9 Tips to Stay Focused As Kids Go Back To School

In parking lots all across America, parents high-five each other while overflowing cups of coffee spill onto freshly pressed dress pants. The first day of school bell rings like songs of joy in our hearts.

Though it’s great to get back to your regular scheduled programming, one thing that comes along with a new school years is a crazy schedule. Whether you are a working or stay-at-home parent, the calendar fills up fast and daytime hours seem to fly by like jets.

As a working mom of two growing kiddos, I know this story all too well. Sports, music, friends, and all the fun after school activities add up to a crammed calendar and exhausted parents.

But they are worth every lost moment of sleep.

The busier you get the more important it is to stay on top of your fitness and nutrition regimen—which sounds like the ultimate conundrum. We get so busy that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves, right?

Or is that just some lame excuse? Perhaps time is a precious...

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Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Naomi Sandoval

 

Coach Kellie & Naomi - March 2016

 

You discovered your love for fitness and strength training in college. Tell us a bit how your journey has evolved through the years.

In college, I discovered weights and have loved lifting ever since. In my early 20s, I discovered white water canoeing. That's the first sport I'd ever done. Learning to learn for a formerly sedentary completely uncoordinated child was a big deal. I worked very hard to overcome fear and become a solid paddler in my 20s and early 30s, using weight lifting to support this goal. I tried a few other sports like mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing, but didn't really excel at any, no matter how hard I tried.

Once I became a mom, I gave up adventure sports entirely and getting to the gym was a series of comebacks. After the birth of my second daughter, I stopped trying. I put on about 35 pounds very suddenly and got into a rut.

Enough was just enough after a few years of this. I joined a gym and worked...

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Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Kelly Ramirez

As part of our ongoing feature, Member Spotlight, Coach Kellie Davis chatted with Get Glutes Lifetime Member, Kelly Ramirez, to learn more about her inspiring story from absolute beginner to thriving fitness brand.

 

Hi, Kelly! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Get Glutes has enjoyed following your journey over the past few years. Tell us a bit about your background and why you came to Get Glutes.

For years I have struggled with my weight. It's the same story as it is for many, life happens. When your daily life is happening so fast who thinks about staying healthy. I often thought what does healthy even mean? To me it was just not getting sick as much.

I never even noticed how out of control my weight was getting until it was completely out of control. It was total denial on my part.

I've tried more diets that promised rapid results than I can even remember. It was always the same story. Rapid results that made feel on top of the world to not being able to maintain...

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Mariah's Story: Because I Decided

 Mariah, everyone at GetGlutes is in awe of your transformation both inside and out. We are really excited to dive a little deeper into your story. Tell us a bit about your background. What was life like growing up for you as far your activities and nutrition?

I grew up in a family of six with a strong sense of family. Both of my parents are excellent cooks and most of my meals were home-cooked and eaten as a family around the dinner table. We rarely had junk food in the house and the only beverage we had besides water was sweet tea. I have always loved sweets and struggled with being an emotional eater. Whenever I had the opportunity to eat sweets, I took full advantage of it. I started playing softball the summer before my freshman year of high school.

Prior to that my physical activity was inconsistent and limited. Once I started playing softball, I became passionate about it. My dad and I practiced nearly every day. I played tournaments on the weekends, high school games...

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From Strong Curves to Get Strong: Lesa's Gorgeous Transformation

As part of our ongoing feature, Member Spotlight, Coach Kellie Davis chatted with Get Glutes Lifetime Member, Lesa Smith, to learn more about her experience in training with both the Strong Curves and Get Glutes program.

 

Hi, Lesa! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your inspiring story and transformation with us. Let’s jump right in. Tell us a bit about yourself and your fitness history.

I'm 45 and am married to my best friend who is my biggest supporter of my passion for fitness. I have a full-time career, two wonderful kids and 4 German Shepherds. I began working out when I was around 19-yrs old but honestly, I would walk a mile on the treadmill and follow that up with a McDonald's burger and fries--super-sized, of course.

I finally learned to eat a little better but would spend countless hours doing cardio as punishment for eating things such as pizza, chips, or ice cream. Throughout the next 20+ years, I became more involved with running and...

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Keeley's Story: A Transformation Beyond Physical Changes

Greetings! My name is Keeley, I am a 44-year-old wife and mom, and I began my Get Glutes journey in September of 2013. I'm so honored I was asked to share my story! I truly can't say enough good things about the program. This may be an unusual testimonial in that it does not include fabulous before-and-after photos. It's true that I have seen very positive physique changes. But the best results, the changes I am most excited about sharing with you, are not actually physical at all.

Keeley Story

When I joined Get Glutes, I was looking for coaching guidance and a well-rounded strength training program. I had been trying to work out regularly for years but my progress was stalled, I was bored with my routine, and all I could see were my flaws. It seemed to me that exercise was more to be endured than enjoyed, unless you were lucky enough to be naturally athletic and energetic. I have never been athletic in any sense of the word! My endurance has always been awful (and worsened by allergies and...

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Are Diet and Fitness Breaks Beneficial for Everyone?

2011 – The beginning of my fitness journey

I began my fitness journey in 2011 when I finished graduate school, weighing in at 162 lb and a size 12. I felt absolutely awful about my body. I had maintained the typical student diet of alcohol, processed foods and very little protein since 2004, and it showed. During my university life I dabbled in the gym, but it was mostly doing bicep curls with pink dumbbells and the 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was not consistent, I definitely did not eat to support my training, and I did not lift heavy. In April 2011 I started with a trainer at my local gym, lost a couple of pounds, but nothing drastic.

Kristen Story

End of 2012 – Excessive cardio and carb restriction

Near the end of 2012 I discovered HIIT and began doing a combination of HIIT workouts, kettlebell workouts, spinning classes, Bikram yoga, and running 5 – 10 km 6 – 7 days a week. I was determined to lose weight/body fat and I would do multiple workouts a day and take 1...

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Shelley's Story: Mother of Five, Strong as Ever

Tell us a bit about you.

I am in my late thirties. I am married to the most amazing man and we have five children. I work part-time at my own consulting business. Although I was involved in sports as a kids and teenager, I don’t consider myself to be naturally athletic. My interests have always been in activities that involve nature, such as canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, etc. and fitness was more of a means to an end for me. Until I discovered lifting, of course.

Shelley Transformation

You started training with me in December 2012. At that time, what was your fitness level and what did you need help with?

That was six months after the birth of my fifth child. Due to some complications, I wasn’t really able to exercise during the last half of that pregnancy. I felt like that, combined with 4 other pregnancies, had taken its toll. While my fitness level wasn’t bad, it certainly wasn’t great. I was heading into the later half of my thirties and felt like I was at a tipping point...

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