Testimonial: Julia’s Fitness Journey with EarthFIT
“Before EarthFIT, my life was mostly just kind of hanging around the house, not a lot of activity certainly wasn’t very strong. Now after EarthFIT, especially now that I’ve been coming five days a week, it’s so much different. I sleep so much better. I have so much more energy during the day. I’m so much stronger.
I remember when I first started, I couldn’t do anything really at my first initial assessment, doing lunges was hard and now I feel like it’s, I’m so much better at doing everything. I have so much more energy now, I’m much stronger. I remember when I first started, it was a struggle for me to be doing things with like 10 pound dumbbells. So, I’m just so much more able to move around and so much stronger and have definitely built some muscle mass. I’ve been to every other kind of gym that there is and being in a small group setting is so great because you not only get what one-on-one coaching from you guys, which is awesome, but there’s also other people to kind of help you along the way with both how to do things and just some camaraderie.
I think a lot of people see videos on Facebook to get their initial taste of what EarthFIT might be like and so seeing so many positive results, I think makes anyone skeptical about anything, but actually coming into the gym and seeing that as real and that all of the coaches put in so much work to everybody and it’s so individualized, all of that skepticism just floats away the first class that you have.
I would recommend EarthFIT to anyone who’s interested in doing any kind of movement. I would give them my phone number. Even if you feel like you can’t do anything right now, and you mostly just hang out on the couch, you guys are so good at taking people from absolutely nothing to wherever it is that they want to be. The hardest part of getting over it, I think is just coming in the door the first time meeting you guys, everybody is so easygoing and so truly interested in helping people, which is hard to find.” –Julia
Alyssa EarthFIT Testimonial Beaufort Personal Training
“Before EarthFIT, my life included a lot of migraine headaches, I weighed 217 Lbs, I was out of breath doing just about anything. I actually went to a rheumatologist because I had so many aches that they thought I might have lupus or some sort of other autoimmune disease because everything hurt including my hands, my feet, my back, my joints and every aching pain in my body. I even had pains in my teeth and so I went through a whole series of blood test and everything else, and they ruled everything out except they said that my weight was causing most of my issues and they said that I needed to gain strength in my muscles and so I knew I had to do something.
I came to EarthFIT because I didn’t really know anything else to do. I was trying to do things on my own like walking and doing some exercises at home, but it just wasn’t doing enough and so I came here and decided to see what it would do.
The results here have been significant weight loss, but more so than the weight loss has been a severe amount of energy. I can do just about anything from the time I wake up to the time I go to Bed. I feel strong, I don’t feel like when I’m doing things I don’t get fatigued like I used to. I don’t feel pain when I’m trying to accomplish taskslike when I’m doing anything from mowing the grass to doing things with my kids even in swimming from the pool with them, carrying them up the stairs, even putting them in the grocery cart, doing the grocery shopping, simple tasks like that, even standing at the stove cooking dinner, everything is much easier. The confidence level has gone through the roof, when I look at the mirror I feel strong and I feel healthy, I feel good about myself and since I’ve been here I feel like it’s changed my life.
I was very skeptical about EarthFIT, I really didn’t understand how the program worked, I was very self conscious about it, because when I walked in the door I could see all these people doing these exercises I never pictured myself being able to do. It was very intimidating to me when I walked in the door. I never pictured myself being able to do deadlifts with kettlebells, trap bars and then pull-ups and all these things. I just couldn’t have pictured myself being able to do them and so once I got into the program and it was so personalised for each individual person and they start you at such a slow pace and work with you and your level and get you into the program and work you into each individual exercise and work with your strengths and weaknesses that it really builds your confidence with each exercise and before you know it you’re doing things that you never knew you could do.
I definitely would recommend it [EarthFIT]. I think any person of any age, of any fitness level can walk in the door and have a program developed specifically for them, even if you have a shoulder injury, back, knee injury, if you’re overweight, underweight, whatever it is I think they can work with you and get you strong and get you healthy.”
If you’re passionate about fitness, you know how important maintaining good overall health is to achieving your athletic goals. A strong metabolism, efficient immune system, and well-nourished body are key when you’re hoping to log significant hours at the gym – but with all the toxins we’re exposed to in our modern lives, we end up feeling lethargic, irritable, and bloated. And no one wants to go to the gym feeling like that.
Stress, animal protein, alcohol and caffeine, and processed foods can wreak havoc inside our bodies – but engaging in a healthy detox can help get you back on track and ready to tackle new fitness obstacles. There are a number of reasons why detox is such an important, healthy practice for everyone, but athletes in particular will find that participating in a regular detox is an essential activity.
Detox promotes healthy eating habits.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to hit the gym to make up for a bad diet, detox could be just what you need to fix your eating habits once and for all. Most detox diets will require you to reduce your intake of unhealthy foods and replace them with more nutrient-rich options.
While you can always return to your regular diet after the detox is over, most people find that after the initial withdrawal period is over, it’s easier to find the motivation to maintain the new healthier eating plan.
Detox stimulates the immune system.
Your body will be better prepared to fight off illnesses and infections that might keep you from working out with a regular detox. Cleansing your body of toxins and impurities allows your organs to more easily absorb the nutrients you need, and helps restore balance to all your body’s functions.
With a stronger immune system, your body will be able to support you as you pursue greater physical fitness – and you won’t need to be as concerned about recovery time or healing after an injury.
Detox increases energy levels.
When you find yourself skipping the gym in favor of spending an extra hour or two in bed, it might be time to think about engaging in a detox. Thanks to the increased nutrients your body will be absorbing, and the healthier diet choices you’ll make during a detox, you’ll find yourself feeling revitalized and more energetic.
The detox will also promote enhanced mental clarity, which will increase your energy levels as well. You can maintain this stimulated feeling by continuing with the detox diet and limiting your intake of sugar-rich foods.
Detox boosts weight loss.
If your fitness goals are tied to weight loss, detox is a great way to jumpstart the process – help you get past a plateau if you’ve been struggling to get back on track. It’s not just about reduced calories, though. The toxins that accumulate in your body can actually lead to excess fat and mucous, which your body will use to protect your body from the waste.
Detox will enhance your digestive system, boost your metabolism, and reduce bloating, as well – all of which will contribute to healthy, regular weight loss.
Detox reduces stress.
Stress is one of the most toxic things you can do to your body, and regular stress management practices have proven to lower fatty acid levels and even cholesterol in the blood. A detox can help equip your body with everything it needs to fight the impacts of stress, allowing you to feel more confident and optimistic.
You’ll enjoy a better mood and more relaxed outlook with regular detox practice – and everyone else in your life will benefit from your calmness, as well. Exercise also helps keep stress manageable, so when you combine detox with your regular fitness regimen, you’ll achieve even greater results.
A regular detox can help rejuvenate your entire system – liver, colon, kidneys, brain, skin, lungs, and heart – and brings with it a host of additional health benefits. If you’re aiming to break some personal records and achieve optimum fitness levels, this can be just the thing you need to give you the strength and endurance to get there. Don’t let your health get in the way of your goals – let detox put you on the right path to wellness.
This article was written by Jon Reyes from Steam and Shower UK. He has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.
“Hey! What’s going on? It’s Ian Hart here with EarthFIT Training and I get asked often why is our training different, how come we get better results in training, etc.. And so, before you can get into that I explain to people how training works in a broad sense, in a general sense. I’m going to explain to you in a minute here a supercompensation model that will help you understand how you get results in training in a very basic, and simplistic way. And so let’s get into it…
When someone comes in for an assessment I test their base level of fitness and let’s say this is over a week. And so when someone comes in and they’re training I test their base level of fitness, we’re seeing where they’re currently at, at their fitness level. Everybody’s at different fitness levels and when I train them typically what happens, and this is what is supposed to happen, is they fatigue the body, they lose ATP and glycogen – that’s the energy in the muscle in the body, their nervous system gets fatigue, their immune system gets fatigue. So as they’re training, we’re fatiguing the body. And the changes don’t occur to the body until they go home, they eat, they sleep, they drink water, they recover and what happens is the body recovers at a better state, and the body has amazing ability to adapt to whatever stress you are putting on it and it recovers in the instance that the stress might occur so it’s comparing for the next time that that might occur and that’s what is called supercompensation. And you have to train in this period in a progressive scientific way again to see your base level improved, and that’s why a minimum of 2x a week in a progressive scientific way is needed to see your base level improve. And when I’m talking about a progressive, scientific way, I’m talking about if you ran one day a week and you swam one day a week you wouldn’t get better at either. You have to run at least 2x a week.
The real scientific results and studies show that 3x a week is really necessary to improve your cardiovascular. But let’s say it was 2x a week where you ran a mile, the second time that week you either have to run the mile faster to get results or you have to run a little bit longer distance, right? or maybe let’s say you run in a slight incline. There’s got to be some variable change and that’s a progression. So that’s 2x a week. 3x a week you see about 30% more results than 2 x a week, 4x a week we see about 25% more than 3x a week and then if you train too hard, too much, too often in the long term typically what happens is we see overtraining and that is a detriment to your training as well. We don’t want that to happen.
And so with our training what we did is we took all the years of knowledge and combine, we took the best of what we saw and combine in one training – strength, endurance, cardio, flexibility, mobility, stability. It has strength, conditioning and those mobility aspects of a training which helps people to get results in the safest, fastest, and most effective way all backed by science so this gives you an insight as to how training works and there you have it. I hope this is helpful. Have a great day! Ian Hart from EarthFIT Training.”
“Hey! What’s going on? So today I’m going to go over a simple workout routine that you can do in about 10 or 15 minutes that will give you an awesome workout and it will help with cardiovascular and aerobic capacity as well as upper body strength so the way that it goes, it’s going to be 5 repetitions of 3 sets and it’s going to be what’s called speed, endurance with running so you’re gonna find 50 yard space and you’re going to start off at one end and sprint 50 yards building up the speed so you’re going to start off fairly slow and towards the end you’re going to explode as fast as you can for the last 10 yards and then you jog back and then you repeat 5 reps. And then in between, you’re gonna be doing 10-15 reps of pushups, feel free to push yourself up to 20 reps. This really depends on where you are at your fitness level and you’re going to be doing that 3 sets. So I’m going to demo how you’re going to do one of the sprints and then the push ups.
Alright, so I’m going to show you 1 rep of the sprints. You’re gonna do 5 reps of that and then going to the pushups. Alright, so here is my starting spot going to get in position, slowly start off and then speed up and then jog back to the starting spot and then repeat that for 5 reps and then in between we’re going to be doing pushups where you do a toe touch each time so faster movements okay depending where you are at your fitness level 10, 15, 20 reps as many as you can do of those push ups with good form. Do 1 set, rest about a minute and then repeat for 3 total sets.
Alright so there you go, there’s your workout for thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy… have a great one and I’ll see you on the other side!”
-5 Reps or 50 Yard Sprints
-10-20 Reps of Toe Touching Push Ups
-Minute rest in between sets
Stand up comedian Christine O’Leary who has lost 132lbs training at the EarthFIT CT location gave a MASSIVE shout out and testimonial to the EarthFIT program ON STAGE! She also did a whole bit about the trainers and training at EarthFIT and it is hilarious in my opinion, especially if you have trained with us.
She roasted my sister who runs EarthFIT CT in my hometown of New Fairfield too, lol.
I have to warn you though… If you are offended by colorful language then
definitely do not watch this video.
For some reason the video will not upload to youtube.
I understand that not everyone is on Facebook but if you are check it out and also make sure to like EarthFIT so you can get real time updates and valuable content.
Committed to your success,
P.S. Our sauna is in and ready at Lady’s Island. I have done a few sessions and I am loving it! I have a Gift for all current clients too! If you are a current client, you will get 4 free half hour sauna sessions to use now through Sept. 15th! Take advantage. You can sign up in mindbody, our scheduling system. Once you sign up, we will send you a video that you HAVE TO watch before using the sauna so that you get the best use out of it!
“Hey! What’s up? Today I wanted to speak to you specifically about Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (Also known as DOMS). This is when your body becomes sore after training.
So typically, the first time that you train your Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is going to be the most severe because the training is like a shock to the body. It is moving outside of homeostasis, there are small microtraumas that happen to the muscles and the body is not prepared for what is occurring.
The good news is that this process is what makes you stronger, gain more lean muscle, and have better brain, mind-body connection. So DOMS typically occurs 24-48 hours after training. It can happen much faster, it can last much longer, but that’s the typical range.
I’ve had soreness that’s lasted meweeks before because I over did something, you know, way way too much. And I’ve also had it hit me real fast and there’s reasons to that, as well, because that’s going to be the next thing I’m talking about, which is nutrition and that’s like if we went to a whole… I could do a totally different video just on nutrition for this, but I’m just going to cover the basics. The more water you have in your body, the more cells you have in the body, the more balanced the cell is with nutrients, minerals, etc. the less soreness you’ll have, and the faster you’ll get nutrients in right after training. You have about a 45 metabolic window of time to get you know good lean protein in with a little mix of carbs so the carbs helps transport the protein to the muscles and helps the repairing process. If you don’t have a lot of water in your body, you don’t get the nutrients you need, you don’t have the nutrients before you train, your soreness will go up. Think of it like, again, not having oil in the car, right? so rusty muscles going against each other. So, the more water you have way before your training the better, the more water you intake after, the better. Your recovery will be much better.
The eccentric phase of the movement is when the soreness occurs, that’s what creates the soreness. So when you go down on the squat, that is the eccentric phase. Right, when you’re walking down the stairs this is something that typically happens: people say, “Oh my calves are sore, it must have been from walking up all the stairs.” Well, actually, it’s from walking down the stairs because as you step your calf has to decelerate the movement and that’s the eccentric motion which creates the soreness. So, anytime you’re doing the eccentric motion, that’s where the DOMS comes from. It’s also where most injuries occur in exercise. So, starting out, you always want to go slow in control movement pattern so you reinforce the proper movement, the connection from the brain to the muscles, etc..
Now we’re gonna move on to the recovery portion. How do I recover faster from DOMS. Well you can increase the rate of recovery. Nutrition we already spoke about so the more water you have inside you before you train and after the better, so after training keep drinking more water but light activity will help increase the process; getting more blood flow, nutrients and oxygen so your blood flows and circulates, right? that’s one of the main reasons for the cardiovascular system is to circulate the blood and clear out trash. So what you can do is something like light jogging, light stretching, or even going into a sauna and then coming out and doing light stretching. This will help flush out some of the trash, the lactic acid that has been built up. It will help get more blood flow, more oxygen and nutrients to the area that has the microtrauma and this is how the repairing process begins. And this is true for injuries like real actual injuries like a bad sprain ankle, right? People say like lifted elevated, don’t move it. It’s actually good to get your heart rate up and get the blood flow circulate through the foot not necessarily using that foot that you injured, right? so I want to make that clear you wouldn’t be walking on the foot you injured but doing others stuff like upper body or maybe the other leg on a bike will get your heart pumping the blood and flowing to help repair that injured area. So it’s the same for muscle soreness.
One of the best parts about training is if you are training and then you get injured or you go into surgery or something like that, your recovery process is about 50% better or faster because you’ve been training and you’ve put that stress on the body. Your body knows how to repair itself faster so when you get an injury or have to go for surgery, it’s much easier and better to recover. So we went over that more oxygen and blood flow you can get to the body by doing things like hot showers, going into the sauna, doing light cardio, some light stretching will help the recovery process and if you’ve seen our video on supercompensation that is specific wher,e you know, you’re going to training your body actually fatigues while training and then you recover and your body recovers at a better state, and then you can train a little bit harder and typically the soreness should go down if you’re adapting the body properly: not too intense, not too fast, not doing things too soon.
Alright, this is Ian Hart. I hope this help. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is typically happening if you’re training especially the first time and now you know why, now you know what to do how to recover. I hope this helps. Have a great day!”
“Hey! What’s up? So I wanted to go over with you something extremely important. I’ve already probably mentioned it to you if you came in for the assessment but I want to do a video about it because it is so important for your results, for your safety and for your health. And that is what we’re here for.
So, what is it? Well we’re talking about the warm up, right? The warm up is an injury prevention. So that’s the no. 1 thing that all of these things I am listing here are going to be about, right? So, it’s an I feel safe preparation type thing, that’s what we’re doing. So I’m just gonna go down a list of the benefits of the warm up.
(1) Psychological and Mental Preparation
When you’re warming up you’re getting yourself ready, you’re getting your body and your mind ready for the training. Remember we say like 80% of everything or you hear that said 80% of everything is mental right? Well, that’s true! Training is mental. The preparation for training is even bigger and better than you can even imagine. You will get 10x the result, you’ll feel much better when you do the warm up and the proper warm up. And what is a proper warm up? Well, I’ll get into that.
It (2) Increases your Core Temperature and your Heart Rate so that means you’re getting more oxygen to the body, more blood flow to the muscles, the muscles will work better, you’ll get better results, and you’ll be safer in the training.
It also (3) Increases Proprioception. Proprioception is an awareness in space. It allows us to touch our finger to our nose, so when we’re out there doing movements, we’re gonna do better movements, more masterful movements and then you’re gonna activate the muscles more and better to get more results.
(4) Activates the Nervous System
The nervous system works by you sending info from your brain. You’re firing electrical impulses and information to your extremities to get them to move. The more information you send, the more muscle fibers you activate through the motor units. The motor units recruit your muscle fibers and then you get more out of the training. Again, all of these leads back to getting more results, being safer.
It (5) Activates Synovial Fluid to lubricate the joints like oiling up your joints. So if you just jump right into workouts all the time, that’s a lot more force going on to the joints without the lubrication, so think about it as driving a rusty car all the time without oil. You’re going to break down a lot faster, a lot sooner so and this is another reason why water intake is extremely important right? That’s another separate video aside from this but it’s in combination everything works together. So we want to activate synovial fluid to get the joints more lubricated and ready to move which will help up us. (I’m gonna jump to no. (7) Increase in our Strength, Mobility, Flexibility and Endurance.
And jumping back to no. (6) It’s going to Encode the Proper Form and Technique when you move back into the training area. So say, you do your warm up and then you’re going to the training area, your muscles are activated you’re mentally, psychologically prepped , your blood flow is going, your heart rate is up. Now, you’re gonna burn more calories, you’re gonna burn more carbs which is our prefered source, the body’s prefered source of energy, you burn the carbs in the warm up and then you’ll burn more fat in training. And that’s what we’re here for. Burning fat, gaining lean muscle and feeling better right? It also helps detoxify the body.
So, what’s the best way to warm up? Well, the warm up ideally would be about 20 minutes long. If you’re just starting out, that’s maybe too much for you to handle. So 5-10 minutes minimum is what we want and we have a few different options. We have a you know our actual warm up video or you can go around jogging, that will get your heart rate up. It’s a good way to meditate, psychologically prepare or you can use the cardio equipment which is always the last thing I recommend for people because I want the people to move kind of in the range of motion that they will be moving when they get into the training which is kind of squat patterns, pressing, arm movements right? This is why mobility drills and warm up drills are extremely important.
Ok, so just a recap when we do the mobility, activation or warm up drills, it’s going to activate the nervous system, get more synovial fluid to your joints, it’s gonna increase your heart rate and blood flow to the working muscles, it’s gonna psychologically prepare you for the training and you’re going to increase your strength, endurance, mobility, flexibility, stability, you’ll have more proprioception and awareness of where you are in space so you won’t trip, fall over, you will feel safer in general. Therefore, we keep you safe, you have less injuries, less joint aches and pains, and more results. That’s why the warm up is so important. I hope this video help. Have a great day!”
Beaufort Fitness: “My life after EarthFIT I have a lot more energy; I’m a lot happier.”
“My life before EarthFIT: I had no energy, I couldn’t sleep, I was really, probably, unhappy. I didn’t look unhappy and wouldn’t walk around with a frown on myself, but the joy that I feel after doing all I can do to be the best I can be it’s hard to put words to that. I just feel so much better and I’m so proud of myself. My children are proud of me, I’ve gone from a size 12 to a size 8 and I look forward to working out here 5 days a week.
My life after EarthFIT I have a lot more energy; I’m a lot happier. I’m a lot more content with my life, I feel like I’m looking out for myself for probably the first time in 63 years really put me first, and I’m not smoking and I lost the weight that I gained after I quit and I don’t have fat ankles, I don’t have fat thighs, I don’t have fat arms and strong is the new skinny.
I was very skeptical in fact I came here looking for a pilates class, because I heard that was easy way for all women to get in shape, and I felt like an old woman. I prayed every morning before I came in here that it was going to be called off, because the electricity went off, or Ben fell down but now if I don’t come one day I feel like something is missing. It’s really great; it’s made huge difference in my life.
I would recommend EarthFIT to anyone who feels that they aren’t their best, they feel that they aren’t doing the most that they can do for themselves. You know, when I came in here I had the same vessel, it’s just a completely different vessel and I’m really proud of it. Not just losing, you know, going down two sizes, but I stand up straighter; I just feel better and I sleep better.”
“Hey! What’s up? So I’m sitting here just doing some work, planning things out and doing some quiet contemplation and I was thinking about the issues that people bring up around certain topics and this is part of the Drama Vs. Data theme that I’ve been going with… so the Drama Vs. Data theme is you know when people get on the scale, are they creating drama or just looking at as a data point.
And so here’s the thing… when someone has drama of getting on the scale the only reason that they have drama is because their belief systems around where their weight should be, they believe they’re in the wrong, they believe not where they should be. Well, they’re exactly where they should be because that’s the reality of the situation, right? so the accumulation of all the past decisions and actions have created where they should be. All right, think about it like this… we have MYZONE belts. It’s a strap that goes around your chest, it checks your heartrate, it tells you how many MEPs like how many calories kind you’re burning etcetera, how much energy you’re putting up based on your heart rate. I’ve yet to see a person go “Oh… no! I don’t wanna see my heart rate, I can’t see my heart rate…no! Oh God! No…” which is what we get with the scale right? “No… I don’t wanna weigh in today, I don’t wanna check my weight, I was bad over the weekend… can we weigh in later? I don’t wanna say… blah! blah! blah!…” and on and on and on and drama drama drama stories drama, stories drama. Well why isn’t that true for the heart rate? Well, because the heart rates are reflection of past decisions, etc.. Well the reason is there’s no stories in line around the heart rate. You know in the media there’s images, impressions, thoughts and beliefs that are put upon us by our parents, the media, etcetera like all these things they’re impressed upon us and we have a belief systems about where we should be. And people don’t wanna step on the scale because they don’t wanna see the reality or the truth. They don’t wanna face the truth, they don’t want to accept where they are at.
Acceptance is the first step in the transformation process. Once you get through acceptance, then and only then can you change. All right, so stepping on the scale if there’s an issue there’s a lot much deeper work that needs to be done so we’re transformation experts in getting people to lose weight, also mind-body transformation incorporates the mind aspect which is more powerful right? so if you lose the weight but you still have the problem with the scale, the transformation is not taking place.
If you’re able to step on the scale and accept where you’re at, that’s actually where the transformation is because now you can accept it and now you can move forward. And now you can accept all the actions you’ve done in the past and now you can accept your future to be greater, better and achieve moving forward to your grandest vision. So until that is done then it’s going to be hard to create the future you want so until you accept the past, until you accept where you are in the present it will be extremely hard. I won’t say it’s impossible but it will be extremely hard to get to where you are going because you can’t accept what’s already been there. So you’re not living in the present if you’re not living in the present you are not gonna take actions based on where you want to be in the future. I hope that makes sense, I hope this helps anybody who’s struggling with weight or they have more drama in getting on the scale then they do just looking at a data point.”