SPRINTing Along

Hi guys,

I had computer issues last week so I wasn’t able to tell you all about my experience with SPRINT!  I went to Pamela’s class last Wednesday for her official taping for her certification…Congratulations Pamela on getting SPRINT certified!  You did a fabulous job making my body lose all the water I put into it for the last 2 weeks!  I wasn’t expecting a joy ride, but I also wasn’t expecting an ironman cycle ride!  Ok, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but I swear my legs were burning…and in a good way!  My thighs burned afterward, but my jeans felt a little loose after all!  I can’t wait to go back this Wednesday lose another few lbs. of water weight!

 

Sprinting my way through these awesome classes!

 

Stephanie

I Survived!

I survived my first GRIT strength class!  I made it there on time too!  And I didn’t even have to sleep in my clothes!  Things are looking good!

I got to the class and started setting up just like Body Pump!  I used 10lbs on each side of the bar and that was sustainable throughout the workout!  I’m sure that means I should be adding more weight next time! The workout is constantly kept my heart rate up with small breaks in between…I was gasping for air halfway through! And then Danielle was in my ear…”Come on you can do this…keep it up…only 90 seconds!” Longest 90 seconds of my life!  But needless to say, I survived…and I feel great!  I can’t wait for more!

 

(Singing) I will Survive, Just as long as I know how to GRIT, I know I’ll stay alive…

 

Stephanie

Meet Stephanie!

Hi guys, my name is Stephanie and I am about to take you on my fitness journey as I start my 8 week Small Group Training at the Sweatshop!  Am I insane or what?  I’m thinking I am right now!  The funny part is…I consider myself healthy and fit!  So this should be a breeze, right???
 
I mean, growing up, I was a gymnast and a professional cheerleader. I did crazy tumbling, worked out 5 days a week, and wore my bikini proud on my honeymoon!  BAH!  Fast forward to today…two kiddos later!  I’m lucky if I get to work out 2x a week, most of my lifting involves groceries, and I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a bikini!
 
So here I am with this great opportunity to work out 3x a week, hard core, intense workouts, in hopes to get back in shape!  I am committed to giving it my all!
 
The morning of my pre-assessment I actually slept in my gym clothes (1. because I wanted to make sure I got there on time…and 2. because I wanted to make sure I had the best outfit for my before photo).  Yes, I wanted to bare it all! What other way can I track true results! If you’re wondering where my before photos are…you’re going to have to stay tuned!  I won’t even show them to my husband yet!
 
So my journey begins tomorrow morning!  I can’t wait to share my experience with you here!
Let’s do this!
 
Stephanie

Let 2016 be the year of “good enough”

There sure is a lot to live up to in life. All you have to do is take a look at pinterest or Facebook and suddenly you feel like a bit of a failure. It seems like everyone else is killing it at the gym and making pumpkin spice scented playdough while simultaneously cooking a perfect 7 course paleo meal and homeschooling their kids, while you’re sitting there in yoga pants trying to enjoy your third cup of coffee while your kids run around like tiny crazy people. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Are you sick of it? Me too. That’s why I’ve decided that my new year’s resolution for 2016 is to just let my life be good enough.

Can we all just let go of the pressure we put on ourselves to be perfect? Can we try to do things because they make US feel good? Going to the gym doesn’t have to be a contest and you don’t have to kill yourself for 90 minutes or pay a zillion dollars to exercise! When did fitness turn into this crazy billion dollar industry where people are willing to throw down $200 on an outfit to sweat all over it in a $20-$30 cycle or bootcamp class? People are constantly telling me I should charge more for the classes I offer. I just can’t do it. You shouldn’t have to pay more than the average American makes in an hour to get a solid workout.

Let’s discuss food. Organic. Paleo. Gluten Free. Fat Free. Sodium Free. Nitrate Free. High Fructose Corn Syrup.. I could go on forever. Personally, I try to eat organic foods because I’ve decided that’s important to me. Do I enjoy an occasional bacon cheeseburger? (Shout out to M&Y Brick Oven Pizzeria) Heck yes I do! With a side of spicy fries please! I don’t worry much about it. Like my good friend Tiffany says, it’s about balance. Have some healthy stuff, move your body but enjoy yourself too!

Does exercise make you feel good? If not, maybe what you’re doing isn’t right for you. It’s okay if you don’t enjoy a certain kind of class. It’s okay if going to the gym means you’re running errands in your gym outfit for the rest of the day. It’s okay if you take a day off. It’s OKAY if you eat a burger (with BACON)! It’s okay to have some wine. Remember to challenge yourself though. Try something new just to see if you surprise yourself. Take up a new sport or take a class you’ve never taken.

My super long winded point is that I’m not perfect and nobody is, and I’m tired of this industry shoving perfection in everyone’s face like it’s something they can have if they’re just willing to do X, Y & Z. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder. I just felt like this was important to get out, especially at this time of year when marketing for “a new you” is everywhere.

So if you want to come workout with some non-perfect people in a gym where “good enough” is the new perfect then I invite you to come take a class at The Sweatshop. We don’t do front row divas, we don’t do $20 classes and we don’t judge. Oh and you can try our group fitness stuff for free for 7 days.

Cheers!

-Danielle

 

It’s not just about getting kids fit.

Last night I got an email that really bothered me. The kind that gets inside your head and rattles around and stays there until you get so mad that you want to explode. It was about someone I love very dearly that was made to feel awful during a sports practice. She was berated and made to feel less than wonderful. Is this what grade school sports have become? What happened to running around on the field and getting some time to goof off and be a kid? It made me want to act in a few different ways, but the most constructive way I can act is to ask you all to please share this with your friends.

We offer a very affordable class for children called Born To Move where I can absolutely promise you that your child will never leave feeling defeated or belittled. Our goal in offering this program is to give children a place to come and exercise and feel good about themselves. We help them explore several kinds of fitness from martial arts to yoga and always end with relaxation sending them back to you centered and ready to take on the rest of the day.

I’ll admit that I was hesitant to bring on children’s programming. I have so much respect for teachers and coaches (most coaches) that have the skills it takes to work with children. I wasn’t sure that I could ever really hack it, especially when it comes to teenagers. On day 2 of our training for Born To Move I still was unsure of how to make this class work. Our trainer began to explain to us why Les Mills started the program and how there are so many children out there without physical activity to keep them healthy mentally and physically. She went on to talk about how so many children have multiple stressors such as loads of homework, family problems, bullying etc and no coping mechanisms. This program is a coping mechanism. It’s an outlet. Not only do we get your children sweaty but we teach them relaxation techniques at the end of every class. Imagine your child being able to lay in their bed and have a way to calm themselves down when life gets difficult. This isn’t just a gym class, this program can change lives in a massive way and that’s why I decided to add it.

If you have a child that you think can benefit from this program but cannot afford for them to attend please contact me directly at Danielle@thesweatshopnh.com and we can work something out.

Let’s get moving and get more children excited about fitness! First class is on me.

More about Born To Move

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Classes are 10 for $60 or 20 for $110 and can be purchased here. We require at least 3 children to be signed up for class to happen so please sign up and double check that the class is still on before heading in.

Thank you for reading!

Born to Move Children’s Classes!

Starting next week we are offering free demos of our new Born to Move classes!

All classes are at 4:30pm:
Monday 9/22 6-7 year olds with Lyndsay & Leila 
Tuesday 9/23 13-16 year olds with Sarah I. & Danielle 
Wednesday 9/24 8-12 year olds with Sarah I. & Mariah 

What does a class look like?
6-7 YEARS
PLAYFUL MOVEMENT, MUSIC AND GAMES
This class introduces fundamental movement skills using fun rather than formal exercise routines. Teachers can focus on two options, either foundation and games or dance.

Children of this age are primarily visual learners and emphasis is on easy to copy moves. The content is co-created with young people and music is drawn from their world.

8-12 YEARS
DYNAMIC GAMES, MOVEMENT AND MUSIC
In this class, teachers show participants how to do moves from dance, martial arts and yoga. It includes great music and games to keep things interesting while developing fitness skills. The instructor will adapt their approach to match participant mood and energy levels so everyone leaves class feeling great.

13-16 YEARS
EXPRESSIVE ACTION, MUSIC AND ENERGY
This class draws from the disciplines of martial arts, hip hop, sports conditioning, plyometrics, dance and yoga, and is led by a trained instructor who can pick and mix from a constantly updated toolbox of tracks to keep things interesting.

A typical class features moves that teenagers are guaranteed to pick up quickly, while encouraging heightened levels of activity. Participants will leave class with a strong sense of achievement and buzzing with energy.

We hope that your children will join us! Signups for classes will begin next week and space is limited. Class times will be 3:45pm & 4:30pm. Purple indicates age 8-12, green is 13-16 and yellow is 6-7.

 

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1 Year Baby!!!

How is it possible that we have officially been in business for one year? When I think back to all of the excitement I felt a year ago today, I’m so incredibly proud. I’m not just proud of what The Sweatshop has become, I’m also proud of our staff and members. I think it’s safe to say that we are resilient and determined to keep our community together! What I’ve found really amazing, is the amount of new people that we’ve welcomed to the club. The members and instructors that we have are so passionate about what we have, it’s nearly impossible to describe, you just have to experience it for yourself. When you come to our club, don’t expect to walk in and not be noticed. Don’t expect to put your head down and go about your workout mindlessly. We want to know who you are and what you want out of your experience because ultimately we want to help you get whatever that is.

One year ago we started modestly with 6 programs and big hopes of being able to add on slowly. Less than a month later we added BODYFLOW, knowing that it was in high demand. From there, in the Fall we launched GRIT. The first round sold out in 2 days! This was a program I was incredibly hesitant about even adding! The success of GRIT made it so we needed more space.. that thought process went something like this…

I received an email from a former member of Fit Rev that said “I love what you’re doing with your club! I would SO be there if you had bikes.” I clearly remember sitting on stage in the group fitness room reading it as I was learning BODYJAM to get ready for launch. A thought popped into my head – “I wonder what’s going on with the vacant space downstairs, maybe I’ll shoot an email to the real estate agent!” So between learning tracks, I sent out an email and waited to hear back. That night I went and looked at the room and knew it would be perfect for GRIT. It was a massive decision to add that space and bring on bikes, but I now know it was absolutely the right one. I really thought long and hard about whether it was a crazy idea. Actually I knew it was crazy, the question was: Crazy great or crazy stupid? My husband convinced me to do it, so you can all thank him.

From there came the decision to bring back my first love; BODYSTEP! If you haven’t seen this program in more than a year, I beg of you to give it another chance. This ain’t yo momma’s step class! They’ve taken all the best music, put some really fun and some really (REALLY) incredible athletic options in and changed the program completely from what it was years ago.

From 6 programs to 9, plus GRIT, plus an additional space in only 12 months? Wow. What’s next you ask? Well, I have SO many ideas. I’m currently working on ideas to launch our newest addition: Born To Move children’s programming! Starting with ages 6-16 this July, be on the lookout for some incredible workouts for your kids (and I have something up my sleeve for parents too!). I’m so excited to bring this on! As a Mom and someone who cares about the future of the world, I think that this is a game changer. There is a massive lack of non-sport-specific fitness classes and I’m so excited to offer a program to fill that void!

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Every time I lock up the gym and look around, I feel so grateful. I still pinch myself every Saturday when I walk in and see how packed the classes are. To everyone who has worked hard and everyone who has shed even a single drop of sweat at our club – thank you. I hope you know how much it means to me. Here’s to another amazing year! Bring on year 2!!

Here are some of my favorite moments in photos (excuse the quality)..

This time last year (early June):

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4th of July

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Bikes!!! (Finally)

 

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Packed GRIT class in the new studio

 

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And lastly, always remember…

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Believe in the power of sweat!!

Thankful.

This year as I reflect on things that have happened over the last few months, I have only one word to describe how I feel: thankful. When I heard that the gym I used to work at was closing I was devastated. To back up a bit, in 2004 I walked into Positive Steps Fitness Center, met a crazy (inspiring) woman named Betsy, took BODYSTEP training and the rest is a giant blur of amazingness where I trained in several other programs, PSFC sold to another incredibly inspiring woman Sonja and I got to work for her incredibly inspiring GFM Tiffany, then I ended up being GFM and later Fit Rev sold.

Sometime, however, around 2005 I lost my passion for exercise. It seemed like a massive chore to make it to the gym, try to figure out some kind of exercises to do on my own and try to lose weight. I stopped teaching for a little while and gained weight. I knew I was overweight and I was so uncomfortable, but I also knew how much work it would to take it off so I hesitated.

Me at my bridal shower:

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I’m thankful for that experience because I know how difficult it is to lose weight. I know how intimidating it is to not know what you’re doing at a gym, yet you want so badly to get healthier. I worked hard to slowly take weight off. After having my son in 2009 Betsy offered me a chance to teach a new dance program that we were piloting called Sh’Bam. I hesitated, wondering if I could really hack it teaching any kind of dance class. I even filmed myself practicing in my living room to see if I would look completely ridiculous (hint: if you film yourself dancing in your living room it WILL look completely ridiculous). I taught to a packed house at a popular hour for my first class and I fell in love. The butterflies were gone in seconds. This wasn’t a fitness class, this was a full on party! I got a killer workout and never even knew it was happening. That was the turning point for me.  After that, I got certified in several other Les Mills programs as well as some other small group training programs. I began working with an incredible personal trainer (shout out to Tiffany Nolan!) and am now in the best shape of my life. I’m thankful for being in shape and for those incredible people in my life who helped get me there.

What we have at The Sweatshop isn’t something you can get working out under a lunk alarm or in a weight room at a big box club. A lot of gyms claim to have something that others don’t, but after you take a class at our club it’s pretty clear that we can deliver on our promises. If you’re looking for a club where you can swipe your keytag without being noticed and go wander around the cardio deck mulling over what to do – we aren’t for you. We deliver quality experiences, every class, every time. If you want to get healthy, have fun and join a community where people will care about you and know your name – then please come check us out.

I’m thankful to the team of instructors and trainers who are so incredible at what they do. None of us wanted to work at another club because we know what we have is special. All of the staff works so hard on what they do and it shows. Every practice, every sleepless pre-launch night, every time you guys arrive early and stay late to meet and get to know the members makes this club what it is. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Mostly I’m thankful to all of the people I’ve met over the last few years who have become an important part of my life. I consider the members and staff of The Sweatshop to be my extended (dysfunctional) family. So many people waited on me to open this gym and to those people I’m so incredibly grateful. The word of mouth about this club has been amazing. It’s the members that make The Sweatshop what it is. You guys make me want to work harder to prove to you that you made the right decision, and I hope I make you proud.

My heart is full this Thanksgiving. Please come sweat with me & my team soon. You won’t regret it.

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August is BUILD month in SGT

We shift our focus from BURN to BUILD in small group training during the month of August. Why should everyone want to build muscle? When Penn State researchers put dieters into three groups-no exercise, aerobic exercise only, or aerobic exercise and weight training-they all lost around 21 pounds, but the lifters shed six more pounds of fat than those who didn’t pump iron. Why? The lifters’ loss was almost pure fat; the others lost fat and muscle.

Your clothes will fit better: Research shows that between the ages of 30 and 50, you’ll likely lose 10 percent of your body’s total muscle. Worse yet, it’s likely to be replaced by fat over time, says a study. And that increases your waist size, because one pound of fat takes up 18 percent more space than one pound of muscle.

You’ll be less stressed: Scientists determined that the fittest people exhibited lower levels of stress hormones than those who were the least fit. Another study found that after a stressful situation, the blood pressure levels of people with the most muscle returned to normal faster than the levels of those with the least muscle.

You’ll make more money! Okay maybe not but lifting could result in a raise (or at least a pat on the back from your boss). Researchers found that workers were 15 percent more productive on days they exercised compared with days they didn’t. So on days you work out, you can (theoretically) finish in eight hours what would normally take nine hours and 12 minutes. Or you’d still work for nine hours but get more done, leaving you feeling less stressed and happier with your job-another perk reported on days workers exercised.

Check out our schedule for SGT class times!