December Fitness Challenge Winner

Loved her results so much, she would text me and show me her muscles and make sure I saw her progress. Great job, Kate!

Loved her results so much, she would text me and show me her muscles and make sure I saw her progress. Great job, Kate!

Kate Joyce from Indianan is the December Fitness Challenge Winner! She checked in every day, lost 5 lbs and completed all the planks she was so afraid of! Great job, Kate! You win the Nic Akins Fitness Goodie bag with resistant bands, snacks and other amazing fitness prizes! 

January Fitness Challenge starts Monday, January 4th! nicakins.com

January Fitness Challenge

 
 

January is almost here and Nic Akins' new fitness challenge is ready for you! Four weeks, 3 workouts, meal suggestions and cardio ideas will be provided. You will be able to follow the program at nicakins.com/workout and if you have any questions, please ask and let's keep you moving! The goal is to get you in shape, back in shape or in the best shape of your life. You will form great habits that will set you up for the rest of the year OR at least for the next challenge. Good luck, have fun and get your family/friends involved as well!

Soulful Sunday

Exercising Your Soul:

Stay positive: Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Remember the good things you have accomplished.

Feed your Body: Fruits, vegetables and lots of water will help your body digest and function properly.

Good people, good environment: Surround yourself with people who love to laugh, smile and are full of sunshine. You know who those people are, learn from them and find yourself.

Find Yourself: Deep down, you are not as bad as you might think. Be happy with yourself and other will be happy for you. 

These are real exercises I have to put into action every day. It's not always easy but it can be done. Stay "soulfully" strong and be good to yourself, first!

Motivational Monday

The weight of the world can be heavy but you can lift the weight, push through it and get stronger. 

I Need Motivation...3 Things that keeps you GOING!

THREE THINGS TO HELP YOU STAY MOTIVATED

I am usually around a lot of different people throughout the week and the one thing that I am hearing from nearly everyone is..."I just don't feel like it...I am not motivated to do anything". What's funny about hearing this...I feel the same way too and I am the person that has to motivate others!! YIKES!

Well, I saw this quote this morning and it not only made me smile but it pushed me to keep going. Now, don't get me wrong, we have to work, provide and do for others throughout the day but somedays are just harder than others. Here are some things that were shared with me this week that I want to share with you! It's "FITNESS for the MIND" and we can all use a little strength training for the mind from time to time.

1. Surround yourself with positive people. Sometimes it is hard to be positive when the people around you are not so positive. They like to talk about their issues, what they don't have and people around them. That's not healthy. Stay away and change it up, even if you have to "go it alone" for a little while. You mind will benefit in the end.

2. Post pictures and quotes that really make your heart JuMp! There are so many inspirational quotes and motivational sayings out there. Grab about 5 of them and post them around your desk, mirror or computer. Read them every day, do your best to live by them and if they get old, change them up when needed.

3. Pray or Meditate. I truly believe in prayer and meditation. Why? It's your quiet time with God or yourself (whatever you believe in). Take 10-15 minutes to pray, breathe and be thankful for the things you have RIGHT NOW. Remember, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" and if start to hear yourself complain about where you are, I can ALMOST GUARANTEE there is someone out there who will trade places with you in heart beat. So, pray for deliverance, praise and thankfulness every day!

Alright...let's get out there and do this!

YES to the holidays...NO to the trainer. Wait. What?!?

What to do when you decide not to go to your trainer during the holidays...

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Oh, the holidays! It's a great time of the year to ditch exercise and turn up the volume on holiday celebrations. It's all good. Your trainer understands. Ho...Hummm! As a trainer, we know the pattern of our clients but as a trainer we also know what's going to happen come January. So, go and enjoy the festivities...really! BUT I wouldn't be a good trainer if I didn't AT LEAST give you 5 quick tips on how you can stay on top of your fitness goals...or at least not fall behind too much when it comes to the holiday season.

December Challenge will keep you moving.

December Challenge will keep you moving.

  • Drink 9 cups a water a day. Stay hydrated. It's easy for your trainer to remind you before and after each training session but when you are on your own, grabbing a soda-pop or sugary drink can sometimes just be convenient OR what you would rather do. One or two are OK during the week but to keep your body moving sufficiently, you need your daily H20 to keep you moving.
  • Keep moving for at least 30 minutes a day / 6 days a week. Your workouts may not be as intense as your customized training sessions but I am SURE there are one or two exercises your trainer has you do consistently that keeps your body on track. Make sure you do those moves and a few others for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. It reduces the chance that you body will revert BACK completely to what it was before you started going to a trainer.
  • Stay positive. No matter what kind of day you may have had, your trainer is always smiling and sharing their positivity when you walk through their doors. If that's the case, you have a good trainer who L O V E S what they do. Staying positive without your weekly cheerleader is possible. Take a sticky note, write down your trainer's favorite positive affirmation and put is somewhere that you can see it all the time.
  • Monitor your eating habits. Yes, you may THINK your trainer doesn't know but if you have been going to your trainer on a consistent basis...WE KNOW. So watch what you eat and don't cheat YOURSELF. Come on...you KNOW better! So make sure you watch what you eat, how much you eat and make sure what you eat is GOOD for your BODY...let me restate that...it's GOOD vegetables, fruits, grains and healthy proteins. "Nothing fried, died and laid to the side!"
  • Create a realistic schedule. It's hard to do things on your own when you are use to having your trainer tell you what to do. That's why you go to them right? No thinking, just do it. Well, the holidays and life situations can definitely slow you down, so make sure you stay the course realistically. Know what you can do, the time you need to do it and keep it simple. Talk to your trainer before heading out so they can help  you with your non-trainer schedule.

Good luck and don't leave too many of us trainers hanging during the Holiday Season!

See you in January!