Sunday, June 2, 2013

View from the trail

I love this time of the year.  It’s warm, some days even hot, and the days are so long, you can cram enough in to make yourself really tired!  Greenville is a great place to live if you like doing things outside.  Even during our winters there are still plenty of things to do to keep active.  

One of my favorite rides to do when I’m a bit short on time is to leave Greenville Fitness, and head north up the trail all the way to Sunrift Adventures.  There, I turn around and head down the trail all the way through Falls park to the tree with the big roots, and then I turn around and head back to GFR.  

My goal on this ride is to try and notice as much wildlife as possible.  Not a ride goes by when I don’t see an assortment of snakes, turtles (or tortoises – I’m never sure which), birds, chipmunks, squirrels, worms, dogs (and sometimes stray kittens, which I want to stuff in my pocket and take home).  It’s awesome!  Before I know it, I’ve ridden for an hour or a little over, and the time has just flown by.  I get back to GFR, refreshed and ready to see a few more clients!  


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Garbage In Garbage Out

We hear that statement now and then and most people profess to understand it. Most will tell you they realize that you can’t put garbage in one end and expect anything but garbage to come out the other side. Sure, they might understand it when talking to a coworker about a project or a child about their homework, but it’s amazing how many people can’t relate that simple statement to their own body.

Simply put, you can’t eat junk and expect your body to perform. How many people do you know that complain about being a few pounds overweight as they eat a hamburgers and fries? Or have you ever talked to a friend that whines about being heavy with a soft drink in their hand? Sure you have. We all know people like this. If you can’t say yes to these questions then maybe that person is you.

Perhaps the problem is that some people don’t understand what garbage food really is. Maybe it’s confusion about quality foods. The good news is that we can give you a few simple rules to live by that will help you make real changes in your quality of life.

  1. Don’t eat it if it didn’t grow, walk, fly or swim. Almost anything that fits this description is going to be pretty darn good for you.
  2. If the packaging your food comes in takes up the same amount of room after you’ve eaten the food, it’s probably not great for you. Our stores are filled with shelves of processed foods that are packaged in cardboard boxes and more often than not, that food is not very healthy for you.
  3. If you can’t pronounce and understand what’s on the label, don’t eat it. Lots of packaged foods are loaded with chemicals to make it look better or last longer and none of that is good for us.

If you follow these simple rules in your daily diet, you will almost certainly start losing weight and feeling better. It might not be possible to live by these rules 100% of the time, but you have to start somewhere. Try your best and give it a reasonable amount of time to test out. As you start to see results, you will be encouraged to continue to improve what you put in your body.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Classy Place

During the construction process at the new Greenville Fitness and Rehab facility, we have been very impressed with the work that Juan has been doing. He continues to stress that this is going to be a “classy place” and we love the pride he takes in making sure that all the construction is being done right.

When thinking about his classy comments, we have realized that we can’t just decorate the building with any old furniture. No, we need some pieces that stand out and match the quality of the work we’re going to do. We need furniture that is as professional as we are in our disciplines. That’s why we decided to have a custom reception desk made for the main space.

It sounded like an awesome project to tackle, but I was only willing to take on the job with the help of my handy, dandy wannabe contractor buddy, Chad. The two of us set out to make a first class reception counter that fit our needs and our budget. We have been hard at work crafting one heck of a desk that will be one of the first things you see when you walk in the door. We thought we would share a couple sneak peak photos of our work in progress.

The front will have lots of shelves for retail display.
That butcher block top is awesome!
There's storage room behind the counter as well.

It's looking awesome and we're super proud of it! We can’t wait to show everyone the finished product. Why don’t you stop in and check out our handy work sometime in January?

By Steve Baker

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Core Strength Classes

Sam has been teaching core strength classes for 9 years.  Classes start at Greenville Fitness & Rehab on Wednesday January 2nd.

“Core” is a popular buzzword. Most people think that it only refers to your abdominals, but it’s actually much more than your abs. Core refers to the midsection of the body between the hips and shoulders, and it’s the basis for all movement.

We combine pilates, yoga, and gymnastic training moves, using balls, bands and body weight to strengthen and stretch core muscles, enabling you to extend yourself in all fields of activities.  With consistent attendance you’ll find yourself able to do things you may not have been able to do before.  Physical activity will seem easier and more sustainable.  You will minimize back pain, joint pain and muscle strains, feel good and most importantly, have fun while getting strong!

These classes are physically demanding, and challenging for all levels of participants.  No co-ordination is needed. Men and women are welcome. Bring your energy, a towel, and some water. See you here!

Class Times :
Monday 12:15pm      All levels with focus on beginners **
Monday 6:15pm       Intermediate / Advanced
Wednesday 12:15pm All levels with focus on beginners **
Wednesday 6:15pm  Intermediate / Advanced

Cost is $10 per class.  You can purchase a multi-visit pass of 12 classes for $100.

** Note!  Please don’t let the description “beginner” or “advanced” stop you from attending a class.  There are many options for some moves, and you will still get a good workout regardless of your level.

For more information, call Samantha Smith at 864-293-4571 or e-mail

Longevity Plan

Many people think about their fitness at the turn of the new year. Something about those resolutions makes people aspire to improve themselves, even if they have been neglecting their health and fitness for months or even years prior. We support people’s aspirations to get healthy, but it’s a year round commitment that’s just as important as grocery shopping or taking out the garbage. Actually, it’s related to both those activities as well.

You see, true health and fitness should be a long term concept. I call it our longevity plan. We can’t neglect our activities if we’re expecting to be able play with our kids or tie our shoes when we’re older. You have to keep the body strong and limber if you’re going to enjoy your later years. Like financial planning, you have to start as early as possible in order to get the most out of your investment. It also parallels managing your money in that you have to make regular and consistent contributions in order to be successful.

Don’t be one of those people that gets excited about your fitness for a couple months every year until you make excuses for changing your schedule and stop working out all together. Make those regular contributions to your longevity plan by adopting some healthy fitness activities into your regular lifestyle. Change little things that can be sustained all year, for many years to come. The results will amaze you if you just dedicate a little time every week to attaining and maintaining your health. Come in and see us for some helpful advice on how to spice up your fitness year round. We’re here to help you stay happy and healthy for years to come.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Are we there yet?!

We're getting so excited about moving to our new space.  So is everyone else, it seems!  The question that everyone asks us is "is it done yet"?  Well, no, but it's getting close.

I went in yesterday to meet with the guy who's going to put in our awesome sound system.  SCI Electronics are installing our sound and televisions, and making them easy enough for us to use with the touch of a screen.  Scott Daniel explained the set-up to me so even I could understand it.  (I have a love/hate relationship with electronic equipment.  I love it, it hates me).

The construction team are doing a great job.  They're putting the finishing touches to the walls, finishing out our kitchen / office area, and finished the hand-railing on the front entrance.

When I went in today, they had almost finished laying the flooring in my massage room.  It looks better than I imagined!!

The guys will be in there working again tomorrow.  We're hoping to have the keys by December 20th, and they have quite a bit to do.