Stop The Fitness Insanity

How does one stay focused in achieving their fitness success? I often look at the pioneers of fitness and ponder how do they stay motivated year after year? I wonder what makes them have the daily desire to get better or stay on track? Now everyone is human and we all have little setbacks of motivation but all in all the end result is the goal….to live a healthy and prosperous life!   When choosing your fitness path there should be a lot of thought put into what you are striving to do. Working with clients many people are confused in what direction to follow? Fitness is very similar to the weather in Nebraska…constantly changing. Fitness people are sometimes known as “Lilly hoppers” jumping from one program to the next and the end result is NO RESULTS and FRUSTRATION! Have you ever thought about following a GPS to your fitness success? Have you ever consulted with a fitness professional about your fitness plan? Are you tired of just going through motions and still receiving the same results? Will your fitness path be different in 2018? My challenge for you is to step out of your comfort zone and really make 2018 YOUR year! Have you ever thought about all the realms of fitness and what fitness really is? Fitness…what is fitness? Fitness is very broad to so many and is viewed in many different ways. Maybe you are an avid cyclist, avid runner, maybe you are a weight trainer or a group x participant? So, have you ever thought about experimenting with other forms of fitness? Here are a few questions to ask yourself?
  1. How is my energy..do I feel lathargic? 2. How is my flexibility or joint health? 3. Can I run 1 mile? Can I sprint 100 meters? 4. Is your fitness program balanced with strength and cardiovascular training or out of balance? 5. Have I been in a fitness rut…but afraid to experiment because I am worried about losing what I have gained? 6. Am I winded walking up a flight of stairs? How about carrying laundry up a flight of stairs? 7. Do I drive around looking for front door parking at the gym, the grocery store, or at my job? 8. Do I use a riding lawn mower instead of push mower? 9. Do I use a snow blower because it is easier than shoveling?
Just think about it….are you doing the right exercise combinations or the right nutrition program to give you your fitness success? Thinking back to my earliest exposure to fitness I knew only one way workout? I guess it was the right way or I wouldn’t be where I am today? But what if there was a better way? What if there was another approach that I missed that could have given me even better results?   I truly believe that in fitness, you constantly need to be looking for combinations that produce results. Try it and if does not work then make a note of this and move on. Here are some random thoughts to think about when evaluating your program.
  • Why do we keep trying the same program layout and the end results are still not there? Have you ever wondered for as long as I can remember why we do weight training first for roughly 30 minutes followed by a cardiovascular exercise for 30-45 minutes? Why is this the norm in commercial gyms?
  • Why do we always train the core at the end of the workout when we are already tired..why not first?
  • Why is the heart rate our #1 indicator of our intensity or calorie expenditure readings throughout the workout? How about physical exertion or RPE scale?
  • Why do we train the largest muscle groups first then following the smaller accessory groups?
  • Why do we rest 48 hours in between exercising the same muscle groups? Gymnasts or Easter Bloc countries do not follow these physiology rules?
  • Who sets the standard for how much protein is needed to maximize lean muscle synthesis?
  • Why do we eat our fruit at end of the meal? Why not first?
  • Who really developed the food pyramid? Was there other intentions behind this program?
  • Should I do a dynamic stretches Pre-work?
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Surviving The FIRST 21 Days Of Fitness

Short term pain for long term gain! In order to achieve what other’s haven’t you must be willing to make sacrifices that others won’t. Unfortunately in the beginning these are short term pain. Every successful fitness transformation requires short term painful sacrifices that really make the major difference in long term success. TOP tips for surviving the FIRST 21 days of fitness!!!!    1. Hitting The Snooze Button– Yes the snooze button in the morning can be your big obstacle. By waking up 10 minutes early each day this can be the deciding factor to give you enough time to eat your balanced out breakfast! No more drive through or sugar packed breakfast bars. 2. Exercising In The Morning- Studies show a 90% success rate for people that exercise in the early morning before work. If life gets in the way then you must make it a priority no matter what to exercise first thing in the morning. The old saying ” Early bird gets the worm”:) 3. Pack Your Lunch– If you try to wing your lunch you will make bad choices that are not on your program. Co-workers and friends can easily influence you with your guard down. Take the extra time each night to prepare your lunch for the following day. Fail to plan to plan to fail:) 4. Starting A Fitness Program– Yes this is short term pain with long term gains. Everybody struggles in the beginning. Nobody is bullet proof from first time soreness. I truely believe this is mentally tough for exercisers trying to start up again with their fitness program. Nobody likes to be sore or struggling to breath. Our bodies are a creature of habit and will adjust within 2 weeks. Just get through the beginning stages:)) 5. Switching Your Food Choices– Yes we love salt, sugar and fat! Yes the temptations are killers but are you willing to fight through the temptations to get where you want to be? Our bodies are constantly trying to reward and comfort. Set your mindset for cruise control and fight off the battles of temptations! Short term pain for long term gain!! 6. Cooking And Grocery Shopping- Yes cooking is a short term pain with long term gains.  I know many claim they have limited culinary skills.  Another short term pain is cleaning the kitchen and grocery shopping.  To look and feel your best I can guarantee you that eating out for your meals will produce NO results of lean sculpted body.  Take the extra time and experiment with herbs and spices. Also I highly recommend the cookbook Eating For Life and TasteofMai.blogspot.com for creative healthy recipes. 7. Fear–  Yes FEAR is our #1 killer of long term gains in fitness!  Many fear the fact of failure in fitness.  It is much easier to use fear as an obstacle to keep you from reaching your potential.  Many fear of looking out of place in the gym environment.  I highly recommend the group setting of fitness boot camps, group x classes, and also seeking the guidance of a qualified personal trainer.  REMEMBER everyone no matter how experienced they are in fitness has  felt the  fear of the new gym environment.  This fear is a short term pain for long term gains.Share it! Facebooktwitter

TOP 15 Questions To Ask When Searching For A Gym In 2018!!

With the New Year's HERE and fitness is on the minds of EVERYONE!! Making the best decision for your fitness success can sometimes be very stressful. Millions of people will search for personal trainers in studio and in home, join health clubs, and seek the assistance of nutritionist. When shopping for health clubs, boot camps/group fitness programs, and programs that are offered just for a short time frame of 6 weeks, 10 weeks, or 12 weeks here are a few questions to consider to help you make the best decision.
  1.  Does the club have month/month memberships? Does The RATE Increase On You YEARLY?!?
  2.  Does the club have 1 year ,2 year OR 3 memberships options? -
  3.  Does the club have sneaky sales promotion to get you in the door to learn it was NOT what you thought?
  4.  Does the club have first/last month dues up front? Does the club have YEARLY improvement fees
  5.  Does the club have high pressure sales with commission driven sales people? Do they call you daily/weekly/monthly?
  6. Does the club have scenarios if you join now we will waive your initiation fees and other dues only if you join the FIRST day?
  7. Does the club have hidden facility fees? 
  8. Does the club have cancellation fees? 
  9. Does the club allow children on the weight room floor under 12? 
  10. Does the club allow its members to go shirt less and shoes are not required? Does the club allow members to drop barbells and dumbbells?
  11. Does the club have the hours available for you and for the child care?
  12. Does the club have FREE child care?
  13. Does your club have child care?
  14. Does your club have lockers/showers? 
  15. Does your club offer enough group fitness or fitness boot camp classes to work for your schedule?
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Setting Fitness Goals In 2018

Goals! Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals and more goals! Yes from the beginning of our lives, we have been taught about setting goals to achieve! I think alot of people have good intentions to succeed, but they just talk about them. In order to succeed you must write daily, weekly, monthly, 6 month, 1 year, and 5 year goals! You must write these goals down! I personally write my goals down on my desk to basically keep me striving both mentally and physically! My former training partner even put my #1 goal on my screen saver of my cell phone!!! Now talk about a reminder!!!! A goals that is not put down on paper is just a DREAM! Afraid Of False Starting! Fitness is very confusing! The fitness community has produced over 10,000 books that proclaim they have the answer to everyone’s problems! Now what about all the fad diets, fad supplements, fad fitness programs! WOW A TON OF CONFUSION!!! I believe that a mass majority of people have confused their bodies and their minds with clutter!! We have to sort through all of the spider webs and start on a proven path of fitness success!! THE ANSWER TO FITNESS IS TO FOLLOW A SOUND FITNESS AND NUTRITIONAL PLAN THAT WILL DELIVER RESULTS FOR REAL PEOPLE!!Share it! Facebooktwitter

The Good Life “Shred” Nutrition Program

Paleo, Low Carb, Macro Balance, and so much more can very confusing on the best method or approach for you.  Since 1999 over 15,000 nutrition books have been produced with the "answer" to the ever growing obesity epidemic in the United States! At Good Life Fitness we might not have all the answers BUT we pride on educating our members on proper nutrition for LONG term success.  Yes we understand there are quicker/shorter methods...BUT that we pride on long term fitness success for our members. At Good Life Fitness we focus on the 3 B's of nutrition....basic meals, balanced meals, and best choices.   Schedule today a FREE nutrition consultation today to discuss your goals to help you look and feel your best in 2018!!  Share it! Facebooktwitter

3 Tips For Long Term Fitness Management

Looking at various studies on obesity, the researchers found several common factors among those who were successful in maintaining their weight loss long term.  Check out these top 3 tips.
  1. Limiting T.V Screen Time-  I often hear I do not have enough time to exercise...but funny thing is they can recite the current sit-com show to you.  With T.V comes snacking and mindless eating...BE CAREFUL:)   The average American population spends 3 hours a day watching T.V.  Try and replace this time by taking a walk or going to the gym..
  2. Maintaining Consistency-  Our bodies are creatures of habit. Staying consistent on your daily caloric intake and maintaining consistency with their workouts and nutrition was  key.  There is no "falling off the wagon".
  3. Weight Training-  The secret is "muscle".  Yes NOT huge bulk but muscle.  The key for long term bone health, metabolism health, and successful weight management is preserving your muscle.  It is the armor of your future success.  Exercising with weight a minimum of 3 x week.
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Good Life Fitness Instructor PRE Workout Nutrition

So many people often ask "what should I do before I workout?".  Well....check out the instructors at Good Life Fitness as they reveal their favorite PRE workout nutrition.  If you have any questions please schedule today a FREE nutrition consultation. glfgreenapple
  • Greek yogurt or string cheese and fruit. – Christy Johnson
  • My go-to is 1 slice whole wheat toast & 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter-Lee Johnson
  • Egg whites with 2 eggs. Topped with some salsa and avocado –  Brittany Funk
  • Just have protein powder in almond milk. – Leah Sveen
  • Hard boiled egg, toast with peanut butter, protein bar, or a protein shake an hour before.- Megan Henderson
  • Hour or so before is Greek Yogurt and an apple –Katelyn Stevens
  • Protein energy balls or a hard boiled egg- Lexee Kuhlman
  • Spoonful of peanut butter & half a banana or 2 eggs scrambled with cottage cheese. - Amanda Swyers
  • 1 Scoop Of Vanilla Protein In 12oz Of Coffee- Steve Auxier
  • 3 egg whites 1 yolk, 2 strips turkey bacon, old fashioned oatmeal, 1/2 tbsp all natural almond butter, blue berries- Ryan Wright
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Jump Start Your Fall With Good Life Fitness

Fall Is Here!!  YES The Before You Know It Thanksgiving, Christmas, And NEW Years Will Be Here!!!   Jump Start Your Fitness EARLY At Lincoln's Premier Fitness Facility!!  Check Out Below Why Good Life Fitness Was Selected As The #1 Gym In Nebraska And TOP 50 In America!!   glfpostcard2 XYZZ 2015 bestoflincoln2016Share it! Facebooktwitter

Top Tips For Fall Motivation

Fall is here, colder weather on its' way and YES your motivational and dedication to fitness will be tested to it's max!  Check out my TOP tips for Fall motivation to help you stay on track PLUS look and feel your BEST going into 2018!!!  
  1. Support System-  Your support system at home, work, and the gym is key to help hold you accountable when the cravings kick in and your motivation drops to hit the gym!!
  2. Participate In Fitness Challenges-  Work challenges, online line and your health club fitness challenges are great ways to hold yourself accountable and set short but yet motivating goals!!
1stplacetodd 3.  H.I.I.T Training-  Short but sweet!!  Yes to boom up the metabolism, change up the dreaded cardio I would highly recommend H.I.I.T training ( high intensity interval training). glfstepmillhiit 4.  Early Morning Workouts-  YES short term pain for long term gain!!  I highly recommend getting in your workouts before your day gets going and your motivations or EXCUSITIS kicks in:) 5.  Track Your Workouts And Keep A Journal-  Individuals who have tracked their workouts and nutrition PLUS kept monthly measurements have shown a 90% long term fitness success rate!! mariot 6.  Attend A Scheduled Workout-  Scheduled meetings and meeting others there are HUGE for success!  A scheduled workout with a trainer will hold you accountable and when you feel like staying in bed or skipping the gym these are CRUCIAL for your success!! january-southeast-group-fitness-class-additionsShare it! Facebooktwitter

Good Life Fitness Boot Camper Drops OVER 50lbs!!!!

An AMAZING transformation from Good Life Fitness boot camper!!   Audie has been attending 6a.m. N-10sive boot camp several days a week and working with Good Life Fitness nutritionist Dewayne Roth since January!!!  Audie has dropped OVER 50lbs!!!  Audie's physical transformation is AMAZING!!  His ENERGY, His PASSION, And His Internal Transformation Shows!!!!  Adding Years To Your Life...And Life To Your Years!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   glfaudiebeforeglfaudieafterShare it! Facebooktwitter