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How To Stay Fit For The Holidays

We were so thankful to have over 30(!) people join us for “Turkey Tabata” on Thanksgiving morning. We saw lots of familiar faces, as well as a few guests from out of town.

Needless to say, by the end of the workout everybody had earned the right to a big turkey dinner!

That said, despite the great numbers on Thanksgiving, we know it becomes increasingly hard to workout during the holiday months.

The sun sets earlier, holiday parties occupy calendars, and delicious food and drink seems to be everywhere we turn…making it harder to say “no” to the snacks and “yes” to the workout.

Recognizing how hard this can be, here are a few ideas on how to stay “Fit for the Holidays:”

(1) Schedule It.

Put your workouts on your calendar at the start of the week and stick to them. (Show up late to the cocktail party if you have to!)

(2) Find An Accountability Partner.

Grab a friend, spouse, sibling, and/or co-worker…a partner to help you ensure that all of the progress you’ve made this year doesn’t get lost in a sea of egg nog and Christmas cookies.

(3) Recognize The Domino Effect.

It’s a vicious cycle; the less you work out, the more likely you are to eat and drink poorly. If you can make exercise part of every day, you’ll be more inclined to eat and drink in a way that your body will thank you for come January!

Sound good?

Then eat planks, and be merry! 🙂

The Secret To Growth and Strength? Learning “Lean”

Did you know that before becoming the most famous of photo-sharing apps, Instagram was a location-sharing platform called “Burbn”?

Did you know that the phenomenon we know as YouTube actually started out as a dating website?

And did you know that Groupon, the wildly successful discount coupon platform started as “The Point” – an app to help organize/drive social change?

The lesson from these, and other stories of successful startups: even the best companies rarely get it “right” from the start.

Instead, they seek to learn, fast.

They work hard to quickly determine what their customers want / need and then they make the necessary tweaks and changes to maximize the value they create.

This rapid learning methodology is called “Lean Startup” and has been used by entrepreneurs around the world to effect change.

At Fit Culture we live “lean” too! 🙂

Sarah and I are constantly learning…working diligently to better understand how the studio can more effectively meet your needs for health, vitality and connection.

In that spirit, we regularly roll out new classes created by our world-class instructors to help you stay inspired to “find your fit.”

This learning process gets us really excited. We hope you love it, too. Thank you, as always, for helping us to learn quickly and make Fit Culture a greater source of energy, positivity and health on Daniel Island.

See you at the studio!

How To Stay Fit, When You Don’t Have Time

Sarah and I spent last week in San Francisco.

I was working, but we also had the opportunity to meet our beautiful new niece, Adeline (the first child of her Sarah’s youngest sister, Emily — pictured, right).

emmy-and-adiIt was a great trip, but the combination of travel + my rigorous work schedule made it hard to workout.

Fortunately, I remembered something that a personal trainer had once shared with me: “It’s a lot easier to stay fit, then get fit again.”

In other words, even if the conditions aren’t perfect, do your best to make some kind of workout, any kind of workout, happen.

This week, I was able to squeeze in one breath-taking morning run in Sonoma (picture above), but most mornings I spent on the hotel treadmill.

They weren’t great workouts, but it was enough to keep my energy and endurance up while I was away from the studio.

As we enter this very busy last six weeks of the year, it will be easy to make excuses to not get your workout in.

There’s nothing wrong with changing your workout to accommodate your schedule/needs, just don’t let it go entirely. Remember, you can “find your fit” anywhere.

See you at the studio!

Fight Your Fear With This Smart Strategy

A funny thing happened on my way to the gym last week…I started to get nervous.

During our vacation the week prior, I hadn’t worked out with the same frequency, or intensity, that I had become accustomed to since we launched Fit Culture in April.

So, as I headed to Tabata Boot Camp early Monday, a little voice in my head started asking a series of annoying questions:

“What if it’s too hard?”

“What if you can’t keep up?”

“What if you embarrass yourself?

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever gotten nervous, anxious or scared in this way before? Does the little “gremlin” that lives in my head, live in yours, too?

If so, what do you do? How do you face that fear? How do you get past it?

A technique that I find particularly helpful in situations like this is what I call “Best Dad.”

A Smart Strategy To Help You Face Your Fear

“Best Dad” (or Mom) is a simple process in which you take the fear that you are facing, and imagine that it’s your son or daughter who’s dealing with it.

Specifically, you imagine that these “little voice” questions (e.g. “but what if it’s really hard?” “what if I can’t keep up?”) are coming from your child and answer the way you would if you were being the “best” parent you can be.

Done well, this technique strips the questions of their emotion (e.g. fear) and allows you to address the questions in an objective and principled way.

For example, in this situation, here’s what my inner dialogue sounded like:

What if it’s too hard?
“Best Dad”: That’s OK. You want it to be hard. Hard is good; if it’s not hard, you’re not growing.

What if I can’t keep up?
“Best Dad”: It’s not a competition. You don’t have to “keep up,” you just have to do your best.

What if I embarrass myself?
“Best Dad”: Never let uncertainty hold you back from trying something you’re not-quite-sure you can do. That’s not embarrassing, that’s courageous.

Needless to say, after completing this short thought exercise I felt a lot differently about the workout ahead of me. I made it to the gym on time, gave it my all and, loved every minute of the butt-kicking I received 🙂

Even better than the physical workout? The knowledge that I had, once again, exercised my ability to face my fear and work through it.

Where is fear holding you back? How might you use the “Best Mom/Dad” strategy to face your fear and work through it?

Feeling Grateful

Sarah and I were out of town last week — taking our first vacation together in nearly a year.

We started off visiting with a couple of old friends in Nantucket (where the picture above was taken).

On our way back home we stopped in Norfolk, VA to attend the “Change of Command” ceremony for my older brother, Jamie, a life-long Navy SEAL recently appointed “Commodore” of Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

Needless to say, it was an amazing week; full of joy, laughter, friends and family.

That said, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it had it not been for the “family” we left behind here on Daniel Island — our instructor team and you, our cherished friends and clients, who ensured that the studio ran smoothly in our absence.

Thank you!

We want to extend a special thanks to our dear friend Kim Riley (and her family), who spent many hours in the studio — opening, closing cleaning and making sure all the little things got done.

Thank you, Kim! We are so grateful.

Despite all of the fun we had while away, there is, truly, no place like home. We can’t wait to see you all again at the studio this week.

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