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What it Takes to Be a Gym Bro

My kids are always keeping me on my toes. They also keep me smiling. So when Drew starting telling me what it takes to be a Gym Bro, I had to get it recorded for all time. My peeps at 5am training will especially like the qualifications of being a Gym Bro. Watch the video below and then I'll let you know another sure sign of being a real 'Gym Bro'. 

Drew is a really terrific kid. Not all the Carlson kids want to be on video. Now whether or not he was leading us all astray time will tell. Either way he made us all smile. 

Now 5am would add once you arrive, (rule number 1) in your flannel (rule number 2) you would use lots of chalk (rule number 3). 

I'm pretty sure the overarching rule is when you go to the gym, hang out with peeps who will allow you to have fun while challenging you to work hard. We do that here at Cr8 Fitnes.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

Add Some Humor (and Health)Into Your Day

I train some of the most awesomest (yes, that's a word) people in the world. While these people rock the hard work, they also put up with my antics. Tuesday has become tell a joke Tuesday. Lynne and Doreen might be kidding or maybe they're not. I do know these ladies work hard. They prove their dedication to themselves, their families, and friends as they've consistently worked on their health for over 10 years with Cr8 Fitness. 

Doreen and Lynne usually train at different times during the day but the family atmosphere at Cr8 Fitness drives friendships to form over training times and days. 

You've heard their goals. What are you working on to increase your health this year? 

Coach Nancy

I Can’t Believe These Numbers

I was looking around the gym this morning and realized something amazing. Each person there had been training at Cr8 Fitness for at least 5 years. Dan has been with us since Day 1. What a testament to each person's determination and endurance. They all bring a new thread to the fabric at 6:15am. I am grateful as it also says they must in some small way enjoy hanging out with me too. Next time I take a video I'll ask them the results that they've seen in that time. For now just stand in awe as you add those numbers up. 

Did you add those numbers up as they shouted them out? I did. Dan has actually been here almost 14 years so that makes a grand total of 74 years of training between them. How cool is that? By the way one of our oldest clients at Cr8 Fitness is 74. (I'm not revealing names)

Keep Making It Happen,

Coach Nancy

The Perks of Training at 5am!

Each morning there is this crazy group of people who come in before the sun is up to train at 5am. I love them all. Seriously you've got too, when people will get in their car to drive over and be ready usually with smiles to train early early. I asked them the best part of 5am. 

Bonuses of training at Cr8 Fitness:

  •  feels good to be in a family of people who care about you.
  • the camaraderie makes you feel special.
  •  you're accountable! One of the important reasons people benefit from the group is from the accountability. Even the bit of razzin' that goes on keeps you coming back for more.
  •  you have a coach. I believe people really want to know the “WHYs” to what they are doing and the reason they are doing it for. Knowing their is a coach who has your back helps keep you training confidently. 

Keep Making It Happen - no matter what time of day you train,

Coach Nancy

Why Do I Love Cr8 Fitness? Let Me Count the Ways

I enjoy hearing why you started with Cr8 Fitness. I really enjoy why you've stuck with it. We all want to be at our best health. Kim and Becky share their answers to both of these questions. 

The people at Cr8 Fitness are extremely amazing. You've knit yourselves together with this bond of being healthy. Then you take it further into friendships, encouragement, field trips and outings, and becoming family. Thank you for choosing to train with us. 

While it is not often, sometimes people have to leave Cr8 Fitness. Like Becky it might be a move that takes them away. We have some room in a few of our training times. Who knows we might just be that perfect fit. Take a peak and give it 2 weeks on us

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

Cr8 Fitness has its Very Own Jack Lalanne

Jack Lalanne is a fitness icon. He hosted probably the very first TV fitness show. He did extreme events like swimming with 70 boats in tow on his 70th birthday, lifting 1000 pounds on his show, and setting a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It". He is also know for inventing the Jumping Jack. 

Watch out because Lisa of Cr8 Fitness fame has invented her twist on the Body Blast. 

Lisa has also seen progress at training in just over a month. Get Ups should be something we can all do. Lisa has just found she is now able to do Get Ups without using her hands.

I believe Lisa could give Jack a run for his money in the energy department as well. Keep Making It Happen Lisa! We'll keep enjoying the new twist you add to training. 

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

“Why Start at Cr8 Fitness” by 2 Newbies

Going somewhere for the very first time can be challenging. Carol and Shirley just started training at Cr8 Fitness. One from a background of being in a gym and one from not stepping into a gym at all until recently. Together they have become a steady force training at our 8am time slot each day. I'm proud of Carol and Shirley stepping into the Spotlight with me. 

First time into a gym or the 4,598 its needs to be filled with the right kind of training for you and also the right kind of people. Shirley and Carol found it at Cr8 Fitness. I can't wait to hear from Carol and Shirley in a year.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

Hey, Why did You Start at Cr8 Fitness?

DId you ever wonder why the person next to you starting to train at Cr8 Fitness? You'll enjoy listening to these ladies who train at 6pm share their 'why'. Plus you just gotta watch because they like to keep me on my toes. Check it out. 

I am amazed at the energy this group brings each night for themselves and each other. The friendly accountability through knowing the person who stands next to you is helpful. It goes far beyond just knowing their name. They've become friends. 

Hang on to your hats there is more to come from this gang. 

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

What Does 10 Years At Cr8 Fitness Look Like?

A decade can be viewed as a very long thing. It can also be a very short thing. If I look back when I was in second grade 10 years later would have been close to an eternity of time. When I look back on my kids last 10 years, It's flown by so quickly. 

What about in the gym? Cr8 Fitness has been around for more than 13 years. Has anyone survived more than a year, 3 years, 5 years, or the unthinkable 10? The incredible answer is Yes! In fact Dan at 6:15am has been training with us since day one. Brian is a close second by just about 3 weeks. 

And there are soooo many more. 

I'm incredibly humbled when I look at the peeps in the gym. We all have our different reasons for being here and yet health and fitness unite us all. 

I'm a grandma, my littlest peeps call me Gigi. When I am 93 years old, I want them to think I am worthy of being asked to go sky diving by them. I want to be that crazy Gigi they tell their friends about. 

Get to know those in your training time. I know you will be awed and inspired by their story.  

Gretchen who is owns one of the famous names on the banners in the gym put it so well as she signed her name that day. She wrote, "Gretchen, a Work in Progress." We are all a work in progress. I'm proud to be working along side, with you, and for you.

Keep Making It Happen,

Coach Nancy 

Memorial Day Meltdown Winners

The week before Recovery week is always marked by FUN Fridays and this week is also special because the Memorial Day Meltdown Challenge concluded. Now it's not the end of a challenge that is special, it is awarding prizes to those who worked hard that is amazing. 

This challenge focused on losing unhealthy body fat. We did that by controlling the amount of processed foods we ate for the last 28 days. No special pills, diet potions, or crazing meal plans that only included steamed broccoli and baked chicken. 

The meals were delicious. Lots of colorful veggies along side a protein with some beneficial fats sprinkled in. 

Tracy's dinner meal looks amazing with the Lake as a back drop

For 28 Days we worked on different ways to keep making it happen while life's challenges occur. Since you have to eat no matter where you are or what you are doing, we focused on choosing healthy options whether stuck at a lunch meeting, out of the house all day on the run, in the house working with the fridge nearby, or weekend events and parties. 

Pumpkin pancakes were a must try. Lisa captured the meal and left a message that she was super impressed with them.

And of course there are prizes. The Memorial Day Meltdown Challenge had 5 different prizes to be won. No one knew what these prizes were ahead of time. Our goal was to become healthier through this challenge. And although the saying can be a bit corny, We are all winners when that is the goal. 

We did award real prizes too. The top 15 people who lost the highest percentage of body fat had their names put into a bucket for the raffling off of the 5 prizes. Here is how that went down. 

These prizes were awarded without any particular order and the names were drawn randomly. 

1 hour massage certificate to Chichester Massage - Brian Lothridge

1 bottle of SFH fish oil and 1 container, any flavor, of protein - Sue Chamberlin

3 months of Cr8 Your Plate Meal Planning - Lori Chateneauf

A summer supply of Papa Dean's Microgreens - Jeannie Johnson

Precision Nutrition bundle pack - Laurie Roy

Now here is your next challenge. Keep it going. Keep increasing your health. In order to keep your health you have to work at it. Health doesn't come naturally in fact as we age, we naturally lose health. Fight that fight. 

Congratulations to all.

Please contact me at to find ways I can help  you stay in the fight for the best health you can. 

Remember what Coach Dean always says; "When you get healthier you automagically get happier and the world needs more happy."

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

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