12 Gym Struggles That Are All Too Real

Saw this on http://www.fitnessmagazine.com and had to share! Love these!! I am feeling number 12 right now 🙂

When every locker is taken…



When you rush out of work early for your fave class, and it’s full…



When the grunting guy has terrible form…



When someone takes the treadmill next to you even though every other one is free…



When you try to ease out of a really hard sprint…



When a guy checks you out while you squat…



When you lose count of how many reps you’ve done…



When someone asks if you need help learning to use the equipment…



When a guy checks out his abs in the mirror between every set…



When there’s a line for the shower…



When you’re going straight to the office, but forgot your non-sports bra…



When you totally dominate your workout




Apryle Showers Run – Florida’s Fastest 10k

Hello Runners 🙂

Have you heard about this race yet? Great SWAG, Great Cause! Why not?!

Sign up before our next price increase on March 20th? http://apryleshowers10k.itsyourrace.com/

100% of proceeds raised for the Apryle Showers Run — Florida’s Fastest 10K — will go towards the Apryle Showers Foundation (www.apryleshowers.org). Apryle Showers is a Florida 501C3 non-profit organization serving individuals, ages 30-55, currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Apryle Showers offers services that help foster nourishment, healing, restoration, and peace to people fighting for their lives.

Apryle Showers is not only committed to a great race experience we are also committed to serving those between the ages of 30-55 currently undergoing cancer treatment in Northern Florida.  Through your participation, our foundation will be able to help those folks find hope, healing, restoration and peace.

Is this really Florida’s Fastest 10k?
Well, we think it is. The beautiful town of Nocatee has a 6.2 mile loop that is wide open and mostly flat. Many runners (including Apryle) have enjoyed running the loop, and we think you will too. So please sign up and participate in the inaugural Apryle Showers Run — Florida’s Fastest 10K; and see if you can earn your fastest 10k time!

Does this race have great swag?
Absolutely! Each registrant will receive a premier high quality, soft T-SHIRT; along with other great stuff. Each finisher will also receive a high quality race medal and enjoy a fun post race party to celebrate their accomplishment.

How do I register?
Online registration is easy and fast. Simply click the green “Register Now” button and get started. There are several options including, but not limited to:
– Run (only)
– Run and create a fundraising team for Apryle Showers
– Run and join an existing fundraising team for Apryle Showers
– Run and start fundraising as an individual for Apryle Showers
– Other options available
(Please know that we are grateful for any and all support)

If I don’t live near Ponte Vedra, FL can I participate “virtually”?
You sure can! Simply register for the “10k VIRTUAL”. Next, run 6.2 miles on April 8th. Then, by May 1st, we’ll send out race packets to all virtual participants that include the same great T-shirt, finisher medal, and swag. While not mandatory, it would be great for virtual participants to post a selfie (after their run) on Facebook and tag the Apryle Showers Facebook page. Special note: virtual runners do not qualify for race awards (below).

Bottom Line Race Details:
Date: April 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Nocatee Splash Park / 245 Nocatee Center Way / Ponte Vedra, FL
Packet Pickup: To be announced

* Awards will be given to the top overall male and female and top overall masters male and female.

* Age-group certificates will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each of the following male and female age groups, based on gun start time.

* 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 & over.

Don’t hog the machine!

Hello there! I am not making this into a rant or anything but this has happened to me so often at my new gym, and with my being on a “lunch” when this is happening I am limited to what I can do. That being said this is what happened today.

I was on the Stairmaster warming up before lifting and notice that both bicep machines near me are taken. This is fine; I have 4 other machines I want to use in today’s training and those are free.

I use one then another, and on one of the bicep curl machines the one particular person has not moved, has not lifted, but has thumb wrestled with his phone for quite a bit gym time wise. The other machine has another person on it.

Fine – I keep going but I really want to use that machine soon. Free weights are so far from where I am but I have that as an option.

On my last machine the one guy who has been there for about 20 or so minutes has finally done one set and moved off without cleaning it (not that there’s much sweat with sitting there). The other machine is also free so I use that one 🙂

I am happy; I got my sets in, but OMG why do you just sit there??!! Need to send a quick text?  Go for it.  Need to write down your reps?  Be my guest.  But the bicep curl machine is not a weird-looking couch.  So go lean against a wall or sit on a chair, or out of the way so that those who do have time limits can work out too!

What do you think about this? Does your gym have a “no cell phone” policy for times like this? What do you do in situations like this?

Betty Rocker – More than just Recipes!

Have you heard of Betty Rocker? If not you may want to check her out, not only does she have awesome recipes for getting lean and sculpted, she also is an avid fitness coach, with workout plans and more! check out the Betty Rocker site today and look below for day one of the Making Fat Cry Challenge that she has.


You can get all 30 days by registering for emails from Betty Rocker and work out with her on a daily basis. Go you!

Stay Fit As A Fiddle With These 16 Tips

Fitness is a way of life that many people are new to. Being fit, eating right, and exercising is something that many people have to learn. Even with all the ways to get fit, it can be hard to choose particular methods. Here are a few effective techniques for keeping fit.

1.Try to use free weights rather than exercise machines. While exercise machines are great a way to stay fit, your body can actually benefit more from free weights. Free weights work stabilizer muscles that most machines don’t. Not to mention, free weights are also much less expensive and bulky. It is a better choice all around to add free weights to your home gym.

2.Considering a gym membership but can’t afford the monthly dues? Try doing home work-out routines with a friend instead. Work-out videos and routines can be found online at little or no cost to you. By inviting a friend to join you, you can satisfy the need for accountability as well as the social aspect that you would otherwise get from joining a gym.

3.Listen to your body when exercising. A little muscle soreness here and there is quite normal, especially if you have started a new kind of workout. Continuous pain is a different matter altogether. It is your body’s way of telling you that you have overdone things, and are in danger of injuring yourself, maybe seriously. Rather than self-medicating with aspirin or another type of pain reliever, visit your doctor.

4.To keep physically fit, it is important to remember that daily or at least frequent exercise is important. Exercising only once a week, even if it’s for a long period of time, will not be as effective as exercising for a short time every day. Consistency is key in keeping fit.

5.Adopt a positive mental attitude. Much is made of the physical workouts and the fitness program you follow, but if your head isn’t there, the rest of you won’t be. A good fitness program starts and ends in the mind, so if you want a strong, lean body make sure that your mental attitude is there first.

6.If you want to build better abs, don’t workout your abs daily. Although they can recover much quicker than other muscles, psychologically they are no different than other muscles. You will get better results if you take time between ab workouts. Try to exercise them only about two or three days in a week.

7.To get the best results from your workouts, you need to make sure that you have the proper form. This will both give you the best workout possible and also reduce the risk of injury. Take the time to perfect your form and focus on quality rather than on quantity.

8.Always work out in comfortable clothes. If you workout in public, you may be tempted to dress for the benefit of others. Resist that temptation. Clothing that is restrictive and makes you feel uncomfortable should definitely be avoided. Good workout clothes will allow you to be able to think about what you are doing, not what you look like.

9.Make sure you’re using the proper forms when you’re exercising. If you try to cut corners, you’re only cheating yourself. Cutting corners means you’re not going to get the full benefit of your workout. Not only that, but you risk injuring yourself and putting your fitness goals in the toilet.

10.Dance is a good way to workout and have fun. It may seem like a simple leisure activity, but dance is a full total body workout. It combines cardiovascular exercise with core strength exercise and stretching and flexibility. There are a wide variety of dance techniques that can give you a proper workout alternative to traditional styles.

11.Do not be deterred by the rain if you’re walking or jogging to get some exercise. Unless we’re talking about some serious torrential downpours out there, a little drizzle never hurt anyone. In fact, as it’s falling, the rain will clean the air and allow you to take in more pure oxygen and thus increase your fat-burning efforts.

12.Practice improving your golf swing by conducting some practice swings on the opposite side you’ll be swinging. It’ll help strengthen and balance your muscles more which can help you avoid things like water hazards. Especially try doing a few of these swings at the first three or four holes or at least for a minute at a driving range.

13.When rock or wall climbing, a great tip is to purchase shoes that fit your feet so tight that you can stand, however, you can not walk comfortably. Wearing shoes this tight will: give you the best control; and will help you use your legs in the most efficient way. Using your legs is crucial when climbing.

14.Try a one-legged bike ride, but keep your balance. Use one leg to both forcefully push the pedal down and pull it back up. Let your other leg rest on the pedals without using it for any pressure. Switch the legs up on occasion for a great workout with minimal effort.

15.Jumping jacks can be a great way of getting your aerobic heart rate up. They get the blood rushing through kinetic movement and help to stretch your body minutely when you go up and down. It’s not just an exercise for kids; there are major benefits to any kinetic exercise that is easy, safe to do and gets your heart racing.

16.For those who have just begun exercising recently, it is important not to over do it. Because your muscles and other parts of your body are not used to the exercise, you can suffer a severe muscle injury. You can begin by power-walking, running, cycling, swimming, or lifting light weights.

Staying fit takes a lot of hard work and information. Use these tips to help jump start a fit lifestyle that will result in longevity, health, and happiness. Using just a few of these tips can produce major results as long as there is a sense of commitment and dedication to fitness.