Referral Challenge 2018

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The fall is the perfect time to bring a friend who’s been meaning to try kettlebells for a while. Even if you don’t have kids or yours are grown and out of the house, September always feels like a fresh start. And you may have friends who are looking to try something new to shake up their training routine and start seeing some results. Here’s how to get your friends started: Have them come to any TRX & Foundational Strength Class the FREE one this month is September 15th at 9am the drop-in for all other classes is $25 or…

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The 10-Week Kickstart Challenge

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The “Focus on Moving More & Enjoying Training so that we can actually Make Positive Changes in our lives rather than focusing on Weight Loss Every Time” Challenge If you know me, you know I love transformation/weight loss challenges (not really). I know that other people love them and it’s good to have a goal and all… BUT, what I REALLY LOVE doing is helping people feel good about themselves, their bodies, and about what they’re able to do. I REALLY LOVE when my students stop caring about a number on a scale and focusing more on how they FEEL…

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Why We Do What We Do

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently: Why does this gym exist? When it would be much easier and far less time to focus on personal training out of homes & online training… Why do we focus on strength? When weight-loss is an easier sell… Why do we want people to be strong for life? When competing every day and posting pictures of students falling over due to fatigue seems to create attention… Well for one, if you know me, you’ll know that I’ve never been one to take the easy road. 😉 But also, I want to do…

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Swings & Getups

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Those of you who know StrongFirst & who’ve read books by Pavel Tsatsouline, know that Pavel is someone who can get deep into the research side of strength training. He is also brilliant at simplifying that information so that we (the average Joe), can use that research to get stronger. In a world where everything seems to be getting more complicated, this type simplification is a breath of fresh air. Just for fun, let’s play “ask Pavel”: Q: Hey Pavel, I want to get stronger. What do you recommend? A: Swings & Getups. Q: Hey Pavel, I want to lose…

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TSC Training Starts February 19th!

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Seems so far away but it’s time to start training! The Tactical Strength Challenge 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 than to train for these three events. First, if you’re planning to compete, SIGN UP NOW through StrongFirst & get your official tshirt! February 17th is 8-weeks away. I’d like to know who’s competing and who needs a program by February 12th so that I have time to write your programs! Training Plan Options: (1) Use one…

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2018 Challenge – Simple & Sinister

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For the 2018 Challenge, we’re adding Swings & Getups to your regular routing, a la Pavel’s Simple & Sinister. I have a couple extra copies of the book at the gym you can pick up for $20 if you’d like to have one on hand. But I’m going to break down the routine for you here:   Simple: I’m making it even simpler than Pavel’s simple, because Pavel doesn’t really do simple =) So our “Simple” version is for you to add this to any day you wouldn’t normally train: 100 Total Swings, any style (2-hand, one-hand, alternating), any weight…

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The Pacific Strength 2018 Challenge

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I considered calling this the “be nice to yourself” challenge. Or the “let’s get real with our goals & expectations” challenge. Or the “feel good, move more, and all is coming” challenge. But we’ll stick with the PS 2018 Challenge. Here’s how it works: Step 1: Write down your 2017 accomplishments Write down positive changes you made in 2017 Step 2: Write down how you want to feel in 2018 strong? happy? healthy? Write down what you envision yourself doing so that you can feel how you want to feel. focus on form & how you feel while you’re training…

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Happy 2018!

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The New Year is a great time to reflect: To look back on 2017 and give yourself a pat on the back for the many things you accomplished as well as look forward and consider what you’d like to come into your life in 2018. I think we all get a little weird when talking about “Resolutions”. I hear things like, “Why wait for the calendar to turn to make a change for the better?” and “I don’t need a New Year’s Resolution: I try to be better every day” and while I agree with both of those things, I…

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes – From Melissa!

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  We all know we’re going to overeat on Thanksgiving. It’s inevitable. I love me some mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream & I make a mean Pecan Pie. But that doesn’t mean everything has to be unhealthy. Below are some great recipes from our friend and Registered Dietician, Melissa Mathes. Enjoy! Pumpkin Soup 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided 4 cups pumpkin purée (canned or fresh) (butternut squash may be substituted) 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 clove garlic Directions In large pot over medium-high heat add 3 cups broth, pumpkin, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to…

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Curriculum Changes – September 2017

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As many of you know, I take great pride in planning your daily torture training and I thoroughly enjoy it. I’ve been spending more time recently and I hope you’ve been liking what you’ve been doing! When I sat back to think about it though, in the context of you all as our students & Gina, Sharon, & I as your teachers, I think we’ve been lacking in the area of learning. I know that we are awesome when it comes to correcting in class & getting the most out of all of you, but I think we can do better. We’ve done…

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