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The Struggle Was Real

via – Marie Dierks, AVAC® CPT

As I sat down to share some totally fancy thoughts on kinesiology I realized I was compelled to share the following instead. . .

I dropped my kids off at school this morning and my 5 year old daughter decided it would be the perrfect opportunity to have a complete melt down. (She’s in kindergarten.) I literally had to pick her up and drag her into class.

The struggle was REAL!

So now I’m going to tattle on myself….I had a mommy moment and started to cry. By the time I got to AVAC I had already given myself about 5 pep talks….mostly relating to how I need to get my game face on and be there for my Absolute fit clients. And so I did! Buuuuut, if I’m being honest, it’s the Clients themselves who actually lift ME up… Today especially. As soon as I saw their smiling faces I felt so much better!

This experience was a great reminder of how much we feed off of each other’s energy and good vibes! How we get soooo much more out of the Absolute fit classes then just the great workout.

Good energy, great support and amazing friendships!

I feel truly blessed to a part of the AVAC team and honored every day to contribute to the goals and the success of others! And today I humbly thank my clients for being my uplifting support!





So Long to Going It Solo!

AbsoluteFIT keeps you from going nuts out there on the road alone …


Remember I said I’m training for a half-marathon? That means I’m doing a lot — a LOT — more running these days. Now — running is a great fitness activity, if you’ve got the knees for it, but it is also an essentially solo activity, at least for me.

I don’t run with a partner; I don’t like worrying about pacing or distance or sometimes having to walk and expecting them to do exactly what I want to do — and I don’t mind being alone with my thoughts (I don’t run outdoors with music; I think earbud-wearing while running alone is unwise). But it can be isolating, and occasionally lonely.

So it was with great happiness that I went to Marie’s 9:00 AbsoluteFIT Strength and Endurance session on Tuesday — my people were there! My workout buddies, my comrades! It was wonderful to be back among friends, everyone working at their own level toward their own goals, TOGETHER. I’ve discovered along the way that one of the best things about AbsoluteFIT is this camaraderie — and I’m so glad I have at least a couple of sessions per week to mix into my training schedule. Wouldn’t give this up, no matter what!

Better, stronger, faster together, with AbsoluteFIT! 

—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.


What’s Your Fitness Baseline?

Continuing on in our new series “The Vail Blog” – A monthly blog piece discussing the “ABC’s” of discipline in health, fitness and wellness.

via – Jackie Vail, Personal Trainer, Team AVAC®

jackie-vailThe Vail Blog – “B”

Where or what is your fitness Baseline?

What’s a baseline? To be simple, a starting point. To see a change you need something to measure against. Ask an AVAC® trainer to give you a Body assessment which includes the following measurements:

  • Body composition
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Body circumference (chest, waist, hips)
  • Flexibility (Sit & reach test)

Print and save the results of this assessment. In two to three months redo the test and compare the results against each other. If you had positive changes, then you have a new baseline or have reached your desired measurement goals!

“Measure, Measure, Measure. . . What you can’t measure, you can’t IMPROVE.”


– Jackie Vail, CPT


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ABC’s to Health, Fitness & Wellness

AVAC® Introduces “The Vail Blog” – A monthly blog piece discussing the “ABC’s” of discipline in health, fitness and wellness.

via – Jackie Vail, Team AVAC®

jackie-vailThe Vail Blog

Since 9th grade, I’ve known I had challenges with my understanding of the English language, especially with sentence structure — and with finding the discipline on my own to learn that skill properly. Knowing that, I’ve taken courses since then to improve on this and other things (and interestingly, I’ve come to understand that I learn better if I pay for the lesson, training or skill).

Today, as I watch Vail, my 7-year-old daughter, do her 2nd grade English homework, I am amazed by her talent at and understanding of subjects that were a struggle for me; these things come easily to her. But talent is only part of the picture. I’ve always encouraged her to stay focused no matter what she is doing; I want Vail to be disciplined to have success in whatever she does in life, including health and fitness. With both of these ideas in mind, I have developed an ABC for learning the self-discipline to gain insight and take action to make changes in our lives.

success-goal-attainableWeek 1 “A”

There are many words I can think about that begin with an A when relating to the choices we make to our health and well being.  The letter A represents Attainable: Make your goals small and able to reach to give you a positive result.  Also add an apple to your daily intake. The apple has many attributes to a healthy nutrition lifestyle.

This is the beginning of our new discipline actions for the week.  Enjoy!

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…

– Jackie