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Craig Training In Winter

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​ ​coach​es ​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!

Dan Eizans

Dan Eizans

Dan Eizans is GRIT LIFE's webmaster, a member and the owner of a digital consultancy focused on strategy, research, customer experience, marketing and site design. He's part of our OCR community and completed his first Spartan Race Trifecta in 2018. He trains with Coach Craig Duncan weekly and has his eye on an Endurance Trifecta, a marathon and a triathlon in 2019.

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