I am sure by now everyone knows I am a big fan of kettlebells. I have been working with them for many years now and still have a lot to learn with them, which to me is very fun! The first thing I noticed learning to use kettlebells was every teacher I have had always called it kettlebell PRACTICE. It was said a lot over and over again and eventually I had to ask why this is the term used, and this is what I was told:
“Even a kettlebell master needs to practice too keep his skills sharp. Kettlebells practice is a forever skill not set by a timeline.”
This sentence really hit home with me and opened up my mind. To build good kettlebell skills I need to practice, and that practice will always be needed. I took that mentallity to all of my time in the gym, it was in my head when learning a new skill or movement that it was practice. It helped me stay positive when I couldn’t grasp a new movement right away that it is ok because I am just practicing and eventually my practice will build a great skill!
So if you feel down about a new skill or movement just remember we are just practicing and practice takes time!
Many years ago, when I was at a training conference I first learned of the word “Sawubona”. It is an African Zulu greeting that means “I see you”. In Western culture, we often say “Hi, how are you?” but so often people never wait for the others response. In contrast, Sawubona means “I see you and you are important to me and I value you”.
Recently during a training, I asked a Get Fit NH Family member “how are you doing?” Her
response was “I am here”. I told her “that is a step in the right direction!” I knew from
previous conversations she has been under a lot of stress for various reasons. I did not take it lightly that she made it to training. I know it was an achievement. For some of you, training is just part of your day, no questions asked and that is fantastic! For others, it is a struggle just to walk through the doors. I want you all to know that we never take it for granted when you make it to training! We love “seeing” you! You are so much more than just a body working out. While we may not greet you with “Sawubona”, we see you and you are all incredibly important to us. Your value is beyond measure! When you are a part of the Get Fit NH Family it means you are seen and valued! Thank you for not only training with us but also sharing your lives with us.
Happy Monday and first day back from recovery week!
I hope everyone is feeling energized and ready to get back into some great training! I thought it would be helpful to write this blog about important things to remember coming back from recovery week and how you might feel starting off:
We are super excited about this training phase and to see all the progress everyone makes! Welcome back and remember to keep making it happen!
How important is sleep to you? Many people struggle with sleep or sometimes even neglect it. I think we all know it is important, but do we know the effects of not getting enough? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), “Sleep deficiency can lead to physical and mental health problem, injuries, loss of productivity, and even a greater risk of death.”
I was listening to a Ted Talk given by brain scientist Matt Walker. He presented a study in which one group of participants stayed up all night and another got a full 8 hours of sleep. In the morning both groups were asked to learn a list of new facts. Their brain activity was analyzed by an MRI. The results showed that the sleep deprived group had a 40 percent deficit in the brain’s ability to make new memories. That has huge implications on learning.
The NHLBI states that “ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Sleep deficiency can also increase the risk of obesity.” The hormones that regulate the feeling of being hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin) are affected by sleep. When there is a sleep deficiency the ghrelin goes up and the leptin goes down which results in an increased hunger sensation. If your goal is to lose weight, then you want to make sure you are getting enough sleep.
Goals for better sleep:
-Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night
-Consistent sleep schedule. Try getting up and going to bed at the same time every day
-Turn off electronic devices 30 minutes before bed
-Establish a relaxing bedtime routine
Make It Happen!
A new session of kettlebell classes are starting July 10th on Wednesdays at Get Fit NH. The session will run for 8 weeks working on building kettlebell skills, strength, and mobility.
Why Train With Kettlebells:
People have been using kettlebells to burn fat, build lean muscle, and improve mobility since early 1700's! Using kettlebells has been a proven method of improving your health for so long, I would even argue it is one of the best methods of burning fat while building muscle. Another wonderful reason to train with kettlebells is they do not take up much space and for most trainings you only need yourself and one bell!
What Will We Be Doing In Class:
This class is designed to build up the fundamental movements of kettlebells and create a strong foundation you can take anywhere to train with kettlebells! We use a mixture of Kettlebells, TRX, and body weight to bring complete trainings for anyone! We like to take our time and really focus on quality of a movement to maximize the results we get! This class is perfect for anyone of any fitness level, if you are trying to take your first step into fitness or you're a fitness vet trying to add some new material into training this class is for you!
Is This Only Open To Get Fit NH Members:
NO! This class is open to Get Fit NH members and anyone who is not currently a member! So if you think this is something for you sign right up!
*To keep classes running smoothly each class is capped at 10 people*
Class Times And Cost:
Class Times: The class will be held on wednesdays at 4 different times:
If You have any questions please reach out to me at :
If you are interested in signing up and having some summer kettlebell fun click below!
It's that time of year again, challenge time! We run TWO class challenges each summer. July kicks off the attendance challenge. This is a great way to be accountable to your training even when the weather is nice!
Let me take this opportunity to remind you that long walks and bike rides are exercise, but it is not strength training. Training is the magic that keeps your bones healthy and strong and is what gives you the ability to get up and down off the floor and maintain your independence as you age. None of us are getting out of this world any younger, so we need to do our part now to make life easier later!
Here is how the attendance challenge works...
For the month of July we are looking for 100% accountability from everyone in every class. This means that if you are NOT in training then you let a coach know BEFORE a coach reaches out to you! Your coaches email, call or text over 150 clients PER WEEK for not making it to training. This is a tool we use to keep you accountable and for the month of July (and hopefully moving forward) we want to work on building that accountability habit and put the ball in your court. So here is how you get POSITIVE credit for your team..you either show up to training or let a coach know (in person, through call, text or email) that you are not going to be in training. If you need to come to a different training time then that is just fine- you will still get credit for your "home room" training time. This contact must be done BEFORE the coach gets to you- which should be within 24 hours of missed training. If you a coach contacts you first then that will NEGATIVELY effect your team- so just let us know!
The class with the best average will win a class party. To give you some examples of previous parties...we have done breakfast parties, glow stick parties, Taco Tuesday parties and more! The possibilities are endless! Each week we will update the average to show you which class is in the lead.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Meagan or email us at GetFitNHCoaches@gmail.com
Looking forward to this challenge kicking off! It starts when we return from recovery week!
Monday July 8, 2019 - Friday August 2, 2019
Let's Make it Happen!
We all have priorities in our everyday life. These are the things that are important to us like self-care, friends, family, religion, work etc.
Things that we just have to do. The list might not be the same every single day, but week to week it is pretty similar with the occasional curve ball like “pay the dentist bill.” I know I am not the only one who thrives with to-do lists and constantly uses the note pad app in her phone to write out a plan. These are things like laundry, grocery shopping, paying bills, etc
These are things that are stronger than priorities and more than a to-do. These are things that we schedule into our life, because we need them to survive and thrive. Things like sleep, exercise, food, water. Most of these things we do naturally, but many of these things we could be doing better. In order to support your non-negotiables, you need to have your priorities in order and shake up your to-do list.
You still with me?
Step 1: Define your non-negotiables. What are you doing or what should you be doing to live your best life and be the best version of yourself you could possibly be. Hint: I recommend using the examples I stated above (Sleep, food, water, exercise)
Step 2: Write out your current priority list and write out your “dream” priority list. Be brutally honest. A lot of us look something like this:
Note: it is OKAY to have work at the bottom! It is not okay to put yourself last. If you are not thriving then the rest of those areas will suffer! If you are a parent or if you have ever given any health related advice to someone you love then you have probably said something like, “You have to take care of yourself.” Take your own advice! Write out your “dream” priority list. Here’s mine:
Step 3: Write a to-do list every single day that supports your priorities and your non-negotiables. If you are not a list maker you are missing out on extreme satisfaction, organization and results! Each week I work off of a document called my “weekly review”
I do NOT want to know a life without this tool. I update my weekly to do for the following week every Friday and then I add to it each night to plan out my next day. Here is an example day on my (current) weekly review:
When I complete the task I bold it so if I missed something on Monday then I could go back for it on Tuesday or later in the week. This to-do list can and should include things like
Training at 4:15pm
Make lunch for Tuesday
Screens off by 9PM and in bed
Right now, one of my non-negotiables is to keep my body functioning with limited pain which is why if you saw the whole week worth of to-do’s you would see a chiropractor appointment on Monday, prenatal massage on Tuesday, Doctor appointment on Wednesday, etc.
Everyone has 24 hours in the day. You have a choice to make those hours productive and lead a satisfying and healthy life. Truth be told – I do take a break from a weekly review Saturday and Sunday, but Monday through Friday I am faithful to this tool and it has been life changing and helped me paint a clear picture of what is important to me. It also catches me when I slip.
Be in control!
One of the best parts of being a coach is watching clients have those “ah-ha” moments, when a lightbulb turns on and they find the will to make a change. Deb took that step 10 years ago and has not only reached her weight loss goal but is also controlling her cholesterol without medication for the first time in 25 years.
“I started at Get Fit 10 years ago because I had just moved to New Hampshire and was out of shape and gained a lot of weight,” Deb said. “My jeans were so tight they barely zipped. My eating was out of control.”
Before joining Get Fit NH I had been on cholesterol medication for 25 years. Two years ago I was taken off of Lipitor. Prior to joining Get Fit my eating was out of control and really did not hop on the band wagon seriously until 2018.”
Deb participated in several of our nutrition challenges and a year ago was able to maintain those habits as her new lifestyle. In the last year, Deb has lost 50 pounds. She said the benefits have been more than just fitting in to smaller jeans. She recently ran her fastest 5K, feels great, sleeps better and has a lot more energy.
“I am in the smallest size clothes in 25 years and feeling proud,.”
It’s been a pleasure to watch Deb transform her body physically, gain incredible strength and achieve goals that are only dreams to most women in their 50’s. But “can’t” is not in her vocabulary. That is why in her 50’s she has lost 50 pounds, run two marathons, countless half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. That is why she can deadlift her bodyweight, do push-ups, front planks and squats. Deb is an inspiration to women who continuously tell themselves they cannot do something. With the right mindset and support system, Rosenthal shows it’s possible to make other people’s dreams become your goals.
“If I can do it, you can too”