Self Defense

Self Defense A countermeasure that involves defending oneself, one’s property, or the well-being of another from harm.

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What does that mean?  Why should you be concerned with this concept?

First let me give you a bit of background as to why I think this is such an important topic.

I’ve been very interested in this concept for as long as I can remember.  I started taking karate at Bodyworks when I was 6 or 7 years old.  Granted it didn’t last too long as the myriad of other sports I participated in took over, but it planted the seed for a life long love affair with the martial arts and more specifically feeling like I was somehow responsible for protecting those around me that I cared about if $H!T ever hit the fan.

When I played basketball in college I was kind of the default enforcer on the court. If I perceived that someone did harm to one of my teammates I took it upon myself to make them quickly take notice, *ahem* within the rules of the game of course, of their infraction.

I then took a year off of college and worked at the State Prison.  To this day I still rely heavily on the defensive tactics that I learned in the Police Academy and feel that this experience has had a huge influence on my outlook of self defense and subsequently defending others.

Probably as important as the physical skills I gained during this time is the psychological change I experienced.  If you are not confident it will become very apparent and subsequently exploited in that environment so learning to stay calm in potentially dangerous situations is pretty much mandatory in order to succeed in that world.

When I went back to college I began working in bars and I had lots of practice in my early days as a doorman.  Eventually I learned that 95% of the time you can talk someone out and my approach to potentially charged situations changed drastically (more on this concept later), but I certainly tested my skills often the first year or so that I spent working in bars.

During my bouncing days I came to a realization that I was VERY, VERY fortunate that almost every single physical interaction ended up with me in a dominant position…and that I had absolutely no idea what to do if the day ever came that I was on my back with a large, drunk, angry man coming at me.

Enter my fascination with Jiu-Jitsu.

For those of you that didn’t watch the above clip, Jiu-Jitsu allows for a smaller, weaker person to effective defend against an opponent, and more specifically teaches you how to defend and even attack from your back.

Even though I love BJJ, my training history has been very, very sporadic due to that silly thing called life (work, injuries etc).  6 months of solid training, 9 months off, 3 months on 6 months off…you get the point.  Even with inconsistent training, the skills I have learned are invaluable and surprisingly incredibly effective in most situations even given my somewhat rudimentary skill set.

Long story short, you never know what type of a situation you may find yourself in.  There is ALWAYS someone out there that will be able to defeat you, but by arming yourself with some skills will not only give you something to rely on if the unfortunate happens, but more importantly will give you some confidence to carry yourself in a manner that will more often than not help you to avoid getting into a conflict in the first place.

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Vanessa locking in a triangle choke

I feel that this ability to remain calm in the face of adversity has helped me to escape COUNTLESS situations that may have otherwise turned into ugly altercations both professionally (prison and bars) and in my personal life.

I also can’t tell you how comforting it is to know that Vanessa has the skills necessary and can handle herself. She is equally well versed in striking and grappling and that takes a huge burden off of my chest knowing that at the very least she should be able to shock the hell out of someone and buy herself some valuable time to escape if the situation should ever arise.

If you are a guy reading this, I strongly suggest you try and get your significant other involved in some type of self defense.

If you are a woman reading this I strongly suggest that you work to improve your skillset.

The next self defense seminar is coming up on Thursday 9/25.  We will review concepts covered in the previous session and then will move on to begin covering ground based self defense. Click here for more info or email Jim@FunIntelligentTraining.com to register!

Fall Events 2014

Hero’s Train for Free! The month of September brings memories of one of the most somber events in our great country’s recent history.  We choose to use this month as a way of saying thank you to those that serve.

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The September Member Contest is so incredibly easy.  Take 2 minutes and you’ll have a chance to win some free stuff!

http://funintelligenttraining.com/september-2014-contest/

OCR Training Camp: (Beginning 9/26) This will be a high intensity 8 week block of training specifically designed to up your game so you can dominate your next race!  This first camp will finish up just in time for the Fenway Spartan Sprint.  Stay tuned for more info!

Self Defense: (Thursday 9/25 7:15) This is the second in the self defense series we are collaborating with Bodyworks on.  We will review skills learned in the first (attendance of the first is not a prerequisite) and we will begin learning the basics of ground defense as well!  Stay tuned for more info!

FIT Free Saturday: (Saturday 9/27) is coming up on Saturday September 27th.  Members that bring guests will have the opportunity to get some extra dough and guests will get a coupon to save $20 off any service at Intuitive Touch Massage Therapy!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1506745036237670/

Student Athlete Scholarship: (Saturday 10/18) We are looking to sponsor motivated student athletes and are going to offer training scholarships for 4 lucky individuals.  More info can be found below:

http://funintelligenttraining.com/fun-intelligent-training-student-scholarship/

Homecoming Party: (Saturday 10/18) More info will be coming very, very soon, but mark your calendar now!

CPR Certification: (Sunday 10/26) CPR, AED and First Aid with a sweet discount for FIT members!

https://www.facebook.com/events/613063488811157/

 

A Review of Paleo Power Meals: The importance of Eating Healthy

 

Recently I had discovered Paleo Power Meals via a friend’s Instagram account. He kept posting pictures of delicious looking food with the hash tag #PPM. After inquiring about it, I immediately set up a tasting at the gym to try it out. To say I enjoyed the food was an understatement, as I’ve spent more and more money on their service each week. At this point I’ve tried nearly everything on their menu, and have already developed some personal favorites, and a couple of things I didn’t enjoy at all.

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If you’re not familiar with Paleo Power Meals here is how it works: You start by creating an account on their website. You select the menu items you want, which location you want your food delivered to (there are dozens all over New England) and on which day you want each item delivered (they deliver on Mondays and Wednesdays). The food is delivered in microwave safe containers, however I prefer to heat mine in an oven.

Some people consider the food to be expensive, but we’ll get to that later, first I want to talk about the menu options and serving sizes. Paleo Power Meals adheres to a strict iteration of the “Paleo Diet.” What does that mean? In short: no grains, no dairy, no legumes, and no simple starches (like white potatoes), so you won’t find any of those things in any of the food they prepare. What you will find are lots of dishes with steak, fish, chicken, pork, and of course, bacon. For sides they have a large selection of vegetables, and rely heavily on sweet potatos and cauliflower to create imitation grain/starch products. Examples of this are sweet potato pancakes, and cauliflower “fried rice.” The portions are hearty, ranging from 6-8 oz of protein (ie meat) and 4-6oz of vegetables. Since vegetables are so fibrous they tend to be very filling, meaning that 6oz (nearly half a lb) can be tough to put down in one sitting. Again, the portions are hearty. The chicken salad that I’m a big fan of (and which is one of the cheaper menu items) weighs in at 10+ oz. That’s nearly 70 grams of protein!

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But as enthusiastic as I am about this product/service many of our members have been reluctant to take advantage, and the biggest complaint I hear about it is “it’s too expensive.” There is a saying in car sales: Fast, Reliable, Cheap: Pick two.  Meaning you can get a car that’s fast, and won’t break down, but it’s going to be expensive. Or you can get a car that’s inexpensive, and reliable, but it’s probably going to bore you to bits (Like my Toyota Corolla!)  I view food in the same way, just replace reliable with healthy. Do you want food that’s fast and cheap? Go eat at McDonald’s. But if you want food that’s fast (prepared for you) and healthy (local, organic, whole foods) don’t expect it to be cheap. That’s not to say that the food is expensive, because in my opinion it is not. Personally I think the food is worth exactly what you pay for it, because it’s that good. Aside from having a roof over your head, the food that you put in your body is probably the most important thing. If you aren’t going to spend the money to feed your body to be healthy, where are your priorities at?

I realized some time ago, that there are people who come to a coach looking for a way around the right way to do things. Why? Because taking care of your body can be hard work. Unfortunately for those people, there is no way around eating well and training properly. If there was, I would share it with you, and I would probably be rich as hell. There’s no magic pill to take, doing an extra 20 burpees won’t offset the bender you had this past weekend, and if you want to eat food that has been raised naturally by a farmer and not manufactured in laboratory and processed and canned by an assembly line, you’re going to have to pay a little extra for it. There is a reason why companies use unhealthy chemicals, antibiotics, factory farms, etc… because there is a greater profit margin, and it’s easier to mass produce.

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With all of that said, let’s get down to the fun stuff. My favorite menu items from Paleo Power Meals! I would have to say without a doubt the thing I order the most is the chicken salad. It’s filling, it tastes great, and you eat it cold, so it makes life super convenient. My next favorite thing is definitely the stuffed peppers. I don’t know what spices they use in those bad boys, but they are absolutely delicious. You get two huge peppers filled to the brim with natural sausage. This usually makes two meals for me, as a single pepper is enough to fill me up for a while. I really enjoy all of their sweet potato side dishes as well, like the sweet potato French fries, and sweet potato pancakes.

There have been a couple menu items that I’m not crazy about. I don’t like the sweet potato hash, as I thought it had too much onion in it, and the vegetable frittata was flat out disgusting in my opinion, but some friends that I gave mine to enjoyed it. I was skeptical about ordering fish, but the salmon has been a weekly item for me.

A big reason why I get so excited about Paleo Power Meals, is because personally it’s been an absolute savior in sticking to my nutrition plan, and I know that it can do the same for you. Currently I’m ordering about six meals a week through them, but you don’t have to do that to make improvements. Think of it this way, if you eat three meals a day, that’s 21 meals a week, and  if a lot of them aren’t that healthy, then simply by eating TWO Paleo Power Meals a week improves your nutrition by about 10%!

I highly encourage everyone to at least give it a try. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by food items and drugs that damage our health, it’s refreshing to see a small business offer a service that actually empowers people to live healthier lives. And of course, the bigger they grow, the more readily they’ll be able to offer you the same services for a more affordable price. The things we put in our bodies are the number one determiners of our health…invest in yourself!

Fun Intelligent Training Student Scholarship

Fun Intelligent Training is looking for four teenage athletes to sponsor to take their training and athleticism to the next level. This scholarship will grant two young men and two young women a chance to train in the greater Concord area’s best strength and conditioning program.

Fun Intelligent Training has worked with everyone from people on a journey to lose 100+ lbs all the way up to professional athletes. This scholarship is a chance for you to train with the very best and develop as an athlete and as an individual.

 

Curious what FIT can do for you? Check out what Utica record holder Mackenzie Roy has to say about us:

Athletes will be selected following our first annual scholarship try-out held October 18th (9 a.m. for women, 12 p.m. for men) and online registration must be completed by October 15th. Try-outs are free but we are limiting this to 20 participants so don’t wait to register. These try-outs are open to all high school and college athletes currently participating in interscholastic or intercollegiate sports. Applicants cannot be more than 22 years old and must live in the greater Concord area. Athletes will be taken through a series of assessments to determine their strengths and weaknesses, as well as work ethic, their ability to be coached, and attitude.

From the initial 20, four men and four women will be selected to write a 2 page essay about why they should receive the scholarship. The Fun Intelligent Training staff will use that to determine who receives the final spots.

 

Here is college freshman Katie White easily deadlifting 300+lbs

 

We look forward to seeing you. Good luck!

 

To register:

1. Follow this link https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=13336

2. Create a profile

3. Click “events”

4. Reserve your spot

 

or call 603-715-5019

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September 2014 Contest

This month’s contest is super simple…all you need to do is write a review on the FIT Facebook Page and you have a chance to get FREE STUFF!  We are thinking outside the box on this one and giving the winner credit that can be used in the future:

The winner will receive credit for 3 upcoming FIT sponsored seminars (up to $25 each) that can be used for yourself AND guests! (think nutrition, self defense, parties with suggested donations etc).

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This is how it works:

  • Follow this link to get to our Facebook Reviews page
  • Click the Write Review button
  • Click the gray stars to choose a rating and fill in an optional review
  • Click to select your audience from the dropdown menu
  • Click Post

The top 5 reviews with the most combined likes and comments will be selected and then we will randomly select the winner using the age old name-from-a-hat technique!

If you have a current review you can feel free to update it.  We looked through the reviews and documented how many likes and comments you already have so those will be the starting point for this month :)

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Wedding 2It was quite an eventful weekend.  I was fortunate enough to be asked to be part of a wedding as Chelsi from the 4:30 class tied the knot with Matt, who as most of you know is my partner in crime and the musical mastermind behind the Annual JDRF Benefit Concert.  The ceremony went off without a hitch (other than the two of them getting hitched haha), the weather was great and the music was plentiful as one would expect if you know these two.

FIT also hosted a Weightlifting Seminar on Saturday that immediately produced PR’s from some of the attendees before they even left for the day!  How is that for an immediate return on your investment?!?!

Additionally, we had a group of members participate in and  complete the Tough Mudder this weekend.

Tony, Jess, Joe, Angie, Melissa andphoto Alli all finished the course and Hannah made a trip back to the east coast with her new fiance Marco.

With the huge increase in the amount of people we have that are participating in and expressing interest in these types of event, we have been working on putting a new program together to help you train for them.

Last Saturday I ran a class that was geared toward helping people improve their performance in these types of Obstacle Course Races (OCR) and from preliminary feedback people seemed to really enjoy it.  If you weren’t in attendance you can check out a quick video clip by clicking below:

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This is where we need your help.  We have put together a brief 10 question survey that will help to give us a better idea as to what you are looking for in this type of offering.

I would very much appreciate it if you will take 2 minutes to complete this and that will allow us to develop this program to best match your needs!  Thanks you so much for helping out with this!

Please click here to take the survey!

August 2014 Member Contest

We haven’t run a contest in a while and figured it’s time to bring it back!

This month’s is SO EASY!  All you need to do is grab some of the coupons that we have at the front desk, write your name on the back and hand them out to your friends and family.

2014-08-05 12.49.26Whoever has the most coupons redeemed by the end of August will get 50% off their following month’s membership!  If your friend enjoys their time here and decides to sign up the first day, they will receive 10% off their membership dues for as long as they are a current member!

In addition to the above we are going to sweeten the pot a bit more.  The person with the most friends that joins by the end of August will also get 50% off their following month.  If you really hustle and win both sides of it your next month could very well be on us!

So go ahead and grab some coupons, write your name on the back and start handing them out!

 

Summer Adventure 2014

The time has come!!!  The 2014 FIT Summer Adventure is merely days away!

The 1st Annual FIT Summer Adventure

The 1st Annual FIT Summer Adventure

Thursday: For those that want to convoy down, we will meet at FIT at 9:15 with a departure time of 9:30 am.  The book time on the drive is about 2 hours and 10 minutes.  They say we can’t check in until 2, so if that is the case we can hang out in the group pavilion area for a bit to make lunch and play some games.

If you would like to travel on your own you are more than welcome to do so, just please email me to let me know beforehand so we aren’t waiting for you prior to departure.

Zoar Outdoor

7 Main St

Charlemont, MA 01339

We need to check in at the Red Building prior to getting ready to unload and set-up.

The afternoon will be open for people to do as they please.  We can coordinate group outings or you can do your own thing.

Friday: White Water Rafting.  For additional info click The Dryway and then Click Trip Details

10:15 Meet at Base for orientation. The trip takes about 6 hours total.  I won’t re-hash everything, please follow the above links for info.  I will say from previous experience that you would be wise to bring a snack and water.

Saturday: Zip Line Canopy Tour for basic info and then you can click on Trip Details for additional info.

We will go in 2 waves for the zipline tour and should arrive at the base at 9:45 and 10:00 respectively to register.  We will give you guys the list of who is going in which wave at the campground.

We will have the afternoon free and people can do as they please.  We can coordinate group outings or you can do your own thing.

Sunday: Have breakfast, pack up and head out.

Additional Info:

The campground has coin operated showers, please plan accordingly.

We have the group area and fire pit reserved for the weekend.  Unfortunately there are no fires permitted at individual sites.

We will need to haul all gear in a short distance from the parking lot to our campsites/cabin tents.

Below is a basic version of a packing list I would recommend for this trip.

Packing listFINE PRINT FROM ZOAR:

Camping at Zoar Outdoor is off the beaten track. Our site is located on a plateau 60 feet above the Deerfield River valley floor and set back in the woods away from out other buildings. Surrounded by 80 acres of wilderness hiking trails, sightings of deer, hawks, owls, and the occasional bear are not uncommon. In contrast to the primitive feel of the area, however, our bathhouse offers modern conveniences such as coin-operated hot showers and flush toilets.

Our campground has 5 tent sites and 11 cabin tents for a total capacity of 74 campers. The campground is open April 1st through October 15. The campground manager lives on-site, at the The Hawk Mountain Lodge. The Lodge features private bedrooms with shared and private baths, and is open year round for those traveling in the Winter, early spring, and late fall.

Check-in and check-out:

Check-in time is after 2:00 pm on the day of arrival. Early check-ins can often be arranged. Call our office if you need to check-in early.

Check-out is by 10:00 am on the day of departure. If you are on a Zoar Outdoor trip, please have your personal items cleared out of your room before leaving for the day.

Tent sites:

Our 5 tent sites offer privacy with a wilderness feel just off the Mohawk Trail. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and room for 2 to 4 tents. You must bring your own tent, sleeping bag, pad, and other camping gear. The paths to the tent sites are not lit, so please remember to bring a flashlight. There are no cooking grills at the sites and we do not allow open fires; in order to cook at your site, please bring a camp stove or hibachi grill.

Campground Rules

-Check in after 2 pm.

-Check-out by 10 am.

-No open fires on the ground.

-Quiet time is from 9:30 Pm to 8 am.

-Please respect our neighbors’ desire for quiet after 9:30 pm.

-All campers must check in at the red house.

-Dogs must be kept on a leash AT ALL TIMES.

-Dogs are NOT allowed in the Cabin Tents, or to be left alone in the campground.

-All cars must be parked in the parking lot; campers must walk their gear to their site.

-Areas downhill of the bathhouse (with the exception of the parking lot) are off limits after 8 pm (including the pavilions).

-Camping is only allowed in designated sites. No sleeping in the parking lot.

PLEASE DO NOT bring firewood with you to Zoar Outdoor. We will provide firewood if you would like to use the common firepit.

The health of the trees on the property is important to us. One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood. It’s really that simple- don’t move firewood, and keep trees healthy and alive.

Please shoot me an E-mail to let me know if you plan to travel down with the group or if you intend to arrive on your own time…or if you have any other questions that weren’t answered here.

 

A Day With Champions Weightlifting Seminar

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Fun Intelligent Training is happy to announce that on August 23rd we will be hosting a Weightlifting seminar with world famous Weightlifting athlete and coach, Elio Guerra of Cuba. This seminar will cover the technical aspects of the snatch and clean & jerk, error correction, and programming. A little info about the presenters:

  • Elio Guerra
    • 2009 Pan American Champion in the 85kg division
    • Hold’s a BS in sports science
    • Did his thesis on teaching youth athletes
  • “Billy” Almanzar
    • 2000 Dominican Republic National Champion in the 56kg division
    • New England Weightlifting Record Holder
  • Mackenzie Roy
    • #11 ranked Weightlifter in the US (+75kg)
    • Nationally qualified in TWO weight classes
  • Tony Pica
    • Head coach of Rumbler Weightlifting
    • coach of 4 nationally qualified athletes + 2 international athletes

The seminar will run from 9-2, and we WILL be lifting so bring your training gear. Open to all levels! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Only $149!

RSVP ON FACEBOOK! 

 

 

 

Click here to register!

 

 

Summer Events 2014

Summer is officially here in just over one week!  For us, that means lots of BBQ, adventure, community involvement and continued general awesomeness.

2014 will be no different!

Here are some of the things we are planning for the not-too-distant future which we hope you will join us for:

June 28th – Join us for a BBQ and fundraiser to help raise money to send Gunnar and Mackenzie to the 2014 USA Weightlifting Nationals.  Cornhole and Beirut tournament?  Yes please.

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July 12th @ 11am – (date updated!) Evolution Rock and Fitness Intro To Climbing Day.  After class, we’re heading to Evolution Rock + Fitness for a day of climbing.  To start, you’ll get an introduction to climbing and belaying with a partner.  After that, you get a pass to climb for the rest of the day.  Your $20 fee will include all equipment rentals in addition to the intro class and day pass.

In addition to this sweet deal, we’re working on getting FIT members either an ongoing membership discount at Evo Rock.  More details to come!

July 17 & 18th – We will be returning to the Market Days Festival with a mini FIT Challenge.  It will be $40/team of 4 to enter.  Details can be found on the Facebook event page.  Or, click here to go straight to registration!

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July 19th – FIT will have a gang of hoodlums running the NH Renegade Playground Challenge.  There is still time to register and join the fun! Team name is FIT Renegades, wave time is 10:30 (use promo code FIT20 to save $20 on registration)

July 26th – CPR certification with John Reese.  For FIT members (hopefully that’s you) it will cost $30 and non members (hopefully that isn’t you) will pay $50.  Your certification card IS included in the fee, which is awesome.

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July 27th – Nutrition Seminar with Jim Eaton.  Our old friend will be back in town offering up his expertise on how wholesome food choices can improve your life.  Please click here for more info!

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August 7th-10th –  This year’s FIT Summer Adventure is going to be a humdinger and a half.  Check out the blog post for the full schedule.

August 23rd – A Day With Champions Weightlifting Seminar.  We’ll be hosting our first Weightlifting seminar!  This will have something for everyone, so don’t miss out!  RSVP on Facebook here, and register here.

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TBD – Gunstock Treetop Adventure.  Again, this one is dependent on how much interest there is from YOU.

TBD – Group hikes.  Who would be interested?  Shoot us a post on the Facebook page and we will work to set up some dates!

FIT Summer Adventure 2014

We’re gearing up for the

4th Annual FIT Summer Adventure

and we’d love to have you along with us

for the weekend!!!

This year, Thursday August 7th through Sunday August 10th, we are planning to head to Zoar Outdoor for what is looking to be an awesome time with a number of exciting activities…

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On Friday we will taking off from the camping area early in the morning to get started on our White Water Rafting Excursion on the Dryway. The trip will take about 6 hours and include travel to the launch point, rafting, snack break, rafting, travel back to the campground and then lunch with a slideshow of the trip.

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On Saturday we will be making our way to the top of Hawk Mountain and then Ziplining back down by way of 11 different lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels!

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We will be staying on site at Zoar Outdoor and will have the option of using their cabin tents or those of you that have your own gear can get tent sites if you prefer to bring your own living quarters.

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Prices for above activities:

Camping in the Cabin Tents: $22/night/person

Camping in your own tent: $14/night/person

Rafting on the Dryway:  $101/person

Zip Line Canopy Tour:  $85/person

 

There are various other activities that you can participate in if you would like. We can help coordinate or you can contact Zoar Outdoor directly to setup other activities for you and/or your family/guests.

 

We will need to have your deposit no later than Monday, June 2nd!!!

50% of your total activity cost as a deposit and the remainder no later than July 4th!

Should something come up and you have to cancel after July 4th, you are still responsible for full payment of your activity (unless you choose to purchase activity insurance, 15% of your activity cost).

Please contact Jim by email, as soon as possible, to let him know which activities you would like to take part in and how you would like to make your deposit!!!

 

We are looking forward to yet another great adventure and hope you’ll come along!

Everyone Survived!

“THANK YOU”

to everyone who attended the inaugural

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on Saturday, May 10th, 2014!!!

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We had so many volunteers that helped make this thing come together! Without all of you we could not have possibly had such a successful day. We had nearly 40 individuals contribute to the design, construction, maintenance and management of the course in the weeks leading up to and during the event itself. We are deeply indebted to the following people (in no particular order):

Deb Clougherty    K-Lyn Rackliff     Lee Ann Chapman

Michelle Fransen-Conroy & Patrick    Michelle Lienhart

Matt Lienhart        Kyle Heavey        Mr. Pibb Jaques

Angela Fellers      Michelle Grenier    Carol Griffin

Donna Wurtz       Steve Wurtz        Bridget Meunier

Mary Yates          Scott Yates         Jordyn Yates

Susan Morgan      Nicole Barton      Eddie Raymond

Kelli Jackson        Jodie Martinez     Amy Culberson

Margie Spenla      Kim Holden         Joshua Holden

Lauren Holden     John Robinson    Hannah Greenwood

Dan Humphrey    Zach Branscom   Vanessa Marsh

Tom Marsh          Debbie Marsh      Brian Luce

Stefanie Phillips   Kelly Leitner

If you helped and we missed your name, we apologize, we certainly did not intend to leave anyone out…

 

As for contributions, which were also crucial to the success of the event:

–The Humphrey Family–

Their farm could not have been more perfect for our event. They gave us free-will to do as we pleased and Dan even spent about 20 hours of his own time helping to construct the course in the weeks and days leading up to the event!  From allowing the use of their equipment and supplies to lending a hand with construction and probably most impressive is the fact that they put up with me invading their space for 2 weeks and never said a word!

–Evolution Rock–

Evo sent along their mobile climbing wall & 5 staff members, even though they had one of their biggest events of the year happening the very same day at their facility.

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–North Country Golf Car & Keith Leach–

The folks at North Country were kind enough to loan us two cars for the day, which were instrumental in getting volunteers (and Jim) around the course for various reasons.

–John Robinson–

John was awesome in helping us to transport the climbing wall, the golf cars and a couple of the larger pieces of equipment used for the challenge. We would have struggled greatly without him.

–Donna & Steve Wurtz–

Supplied a number of the kayaks and life vests used on the pond by racers during the challenge.

–Jim Snedeker Salvage & Removal–

Supplied and transported the tires used for the Tire Traverse during the challenge.

–Hilltop Pizzeria–

The guys from Hilltop set up their food truck and were with us the whole day, cooking up burgers, fries, chicken, steak & cheese and hot dogs. They donated a portion of their earnings to The Frank Monahan Foundation as well!

–Kona Ice–

The Kona truck came by to offer racers and spectators a refreshing shaved ice treat and also donated a portion of their sales to The Frank Monahan Foundation!

–Just Be Products–

Michelle of Just Be designed the awesome logo for the event and also printed the shirts that were given to the top 3 teams and select participants (for their extra effort the day of the event).

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Donated 4 gift certificates as prizes.

-Runner’s Alley-

Donated 4 gift certificates as prizes.

-Red Blazer-

Donated 4 gift cards as prizes.

-Boloco-

Donated 4 gift cards as prizes.

-Red River Theaters-

Donated 8 movie pass as prizes.

The Results!

We had a great turnout of 100 racers (25 teams) and many spectators that came out and watched their friends and family during their attempt to survive.

There were 17 physical challenges and 7 mental challenges interspersed throughout the course. Teams strategically made their way through the various physical obstacles/challenges, while also encountering mental challenges requiring them to think and then retain information during the remainder of the course, all while dealing with the fatigue they were experiencing.

Finishing results for the teams are listed below:

Merciless Mud Machine————————————–40 minutes

Ass Clownin’ Around—————————————–47 minutes

Whiskey at the Finish Line———————————–49 minutes

All or Nothing!————————————————52 minutes

Friends with BeneFITs—————————————53 minutes

Westeros Intramural Team———————————-53 minutes

White Punks on Hope—————————————–53 minutes

Super Average Joes——————————————53 minutes

Rebellious Racin’ Reptiles————————————54 minutes

Mud Rats——————————————————57 minutes

MILFS on a Mission——————————————-58 minutes

Punk Princesses———————————————–59 minutes

Tight Butts & Sweaty Nuts————————————1 hour

Carl’s Angels—————————————————1 hour 2 minutes

4Play———————————————————–1 hour 3 minutes

JAKL————————————————————1 hour 3 minutes

Davey Jones Running Krew———————————–1 hour 4 minutes

Mojo Madness————————————————-1 hour 5 minutes

The Galapagos Gangsters————————————-1 hour 11 minutes

FIT 4Play——————————————————-1 hour 14 minutes

Glen’s Angels————————————————–1 hour 17 minutes

Going Commando———————————————1 hour 17 minutes

The Ninjas——————————————————1 hour 20 minutes

Dead Weight—————————————————1 hour 24 minutes

 

We are still working to compile pictures and videos of the event and will be releasing them soon on the FIT Facebook Page.  Please bring your media files by FIT so we can add them to the awesomeness that was the first Survival of the FITtest!

Survival of the FITtest

Frank Monahan Foundation Logo

By now you’re likely familiar FIT-Logo-colorwith the many different Obstacle Course Races that have become all the rage in the past few years… if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you participated in one or more them.

FIT has put together teams for a number of them over the past few years and always had a great time!

Having said that, we always felt like something was missing… it wound up being our name, Fun INTELLIGENT Training, that led us to realize it was the lack of intellectual challenges and strategy at these events that left us feeling incomplete at the finish line. So, we decided to create our own event. Enter The Survival of the FITtest Challenge!

Survival of the FITtest logo

This event will have all the things you have come to love about Obstacle Course Races and will add some twists to make it even more challenging and entertaining:

  • 4 PERSON CO-ED TEAMS–Unlike all of the other events out there, you will be required to create and compete as a team of 4. The strategy starts here because you need to choose your teammates wisely, as strength and/or endurance won’t necessarily be enough to win!

Team Clipart NO BACKGROUND

  • MENTAL CHALLENGES–What’s that? You run marathons? You compete in the Elite waves at all the other events? You squat 600lbs? That’s great, you’ve obviously invested a lot of time and energy to achieve such impressive feats… a couple questions though: How are your math skills? Memory recall? Problem solving? Oh yeah… have you ever measured any of those while you’re physically fatigued???

brainworkout-300x253--2

  • CHOICES. You will need to determine, as a team, what challenges are worth spending more time on, both physical and mental, and which can be forfeited (with a penalty, after the required attempts) before moving on to the next?

PhysicalChallenge_Fullpic_1

Well, you made it this far. That means that you are interested in what we’re doing. It’s science, there’s no reason you would still be reading this if you weren’t interested in taking a shot at this event.

So…you really should just gather a team, round up your fan club to come and support you and sign on up…

Want to know more details?

That’s a reasonable request. One which we will happily entertain:

DATE: Saturday, May 10th 2014

TIME: First wave of 2 team begins @ 9:30am, successive waves leave every 15 minutes thereafter.

LOCATION: 76 Garvin Hill Rd, Chichester NH

TEAM COUNT: Max of 40 teams

CHARITABLE BENEFITS: The Frank Monahan Foundation

COST: $55/person

PRIZES/AWARDS: Yes, 1st-3rd place and various category awards.

The infield area affords a view of about half of the challenges and all proceeds from the area will go to the FMF!

The infield area affords a view of about half of the challenges and all proceeds from the area will go to the FMF!

ENTERTAINMENT/FUNDRAISING: There will be an infield area with food, drinks, tournament games and other ways to entertain the young and young at heart.  We are not charging for spectators, but will be accepting donations for various events and activities in the infield area as well as selling food and drinks that will benefit the Frank Monahan Foundation.

IMAG4775

Imagine the fun YOU could have on this beautiful course!

Still on the fence?

Click here for more information or to ask any questions you have!

Are you already convinced that you want a piece of the action???

Click below to reserve your team’s spot now!!!

sign_up2Click ^^^^this button^^^^ to register your team today!

All you need to do is:

  1. Create a profile on our MindBody website
  2. Visit our online store and select the FITtest registration (make sure to register each of your teammates)
  3. Choose your method of payment
  4. You’re all set!

If that is too much work you can also email Jim@FunIntelligentTraining.com

May 2014 Member Contest

Today, we’re rolling out a new monthly member contest!

WooHooHomer

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so we wanted to return with a real doosey.

This one will be a referral contest. It’s pretty straight forward: Get as many of your friends, family members, coworkers–whoever–in the door.

For every referral you bring in, you get $50 cash AND a bag of our totally awesome SFH Pure Protein powder.

The person who gets the most converted referrals in here at the end of May wins the following month membership FREE!

We have a new promotional offer to help get people in here to try out our training as well.

We are now offering a FREE comprehensive fitness assessment and consultation to people who are interested in coming in to check out FIT.

If they dig it, for a mere $59 your homies can come in and get an unlimited month of either Group Fitness Training or P3 with no strings attached!

Okay, so you have your instructions. You have until the end of May, so get to rounding up your friends and family and let us know if you have any questions!

Why Gaining Weight is the Best Way to Lose Weight

How to Become a Millionaire

We have all heard that you have to “burn more calories than you take in to lose weight.” Yet why do so many people struggle to lose weight, if losing weight is supposed to be so simple? Unfortunately that statement simply states the obvious, it doesn’t tell us anything about how to take in less than we burn. In a way it’s like saying “to become a millionaire you have to make a million more than you spend.” Again this statement is obvious, but it doesn’t tell us anything about how to make a million dollars. With this mantra in mind, people set off in search of calorically light foods, and restrict themselves whenever possible. They also tend to do hours and hours of excessive activity in an attempt to burn more.

Sticking with the money analogy, this would be like trying to work as many hours as possible, without knowing what your hourly rate is, and spending as little money as possible even though you have no idea Read more

The Survival of the FITtest Challenge 2014

Frank Monahan Foundation Logo

By now you’re likely familiar FIT-Logo-colorwith the many different Obstacle Course Races that have become all the rage in the past few years… if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you participated in one or more them.

FIT has put together teams for a number of them over the past few years and always had a great time!

Having said that, we always felt like something was missing… it wound up being our name, Fun INTELLIGENT Training, that led us to realize it was the lack of intellectual challenges and strategy at these events that left us feeling incomplete at the finish line. So, we decided to create our own event. Enter The Survival of the FITtest Challenge!

Survival of the FITtest logo

This event will have all the things you have come to love about Obstacle Course Races and will add some twists to make it even more challenging and entertaining:

  • 4 PERSON CO-ED TEAMS–Unlike all of the other events out there, you will be required to create and compete as a team of 4. The strategy starts here because you need to choose your teammates wisely, as strength and/or endurance won’t necessarily be enough to win!

Team Clipart NO BACKGROUND

  • MENTAL CHALLENGES–What’s that? You run marathons? You compete in the Elite waves at all the other events? You squat 600lbs? That’s great, you’ve obviously invested a lot of time and energy to achieve such impressive feats… a couple questions though: How are your math skills? Memory recall? Problem solving? Oh yeah… have you ever measured any of those while you’re physically fatigued???

brainworkout-300x253--2

  • CHOICES. You will need to determine, as a team, what challenges are worth spending more time on, both physical and mental, and which can be forfeited (with a penalty, after the required attempts) before moving on to the next?

PhysicalChallenge_Fullpic_1

Well, you made it this far. That means that you are interested in what we’re doing. It’s science, there’s no reason you would still be reading this if you weren’t interested in taking a shot at this event.

So…you really should just gather a team, round up your fan club to come and support you and sign on up…

Want to know more details?

That’s a reasonable request. One which we will happily entertain:

DATE: Saturday, May 10th 2014

TIME: First wave of 2 team begins @ 9:30am, successive waves leave every 15 minutes thereafter.

LOCATION: 76 Garvin Hill Rd, Chichester NH 03258

TEAM COUNT: Max of 40 teams

CHARITABLE BENEFITS: The Frank Monahan Foundation

COST: $55/person

PRIZES/AWARDS: Yes, 1st-3rd place and various category awards.

The infield area affords a view of about half of the challenges and all proceeds from the area will go to the FMF!

The infield area affords a view of about half of the challenges and all proceeds from the area will go to the FMF!

ENTERTAINMENT/FUNDRAISING: There will be an infield area with food, drinks, tournament games and other ways to entertain the young and young at heart.  We are not charging for spectators, but will be accepting donations for various events and activities in the infield area as well as selling food and drinks that will benefit the Frank Monahan Foundation.

IMAG4775

Imagine the fun YOU could have on this beautiful course!

Still on the fence?

Click here for more information or to ask any questions you have!

Are you already convinced that you want a piece of the action???

Click below to reserve your team’s spot now!!!

sign_up2Click ^^^^this button^^^^ to register your team today!

All you need to do is:

  1. Create a profile on our MindBody website
  2. Visit our online store and select the FITtest registration (make sure to register each of your teammates)
  3. Choose your method of payment
  4. You’re all set!

If that is too much work you can also email Jim@FunIntelligentTraining.com

7 Reasons Why You Suck at Pull-ups

ACotterPullup

Most clients seeking a coach typically have weight loss as their primary goal, but you might be surprised to know probably the second most common goal is being able to do a single pull-up. This is for both men and women, and as many women typically do not have the same amount of upper body strength as men, they often find this goal a difficult one to achieve.

Being able to do a pull-up is an important thing. It demonstrates that you have balance in your fitness, and is an integral part of a natural human ability which is to be able to climb. In other words, I consider it a standard. Something everyone must strive to be able to do. There are several things I have noticed throughout my career as a coach, that lead to people not being very good at pull-ups.

Read more

Deeper!

I read blog post this morning that I think has some great points that apply to many, many people.

All 4 of the strategies listed should be familiar in one way or another to those of you that have trained here for any length of time and they are all very valid.  I’ll be honest though; the concepts surrounding increasing the difficulty of exercises isn’t the part of this article that I think is most important for you guys.

WHAT?!?!  Why the heck would I take 5 minutes to read this if you don’t think the primary topic isn’t the most important part?  And if making the exercise more difficult isn’t why you shared, what the heck is the point?

I’m so glad you asked!

Topic #1: Weight, and more importantly in this particular context is FORM.

Topic #2: Range of Motion.

Read (and watch the accompanying videos) and ask yourself honestly if you are performing every movement as well as you can and through the largest range of motion that you are capable.

We have so many people that want to do more and go faster and sweat harder and….

The biggest thing that will help them progress is to actually slow down and focus on the little things.

Do you squat, lunge, perform pushups and pullups to full depth?  For many people reading this the answer is no.  You may not want to admit it because to remedy the problem will cause your numbers to “look” less impressive, but doing so will pay huge dividends over the long haul.

If you hear your coach continually giving you prompts to “go deeper” or “get your chin over the bar” or “get your hips forward”, there is a reason for these cues.  Take some time to work on these areas and even though it may be frustrating in the short term, I promise you will be much better off in the long run.

http://www.tonygentilcore.com/blog/4-ways-make-exercise-harder/

If you are not sure if there are areas you need to work on, ask your coach.  We try our best to correct people but, as much as we try, can’t actually make the changes for you.

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