Carol Elizabeth is a 45 year old mom of 3 who grew up in Winnipeg. After undergoing her own personal weight loss transformation starting at 37 years old -she went on to lose 25 pounds and fell in love with weight training. She stepped on stage for the first time at the age of 39. Carol is currently a Nationally ranked figure athlete. Ontario Master Champion. Placed 7th at the Arnold Amateur in 2015 and is 2013 Ms Figure Universe. She is a published fitness model in Oxygen Magazine as well as Inside Fitness- Canada’s fitness Magazine. She is a personal trainer and lifestyle transformation coach who founded online programs for women’s health and empowerment. She has been a part of Isagenix for 2.5 year’s loving each of the amazing solutions Isagenix has to offer. She is a 2015 Rising Star Winner , a member of the elite Team Isagenix and a 4 star Golden Circle !v star Crystal Executive:)
Mary Ellen Clark
Mary Ellen Clark is a two time Olympic Medalist, winning Bronze Medals at the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 1992 Barcelona Games. In addition, she was a member of the United States National Diving team for 10 years and won seven National Championship titles. In 1996 the United States Olympic Committee nominated Mary Ellen as one of the top 10 women athletes in our country. To date she holds the distinction as the oldest women’s diving medalist in the history of the Olympic games. Mary Ellen has been seen in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Women Sports and Fitness, Life, People and featured in many books including Great Women in Sports and True Champions. She is a co-author of Gorgeous, The Sum of All Your Glorious Parts, a lifestyle enhancement guide. She has appeared The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today show, Entertainment tonight and featured in television commercials for various corporations. Mary Ellen is a profiled Olympian in Gloria Estefan’s “Reach” video and in Greg Louganis, “Back on Board” HBO documentary. She is a member of five Sports Halls of Fame, celebrating and recognizing her commitment to excellence in sports and in life. Born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Mary Ellen is the youngest of seven children. She attended The Pennsylvania State University studying health and physical education and received her Masters Degree in the same field at Ohio State University. Combining her educational background with her athletic accomplishments, Mary Ellen is involved in various fields of work. She is a Motivational Speaker inspiring audiences throughout the country. She is an active mentor for our future Olympic champions with United States Diving and owns ZAP diving, an age group diving program in Sudbury Massachusetts. Mary Ellen is an active advocate and supporter of women in sports through her affiliation and participation with ESPNW, Women & Sports Summit, as well as her continuing involvement with the Women’s Sports Foundation in which she served as a member of the board of trustees. In addition, Mary Ellen is a certified National Strength and Conditioning Association personal fitness trainer helping people of all ages to achieve their wellness goals with her training business. She is an Isagenix nutritional consultant helping clients and team members, specifically in the areas of weight loss, energy and performance, healthy aging and wealth creation. Mary Ellen is part of Team Isagenix, working alongside professional athletes, fitness champions and other Olympians, educating the world on the benefits of nutritional cleansing and replenishment system to lead a healthy lifestyle. Mary Ellen’s career is defined by vision, courage and determination. Passion and hard work define her approach to life. Thousands have heard her message “Have fun with what you are doing and believe in your dreams with all your heart. Surround yourself with positive support systems and be willing to work hard for your goals, overcoming all obstacles to create the life you want and deserve.” Mary Ellen’s passion for sports, health, fitness and helping others to recognize their own potential is what inspires her most. Currently, Mary Ellen resides with her spouse in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Joe Andruzzi spent 9 years in the NFL where he won 3 SuperBowl titles with the New England Patriots. In recognition of his contributions, Andruzzi received the Ed Block Courage Award in 2002 and the first Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2003.
In 2001, Abruzzi three brothers, who were all NYC firefighters, responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th. During pregame introductions at the next game on September 23, Andruzzi ran out with an American flag in each hand. His brothers were honored at midfield prior to kickoff.
On April 15, 2013, Andruzzi’s non-profit foundation was hosting an event in Boston, in support of the runners, when the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings occurred. In the aftermath, he was photographed carrying an injured woman to safety.
Joe is a survivor of an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphomais, He is a fighter not just for himself but his community. After completing treatment, the Andruzzi family founded the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in 2008. They are committed to tackling cancer’s impact by providing financial assistance for patients and their families as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research.
Brandon Christopher Jacobs (born July 6, 1982) is a former American football running back, who spent the majority of his career with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played one season for the San Francisco 49ers before returning to New York for his final season. He played college football at Coffeyville, Auburn, and Southern Illinois.
Brandon Jacobs grew up in Napoleonville, Louisiana. The only son of a single mother Janice Jacobs, he was raised by his mom and her sisters. His aunt and uncle, Dianne and Phil Cheavious, later became his legal guardians. He never had a relationship with his father. Brandon played basketball and football at Assumption High School and in his senior year received accolades such as USA Today All-America, Orlando Sentinel All-Southern, Prep Star All-Region and Louisiana Class 4A Most Valuable Offensive Player. He ran for more than 3,000 yards and scored 38 touchdowns in that senior campaign. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, after playing college football at Coffeyville Community College, Auburn and Southern Illinois. He has also played for the San Francisco 49ers.
Jacobs is larger and heavier than most NFL running backs, standing 6’4″ tall and weighing over 264 pounds. He also runs the 100 meters in 10.82 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.59. He won two Super Bowls in seven seasons at the New York Giants, and holds the franchise record for most career rushing touchdowns.
Jacobs’ college career started at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas, under the direction of head coach Jeff Leiker and running backs coach Dickie Rolls. Coffeyville is a member school of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. In 2001, his freshman year at Coffeyville, he ran for 1,349 yards and 17 TDs and gained Kansas Jayhawk Conference All-Conference honorable mention. He was also named the team MVP for CCC. In his sophomore season for the Red Ravens he racked up 1,896 yards and 20 TDs on 267 carries for a 7.1 yard-per-carry average. In light of these efforts Jacobs was named a JUCO All-American and to the KJCCC All-Conference First Team. He once again garnered the Team MVP trophy and was also named the recipient of the Reb Russell Memorial Football Scholarship Award. The statistic of 1,896 yards rushing ranks second all-time on the Ravens individual season rushing yardage record.
Many parents would be OK setting a strong example for their children. Joe Ames literally embodied the example he set, and he proved a trend-setter for his son Ty and daughter Morgan. And, along the way, he became the world’s top CrossFit athlete in his age group. Ames was the champion in the Masters Men’s 50-54 age group at the CrossFit Games July 21-26 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The Foxboro resident finished from second to fifth in all seven events in which he competed, topping a country-wide crop of 20 athletes. “Consistency is the name of the game when you get out there,” Ames said. “You don’t have to win events. You just have to be consistently good.” Ames’ second-place finishes came in the thruster — essentially, a weightlifting motion that combines a front squat and a push press — and the long chipper, a varied event involving several diverse exercises. There was no particular event that worried Ames, who finished 13th a year ago. In his first year of qualifying, he had clear strengths and weaknesses, finishing first at the CrossFit Games in one event and last in another.
There was room for improvement. “The first time in anything, you realize where your weaknesses are,” said Ames, who started compiling a list of those weaknesses on the flight home from last year’s event. “I could’ve done a lot better,” he said. “I did have holes in my game, I guess you could say. I honed in on that.” Ames consulted a nutritionist, and the duo slashed several items from his diet. Processed foods and alcohol were eliminated — Ames abstained for the duration of the year leading up to the games — and extra attention was placed on the particulars of his eating habits. He ate entirely to fuel.
“I always ate clean, but it’s not necessarily what you eat, but when you eat it,” said Ames, who was particularly floored by the chemical effects of alcohol. “I took that to heart. To rule that out for seven months is a big sacrifice. Alcohol will slow down any gains you’re trying to achieve, and you can’t out-train a bad diet.” In addition to incorporating yoga for extra flexibility, Ames also sought out training time with younger athletes for an extra performance boost. It worked, and he added to his confidence, as well.
“I knew anything they threw at us, I could probably get through,” Ames said. “It’s always what’s next, what’s next. It’s in my genetic makeup that I have to have something to keep me motivated.” At the CrossFit Games, Ames plowed through each event — running, jumping, lifting — a myriad of bodily challenges. He competed alongside some of the sport’s more well-known personalities — naturally, the younger athletes. His steady performances granted him a steady lead, all culminating with his age group’s title “Fittest in the World.”
Hundreds, Ames claimed, watched live from home, texting him freeze-frame photos of him competing at the CrossFit Games. His phone was going through a challenging workout of its own, doing the heavy lifting on barrages of calls, texts and social media posts. His supporters were rewarded when Ames brought home the championship.
“The thing I find really cool is, I’m 51 years old, and I’m No. 1 in the world at something,” Ames said. Being the best in the world at something allowed Ames to let his guard down, albeit briefly. The Ames family recently got away for a vacation, and stopped at a diner in Maine. Ames ordered pasta and indulged himself with some of Ty’s chicken tenders. The former item he’d severely cut down on, and he’d completely eliminated fried foods. The resulting illness proved a testament to the commitment of his endeavor.
But, therein laid Ames’ most treasured result of his CrossFit Games title: Celebration aside, Ames’ children are following his lead. Ty is eating more chicken — and not always fried — and working to achieve the same physical stature as the premier athletes surrounding his father at the competition. Morgan is off pasta, and competing for a spot on the Merrimack women’s lacrosse team.
Good habits can be difficult to maintain, but the Ames support group is larger than just the world’s fittest 51-year-old. “It gives me goose bumps to think about it,” Ames said. “(Ty and Morgan) are watching me, and now they’re eating great. If there’s one cool byproduct of this whole thing, it’s that they’re living a healthy lifestyle, too.”