Inspiration

Inspiration is all around us, if we choose to see it. Life is full of ups and downs, U-Turns and winding roads. We can choose to take these challenges head-on, or slink back and let these challenges bring us down. As entrepreneurs, we live in a state of manic depression living from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.

We are inspired by the athletes that come to the gym, day in and day out. We have people from all different backgrounds, ranging from lifelong athletes to people who have struggled with weight their whole lives and everything in between. Everyday they come together for one hour and give their all to work on themselves. That’s what inspires us to wake up early, and stay late.

Just recently, one of our athletes said to us “I don’t think I can finish all 5 rounds” after round 2 of a row repeat. You guessed it, she finished it and left with the biggest smile on her face. That inspires us!

The effort you give to acheive your first muscle up, squat below parallel, or start exercising after dislocating your patella from soccer...This inspires us to give our full effort in all aspects of our lives.

Find your inspiration - it’s likely right in front of you.

-Anne and Jay

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Are You Getting The Most Of Your Hour?

Group classes are great; they are fun, high energy and social. Equally awesome and often overlooked is Personal Training. Personal Training is still fun but more importantly, its greatest value is that each session is especially designed for the individual. Everyone has different goals, different strengths, weaknesses, possible pre-existing injuries or ailments. With personal training, programming can be more specific to your individual wants and needs.

This is a letter from Chris; he’s has been with us since May, personal training alongside group classes. His words perfectly sum up what we strive for.

“My first exposure to CrossFit was in 2007.  The results were great and the commitment was low.  The appeal to me then was that workouts were pre-designed and scalable.  The workouts from start to finish were never more than an hour and you could feel yourself getting stronger every workout.  

That experience brought me back to the sport 10 years later and it was a recommendation from a college at work that got me to register for Fundamentals at Black Tusk.  After 10 years, the scalable workouts are the same and the time commitment for a workout are the same, but everything else is very different.  As a slightly older athlete who has lost mobility, flexibility and apparently strength, there is nothing more disheartening than watching everyone do a workout faster, harder, stronger and better.  Everyone!!

I really believe that at any other gym I would have been done with it quickly.  Surely, I would have been discouraged in the first couple of classes.  I have no doubt monopolized Anne’s and Jason’s time on more than one occasion during a group class and for that I apologize to everyone else.  Classes at Black Tusk are small, personalized, intense, safe and always a challenge.  That is the atmosphere every time at Black Tusk.  No one is left behind and everyone works like mad to achieve their own goals and to make sure they are working as hard as everyone else.

Group classes are always fun, well thought out and adjustable to the athletes.  No one ever feels left out, out of control or without support.  Anne, Jason and Jenna make sure everyone is working hard but pay attention to their comfort and capability zones.  Encouragement is positive and real.  

Private personal training classes are very well designed and it was immediately noticeable that a lot of effort goes into developing a workout that focuses on my fitness goals.  The strength and confidence I gained through the personal training sessions helped me to quickly improve and made the group classes even that much more valuable and enjoyable.  Each activity and workout in my personal training sessions is a challenge that focusing on my individual strength, mobility, flexibility or skill and fits into an overall plan for me.

I could not have made a better decision for my fitness goals than to have come to Black Tusk.  Anne and Jason along with all my fellow athletes have made the journey worthwhile and effective.  I look forward to my workouts and never want to miss one.  There is no where else I would want to workout!”

-Chris D.

Chris, still attends group classes while honing in his personal needs through PT.

Depending on your goals, PT might not be for you. When new people come to our gym, we will always do an assessment to ensure you are getting the most of your time spent at the gym. Reflect and ask yourself: "Am I making the most of my hour?"

I'm Just So Tired All the Time

 

“I would exercise but I am just so tired and exhausted as it is.”  We hear this all too often.

 

Believe it or not, exercise actually will boost both energy levels and mood. Contrary to popular belief, perpetual rest will only keep you tired.  Perpetual rest gives way to a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to a host of medical issues.

 

There are no concrete findings on why exercise results in increased energy levels. However, over 90% of studies on this topic have shown that when an active regimen is introduced to an initially sedentary individual, less fatigue is reported. It can be expected that activity promotes heart health, so it should not be surprising that increased cardiovascular health means that we would have better endurance throughout our day to address and tackle daily tasks, which leads to less general “tiredness”.

 

In addition, post exercise endorphin levels increase, contributing to better moods. We’ve all heard this before, but what does that actually mean? Well, when you start exercising, you are putting your body in a state of stress, your heart rate increases and your sympathetic nervous system (that fight or flight response) kicks in. To offset the stress of exercising, your body releases endorphins to minimize the feeling of discomfort while exercising and sometimes even producing a feeling of euphoria.

 

Exercise also influences your sleeping habits. When exercising regularly, you tend to get better quality sleep. Expending energy will allow us to fall into a deeper sleep, once we do fall asleep. This leaves us feeling more energized and refreshed when we wake up, which means less grogginess, better energy levels and sharper focus.

 

Just ask yourself this: When was the last time you regretted going to the gym after your workout was done?

 

Give it a try, you’ve got nothing to lose.

The Magic is in the Exhale.

I remember a time when I just started working out using CrossFit; it was a thruster/row WOD. My lung capacity was decent, or so I thought. Then “3-2-1 GO” came and hit me like a ton of bricks. As I got off the rower to approach my bar again, my coach said “give me three BIG exhales. Exhale everything out”.  All of a sudden my heart slowed down just a bit, my breath was no longer shallow and I felt a slight calmness.

Proper breathing (or breathing in general) is a huge part of any exercise. Without getting too nerdy and scientific, if you hold your breath while you are exercising, this will result in suffocation of your muscles and organs, well because you are cutting off your oxygen supply. Makes sense right? Of course it does, but for some reason, most athletes when starting a workout will hold their breaths.  We end up with shallow, panting breaths where we can’t seem to really ever “catch” our breaths, and sometimes even a sense of dizziness or lightheadedness.

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The body is smarter than we give it credit for. When we exhale, our bodies will naturally inhale the oxygen it requires to keep our organs and muscles functioning (and as morbid as it is, that is why people drown - your body wants to find oxygen and inhale).

Exhale is the key to all workouts, whether it is cardio or weightlifting. We always want to exhale on exertion. For example, when you are pushing a bench press off your chest, you exhale on the push and inhale as you bring it slowly to your chest. When you are doing a pullup, you exhale on the pulling up motion and inhale on the way down.

So just remember, BREATHE.

Book a no sweat intro with us on your schedule and we'll be happy to learn about your goals and help you surpass them!