Hire a Professional Coach


Stop Thinking You Can do it on Your Own: Work With a Professional Coach!

 

People are full of great intentions: Intentions to wake up at 6 a.m. and start running. Intentions to begin P90X after work three days a week. Intentions to start going to the gym regularly. The most motivated among us can manage it for a bit, but most of us fall off pretty quick because we either get bored or we soon lose motivation. We start hitting snooze, we don’t see many gains and wonder why we’re missing out on sleep to run in the rain. We realize we don’t really know what to do at the gym and we’re tired of guessing what to do, knowing we’re probably doing it all wrong anyway.

 

 

So basically your lack of success in fitness comes down to one of four things:

 

  • Lack of Accountability, or dwindling motivation, causes dwindling commitment.

 

  • Lack of Coaching leaves you feeling confused about what to do, and therefore adds to your accountability.

 

  • Lack of a Systematic Program stops you from working on the right things, meaning you don’t move forward and see fitness gains.

 

  • Lack of community adds to the increasing dwindling motivation, or at the very least makes you feel bored and alone and not enjoying the process.

 

This is what we’re here for: We offer professional coaching, a program that works, a social and supportive community to keep things fun, all of which helps keep you accountable to what you really want: To get fit and live a more enjoyable, fulfilling life.

 

Let’s break down these four pillars a bit more:

 

  1. PROFESSIONAL COACH:

 With us, you will receive a professional coach—a consistent coach in your corner—to help you with your fitness, performance, nutrition, and even life goals. You will begin by doing one-on-one training with this coach, and will eventually do a combination of group classes and one-on-one coaching, keeping your relationship with your coach alive and thriving, ultimately keeping you committed and accountable to your various goals.

 

 

  1. PROGRAM

 With us, you’ll follow a systematic, functional fitness program that has been proven to help people see fitness gains they didn’t think were possible. Have you always dreamed of having the strength to do a pull-up? We will help you.

 

 

  1. COMMUNITY

 Corny as it sounds, it’s impossible to train with us and not make friends. Sweating together in group classes bonds people in a unique way. Being around other people looking to get fitter, eat better, be better, is contagious, inspiring and motivating and goes a long way in ensuring you stay committed. Throw in social events and you have a new social friend circle to experience life with.

 

 

  1. ACCOUNTABILITY

The combination of having a coach in your corner, a program and that actually works, and a reason to come to the gym—to hang out with your friends—suddenly fitness becomes less work, more fun, turning the gym into an automatic staple in your life that you’ don’t even think about.

 

 

Think you could benefit from having a coach, a program and a community, contact us now!

 

 

How Sugar is Killing Us Slowly


How Sugar is Killing Us Slowly…

 

Approximately 420 million people in the world have Type 2 diabetes. In the United States alone, it is believed that in the next few decades, as many as one out of three Americans will develop the disease. You have heard it before, and you’re about to hear it again: Much of this blame can be placed on sugar (and refined carbs, for that matter). A crazy stat about sugar: The processed food industry is a $1.5 trillion industry!

 

 

Some of the biggest problems with the industry is that many of these foods are being marketed as “healthy,” fooling people into consuming even more sugar than they realize. Gummy vitamins are just gummy bears, folks, and there’s no such thing as a “healthy breakfast muffin.” It’s just cake. And fruit juice? Just sugar and water.

 

 

Why is sugar so bad? It’s time for a quick science lesson: I’m paraphrasing this information from a super informative TED TALK by Dr. Jody Stanislaw. You can watch the full talk here if you’re interested: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tic7X3ET4gE). Her basic message is that sugar is killing us slowly, and we have all been brainwashed to think it’s OK to consume sugar on a daily basis. Or, “Sugar is not a treat. …Sugar has become a gradual death sentence,” was how Stanislaw put it.  According to her, more people die from diabetes and diabetes-related complications than car accidents, and this number is only going up.

 

 

So back to the science lesson: Basically, it comes down to the pancreas. Inside your pancreas are beta cells. Beta cells are crazy important. Without them you’d wither away and die within a few weeks. Any time you eat sugar, or highly-refined carbohydrates, sugar enters your blood and beta cells act as security guards for the blood. They do this by releasing insulin, whose job it is to either pick up the sugar and use it, or store it as fat. The problem is you can overwork your beta cells by eating too much sugar, or things like cereal, bread, pasta, alcohol. Any time you eat these types of food, your beta cells make more insulin. But there’s a limit. Eventually, you’ll wear out your beta cells: Beta cell burn out is essentially pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. At this point, you start to have to shoot yourself up with insulin because your body is too tired to make it.

 

 

The good news is, it actually is reversible by some simple diet changes—namely by reducing your sugar intake. According to Stanislaw, it really IS that simple. Less sugar and refined carbs (and processed foods) = A healthier, non diabetic, you! Here are three tips Stanislaw gave for helping you combat your sugar addiction:

 

  1. Protein for breakfast

You don’t need orange juice or yogurt for breakfast! Start the day instead with protein, which will put you on track to have balanced blood sugar levels through the morning. It also puts you on track to avoid sugar cravings later in the day when you feel tired.

 

 

  1. Drink more water

Stanislaw explained that when you’re feeling hungry and/or are craving sugar, down a glass of water first. Dehydration can feel like hunger, she said, and even a 5 percent decrease in hydration can feel like a 20 percent decrease in energy, which might be what’s triggering your sugar addiction in the first place.

 

 

  1. Low-Carb replacements

Get creative in the kitchen with your cooking and start looking into healthier low-carb replacements for traditional carbs that you and your kids crave. Cauliflower rice instead of rice, spaghetti squash instead of noodles, zucchini lasagne, the list goes on. Check out our recent blog on the topic (January 2018 #5 blog-Beyond the Lettuce Burger) that goes into other types of replacements for foods you grew up eating and turned out to be super unhealthy, like pancakes!

 

 

If you’re not interested in being one of the 420 million people with Type 2 diabetes, why not make those changes?

Basic Hygiene Practices for Gym Goers


New Technology of the Week: The Stench Odometer!

 

 

Telling someone they smell is always tricky business. We’ve definitely come across this from time to time at the gym – someone in class has B.O. or wears the same t-shirt every day and smells musky but everyone is scared to address it. Have you ever wondered if you are one of those funky-smelling folks and the people in your life haven’t had the nerve to break it to you? Or possibly nearly as bad, maybe you have putting on too much perfume or cologne and are poisoning your loved ones’ noses? You can stop wondering because there’s a device that will tell you if and how much you smell!

 

A Japanese company has just released a device that can tell you how bad your body odor is. All you will have to do is turn on the Tanita ES-100, flip out the sensor and point it to the part of your body that might be releasing suspicious odors. It’s no surprise this new technology—which uses a similar technology to a breathalyzer test—comes from Japan, a country that takes body odor and impeccable hygiene seriously. Don’t try to leave your shoes on in someone’s home in Japan!

 

 

Once you scan the area, the machine takes about 10 seconds before spitting how putrid your body odor is, ranking you from 0 to 10. 0 means you have nothing to worry about, while 10 indicates you have probably been losing friends due to your bad odor. If you receive a score of 5, it essentially means it’s time to deal with your aroma. Or maybe it’s just time to shower. The device, which is small enough to fit in your pocket, also tells you if your perfume, deodorant, cologne, aftershave might be causing a ruckus to noses that come into contact with it. Right now, the ES-100 is on sale in Japan for 13,824 yen (around US$125). This gets you about 2,000 scans until you have to replace that part of the machine.

 

 

While we’re on the topic, let’s address foot odor. I don’t know a single person who trains hard who hasn’t had a moment where they become embarrassed because their feet smell. Here are 5 easy tips to help with foot odor:

 

1.Shower Your Feet: Wash your feet every day: It’s easy to forget about your feet in the shower, or at least to neglect them more than other crevices of the body. Take the time to get in between your toes and scrub hard. And then thoroughly dry your feet afterward.

2.Shoe Best Practices:Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row, as they never fully dry overnight after a sweaty session. Give the pair you just wore two days to dry and trade off on a sort of shoe rotation. And definitely don’t keep them all cooped up in a gym bag overnight! Also, shoes with leather lining is way better for sweat evaporation than plastic linings.

3.Pumice Stone: Bacteria LOVE dead skin, and no matter what you do, the bottom of your feet are going to generate patches of dead skin. Take the time to remove this skin (especially if you don’t get regular pedicures) with a pumice stone.

4. Foot Deodorant: There are actual deodorants and antiperspirants for your feet. Look into it.

5. Let Your Feet Breathe: When you get a chance, walk around barefoot and let your feet breathe from time to time.

 

Just trying to make the air around us all a little fresher…