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A Family Rowing Tradition

Published In The January 2015 Issue Of  The Long Beach School News Roll Call

Written By Jack Nunn, Owner Of Roworx Indoor Rowing Classes, Boot Camp, And Yoga At The Long Beach Rowing Association.

Ever since Dana and Will Boudreau were young, they knew they could never leave the water. Dana started sailing sabots in Alamitos Bay when he was eight, and raced them and other boats for the next seven years. In high school, a need for PE credits brought Dana to LBJC after his twin brother Will,  who rows in the V8, suggested coxing as a good fit for him. Dana tried coxing for the first time in November of 2014 and immediately got a knack for it. He jumped from novice to varsity in his first year, and got the opportunity to cox the Men’s Lightweight 8+ at Nationals which finished 7th, all in just a couple of months. When the 2015 season started, he knew he wanted will lbjcto be with the lightweight boys again. Dana Boudreau has been through thick and thin with some of them, and plans on continuing the journey as LBJCa coxswain. Over the several pieces, practices, and races in the lightweight 8+, Dana has gained trust with his teammates that he does not have with any other group of people. A perfect example was last weekend at the 2015 San Diego Crew Classic. Dana coxed the lightweight 8+ with a perfectly executed win in the heat. They sat in lane 1 for the final, a first for any of the guys at crew classic, sitting next to seven other very strong crews. Their start was not the best, or even close to it but everyone kept composer. Dana told the boys to get the rate up in a way where they knew he meant it. They brought the starting sprint up and snapped into rhythm at about the 250 in. At the 1,000 they were and had been sitting sunset-lbrafour seats behind Marin from S.F. in lane 2. With any other guys in my boat Dana would have panicked, but he knew they had it. At the 1100, Dana called their planned move with five extra strokes, coming up on the outside lane. Now with 500 to go, they were down two seats and gaining. At this point he could feel all eight rowers waiting for him to call the sprint, and when he does, its all out. They broke through Marin and the outside lane boats at the 200 and won by four seats. They executed one of their best races of the year and Dana was a Izak Epsteinhuge part of winning that particular race. Winning the San Diego Crew Classic is huge, but it only made LBJC wanting to win a National Championship ever more.

For Will Boudreau, his hopes and goals for the future are winning a high school national championship and rowing in college. Will witnessed the LBJC V8+ last year win nationals as an alternate, and he hopes to achieve that glory with his teammates. After his high school career, he hopes to implement what rowing has taught him while attending college. Hopefully, rowing can even assist his acceptance into a strong school. Rowing has changed his life, giving him confidence in his physical capabilities and teaching him to be a gentleman on and off the water. The highlight of Will Boudreau’s rowing experience was winning his second race in the men’s novice quad during his novice year lbjc 4at the Fault Line Face-Off in Oakland. Will’s boat had a sense of brotherhood and trust in each other that he believed was the key to their success. Will’s good friends Jack Freiburghouse, Glenn Necessary, and Nate Cooper rowed with him, while his brother Dana coxed. Will Boudreau won their second race by nearly 20 seconds, crossing the finish line in high spirits. Will Boudreau came to the dock with all smiles, just like our coach Erich Hanxleden, who has been instrumental to his rowing development. That day has been, by far, the highlight of Will’s rowing experience. To row in the same boat that his brother coxes is quite a pleasure for Will. Whenever they race together, he has nothing but the utmost confidence in his capabilities. The two of them rarely ever argue (with regard to rowing that is), but rather congratulate each other on jobs well done. During a race, Will knows that his determination and will-to-win is exactly the same as Dana’s. Will feels very fortunate to be able to call his coxswain his brother as well.

Dana and Will Boudreau’s parents, Russ And Gretchen Boudreau also participate and row with Jack Nunn at the Roworx Fitness Center in Long Beach nearly everyday. The Roworx Indoor Rowing and Bootcamp program offer a group exercise that’s low-impact, high efficiency, and great for building strength and endurance.

high and lowRoworx Fitness helps create programs to help athletes achieve their personal bests for ergometer testing. We realize that college programs look at a variety of stats on the ergometer, and thus we can help students prepare for any and all testing distances and types that a college coach may ask for, whether they’re 500m, 2k, 6k,10k, 1-minute power test, or max-wattage power test. Through assessment, goal setting and the proper implementation of training, Roworx Fitness, along with Long Beach Junior Crew, worked with Emily in order to improve her performance to the level necessary to be considered for the recruiting process for any College or University.

For More Information On How To Get Your Children Involved In Junior Rowing Either On Or Off The Water Please Contact The Long Beach Junior Crew Organization At  Or Contact Keith Johnson At 

If You Would Like Indoor Class Lessons On The Concept 2 Rowing Machine Or For Those Interested In Rowing Class Workouts Please Visit Or Contact Jack Nunn at

Location For The Long Beach Junior Crew And Roworx Indoor Rowing Are At:  Pete Archer Rowing Center, 5750 Boathouse Lane, Long Beach, CA 90803



Healthy Snacks Combined With Juice Plus

snack secretDo You Want To Know 3 Top Secret Ways To Drop At Least 5lbs In A Couple Of Weeks To Start Off Your New Year In 2015?

It turns out that the advice I’m about to give you is more of common sense rather than ‘top secret’ but I will share this information with you… ready?

Here it goes..

#1 Stop eating fast food and/or processed foods!

Start taking Juice Plus 😉

#2 Stop drinking soda. Diet, regular, monster, red bull… Stop! Start drinking MORE water! Lots and lots of water every single day!

snack alcohol#3 Stop drinking alcohol… or at least in moderation.

Try going without alcohol for a few weeks and see how great your body will feel.

In today’s fast-paced society, healthy food choices are harder to come by due to time constraints. Many hardworking individuals end up resorting to unhealthy food choices such as candy bars or fast food restaurants. Nutrient-dense, quality foods can be made in minutes before leaving the house with a little bit of planning; and can be packaged in small bags or containers without the need for refrigeration. These snacks can serve to manage hunger responses throughout the day, and at the same time diminish unnecessary caloric consumption brought upon by psychologically-driven appetite.

snack 2Healthy snacks should be easily-accessible and can be stored in the car, desk drawers, bags etc. It is important that food choices have a healthy combination of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Be sure to keep packaged snacks in the caloric range of 150-200 calories; this will help satisfy hunger and maintain blood glucose levels to limit overconsumption.

The following food items will help you manage your hunger in today’s fast-paced world:

snack jpJuice Plus+ Complete Nutrition Bars: provide balanced nutrition on- the-go. Our variety of delicious Wholesome Grains + Cranberries and Spiced Apple + Raisin bars are not only tasty but packed with protein and fiber to help you replace empty calories with healthy ones. Low-glycemic, gluten free, non- dairy and 100% vegan – Complete Nutrition Bars deliver a perfect snack for any diet.

Juice Plus+ Complete: is a whole-food-based beverage mix that provides balanced nutrition in every scoop. Juice Plus+ Complete can be used in any number of ways: as a healthful “on-the-go” breakfast, pre-exercise snack waterenergy drink, post-workout recovery drink, or a late night snack. This combo comes with two pouches each of delicious French Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate Complete flavors.

snack green teaGreen Ice Tea: A calorie-free beverage doesn’t qualify as a real snack, but if you find yourself scouting the kitchen just because you’re bored, rather than hungry, this tasty drink may just hit the spot. Plus, green tea has been shown to help dieters lose more weight, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, thanks to its metabolism-boosting antioxidant compound called EGCG.

Edamame: One cup of edamame, or boiled soybeans, contains 17 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, and 189 calories. A perfect snack all by itself! Serve hot or cold, season with salt, and enjoy.

Sunflower lentil spread with pita bread: Lentils are a good source of iron, a metabolism-boosting nutrient that 20% of us don’t get enough of. This savory recipe makes four 180-calorie servings, with 10 grams each of protein and fiber.

snack avaA Can Of Tuna: Tuna (packaged in water) is another great source of lean protein plus healthy Omega-3s. For about 200 calories, you can enjoy 3 ounces of light tuna and 6 whole-wheat crackers—complete with 3 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein.

Eat more Avocado! Avocado-eaters are 50% less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a collection of health measures that predict your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes. It makes sense that avocado eaters would get more of the good stuff found in the fruit, like monounsaturated fat, vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E, lutein, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

snack trailCorn vs. Flour tortillas: Corn has nearly half the calories of flour, Corn has twice as much fiber than flour, Corn has three times the amount of magnesium than flour which helps sustain healthy muscle tissue, Flour has three times the amount of fat than corn, and last but not least corn has very low sodium in comparison to flour tortillas. Verdict: Eat more corn!

Trail Mix: Create your own combination by mixing dried fruits with no added sugars, and any assortment of nuts. You can also try some pre-packaged snack options, keeping in mind to watch for sugars and fats per serving.

Fresh Fruit: Apples and bananas do not require refrigeration and can easily be carried on-the-go. They are also nutrient-dense and rich in fiber.

snack grainWhole-Grain Sandwich: Almond butter spread on whole grain bread provides a good source of protein and fiber. Sandwiches can be cut in half or fourths and eaten as a snack throughout the day.

Whole-Grain Cereal: Cereal is a great snack option for busy schedules as most whole-grain cereals are high in fiber, protein and micronutrients. However, individuals should be mindful of adhering to appropriate serving sizes and steer away from high-sugar products.

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A Family Rowing Tradition

‘Like Father, Like Son’ In South Bay Magazine Health Issue

A former Olympic medalist and coach inspires his only son to pick up the oar and continue a fitness tradition

Written by Stefan Slater | Photographed by Jeff Berting

sb magJack Nunn’s life revolves around fitness. The 35-year-old Manhattan Beach resident owns Roworx in Long Beach, a unique fitness facility that specializes in teaching indoor rowing classes.We teach the importance of rowing and how it’s low-impact,” Jack says. “It’s something that almost anyone can do.”

Aside from his rowing business, Jack also is extremely active within competitive rowing circuits—in the past he rowed with the Long Beach Juniors as well as the U.S. home1Under 23 National Team. Recently he competed in the 50th anniversary of the Head of the Charles Regatta rowing event in Boston (he describes it as the Super Bowl of rowing here in the U.S.), and he was also invited to row in the Harvard alumni boat. Since he rowed competitively at Cal Berkley, this was quite an honor for the diehard rower.

And when he isn’t rowing, Jack competes in Iron Man events. So far he’s completed four full Iron Man competitions and one half Iron Man, with his fasted full Iron Man jack row covertime standing at 11 hours, 6 minutes. “My motto is to fight to the finish and do the best you can,” says Jack about his mental state during competition.

When it comes to fitness and competition, Jack is deeply influenced by his father, John Nunn. The 72-year-old won an Olympic bronze medal for the double sculls rowing event at the 1968 Olympics, and Jack still often comes to his father for advice on competitive rowing.

“He would never add on the pressure,” says Jack. “He’s one of the humblest guys you’ll ever meet—he wouldn’t tell you he’s an Olympian unless you asked.”

The two Nunns have even competed together, winning the father-and-son double sculls event at the USRowing Masters National Championships a number of times. “In any sport there aren’t too many fathers and sons who’ve done that,” says John, who enjoys coaching rowing just as much as doing it.

jack row sb“It’s brought us together,” says Jack. The two men share a close bond over rowing, as the sport has formed a vital part of both of their athletic careers and views on personal fitness—and it all goes back to the year that John Nunn became an Olympian.

John, who was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, mentions that his rowing career truly began when he attended Cornell University. “It was kind of a fluke,” says the Rolling Hills resident. “My dad played football at Cornell, and I had every intention of playing football.”

However when John tried to sign up for the football team, the coach said the team was already all picked, adding rather snidely that the team “hadn’t had much luck with Canadians.” (John’s father managed the Canadian operations of an American company, and John had spent some time living near Toronto, Canada.)

At 6’6” and 197 pounds, John was the perfect height and build for the rowing team. He mentioned that during freshman registration, members of the rowing team were jack rowlooking for “big kids who didn’t look like they knew where they were going.” He was told to talk to the rowing coach, and John fell in love with the sport quickly.

“It sort of immediately clicked; it was a sport that I was naturally adapted to,” says John, noting that their team did well, and they won national championships and had hopes of competing in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. But John’s coach decided they weren’t good enough.

John continued to row while pursuing an MBA at the University of Michigan, and he eventually came to California for work in 1966. “This is better than the other frozen tundra places I’ve been,” he says.

With a single shell rowing boat on the top of his car, John drove from Michigan to Southern California. He was immediately attracted to the Long Beach Rowing Association’s Marine Stadium, which was built for the 1932 Olympics.

“I was always training on my own,” says John. He didn’t try for the 1966 Olympic team, but he trained for most of 1967 and even competed in that year’s Pan American Games. But flag 2by the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, John was ready.

He remembers that the rowing events were extremely challenging, due to Mexico City’s high elevation (7,000+ feet) and relatively thinner air as compared to Long Beach.

“At that altitude, there was 30% less oxygen. The distance events really suffered. There were about 30 guys who passed out, and they had medical boats pulling guys out of the water,” says John.

He and his rowing partner, Bill Maher, were able to overcome the environmental challenges, and they won the bronze for the double sculls event. “We didn’t really know John Nunnwhat the hell to do,” says John after they finished, noting that his partner, who was suffering from bronchitis, passed out cold on the deck after the race.

Following the ’68 Olympics, John took time off to focus on work and family. By the time the ‘70s rolled along, work and familial responsibilities made training a bit more challenging. But John transitioned into coaching, and he traveled to the 1976 Olympic games at Montreal as a rowing coach.

John also did some coaching closer to home. Since he has five children, he was often involved in their athletic programs—one year he coached three teams at once. “Whatever they were in, I coached,” says John. “Basically the model we used [with our children] was, ‘What are you doing this fall?’”

John pushed his children to stay active, and his son, Jack, was no exception. He played on a variety of sports teams, but after trying his hand at soccer and baseball during high school, he decided that the more traditional sports weren’t for him. He wanted to try his hand at rowing.

Let The Games Begin“It was one of the most exciting moments for my dad,” says Jack, who started with the Long Beach Junior Crew at 16. The younger Nunn distinctly remembers that once he picked up rowing, both he and his father became even closer.

“He’s an Olympic coach,” says Jack. “It was awkward and funny when he came to practices, because my coach would often ask him to tell us advice.” Being that he’s still actively competitive, Jack still turns to advice from his father, and both he and many other members of the Long Beach Rowing Association look up to the Olympian for his accomplishments.

That need for competition—coupled with a drive to remain fit and succeed as an athlete—was passed down from father to son, and Jack often thinks of his father’s past successes and words of advice when he’s competing in rowing events or Iron Man competitions. For instance, Jack notes that since his father would often train and row alone, the elder Nunn would imagine that he was racing against his top competition.

“He’d be training on his own, and he would imagine that the Germans or the Russians were ahead of him. He’d race against ghosts,” says Jack. The South Bay resident often visualizes imaginary foes when he’s competing, and he also thinks of his father’s personal motto whenever his triathlons or rowing events become too taxing.

“His motto,” says Jack, “is what’s possible is what you think is possible.”

cal rowingLast but not least Jack Nunn wanted to share one of his last rowing race experience’s at Cal Berkeley while winning his forth consecutive Pac-10 Conference Championship in 2001. Listen in on this intense race on you tube below and follow the Cal Bears to victory over the Washington Huskies.




Row-athon At Roworx To Help Support Angela Madsen Row Solo Across The Pacific Ocean To Hawaii

ROWORX INDOOR ROWING IN LONG BEACH Will Be Holding A Fundraiser For Angela Madsen At The Boathouse As We Row A Half Marathon Distance On The Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machine In Order To Show Our Support For Her Solo Row Across The Pacific On Sunday June 16th From Noon-3pm!

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Triathlon Coaching For Any Distance

Evo steelmanJack Nunn is pleased to announce that he will be offering personalized coaching for Triathletes looking to get better times in each discipline, especially the bike. Jack is the ‘unconventional’ triathlete standing 6ft 3inches tall and weighing in at 220 pounds. Jack has competed in 3 International Full Ironman competitions in 2008, 2009, and 2012 in Nice, France, Florianopolis, Brazil and Cozumel, Mexico. This year in 2013 he also competed in Ironman Texas but could not finish due to a food poisoning incident the night before and day of the race. Jack posted his best time in Cozumel, Mexico in high winds and heat with a time of 11hrs and 20min.

Jack began racing shorter sprint triathlons earlier this year in 2013 while posting very fast bike times and winning almost every age group throughout the past 5 sprint triathlons entered.

Jack will also implement various nutrition coaching throughout each session in order to maximize your fitness for the best speed throughout each event. Proper nutrition is the most underrated part of any distance triathlon that you encounter. Triathlons need to be respected and nutrition can make or break you in any triathlon event.

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Jack Nunn Leads Cycling Classes With The Evo Fitness Bike At IHRSA 2012

Evo Fitness Bike at IHRSA 2012

 On February 23, 2012 (Costa Mesa, CA) – IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association, was holding an expo and trade show in Downtown Los Angeles on March 14-17, 2012. Relay Fitness Systems is one of three hundred exhibitors that will be on hand displaying and demonstrating the latest commercial fitness gear, including the commercial Evo Fitness Bike cx and mx models. “This will be the first opportunity for the public to see the brand new commercial versions of the Evo Fitness Bike,” stated Marko Vujicic, CEO of the Relay Fitness Group and former designer/ employee at Star Trac which produces the well-known popular Spinner bikes. Marco asked me, Jack Nunn, to head the EVO Fitness Indoor Cycle Program in order to show everyone that you don’t just have to be a cyclist to enjoy the positive effects of indoor cycling fitness.

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Superfoods Are The Answer To Nutrition Recovery: Kitchen Rx

Kitchen Rx

Foods that help you heal from injuries. By Liz Applegate Ph.D. Image by Ann E. Cutting From the December 2011 issue of Runner’s World

Most athletes get injured at least once in their running careers. Whether it’s a sore tendon or sudden muscle pull, your body goes through a series of responses to start healing itself. Research shows that what you eat while recovering can actually help you get back on your feet sooner rather than later. Here’s how to adjust your diet.

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Do Children Have Healthy School Lunches?

I remember when I was in the 4th grade in the 80’s when Ronald Regan wanted to make french fries and tomato sauce (and/or ketchup) part of the vegetable food group. I was actually very happy about that at the time but I knew at age 9 that ketchup and french fries were not in the vegetable food group. Playing sports as a child I knew that I had to be agile and quick and when I ate fast food or other unhealthy foods I could feel myself getting slower and my energy levels were plummeting. I made a pact to myself when I was younger that I would try to avoid and ultimately quit drinking soda and eating fast food. It was an awareness I had about my own eating habits and one that my father would instill in me that being overweight and eating unhealthy would not help my overall performance in sports. A few days ago I read a little article on the 10th page of the Press Telegram in Long Beach discussing the story of unhealthy lunches still being served in schools across the country everyday. In my opinion there are a few main reasons I see why we can’t put healthier food out on the table for children. One very easy and effective way to get great nutrition in a child’s body everyday is by taking Juice Plus.

Please contact me here about any and all inquiries about the Juice Plus Product and the Juice Plus Children’s Health Study where your child can get this amazing fruit and vegetable food concentrate for FREE by the company.

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2011 Roworx Holiday Newsletter

 The Holidays Are Here!!!   

Dear Roworx Members & Guests,

 The holidays are here and we hope that your fitness goals are being met. With a variety of classes such as Indoor Rowing, Bootcamp, Spinning, and Zumba we strive to do the best job possible. I hope that everyone stays motivated throughout the holiday season. All of us here at Roworx wish you a very special holiday season. We are ready to move forward throughout the new year and have you accomplish all of your fitness goals.


Are Vitamins Causing More Harm Than Good?

Throughout most of my life I have been introduced and have taken many different kinds of vitamins and supplements. My father would always take them and I followed his every move and then some. In college my rowing coach in 1999 introduced our team to creatine and told us it was the latest and greatest natural supplement that will help us all get stronger and faster. We all had a huge can of creatine and it worked just like our coach said. I gained about 25lbs and thought most of it was muscle only to discover later that it was water weight and that creatine was actually causing dehydration in my muscles and giving me multiple cramps throughout my body while exercising. Besides the creatine intake I also took many different kinds of protein powder supplements and multi-vitamins. In contrast to what most people say the human body can only absorb so much protein intake per meal. Personally I felt tired and sick more when taking vitamins and supplements then when I did not take them. About 3 years ago I was introduced to Juice Plus and it has changed the way I look at fitness and nutrition working together. I use to think I could just work out more and more and than eat whatever I wanted to in massive amounts. In reality the more you work out, the more your body induces oxidative stress to the rest of the body just like exhaust from a car burning fuel. If you put ‘bad gas’ or ‘bad food,’ in this case into your body than you will be doing more damage inside your body. This repetitive action can lead to many different harmful diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and much more.

FACT: Did you know that beginning Aug.1st 2011 the NCAA has cracked down on vitamins and supplements. Read more here

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