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Don’t forget this weekend we will be hosting our Brewery Boot Camp at Dry Dock Brewing’s – North Dock location! Great way to head into your Easter weekend with a great workout and some good beer. $10 will get you a total body workout and discounted Dry Dock beer. 

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Don’t miss out on the chance to win prizes and get in shape at the same time!!!

Eventbrite - Lose Your Fatitude - Weight Loss Challenge

This is our 3rd Lose Your Fatitude Weight Loss challenge and we are looking for our next big winners! This time around we will be giving prizes to the Top Male, Top Female and Top Team who lose the greatest percentage of body weight. To register or start your team use the button above or below. For each friend your refer you will receive a FREE nutrition session!

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Eventbrite - Lose Your Fatitude - Weight Loss Challenge

This challenge we will be giving prizes for the top Male and Female weight loss winners and top Team! If you would like to participate in the team challenge all you need is 3 friends. What better way to get in shape than with the help of your friends and family. Not enough friends to participate in the team challenge? No worries you can still participate as an individual or we can help you build a team.  Email strengthtrain4life@gmail.com or call 720-810-0230 for more information

Spring 16 Lose Your Fatitude (1)

Eventbrite - Lose Your Fatitude - Weight Loss Challenge

Are you looking to get fit for the upcoming swimsuit season? What better way to do so than through a little competition and have the chance to win prizes.  Checkout our informational video for more details.

 

Eventbrite - Lose Your Fatitude - Weight Loss Challenge

Coloradans are known for their shared love of a great workout and an even better beer.  Strength Train 4 Life  has paired with Dry Dock Brewing Company to provide local people the opportunity to enjoy both. Our motto is “Train Hard, Play Hard” and what a better way to do that than getting a workout in at a great brewery followed by their delicious beer.  Did we mention that beer you worked hard for will be discounted after the workout!?

Our first Brewery Boot Camp will be hosted by award winning Dry Dock Brewing Company at their North Dock location. Our total body workout will last one hour, enough to “earn” you a post workout beer…or two. Workouts are designed for any fitness level and we can accommodate limitations if needed. For the cost of $10 you get the a great workout and 15% off your tab post workout. To register use the link below or come a few minutes early the day of. For questions please contact us at 720-810-0230.

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Going the Distance
June fitness challenge
What better way to keep yourself motivated during summer than to give yourself a goal?
For the month of June Strength Train 4 Life is challenging everyone with “Going the Distance”. Pick a distance goal YOU would like to accomplish in the next 30 days. You can walk, run, hike, bike, row or swim. As long as you’re moving it will count!
Lindsay’s goal is to run 100 miles in the month of June!!!!!
Paul’s goal is to “travel” at least 175 miles.  To be tracked using his steps recorded by his Fitbit!
I would love for everyone to share their goals below.. on
Twitter @StrengthT4Life
Instagram or
Facebook
 Good luck!!

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 Workout #4 is this Sunday, May 24th at 11:00am across from the Meadowood Recreation Center.
3054 S Laredo St, Aurora, CO 80013

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You can park in the south parking lot of the recreation center or on the street south of the recreation center.
Please feel free to bring your family or friends. There will be a babysitter on site if you would like to bring your children (we ask you donate $5 or so to our babysitter). Hope to see everyone there!!

We’re often tempted to treat weight loss like a simple formula-based endeavor.

When we do this, cut out that, add this, and reduce that, success is inevitable – right?

In the world of human foibles and personalities, however, the picture is a little more complicated. It’s why motivation matters, why mindset matters, why the odd and unusual, shot-in-the-dark strategy can sometimes be the linchpin for a whole process.

Over the years, I’ve coached many clients who were diligent and intelligent, who showed up and gave their full effort, but some small aspect of their mindset or lifestyle became a hangup. Something – sometimes an element not even related to their health – was holding them back. The answer? We got creative, and they enjoyed the full measure of their success.

Think for a moment about the personal practices and offbeat advice that have had the most impact on you, and check out these ten unconventional ideas that may boost your weight loss momentum.

Sink your scale.

Ah, the scale…the great and powerful scale. It’s the only fixture (besides a mirror) that can put us in a bad mood just by doing its job. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve asked clients to stop weighing themselves so much (daily) I probably wouldn’t need a paycheck any longer.

The only thing the scale is good for on a daily basis is telling us how much the world weighs on our shoulders. What a way to start your day!

To avoid this nagging mood-crusher, one of our fitness professionals actually had his client put her bathroom scale at the bottom of her swimming pool and text him a photo of it sitting under several feet of water each morning to show him she wasn’t hyper-focused on her daily weight!

Guess what. She’s one of LTWL’s most popular success stories. The fact is, a simple scale can’t come close to measuring all the changes happening within the body when it’s finally being nourished and rested in a way that allows fat to melt off. Stop watching the scale, and start noticing how you feel.

Go on a [media] fast.

Another odd piece of advice I’ve regularly given my clients in the past is to ignore every weight loss and health message from popular media sources for at least a few months. That’s how long it generally takes for folks to truly find their behavioral rhythm for optimal function.

Yep, a media fast can be remarkably effective at simplifying an individual’s change process. Too often, the mainstream media dishes out generalized claims that are extrapolated from observational research (a type of research not well-suited for drawing cause & effect conclusions).

Headlines seem to change their tune daily (e.g. the value/danger of eggs or red meat). The back and forth effect can be flat-out confusing for a person trying to find what works best for him/her. There’s a time and place for more information from media sources, but I’ve rarely seen it work positively as people build momentum on their paths to success.

Customize your “feed.”

The power of social influence cannot be underestimated, and you can use it for your advantage. When setting up your Twitter or Facebook news feeds, take control of who influences you. Only “follow” the people and organizations that inspire you to become as healthy as you can be.

Think about how many times each day or week you open up your news feed and feel influenced, whether by friends splurging on junk food after a workout or by a healthier update from one who’s showcasing her latest hiking endeavor or backyard produce. Maybe it means unsubscribing from “sad news” sources and “liking” pages that post nothing but affirming messages.

Go off the grid.

I love it when clients want to dig into their processes and share their knowledge and progress with their social networks, but it can get in the way sometimes.

Going off the grid – abstaining from constant updates and electronic high-fives – to firmly connect with their process can solidify changes just as well as having an army of supporters “liking” every check-in at the club. Imagine you had three solid months of no communication with your electronic world. What value could that bring to your active, health-centric lifestyle? How much could the extra “me” time and focus be worth to you?

Although three months is (for most of us) an extreme goal, set a target limit for devices and stick to it. Solidify your success with some much-deserved tech-free time.

Donate your (favorite) old outfit.

I know you may like a certain outfit that brings out your eye color or accentuates your swanky fashion taste, but if it’s a size or two bigger than you want to be, shouldn’t you let someone else enjoy it?

What about donating some of your favorite clothing to someone else in need to gently nudge you into those smaller sizes? Many of my clients have made a deal with themselves to never again buy clothes in certain sizes to accommodate their mediocre progress and to donate their nicest “old” sized clothing to someone in need. All of them have told me it’s made all the difference in the world for their transformation.

Splurge on new clothes (in a smaller size).

This “unconventional” tip may not seem too different from the previous, but it is. It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude to spend hard-earned cash on nice clothes that don’t fit yet.

For competitive personalities, however, this turns on all sorts of change motivation. Talk about getting serious about your weight loss strategies! When there’s fresh new garb to show off, no one wants to stall on getting fit to enjoy it. Sometimes this tactic works even better for men than women! Can you say beach-bod season?

Get a manicure (or massage).

Sure, not all guys are interested in putting the “man” in “manicure,” but a little self-indulgence can go a long way. A weekly or monthly reward to make yourself feel pampered after all your hard work is well-deserved and recommended as part of a healthy lifestyle.

It shouldn’t always be a nose-to-the-grindstone game to lose weight. Self-indulgence is a great way to enjoy some much needed downtime to reflect on your hard work and dedication without using food as a reward.

Do the opposite of what hasn’t worked.

I’ve had so many conversations with clients who’ve said they’re trying various diet programs, low calorie meals and snacks, obscure pills or excessive calorie-torching exercise efforts that promise quick changes.

The hopes and frustrations are hard to distinguish, but one thing’s often certain: we probably need to completely change our approach.

When I ask, “How’s that working for you?” as Dr. John Berardi would, I’m really asking if it’s worth it to continue these efforts despite minimal or non-existent progress. Do you need to work out more or less, harder or easier? Worry more or less? Sleep more or less? In my experience, the common weight loss mentality often loses sight of how to best balance these critical lifestyle considerations. It’s okay to work hard; just be sure to rest harder and nourish better.

Eat like your life depended on it (because it does).

This is a little drastic, but what if you were ill with a life-threatening disease or even a nagging chronic condition like diabetes? Would you eat differently?

Dr. Mark Hyman has often said the best way to avoid diabetes is to eat as though we already have the disease. It seems to make sense to me. Apply that logic this week when you grocery shop, prepare dinners or pack your lunch, and pretend you’re battling a serious health condition.

If you were feeding a relative or friend who was trying to boost his/her resiliency, immunity or general health, would you even consider some of the choices you commonly do for yourself? How would you change your life to maximize wholesome nourishment and minimize suspect ingredients? These are the questions I ponder and hope my clients will (eventually) too.

Take (silly) photos.

Personally, I think it would be awesome if our members posted goofy, light-hearted “selfies” on our Facebook site to show how much fun it is to gain strength and energy while working out, living the Healthy Way of Life and transforming their futures.

Not many of my weight loss clients have been willing to do so, but documenting the visual transformation on the journey to “fit” can be so much fun.

Oftentimes, I’d show clients their membership profile photos a few weeks into their journeys to highlight how much more life, energy and humor was just waiting to shine through once they strung together enough health-minded days.

Wrinkles and bags disappear, happiness and youth are renewed, and jaw-lines and confidence become more prominent as clients adopt even basic daily behaviors. These seemingly subtle changes are often obvious to co-workers or friends but go unnoticed to the person transforming. Casting aside the camera-shy attitude can add some real fun and feedback to the journey towards success.

Measure by hours instead of days, weeks, pounds or inches.

If I asked you what “healthy” people do differently each hour compared to those who struggle, what would you say? What if you emulated exactly what those “healthy” people did hour by hour? How would your approach change?

Chances are, you’d feel less overwhelmed by the slew of changes that happen over a week’s span to simply focus on the now. Healthy people would do a few squats at their desks or walk a few flights of stairs rather than stay put during the extra seven minutes after a meeting ended early. Healthy people would skip the bun and ask for a salad instead of fries. Healthy people would take a deep breath and realize everything will be okay despite a minor stress.

Go ahead, be healthy this hour. Repeat it next hour, and by the end of the week, you will reflect on the fact you had a much healthier seven days! Be closer to “perfect” just this hour. Simply act “as if” now. Later on, when you assess your progress, you can be pleased you’ve improved more than lapsed.

Thanks for reading today, everyone. Are you interested in hearing more about unconventional and motivational practices to spur your success? Talk with one of our weight loss coaches today.

In health, Paul Kriegler – Corporate Registered Dietitian

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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 Workout #3 this Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Location: next to Englewood High School
Time: 11:00am
Feel free to bring your friends and family to join in the fun. A babysitter will be on site to help watch young children. We ask you donate $5 if you have children to help fund our sitter.

Directions:

 Coming from the north:
         South on I-25 to the Hampden exit. Get off and go West (right). Go about 3.3miles to Clarkson Street and turn left. Immediately past the soccer fields take a right on Lehigh Street. 
    Coming from the south:
         North on 1-25 to the Hampden exit. Get off and go West (left). Go about 3.3 miles to Clarkson Street and turn left. Immediately past the soccer fields take a right on Lehigh Street. 
    Coming from the west:
         Head east on Hampden to Clarkson Street and turn right. Immediately past the soccer fields take a right on Lehigh Street.