MMB – Jump Start Monday

Hi Everyone,

Happy 4th of July week!  It’s hard to believe it’s already July!  Where has the time gone?  How are you guys feeling out there?  How’s clean eating going?  Are you working out on a regular basis?  If you are finding that you’ve slipped in these areas, you are not alone!  There’s something about summer that puts us in a “chill” mode and we operate in a much more relaxed mode.  Don’t get me wrong, we all need down time, but do we need 8 weeks of downtime?  If you are behind in your work outs or haven’t been eating as clean as you know you should, let’s have a jump start Monday and get realigned with our goals! 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. Kid  Fit and Moms’ Fit Club is happening now!  Join us at 9:30am for Kid Fit and 10:00am for Moms’ Fit Club at Creekside Park in Pleasanton – 5601  W. Las Positas Blvd.  Let’s kick off our summer Mondays with fitness to start our week right.  Kid Fit is ideally for 1st through 6th grade.  If you have teens or dads, invite them along to try out the Moms’ Fit Club for a killer work out! Workouts will be scaled up, or scaled down for your fitness level!  Text me if you have questions or want to join.  925-699-7725.
  2. Moms’ Fit Club 2018

    Summer Kid Fit 2018

    3)  Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, July 22ndat 7am.  Run a 5k distance combined with strength and core drills!  Beginners are welcomed!

    4)  Jen’s 9th Business Celebration BBQ!  I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since Jen Allan Fitness launched!  Please mark Saturday, July 21st on your calendar for my 9th business celebration!  Time – 5:30pm to 8:30pmish.  Jen’s house!  See me for details!

    6)  NOTE:  There will be NO Cardio Fusion on Thursday, July 12th or Boot Camp on Saturday, July 14th. 

 

Thought for the week:  Monday Jump Start

If you are walking into this Monday morning and are feeling like you are in a funk, don’t panic!  We all have ups and downs, distractions and disappointments, but the good news is that we can have a reset!  The best day of the week to have a reset is Monday because I believe that Monday sets the tone for the entire week.  If it’s been a while since you’ve exercised, don’t decide that today is the day where you are going to give yourself a killer one hour work out!  How about a 20-30 minute work out instead?  Your tissue will be happy that you gave great effort in 20-30 minutes.  Remember, our connective tissue needs ramp up time and if you haven’t been working out with intensity lately, you’ve got to ease back in when starting up again.  So, have a mindset for a reset and don’t kill yourself getting back into it. 

Once you’ve had a couple of weeks under your belt where you’ve been consistent with 30 minute work outs, then you can start increasing FIT – frequency, intensity, and time.  With every work out that you complete, you increase your positive thinking, confidence, and practice the skill of not quitting!  The other factor that’s important is to share your success with someone in your life.  If you just finished a difficult work out, share that with someone you care about or a fellow work out buddy.  Fitness buddies are so important!  I can’t imagine going through my fitness life without buddies to share it with!  Who else would get why we do what we do?  I mean honestly, most people think we are kind of nuts for carving out so much time to exercise and green things like green juice! 

We need each other people!  So, if you are in a funk this morning, find your way to your running shoes and fitness clothes, and put them on!  Do what you can do in the moment you’ve been given.  Don’t think about yesterday and don’t think about tomorrow.  Own today and give it your best shot.  After all, you are worth the reset! 

See you in class soon!

Jen

 

MMB – Not Quitting is a Skill

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope your summer is off to a great start!  My summer Monday routine is a bit more packed than the rest of the year.  I have early morning training, followed by prep and teaching Kid Fit and Moms’ Fit Club, and now I have kids over at the house for a swim play date (they are eating lunch at the moment).  So, I hope you’ll understand why my blogs are coming out later 🙂

So, how’s your summer going so far?  How is your work out routine going?  I hope you guys are able to push through the crazy schedules that summer can offer and stay consistent with your work outs and eating clean!  Are you guys logging your greens and veggies?  I had posted this challenge for the month of June and would love to hear how it’s going for you guys.  Next Saturday, I’m holding a recipe contest after the 2nd boot camp.  Please bring your favorite seasonal veggie or greens dish and let’s taste test for a contest!  The winner will receive a free class card.  This will also be the day to turn in your logs if you’ve been keeping track. 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. Kid  Fit and Moms’ Fit Club is happening now!  Join us at 9:30am for Kid Fit and 10:00am for Moms’ Fit Club at Creekside Park in Pleasanton – 5601  W. Las Positas Blvd.  Let’s kick off our summer Mondays with fitness to start our week right.  Kid Fit is ideally for 1st through 6th grade.  If you have teens or dads, invite them along to try out the Moms’ Fit Club for a killer work out! Workouts will be scaled up, or scaled down for your fitness level!  Text me if you have questions or want to join.  925-699-7725.
  2. Moms’ Fit Club 2018

    Summer Kid Fit 2018

    3)  Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, July 1st at 7am.  Run a 5k distance combined with strength and core drills!  Beginners are welcomed!

    4)  June Veggie Challenge!  It’s time for another veggie challenge and recipe contest!  For the month of June, log all of your veggie intake.  1 cup of greens = 1 serving.  For liquid, 8oz = 1 serving.  You can eat salad, steam veggies, roast or bbq veggies, drink green juice or eat them raw!  Make sure to log all of your servings!  On Saturday, June 30th, we’ll have another recipe contest and exchange.  Winner receives a free class card!  Start working on those veggie recipes now! 

    5)  Jen’s 9th Business Celebration BBQ!  I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since Jen Allan Fitness launched!  Please mark Saturday, July 21st on your calendar for my 9th business celebration!  Time – 5:30pm to 8:30pmish.  Jen’s house!  See me for details!

    6)  NOTE:  There will be NO Cardio Fusion on Thursday, July 12th or Boot Camp on Saturday, July 14th. 

7)  Support Bernadette Calvos’ jewelry business to help women rebuild their lives!  This Saturday after boot camp, Bernadette Calvo will bring some of her sample jewelry pieces for your to check out.  Bernadette can tell you more about her business as an independent consultant and how supporting this business will help other women. 

Thought for the week:  Not Quitting is a Skill

 

 

As I push myself through my own work outs and help dozens of other people every week push through their work outs too, I’ve realized something.  Not Quitting is a skill that needs to be practiced often.  If you stop and think about the very nature of exercising, the comfort side of our brain tells us that we are nuts for wanting to push ourselves through pain and discomfort.  The common sense side of our brain tells us that exercise is an important way to stay healthy and strong.  It kind of reminds me of the movie, Inside Out,  where we have these cartoon like characters representing each of our emotions at the command center – our brain.  Can you imagine a scene where we are about to get ready for exercise and “disgust” kicks in and says, “Why on earth would you waste your time lifting weights and sweating – uggh gross.”  Then, Joy would step in and say, “Guys, this is awesome!  Jen will be strong and she’ll feel good on the inside and out!”  I also think there is a lazy emotion character that would try to convince us that laying on the couch is the best way to pass the time!  I think there needs to be a Studio C skit about this!

In any case, we have a whole host of emotions that kick in when we take time to exercise and they are mostly communicative in our head when we are at the hardest part of our work outs.  When more effort is required and you are really laboring in the exercise, this is when we are most vulnerable.  How easy is it to back off and quit?  It’s very easy!  But, what would happen if every time we were challenged to push hard we backed off and quit?  I truly believe that what we do in our fitness translates into other areas of our lives.  If we are used to practicing the skill of not quitting, we will be more successful in our relationships, such as not quitting when marriage gets tough.  What about on the job?  Are there days when we are sick of it and we want to quit?  You betcha.  I believe if you are more fit, you’ll be more fit mentally too and will endure the more challenging moments at your job or with a boss.

However, if we practice the skill of not quitting in fitness, like a muscle, we will be more conditioned to take on the hard stuff and not collapse under pressure.  You have probably heard me say before that the storms of life are forming over the sea and we aren’t sure when they are going to hit land fall.  The more fit we are, the better we are able to handle the tough stuff when it happens.  Think about it.  When we begin a boot camp class, we know that we are going to be challenged, experience some pain and discomfort, sweat a lot, and feel fatigued.  When it’s all over, how do you feel then?  Inspired?  Excited that you survived?  More confident?  You practiced the skill of not quitting and as a result, you will reap the rewards of that skill in other areas of your life.

The same can also be said of practicing the skill of quitting.  If you quit in your fitness all the time and back off when it gets hard, how will you respond in life when life gets hard?  I would argue that there is a correlation between your attitude and drive in fitness and how you handle challenging life situations.  Would you agree?

So friends, there are many reasons why I push you guys in personal training or in class.  You might think it’s only because I want to give you a good work out, but it goes deeper than that.  I hope you ponder about the skill of not quitting and realize that when I push you guys hard, I’m trying to help you build your endurance in your “not quitting” muscle that will help you in all other areas of your life.  I know this stuff is hard, but if you put the hard work in, you’ll look back over your life and realize how much better you were able to handle the difficult stuff because you didn’t quit in your fitness.

 

See you in class soon!

Jen

 

 

MMB – Grab N Go Green Juice

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and celebrated Father’s Day in one way or another.  I was sitting in church on Sunday and was listening to our worship pastor talk about Father’s Day and how good it is for us to show our appreciation for all of those fathers out there and to thank them for all they do for their families. 

However, I was also happy to hear him address those people in the audience, who may be hurting on Father’s Day, because Father’s Day is not always joy filled for all people.  Maybe you are one of those people, who had a less than exemplary father, or are mourning the loss of your father because he passed when you were young? Or maybe you are estranged from your father and are longing for a closer relationship?

The good news is that there is a God, who is our heavenly father, and can heal us of our wounds, hurts, and disappointments.  If this is you today, I encourage you to give God a chance and lay your burdens down at the foot of the cross.  You might be amazed at how liberating it is to let go of pain that is hung around your neck like a ball and chain.  You know I’m a work out girl and love good nutrition, but you can exercise yourself into the ground or eat a strict vegan diet and it won’t take away the pain of broken relationships or the pain of a loved one who has passed. Ask the Lord for help and invite Him into the inner depths of your heart to be transformed from the inside out and to truly find freedom!  Give God a try.  What do you have to lose?

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. Kid  Fit and Moms’ Fit Club is happening now!  Join us at 9:30am for Kid Fit and 10:00am for Moms’ Fit Club at Creekside Park in Pleasanton – 5601  W. Las Positas Blvd.  Let’s kick off our summer Mondays with fitness to start our week right.  Kid Fit is ideally for 1st through 6th grade.  If you have teens or dads, invite them along to try out the Moms’ Fit Club for a killer work out! Workouts will be scaled up, or scaled down for your fitness level!  Text me if you have questions or want to join.  925-699-7725.
  2. Moms’ Fit Club 2018

    Summer Kid Fit 2018

    3)  Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, July 1st at 7am.  Run a 5k distance combined with strength and core drills!  Beginners are welcomed!

    4)  June Veggie Challenge!  It’s time for another veggie challenge and recipe contest!  For the month of June, log all of your veggie intake.  1 cup of greens = 1 serving.  For liquid, 8oz = 1 serving.  You can eat salad, steam veggies, roast or bbq veggies, drink green juice or eat them raw!  Make sure to log all of your servings!  On Saturday, June 30th, we’ll have another recipe contest and exchange.  Winner receives a free class card!  Start working on those veggie recipes now! 

    5)  Jen’s 9th Business Celebration BBQ!  I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since Jen Allan Fitness launched!  Please mark Saturday, July 21st on your calendar for my 9th business celebration!  Time – 5:30pm to 8:30pmish.  Jen’s house!  See me for details!

    6)  NOTE:  There will be NO Cardio Fusion on Thursday, July 12th or Boot Camp on Saturday, July 14th. 

Thought for the week:  Grab N Go Green Juice

Juicing can be a pain in the butt.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely fantastic and just about the best thing you can put into your body.  However, it takes a ton of produce, can be cost prohibitive, takes time, and is very messy.  If you find that you are skipping out on drinking green juice because of any of those reasons, don’t despair!  There are other ways to drink green juice that are more convenient and will still allow you to gain the benefits of juicing!

I was at Costco over the weekend and was very pleased to see that Suja is offering their Uber Greens juice for $12.99 per case with six bottles!  That’s just a little over $2 per bottle!  I’ve been buying green juice from Trader Joe’s and spending $4 per bottle, which can add up with a family of four! 

I like the fact that this recipe of green juice only has 5 grams of sugar and is 40 calories for the 10.5 fl. oz.  bottle.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the Trader Joe’s blend and $4 is actually fairly decent for the cost of a bottle of green juice.  When I was in New York, grab n go green juices were about $8.50 per bottle!  However, it’s a pretty good deal to find a 6 pack for $12.99 with a great juice blend!

So, if you can make your way out to Costco, look for the cases of Suja in the refrigerated section along with the Kombucha.  It would be a great idea to pick up both!  Be kind to your gut because it’s the only one you have!

 

See you in class soon!

Jen

MMB – 1/2 the Year Check-In

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling refreshed and energized!  Great job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week!  I know some of you are breathing a sigh of relief as your end of year school commitments are behind you and you can enjoy an easier pace of summer!  I would encourage you to carve out some time for self care and get back on track with good nutrition, sleep, solid work outs, and taking in positive vibes! 

MMB-Let’s Keep it Going!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  Are you enjoying the beautiful weather?!  I hope so!  This is the time of year to get outside and get moving and grooving!  Great job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week.  I know this is a super busy time of year with year end activities wrapping up in sports and school, so any time you can carve out for your fitness time is huge! 

MMB – Summer is in the Air!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had an amazing Memorial Day Weekend and had a great time with your family and friends!  Great job to everyone who came out to classes this past week.  I know this is a crazy, busy time of year with year end school and sports events.  So, I know when you come out and make it to class, that you are striving towards your health and pushing through the challenges of a busy schedule.  Some of you even came out for Running Boot Camp yesterday, so bravo for Memorial Day fitness!

MMB – Spring Fitness Challenge is Over!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had an awesome weekend!  Great effort by everyone who attended classes this past week.  Thanks to everyone for being flexible on Tuesday and Thursday nights due to the baseball “flex” schedule LOL!  Depending on how baseball goes tonight, I’ll let you all know if Tuesday or Thursday’s classes will be altered.

The Spring Fitness Challenge for 2018 is a wrap!  I know I threw some tough timed challenge courses at you guys, but you rose to the top and pushed through physically difficult moments.  For those of you who attended on a regular basis, how do you feel now?  Do you feel stronger?  Can you tell that your stamina has improved?  As a trainer, it’s always very rewarding for me when I have the privilege to train you and can see the results.  Excellent effort by everyone who made it out on a regular basis!

For the fitness tests, here are a few of the highlights:

1 minute push-up test: 

1st place – Joanne Vieira – 69

2nd place – Ken Vieira – 55

3rd place – Dave Thompson – 44

1 minute sit up test:

1st place – Cliff Donnelly 36 on week #1 and 40 on week #6

2nd place – Kathleen Jacobs 29

3rd place – Ken Vieira & Heather Thompson 26

1 minute frog jumps:

1st place – Marcey Donnelly 29 on week #1 and 38 on week #6 (most improved)

2nd place – Joanne Vieira 55

3rd place – Ken Vieira 45

 

Weight & Measurement Challenge:

1st place – Christina Mantha lost 7 lbs & 1% point in body fat Wins 4 Class Card!

2nd place – Christy Stevens lost 5 lbs & 2% points in body fat & 3 inches around hips

3rd place – Cliff Donnelly lost 4 lbs 1.5% points in body fat & 1 inch lost around waist and hips

 

Announcements and Reminders:

1)  Memorial Day Running Boot Camp is on Monday, May 28th at 8am!  Mark your calendars now.

2) Cardio Core on Tuesday night – 5:45 (room for 3 more), 6:55 (room for 3 more), 7:35 (room for 3 more)  Please text or e-mail me if you’d like to join in.  Stay tuned if there is a class time change too due to baseball playoffs.

3) Kid Fit and Moms’ Fit Club is starting on Monday, June 4th!  Mark your calendars for some summer fitness with you and your kids!  1st through 6th grade PE is at 9:30am to 10:00am & Moms’ Fit Club (men and teens are welcomed) is 10:00am to 10:30am!  Classes are held at Creekside Park in Pleasanton.  Bring some friends along and let’s get moving and grooving this summer! See flyer below!

Kid Fit and Moms’ Fit Club Flyers!

Summer Kid Fit 2018

Moms’ Fit Club 2018

 

See you in classes soon!

Jen

 

 

MMB – Green Hope in New York!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope all of you mothers out there had an awesome Mother’s Day and feel celebrated and appreciated!  As many of you know, I was away this weekend in New York City, so I wasn’t around to teach boot camp.  How did Saturday go for you guys?  Did anyone try the boot camp challenge from my blog?  I want to give a special shout out to Joanne and Ken Vieira because they did the entire boot camp in about 55 minutes!  Lynnda Phillbrook also gave it a shot and completed one cycle of the boot camp in about 29 minutes.  Way to go Joanne, Ken, and Lynnda!  Did anyone else try?  I’d love to hear about it!

MMB – A “Challenge” Work Out For Home!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling energized and ready to take on the week!  This past Saturday was the 5th Spring Fitness Challenge and you guys rocked it out there!  There were eight stations that made up a killer circuit and included; monster band squat and presses, slamming med balls and oblique throws, Dynamax wall balls, burpees w/ med ball tricep push-ups, Renegade Rowing, Russian Twists and lots of running!  You guys were dripping with sweat and gave it your all by the end! 

MMB – Kid Fit & Moms’ Fit Club!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling energized and ready to take on the week!  This past Saturday was the 4th Spring Fitness Challenge and you guys rocked it!  There were a variety of difficult stations you had to conquer including; stairs and sandbags, renegade rows w/push-ups, curls and presses, Jen Jolts (50 jacks, 40 jump ropes, 30 jump squats, 20 push-ups, and 10 mountain climbers), obstacle course w/walking planks & push-ups, leaping, jumping, agility ladder drills, and cardio drills.  Oh….and jog/sprints and lots of running!  Challenges are just that….they are challenging and meant to push and motivate you to the next level!  You guys are rocking it and I’m super proud of you!