Should you consider supplementing with L-glutamine?








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If you're looking to heal your body from the inside-out, beginning with your gut lining is the best way to go. 

Having a healthy digestive tract is HUGE for overall health and we could all use some digestive aid every now and then. Whether you suffer from chronic inflammation or simply want to stay regular, supplementing L-glutamine is a great way to start (of course always consult with your doctor first). 

L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and its main function is to repair muscle tissue. This could mean repairing your muscles after a hard workout, or it could mean repairing the tissue lined throughout your gut.

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Eat Dessert, Get Ripped

by Dani Shugart

Beyond the Shaker Bottle

When your goal is to lose fat or stay lean, most people think they only have two choices: avoid desserts forever or try to eat tiny, unsatisfying portions of delicious things. That's about as much fun as choosing between having a cavity or an ingrown toenail.

But there's another choice: Make healthy desserts and eat all you want. (Trust me, when they're this filling you actually won't eat as much.) Here are five ways to do it.

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. 


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!


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. 

Turning Points

In the transition to an active lifestyle you will face a few "turning points".  You know, the times when you finally make your actions reflect your knowledge.  Many of us know:

What a good diet looks like.

That in order to lose lbs. our calorie burn needs to exceed our intake. 

That after a workout we feel great and have more focus. 

That working out with a friend is more fun. 

That an event or deadline helps motivate more than a vague image. 

That vegetables are GOOD for us. 

That self-confidence grows with a positive self image.

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.  




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.  


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