Why We Love to HIIT and Run!

Why We Love to HIIT and Run!

 

HIIT training has a lot of benefits and has been our preferred method of workouts for over 7 years. We have also seen the ebst results from interval training. I am actve in various sports and activities and high intensity workouts have me the best prepared I have ever been. Intense interval training is called HIIT, Interval, Tabata or other names. They all work on the same principle, short bursts of extreme intensity with rest as needed or for a brief moment.

 

Some of the benefits include the following:

  • Increased oxygen use by muscles
  • "Afterburn Effect" allowing muscles to continue to burn oxygen well after your workout
  • Burn more calories than steady state workouts
  • Boost metabolism
  • Build lean muscle

These all lead to great rewards. We also love HIIT training for the following reasons:

 

  • Quicker workouts saving time
  • Fun circuits with a variety of moves
  • Quick bursts prevent boredom of steady state activities that can occur
  • Combine cardio and strength trainign together

 

We have tried various methods, tools and techniques. Our HIIT classes continue to be the most popular. We enjoy long hikes and the harder we push in HIIT Training the better we do when hiking. Join us for a HIIT session. Contact us for feedback and assistance in your goals.

 

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Who Is Your Pacer?

Who Is Your Pacer?

 

3 days after my birthday I ran my first ever ½ marathon. I was lucky to have a good friend run with me. We set a goal of beating 2 hours but a top goal of under 1:50. The race event had pacers at various marks and one of them was the 1:50 time frame.

 

That was going to make life simple. Except we had to be in the wave behind the pacer. That meant a 90 second delay which may not seem much but when consistent miles count, it can be a lot longer than you think.

 

We ran down the pacer after 4 miles and cruised with them for most the race. I fell off a bit at the end but still ran a 1:47:49. Goal complete!!

 

What does this have to do with fitness or personal wellness? Everything. If I had been left on my own without a pacer of any kind I could have easily fell off. Nearly everyone running either had a person running a pace or an electronic device to help them stay on task.

 

In fitness and even personal development it is essential to have someone help you stay on pace. You can go it alone but having someone help you stay right on track provides better consistency. Consistency leads to success. That is what we all want!

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Key Trait To Success

The Key Trait to Success

 

It takes a lot of strong traits to be successful in your journey in fitness. These traits also apply in your journey for success in any area. You must be focused, determined, motivated, adaptive and consistent. Most importantly you have to be patient.

 

This is honestly one of the hardest parts for me. Like many people, I want success and I want it NOW!! It is tough to wait for results or move at a slower pace than you desire. That is often the case. Progress can take time. Results in fitness are a process and can take substantial time. You have to follow the steps and procedures and trust the process. Results can seem to be miniscule or not at all. It is often hard for one to see results themselves.

 

Business can be very similar. You can pour a ton of effort and see small results little by little. Big changes are exciting but the norm is small victories. We have doubled in growth over a year with still room for more. That is phenomenal but the patience to see it develop is tough!! Obviously we want more success now. Patience truly is a virtue and we are working hard to develop it more.

 

Understand we get the frustrations. When you are still struggling for another rep. Can not seem to lift that extra plate. Those last few inches will not drop off. Those pesky abs keep hiding. Be patient. When new clients seem to be hard to find. When your revenue takes a dip. When ideas seem as dry as the desert. Keep adapting. Keep working. Keep pressing. Stay patient and know it takes time to create a masterpiece.

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Shopping for a New You!

On Sunday afternoon I spent a good part of my late morning/early afternoon doing some much needed shopping. After many years of being fairly frugal and not really buying too much for ourselves, I sometimes struggle to spend money on certain items. I have really become quite the bargain shopper and big price tags scare me. I will spend hours looking for a good deal and prefer to shop in the clearance section! This being said, I had quite a bit of money to burn and was on a mission to get some good deals!

As I was shopping that day, I got to thinking. All around me there were people spending money on so many frivolous and material items. Designer and name brand handbags, shoes, clothes and whatever else you can think of. While I certainly do not fault anyone for purchasing these items with their hard earned money, it just made me question one thing… Why is it so easy to spend money on all these material items but so hard to spend money investing in yourself?

Health and fitness programs sometimes come with a hefty price tag (the good ones) and it can be difficult to see past the monetary commitment. Now let’s compare what you receive with your investment in a fitness program versus those monetary objects. What exactly is that designer handbag going to do for you? How long is it going to last? What if you don’t like it anymore and want to get rid of it? What if instead or even also you take some of your earnings to invest in yourself? Are you going to see long term effects? Will it not last you a lifetime? Let me go over some of the benefits of exercising.

  1. Boost happiness levels. Who doesn’t want that?
  2. Setting and achieving goals. In our fitness program we find why you are starting and what your goals are so that we can help you succeed.
  3. Exercising gives you energy. Sounds weird but it is true!
  4. Increase strength and flexibility.
  5. Increases self-confidence.
  6. Become less susceptible to disease- These are the long time effects I am speaking of. Boost your immunity so you get sick less often also!
  7. You live longer! If you are taking care of your body with exercise and good nutrition you will be around a lot longer with your loved ones!

These are just a few of my favorite reasons to commit to a good health and fitness program. So if you find yourself struggling to spend the money investing in yourself try thinking ahead and what you want your life to be like in the future. Do you see yourself living a long and healthy life? Are you ready to make a change and invest in your future? If so, contact us today! We would love to help you find your formula for success!

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A Different Path Does Not Have To Be Wrong

A Different Path Does Not Have To Be Wrong

I have taught martial arts for a very long time. I have always found that I learn a lot by watching my students, how they react, what they struggle with. I am sure many instructors agree if students have a poor stance, are doing a move a little “strange” or not holding their hands right there is a good chance they saw you do it.

Most students and especially very young ones just mirror you exactly. It is funny when you kneel down to help them and they kneel also but not so funny when you see their hands way down and realize it is because you are holding yours too low. It also shows what a strong example we serve.

I also am fortunate that I teach a group of kids who are all in a Home School program. In my town, it was rare to know someone home schooled. If they were, they had either behavioral or development issues. It just was not the normal way to attend school. I would say it is still not the “average” for society. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with “going against the grain”.

The program allows so many unique opportunities. My students get to take martial arts in the middle of the day. How great is that?! They also get to explore the city, go out in nature and have true hands on lessons in life. It is honestly very different from how I went to school but is so fun to see.

We are so quick to question, criticize and point out negatives to anything different from our “normal” or path. Many people are so focused on convincing others to follow “their way” they miss the opportunity to learn why a different path can be so amazing to another. Why does it have to be a competition?

Some of the students come to Saturday class where “traditional school” kids are there also. Obviously it is impossible to tell a difference. Each one is just on their own path in life and learning along the way the best for them.

I have students in private schools, religious based schools, public schools and home schools. Which one is best? The one that fits the student the best. I think we have lost the view of allowing people to be an individual and create their own road. After all, you can’t discover new territories by staying on a well groomed path.

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