TGIF

Friday!

It’s 80’s Friday, wear your black shirts and try to find some neon, just for fun! Sounds like it’s going to be a rainy weekend, try to stay dry and keep active somehow.

Fast Tip Friday!

This months FTF is a new series on quick cooking tips! Here are the first five (new ones are in bold):

  1. This is number one for a reason. PREP, PREP, PREP! It’s easier to cook a bunch of chicken or chop a bunch of veggies, or put together 5-6 side salads all at once than trying to do it throughout the week. Save yourself some time and sanity by prepping your meals.
  2. After making eggs sunny side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar and then drizzle it on your eggs for an amazing different flavor.
  3. For rich, creamy, healthier dressings, use half greek yogurt instead of all the mayo!
  4. Prep HUGE crock pot meals and then divvy it up into four gallon sized freezer bags. Place in the freezer and take out a day or two before you want to throw them in the crock pot. Talk about meal prep.
  5. Recipes are just guidelines, not rules. Even if they were rules, break them.
  6. Pick one thing that you do well, and perfect it! Then, make some variations on it.
  7. Keep it simple. Find simple recipes. Steam veggies and season them. Grill.
  8. Try cooking the same meat, like chicken, with different seasonings. Mexican, Greek, Italian, etc. Try things out, but keep it simple.
  9. Speaking of eggs, try cooking different kinds of eggs, like poached!
  10. Try different kinds of salads! Different veggies, different dressings, have fun!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
4×12 DL
4xME L-Sit

Get{Fit}
4 NFT:
10 Goal Posts w/Press
10 Jump Squats
30 sec. Elbow Plank

Spartan races, NEAT and ProCoach

FitCampers!

April the 2nd, the Spartan race is happening! There’s been a significant amount of interest in doing an adventure race of some sort and Rachel had brought this to my attention a while back. We’re going to be doing the Spartan Sprint, NO THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO SPRINT THE WHOLE THING!!! The Sprint is just the shorter version, coming in at 3-5 miles instead of the 8-10 mile one. We’re going in the morning heat, somewhere between 9:15 and noon. We’ll figure out the details as we go, but we’ll be leaving early Sunday morning to get up there an hour and a half before our start time. This is a good thing since it will probably be hot there in the afternoon. Come join us and have some fun! Sign up here, the team name is Get Fit Camp Spartans! You can put that name in and search for it so that we’re all in the same start time.

We’ll also be having special training sessions on the weekends at the Campbell community center to help prep us for the fun!

Today we’re going to talk very briefly about NEAT.

NEAT is Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. This is all of the energy that we’re expending when we’re not sleeping, eating or engaged in sports-like activities/working out. Basically, whenever you’re doing yardwork, fidgeting, taking out the trash, walking around the block, house cleaning, cooking or just generally moving without the expressed purpose of “working out”.

Think of the last time that you did a bunch of yard work or gave the house a deep cleaning. At the end of the day, you might have felt pretty tired and worn out even though you “didn’t do anything”. Our bodies do an amazing job of using stored energy during these times. In fact, there have been some studies that show that in rural agricultural areas, workers have high NEAT simply because they’re out working all day long. They tend to be able to burn way more energy than someone in the more industrialized areas. These workers tend to have very low NEAT because they sit at desks all day.

When someone talks about a “metabolism” problem, it’s probably not metabolism at all, it’s a NEAT problem. A movement problem. As in, not moving enough problem. Someone may work out 5 days a week for an hour or so a day, but in the grand scheme of things that’s really no time dedicated to movement at all. Most people in this area work 40 hours a week at a desk. In a typical work week, there’s 5 days, so 120 hours. 40 of those hours are spend sitting at a desk, that leaves us with 80 hours. 8 hours a day sleeping (let’s just play pretend here and say that we’re all getting 8 hours a night.), that leaves us with 40 more hours. Minus 5 hours for working out, that leaves us with 35 hours. 35 hours left for eating, showering, running errands, watching TV, etc. and that’s not even counting the hours on the weekends. Do you see where I’m going with this? There’s usually more time throughout the week than we think that we have to get more activity in.

People with “faster” metabolisms, may have genetics on their side. However, I’d wager that a lot of times, these are the same people that are much more active throughout the day as well. Maybe they have a job that supports a lot of movement, like a nurse or auto-mechanic. Someone that moves, lifts and is constantly on the move. They may also couple that with 4-5 hours a week of INTENTIONAL exercise. Couple that with great eating habits, like the ones that we learn in ProCoach, and you’re got a recipe for fat loss and a lean body.

So, this week write down the FIRST thing that you can do to increase your NEAT. How can you start to incorporate more movement into your day? Go to the Facebook page and post there what that ONE thing that you’re going to do to start adding in more movement.

Speaking of ProCoach, how are your New Years Resolutions working out for you? Have you fallen off or given up? You’re in luck! There’s a new class starting on February 27th! The last day to sign up is Friday the 24th, and if you sign up by the 10th, you’ll save 20%! Go sign up here now to reserve your spot in this life changing class. Also share this opportunity with your friends and family, this is a great gift and a nice way to connect with someone you love.

Let’s have a great week and move more!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
FL
SLS

Get{Strong}
4×12 Bench
4×12 SLDL

Get{Fit}
EMOM 12:
10 Jumping Pull Ups
10 Burpees

The end of 5×3

FitCampers!

Last week was a GREAT week! We had some amazing workouts and a really fun bowling event on Saturday.

This week we’re starting a new high volume strength cycle. Because it’s higher reps, we might dig into the Get{Fit} portion of our workouts a bit, and that’s ok. For the next 8 weeks, we’re going to be focusing on building up some muscle and ramping up the intensity a bit. This higher volume is meant to push the border of “hard”. That doesn’t mean failure, just means I want you to get uncomfortable a bit and then push that edge just a little farther. We’re going to be aiming for 12 reps per round in this cycle, but that also doesn’t mean that we’re going to get to 12 every single time. What I’d like you to think about is stopping 1-2 reps before failure. So if that means that you’re only getting to 9 or 10 reps and you feel like one or two more reps might cause you to fail in the lift, that’s ok, stop there. Get a bit uncomfortable!

The Fast Tip Friday series didn’t make it out on Friday again, but I think I finally got the problem worked out! Remember that all new things added from the week before will be in bold.

  1. Set a timer on your phone while you’re at work for an hour. Every time it goes off, go for a walk around your floor or building. It should take you no more than 5-10 minutes and you’ll get some steps in!
  2. When you go get your newspaper or mail, lunge out and back to get it!
  3. When you go to the store, park a little farther than normal. Not only will you get more steps, it’ll be much easier to find parking!
  4. Take the stairs! This is a great one for those of you only 2-4 floors up. If you’re a little higher than that, take the elevator up a few floors and then take the stairs. Work your way up to doing all of them!
  5. Walk to get water often. You’ll be doing two things at once, getting more water AND having to walk more to the restroom.
  6. While brushing your teeth, do some calf raises. Get up on your tippy toes and tap your heels on the floor and go back up.
  7. If you have a dog, walk it more often. They’ll appreciate it. If you don’t have a dog, pretend and go for a walk anyway!
  8. If you’re watching your favorite tv show, every time a commercial comes on do some exercise that you need to work on. Push ups, squats, lunges, mobility, etc.
  9. Now that we’re parking farther away from the store, as you’re walking in and out, walk faster!
  10. Schedule your time. Pull out your calendar and schedule one hour a day once a week and work up to two times a week, and then go from there. Baby steps.
  11. DANCE BREAKS! Whenever a song with a good beat comes on, dance to it! Even if you’re in your car, that extra little bit of moving to your jam will be fun and helpful. It might even make you (and someone watching) smile!
  12. Stand up work stations are a great way to get your body moving a bit, and it’s much better for your back, hips and energy levels than sitting all day. Ask your boss about getting one.
  13. This might sound silly but, stand/sit up straight! As you’re sitting at your desk or your new stand up work station, focus on sucking in your stomach tight, shoulders down and back, head slightly pulled back and breathing through your stomach rather than your chest. This will not only improve your confidence (studies have proven that simply standing up straight will greatly help in self-confidence) it will help keep that pesky back pain from flaring up, improve your core strength and keep your energy levels up.
  14. Farmer carry your groceries to your car. Load them up in some durable grocery bags and lug them to your car parked on the far end of the lot. It’s a great workout and two trips are for suckers.
  15. Now that you’re walking more, pick up the pace! Make it a walking race when going somewhere.
  16. While you’re cooking dinner/doing your meal prep, as food is cooking or water is boiling, do some planks, squats or push-ups! I’m sure that there’s something that you can work on mobility or strength wise!
  17. Plan active date nights with your partner! Go for walks, hikes, or even ride a bike for a picnic in the park!
  18. Trouble with pull ups? Buy a rig that hangs in your door frame and every time you pass it, do a couple jumping pull ups and work your way to dead hang pull ups!
  19. When grocery shopping, skip the cart and get the basket. It’s a great way to get some farmers carries in.
  20. Schedule it out. This is important. We seem to live and die by our schedules and the calendar. “Don’t have the time”? Schedule it. Make it a priority. Your health and fitness is something that should be a scheduled part of your life because it’s something that will have the greatest impact. Working on mobility, strength and flexibility will create for you the opportunity to remain mobile, active and independent into your later years. Take care of it NOW, because later might be too late.

There you have it folks! 20 tricks to help you incorporate more movement and health into your day. Which one will you work on first? Email me or post to the Facebook page and let me know!

 

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
4×12 Incline Bench
4×12 DB Step Up

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs NFT:
10 Good Mornings
9 Bent BB Row
8 HPS
(Once you start a round, you can’t put the BB down)

Friday the 6th

Quick workout!

This is the last workout of the week that will not have a video. Next week I’ll have some videos for you outlining the movements for the Daily Doses that you’ll be having at home.

For this one, all you’ll need is a bench or ledge of some sort to do your dips on and a space to run and lunge in. Have some fun with this and get outside!

Fast Tip Friday!

This is the first of a 4 part series in the Fast Tip Friday area. This series is going to be about stolen moments. Where can you steal some time to get a few more minute of movement in? here are the first 5 out of 20:

  1. Set a timer on your phone while you’re at work for an hour. Every time it goes off, go for a walk around your floor or building. It should take you no more than 5-10 minutes and you’ll get some steps in!
  2. When you go get your newspaper or mail, lunge out and back to get it!
  3. When you go to the store, park a little farther than normal. Not only will you get more steps, it’ll be much easier to find parking!
  4. Take the stairs! This is a great one for those of you only 2-4 floors up. If you’re a little higher than that, take the elevator up a few floors and then take the stairs. Work your way up to doing all of them!
  5. Walk to get water often. You’ll be two things at once, getting more water AND having to walk more to the restroom.

To help the gym grow this year, we’re having a Foundations Class on the 21st, for FREE for all new members! That’s right, all of your friends and family can come attend the Foundations Class for absolutely free for new members this month. That’s saving them $100 for this information packed 2 hour class. The class will be Saturday the 21st from 10-12 and it will be free for that day only! Let’s get some of our friends and family who have health and fitness goals for 2017. You know how good this program is and how it’s changed your lives, let’s get more people involved in the gym and get their lives transformed as well! Spread the word!

Daily Dose

5 RNDs:
Jog for 2 minutes
10 Walking Lunges
10 Dips on a bench (or chair)
30 Second plank

ProTip Tuesday Ep. 10 – Coping

Coping

We all seem to find different ways of coping with issues. Here’s a little primer on what “moderation” is and isn’t. Warning, tough questions ahead!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
5×3 DL
4×12 Hammer Curls

Get{Fit}
EMOM 10:
ODD: Double Unders
EVEN: 10 Wall Balls

Happy New Years!

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a safe and fun New Years Eve! I had a great time at my friends house. He hosted a Star Wars themed party and it was AMAZING. The house was excellently decorated and everyone was so nice. I’ve never been to a party where so many people came up to introduce themselves and ask questions. Great party.

Yours truly, a Sith Lord (of course I chose a Sith, I enjoy torturing people. Because I care. (also, I’m a nerd)).

Resolutions

It’s about this time of year that everyone says that they are setting a few New Years Resolutions. And it’s about this time of year that I usually say the same thing, “If you’ve got more than ONE resolution, you’re going to have an extremely hard time.”

Don’t take that as, “Chris said that I shouldn’t set resolutions.” It’s quite the opposite, in fact. It’s important to have goals and things to work toward, otherwise we’re just going through the motions. Instead of having a lot of goals, something that I might suggest is a theme over goals. Here’s what I suggest:

Write down EVERYTHING that you’d like to accomplish this next year. Everything. That might end up being quite a weighty list and you might feel a little… overwhelmed. Personally, I’ve got an enormous list and that is very disempowering and it makes me feel like I’ll never get it all done. So if that’s how you’re feeling at this point, you’re totally normal.

The good news is, you can still get it all done. The next thing that you want to do is go through that list. Read it all over again and try to look for a theme. What is something that really sticks out for you? Is it performance based? Is there a lot of things in there about saving money? Or maybe there’s a lot of items on that list that are about personal development. Whatever is there, look for the theme.

Once you’ve found what the overall theme is of your list, now you know what your word or phrase is for the year. Maybe it’s “budgeting” or “physical development” or “passion”. My phrase for the year is “better than before”. I looked at my list of my goals and decided that most of it on there was about continued education, physical performance and budgeting. So it was pretty easy, once I saw my theme, to pick out my phrase. I want to be better than before. Be a better coach. Be a better communicator. Be better about finances. Be a better friend, brother, son, (and VERY shortly) husband. Another thing that I discovered about my list, an awesome side effect, was that I also discovered what I DIDN’T want. It gave me the opportunity to see what I could trim from my life as well, and that also helped me pick out my phrase.

Give that a try! I’d really love to hear that you all have to say, what your list looks like and what kind of a phrase or word that you come up with. Post it on the Facebook page, email me or even text me. I love hearing what you guys are up to.

Let’s have a great, short week and kick some butt!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
FL
SLS

Get{Strong}
5×3 Press
4×12 BB Bent Row

Get{Fit}
EMOM 12:
10 Pull Ups
15 KB Swings

ProTip Tuesday Episode 9 – Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics

Finally!

I’ve been threatening to talk about this for a while, so here it is. Go, try them out, check with your doctor first, and let me know how you feel.

 

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
5×3 Front Squat
4×12 Chin Ups

Get{Fit}
21-15-9
Burpees
HPS

Taking Ownership of your Meals

FitCampers!

Happy day after Christmas everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and got more presents than coal. If you got coal, save it and we’ll have a BBQ! Thank you, Santa, for the fuel for our fire!

As humans, we’re pretty hard wired to get stuck on focusing on the potential problems and obstacles in our paths. Something that falls into this category is definitely food.

Food tastes good! It’s a great way to socialize and it can make us feel better. It’s something that we look forward to. It’s something that we use to soothe emotions, to connect to others and look forward to when we go to social gatherings.

It can also be something that we can use that can start to create negative connections to as well. We create meal plans with the intention of “losing weight” or “enhancing performance” or even “gaining muscle”. All of those goals are fantastic, but sometimes we forget the JOY of food. No wonder it’s easy to “fall off the wagon”.

All of these plans, while noble in their goals, assume that food is just a means to an end. That food is just meant to fuel a goal and not to enjoy or a part of a healthy lifestyle. That food is just macros, 43 grams of protein in a chicken breast or 27 grams of carbs in a sweet potato and not our favorite meal that mom makes once a year.

The problem with this approach is that we don’t eat just macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), we eat food. So, what can we do to learn to love food without sending the wrong signal to just eat ALL the food.

We can remember our lessons. We know how to portion our meals with the World’s Best Calorie Counter, and we also know that there’s more to learn beyond just that with the ProCoach Program.

Here are five steps to help you be able to connect to cooking and eating your meals in a more meaningful way, so we don’t feel like we have to “stick to a plan” or that we’ll “fall off the wagon” (side note, there is no “wagon”. Ever. But, that’s another post.):

  1. You’re mindful of your meals. Once you’ve used the World’s Best Calorie Counter, you’ve got your meal in front of you and now you’re ready to eat. The best thing to do now is to really connect to your food. Savor every bite. Enjoy the texture. Is it salty? Is it sweet? What about that one bite makes it so special?
  2. Eat slowly. By slowing down, you’ll have more time to do step one. Not only will you have more time to savor every bite, you’ll have more time to talk with your friends or family that you’re sitting with.
  3. You’ll respect your meal more. By taking the time to prepare your own meal, you’ll feel more connected to it, own it. Think about the last expensive purchase that you made. Like a car for instance, I’d bet that that brand-new car lives a pretty good life. It’s washed often, given the high-octane gas, you park away from other cars, and you probably talk to it a bit too. When you take the time to invest in something, you take more ownership in it, more pride. You can do the same thing by preparing your own meals believe it or not. You’ll take much more pride in that meal because you prepared it and cooked it from scratch.
  4. Not having a meal plan allows for flexibility. Now, that doesn’t mean that every meal you’re flying by the seat of your pants and making it up as you go, that’s a recipe for disaster. You’re still planning out your meals for the week, but allowing for the flexibility of eating “food” versus having a “macro-based” meal. It allows you to experiment with new vegetables, new recipes and seasonings without the pressure of “oh no, I totally have to make sure that I get 43 grams of protein 23 grams of carbs and 8 grams of fat” in this meal.
  5. Cooking is also a form of expression. When you’re connecting to your meals through cooking and eating, all of your systems are working as one; physically, mentally and emotionally. You get to connect to your family and friends through the process of preparing your food and eating it. You get to express yourself through your food and cook the things that fit your background and health goals.

I encourage you to think about how you can start to incorporate more ownership into your meals. This ownership will relieve a LOT of stress about “meal plans” and trying to hit specific numbers. There is a place for that, of course, but if you don’t have the foundations of; quality meals and ingredients, proper proportions, and eating slowly, it’s difficult or near impossible to incorporate some higher-level strategies like eating for macros.

Stick with the basics. Love the food that you’re cooking. Take ownership of your meals and you’ll find that it’s much more relaxing to eat and cook.

Let’s have a great last week of the year, not only that, it’s Bring A Friend Week! Bring your family and friends in this week and let them know that they can be a part of our amazing community! Getting fit and having fun!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
5×3 Bench
4×12 SLDL

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs:
5 Man makers
20 Double Unders
400m Sprint

Fast Tip Friday!

Weekly Wrap Up and Fast Tip Friday!

It’s been a pretty good week in spite of the fact that there’s a snotty flu bug going around. I hope that everyone feels better soon, since it’s Christmas this weekend. It took about 5 days for me from start to finish.

Weekly Wrap Up:

We saw some great numbers from our members this week on bench presses and shoulder presses. Shout out to Leah who finally crushed 85# on her bench for 3.

ProTip Tusday about Training Sick.

Empty gym on Thursday morning.

Fast Tip Friday:

Something that really helped me with my cold (I think it did anyway) is this zinc spray. Normally, zinc REALLY upsets my stomach in the typically high doses that a lot of the “shorten cold” over the counter drugs have in them. I’ve even gotten sick from one of them. This one is a much lower dose and you take it throughout the day rather than all at once. It seemed to really help for me.

Also, drink a TON of water. As your body is trying to process the virus and get it out of your system, there’s going to be a lot of waste products and drinking a lot of water will help move some of that stuff along. Yes, you’ll be in the bathroom more but, I’ll take that over being sick any day of the week.

Lastly, SLEEP A LOT! I took a long nap on Tuesday and Wednesday and they helped a lot. Sleep is super important when you’re sick.

That’s your fast tip Friday folks! Get healthy and come back next week, ready to kick some booty!

Daily Dose

Get{Strong}
Snatch Practice
Then:
3×10 Muscle Snatch
3×10 Good Morning

ProTip Tuesday Episode #8 – Training Sick

I’ve got a cold…

So just a short PTT today.

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
5×3 DL
4xME L-Sit

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs NFT:
10 SA Bench L
10 SA Bench R
10 DB Row L
10 DB Row R
25 KB Swings