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Living Better Podcast – Ep 32 – Starting from Scratch, Meet Candice

Candice had almost no fitness background when she started.

Any time she’d been to the gym in the past, it had only been because a friend had invited her.

“This seems like fun, I’ll do it too!”

But she was never really into it, and when her friend dropped off, she’d drop off as well.

But after a doctor told her she needed to lift weights to address a medical condition, she decided to try it again.

Her goal when she walked in door was just to lift weights and stay active.

She was shocked on the first day when she got to the bottom of a squat and went to stand up….

and nothing.

She was STUCK.

No weights, just bodyweight…she couldn’t do a single air squat!

Rather than getting discouraged, she looked at this as an opportunity.

“Why can’t I do this? Maybe I really DO need to take fitness more seriously!”

Over the years since she started, she’s made amazing progress, just focusing on a few days per week of training.

In the process, her daughter and husband have completely changed THEIR lives as well.

Check out this podcast to learn all about Candice.

Her and her family are a model of consistancy and progress.

Coach Jay

PS – Listen to the 23:30 mark to find out how much Candice can squat now!

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Living Better Podcast – Ep 31 – Putting in the work – Meet Angie

We couldn’t put our finger on what we liked about Angie the first time we met.

Her passion, knowledge, and experience was clear, but there was something else…something that stood out and made us think “we need her at Hale”.

You get clues about it when you hear the story of how she sold everything she owned and moved to California, or how she trained and finished the St Georges Ironman triathlon, or all the jobs she’s had and adventures she’s been on.


But when you find out how she got started with CrossFit, you’ll instantly recognize what we loved about her.

Cause when Angie started CrossFit, she couldn’t do a push up…not even on her knees.

Despite her athletic background, and all the hard work she had put in, she couldn’t do a single push up.

“I had some massive holes in my fitness” she said.

It’s common to realize you’re not great at something when you start a new fitness program, but your reaction to that is what ultimately determines your success.

Angie’s reaction was “I can’t do this, this is interesting! I wonder what else I can’t do

⌃ ⌃ ⌃ ⌃ THIS is what you’ll love about Angie.

She sees a challenge and runs TOWARDS it, not away from it.

In this episode of the Living Better Podcast, you get to meet Coach Angie and learn all about her path to Hale

Check it out.

In this episode you’ll learn:
– How she got started
– How she lost 13% body fat in 7 weeks while GAINING WEIGHT
– What she loves about coaching
– How nutrition coaching is about so much more than food

Angie is super inspirational, and there are many lessons to take from this one.

If you have questions for Angie, email her at angie@crossfithale.com.

Thanks,

Coach Jay

PS – Sorry in advance for the low level of my mic, usually I talk so much louder than the guests and have to turn it down. Not this time! 🙂

PPS Last week to sign up for the No Excuses Challenge! Get your name on the list today! We are having an in person kick off session at 7pm on Wednesday with Coach Angie.

The No Excuses Challenge

A good fitness program will help you improve the way you look, feel, and perform.

But when you’re deciding what program or diet to follow, it helps to pick one.

Of course, you want them all.

But when it comes down to it, which one are you willing to sacrifice first?

If performance is your priority, you are going to push harder in training, eat to focus on performance, and spend extra time working on skills.

If your priority is to look good, you have to make diet sacrifices, train for aesthetics, and take a lot of selfies

If your goal is to FEEL better….

hmm

That’s an interesting one. Because if your goal is to feel better, you can achieve that one pretty quickly.

You’re only one meal and one workout away from feeling better.

Eat well and get to the gym and you will be fired up!!!

Whereas you can’t change the way you look and perform much in one day, you CAN change the way you feel in just a few hours.

The best part is, if you eat well and train for several days in a row, you feel better even if you skip a day, or have cake at that party.

When you change the focus to how you FEEL, it motivates you to keep going, which eventually improves the way you LOOK and PERFORM.

It’s why we focus on how you feel FIRST when we are helping you develop a new fitness habit.

And it’s why we put together the No Excuses Challenge.

This year’s challenge starts on Sept 17th, and is focused on the three habits that impact your health (and life) the most.

Eating, Training and Sleep.

If you nail these three, you will FEEL better…when you feel better it impacts EVERYTHING.

So here’s how it breaks down:

It’s Sept 17th to Oct 26th (6 weeks).

The challenge focuses on:

Sleep – get at least 7 hrs a night
Training – workout or mobilize at least 5 times a week
Nutrition – eat whole, real foods and learn what does and doesn’t work for your body

The Challenge begins and ends with an In-Body Scan as well as a baseline workout.

Challengers will log into Everyday Better each day to record their progress and earn points.
For those who enjoy friendly competition, there will be a leader board to follow.

Each week we will send you nutrition tips, tricks, and recipes and will also host periodic FaceBook Live videos to help answer questions. (You can watch these videos later, too!)

The cost is $89 and the sign up is at the Front Desk.

There will be two challenge winners – one male and one female.

Prizes are $250 per winner!!

Scoring is as follows:
50% based on daily logging
25% on Baseline workout improvement
25% on In-Body scan results

Whether you’re in it for the money or for self-improvement, help yourself kick start good habits before the holidays hit hard!

Nutrition Seminar and Kick off is scheduled for Wed. Sep. 12 at 7pm.

If you want more info or are interested in giving it a try, email “info@crossfithale.com” and say “I’m in”

Eat well, train hard, feel good.

Coach Jay

Living Better Podcast – Ep 30 – Cullen’s winding path to fitness

Look at the leaderboard on a given day, and you’ll likely see Cullen’s name somewhere near the top.

When he trains, he moves at a different pace than everyone else.

But he’s not a natural.

Despite his athletic background, the path to success has NOT been easy..

Today, we get to hear Cullen’s story.

From the beginning of his CrossFit Journey, when he was scared sh*tless about using the barbell, to when he gained 80 lbs and then turned around and lost it, and how he still gets nervous before a workout every day.

Cullen is one of our best athletes, and one of the nicest guys you’ll meet.

In this episode, Cullen shares his journey from gym goer, to athlete, through putting on a bunch of weight and depression, back to being an athlete again.

In this episode, you will learn:

– The mindset you need to get started
– How to learn humility and deal with your ego
– What constitutes success when you first start
– How to bounce back with “life happens”
– The best way to get started when you’re not quite ready

There’s so much from Cullen’s story that you can apply to your life that you MUST listen to this one.

Check it out

Coach Jay

PS – We could have gone for another hour with this one. We’re definitely doing a part two, so if you have questions for Cullen, email us at info@crossfithale.com.

Living Better Podcast – Ep 29 – How Nancy got fit in her 60’s

Running 100m seemed like a mile

In one of Nancy’s first workouts, the coach said “run 100m, then do some other stuff” (kb swings, squats, etc)

She had zero concern about the “other stuff”, but that run…

Before she found CrossFit, Nancy had been walking about 3 miles each morning.

She’d never run more than 1/2 mile in her life.

At 56 years old, she asked herself. “should I even be doing this?”

After 3…2…1…go, she took off running.

Not exactly like a rocket, but she ran!

20 mins later, when the workout was over, she had run 500m total. Not even half a mile.

But she did it.

THAT was the moment she knew she could do CrossFit.

This week on the living better podcast, Nancy

10 years later, she’s only gotten better. At a time when most people decline in health, she’s stronger than ever.

Since that day, she’s
– finished several 5k’s,
– finished a Half marathon,
– Deadlifted 200 lbs
– Competed in the CrossFit games
– Finished a 10 mile obstacle course race

Check out her inspiring story and learn how she did it.

This is one of my favorite interviews yet.

Coach Jay

PS – Full disclosure, Nancy is my mother, and it gets a little emotional at times…so if you want to hear coach Jay get a little uncomfortable, listen to the end.

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Living Better Podcast – Ep 28 – How Tina got her body back – part 2

Tina knew exactly what to do.

When she was on the road back to fitness after he second child, she had every advantage you could think of.

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– A proven plan
– Past results to rely on
– Access to a gym 24/7

Easy, right?

Not exactly.

In this episode of the Living Better podcast, Coach Tina tells us the story of coming back a second time from a pregnancy.

She walks us through her slow start, the building of momentum, and the one nutrition change that made all the difference.

At 40, she’s in the best shape of her life, by far.

Her success led her to start sharing her story and techniques with others, digging deeper into the science behind the method, and ultimately to her role as nutrition coach at Hale.

In the second half of the podcast, we talk about how the program works, including:

– What “results” mean
– why there’s no “one size fits all” nutrition program
– why she focuses on habits first
– the mindset you must have to start
– how to approach “motivation”

Towards the end, she gives her number one tip for making sure you look, feel, and perform your best.

If you’ve ever tried to “bounce back” from pregnancy, illness, or injury after a long layoff, you’ll want to hear this one.

Check it out!

Coach Jay

PS – Questions for Tina? Reply and let us know!

PPS – Here’s that PDF I mention in the show called “the cost of getting lean”

Living Better Podcast – Ep 27 – Meet Mike

When I first met Mike we were 18, and he fit the picture I had in my mind of an engineering student during freshmen year of UC Berkeley.

He was super skinny, had really long hair cut exactly like Bruce Lee, and slept on Star Wars bed sheets.’

He had moved in next door to me, and the first thing he said was “want something to eat?”

My first thought was “I like this guy!”

If you’ve met Mike, he’s probably offered you food at some point.

In fact, he’s the one responsible for all the snacks and fruit that keeps showing up at the gym.

But besides getting food, coaching, advice, or watching him run past you on a workout, do you know anything about him?

Like, did you know he used to weigh almost 200 lbs?

Seriously! Check it out!

Or that when he started taking fitness seriously, he dropped to a waif-like 140 lbs?

Little is known about the man who runs things behind the scenes.

Today we change all that.

Today we meet Mike, coach, father, amazing athlete, and co-owner of Hale.

You will learn:
– Mike’s career path that led him to coaching at Hale
– His journey to a “puffy” 190 lbs
– His rebound to a “skinny” 140 lbs
– How he approaching fitness and what his goals are NOW
– His no 1 tip for getting the most out of your training.

We talk a lot about the journey to losing weight, but Mike’s journey to try and GAIN weight was much harder.

Learn how he did it.

His story gives you so many knowledge bombs, you won’t want to miss it.

Check it out

Coach Jay

PS – Got questions for Mike? Email us and let us know!

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Living Better Podcast – Ep 26 – Living Better is back!

It’s over 500 days since our last podcast.

But we’re back! Click here to check out our latest episode.

In those 500 days, we’ve:

– Finished more than 1000 workouts
– pushed the sled more than 250 miles
– lifted more than 1,000,000 pounds
– enjoyed exactly 0 burpees

The point is, a lot has happened since we last talked 18 months ago.

(side note, this was our most popular episode ever, talking to Kim about how she lost 100 lbs. Click here to re-listen to that one)

So where have we been?

Well, It’s complicated, we’ve had EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES…and we also had a month where EXCUSES.

No good reason, we just haven’t recorded for a while.

But now we’re back and here to stay.

For our returning episode, we are discussing the top 5 things we’ve learned in the last 18 months.

Go check it out!

In future episodes, we’ll cover a lot more stories, interviews, and things we’ve learned from working with YOU.

Have a great day!

Coach “back” Jay

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Programming July 2018

Happy summer!

Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful sunshine (or going somewhere soon to find some sun).

Here’s an update on the programming for July from our lovely coaches.

Some quick announcements.

1) We only have classes at 8 and 9am on 4th of July. We’ll be doing a Hero workout, then giving you the rest of the day to go watch fireworks and party.

2) Our next guest day is this Saturday at 8 and 9 am. Sign up at the front desk or email us.

Have a great day!
Coach Jay