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Nutrition Bars

The Best Bar Ever

6 per box

Made fresh, from real ingredients.

This section is called "Nutrition Bars" rather than protein bars, for a good reason. While each BBE has at least 15 grams of protein, they are NOT filled with a bunch of junk like most bars on the market. They also offer a balance of quality fats, carbohydrates, and protein. They are not a low carbohydrate product, and there is a good amount of natural sugars in here. These are a good choice for after a hard training session, or if you have a serious craving, instead of a candy bar. Yes, they are that good!

Flavors we carry: Original, Cookie Dough, Cinnamon Bun, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Coconut, Apple Pie

Dale's Raw Protein Bars

Box of 12

High quality food bars, all natural ingredients, no artificial preservatives or sweeteners.

Dale's use only fresh raw nuts, seeds, fruit, plus hemp, pea, and brown rice protein. Only natural sugars from the fruit, natural fruit and nut fibers, and raw organic sweeteners have been used. Another great choice around training time and for plant-based nutrition.

Flavors we carry: Seasonal, but some of our favorites are: Blueberry Macadamia, Cafe Mocha, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookie Dough, Graham Cracker, Mint Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Hazelnut and many more!

Protein Supplements: Ready-To-Drink

EAS 100% Whey

11 fl oz (1 Serving)

100% Whey Ready-To-Drink Shakes

With 30 grams of whey protein and only 1 gram of sugar, 100% Whey from EAS is a good choice for right after a hard training session when you didn't bring your shaker bottle. One of the lowest carb products of it's type available. 

Flavors we carry: Vanilla, Chocolate

PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein

11 fl oz  (1 serving)

Non-GMO, no dairy, gluten and free of fillers.

PlantFusions ready-to-drinks contain less calories, carbs, and sugar, and more protein than any other plant-based protein-shake. But that doesn't mean they are low sugar, so we recommend using this particular product around training times, when your body is better prepared to use some extra carbohydrate.

Flavors we carry: Vanilla, Chocolate

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Stronger. Faster. Healthier. (SFH)  Omega 3 Oil

240ml (48 servings)

High potency concentrated Omega-3 oil.

The benefits of Omega-3 supplementation make it a must take. If there was only one supplement I could choose, this would be it. A healthy ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is almost impossible to get without supplementation, unless you are a huge deep water fish eater. 

So why this one? For one, there is no comparison when it comes to the amount of EPA+DHA (3500mg) in Super Omega-3. To get that amount in pill form from most brands you would need to take 9-13 pills! You get all that, plus 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 in 1 tsp.

There is also the safety issue. SO3 third party tested and meets or exceeds the standards of CRN, GOED, WHO and Prop 65. Mercury free, no heavy metals, and no toxins. We can't find a better product at a better value than Super Omega-3.

Caution: Do not take if you are using blood thinners such as Coumadin without consulting your physician. This product is harvested from the sea and may contain small amounts of shellfish. If you are allergic to shellfish, you should avoid this product.

Flavors we carry: Lemon, Orange

Protein Supplements: Powdered Mixes

Beverly International Ultimate Muscle Protein

2lb .8 oz (30 servings)

Sustained-Release Ultra-Premium MPI Blend w/Natural 80:20 Casein:Whey Ratio

Ultimate Muscle Protein is the best tasting and mixing protein supplement that we have discovered. Beverly has been around since 1967, and the owners are a joy to work with. UMP is extremely versatile, and we use it in everything from our coffee to making great tasting puddings.  Due to it's high casein content, UMP digests more slowly than whey concentrates or isolates, which makes it great in a snack to keep you full longer, but is a great choice around training too.

Flavors we carry: Vanilla, Chocolate, Graham Cracker, Strawberry, Cookies N' Cream, Rocky Road.

Stronger. Faster. Healthier. (SFH) Pure Whey

33.9 oz (30 servings)

Pure Whey is derived from what we call "happy cows". Grass fed, free range, and never treated with antibiotics or bovine growth hormones. Pure Whey uses stevia as a sweetener. It is a faster digesting protein than UMP, and is a great choice for during and post-training. 

Flavors we carry: Vanilla, Chocolate, Churro, Tropical

Stronger. Faster. Healthier. (SFH) FUEL

32 oz (~30 servings)

SFH FUEL combines non-denatured whey protein from "happy" cows, coconut fat (MCT's) and apple pectin. MCTs (medium chain triglycerides): are high energy fats. They are never stored and are burned as a fuel to produce 4-5x more energy than a sugar molecule and do not spike the release of insulin. These fats are broken down to ketone bodies which are the preferred fuel for our brains and hearts. Apple Pectin: is a complex carbohydrate rich in water soluble fibers. The fibers help to slow the absorption of high glycemic carbohydrates and sugars. FUEL is a great protein to keep you going all day long.

Flavors we carry: Coconut

PlantFusion: Complete Plant Protein

32 oz (30 servings)

Our search for a plant-based protein brought us to PlantFusion's Complete Plant Protein. Containing no soy, gluten, eggs, nuts, fish, tree nuts or shellfish, Complete Plant Protein meets our standard for a high quality protein, with 21 grams of protein + amino acids in every serving. If you follow a plant based nutrition plan or are allergic to whey protein, this is a great choice for you.

Flavors we carry: Vanilla, Chocolate

Aging Wisely

I was chatting with my dad yesterday, and we were talking about fun stuff. You know, like wills, and who gets what, and being prepared for when he "drops dead". (His words)

Just another pleasant afternoon chat with the Carlson's.  🙂

​But dying is inevitable, as much as we don't like to think about. I'd rather focus my energy on living well, and keeping my functioning high, for as long as I can. One of the men I consider a mentor, even if from afar most of the time, is strength coach Dan John. He shared some articles on aging that I think are very insightful as time marches on.

The first is a logical set if measurements for aging. ​

​All 10 are good, but as Coach John does, I think the last three are often overlooked:


8. Sleep Zone. When it comes to sleep, Goldilocks had it right, not to little, and not to much. Under 6 hours and over 9 hours were both predictors of death. If either is in your life, get some help to figure out why.

9. Make Some Friends In Your Community. One of the best and healthy things a human can do is be involved in their community. What that means to each individual will be highly different. Whether it is church, a gym, a bike club, a book club or anything were you get involved and share some type of bond has proven to be a highly healthy trait that is ingrained in the human soul. It has as much evidence for lifespan as quitting smoking. I recently just finished Sebastion Jungers great book "Tribes," in it he describes why we gravitate towards things like Crossfit gyms and why we are the most content after natural disasters when we are forced to band together to endure hardships. In fact, during wars, mental depression and suicide go down.

10. Keep Your Joints Healthy. Does your shoulder move in 360 degrees of motion? Does your hip act like a hip? Can you laterally bend your spine? Joints are designed for motion. If they can't, you tend to not move as much. As you can see, a lot of these healthy aging markers will be improved if you can keep moving. Functional Range Conditioning was designed to keep your joints acting like joints. Every morning moving your joints and explore their motion, this is called your Daily CARS. Controlled Articular Rotations. Your asking each joint, hey can you move in a circle without much discomfort. If not, figure out why.

Close quote

This graphical way of looking at time passing by is pretty clever, and also very sobering.

And check this quote out from Original Strength (read the whole article "Does Age Cause Us To Break Down?" here) 

But the weeds and the “facts” trip us up. Sometimes the norms don’t actually show the true story. Is it normal to get arthritis with age? Or is it normal to get arthritis by sitting around and not moving your joints? Is it normal for mens’ testosterone levels to drop with age? Or is it normal for men to consume lots of xenoestrogens from all the plastics, chemicals, and added hormones in food that we fill our lives with? Our issues may show a correlation with our age, but that does not mean that our age is the causation of our issues.

We have to protect our minds by knowing the right things and looking for the real story. Look, our design is better than the norms that fill our world. Our body is made to heal, made to be resilient. But it is also made to carry out its design. What if the majority of all our problems, was the real unseen story? What if the real story is this: As we age we sleep less, we eat less real food, we sit nearly all our waking hours, we live our lives stressed out behind technology that feeds our fears, and we expect one concentrated hour of overcompensated movement to magically fix all our needs? What if its not our age, but our ignorance and our misplaced notions.

If you know things are happening to your body that shouldn’t, don’t accept them or settle for them. Know you are designed to heal. AND, open your eyes. Are you missing something? Are you seeing the real causation? Or are the world’s normals simply trying to corrupt your mind to keep you from living the life you were meant to have?

The bottom line is you have more control over the aging process than you think. You are going to get older, until you don't. Why not do your part to make the most of it?

Until next time,


Celebrate Recovery Week

Next Scheduled Recovery Week: July 3 - July 9, 2017

If you are new to the concept of recovery weeks, please read on.

If you have been training with us for awhile and you have ignored recovery weeks, read on.

Especially you.​

Recovery weeks serve a critical function within the training cycle (more on that below for those of you who want to see the science).

You may have noticed that as we get closer to recovery week the daily and weekly training intensity has increased.

That is purposeful.

Because we are working toward a week of MacroRecovery, we are intentionally working at a higher level.

Then we will take a scheduled, purposeful rest.​

Because whether you think so or not, you cannot and should not train really hard, all the time.

In fact one of our training program design principles is what is referred to as MED.

Minimum Effective Dose.

In other words, what is the MINIMUM stimulus we need to get better - stronger, leaner, better conditioned, etc.?

What? The minimum you say? That is NOT my style. Go hard or go home!

That WILL work, at least for a short time. Until your training overwhelms your ability to recover, and you start breaking down.

How can you tell that is happening? That you're not recovering fast enough from your training? Here's a few warning signs:

Altered Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

You are having a hard time getting your heart rate up, or it's beating like a racehorse when you feel like you aren't really doing much.​

Poor Sleep Patterns

​An increasing pattern of the inability to sleep restfully.

Decreased Performance

Your training loads have stagnated or even decreased.​

Mood Swings

One of my big ones (no secret I know - sorry).​

Eating Habits Disrupted or Compromised

It's not just a matter of will power. Overreaching and overtraining can cause physical cravings if our bodies are missing crucial nutrients because of too much physiological or psychological stress.​

Decreased Immunity

If you are getting sick frequently (eg. more than one cold a year) your immune system is probably compromised.​

Increase In Injury

This could be not recovering from the normal microtrauma caused by training, for example you are sore for 2 or 3 days after training, or you are getting strains, sprains, aches and pains that you normally do not.​

Lack of Progress (Plateau)

This could be either in body composition (not losing bodyfat/gaining muscle) or not making gains in the gym.​

Enter Recovery Weeks

Recovery weeks are designed to give you rest; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

You see stress is not just a "mental" thing. Do you realize when you train you are stressing yourself out, on purpose? That gets added on top of all the other stress in your life, whether it be work, home, or the jerk who cut you off in traffic. Your central nervous system doesn't care, it just knows when you have too much of it, and it doesn't like it!

​And while you can't stop the knucklehead from driving like an idiot, there are things you can do to avoid excess systemic stress, and taking recovery weeks is one of them.

Here's My Top 5 Things To Do On Recovery Week

  1. Catch up on my reading
  2. Get some extra sleep
  3. Spend more time with my family
  4. Eat at a more leisurely pace
  5. Visit somewhere I haven't before (this week is normally our "Spring Break")

​What about you?

You see you don't have to "not move" for a week. There is nothing wrong with getting outdoors, taking a walk, hitting the rock climbing gym, spending some time on the foam roller and stretching, getting a massage, and/or taking some long showers or baths.

Those things will aid your recovery and help you relax; running 2 or 3 or 5 miles every day (or every other day), or going to spin class, will not

I train hard, but more importantly I train and recover appropriately. 

I am in it for the long game. When I am sick, or excessively tired, or injured I cannot train.

THAT is what sets me back.

Recovery is what drives me forward. On a daily, weekly, and quarterly basis.

​You ready to get better with me?


Coach Dean

PS. Below is the "Science Stuff" I promised - Enjoy!

All About Recovery Weeks

Our recovery weeks are what I would call Macro-Recovery. In other words we take a planned week off every training phase in order to let the body rest up from hard training and get ready for the next phase.

But did you know you can do even better than that? We have a number of athletes in the Get Fit NH family who participate in our Bioforce HRV monitoring program, which measures your systemic stress load on a daily basis, which allows us to fine-tune the recovery process on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. You can catch up on that by clicking here

Read on why properly planned and adequate recovery is important for you!

The Recovery Curve

I saw the recovery curve for the first time during my time with Australian physical preparation coach Ian King. His principles laid the foundation for the way we program, train and especially recover here at Get Fit NH. The principles that work with professional athletes apply to us too!

The following illustrates a “good” recovery curve:

The green line represents what we are all looking for – continual, never ending progress over time. We are getting stronger, faster, thinner, better looking (ok at least that’s what I wish for).

Reality Check – ain’t gonna happen. The process of changing your body is not linear, in fact what we are looking at in an optimal training environment is more of a “One step back brings me Two steps forward”.

A closer look at the chart will help explain what I mean.

The red line represents Equilibrium. This is where your body wants to stay, no matter if your goal is losing fat, gaining lean, or both. As you have no doubt found out, forcing your body to change is hard work – really hard work. When you walk into Get Fit NH, our training is designed to elicit that change. But it’s not as simple as “working out” day after day after day. In fact as I am about to illustrate, training without proper recovery is actually hurting you, not making you better.

The blue line represents the “recovery curve”. Starting at the left hand of the chart all the lines intersect. For this illustration that point is where your first training occurred – you “worked out”.

But what’s going on?

Instead of performance going up, that line is actually heading down – this is what is called Depletion. If you think about it makes sense – you have worked hard, you are fatigued, your body is depleted of nutrients – you are spent!

Don’t worry, your body will get over it, if you treat it right! This is what we call Adaptation. Your body wants to be able to handle the increased demand that was placed on it, and starts the process of getting better.

You are in charge of if and how fast that happens. A few of the factors that influence this adaptation include recovery nutrition, stress levels, sleep habits, supportive nutrition, age, and training history.

The recovery curve continues with Supercompensation. Here is how Coach King describes this process:

“It is only when recovery is allowed that we see the super-compensation effect, the unique phenomenon where the bodies physical capacity is elevated in response to training, in anticipation of another exposure to the same stimulus.” – King, I, 1999/2000, Foundations of Physical Preparation

In other words your body has gotten better in response to your training, a new Equilibrium is established and this state is when we will ideally train again. Our programming at Get Fit NH is carefully designed to give this the best chance of occurring, but as I hope you are discovering, you have a lot to do with this with how you treat your recovery!

As you can see, when things are clicking, this process when repeated over and over means you are getting better and better, the blue line is headed up – pretty cool!

The flip side to all this is what happens when the recovery process isn’t working so well.

This chart represents recovery gone “bad”:

When we continue to train in a state of “Depletion”, regardless of the reason, the adaptation to super-compensation effect doesn’t occur, and instead of getting better, we find ourselves in a downward cycle. This can happen when we train the same muscle groups too soon, when we haven’t taken the steps described above to recover optimally (sleep and nutrition for instance) regardless of time between training, when we train too hard coming off an illness, etc. The last thing we want to happen is new equilibrium to be established in a downward pattern – not good.

The long and short of it is your body absolutely needs to recover from hard training. Consistently training in a fatigued state results in injury and illness. Your body is an amazing machine designed to put up with a lot, but it was also designed to need rest.

Which leads us to:

Recovery Weeks!

Face it – you can get beat up anywhere. Our responsibility at Get Fit NH is to help you get better!

That includes recovery weeks. We have found that somewhere between 8 and 12 weeks of training is just about right to take a full week off and let your body recover.

That doesn’t mean that you spend your training time on the couch eating bon-bons, but if you insist on going down to PF and hitting the weights or running 10 miles every morning, your body will suffer in the long run, and perhaps even in the short term.

If you find yourself fighting this concept, ask yourself this – Is your unwillingness to take a week off a well reasoned decision based on what you know to be true, or is it that your attachment to training is so strong emotionally that makes it so hard? You will not lose all you have gained by taking the week off, I assure you! Again to quote Coach King, “…if you don’t (take time off)…most of you are going to lose it anyway!”

So now that we have established you are ready, willing and able to embrace recovery week, what do you do?

Glad you asked!

Three Steps for Successful Recovery

1.) Physical Rest and Regeneration

– Our bodies must rest and recover to prevent over-training (or under-recovering) issues so that we can come back 100% healthy and energized for the next phase of the program

– Focus on maintaining and/or increasing flexibility and tissue health by stretching and foam rolling daily. 15-30 minutes is fantastic!

– Daily restorative walks are beneficial during this week. 30-60 minutes briskly walking (not jogging/running) will keep your body refreshed and active, without negating the purpose of this week. Don’t overdo it!

2.) Physiological and Psychological Rest and Regeneration

– We must normalize key anabolic hormones, refill muscle glycogen, increase caloric intake, and prevent any diet induced catabolism (losses of lean body mass) so that we can enjoy greater fat loss for the next phase of the program

– We have taken the road less traveled by being flexible eaters with a long-term approach to success and thus we will take a break from our aggressive fat loss nutrition plans. This is not a free for all, so stay away from your “trigger foods” (junk foods and sweets) that open the door to excessive calorie intake.

– Instead plan (key word) and enjoy 2 or 3 controlled free meals to reward yourself for all of your hard work, but do not overdo it!

– Caveat: If your nutrition habits have been less than optimal, more than likely none of this applies to you. Instead now is the time to plan and prepare to make the changes necessary to see the results you want. Spend some time with a coach and your Jumpstart Nutrition Guide if you need help.

3.) Celebrate the Fruits of Your Labor

– Take some time to reflect on how far you have come since you joined Get Fit NH in terms of improving your overall health, body composition, and performance

– Enjoy your results!


We would just like to take the time to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your hard work and dedication to improving your health and fitness… keep Making It Happen!

Attention Parents of Kids Ages 9 to 12. You Asked, We Delivered!

We have been training athletes ages 13+ for years, both in our Summer Academies and our year round Long Term Youth Development training programs. 

For about the same length of time parents of younger kids have been whining "But what about uuuuuuussss?" 🙂

​And while we have been listening, we just didn't have the capacity to do anything about it.

Until Now!​

We are pumped about introducing our Summer Youth Academy, and it's right up your alley if you have kids ages 9 to 12!

It's no secret. Our kids are just not as active as we were at the same age. There are so many more distractions - 500 channels on TV, Xbox and Playstation, Facebook, iPhones and Android - you get the picture. None of these are harmful in and of themselves, but add them all up and you have a whole lot of sitting and not much movement. Add into that the fact that PE is limited in our schools, and we have kind of a "movement mess" on our hands when it comes to our kids.

Where is your child on the "get out and move spectrum"? You see, moving well is the foundation for a lifetime of activity and enjoyment. And while we all want to think our kids is going to "go pro", the fact of the matter is that ALL our kids need to learn that activity and exercise can be fun. For some that means winning on the playing field, for others that means going to the skate park, and for others keeping up in gym class would be really cool. No matter the ultimate goal, kids need a foundation on which to build.

A foundation which includes:

  • Coordination
  • Reflexes and reaction
  • Proactive flexibility training
  • Strength training basics
  • Power developlment
  • And of course tying it all together with game plan and fun!

Get Fit NH's Summer Youth Academy is for girls and boys ages 9 to 12, and will run six weeks, from July 10th to August 17th, on Monday and Friday's from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

It's a great chance to get the kids out of the house a few hours a week and into a environment where they can learn, laugh, build confidence and have a great time.

Tuition is only $199 for the six-week summer session, and we are capping the class at 12 students, so don't sleep on this one.

All you have to do is click the "Enroll Now" button below to send in your payment and reserve your spot. As soon as we receive your enrollment, we will contact you with our registration and health history forms for you to fill out with your child, and set your first coaching appointment. It's that easy!

Questions? Contact us here, or give Coach Adam a call at (603) 340-7281

See you (and your kids) there!

For Immediate Release

Get Fit NH voted Best Fitness Center or Health Club in the Capitol Area for 2017

As popular gym celebrates nine years in business, CAPPIES award is second in a row

CONCORD, N.H. - May 16, 2016


-- For the second year in a row, Get Fit NH has won a Capitol Area People's Preference Award ("CAPPIES")

for Best Fitness Center or Health Club. This regional recognition comes just a day after the popular training gym celebrated its ninth year in business. Co-owner Dean Carlson reflected on the anniversary:

"​When we started, with nine of us in my backyard on the cool morning on May 8, 2008, at 5:00am, there was no grandiose plan of 2 locations, multiple coaches, and state, regional and national recognition."

But yet this is exactly what has happened. Get Fit NH now operates two locations in Concord and Epsom and has gone from two coaches, Dean and his wife and business partner, Nancy, to six coaches. "Then, as today, it was about a group of people bonding together for a common purpose: to be the best version of ourselves we could be, through the vehicle of pursuing better health and fitness." In 2008, there were nine. Today, more than 400 clients choose to train to lose fat, get lean, and look and feel great with Get Fit NH.

Just last month in the annual statewide Hippo Press voting, Get Fit NH was named "Best of the Best" gym in all of New Hampshire and their "Smart Group Training" the "Best of the Best workout class" in the entire state. Coach Nancy Carlson earned the "Best of the Best" Fitness instructor award. This makes five years in a row of "Best of the Best" awards and eight "Best of…" awards for Get Fit NH.

Nationally, Get Fit NH is one of only a handful of gyms to have earned Smart Group Training (SGT) certification. SGT is built around the Functional Movement Screen which allows personalization of the routine within a group setting to maximize each client's results. Get Fit NH asks each new student to come in for a 2 week free trial before joining. These two weeks allow them the best chance to see for themselves what taking advantage of the innovative approach at Get Fit NH will do for them.

Get Fit NH is built on the philosophy that if the training isn't fun, safe, and effective, clients won't come back. "Fitness technology is huge these days," Dean says. "It makes training interesting and helps both our clients and us see and track progress, as well as make quicker adjustments to the training program as needed." In the last few years, they have added new innovations at the gym such as BioForce HRV heart rate variability testing, which monitors readiness for exercise, Fit 3D body scanning for viewing and tracking progress over time, and MyZone, which allows coaches and clients to monitor degree of effort while training.

The success of Get Fit NH is due to their continuous drive to do what it takes to make their clients better. To this end they offer professional group fitness training, nutrition coaching, and seminars at two locations in Concord and Epsom. See their website,

or call 344-2651 today to make it happen for you.

The Power of “Don’t”

There is power in the word "don't".

When I "don't" do something, I am in control.

There is no rule that is forcing me, no obligation that I am under, nobody else telling me what to do.

Let's say you want to drop a few pounds and lean up, so you adopt a different eating strategy, for instance participate in "Sizzlin' Summer Slimdown".

Don't say you "can't" eat something on S3, because that is simply not true.

You CAN do whatever you want.

Think about it - the rules of fat loss did not change because you chose to get serious about it, they just came into clearer focus and become more important in the "now" to you. 

Most of us don't like "rules", (especially those of fat loss) but some of us sure need them - I am first in that line!

Here's an example; You decide that from this point on you are only going to eat 3 meals a day, with no snacking. That is your new "rule".

What do you say when you are offered popcorn during the movie you are watching?

What do you tell your own self when you want that last piece of pie in the fridge?

"I can't because I am on this stupid diet" makes you a victim, and we all like to play the victim.

"No thanks, I don't eat more than 3 meals because I am learning to control my hunger" demonstrates an exercise of free will that is a emotionally and psychologically very powerful. Jedi mind tricks if you will. YOU are in control because you made a decision, not because some diet guru made it for you.

And can we talk about that word "Decide"?

We use that word very flippantly.

The root is "cid" or "cis".

Homicide. Suicide. Scissors. Decide.

All the same root - "cid" or "cis" - "to cut or to kill".

What to wear to the gym or whether to drink Dunkins or Starbucks is making a choice, not deciding.

"Deciding" something means you cut off or kill all other options.

Did you really "Decide" to participate in Sizzlin' Summer Slimdown, or is it something you are merely choosing to do until the going gets tough?

If you truly made a decision than anything that is not part of S3 is off the table for you.

Do you understand the power of that?

There is no choice to be made anymore, and that is liberating, not restrictive.

You "don't" do it because YOU decided not to, and YOU matter.

Don't ever forget it.

Coach Dean

Thank-You For 9 Great Years

As I sat down to jot my thoughts down this morning, I couldn't help but get a little bit choked up. 

​Because while it is very exciting to be celebrating 9 years in business, it was even more impacting to take some time to go through the moments we have captured on our cameras, video recorders, and phones over the years.

It hasn't always been unicorns, roses and sunshine. Life never is. But what an amazing thing to see all the lives that have been impacted by this little experiment called "Get Fit NH". Not the least of all my own.

​When we started, the nine of us in my backyard on the cool morning on May 8, 2008, at 5:00am, there was no grandiose plan of 2 locations, multiple coaches, and state, regional and national recognition.

Then, as today, it was about a group of people bonding together for a common purpose - to be the best version of ourselves we could be, through the vehicle of pursuing better health and fitness.

​To look through those pictures I was reminded of this one truth; someday my career is going to be over, and the reigns of Get Fit NH will be passed to another caretaker. At that time I hope the focus is not on how good of a business we ran, or how good of coaches we were, or that the gyms were kept in good shape with the latest and greatest cool equipment.

My hope, my prayer, is not that we were looked upon as being great, but that we created something good, that made a lasting impact on our families, our team, our students, and our community.

Right now as I am writing my Facebook feed is blowing up with y'all putting up pictures of all the broccoli you are eating, a challenge from coach Meagan. Who woulda thunk? 🙂

I am so grateful for the team we have here; Nancy, Meagan, Adam, Cari, Lars and Stephanie.

They work SO hard every day, in so many ways, because they want to create good too. As we have grown the thing that is hardest for me is that I don't get to know and build relationships with all of our students like I used to. But knowing I have caring and compassionate coaches that can do it even better than I could is amazing. Thank-you team.

Thank-You. I don't know what else to say. If you are reading this then somehow Get Fit NH is on your radar. We get to coach you in some way; either in person at one of our training gyms, online in our nutrition programs, or even just reading our blog and doing what you can on your own. It is still mind blowing to me that anyone does any of those things. 

As I looked at those pictures this morning I thought maybe I'd put together a slide show of Get Fit NH through the years, but I think I'll wait until our 10th anniversary. I am going to need more time to put it all together. 🙂

Instead, throughout this post are scattered some of the iterations of our logo over the years, and even that was kind of fun. It reminds me how far we have come, but also that the work of improving is never over.

Thanks for taking the journey with me.

Coach Dean

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