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Client Spotlight: Dee

Client Spotlight: Dee

When we first met, Dee was often walking with the use of a cane, due to arthritis in her knees and a torn meniscus that was never treated. She was in varying amounts of pain daily.

Today she is deadlifting, squatting, pushing the sled, and being an all-around functional fitness badass.

"My life has been completely changed because of the Fitness Alchemists"

Read on to hear her full story.

This Year, Let Your Garden Grow

This Year, Let Your Garden Grow

Well, it's that time of year again. January. Resolution season. Blank slate, fresh start, New You! Also known as: where best intentions go to die.  January is too often the time when lovely, admirable intentions are made (January 1), acted on (January 2) and then abandoned (January 5). By the end of the month, we're usually back to our regularly scheduled programming, and feeling very much like we did the year before. Coach Will shares how to break this cycle, and actually follow through on your resolutions.

Want to change? Get a coach.

Want to change? Get a coach.

We're in the business of changing bodies. 
Not overnight--that's called plastic surgery--and not just for looks (although that is definitely a goal for some of our clients). No, we are focused on one thing: working with you, now, where you are, to be better. 

Thanksgiving Travel Workout

Thanksgiving Travel Workout

Wherever you find yourself this year on Thanksgiving, we want you to be able to MOVE.  So we designed a special Fitness Alchemists workout that you can do anywhere! And we made a quick video to show you how to do the moves. Check it out!

Lift to Uplift

Lift to Uplift

Lifting weights offers a profound opportunity to feel powerful in a real and literal way. You get to use your body to move objects that don’t want to be moved. You get to find out how to leverage your limbs against heavy, inert hunks of metal, and create motion. This is a powerful experience for anyone who is feeling stuck. Feeling marginalized. Feeling like their voice and actions are not being heard in the larger conversation.

Now that I'm working out, what should I eat?

Now that I'm working out, what should I eat?

Should I eat pre-workout carbs? Do I need a post-workout shake? For the person just getting started (or re-started) with their fitness, addressing the basic building blocks of nutrition will have a far bigger impact than any changes to your so-called “workout fueling”. That means getting a handle on WHAT you are eating, HOW MUCH food you need, and what kind of PLAN will actually work for your lifestyle. In this post, I want to give an overview of the key components to pay attention to as you move toward a better nutritional approach, and some general recommendations that work for most people as they get started. 

Good ouch or bad ouch?

Good ouch or bad ouch?

When you are just getting started with a fitness program, how do you know what is "good" pain or "bad" pain? How do you know if you should push through it, or stop?  We believe that pain is your body giving you valuable information. We aim to help our clients learn to interpret this information, and begin to differentiate between "bad" pain--your body signaling that something is in fact wrong-- and "good pain" or what we like to call "productive discomfort."  Here are some some questions to run through when you feel pain during a workout that will help you determine if what you are feeling is PRODUCTIVE or DESTRUCTIVE.