Your Perspective is Powerful

I was truly amazed at how many life lessons there were in the podcast I listened to that interviewed Colin O’Brady.  After racing for 6 years with the USA Triathlon Team, O’Brady decided he wanted to take on a new challenge which was crossing Antarctica.  O’Brady describes that the journey was extremely challenging because there are no opportunities to resupply food. He had to pack everything he needed for the journey on his sled which weighed 375lbs.  O’Brady’s desire was to step into something unknown because growth happens when you are outside of your comfort zone. O’Brady states that the journey broke him to his core. He walked 12 hours a day for over 50 days without taking a rest day.  Right before the finish line, O’Brady wanted to quit. On the 53rd day he realized he was only 77 miles from the finish.  O’Brady was broken physically and mentally but found a place inside himself that said he was stronger than ever.  He ended up walking the last 77 miles for 32 hours straight. O’Brady believes that everyone has the ability to push themselves, their body and their brain in ways they never thought possible.  When you can look back on something immensely difficult that you accomplished or achieved in the past, it can fuel you and be the motivations to get through your current challenge.

O’Brady believes that life experiences are on a continuum of 1-10, 1 being the worst day or the most pain and 10 being the best day.  He believes that most people are staying within the comfort zone of 4-6 because they are trying not to experience the 1’s. However, to experience the 10’s you also have to experience the 1’s.  You can learn many lessons from the 1’s that help you reach the 10’s. The definition of 1’s and 10’s may change throughout your life. Making it through hardships allows you to look at challenges differently.  You may think this is hard right now but remember you have made it through worse. For many years my 1 was having to go through shoulder surgeries and give up playing soccer. Fast forward 20 years and my new 1 was admitting I was in an incredibly dark place and spending 2 weeks in a hospital.  When I am faced with challenges now, such as the 21-day nutrition challenge, I am reminded that I was able to tackle and survive some huge challenges in my life. If I made it through that then I can make it through 21 days of giving up food that is not good for my body. What are your 1’s? Use the lessons from that time to remind yourself that you are stronger thank you think, and you can make it through any challenge you currently face.


Coach Erin

GET FIT NH IS CLOSED TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

Good Afternoon all,

We absolutely HATE closing, but the roads are already slick and the weather is supposed to turn to freezing rain at 5pm and continue through the evening. Your safety and my team's safety are precious so please drive carefully home and spend the extra time prepping a nutritious dinner and nutritious lunch for tomorrow! We will see you on Thursday!

Here is some at-home training to keep you moving! Warm-up as you have learned and then...

Complete this 4X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFdEDMfu_P4

And here is your finisher 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek-w1x--Ucw&t=46s

March Movement Challenge

Are your competitive hats on? We bringing back the March Madness sled push challenge! 

Here are the details:

When: The sled push challenge will start March 2nd and run until March 20th

What is it: The sled push challenge is going to be a class competition with the winning class being the team that does the most sled pushes. Each class will keep score individually on an index card and each class will have a box to keep their cards in. At the end of the month we will count up the total amount of sled pushes and the class with the best average will win! This means the more people you can get to do it the better!

How do I score points: You get one point for every sled push down and back on the green. You must complete both ways to score a point!

Why should I do this: Well the best answer I can give you is it is good for your health! The most important thing is building better and stronger bodies! Also if that is not incentive enough there will be a class prize for the winning team! We have done Taco Tuesday, Glow Stick Training, and many other fun things so you will not want to miss out!

If you have any other questions please let your coach know! We will meet you at the sled!

-Coach Meagan

Football, Goals, Determination…

Determination can be defined as “a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans has shown some incredible determination in the face of obstacles. Watt played for the first time in the Wildcard game against the Buffalo Bills after tearing his pectoral in week eight. His injury was thought to be season ending. Watt asked his doctors if there was a chance he could return for the playoffs if the Texans made it that far. The doctor said there was a chance it would be possible. Watt said that was all he needed to hear. He was determined to be game ready if Houston made it to the playoffs. Watt’s performance in their win against Buffalo was impressive to say the least. He played with intense determination to help put his team in the best place to win. Watt could have eased himself back into the game in an effort to protect his pectoral. Instead he was played without reservation and had laser focus.


What would happen if we approached our health and fitness goals with the same determination? If I have a goal to lose 30 lbs in the next three months and someone told me it was possible then I would need some serious determination to meet that goal. There are going to be obstacles and I am going to have to make sacrifices. I will not reach my goal by playing it safe. I have to be all in and persevere through the tough times. What are your goals and how determined are you to achieve them? Are you playing it safe or are you all in? The good news
is that you are not in it alone! You have your Get Fit NH Family to support you every step of the way!

Coach Erin

61 Names for SUGAR

  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Free-flowing brown sugars
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Palm sugar
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner's syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Sweet Sorghum
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar
  • Read your labels! Sugar is sneaky and hidden in so many places you would not expect. Some sneaky places you can expect to find sugar include:

    • Tomato sauce 
    • Bacon
    • Sausage
    • Frozen vegetables done for you. Such as the mashed cauliflower and veggie bites

    Also, while I am on my tangent...don't fall for the gluten free, organic cookie. A cookie is a cookie and I can guarantee the cookie marketing as the healthy cookie has twice the calories. It's a marketing tactic and it drives me bonkers!

    That's all folks,

    Coach Meagan

    Make Today Great

    Are you ready to have a great day?  Maybe you are stressed out and overwhelmed.  It can easily happen this time of the year. It is easy to focus on the negative and let it consume you.  However, we are in control of our minds. It is not always easy but there are things you can do to make today great!   Here is a list of suggestions:

    1. Gratitude – When you wake up in the morning think of three things that you are truly grateful for and write them down.  We have so much to be thankful for and often times need to remind ourselves of what we have! Focus on the positive and don’t let your mind ruminate on the negative.

    2. Be Present – Keep yourself in the here and now.  Focus on the task at hand and truly engage with the people around you.  Don’t let your mind get overwhelmed with the future when all we are ever promised is the present.

    3. Invest in Others – Build meaningful relationships.  You have no idea how much you may mean to one person!  You have the potential of making the difference in their day, even life!

    4. You Have the Control – There are many things in life that are out of our control.  However, we are in control of how we react to life’s circumstances. You can’t control anyone else besides yourself.

    Give yourself the gift of a great day!

    Training while you’re sick

    It is that time of year when everyone seems to be getting sick.  No one likes being sick and there are preventive measures you can take to keep yourself healthy.  These guidelines may seem obvious, but it is always good to have a reminder.

    -Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

    -Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

    -Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  Pay attention to under the fingernails. You may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    The next question: Is it okay to exercise when you are sick?  

    According to Mayo Clinic a general guideline is that exercise is okay if symptoms are all above the neck.  This includes symptoms associated with the common cold: runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing. Exercise is not advised when the symptoms are below the neck: chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach.  If you have a fever you should definitely not exercise because working out with a fever will raise your internal body temperature even more.

    If the best decision is to stay home from training that is ok!  A couple of missed days is not going to derail all your progress.  It is important to listen to your body. Be courteous of others- if you are coughing heavily and blowing your nose then please sanitize! Feel free to use the sanitizer wipes to wipe off your foam roller or other equipment 🙂

    Thank you!

    Don’t Try And Out-train Your Nutrition

    Why if out-training your nutrition is your goal…it's probably not going to happen.

    I talked about this subject recently in a why Wednesday but if you did not see it, here is the crux of it.  It all comes down to how much your body can actually take when it comes to exercise. You may have read or heard about the story that came out a few years ago now about Michael Phelps.  That he had to eat some ridiculous amount of calories per day, if I remember correctly it was something like 10,000 calories a day. It was crazy, things like 5 mcmuffins and pancakes for breakfast with a whole host of other stuff (most of us couldn’t even eat that many calories in a day unless we ate literally nothing but ice cream all day long, they maybe.  Just for reference, that's about 8-10 pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in one day, I don’t care how big a sweet tooth you have, that would be hard to do).  

    We hear stories like that and we know that exercising requires energy (calories).  So obviously we get to the point where you think “well I can eat more because I exercise” which in some aspects is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, HOWEVER!!!  That quickly devolves into “I went to the gym today so a whole pizza and beer for dinner it is!”. Here is the problem with that, a large pizza probably contains 2000-3000 calories on its own, that would take 2-3 training sessions to burn off (for your average person).

    Someone like Michael Phelps has a training session something like:

     1.) Wake up: long run

    2.) Strength and conditioning work

    3.) Hours of pool work, finishing up with some sort of cool down work that would probably be a full workout for most of us.

    He’s been training that way for 5-10+ years, he can eat that many calories (needs that many calories) because his body is so far adapted to exercise, it can actually burn 8000 calories in one day (you probably would burn about 3000-4000 running a marathon).  

    This is why it's so important to work both sides of the equation, exercise and nutrition, because if your goal is to out work your nutrition you are probably not going to be able to keep up that level of activity.  Or after a couple weeks you’re going to start finding yourself with nagging injuries that won't go away, or major ones, which is going to force you to step back, which will just compound the problem you are having. Unless you are a super high-level athlete there is no “eat whatever you want and still burn it off”.  Sorry to say, this is something that I have had to come to grips with myself.  

    One other very important thing, for reasons that I’m not going to get into in this blog (the explanation could go on for pages) hyper limiting calories does not work either.  I don’t want anyone going away from this blog thinking “ok so I'm going to have a can of Tuna and an apple a day and I'll lose 10lbs by the end of next week!” It just doesn’t work that way so please don’t attempt it.  This is just to put some numbers in perspective!

    Coach Adam

    UPDATE: Change With The End Of Year Kettlebell Class!

    We are updating the Kettlebell Class schedule to a 5 week program instead of the original 6 week. Thanksgiving is pretty important for friends and family so there will be no class that week! Instead we will be doing 5 weeks of kettlebell classes starting November 13th running to December 18th, excluding November 28th!

    The 5 classes will be a drop in format for $20 a class, unless you would like to sign up for all 5 ahead of time which will be $79! 


    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:

    • 5:30 AM
    • 6:30 AM
    • 4:30 PM
    • 5:30 PM

    Cost:

    • Drop- In's: $20
    • 5 Class Sign Up: $75

    If You have any questions  or would like to sign up for all 5 classes please reach out to me at :

    Brian@getfitnh.com

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