To keep yourself motivated, your gym should feel like a family.

Earlier this year I decided to put all my eggs in one basket. I know everyone says to not a good idea but in this case it just made sense.

I was teaching and training at 3 different gyms, plus running a small studio space out of my basement for personal training. If someone needed a sub I was the first to respond. While I was doing what I loved, I was starting to dread going to certain gyms and teaching certain classes.

So I did some soul searching and realized, there was one place (aside from my home studio) that I really felt like I belonged…CustomFit.

My relationship with CustomFit started when I first moved to Lombard. A group of my friends and I would drop off our kiddos for school and head to classes at CustomFit with Julianne. Having taught and trained for a few years prior to the move I was so impressed with the classes and Julianne’s ability to increase challenge and/or modify when necessary. I looked forward to every class because I knew I would be pushed but I also looked forward to them because it was an hour that I got to spend with my friends.

Once the Schindlings were settled and I felt like we had our ground in Lombard I decided to get back into teaching and training. I was so eager and excited about getting back to what I loved that I leaped at any chance to pick up a class or sub. I was teaching morning, noon and night with training clients in between. I was exhausted. I was losing my drive and my passion. How does that happen when you’re doing what you love?!

And then I realized it was about the culture. Whether it’s at work or in a social setting you know that ‘person’ who brings the negative energy. Or that ‘person’ you just can’t connect with no matter how hard you try. Or that ‘person’ that makes you feel bad about yourself.

I took a deep breath and looked at my options and realized the place that always brought me positive energy, the pace that I always felt connected, and the place that made me feel the most accepted and confident was CustomFit.

It might sound cliche, but we aren’t a typical gym…and I can’t think of a better way to explain that than by using the words of our own members.

I love how the trainers are willing to help modify the exercises to best suit each person’s abilities. Kate W.

Julianne and I both take the time to get to know our members. We know if you have shoulder issues, or if you need low impact options for cardio. Fitness is not a one-size fits all solution and as a member of CustomFit we recognize and accommodate individual needs.

My experience is that the trainers are really really knowledgeable and the members are all really supportive. Everyone pushes me to work harder without feeling bad about myself. It’s a really positive place. – Gabby L.

Nothing makes me more happy during a class than seeing our members encourage each other – and it happens often! While everyone has their own goals, they take the time to empower others to reach theirs.

Custom Fit is accepting and accommodates to those who are just starting out! Bre M.

Whether you are just dipping your toe in the water to test out being active or have been working out for years, we are there for you. EVERYTHING can be modified to be more challenging or more basic. There is truly something for everyone.

Judgement free and compassionate coaching. Mary S.

We have an unspoken ‘no judgement’ rule. It’s unspoken because it’s never been an issue. We accept each other. We encourage each other. We engage in the journey of fitness with each other. And most of all we celebrate our wins with each other.

Fun environment that is a true family with members and trainers. The trainers help you set goals and care about you achieving them!! Caisey S.

Working out is hard – you’re gonna sweat and you’re gonna do things that challenge you physically and mentally, so why not have some fun while doing it? We are serious about obtaining our goals but we have some serious laughs along the way. Oh, and social events every month! From cookouts to pub crawls to ball games to cooking parties – we connect outside of the gym as well.
Tough workouts with great people. It’s a family. Don S.

I’ll admit – this one was written by my husband. So yes, it’s TRULY family! But I wanted to include it because for a guy who hates cardio, he comes at least one time a week to my kickboxing class and every week he is pushed to new limits. So if you’re wondering, yes, guys come to our classes too!

Positive, encouraging environment. Colleen F.

The member that wrote this worked out with us through her pregnancy (as have a few others). Everyone is at a different stage in their journey – whether you are trying fitness for the first time, or growing your family, or needed to shed some pounds, or wanting to build muscle, or looking to work off the stress from the day, or just needing an hour to yourself – you will be surrounded by other people who have walked or are walking in your shoes and are excited to be on the journey with you.

Accepting of all ages, schedule is accommodating to city commuters….before I moved. Julia C.

We have both morning and evening classes to accommodate your busy schedules! Some of our members can only do early morning, some hit our classes just off the train, while others come after drop off. Whatever your schedule, I’m positive we have a class that will meet your needs. Make the time to join us.

There are countless of other reasons that I want you to come give CustomFit a try but I’ll leave you with this last one…for the month of September we are offering UNLIMITED classes for 50% off and we’ll throw in all of those other benefits for FREE.

customfit-card

The Real Reason There’s No Time For A Workout

Ever have a moment when you realize you’ve gotten so busy with work that you no longer have time for you?

I did. And it’s been a tough soul searching week.

I’ve heard from countless of people that they would love to exercise or eat better but they just don’t have time. I never quite ‘got’ that excuse.

After having three children I made up my mind that it was time to get healthy again and I did anything it took to make sure I exercised. Sometimes it was during naptime, sometimes it was sitting on a stationary bike in my living room while my husband and I watched tv, sometimes it was getting up at 5am before anyone was awake. It was important to me so I made the time.

And until about a year ago, I still made the time.

If you have time for an excuse you have time for a workout.

If you have time for an excuse you have time for a workout.

Then I made the decision to get back into fitness full time. Relatively new to Lombard, I felt like the only way to succeed was to network in any way possible.  So in my attempt to establish myself I jumped at the chance to teach any class, in any format, at any location. If I had an hour free, I was prepared to fill it. Before I knew it my schedule was packed and I felt accomplished in my growth.

And for a while that worked for me…until I realized that by always seeking to add new classes and saying yes to any sub request that fit my schedule I was cheating myself.

What might seem absurd to some of you that take my classes is that I also need a workout of my own. While I may ‘do’ the class with you, it’s not my workout and if I treated class that way I wouldn’t be a very good instructor to you.

I found myself in a place where I the person making the excuse of not having enough time.

Ugh…I had become that person…that person who didn’t have time. But I had time to catch up on my DVR, I had time to sift mindlessly through magazines, I had time to endlessly scroll through FaceBook. I had time to waste but I didn’t have time for ME.

Then last weekend my eyes opened. I was teaching at three different gyms. One is my home, it’s my family, my happy place – CustomFit. Another is a place that I fought to get a 6am class and over time it has grown and I can’t imagine ever letting those women down – Glass Courts. And the last was a big box gym, where it was clear that both employees and members are nothing more than a number.

I had two places that I have a heartfelt connection to, and one that was just filling space and time. I realized I was letting the most insignificant part of my life take over my life and become my excuse that I didn’t have time for me.

So now I get it, I understand why people say they don’t have time. I’ve always said, “Of course you do, you just have to prioritize better.” Then I realized, I wasn’t good at doing that myself anymore.

Now when people tell me they don’t have time, I’ll be more understanding. But I’m also going to challenge them to examine what is weighing them down and holding them back.

No matter what your life situation is, what you do, or who is demanding of your time, there will ALWAYS be an excuse. I finally realize that, and now I’m better equipped to help you overcome that excuse because I had to overcome my own.

 

5 Reasons You Should Come to PiYo at CustomFit

As I walked in to teach PiYo this morning, (offered at CustomFit on Mondays at 5:30pm and Wednesdays at 7:00pm) my muscles were aching and I was wondering how on earth I was going to make it through leading the class. I’ve taught a few hard classes this week and have gotten back to my own workouts so the soreness today was a bit more than usual.

During the warm-up my legs screamed at me, on to heat building and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep up with the lunges, but by the time I hit lower body I was in full stride for a great workout.

Try my PiYo class at CustomFit on Monday at 5:30pm or Wednesday at 7:00pm for FREE!

Try my PiYo class at CustomFit on Monday at 5:30pm or Wednesday at 7:00pm for FREE!

This got me thinking…I need to share the benefits of PiYo on my blog! Here’s why you should take the time to come to a PiYo class:

One: PiYo is a great compliment to other types of workouts

It doesn’t matter if you are a runner or a BootCamper, a weight lifter or a swimmer, PiYo offers an excellent workout to compliment what you are already doing. As I mentioned, I was very sore heading into this workout, however, the stretching helped me tremendously. By the time I left class I felt far less sore and my muscles were much less tight.

Many of us don’t take the proper time to stretch following a hard workout. Failing to stretch can lead to additional soreness, muscle tightness and increased inflexibility. PiYo is an excellent way to get in a great workout while stretching and toning your muscles.

Two: PiYo is an excellent full-body workout

If you are unfamiliar with PiYo you might think, how could it really be a tough workout? So let me tell you more about the format:

  • Warm-Up – the warm up takes you through a few upper body and lower body moves to do just that – warm you up.
  • Heat Building – this is where you really start moving; from chaturangas to lunges your heart rate increases and your entire body will be ready for the workout.
  • Lower Body – can you say squats and lunges? But it’s all choreographed to fun music so before you know it you have really worked your legs and are ready to move on.
  • Full Body Fusion – in this section you combine both upper and lower body exercises, maximizing your workout efforts. Between tricep push-ups and variations of downward dog you’re certain to be challenged.
  • Power – this is the ‘cardio’ section of PiYo, and believe me your heart rate is going to rise! There are always low impact options for those who need them.
  • Flow – this is my very favorite part of class. Everything slows down a bit and you get an opportunity to hold some really great stretches.
  • Core and More – we all know what ‘core’ work is, but PiYo offers the ‘more.’ The moves are challenging and at times you won’t even be thinking about your abs because other muscle groups are being challenged just as much.
  • Strength and Stretch – this portion of the workout incorporates deep stretching with a final strength move like push-ups.
  • Cool Down – just like the warm-up you get the idea…we cool down and do some more stretching.

Believe me, PiYo is not a joke workout – it’s challenging, while giving your muscles a great stretch, strengthening your core and toning your body.

Three: There is a new routine every month

We do the same routine for a month. This offers you time to get to know the moves and become more comfortable with them which in turn helps to increase your strength and flexibility.

So that means if you start at the beginning of the month you are at the same level of everyone else – everyone is new to the routine. But every week we have newcomers so don’t feel intimidated if you miss the first week.

Rest assured I take time to preview moves when necessary so that no one feels lost in class.

Four: It’s FUN

Seriously one of my favorite formats to teach! I love the music and I love the choreography. Believe me, I am not your ‘dancy’ type instructor but I totally get the moves in PiYo. Everything is timed perfectly to the music (all hits you know) so before you know it you’ve made it through the entire hour.

Five: It’s offered twice a weeek

PiYo classes meet at 5:30pm on Mondays and 7:00pm on Wednesdays. Some of my class members attend once a week as a compliment to their BootCamp classes, while others come both days to maximize their work on toning and flexibility. Either way, you surely can make one of the classes work with your schedule.

Interested in giving PiYo a try? Contact me by emailing jenn@customfitpt.net. Your first class is FREE so you have nothing to lose!

Check out our full list of classes!

 

FREE Classes in September at CustomFit

 

Don't miss out on your chance to attend FREE classes for a month!

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend FREE classes for a month!

Soon after moving to Lombard, CustomFit became my workout place of choice. A group of my friends would drop our kiddos off at school and head to class. I loved that the classes were always fun and challenging and that I got to take them with my friends.

Fast forward to now and it won’t be long before I’ll be celebrating my first year as an instructor at CustomFit. When presented with the opportunity to join the staff I knew I couldn’t hesitate.

CustomFit isn’t your typical big box gym – we are a studio that knows our members by name and cares about their individual needs and building relationships with them. Using positive reinforcement we encourage everyone to push to do their very best and offer modifications when necessary.

Beyond what the staff brings to CustomFit, our members treat the studio like it’s their home. They take the time to greet each other and ask how they are – and not in a superficial way – genuinely asking how each other is doing. When the going gets tough during class, they support one another.

Since starting there last fall our classes have grown and I’m so excited to announce that in September we are launching another new class on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 9:00am.

This class will be FREE for the entire month of September to all new members. All you need to do is sign up in advance as the class is limited to 25 people.

Ready to get started? Just email Julianne at julianne@customfit.net! Can’t wait to see you in class!

 

 

5 Ways to Make Sure You Include ‘Me’ Time in Your Back to School Schedule

As a mom of three it’s always a bit of a bummer to see summer come to a close. I’m reminded of the fun we had and of how quickly another year has passed.

And just when I start to feel a bit overwhelmed by the ‘routine’ of everything – making lunches, checking homework, organizing carpool schedules…I’m reminded of how much better our family functions when we are in a routine.

We eat better, we sleep better and we have less time for ‘excuses.’

For our family routine means that I plan for lunches and dinners more deliberately; bedtimes and waking times are consistent; and sticking to our schedules is crucial to keeping everyone on track with their commitments.

One major commitment of mine that gets off track during the summer is getting in my own workouts. Now I know what you might be thinking, “Why would you need an additional workout when teaching multiple classes a week?”

I need my own workouts because when I teach class I am doing just that – teaching. While I may be performing the same moves, I’m also monitoring my class participants. Are they using proper form? Do they look as though they are pushing too hard or maybe not hard enough? Should I lengthen or shorten the next cardio burst? You get the idea.

Over the summer it becomes a challenge for me to stay on my personal workout routine because most of my free time to attend classes or hit the gym on my own lands right in the middle of the day. Because my time is limited with the kiddos over the summer, I put those workouts aside to hit the beach or pool, take them mini golfing and go karting or to cuddle and watch a movie on a rainy day.

And though I use all of those excuses above to not hit the gym personally, I’m still fortunate enough that my job keeps me active and these ‘excuses’ don’t take me completely off track.

In conversations with others I know how difficult it is to find that ‘me’ time. The guilt can be a little overwhelming for some and ultimately prevents them from taking time for themselves.

Don't forget your 'me' time in your back to school schedule.

Don’t forget your ‘me’ time in your back to school schedule.

My encouragement for all of you as school gets ready to start is to consider where you can fit that ‘me’ time in your schedule. Just as it’s important to keep your children on their schedules, it’s important you make yourself a priority in the routine as well.

Here are some things you can do to make sure you get ‘me’ time of your own:

  1. Schedule it – just like a child’s sports practice, be intentional about scheduling your workouts.
  2. Don’t make excuses – you don’t let your child skip out on practice because they just don’t feel like it, don’t skip out on yourself.
  3. Plan – take the time to plan meals and carpools around your ‘me’ time. If it means a crockpot meal a couple nights a week, do it. If it means carpooling with a couple other families, do it.
  4. Find something you enjoy – whether it’s a class, personal training or working out on your own, find activities that you enjoy so you will be disappointed if you have to miss it. Check out our class schedule and sign up to try your first class FREE.
  5. Communicate with your family – express to your family how much ‘me’ time means to you, they love you and they will understand.

So rather than letting the end of summer and the beginning of a school routine get you down, get EXCITED to embrace the ‘me’ time that awaits you if you just take the time to embrace it.

 

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.

Running Workshop flyer

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.

KidFit Flyer

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.

kidfit-by-jenn copy

2015 Local Fitness Classes

Last night was bittersweet for me as I taught my last evening class at Glass Courts. They were the first gym to allow me to get back into teaching after taking some time off for our move to Lombard.

Over the past year I have come to know many of the members and have encouraged and challenged them. I will certainly miss seeing them make progress and seeing the delight in their eyes when they know they have achieved something harder than they thought they could do.

But on the sweet side of things I get to work with a whole new set of people determined to get healthier through exercise at CustomFit. Between personal training and group fitness my heart delights in thinking of all the lives I have the chance to help change through fitness, nutritional guidance and encouragement.

Do you live in the Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Villa Park or Elmhurst area and are thinking about making a change in 2015? Join me at CustomFit. If you’ve never been to a class, your first class is FREE so you can see if it is a good fit for you. Here are all the times that I teach, however there are also a number of other class times available.

Monday
1215pm Chest and Back
530pm 20/20/20
700pm BootCamp

Tuesday
1215pm Biceps and Triceps
530 Strength training

Wednesday
1215pm Legs and Glutes
530pm Cardio
700pm PiYo

Thursday
1215pm Pilates
530pm Pilates/Yoga Fusion

Friday
600am PiYo
1215 Flexibility and Core

2015 Local Fitness Classes by Jenn

Grab a friend and join me for a class!

The 1215pm classes are our Power Lunch program and are only 30 minutes long. They are designed to offer you targeted strength training so you can get a solid workout in just a half hour.

The 530pm classes are our new Happy Hour and are the best new way to get ‘ripped’ in Lombard! Classes meet Monday – Thursday (with the exception of the last Monday of the month). Each day offers a different focus to give you a well rounded workout routine for the week.

PiYo is a Pilates Yoga combination class all choreographed to today’s top hits. The class will increase your core strength and flexibility all while making you sweat! Check out this blog post to read more about what you can expect from a PiYo class.

Drop me a line or text/call me at 574-387-1344 and we can talk about what classes would be the best fit for your fitness goals in 2015.

Want Something Fun for your Kids to do over Christmas Break? Check out the KidFit Christmas Break Clinic

KidFit Christmas Break Clinic

Contact Jenn to register or for more information.

As a parent of 3 I know that Christmas break is as much needed for parents as it is for the kiddos. No packing lunches, no homework, no early morning protests about getting up…but by the time the second week hits and the presents have all been open things can get a little stir crazy.

So in an effort to keep the kiddos active and give moms and dad’s a bit of a break, CustomFit is offering a KidFit Clinic from December 29th to January 2nd from 11:00am – 11:45am for children ages 8 – 13. Each day will be filled with new and fun activities to help burn off some of the extra energy while educating them on the value of health and fitness. The cost of the clinic is $50/child.

This is also a great way to check out the KidFit program that normally meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:15pm.

To register or for more information, drop me an email.