Thank you

Let me start with thanks. I offer my most sincere gratitude towards the members who continued to support the gym during COVID. Not only am I thankful for your memberships, I am grateful to have gotten to know you and share in your experiences.

I regret to share that I have reached a position where I need to close the gym. This decision was not an easy one, nor was it without a fight. As many of you know, I tried working with the property owner to reduce the footprint of the facility to reduce expenses but there was not a willingness on their part to alter the lease in a way that made sense for the gym. On the heels of that was COVID which brought on its own complications, not just for the gym, but the lives of the members. In February I posted the gym for sale in hopes I could find a buyer who could bring in offerings which I believed would increase membership and allow to maintain the great sense of community which we have developed. Unfortunately, the buyers were not able complete the sale and other buyers opted to double down on their current endeavors rather than taking on more responsibility in this uncertain climate.

I had hoped to meet with many of you in person or on the phone but as the days pass, I realize that it is not practical as the rumor mill will communicate faster than I can. So in an effort to communicate this to you all, I have reluctantly decided to make this public.

I feel incredibly sad that this chapter is coming to an end. I am sorry that this community is coming to an end for all the members. I loved having this experience and am grateful for having gotten to know each of you, sharing in your experiences and seeing you become stronger and healthier. I admire the loyalty and devotion you all have had with your workouts and am inspired by these positive experiences.

Thank you.

Tom

COVID-19

COVID-19

Hi all,

First and foremost, thank you to all the members of Right Now Fitness. So many of you have continued your memberships and I am immensely grateful. We have a wonderful community of people and I am sincerely humbled by the graciousness of our members.

We have received several requests about whether or not we are open and accepting new members. Now more than ever we would love to accept as many new members as we can get; Unfortunately the Governor has instructed businesses to close and as a result we cannot accept any new memberships at this time. The moment we are cleared to open, we will be happy to accommodate everyone!

This event is unprecedented in our society and is something of a sci-fi movie. This virus is creating problems for many. The lucky ones are the ones that will only suffer inconvenience and perhaps some financial impacts. I share empathy with those who are impacted physically and personally by this experience.

I wish you all great health and look forward to looking back on this years from now and recognizing that this is just a moment in time. I believe this shared experience will help us appreciate the fragility of human life and bond us in a way we have never seen before.

Be well and be safe.

Tom

Workout Routine

How To

One of the reasons some folks don’t workout is because they don’t know what they should do. There is a secret that you need to know which will set you up for success.

Coming to the gym can be an awkward event in and of itself, let alone looking at all the equipment and not knowing how to use it. That leaves many folks who know they “need” to go to the gym choosing to do what they know … walking. They know how to use a treadmill, so they hop on and do some walking. Days to weeks later, they are bored to tears with the treadmill so they have other priorities which prevent them from going to the gym. Ultimately they cancel their membership having never fully accomplished their objectives.

The struggle to get to the gym is the same for everyone. Even the loyalists. There are a few key elements which can make it easier. The first thing is comfort; An odd word to use when it comes to challenging your body in ways which will make you feel something … none the less, you need to feel comfortable in your gym. While we all have different things that make us feel “comfortable”, it’s safe to say a place where the people are friendly is pretty high on that list for everyone. Some folks come to the gym largely as part of their social life and others come here just to “get-er-done”. Regardless of which way you prefer to work out, having a friendly face and folks who are there to help goes a long way to making you more comfortable. Have a clean environment where there are other members who are versed on appropriate gym etiquette is one of those things that helps make your workout time more pleasant.

So we have got you to the gym, but that does little to help you know what to do. So let’s start with what physical activity looks like for you outside the gym. What do you like doing?

For me, I like working in the yard. I can spend a full day mowing, raking, sweeping, cutting trees, burning and just puttering around the yard. Let’s say that I want to clear out some underbrush in the woods as I start to pull out small saplings, move rocks or move fallen branches/trees I don’t let the “how” stop me from getting it done. If that sapling needs to be pulled out, I will tug on it until it yields to my will. The rocks, I honestly don’t know how I ever moved some of them.

In some ways, this is the way you need to view your gym workouts. Its important not to let the “how” stop you from getting it done. That doesn’t mean you come to the gym and just bang around on stuff, but it does mean that you ask for help if you need it. Most all the equipment has instructions on how to use it and proper form, but you can ask any of the trainers how to use something, or me … I am happy to help. YouTube can also be a great resource.

The key here is to do it, right now. Don’t wait until everything in your life is aligned or until you can afford to hire a trainer. Worry less about the how and more about the when.

February 2020 Member Challenge

Free Stuff

Our January challenge yielded a tie for first place. This was between Bryan K an Thomas W. Congratulations to both of you for coming in 30 days in January! Ultimately Thomas W. won the free months membership and Bryan K. won a free t-shirt! Great job guys!

To maintain this momentum, we are continuing the competition into February. Starting February 1st through February 29th, the member coming into the gym the most number of days, will receive a free months membership. All you need to do, is scan your access card each time you come into the gym.

UPDATE: We have a winner! Chang L. came in 29 times in February this year and will be receiving a free months membership! Great job Chang.

Honorable mention goes to Brandon R. and Bryan K. who both made it in 26 times! That is quite an accomplishment! Great job all!

Fine print: Must be an auto-pay membership in good standing. Must scan in using access card/fob. Only one visit per day will be counted. Must actually work out (sorry, no scanning in on your way to/from work) 🙂 In the event of a tie, a random name will be selected. Members who have won a prize in the past 12 months are not eligible to win again. Contact us for more details.

January 2020 Member Challenge

Free Stuff

Starting January 1st through January 31st, the member coming into the gym the most number of days, will receive a free months membership. All you need to do, is scan your access card each time you come into the gym.

Let this competition help you get started on your fitness goals and objectives.

Fine print: Must be an auto-pay membership in good standing. Must scan in using access card/fob. Only one visit per day will be counted. Must actually work out (sorry, no scanning in on your way to/from work) 🙂 In the event of a tie, a random name will be selected. Contact us for more details.

Steel Mace Flow

Steel Mace

Definition of mace 
1a: a heavy often spiked staff or club used especially in the Middle Ages for breaking armor
b: a club used as a weapon

You might remember a mace based on the description above. Historically it was used as a weapon but in this article, we talk a little about how the mace has been transformed into a tool to improve your strength, mobility and functionality. The creative use of this tool in the use of Steel Mace Flow (created by Leo Savage), is a combination of strength, balance, form and is performed in a choreographed fashion.

Steel Mace Flow is a relatively new movement practice with the goal/ benefits to improve the body’s strength, mobility, and functionality. Training the body in multi-planar movements while simultaneously wielding a steel mace to offset your weight. Resulting in the activation of major muscle groups and stabilizing muscles.

Once structure is established, and strength begins to grow, individuals can start performing, connecting, and creating flows that allow them to express themselves through this movement practice.

In my experience the mace speaks to everyone in a different way, and it is incredible to witness the creations of others once they have solidified the fundamentals. 

Nathan Oakes

We will be offering a 6-week workshop where we will cover basic hand transitions, development of structure and strength, learn overhead 360’s, and complete and series of eight sequences known as the Master Class Flow. The classes will be each Tuesday night at 6:30pm starting on October 15, 2019.

This workshop size is limited to the first 10 people; You’re assured personal attention and instruction. This price of this workshop is only $250 (averaging less than $42 per session)

Join us and instructor Nathan Oakes on the journey of discovering the practice of Steel Mace Flow.

Healthy Competition

Right Now Fitness Free Membership Challenge

For the month of August, 2019, we are running a challenge where the person attending the most classes during the month of August will be awarded a free months membership (either a Class Pass membership or open Gym).

During this promotion, be sure to bring in your friends because in the event of a tie, the person who brought in the most guests takes home the prize!

To make it easier for you to recruit friends and family, during this competition non-members can attend their first class free. After this competition, non-members will no longer be offered a free class.


Personal Training

Dan Baker Training

People use personal trainers for a variety of reasons, like

  • Help with weight loss
  • Learn correct movements to prevent injury
  • Recover from an injury, often after physical therapy
  • Create a workout routine
  • Improve flexibility and maintain mobility
  • Prepare for a competition
  • Accountability
  • To gain support and confidence

Whatever your reason, our Certified personal trainers are available to help you with your specific needs.  We offer a variety of training options such as package prices, bulk discounts, and group training.  If you would like more information, or to meet with a trainer, call today or fill out the form below. 

Identifying your goals

Goals

I wish I was more of a wordsmith.  That’s exactly what I this article is all about. 

While I said “I wish”, my real desire is to have a vocabulary which would allow me to effectively illustrate the thoughts within my head, so others could understand them.

But alas, to have such a skill, I would need to read more, study more and practice more.  To read, study and practice, I would need to make a commitment to time and effort to develop those skills which would mean that I would have to sacrifice or otherwise limit some other activity to make this commitment.  That is not something I want to do at this point.  So if I don’t want to put in the effort, is this something that I really want?  No, it’s not.

When I set out to go to the gym, my goal wasn’t weight loss.  I didn’t care about my weight, I cared about mobility.  I feared being in a position where I couldn’t take care of myself because my weight and strength were not in balance. 

I think it’s important to make these distinctions about what we really want or don’t want.  Only then can we focus our efforts in a direction to get the results we want.  Fitness encompasses so much more than our physical well being and to make meaningful change in our lives we need to be honest with ourselves. 

As with any relationship, to build a relationship we need to listen.  That is true as it relates to our own inner voice as well.  Listen for those qualifying words like “I wish”, “I can’t”, “maybe later”, “I will try” when we talk about ourselves.  Can you replace those with words like “I will set a goal”, “I can”, “right now”, “I will do the best I can”? These seemingly inconsequential words will have an impact on how you live your life.  It moves from a passive voice to an active voice. 

Once you have identified what you really desire, ask yourself why and see if you can break it down into smaller pieces.  Weight loss as an example; Rather than setting a goal to loose weight, think about why you want to lose weight.  As I mentioned, in my situation it was mobility.  Knowing that, I could set goals such as touching my toes as a mobility benchmark.  Your goals may change, broaden or be redefined as you progress. 

Try to set goals you know you can achieve while still challenging yourself.  If you find that you can’t achieve your goal, re-define it rather than abandon it.  I will use the gym as an example.  If you have some social anxiety about going to the gym, maybe the first goal is to get to the gym parking lot. That’s it.  The next goal might be to get in the door and walk to the back of the gym, then back out again.  Check.  Then the next goal might be to do one exercise.  Keep challenging yourself.  Change is difficult but as you become more and more of the person you want to be, the more rewarded you will feel.

The title of this blog is Identifying Your Goals, not achieving them.  I hope the take away from this is that you take time to identify the goals you want to pursue and the ones you don’t (at least not right now).  Set yourself up to succeed by setting goals that you want to achieve. 

Member Appreciation Event Schedule of Events

Photo by Padli Pradana from Pexels

If you haven’t already let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event, please do … it will help greatly with planning.

12:15 – 12:30

Kettle Bell Lunges with Cathy

Cathy will lead you up and down the hill doing lunges with a kettle bell

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

High Intensity Tempo Training with Erik

A rhythm based class that’s all about moving the body in time with music. No weights or equipment needed. Just a good beat and a little sense of timing.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

12:15 – 1:45

Chair Massage By Diana Mains

Schedule your time with Diana on the day of the event to get your massage. Diana Mains is a Licensed Massage and Polarity Therapist located in Cornish, Maine. She is also a Massage Instructor at Spa Tech Institute here in Westbrook. You can view her website (https://rainbodi.com/) to learn more or call her to schedule a personal appointment at (207) 310-3897. Diana is also contributing a free massage to our silent auction. Thank you Diana for your generous contribution!

Pay 10 RNF Bucks for a 10 minute Chair Massage

12:30 – 12:45

Dynamo warm ups with Dan

A few dynamic, adventurous and fun warm up exercise-movements and stretches, to ready and limber the body up for workout actions.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

Tai Chi with Mike Fleming

An ancient Chinese tradition that today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises that combine movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. Although it was initially developed as a martial art, it’s commonly practiced as a form of “moving meditation.” It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. During this 15 min workshop, you will learn a short version of the Yang Long Style Tai Chi practice.

Mike Fleming is volunteering his time for us and visiting us from New Hampshire. He has 35 years of experience in the Fitness field. Mike has a B.S. in Exercise Science. He is certified in Personal Training, TRX, Pilates, Tai Chi, and Yoga. This is just a bit of what he has done. Be sure to speak with him and learn more about his history.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

12:45 – 1:00

Sandbag carry circuit with Cathy

You will carry a sandbag on your shoulder and then do 2-person squats lifting another bag.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

Shaken to the Core with Erik

Stability of the spine and pelvis, proper posture and postural control. Let’s challenge all the muscles of the core (20+) to become more stable and balanced. Oh Yeah…You might get a few more yards out of your golf swing or rake leaves without back pain.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

1:00 – 1:15

Rumble in the jungle with Dan

Using balls and battle ropes to open up, activate and engage the core in functional movements, resulting in greater flexibility, range of motion, dynamic strength-mobility, balance, speed, reactivity and power generated and controlled via our core. 5-8 movement/sets battle-block.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

1:15 – 1:30

Plank kettle bell share with Cathy

In a plank position, you will pass a kettle bell to the person next to you.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

Let it Burn withErik

Muscular Endurance is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to sustain repeated contractions against a resistance for an extended period of time. How do your legs feel as you climb stairs? Fine on step 1…. Burning on step 20 right!! Train to get to step 30, 50, 100…

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

1:30 – 1:45

AMRAP: A HIIT inspired workout with Dan

Four or five movements, repeated for As Many Rounds As Possible, for 6 mins before 2-3 min rest period

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

Tai Chi with Mike Fleming

An ancient Chinese tradition that today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises that combine movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. Although it was initially developed as a martial art, it’s commonly practiced as a form of “moving meditation.” It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. During this 15 min workshop, you will learn a short version of the Yang Long Style Tai Chi practice.

Mike Fleming is volunteering his time for us and visiting us from New Hampshire. He has 35 years of experience in the Fitness field. Mike has a B.S. in Exercise Science. He is certified in Personal Training, TRX, Pilates, Tai Chi, and Yoga. This is just a bit of what he has done. Be sure to speak with him and learn more about his history.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

1:50 – Wrap Up

Silent Auction Completion

Members will receive RNF Bucks based on how much they have spent on membership, classes and gym paid training during the year. They will also accumulate RNF Bucks based on referrals and completed Google / Facebook / Yelp reviews online.

Lastly, anyone can accumulate bucks by attending the classes put on by the various trainers.

Door Prizes Awarded

Only Members are eligible to receive door prizes. Member must be present at time of drawing to be eligible to receive door prize. You should bring your identification.

RNF Bucks have no cash value and can only be used the day of this event.