 12 grain toast,
  • (Total: 300 cals)


  • Pizza Bagels! 1 whole wheat, toasted then topped with 1/4 cup pizza sauce, spinach, tomato, red onion, pepper, and 1/3 cup reduced fat cheese. Bake in toaster oven until cheese is melted.
  • 1 nectarine
  • (Total: 400 calories)


  • Spinach blueberry salad, 1/3 cup reduced fat feta cheese, 1/2 cup blueberries and a fat free balsamic vinagrette.
  • 2 pieces of toasted whole wheat baguette with home made garlic spread (becel spray and crushed garlic) and 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella reduced-fat cheese.
  • 1 skewer of shrimp on the BBQ (6 shrimp) to top the salad.
  • (Total: 500 calories)

Snacks throughout the day / evening

  • Nuts

All Day total: 1200.

Day Four


  • 1/2 cup fiber one cereal with 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 3 boiled eggs – only eat the whites
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 piece calorie-reduced 12 grain toast.
  • (Total: 275 cals)


  • Veggie Sandwich with spinach, tomato, shredded carrot. broccoli, mushrooms, 1 tbsp fat free miracle whip and 1/2 tbsp dijon on a whole grain bun.
  • 2 cups watermelon and 1/2 cup blueberries
  • (Total: 400 calories)


  • 8 shrimp, skewered and broiled (marinated – see below)
  • Veggie skewers with 6 tomatos, 6 mushrooms, 1 cup eggplant, 1 cup zuchhini marinated (shake in a ziplock bag) in 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, fresh cilantro, basil, parsley.
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • (Total: 375 calories)

Snacks throughout the day / evening

  • All Bran Bar (130 calories)

All Day total: 1180.

Day Five


  • 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites made into an omlette with 1/8 cup skim milk, spinach, tomato and 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese sprinkled on top.
  • 6 oz Orange Juice
  • (Total: 330 cals)


  • 1/2 whole wheat pita stuffed Chicken Salad (1/2 small can of low-sodium light canned chicken with 1/2 cup celery chopped and 1 tbsp fat free mayo.)
  • 1 nectarine
  • (Total: 325 calories)


  • 1 cup chicken breast, diced and skewered, broiled on BBQ
  • 1 large ear corn
  • Salad with lettuce, tomato, carrot, peppers and 1 tbsp balsamic vinagrette.
  • (Total: 400 calories)

Snacks throughout the day / evening

  • All Bran Bar (130 calories)

All Day total: 1185.

Ready to try the MMAXOUT Challenge

Herbed Green and Wax Beans

  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 4 parsley sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 lb fresh yellow wax beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Tie thyme, parsley and bay leaf together with twine.  Place a large skillet with 1 cup water.  Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute.  Add beans; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Drain well; discard herbs.  Place beans in a bowl.  Add oil and remaining ingredients; toss well to coat.

So why is it called the Sardine Diet?

You’ve heard Bruce talking about this all over the gym.

People look at him (usually with disgust) and think….SERIOUSLY???…Sardines?

Well, here are the facts!!  So, choose for yourself if sardines are worth it….

Sardines are loaded with nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are vital for overall well being. Besides being an important protein source, sardines contain high amount of other nutritional elements given below:

Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids: These nutrients play a crucial role in protecting the heart from various diseases. These unsaturated fatty acids help to increase good cholesterol, lower high blood pressure, as well as prevent formation of blood clots, which has been often linked to heart attacks. Omega 3 essential fatty acids help to improve skin texture and prevents wrinkle formation, thereby keeping the beauty of the skin intact for years to come.

Vitamin D: Sardines are rich in vitamin D, which helps to absorb calcium. In other words, vitamin D is very essential to maintain healthy blood calcium levels that form the basis for proper bone growth.

Vitamin B12: For a healthy nervous system, intake of vitamin B12 is very much essential. Sufficient intake of vitamin B12 boosts energy levels. Your body needs to absorb vitamin B12 to produce healthy blood cells.

Calcium: The calcium in sardines work to keep the bones healthy. In order to maximize bone strength, along with exercise, sufficient calcium intake is equally important. Calcium deficiency is the main reason behind development of bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

Phosphorus: Sardines are one of the few foods rich in phosphorus. This is one of the sardines health benefits that cannot be neglected. Phosphorus maximizes the kidney’s ability to excrete waste properly. Also, for normal teeth and bone formation, it is essential to eat phosphorus sources such as sardines.


Weight Control
An added advantage of sardines is that they are low in calories, which means, they can be always included in a weight control diet. Intake of sardines can help to increase consumption of omega 3 fatty acids which boosts metabolic rate, necessary for weight loss. Carb-conscious dieters wanting to cut weight, will definitely benefit from sardines diet.

Are Canned Sardines Healthy?

Today, canned sardines available in the market are a great natural source of omega 3 fatty acids. Those wanting to munch a healthy snack can buy canned sardines. Sardines that come with olive oil or tomato sauce is a healthy way to satiate your hunger pangs. These portable foods are a blessing in disguise for the busy working class. If you are on the look out for a healthy heart fish, convenient to prepare and eat, buying canned sardines are the best option.

On the whole, sardines are good for the joints, skin and even memory. Sardines health benefits clearly indicate why it is necessary to include them in your diet. The nutritional value of sardines is what makes them an indispensable part of a healthy diet, something that is all the more reason we should consume this delicious fish. So if you were actually wondering, are sardines healthy for you, now you know better.

MMAXOUT Fitness in Salem MA

What is MMAXOUT?

Have you ever wondered how professional fighters prepare for a fight? Designed to get you “fighting fit”, MMAXOUT combines the elements weightlifting, cardio, calisthenics, circuit training, kickboxing and mixed martial arts to offer a varied, but rigorous, strength and conditioning program for athletes of all levels.

Who is MMAXOUT for?

It doesn’t matter, weekend warrior or cage fighter, we understand that athletes are, quite simply, athletes.  The intensity, the frequency workouts and the pressure may vary, but we’re all looking for the same thing, a workout that pushes the limits of our physical, mental and spiritual boundaries. Serious competitors and recreational athlete alike… even the bookclub… if you bring your heart and the right attitude, we’ll provide the rest. MMAXOUT is the ideal workout, regardless of experience, skill or fitness level.


MMAXOUT is a safe, fun and intense workout designed to push you to exceed your own expectations. With a team of world-class trainers and a fully equipped training facility, we’ll work with you to first understand your fitness goals, establish a baseline, and then show you how to beat your own expectations. MMAXOUT — push yourself further than you thought, but not faster than you actually can.

Classes will be starting June 1st.

Due to class populatrity space is limited to 15 people a class. You must sign up class space at the front desk. If you do not sign up for a space in class you are not guaranteed a spot in class, but walkins are welcome if there is space available.

Visit Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts today!

11 Franklin St. Salem, MA 01970

Call: 978-745-8511

Basic Healthy Grilling Tips

1.  Cube or slice meat into smaller portions to speed cook time, SIZE MATTERS.  Or, you can use a quick-cooking option such as shrimp or fish for your meat.

2.  The faster foods are cooked, the less likely they are to develop dangerous charring.  THE SHORTER THE COOK TIME, THE BETTER.

3.  Move your food to a cooler part of the grill while flare ups simmer.

4.  Reduce your exposure to carcinogenic compounds.  GRILL SOMETHING OTHER THAN MEAT. Opt for low or no-protein peaches, plums, tomatoes, eggplant, corn or breads.

5.  You want to avoid burning but not rip the meat apart.  FLIP AT THE RIGHT TIME. Give it a gentle tug; its ready to flip when it comes loose without pulling.

6.  Keep your grill rack spick-and-span to prevent other bits from causing flare-ups.  CLEAN THAT GRILLING MACHINE!!

MMAXOUT Berks County

50 push ups

50 dead lifts

50 windshield wipers

50 Bag Flips

50 Pull ups

100 round Kicks in air per leg without dropping

50 Sprawl Balls

50 Single leg hop per side onto 12 inch box

Time: 34 minutes if you think you can complete it in that time frame record yourself doing it and send it to us… We will put your face all over the world…

Contact MMAXOUT Pennsylvania at 484-855-0301 and or at


Jeff Newton talking about MMAXOUT Fitness

Been working out with MMAXOUT for years. I’m in CA now, but he still sends me some workouts to try. Very creative and varied; so many times I walked in his gym in PA to train, and I’m like “wait — you want me to do WHAT?” My muscles and lungs burn, but I feel great afterwards, and I just know that the workout made a real difference.
Jeff Newton
Highly recommend Bruce Drago health and fitness

Tortilla Egg Rolls

  • 2 small whole wheat tortilla’s or pita bread
  • 8 vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, broiled or oven-baked, to serve
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 2 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs (or just egg whites to eliminate extra fat), slightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Filler:  1 tbsp unsalted butter, 1tsp olive oil, 1/4 red bell pepper (seeded and diced).

  1. Heat the butter and oil on a heavy-based saucepan, and the bell pepper, scallion and sun dried tomatoes and cook or 5 minutes.
  2. Mix together the eggs and milk, season well, then pour into the pan.  Using a wooden spoon, stir the egg constantly but gently to ensure it doesn’t stick.  Cook for about 2-3 minutes until the scrambled egg is semisolid but creamy.
  3. Meanwhile, warm the tortillas in an oven or dry skillet, then spoon the egg on top and roll up.

Serve with the broiled tomatoes.

Thai Coconut Shrimp


  • 8oz dry brown rice noodles or pasta of your choice
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2/3 cups light coconut milk
  • 1tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter with sea salt
  • 1 tsp ginger, ground
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 24 medium raw shrimp, peeled, de-veined, and rinsed under cold running water.
  1. Bring 2 medium pots of water to a boil over high heat.  In one pot, cook pasta according to package directions, then rinse with hot water to ensure pasta doesn’t get sticky when left to stand.  Fluff pasta with your fingers or a fork to further de-clump noodles, the set aside.  In the second pot of boiling water, add broccoli, cover, turn head down to low and simmer for 5 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, add coconut milk, tomato paste, peanut butter, ginger, garlic, pepper flakes and lime juice.  Use a fork or whisk to thoroughly combine.
  3. Simmer coconut mixture, bell pepper, and bean sprouts in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent clumping.  Add shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes, then flip shrimp over and continue to cook for a final minute.
  4. Toss noodles and broccoli with coconut-shrimp mixture and serve piping hot!!!