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Team Niki G Fitness Bolts the Blvd 80’s style

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

At Niki G Fitness fun and fitness go together! That’s why when our team starting planning to do the Blvd. Bolt on Thanksgiving Day, we decided to pay homage to the decade where exercise really became popular- the 80’s! We were in luck because apparently some 80’s clothing is back in style and on a cold morning, the leg warmers actually came in handy over our running tights!

Team Niki G Fitness Blvd Bolt Nashville TN

Team Niki G Fitness ready for the Blvd. Bolt

From the tween-age clothing stores to the Blvd itself we got lots of smiles, pictures, shout outs and of course stares. The girls at the tween stores commented that there were “quite a few of us in our age group looking for 80’s attire” Thanks.

So while we may not look like we did around 10 years old, at least we got the chance to wear some fun clothes and enjoying the energy and youthfulness a good run  always brings us.

 

 

Let’s get physical, physical…….

Team Niki G Fitness Blvd. Bolt Nashville TN

All done, ready for some turkey!

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/

Why Do you Gain Weight When You Start a New Exercise Program?

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

mad at scaleDid you start a new exercise program recently to lose weight, but the scale has gone UP instead of DOWN? Don’t be alarmed! Unless you are hitting the donut shop after all your workouts, this is nothing to worry about, in fact it’s normal! See, whenever you begin or completely change your workout program, your body will retain water. This weight gain is NOT fat and it’s not even muscle, at least not yet…

 The reason for the water retention is because your muscles begin to temporarily store more glycogen when you “shock” the body with exercise that your body is not used to. This extra glycogen will pull more water into your muscles. Glycogen is simply stored carbohydrates and carbohydrates are what your bodies needs to fuel your workouts. Like super fast weight loss (like from fasting or no-carb diets), this is only a temporary condition. As your body adapts to your increased need for carbohydrates, the water retention will decrease. 

Now if you have been at it for a while and you are still not losing weight (fat) it’s time to look at your overall program and what you are eating. If you have been keeping a diet and exercise journal, this will be easy. If not, ask yourself:

 “Have I been eating to lose or just maintain?”

and

 “Have I been getting enough exercise (usually 60-90 minutes 5-6 days a week) to lose weight and change my body?”

and another question and one of the biggest issues I find with people who workout but don’t see results…

“Am I working out intensely and burning the maximum amount of calories during my workout, instead of just going through the motions?.”

If you answered no, to any question, it’s time to focus on how you can start taking steps in the right direction: more consistency, longer and/or more intense calorie burning workouts, better eating habits, balanced nutrition etc.  Just contact me if you need that little nudge….

Niki G

nicole@nikigfitness.com

Niki G Fitness Announces Free Yoga Classes with Nicole Gauthier to Benefit Soles4Souls™ During The Month of October

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Brentwood and Nashville, TN  residents are invited to recycle their

 ‘gently worn’ shoes for people in need

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Every 17 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need.  The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people who truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who clean out their closets to personally drop off their ‘gently worn’ shoes at a participating location, such as at Niki G’s Fitness Classes.

 For a limited time, Soles4Souls and Niki G Fitness will be collecting your gently worn footwear and/or donations to ship the shoes to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty.  It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets.  The charity can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone’s life.

 “We can use the shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world one pair at a time,” Elsey said.  “We need our partners in Nashville to ‘STEP UP’ and get behind our call for action.  It’s one of the most simple yet profound gifts you can make, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times,” he said.

 Nicole Gauthier of Niki G Fitness is offering ‘Yoga Boot Camp for Beginners in the Park’ in Brentwood and in Lenox Village during the month of October. This outdoor Yoga classes is free with any donation towards Soles4Souls. For dates, times, park locations, and class registration, please visit www.southnashvilleyoga.com .

 People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org  and follow the instructions.

Categories: brentwood, Nashville, tn

Niki G Raises Money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Niki G's Raise for the Cure TeamOn October 10th, 2009 Niki G’s Fitness team will participate in the Race for the Cure at Maryland Farms in Brentwood. This is a great way for you to burn some calories and raise money for a good cause!

To a part of the largest 5K Run/Walk series in the world and Join Niki G in the Fight Against Breast Cancer please register at http://2009greaternashvilleraceforthecure.kintera.org/nikigfitnessbootcampbrentwood 
Our goal is to raise at least $1000 and we are just over a third of the way with less than two weeks to go!
All team members will receive a special Team Niki G t-shirt and can choose between our walking or running group.
Please contact Niki with any questions at www.nikigfitness.com
Categories: Motivation, Nashville, Running

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!

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!!!