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January 24, 2022

Cuddling Up In a Blanket with Ramen Noodles

The blowing cold wind off of the harbor is biting the uncovered skin on my face.

Snow, shooting downward from the sky, is accumulating into “dip n dots” on my mittens.

The year is 1999, I just turned 5, and I’m outside with my parents sledding down the small hill in our front yard.

Up and down the hill I go; my parents laughing and cheering to me.

“Wow! Good job Hunter!”

“Way to go! Want to go again”?

I repeat the cycle, tired by restricted movement of my snow suit… But determined to slide down the hill and go as far as I possibly can.

I will go farther than last time.

But, the longer we are outside, the cold starts to take it’s toll.

What started as so much fun, starts to slowly fade.

The chill of the cold is beginning to leak through my boots, and my fingers are going numb through my mittens.

It’s time to go inside and get warm.

My dad drags me on my sled by the thin rope attached to the long plastic blue sled he got me for my birthday.

I take off my boots outside of our door so I don’t track snow through the house, and run inside as quickly as I can to keep my toes from getting cold.

Squeezing out of my snow suit, I sprint to the the living room couch and throw my Winnie The Pooh Bed Cover All Around Me.

AHHH, finally warm again. I quickly transform into a human burrito, and poke my eyes out to see what journey Ash, Brock, and Misty are foregoing today on the television.

Before I know it, mom brings me a warm cup of Ramen, with one icecube in it to keep me from getting burnt.

Life is good again.

2 hours later, I BEG my parents to bring me back out.

Sometimes, all we need is a break and a warm cup of Ramen to be ready to give it our all again.

Time away from the “grind” and rat race is not being lazy, it is being productive.

Step away from your regular routine, and you will find clarity…

…and realize the cold wind and snow (the stresses of life) are more easily solvable than you thought when you were in the midst of the storm.

Have a great day,

Love,

Coach Hunter
#SmallStepsBigResults

If you can’t take a day or two away from your normal routine, even an hour can help you find clarity and slow things down. Yoga helps me do that.  We just added 12 new yoga classes at Hybrid Fitness -> Check them out here! https://joinhybridfitness.com/yoga-and-pilates

January 18, 2022

Why I love Planet Fitness (but wouldn’t send my Mom there)

It’s been 6 weeks now since my workout partner, Dusty, and I have been hitting our workouts at Planet Fitness…

It’s been comical because I keep seeing people I know who look at me confused and ask:

“Wait, you own Hybrid Fitness, but you’re here? Why? Is Everything alright?”

And the answer is “YES!”

Everything is alright!

In fact, I have actually loved going to Planet Fitness, and here is why!

I love Planet Fitness because It’s everything that Hybrid Fitness isn’t.

– At Planet Fitness you do everything on your own – at Hybrid everything is guided by an experienced coach

– I got my Planet membership 4 months ago. When I didn’t go for an entire month, no one ever reached out to me to see why or how I was doing. If you miss consistent sessions at Hybrid Fitness, we text or call you to check in!

– At Planet, there’s a good percentage of young adults wearing very revealing clothing. At Hybrid, we rarely ever see that.

For me personally, I like those features because I enjoy doing my own workouts (And feel confident I can do them safely and effectively). I’m also motivated by seeing others’ physiques because it inspires me to work harder – I don’t get discouraged by it!

So why did Hybrid Fitness end up the way it is? 

It’s that way because I didn’t create Hybrid Fitness for me (a 26 yr old, mildly ego driven ex-athlete)

I created it for my sister, my mother, and my father.

I created it for those who haven’t felt welcomed at a gym before (or even felt left out!).

I created it for those who need and want a little extra accountability to help them succeed!

And I created it for those who do better with instruction and coaching, and don’t have time to get injured!

If that’s what you value, too, I highly recommend you check out Hybrid Fitness! (We’ve got a brand new 6 week challenge going on now -> click here to learn more!)

But if you don’t as much and are like me… then Planet Fitness is the right fit for you!

Neither is right or wrong, it’s just preference!

And by the way – we have a handful of members to go to both, and I think that is awesome!

So anyways, this is why I love Planet Fitness, but would never send my mom there.

Have a great day,

Love,

Coach Hunter
#SmallStepsBigResults

Brand New 6-Week Challenge >> https://joinhybridfitness.com/application-form

January 10, 2022

Pain Free in 3 Months (New Yoga Classes!)

My back was completely smoked.

Sharp pains shooting down my right leg…

The fear of getting out of bed knowing one wrong move could ruin the entire day.

Stretching always helped (especially since I couldn’t even touch my toes!)…

…but I never was disciplined enough to stretch on my own.

Then one day, I decided to sign up for a yoga class one time a week.

After a few weeks, I saw almost immediate relief.

It was actually crazy how much it helped me.

Try your first yoga class with Hybrid Fitness today!

I wasn’t very flexible to start, but the instructor was very helpful in helping me modify some exercises so it worked for me!

I continued on for 3 months, and for several years the pain was minimal or non-existent.

I can’t say it would do the same for you… but this was just my experience.

Try Yoga for yourself! <<Brand New Classes in Warren, ME!

I had others who took the class beside me who weren’t in pain at all!

They were just looking for a way to have more energy, build strength, & keep themselves in good shape!

Yoga is a fantastic, low impact way to do that!

We want to offer a very individualized program in our new yoga sessions, so we are limiting them to 8 people a class!

You won’t have to worry about getting lost in a big group!

Try Hybrid Yoga out for (1) Month!

Click here to sign up: https://joinhybridfitness.com/yoga-and-pilates

Have a great day,

Love,

Coach Hunter
#SmallStepsBigResults

https://joinhybridfitness.com/yoga-and-pilates

January 7, 2022

How to Not Suck at Your New Years Resolution

If you want to reach your goal of weight loss (despite the time of year it is), there are a few simple rules you need to follow! Also, I am the utmost expert on reaching goals by any means, but this is what I have found to be true for me and my experiences, so I hope this helps!

1. Understand the difference between Action Goals and Outcome goals 

The gold at the end of the rainbow. Millions of dollars. 6 Pack abs. These are all common “outcome goals” that we look to bring into our lives. This differs from what I call “action goals”, the frequent habits or daily actions you chose to do in order to reach that outcome. It’s important to have both.

Set an outcome goal worth going after… something that excites you!

Then, find someone who is an expert in that field (someone who has already achieved the thing you want) via personal relationships, books, courses, trainings, etc…

and break that goal down into daily actions, or action goals.

2. Factor of 3

Let’s say your goal was lose 75lbs in 9 months. Take that 9 months and multiply it by 3 to 27 months.

Here’s why. When you finally do lay out the “perfect daily action goals” to reach your outcome, you aren’t going to be perfect. It’s going to take you time to have great adherence, 90%+, on those actions.

You’ll also have to change your plan. There will be bumps in the road and adjustments that you can’t account for ahead of time. Give yourself time.

3. Understand it won’t be easy. 

No matter what path you go down in life, you will always have problems. The path you chose will determine the problems you have. So, take a second to introspect on what problems you want to have. For example, you can chose to be a bit more tired because you lose a little bit extra sleep to make breakfast and get your workout in VS feeling tired because you are out of shape and not taking care of yourself.

4. Watch this podcast

Coach Dusty and I did a podcast episode on this exact topic, and go much more into depth on how to stick to your daily goals and achieve your dream outcome! This is great to listen to in the car or in the shower when your mind isn’t occupied by anything else!

You can watch the podcast here: 

I hope you found this helpful!

Love,

Coach Hunter
#SmallStepsBigResults

P.S – If you need a little more help with your nutrition and workouts – or just need a little accountability… I have an Online Coaching Program that helps just with that. Email me at Hunter@HybridFitnessGym.com if you’re interested and we can talk to see if it could be a good fit for you!.

 

 

January 6, 2022

Can’t Stay Consistent? Read This.

5 years.

For 5 years the so-called “Best of the Best personal trainer of the Mid-Coast was inconsistent with workouts.

At first, it was easy to ignore.

But as time went on, the feeling of an “imposter” began to set in.

This “imposter” was me.

A dozen times, I started and stopped.

I’d go for walks. I’d strength train. I’d count my calories. But no attempt lasted over 30 days.

But finally, one day, something clicked.

I started scheduling sessions with Coach Brandon.

We started with 2 days a week (which didn’t seem like enough – 3 and 4x a week would obviously be better, right?!)

I felt like a wimp. I used to do so much more.

But I just kept showing up, because Brandon was there waiting for me.

A month later, we moved to 3x a week.

Several months later, 4x a week.

We’re now at ~9 months of consistent workouts.

THIS FITNESS THING ISN’T EASY!

But, you can do it.

If you’re struggling to get some momentum going in this nutrition thing…

Try just starting with just 1 thing!

No, you aren’t wimpy for not doing 3 things daily.

Just master 1, and eventually, do 2!

Then, do 3.

All that matters is you do a little better than the day before!

You can do this 😀