SouLift Celebrates: Jessie Crnjaric

SouLift Celebrates: Jessie Črnjarič

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Jessie can be quiet but her presence fills the room. She doesn’t need to say much but you know she’s there.
When we first met she was shy. Her active lifestyle has always kept her reasonably fit but she knew that building strength would help her be able to do even more with more ease. As her strength grows, so does her capability to do more of the things she loves.

Jessie is the mother of 2 boys, owner of Foster Design Studio and is the in-house photographer and a creative consultant for SouLift Fitness.

State your Name and/or Nickname please
Jessie

Words to live by?
Do it anyway.

What is your fitness background?
High school swimmer (20 years ago) and just generally active.

How long have you been training at SouLift Fitness?
3 years, maybe

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Take us back to your first day at SouLift… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
It’s always hard. 

What’s your favorite part of SouLift?
The people. I am profoundly grateful to have met so many strong, amazing and unique people. 

What is your cheat meal go to? 
Pepsi. I deprive myself of Pepsi, but I love Pepsi. 

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
Squats, burpees, RDL, burpees, split squats, burpees, BB rollout, pull-ups 

Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I am happiest in nature.

Current Training Goals/PRs?
Rock climbing.

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
Doing really fun things like stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and rock climbing.

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Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
My first headstand at yoga.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of gym time?
I like movement and I see beauty in everything— SUP, hiking, yoga, rock climbing, photography, destination camping. I also love seeing what other people have created in art and architecture. 

Thank you Jessie for being with us. We love you!

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SouLift Fitness Coaches Compete in Local Charity Meet

SouLift Coaches Jenifer Kendall, Dana Evans and Joshua Martin competed Saturday at the 2nd Annual Veterans Lift-A-Thon at St. Clair Crossfit in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Other members of the team included Noelle Haswell, Tina Harkin and Jason Randle.

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Organized by The Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA, the powerlifting meet consisted of 4 events. Overhead Press, Deadlift, Bench Press and Squat. 

Led by Dan Blevin, VLP's mission was to raise $10,000 for homeless veterans. Not only did they meet the 10k mark but surpassed it! Our team raised a total of $1,447. 

Here are the final results:
Jenifer: DL- 285#, OP- 95#, Sq- 250, BP- 130#  

Dana: DL- 280#, OP- 80#, Sq- 230#, BP- 120#

Joshua: DL- 455#, OP- 185#, Sq- 435#, BP- 275#

Noelle: DL- 255#, OP- 70#, Sq- 205#, BP- 125#

Tina: DL- 195#, OP- 70#, Sq- 140#, BP- 90#

Jason: DL- 340#, OP- 155#, Sq- 280#, BP- 200#

Everyone added weight to their personal bests.

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SouLift Upcoming Events That You Don't Want to Miss!!

It's been a long Winter.
We have spent the time plotting and planning to bring an epic fitness experience to the community this Spring and Summer.
 

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Nominations have begun for The Best of the Valley 2018
It's not easy being a small business. We are grateful to be in a community that so strongly supports it's small business and local economy. Thank you! If we've helped make a positive impact in your life please consider nominating SouLift Fitness again this year for the Best of the Valley. It takes a second. Go to Health/Beauty and click Gym/Fitness center.
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Here's what's new!: Be sure to read through! Exciting news ahead..

The NEXT 6 WEEK WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE STARTS APRIL 14th! 
The first one was a BLAST!
I couldn't believe the results..
-Lexi lost 25lbs
- Kim lost 15lbs
As did so many others!! We also GAINED habits that will help us for the rest of our lives. Please consider joining our Team SouLift for the next Whole Life Challenge that begins April 14th. The concept is a simple one. Practice 7 daily habits the best that you can for 6 weeks and score yourself daily. YOU choose your level of commitment. YOU choose your own parameters. Watch this quick video to learn more.
Join TEAM SOULIFT HERE: http://www.whole.lc/wlc1804/pt/soulift

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Punch Cards are HERE! By demand we now offer 10 class punch cards. Cards are 150$ and allow you to attend any class on the schedule (after assessment). Card expires 3 months after purchase. If commitment isn't your thing then this a great opportunity for you to come see why SouLift Fitness is the best around. 
Contact us today at souliftfitness@gmail.com or call 724-504-6992. These make great gifts as well!

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Sunday March 18th Team SouLift will again be competing in The 19th Annual Pittsburgh Monster Meet! Location is at Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Regency
This is a stellar event and the largest Powerlifting meet in the area. Come spend the day watching amazing feats of strength from the strongest people our area has to offer. This will be our 3rd Monster Meet participation. It's always a blast!

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Saturday March 24th at 5-9pm is The SouLift 2nd Annual Chil Cook-Off for a Cause! Again we are raising money for the Beaver County Humane Society! Last year we raised 500$. This year we hope to double that! 20$ to enter your chili- 5$ entry to taste and we vote with dollar bills so bring cash! The Chili with the most dollars wins the coveted trophy.  More info HERE.
Chili cook-off is held at Midland VFW- 700 Midland Ave

Saturday March 31st a few of our strongest ladies will be competing in The Veterans Lift-a-Thon Fundraising meet sponsored by Cocoa Elite. Meet will be held at CrossFit St Clair/ Fitness, 1341 McLaughlin Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA. Our team has been training hard! If you wish to donate just click this link- https://www.classy.org/team/147669 
Every bit helps!

MORE UPCOMING:
 

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FitCamp Season is almost here! We will begin April 30th We have made some changes and also added a SECOND LOCATION!
Details to come so STAY TUNED!!
- Free Community Saturday Workouts in the Park will be announced soon!
- Transformation Contest!
-  By long demand we are developing a Kids Program!
- AND MORE!!

It's going to be an awesome Spring and Summer and I hope you join us for some of these great events! Come be a part of the family..

Dedicated to your success,
David and the SouLift Family

SouLift Celebrates: Elizabeth K.

SouLift Celebrates: Elizabeth K.

At SouLift Fitness it all starts with the consultation. We meet, get to know you a little bit, learn about your life and goals and work together for a plan for success. 
When we met Elizabeth there was already fire inside of her.  Her consistent work ethic and ambition is contagious. She is driven to succeed in life and business. 
Elizabeth emulates everything that SouLift stands for and we are PROUD to call her one of us. 
Elizabeth, we salute you. 

What Will You “Look” Like on March 2nd?

Just for a minute consider something…

Consider who you want to be on March 2nd.

If you were at the very top of your health and well-being, what would you feel like? What would your family members and friends say about you? How much energy would you have?

So fast-forward and paint yourself a picture: What do you look like on March 2nd?

That’s what the Whole Life Challenge will do for you when you join our team and make a commitment to replace a few bad habits with good habits. You can learn more about it here.

Once you've checked it out, you can join our team here: TEAM SOULIFT. For six weeks, starting on January 20th and Ending March 2nd, we’ll work on all the areas of our well-being—like nutrition, mobility, and exercise, for starters.

The Whole Life Challenge is basically a game that challenges us to “try on” a whole life of health and fitness for six weeks. As a team, we can win points and lose points (hopefully we’ll win more than we lose). And the prize is … Well, it’s who you are on March 2nd.

I hope you’ll watch the videos and join my team. In fact, I WANT you on my team!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbicemIo-Sk

To join my team: TEAM SOULIFT

Our Team’s name: SouLift Fitness

7 Nutrition Tips To Stay On Track During the Holidays

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Holidays bring emotion, family, memories and FOOD…the perfect recipe for a nutritional catastrophe, but fear not, my 7 Nutrition Hacks for ANY Holiday will set you up for success.

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, a birthday or any other holiday, the tendency we have is to over indulge in both eating and drinking.

Use these 7 tools to help you better deal with EVERY holiday. 

  1. Eat the food, just not all of it. Eat 1 plate of food, mostly filled with lean protein (Turkey, fish, lean beef, tofu, etc), vegetables (AMGAP, as much green as possible), and healthy carbs (sweet potato, mashed potatoes, rice). Garnish by adding very small servings of guilty pleasures (if you’re able and this doesn’t trigger binge eating).
  2. Limit alcohol & sugary beverages. This is a hard one, but if you’ve got a goal it’s worth it. Have seltzer with a lime, or if you absolutely have to, have one glass of white wine. Sip it and savor it. If you need to, have a diet soda or a coffee drink with sugar substitute.
  3. Drink a ton of water. This will keep you full and dilute the sodium found in many holiday foods.
  4. Remember why you’re there. You’re there for the company, for the memories, for the good times. None of these things require over eating or drinking. Eat slow, enjoy every bite, savor every sip. Enjoy the conversation and catching up.
  5. Have dessert… only if you REALLY need to. BUT, make it something REALLY worth it. Have a half serving. Dessert Option 2: make your own healthy dessert and bring some to share. A large, beautiful fruit salad is never frowned upon.
  6. Protein up! Drink a protein shake 60 minutes before meal time. This will bring you in to the meal already satiated and not ravenous.
  7. Stop before you’re full. See #4. Eat slow, chew slow, enjoy the heck out of your food. Doing this will allow your brain to catch up to your stomach and STOP over eating.

Use these tools to enjoy every holiday to its fullest and still get the results you want. It’s hard when you start but it gets easier over time. The cake isn’t that good anyway.

If you still find yourself struggling to keep on track- Join Team SouLift for The Whole Life Challenge this January. You do NOT need to be a member to join this challenge. Practice 7 daily habits for 8 weeks- record your score. Bring a friend too, it's way more interesting that way. Act now to get the early bird pricing. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.To find out more and to sign up, just click this link to Whole Life Challenge.

To try a week for FREE at the best Gym in Beaver County, just fill out this form, hit send and we will set up an appointment. It's that easy. 

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SouLift Celebrates: Jenifer Kendall

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State your Name and/or Nickname please:  Jenifer Kendall AKA JK

Words to live by? Don't take life too seriously, you never get out alive.

What is your fitness background?  Does 12 years in the Army count?  I've completed a half marathon, several 5ks, 3 sprint triathlons, one OCR, a 335 mile bicycle ride from Pittsburgh to DC, and a power lifting competition.  I completed my ACE Certification in September, 2017.

How long have you been training at SouLift Fitness?  Since February of 2016.

Take us back to your first day at SouLift… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?  I joined as part of a booty-camp.  It had been a few years since I had worked out and the muscle pain was excruciating.  I was so sore the first week or so.  I don't remember feeling that bad during real boot camp.  Nevertheless, I continued.  And I got stronger.  And I wanted to push myself harder, faster.  It was the beginning of my gym addiction!  I was actually hesitant about joining the gym, because I wasn't sure that I could do the things I'd seen everyone else doing.  I always say that it took me a year to get strong enough to get STRONG.  I'd like to say that today's workouts are easier, but the truth is, you get stronger and the weights get heavier.  I live sore.

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What’s your favorite part of SouLift? my favorite part?  Good grief....  The gym family that we have is amazing, the atmosphere, the comradery, watching people do things they thought they weren't capable of, doing things I thought I wasn't capable of.  I love all the parts really.  I should've just led with that - I love all the parts.

What is your cheat meal go to?  PIZZA.  ALWAYS PIZZA.

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.  Oh goodness, I'm usually proud that I dragged my butt out of bed at 4:30am.  Honestly, there are lots of moments.  Everyday usually has something to be proud about.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…  I LOVE being in nature, but I HATE when nature touches me.  Bugs freak me out.

Leave us with some parting words…  Henry Ford was onto something when he said, "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."  Successes happen when you let go of the fear of failure.

Current Training Goals/PRs?  I'm going to conquer the muscle up. / PRs 250 back squat/ 255 dead lift/ 130 bench/ 130 power clean

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?  How don't I use my fitness outside the gym?  I'm better at life.  I can move things, lift things, and walk far.  I have a lot more fun because my body is functional.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of SouLift?  I'm an adventurer, pastry chef, traveler, lover of animals, and supporter of Veterans.

Jenifer now coaches Group Classes, instructs Yoga and is a Personal Trainer with SouLift Fitness. To work with Jenifer and try us for a free week CLICK HERE!

3 Common Faults to avoid while performing RDL's

Our friend, Coach Travis Holley and Joey Chapa from Travis County Strength in Austin Texas helps us learn about what NOT to do while performing the beloved RDL.

 The Romanian Deadlift, commonly known as the RDL, is one exercise you definitely need to incorporate into your training if you're looking to increase posterior chain strength. But like all movements, doing it properly will provide the most bang for your buck and keep you healthy for the long-game.

THE  MOST COMMON FAULTS THAT OCCUR WHILE PERFORMING RDLS ARE:

  1. Rounding the low back
    This usually occurs because the athlete does not have control of their mid-line position or the athlete is attempting to go lower than there hamstring mobility will allow.
  2. Bar drifts away from body
    This fault can be seen when the athlete is not properly engaging their lats to pull the bar back against the legs in an active position.
  3. Too much knee flexion
    Again, this often occurs when the athlete attempts to go further than their mobility allows. But it can also be related to a poor understanding of pushing the hips back to stretch the hamstrings. 

An overarching concept that you'll find to be helpful is to only go as far down as your body will allow while maintaining proper positioning and activity. Everyone's range of motion and body mechanics are different, so don't get caught up forcing ranges of motion that aren't there yet. This will only lead to injury. Give it time and some solid effort to move as perfectly as possible and the benefits will soon follow.  not there to keep from possible injury.

Be sure to check out the video below. Joey Chapa, TCS's newest intern, breaks down the RDL and the concepts we've talked about above with some of the very best demonstrations ever performed by some dude with a great beard. HA!