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
“Peace EarthFIT family! Lev here, just wanted to take a moment to discuss the habit that will be… that we’ll be focusing on this week. And that is recovery. Recovery is so important and often understated and underestimated. If you don’t take time to recover, you’re not going to see the gains in the gym, you will not be able to replenish your energy levels. And over time, it’s really easy to deplete yourself and, for longevity, but also in the short term for your gains is super, super crucial that you take time to recover every day. And, um, so for those of you who are training, for those of you coming to EarthFIT, you have the blessing of having the BioCharger, the sauna, you got massage, you got breath-work and trainers, awesome trainers that are coaching you on how to recover and you know, breathe deeply. And for those of you who are staying at home, I wanted to share three different practices that I use for my own recovery. And they’re very simple. I challenge you to try one for at least 10 minutes every day for your recovery and doing awesome. Keep it up. Hope you enjoy this.”
(1) Body Scan
“Peace EarthFIT family! So in this video, I want to share with you the art of body scan. This is a very ancient practice. You’ll see it in Qigong, in yoga, in ancient Kemetic or ancient Egyptian meditative practices. And the goal of body scanning is to bring your awareness into your body. And, one thing that we understand as holistic practitioners and as health practitioners is that our mind and our body are not disconnected. That our mind extends into all the different areas in our body. They have different intelligences that are stored in different areas in the body. And so this helps to integrate all the different aspects of ourselves. It’s very simple. You can take just 10 minutes or as long as you’d like, there’s no time limit to how long you can do it. And, but you wanna really take at least 10 minutes. So we’re gonna start by just getting in a comfortable position, laying down on the floor, palms facing up towards the ceiling.
And we’re going to breathe, feeling abdomen and feeling your body as low as you can. You know, as deep as you can bring your breath, you want to bring it there. And as you breathe, you want to bring your, your mind and your awareness beginning with your, with your toes. You’re going to bring your awareness to your toes without wiggling your toe, without moving at all. You want it to be as still as possible, any impulse that your body has to move. You want to just observe it and you want to take note of it, but don’t move. Just try to use the power of restraint and just, just observe your body. So you’re going to start from your toes. Then you’re going to go to the knuckles. When your feet, then your ankle, then you’re going to go up through your legs, into your knee.
Then you’re going to bring your awareness into your hip. And then you’re going to bring your awareness up through your back, and then your awareness into your shoulders, your awareness into your elbows. Awareness into your wrist, into your hands, to your fingertips. Now back to your pelvic region, bring your awareness up to each organ, your intestines, your stomach, your pancreas, your spleen, your liver, gallbladder, your rib cage, using your breath. All you’re doing is breathing into those places and bringing your mind to those places, bringing it to your heart and your lungs, bringing it up into your face and into your head. And as you go to each area, we just want to relax that area and breathe into that area. And by the end of it, you will find yourself in such a deep state of relaxation and connection in your body. I wish you all success with this.”
(2) Self Massage “Beat The Body”
“Peace EarthFIT family! So in this video, I want to talk to you all about self massage and share with you all the techniques that I use to help relax my body. In my day to day, I do this daily and it’s very simple and it’s a concept called, beating the body. And no, we are not beating the body in a way that hurts the body and causes pain or bruising or anything like that. But we do want to stimulate the tissues in the body by just, you know, with a nice pressure – tapping, in massage you call this tapotement and with this tapping, you know, you can start real gentle and start to the more you can relax, the harder you can actually hit. And every time you hit the body, you breathe and you exhale. So we start off just… (Please watch the video) It’s really good to do on your organs, lower back, the kidneys. You can do it to your arms and you want to really just relax into the strikes and, you know find ways… Once you relaxed, you can actually hit with some force and it’s gonna feel really good, but you want to make sure you’re relaxing fully. So try and be able to touch every part of your body or every needy part of your body, and in case with this a lot of muscle tissue. You want to be able to reach as high as you can on your back. You can try different hand positions, some of you would like to do cupping. Some people use the fist. I like the fist as well as just the flat, flat hand also works depending on the area and the neck you know, you may want to try the fingertips, and just find ways to help your body relax along with this. So that’s one technique for self massage.
Another technique is I like to use glass jars and what you can do, you can wrap the jar in a towel, even better. Fill the jar up with some hot water and seal the jar, and then wrap it in a towel. And now here, you can gently do some, some self massage. They sell, they sell rollers, you know, and a lot of (workout source) That you can buy and basically you find the muscle that you’re tensing and you can just roll immediately out. It’s a great form of self massage. You can do this with tennis balls or lacrosse balls. Some people do even golf balls. That’s really intense, but, you can stick them in a sock and just you know, place them wherever, wherever it feels like it’s helpful. You can place it in your neck, roll on to it in different ways.
Yeah, real details or you can broaden the strokes. It’s a lot of different places. Just explore, get to know your body. Find those places that your body needs to release the tension, find the places where you hold the tension and relax into it. Anyway, try to spend 10 minutes and just go through your whole body and let me know how you feel.”
“Peace EarthFIT family! Just want to take the time here to share with you all 2 stretches that you can do in your day to day, to help with recovery, to restore your energy levels, to increase your vitality and to enhance your immunity in your body. So, the first stretch is a hip opener and a lower back release and it builds energy in the low back and in the kidneys specifically. We’re gonna find a nice, comfortable position with our sit bones on the ground spine, nice and long. Your feet do not have to be squeezed up close to you. They can be in just a comfortable position in front of you. We’re going to take our elbows and press our knees into the ground, and we’re going to initiate a movement of resistance. Wherein applying our own resistance onto our knees and the knees are pressing in towards each other. So it’s going to go like this. We’re going to inhale fully on the exhale, squeezing the knees in towards each other, resisting with the arm. When you come to the top, you’re going to inhale again, keeping that tension and on the exhale, pressing the knees back to the ground as the knees, continue to press up towards each other resisting and just really press those knees down as they’re pressing up. Let’s do it again. (Please watch the video)
All right. So the next stretch we’re going to come and we’re going to be working on our balance on the two sides of the body. And we’re working on lengthening the muscles all along the backside of the body. So we’re going to start by forward bending at the hips, leaning with the heart. We’re going to come down and if you can place your hands flat on the ground, you can bend your knees a little bit and just find a nice, solid position where your feet, your heels, your weight is in your heels and your hands distributed equally. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to walk a little forward and lift one leg up off the ground. In this position, we’re going to inhale, extending our leg and our head and exhale, straightening this knee, and lifting that leg towards the sky… and back. Let me try it again, inhale one more time inhale. Switch leg. Now, after you do both legs, we’re going to come and we’re going to lift up, opening our chest and then bending again from the hips here, sinking into our heels, lifting our toes off the ground.
For those who can’t put their hands on the ground, work with the chair. So you can do the same, the same stretches modified with the chair. So extending, standing the head and the foot, making it long working on your balance, breathing in on the exhale, extending that leg. I hope you enjoy these stretches. You will feel the effects immediately. And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me personally, remember to spend at least 10 minutes going back and forth between the stretches in that order, starting with the butterfly stretch, and then going to the lengthening of the backside of the body stretch.”
“All right. So, I’m here with Rachel and I’m teaching Rachel how to fire her abs and because this is one of the number one things that I see with everybody who’s dealing with back pain, is one of the first things I get them to do is learn how to fire their lower part. There’s no such thing as lower abs, but the lower part around their pelvis. because if you’re not firing this area, it means that every time you’re doing every movement without firing that area, you’re not bracing your spine. And this is what helps protect your spine and all the stress is going onto your back and your disc. So one of the first things that I have people do is, is to cough. So go ahead and cough Rachel. Okay, cough again. Cough again. And so keep coughing until you can start to consciously fire.
So now I’m going to have you try to consciously fire without coughing. So see if you can activate your abs. So now cough again even harder so cough even harder. There we go. Cough even harder. There we go. So you can see how much harder… yeah okay. Cough again. So sometimes you need to cough a little bit harder in order to feel this. So now our abs are a little bit more activated and now this is progress. So that’s what we want to do is each time there’s a neurological connection from your brain to your abs. So now I’m going to keep you here and she’s going to do this side with the knee pull. This is on the back program that we have. This is one of the first exercises she’s going to put pressure down with her hands, keep her abs engaged, pull the knee all the way back until the pelvis starts to tilt so she can feel a stretch in the lower back.
But one of the important things is that she keeps a tight, tight abs. So pulling back with the butt off a little bit, you’ll feel stretch in the lower back and then extend the leg out and then repeat and you’re going to come back and I’m going to, I’m going to give for what’s called biofeedback by poking her there so she can start to connect the mind with the body. If she needs to cough to really get that connection again. So every once in a while, just cough. There we go. Better see now your abs are tighter. Pull back a little further. Feel that stretch and extend the leg and repeat.
So we’re going to do about eight reps. So that’s there one… Cough, just to see if you’re firing. There we go. Better and pull back a little further… good.
And other side. So we’ll do a few more on this side too. So focus on the abs squeezing. So this is the first exercise in Back Pain Relief4Life. And… If you’re not firing your abs, then doing the program will not be as beneficial. If you just went through the program, it’ll help a little bit, but firing your abs will make it much more beneficial. I hope that helps.”
If you are already an EFer, then you know every day at EarthFIT is leg day and there is a method to our madness based on science and research for exercise programming that give maximum results to both the body and the mind in the safest, fastest and most effective way possible.
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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.”
“Alright, so in this video I’m talking to you about something so powerful that I think everybody on earth should be taking it everyday and the reasons being is it’s just an unbelievable super food. Now, this has been studied (the product that I’m talking about right now which I’ll get to) has been studied for almost a century now. In the 1950s there’s a study on children who took this supplement and children who didn’t take this supplement and what they found was the children who took this supplement and I’m speaking about “Chlorella” and specifically in this test it was chlorella growth factor. The children who are on this supplement (it shouldn’t be supplement, actually food) It’s considered a food but we talk about is a supplement in this box. The children who are on the chlorella growth factor grew taller, their palette formed better, they looked healthier and stronger like physically and that is what I’m going to get to when we speak about the 7 proven and researched ways that chlorella can benefit you. Now, I’m such a believer in this because my wife took this all during the pregnancy and I’ll tell you the reasons why and my son has been taking this ever since he was born and one of the reasons being that study but also because of the other benefits that I’m going to speak about.
When we talk about protein really, what we’re talking about is amino acids. And amino acids are there is 21 amino acids that make up a full protein. Now this is a considered an algae. This algae has one of the best make ups of amino acid that you can get from non-meat and it provides about 16 grams of protein per ounce plus you are getting zinc, magnesium which we’ve spoken about, iron, vitamin B3, B2, A. Pretty much you are getting the necessary recommended doses from chlorella. So it is extremely powerful when it comes to just giving you the nutrients you need. But, the most important part which I’m going to get into and most people speak about it is the fact that it detoxes the body. And before we talk about detoxification, it something that everybody should be conscious of all the time now we are exposed to toxins. If you have been vaccinated, if you eat fish, if you’ve lived in a city, if you’ve drank from a city water, you want to be taking chlorella because this prevents the toxins from going deep into the tissue, it will absorb the toxins, carry it out as well as remineralize and give you the amino acids that you need. So now if you are detoxing, you want to make sure that you go slow with this because you don’t want to detox too fast because that will also cause a problem. Now that’s one of the things that it does now on top of that because of all the benefit that it has, it also supports your immune system. It’s a little bit of a blood thinner so it helps get nutrients and circulation going, it also promotes weight loss. This is something that’s been studied and proven as well and then like I mentioned before with the children, it made them look healthier and stronger. This also makes the person look and feel younger.
So the research is continued to reveal that this slows down the ageing process because you are getting the necessary nutrients that you might be missing and again this goes back to why gut function is so important and so as it improves your immune system as well, it helps you fight off cancer. It raises the immune system to fight off any infections or cancer cells that are now building in the body.
The last thing is it lowers your blood pressure, and cholesterol so I would highly recommend chlorella. I can go on and on about this supplement. The biggest thing that I want you to take away from this is that you are getting a lot of the nutrients, protein mixture, good amino acids plus vitamins and minerals that most people are missing nowadays and on top of that it’s detoxing the body of impurities that you want to get rid off, we want to continue to get rid off and as you’re exposed to them continue to take and that is why I recommend chlorella everyday.
Now the last thing that is very important is where you get your chlorella. This has been tested so Sun – Chlorella, I’m not affiliated with them, I don’t get anything from this, I do use Sun – Chlorella, my son uses it. There’s also a clean chlorella, another supplement that I’ve read from Mike Adams from natural news. He gets it from Taiwan because the chlorella that is created in China or made into a supplement in China, even though it’s organic it’s still taking impurities from the air. What they found out is even the organic chlorella is sometimes contaminated with this heavy metals from the air. So Taiwan had the cleaner air, it had organic chlorella, the impurities were the lowest. So Sun- Chlorella and the Taiwan clean chlorella are one of the best ways to go when it comes to buying this supplement.”
Beaufort Health and Fitness: Neck and Shoulder Program
Hey! What’s going on? Here’s a video that will help you reduce neck and shoulder pain. As you can see the neck and the shoulder are connected so a lot of times they are affecting one another and there’s a lot of muscles, tendons and movement going on in these areas and if you are not moving properly, it can exacerbate the issues. So, what we are going to do is we are actually going to hit every single joint across the neck and the shoulder to increase mobility proprioception and activate the muscles that you might be missing, stretch some of the tight muscles, strengthen some of the weak muscles, and then therefore eliminating pain just through movement and a lot of times that’s all it takes just activation of these movement patterns.
So we are going to get started right away, we are going to start in the neck and then move into the shoulders.
The first thing that we want to do is now stand with good posture. We are going to raise our shoulders up. Open our arms, get into our normal anatomical position, drop our shoulders and now we should have good posture.
And we are going to start with 4 repetitions of each movement.
Now the first one is going to be neck side to side so we are moving within a good range of motion that feels comfortable and each time you can increase the range of motion slightly. And now we are going neck, chin to chest and head back and as we raise we are not pushing back, we are kind of pushing up and back to stretch the front of the neck.
This time we are staying in this position, the only thing that is moving is our neck and we are going ear to shoulder back and forth. And as you do this, I want you to start focusing on your breathing , breathing through the nose in through the mouth.
And now we are going to turn our head to the left, bring our chin down to the shoulder and all the way across and repeat… and Relax.
Now we are going to do full neck circles all the way around in every aspect, think about your neck. Go nice, slow and controlled, still breathing and now change directions for the other side. Reconnect with your body, use this time to think about all the joints. A lot of times it’s just a lack of mental connection to activating these muscles.
So now that we have loosen up the neck, we are going to start to go into the shoulder that’s also connected with the neck.
So we are going to bring the shoulders up to the ears, forward and then backward all the way. (Big shoulder rolls and deep breaths in) And change directions…
Now we are going to raise the arms straight up in the air and reach as high as you can, deep breath in, exhale and reach even higher, reach and extend the arms as high as you can lifting the ribcage up. And now from here, we are going to drop one hand down and reach out far to the side and now we are stretching the lats that connect to the humerus there and now we are going to reach the other side and again deep breaths in… fully stretch the lats as far as you can. If you can, try to even feel the hip to get the whole chain. This is going to help loosen you up for the next one that we are going to do here.
And now we are going to interlaced the fingers and we are going to go back and forth, stretching a little bit deeper to the shoulder and the scapula here, we get range of motion in the shoulder that you might have not done. What you can do actually is gently push back with your head if you can get into that range of motion as you pull the elbow into the head. And just from this point right now you should start to feel all the joints loosening up.
And now we are going to do single arm circle and we are reaching up and turning the hand as we rotate looking at the fingers. We are looking at the fingertips here… really reaching down, back… now change direction thinking about all the movements, thinking about your shoulder if you are doing it correctly you should start to feel a burn in your shoulder, that’s the tendons and the muscles that we are working and having been used in a while. Now we are going to switch arms, forward arms, again we are reaching up, forward, down and back… changing and rotating the hand as we do it. (Deep rotations). Change direction.
Alright, the next thing we are going to do is take a deep breath in, you are going to open up your arms wide, you are going to spin and rotate the shoulders back come in and then back into a big arms circle, rotating the arms backward, bringing the palms up and in and back around.
Now we are going to do both arms, big circles… change direction. You should really start to feeling this in the shoulders and the neck.
And now we are going to gently slap the body and now opening up the arms, using the scapula think of your scapula as you do this. Alright, we are almost done.
Here the last few we are going to do. Arms straight up in front of you, now you are going to raise them up and down using the scapula as you raise up and down.
And now elbows to 90 degrees, open the arms up and down.
The last one like you are pulling a band behind the back and then you’re going to squeeze the shoulders together as you pull back so let me show from the back we are pulling, squeezing the shoulder back and again pulling, squeezing the shoulders back one last time.
Alright, so there you have it. Now, we just activated every joint in full range of motion. You should feel loosened up, you should now have more increased awareness from the brain to the muscles around your neck and your shoulders. So, there you go eliminating pain the first step is just getting the body moving in the right scenario. So this should help you eliminate pain for your neck and your shoulders. It’s recommend that you do this daily for at least 3 weeks to see real results occur because it takes that long to make the neuro connection for these muscles if they have not been activated previously or for a long time.
So, this is Ian Hart. I hope you enjoyed the neck and shoulder program and I’ll see you on the other side.
I find that almost everyone can benefit from increasing their thoracic mobility.
As sedentary lifestyles, cell phone addiction and toxicity/neurotoxin issues increase, it creates a perfect storm for poor posture, rounded shoulders (Protraction) and humpbacks (hyperkyphosis) and tight thoracic spine (midback).
The implications for this are beyond what most people might think.
If your posture is suffering then your thoughts will suffer. If your thought are low then your will feel low. If your posture is poor then your mechanics will be poor. If your mechanics are poor then you will end up in pain or injury at some point.
Do everything your power to maintain, improve posture and prevent the hunch back and a tight thoracic area. Here is a simple program that you can do to increase thoracic (Mid back) mobility. This will also improve shoulder function as well as the way your thoughts are processed.
I created a video for you as a solution.
You can do this pretty much anywhere.
If you don’t have any of the equipment handy, you can do the exercises that do not require any equipment and still get amazing results.
“I would highly highly highly recommend this program to anyone. Like I said, I’ve tried so many programs in a lot of different cities, most recently Boston, and I don’t think anybody has achieved what they have achieved here and what EarthFIT has achieved here in Beaufort, South Carolina so I feel like we’re really fortunate to have this kind of program here and I highly recommend you try it.
It’s quick, it’s efficient, it’s safe, and you’ll feel so incredibly good at the end of it. You feel amazing and you see the results and you… it’s not only physically seeing the results, but definitely mentally as well. You just feel better all over and again I highly recommend it.
Before I came to EarthFIT, I had tried a number of different gyms over the past 30 years, a lot of different programs and I’d love to mix it up. I did the crossfit thing, I felt strong but ended up hurting myself pretty significantly and knew I couldn’t go back to that but I had trouble finding a program that had great intensity that I could have fun with and still see a lot of results. You see results immediately to your body. I love to come here, you’re walking into a friendly environment, everybody knows your name, you get a nice greeting. It’s clean, it’s organized, it’s almost personal training and an environment where you can work of one another’s energy and push one another in the class. It’s personal training, because the trainers they know what you’re capable of as an individual, when to push you, when not to push you, they’re constantly on you for your form and you know, keeping you motivated.
I haven’t experienced a program that’s so quick, efficient, fun and you felt like you weren’t going to get hurt because that’s always a fear I think with anybody doing intense workouts and trying to change the body that you know fear of injury and here I really believe the trainers are so knowledgeable and they clearly have the great deal of experience and have gone through an intense training program themselves to understand exactly how to make this program as amazing as it is.”