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  • Nicole's National Challenge Story

    Nicole's National Challenge Story

    "I have officially completed my 1 Year Farrell's National Challenge (that means my last update!) I could not be happier with my results, whether I win or not (it would be nice to win ). I am so grateful for my gym, FXB Brooklyn Park , the owners (Cheryl and Chris) and all of the instructors and members. Without them, I would still be depressed about the person I saw every time I looked in the mirror and still trying to find ways to lose even a small amount of weight. I have officially lost: 64lbs 38inches Sooo many pants/shirt sizes. I’m stronger I’m faster I’m happier I’m healthier I truly believe that if I can achieve these ....

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  • I Truly Look Forward to the Future!

    I Truly Look Forward to the Future! By Brad M., Farrell’s 2020 $10,000 National Challenge Finalist I first heard about Farrells a few years ago. I attended a couple of classes with a friend and was interested but never pulled the trigger. I was a member of a different gym and worked out regularly 3-4 times a week – lifting weights, some cardio, just the usual workouts I had done since playing sports in high school. I would fluctuate up and down 10 lb. week to week. I competed in challenges a couple of times and was always very disciplined and motivated during those challenges, dropping 40 lb and seeing great results. But then when the challenges would end, the ....

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  • FXB: State Fair Saves - Healthy Prep for the State Fair

    FXB: State Fair Saves - Healthy Prep for the State Fair It’s that time of year again. Food on a stick. Deep-fried, delicious distractions from your health plans and fitness goals everywhere you turn. The Minnesota State Fair is known for two things: an incredibly fun time and adding an extra notch to your belt or a little stretch to your yoga pants. But staying true to fitness plans and workout goals doesn’t need to mean saying a definitive no to major events and outings that might get you off track. FXB instructors have some easy tactics and State Fair saves to help you get the most from the Fair’s food experience. Measuring Stick – Make Smarter ....

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  • FXB: Train Like an Olympian—a Q&A with Casey Bloemke, owner of Farrell’s xTreme Bodyshaping in St. Paul, Eden Prairie, and North Loop

    Many of us watched the Olympics saying, “Man, I wish I could be in that sort of shape.” What should people aim for when it comes to their fitness — what’s realistic so you can be in good shape…without the podium or the Wheaties box cover? This is so very simple. The only thing realistic is to compete against you from yesterday. Once we change our thought process away from trying to be someone else, we’re finally set free on a healthy path with our health and fitness. The right question is this: “ Can I give as much or more intentional effort to my health and fitness than I did yesterday?” If the answer is yes, then the results ....

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  • Remember that dream you’ve always had? Be that person, and go after it!

    Remember that dream you’ve always had? Be that person, and go after it! By Amy N., 2020 $10,000 National Challenge Finalist Remember that one dream that’s always been in your heart? It’s big, it’s scary, but it holds a spark that fires every time you think of it? Growing up, I played sports in high school; and as an adult, I still enjoy games/activities. I love watching athletes perform on the greatest stage they've trained for. Whether it’s a high school football game or the Olympics. Learning about their journey, seeing their passion come through for the sport. Their dedication, real fight, and grit show up, making their souls shine through. ....

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  • The Ember has Become a Fire

    The Ember has Become a Fire

    By Connie Roetzer, Farrell’s $10,00 National Challenge Finalist I began my journey with Farrell’s on January 5, 2019. I was your typical middle-aged woman - in my 50’s, married, grown children that live outside the home, and aging parents that have needed my emotional support. I had recently gone through a lot of really big changes in my life and, looking back, I didn’t end up handling them too well. On top of everything else, I’d also grown increasingly overweight (and was so tired of being so). On the outside, I was positive, well-adjusted, happy, and making some pretty funny excuses for being “big-boned”. On the inside, I ....

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  • 5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office

    5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office

    There is no denying the fact that most of us should be stretching more. But let’s be honest, how many of us actually have the time to do this... let alone meal prep, get to the gym, show up to work, and have time for family? Well, your days of deciding between 10 more minutes of sleep or getting up early to stretch before your gym session are over. Why? Because new research has found that stretching does not have to be an elaborate, lengthy routine. Even five minutes per major muscle group per week is enough to reap the benefits.¹ That equates to about one minute per day for each body region! Certainly, we can handle this even on our busiest days. ....

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  • The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing

    The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing

    The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing Kickboxing is one of the top fitness trends of 2021, and it is definitely here to stay. This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout will leave you feeling breathless, sweaty, and invincible [1] , no matter what your fitness level is! But there is so much more to kickboxing than punching, kicking, and getting your sweat on. Before we dive into the unexpected benefits of kickboxing, let’s get to know what kickboxing is all [2] about and why you should try it today. Kickboxing 101 Kickboxing is a form of martial arts, combined with combative sport ....

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  • The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station

    The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station

    The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station By Bobby Turnquist Farrell’s National Challenge Finalist My entire adult life has been a rollercoaster ride of weight. Even in high school, I was never happy with the way I looked. I was never what one would call “fat”, but I always carried a little extra. Thankfully, I was also blessed with a pretty decent athletic ability. This kept me active and is likely why I was not an obese teenager. I never had a grasp on good nutrition and have always eaten whatever I wanted. Surely, as I have discovered over the last year, this was going to catch up with me eventually… I graduated from High school weighing ....

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  • Get Sparkling!

    Get Sparkling!

    How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime We all know how important it is to rehydrate after a sweaty kickboxing or strength training workout. Research has shown that drinking around 64 ounces—or eight, eight-ounce servings—of water each day can help you lose weight and get in shape. But sometimes, plain water just doesn’t quench your thirst. This may have you wondering: Does sparkling water count toward your “eight glasses a day” goal? What is sparkling water? Simply put, sparkling water is just regular water combined with carbon dioxide. The CO2 is what gives sparkling water those addictive bubbles—just like in soda or beer. Sparkling ....

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  • Your Best Start Ever How to Begin Your Exercise Journey

    Your Best Start Ever How to Begin Your Exercise Journey

    Where there is a will, there is a way, and if you would like to bring exercise into your life, you can make it happen. Starting out may feel daunting and challenging, to say the least, but once you have realized why it is so important to include exercise in your life, you will be able to stick to it for the long haul. When you look around and see people working out it may be hard to imagine that at one point they were a beginner. But it’s true, they started as a beginner. The FXB Instructor at Farrell’s started as a beginner. The Fit Community Leaders started as a beginner. Even Lance Farrell started as a beginner! Getting good at any activity, including exercise, takes ....

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  • Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In By Joy LeTendre, Farrell’s 2020 National Challenge Finalist At the close of 2018, I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I had been working the same job for 18 years, my husband and I lived in a little townhome with our two little girls, and I kept losing and gaining back the same 20 pounds. After having our two beautiful girls, I never dropped the extra baby weight. I felt like a hamster stuck in its wheel, not making any changes to truly better my life. I had tried a couple Farrell’s classes in early fall 2018, and I will never forget my first kickboxing class. What surprised me most was that even though ....

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  • Sleep Your Way To Success The Power of Sleep Hygiene and How Can It Help You

    Sleep Your Way To Success The Power of Sleep Hygiene and How Can It Help You

    Sleep hygiene is quickly becoming a popular phrase, and rightly so. Most humans spend nearly ⅓ of their lives sleeping. As we continuously learn how our bodies respond to stress, we are also starting to understand the importance of sleep, especially good quality sleep, in the role of recovery from our workouts at the gym and our overall health and wellness. For some medical professionals, quality of sleep is becoming another vital sign , in addition to our heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, and oxygen levels. Every day our bodies are subjected to all types of stress. From physical stress such as exercise, stress from having to work extra ....

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  • How Breathing Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness and Weight Loss Goals

    How Breathing Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness and Weight Loss Goals

    How Breathing Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness and Weight Loss Goals “Just take a deep breath in”. We have heard this throughout our whole lives, whether at the doctor’s office, the moment before a big exam or other stressful situations, or when we are huffing and puffing after a tough workout. The phrase comes as no surprise as full, deep breaths can help you feel calmer and more relaxed. But our breath also has the ability to transform our performance both in and out of the gym. Breathing, or respiratory , muscle training has been shown to be an effective tool in improving performance. ¹ For athletes, their breath could ....

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  • The Surprising Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin (aka Vitamin D)

    The Surprising Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin (aka Vitamin D)

    THE BEST WAY TO GET ENOUGH VITAMIN D Since sunlight is the main way your body produces vitamin D, experts recommend catching some rays—in moderation. A good guideline is 15 minutes of midday sun exposure at least twice a week. (Pro tip: Standing in front of a window doesn’t count .) It’s also a good idea to eat a mix of foods that naturally contain some vitamin D and foods that have been fortified. Here are some healthy combos to get you started: ● Savory oatmeal made with skim milk and topped with a fried egg and cheese ● Plain Greek yogurt with low-sugar, whole-grain granola ● Salmon with sauteed mushrooms and your ....

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  • Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out?

    Do I actually need to eat within 45 minutes of working out? By Lauren Williams If you ’ ve attended a Farrell ’ s FXB Kickboxing or FXB Strength Training class, odds are good you ’ ve heard your instructor answer this question. But if you haven’t or are new to the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping program, let me give you the short answer … yes, you do. While it may seem a little counterintuitive, eating shortly after exercise can have a big impact on your performance and recovery. When is the best time to eat after a workout? While there ’ s no optimal timeframe, studies have shown that eating sooner is definitely better than later. ....

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  • Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in Brooklyn Park, there’s a good chance that one of your main goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat? Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s important to know the difference to help you achieve your goals. And keep them. Weight Loss Your body’s total weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t achieve ....

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  • 4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    Picture this: You hit the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in Brooklyn Park, get the kids prepped for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more regularly, and eventually, it turns into your new morning routine. You think to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!” Ring a bell? If you’ve been through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve arrived at the ....

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  • How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    With changes going on in the world today, most of us are using more time in our houses. It can seem tricky to keep up with a positive lifestyle when your gym in Brooklyn Park is closed. You could have found yourself becoming the teacher, home cook, and parent in your house. Or you are working from home for the time being and struggling to set up some structure in your day. In these changing times, it can be tempting to devote more time to the couch, checking the news and movie after movie, and casually losing your day-to-day workout routine. We may be passing more time at home, but we can always create ways to keep up healthy behavior! Below, find our preferred positive habits you can ....

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  • Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Doug Wespiser is a Farrell’s member at Farrell’s White Bear, Minnesota. Doug’s story is truly one of hard work and dedication. Keep reading to hear, in Doug’s words, how he became the father, husband, and man he always wanted to be! Chapter 41: How Did I Get Here? Growing up, I was full of ambitions and dreams. “Who do I want to be? What do I want to do when I grow up?” As a husky boy in my teens, I planned to be an avid hunter, camper, and fisherman, exploring remote locations and surviving off the land. Today, at 41 years of age and nearly 300 pounds, I think to myself, “How did I get here? How could I be so far away from what I had envisioned ....

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  • How to Work on Self-Care During Unpredictable Times

    How to Work on Self-Care During Unpredictable Times

    There’s more to your well-being than just working out and eating healthy meals. Taking a thorough idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is vital for your overall health. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are a few of our favorite ways to practice self-care. Stay Connected We may be following social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect with others! Book a digital coffee break or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep it cheerful and tell each other one good thing that happened to you recently. Brainstorm plans for when you can meet again and how comforting it will be to give them a big, warm hug. Together ....

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  • Why Couldn't That Be Me?

    Why Couldn't That Be Me?

    Diane Beckler is a 2019 National Challenge finalist and member at Farrell’s Oakdale Coralville, Iowa. Diane’s story is one of true perseverance and dedication, and we are honored to have her as part of our Farrell’s family. Congratulations, Diane! Why Couldn’t That Be Me? When I was younger, I loved participating in sports. It was my social outlet, and I loved to compete. Despite my diet of Wendy’s double bacon deluxe combos meals, frozen pizzas, mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, nachos, powdered donuts, and pop, I managed to keep the excess weight off – until my sophomore year of high school. I’d look at my teammates, with their parents cheering ....

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  • Becoming Who I Was Meant To Be

    Becoming Who I Was Meant To Be

    James Werner is a 2019 National Challenge finalist and member at Farrell’s Andover, Minnesota. James’ transformational story is truly powerful. We are incredibly proud of him and honored that he is part of the Farrell’s family. Congratulations, James! A Symbolic Moment As I reflect upon this year and how Farrell’s has changed my life, I’m reminded of a day I spent on the golf course last Fall. My golf ball missed the green and went into a water hazard. Being the competitive person I am, and always wanting to improve, I punished myself in my mind for the mistake I had made. I sat in the golf cart to retrieve my ball, and a dragonfly landed on my leg. In ....

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  • How To Boost Your Immune System

    How To Boost Your Immune System

    Whether the timing is cold and flu season, you’re sick, or you’re interested in taking preventive measures to stay healthy, we are revealing our favorite ways to care for your immune system. Your immune system is your body’s first protection against sickness. Your immune system consists of cells, tissues, and organs that join forces to challenge infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and toxins. Although we all gets sick periodically, there are steps we can do regularly to help ensure our immune system stays healthy. Appropriate Nutrition Many of us realize that the food we consume every day impacts our health. From a young age, the message is to don’t ....

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