We are now entering week 5 of Ben's training plan for this year's Red Rose Run! Check out the latest installment HERE
"Being FIT to me is all about training for what will undoubtedly be the toughest workout of my life: The birth of my child. Previous to my training at FIT, I played roller derby, lifted and jogged. However, when I found I was pregnant early last fall, I had to hang up my skates and I had no idea what, if any, of my previous lifting routine would be safe for my changing body. Ben has been a great guide as he designs workouts appropriate for my stage of pregnancy. FIT Studio has been a supportive and encouraging environment to push myself through the new challenges he designs for me. I not only have been able to maintain strength through my pregnancy, but I am certain that I have gotten stronger in all the right ways. I am hopeful that the stronger and more FIT that I am on "Labor Day," the easier that labor might be."
This is John. John is already an active guy and a member with a very consistent attendance rate. He came to us looking to lean out for his wedding and we've been more than happy to give him that extra push. When we asked John the question "What does fit mean to you?", he replied with a simple but rather meaningful answer that I think sums the pursuit very well.
"Fit to me means finding balance both physically and mentally."
Congratulation to John and his wife Sara, who just recently left the country for their wedding!
...what does fit mean to you?
Internet: meet Emily. This is what she had to say when we posed the question, “What does fit mean to you?”
“To me, FIT means community. It is a place where I am surrounded by like minded people who are supportive and can always make me laugh. No matter what is happening outside of FIT, I know that I can forget about it for the time that I am there. During my time at FIT, I have met some of the most genuine people who have pushed me to help reach and surpass my fitness goals. With their support, I am able to continue my fitness journey and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
...what does fit mean to you?
Happy New Year, FIT Folk! We see a wide array of people walk through our doors, all of whom have unique stories, motivations, and goals. We want to showcase some of those people in an effort to demonstrate that physical fitness is both important and beneficial to everyone, regardless of the path you walk or why you walk it. We asked some our clients and members to answer the question, "What does FIT mean to you?" Their answer could pertain to the gym directly or to the word itself. I would like to introduce you all to Gina and what she had she had to say:
"Being FIT to me means being committed and consistent with my workouts. I push myself to new limits everyday, and have reached new fitness goals I never thought would have been possible a year ago. I ran my first 5K start to finish. I’m now comfortable in a weight lifting room. Push-ups are a breeze (last year, they were almost impossible). Thanks to the support at FIT, I’ve gone above and beyond my fitness goals, and continue to surprise myself everyday."
We're so grateful for clients like Gina and we can't wait to introduce you to more of the people we see here every day at FIT Studio. Until then!
Photography by Preston Groff
Check out a quick video recap of our 2nd Sweat+Connect that took us through the city on one of the chillier night's this month. Thanks to everyone who came out and and helped continue to build a culture of participationn here in Lancaster City. Thanks also to lululemon lancaster for the support in our partnership, Levengood's of Lancaster for hosting us afterwards, and to Alejandro Zapata for filming this thing again. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! We'll see you Tuesday when you get your new year's resolution started a week ahead of schedule. Until then!
Happy Monday Fit Folk! Everybody loves an early gift during the holidays so we thought we’d get something for all of our current clients and members. Who knows what you’ll find! Each bag is a little different. Perhaps yours will contain a certificate for a free class, a free training session...or maybe even a certificate for a free month of membership for you or someone you love?! Stop on in and take one on the way out! See you soon!
Good morning FIT Folk! Let’s start the week with a quick video recap of our very first Sweat+Connect event in collaboration with lululemon Lancaster. Huge thanks to them, to Passenger Coffee for putting up with our post-run volume, and a huge thank you to Alejandro Zapata for shooting this for us! Our next run will be December 12th at 530 PM and we will be ending at Levengoods of Lancasterr. The event is free and open to the public. See you there and thanks for watching!
Good morning FIT Folk! I just wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday for our first Sweat + Connect, a collaborative run organized in partnership with lululemon. Our next run will be December 12th at 530 PM. It will be another 2 miles or so and this time we will be ending the run at Levengoods of Lancaster. You can find out more about the run HERE. See you there!
Good morning, Fit Folk. This is Ben. I've been meaning to begin more writing here and going back over some things i put up in years past I came across this old piece. For better or for worse, it seems as relevant to me today as it was a few years ago:
I was in the kitchen distracting Christine from her inspection for ants with a realization I had about a record my band put out some years ago called Some Things Don’t Wash Out. “I think it just hit me now,” I said to her still kind of foggily grasping at a complete thought. “The songs themselves were about my drinking, my depression, the uncertainty in life in the face of a hope for something more, but I think i am just now realizing the theme of the record. I felt like I was pretty self aware, if not of the major problems, of at least the symptoms of those problems. I knew I desired a change but felt powerless to make that change. I was writing about the disconnect between my ideal self and my reality.”
“Oh, you mean like cognitive dissonance?” she asked.
It was not an unfamiliar term, but its meaning for some reason had vanished from my memory. I looked up the definition and it talks about the feeling of discomfort when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions (ideas, beliefs, values, or emotional reactions). We are motivationally driven to bridge this gap and it often causes is to grey otherwise black and white areas of life. Given the news of late, take for example what occurs in a social circle when a rape or sexual assault occurs. Outside of this situation, rape is a black and white situation. However, within the social group one is faced with trying to rectify the dissonance between the person you thought your friend was and the type of person you feel would commit such an act. Horrible rationalizations occur in attempts to bridge such a gap. Anyway, I think i’m digressing.
So here i am wondering about this idea of cognitive dissonance. Looking back at my life, I can’t help but face the fact that I’ve never been as close to my ideal self as I would like to be. We all have morals and goals and aspirations, but i know I’m not alone in wondering if I’ll ever be the person should be. Hell, not even SHOULD but WANT to be. This isn’t something an external force is pushing me towards. This is something I want. It’s something everyone wants. So why are so many of us living lives of, as Thoreau puts it, “quiet desperation”? I know plenty of people will read this and immediately think “I’m happy. This doesn’t apply to me. Ben must have fallen off the wagon.”
Take a moment though and think of something you are planning on doing. Have you already pushed back your deadline to begin? How many of us are unsatisfied with the way we eat or the way we look (I won’t even get into all of the external factors like marketing, advertising, chemicals in the food and water supply, and so on. That is an entirely different set of essays.) but think “Oh, after this semester when things calm down” or “It’s really busy at the office right now, i can’t add anything to the list right now.”? We put off our own health, happiness, sanity, and life experience for the sake of others that would not think to do the same. We rationalize the differences between the person we see inside and the person the world sees. Here’s a quote i’m sure many have seen but i think it’s worth sharing here:
“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m not sure if it’s possible to fully bridge the gap between your ideal and your actual life/self. There will always be a horizon beyond which we cannot see. It’s perfectly fine to find yourself settled physically or emotionally but if you ever wonder what lies over the edge of your vision, I implore you not to wait. I spent a long time wanting to be better than I was the day before, only to find myself crawling back into a cave afraid to fully expose myself to my own light of judgement. We live on a finite planet for a very finite amount of time. Success can be defined in alot of ways but i’ve come to believe the true definition of success is bridging this gap not with rationale but action. I’m in all likelyhood rambling at this point but I wanted to share these thoughts with you because I feel good day. I feel like i’m better than I was yesterday and I think that’s all anyone can ask of you. Are you better than you were yesterday?