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Second Annual Sweetheart Workout- Cool Springs

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Happy Valentine’s Day! This past Saturday, both the Lenox Village and Cool Springs studios were packed from 7-8am when several our members brought their “sweetheart” to boot camp for our Second Annual Sweetheart Workout.

Cool Springs Sweetheart Workout

At the Cool Springs Studio, they arrived two-by-two, ready for some heart-healthy cardio and the usual butt-kicking exercise. Some brought their husbands/boyfriends and shared the love with their sisters or best friends!

Members were able to show their “sweetheart” first-hand why they enjoy boot camp so much,  how hard they work during class and how good it feels to complete the workout!   Trainers, Whitney and Niki,  paired everyone up for some partner exercises and drills and guests were treated the full Boot Camp experience with a little extra creativity, teamwork and laughter!

We are so proud of all our members who share their passion for health and fitness with their loved ones and look forward to the next year’s Sweetheart Workout!

For more pictures, please see our Facebook Fan Page!

February Boot Camp Kick-off

February 2, 2011 1 comment

Boot Campers Challie, Beth and Alisa with Kelley (right) of Muse Boutique

This past Sunday afternoon, new and returning Boot Campers stopped by our new Cool Spring studio their monthly measurements,  progress photos and some goodies to help them get started on the right foot!

Representatives for Team Niki G were on hand to greet the nervous, yet excited new members and tell them about our running club, which is currently training for the Country Music Half Marathon

Alisa of Team Niki G at the sign in table

Special guests included Fleet Feet Brentwood, Max Muscle and Muse Boutique, who shared some of their latest casual fashions AND will be awarding a NEW outfit at the end of Feb. to the winner of our new “Niki’s Knockout” Award! This award is given to the member who makes the best transformation over the four week Feb. Boot Camp. To be eligible, member must attend kick-off on Jan. 30th and Feb 27th for progress photos and measurements. Winner will be announce the evening of Feb. 27th

Look for some other special awards and prizes at the end of Feb from Max Muscle, Niki G’s, and Lululemon!

Member waiting to get measuredMax Muscle Owner, Jamie Free, shares his knowledge with Members

 

There is More to Getting and Staying Fit Than Just Working Out

October 28, 2009 1 comment

We women are social creatures! While men thrive on competition we do our best when we are surrounded by a group of friendly supportive people who we can chat with and go to for feedback and ideas. This why I think Boot Camp programs are one of the most successful programs for weight loss and improving your health. It’s you AND your group against the battle of the bulge. You don’t have to do it alone.

Niki G's Online CommunityHowever, there is more than just exercising in a group to be successful in your fitness journey. That is why I created my online community at www.nikigfitness.ning.com

This free group is for any woman whether you train with me or not. I want you to have a place to share your goals, your success and even your frustrations. A place you find or submit your favorite recipes or find a workout buddy!

 

 

 

Here is what is going on there now:

Blog Response:
“Thank you for sharing this with us. I think that most everyone can relate to what you are saying in one way or another. How are things coming along for you? Are you still hanging in there?”
  
“…Girl, thanks for the encouragement, i will hang in there!
And I do believe you that it’s getting easier. Thank heavens!!! It also feels good to be sore!
You’re right too about “where it is hard but it’s a good hard”! ha ha ha \o/
Perfect sense!”
  
In Weight Loss: Share what works for you…
“…But really looking back it took me writing down what I was eating and how much I was eating. No matter how much exercise I do, I will not take the pounds off unless I pay attention to what I am putting in my body.”

In Recipes: Salsa Chicken
“I finally made this and it was delicious! My husband loved it too! I think that it would also be delicious served in a warm whole wheat tortilla if you want to give a different twist!”

Groups:

-Team Niki G Fitness (Running/Walking)
-Brentwood Boot Campers
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Check it all out and join the discussion at http://nikigfitness.ning.com/

Team Niki G Fitness Completes First 5K, The Race for the Cure in Brentwood, TN

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment
race day

Team Niki G Fitness

Congratulations to Team Niki G Fitness! On Oct. 10th, after a 60 minute Boot Camp class, several of our Boot Campers loaded into one of my in-home client’s SUV and made our way  from Granny White Park to Maryland Farms to meet up with the rest of our team and run what for many of them would be their first 5k; The Race for the Cure!  The excitement they all shared at the finish line was incredible. After completing her first 5k in a little over 35 minutes, one Boot Camper came up to me and gave me a big hug saying “I ran the whole way, and it’s all because of you!” Actually, it’s because she started Boot Camp a couple of months ago, didn’t give up and stayed committed to her program. This is also the same Boot Camper who told me while running our warm up mile on her first day, “I don’t think I can do this.” Obviously, I showed her she could. Now here she is running her first 5k!

The entire team did wonderful! We all finished in about 35 minutes and which gave us plenty of time and chat and plan our next race… the Blvd Bolt on Thanskgiving Day. All I can say is stay tuned for the pictures next month because you are NOT going to want to miss them!!!

And remember, you can do ANYTHING, one step at a time!

Holiday Food Hangover?

September 8, 2009 2 comments

Hopefully over the long holiday weekend you didn’t overdo it. But, if you did, you might find yourself with a “food hangover” and feel bloated, sluggish and guilty today. Here are 4 things you can do about it today.iStock_000008637723XSmall

1. Drink lots of water. Flush your system and get rid of the bloat by rehydrating properly

2. Get moving! An intense workout will not only burn extra calories but help you feel better about your body.

3. Eat to lose and don’t starve yourself! Fad diets, cleanses, and laxatives are not a great way to lose weight. Sure if you want to lose some water weight and little muscle (since you are not getting the nutrients you need) go for it. Otherwise, stick to fresh natural foods and just enough calories to provide energy and let your body handle the rest.

4. Get over it. Ok, so you overindulged. Get over it and move on. Just because you splurge over the weekend does not give you an excuse to miss your workouts and blow your entire week with more bad food.

More more tips, exercise plans, fitness videos, healthy recipes and more JOIN NIKI G FITNESS ONLINE FOR FREE!

Burn Fat with Daily Cardio Workouts

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Cardiovascular Exercise (cardio) is an extremely useful “tool” or activity to help you get in shape. Whether you just want to tone up or lose a lot of weight you will need to at least some cardio each week. Cardio burns fats, improves your overall fitness level, removes toxins from your body, and keeps your heart healthier. If there are ANY areas of your body you feel should be smaller, than cardio is one of your answers. Since you can’t “spot reduce.” You must do cardio in general and eventually the body will use (or burn up) those extras pockets of fat on our hips, thighs, butt, belly and/or back of the arms. Weight training helps these areas too and is just important for weight loss and toning, but we will discuse weight training in a separate post.

For a complete cardio program for any fitness level, become a member of my NEW online community!http://nikigfitness.ning.com/profiles/blogs/burn-fat-with-daily-cardio

4th of July Boot Camp

I have such an awesome, dedicated group of Boot Campers! I couldn’t stand taking a Saturday off, so I scheduled an extra workout (no charge) for my Boot Campers early on the 4th of July before picking up my oldest daughter from Summer Camp. This picture was taken after our hour long workout and they are STILL smiling!

4th of July Boot Camp

4th of July Boot Camp

My Boot Campers are so committed to their success that 8 of them, who were not out of town or had family plans, took me up on my offer and came out for the extra workout  at 6am. We ran over 2 miles on a trail behind the Brentwood YMCA and we stopped every 1/5 of mile or so for weight training exercises which were “Boot Campers choice!”

Way to go ladies!!!