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Here’s Your Winner!

........ (hold please, I'll tell you in just a moment)

S3 is a challenge we've done for the last 11 summers. During this 6 week Sizzlin Summer Slimdown (S3) we had 51 participants. Our goal was to lose bodyfat and thereby gain more health. At this time in our country, being and staying healthy is your best option to fight off any crazy disease that plaques our world.At the end of S3, many of you dropped percentage points in your bodyfat. I'm not talking pounds or total body weight; percentage points! As I recorded the numbers this year it was a recurring theme to see a drop in 1.3, 2.4, 1.5, 3.3, 4.2, 3.7 points dropped.And then I saw a 5.7 and yet one more was higher. One person out of the 51 dropped 6.2 percentage points in 6 weeks. That is a total of 33.7% lost in bodyfat. Wow, that is awesome!At the beginning of S3 Dean and I committed to awarding 50% of the fees away. That is a grand total of $869. Half of that money will go to a local business that has suffered because of Covid. And half will go to our winner.

Without anymore chatter, $435 is going to Meredith Esonis. She rocked this challenge by dropping 6.2 percentage points of body fat, which is just incredible. That means her total body fat went down by a third in 6 weeks!

In Her Words  - "Baby Steps"

"Wow! I didn’t expect such a significant result. Mostly because I kept thinking ‘baby steps’.

I needed a focus to try to gain some control back. It has been a challenging year and a half for several reasons. S3 came along at the right time. The program was easy to follow, not overwhelming . The design was such that it allowed me to make small changes and then build on those new skills. This kept me in the present, not looking ahead; just looking at today. The group page was vital for a feeling of support. I wasn’t alone... obviously not with all the great results that were achieved!

Thank you for all that you do! You make such a difference."..

It’s Easier than You Think

Today is a great day, isn't it? It is just about noon as I write this and my day has already been full of laughs and hard work. I've done most of the laughing and you've done most of the hard work. 🙂 I have the best job ever. Beside watching lives tranform and health being gained or kept, I enjoy the privilege of working alongside you. 

The New Normal isn't a phrase I enjoy very much. Life is what it is now and at some point things will change again. Until then I am taking advantage of each moment because I have that moment to do so. At Cr8 Fitness I see others who think like I do. They are going to enjoy life in this moment fully. 

The 9am ladies are one group of peeps that have a robust training inside the gym and also on Zoom. I talked with a few of them after training today asking them why they found it easy to come into the gym. 

I appreciate these ladies taking time just to shout out all the goodness they see at Cr8 Fitness. Their attitude is amazing. Keep Making It Happen.

Coach Nancy


Fill Our Parking Lot

I don't know about you but I feel a bit exhausted when all the news and talk is tragic, horrible, and chaos. I am in the mood for some positivity and doing good. Here is how we are going to start doing that in our world. We'll start with our town and go from there.

One of our very own peeps has some very large health issues right now. Of course that means they are quarantined. Petra, our 5am peep, has been staying away from training at the gym. She did venture out last week while no one else was around to say Hi to all of us in the parking lot. 

I'm sure you have seen her note. Here is how we are going to Fill Our Parking Lot. As each of you come into training, or to pick up your protein, or to visit me; I would like each of you to pick up a piece of chalk and write Petra back. I know we can take our empty lot and fill it with bits of goodness for her. 

Our first step in changing the things we talk about from all bad to good is to Fill Our Parking Lot UP! I'll buy more chalk if I need to, lets do some good and change the world.

Coach Nancy


Making It Happen While Away

Good things do happen while you're away. I haven't heard of any other gyms that have such Cr8- tive people. (Did you see what I did there with the word Create?) I am truly proud of the ingenuity and determination of our peeps. Zoom has been a great tool to use to get your training in while you're away. 

Recently Lori was able to spend some time up North. She Zoomed in during the ladies training at 9am. Since she didn't pack all the regular tools we use in the gym she improvised. I was rather impressed when she pulled out a Rock for her training tool. The rest of us were using Dumbbells and bands and medicine balls. I believe Lori invented the "Splash Rock". The ladies that day were amazed that as we did slam ball she took her rock and threw it into the lake only to retreived it each time. Of course with each throw she sent up a great 'Splash'. It was one of those tropical feeling days so I don't think she minded.  

Lori isn't alone in using rocks for training. The famous Dan of 6:15am training had everyone wishing they were all zooming in alongside of him recently. The view of the morning sun across the lake gave us the sensation of being away even just for the hour in the gym. It was great to see Dan use the bands he had packed but he used a rock for some extra weight to press and deadlift. 

I am thankful we were forced to give Zoom a go round for training. It has proven an amazing tool to keep our training going. The phsical training we tackle in the gym or while away builds our bodies defense mechanism against anything unhealthy. Dan and Lori are just a few that are Making It Happen while away. A shout out goes to Sue and Jennifer as they both recently traveled to Ohio and zoomed in from there. 

I am amazed and proud of all the Cr8- tive peeps that train with us at Cr8 Fitness. The Little Gym in the Woods is an amazing place to be. 

Coach Nancy

Making It Happen – Camping

I am so inspired by the people at Cr8 Fitness. Truly this is the greatest group of peeps around. A highlight of my morning was Sherry and Lynn. Both ladies are away camping and yet were on Zoom to get their training in for the day.

Lynn and I chatted a bit on Zoom while Sherry got herself a coffee before joining in. Three months ago we wouldn't have even thought about this form of getting training done. Now we can video chat after training, how cool is that? 

Next time you see these ladies give them an air high five for Making It Happen - Camping.

Your proud Coach,

Nancy

 

The Brady Bunch, Hollywood Squares, and the Waltons all in one place

For the last month or so we've all been "Staying at Home". And yet meeting together on Zoom is working for our training but also for us. Everytime I start a training time, I have all these happy faces looking at me and the show 'The Brady Bunch' comes quickly to mind. Usually somewhere in the conversation with all the laughter and back and forth chatter I am reminded of the silly game show 'Hollywood Squares'. The sweetest time of all is after training when we bring it back into the Middle. (middle being what we called it as we gathered together in the middle of the training gym) The 'Waltons' were a family that as they ended their day they would individually shout out goodnights to each one. As we end our time as a family each training hour, we shout out goodbyes. Thank you for bringing good memories back to my mind. Thank you even more for making great memories as a family.

Enjoy your day today and each day with family and friends. As soon as we can I'd like to get together. We're preparing for that already.​

Until then, lets make the most of each day and Make It Happen!

Coach Nancy



Spotlight on Andrea

I heard Andrea's story about carrying cement and I wanted to share it with others. It's not often that someone proclaims the joy of hard work while smiling. She actually said she loved it. She is such a trooper. Andrea can share a story and make each part of it bring a smile to her face and everyone listening. I know she has challenged those who train near her with her enthusiasm. Andrea can tell it better than I can. 

Did you catch that about the cement? She carried buckets of it. When she told me this story for the first time, she showed me how the men would swing the buckets. It was like a Kettlebell Swing with a 5 gallon bucket. That is strength and power in action. 

I love hearing how the training we do in the gym magnifies and is on display outside the gym. Tell me your story. 

Coach Nancy


Spotlight is on Belinda

Hard work is HARD. (Profound I know.) Commitment, Persistence, Energy and Sweat are just part of what goes into training at Cr8 Fitness. As your coach I know what you do here is HARD work. It's supposed to be. I want that hard work to be mixed with laughter, camaraderie, jokes, and encouragement. It feels like family. 

Belinda came to Cr8 Fitness just about a year ago. After a year of training with us, she earns a spot in the Hall of Fame. You'll soon see her wearing her RED shirt that highlights this honor. Congratulate her when you see her next. Also tell her Happy Birthday. She started training with us on her birthday.

Congratulations Belinda and Happy Birthday! Here is to many more years of celebrating your birthdays with us. 

Coach Nancy

Spotlight is on Jennifer. She’s Fighting Cancer the ‘Good’ Way.

I've been so amazed, inspired, encouraged, loved, along with so many other emotions the last few weeks. As many of you know, cancer has hit my family. My sister and Dad struggle daily with the effects of this terrible disease. Your kinds words and actions bring a clear image of the what the Cr8 Fitness family is to me. When Jennifer from 4pm training told me about how she was helping to fight Cancer, I was all ears. 

Jennifer has been captain of a team for the Rock N Race for several years. This past year, 2019, she was the top fundraiser for the event. Her team 'Davis and Towle' (She works for Davis and Towle Insurance) earned "RockStar" status directly due to her hard work. 

The Rock N Race is a 5k walk/run done every May in downtown Concord. It is fundraiser for the Payson Center at Concord Hospital. The Rock 'N Race attracts upwards of 5,000 runners, walkers, area businesses, survivors, families and friends in a positive outpouring of support for people with cancer. Over $4.5 million has been raised to assure that thousands of people with cancer and their families are able to access life-affirming services at the Payson Center for Cancer Care’s HOPE Resource Center. Jenn has worked hard to do her part in helping others. 

While no one wants to deal with Cancer, we all know someone who either has it or has had it. Right now my fighting spirit gets angry when I hear the word cancer. I'm thankful Jennifer has had the time, ability, fight to put in a 'Good' fight with the Rock N Race. (By the way, Jennifer's last name is Good). 

The Rock N Race is going on again this May 14th in Concord. Help Jennifer fight cancer by joining this year's team. 

Fight the 'Good' Fight,

Coach Nancy

Have you met the “Don” of Cr8 Fitness?

What can I say? Don Harty just plain rocks. He makes us laugh, he makes us thing, and he inspires us to never stop getting better. Here is his story, at least until now!


On Thursday I was honored to receive my 3 year shirt at the end of training with my 6:15AM class. When I got home I reflected on why I joined the CR8 Fitness program and how I have benefited from the 3 years with this program.

 First of all, why did I join? 

I have never been a gym guy and never worked out on my own either. I have always been an avid hiker and mountain climber since I was a teenager and with all the hiking I did my lower body was in pretty good shape. My upper body was a different story. I had always been overweight and just before joining CR8 I tipped the scales at 230 pounds. The only exercise my arms got was from writing sales receipts and tipping 12 ounce beers. For several months several of my friends who belonged to the gym kept telling me that I should give it a try, two weeks free to see if I liked it. I kept telling them it wasn’t for me.

Then in September 2016 I won a lottery to climb a mountain that had been on my bucket list for years, Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. I worked hard to get in shape for this climb by hiking a lot of mountains here in NH to get my legs in shape for this 18 mile trek. I arrived in Yosemite with 2 friends and the 3 of us set out at 3:00AM by flashlight to make the climb up the John Muir trail. It was a steady uphill climb and I struggled due to my being 40 pounds overweight and 61 years old. My friends had to wait for me several times as they were in better shape. We finally reached the crux of this climb, the infamous cables leading up the last 1/4 mile of 45 degree slope. After attaching my safety harness I headed up the cables and after a short time realized I was in big trouble. I had no upper body strength and this stretch of the climb required you to pull yourself up by your arms. Every 20 feet I needed to unfasten my safety clip that tied me into the cables and reattach it on the next stretch of cable. My heart was pounding and my arms were like rubber. I’m not a religious person but I remember saying “please, God don’t let the heart attack come when I’m not attached to the cables”. That would have resulted in a 3000 foot fall down an almost vertical cliff. Meanwhile a small parade of hikers had formed behind me because I was going so slow and there was no way to pass me. I heard some grumbling behind me and one voice stood out. I heard the words “old fat bastard” and I knew the words were directed at me. I finally made the summit of Half Dome and after a short rest headed back down to the valley. It was at this point I vowed to myself that if I wanted to keep hiking and pushing the limits at my age I needed to get my whole body in shape and lose weight.

I got home and called Nancy and asked how do I sign up for the training program. I joined shortly thereafter and I have been a part of the program for 3 years. 

What have I gotten out of the program? 

The bottom line is that the training and nutrition program that Nancy and Dean offer at CR8 Fitness has given me a new lease on life. Over the first six months I went from 230 pounds to 180 and my conditioning was the best since I was in my 20’s and finished hiking the 2000 mile Appalachian Trail. I have been able to do things that most people my age would not even consider trying. The great thing is that after 3 years, although I have the occasional relapse I always am able to get refocused with the coaching I get from Nancy and Dean.

There is no question in my mind that if I had not joined the CR8 team 3 years ago my life would not be nearly as fulfilling as it is now. It’s great to “make it happen”.

- The "Don" of Cr8 Fitness,

Don Harty

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