$33 Unlimited Month!

Unlimited1We just started to mention this offer and are already getting tons of people taking advantage!  I guess we should formally put it out there so it can get to more people that may want to take advantage of it!

For a limited time we are offering a month of UNLIMITED group training for a mere $33.  No strings attached and no fine print.

I figured that this picture was fitting, as it represents the unlimited visits available with this trial as well as being a great way to think about there being no limit to your ability to make positive change once you take this all important step toward reaching your ultimate goals!

Please Click here for our current schedule!

Feel free to email Eric@FunIntelligentTraining.com if you have any questions!

Thanks and as always, please share this sweet offer with any friends you have that may benefit!

Homecoming 2014 Wrap Up

We like to periodically put little gatherings together in order to give members a chance to get together and have a good time in a little different environment than the typical sweaty situations that we are normally in.

As always Scott, Mary and Jordyn Yates, Bridget and my family were instrumental in putting this together, but his year there was a different ring leader as Jordyn took the lead and planned everything out and even brought Tim in for some extra firepower.  She did an absolutely fantastic job and Mary seems has some competition for family party planning honors.

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Thanks to Ponylegs and the Beefcake Boys for providing the awesome live music.  If they didn’t say that it was their first time playing out in front of an audience I bet most people would ever have guessed!

Congratulations to Glen and Mackenzie for winning Homecoming King and Queen honors, although who deserved which crown is still up in the air.  I think they plan a sqauat-off to determine bragging rights!

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It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give Honorable mentions for Gretchen, Wendy and Kelly for Really committing to the task of dressing for the occasion.  I don’t have a picture of the 3 of them, but they really brought their respective A games!

We had some heated games of corn hole throughout the night and one of the bigger games of flip cup that I’ve ever seen with people wrapped around two 8 foot tables!

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I was so happy with the amount of people tat stayed and helped with the clean up crew.  You guys made our lives so much easier and we appreciate it so very much!

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Once again than you goes out to The Office Suites for helping out with the generous use of their tables and chairs. They are working on a benefit concert that they wanted us to let you know about and we will give you guys some more info on when it is made available.

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For the facebook album with more pictures please visit this link and stay tuned for info about the next event!

 

Who Are We Exercising For?

Before we get started, let me tell you that I only used the word “exercise” in the title instead of “train” to draw you in. If you think of your physical activity as “exercise” and not “training” I would highly suggest you change that! Okay now on to the good stuff.

“I want you to kick my ass.”

The familiar blue light of Facebook messenger pops up on the bottom of my screen. “Who could this be?” I think when I hear the new message bell ring. I open the tab and see a name I did not expect: Carly Rose. I had only met Carly once, about a year prior. A friend of a friend who was looking for a gym. After showing her around and chatting with her about training, she decided that she couldn’t make it work with her current work schedule (plus we were a good chunk of commuting away for her).

A special we were running for a month of discounted training had caught her eye. “I want to come in for the month and I want you to kick my ass.” Something I’ve heard quite a few people say. Most people envision the process of “getting in shape” as one of discomfort and punishment. I questioned her about her goals, motivations, etc.. and again heard some pretty common responses: “I want to lose weight,” “I want a flatter stomach,” She started training the next week…

What Do You Really Want?

My good friend Ben Dearman (owner of the fantastic gym KDR Fitness in the Lebanon, NH area) once told me “Everyone just wants to have more sex.” Ben’s girlfriend Jamie (who is also an owner of KDR and a great coach) rolled her eyes as he waxed about no matter what anyone says they’re training for, they just want to have more (or better) sex. It’s a theory I’m not entirely sure I agree with, but there is no doubt that most people want to “look better naked.” Truthfully I see nothing wrong with wanting to “look better.” The question is, who’s standards are you holding yourself to? Are you trying to fit into your own mold or someone else’s?

I’ve had women ask me how to make their legs smaller. And I mean women who are already lean enough to have visible abs. I would like to point something out: The only way to make your already lean leg smaller is to stop using the muscles in your leg, something any trainer that actually gave a damn about your health would never suggest. I’ve stood there as women have pointed to tiny little sections of their inner thigh and describe at length how they desperately need to fix it. Truth: That breaks my heart.

Times Change

So what ever happened to Carly? Well she celebrated her 1 year anniversary just last month. She also told me recently that she weighs more than she ever has in her entire life, and she’s also happier with how she looks than ever before. Did she get her ass kicked? Well, she decided to try her hand at Olympic Weightlifting, and that’s a pretty hard sport, but it’s never hard for the sake of being hard. Some weeks she probably feels like I’m trying to kill her. At other times her workouts are quick and easy. And those women who wanted smaller legs? Well, they would probably be offended by Carly’s quads (check her in the far left of the photo)

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Last week Carly told me that her friends keep telling her to “not get too big.” As she put it, “Their biggest concern is that I don’t fit into the body standards that they think are ok.”

But Carly doesn’t care, she’s worked hard to reach her goals as a Weightlifter, and she loves her body for what it can do, not simply for how it looks. And funny enough, when you have a purpose built body, that starts to become your ideal. It’s a transition I’ve seen in quite a few women. As much as hearing women constantly criticize themselves for not fitting societies idea of “perfection,” nothing makes me happier when a woman says to me “my new goal is to squat 200lbs,” or “I want bigger biceps.”

Carly was able to reshape her body in just a few months following our specific nutritional guidelines. That meant hitting a certain amount of protein, carbs, fats and calories each day.

Looks can be deceiving. Would you believe that Carly has actually GAINED weight?!?!

Men Aren’t Exempt

I don’t have the opportunity to work with as many men as I do women, but men are not exempt from letting themselves be defined by someone else’s standards. Although most men never feel big enough, anorexia and other similar disorders are a serious problem in the male population.  That’s a big reason my interest in aesthetic based “sports” like bodybuilding waned after my early twentys. I was tired of dieting down all the time, and feeling like crap all the time. 

That was when I started to build more action based goals, and although I’ve been much leaner in my life, my blood pressure is the best it’s ever been, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, and I’m more flexible than I was when I was a kid.

Learn to love yourself

Is your life going to be better if you have six pack abs? Are you going to be happier when your quad is 16″ instead of 18″? No. The only thing that’s going to make your life better is your attitude. If you choose to be miserable, you’ll be miserable. If you choose to be positive and happy, that’s exactly what you’ll be.

Now you don’t have to change all of your goals to wanting to have the physique of a competitive Weightlifter, but most of your goals should be performance based. Maybe you want to run a 10k, or complete an obstacle race or maybe you just want to be able to ride a bicycle without pain. Whatever your goals are, make sure they are your goals, and you are living to your standards, not someone elses. And above all else, love yourself and your body now. I promise it will be much kinder to you that way.

To see another amazing transformation of one of our members click here

 

What do you think about this?  Leave us a comment below and if you think this message will resonate with any of your friends, feel free to share it with them.

Being Honest With Yourself

I’ve been involved in fitness and training in some form or another for 17 years now. I’ve gone from martial arts as a young child, to competitive powerlifter in my early and late teens, sprinter in high school, wannabe bodybuilder in my early 20s, and competitive Weightlifter and Weightlifting coach. Adding to that I received my first certification in 2005, I’ve been coaching people for general fitness for almost a decade. Getting to the point, I’ve seen many people embark on their “fitness journey,” and I’ve seen more than I’d care to fail to reach their goals. I’ve also seen some people meet their goals only to fall back into old habits (I can include myself in that group).

There are a lot of reasons why people succeed and why others don’t. We’ll get to that. First I’d like to take you through a timeline that most people go through when getting in shape. Take note if any of this sounds like you…

  1. You’ve been overweight your whole life or you used to be in shape but since college/career/kids you’ve “let yourself go.”
  2. One day you have an “a-ha” moment. You decide it’s time to make a change.
  3. You join a gym or start running, diving head first into your new found passion. Healthy eating and training consume your every thought, and the changes you see are dramatic and come quickly. You exercise obsessively and deprive yourself of all the foods you love. The more calories you burn the better. You don’t really track anything in particular (other than your weight) you just work as hard as you possibly can.
  4. You plateau. This is where a fork in the road appears, and people unknowingly make a choice…
  • Change how you train. You take a more intelligent approach, and voila your progress continues.
  • You chalk up your lack of progress to a lack of commitment, so you double down on your efforts. Less calories, more movement. Less enjoyment out of your workouts and food choices, more guilt and self-harm. These people usually either get sidelined by injuries, or just cannot maintain that level of punishment and fall off the wagon in a bad way.

The former is more effective, but more people choose the latter option. Why? Because even though it’s “harder” it is “simpler,” and our lives our so chalked full of other obligations, a lot of us don’t have the time add in the education process of understanding the science of training and nutrition more fundamentally. It appears logical that if something worked for us before, than doing more of that thing will work. Unfortunately that’s not how the human body functions.

Carly was able to reshape her body in just a few months following our specific nutritional guidelines. That meant hitting a certain amount of protein, carbs, fats and calories each day.

Carly was able to reshape her body in just a few months following our specific nutritional guidelines. That meant hitting a certain amount of protein, carbs, fats and calories each day.

It’s been my experience that when it comes to mindless hard work vs. thoughtful moderate work people will almost always choose not to have to think. I get it. We all have a lot to manage: our boss breathing down our necks at work, paying the mortgage, making sure the kids get the good 3rd grade teacher, attending your nephew’s 5th birthday party, catching up on all the terrible things happening in the middle east, etc… It would be nice to just go through the motions and end up where we want to end up. But again, that’s not how it works. The details are the difference between losing 10lbs and not noticing much of a change in your physique, and being that person who can indulge in pizza and beer on Friday night and wake up the next morning and still see their abs.

I have some bad news. I’m not going to reveal some secret at the end of all of this that shows you how to be a master of the details without having to put some thought and effort. Despite my tenure as a coach, it was only recently that I realized the majority of people that come to me as clients are looking for a way around that process. As far as I know, it doesn’t exist. We’ve been sold the idea that all it takes is nose-grinding hard work and we’ll reach our fitness goals. Take a look at someone in your gym that you look up to. What’s the difference between you and them? Is it they train 6 days a week and you only do 4? Is it that they run 3 miles a day and you only do 2? Doubtful. Sure there is a minimum investment of dedication required on your part, but the saying “no amount of travel down the wrong path leads to to the right place” comes to mind. I’ve seen probably hundreds of people who are more motivated than you can imagine, come up short. It’s heart breaking. Truly.

Recently I was poking around the IIFYM website (If It Fits Your Macros diet) to see how their basil metabolic rate calculator varied from the one I typically use, when I noticed this disclaimer at the bottom of the web page.

It is with alarming regularity that after giving my clients very specific nutritional goals, they come back to me weeks later complaining that they “can’t lose weight,” and when I inquire about their nutrition they tell me things like they are falling 500 calories short a day, or eating half the amount of protein they are supposed to. In fact, I can’t recall a single person in the last month who’s told me they “can’t” accomplish their goals who had hit their nutritional numbers 100% even ONE SINGLE TIME. If you’re supposed to eat 2,500 calories a day and you fall 500 calories short every day, that’s 80% of your goal. Where I come from that’s a C. Take a look at the above disclaimer again. FOUR weeks of hitting your exact numbers and you’ll see changes. So when you say you “can’t” do something, be honest with yourself…are you really doing what your coach told you to do?

In the end, you want a specific result, so you must follow a specific plan. Think about it, what’s going to happen when a couch potato starts walking 3 days a week..they’ll probably lose some weight. But it’s intuitive that the progress won’t last forever. What about when LeBron James wanted to improve his jump shot? What do you think he did? He probably practiced his jump shot a lot. He doesn’t just play a bunch of basketball and hope for the best.

When it comes to making progress, consistency is absolutely mandatory, with not just your training, but your nutrition as well. You can do all the burpees in the world, but if you don’t dial in your nutrition you will never break through those plateaus. Anyone that says otherwise is either lying to you or is simply an amateur that doesn’t know any better.

If you are a member and you haven’t had us work up your nutritional numbers, stop by the front desk at your next visit and we’ll take care of you! If you’re not a member and you’re in our area, what are you waiting for?! Call us today! 603-715-5019

 

 

FIT HOMECOMING 2014!

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You asked for it, so we’re making it happen. We’ll be taking it back a few years (okay, maybe more than a few for some us but it’s just a number, right?), back to the good ‘ole days of High School… which means semi-formal attire, dancing, drinking (it’ll be legal this time) and even an elected King & Queen!

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Join us on Saturday, October 18th @ 7pm for our 1st Homecoming Dance/Party!

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Gents, you will need to at least break out the nice dress pants, button down shirt and yes… even a tie!

Ladies, here’s your opportunity to show off the progress you’ve made. Do you have the dress and you’ve been waiting for the opportunity? Maybe you’ve been waiting for a reason to buy something fancy… this is it!

We’ve had people suggest decade themes (70’s, 80’s etc) for this event.  We aren’t going to stipulate but you can feel free to dress in any manner you’d like be it contemporary or otherwise considering the proximity to Halloween.

Big Daddy G and his ladies!

Big Daddy G and his ladies!

Pony Legs and the Beefcake Boys, comprised of Carly Warland, Tony P and Chris Cunha, will be supplying live entertainment for a portion of the evening and we’ll have some great playlists to keep the party going when they’ve finished!

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The event will Khans BYOB copybe BYOB and a dish to share with everyone to soak up some of your choice “B”.

We’ll have games setup to keep the fun going and we’re working on decorations currently, feel free to send suggestions to Jim or Eric.

There will be a suggested donation of $10 per individual or $15 per couple. The money collected will go toward the band, mixers, game supplies and decorations.

Details:

  • Dress spiffy and feel free to put a little historical flavor into your outfit!
  • Bring anything you would like to share for food and whatever you would like to drink.
  • Bring your HS yearbook!  How cool (or embarassing) will this be?!?!  Put a bookmark in your page with your name on it so people know who they are looking for!
  • Feel free to bring a CD/playlist of your favorite period jams!  Once the band winds down we will start spinning YOUR tunes!

ALL are welcome, feel free to bring any friends and family and spread the word!  Any former FIT members, get back in here and let’s have a great time!

OCR Training Camp

As so many of us know, obstacle course racing has become a very popular sport in recent years and we have a large contingent that has been participating in these events.  FIT recognizes that people want to start to become more involved in this sport and that there are many of you who want to improve upon what you have already accomplished.

Most people can climb through a mud pit or run over some bales of hay, but there are many people who find the strength based obstacles very challenging and even unattainable.  Obstacles like monkey bars, tire pulls, barbed wire crawls, wall climbs, rope climbs and the Hercules pull are just a few of the things that we know people struggle with.

This is where FIT comes in.  We will be offering and Obstacle Course Race training class starting Friday Sept 26.  Classes will be Friday evening at 5:30 and Sunday mornings at 9:00.  These classes will be designed to push your physical and mental limits while building a supportive team environment.

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Tony Hurdling Toward the Finish!

Friday classes will focus on power development, improving technique on specific obstacles and challenges and will include mini-mock race setups.

Sunday‘s class will be offsite “field trips” to local parks, farms and trails and focus on running and hiking with other conditioning drills incorporated into the trek.

The OCR Training Camp will be an 8 week block and will conclude just prior to the Fenway Spartan sprint. Put this in the Super Duper awesome file, but Livingsocial just put up a deal for Fenway registration at a HUGE DISCOUNT!

We are very excited to offer such a fun, yet intense and team building class for you.  Each class will be very challenging and filled with intensity much like an OCR.  You will be asked to push yourself to your limits and beyond.  We aim to help you mentally and physically push yourself to do more than you ever imagined.  That’s how you get results and that’s how we build the team bond.

So get ready to have fun, get sweaty, encourage your fellow teammates, and push yourself beyond your limits and see the progress you make in each class!!!

  • This will be an 8 week camp training starting Friday 9/26 and will culminate the week of the Fenway Spartan Sprint.
  • Friday at 5:30 will meet at FIT and gym days will entail power development, skill development and short mock race conditions. 
  • Sunday at 9:00 will be “field trips” (think trails, parks etc) and will be more endurance based and wicked super fun!!! (See below for schedule).
  • We are going to be building a couple of new surprise implements for you guys to train on specifically for this class!
  • There will be running involved in this camp.  You do not need to be a competitive runner to participate, but you do need to be able to perform some running.  If you have a question as to your ability to participate, feel free to touch base with me to discuss.

These are one time introductory prices and the next camp they will increase!!!
Members:

  • 8 Week Camp $69 (only $4.30/class!!!)Group
  • Drop in $10/class

Guests:

  • 8 Week Camp $119 (only $7.43/class!)
  • Drop in $15/class

Second Half 4 week rates:

Members:

  • 4 Week Camp $39 (only $4.87/class!!!)
  • Drop in $10/class

Guests:

  • 4 Week Camp $69 (only $8.65/class!)
  • Drop in $15/class

Please e-mail Eric@FunIntelligentTraining.com to register!

Sunday Schedule 9am unless noted:

9/28: FIT

10/5: White Park

10/12: Memorial Field

10/19: Gray Cat Farm (11:00am)

10/26: Portsmouth Street Conservation Center Trails

11/2: Mt. Major

11/9: Oak Hill

 

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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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)

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

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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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-Evolution Rock-

Donated 4 gift certificates as prizes.

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Donated 4 gift certificates as prizes.

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Donated 4 gift cards as prizes.

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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!

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