Shine On Fitness is a place of very positive vibes!

Shine On Fitness are 1 hour long exercise classes lead by Augustine Rivera.

Combining all facets of exercise, Shine On Fitness draws it’s own unique style from a collaboration of BodyPump, Crossfit, Pilates, Circuit Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Step Aerobics, Cardiovascular Training, Strength Training, Body Sculpting & Flexibility. You will never do the same thing twice in this class. Variety is the key to continual changing and growth of the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Come Learn how to workout correctly by a trained and certified professional.

See what others had to say about Auggie’s teaching style here:

Shine On Fitness is a place of very positive vibes!

A place where you can meet some of the most amazing and kind hearted people in the world. In this class bridges are formed and relationships
blossom into life long friendships.

It doesn’t matter what your current fitness level is,
Auggie is great at modifying any exercise to suit your needs. As long as you give it your best and are willing to learn, you WILL do greater works!

You will build a stronger Mind, Body, and Spirit.
You WILL have the best workouts every time you show up by one of the best teachers in existence.

All the love and light!

5 Foods You Should Never Eat

Shine-On-Logo-Color-Black-Bkgrnd_WEB5 Foods You Should Never Eat

You already know you should limit how much junk food you eat on a regular basis in order to be healthy. But nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, RD, founder of Middleberg Nutrition, says you should avoid some foods altogether. Her list of foods to never eat…

Artificial Sweeteners
In small doses (think: one teaspoon per serving), sugar is totally fine. But it gets a little dicey when you have too many artificial sweeteners. Here’s the deal: Sweeteners are way, um, sweeter than sugar, and they can reset your taste buds to crave sugary foods. As a result, you end up eating more junk. Plus, people who limit their artificial sweetener use find that they have more energy, and don’t have as many cravings.

Most of us think it’s a healthy alternative to butter (err, guilty), but margarine has loads of trans fats, which increase your cholesterol. And it contains a lot of ingredients vs butter’s one or two. The calorie count is also similar to butter, but we tend to eat more of it because we think it’s healthier. Your best bet: Stick with small does of butter or use heart-healthy olive oil.

5-Foods-PicWEBSoy Protein Isolate
All soy isn’t bad, but the isolate (a refined, often genetically-modified form of soy that pops up in a lot of soy-based products) resembles estrogen, which is iffy—some research has shown that it can increase the risk of cancers and infertility in women. If you want to go vegetarian, opt for veggie burgers with quinoa, chickpeas, or black beans as a base, and eat protein bars that are based on nuts and seeds. And for meat subs, go for beans, nuts, seeds, nut butters, and natural sources of soy like edamame, tofu, and tempeh.

Diet Foods
Unfortunately, “diet” or “low-fat” doesn’t mean low-calorie. Diet bars and low-fat foods like yogurts usually have more sugar, salt, and unhealthy fillers to make them taste okay. Even worse, we typically eat double the serving we should because we’re not satisfied or think that it’s okay to eat more because it’s “healthy.”

Frozen Meals
These babies are convenient (hello dinner in five minutes or less!) but are often heavily processed and filled with fat and salt. Instead of going this route, make a big meal (like a yummy soup or stew) at home when you have some downtime, portion it out, and freeze the servings. Frozen fruits and veggies are okay, too, as long as you look for options without added sauces or salt.

Shine On Fitness Info Flyer

ShineOnFitnessLocationFlyer_QuarterpageHi Everyone!

Here’s a sweet design I did for the Shine On Fitness Classes. Please share it, forward it, print it, and whatever else you feel in your heart to help me blast it everywhere. Thanks so much for spreading the love and light!

Blessing Jesus every minute, every day!
Augustine Rivera

Figure Out Your BMR – A Huge Key to Weight Loss

Shine-On-Logo-Color-Black-Bkgrnd_WEBHello Everybody!

I want to give you a very important key when it comes to Boosting Fat Burn…


In order to start controlling your weight and understanding your body. Everyone needs to know their own personal BMR. Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy expended daily by humans and other animals at rest. The difference between someone gaining weight and someone losing weight all depends on the number of calories one takes in everyday.

I’ve collaborated a few videos that you need to watch to help understand BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate.)

What is BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate

This next video is made by Omar Isuf. His channel has a bunch of great videos.
He’s outside the BOX like myself, I hope you enjoy.

BMR Vid #1

Ok if you watched the video above. Now it’s time to find your own “Magic Number.”Click the link below and fill in the form to calculate your own BMR.

Ok great now that you know your BMR be sure to check it often because this number will change as your body changes. So how now do you track your calorie intake?

If you have a smart phone download the free app called MY FITNESS PAL.
If you DON’T have a smart phone (like me) go to:
or you can also go to:

You’re MISSON is to track everything you eat and drink for 2 weeks including weekends. You will find out if the foods you eat are blasting you way above your BMR, way below, or hitting the bullseye.

Once you’ve made yourself aware of how many calories your current diet gives you, you will then be able to make educated changes in your eating habits. That’s a major key to have in your lifetime.
Other Important Videos to watch. They contain very good points to help you on your way.

Top 5 Simple Nutrition Tips for Rapid Fat Loss

Burn Fat Faster Part 2: Boost Your Fat Burning Instantly with these Tips

How to NOT Lose Muscle While Losing Fat

WHY You Lose Muscle While Losing Fat + Why Low Calorie Diets are Disasters

The 4 WORST Muscle Building Workout Mistakes Beginners Make

So now that you’ve watched these videos, I hope you’ve collected a few golden keys of knowledge.

Be sure to subscribe and LIKE Omar Isuf’s videos! Also be sure to dig around his other videos, He’s been at it for a while!
Aug-ster gives big Props to Chef Buff! He’s always going to be real and break it down cause #1 He Cares, just like myself!

Don’t forget your homework which is to calculate your BMR, and start tracking your calorie intake. If you’re already doing that…AWESOME!!! Start coming to as many of my classes as you can, I’m going to coach you the BEST when it comes to intensifying your workout. No plateaus for me thank you very much! Consistency and Variety in your exercise program is VITAL. Thanks so much forwarding, posting, sharing, and taking this message to heart. I’ll be shooting more helpful tips your way soon! See you in class!

All the love and light!
Augustine Rivera

Water and a Few Things it Can Do for Your Bodies Systems

Shine-On-Logo-Color-Black-Bkgrnd_WEBHi Everyone!
This is a friendly reminder to drink more water and a few things it can do for your bodies systems:

Drinking water is one of the easiest efforts you can incorporate into your weight loss or weight maintenance plan. Think about it: unlike saying no to eating that delicious pastry at work or going to kickboxing class once or twice a week, making sure you are drinking enough water requires little to no will power.

Let’s talk more about how drinking water helps with weight loss. Did you know that often when you feel hungry, you’re really just thirsty? Our mind tends to confuse hunger and thirst. When you find yourself hungry at odd times of the day, reach for a cup of water before grabbing food.

If you really are hungry, you can still eat a snack afterwards. But let’s say your feelings of hunger do go away after drinking that cup of water. You’ve just saved yourself calories by not eating the snack your body didn’t really need!

In essence, drinking water buys you time–time to assess how hungry you are and to make better food choices. So the next time you’re about to enter a situation where ample unhealthy foods will be at your disposal, chug some water first. Dehydration is your body’s enemy. It slows bodily functions and metabolism. As a matter of fact, your metabolism will slow to conserve energy when you haven’t had enough water to drink, as your organs can’t and won’t function as efficiently. Drinking water has been proven to contribute to your body’s ability to burn calories. You body needs an adequate amount of water to properly function, especially during exercise, and dehydration prohibits the fat-burning process.

Drinking ice cold water first thing in the morning is an easy way to speed up your metabolism. Right when you wake up, drink a glass or two of cold water. Your body will have to warm up the water entering your system, which means increasing your metabolism in the process. It’s a simple step to add into your daily routine that, while not a miracle cure, can certainly contribute to your other weight loss efforts. Drinking Water Keeps You Healthy.

Water flushes toxins from your body’s system, including those produced during exercise. It aids in keeping your joints lubricated–very important for both daily functions and in preventing your body from injury during exercise. Drinking water also reduces bloating! In short, drinking water is vital to your other weight loss efforts including. If you’re working out regularly, drinking an adequate amount of water is extremely important. Whether you’re just embarking on your weight loss plan or have been steadily making strides for some time, make sure you’re drinking enough water for your body to function correctly.

Cheers! This Water’s for You! Thanks for reading and sharing, forwarding, liking, and spreading knowledge! Do the same with your smile! Make the world a brighter place!
All the love and light!
Augustine Rivera!

8 Tips When it Comes to Leaning Out Your Body

Shine-On-Logo-Color-Black-Bkgrnd_WEBHi Everyone!

Gonna give you a few more tips when it comes to leaning out your body. Not gonna be getting into what you should be eating, just some good habits to start picking up if you don’t do them already check it out!

Before I teach you how to eat well for an active metabolism, let me dispel the myth that we are all created equal. When it comes to calories-in and calories-out, we are NOT all equal. I might work with two clients who are the same age, same sex, and do the same amount of exercise, yet one can get away with eating a lot more food than the other, and still lose weight.

Some of it will depend on muscle mass (the more muscle, the higher the metabolism), however some of it is just straight genetics. This is one of the reasons that obesity runs in families.

Jump Start Your Metabolism

Do you eat well most of the time, but just can’t seem to lose stubborn pounds? It could be that you are eating the right foods, but in the wrong combinations. Or you could be eating the right combinations of food, but not timing your meals correctly. No matter how you slice it, your weight loss is determined by your metabolism. A revved-up metabolism will easily yield more weight loss than a sluggish one. The good news is that you do have control over your fat-burning capacity!

We are not created equal.

To help rev-up your metabolism, I offer the top eight ways we slow it down and how to avoid them.

1. Not eating enough during the day

Not eating enough during the day slows down your metabolism two ways. First, your body thinks it’s starving, so it will slow down your calorie-burning capacity in order to “survive.” Second, you are likely to make up for low caloric intake in the last few hours of the day, causing your body to hang on to the food through the night in preparation for another day of “starving.” Plain and simple — eat early and eat often — it will get your engine revving on high!

2. Not drinking enough fluids

Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to turn up your fat-burning capacity. I cannot say that drinking water alone will cause weight loss; however, if you are eating a perfect diet, but are dehydrated, you will lose less weight. When your body is dehydrated it cannot burn fat. So please, get 64 ounces per day—and as a bonus your hair and skin will shine!

3. All-or-nothing dieting

One of the biggest problems with “fad” and “crash” diets is that they usually provide a very low calorie allowance. Not only will this cause your body to burn fewer calories, but it will also make you more likely to binge. A slower metabolism combined with an increased likelihood of binging spells disaster. So play it safe; find a well-balanced diet that does not overly restrict calories.

4. Eating too much sugar

I often find that my clients are eating the right amount of calories for weight loss, but are not losing weight. The culprit is usually sugar. Sugars and refined carbs have the unique ability to stop weight loss in its tracks. Think of this: Your body is burning fat (from your hips, maybe?), and all of a sudden it gets an influx of sugar. It will use the sugar as energy and promptly stop burning the fat. So really, cut the sugar.

5. Not weight-training

So many of my clients tell me about the hours they spend on the treadmill — thinking that this is the secret ingredient to burning more calories. Sadly, it just doesn’t work out. Sure, you burn more calories by walking on the treadmill than by lying on the couch; however, without the proper amount of weight training, you will not increase your metabolism. Your resting metabolism is directly affected by how much muscle you have — so go on, build more muscle!

6. “Eating back” your exercise calories

Many people want to know how many calories their exercise session burned. Usually the reason they want this information is to quantify it in terms of food. In other words, they justify eating a candy bar since they already worked off those calories. However, this equation just doesn’t work. You’ll end up not losing weight, or you might even gain some weight. So remember, food and exercise are separate issues.

7. Drinking too much alcohol

There is nothing wrong with a few cocktails per week, but too many will absolutely reduce your fat-burning capability. Not only does alcohol provide a hefty dose of calories, but it also stops fat burning in its tracks (similar to sugar). Add in the side effect of the increased hunger you might feel while imbibing, and you’ve set yourself up for weight loss failure. Enjoy your cocktails… sparingly.

8. Skimping on protein

During the low-fat food craze of the late 1980s, we all became afraid of protein. It was linked to higher-fat diets, and many trendy diets limited protein to 2 ounces per meal. This has a disastrous consequence on weight loss. When you skimp on protein, your body has to burn its own muscle for fuel, resulting in decreased lean muscle mass. Less muscle means less calorie-burning action! Additionally, without adequate protein you can’t build more muscle mass (to burn calories). And lastly, diets that are low in protein cause increased sugar cravings. So eat your protein, often!

If you can start applying these tips to your life and substitute bad habits for good ones, you will change! Remember it’s a life style! Thank you for sharing, forwarding, re-blogging, and getting the knowledge out to everyone! For it is definitely better to give!

All the love and light!
Augustine Rivera

How to Tighten Loose Skin After Losing Weight: Saggy Skin Can Be Prevented and Fixed

Waaazzzuuuppp Everyone!
An important topic when losing weight <check it out>

How to Tighten Loose Skin After Losing Weight: Saggy Skin Can Be Prevented and Fixed

Shine-On-Logo-Color-Black-Bkgrnd_WEBOne of the big problems when you lose weight is the loose skin that’s often left over. It’s bad enough when you lose a few pounds but, when you lose a lot of weight, the sagging skin can be a real drag on your morale. You don’t have to have loose skin after you lose weight though.

It is possible to do certain things that will minimize your chances of getting loose skin before you lose the weight and, again, after you lose the weight.

Follow these easy tips and you’ll find getting thinner doesn’t have to leave you looking like a Shar Pei (that dog with all the loose, flapping skin!).

Don’t Lose Weight Quickly – One of the reasons many people end up with badly sagging skin is because they lose weight too quickly. Keep in mind that burning fat and building muscle takes time. Losing more than two to three pounds every week is not very healthy. It also causes your skin to lose its elasticity faster and makes it more difficult for it to spring back into shape. When you decide you’re going to lose weight, plan on only losing two to three pounds a week.

Not only is it healthier for your skin, but it’s likely to stay off longer too. I’ve noticed, when I watch The Biggest Loser, how many contestants on the show have problems with loose skin. Losing 20 to 30 lbs a week, which isn’t uncommon on The Biggest Loser, is incredibly unhealthy and shows not only in your skin, but hair, nails and overall health too.

Use Moisturizer – I always use moisturizer all over my body, but even more when I’m losing weight. I saw a medical show on Australian TV a few months ago that showed using moisturizer can actually add up to 70% moisture to your skin. When you’re losing weight, that moisture causes your skin to maintain more elasticity so, as your body shrinks, your skin will shrink with it. If your a skinny guy your skin will grow with your muscles and you won’t have to worry about stretch marks.

One thing I do after every shower is apply baby oil gel while I’m still wet. Staying wet while applying lotion or baby oil gel will make the application easier and faster. I’ll moisturize my entire body and then towel off. Trust me your skin will love you if you pick up this great habit.

Use a Good Body Scrub or Loofah – I’ve found that using a body scrub or a loofah while you shower is a great way to tighten loose skin. Scrubbing away the top surface of the skin actually causes the skin underneath to generate faster, which also helps your skin become softer and more supple.

Drink A Lot of Water – Many studies show that drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day maintains moisture in your skin. It also flushes out all the toxins in your system, making your skin healthier overall. The easiest way to accomplish drinking so much water is to carry your own personal cup that you constantly refill. There’s just something about your own cup that keeps you sipping it throughout the day. So remember, even if you’re drinking coffee or tea, you still need an extra 8 glasses of water on top of that to ensure better looking skin.

Some doctors will count something like green tea in with the 8 glasses but, for me, I tend to classify that as extra as it contains caffeine, which is a diuretic, causing you to lose water from your body. So I only drink green tea first thing in the morning and I add local honey in hopes to increase my immune system to the allergens in the area. San Antonio Texas has allergies bad!

Lift Weights and Exercise – During and after losing weight, you still want to make sure you exercise and lift weights. When you exercise, you build more muscle, which actually plumps up your skin from inside and makes it look tighter. If you’re dropping body fat you should be replacing it with muscle.

And don’t forget to lift moderate to heavy weight, your muscles will not grow if you don’t force them to exert themselves more than 65% of your one rep max on whatever exercise your doing. So start training your body to lift just a tad bit more, give it a “Little Taste of the Glory” is what I say. Go a little bigger! As long as you don’t lose form you should be good!

So in a nutshell…don’t crash diet and lose weight to quick, lotion everyday, take a shower and ex foliate, drink a ton of water on the daily, and exercise minimum 5 hours a week (there is no maximum here). Getting loose skin after losing weight can make you feel much worse about your body than you should. But if you do all of these quick things every day, your chances of getting saggy skin will actually be less.

Remember always that Jesus loves you! Smile everywhere today and everyday. You beautiful love is needed, so share it unconditionally! Thanks for re-posted, forwarding, sharing, and all be a huge blessing!

All the love and light!

Augustine Rivera