Adversity Exposes Weaknesses
Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet...

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

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Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet stubborn. We are patient and careful, but prone to overthinking, overanalyzing to the point of paralysis. We are sensitive, dogged, or committed in ways that are admirable, but can be frustrating, overwhelming.

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking
Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For...

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For others, it makes us far too uncomfortable, insecure, nervous. Still, others, don’t necessarily enjoy risk taking per se, but do it anyways: They understand – usually from experience – that incredible innovation, transformational change, unprecedented achievement typically requires assuming a certain degree of risk. They know that risk can lead to failure. They know that failure – in the right hands – cultivates humility, curiosity, and can be a phenomenal learning experience. 

Adversity & Opportunity
Adversity & Opportunity

Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a...

Adversity & Opportunity

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Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a moment there seems to be so little you can do. As indeed there is. And that can be the magic of it. We know that too many options, too much choice can be debilitating. It can leave you questioning your judgement to the point that no matter what you decide, you remain a little anxious that you could have chosen better. 

Adversity & Survival
Adversity & Survival

Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons...

Adversity & Survival

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Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived for as long as we have. When bombarded with an onslaught of incredible physical demands, the human body ultimately responds by increasing energy efficiency, building lean tissue, and increasing neuro-muscular mechanism so we are stronger and more powerful, and improves our capacity to resist fatigue and handle stress.

Adversity
Adversity

Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or -...

Adversity

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Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or - often - an intricate combination of all three. Adversity creates real pain and can be accompanied by fear, anguish, and despondency. It can also incite anger and spur furious, violent action.

The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

Positive energy is contagious...

Posted: May 22, 2020

"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

Positive energy is contagious.

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible. I gather one group was forced to stay there for 15 hours. One SEAL recounts the experience at 8 hours in. He recollects that many of the trainees seemed ready to give up. Then above the sounds of teeth chattering and moaning, one of the SEALs began to sing. Out of tune and with great enthusiasm. One person joined him. Then another. And finally, everyone in the mud was singing. One man rose above the misery and encouraged everyone to hang on.

Be the person who starts to sing. A voice filled with courage and hope can ignite the same feeling in others.

Inspiration of the Day

“At some point we will all confront a dark moment in life. If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about your future. In that dark moment, reach deep inside yourself and be your very best.”
― William H. McRaven, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

Class of the Day

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for another TNT class!

Join Lori this morning for this high energy, challenging class, designed to turn you into a lean, mean, fat burning machine.

Class begins at 11:15 and will last 50 minutes.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 881 5708 6530
Password: 628385

Next Week’s Classes

BIG NEWS! We’ve added another new class to our schedule for next week. Don’t miss out! Click here to check out our schedule for the week.

If you have questions about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.

Exercise Fundamental of the Day

Thank you to those of you who have enjoyed and valued this specific section of the blog. The Exercise Fundamental will now be posted regularly on Saturdays… when potentially you have a little more time to read!

Mindfulness for Results

There are numerous psychological benefits associated with being mindful. But did you know there are also amazing physical advantages that accompany being mindful during your workout?

I need to start by saying that sometimes exercise is beneficial because you let your mind wander.  

And sometimes, it’s important to be fully engaged in the activity you’re performing. Neurologically aware. Mechanically aware. Where is the pressure in my feet? Where are my shoulders relative to my pelvis? Where am a feeling this? How and when am I breathing? Can I do 1 or 4 more? 

Why? Mindfulness during exercise increases muscle innervation, optimizes strength gains, and keeps the muscles young! (Aging is typically associated with denervation of muscle fibers). Mindfulness increases overall muscular engagement and movement integrity making your workouts more efficient and more effective, and boosting metabolism. It improves movement mechanics reducing injury incidence and giving better results. 

Yes, sometimes exercise needs to be an escape. But this mindfulness isn’t necessarily counter to that. Keying in to what’s happening physically, and focusing fully on the physical, physiological, and neural experience of the exercises, allows you to, forces you to, stop thinking about the other “stuff”. Your mind gets a complete break from any stress, anxiety, anger, or sadness you might have been carrying. You can pick it all back up when and if you need to, but taking a complete break from those thoughts and emotions is an important and healing thing.

So today? Completely immerse yourself in your activity. Note how you can use your brain to make the movement feel different. Better even. More intense, more coordinated, more satisfying. Relish the full body immersion that fully engages one part of your mind while releasing the other.

Trainer Moves of the Day

We’ve covered this before, but I want to touch on it again: TANGO your workout. Your run, your walk, your bike ride. Alternate your “lead” leg so it’s RIGHT, 2, 3 and then LEFT, 2,3… your breath will follow… and then the tango will become less distinct and start to flow beautifully… a syncopated symmetry if you will… Draw your shoulders down and back, allow your diaphragm to expand down, powerful and low to optimize your oxygen consumption and ability to expel all that air… 

Workout: Tango & Flow

  • Goal 1: Alternate between being mindful, and “tangoing” your mechanics and then allowing your legs, arms, and breath to “flow” more. The “tango” portion are higher intensity, and will be much tougher. The “flow” portions back you down into your purely aerobic training zone enabling more relaxation and ease of movement. As you progress through the workout, your “tango” intervals get a little bit longer, and subsequently a little harder while the “flow” stays consistent effort-wise throughout.

Warm up: 
  • 4 - 5 minutes build from Zone 1 to Zone 2
Pick-ups:
  • 30 seconds Zone 4
  • 30 seconds Zone 2
  • Repeat the 30 second back and forth 3 times. Finish with:
  • 120 seconds Zone 2
Workout:
Set 1:
  • 2 minutes Zone 3-4
  • 2 minutes Zone 2
  • 3 minutes Zone 3-4
  • 3 minutes Zone 2
  • 4 minutes Zone 3-4
  • 4 minutes Zone 2
Set 2:
  • 2 minutes Zone 4
  • 2 minutes Zone 2
  • 3 minutes Zone 4
  • 3 minutes Zone 2
  • 4 minutes Zone 4
  • 4 minutes Zone 2
Optional Set 3:
  • 2 minutes Zone 4-5
  • 2 minutes Zone 2
  • 3 minutes Zone 4-5
  • 3 minutes Zone 2
  • 4 minutes Zone 4-5
  • 4 minutes Zone 2
Cool down:
  • 5 - 7 minutes Zone 2-1
Beginner Option: Skip the 4 minute intervals.
Advanced Option: Skip Set 1. Repeat Set 3.

For questions about today’s Trainer Moves you can connect directly with Meg here.

Reciprocal Update

Dear Members,

Please be aware that Reciprocal Privileges continue to be suspended until further notice.

Some of our Reciprocal Partners may be reopening under different timelines than our own but this does not include Reciprocal Member Visits.

Thank you for your understanding.

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