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12/2/2013 We’re getting in on Cyber Monday! A Red Rider BB Gun with that thing that tells time would be nice, but how about an Inspire Fitness Birmingham e-gift certificate from Instagift to round off your loved ones’ stocking stuffers? (Note: if you want in paper form, we can do that!!!) Check out our Holiday deals: http://insta.gf/1cvMed3
11/30/2013 Today is Small Business Saturday! We’re celebrating small businesses everywhere, including our own, so help us support by shopping small and local! Our Small Biz Saturday special deal through Instagift will help you kick off your holiday shopping for your friends and loved ones – buy an e-gift for $20, get $5 FREE; Spend $50, get $10; Spend $75, get $25; Spend $100, get $40! Click here to buy: LINK
11/15/2013 Life is Long! Consider Coach Kelly’s latest blog post about taking a long-term approach to fitness, http://inspirefitnessbirmingham.com/life-is-long/, when thinking ahead to your 2014 fitness goals!
10/23/2013 CHANGES ARE AFOOT at Inspire Fitness Birmingham! We’re growing, so to accommodate that growth, we’ve made some changes in the physical layout of our studio that we’d like to share with you! You’ll notice the front desk has now moved directly adjacent to the front door, so be sure to stop by there to sign in for class! And, we’ll be creating a cozy and inviting lounge area in the side portion of the studio that was previously our office. (Coach Kelly votes for an automatic coffee/tea/hot cocoa machine!) We’ll be posting photos of our makeover as it progresses, so stay tuned! And, you’ll be excited to hear that changes are coming to Highland Towers Apartments as well! With a change in building ownership completed in September, we hear renovations and upgrades are in the works…more details to come!
10/20/2013 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to us!!! October 20 marks the one-year anniversary of Inspire Fitness’ Grand Opening in 2012. Thanks to our customers and clients for making the past year a BLAST! We’ve had so much fun watching our clients grow stronger, fitter, healthier and happier over the past year, and we can’t wait to see what the next year holds! As always, our clients inspire us just as we seek to inspire you! High fives to all!!!
10/9/2013 Mt. Everest 3-Hour Ride Training Begins Saturday, October 12! Saturdays in October and November will be a little different at Inspire Fitness! Beginning October 12, during our Saturday classes (beginning 9 AM), together we will be working toward one goal: Conquering Mount Everest in a special 3-hour ride that will take place on Saturday, November 23! Here are some of the benefits you will experience, with hard work and dedication, during this 7-week special training program:
- Calories Burned 2000+ during the ride; 7000-11,000 during training!
- Total Training time 13.75 hours over 7 weeks!
- Physical Changes Less body fat; Increased cardiac output; Lower resting heart rate; Lower stress hormones; Lower triglycerides; Increased Thyroid hormone; Increased Growth hormone
- Psychological Changes Better mood; Increased confidence; Sense of accomplishment; FUN increased 1000%!
The Mt. Everest Official Training Roster filled up fast, but if you missed the Roster sign-up deadline (Friday October 4), you still may be able to grab individual slots on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis on Saturdays. Check the schedule and reserve your class slot up to 7 days in advance. Good luck, climbers! See you Saturday!
10/1/2013 “Chin-Up Challenge” Finale Results! We brought it. We attempted our unassisted and band-assisted chin-ups after a 7-week progressive training program designed by Women’s Health contributor Tony Gentilcore (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/chin-up-challenge). Monday we tested ourselves, and here are the results!
MOLLY PARTRIDGE Unassisted Reps: 2 Band-Assisted Reps: 6
MADELINE ADAMS Unassisted Reps: 0 Band-Assisted Reps: 6
AMELIA SUTTON Unassisted Reps: 0 Band-Assisted Reps: 4
COACH KELLY CREEL Unassisted Reps: 0 Band-Assisted Reps: 10
Our concluding thoughts: chin-ups are freakin’ hard!!! But we’re going to keep at it. This program has gotten us closer than ever before. Most of the participants were unable to complete a single band-assisted rep before this program. Chin-ups, for the uninitiated, are an excellent strength goal for women because they build muscle mass in the upper body and constitute a max-rep effort. We’ll be revisiting the progressive moves in FuncFit classes to come, so we’ll re-test ourselves again in a few months! Great job, ladies!!!!
9/26/2013 “Chin-Up Challenge” Finale date changed! Lots of folks out of town this weekend, so we’re having our Chin-Up Challenge Finale DURING FuncFit classes on Monday September 30. We will NOT be having the Finale this Saturday at 8:00. Attend EITHER FuncFit class on Monday (AM or PM) and we’ll warm you up, then have you attempt your unassisted and band-assisted chin-ups! We will be counting the reps of both types of chin-up (unassisted from hanging, and band-assisted from hanging) for each attendee and posting the results on our website, so eat your Wheaties! After Chin-ups, we’ll complete a regular FuncFit class, so you’ll get a well-rounded workout to start your Monday off right!
9/23/2013 “Yoga for Stress Management” Workshop Notes Published We had a great time practicing yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation at our Stress Management workshop yesterday. If you weren’t able to make it, stay tuned for future workshops. The notes for yesterday’s workshop have been published on the Inspire Fitness blog at: http://inspirefitnessbirmingham.com/yoga-for-stress-management-workshop-event-syllabus
9/12/2013 Enrollment is OPEN for our ”Yoga for Stress Management” Workshop! Enrollment is OPEN for a special “Yoga for Stress Management” workshop with the Inspire yoga team: Kelly and Andrea! The workshop is Sunday, September 22, 4:15 – 6:30 PM. Join us and learn about how the practice of yoga, including physical postures and non-physical yoga practices such as meditation and breath awareness, can help you manage the stress that life throws your way. Cost is $15 to attend the 2-hour workshop. Sign up here: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=31663&stype=-8&sTG=23&sVT=10&sView=day&sDate=9%2F22%2F2013
9/4/2013 Bring a Friend to Saturdays in September at Inspire Fitness! Sweating is so much more fun when the energy is shared! Beginning this Saturday (9/7), bring a friend along free to 9 AM Spin class, and you’ll both be entered for a drawing to win a 5-Class Package (drawing held 9/30)! Register your friend for any Saturday class by emailing the studio (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve the spot for their free class. Terms: friend must be new to Inspire Fitness OR must not have visited Inspire Fitness for a free class in the past 6 calendar months (March 1, 2013 or after); friend must agree to have email address added to our newsletter mailing list for e-newsletters sent out on a periodic basis (monthly/quarterly); friend must be registered for the class BEFORE class starts by emailing via instructions above in order for both of you to be entered into the drawing (otherwise you are still welcome to attend class). Questions, contact Kelly at the studio via email or phone.
8/25/2013 Inspire Fitness is now an online affiliate of The Alabama Booksmith! At Inspire Fitness, we are about starting where you are and effecting change in our local communities. We support locally owned and operated businesses, and encourage our clients to do the same. As such, we are now an online affiliate of The Alabama Booksmith. The latest book on our reading list is “Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know are Good For Me?” by BJ Gallagher, and can be purchased through Alabama Booksmith here:
Check out Coach Kelly’s latest blog post which reviews the book above by visiting http://inspirefitnessbirmingham.com/?p=217!
8/22/2013 Yoga + Spinning = a match made in heaven! Read these two articles that explain why Spinning and yoga have been cornerstones of the Inspire Fitness program since Day One! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/spinning-yoga-fitness-classes_n_2470451.html and http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/191
8/16/2013 Runners NEED Spinning! Runners, as you map out your fall training plans for upcoming races, don’t neglect to plan your two cross-training days per week! Spinning is the perfect complement to running: it’s lower-impact, improves leg muscle strength, helps you perfect your pedal turnover which helps with range of motion and stride refinement, not to mention it’s a GREAT cardiovascular workout! Runners, come see us at Inspire Fitness and be prepared to experience huge gains in your running game! (Read more on Spinning and running: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/the-benefits-of-cross-training/?_r=0 and http://beta.active.com/cycling/articles/improve-your-running-skills-with-indoor-spin)
8/14/2013 Take the Women’s Health Chin-Up Challenge! To participate in the Chin-Up Challenge, Inspire Coaches Kelly, Stephen and Atheena will be working with our FuncFit class attendees on progressive moves working toward chin-ups for the next few weeks! According to the Chin-Up Challenge designer, Tony Gentilcore (CSCS), chin-ups are a prime move for women as well as men because they add muscle mass, tone the core, back, chest and shoulders, and in turn help boost your metabolism and shed body fat. Learn more about the chin-up challenge here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/chin-up-challenge Are you in?! Sign up for a FuncFit class today!
8/6/2013 New Inspire Fitness Coach Atheena Walters’ classes are getting rave reviews: Check out what some of our clients – and an Inspire coach – had to share about Coach Atheena’s FuncFit /Boot Camp classes! Get in on the action by signing up here: class schedule
“Tough workout!” –Robert M.
“Thank you, Atheena – am rocking a sleeveless top due to your awesome arms/shoulder workout! Great start to a Friday!” –Madeline A.
“Atheena is awesome!” –Amelia S.
“She is tough.” –Shaun R
“I tried Coach Atheena’s Wednesday night FuncFit class for myself and loved her formatting and coaching style. She’s tough but motivating and encouraging. She has a great energy and the class was just the right blend of challenging but doable moves. The standing hip flexor extension and standing crunch I’ve now incorporated into my own strength routine. Yeah Atheena!!!” –Coach Kelly
Click here to see our class schedule!