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Valerie Hedlund

TSC Time Again – April 8, 2017

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Seems so far away but it’s time to start training! January 28th is 10-weeks away. We should start training sometime before February 11th (8-weeks from the TSC). Training Plan Options: (1) Use one of your previous plans & train on your own or during regular class times ($0) (2) Use one of your previous plans, I will change the numbers to reflect your current goals, adjust what didn’t work, & you’ll have access to more training times set aside for TSC ($50) (3) Totally Personalized New Plan – Two 4-week Plans at my Program Design rate ($100 for each 4-week…

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2017 Challenge

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I tried and tried to make this challenge a pretty 6- or 8-week thing, but I just couldn’t. Every time I was trying to work it out, I thought… we need more time with this stuff! So, we’re going to spend all year focusing on the 7 things that YOU can do to make sure you’re Younger Next Year. First, grab the book – I like the hard copy, but the kindle version is available and it’s with you all the time. Here’s the list of things we’ll be doing all year (and for the rest of our lives): Exercise 6 days/week…

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January 2017

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Happy New Year Everyone! We had an awesome training session on January 1st… And then a dip in the ocean immediately following! It was such an awesome way to start 2017! Thank you to all of you who showed up! (and to all of you who were there in spirit =)   January I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions… On the one hand, I love a fresh start. A new beginning. A time to reflect on last year and look to the future to decide what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year. When I think about…

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December 2016 – News & Events

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Military Appreciation Month – Extended In November, we gave away a month of unlimited classes to all Active Duty Military, Dependents, Retirees & Veterans at Pacific Strength is Military Appreciation.   Getting into the holiday spirit, we decided to extend that offer into the last month of the year. So please email me at to get your free month of classes! December Goal MOVE EVERY DAY! December gets crazy with holiday parties, events for and with the kids, shopping, baking, etc. We’re encouraging everyone to find time to MOVE every day. Specifically, we’re asking people to get at least 100 swings in…

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November 2016 – News & Events

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Military Appreciation Month November at Pacific Strength is Military Appreciation. We live very close to Camp Pendleton, a large Marine Corps base and we’d like to give back to those who serve our country. We’re giving one month of unlimited classes to all Active Duty Military, Dependents, Retirees & Veterans in November. Please email me at to get the link to sign up!   We’ll also start each class with 22 pushups – to bring awareness to suicide rates of Military Veterans – as the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 20-22 Veterans per day die from suicide. Challenge…

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TSC Saturday, October 1

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We’ll be holding another TSC this Saturday, October 1 & we’ll start promptly at 9:15 am. Arrive ahead of time for warmup & paperwork. Deadlift first. Pullups second. 5-minute Snatching Last. It’s difficult to predict how much time we’ll need for the entire TSC, but I usually plan to be there until around 11 am or noon. Looking forward to another great event! Follow this link for information on the challenge. Follow this link for videos with the rules.

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Tactical Strength Challenge – Fall 2016

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It’s that time again… TSC time! The Tactical Strength Challenge comes around every 6 months and I get excited every time. This year is no exception! We get to train for something, challenge ourselves to push past what we thought we could do, compete with ourselves and with people in StrongFirst gyms around the world. In our little gym, we really feel like a part of a bigger community. The TSC tests: Max Strength with the Deadlift Bodyweight Strength with the Pull-ups and Flexed-Arm Hang Strength Endurance with 5-minutes of Snatching There’s no better way to reach an all-around fitness goal…

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Recovery Done RIGHT!

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Guest post by Melissa Mathes, RD. Melissa is a registered dietition who is an expert in sports nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy. She has counseled athletes and patients with medical nutrition therapy needs for the last 15 years. We’re so glad we found her and feel really fortunate that she’s willing to share her knowledge with our community! Please enjoy her post on Recovery Done RIGHT!: Recovery Timing: With in 15 minutes of workout immediate recovery drink With in the first hour of workout you need 24oz. of fluid total. This includes your recovery drink! After the first 2 hours of…

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