Awareness Of Heart Rate Monitor Training

So many become FRUSTRATED or EXCITED to see how many calories they are burning during interval, boot camp, and/or group fitness classes!!

Check out the tip of the day from Good Life Fitness personal trainer Bryant Travis

Tip of the Day: Don’t judge the quality of your training off of a device that estimates your caloric expenditure(Cardio equipment, HRM, Garmin, etc.). As they are not exact and can vary with accuracy from workout to workout.

glfstepmillhiitThese devices use heart rate to determine caloric expenditure. Which makes them fairly accurate when it comes to aerobic exercise, but they can be drastically off when it comes to anaerobic exercise(strength training, sprints, etc.). Heart rate can be manipulated by adrenaline, anxiety, sleep deprivation, drugs and many other variables that do not equate to more calories burned.

These devices can be fun and motivating to track your workouts, but do not think just because it says you burned less calories the workout was inferior.

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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.

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  • 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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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!!

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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).

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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!!

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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!!

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HUGE Back To School Specials- EXPIRES Sept 30th

FREE Tanning With All Memberships Is NOW Available With Our HUGE Back To School Membership Specials!!  Good Life Fitness Prides On Being Locally Owned/Operated!!!

All Specials Include The Following

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  • UNLIMITED Access To Both Good Life Fitness Locations
  • UNLIMITED Tanning
  • FREE Child Care
  • HUGE Cardio/Weight Room 
  • HUGE Women’s ONLY Fitness Room 
  • FULL Lockers/Showers/Sauna’s
  • OVER 90 Pieces Of Cardiovascular Equipment
  • NO Contracts
  • NO High Pressure Sales
  • NO 1, 2 or 3 Year Contracts
  • NO Sneaky Sales Gimmicks
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Bryan Hospital 100 Day Fitness Challenge

A HUGE Congratulations To All Of The 100 Day Competitors Of The Bryan Health Challenge!!!!

1st Place: Glenda Schnase- Dropped 17 lbs and over 5 inches from her naval!!
2nd Place: Sandy Kirchner- Dropped 15 lbs and dropped 3 inches from her naval!
3rd Place: Jamie Schafer- Dropped 11 lbs and dropped over 1.5 from her naval!

We Are HONORED To Assist Glenda, Sandy, and Jamie And The Employees Of Bryan Hospital On Their Fitness Journey At Good Life Fitness

 

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How To Blast Stubborn Belly Fat

The frustration of unwanted ugly belly fat!  Many people truly look to quick fix nutrition programs and fat burning supplements as the answer of the stubborn midsection!  This blog was the #1 viewed blog of 2010 that I had posted so I wanted to share it again just in time for spring:))

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Shredded, wash board, razor cuts…these are lifelong dreams of many fitness enthusiasts. I personally view a lean firm stomach as a testimonial of one’s dedication to their nutrition and training. I receive many emails a day from people seeking advice on training their stomach. Here is a list of the Top 7 questions about achieving those razor cut abs! Also a bonus question at the end:))

Question #1: Do we have an upper and lower abdomen? Answer: No. A lot times I think we feel that we have two separate sections of the abdominal. Our rectus abodominal muscle is actually all one main muscle. The reason we often see the upper abdominals contract and burn more is because of the muscle fibers in this region. The upper abdominal muscle fibers shorten more during abdominal movements but actually the whole abdomen does contract. Proper nutrition, cardiovascular training and your core program is important!

Question #2: Why can I not see my abs yet? I do a ton of abdominal crunches but I still can not see my abs! Answer: Remember you can not spot train. Basically what this means is that we can not burn fat out of certain regions of our body. Now i do believe that we should put extra focus on those stubborn areas to help them pick up the pace:)  It is very important that we balance out our fitness instead of just trying to work on our problem spots. According to a study done at the University of Massachusetts. A group of men did the equivalent of 5,000 sit ups in 27 days and did not lose any body fat from their abdomen. The key is your cardiovascular, nutrition, and your training program.

Question #3: What is the best abdominal exercise? Answer: This is a tough question. My theory is that we must incorporate the posterior side of the body into the abdominal movement. So I personally believe the two best movements are the abdominal plank and the v-up crunch. Both of these movements incorporate the whole rectus abdominus and lower erectior spinae.

Question #4: Should I always train my abs at the end of the workout? Answer: Personally I am a fan of mixing abdominal movements in to the middle of the workout. Remember our body is a creature of habit. We are trying to break the principle of adaptation. So a good mixup is important. Try doing your stomach first. Be careful on leg day! If you fatigue your lower back before squats or deadlifts you must be cautious!

 Question #5: Can I use weights on my ab exercises? Answer: Yes, I would try to master technique first before increasing the intensity with weights. The key is technique then intensity!

Question #6: How often can I train my abs? Answer: No research has shown that we can overtrain our stomach. Personally I train my stomach multiple times per day. The military and top athletes in the world train their abdomen daily!

Question #7: Does side bends with dumbbells reduce my love handles? Answer: Unfortunately this does not work. This movement actually works the lateral range of motion in your spine. The key to reducing these areas is proper diet and your cardiovascular program. Bonus Question: If you would change one thing in my diet what would you do? Wow: Tough question…honestly I say there are 3 main keys. Work on eliminating all simple sugars, meal spacing, and work on increasing your lean protein.

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Good Life Fitness Sports Specific Training

Good Life Fitness now offers sports specific youth training for individual or small group with numbers not exceeding 7.  Schedule today your FREE fitness consultation today.

 

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Youth Sports Training Program

Each child, or group, will have a specific training program specific to their needs as athletes. We will do fitness testing during the first session measuring strength and speed, and then periodically throughout their training program to monitor progress. This program will contain strength, endurance, agility, plyometric and speed training specific to each athlete and sport. Our goal is to use this more individualized training to instill proper technique and enhance skill level in the athlete, so they can carry this on to their sport.

AGILITY TRAINING: Agility training as an athlete is very important. From youth athletics all the way up to professional, it is very important. For example, some benefits:

  • Aids in injury prevention
  • Improve multi-planar coordination
  • Increase heart rate and blood flow
  • Increase mind-body connection

STRENGTH TRAINING: Strength training is important for all athletes, not only for power lifters, or football players. For example, some benefits:

  • Increase bone density
  • Increase calories burned while resting
  • Increase muscle tone
  • Increase explosiveness

SPEED TRAINING: Speed training is not only for sprinters. All athletes that are involved in sports with quick bursts of running or moving can benefit from speed training. For example, some benefits:

  • Increase calorie burn
  • Improve your VO2 max, or your body’s ability to use oxygen
  • Increase your body’s ability to oxidize fat
  • Trim time off of your running/sprinting times

PLYOMETRIC TRAINING: The goal of plyometric training is to train for maximum force production in the smallest period of time, so reps are kept low and the intensity and effort is high. All athletes can use plyometric training to improve all parts of their game. For example, some benefits:

  • Increase explosiveness
  • Increase strength and efficiency of fast twitch muscle fibers
  • Improve maximal strength performance
  • Increase stamina
  • Increase speed and power
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Good Life Fitness “Shred” Nutrition Program.

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Good Life Fitness For Final Round Of Voting!!

A HUGE Thank You To All Of The Members Of Good Life Fitness And To Everyone Who Cast A Vote To Help Us Be In The Final Voting!!!! PLEASE Cast Your Vote Starting Monday!!!!!glfthxu

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HONORED To Assist So Many People!!

– “I was impressed with the knowledge foundation that our instructors have and their commitment to fitness and OUR health. They really have educated themselves on how to train us safely and effectively. I have been able to learn quite a bit from them and have been able to improve my ability to help others through their knowledge”. Dr. Scott Strasburger

“When I first started the boot camp sessions my goal was to just lose a few pounds and be done. However, after 3 weeks I started noticing changes that I’ve never experienced before and was hooked. I’ve been amazed at my experience ever since. Steve’s sessions are more than just a work-out; they’re educational and full of support. Prior to working with Steve I rarely ate breakfast, snacked on foods I considered healthy because they were low-fat and drank anywhere from 4 to 6 cans of diet soda each day. He taught me that exercising and eating the right type of foods combined is a recipe for success. I’ve learned the importance of drinking lots of water, eating breakfast every morning, eating regularly and eating good protein each day. I highly recommend Steve and his N-10sive Boot Camp training sessions to anyone looking for a way to change their body quickly and permanently. His sessions are educational, personable and fun! ”

“Boot camp was an important part of my 6 weeks transformation.  Steve was able to push me to the next level and beyond.  Being comfortable with my workouts and diet has been the key.  Being a mother of 4 and working full time as an Occupational Therapist you have to make exercise and diet just as important as anything else.  It is easy to eat fast food those quick meals the kids like.  It takes time to get up early to workout before the kids are up, make a special lunch for work, and get a meal started fro the evening but that is what it takes.  In the past I did not have the tools to adequately push me to see results as I have seen and will continue to see.  With the changes Steve has helped me make not only has my body changed my family has benefited by the nutrition and having a happier, healthier mom.  If you have the desire and drive…you will see results!  Be ready for a new you.

 

“I’ve carried around extra weight for years and have not been in the best shape. Steve developed a program just for me and helped me lose weight and worked on some of my other fitness issues. I’ve lost and kept off 25 pounds and do not have back pain like I used to have. In addition, I feel my overall health is better!. I highly recommend Steve.”
Randy Bretz- Marketing and Sales Associate

“Steve is a fantastic personal trainer who both inspires and instills confidence in his clients to help them reach their fitness goals. He is extremely knowledgeable about the best ways to combine diet and exercise to improve his clients’ overall health and well-being.”
Katherine Brandenburg- Marketing Communications and Public Relations Professional

“Four years ago I started power lifting under Steven Auxier’s direction. In that time he has helped me accomplish gains in strength that I never thought possible. Steve can see ones potential and safely help them set and surpass their goals. Since starting this sport he has helped me add almost 400# to my total pounds lifted and is responsible for my current 2nd place ranking in the United States for my division. Because of his coaching, I’ve actualized a dream of being a part of a United States team, something I would have never imagined! ”
Barbara Sieps- National and World Champion, American and World Record Holder

“As a physical therapist, I have times where I refer patients on to a personal trainer to continue their exercise progression as well as to help return them to sports. I have referred patients to Steve because I have seen the knowledge that he possesses as well as the dedication to his clients. Steve is a hard worker and tailors his clients workouts to their specific needs and goals. He is constantly reading about and researching the latest advances in exercise and nutrition which keeps him on the cutting edge and allows his clients to see great results.”
Rob Kobza, Physical Therapist, Snyder Physical Therapy

<em>“I have just completed my 6th week of training with Steve Auxier. The strength program that Steve has developed has improved my tennis game incredibly by focusing on my weaker areas of my game! My first step to the ball is quicker, I have more strength in my forehand and my endurance has really changed!”
Zach Northey- US Tennis Circuit Competitor 

“As a competitive powerlifter, my training is unique. Steve is able to target specific improvements in both my technique and training cycles over and over again. For the past 4 years, I have continuously made significant gains in each of my lifts – which is quite an accomplishment! Not only that, but he inspires me everyday to become a better athlete.”
Kelli Lambert- Silver Medalist USAPL Bench Press Nationals

“I do not have as much free time in the summer to drive to Lincoln to meet with Steve. During golf season we focus on flexibility and core work and then he switches my program to building strength in the off season. My long game in golf has improved substantially.”
Dr. Larry Carlsson- Omaha Nebraska

“Dear Steve,
Year end of 2008 is a good opportunity for me to thank you for all the effort you’ve put in to helping myself, my husband and my office staff live healthier, happier, more productive lives. You have definitely gone above and beyond in accommodating our limited facilities and time and given us a thorough workout every week.
We all appreciate the variety in your presentation of the different parts of our workout and the feeling after each session that Every muscle of our being has received its individual attention. We can all attest (and readily tell anyone who asks) to the fact that we are stronger, more flexible and have more endurance than almost 2 years ago when we started working with you INSTEAD of now feeling “older”!
Thank you–We appreciate you.”
Donna M. Howe, DDS

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