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Beef4Hunger Preps For Charity Golf Outing and Big Bad Q

Sponsored Post by Beef4Hunger:  Beef4Hunger, a Lake Forest-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high protein, fresh beef meals to people in need, announced its 3rd annual Drive Fore Food Golf Outing and Big Bad Q. The event will be held on September 6, 2014 at the Lake Bluff Golf Course, bringing together the local community to reach its goal of providing 50,000 fresh beef meals to the Northern Illinois and Greater Chicago Food Depository.

“Hunger relief organizations lack quality beef high in protein to feed children, families and those less fortunate in our communities. Supporting Beef4Hunger is a unique way to be part of the solution and ensure that our neighbors are not only able to feed their families but feed them well.” said Greg Barnum, President of Beef4Hunger. “We set a goal to raise enough to provide at least 50,000 meals this year and frankly, we won’t stop until we get there.”

Event Details:

The Drive Fore Food Golf Outing will begin registration at 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Bluff Golf Course. Shotgun begins at 1:00. The cost is $125 per person and both adults and children are welcome. Space is limited.
The golf outing will include:

  • 18 holes of golf with a cart
  • Store merchandise
  • Driving range warm up
  • On-course contests

The Big Bad Q will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Bluff Golf Course “Barn.” The cost is $50 prior to the event and $65 at the door.

The Big Bad Q will include:

  • Dinner featuring a full BBQ
  • Premium Terlato wines
  • Custom Lake Bluff Brewery Beer
  • Live music from the Hell Hound Band
  • Mechanical bull rides
  • Photo Booth

To purchase tickets, please visit

About Beef4Hunger
Founded in 2011, Beef4Hunger is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality beef to America’s hungry through a network of food banks and hunger relief organizations. Privately funded through generous donations from individuals, family foundations, caring corporations and others, B4H is completely volunteer based and 100 percent of funds are dedicated to feeding those in need and program growth. It is the only organization that exclusively procures, distributes and donates fresh beef to those in need. For more information, visit
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Three Ways to Achieve Optimal Recovery

Sponsored Post by Fitness Together Lake Forest: Your workout performance is only as good as your ability to recovery from previous sessions. If your training is too large of a stressor and your body is unable to recover from it, then overtime you can get into an overtrained state and inhibit your ability to make gains, or even worse, get injured. Apart from smart training and programming, there are certain steps you can take to enhance the body’s ability to recover from training sessions. Try these top 3 tips and reap the benefits of increased performance.

1. Post workout nutrition. When your training is very demanding, you burn a lot of glycogen, or stored carbohydrate. The body can only store 500 grams of glycogen. About 100 grams are used to fuel the brain and other organs for daily activity. The other 400 grams can be used to fuel high intensity workouts. This means that after hard training, we need to replenish glycogen stores. This is best done through healthy carbohydrate sources. Some great ways to do this are smoothies containing fruit, fresh fruit, rice or potatoes. These are healthy, carb rich foods that can restore glycogen quickly and prepare you for the next workout.

2. Soft-tissue integrity. Demanding training puts a tremendous load on the tissues of the body. Muscles, ligaments, tendon, and fascia are all taxed to their limits and often undergo microtrauma. This is a beneficial aspect of training as this is how the tissue can adapt to new demands and grow stronger and more resilient. It is in the recovery window that we actually grow stronger, not during the workout. We can improve the recovery capabilities of the tissues by using targeted stretching, foam rolling, massage, or lacrosse balls. Rigorous strength training can often times also leave people with increased tone in the utilized musculature. Using modalities like massage or stretching can help to deal with this.

3. Sleep. The most crucial and under-utilized aspect of recovery is sleep. There are so many athletes and fitness enthusiasts who train hard, eat well, but don’t get nearly enough sleep. Even an hour or two of missed sleep has a cumulatively negative effect on your training. The slow-wave stage of sleep is where testosterone and growth hormone are released which have a hugely beneficial effect on your strength abilities. If you are learning new techniques and skills in your training, sleep is where you store these movements in the brain so you can call on them at a later date and improve technical efficiency over time. Finally, missing sleep can hugely deter training motivation. Tired people are far less likely to motivate themselves to train on a regular basis.

These are our Top 3 tips to improve your ability to bounce back from hard training sessions while still making progress and avoiding overtraining injuries. Remember, you can only train as hard as is your ability to recover. So don’t train hard and eat unhealthy foods while missing out on crucial sleep and stretching practices. Do everything possible to be the best you can be.

If you’d like more info on how this and other methods of training can be used for you specifically to help you reach your goals, contact us at Fitness Together Lake Forest at 847-283-6060 or or visit us at to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Written by Vlad Klipinitser for Fitness Together Lake Forest.