Happy October gang!
In an effort to keep you informed about upcoming events, this month we’re launching our first ever newsletter, “The Nitty Gritty”. Don’t worry, we plan on taking the same approach with our communication as we do with our workouts, no fluff or BS.
That’s right, we won’t drone on about nothing just to use keywords like gym, exercise, or fitness in order to bring us up in the Google rankings. We’ll cut the baloney and get to the brass tacks. No meaningless chatter or double talk here about nutrition, obstacle course racing and barbells to improve our search engine optimization. Just the bare bones, the facts, the nitty gritty if we may and we feel we have and most certainly will in the future. You can sleep well, while you rest and recover with the knowledge that we know you’re busy and we wouldn’t want to take up your valuable time just to say things like, pull ups, running and mobility…ehhemm! So without further adieu and very little about exercise, nutrition, rest, and mindfulness, let’s get down to The Nitty Gritty!
On Wednesday October 18 we’ll launch a brand new 6:30pm class called Barbells & Beers. If you’re ready to get a little more serious about building strength, this is a class you should attend. Join coaches Craig & Christian as they walk you through the mobility and techniques required to lift heavy and get those strength gains. The class will focus on the three big lifts, bench, squat, and deadlift.
Just a heads up, this class will move at a much slower pace than most of our classes. When putting up big weights, our bodies need a little more recovery time, so taking a rest between sets is part of the program.
At the end of every class we’ll celebrate how strong we all feel by cracking an ice cold beer. This is optional and all athletes are responsible for bringing their own beer (singular), which we will be happy to keep cold while you sweat.
Speaking of celebrating and gains, in November, we’re going to turn things upside down with our “Happy Holigains” strength & nutrition program.
Holigains has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?… We thought so.
As the name implies we’re going to focus on gaining through the Holidays.
Excuse me coach, did you just say you want me to gain weight during the Holidays?! That’s right.
Listen, we all know the drill. Every year we stress out because we’re surrounded by all kinds of delicious food at Thanksgiving and Christmas, we feel guilty when we over eat and then in January we make a resolution to lose the weight and go on a restrictive diet.
Do we need to talk about how stress affects weight gain and how lowering calorie intake too far can actually slow down your metabolism and put you in worse shape over the long haul? Well, we just did. This year let’s embrace those extra calories, use them to our advantage and feel good about it. The fact is, we can’t build muscle if we’re existing in a calorie deficit. So let’s find out together how many and what kind of calories we need and enjoy every bite of them. After 8 weeks of ample fuel and strength training, our metabolisms will be a raging furnace and we’ll be set up to make a modest calorie cut in January and February to reveal the awesome six pack we’ve been brewing.
We’ll give you more information about this program in the weeks to come.
Finally, on Saturday November 4th we’ll be holding our first ever “Fall Tough Out Series”. As of right now, this will be an in house fitness competition that will take place on the GRIT LIFE grounds. Depending on interest, we may open it to some of our friends in Muskegon and Holland. It will focus on functional movements such as climbing, crawling, lifting, carrying, and running. You may be a stronger runner than lifter, or vice versa. Either way, there will be events you’re good at. When the competition is finished we’ll tally the totals from each event and crown the top three male and female athletes. All competitors will receive a competition T shirt and top competitors will receive a gift bag from our sponsors.
We strongly encourage everyone to participate, however, If you’re not interested in competing we will need help judging and setting up the competition. All volunteers will receive a volunteer T shirt and our unending gratitude.
This will be a fun way to test your fitness level and participate in an event that may be outside of your norm. Keep your eyes peeled for details in the next few weeks. We hope you’ll join us!
That’s The Nitty Gritty for the month. Stay tuned to the GRIT LIFE Facebook page for updates and additional information. Until next time, train, fuel, recover, and reflect!