Avoid These People For Fitness Success

Wow peer pressure and a bucket full of crabs!  Sounds interesting?  Peer pressure can be the #1 downfall to a person’s fitness success!  Approaching the holiday season you will be put in situations that will test your loyality to sticking with the PLAN!  With multiple holiday parties and tempting co-workers you will really have to stick to your guns!  Don’t cave in!  Be prepared ahead of time!

In the fitness world and in life I like to visualize people as crabs.  Have you ever noticed a fisherman’s crab bucket has no lid on it?  Why?  Well when one crab tries to escape the other crabs will pull him down.  No crab ever escapes.  Dating back to the college days I lived with guys that were constantly trying to get me to fail on my diet.  Don’t get me wrong I ate my fair share of pizza and beer, but when I got serious I was 100% commited to the plan! Now while I was cooking up my chicken breast, brown rice, and brocolli, these guys were eating pizza!  They constantly ridiculed me trying to get me to fail.  Stick to your guns!  Remember “No Food Tastes As Good As The Feeling Of Having The Body Of Your Dreams”!  I love that line from Bill Phillips!

To be successful with your fitness goals stick to the “10th person theory“.  Choose your surroundings and friends wisely.  Choose 9 other people that are on the same mindset of fitness that you are.  This goes for all aspects of your life.  The goal is that you will be 1/10 of those successful people!    Avoid the crabs in life that will constantly bring you down.  Be an optimist!!

Dedicated To Your Fitness Success!haters

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AMAZING Journey Of Health And Fitness!!

Super proud of long term client Kim Dillon- Bryant Travis Good Life Fitness personal trainer!!

Today’s AWESOMESAUCE Award goes out to Kim Dillon!
Good Life Fitness has been a big part of my life since 2011 and I’m always proud to tell people I workout there.
In 2007, I received the amazing gift of life with a kidney & pancreas transplant because of complications I suffered from Type 1 diabetes. After the transplant, I felt like with every step forward, I was taking 203 steps back with health issues. I kept fighting because I had been given a second chance at life and needed to keep my donated organs as healthy as possible.

I joined GLF & started walking on the treadmill. Ended up walking next to Steven Auxier one day and told him I was thinking about walking the Lincoln half marathon. He encouraged me to sign up for the marathon training class offered through the gym. I never thought I could walk a half marathon, let alone run one! Three Lincoln halfs later, I think I need to thank Steve for that little encouraging talk back in January 2012. He and the staff have continued to encourage me through my fitness journey.

Hands down, my biggest supporter has been Bryant Travis. He was given quite the challenge when I signed up to train with him a few years ago. With age and the daily dose of prednisone because of the transplant, I knew I needed to take care of my bones. He took all of my limitations and continued ailments and worked them into a program that has made me stronger. He knows when he can push me a little harder or when my body can’t handle any more. He is brilliant at what he does and makes it enjoyable at the same time. I always look forward to my workouts with Bryant and feel so grateful for what he has done for me.

I remember when I joined GLF, I mentioned to a friend that I liked the diversity of fitness levels and age groups of the members. The staff was so friendly and encouraged me to stick with it. That remains true today. GLF got me moving in the right direction and with their help, I’m hoping my donated organs continue working for a very long time!”



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Good Life Fitness 7 Week “Shred” Nutrition Course

cleanslateAt Good Life Fitness, I work with clients with a broad range of nutrition backgrounds, goals, dietary restrictions and concerns. More than anything else, I’ve worked with men and women who are endlessly struggling to lose weight. Many of my clients have tried fad diet after fad diet, and nothing has worked. With months and years of frustration and disappointment behind them, it seems the only thing left is to just give up.

Somewhere along this journey, we have forgotten how to nourish ourselves. Our vulnerabilities have been exploited by “quick fix” 1,200 calorie diets, appetite suppressants, and pills that “attack deep fat stores” (yeah…sure they do…). The weight loss industry is making billions of dollars every single year, and what do we have to show for it?


—-1/3 of adults are classified as obese. Almost 13 million children (17%) are labeled as obese. Over $190 billion is spent annually treating obesity-related illness. A fast food industry that’s also making billions of dollars every year. Millions and millions of people attempting to “diet” each year and failing. And an average consumption of only 1 fruit and 1 vegetable a day for both kids and adults—-

That’s what we have. And it breaks my heart.

We forgot how to eat. And what’s worse is that we’ve settled for feeling like crap all day, every day. We settle for fast, easy, and cheap food. And then spend billions of dollars on diet products.

Diets don’t work. A whole body wellness approach does. Re-education does. That’s what I have to offer you at Good Life. A practical, sustainable plan to help you feel better than you can even imagine. You will gain confidence, knowledge, and you will finally be empowered to build a new love for food and for yourself!

If you’re longing to be free from yo-yo dieting and self-sabotage, come see me! Starting in January I am conducting a 7 week nutrition course that will provide all of the tools for you to be successful with your fitness journey!!! 


Call 1-402-434-4444 and ask to set up a consult with Caitlynn
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Good Life Fitness #2 Ground Break

A HUGE Day In Fitness As Good Life Fitness #2 Ground Breaking Ceremony Took Place!!!  We Would Like To Thank Our Staff And All Of The Members For Their Dedication To Fitness!!  We Are SUPER Excited For Good Life Fitness #2  And The Wonderful Opportunity To Assist Lincoln And The Surrounding Areas!!!


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Finding The Right Health Club In 2016

glf2January marks the start of the NEW YOU in 2016. January 1 is when many take a short time to think back on the prior year and adjust what is needed to make the new year even better. Thousands of people will make strides to change their health, physical appearance. Many thinking about the plan of attack will often feel confused on the best way to maximize their changes in the shortest amount of time. The big questions are nutrition..what plan, supplements…how much and what kind and of course the exercise plan. Many will fall prey to quick fix diets, bogus supplement claims, enticing infomercial schemes, and high pressure health club promotions. With over 10,000 nutrition and exercise books all claiming to have the next answer to the ever growing obesity in America one can not help to be confused. So what is the best plan for you? Without knowing each and every one of you I have put together a little cheat sheet to help you in making the right decision. This cheat sheet could be the summary of a whole book so I will keep it brief for ya:) BEST of luck on your fitness endeavor in 2016!!! This will be your BEST year ever and I/we are SUPER excited to assist so many wonderful people at Good Life Fitness!!! We are the cure for the common workout:)

Step 1: Seeking The Best Nutrition Program For YOU!!!!

Yes nutrition should be 80% plus in importance so you must find the best plan for you. Some questions to ask when deciding your program:)

– Are the recommendations so challenging that I can not see myself doing this past 12 weeks?
– Does the program eliminate carbohydrates (grains etc) only leading to food cravings and weight gain?
– Does the program restrict calories so low that I am in ketosis?
– Does the program require supplement purchases?
– Does the program require me to drink my meals or take appetite killers?
If you answered yes to 1 or more of these questions I would recommend searching for other methods that will give you LONG term fitness success. Remember we must look down the road to long term healthy patterns that lead to long term healthy habits…not short term. Your nutrition plan should contain the 3 B’s…balanced, basic, and best.

Step 2: Choosing The RIGHT Fitness Plan For YOU!!!

Choosing the right fitness plan is very important. The novice exerciser will see results in the beginning with “lilly hopping”…jumping from machine to machine or pulling articles from magazines but for LONG term results a well designed plan is critical. I HIGHLY recommend the assistance of a qualified fitness trainer to custom design your plan to your goals. Some questions to ask when deciding your program:)

– Do I struggle staying motivated past 21 days?
– Do I struggle staying motivated past 6 weeks?
– Do I struggle staying motivated past 12 weeks…as many as 65% don’t make it past this date:(
– Do I struggle to stay motivated on home DVD workouts?
– Do I find myself fast forwarding the DVD to skip scenes?
– Do I find myself becoming distracted with my home workouts and struggle getting down stairs to start?
– Do I find myself making excuses to start my workout?
– Do I see great results in the beginning but seem to plateau and the last 10# just won’t budge?

If you answered yes to 1 or more then I highly recommend the assistance of qualified fitness professional.

Step 3: Choosing The Health Club For YOU!!!

Choosing your NEW health club is an investment to adding life to your years and years to your life. You are going to be spending a considerable amount of time so you want to make the RIGHT choice for YOU! Here are some questions to ask yourself when searching for your health club.

– Does the health club have everything YOU are looking for? This is a tough decision. Working in many health clubs I had the luxury to have unlimited access to so many activities…BUT I found myself never using all of what the club had to offer. This is important because remember YOU are paying for a lot of activities that you might not ever use?
– Does the club have month/month memberships?
– Does the club have 1 year or 2 year memberships options?
– Does the club have sneaky sales promotions?
– Does the club have first/last month dues up front?
– Does the club have high pressure sales with commission driven sales people?
– Does the club have scenarios if you join now we will waive your initiation fees and other dues?
– Does the club have specials every other week and all the members are paying different rates?
– Does the club have hidden facility fees?
– Does the club have cancellation fees?
– Does the club have membership fees so low that the weight room is jam packed?
– Does the club allow children on the weight room floor?
– Does the club have members who leave weights on the machines?
– Does the club allow its members to go shirt less and shoes are not required?
– Does the club have towel service fees?
– Does the club have the hours available for you and for the child care?
– Does the club have FREE child care?
– Does your club have child care?
– Does your club have lockers/showers?
– Does your club offer enough group fitness or fitness boot camp classes to work for your schedule?
– Does your club have hours of operation for you just in case you are not able to make it to a scheduled class?

Here are some additional questions for you:)

– Does the club have a motivational atmosphere that produces results?
– Does the club know YOUR name?
– Does the club know your children’s name?
– Does the club offer nutrition and personal training services with out contracts?
– Does the club have high pressure personal trainers driven for commission and big sales commitments?
– Does the club have a friendly atmosphere to exercise in?
– Do you play basketball?
– Do you swim?
– Do you play racquetball or tennis?
– Does the club not allow you to use all of the areas of the facility ( multi purpose room or group fitness room) when unattended?
– Does the club constantly ask you for referrals while exercising?

Your health, your body, and your investment should be a well thought out adventure. You want your health club to be like a second home. Working in the health club industry for 20 years I have the HONOR to assist so many wonderful people on their fitness journey!! I wish you the most success this NEW Year!!!

Yours In Health And Prosperity!!

Steve Auxier
Good Life Fitness

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NEW Skinny Jeans Challenge!!!

Was the Summer a little rough on ya?!?  Did you gain those extra 7-10# and the jeans are feeling a little snug?!?


Check out the Good Life Fitness 6 week “skinny jeans” challenge and win AWESOME prizes from Ash & Ash and Francesca’s!!!! 


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My Personal Story Of How I Lost 60# In 22 Month

I wanted to share my personal story of how I dropped 60# of bodyweight and 22# of body fat in only 22 months. My goal is you can use or relate to this situation to help you in your current situation.

Now keep in mind my highest body weight was 204# with a body fat of 16# at my highest.cardio1

This body mass was incredible and felt bullet proof. My strength was crazy but my stomach was out of control. Even being a personal trainer I never felt comfortable taking my shirt off in public and with 3 small children constantly wanting to go to the pool I dreaded the moment. In the sport that I loved so much (power lifting) nobody really cares how lean or ripped you are. Typically the strongest power lifters are the guys with the big hard abdomens, huge barrel chests, and big arms. The big hard stomach is really an advantage when it comes to squatting the big weight! My gut was large for me but I could squat over 500#, bench press 400#, and dead lift over 600#, so i sacrificed my leanness for strength, maybe an excuse for laziness on the nutrition side? My eating habits were 80% good and 20% bad! Now I considered bad (candy bar from gas station, once a week fast food, bread, and sometimes other starchy carbs). Since I am super competitive I constantly looked for biggest and best supplement to give me the leading advantage. I took so many supplements that you would have thought they were additional meals packed with pills and powders. My supplement bill exceeded over $4,000+ a year! My training partner Mitch was a beast! Mitch squatted 700#, bench pressed over 500#, and he dead lifted close to 700# but he was a former bodybuilding champion who always reminded me that we are not bodybuilders, but powerlifters!:)


Well to fill in the gaps here I endured a squatting accident that ruptured 7 quadricep tendons which tore my quadriceps away from my patellas in both legs. This accident placed me in the hospital for 2 weeks and a wheel chair from January to the end of May. Now going into this situation with the eating habits of a horse and a high percent of bodyfat I was placed into a situation where my weight training was totally decreased to nothing and my cardiovascular was obsolete! My fear was now my true metabolism and genetics could be finally revealed! Maybe I was destined to be overweight? I was scared of the unknown! I was desperate for the quick fix, but being on large amounts of medications, I.V’s, and blood thinners, supplements were out of the question! I had to be smart and efficient. I didn’t want to waste away in that bed. The scary thing is we start to catabolize muscle in only 2 days! My bodyweight went from 190# -214# in 2 weeks with all the I.V. fluid and lack of activity. I always remember the great trainer Brian Bailey saying ” you will never know your true genetic set point”. That is your life goal…to find out your genetic set point! But maybe now here it was?

So here was what I did! Given the situation on the Ortho-trauma floor I basically had to work with my surroundings. I could sit there and except my current situation and feel sorry for myself but I looked failure in the face and accepted his challenge! My wife being my #1 supporter and my brother who has always been my inspiration to work harder and get better every single day, a surgeon who was super fit, and an amazing physical therapist all recommended a few ideas that I took to heart. I was desperate for anything! My wife being super intelligent with nutrition and fitness organized a huge support system of clients that switched my nutrition to having my meals delivered to my room. No more hospital food! The meals were healthier than my normal 80/20 diet that I followed. I did drink Iso-Pure protein drinks to help maintain my lean muscle mass which are easy on the digestion and super low calorie shakes to help prevent overall muscle catabolism. Since I was basically paralyzed from the waist down I could only work my upper body. I had to think of something, but being on a ton of muscle relaxants and pain pills I had to be smart! Physical therapy was only 15 minutes 2x per day and half the time was getting me in and out of the hospital bed and then 1 set of 10 on my legs with physical therapy assistance. I craved these sessions! I needed to be on a schedule again! These small p.t. sessions didn’t burn hardly any calories and I was used to working out 2+ hours a day 4-5 times per week. I looked forward to these little sessions to wake my head and body. The little session cleared the spider webs out! This is one reason I incorporated my mini session theory!

So here is why I am huge believer of bodyweight only exercises. Keep in mind the strongest pound/pound individuals in the world are gymnasts! My program for the last 22 months has consisted of 90% bodyweight and 10% dumbbells. In my hospital bed there was a bar that suspended up above my head….so i would perform pullups every single day. In a 24 hour period I would do 100+ reps! I had nothing else better to do:) I would pull 8 reps then rest, then pull 8 more 20 minutes later. I was super fatigued from the medications and the 3+ hour long surgery. When your brain is in a drug induced fog and no caffeine you have to dig down inside to push yourself. Secondly in my wheel chair beside my bed I would tricep dips on the handles. I did so many I can not even remember! I didn’t put a number on my sets, I trained to failure every single set! I had a set of light dumbbells to do curl and incline dumbbell presses in the bed just to add variety. Everything was performed with super high reps. Many sets of 20+ reps throughout the 24 hour period! My only cardiovascular exercise was wheeling in my wheel chair up and down the hallway several times a day. The nurses were probably sick of me, but this was good for the mind! Now if you have never tried this you will have a different perspective to how challenging this really is! Wheel chair triathletes and people that have to use a wheel chair daily are truly amazing! If you want to feel an arm burn then try a wheel chair for your mode of transportation!

Now my nutrition in the last 22 months has really changed. I was used to eating for strength and mass which is a blend of high protein, high carbohydrate, and a ton of supplements. Since the age of 12 I trained my body to eat like this. I switched away from this theory! My protein choices are organic lean choices (buffalo, venison, chicken, salmon, tuna, egg whites) that are not processed or injected with unwanted preservatives. In the past I would eat lunch meat, high fat red meat some times, but also blend in the other healthier choices that I do choose now. My portion control was way off the chart. For me to put on the large amounts of muscle I would eat past feeling full with every meal and snack. I was an eating machine. The hard gainer theory can be thrown out the window! Now my portions and calories are to an exact tee. My carbohydrate choices daily are ( Ezekial cereal, Ezekial english muffins, sweet and red skin p0tatoes, Ezekial tortillas, Old fashioned oatmeal). In the past days I was always a huge vegetable eater and that has not changed. For supplements of the past i would consume protein powder, protein bars, Creatine, L-Arginine, L-Glutamine, Juven, multi-vitamin, vit C, HMB, and anything else that was the newest and the latest wonder supplement. This blend averaged $200-$400 per month! Now since my accident I only take 3 daily supplements. I take a multi-vitamin, Barleans Omega complex, and glucosamine/chrondroitin sulfate for joint health. The average 8-12 week cost is under $100. My current bodyweight is 156# with a bodyfat level under 8% with no fat burners or fat burning gimmicks. After my accident I was pumped with so many pain pills, I.V medications and other drugs that I felt my body was super toxic! I literally felt contaminated…I could taste metal everytime I swallowed. So I took the natural approach with my nutrition and supplementation to give my body a rest of preservatives and toxic fillers.

Now not all supplements are bad…and I do recommend supplements if you decide to choose that path.

With my powerlifting career ending I looked at other avenues of fitness! I experimented with a type of training called Tabata. Tabata training showed me how out of fitness balance I really was! Ya I used to be strong but could I run across the street? No way! I looked good in my daughters tee shirt but my gut was another story! I was cool in the gym but in the real world was my overall health on a road to disaster? I never looked at my program that way and maybe still wouldn’t unless I had to step outside the box and look back in? I was good only in the sport that i mastered…sports mastery! I never did cardio of any kind and my personal choice of cardio was a high set of 10 on squats which would throw your heart rate through the ceiling. My approach was I rarely ate fast food, didn’t smoke or rarely would I drink alcohol…so I could skip the cardio. This is foolish thinking for the overall picture of long term health. The balance is the key!

My clients had amazing fitness transformation with interval training, Hiit training, and other forms of fitness programs I have trained a 1999 Body For Life champion, several Mr. Nebraska body building competitors, fitness competitors, marathon runners, but I personally never chose that route due to the sport I was involved in. I also had success coaching two World Powerlifting Champions, 6 National Powerlifting Champions, 4 American record holders, and many teenage Nebraska State and National Champions Powerlifters! My powerlifting team placed in the top 3 at Nationals 3 years in a row. Myself and several other powerlifters rank in the Top 10 strongest in Nebraska history. My wife was involved with marathons, biking, and other various types of fitness, but I was stuck in 1 mind set. Ya I miss the old days of lifting huge weight but I do not miss breathing heavy going up the stairs or worried about taking my shirt off. You might think whatever you looked good but in my mindset I didn’t. I look at the old Steve in this mindset ” a has been is better than a never was”…it was time to move on!

My N-10sive boot camps have taught me how to have a balance of all types of fitness! Ya maybe i couldn’t bench press 400# or deadlift a house, but I could do 100+ reps of pullups and still could run 2+miles all in 1 workout. My intensity and variety of fitness have really changed from the powerlifting days!

The key to getting super lean is adding variety to your program, intensity, and nutrition! I really think people choose what they are comfortable with when designing their fitness program. I really think over 80% of people are in a plateau in the commercial box gyms, could this be one reason for our rising obesity population and our rise in health care costs?

With tabata training I took it one step further! I incorporated mini workouts to my program. The great trainer Brian Bailey did multiple workouts throughout his day! So I copied the great one and did this for myself. I love this approach for 2 reasons. Each mini workout super charges my metabolism and since the sessions are short I always look forward to them. In my wheel chair I would train clients at the gym but to get in and out of the chair I had to perform a tricep dip. We live in a split level home so I would perform tricep dips up and down the stairs to get into the house or into the gym I trained at.

Nobody needs to work 2 muscle groups for over 2 hours! How productive is that? How is your intensity? How much down time do you have in between your sets? Are you watching too much T.V. at the gym? Do you socialize to much? This could be a reason for the high drop rate percentage in gyms and the lack of results that many experience?

Remember baby steps and taking one day at a time is the key to long term success! Be realistic with your goals and realize there will be bumps in the road and flat tires along the way. Fix the tire and get moving, lick your wounds and keep striving forward. Leave your failures in the past…do not carry them with you on your shoulders for the future. Failure is only temporary but regret is for a lifetime! Now keep in mind fat loss and bodyweight loss are not linear. I lost a large amount of muscle but over 22# of excess bodyfat. This explains the skinny fat person theory. Just because you are thin does not mean you have a low bodyfat percentage. Some of the skinniest people have a high percentage of body fat.

My daily habits that have helped me drop 60+ pounds in 22 months!

Eat breakfast every single day: ( Ezekial raisin cereal,lactaid milk, 1/4 cup blue berries, 1 small banana, and 2 egg whites).
Drink your water: Take your bodyweight/2 for daily requirement.
Do not skip workouts: If time is a factor do mini workouts. This could be doing burpees, pushups, and bodyweight squats at home for 10 minutes)
Choose bodyweight movements: More realistic to daily life! Do pushups, pullups, dips, burpees, mountain climbers, full situps, stretchings.
Lean protein intake: Consume a minimal of 15# grams of protein with each snack and meal. Increase your healthy fat source…try Barleans Omega Complex.
Get moving: I never sit down and watch T.V. Ask my wife I am constantly doing something, burn those calories!
Increase your intensity in your workouts: Shorten your rest periods between your sets? Come try an N-10sive Boot Camp workout!
Set realistic goals: Being able to squat 500#? Is that realistic for the future? Yes if you are a competitive powerlifter or athlete but for the average Joe…not really!
Never eat greasy fat food, high fructose corn syrup products, no processed meals, never skip meals/snacks, and no diet or regular pop. Allow 1 cheat meal per week:)
Be consistent with your plan: The great pyramid was not built over night. We did not get out of shape in 1 day….it takes time!

My goal by sharing this story is to let you know that I am a real person who was forced to change his ways to better himself. I was able to walk way from my mistakes with little physical conditions that i can live with. Imagine if you are going down the unhealthy road with your blinders on and you have a heart attack, or develop Type I diabetes, or develop cancer. What if people have expressed their concern for you to improve your health? If you fail to change your unhealthy ways this is selfish thinking…you are affecting your family and loved ones. If you fail to change your ways you will eventually have to make the decision to change and it might be to late for the reversal in your health. We are all human and we do make mistakes. My accident opened my eyes to what is really important in life… our families and our long term health!

Thank you for your time!

Steve Auxier

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