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Learning From Darkness

During a recent training, a song was playing, and the lyrics really struck a nerve with me.

The song is called “The Light” by Disturbed. One of the lines says: 

Sometimes darkness can show you the light”.  

That line almost made me cry as I reflected on it.  I have personally been through some very dark times in the past and right now there is darkness for some people I love dearly.  Maybe you have experienced your own periods of darkness.  I know many of you have shared your struggles with me.

It is often challenging to see any light when you are in the dark. You have probably heard the proverbial saying about “seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”  In a tunnel all you are focused on is the darkness that surrounds you as you proceed forward to end where there will be light once again.  It is those times that it is crucial to have a support system to show you the light.  We need energy (physical, emotional and mental) from others to help us move forward. 

When I have experienced my own darkness, I have also been blessed with people who care about me to bring me through to see light.  I have learned that through the darkness I have been able to grow in ways I would not have otherwise.  My greatest hope is that if you are experiencing any sort of darkness (injury, loss of a loved one, mental health issues, etc.) that you would know that your family at Get Fit NH is here for you!

-Coach Erin

Rock n’ Race Schedule Change and Charity Training

 On Saturday, May 11, 2019 we will host a charity training to support our Rock n' Race Team, Get Fit NH & Beat Cancer. Proceeds from this event go to the Payson Center right here in Concord. To read extensively on where the money from the Rock n' Race goes check out this link.

We have all been impacted by cancer and this cause deserves our support. If you can't get out there and walk or run with us then come on down to our charity training on May 11th at 8AM. Your friends and family are more than welcome to join us. The cost for this event is $10 and we will put all funds toward our team. The Rock n' Race is Thursday, May 16th at 6PM. If you have not joined our team yet you can do so right here (Get Fit NH & Beat Cancer is our team name)

Mark your calendar for these events and the changes to our schedule! 

We will be CLOSED for training that night. We will be open for training in the morning on Thursday, May 16th. We will be OPEN Wednesday, May 15th for all EVENING trainings ONLY so that those who are unable to participate in the event do not miss a night of training 

Thank you for understanding and for your support. Let's make it happen,

Coach Meagan

Self Care

What is self-care?

One definition from psychologist Raphailia Michael is “any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” Self-care is often neglected because we are so focused on other people or responsibilities. How often do we skip training or eat food that is not the best for us because we are so tired from the demands of life? Self-care does not have to be complicated. Last week I was suffering from a migraine but got a call to go visit a dear friend in the hospital. I had not eaten lunch yet and was faced with a choice. I could go through some fast food drive-thru on my way to the hospital or I could pack something healthy from home to eat on the way. Fortunately, I had some cooked chicken in my refrigerator. I grabbed it to go and ate it on my way to the hospital. I also made sure I was doing my best to drink plenty of water. Sometimes it is the small things that add up to help us to do self-care. Here are some self-care suggestions:

-Exercise!!! It is a proven fact that exercise greatly benefits both physical and emotional health

-Drink plenty of water

-Fuel your body with the proper food

-Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night

-Try relaxation techniques: deep breathing, yoga, meditation

Unfortunately, self-care just doesn’t happen. It takes planning and scheduling, making self-care a priority. Just like the airline instructions to place your air mask on first before assisting others. The more you take care of yourself, the better you will be able to handle life’s demands and care for those who are important to you.

-Coach Erin

Do you want to win a kayak, paddle board or a new grill? Because we want to give you one.

We are going to be giving away one of those things on June 1st! Your chance to win is pretty easy. Talk to your friends, family, co-workers about Get Fit NH. Share our Facebook video on your page. If you refer someone to us in April or May and they sign up we will put your name into a drawing to win and when you win you will get to choose what you want us to buy you....pretty cool, huh?

It is April 4th, so we are a little late to posting this idea (it came to me in the middle of the night last night, always keep a notebook next to your bed!) so with that being said anyone who currently has friends or family in trial and have not signed up yet we will absolutely include your name in the drawing! 

But the prizes go even deeper than this! We will also put whoever you referred into a drawing and pick that name on June 1st as well. They will have an opportunity to win a new pair of training shoes or a $50 gift card to Under Armor. EVERYBODY WINS!

So if you have Facebook and you haven't liked our public Get Fit NH page then start there by clicking here and share our video! Start checking in so your friends can fully understand just why you are so awesome! I am super excited to buy you and your friends stuff!

Let the games begin,

Coach Meagan

Relative And Absolute.

Push ups, pull ups and fat loss, oh my!

I think we can all agree that push ups and pull ups are hard…..really hard. A common goal I hear when students begin training with us is, “I want to be able to do a chin up” or “I want to be able to do a push up.”

I have been lucky to see hundreds of students meet these goals over the past 5 years. It is one of the coolest things to see as a coach!

So let’s talk about each of these and come up with 3 ways you can get better at them this year

Push ups

  1. If you are a fat loss student then step one to being able to do a push up is to lose the fat. How do I lose fat, you ask? Food, it’s all about the food. We can help you get a better relationship with food so you                                                                     can lose the fat so you are able to push your                                                    bodyweight up and down. We offer a ton of nutrition coaching- talk to us!

  2. Learn to keep your body TIGHT. When we coach you to bring your toes and knees together and squeeze your cheeks it is not because we are knit picky. It is because to be able to push yourself from the floor and get your body to talk to each other from the head down to the toes you need to keep your whole body tight. If you can teach yourself to keep your body that tight during all of your training- squats, deadlifts, swing, planks, etc then it will become a more natural feeling

  3. Working on your trunk stability. Let us teach you about rolling patterns (or see it for yourself on our website!) Practice perfect reps. Be PATIENT Be CONSISTENT and STOP telling yourself you’ll never be able to do it.

Pull ups

  1. Same as the push ups. If you are a fat loss student then you need to lose the fat before you can get your chin over the bar. I’ll address relative strength in a moment

  2. Hollow body holds. We’ve been working on them in training. Do them regularly. Do them right. We talked above about keeping your body tight. This is the same thing for a pull up.

  3. Hang on the bar. In order to get your chin over the bar you have to first be able to hang on the bar. If you keep your body tight and just hang on the bar I can STILL help you get strong. If you lose the fat and you are strong, you will pull your chin over the bar

Here is a little education for you…

Relative strength-  is the amount of strength to body size, or how strong you are for your size. This reflects a person's ability to control or move their body with no more weight than their own. Think push ups and pull ups for repetition.

Absolute strength-  is the maximum amount of force exerted, regardless of muscle or body size. Think heavy deadlifts and heavy squats. If I am 140 pounds and I can lift 225 pounds off of the ground then I am stronger than someone who is 215 pounds and can lift 300 pounds off of the ground because I am able to lift 1.5 times my body weight but the other person can only lift 1.3 time their body weight.

There are many ways to prove you are strong, but relative strength proves you are strong AND lean.

Coach Meagan

Sled Push Winners

You guys absolutely crushed the sled push challenge this year. This is such a fun way to get classes together and working hard right before a well deserved recovery week. We are proud to announce that the winning class is one of our smallest classes, but boy are they mighty! They worked their butt off and as a class pushed the sled 114 times in March which was an average of 28 pushes per person in the month. They won by a long shot! Rest assured, everyone is given the same amount of time to push the sled. We has some real go getters in this class. The runner up was another small, but mighty class, 6:45! Coming in with 174 pushes which averaged out to 12.45 pushes per person.  But we know there can only be one winner so join me in congratulating 11AM. We will party hardy (is that what the kids are saying these days?) on Friday, April 5th! 

BYOB...Bring your own broccoli 🙂

Way to make is happen,

Coach Meagan

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