6 Daily Obstacles To Overcome For Fitness Success

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. With the winter months approaching I have 6 obstacles that you must overcome daily:) Here are the Top 6 obstacles to overcome daily! 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 throughs or sugar packed breakfast bars. 2. Exercising at 5a.m- 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:) At Good Life Fitness we have several avenues to help you. We have the “Shred” food available and also the “Shred” food exchange program!! 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? Win the battle with your mind. Ask yourself is this a want or a need? 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. Comfort Foods– Our bodies since the beginning of time have been programmed to store fat for survival! Be aware as the cold weather approaches that our bodies are preparing for the winter conditions. The days are getting shorter and your body will start a hibernation mode…food storage and more sleep!! Try to choose soups that are low sodium broth based versus cream style. Increase your green tea to help stabilize blood sugar and to fight off the sugar cravings! BONUS:) Form your support system of friends, co-workers! Let other know your fitness goals and they will hold you accountable! Fight off the national weight gain average of 7-21lbs from October-January! At Good Life Fitness we are here for you:) WE ARE DEDICATED TO YOUR FITNESS SUCCESS!!! Train smart and expect success!! Steve AuxierShare it! Facebooktwitter

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

NEW Secret Weapon Added To Good Life Fitness Group Fitness

YES so many weapons of FAT destruction!!!  Just when you thought the group fitness at Good Life Fitness couldn't get any better!!!  NEW group fitness steps have arrived for Lincoln's #1 group fitness program. glfgroupxstepsglfpostcard2Share it! Facebooktwitter

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.Share it! Facebooktwitter

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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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

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 backtoschoolNEWbacktoschoolparents    
  • 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
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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   glfbrian100daywinner glfsandykShare it! Facebooktwitter

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:)) Muhammad Ali 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. glfpostcardShare it! Facebooktwitter

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.   tenacity   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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