Blog 12/21/20 Christmas Week is Here!

Good morning everyone!

Happy Christmas week to you!  I hope you are taking some time to soak in the Christmas spirit and are spending quality time with your family!  I know this year looks very differently, but there are still ways to celebrate and be joy filled!  One of those ways is to keep moving together!

This last Saturday was my Christmas Breakfast Grab N Go that was held in front of my home studio.  Thank you so much to everyone who made time to come out and visit!  I was overwhelmed and very touched with the kind notes and gifts from many of you.  Thank you!!!  The morning was meant to thank all of you with a little Christmas breakfast, but I think I was the one who felt the most blessed!  You guys rock. Love you all!

Here are a few photos from Saturday’s breakfast.  Admittedly, it’s kind of hard to take decent photos of people when we are socially distanced and wearing masks, but Bob tried his best!

 

 

What does Cardio Core Curbside look like at night with SD? 

Here are some photos from the other night in front of my home studio!  The neighbors have Christmas lights all round, so it’s quite festive!

 

Announcement and Reminders:

  1.  Personal Training – January is right around the corner and is always an excellent time to set new goals and get them start them!  I’d love to help you kick start the new year with consistent training, nutritional coaching, and accountability. Please reach out to me if you’d like to arrange for personal training.  I have 30 min, 45 min, and 60 min. training available.  Sessions are:  $40 for 30 min, $55 for 45 min.  $70 for 60 min.

 

  1. Thursday – Christmas Eve Morning is Park Fitness!  Come out for this special and festive Park Fitness to celebrate the gift of mobility!  Class is 9:15am!  Wear something Christmasy and fun!  NO Classes 12/26!  Merry Christmas!

 

  1. Cardio Curbside and Cardio Fusion Curbside Time Survey?  Currently, these classes are at 6pm.  I’m checking in to see if this time still works for you or if you’d like to see a time change of 5:30pm or 5:00pm?  I am here to serve you all so please let me know what your preference is.  You can text or e-mail me.

 

  1. Jen Allan Fitness Merch.  I am still taking orders for winter apparel, so please take a minute and check out the Google sheets and place an order!  The more orders I have, the more the prices come down!  Here is a screen shot of the products I am offering:  long sleeve hoodie tee, long sleeve tee shirts, scoop necked sweatshirts, and the basic heavier hoodie.  So far, I have about 10 orders, so I need about 10 more to put the screen print order in. 

January Middle School PE is Starting 1/5!

Are your kids on-line too much? Want to get them moving outside and in the sunshine?

What: Jen Allan, a CPT, is offering a comprehensive PE program that is geared towards 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, that will get your kids running, jumping, leaping, doing obstacle courses, calisthenics, games, core and stretching!

When: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2pm to 2:45pm

Where: Pleasanton Sports Park – off of Parkside Drive, towards the end by playground and volleyball court.

Dates: 1/5, 1/7, 1/12, 1/14, 1/19, 1/21, 1/26, 1/28 & bonus/make-up class Sat 1/30

Cost: $95

Interested? Contact Jen Allan – Cel 925-699-7725    Visit: jenallanfitness.com

 

Class Schedule Week of 12/21/20

Monday:  Park Fitness 10:15am, Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm, & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio Core Curbside 6pm (this class time may change.  Please respond to survey)

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness Christmas!  9:15am

Blog 12/13/20

Hi Everyone!

I hope your weekend is going well and you are finding creative ways to get into the Christmas spirit!  It definitely has been an adjustment these past few days with the new SIP, but we’ve been through this before haven’t we?  My heart goes out to all of the small business owners who are forced to shut their businesses down for indoor services, such as restaurant owners, hair stylists, gym owners etc.  These are tough times for so many people!  Let’s dig deep and find an extra helping of kindness to spread around in our sphere of influence and communities.  It’s so needed right now! 

 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Gift Card donations – My church, Valley Bible Church, is taking gift card donations to help families who are financially struggling during these Covid times.  If you think of it and you are able, please pick up some gift cards when you are out shopping this week.  Store ideas would be Target, Walmart, Safeway, and any amount you can donate would be helpful and very appreciated by families in need.    When you see me this week during training or classes, you can give them to me and I’ll give them to my church by the end of the week.  They want to distribute the gift cards no later than December 20th.  Thank you in advance for your support, help, and kindness!

 

  1. Saturday, December 19th is Christmas Breakfast from Mama Jen’s Kitchen!  Drop In 9:30am to 10:30am  After Park Fitness around 9:30am, I’ll be passing out a grab n go style breakfast for you guys!  Feel free to gather around in from of my home studio with social distancing to say hi and Merry Christmas and you can enjoy a simple breakfast in your standing spot or you can take it to go too.  It’s my way of saying, “Thank you” to all of you for your support and encouragement this year!  It’s not easy being self employed during these times, but God is faithful and continues to provide!  If you are planning on swinging by, please let me know so I can plan for the right amount of food.  This event is intended for anyone who is part of the Jen Allan Fitness community, whether you are a personal training client or group ex regular, come out and say, “Merry Christmas!” and enjoy a yummy bite to eat!

 

  1. Outdoor fitness and rainy day options –   Since outdoor fitness is the only way we can do in-person fitness together, I will try my very best to keep outdoor fitness running through the winter.  Thankfully, living in California means mild winters, so we don’t have snow to contend with!  So long as it’s dry and decent weather outside, we can always bundle up in layers and shed layers as we warm-up.  However, now that the rain is back, there may be outdoor fitness days that may need to move to on-line and I will be in communication with you about those classes.

 

  1. Jen Allan Fitness Merchandise Update – I have a new batch of product for sale that will be great for winter!  I sized up the logo and font to better fit long sleeved shirts and long sleeved tees, so I won’t be offering t-shirts or tank tops in this round because those products are limited to a smaller font.  When you do screen printing, you have to use the same sized logo and font that’s universal for any product you order, so I wanted to scale up for these product offerings.  I have made an order form on Google Sheets and will send out an invitation to order through your e-mail.  As for the pricing, I won’t know the exact pricing until I have an idea of how many items I’ll be ordering.  Ideally, I’d like to order a batch of 25 items to get the best price on the products.  I will communicate with all of you individually once I know the exact price. 

Class Schedule for week of December 14th, 2020

Monday  – Park Fitness Field Trip Dublin Hills 10am (please contact me before Monday 10am)  & Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday – Cardio Core Curbside 6pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday – Park Fitness 9:15am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am & Mama Jen’s Christmas Breakfast

 

Thought for the week:  Indoor SIP = Food Temptations

 

Probably one of the biggest challenges of being home more often is the access to the kitchen.  It’s so easy to head into the kitchen and look for something to eat even when you aren’t hungry.  Can you relate to this?  Do you have teenagers at home?  I swear I must hear the pantry doors open and shut 100 times a day!  Somehow food is magically disappearing the minute the grocery bags arrive on scene!  Have you noticed that your grocery budget has gone up?  Mine has!  So, if you are starting to see a tightening of the waistline in your pants, it’s probably time to have a check in with some of your behaviors and habits. 

Why are we drawn to food?  Food represents so many things for all of us.  For some, it’s memories of spending time with grandparents or it’s revisiting special occasions where sweet treats were always enjoyed.  For others, food is a safe friend to go to when you are feeling rejected, alone, or isolated. 

Whatever the case may be, we all have emotions tied to food and awareness is the first step in redirecting behaviors.  When we have all of this “home” time like we do now, it gives us very easy access to the kitchen, which can be the gateway to comfort and reassurance in the form of food.  The only problem is that there are all of these extra calories tied to our comfort vices!  Over a short period of time, we can really pack on the pounds and have our self esteem and work out routines be thwarted. 

So, my advice for you is to have a check in with yourself and to reevaluate if your eating patterns are within reason or off track.  If you are snacking throughout the day more than you normally do, then it’s time to have a redirection when you have the urge to wander into the kitchen.  When you are tempted, do something different than you normally do.  Write an e-mail to a friend or do a Marco Polo message to a friend who you haven’t checked in with in a while.  Take your mind of your the pantry or fridge and take your energy to pour into something or someone else.  Before you know it, the urge will pass and you move onto your next task for the day.  This all takes practice, but again, mindfulness is the first step to redirecting your behaviors so that they don’t become destructive. 

If you’d like some help in this area, please reach out to me and let’s schedule some personal training or some 20 minute check in’s so we can work together in identifying your patterns and behaviors.  We are all n this together friends!

See you in class soon!

Jen

 

 

 

Blog 12/6/20 What Do Lockdowns Mean for Fitness?

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend of sunny skies and mild temperatures.  It’s kinda weird though without any wind.  After all, we do live in the Bay Area which is known for wind!  Have you noticed the air quality?  We are back in the moderate category at 60 AQI.  So, yes we are thankful for beautiful weather, but man, we could SURE use some rain about now!  I heard a Fire Chief commenting on the radio the other day about how California now has a fire season that is year round. Maybe you’ve heard the same? Come on rain clouds!

I’m writing this blog on Sunday and as of 10pm tonight, Alameda County is back in a shelter in place mode.  At least we have an idea of what daily life looks like during a SIP since we’ve gone through this a few months back. 

Thankfully, outdoor fitness is still allowed – yay!  According to the guidelines, social distancing of 6 feet and masks are required.  For any of my outside curbside classes, I will kindly ask for you to please wear your mask when you arrive, pick up gear, or pass one another.  Once you are situated at your station, masks are optional.  I measured the spaces in between the stations out front and there is a little more than 8 1/2 feet between each person.  For my Park Fitness classes, because we are on the go at a public park with other people, I feel that we should wear masks. 

Please understand I am not excited about wearing masks while we are doing cardiovascular exercises, but with these new restrictions, this is the only way we can continue exercising outside in a small group fitness class.  Thank you so much for understanding these changes that I’m making through this SIP.  If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me!

 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. Monday Park Fitness Field Trip:  For Park Fitness on Mondays at 10:15am, this will be a flexible class in regard to location and will take on more of a “field trip” style.  I have wanted to add hill drills into this class format and the only way to do that is to change locations.  If you are interested in adding in some hill work into your fitness routine and a 10:15am class time works for you, please reach out to me tonight via text to communicate details for tomorrow’s class in Dublin. 

 

  1. Special Christmas Park Fitness class Saturday, December 19th at 9:30am!  Directly following Park Fitness on Saturday, 12/19, I will provide a simple Mama Jen’s breakfast.  This will be outside in front of my home studio with social distancing.  If you plan on attending Boot Camp On-Line, you are welcome to come join us at 9:30am.  If you need to grab and go I totally understand that too and would be happy to send you off with a yummy and nutritious breakfast!  As many of you know, I typically do a Boot Camp and Brunch at the church that is sit down, but obviously, this is not possible this year but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy a little holiday cheer together outside!

 

  1. Angel Tree Needs – My church, Valley Bible in Pleasanton, is looking for ways to bless those who are in financial need this year.  I will be taking a collection of gift cards to give to Valley Bible Church over the next two weekends.  If you are out shopping and would like to pick up an extra gift card to stores such as Safeway, Target, Walmart, etc, please connect me this week or next and I’ll take the gift cards to Valley Bible so they can give them to families in need.  Thank you in advance for your kindness and help!

 

  1. Merchandise Update!  How are you guys liking the tanks, t-shirts, and hoodies?  Pretty cool huh?  Thank you so much for being willing to wear Jen Allan Fitness merch out there!  I appreciate your support immensely!  O.k. so here’s the deal.  I know a few of you are interested in the scoop neck sweat-shirt that I was wearing last week.  I checked in with Uberprints and the minimum for screen printing is 12 items, so the scoop neck sweatshirt would be $58 ea!  Yikes!  That’s too expensive.  So, in order to get the price down on this product, I need to have another big order of product, like around 25 items!  So, if you like the t-shirts and tanks and think you would enjoy other colors, please let me know!  If I could put together another order with around 25 items, the cost would come way down for the merch.  I will create some sample products so you can see what they would look like.  I’m aiming for the costs to be about the same:  $22 for t-shirts, $24 for tanks, $35-40 for sweatshirts and hoodies. 

 

Class Schedule for Week of 12/7/20:

Monday:  Park Fitness Field Trip 10:15am (contact me about details) & Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio Core Curbside 6pm

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness 9:15am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday:  Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Thought for the week:  Focus On – Why You Are Here

Sigh….life is hard right now.  Not gonna lie.  Now more than ever, we need to dig deep and surround ourselves with reminders of what our purposes are.  Are you a wife or husband?  Are you a parent?  What role do you have in your job?  Are you an educator?  What are the things you need to do every day to pour into those roles?  With an overwhelming amount of negative news and information all around us, I greatly encourage you to get super purpose driven.  How can you bless those in your sphere of influence?  Think of something you can do special for your spouse or your kids.  If you find that you are getting blue, focus on those you know who are hurting and reach out to them.  The act of making someone else feel better will uplift your spirits! 

While we are more limited now with social activities because of the SIP, think of Christmas traditions you can still carry on within your household and nuclear family.  Are there certain recipes that you always make during Christmas time or a special batch of cookies?  Do you have special movies you enjoy watching?  What about a car ride to go and see Christmas lights?  Let’s continue having an attitude of gratitude and counting our blessings daily.  And since it’s Christmas, this is the perfect time to focus on what Christmas is all about. 

I’m sure you’ve seen “A Charlie Brown Christmas”  Do you remember Linus explaining to Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about?  Linus read Luke 2: 8-20  If you’d like to watch the clip, it’s below:

https://youtu.be/eff0cqYefYY

Let’s get real.  Let’s be authentic.  And let’s focus on the things we do every day that define who we are and carry us forward.  Keep checking in with one another and focusing on these things, found from Galatians 5:22-23:

I appreciate you all so much!  Have a blessed week and I’ll see you soon!

Jen

Blog 11/30/20 Holidays 2020 – Stable Reminders

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling refreshed from a holiday weekend!  I know this year is crazy, but I hope that you still found time to celebrate your blessings with your close family.  In spite of the ongoing depressing news of virus spikes and shutdowns,  let’s be a voice of love and encouragement to those around us.  Want to know how you keep yourself positive?  Keep moving my friends!  It’s been so amazing gathering together with many of you these last several weeks and months, either in-person or on-line!  We are making this work and I am so thankful for each and every one of you who chooses to come out and play with me in our fitness realm!  I think I robbed that line out of something from Thor.  Remember when Thor came to planet Earth and asked, “Which realm am I in?”  Sorry guys!  I’m such a Marvel geek!

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. Park Fitness on Mondays at 10:15am will occasionally become a field trip!  In speaking with some of my regulars in this class, it would be super great to add in some hill work in this format to increase our endurance with hill repeats.  So, obviously, I would need to change locations because the sports park is flat.  I’d like to explore around some of the hills in Dublin or San Ramon and use the same format as Park Fitness, but teach class using a hill.  If this sounds like something you are interested in, please contact me so I can add you to this list.  I’d like to start the first one this coming Monday, December 7th at 10:15am.  Location TBD. 

 

  1. Middle School PE is happening in December!  If you have a son or daughter who is in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and you’d like to get them moving in December, please contact me.  Dates are:  12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/17 & 12/22 (make-up/bonus)  Cost is $50.  Time will either be 2pm or 2:30pm.  TBD

 

Class Schedule Week of 11/30/20:

Monday:  Park Fitness 10:15am, Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday: Cardio Core Curbside 6pm

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness 9:15am, & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday:  Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

 

Thought for the week:  Holidays 2020 – Stable Reminders

Do you like my play on words with “stable” reminders?  It can be used as a noun that represents the imagery of Christ’s birth in a stable and is also used as an adjective to describe something solid and sound.  Hmm, makes you think huh?! 

O.k so this year is nuts, like no other year that most of us have experienced, right?  So, how can we stay “stable” when there is so much “unstable” around us?

Well, I am a big believer in routine. Routine is king!  Routine isn’t fancy or exciting, but it keeps us all going and helps us stay out of trouble.  What kind of routine am I talking about?  You know, the one where you go to bed and wake up about the same time every day.  Carve out time for your fitness routine and make healthy meals at home.  Being mindful about keeping order in your home with chores and clean-ups.  These are all basic things that we do all of the time, so why am I mentioning them now?  Historically, the month of December is a HUGE disrupter of all of these things.  I know because I help many of my clients in January to unravel the damage of December and get back on track to normalcy. 

Do not let December derail you!  Many of you are working so hard to be diligent and disciplined in how you move and what you eat.  You guys are doing great!  Don’t throw in the towel now and take a break because life is hard.  Life has always been hard, but it’s extra hard now.  This is when you need routine and discipline the most my friends!  I want you to enjoy Christmas, but every day can’t be a holiday.  Do you know what I mean? 

Focus on the true meaning of Christmas with the baby in the manger and train your mind, eyes and your stomach to focus on less is more.  Make this a holiday where you give or serve more than you receive.  There are so many hurting people out there.  Think of the small ways you can help someone have a brighter day?  Do you have elderly family in a nursing home that you can’t see in person?  Maybe set up a Zoom or FaceTime call so they can see you.  Maybe go through your temple or church and adopt a family for a Christmas meal and gifts who can’t afford it.  Think creatively about how you can use your time and your talents.  If there was ever a year to shake things up, this is the year!  If you do something special with your family to bless or serve others, please send me a photo and I’d love to share what you are doing on my blog. 

That’s all for now gang!  Let’s keep moving together and keeping our routines!

See you soon!

Jen

Blog 11/23/20 A Unique Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I definitely missed seeing you all on Saturday, but I had a great time camping at Lake Del Valle in Livermore with my boys and their Boy Scout patrol.  Have you guys been to Del Valle to hike or mountain bike?  Who knew there were so many beautiful trails to explore there!  Honestly, I haven’t spent that much time at Del Valle, so it was a treat to  hike around and explore all of the campgrounds and hiking trails.  So, I also learned about E-bikes?  Apparently, this is the hot trend in mountain biking right now and I saw many mountain bikers out there using these types of bikes.  Hey, I’m all in support of anything that gets people outside moving more!  If an E-bike helps people get out more and assist with those more difficult inclines and increases endurance of the ride, go for it! 

Here are some photos from the hike:

View from hilltop looking at Lake Del Valle

Steep climb up to the top of the hill!

ASM’s AKS Assistant Scout Masters:  Elaine Moal, Derek Dressler and Mike Biggee

Even though campfires were not allowed, you CAN be creative with a propane stove!

Thought of the week:  A Unique Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in a Pandemic-Covid world since March.  Since then, we have become experts in the following:  Zoom calls, hand washing, mask wearing, home projects, social distancing, and learning how to learn and work remotely.  Wowza!  That is a huge paradigm shift in how we live our lives every day!  So many things have changed- some for the good and some for the worse.  I love the fact that my husband isn’t commuting 3-4 hours in the car every day.  That’s a plus.  We have more family time together, which is certainly positive.  And, I would say overall, that more people are exercising than they were before, would you agree?  Have you tried buying a bike lately?  Or, have you tried calling for bike repair?  Sheesh, it’s a 3-4 month wait for a tune-up!  Apparently, it’s more difficult to buy exercise equipment because of the high demand.  So, those are all great trends. The company Peleton is making money hand over fist. 

If you have kids at home, you know what I’m going to say is a negative, right?  Wow.  There’s is WAY too much screen time going on!  Honestly, I don’t blame the kids though.  They are forced to do school on-line and then because of SD and Covid, one of the ways they can connect with their friends is through video games.  Consequently, our kids are moving less and are more addicted to screen time than they ever have been before.  Only time will tell what kind of negative ramifications this will produce.  Like anything though, all of this is temporary and it won’t be like this forever.  I’m trying to take things in stride and realize that this is a season and there are lessons to be learned here for all of us.

Speaking of seasons…..it’s Thanksgiving this week!  I hope you will join me in choosing to reflect positively on all of your blessings.  Things could be far worse right?  I just walked over to my neighbor’s house across the street to visit the husband who was in a bike accident yesterday.  He was riding out in Livermore and rode through downtown Livermore to get home.  He was rear ended by someone who looked down at their coffee cup and swerved to correct.  When the driver swerved, he rear ended my neighbor.  He was rushed to the hospital and thank God, he’s o.k.!  Nothing is broken and there were no internal damages.  Does it stink to spend your Thanksgiving week in pain from horrible road rash?  Yes, absolutely, but how much worse could it have been?  As I was speaking with his wife, I could see in her tear stained eyes that she was grateful for his spared life.  This 2020 Thanksgiving is one that will be uniquely remembered.

I share this story because life is hard all the time.  We hear difficult news every day.  But, what about bringing to light all of the good things that happen to us?  You may have to dig a little deeper, but there are hidden treasures in every day!  I implore you to seek those things out and meditate on them with a thankful heart.  At the moment, my swimming pool has a horrible leak and we are losing hundreds of gallons every day.  Our water line in our refrigerator stopped working and is broken and our washing machine is almost dead.  Sigh.  O.k so we have appliance gremlins that are determined to make us miserable and rob our joy.  Are we excited about these things?  Hell no, but we are choosing to not let them define us.  Honestly, we are aware that these are 1st world problems and these are things that are costly and inconvenience us, but they aren’t the end of the world in we will live to see another day.

I am choosing to be thankful for my husband and boys, extended family, friends, fitness community, health, Pleasanton, and the list goes on.  When bad things happen, be human about it.  Have some temporary frustration or anger, but don’t linger there.  Marinating in difficult circumstances that seem unfair will lead to misery and malcontent.  Be rock solid in your faith.  Lean into God and be thankful for all that He has given you.  Walk into Thanksgiving with close family around you, a table full of delicious food, and remember that every day is a gift because we aren’t promised a tomorrow. 

Have a blessed week my friends and Happy Thanksgiving!

Class Schedule Week of 11/23/20:

Monday:  Park Fitness 10:15am, Cardio Core On-Line 5;30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio  Core  Curbside 6pm

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:   Park Fitness Thanksgiving Class 8:45am

Saturday:  Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

Blog 11/16/20

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all doing well and having a great Monday so far!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?  I know this holiday will look a little differently this year, but I hope you will join with me in choosing an attitude of thankfulness and appreciation for all of our blessings!  I, for one, am thankful for all of you who do life and fitness with me!  I cannot even begin to imagine what these last several difficult months would have looked and felt like without our community!  Can you?   As you know, I am doing my first “merch” launch.  I actually had one several years ago for Tri Valley Fit Chicks and Some Dudes, but it was time for a revamp!  My tag line on the back reads, “Life is better being fit together.”  This was not hard for me to come up with at all because I was thinking about all of you!  Life IS better in community because we can uplift and encourage one another when times are hard!  And, this year has been HARD!  I am choosing to believe that we are all stronger because of this challenging year and while we aren’t done with 2020 yet, I believe many of the lessons that we’ve learned will benefit us in ways we don’t even know yet.  Let’s see what happens!

Class Schedule Week of 11/16/20

Monday:  Park Fitness 10:15am, Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio Core Curbside 6pm.  Note:  If it’s raining, I’ll change this to on-line

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness 8:30am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday:  NO CLASSES  I’ll be away on a Boy Scout camp out with my boys. 

 

Pictures of Jen Allan Fitness merchandise – tank top and hoodie

I received these demo products on Saturday and loved them!  The tank top is perfect for fitness and very breathable and the hoodie is very comfy and not too heavy.  They are both very soft 🙂  I think you guys are going to love these products! 

 

I posted these last week too, but here are some products that I am offering.  Please let me know by this Wednesday what you’d like to order because I’ll be placing an order this week.  It looks like pricing for the tanks and tees is around $28 and the hoodie is $40. 

If you are interested in a male version of the hoodie, the font would look like the men’s athletic tee.

 

Blog 11/9/20 Jen Allan “Merch” is coming!

Good morning everyone!

I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling ready to go!  There has certainly been a shift in the weather, huh?!  Uh, 32 degrees this morning?  Yeah, that’s cold for us!  My Chiweenie, Ava, has been shaking and cold!  Well, as always, let’s be thankful we aren’t knee deep in snow!  That might be a problem trying to do outdoor fitness curbside!  LOL!

Some of you know that I have been partnering with my son, Ryan, to create a graphic logo and design for some merchandise.  Well, I’m happy to say that it’s done! Yay!

I am working with a site called https://www.uberprints.com/which is a digital and screen printing company, and have uploaded product options for you guys to check out! 

Step 1:  Images. Check out the images that I’ve created and let me know what you might be interested in ordering.  Let me know the product, size and color.  If you are interested in a color not show, please let me know.  It may or may not be possible just depending if I go the digital or screen printing route.  There are more color options with screen printing.  If you’d like, you can take a peek at Uberprints.com color selection.

Step 2:  Pricing.  I’m not sure how much the product will cost yet, because it depends on volume.  I won’t get into all of the details, but it has to do with digital printing verses screen printing.  My logo design has the max amount of colors, so of course, this drives the cost up.  I’m hoping to target tank-top and t-shirt prices to be around the $25 to $28 range and  the sweat shirts and hoodies to be in the $35 to $45 range.  This is a rough estimate.  The cost will be more economical if I go the digital printing route, but I won’t know until I’ve added up all of the orders.  BTW, I’m not marking up any of the cost.  I so appreciate you guys being willing to wear something in support of my business and help market what I do!

Step 3:  Final Count.  Once I’ve heard back from everyone who is interested, I’ll tally up everything and let you know the cost.  I will also order some additional products to keep on hand, so this should help drive the cost down too. 

Here are the images of the products:

 

Class Schedule Week of 11/9/20:

Please note:  Rain is in the forecast later this week and may impact outdoor fitness.  If this is the case, I will offer on-line classes as an option.

Monday:  Park Fitness 10:15am, Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio Core Curbside 6pm

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness 9:15am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday: Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

 

Blog 11/2/20

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  Did you get out and move?  Did you go hiking?  Biking?  Boot Camp or Park Fitness?  I know some of you did and it was awesome seeing some of you over the weekend!  On Sunday, my family and I headed down to Monterey early in the morning and rented kayaks!  It was a gorgeous day with mild wind, warm skies, and calm waters.  Sea life was abundant with sea lions everywhere, sea otters grooming themselves, and a variety of sea birds all around us.  It was a bit sad seeing the Monterey Bay Aquarium empty with no people.  That was weird.  So, we just decided to experience sea life in their natural habitat instead!  I highly recommend heading down to Monterey this time of year.  It’s calm and still quite beautiful.  Here are some photos to check out!

 

Park Fitness from Saturday, October 31st! 

 

Class Schedule Week of November 2nd:

Monday:  Park Fitness 10:15am, Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm, & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio Core Curbside 5:30pm (Class is earlier due to Election Night)

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness 9:15am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday:  Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Thought for the week:  2020 Homestretch!

I’m actually relieved that it’s November.  Somehow it feels like we are in the homestretch of finishing out 2020.  I’ll like to remain hopeful that 2021 will bring back some normalcy to our lives.  It’s been a hell of a ride this year hasn’t it?  I just wanted to say that despite how difficult this year has been on so many levels, many of you have continued to stay consistent with your work outs and clean eating.  This is NOT easy, especially when food can be such a source of comfort.  And you know what?  None of us are perfect!  Nope, not a one of you.  We all have hard days and better days, days that are up and days that are down.  This is why community is so important.  When we try to go rogue and be a lone warrior, bad things happen my friends!  We are not meant to be isolated, especially when you are in the pursuit of healthier habits and sweat equity!  We need friends to sweat together!  While we still have two more months of 2020, I encourage you to take a deep breath, dig your heels in, and keep doing what you are doing.  Don’t give up now!  Keep exercising, getting outside to hike, bike, swim, walk the dog, whatever it is that will get you moving outside!  Keep shopping for fresh foods and making homemade meals.  Keep checking in with friends to see how they are doing.  How about the older folks in your lives?  How are they doing?  If you can’t see them in person, try setting up Zoom calls with them or FaceTime.  It truly means so much to reach out to someone and let them know you are thinking about them.  I wish I had a little more time to write, but I am jamming today!  I’ve had a full day of training and now I’m about to head up to Walnut Creek to pick up my boys, then get back home and get ready to teach class tonight! 

Hope to see you all soon!

Jen

Blog 10/19/20

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed the warm days and nights with blue skies and clean air!  A big thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to classes this past week.  I love the effort and commitment, so let’s keep it going!

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Park Fitness on Mondays has a new time of 10:15am.  I have a new schedule change with both of my boys taking hybrid classes in the Walnut Creek area, so I get back to the studio around 10am and will plan Park Fitness for 10:15am.  At the moment, Park Fitness is still on Thursdays at 8am, but I’d love to hear from more of you if you are interested in this class, would it help if it was moved to a later time in the morning – 8:30am?  Or later?  Please communicate with me if you enjoy Park Fitness and want to attend during the week.  Winter is also coming, so a later start time might be better.
  2. Reminder – Cardio Core Curbside and Cardio Fusion Curbside Tuesdays and Thursdays are at 6pm NOT 6:30pm.  This is to take advantage of daylight.

 

Class Schedule Week of 10/19/20

Monday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm

Tuesday – Cardio Core Curbside 6pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend On-Line 11;30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday – Park Fitness 8am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Thought for the week:  Why I Love Chiropractors!

I wanted to share my journey with you the last few days.  About a week and a half ago, I was sitting in my parked car looking down at my phone and something caught my eye to the right of me on the floor.  Without thinking anything of it, I turned my head to the right looking down at the floor and I immediately felt a shift in my neck.  I didn’t feel pain right away, so I didn’t think anything of it and kinda forgot about the movement.  I realized I became aware of my right psoas, or AKA hip flexor, and how much tighter it was getting, especially when I was running or lunging.   So, as any good trainer will do, I began adding in additional hip flexor stretches and foam rolling.  Interestingly enough, my usual tricks weren’t working and my right hip flexor remained tight.  Fast forward to last Friday, I was personally training a dear client and friend of mine, Candace G, and was seated in a chair and bent over with arms folded on the table so I could really see what was going on in the Zoom session.  I was in that position for about 45 minutes and when I tried to get up, my back ceased and I could not stand up straight.  I was immediately in pain and could barely move.  Because I have gone through this experience before, I knew something was subluxated in my upper cervical area of my neck.  I had an appointment last Friday with my usual full spine chiropractor and could barely walk in the door by 3pm.  She did a variety of different tests and everything was jacked up in my sacrum, pelvis, L4 & L5 were out.  She also said that my C1 was out of adjustment and did an activator adjustment on the atlas.  I went home and like a good girl, I iced my back and my neck on and off the rest of Friday.

So now we are at Saturday morning and I am supposed to teach Boot Camp On-Line.  I knew when I woke up that something was still very wrong because my back was still ceased up and tight and I couldn’t stand up straight.  I was not able to breathe my usual fire and teach boot camp the way I normally do, so I voice coached the class and still gave everything a solid working worthy of Boot Camp! LOL!  After class, I called my upper cervical chiropractor and was able to get in at 9:30am – perfect!  After Dr. Grey did a host of assessments, my C1 was still out and was the culprit of why my back was ceasing up and why everything else was twisted below my neck.  I knew that the adjustment held because as the day went on, my back started to loosen up and I could finally stand up straight again. 

O.k. so why am I telling you all of this?  The reason why I’m sharing this story with you is to tell you that no one is bullet proof.  Things happen.  We go out of adjustment sometimes.  Because I happened to look down at my phone and then to the right, I physically changed the position of my C1, the Atlas bone in your neck.  It took a while for the symptoms to really start barking at me, but every day that I was out of adjustment, my symptoms worsened.

For those of you who are living with a constant and nagging neck or back pain, there are answers for you!  I’m not saying that chiropractic is the only way to help you, but the upper cervical spine is like the king of the spine!  If things aren’t right with C1 and C2 in particular, you WILL have a whole host of symptoms that can end up twisting your pelvic bones, sacrum, cause knee pain and a whole host of other muscular imbalances.  What’s crazy is that the pain I was experiencing was in my low back, not necessarily in my upper neck.  But, the source of my back pain was coming from the misalignment in my C1.  Does that make sense?  Correct the misalignment in C1, and it’s like a shakedown effect that clears up any problems down the kinetic chain.  If I didn’t go in on Saturday, my symptoms would have worsened and I would be in severe pain and not able to move!  I know, hard to believe huh?  But, it’s the truth. 

So, today I am on the mend, thank God, and it will still take me a couple more days to let my muscles calm down.  For class tonight, I may end up voice coaching or only teaching it partially with my own movement and may end up voice coaching part of it.  Never fear, whatever I bring you guys will take care of fitness business for you – I promise!

Our spinal health is key in allowing us to move in all of the ways we do in our fitness world!  I help my story will help shed some light if you are experiencing some symptoms in your body that you know are not right.  I love chiropractic because it has nothing to do with drugs or surgery.  It’s all about realigning the spine and allowing nerve endings to fire properly so that every muscle and organ in your body can function optimally and naturally, allowing the body to heal itself. And by the way, my upper cervical specialist commented that it’s a really smart idea to see both a full spine chiropractor as well as an upper cervical specialist because of the nature of how C1 and C2 are designed in the neck. 

Anyway guys, that’s all for now!  Hope that helps!

Jen

Blog 10/12/20 How’s Your Waistline Coming Along?

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and warm days!  Excellent work by everyone who made it out to classes this past week!  Once again, I am so thankful for this fitness community and I can’t imagine what life would have been like these last several months without all of you!  Let’s keep the momentum going and help ourselves to feel better, stronger, and healthier than ever before! 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Cardio Core Curbside and Cardio Fusion Curbside will now be at 6pm instead of 6:30pm in order to save daylight.  Please make a note of this change and I’ll send out reminders too. 
  2. Winter time and outdoor/indoor training?  I wanted to communicate that at the moment, I am still waiting to hear from my church about the usage of the multi purpose room.  The church building is still not open, but I have been in touch with the pastor and will continue to check in and find out when I might be able to use the MPR again.  Until then, I will continue to offer outdoor evening classes at my home studio for as long as I am able to.  I imagine we have another 4-6 weeks of outdoor usage, but I will continue to keep you posted. 
  3. Barre Blend On-Line at 11:30am on Wednesdays will stay for now as this seems to be a better time for people during the lunchtime hour. 

Class Schedule for week of 10/12/20:

Monday:  Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Barre Blend On-Line 6:30pm

Tuesday:  Cardio Core Curbside 6pm

Wednesday:  Barre Blend On-Line 11:30am & Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Thursday:  Park Fitness 8am & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6pm

Saturday:  Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Class Codes:

PF – Park Fitness

CCOL – Cardio Core On-Line

CCC – Cardio Core Curbside

BBOL – Barre Blend On-Line

CFOL – Cardio Fusion On-Line

CFC – Cardio Fusion Curbside

BCOL – Boot Camp On-Line

 

Thought for the week:  How’s Your Waistline Coming Along?

In speaking with a few clients lately, I’ve been getting quite a few questions about what happens when the needle on the scale gets stuck and won’t budge.  Well, there can be quite a few reasons for this and you kind of have to be a detective and take a good hard look at your lifestyle in regard to exercise, nutrition, sleep patterns, and life changes. 

First of all, are you changing up your exercise routines?  For example, let’s say you are a runner and you typically run 4-5 miles 2-3 times a week.  When is the last time you changed that up?  Whatever we do often, our bodies become adapted to that movement pattern and it’s no longer as effective as it once was.  Let’s say you add in hill repeats or  speed intervals once a week, now there’s a new pattern that your body has to adjust to and this will impact your metabolism and your excess post oxygen consumption, or EPOC.  This is your after burn and how efficiently your body is working and burning calories after you exercise.

In regard to lifting weights, when is the last time you’ve increased your weights?  If you are still working with 8 pound dumb bells for an overhead shoulder press, maybe it’s time to switch to 10 pounds?  If you are not laboring by the time you get to the last rep and reaching muscle fatigue, it’s time to switch up the weights.  Remember, the more lean muscle mass our bodies have, the great effect on our basil metabolic rate, or your BMR.  We want more muscle mass! 

How about your nutrition?  How are your portions lately?  This is a tough one and it’s easy for portion sizes to slip and increase.  If you need some help in this area, go back to eating on a salad plate and this will help keep you in check for the correct portion.  Have sweet treats been creeping back into your diet?  Go back to eating one or two squares of dark chocolate or try baking an apple in the oven with some cinnamon.  October is a tough month because there are sugared up pumpkin treats or candies around every corner!  Gotta be careful!  Those coffee drinks at StarBucks can be lethal too and pack a punch full of fat and sugar! 

When I think of programs out there for weight loss that rely on the concept of portion control, I immediately think of Jenny Craig.  Believe me, it’s not because of their quality of the food!  I firmly believe that companies like Jenny Craig work for people because they’ve hand delivered food that’s premeasured for people!  You take out the frozen meal, microwave it (in plastic, yuck)  and you aren’t as tempted to alter the portions because they’ve come prepared for you.  Does that make sense?  For some people, this is the kind of help that they need and I applaud them for trying something new to lose weight, but the challenging part is that they aren’t learning how to make their own food and watch their own portion control.  Someone else has done it for them so there’s a dependency there with a combination of food that’s not super healthy. 

How about life changes?  Gee, have we had any life changes the past several months?  Let’s be real, it’s been a tough battle for many of us emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.  Have your sleep patterns been altered?  Lack of sound sleep impacts your circadian rhythms and sleep hormones which impact weight loss.  Quality sleep equals cellular repair.  Everything is better in life when we have had a solid night sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to go.  If you are sleeping poorly and noticed you aren’t losing weight, there could be a correlation there.

So, I hope this gives you some things to think about if your weight is not where you’d like it to be.  There is typically more than one reason why we stop losing weight and I encourage you to play detective and think about the changes you may have experienced recently.  Of course, a visit to the doctor for blood work and hormone level check is always a good idea.  Think thyroid too? 

I appreciate you all and hope you have a great week!

See you in class soon!

Jen