Archive for June, 2010

Nutrition and Fat Loss from an Expert

June 25, 2010

I had the opportunity to interview Holly Rigsby, the “Fit Yummy Mummy” herself at my trainers conference in Louisville.  Holly is known as the leading authority on fat loss for moms (and women).  I was able to ask her some of the questions that the ladies in my bootcamps repeatedly ask me after class.

Some of the issues that we discussed were:  1)  Optimal program for fat loss, 2) bread-to eat or not to eat, 3) optimal supportive nutrition, and 4) the best way to do cardio.

Here’s the link if you want to watch this video interview about what Holly suggests for busy moms to eat and how to exercise to firm up your hips, thighs, and stomach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-X4FUQZEWE

At the end of our interview, I announced our FREE Transformation Contest that we’ll be having at The Palisades Country Club, starting in July.  I’ll describe the Transformation Contest in more detail later, but for those who need a Done-For-You Transformation Kit to tell you what to eat and how to exercise in the next two to three months, Holly has the perfect Tranformation Kit!  I’ll be sending the link to all of my bootcampers soon, so keep your eyes peeled for this link.

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I know you wanna be thin but how about fit and healthy?

June 25, 2010

Ladies, I’m sitting here at the Indiana Convention Center at registration for my son’s National Championship, and I’m inspired.  If you were here, you would be too…by YOU!

I just came back from a trainer’s conference with some of the fittest, most motivated, and energetic people in the country; but that’s not “it.”  (That’s not why I’m inspired, although you’ll hear more about my conference another time.)

“It” happened here at the National Pokemon Card tournament registration when I looked around at all of these “professional” CARD players.  I never used to notice these things before I became a trainer by the way.  I was taught to look at the inside of a person and not the outside.  However, I couldn’t help but notice that a HUGE majority of the people here are obese.  I guess it alarms me more because this is a group with which my son is highly involved.

That’s when it hit me.  I realized while looking around that YOU ladies are doing something that MOST Americans are NOT doing.  You’re exercising regularly.  You’re doing your best to take good care of yourselves, and you lead active, productive, healthy lives compared to most of our country.  I’ve done a little mini-documentary here at the conference just in the couple of hours that I’ve been here, and I want you to take a look.  I’m observing apparently some of the least active people in the country as a group, or maybe it’s the norm.  (You do know that 33 percent of North Carolinians are obese, right?)

Basically, I can’t figure out which came first, the chicken or the egg.  Did most of these people start playing cards because they were less active in the first place, or did their passion for cards cause their obesity?  I’m posting some pictures as evidence of what I’ve seen here, but please keep in mind that I’m just observing the state of our country and NOT judging.  My observations hit  home to me even more because I’m also so involved in kids fitness, and it’s our kids who are getting the worst end of this.  We have way too many kids who are suffering from obesity in our area and in our country.

I think it’s a good reminder for all of us that our lifestyle and the activities that we do in our daily routines DO make a difference in the shape of our bodies.  If you’ll notice in the pictures, regardless of what size each person is, their shape is indicative of their activity level.  They don’t have muscle tone.  They have an inactive shape.  I’m not picking on the overweight individuals either.  There have been a handful of very thin individuals who also look very inactive, sickly, or weak.

What YOU are doing in our bootcamp class IS making a difference in how your body functions and how it is shaped.   I wanted you to see the difference but even more to FEEL the difference.  Do you feel stronger now since you started working out in class?  Do you feel better physically?  How do you feel about yourself; do you feel a sense of accomplishment from what you’ve done so far and have better self-esteem?  Do you carry yourself differently after you workout?  I have one client whose husband swears up and down that his wife carries herself differently for the rest of the day AFTER her workout AND her demeanor is better.

Anyway, all I want you to take from this blog is that you need to give yourself a pat on the back every time you complete your workout to the best of your ability.  Just showing up is MORE THAN half the battle, and you all are doing an excellent job.  I have a lot of respect for you because of the effort and consistency you’ve displayed in the past few months, so keep it up!  You are all an inspiration and are motivators to those around you, so let’s go!

CHANGE! Why is it so hard?

June 15, 2010

I just had a meeting with my coach to help walk me through some things I’m trying to make happen for me in my business, and I couldn’t help but think about all of you, my bootcampers and personal training clients.  My coach blasted me up and down for not getting “it” done…not getting the things done that will help me reach my goals.  I already knew before I talked to him that he was NOT going to be happy with me nor would he accept any excuses from me.  (It doesn’t matter that I’m a single mom of 3 kids, have been working 12 or 14 hr. days, blah, blah, blah, etc.)

I still had a hard time talking to him without making excuses!  I thought about our conversation afterwards and tried to pinpoint why I’m so frustrated.  It all boils down to CHANGE.  I’m not good with change.  I’m in unfamiliar territory as I work towards owning my own business.  It’s all so hard because I’m doing everything for the first time, and I’m having to make changes in my life and my daily routine.

I thought of all of my clients because you all are going through some of the same things.  We end up talking about how difficult “things” are (like changing our eating habits), and we talk and talk and think about it some more; yet we either don’t do anything about it or not enough to see results.  I believe that’s where some of the frustration comes from is the lack of “results” or connections between our thought processes and our actions.  We probably think about “it” (our bodies, our weight loss) many, many times a day, but what do we do about it?

I believe that’s where my frustration lies, in knowing that day after day goes by, but I’m not making steady, measurable progress.  I know that if I do even just a little each day and keep moving forward that I’ll eventually get where I’m trying to go.  However days and months go by, and I’ve made too few changes.  I want to see results!  (And I know that you do, too.)  Does anyone else identify with me?

I hope to be able to help each one of you chisel away at the obstacles that are standing in the way of your goals and dreams.   I recently read an article on How To Motivate the Unmotivated, and I immediately wanted to share it with everyone.  The article described the five stages in the Trans-Theoretical Model of change, which explains why people succeed or fail at changing a behavior.  It’s very interesting to look at when you’re evaluating your weight loss journey.

I’m sure I’ll be talking about it more in our class, but if you want to read more, go to this link and scroll down if you want to read more about the stages of change.

http://www.healthhabits.ca/2008/08/27/obesity-how-to-motivate-the-un-motivated/


Fears of Fitness

June 7, 2010

I just thought I’d write a minute about what everyone goes through before they go to their first group fitness class.  Wi believe that almost everyone is afraid or anxious before they try a particular class for the first time.  Here are some of the fears that most people will have about a group fitness class.

1) Fear of embarassment? This may be the number one fear.  Someone may be afraid that they don’t have the coordination to do a class, which would cause embarassment, or they don’t know if they can physically keep up with the group.  They don’t want to stick out, so they just don’t try.

2)  Fear of pain: If you haven’t attended a class before, then you don’t know how hard it’s going to be unless you try it yourself.  Word of mouth helps if you know someone who attends the class, but you really don’t know for yourself until you try it.

3)  Fear of the unknown: This is just a basic fear that everyone has because you won’t know what you’re about to experience until you step in there and just do it.

4)  Pride: Very similar to the pain factor is pride.  Maybe you’re afraid that you’ll have to stop before someone else does because it hurts too much, and you don’t want someone else to out-perform you or for someone that you know to realize your vulnerabilities.

One way to alleviate some of these fears is to be able to watch a class or to be able to talk to the instructor about any concerns you have before you actually participate in the class.   This weekend, we’re holding a Fitness Marathon/Health Fair at The Palisades Country Club for members and non-members to show many of our members what our group fitness classes are like.  The instructors will be there explaining a little bit about the benefits of each class and will go through a short 20-minute demo of the class.

This is a great way to get introduced to a fitness class that you haven’t done before.  Come on out and join us if you’d like.  We’re doing a Bootcamp demo, a kettlebell demo, CrossFit, Zumba, MMA, and Yoga.  Here’s more information if you need it, or email me at julies@thepalisadescc.com if you have more specific questions.

Fitness Marathon

Fitness Professional in SW Charlotte Teams up with Local Businesses to Provide Scholarships to Summer Fitness Camp for Obese and Underprivileged Kids

June 6, 2010

Hi everyone, I’m Julie Sawyer, and I’m the Fitness Director at The Palisades Country Club here in SW Charlotte. (Also close to Lake Wylie, SC)  I’ve been running kids’ summer tennis camps for over 15 years and am known as a “camp guru” in the Charlotte area.  This year I will be running my first kids’ summer fitness camp and am excited about helping kids stay active and teaching them that exercise can be fun.

I’ve noticed in the past couple of years that the percentage of people willing and/or able to spend money on their fitness has decreased due to the economy.  Although most people are still more willing to invest in their kids, I’ve also heard from many parents that many out there have been hit hard by the recession and aren’t able to put their kids in summer programs.

One reason that this is tragic is because North Carolina has the 5th highest youth obesity rate in the country.  There are many kids in our area who are naturally not active enough, and a summer fitness-oriented camp is a great way to get them moving and teach them about a healthy lifestyle.

Therefore, I decided to take the initiative in breaking down this financial obstacle that is hindering obese and underprivileged kids from participating in fitness camp.  I have started a scholarship program for kids in need, both financially and physically, to help kids take advantage of our Summer Fit Camps.   I have elicited the help of several local businesses such as CrossFit Steele Creek in Ayrsley, Massage Envy at Rivergate, Total Fitness Warehouse, and Omega Sports at Rivergate to fund scholarships for Kids Fit Camp this summer.

One local business owner that firmly supports our cause is Brian Strump, chiropractor and owner of CrossFit Steele Creek in Ayrsley.  Brian expressed his thoughts on the impact of Kids Fit Camp stressing, “It’s very important to start these programs with the children.  They are very impressionable and eager to learn.  Educating them and their parents on proper exercise and nutrition will help to improve their lives and their families’ lives for years.”

I’m also excited about the scholarship program for Kids Fit Camp because I’m looking forward to showing many kids how fun fitness can be.  Through the scholarships provided by these Charlotte businesses, we’ll be able to impact kids that we normally wouldn’t have had the privilege of getting to know.

Summer Kids’ Fit Camps will be offered at The Palisades each week all summer.  For more info on registering  for camp or to see a video on typical camp activities, go to www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com/kidsfitcamp.html.  To inquire about scholarship opportunities for your child, call 803-984-0714.

For more information on contributing to the Kids Fit Camp scholarship fund, email julie@tuffgirlbootcamps.com, and we’ll send you the details on how to contribute and how your business can benefit from contributing to Kids Fit Camp.  All contributions are tax-free deductions.

Local Businesses Provide Scholarships to Summer Camp for Overweight and Underprivileged Kids

June 3, 2010

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julie Sawyer AT 803-984-0714

Local Businesses Provide Scholarships to Summer Camp in Southwest Charlotte for Obese and Underprivileged Kids

Charlotte, NC – June 3rd, 2010—Summertime is a great time for our kids to increase their activity levels by taking advantage of a summer camp that keeps them moving while having fun.   Since North Carolina has the 5th highest youth obesity rate in the country, there are many local children who need to be able to take advantage of a fitness-based summer camp to encourage healthy daily activity levels.  However due to financial hardships, many families will not be able to afford this opportunity this summer.

Julie Sawyer, Fitness Director at The Palisades Country Club and owner of TuffGirl Bootcamps, has begun a scholarship program for kids in need, both financially and physically, to help kids take advantage of her Kids’ Summer Fit Camps.   She has elicited the help of several local businesses such as CrossFit Steele Creek in Ayrsley, Massage Envy at Rivergate, and Omega Sports at Rivergate to fund scholarships for Kids Fit Camp this summer.  Brian Strump, chiropractor and owner of CrossFit Steele Creek stresses, “It’s very important to start these programs with the children.  They are very impressionable and eager to learn.  Educating them and their parents on proper exercise and nutrition will help to improve their lives and their families’ lives for years.”

“I’m excited about our scholarship program,” says Sawyer, “because I’m looking forward to showing many kids how fun fitness can be.  Through these scholarships provided by Charlotte businesses, we’ll be able to impact kids that we normally wouldn’t have had the privilege of getting to know.”

Summer Kids’ Fit Camps will be offered at The Palisades each week all summer.  For more info on registering  for camp or to see a video on typical camp activities, go to www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com/kidsfitcamp.html.  To inquire about scholarship opportunities for your child, call 803-984-0714.

Financial Application now available for Camp Scholarships!

June 3, 2010

I’m very excited to kick off the summer this year with our first year of Kids Fit Camps!  What’s even more exciting is that we’re going to be able to offer scholarships to a select few children who need assistance either physically or financially.

Local businesses such as CrossFit Steele Creek, Massage Envy Rivergate, Total Fitness Warehouse, and Omega Sports have chipped in to provide scholarships for local kids to experience camp and stay active this summer.  We want to extend a special thank you to each of these businesses for their generosity and their vision to make an impact on the health of a generation that needs physical activity more than ever!

Any parent or guardian that feels that they (or their child) has a need for financial assistance can apply by using this form.

Kids FitCamp Scholarship Financial Application

Also, remember to be eligible to win a scholarship to camp, you and your child must fill out this short questionnaire.

Kids FitCamp Scholarship Opportunity

Camp Scholarships Available for the Summer!

June 2, 2010

Kids Fit Camp is offering scholarships this summer to kids all over Charlotte.  Children will be awarded scholarships based on need, whether it’s a physical need or a financial need.  The application process has begun.  If you believe your child needs a scholarship to camp please apply, and we’ll notify you if you qualify.

Here’s how it works.  We want to hear from you and your child.  Please have your child write or type an essay answering these questions:

Part I.  (Child’s essay-no longer than 1 page, written or typed)

1)  Why they want to go to fitness camp this summer.

2)  How do they think fitness camp will help them?

3)  What are some things that they want to accomplish this summer?

4)  What types of activities do they like to do outside?

Part II.  (Parent’s essay-No longer than 1-2 pages, written or typed)

1)  Why do you believe your child needs fit camp this summer?

2)  What physical needs do they have?

3)  Are there any financial reasons for needing a scholarship?

4) Are there any other concerns that you have about your child?  Do they have other mental/emotional needs for fit camp?

Part III.  Financial Application (optional)

If you believe you have a financial need, please email us at julie@tuffgirlbootcamps.com, and we’ll send you an application.

Part IV. Deadline is June 16th. Send in your essays to 13417 Grand Palisades Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28278, c/o Julie Sawyer.

Good luck!  We hope to see you and your child this summer!