GET News: August 2017

August 2017

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GET Challenged! Gunning Elite Training is hosting a Strong First Tactical Strength Challenge this October 28 – how cool?!?! Right in our HOME GYM! Click here to learn more, join the info session tonight – Thursday, Aug 17, or talk to Matt!


Have you tried GET Bells?

Jordan Spritzer joined GET in May and has been offering Kettlebell groups 2x/wk since. This is your ticket to mastering snatches for the Tactical Strength Challenge. Add GET Bells to your current package for just $10 a month!!

ACCELERATE
Help your student athletes bring their game to the next level! Accelerate offers sports performance training specifically designed for young adult athletes looking to enhance their competitive edge! CLICK HERE or contact us for more info. gunningpersonaltraining@gmail.com

Track your progress
Keep tabs on your workouts and challenges, and take over the leader board right in the Zen app. Track your performance and progress by going to:

  1. The “Z” menu in the top left of the app
  2. Choose “Workout” from the menu
  3. Select the day you want to log for
  4. Choose the workout
  5. Log results

 

Mark your calendar!

GET Smarter is back! Here’s your first opportunity to expand your fitness knowledge…

GET Bells 101 – Thursday, August 24 at 6:30pm
Kettlebells bridge a gap between strength and cardio like no other exercise or equipment. When executed and utilized correctly, the kettlebell can produce real world strength, fix movement patterns and teach skill. Step up your kettlebell game to progress your workouts, challenge your mind/body, get lean and increase cardio ability.

The Great GET Golf Outing is happening THIS Saturday. Everyone is welcome to join up afterwards at Artisanal Brew Works for some family-friendly fun & brews! (Shoot for 1:30/2pm – check Facebook that day for more specific timing.)

GET Track Day – Friday, September 1 from 2-4pm
Snacks and drinks will be provided for a fun-filled afternoon at the races! Feel free to bring friends and family.

Fall back into Healthy Living in September, and set yourself up for success! In addition to goals in the gym, many people have goals set outside of the gym this fall like 5ks/10ks/half marathons/Ragnar, Tactical Strength Challenge, and more! Jump in on the 10-day Shake Challenge, or refresh your body and cement Healthy Living habits to fuel your fitness and your life with the 30-day DetoxResults include weight loss, increased energy, improved sleep and overall health – inside & outSee Casey for more information.

GET News: May 2017

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See what’s new, GET helpful tips, catch reminders, and more!

 

GET Bells is coming! June will be your chance to try kettlebell groups offered by Jordan Spritzer. 2x per week (to start), existing GET Team Members are invited to “swing” into one of these groups to try it out! Stay tuned for more information!

 

Accelerate is back! Help your student athletes bring their game to the next level!

ACCELERATE sports performance training is specifically designed for young adult athletes looking to enhance their competitive edge! Meeting twice per week, athletes can expect diverse, challenging sessions to improve their skills and abilities.

At GET, we place a strong emphasis on fundamentals. Athletes are coached to maintain proper technique at all times. New skills are developed based on building a strong foundation that accounts for the individual athlete’s previous experience and future goals.

FREE info session & hands-on workshop will be offered next Sat, June 3 at 10:15am. Please let Matt know you’re coming: 344.1429 / gunningpersonaltraining@gmail.com and feel free to bring friends!

 

GET to know your teammates

We have had many new faces join the team since we moved, and we want all team members to know each other better! Please take a few minutes to complete this quick survey so that we can share some fun facts! Thank you in advance for sharing your responses with us!

 

Also – tell your teammates, friends and family why you train by tagging photos and posts with #whyItrain, and checking in at Gunning Elite Training as the location. Any GET team member that shares/tags on Facebook by June 30 will be entered to win one of our new Strong Team bracelets! (Note, you will earn 1 entry per post.)

 

It’s a GET Together – Mark your calendar!

One of our strong couples, Dave and & Rosie, have invited the GET team to their house for a barbecue on Saturday, July 8 at 1pm. A Facebook invite was shared earlier this week. If you are on Facebook and did not see the invite, please connect with Casey, Matt or Rosie to be added to the event.

 

A Growing Team

As we grow, working together is critical to maintaining our STRONG TEAM. Cancelling on time is just one way we must work together to ensure we maintain an optimum, efficient schedule.

Starting June 1 GET will be enforcing our late fee policy. $10 will be charged to anyone’s account who cancels within 1 hour of the scheduled group start time. We and your team members appreciate your consideration.

 

LOVE is STRONG – Congratulations!

Love May

 

THANKS, from Paige

Dear GET Team,

For those of you who I didn’t get the pleasure to meet, my name is Paige Durrant. I am a sophomore at Skidmore College studying Management and Business. This past semester I worked alongside Casey and Matt as their marketing intern, and am now headed home for summer break.

I am so honored to have been a part of this special team, especially during the big move. Being there on the opening day was a great experience. Watching so many members help move from the old location to the new made me realize how tight-knit this community is and how proud I was to be a part of it.

For those of you who I had the pleasure of meeting, thank you for accepting me as part of the community. I loved getting to know you all and I hope to see you around this fall. My biggest regret is not being able to meet all of you and not being able to come in more often to sweat with you.

This opportunity Casey and Matt have given me is something I will be forever grateful for. You guys are the best and I cannot thank you enough.

With love and sweat,

Paige Durrant

 

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The Best Advice I Can Give Regarding Training…

I’ve been training consistently for 15 years now. I’ve learned a lot about training, still have a lot more to learn, but my approach has changed drastically from when I first started. I’ve made a ton of mistakes with my training as well. My ultimate goal in fitness and health is to guide people down the right path and have them not make the same mistakes that I made and mistakes that I constantly see people make all the time.

Alright, ARE YOU READY FOR IT? Master the basics, FOLKS!!!! Everyone knows the saying, KISS (Keep it simple st$%@). It couldn’t be more true with fitness. There is nothing that drives me more crazy than when I see people sharing some insane workout from YouTube talking about how they can’t wait to do it…yet they can’t perform a basic pushup with good form. And I see people posting this crap everyday!! The crazy thing is that I was one of these people that did the same thing a while back. I would see some workout that looked really cool and I would literally believe that that’s what I should be doing to get the best results. Oh, what a fool I was! I would try it, then I would always thankfully transition back to the basics. I came across a great quote the other day and it resonated with me…

It’s not about doing what the ‘best’ are doing. It is about finding out what they did to become the ‘best’ in the first place.”

Ok. So what are the basics? Here they are, in my opinion, in no particular order:

  1. Press (pushup)
  2. Pull (chinup)
  3. Knee dominant (bodyweight/goblet squat)
  4. Hip Dominant (deadlift, kb swing)
  5. Rolling/tumbling (Turkish get up)

If you have trouble doing some or any of these movements listed above, these are what you need to master. If you can master all of these movements, I can guarantee that your fitness/strength will be at the highest it’s ever been. You will feel better, move better, and be stronger.

Listen, I know people get bored and they want to mix things up as much as possible. I totally get it and you do need to switch it up to receive a training effect and keep improving. What you don’t want to do though is get away from the basics if you haven’t mastered them yet. I can’t stress that enough. If you are the type of person that gets bored and wants to switch it up, you have to change your mindset.

Be consistent. Train Hard. Master the basics.

– Matt

How a powerlifting competition may be the best thing for your training

The look that I get from people when I mention that they should consider competing in a powerlifting competition is usually priceless. I usually get that, “Are you crazy?!?!” look. Then I have to explain to them that I am dead serious and that it may be the best thing for their training. As I am reflecting on my recent powerlifting competition last weekend, it allowed me to think and come up with some reasons why you may benefit from participating in a competition.

  1. Training vs. Exercising– There is a big difference between training and working out. If you are simply going to the gym to workout with no greater purpose than getting a sweat on or going through the motions, then you are simply “exercising”. By signing yourself up for a competition, your visits to the gym now have a reason or purpose. You are working out and preparing for your competition. You start paying more attention to the weights you are lifting, keep closer track of your lifts/progress and logging your workouts more consistently. Each workout is a piece to the puzzle of the bigger picture, and you continue to build off of each workout. You are now training, preparing for something. This usually has a chain effect too because as you try to build off of each workout, you start realizing that nutrition and recovery are part of the process and need to be incorporated as well. This is where the real results usually emerge.
  2. Body Composition -When you talk to people about their goals, the majority of the time it involves body composition. Whether someone is trying to lose weight, gain muscle or tone up, it usually involves some type of body change. The problem is that a lot of people don’t associate getting stronger as something that will improve body composition. Those people couldn’t be more wrong. When it comes to body composition, people usually think about extreme diets, lots of exercise and cardio whereas strength training involves slowing down, resting between sets, and getting stronger. As the focus to get stronger becomes the main priority, you will pack on more muscle, which will help to burn fat and make you look leaner/more toned. All of those initial goals that everyone talks about end up being the bi-product of training for a competition and getting stronger.
  3. Powerlifting Community– Every time I participate or even go to watch a powerlifting competition, I am always amazed by the energy and camaraderie of the people there. I seem to always walk out with this new appreciation and excitement to get back into the gym and train harder. It reenergizes me and keeps me focused on my training. I think it is important to stay motivated and not just go through the motions with training, which can be so easy to do when dealing with the stresses of your life, work, etc… You become a part of this underground community, people you’ve never met, and we are all working toward the greater goal of becoming better and stronger versions of ourselves. It is a really cool thing.

So I challenge you to consider competing in a powerlifting competition. I guarantee it will instill a sense of confidence and achievement you’ve never felt. It definitely gives me an extra sense of confidence, not because of how much weight I lift, but because I set out challenges for myself and conquered them. I step out of my comfort zone every time I compete and learn more about myself as a person in regards to facing adversity, and I become a better person because of it.

Lets GET it!!!

 

GET News: February 2016

February 2016 bannerCheck out the Gunning Elite Training Monthly Newsletter to see what’s new, helpful tips, reminders, and more!

What’s happening – Team Updates

GET Smarter: Mark your calendars and sign up for the last few GET Smarter sessions, offered from 8-9am on select Saturdays this winter. All sessions are FREE to members, $15 for future members.
What’s still on tap:
KETTLEBELL SWING – This Saturday, March 5 at 8am
The kettlebell swing is a low-risk exercise that simultaneously torches fat, builds strength, and improves cardiovascular fitness. Join us to review the key components of the kettlebell swing.
CORE – March 12 at 8am
Are you a fan of core work? Regardless, do you really know what it is? What it isn’t? In this session, we will debunk core misconceptions, help you define what it means to have a strong core, and give you tips to maximize your time spent on “core exercises.”

Strength in Action

Watch this video for an overview of the Romanian Deadlift (RDL), and tips for making this movement more effective.

As we are all aware, GET is about teamwork. We are stronger together and GET better together every day. So, in the spirit of togetherness and with “family” at the core of GET…

GET to Know – a few of our STRONG COUPLES

Geoff & Chris “Competition is fun, and healthy!”

Geoff and Chris

Geoff: Chris is a strong woman, both physically and mentally, and she makes me want to be better.

Chris: Competition is fun! Geoff beats me at most things…ping pong, bowling, etc. but I still love to compete with him and I am totally obnoxious when I am winning! We laugh! It’s fun!

To us, being a strong couple means being there for each other – staying healthy together now and in the future. Fitness has always been a part of our lives in one way or another. While we still have yet to train together (one of us needs to be home with our three kids), we look forward to sharing what the workouts were with each other. We talk about it every morning. Whoever goes to the gym that day comes home and tells the other what they did. We’re in no rush to have our kids so grown up that we can both be gone at the same time.

GET is a perfect fit for us. Everyone is so positive. (Except for Bill, he’s an ornery bastard… Ha!) Matt and Casey are always pushing us and supporting us and are passionate about creating a family culture at the gym.

Jay & Vanessa “Always work as a team.”

JAy and VanessaWe drove by GET several times and then several people recommended it to us as an awesome place. When we looked at the website, we really loved how it was a husband & wife team and the idea of the small group training. When we called Matt to set up a time to meet, his enthusiasm and passion for fitness lured us in.

We knew we wanted to work out together because we didn’t want to spend time apart since we both have crazy work schedules.  When we decided to give GET a try we knew we had found our place. Not only were we enjoying working out and getting stronger as a couple, but we were also meeting and making new friends.

Joining GET enabled us to blend our time together and fitness into one. Working out together allows us to support each other and give one another encouragement when we need it most (like on those really tough finishers!).

There’s nothing like the close-knit bond of the GET team. We love being a part of it, and have gotten so much more out of it than we expected.

Editor’s note: If you didn’t know…Jay & Vanessa will be welcoming a strong little boy (future GET team member) to the world sometime in May!

Mike & Caitlyn “A couple who works out together stays together.”

Mike and CaitlynWe love GET because every workout brings a new challenge. There are days when one of us may not feel like we can get through a workout but it helps to have each other to maintain our motivation and consistency. Working as a team to stay fit and motivated every day adds something great to our relationship.  Laughter and having a good time is something we both value greatly and GET doesn’t let us down, we always have something to smile about when we’re there!

Derek & Lisa “Be honest, be kind, work hard, and have fun!”

lisa and derekAfter passing by GET one night (and Derek noticing all the Rogue equipment) we stopped in to chat with Matt. We decided to join the team, and the rest is history!

Our shared goal is to get to the gym together as often as we can, but with our crazy schedules and two kids at home it can be a challenge. Whether we are scheduling our workouts, preparing meals, or managing the home – everything is a team effort. Derek won’t let Lisa leave the house without breakfast and a protein shake, and Lisa won’t let Derek eat pizza for dinner as often as he’d like. ;0  )

As a strong couple, we respect one another’s goals, encourage each other to work hard, and look forward to a future full of life, love, and kettlebells. Our favorite part of GET is all of you! From day 1, we have felt welcomed and supported on this journey.

Motivation Tip: If there’s ever a day you don’t want to get to the gym, just play CT Fletcher’s “It’s still your MF set”…Derek plays this for Lisa a few times a month! NO EXCUSES! (Warning: Video not appropriate for small ears.)

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