#AFCC3 coaches Hannah Eden and Paulo Barreto weren’t always a fit power couple. Read their inspiring story.

There is nothing I can appreciate more than the fact that my husband is as passionate about fitness as I am. However, it didn’t start out that way. 

Hannah Eden and Paulo Barreto transformed together through fitness.

When Paulo and I met, he was into body building, and I was into…absolutely nothing that required physical exercise. A few years of working in the service industry – in bars and restaurants – left me extremely underweight living an unhealthy lifestyle. Luckily, I stumbled across CrossFit thanks to a friend who invited me to try it out one day. I got into fitness at a time in my life when I was looking to fill a hole.

I quickly became addicted to CrossFit and began to transform my mind and body. At the same time, Paulo was in the hospitality industry, opening restaurants and working crazy hours while eating and testing all of the burgers you can imagine. We were living two different lifestyles under one roof. 

It was so hard to stay focused on our individual goals yet share a common interest together. I remember begging Paulo to try working out with me. I realize now that I put too much pressure on him to do what I loved. I remember thinking “Man, I want to improve my nutrition, but there’s no point until Paulo is ready too.” I caught myself finding excuses that were irrelevant.

Then, things changed. Paulo decided on his own that he wanted to give fitness a real go. I was super excited by his choice and of course ready to have his back the entire way. Little by little, with no pressure from me, Paulo emerged into CrossFit and, before I knew it, we were sharing common goals and doing our best to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. 

We both committed our lives to fitness – and to do our best to improve ourselves! This was a HUGE success and breakthrough for us. It bonded us in ways we had never experienced before. It changed our relationship and our overall outlook on life. 

Since fully diving into fitness, Paulo and I have been each other’s number-one fan. We dare to live our lives out loud. We push the envelope. We challenge each other physically, and that is GREAT for our relationship. 

We are best friends, husband and wife, and business partners. Fitness is an outlet for our self improvement and a great stress reliever. Often times we are tired and catch ourselves thinking “Maybe I’ll skip today.” Well, we have each other to rely on, to kick our butts back into gear, and to remind each other that it’s a blessing to do what we do each day. 

In our lives there’s only one way: FORWARD…and together!

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Tom Hardy Channeled Conor McGregor for ‘Venom’ Performance
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Tom Hardy’s a fighter in the new comic book flick Venom. That much is clear from the trailers and clips that show him going head-to-head with police and supervillains. To prep for the film, Hardy trained in boxing, jiu-jitsu, and mixed martial arts with professional fighters.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise Hardy took inspiration from UFC fighter Conor McGregor for his work in Venom. In an interview with RTÉ Entertainment in London, Hardy spoke about the film and the influences he used to portray Eddie Brock.

“…the studio wanted somebody who could fight, which they always do in these sort of hero movies,” Hardy says. “They want somebody who can have a scrap. Conor [McGregor] obviously wants to have a scrap with everybody, so that’s useful.”

Hardy didn’t try to do an impression of McGregor, but tried to channel his mindset and personality to develop his performance.

“He [McGregor] was definitely a key note but I don’t know if you’d recognise him in the portrayal,” Hardy says. “It was more of an interior choice, if that makes sense. It was not Venom: he was not based on him. There were more elements of Eddie Brock which needed to be pinned on somebody who’s incredibly handy physically. And, obviously, Conor is incredibly handy physically.”

Venom poster

The actor also took inspiration from a Hollywood legend: “There were bits of Harrison Ford as well from Indiana Jones,” Hardy says.

This isn’t the first time Hardy’s played an iconic comic book character. Hardy starred as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, battling Christian Bale’s Batman after adding pounds of muscle to his frame with an intense body transformation.

In Venom, he’s playing a character that’s classically a villain to Spider-Man; but in the comics, the character also had some heroic storylines. This film is loosely adapting two of those—Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes—and making Hardy’s Venom more of a good guy than a bad one. Just like those stories, the film will follow Brock as he investigates the mysterious Life Foundation and is forced to battle against other alien symbiotes that have similar powers to Venom.

As you can see in the newest trailer from the film, this one is going to be action-packed:

Venom hits theaters on October 5.


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For humans, diets are not sustainable and food is more than just fuel. Today Yoni Freedhoff MD sits down with Darya to explain why the key to long-term weight management is enjoying your life.

Dr. Freedhoff is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and the medical director of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute. Widely regarding as Canada’s most outspoken expert in obesity Dr. Freedhoff’s advocacy work has seen him testifying in front of both the House of Commons and the Senate, as a subject in the acclaimed Canadian documentary Sugar Coated, and as something of a fixture in both National and International media regarding nutrition, public policy, and obesity. Dr. Freedhoff’s award winning blog Weighty Matters has received over 19,000,000 visits and his book The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work is a #1 National Canadian bestseller.



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00:44 – The new Foodist Podcast format.

06:54 – Introducing Yoni Freedhof MD

08:14 – Darya and Dr. Freedhof’s philosophy on long-term weight management.

09:43 – The industry standard for treating weight loss.

10:31 – Why diets are only a short-term fix.

11:17 – The best weight.

11:47 – There is no one-size-fits-all diet.

13:05 – Why you need to enjoy your life in order to lose weight.

13:53 – Food is so much more than just fuel.

14:56  – You can’t will a diet to work.

15:42 – The seduction of diets.

18:32 – Traumatic dieting.

21:21 – Why “don’t eat unless your hungry” is terrible advice for dieters.

24:31 – A prescription for chocolate.

25:57 – The two most important questions to ask yourself when it comes to food.

30:26 – It’s OK to eat bad food. Just be smart about it.

31:42The Diet Score. Dr. Freedhof’s push for a more personalized approach to dieting.


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Eddie Hall's Transformation

There’s a good chance that we may never see Eddie Hall pull a truck on CBS Sports ever again—but that doesn’t mean “The Beast” isn’t crushing weights

After winning the 2017 World’s Strongest Man, Hall, in an interview with Sports360 in January 2018, was quick to dismiss the idea of a repeat, saying: “To go back and potentially come second or third would damage me. Why would I go back and risk that reputation? I’ve won it, let’s walk away at the top and live the legacy, be a legend.”

As the interview went on, however, Hall made it clear that his reputation wasn’t the only thing at risk.

“It was so stressful and I put a lot of pressure on my body to win the World’s Strongest Man,” Hall says. “I’m only 6’3″ and I achieved a body weight of 440 pounds. To put it blunt—if I stay at that weight for so long, I’m going to kill myself. That’s why I’ve had to step it down a peg and lose a bit of weight.”


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Well, it’s been nine months since that interview and Hall has managed to shed about 60 pounds (or 26.5 kilograms), going from 430 pounds to a lean 373. To get there, he’s been logging five cardio sessions a week, “including boxing, cycling, swimming, and HIIT land training,” in addition to the four 2-3-hour-long weightlifting sessions he crushes per week. And while he still lifts heavy-as-hell (see video below), Hall seems to have adopted a bodybuilding-style training philosophy, focusing more on time-under-tension (TUT), and muscular contractions. 

We’re happy to see “The Beast” healthier and happier at a lower weight—and we’re pumped to see what he morphs into with this new approach to training. 



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