Category Archives for "Success Stories"

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

Sara’s Favorite Part of Challenges

Sara stopped by on her way to work to chat. We decided we'd make a quick video to review our conversation. You see Sara has been training with Cr8 Fitness for almost 6 years. She's participated in our nutrition challenges. Instead of listening to me talk about Transform in 4, I thought I'd let a veteran share her opinion. Sometimes it is better to hear it from others. Thank you Sara for stopping in. 

Just in case you haven't signed up yet, or maybe you just need to know a bit more. You can read all the details about "Transform in 4". It starts on November 1st. You'll want to sign up now so your ready to go. 

Thank you again Sara,

Coach Nancy

 

Spotlight Shines on Challenges

Nutrition Challenges

Words are powerful. There is a time to speak and then there is a time to take action. Our challenges give you the ability to put your words into practice. 

You see words in themselves are not enough. You need action or a time to practice what your words are telling you. Actions bring those words into deep conviction that are lived out practically.

The unique aspect of the Nutrition Challenges we hold through Cr8 Fitness is it touches lives. Powerful words will not have a lasting impact in our action unless your life is consistent with the message. It is not just words on our lips but words that impact our lives. 

Gretchen and Donna took time with me recently to tell me their favorite aspects of the challenges they have already completed. With our new Transform in 4 Challenge coming in November it is always helpful to hear from some veterans.  

Thank you Gretchen and Donna (and Kim behind the camera) for taking time with me after training. You ladies rock.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

P.S. Don't forget to sign up for Transform in 4

P.S.S. Remember you don't need to train with us so grab a friend to help you stay accountable to Transform in 4. I'll be there too. 


Dan the Million Meter Man

Many of us set goals, some of us accomplish them. Fewer of us accomplish them 4 months ahead of time. When someone crushes a goal it is worthy of a big shout out. Dan did just that. In February of last year, he decided he would ski One Million Meters in a year. As a group we did a Million Meters in March. Each of us skied 626 meters daily in order for the group of 110 peeps at Cr8 Fitness to finish 1,000,000 meters. At the end of March we had a total of 1,006,292 meters. It took daily consistent effort from the team. Magnify that by daily consistent effort from one person to hit 1,000,000. Dan is the Million Meter Man.

Dan crushed his goal. He had his team's support and cheering. You might have a goal you've worked towards. Take aways from Dan the Million Meter Man would be:

  1. Create a plan to make it happen 
  2. Just keep going  
  3. Don't let set backs stop you AND
  4. Listen to good stuff while you're working at your goal. (You'll have to ask Dan what he listens to as he skis.)

Keep Making It Happen - no matter what your goals are,

Coach Nancy


Spotlight on Crystal- The Knee Grab Ab Queen

I must confess Crystal makes me mad. Not mad in an angry kind of way but mad in a way that urges me to work harder. I wish I could be Crystal when Knee Grab Abs are on the board. She makes me want to be better. That is one thing I love about Cr8 Fitness. We all have strengths that spur others into action.  Crystal strength is in more than just her physical fitness. It is seen in her determination. She has put a goal in place and has been making it happen. It's not always easy or simple. It takes hard work and an inward drive to achieve a goal. Listen in as Crystal shares her story.

High Fives to Crystal. She is 'Making It Happen'. She is also inspiring others to work hard at their goal. Family is important at Cr8 Fitness. Joking, laughing, encouraging, pushing, and helping others to be the best is part of what we do. 

Thank you Crystal for taking time to share your story,

Coach Nancy


Lynn Shines in the Cr8 Spotlight

I am beyond happy to share the conversation I had with Lynn. She is enthusiastic and exudes commitment, so talking with her was a blast! Lynn tells us about her journey from before she joined to this very day. She knew what she wanted before she walked in the doors for the first time and  she shares all the added benefits she wasn't expecting. How many of us can say the same thing? It is so true. Often the benefits we were expecting are ranked right along side those things that happened just because you showed up. I love that Lynn shares her experience with us.

It isn't always comfortable to hit training after a day at work. But you know what? Once you get here you find that you can achieve more than you imagined you could. The success you work hard for is the one that sticks with you most. Find out what Lynn's favorite thing to do while at training. Watch her interview here:

Thank you, Lynn, for sharing with us! I am so happy you put your trust in Cr8 Fitness on that first day and continue to do so today. I can't wait to see what the next two years brings. I am thrilled to have you apart of our Cr8 family!

Monday Motivation and Inspiration!

Some of use "climbing a mountain" as a metaphor, and others of us actually go out and climb mountains! The amazing Don Harty is just one of the many dedicated hikers and climbers in the Cr8 Fitness family, and recently he had the opportunity to do an amazing trip to Mt. Whitney in California. 

Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. For perspective, our own Mt. Washington here in NH has an elevation of 6,288 feet. Yeah, Whitney is BIG!

I "borrowed" the following account from Don's Facebook Page. If you want to see even more beautiful pics, you should check it out

"Had the hike of my life yesterday. Kate Koonz and I hiked up to Trail Camp on Friday. I carried a 45 pound pack for the six mile hike because of the weather extremes on Mt Whitney. After a night in a cold tent with gusty winds Kate and I struck out at 6:00 AM up the Mt. Whitney Trail. During the first 2 miles up the section of trail affectionately known as the 97 bleeping switchbacks. The altitude hit me between the eyes. At around 13,000 feet I could not get enough oxygen in my lungs to power the body. I would climb for 20 steps and have to rest. It was during this stretch that I seriously considered quitting and going back down. Fortunately for me, Kate pretended that she was exhausted as well so I kept on plugging. We finally reached the ridge and actually descended 500 feet to join the John Muir Trail and then for the next 2 miles ascended at a more gradual rate up to the summit on Whitney at 14,505 feet in elevation. The five mile hike included a few traverses through snow fields that were 2-3 feet deep. By the time we reached the summit I was more beaten and exhausted than on any previous hike. We spent an hour on the summit and then headed down for the 11 mile hike back to the car for a total of 16 miles on the day. Unlike a hike last month on Katahdin where I left my dad’s ashes in the glove compartment, I brought the Old Man up with me and sprinkled them at the summit of a mountain that was on his bucket list but that he was never able to climb. We got out of the woods at 8:30 by flashlight and headed back down to our rental cottage in Lone Pine. How exhausted was I? For those of you that know me well this should tell it all. We picked up a pizza and a six pack of beer to bring back to the cottage and before I went to bed I drank only about 3/4 of one bottle. That’s exhausted. Today we drove Through Death Valley to Las Vegas. The temperature hit 121 degrees. We stopped at Badwater which at 282 feet below sea level is the lowest point in North America. So in less than 24 hours Kate and I stood at the highest point in the lower 48 states as well as the lowest point. California is a state of extremes. looking forward to heading home tomorrow."

Don sent us a couple pics and this very kind message:

"Good morning Nancy & Dean
Below is a picture of me at the summit of Mt. Whitney yesterday. It is a picture that would be impossible without the contribution that the CR8 program has made to my physical fitness and conditioning. My lungs were struggling at the high altitudes but the legs never missed a beat. Thanks for all you do."

I don't know about you, but I am inspired. I will be 53 years old next month, and Don's got a few years on me. Do you remember when you were a kid and you thought 40 was ancient? I'd like to think it's just now that I have really even got warmed up, and there is much adventure that awaits. Guys like Don make me want to make it happen.

And truthfully, it is really cool to see that "MTXE" shirt reaching new heights, literally. I just went out to see the 6:15am training crew, whose tradition is to wear that shirt every Monday, and sure enough, there they were. "Mental Toughness & Extra Effort" will carry you far.

So what mountains do you want to climb? Maybe it's a real mountain, like Mt. Whitney. Or maybe it's another adventure that you have been putting off for too long. As long as you are above ground and breathing there is still time. I started my first business in my 40's, and my second in my 50's. My wife's Uncle Carl skiis big mountains in his 80's, for crying out loud. Do you really want to sit on the couch (that could be a metaphor too) for the rest of your life? 

A little "tough love" here. It ain't gonna happen by skipping workouts, eating a bunch a crap, and watching TV until all hours of the night. I don't make the rules, but I do know what happens when you ignore them. I am talking to me as much as I am to you.

Get Up. Get Started. Get Going. 

There are mountains to climb.

Race you to the top!

- DC

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