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What Your Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie Can Teach You About Goal Setting

Posted by Ted Andrews on

Well Achievers, it happened, over 100 Blueberry Lemonade smoothies were sold in the month of May! We did it!! Chances are quite good that if you were in the gym at the same time as myself within the last month you heard me exuberantly chatting about how my goal was to sell 100 of the smoothie concoction I crafted for May. While it was a fun, and often very silly endeavor and experience, there is actually a lot to be taken about goal setting from this month long experiment!

Goal setting is important. Goals give focus and direction to your fitness, career, relationship, and overall life journey. Goals provide a foundation of why you’re doing what you’re doing and often can serve as motivation to keep pushing when challenges and adversity arise, which they will. At the core of choosing a goal, it helps to have a destination that matters to you.

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Where is Your Body Today?

Posted by Maureen Harris on

A few years ago, I was taking yoga classes pretty consistently once or twice a week to supplement my running and lifting. The Tuesday morning instructor was everything you hoped and dreamed your yoga teacher would be. She was one of those genuinely wonderful people who radiated joy and warmth and made you feel immediately welcome and at ease. She created a space that invited you in, and she beamed with an energy that you wanted to tuck into your pocket and carry with you for the rest of the day.

One of the things I remember her reinforcing again and again (in addition to encouraging us to make LOUD ujjayi breaths that she could hear from across the room) was to respect where our bodies were on a given day and even at a given time of the day. The class was at 7AM, and most people were still stiff from their slumbers—it wasn’t necessarily the time to force our spines into a full wheel pose. It was heading into the middle of the work week, and most of us were working desk jobs that stiffened our joints and had responsibilities and deadlines that weighed heavily on our minds.

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Finding Your Training Patronus

Posted by Ted Andrews on

The tale of Harry Potter provides many important real world lessons. The stories illustrate the importance of friendship, courage, taking a stand for what you believe in even when faced with immense challenges, intelligence and wit, and the power of remembering and honoring lost loved ones, among many other amazing takeaways. One in particular, that will be highlighted here, comes from Harry’s battle with the dreadful Dementors, watchdogs of the wizard prison Azkaban.

 

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Visualization: Seeing your True Potential Through Mental Imagery

Posted by Sarah Polacco on

Ok who has seen the movie the Santa Claus? Remember the phrase the elves used to help Tim Allen and his son understand Santa Claus and the Magical North Pole? They said “seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing!” This is exactly what visualization is all about! Visualization helps us see our true potential in our mind first so that we can bring them to fruition!
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Fitness Info: Who to Follow?

Posted by Sarah Polacco on

Fitness advice is literally every where we turn! There are magazines, podcasts, blogs, TV shows, facebook pages, Instagram feeds, and tons of books all focusing on the topic of fitness and nutrition. Unfortunately, amongst all of this information, there is a plethora of crap. How do you know what is actually reliable, helpful, safe, and productive information? Let’s talk about it. I am going to share with you guys what unproductive and productive information looks like.

Lets first go over what does bad information look like. There are a ton of factors that go into what makes an article, a program, or a post beneficial, productive, or helpful. These are my qualifiers for what bad content looks like.  

Anything that:

  • Prioritizes extreme weight loss results over overall health
  • Over emphasis of the mentality of “Go Hard or Go Home” or “No Pain, No Gain”
  • States how to spot treat fat loss. (This is impossible)
  • Puts very short time limits on goals
  • Makes you feel inadequate, small, weak, or like you need to change who you are
  • States that their way is the only way to lose weight, gain muscle, be attractive, etc.

Before writing this article, I went out and did a little recon to see what magazines had to say in terms of fitness advice. To be honest it has been a long time since I had even looked in the direction of a magazine because they often times spread messages I do not wish to support or promote. Largely, this misinformation and negative standards are geared towards women but are not limited to. These were amongst the titles and article I found:

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