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Family Fitness All Summer!

Posted by on June 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

Now that kids are out of school and the weather has shifted to warmer, longer days, you’d think you’d have all the time in the world to workout and get in great shape. But summer can often lead many astray with their fitness ambitions.

Sleeping in and technology such as video games, TV and smart phones can turn families into couch potatoes resulting in less physical activity in the summer rather than more. To keep yourself, your kids and your entire family active all summer, you need a game plan!

 

 

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5 Tips To Overcoming The Roadblocks

Posted by on January 26, 2018 at 10:32 pm

When people set New Years Resolutions, most have great intentions and are extremely zealous but quickly run into roadblocks and eventually fall off the wagon. Soon the motivation fades and many are doomed to set the same resolutions year after year. Every year, if you set a goal, follow a process and then quit, why do you think it would be different next time. First, don’t beat yourself up about it. Sometimes it takes many attempts before something clicks and you figure out how to live a healthy and fit lifestyle for the long-term. Just remind yourself that your health is very important and you can do this, no matter how many tries it takes!

The bottom line is that whatever forced you off track last time, will more than likely surface again. To overcome that roadblock, you need to develop a strategy for overcoming obstacles posed by work, kids, fatigue or lack of time.

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Top 10 Secret Tips The Pros Use To Get Results When Lacking Time

Posted by on August 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Fitness Professionals are just as busy as the average American and they struggle to get their workouts in just like everyone. Consider this…you’ve been at the gym all day working and training clients. Often, at the end of your shift, you just want to go home and the last thing you want to do is stay longer at the gym to get your own workout in. So how do Fitness Pros stick with it?

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Who Are Your Fitness Peeps?

Posted by on June 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Sherri_class_ladiesOnce you decide to start a health and fitness program, sure, you can go it alone but many people report that having a group of people to work out with can provide the perfect environment for life transforming results. It’s one of the reasons for the success of the CrossFit program – Cross Fit is all about your workout community, your tribe, your workout support group. They will inspire, challenge and support you whether you are a rookie or a hardcore athlete and here’s why…

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Don’t Be A Quitter

Posted by on January 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

14570368_10154537968423607_8530988642847079589_nSince many join a gym and resolve to get fit at this time of year, it’s probably a good idea to examine some of the reasons why someone quits long before they’ve achieved their goals. If you’ve ever joined a fitness club and soon after found yourself wondering why you ever signed on the dotted line in the first place, well, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 35% of people who join a fitness club quit each year.

The most frequently reported reasons for not renewing a membership are as follows:

  • Couldn’t afford the expense 30%
  • Overcrowded facility 27%
  • New demands made on my time 26%
  • Inconvenient club location 18%
  • Lost interest/motivation 17%
  • Moved/relocated 16%
  • Switched to outdoor exercise 15%

Not surprisingly, concerns about price and time were among the three most commonly cited reasons for quitting a club. While lack of adequate disposable income or time are certainly legitimate explanations for leaving a club, it’s likely that a significant percentage of the ex-members surveyed hadn’t been successful in making fitness or exercise a priority in their life. If your fitness level and health are very high priorities, you’ll find the money or the time to commit. But, if you never use your gym membership, it becomes harder and harder to rationalize paying for it.  Conversely, regular usage yields greater satisfaction and more benefits, making it easier to identify the value received, and understand the cost and time requirements. So, if you want to actually use your new membership, you’ll have to figure out what you need to do to actually commit to your exercise program.  A consistent, committed effort will make a club membership worth the investment.

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Strengthening Your Heart and Lungs

Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm

sherri bike seattleI’m going to give you a little Exercise Physiology lesson today…all about strengthening your heart and lungs!

The cardio-respiratory system or the heart and lungs is responsible for the distribution of oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen, the gas that makes up 21% of the air we breathe, is critical to life. In fact, tissues will start to die without oxygen in about 6 minutes. So the efficiency of the heart and lungs and how they work together is very important both during rest and exercise.

This system functions by first causing us to breathe using our respiratory muscles. Air then enters our bodies and travels to our lungs. The oxygen is diffused through our lungs and into our blood stream and travels towards the heart. The heart is a strong enough muscle to be able to pump the blood to the entire body where tissues will extract the oxygen to use it to produce energy. Carbon Dioxide, a toxic waste product, is produced and the body must then dispose of it so it travels back up to the heart, then to the lungs and we exhale it. This entire process is an ongoing system that of course, occurs more rapidly during exercise. There are a few things that can make this system function more or less effectively. Read more on Strengthening Your Heart and Lungs…

Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 6

Posted by on June 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Our annual 6 week Spring Makeover Challenge allows our clients to participate in a fun, friendly team competition to help them shed that extra winter layer that most of us put in during the cold, dark rainy days.  Each of our trainers recruit team members and we all compete against each other to see who can ramp it up the most and achieve the best results.  There’s nothing like a little peer pressure to get you to do what you need to do to reach your goals.

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Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 5

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

When it comes to your health and fitness goals, there are a lot of different ways to achieve the same results.  At Northwest Personal Training, we host an annual Spring Makeover Challenge when our clients and trainers compete against each other using different approaches to maximize fat loss in a 6 week period.

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Use It Or Lose It

Posted by on February 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The old adage “use it or lose it” appears to ring true in almost all areas of your general health and fitness. You just can’t store the benefits associated with a healthy lifestyle. Here are some areas that may be affected by neglect:

Cardio-Respiratory Fitness:

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If you don’t challenge your heart, your aerobic capacity will definitely decrease with time and unfortunately, it becomes a vicious cycle.  You don’t exercise so you get out of shape, then daily activities start to become more challenging so you start to look for ways to make movement easier ie take the elevators and escalators instead of stairs, park closer, sit more, drive more etc.  Then your cardiovascular fitness deteriorates even further, you’re huffing and puffing more and starting to move even less because it’s uncomfortable. So stop the cycle and start moving your body and challenging your heart.

For those of you who do exercise regularly and find yourself out of your routine for whatever reason, generally, after only one or two weeks of complete inactivity, significant reductions in cardio-vascular fitness can be measured. It seems to be the fitness component that is affected first by a lapse in training. But the good news is Read more on Use It Or Lose It…

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Six

Posted by on January 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Six

Surround Yourself with Amazing People

We have so far discussed 5 critical steps to achieving your goals and dream life.  If you’ve missed the series, it would be helpful to go back and review what we’ve covered so far.

Sherri _friends_2013I am 100% confident that today’s step “Surrounding yourself with Amazing People” is one of the keys to the life I live.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of friends who like to participate in events and activities with me. Then it made me think that that’s what absolutely everybody needs!

If you want to be great, you have to surround yourself with great people. 

You are who you hang with – it’s called contagism – it rubs off!  If you want to be healthy and active, surround yourself with active and healthy people.  If you want to commit to eating a healthy diet, surround yourself with people who are also committed to that.  If you want to travel the world, surround yourself with others that have that adventurous spirit.  If you want to finish a triathlon, start hanging out with triathletes.  If you want to succeed in your career, find a mentor who has achieved great successes who can guide and direct you.  If you want to have a healthy relationship with your partner, surround yourself with friends who put their relationships first so they can offer a positive role model.  Bottom line – you are who you hang with!  So if all your friends sit around cursing and gossiping about others, you’ll find yourself doing the same.  If all your friends cheat on their spouses, then you may find yourself overstepping boundaries.  If all your friends are happy to live a mediocre life, you’ll find yourself settling also.  If all your friends are unhappy about their jobs and sit around complaining about it all day instead of doing something about, you’ll do the same.  If all your friends drink, eat pizza and chicken wings and sit around watching TV all day, that’s probably what you will do as well.  And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy living it up as well but, my friends and I all understand, we’ve got to earn it first!

Everybody needs people in their life who inspire them, challenge them, build them up, empower them, support them and encourage them to reach for their potential, their personal best, their dreams.

The opposite happens if you surround yourself with those who are negative, critical, and controlling and who steal your job and tear you down.

Some people will pull you up and others will pull you down – it’s your decision who you will give your time to.

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