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Warning: AbsoluteFIT Can Be Habit-Forming!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT blogger

AbsoluteFIT is one of those habits you’re glad to have.

You know I mean that in a good way, right? Heh. OK but just look at this:

That’s the MyFitnessPal app on my phone — I’ve logged 65+ days in a row (starting when I was on the AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0), which I think I can now call a genuine habit.

Food-wise, it keeps me honest, and so far, it’s helped me lose 11 pounds with remarkably little effort. And that’s INCLUDING a food category I’ve created in the app called “blowout” — that’s how I log things like my awesome, high-calorie Mother’s Day (breakfast in bed, big lunch, favorite dinner cooked by my husband and topped off by lots of wine and cake). It’s dispiriting to break feasts like that into their component parts, so I just … don’t. I’ll just be like — “blowout, 3,500 calories.” And the next day, I’m back to the usual detailed logging.

Exercise-wise, it’s a thrill to see how many workouts I’m getting — those “calisthenics” are how I categorize my AbsoluteFIT workouts, which I average four per week. You get credit for other stuff too, like walking, biking, or playing “Magic Power Rangers” with the kids, so jot that down too.

Want to replace some current not-so-good habits with better ones? No better time to start than right now …

—Lydia M. 


On the Ropes in AbsoluteFIT

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT

Don’t be intimidated by equipment you haven’t used before — it’s fun to try new things!

We use a lot of different equipment in AbsoluteFIT workouts; some of it, you can tell what it’s for (e.g. dumbbells are pretty self-explanatory), and some of it is … not. Heh. But the trainers explain everything, they’ll show you the form, they’ll make adjustments based on your fitness level and experience, and — this is the best part — using all this new stuff, you never get bored.

Case in point: Watch my friend Fiona give ‘em heck* on the heavy ropes:

Did she know how to do that before a trainer showed her? No — but look how awesome she is at it now!

Get into the studio and pick up something weird today!

—Lydia M. 

*it’s heck because she’s Canadian, eh.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


Gotta Start Somewhere

via – Lydia M., AVAC AbsoluteFIT Contributor

We’re doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge 2.0!

Friday night, we got together in the Cafe: a group of the people who are doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge. We learned what to expect, we got some kickoff advice and some schwag, and we got to meet our fellow challengers.

Each of us has our reasons — and I’ll be telling others’ stories in addition to my own. Each of us has our goals; mine include major changes in my nutrition situation. Each of us will be going for a personal best.

And me?
I’m gonna be writing about it, every step of the way, starting with … this: 

Work with me, people. And if you’re doing the challenge, share your thoughts — we can all do better if we work together!!

—Lydia M. 

www.avac.us


Motivation Magnet: Get Inspired, Together, by the AbsoluteFITness Challenge 2.0!

 A challenge appears! 

abfit2-0-challHave you been thinking about making some changes, getting healthier, but not sure where to start? Have you been doing regular gym workouts, or even AbsoluteFIT sessions, but want some additional guidance and encouragement? Do you just like a project?

Then the AbsoluteFITness Challenge 2.0 is for you!

From March 13 to April 9, AVAC is presenting this event, which will pull together all kinds of people who have — or want to make — fitness, nutrition and lifestyle goals. You just register online (follow this link to find out more), and get ready to make some lasting changes in the company of people who are doing the same. Look what’s included in your 28-day journey:

  • Kick-Off Party—Friday, March 10 @ 6:30 pm
    • 28 Days of Unlimited AbsoluteFIT classes
    • Fitness Journal
    • Program T-Shirt
    • Finisher’s Water Bottle
    • Fitness & Nutrition Blogs
    • Personalized Fitness Program Prescription
    • Nutrition & Meal Planning Session & Support
    • Certified Fitness Coaching to Keep You On Track!
    • Deeply discounted AVAC® programs
    (Including 1:1 Personal Training/Nutrition)
    • Wrap-Up Celebration — Sunday, April 9 @ 10 am

I can’t wait to do this! The kickoff party is Friday, March 10 — I hope to see you there!

—Lydia M. 

www.AbsoluteFIT.us


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Lydia Does Disney (*again!)

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Walking, climbing, 40-lb. overhead presses, sudden HIIT work … all part of a day at the Happiest Place on Earth. 

via – Lydia M, AVAC’s infamous AbsoluteFIT blogger

I’ve said it before — right here, last year — and if I’m lucky, I’ll get to say it again: The Mouse’s House is no place for the un-fit.

disney-2016Last week, thanks to the weird week-long fall break my kids’ school has, we went to Disneyland & California Adventure, and I honestly can’t imagine how people do that without AbsoluteFIT (or something like it). We walked more than seven miles every day for four days — one day, it was more than 10, due to park-hopping, an early start and a late finish — and did so. much. standing. Plus climbing stairs, descending stairs, edging up inclines, and sudden “fun” bursts of high-intensity cardio in the form of dashing after the four-year-old, who has no understanding of the word “STOP!” even when it’s hollered at him in Full Hillbilly Voice across the heads of a shuffling crowd.

All of which is to say that, once again, I’m glad for the real-life benefits of my AbsoluteFIT workouts — I can get the full experience at Disneyland, without having to stop and rest (gosh knows my kids aren’t gonna stop, so …).

And this week, it’s back to the studio — I gotta get some more upper-body work in. 🙂

—Lydia M. 

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.

http://www.avac.us/absoluteFIT


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AbsoluteFIT with Lydia: Studio Spectacular!

via – Lydia M., AVAC’s AbsoluteFIT Blogger

Workouts are even better in the new studio!

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I know there have got to be a few of you who haven’t yet had a workout in the new AbsoluteFIT studio — I missed the first couple of weeks of its full use, myself — so I’m going to tell you what it’s like in there. (Spoiler alert: It’s awesome!)

  • It’s roomy. So much space! We can do our walking lunges and our pushing-that-insane-heavy-carpeted-box thing across the room — instead of down the catwalk for the entertainment of everyone on the cardio floor, heh. Even if the session is full, you don’t have to worry about your elbows taking out your neighbor.
  • It’s light-filled. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it is so nice to get all that natural light, and the view of the hills in the distance and the palm trees and the sky — all that stuff is really mood-boosting.
  • It has so much more equipment accessible. There are tons of new “toys” for our workouts — those TRX straps, the heavy throwing balls (like little beanbag chairs, but so satisfying to hurl down), the air bikes, the rowing machines — the trainers can really mix it up now, and the new challenges are a lot of fun.
  • The cool new childcare room is right downstairs. I am a chronically late person (it’s an apparently intractable character flaw), and being able to drop off the kids and just go upstairs is a wonderful convenience. It’s nice knowing they’re right there, too, if you’re the nervous type; a flight of stairs is all that separates you, although it feels like another world when you’re mid-workout and you know they’re having fun too.

What do you guys think about the new space? Share it in the comments!

—Lydia M.