OCR

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 23rdA 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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-Evolution Rock-

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!

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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!

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  • 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???

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  • 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?

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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.

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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!

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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???

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  • 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

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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.

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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.

FIT News 2/14/14

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 Kickboxing promo video will be rescheduled…

Blasted snow! Since Mother Nature decided that we did not need to be open this past Thursday, we will need to reschedule the Kickboxing promotional video shoot we had planned for. We will keep you posted on the new day and time when we decide which will work best!

 

What was that you asked, who is the best in NH?

Please take a few minutes and click the link below to have your vote tallied in this year’s Hippo Best of 2014. We would love to have your support in being voted the best gym in NH and to get Coach Tony P voted in as the best coach in NH!!!

Hippo Best Of 2014 voting: http://funintelligenttraining.com/hippo-best-of-2014/

 

FIT open casting call!

So, we had a few new stars in the making put together some testimonial videos about their time here at FIT and we really want to hear from even more of our members! In two weeks, Saturday March 1st, we will be conducting another round of testimonial tapings. Would you like to tell everybody out there your thoughts about FIT and the part that we’ve played in your life? If so, please click on the link below and RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Also, if you have been waiting to get some professional quality progress photos taken, Sunday March 2nd is the day to do it! Please RSVP on the link below as well if you would like to have your photos done and we’ll setup a time on Sunday for you to come in.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a member for 4 years, 2 years, 6 months or just a few weeks… We want potential members to have a variety of stories and opinions to hear.

BONUS!!! If you do come in and tape a testimonial, we will discount your next month’s membership charge by $10 as a “Thank You” from us for your assistance. Tell your story and save some green… why wouldn’t you come in???

FIT Testimonials Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/785348634827600/

 

A little confused?

For questions about any of these news items, please email Jim@FunIntelligentTraining.com or call us at 715-5019.

Hippo Best Of 2014

Voting is open for the 2014 Hippo press Best Of and we would like your help!

We have done pretty well in the past with Eric winning best fitness instructor in Concord a couple of years back (we didn’t participate last year). One of the things we learned is that some people would vote for Eric and some would vote for Tony…thus diluting the overall total that we were garnering.

This year we ask that you of course vote for Fun Intelligent Training as the best gym, but we would like to focus our efforts and have everyone vote for Tony as best fitness instructor so as not to  water down the results.

So please take a minute to vote for your favorite local businesses and if you feel so inclined we have suggestions for 2 of them ;)

#54: Fun Intelligent Training, Concord
#93 Tony Pica, Fun Intelligent Training Concord

Thank you all so very much!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hippobestof2014

FIT News 2-6-14

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Lucas Hardy from Bodyworks Muay Thai will be guest instructing Kickboxing class this Saturday 2/8/14 at 8:00 am.

The Monday and Wednesday 4:00 BOOTCAMP is no longer being offered.

Hippo Best of 2014:  Voting is open, please take a minute to vote for your favorite gym and coach!

3rd Annual JDRF Benefit Concert: Saturday, March 15th.  Please click for more info! 

Survival of the FITtest: Saturday, May 10th.  We have 20 teams already registered, so act fast as we are only accepting 40 total teams!

SFH Supplements: Grass fed, non-GMO, no antibiotics, and a local New England company!

Kickboxing Video: We will be filming a promo video Thursday, 2/13/14 at 7:15.

2013 Cow Results:

The next round of testimonials will be on Saturday, March 1st and progress pictures will be scheduled for Sunday March 2nd.

For questions about any of these news items, please email Jim@FunIntelligentTraining.com or call us at 715-5019.

My Quarter Century Milestone

I started writing this in November of 2012.  I never finished it and obviously never published it.  I just took some time to fill in some blanks and figured I would send this out as many people probably don’t know this about me.

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This has been a very odd afternoon for me and I’m going to do a few things I do very infrequently.

The first thing I am doing differently is that I’m going to take the time to think and write instead of rushing through like I typically do.

You see I started thinking about my heart surgery this afternoon and realized that…I never really think about my heart surgery.

It’s weird.  I got to a point where I just didn’t ever think about it.  It didn’t limit me in anything I did, so short of someone asking me what the huge scar was on my chest I never really had a reason to contemplate it.  Since my achilles tendon issues have kept me from playing basketball over the past hand-full of years, I never really have a need to be shirtless so people noticing the zipper went from minimal to nonexistent.

I really don’t know the whole story but I’ll tell you what I do.  My parents have filled in a lot of the blanks because I forgot a lot over the years.  Thinking about it now this is likely due to the fact that it was pretty traumatic time for me and I must have started blocking things out as a coping mechanism.

I believe I was diagnosed with an Atrial Septal Defect at age 5 by Dr. Devito in Concord and I think I had the surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1987, when I was 7 years old.

This is all really fuzzy but I’ll give it a go.  They gave me oral sedatives.   They didn’t stand a chance.  I was running and fighting with all my might.  I was not the average 7 year old, mind you.  For my age I was in the top percentile of both height and weight (what of my husky pants, eh?!?!) and I was the fastest kid in my class.  I probably put down 3/4 of a gallon of milk per day at that point.  That’s a lot of frightened and furious flub to finagle onto that little stretcher.

They finally slowed me down enough to hit me with a needle.  Not sure how long I fought after that, but I’m confident in saying that everyone involved earned their pay that day.  As much as I battled, eventually I was corralled and brought into custody.  I remember rolling down the hall on the table and a flurry of people around me with a lot of big machines.

This is weird, things are coming back that I haven’t thought of in decades…

I remember the mask being put on and then the bright static tv starts playing in my brain.  And then..it…goes……BLACK.

No clue how long I was out.  I know the surgery was multiple hours, maybe 5 or 6.  My parents can fill in the blanks.  Maybe I’ll come back through and add their edits if anyone cares.

They made a large incision down the center of my chest, sawed through my sternum and opened all my ribs exposing my chest cavity.  At some point during this process they hooked me up to a heart-lung machine and that magical little (or big from what I can vaguely recall) machine kept me alive as they performed the procedure.

Not sure if I remember waking up.  I do remember bits of the post-op room.  Pretty much everything I remember sucked.

I remember a nurse coming at me fast and without saying a word she took the tubes out of my abdomen.  This entailed cutting not only the stitches holding them in but the skin as well, and then grabbing the tube and RIPPING it out.  She then proceeded to do the same thing to the other tube that was inserted inside of me.  I didn’t remember it at the time, but I assume that there was at least one other person there to hold me down because that was one of the shittiest experiences of my life, and I promise you I have had my fair share of shit.

I also remember when they took out the catheter.  That also sucked horribly.  Hurt, but that wasn’t the problem.  The issue was that it felt like I had to pee soooo bad.  I’m talking 5 game beirut winning streak bad, but it would just never come.  I sat pointing at a little bucket in agony for so long to no avail.

I don’t remember much of my time in the recovery room.  I know I was in the hospital for multiple days, maybe up to a week.  I must have spent most of the time in that room but my memories of it are minimal.  I vaguely remember my parents and maybe had some visitors, but that’s about it.

I know it was during this time that the final aspect of the hospital stay that I remember came into play.  The tubes and the cath are solid memories, but they don’t compare to how vivid this one is.  I suppose partially because I was likely much less medicated and more than a day or two removed from living off a machine, thus more alive in general.

My dad and I went into a room and the doctor told me to sit up on the table against the back wall so he could look at my bandage.  He proceeded to RIP! TEAR! SHRED! YANK!  Whatever work you want.

It SUCKED.  So much so that the new found peaceful ways I had adopted since being put into my regular recovery room imploded upon contact with my oncoming fury.  I guarantee you he has never had a 7 year old react the way I did.  I punched and kicked that dude with absolutely every ounce of aggression in my scared and angry little(ish) body.

So much so that I soon leaned that what he had done on the top 3/4 of removing the bandage was actually him being very nice.  He apparently had enough of the viscous onslaught of portly pre-pubescent rage and really decided to remove the remainder in a big hurry.

That SUCKED WAY MORE!  The bottom 3″ of my scar is probably 4 or 5 times wider than the rest and much more pronounced still to this day.  The black arrows in the picture below show you the length of the scar.  Notice how from this crummy pic you can only notice the bottom portion.  The red arrows notate where I have little scars from the tubes that were providing whatever sort of life saving goodness mentioned above.

As far as I know I was playing sports within weeks of leaving the hospital.  I may have had to take antibiotics going to the dentist when I was young, but I can’t recall having to do that for at least 20 years.

I didn’t know until a couple years ago how much of a toll it really took on me psychologically in those days.  My mom told me recently that I used to wake up all the time SCREAMING at the top of my lungs about not letting them take me and kill me.  I think she told me some other things affiliated with that time-frame but I have no recollection of any of that.

What I remember is being back in action.  I started playing sports: I believe Karate with Jeff Hardy at Bodyworks was the first organized athletic thing I did.  I took swimming lessons, played soccer, baseball and then at 8 picked up basketball.

As you may or may not have deduced from the previous paragraphs, I was a bit husky as a youth. I moved really well for a big kid, but that wasn’t what I was interested in.  I wanted to be a good athlete with no asterisk attached.

So around 12 I started working out.  My dad got a little weight set for the basement.  It was the 1′ bar, plastic filled with concrete for the plates and the screw on collars. We’d play with that stuff a bit and I’d do pushups and ab work every night before bed.

This pretty well coincided with when basketball had taken over as my year round sport.  I played for hours every single day.  No joke I played from 1-4 hours/day from the time I was 12 until I graduated college at 24, typically 6-7 days/week.

At 15 I started to lift and was seriously addicted at 16.

I dabbled in track my Jr and Sr years, but that was more for social reasons than anything else.  Even with my less-than-optimal commitment, I qualified for the state meet in multiple events.  All of the hard work I put in the previous several years must have paid some dividends.

I ended up playing in college and actually did pretty well.  I was undersized for my position but I prided myself on being fundamentally sound and always being in shape and I brought it hard every single day.  Practice, pick up game or intercollegiate game it didn’t matter.  I brought an intensity to the floor no matter what the situation.  At least an hour per day lifting, at least an hour per day shooting, 2 hour practice and maybe a bit of pick up if the opportunity arose.  I worked incredibly hard and never once did my heart ever give me any problems.

Why am I writing this?  I’m not exactly sure and I really don’t have an eloquent way to close this out.

Partly because it is something I have avoided talking about for most of my life.  In one way this has been somewhat eye-opening to force myself to think through this.

Another part of the reasoning is that some people probably didn’t know this about me (I’ve had 5 other surgeries and a bunch of broken bones to boot).   I tend to keep personal things rather tight to the vest I’ve been meaning to share a bit more with people and just never seem to do so.  I figure this is as good an opportunity as any to do some sharing, as my freshman English teacher used to say “sharing means caring”.

I think the primary reason is to show that you don’t have to give up on what you love and that hard work is a universal means of accomplishing what you want.  I am fortunate that my parents encouraged me to get right back out there and be active.  There was never a reason to feel like I was “special” or “different” .  I had some unpleasant shit happen and then it got fixed.  No need to feel sorry and no need to sit around and make excuses.

My situation isn’t as severe as many; I know people that have endured more and gone on to accomplish more.  I do think, however, that it is a good indication of someone not settling and applying consistent effort to overcome.  Did I accomplish everything I set out to as a kid?  I don’t have any NBA rings so as far as that goes I suppose not.  I did work really, really hard and to be honest achieved more than what many people thought I could.

I guess what I would like is that this help someone, anyone.  If one person reads this and decides that they are not going to let whatever difficult situation they have encountered dictate what they do, than I am happy and taking the time to write this will be worthwhile.  I mentioned it before and I’m sure I’ll mention it again…

You can overcome nearly anything with hard work and sacrifice.

If you have a story that you think may help someone else, feel free to share it in the comments below.  Thanks for reading.

Survival of the FITtest

Adventure races have become all the rage the last few years and we have a large contingent of members that have taken to these events.

With that said, we think we have come up with a great twist on this type of event and we’d like you to come join us… The Survival of the FITtest Challenge!!!

 

The event will require participants to register as a team of 4. There must be at least one woman on the team and we are allowing teenagers 16+ to participate with parental consent.

The course will be approximately 5k in distance covered and will consist of a variety of physical and mental challenges throughout.

Your team must work together as a cohesive unit to complete the course. This will be a competitive event, completed for time, so bring your A-game. You will be put to the test, both physically and mentally so recruit your team members accordingly. However, it is also all in good fun so be ready to get a little dirty, share many laughs and have a great day with your teammates!

The event will be an all day affair and will have numerous activities for the little ones if you’d like to bring them along with you (just be sure you have an adult with you who can keep an eye on them while you traverse the course!).

There will be music, food, contests and prizes!

Registration is open to anyone, you do not have to be a FIT member, so reach out to friends, family, co-workers, the random guy walking down the street or anyone else you can think of that would enjoy this unique event.

Costs will be as follows:

January 16th–January 31st: $29 per person

February 1st–February 28th: $44 per person

March 1st–March 31st: $55 per person

April 1st–April 30th: $66 per person

May 1st–May 5th: $77 per person

May 6th–Day of event: $88 per person

Registration is limited to 40 teams, being that this is our first year we want to be sure we can handle the workload efficiently so everyone has a great experience and comes back next time.

That means the sooner you can sign up, the more affordable your registration, so act fast!

As always, if you have any questions, contact:

Jim Snedeker–Operations Manager @ Fun Intelligent Training

Jim@FunIntelligentTraining.com
603-715-5019

Sharing is not Caring

I suppose that there is no better time to write about training while you’re sick than while I’m at home with a stomach flu. Let’s get this out of the way early: Should you train/exercise when you’re under the weather? In my opinion, no. Below I’d like to list several reasons why you shouldn’t exercise while you’re sick.

1. You can’t sweat out a cold- To me this is kind of like drilling a hole in your head to relieve pressure from your headache. “Sweating out a cold,” is a myth that just doesn’t want to die. A quick google search shows that there is no evidence to suggest that you can sweat out a cold or other sickness.

2. Exercise is stress- It is believed that long term exercise can improve your immune system, however exercise is a stress being placed on your body, and while your body is already under the additional stress of fighting off a virus, bacteria or other infection, placing the stress of exercise on it will only delay your recovery. A lot of times when people have a head cold they feel better during exercise. Their sinuses may become unblocked, their cough is gone, etc…This is because when you exercise your body dilates respiratory pathways and blood flow. These good feelings are only temporary though, and while your body is diverting energy to your training, it’s taking away from energy spent on fighting off your illness.

3. You need to stay hydrated- We all know the importance of additional fluid intake when we are sick, so does it make sense to perform an activity that makes us sweat heavily and lose fluids? I don’t think that it does. It’s been my experience that most people don’t properly hydrate anyway, particularly in the winter time when the cold temperature isn’t really a catalyst for high fluid intake like the hot humid summer. Sickness+already under hydrated+causing yourself to sweat=bad idea.

4. You need to keep your temperature in check- Some doctors now believe a fever is a good thing when sick, and when you exercise you do increase your body’s core temperature, but as we know, having too high of a temperature can be dangerous. If your body isn’t naturally running a fever, you shouldn’t try to induce one artificially via exercise. In fact while some doctors say it’s okay to do some light to moderate exercise (like Yoga) when you’re sick, most of them are against high intensity activities and lifting weights (ya know, like the training we do at FIT).

5. It is extremely inconsiderate of your gym mates- Aside from wanting our children to be comfortable and rested when they are sick, why do we keep our kids home from school when they aren’t feeling well? Because we don’t want to spread the germs around. So why do you think it’s okay to go into a gym and sweat your infection all over the equipment that everyone else is going to be touching? If other people were sick and you weren’t, wouldn’t you want them to stay home? Not only are you sweating more in the gym, and breathing harder thus spreading your germs around even more, the people around you have dilated pores, and are also breathing IN more than normal too, making it that much easier to transfer germs.

6. This workout isn’t the most important workout in the world- When you train consistently, and follow your nutrition plan diligently, missing a workout or two really has no effect on you whatsoever. It’s been my experience that people who stress out about missing a training session due to sickness are the people who can’t really afford to miss anymore training sessions because they’ve been slacking so hard to begin with. If anything this highlights the need to make exercise a priority when you can. Don’t skip a workout if you don’t have to, that way when you DO have to (like when you’re sick) it’s not a big deal.

So please, if you’re feeling under the weather, please stay home and be considerate of your training partners and coaches. Remember to rest, stay hydrated, and if things don’t get better in a few days, go see your doctor!

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