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Classes Times Monday-Wednesday-Friday
Functional based training designed to improve performance and overall fitness level. With body weight and core centric exercises Michael with help you achieve your fitness goals.
“Your body will always pay you back when you invest time, heart and sweat.” -Michael Wolfe, Fitness Professional
****Special introductory offer: $10.00 Drop in Classes until 1/1/14
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Posted by FitLifeSFRob in Contributors Friday, 27 September 2013 23:13 No Comments
Yes, We are consolidating our web presence, and trying to get things to work together. We have created a ton of content over the last few years, and we don’t want to see it go to waste. So we may see a face lift going on at FitLifeSF, to add it to the FitFight world. But for now FitLifeSF is STILL the official Blog of FitFight inc! Here is to all of you for reading our stuff. I hope you find the new content fun and interesting!
It is a good read.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m participating in a program with Target in support of its C9 by Champion activewear line. (I’m wearing my C9 yoga pants as I type this- love that you can get them in various lengths for us leggy broads. Yay!) Today’s topic: Fitness and Family. Read on to find out how you can win a $25 Target gift card!
So, how has family influenced me to be fit and how do I share fitness with my family? Wow… This is a three-parter for me, I guess, so let’s welcome the ghosts of Smurf past, present and future.
I’ve mentioned before than my mom is the person I credit as my fitness role model. When I was younger, I actually thought she and Jane Fonda were close personal friends in real life. She also helped instill a sense of adventure in eating and cooking which I feel is imperative on the journey to health. (So often, people write me here on the blog and say, “I want to lose weight/be healthy, but I hate vegetables. What should I do?” The answer nobody wants to hear is, “Well, you need to find a way to learn to love ‘em!” Having an adventurous palate and “f*&k it, what’s the worst that could happen?” attitude in the kitchen is the way to do that. But, I digress…) My tendencies as a kid were more book-wormish, but she was that mom who would see us getting pale in the face and down in the mouth and lock us out of the house until sundown. Fast forward 40 years and my mom is running marathons (she recently completed the Tahoe Trifecta) and, really, putting me to shame. I can’t wait for me, her and Emilia to do a three-generation run!
Present-day, my husband and I are equally driven by our fitness pursuits. We did a Tough Mudder together when I was 20-something weeks pregnant. (To be fair, he did the true Mudder, I “just” ran alongside over 11 miles and 4000 or so feet elevation because I’m not sure fetuses cotton to electrocution.) We understand that making the time to stay fit isn’t a luxury; it’s core to who we are. Sure, we are experiencing some growing pains as we figure out how the new baby affects, mainly, my ability to keep up with fitness goals- after all, I can’t simply disconnect for multiple hours at a time, because I’m not just a parent, I’m also the milk truck- but we know that finding a solution is not optional.
As Emilia grows, both Rob and I look forward to sharing our love of a fit life with her. He can’t wait to teach her how to pound skulls and cause grievous bodily harm; I look forward to taking her on stroller runs in the near-term (her current mile PR is 10:42) and showing her the breadth of activities I’ve had a passion for over the years- running, cheer, dance, yoga, etc. It’s especially important to me that we share with her both the mental and physical benefits of being fit, since there’s a pretty good chance she’ll inherit at least a bit of our less-savory traits- From me, that means depression and anxiety and from Rob it’s an endearing dose of (not so) bottled rage.
On that note, I took her for her first yoga class yesterday. Sure, it was mostly singing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and making kissy boo-boo faces, but it was an utter fail. Ms. Emilia Toes was way more interested in checking out the pretty purple flowers outside the studio window than doing “Rolly-Polly Bug Pose,” and then she decided it was time to eat. I’d like to think it’s because she’d really hoped the class would involve more arm balances and inversions, but even if it’s just because she prefers flowers and lunch to yoga, that’s fine with me- I’m just happy she tried.
Post in the comments about how your family has inspired you to be fit and/or how you share your fit lifestyle with friends and family, and I’ll select one commenter at random to receive a $25 Target gift card so you, too, can have a pair of yoga pants that cover your ankles (or don’t cover your toes, depending on your individual situation.)
Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.
Posted by Smurf in Contributors Monday, 6 May 2013 21:15 No Comments
I’m trying to decide if we’ll make this one Emilia’s first race! Regardless, Girls on the Run is a great organization that helps middle school girls achieve the goal of running a 5K.
Check out more about the race and organization here:
I’ll tweet if we decide to run it- we’ve got two days to decide and our stroller 5K is solid (if not on the slow side), it’s just a matter of whether we want to commit to getting out of the house on time.
Posted by Smurf in Contributors Sunday, 28 April 2013 11:38 2 Comments
Wow, it looks like life got away from me again, and it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I hope I have a good enough excuse– While Rob’s been busy opening FitFight, I’ve been busy… GROWING PEOPLE! That’s right, we had a baby. Meet Emilia Rose, pictured here getting ready to head out on her first run with mom.
Which leads me to the topic of the day: What inspires you to stay fit?
It’s a question that’s had many answers for me over the years. Of course, we all like to look and feel our best, so it goes without saying that general cosmetic goals always play a role to some degree. If I had to name just one, though, I’d say my number one driver is that I think the human body is just this amazing machine. I love to see what it can do and how far I can push it. Whether it’s mastering a crazy new pose back in my yoga days, or running conquering new race distances (I did an Olympic distance triathlon the day we found out about Emilia!), or upping my weights when strength training- forcing the body to adapt and seeing what it can do is just awesome to me. Not doing those things would feel like having the world’s best roller coaster in your backyard and never taking it for a spin.
And, as you all know, I’m a nutrition nut, so I really like endeavors that require a holistic overhaul of your lifestyle, from rest and recovery, to nutrition, to training. It may come as no surprise, then, that the human laboratory of pregnancy and childbirth was hugely interesting to me, but that’s a post for another day…
Now that Ms Silly Putty has come into our lives, kicking and screaming (literally- she’s got lungs and legs for DAYS, just like mom and dad), my inspiration to stay fit has taken on added importance. Both Rob and I are determined to raise her in an active environment, with the confidence to know that she’s in control of her body and mind. My mom has been a role model for fit living and healthy eating for me throughout my life, and I hope to pass the same ideals on to my child, and Rob’s life has been influenced by the discipline of martial arts, so he’s insistent that she get the mental discipline of the practice and confidence that comes with the ability to “beat the f*&k out of people.”
So, what gets you up and at ‘em on a day when you’d rather veg out? What’s your inspiration to stay fit?
Full disclosure: This topic was inspired by Target who is working with bloggers to promote their C9 by Champion athletic wear brand. I get contacted not un-often by marketers wanting me to post stuff, and I rarely (OK, never) do. But given that Target’s C9 by Champion brand makes up half my closet and nearly all of my fitness wardrobe and the topic was actually compelling to me, I figured I would give it a go. To see what other bloggers had to say on the topic, check out #C9atTarget on Twitter.
Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.
Wikipedia defines this stupidity as: “The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, such terms as “paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet”
This “1970′s” marketed diet, has been proven by the scientific community to be based more on nostalgia than fact.
Every year that goes by, we, as a community , become better informed as to what we, as omnivorous, should be consuming to fuel our bodies. This is 100% dictated by our daily output. What our individual activity is based on our overall exertion level. Glomming onto some “Diet” because it is “better for us” without a reason to be “on that diet” is plain STUPID. Granted, I think the Paleo diet is as dumb as any other of the low carb/fad/purge diets out there.
The simple truth is this. We don’t need to have a fad diet based on some “recently video’d fit guys” mumbo jumbo. we need scientific fact. Simply put (Unless you have a medical condition such as a thyroid problem), to lose weight you need to be at a calorific deficit, to gain weight you need to be in a surplus. Your diet should not be overloaded with fats or carbs , and the average person will be very healthy with a 30/30/40 (Fats/Carbs/Protien) ratio IF they are not eating more calories than they burn in a given day. (Based on your INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY)
Your brain needs fats to work, your body needs carbs to maintain energy stores and you need protein to rebuild your body from basic use! If you go on a diet which deprives you of any of these necessary nutrient sources, you are hurting yourself.
I am not saying to “Avoid” a food source on a given diet plan, what I am saying is be aware of what you eat. Research what you are putting in your mouth, and define a fueling plan for your lifestyle. If you don’t work out, and you sit around all day, know that if you eat a ton of protein, carbs or fat every day (more than you burn on a daily basis) you will be storing extra calories, and eventually end up being over weight, if not obese. Your choice, deal with the consequences.
Knowing what you eat and how much you eat isn’t difficult. It just takes a bit of awareness. If you are unwilling to pay attention, then be prepared to deal with the consequences. Possible type 2 diabetes, heart issues, liver issues, arthritis, chronic pain, etc. In the end it is your call. To be healthier, or to be a burden to our healthcare system, as you are dealing with a problem that could have been avoided.
Me, I am about being “pretty healthy.” I am not so far to the left or the right of center. I, as an omnivore, maintain somewhere around 10-15% body fat at all times, and am able to do whatever I want when I want. Without some Bullshit self induced health risk. Yeah, that’s right. I take my well being into my own hands.
Posted by FitLifeSFRob in Contributors Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:19 No Comments
As you might have guessed by now, I am a big fan of many of the Beach Body Products. So much so that I have spent the time and money to become a P90X Certified Coach. Well, above and beyond that, I have opened a fitness facility where I teach P90X live classes. I have spent the last 100 days training someone, and I am doubly impressed with how amazing this program works. I know what it did for me, but for the first time, I got to take someone through the 90 days, and see the changes in him. Ok, Amazing may not be the right word. Stellar, incredible, fantastic, are all the proper word as well. Michael came into FitFight in decent shape, and now he looks like a gymnast. He came in every week, put the time and handwork in, and his results were inspiring. (Another great descriptor)
Now we are doing Insanity at FitFight. I may not be certified in it (yet), but it is a fantastic program, and I will spend the next 60 days getting ripped. If Michael does what he did during the P90X cycle, well, I suspect there will be some crazy marketing material for FitFight in March!
FitFight 1586 Market St. San Francisco CA 415-854-0166
Home of Bay Area Combat Sambo
It is a new year, and FitFight is now 90% operational! (I’ll say 100% when I get the TV installed) With the new year, there is brand new promotion for all FitFight Classes (Sambo, Boxing, P90X, and Shuia Chiao. This does not include Lumen Fitness Classes) This Program is available for all current students, and all new FitFight members.
You can get up to 50% off for 2 months.
How to get 10% off for one month: Bring one new person to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 20% off for one month: Bring two new people to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 30% off for one month: Bring three new people to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 40% off for one month: Bring four new people to FitFight and have them sign up/pay for a monthly Program.
How to get 50% off for two months: Bring five new people to FitFight and have them sign up for/pay a monthly Program.
To qualify, the person MUST BE new to FitFight. This program will run from January 1st to January 31st.
You will recieve 10-50% off (based on the number of new members you bring into the club) off your February Club Fees. (and Possibly March if you bring in 5 members) This does not stack with any other discounts.
See you at FitFight!
1586 Market Street, San Francisco CA, 94102