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The Most Revealing Fitness Test

The Most Revealing Fitness Test

By Coach Dan MIller

At Burg Fitness we are constantly testing you. There are workouts to test our overall strength, our aerobic capacity, our flexibility and our technical skills. But as a coach and athlete, there is one test in particular that I hold in the highest regard. This test is given nearly every day we walk in the gym – it reveals mindset and character. The test is simple…

What does an Member do when their workout is over?

Scenario 1 – The Individual Mindset

This behavior is generally executed in the following way:

  • The Member finishes their workout and may roll on the floor for a few minutes.
  • Upon collecting themselves, the Member may go check their text messages, social media alerts or email.
  • The Member then proceeds to clean up their equipment – navigating in and out of fellow Member’s spaces who may still be working.
  • Sometimes this mindset manifests itself in Members pooling together in groups sitting on the floor and talking about how tough the workout was and discussing their day.

Scenario 2 – The Group Mindset Result

This behavior is generally executed the following way:

  • The Member finishes their workout and may roll on the floor for a few minutes.
  • Upon collecting themselves, that Member gravitates towards other members that are still in progress of the workout. The Member cheers them on (whether they know them or not).
  • The finished Member may clap, give words of encouragement, and move between groups of Members who are still working.
  • Upon other Members’ completion of the work, high fives and pats on the back are exchanged.
  • Workout equipment is put away together as a group.

Your Workout is Done When Everyone is Finished

Why did you join Burg Fitness? Is accountability, group sessions, friends or community part of your answer? If so, then consider this…the workout is not done when you finish.

The workout is done when everyone is finished. As a fitness coach, facilitating a sense of community is part of my job. I played soccer, a team sport, so this comes naturally to me. But it can be scary for others to reach out to someone they don’t know well and encourage them. Often people think “who am I to cheer them on? To tell them they can do it?”

If you came to Burg Fitness to be part of a community or for the “push of others” to keep your intensity high when working out, then consider this – you owe it to give back to that community. Consider it part of your social contract with our gym. You can keep your end of the deal by supporting every last member of your class to the finish line of each workout.

A Coach’s Challenge to You

At the start of every class, look around. Every single person who came to that class is now part of your tribe. You should take personal satisfaction in seeing to it that each individual is supported and no one “finishes alone”. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a founding member or this is class #1; it doesn't matter if you're a competitive athlete, a new mom getting back into the swing of things, or a middle-ager ready to tack control over your body.   For that hour, we are one group with a common goal – self improvement through shared suffering. Make sure no one suffers alone.

 

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Burg Fitness Sponsors Boston Children's Hospital & Children's Miracle Network

Burg Fitness is excited to announce our sponsorship of Boston Children's Hospital & Children's Miracle Network via Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity's Get on the Ball event.

Get on the Ball" was started by the brothers of Zeta Beta Tau (Beta Zeta Epsilon Chapter) at the University of Maryland – College Park. Designed to create a fun, worthwhile way of raising funds for charity, this event quickly became not only a chapter favorite, but also something that the campus community looked forward to each year.

At the summer 2002 meeting of the Zeta Beta Tau Supreme Council, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® was named an official adopted philanthropy of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

 

For more information see: http://www.zbtgetontheball.com

 

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Burg Fitness Supports Our Local Community Charities

Just what is ALS?

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Join us in supporting the Florida Chapter of The ALS Association

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Community Driven Workouts Push Members to New Heights

At Burg Fitness, they place a focus on community. While they strive to encourage safe, healthy workouts, they aim to do so through unity -- a sense of commune which motivates, pushes, and advances your physical training while creating relationships you otherwise wouldn't have

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Concept 5 Rowing Technique

We love our Concept 5 Rowers for everything from warm-ups to WODs. Rowing provides us with a low-impact, full-body workout that can benefit all athletes.  Rowing is a very natural motion and most people pick it up quickly.  We often get questions about proper rowing technique, so have a look at the below video for tips from the experts.

 

 

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Couples & Buddy Fitness - Burg Fitness

FUN but tough personal trainers lead workouts for couples & best buds to meet fitness goals & build connections!  

BurgFItness has compassionate, motivated trainers that truly care about you! It’s our passion to help clients with health & wellness while building stronger connections with a workout buddy. Get amazing workouts that change your body, challenge your core and…it’s always more fun with a friend!

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Healthy Dinner for Three

Fun dinner consisting of organic turkey-burgers on from the grill, baked sweet potatoes, farm-fresh tomatoes and a beautiful green salad with balsamic vinaigrette!

 

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How to Make Time for Fitness

I can’t find the time to exercise” is a commonly cited reason why a vast majority of people lead sedentary lives. In truth, waiting to find that extra time to exercise will likely result in little change in one’s physical activity level. The notion of finding time for fitness is more proactively accomplished by actually making time for fitness. Thankfully, physical activity doesn’t have to be complicated or elaborate, or even require a gym membership, for that matter. The key is planning activities that can be easily integrated into your existing lifestyle. 

Work Within Your Environment

Perhaps the easiest form of exercise to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle is walking, which doesn’t require any equipment or special skills and can be done just about anywhere. Break times at work, for example, offer a great opportunity to take a brisk walk around the block or around the office building. 

Need to get a message to a co-worker? Instead of sending an email, try getting out of your seat and relaying the message in person. 

Planning an office meeting? Instead of sitting around a conference room table, consider a walking meeting. The fresh air and change of scenery may help the group come up with new and creative solutions to work issues. 

Routine tasks can also be accomplished with incorporated activity. Many of us are familiar with the notion of parking a little farther away or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. But what happens when we find ourselves stuck on a long call? Try standing or walking around your office instead of sitting during the call. This small change will help you burn at least twice the amount of calories during that telephone call. 

Need to run a quick errand such as a trip to the bank, grocery store or mailbox? Instead of getting in the car to drive a few blocks, take a quick walk to tackle those nearby errands. You’ll not only get in some physical activity, you’ll save money on gasoline as well. With little effort, exercise can easily become a part of the tasks we normally do within our daily environment. 

Work With What You Enjoy

Another key step toward making time for physical activity is by changing the way we view exercise. We begin this process by making sure we plan activities around things we enjoy. 

Find Your Passion

Finding enjoyable ways to move more each day can be a very important factor in a healthy lifestyle. Most of us are unwilling to do things we dislike. Therefore, it’s imperative we find activities that are enjoyable because we’ll be much more likely to work them into our busy schedule. 

Seek Opportunities

Adventure hike vacations, family-oriented activities such as an afternoon at a roller (or ice) rink, miniature golf or an early stroll around a mall before the stores actually open are all fun ways the entire family can stay active. Find the ones that work for you and your family and inspire you to be active together. 

Our lives are often filled with “must do’s” and deadlines that can take the focus off our own health and wellbeing. Proactively making time for fitness by incorporating it into our normal, everyday routines will likely result in a greater willingness to stick with it over the long term.  

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