TJ's Gym Weekly News 11/8/2018

 
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NEW COACH WELCOME!

You may have had Alex Pino as a sub for one of your classes at the gym during the past few months. We are pleased to announce that Alex is officially on our schedule now, working around his firefighting schedule and coaching the Sunday morning classes in Mill Valley. Please check out his bio on our Coach page, and give Alex a warm welcome when you attend your first class with him!

 

Message from TJ:

The Past. Part 3 (see previous blog posts for parts 1 and 2).  
I’ve got a little bit more of the past I need to catch everyone up on before I can talk about the present.

A few years back, I had a strange experience. It was a Saturday morning, I had just come home from work, and Allison was rushing out the door with one of the kids, heading to either a dance or soccer event. As she raced out, Allison reminded me that the other kid was gone for the entire weekend on a school trip.


For the first time in years it was just the two of us: me and Pete. I walked around the house for a bit before starting to panic. Thoughts came rushing to my head about the future: “Once the girls are out of the house, what the hell am I going to do with myself?”

I’m sure some people have this figured out already; they will dive headlong into their hobbies or their projects around the house or their travel. But that ain’t me.

With the help of a number of people, I did the deep dive into figuring out what I wanted to do when I grew up…again. After exploring scary ideas, engaging in lots of dead-end thinking, and having to back-track a bunch, I’m happy to report that I now know exactly what my perfect day looks like ten years from now.  

I'm sharing this with you, because defining my future was an essential part of fixing my broken health. I stopped experimenting for the sake of experimenting and started to make solid changes for the sake of my health, this time with a purpose in mind. I pieced together the bits and parts of what had worked in the past and started researching those parts to find out the science behind them, instead of the marketing.  

With the goal for my future figured out, there was still an issue to face. In order to succeed and be healthy in the here and now, I had to be honest that for me, it came down to alcohol.  

A year ago, something called "Sober October" came across my newsfeed. It was a challenge of abstaining from drinking alcohol for 31 days straight. This seemed excessively challenging to me at the time. A beer or two per night always made the stress go away. I liked having the IPA Care Bear team waiting for me to massage my cerebrum with their fuzzy warm paws when I got home. I had convinced myself that the daily fog I stumbled through each morning from 4:30-7:30am was a result of getting up early.  I was dependent on one to two beers per night, and something had to change. But, I didn’t realize that my drinking was why I was constantly chasing the extreme and unsustainable nutrition programs I had been following.

If you’ve ever done the Lifestyle and Accountability Program we offer each January, you’ve been through the "Five Why's." Anyone who wants to make serious change needs to know why they are doing endeavoring to change.  Through asking and answering the Five Why's, the truth will eventually be revealed. I put myself through this same exercise and confirmed that I was no longer interested in treating myself like a science experiment. 

Another rather harsh reality I discovered, which every single person eventually realizes (and please take this next comment with its intent, which is to help), is that....Nobody Cares.

No person, no thing, no place, no community will make you change. IT’S ALL ON YOU.

Once you've truly accepted this truth, the sky is the limit. That was the key to me turning my 30-day no-booze challenge into three months last Spring and then doing it again this Fall. It's what drove me to find out what would work for me and what wouldn't. It was all on me, and the “it” was not relying on a beer or two every night.  

Next week, I will be talking about stress this time of year, and soon I will reveal the plan that works for me.  Your plan is out there. Start asking your “WHY” first.

-TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


THANKSGIVING DAY COMMUNITY WORKOUT!

 
  This is our favorite workout every year! We hope to see you all out there on Thanksgiving morning!

This is our favorite workout every year! We hope to see you all out there on Thanksgiving morning!

 

Our Holiday challenge is coming, and we’re in it to win it. Are you?

 
  Anthony and TJ are IN IT TO WIN IT! They are committed to keeping you sane and well through the holiday season. Two things we promise: there will be prizes, AND this year’s In it to Win It Challenge will be FUN! Details coming soon. Hold your spot now via jessica@tjsgym.com! And please share with friends and family; this program is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Anthony and TJ are IN IT TO WIN IT! They are committed to keeping you sane and well through the holiday season. Two things we promise: there will be prizes, AND this year’s In it to Win It Challenge will be FUN! Details coming soon. Hold your spot now via jessica@tjsgym.com! And please share with friends and family; this program is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

 

Calling all runners FOR RUNNING STRONG!

Act quickly—there’s only one or two spots left! We PLAn to add days and times, so please email Jessica@tjsgym.com if you’re interested but can’t make this one!

 
  Program Foundations:    •Injury prevention/Consistency  Strength training builds stronger, more resilient connective tissues (muscle, bone, tendon, ligament), allowing athletes to train harder and with more frequency, all while avoiding injury.  •Efficiency/Muscular Power Power is a necessity for success in distance running. Our Running Strong program aims to increase runners' ability to create and access power.  •Longevity/Health While running has significant cardiovascular benefits, it often falls short when it comes to balance and sustainability. We will address issues and ailments common to runners, with the goal of enabling athletes to enjoy running for years to come.    Coach Nick Laplant is a Marin County native who grew up running the trails of Mt. Tam. He ran competitively for Tam High and earned a scholarship to Humboldt State, where he competed in Cross Country and Track and Field. Nick has competed in a number of demanding local races, including the Dipsea, and the Mt. Tam Hill Climb, and he is thrilled to be helping others reach their running potential in the beautiful running backdrop of Marin.

Program Foundations:

•Injury prevention/Consistency
Strength training builds stronger, more resilient connective tissues (muscle, bone, tendon, ligament), allowing athletes to train harder and with more frequency, all while avoiding injury.

•Efficiency/Muscular Power
Power is a necessity for success in distance running. Our Running Strong program aims to increase runners' ability to create and access power.

•Longevity/Health
While running has significant cardiovascular benefits, it often falls short when it comes to balance and sustainability. We will address issues and ailments common to runners, with the goal of enabling athletes to enjoy running for years to come.

Coach Nick Laplant is a Marin County native who grew up running the trails of Mt. Tam. He ran competitively for Tam High and earned a scholarship to Humboldt State, where he competed in Cross Country and Track and Field. Nick has competed in a number of demanding local races, including the Dipsea, and the Mt. Tam Hill Climb, and he is thrilled to be helping others reach their running potential in the beautiful running backdrop of Marin.

 

our legends program is, well, legendary!

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  Our LEGENDS program has been a huge success! The current session runs through Friday, November 16th, and then we will break for Thanksgiving. The flyer above has the info for our next session. Please help us spread the good word; our hope is to get these classes at all three locations and at multiple times. We’d like to get as many 60+ year-olds in Marin moving as possible! Athletes can join at any time; we pro-rate based on start days.

Our LEGENDS program has been a huge success! The current session runs through Friday, November 16th, and then we will break for Thanksgiving. The flyer above has the info for our next session. Please help us spread the good word; our hope is to get these classes at all three locations and at multiple times. We’d like to get as many 60+ year-olds in Marin moving as possible! Athletes can join at any time; we pro-rate based on start days.

 

Youth fitness is critical. Get your young ones in here!

 
 We can also offer group workouts through Winter Break for small groups ready to train together. Just let us know what you need!

We can also offer group workouts through Winter Break for small groups ready to train together. Just let us know what you need!

 

You can always find updated announcements on our HOME PAGE any time!

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