New Kind of Date Night in Lombard

I don’t know about you but when the weekend rolls around I am always looking for something fun to do. Eating out, bowling, drinks, etc. – it all kind of seems the same after a while. So that got me thinking…what can I do to start the weekend off in a fun way?

FitFridays!

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Start your weekend out right!

Grab a friend or your significant other and join me at CustomFit on March 13th at 7:00pm for a fun partner workout. This is a great chance to burn some calories in preparation for the fun weekend ahead, all while having a good time.

The cost is just $10/person and rumor has it people are already planning to head out for a cocktail afterwards!

Space is limited so you can pre-register by emailing me or calling 574-387-1344.

Personal Training By Jenn Market Research

I recently finished reading the book called, ‘Do the Work,’ by Steven Pressfield and my mind hasn’t stopped reeling ever since.

In some ways, the book put me on blast. If fitness is truly my passion, and helping others discover healthy living is my mission, then it’s time to ‘Do the Work’ to start helping and serving more people.

So in moving forward, and discovering how I can better serve both those in my community and beyond, I want to strategically plan my next moves so that they match the needs of the people I want to help most.

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Take a few moments to tell me how I can better help you.

In looking at my target audience I have to be true to myself and to those I can best serve which are busy women. After all, am a busy woman! I know what it’s like to run out of the house for work and look back only to see dishes piled high and laundry needing to be put away. I know what it’s like to try and get in a workout between helping with homework and diffusing sibling disagreements. I know what it’s like to realize I haven’t planned a single thing for dinner and it’s already 6pm.

And while I can identify with women on so many levels, we are all unique individuals and we all have different priorities and roadblocks that keep us from our goals.

I’ve worked with a partner to design this survey in the hopes that it will help gather the important information beyond just the fitness. True health involves so much more than just being able to put in time at the gym.

This survey contains some quick questions about you and your health priorities. It will only take a few moments to complete and will greatly help me in determining next steps for helping women become stronger in all aspects of their lives.

Click here to complete the survey.

If this survey sparks something in you and you want to talk personally about your goals and roadblocks, drop me an email or give me a call. I’d love to chat with you about your unique needs and desires and what the first steps might be in helping you achieve them.

Running Workshop at CustomFit in Lombard

With spring only 17 days until spring it’s the perfect time to start training for a spring race.

If you are new to running a 5K race is very doable to walk, run or a combination of both. Between the excitement and energy of the race day crowd and spectators coupled with the feeling of accomplishment when you pass the finish line, there is nothing like the rush of completing your first race. If you’re ready to start training now don’t wait for the workshop, drop me an email or give me a call at 574-387-1344.

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Train for your first, or train for your fastest!

I am a race day junkie! I just can’t get enough of the anticipation of the start, the adrenaline that comes along with setting out on the race, the support encouragement I feel as I pass spectators who are enthusiastically cheering every runner on, and the pride I feel when I cross the finish line.

I want to share all of those feelings with you so on Sunday, March 15th I will be hosting a running workshop at CustomFit from 1 – 2pm. The workshop is designed to help new runners establish a training plan for completing a 5k and assist current runners with finding ways to increase speed and endurance.

During the workshop we will discuss:

  • Training tips
  • Running schedules
  • Crosstraining
  • Injury prevention
  • Running routes
  • Suggested races

Following the workshop all participants will have the option to join a FaceBook group that I will facilitate to help answer questions, connect people looking for running partners and to offer encouragement to stick with a training program.

Some 5K Race Options Coming Up:

Whistle While You Walk/Run Sunday, April 26, 8:00am

Mutt Strut Saturday, May 16

Reach Out for Outreach Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm

The cost to register for the workshop is $25. Pre-registration is required and spots are filling fast. To reserve your spot at the workshop drop me an email or give me a call at 574-387-1344. Whether you are new to running or are looking to improve your pace this workshop is for you.

New KidFit Class in Lombard

Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure to lead the KidFit classes at CustomFit in Lombard.

During this time I have witnessed the children grow both in physical strength and abilities but also in their self-confidence and teamwork skills.

The classes focus on teaching the children easy ways to stay active and stress the importance of healthy living.

I feel now is the perfect time to add to the class offerings for KidFit and starting Wednesday, March 4th, KidFit will meet from 4:30 – 5:15pm at CustomFit.

The format of this class will be slightly different in that rather than completing interval training, circuit workouts and team relay activities, the students will be engaged in a series of Pilates and Yoga exercises designed to increase flexibility and core strength.

Classes are open to all children ages 8 – 13 and cost $125 for a 10 class punchcard. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 4:30 – 5:15pm.

KidFit classes are filling quickly so please contact me via email or by calling 574-387-1344 to reserve your child’s spot.

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Active kids grow to be healthy active adults

Lombard Fitness Fair, Saturday, February 28th

I’m so excited to announce that I will be presenting the CustomFit KidFit program this Saturday, February 28th at the Lombard Fitness Fair at Yorktown Mall!

Over the past few months I have met some great kiddos who are having fun staying active. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 – 5:15 and do everything from partner exercises, to relay races, to agility challenges to PiYo! Each class is different and the children have the opportunity to share ideas on activities they would like to do in future classes.

In addition to the physical activities, I take the time to talk about healthy choices, educate about the various muscle groups, and promote ideas for staying active outside of class.

Here’s what one KidFit mom had to say about her son’s experience:

Our son, Michael, started KidFit with Jenn in December of 2014. We noticed that with the onset of cold weather he needed some additional exercise and discovered KidFit. From Day 1 he LOVED going to this class. Jenn has the kids play games he loves and also the opportunity to use some of the “grown up” equipment that he thinks is very cool (like the bosu, heavy ropes, etc) while working up a serious sweat. The punch card is a huge plus for our busy family since we also have other commitments throughout the week (that vary from season to season). Since basketball season has begun we’ve noticed that Michael is more coordinated, has more endurance, and is in better shape than he has been in the past. I mentioned it to our pediatrician as well, and he was thrilled that Michael was attending a class like this. Jenn is great to work with as well. She’s patient and firm with the kids while also being open and accessible to the entire family.

It’s been a pleasure for me to watch my students grow over the past few months. They have not only made physical gains, but personal growth as well which is evident in their self-confidence in taking on challenges.

Please join me on Saturday, February 28th at 11:20 at Yorktown Mall to see what KidFit is all about. I’m going to be looking for kiddos ages 8 – 13 to come up on stage and have some fun!

To learn more about KidFit drop me a line or give me a call at 574-387-1344.

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5:30 pm Fitness Classes in Lombard

Looking for a way to destress from the day? Skip happy hour and join me at CustomFit for our 5:30pm classes.

Each class is formatted to offer you a full-body workout making you stronger, leaner, healthier and happier!

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Make your happy hour healthy at CustomFit

Monday PiYo

Muscle-sculpting and core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga. But don’t for a second think you won’t sweat in this class because it’s all done at an intensity that helps you burn fat with low-impact moves. You’ll burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and core strength all while getting a great stretch.

Tuesday Body Sculpt

Did you know that resistance training is an excellent way to change your body? Lifting weights increases lean muscle mass while building bone density. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more toned your body will look and the more efficient your metabolism will become. This class combines lower and upper body exercises so you will evenly tone and increase lean muscle mass.

Wednesday Cardio Plus

There’s more to cardio than just running on a treadmill. Our Cardio Plus class is a fun way to improve heart health while burning some serious calories. During class, you will complete a series of interval cardio moves, ranging from low to high impact and low to high intensity so you’ll have fun while sweating it out.

Thursday Kickboxing & Core

Looking for a high intensity cardio workout without high impact? The kickboxing portion of this class will give you a full body, cardio charged workout through punch and kick combos, while the core part of the class will bring your heart rate down and tone your abs.

If 5:30pm doesn’t work for you check out our BootCamp classes offered both during the day and in the evening.

If you are new to CustomFit you are welcome to take your first class for FREE. Classes fill up quickly so email me or give me a call at 574-387-1344 to reserve your spot.

Exercise as Therapy

For me, exercise is my primary stress reliever. Without it, I’m a bundle of nerves, easily aggravated and just short-tempered in general. Over the past few weeks I’ve been dealing with a pretty significant sprain in my foot. The injury has had a dramatic effect on my activity level and frankly my attitude as well. I had to learn to accept that while I might not be able to exercise to the same intensity or frequency, there were things that I could do despite the limitations from the injury.

This brought to mind a very dear friend of mine. She faithfully exercises a number of mornings a week without fail. In fact, when I first met Nancy, I was a recent college grad and had very sporadic workouts. Between my age and my metabolism I was able to maintain a reasonable weight. I remember admiring her dedication to getting up and exercising in the morning before work. I’m not much of a morning person so I couldn’t imagine (at that time) exercise being a great reason to get up early! Several years later and more miles than I would like to count that separates us, we are still great friends, and she’s still faithful to her morning workouts!

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My motivation is to get the endorphin rush and the calming feeling after a workout.

My Motivation for a Regular Workout Routine

by Nancy Neiman Flaharty

I like to do workout videos (some are still VHS!) in the privacy of my own home. Most of the videos are cardio mixed in with light weights or strengthen moves. My favorites are by Kathy Smith and Chalene Johnson. (It’s important to find an instructor you like. Some of them, who shall remain nameless, get on my last nerve.) I’ve never joined a gym and prefer it that way.

I work out pretty regularly. Mostly, I work out 4 to 5 times a week. My friends who have a hard time maintaining a regular workout routine often ask me how I am so disciplined. I don’t think of myself as that disciplined but I can see where they are coming from.

This is what I tell them: I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease when I was 23. Before that the only exercise I got was dancing all night in the clubs of Hollywood with a cocktail and cigarette in hand. But after treatment for Graves’ Disease I became hyper­anxious and suffered panic attacks. I had to take two separate doses of radioactive iodine which sent my hormones into a tizzy. One night, the anxiety was so bad I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin. At the suggestion of a friend, I put in the VCR (yes! The VCR!) one of the Kathy Smith video workouts that I’d tried earlier in life and promptly stored, untouched in a cabinet for years.

I put everything I had into this 40 minute low impact workout trying to get rid of the tortuous panic and low and behold, at the end of that workout, I finally felt relaxed. It must have been the combination of the endorphins and the complete depletion of energy. Since then I have been hooked.

Unfortunately, I smoke a pack of cigarettes a day and my diet is known to contain McDonald’s, mac and cheese, and burritos on occasion, but I have been able to maintain my fitness level and weight doing these aerobic videos for the better part of 25 years.

My motivation is always to get that endorphin rush and that feeling after a workout that calms me. Plus, I always do my workouts in the morning. I have my 20 ounces of coffee and a couple cigarettes, then hit it. I know, not the best formula, but it is what I do. When I am done, I already feel like I accomplished a personal goal that day and it’s only 8 AM!


So while Nancy’s diet and smoking aren’t a prescription for clean living, she keeps her commitment to exercise. Through her regularly scheduled workout routine she is able to keep anxiety in check and her body strong.

I can’t stress the importance of finding a workout routine that works for YOU and establishing a regular workout schedule.

As Nancy said, not every workout instructor is going to mesh with your personality – and that’s okay! Find one that teaches with a style that inspires you to stay committed and work hard. Just like you wouldn’t give a friend a lame excuse to skip a coffee date, don’t let lame excuses get in the way of exercising. Put it on your calendar in ink and don’t cheat yourself by skipping it. The more exercise becomes a regular part of your daily routine the easier it will be to stick with it.

Want to get started in finding an exercise routine that works for you? Give me a call (574-387-1344) or drop me an email. Let’s talk about your likes and your dislikes and identify some possibilities.