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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Summer Challenge – 2017

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Cost: $100 This challenge will work on a point system. Starting June 1, you will get points for every swing, squat, clean, press, snatch, pullup, row, lunge, deadlift, & getup you do. You’ll get points for attending classes & workshops. You’ll get points for jumping rope, for every mile you walk or run, & for every 30min of “other cardio” you participate in. You’ll get points for the training you do while you’re out of town. All you need to do is log your training & add up your points! The summer challenge will end August 31. After that, we’ll…

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Strength 101 – Summer 2017

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Summer Strength Training Program for Teens Many teens are told by their coaches to hit the weight room. Some even have a program they’re supposed to follow over the summer – but many are not quite sure how to do it. It’s amazing how much a base level of strength can help with athletic performance… yet so many high school programs lack proper instruction &/or guidance in strength training.  What these kids need is a coach who understands how athletic gains are achieved. The coaches at Pacific Strength know how to teach young athletes the basics of strength training that translate to athletic…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s to Healthy Hops!

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Another great guest blog by Melissa Mathes, RDN, MPH, CSSD Xanthohumol (XN) an anti-oxidant compound found in hops an ingredient in many beers, (spotlighting Guinness this month in honor of St. Patrick’s day), has shown to be a protectant against Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Other researchers at the University of Oregon found that XN can boost cognitive function. XN has also shown in studies to have heart protective properties, anti-clotting, and because it is an anti-oxidant helps reduce risk of cancer. Another study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food and…

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Student Spotlight – March 2017

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The focus for March for the 2017 Challenge is Strength Training & our goal is to get at least 2 days of strength training in every week. We have a lot of strong women to choose from, but I couldn’t think of a better person to highlight than Melissa Hill. Melissa has been really consistent with her strength training since she started at Pacific Strength back in 2009. She has made HUGE strength gains in that time & everyone loves when Melissa’s in class – she encourages everyone who trains with her to push it to the next level. Here’s what Melissa had to say…

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February 2017 – Student Spotlight

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Marilyn is the reason we’re doing the 2017 Challenge… we all want to “Be Like Marilyn” & be Younger Next Year. So we asked her a couple of questions because we want you all to know some things YOU can do to be more like Marilyn, Pacific Strength’s Student Spotlight for February. Pacific Strength: As you know, Marilyn, you’re the inspiration for this “Younger Next Year” challenge. Not only do you act younger (in a good way) than most people half your age, you have more energy too! What’s your secret? Marilyn: Compulsivity. Like it or not I am a tightly…

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Go Green in 2017

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Guest Blog by our friend, fellow-kettlebeller, & Registered Dietitian Melissa Mathes   Eat More Plant Foods for your Health Your parents were right… “Eat Your Vegetables!”. It’s no surprise that eating more plant-derived foods in your diet like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried beans and grains are healthy for you.   Consuming a predominately plant based diet, or being a vegetarian (consumes plant derived foods, dairy and eggs and avoids animal flesh. Vegan is strict avoidance of any animal derived products), can improve your health substantially. Benefits: Springmann et al, found that eating fewer animal products could result in 5…

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