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Busy Guy, Big Changes

Busy Guy, Big Changes

By Michael Harland

I would say that this New Britain resident, business owner, husband, and father has a lot on his plate. Juggling everything and not being extremely tired and stressed is another job in and of itself, right?

Well, Adam decided to make his health a priority and started training with us. He made some big changes to his health and wellness, joined our Large Group Training program and also started using meal plans we provided him. Along with this, he checked in with me 3x weekly and within 5 weeks he saw major changes.

In that first 5 week period, Adam lost 11.3 pounds, dropped his total body fat percentage and his total body water weight! We’re so glad both he and his wife decided to make the journey to Plainville and train with us. He now works with Coach LeighAnn and participates in both private sessions, as well as our Large Group Program on the other days.

Congratulations, Adam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I learned from youth sports

What I learned from youth sports

By Michael Harland

As I sit at a soccer tournament with my kids, I see a couple of things reinforced about the more successful and higher level teams. This also holds true within the different age groups of their own club in CT.

The success has nothing to do with skill set. Both kids play at high levels and it’s every age group there, from 7-17. When I think about it, these things also hold true with the adults that I work with.

What are these things? Work ethic and discipline. The people that are willing to work the hardest and commit to whatever it is they’re fighting for almost always outperform everyone else.

Think about that; the most committed, hardest workers are the leaders. Not the most talented or gifted people.

Now do this for me; think about a goal you have and ask yourself if you’re truly committed to it and actually working hard for it. If not, do you really want to accomplish whatever it is you said you wanted? Or did you just say it because it sounded good?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weight Loss In 5 Weeks

Weight Loss In 5 Weeks

By Michael Harland

Today’s transformation has a client driving to our Plainville location all the way from Meriden a few times a week. Not only this, but she comes to our earliest session and gives nothing but 100%.

Who is this? Her name is Danielle and she recently participated in a quick transformation program at our facility. She was given meal plans, she checked in with me 3x a week, and completed InBody scans at the beginning and end of the 5 weeks. Over that time, Danielle was able to lose 9.4 pounds!!! Not only that, but she decreased her overall body fat percentage by 3.7%!

I’d say that’s pretty incredible, no? So today we are sending Danielle a huge CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the great work, Danielle 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negative Thoughts ~ You’re Thinking About It All Wrong

Negative Thoughts ~ You’re Thinking About It All Wrong

By Michael Harland

Today’s blog was inspired as I was sitting down checking people into one of our orientations. When we have orientation, we have everyone fill out a questionnaire. In this questionnaire, if you haven’t filled one out before, it has a bunch of questions regarding health history, liability information, general information, and some goal specific questions asking how we can make the biggest impact in someone’s life. There are a few very straight-forward questions relating to a person’s goals. We have to know this information in order to actually accomplish the things people come here for.

Now, as positive as I would want this blog to be, it’s actually about how negative we are about ourselves. In a perfect world, we would get the person that’s already in great shape, super excited to start, and ready to do what it takes to become better. The reality is, however, that most of our new trial members are a little older, a little scared, and not their best self. They have self-doubt, body image issues, and are entering a program of the fittest people on the planet (that’s the thought process, not the reality).

We start telling ourselves we can’t do it, it’s going to be too hard, I’m going to make a fool of myself, and many other negative phrases. Because of these thoughts, we start talking ourselves out of anything before we even begin. We focus on goals that are 3, 6, 12 months or more away from us and can’t actually picture success.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re thinking about it all wrong. For the person attending orientation with us, you’ve already had your first success. What should you focus on next? Your first workout or second success. That’s all. Nothing matters beyond that point. Your 12-month goal is impossible without the small goals along the way.

What you should also be doing is celebrating those victories. Tell your significant others or kids or friends or just stare in the mirror and think “I did it!”. You should be proud of yourself for every small victory.

Now, once we start celebrating those victories and finding happiness in what we’re doing, our negative thoughts will soon be replaced with more positive ones. This will create more excitement, which will lead to more accomplishments, which will lead to your goals in 3, 6, or 12 months from now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My MindBody Conference Experience

My MindBody Conference Experience

By Spencer Ingvertsen

Two weeks ago I went to the MindBody BOLD Conference in San Diego. Not only was this my first time at the MindBody BOLD Conference, but it was also my first time in California! Everyone says that California is beautiful, but seeing it with your own eyes is something completely different, and I can say that everyone was correct, California is beautiful, and more specifically San Diego is beautiful! I can’t thank Mike enough for bringing me with him for this amazing experience! I was told that this conference wasn’t going to be like any other conference, and that could not have been more accurate.

This conference was filled with thousands of fitness industry business owners, and the best part was, we were all in the same industry but no one was competing with each other! This conference was designed to give business owners the inspiration and education they need to grow their business. They provided us with amazing presenters and speakers. I can honestly say that watching successful business owners, and inspirational speakers present every hour inspired me to not only be a better employee, but to be a better boss, a better co-worker, and overall a better person! One of the best speakers that I saw while at BOLD, was “The SEED in You” presented by Coach Mike. To say that Coach Mike is an inspiration is an understatement, the way he connects with the emotions of his audience and the audience, in general, is simply amazing. Coach Mike wasn’t giving a presentation on how to be a better coach, or how to fun a successful business, he was giving a presentation on how to be the best “you”. Sometimes we get so caught up in being the best at everything that we forget to focus on simply being our best self. If you ever have the chance to see him, I would one hundred percent suggest taking the time to go!

My favorite part of this conference, as was Mike’s, was the keynote speakers. Being able to be in the same room with Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King is a once and a lifetime experience. I always seem to forget that celebrities are people too, as foolish as that sounds. You always see them in the papers or magazines but you never really get to have a conversation with them to find out who they really are. Michelle Obama is one of the most down to earth, funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of listening too. She is an amazing, smart woman who is looking to make our children healthier and more active. I honestly didn’t think that she would be as funny as she was; I often had to wipe tears from my face because I was laughing so hard.

Billie Jean King is the cutest human beings I have ever seen, she makes me wish that she was my grandmother. She is the most caring badass person in our world today! She stands up for equal rights for both genders in and out of sports. She cares so much about equality, and I truly believe that if there were more people in the world today like her, our world would be a better place. She was named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life, and I am beyond honored that I was able to hear her speak.

While at BOLD, I had the chance to take the Manager Certification course, which was actually the first time MindBody offered this course at BOLD. Throughout this course, I learned so much about the software that we use. There was so much useful information given to us to help our businesses succeed, by the end of the eight-hour course I felt like my head was stuffed with information, and to think that I still don’t know some things about our software! I was apprehensive about this course, but I am very thankful that Mike had me participate in it.

Mike pushed me out of my comfort zone the whole entire time that I was there, and I mean who would actually be surprised by that, it is who Mike is. Mike pushes me out of my comfort zone when it has anything to do with A|M Fitness, but I figured on the one day that we had to enjoy the sun I figured he wouldn’t push me out of my comfort zone. WRONG! I have always been terrified of the open ocean, just the fear of not knowing what is underneath you, or you know the possibility of being eaten by a shark! Well on the last full day in California we went to the beach, Mike told me that I was going to either kayak or paddleboard in the ocean to this cove where sea lions and seals are. The first thing I thought of was “oh cool… great white sharks eat seals….” I asked him if I could just sit on the beach and tan, but nope, Mike told me I had to pick one. Once again Mike pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am so happy that he did. Paddleboarding in the open ocean was a once in a lifetime experience…it was amazing…but I think one time is enough for me!

The MindBody BOLD Conference was an amazing experience that I will never forget!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mindbody Conference Experience

My Mindbody Conference Experience

By Michael Harland

This past weekend I went to the Mindbody Bold conference in San Diego. This is a conference held by our software company and it’s definitely one of the better ones I go to each year. Why? Because along with the technical learning seminars, their focus is also to celebrate being a small business owner and to get you energized to head back to your business and life. (It’s also set in an extremely beautiful place!)

This year was a little different. I took one of my staff members, Spencer, with me to 1. help her learn our software better and 2. to hopefully get her as excited as me about everything we do.

Something cool that I wasn’t expecting was to get recognized as a “Visionary”. It’s based on revenue and states that we’re in the top 30% of all 50,000 Mindbody clients. While exciting, I immediately asked what it would take to get into the top 20%. I was told that I would need to open more facilities since most people in that category are multi-unit operations (like Orangetheory).

On the technical side of things, I found a video platform that should simplify things for my staff. I also sat in on a great presentation hosted by Google which will help me personally to understand their platform a little better. I also was able to have a private consultation with a Mindbody consultant and have decided to work with her directly to understand our software capabilities a bit deeper.

 

My favorite part of this seminar is always the keynote speakers. Year after year some of the greatest people take the stage and really get us fired up for life. This year they had Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King! Two women that are fighting for health, wellness, equality, and so much more. It was a privilege to be able to listen to them and something I won’t soon forget.

One of the bonuses of this conference is absolutely the location. We were able to catch a Padres game, paddle board in the Pacific Ocean (I only fell a couple of times), see seals and sea lions while out on the water, and eat some amazing food. I also got a solid 8+ hours of sleep each night and am coming back to Connecticut refreshed, energized, motivated, and inspired.

It’s events like this, Perform Better or the continuing ed workshops that allow us to always grow. So I want to thank the staff that covered for us while we were away and the clients that understand how these times help us to help them.

See you soon #fitfam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kena and the Functional Movement Screen!

Kena and the Functional Movement Screen!

By Kena Perry

Over the past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Course. The Functional Movement Screen is comprised of 7 different movements and scores are given based on the level of motor control displayed within those movements. It is used to determine movement deficiencies, and demonstrate limitations or asymmetries.

During the two-day course, I was able to learn the reasons why we perform these tests as well as practice doing the screen myself. In addition to learning how to conduct the screen, we also learned corrective exercises and strategies to improve movement patterns and range of motion. The Functional Movement Screen itself takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, but it provides coaches with a ton of information to better help people improve their movement patterns, motor control, and stability. The goal of the screen, along with corrective exercises, is to identify dysfunctional movement patterns and subsequently improve them to reduce the risk of injury.


To say that I learned a lot this past weekend would be an understatement. My favorite part of the weekend was meeting a bunch of different people involved in different areas of fitness, rehabilitation, and athletic training. My biggest takeaway from the course was that many people are able to perform a wide range of activities, but are using compensatory movement patterns that can lead to poor biomechanics and potentially resulting in future injury. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn more about movement patterns and to use this as a tool to help the A|M community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses and Gains, New Member, Merissa

Losses and Gains, New Member, Merissa

By Michael Harland

For today’s Transformation Tuesday post we’re going to highlight one of our trial members. Her name is Merissa and she makes the trip in from Bristol to Plainville 4 or 5 times a week to train with us. Shortly after beginning, she asked us for some help with her nutrition and we gladly helped her out. We understand that with any fitness related goal, nutrition is a huge component and we want to make sure our clients get the information they need to help get them to their goals.

Along with the workouts and nutrition, Merissa checked in with me 3 times each week. We held her accountable, coached her in any areas she needed coaching, and she did extremely well in a little less than 4 short weeks.

Over that period of time, Merissa was able to lose 4 total pounds. I know, I know, according to Instagram and other social media sites, she should have lost 300 pounds, become “shredded”, and became an Instagram model… but that’s not real life. What she did was right on track for the targets we set and she did AMAZING! I’m super proud of this girl.

I would also like to dig a little further into the scale number. You see, sometimes it can be deceiving. That’s why we like to test body composition with our InBody 570. It allows us to see deeper into the numbers and have much more data to work with.

Now, even though the number says 4 pounds, she actually lost 4.2 pounds of body fat and gained 1 pound of muscle! Again, super proud of this girl and can’t wait to see what continues to happen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-DAWG’s Transformation and Thoughts…

T-DAWG’s Transformation and Thoughts…

By Michael Harland

Today’s Transformation Tuesday is a little different. It’s not geared towards weight loss. Instead, it revolves around all of the other benefits a hard working, motivated individual can accomplish. I could write a lot more about this woman, but I’m going to let her and her coach share their thoughts instead.

“Is it worth it?

Weight loss and getting in shape sucks sometimes and it’s a huge mind game especially when the number on the scale doesn’t move. It’s hard and I struggle. I’m not graceful at all. I’m aware that I’m often the biggest person in the room and that can be scary. I feel like everyone is staring at me (they’re not). Or maybe they are and wondering who is this magnificent creature? 😝

When this happens I have to remember how far I’ve come and the reasons I keep going:

– when I first started I could barely do a plank (more like a lean) on 7 risers. Now I’m down to 1 and am working on getting to the floor
– I could barely lift the lightest weight at first and I’ve gotten so much stronger (actually she just got to the floor the last session)
– I can leg press 150 pounds (I grunt when I do it but I do it)
– I sleep so much better when I workout
– I eat so much better than I did before
– I’m moving so much better. I’m not as stiff as I used to be and movements that I once struggled with are easier now.
– I get excited to go to gym class and learn new exercises (who am I?)

So yes it’s absolutely worth it
I’m worth it
My health is worth it
My life is worth it
So I’m gonna keep going
and when I fall down I’ll get back up again.”

“This girl. She is incredible. She can do anything. When I first met her, she didn’t get on the ground. Now she’s planking on the ground. Now she’s doing the ladders and sprinting! I’ve never been so proud. You’re amazing T-Dawg @tracesofzen don’t ever forget it. #anythingispossible #ladders#sprints #sprintsaremyfavorite #planks #progress #amfit #fitfam @A|M Fitness”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lose The Weight, Not The Accent

Lose The Weight, Not The Accent

By Michael Harland

New Britain in the house! David makes the drive over to Plainville 4 – 6 times each week and does nothing but put in work! He started with us a few months back and recently participated in our Summer Slimdown. During this, David checked in with me 3x each week. We were able to work together to lose a total of 10.7 pounds in only 5 weeks!

Total commitment, right? To a point. David was also able to go away a couple of weekends during the program and still enjoy himself. He remained active, made mostly good eating choices, and got right back on track after any cheats that he had.

One of the highlights for me during that program was when he was on Assault Airdyne bikes and I challenged him to hit a certain wattage. He wasn’t able to do it during week 1 or 2, but after remaining consistent and putting in the effort, he far exceeded that goal.

Proud is an understatement and excitement for future growth is all I have. Great job, David!

PS – the title is an inside joke because everyone I talk to loves his accent. So, keep dropping those pounds but make sure to keep your accent!