This time of year we ready ourselves for New Years Resolutions but I try not to make any until I have given serious thought about the things for which I am thankful.  It doesn't have to be something that happened this year just something for which I am thankful.  

I have so much to be thankful for this year.  My family is healthy, we have a comfortable home, we have jobs, we can pay our bills and save for a "rainy day", we have friends who mean the world to us, and a growing faith.  These people and things are very important to me and I want to make sure that they remain so and it makes setting a new goal for the coming year easier.  

Team events!


Quoting Dickins, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times".  This last weekend I spent an awesome time in chilly Las Vegas running in a team endurance event.  Relay teams ran, walked, or crawled over 197 miles over a two day period with little rest or reprieve from the bone chilling wind.  Injury, exhaustion, or the lack of nutrition and hydration would not validate the desire to give up.  Someone had to cover those miles!

Try Something NEW

A few months ago I heard about minimal shoes.  You know, the first ones were the vibram five fingers with the crazy separate toe pockets. Now there are minimals and hybrids made by Merrell, New Balance, Brooks, Saucony, Asics, Mizuno, and a handful of other companies.  I have heard about the advantages to barefoot or toe strike running from various sources (a book called "Born to run" by Christopher McDougall and an indepth Harvard study on the matter) and then a good friend of mine started to use them. He LOVED them. 

Workout entertainment

Lets face it, working out can sometimes be boring.  Be it a 30 min quick weight training session or a long cardio day our brains/minds sometimes are NOT focused on the workout.  It is always a good idea for our bodies to shake up the workout, to cause muscle confusion, and to change scenery.  I have found that triathlon training has helped with mental focus but sometimes I need another distraction while working out.  


I started training for 5k's and 10k's on my treadmill in the basement.  After about a week I had to put cable tv down there.  I would watch soccer games on mute so I didn't have to turn the volume up so much.  That was fun but then I started training for a half marathon.  2 hours (on my long days) running on a treadmill is torture, no matter who is playing on the soccer field.  I connected to Netflix to watch a movie, I listened to music, sometmes I tried to talk on the phone.  Some of that worked some of the time.  



Hey everyone, Its Bryan again.  I had a great training session with Jason yesterday and I feel great today. Soreness is all gone! I am feeling stronger and looking better by the day it seems. I love it when I start seeing and feeling results!  What a great motivating factor when I am tired and dreading the next training session!

Motivation and Focus

At Idaho Fitness Factory we understand that Motivation for working out can be elusive at times.  We have found two main types of motiviation in our lives:

Negative motivation.  This type of motiviation is usually born out of guilt.  This morning, after a big Thanksgiving day, I felt like I had better get to the gym to work off all the food and treats I ate yesterday.  I had to stop that thought and remember the reason I go to the gym.  NOBODY likes to be motivated by guilt.  So please don't workout because you put something in your mouth. 


The day is upon us!  This saturday at 10:00 a.m. is our grand opening for the second Idaho Fitness Factory!  The new location is on the corner of Franklin and Linder.  We would love to have you and your friends come by for a workout with our new equipment.  Or catch a class in our large group room.  We will also have personal trainers around to help answer any fitness questions.   

Stop by and enter for your chance to win an Idaho Fitness Factory shirt and other prizes!

See you at the FACTORY!


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