come alive in april

👊 Get Ready! The TransFIVE Day Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

Sweet friend,

We hope you had a wonderful weekend, relaxing and spending time doing what you love! We wanted to remind you to join us in our TransFIVE day challenge, which starts TOMORROW! Your transformation starts tomorrow and we are so excited to take this journey into a healthier lifestyle with you! To help kickstart your transformation, come workout with us! You can schedule sessions on our free app HERE!

This ebook includes a getting started guide, meal plan, grocery list, recipes, tips, daily inspiration, and more! Plus, this year we updated it with our favorite spring recipes!

Download the challenge for free NOW! This incredible deal will not last long!

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This week, meditate each day on Luke 10:27, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Together, let’s take our minds off sugar for five days, and instead relay our focus on the source of our inner strength. 

Our team is doing the challenge with you! We’ll be checking in on our Facebook and Instagram to encourage you, so make sure you’re following us! Let’s motivate one another to give our best to the challenge this week!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

The 5K is this Saturday, so make sure you register! You can download the mail-in registration form and bring it into the studio or register at the race. The registration cost is now $30! Are you interested in volunteering for the 5K? Click HERE to find out how you can help!

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We are so grateful for these amazing sponsors! Their generous donations will help ESP build the Miracle League Complex, which provides inclusive play for children and families of all abilities! We are so excited to continue raising money for this cause through 5K and Miracle Mile registrations— don’t forget to register!

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The Saturday following the 5K, we are so excited to host a FREE Mother’s Day run and workout with lululemon! This fun event is for mothers, daughters, and all women in the community. There will be a card station, refreshments, shopping, and fellowship! The event will be held on May 11, 2019 from 9:00-10:30 am.

You can register on the MindBody app HERE or Transfit app HERE!

We have exciting news for May!

To help you finish April strong and start a new month, we are offering our monthly All-Access pass for only $175! Don’t miss out on this awesome deal— purchase sessions today on the TransFit app HERE!

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We want your feedback! Please help us continue to improve by taking 5 minutes to complete the survey below!

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

🔥 Are You Ready to Kickstart Your Transformation? Try Our TransFIVE Challenge!

Sweet friend,

We have had such an incredible week in the studio with you! April is almost over— make sure you turn in your April Arms Challenge calendar to win a prize! You can bring it into the studio, text a picture to our staff, or email us a picture to transfitathens@gmail.com.

Get excited! It’s time for our TransFIVE Challenge! Join our TransFit community as we revive our bodies, minds, and spirits by eliminating sugar for 5 days! The TransFIVE Challenge includes a getting started guide, meal plan, grocery list, recipes, tips, daily inspiration, and more! We’ve updated the TransFIVE program using our favorite spring recipes, so whether you’ve participated before or this is your first time, you can benefit from the challenge!

This week only, you can download the challenge for FREE! Click the button below to download the Spring TransFIVE challenge.

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What is the TransFIVE challenge? It’s simple. Five days of eating clean, whole foods. You focus on eating lean protein, lots of vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats. You avoid foods with any added sugars and simple carbohydrates like potatoes, breads, and pastas. We believe you can do anything for five days! These five days will allow you to reset your mind, shifting your focus back to your transformation goals! Let’s start May feeling our very best!

Next week, meditate each day on Luke 10:27, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Together, let’s take our minds off sugar for five days, and instead relay our focus on the source of our inner strength. Focus on our Creator and love Him with your WHOLE self. 

Our team will be doing the challenge with you! We’ll be checking in on our Facebook and Instagram to encourage you, so make sure you’re following us! Let’s motivate one another to give our best to the challenge next week!

Are you ready to crush your summer goals? We want to connect with you!

We are offering 10% off of our 1-1 sessions to keep you accountable! To schedule a 1-1, use code “TRANSFORM10” at checkout on our free app!

Additionally, we are available for FREE 20 minute-check ins (to help you set new goals, assess body fat and measurements, or anything else you specifically want help with) on Monday and Tuesday afternoons! If you aren’t available or don’t live in town, these meetings can be done via phone call as well! Email us HERE to schedule a meeting!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

TODAY is the LAST DAY to pre-register for this event at the reduced cost!

After today, registration will increase to $30 and you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form.

Are you interested in volunteering for the 5K? Click HERE to find out how you can help!

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We are so grateful for these amazing sponsors! Their generous donations will help ESP build the Miracle League Complex, which provides inclusive play for children and families of all abilities! We are so excited to continue raising money for this cause through 5K and Miracle Mile registrations— don’t forget to register today!

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The Saturday following the 5K, we are so excited to host a FREE Mother’s Day run and workout with lululemon! This fun event is for mothers, daughters, and all women in the community. There will be a card station, refreshments, shopping, and fellowship! The event will be held on May 11, 2019 from 9:00-10:30 am.

You can register on the MindBody app HERE or Transfit app HERE!

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We want your feedback! Please help us continue to improve by taking 5 minutes to complete the survey below!

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

🔥 New Total Body Workout for #MondayMotivation!

Sweet friends,

We hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family celebrating Jesus’ resurrection! This week, we encourage you to finish April strong! Keep filling in the April Arms challenge and submit them to us in order to win a prize. Let’s do it!

Get excited about our spring TransFIVE Challenge coming up next week! Join our TransFit community as we revive our bodies, minds, and spirits by eliminating sugar for 5 days! The TransFIVE Challenge includes a getting started guide, meal plans, grocery lists, recipes, tips, daily inspiration, and more! Check your email later this week for an updated Spring version of the challenge.

You only need a bosu ball and a set of dumbbells for this incredible total body workout! To do the 4th exercise in this workout (Bosu Ball Transformer), do a plank holding the ball, jump your legs to outside of the bosu, then lift the bosu above your head. This workout will get your heart rate up and ignite your core muscles!

We are still offering 10% off of our 1-1 sessions to keep you accountable! To schedule a 1-1, use code “TRANSFORM10” at checkout on our free app!

Additionally, we are available for FREE 20 minute-check ins (to help you set new goals, assess body fat and measurements, or anything you specifically want help with) on Monday and Tuesday afternoons! If you aren’t available or don’t live in town, these meetings can be done via phone call as well! Email us HERE to schedule a meeting!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

Friday is the LAST DAY to pre-register for this event! After Friday, the cost will increase to $30 and you will not be guaranteed a shirt.

This week, registration is $25 with a t-shirt for the 5K and $15 with a t-shirt for the Miracle Mile. You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex.

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We are so grateful for these amazing sponsors! These generous donations will help ESP build their Miracle League Complex, which provides inclusive play for children and families of all abilities! We are so excited to continue raising money for this cause through 5K and Miracle Mile registrations— don’t forget to register today!

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The Saturday following the 5K, we are so excited to host a FREE Mother’s Day run and workout with lululemon! This fun event is for mothers, daughters, and all women in the community. There will be a card station, refreshments, shopping, and fellowship! The event will be held on May 11, 2019 from 9:00-10:30 am.

You can register for FREE on our app HERE!

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We want your feedback! Please help us continue to improve by taking 5 minutes to complete the survey below!

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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✝️ Happy Easter Weekend! Celebrate with New Recipes!

Sweet friends,

We want to wish you all a Happy Easter weekend on this Good Friday! Our hope for you this Easter is to enjoy your family and celebrate Christ’s resurrection!

As we've been celebrating "Holy Week" and following the April reading plan from the Gospel of Luke, we remember that today on Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified, God was at work. The darkness of this day would be overshadowed by joy a couple of days later with the discovery of Jesus' resurrection. Luke 24: 6-7

 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” As we celebrate Easter this Sunday, may we know by faith the forgiveness of our sins, a life of purpose meant to bring glory to God, and everlasting joy that does not end with death, because He is Risen!

Happy Easter to all our amazing friends and clients! Please keep following along with us in our April Bible reading plan. Download the free ebook below!

Honor the amazing body that God has given you and fuel yourself with nutritious treats this Easter! We challenge you to step away from the candy and overconsumption, and instead focus on the real reason for the holiday— Jesus' resurrection and the blessings He has given you! Below are four healthy Easter recipes you can enjoy without feeling sluggish later! You can find way more recipes like these on our website HERE.

Try these recipes for your Easter celebration and share them with us on social media! Follow us on Instagram HERE and Facebook HERE!

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Spring Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey

  • 1 cup of grits

  • 2 cups light cheddar cheese

  • 5 eggs

  • 1/2 cup skim milk

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Brown turkey sausage in a skillet, then crumble in the bottom of a casserole dish.

  • Cook grits and add cheese (stir to smooth, let cool).

  • Beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together. Add to grits mixture.

  • Pour over sausage in casserole dish.

  • Bake at 350 for 1 hour. (You can refrigerate the night before or even freeze and put in the refrigerator the night before)

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Easter Salad with Lemon Dressing

DRESSING

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 Tbsps unsweetened almond milk

  • 2 Tbsps apple cider vinegar

  • 4 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp organic prepared dijon mustard

  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds

  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions:

  • Whisk all ingredients.

  • Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2 days, whisk again immediately before serving.

SALAD

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz organic baby spinach

  • 1 diced peach

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries

  • 3 Tbsps sliced raw almonds

  • OPTIONAL: 1/2 lb fresh, small asparagus. Chop to use just the tips.

  • 4 oz chopped goat cheese

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve with Poppyseed Dressing. Enjoy!

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Garlic Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 24 baby carrots, tops trimmed to 2 inches

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.

  • Place carrots in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.

  • Place into oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.

  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Recipe credit: https://damndelicious.net/2015/01/17/garlic-roasted-carrots/

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Instructions:

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.

  • Combine peanut butter, honey, salt, and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat until combined. 

  • Add quick cooking oats and mix well.

  • Add coconut and stir until completely combined.

  • Drop 1 tbsp portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Press into the shape of nests. Continue until you've used all your cookie mixture. 

  • Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. Top with your favorite candy eggs.

  • Serve cool or at room temperature. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator!

Thank you to our sweet Hannah Cooper for this amazing photo!

We want your feedback! Please help us continue to improve by taking 5 minutes to complete the survey below!

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Happy Easter from our TransFit family to you!

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and so much more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

#MondayMotivation ✨

Sweet friends,

In honor of the Boston Marathon today, we wanted to inspire you with this amazing scripture! God has chosen to give you this race of life! Complete the course and give the honor and Glory to Him. The path will not always be easy; often, it is long and treacherous. We may want to give in. But, you have a finish line to cross! Ask the Lord for the strength and perseverance to finish strong!

To help keep you accountable, we are offering 10% off of our 1-1 sessions! To schedule a 1-1, use code “TRANSFORM10” at checkout on our free app!

Additionally, we will be available for FREE 20 minute-check ins (to help you set new goals, assess body fat and measurements, or anything you specifically want help with) on Monday and Tuesday afternoons for the next two weeks! If you aren’t available or don’t live in town, these meetings can be done via phone call as well! Email us HERE to schedule a meeting!

Check out this incredible arm and glute workout for runners! All you need is a stability ball and a couple of free weights. You can find this workout and so many more on our YouTube channel HERE. You can also find free workouts on our website HERE and app HERE!

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Try these wall postures to reset and revive your body after a run or workout! These poses are restorative yoga postures that allow the mind and the body to relax, relieving stress and tension. Here are 3 key benefits of doing these postures:

  1. Relaxation: These poses in combination with controlled breathing lead to a slowing down within your body. This exhibits itself in a lowered heart rate which elicits a relaxation response and, in turn, helps lower anxiety, stress and insomnia.

  2. Stretches hamstrings and lower back: The angle of the body in these poses reduces the curve of the lumbar spine, which will elongate and stretch the back muscles. In poses like Legs Up the Wall, the closer your hips are to the wall, the more stretch you'll create in your hamstrings.

  3. Facilitates venous drainage and increases circulation: Elevating the legs promotes drainage from excess fluid build-up. In addition, gravity assists circulation by facilitating the return of blood back to the heart.

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

If you have not registered for our Fit for a Miracle 5K yet, now is the time! Registration is $25 with a t-shirt for the 5K and $15 with a t-shirt for the Miracle Mile through April 26th, which is just a couple of weeks away! You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex.

TODAY is the LAST DAY to sponsor this event! If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, please email us HERE!

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Try these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for a healthy Easter dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Instructions:

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.

  • Combine peanut butter, honey, salt, and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat until combined. 

  • Add quick cooking oats and mix well.

  • Add coconut and stir until completely combined.

  • Drop 1 tbsp portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Press into the shape of nests. Continue until you've used all your cookie mixture. 

  • Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. Top with your favorite candy eggs.

  • Serve cool or at room temperature. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator!

Thank you to our sweet Hannah Cooper for this amazing photo!

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Contact a TransFit Staff Member

Lisa Patton: Lisa is available to train you or provide you with a plan to accomplish your fitness goals, whatever they may be! Want to run a 5k or a marathon? Lisa can create a plan to fit your needs. To schedule a one-on-one with Lisa, contact her HERE.

Eliza Harris: Eliza has been doing an incredible job in the studio! She is so excited to meet everyone and help them with their personal fitness goals. Email her to schedule a one-on-one HERE!

Kaeti Shurling: Kaeti is our registered dietician here at TransFit! She can help you with nutrition and meal planning to meet your goals no matter where you are in your journey! Additionally, she has experience working with various dietary restrictions. Contact Kaeti to set up a one-on-one HERE.

Caroline Ward: Meet with Caroline to discuss any of your whole body health and fitness goals for the month of April. We are excited to serve you! Message Caroline HERE.

Pam Adams: Pam would love to meet with you about any of your spiritual goals or prayer requests! Email her to set up a meeting HERE.

If you would like to meet with any other TransFit Personal Trainers or staff, email us HERE!

We want your feedback! Please help us continue to improve by taking 5 minutes to complete the survey below!

Check out our website for more blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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💪 It’s Time! Let’s Make Change Happen!

Sweet friends,

Do you have goals you want to meet this spring? Are you ready for a transformation? Well, we are here to help you and to do that, we are going to keep you accountable! Accountability is the key to unlocking your transformation! We all have days when we make excuses to not exercise or eat healthy. However, having an accountability partner or community to motivate us on those days is what keeps us on track to meet our goals! Let TransFit be your accountability community!

Doing one thing alone won’t lead to transformation, but when you combine God’s power with exercise, nutrition, and encouraging accountability, anything is possible!

Our Team Wants to Meet with You!

HOW to make change happen: Our team wants to help keep you accountable by meeting with you! For a limited time, we are offering 10% off of our 1-1 sessions. To schedule a 1-1, use code “TRANSFORM10” at checkout on our free app!

Additionally, Caroline will be available for FREE 20 minute-check ins (to help you set new goals, assess body fat and measurements, or anything you specifically want help with) on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. If you aren’t available or don’t live in town, these meetings can be done via phone call as well! Email us HERE to schedule a meeting!

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Don’t forget to keep filling out your April calendar! We posted an amazing arm and core workout yesterday— check it out on our Instagram HERE!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

If you have not registered for our Fit for a Miracle 5K yet, now is the time! Registration is $25 with a t-shirt for the 5K and $15 with a t-shirt for the Miracle Mile through April 26th, which is just a few weeks away! You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex.

Monday is the LAST DAY to sponsor this event! If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, please email us HERE!

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Try these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies for a healthy Easter dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Instructions:

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.

  • Combine peanut butter, honey, salt, and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat until combined. 

  • Add quick cooking oats and mix well.

  • Add coconut and stir until completely combined.

  • Drop 1 tbsp portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Press into the shape of nests. Continue until you've used all your cookie mixture. 

  • Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. Top with your favorite candy eggs.

  • Serve cool or at room temperature. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator!

Thank you to our sweet Hannah Cooper for this amazing photo!

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Contact a TransFit Staff Member

Lisa Patton: Lisa is available to train you or provide you with a plan to accomplish your fitness goals, whatever they may be! Want to run a 5k or a marathon? Lisa can create a plan to fit your needs. To schedule a one-on-one with Lisa, contact her HERE.

Eliza Harris: Eliza has been doing an incredible job in the studio! She is so excited to meet everyone and help them with their personal fitness goals. Email her to schedule a one-on-one HERE!

Kaeti Shurling: Kaeti is our registered dietician here at TransFit! She can help you with nutrition and meal planning to meet your goals no matter where you are in your journey! Additionally, she has experience working with various dietary restrictions. Contact Kaeti to set up a one-on-one HERE.

Caroline Ward: Meet with Caroline to discuss any of your whole body health and fitness goals for the month of April. We are excited to serve you! Message Caroline HERE.

Pam Adams: Pam would love to meet with you about any of your spiritual goals or prayer requests! Email her to set up a meeting HERE.

If you would like to meet with any other TransFit Personal Trainers or staff, email us HERE!

We want your feedback! Please help us continue to improve by taking 5 minutes to complete the survey below!

We can’t wait to see you COME ALIVE in the studio this month!

Check out our website for more blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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✨ Amazing April Client Spotlight!

Sweet friends,

We are so excited to come ALIVE with you in the studio this April! If you haven’t read our last blog about all of our exciting April news yet, be sure to check it out HERE. We have less than a month until our Fit for a Miracle 5K, so we are getting prepared this month! In addition to sessions in the studio, come try TransFit Prayer Walks Wednesdays at 9:30 am and our Running Group Mondays at 8:20 am! Email us HERE if you have questions!

Today, we are thrilled for you to meet an amazing woman who has truly come alive— our April client spotlight, LeAnn Cleveland! Her bright smile lights up the room and her hardworking spirit in TransFit’s morning and afternoon sessions is contagious. LeAnn has lost body fat, inches, and changed her perspective on exercise and nutrition. She continues to transform her body, mind, and spirit and is such an incredible example of TransFit inspiration!

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April Client Spotlight - LeAnn Cleveland

Growing up, I was always the ‘big girl.’ I wouldn’t necessarily say I struggled with my weight. I didn’t struggle. It was part of who I was – part of my identity. Before I graduated from college, I ran into a friend who had lost quite a bit of weight through Weight Watchers. Inspired by her success, I joined and began my journey toward a healthier lifestyle. I learned a lot about nutrition those first few months. I also discovered exercise – walking, step aerobics, and strength training.

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My weight has fluctuated over the years. Life got busy. I got older. In February 2018, I was ready for a change. I rejoined WW and began eating healthier and exercising. I have an elliptical I use at home regularly as well as exercise DVDs (Pilates, yoga, and cardio). However, I missed working out with others. The next month, I attended a school function where a silent auction was taking place. A TransFit package that included 4 Transformer classes was one of the items. I bid and won. To say I was a bit intimidated would be an understatement. In fact, I waited until the package was about to expire before I finally went. But I went, and I loved it! I had never been to a gym that provided such encouragement. I honestly don’t think calling TransFit a ‘gym’ is an apt description. I’ve been a member of many gyms over the years and this place is different. At TransFit, you are inspired by women without feeling the need to compare yourself to them. I try to attend sessions twice per week and workout at home 3-4 days per week. My goals are to exercise 5-6 days per week total, eat greens daily, and drink at least 64 oz. of water each day.

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I love how TransFit challenges and stretches me. I am a tutor to students with learning disabilities and other learning challenges. I am constantly asking them to do hard things. I am a big believer in lifelong learning, so I realize that I have to be willing to put myself out there and do hard things. God has created each of us to run a race— a race that at times can be challenging. I can’t run your race, and you can’t run mine, but we can run alongside one another to encourage and inspire. This is how I view TransFit, an incredibly unique place that encourages and inspires.

We are so moved by LeAnn’s testimony and are glad to be a part of her journey! We hope it inspires you to set and accomplish your own goals. We are here to serve you in any way we can!

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Grilled Salmon

LeAnn loves warmer weather and grilling season. Try her favorite grilled salmon recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 - 2 lbs salmon

  • 1 tsp ginger

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • 1 scallion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Instructions:

  • Mix ingredients well

  • Pour over salmon and marinate for 1 (or more) hour(s)

  • Grill or bake at 400 degrees until fish flakes easily

  • Enjoy!

It’s time to set a new goal for this week! Try some of LeAnn’s goals by exercising 5 days this week, getting in 80 ounces of water, and increasing your vegetable intake. After a workout, try our Wall Postures yoga flow to stretch, relax, and reset! Download it HERE.

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

If you have not registered for our Fit for a Miracle 5K yet, now is the time! Registration is $25 with a t-shirt for the 5K and $15 with a t-shirt for the Miracle Mile through April 26th, which is just a couple of weeks away!

The race is scheduled to take place on May 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm. We will also have a Miracle Mile (1 mile fun run) at 4:30 pm. We are SO excited about this opportunity to support ESP Miracle League, which will provide transformative experiences for individuals with disabilities to thrive through the magic of accessible play and inclusive baseball.

You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex. If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event please email us HERE!

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We can’t wait to see you COME ALIVE in the studio this month!

Check out our website for more blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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🙌 Exciting News to Come Alive in April!

Sweet friends,

It’s time to come ALIVE in April! Are you feeling stuck in your health and fitness routine? It’s a new month— time for you to revive and renew your body, mind, and spirit! Today is the day! Read all of the exciting news below to learn about how to come alive this April!

Don’t forget to turn in your March calendar this week! We want to see how you stayed ABSolutely committed last month! You can bring your calendar into the studio, email us a picture to transfitathens@gmail.com, or text a picture to our staff. When you complete a monthly challenge and turn your calendar in, we reward your hard work with a prize!

Be sure to check the schedule this week, as there are a couple of session cancellations and changes due to spring break! You can find great workouts to do while on vacation on our website HERE and on our app HERE!

April Bible Reading Plan

“I talk about God whispers and God winks often and I know He leads us through these little nudges. I know for certain that nothing happens by accident, but some days I want Him to speak audibly to me! I want and need clear direction. But then, I realize He is asking me to trust Him fully. 

A wise friend recently told me, “Caroline,
if you want to hear God speak to you, read the word of God out loud!” I don’t know why this one sentence hit me so hard. The Bible is the written word of God and truth transforms! We have to read it, say it, and live it. 

The more I read God’s word, the more I feel its power and I began to understand God’s love for me. Today, with all the dismal headlines in the news, I find hope on the pages of His word and
I find joy that sustains me in my weak moments regardless of my circumstances.

Every time I make time to open the Bible it surprises me! God’s Word is alive and active because the Holy Spirit brings it to life! The Bible is a living book with a timeless message.
The more we read it, the more God’s words fill us up and can pour out of us unto others.  We find wisdom and guidance for how to deal with our busy lives, peace for our troubled hearts, and hope for the hardest moments. 

I want to challenge you to open God’s word this month and dive in with me. 
The Gospel of Luke is one we can read over and over again and find the wisdom and comfort we need. Join me and our TransFit community this month as we push ourselves out of our comfort zones and immerse ourselves in truth. See how you are transformed by this experience!” -Caroline Ward

As Easter approaches this month, we encourage you to join the TransFit community in our April Bible Reading Plan! We will read through the book of Luke in one month and will transform our minds with His word. Download our FREE April Reading Plan ebook by clicking the button below OR get it from our website HERE!

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April Calendar Challenge

New month, new challenge and April is all about building strong arms! Complete these short arm workouts every day this month and color in each day on your calendar as you go. Share these calendars with us at the end of the month and we’ll reward your dedication!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

If you have not registered for our Fit for a Miracle 5K yet, now is the time! Registration is $25 with a t-shirt for the 5K and $15 with a t-shirt for the Miracle Mile through April 26th, which is just a few weeks away!

The race is scheduled to take place on May 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm. We will also have a Miracle Mile (1 mile fun run) at 4:30 pm. We are SO excited about this opportunity to support ESP Miracle League, which will provide transformative experiences for individuals with disabilities to thrive through the magic of accessible play and inclusive baseball.

You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex. If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event please email us HERE!

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Prayer Walks

We have exciting news! TransFit’s Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach, Pam Adams, will be leading prayer walks this month building up to our Fit for a Miracle 5K! Starting this Wednesday, April 3rd, meet outside the TransFit studio Wednesdays at 9:30 am where Pam will lead us in prayer and meditation as we walk the Miracle Mile route twice (2 miles total).

The goal of prayer walking is to “pray onsite with insight” as we will simply be using our senses to engage mind, body, and spirit in the ministry of prayer, keeping alert for how the Lord leads us to pray for the Fit for a Miracle 5k and the community around us where we will “set our foot” (Joshua 1:3) along the routes. Our greatest prayer is that God will be glorified as we seek the be a blessing to others in the ministry of prayer and service.

Email Pam HERE if you have any questions!

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TransFit Running Group

We had such an incredible time at our Healthy Running Lunch & Learn last Thursday! TransFit Running Director, Lisa Patton, taught us so many insightful techniques and tips for running/walking efficiently! If you want to learn more, Lisa leads a running group every Monday at 8:20 am. The group will be running parts of the 5K course, so this is an incredible way to train for our upcoming Fit for a Miracle 5K, as well as any personal goals you have! Email here HERE if you have any questions!

More April Events

We will continue to have our 5:30 am HIIT cardio sessions on Tuesdays this month! Getting in a cardio workout in the morning is such an incredible way to start the day!

We will also continue our TransFit Girls sessions Wednesdays at 4:15! We love spending time with these sweet girls and helping them transform!

You can sign up for any of these sessions on our FREE app HERE!

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Contact a TransFit Staff Member

Lisa Patton: As mentioned earlier, Lisa has a running group every Monday at 8:20! She is also available to train you or provide you with a plan to accomplish your fitness goals, whatever they may be! Want to run a 5k or a marathon? Lisa can create a plan to fit your needs. To schedule a one-on-one with Lisa, contact her HERE.

Eliza Harris: Eliza is our new amazing personal trainer who is so excited to meet everyone and help them with their personal fitness goals. Email Eliza to schedule a one-on-one HERE!

Kaeti Shurling: Kaeti is our registered dietician here at TransFit! She can help you with nutrition and meal planning to meet your goals no matter where you are in your journey! Additionally, she has experience working with various dietary restrictions. Contact Kaeti to set up a one-on-one HERE.

Caroline Ward: Meet with Caroline to discuss any of your whole body health and fitness goals for the month of April. We are excited to serve you! Message Caroline HERE.

Pam Adams: Pam would love to meet with you about any of your spiritual goals or prayer requests! Email her to set up a meeting HERE.

If you would like to meet with any other TransFit Personal Trainers or staff, email us HERE!

We can’t wait to see you COME ALIVE in the studio this month!

Check out our website for more blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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Mother and Daughters Client Spotlight You Are Going to LOVE!

Sweet friends, 

Thank you for challenging yourself to run the race with perseverance this week! Wow, we had an amazing week in the studio!  Today, we have the honor and joy of highlighting three of our amazing clients! These three are special, as they are a mother and twin daughters client spotlight! Elizabeth, Cynthia, and Cindy are our April client spotlights, each with their own personal transformation story! 

These TransFit ladies will inspire you to keep giving your best one hour, one day at a time to live transformed

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Cindy Lester's transformation story: 

I’ve always been an outdoors “Tomboy” growing up climbing trees, riding bikes, playing baseball and football as a kid…. And I have played Tennis and golf most of my life.  About eight years ago, at 60 years old, playing golf at the Country Club, I was “just slightly” in the woods on one of my drives and slipped on a tree root, breaking my fibula. After that, I started therapy and a workout routine that continues today. I started then and have continued cardio workout at the club for an hour a day, 3 times a week. I generally try to do TransFit two days a week, tennis one or two days a week and golf when it’s pretty (fair weather golfer). I love tennis and we’re on a 4.0, 65 and over tennis team that will go to state in October – just because we have no local competition.  Our tennis team did go all the way to Nationals back in 2009 in Palm Springs, California and came in second place Nationally…. Thanks to everyone else on the team! I have really enjoyed the weight exercises and just feeling more fit after starting TransFit classes… I continue to work professionally at Synovus Trust Company, managing the local Athens division and really enjoy meeting and getting to know new clients and people through my work. And finally, I’m ABSOLUTELY most proud of my girls, their families, and their personal accomplishments. 

Cindy and her grandkids! 

Cindy and her grandkids! 

Elizabeth Johnson's transformation story:

Although I have been active in sports all my life, medical school and residency seemed to take my time and slow my focus on exercising. My husband and I moved back to Athens after finishing my residency in Internal Medicine, and I had just given birth to our son, Cole.  Again, it seemed being a new mom and working to build a practice put a daily exercise routine on the back burner.  Finally, Cynthia, my twin sister, moved back to Athens as well.  We have always encouraged and challenged each other. About 6 years ago, we started doing home programs together at lunch at my sister’s house. We kept each other accountable and would text daily about which workout we were going to do when finished seeing patients for the morning.  It got me back exercising 5 days a week and I had so much energy. Even on weekends, Cynthia and I would encourage each other to make up a day if we had missed during the week.  

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Elizabeth Johnson and family

In June of 2017, Cynthia had given my mom and I a gift card to TransFit for Christmas, and I finally used it one Saturday morning. Cynthia had already been going so she could show me the ropes.  I got in several Saturday morning classes and loved it, but it was only 1 day a week and I would exercise on my own during the weekday.  I kept telling myself I could never make 5:30 am work. Even Caroline gently suggested I try a 5:30 am class.  Cynthia again had recently tried the 5:30 am class, and I knew if she could make it work with getting the kids to school then I could too. I remember not sleeping at all that first October night I knew I was going at 5:30 am because I was so nervous about making it home, getting dressed myself, and getting the kids up and ready. However, since October I have been going to TransFit most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and I love it. It starts my day off right and keeps me more motivated during the day! 

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Exercise isn’t everything though, it's a piece to transformation. Having my son in travel baseball and daughter in gymnastics makes for eating out a lot during the weekend. This can blow an entire week of hard work. I try, although definitely not always, to make good choices.  I am better some weeks than others. I have started packing a healthy snack bag thanks to Katie Woodall’s great suggestions recently. I love the Oatmega bars, Chomps beef sticks, and Organic fit bars. Plus, my children now will go to the snack bag first instead of asking for money at the concession stands, so they are getting less junk. I have a small refrigerator in my office that I can keep Greek yogurt and cut veggies to snack on at work. I have started getting weekly meals from Perfect Portions with Kaeti Shurling during the week to help keep me accountable with weeknight sporting events. My current goal is the late night snacks or meals. Many weekend nights, we are driving home from a tournament at 10 pm and my son needs something to eat after his game. At that hour, fast food is about the only thing open. I’m tired and this is when I make my worse food decisions. If home, I probably would be asleep.  So, my goal going into more Spring and Summer sports is to make better food decisions.

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Cynthia Shepherd's transformation story:

I grew up in Watkinsville. My mother, Cindy Lester, and twin sister, Elizabeth Johnson are also clients at Transfit. I grew up in a very active family. Elizabeth and I started playing tennis at age 5. We were very competitive and played tournaments growing up. We eventually played in high school at OCHS at  No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. We also played basketball and volleyball. Learning to study and do homework with a busy after school sports schedule was something that definitely prepared me to for the years ahead in medical school, residency and fellowship. As a family growing up, my parents also instilled the importance of being active together as a family. Despite both parents working full-time jobs, they supported us at every event, home and away. We enjoyed playing golf, water skiing and going for long walks in Madison with my grandmother. 

My husband and I moved back to Watkinsville, our hometown, in July 2011. At that point, we had a 3-year-old daughter and a 9-month-old son. I was not back to my pre-baby weight and this affected my mood and outlook about myself. I started doing home workouts and ultimately encouraged my sister to be my accountability partner. We would work out at lunch together 4-5 days a week. Still, I was not happy with my weight and knew that my diet was not where it should be. I signed up for Caroline’s Nutritional program in the Summer/Spring of 2013 and loved the weekly meal plans and grocery lists. Her meals are healthy for the whole family and easy to cook. While exercising consistently 5 days a week and following my daily meal plan, I was able to get to my goal weight. 

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I started working out with Transfit approximately 2 years ago and love the Transformer workouts. I initially started going 1-2 days per week and worked out at home the remaining days. Now I have found the 5:30 AM class fits great with my schedule and helps me start my day more alert and on a positive note. I usually work out 3 days a week at Transfit and 2-3 days a week at my home gym. I love HITT training, running and interval training. My husband has done a number of Ironmans and ½ Ironmans, so he encouraged me to do the Tri-to-Beat Cancer’s Duathlon a few years ago.  I find working out with others is very motivational and love the positive inspiration and encouraging smiles from all the Transfit trainers.  I have definitely gained muscle and strength. It’s also pretty awesome to work out with my 67 y/o mother at Transfit on some afternoons. My children know that if I don’t get to exercise, I am grumpy. They see that exercise is an important part of my life and have learned more about making healthy choices.

As an oncologist, I stress to my patients that exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet with plenty of lean protein and veggies is the best way to fight and prevent cancer. Exercise also relieves stress and anxiety and can also help prevent other diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia (particularly interval training), cardiac disease and osteoporosis. 

In regards to meal planning, I have found that using Kaeti Sterling’s Perfect Portions has been a wonderful time savior for my family and a nutritional way to feed my family quickly when I get home late from work.  My family’s favorite recipes include turkey meatballs and turkey burgers.                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Thank you, ladies, for sharing your transformation story! We are so proud of each of you!

Let these stories inspire you to start today on your journey for total body transformation! The time is NOW!  We are here for you! We hope that you feel inspired and encouraged by each of their stories

To finish April strong we wanted to share with you a FREE Spring Meal Plan and recipes!! Challenge yourself and meal prep on Sunday! Get ready for an amazing week! 

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. Don't forget to sign up for our Lunch and Learn on Wednesday! Sign up on our FREE app under SPECIAL EVENTS!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Let's Run STRONG Into This Week! Here Is How to Jump Start Your Week!

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Good Morning Sunday! 

 We are so thankful to head into another amazing week in the TransFit Athens Studio and we are ready to inspire and encourage you! In honor of the Boston Marathon tomorrow, all our sessions this week will be running inspired! WHAT does that mean?!? Get ready to reset and recharge your body with extra emphasis on strengthening and toning the glutes, hips, and core! Below is a new home workout you can do today to jump-start your week! 

We are so proud of all of our TransFit walkers, joggers, and runners and we hope to cheer you on, as we each run our own race- the race of LIFE! 

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Spring is an amazing time of the year for running or brisk walking. Try to get in that morning jog or evening walk, since the sun stays up much later! While training for any race, it's easy to just focus on building up mileage or doing interval training. However, it is also beneficial to include some strength training to properly develop your muscles and help prevent injuries. We have developed sessions and a home workout with runners/walkers in mind! Try this NEW inner thigh workout to get those legs ready for a nice long walk or run!  

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We each have a race set before us! May we look to the Lord for guidance while running the race marked before us! We hope to see you in the studio this week! The days you aren't in the studio, try to get in an extra walk or run! Text or email us pictures and tag #transfitrunning in your posts! We are stronger together TransFit Community. If you have a goal to run a race this year, schedule a 1-1 session with Lisa to help you achieve your goals! You can purchase a session on our website HERE or app HERE

We believe in you and know you can do it!

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Make sure to sign up for sessions in advance, so that we know you are coming and can plan for you! Don't forget about our new sessions and Lunch and Learn coming up! You can sign up on the app HERE!

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Here's How You Can Reach Your Goals and Transform Your Body with HIIT!

Sweet friends, 

We hope April is off to a great start for you!! We challenge you to take our April Arms Calendar challenge! When you complete the challenge at the end of the month, turn in your calendar for a chance to win a MONTH OF FREE SESSIONS

We wanted to share the importance of High-Intensity Interval Training and how HIIT can help you reach your goals and transform your body! Each of our TransFormer sessions has 4 High-Intensity Intervals but now we will have dedicated sessions for HIIT workouts throughout the week!  

High-Intensity Interval Training Workouts include the duration, frequency, and intensity of work intervals and recovery intervals. HIIT training improves aerobic and anaerobic fitness, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, cholesterol profiles, and abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass. HIIT training can be modified for people of all fitness levels! These workouts provide a similar fitness benefit as a long endurance workout but can occur in shorter periods of time.  You should challenge yourself to get at least one HIIT workout in each week! Our new HIIT training session starting next Tuesday at 9:30 will allow you to go all out through quick, bursts of exercise with recovery periods. HIIT workouts allow you to keep your heart rate up and burn more fat in less time.  

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Here are the top 3 reasons to do HIIT:

1. Increases your Metabolism- These workouts include high intensity with short recovery periods. It boosts your metabolism for up to 48 hours after completing the workout, so your body is still burning fat even after the workout! 

2. Quick and You Can do ANYWHERE! These workouts can be done anywhere, whether at home, the TransFit studio, or the gym in a hotel. Aim for a 30 minute HIIT workout! Learn the movements in the studio and take them home for your own HIIT sessions! 

3. All You Need is Body Weight- You don't need any equipment to achieve a HIIT workout. Use your body weight to get your heart rate up and then keep it up throughout the workout! 

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Here is a great HIIT workout you can do ANYWHERE! Save this workout and add it to your workout plan while you are on vacation! Your body will thank you! 

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We hope you will join us in the studio for great sessions! If you can't make it to the studio, try th new workout! You can find other workouts and videos on our website HERE or on YOUTUBE here! Let us know how we can help you live transformed and come ALIVE this April

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Check Out How You Can Come ALIVE in April!

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Friends, 

Can you believe April is here?! We are so excited to help you come ALIVE in April! We are encouraging each of you to come alive through this month's challenge- the April Arms Challenge! Challenge yourself daily with the exercises below! Get your family and friends to join you too. This is a great way to tone up your muscles and get in the habit of doing exercises daily. Click on the calendar to get this April challenge started! Check out all the new sessions happening this month at TransFit! 

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Here is how you can come ALIVE in April:

APRIL TRANSFORMATION ACRONYM:

A- Action. Take action on your health! 

P- Pray. Take time for reflection and be grateful for your blessings! 

R- Renew. Renew your goals! 

I- Ignite. Ignite a passion for exercise. Exercise is worship!

L- Love. Love the body you have and give your best! 

 

5 Transformation Tips for A-P-R-I-L:

1. Allow God to take ACTION and believe that He can and will work in you in big ways! Ask Him to guide you and your goals!

2. Be in PRAYER. Plan your quiet time and lay it out the night or day before! 

3. RENEW your goals. Rewrite your goals. Challenge yourself to set 2 specific goals for the month and set 1 goal for each day and proud around it! 

4. IGNITE a spark in your exercise and workout with a friend! Accountability is such an important part of living transformed!

5.  Believe that God LOVES you! He sees you as a chosen daughter- enough and beloved! 

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NEW April HIIT Cardio Transformer Sessions

NEW sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 for the month of April. The session will be a high-intensity interval cardio focused session for clients of all fitness levels. You will have a cardio warm-up, dynamic warm-up, cardio intervals on machines and on the floor, finishing with extra glutes and abs, with new stretching to fully renew your mind! 

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TransUpLift Session

TransForm your Body- Elevate your Spirit- Renew your Mind! This session is on Monday's at 11:30

TransUpLift will inspire and challenge you while you release toxins and tension from your entire body. The 55-minute session will help you clear your mind by flowing in rhythmic, yoga-inspired movements. Activate your core, strengthen your arms, and tone your legs in the full body session. By allowing the body to gracefully move and flow, you will free yourself to be re-energized and lifted up! You will leave the session with renewed energy and total strength in body, mind, and spirit! This session will use only your body (not weights or machines) to UpLift your day! 

Bring your yoga mat or borrow one of ours for this new, inspiring session. 

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April Lunch and Learn

Essential Oils for Health and Wellness

April Lunch and Learn we will enjoy a new transformer lunch from The Pine and hear from life and meditation coach, Valerie Langley. Valerie will lead us through a short meditation to begin and then we will begin to learn about essential oils. She will discuss the 5 most common oils to use for Health and wellness, covering Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, and OnGuard. She will explain how the oils heal your body physically and explain the different ways to use the oils, like diffusing, ingesting and topically. She will also teach how to make chemical free products with these oils that you can use around your home. Sign up on the FREE app under SPECIAL EVENTS. 

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TransFit Running Session

Our TransFit Running session is coming back! You will meet at TransFit and run or walk down to the UGA Track. Our running coach, Lisa Patton, will lead you through running intervals around the track and some bodyweight exercises! Come join us on Tuesday's at 5:30 AM! Sign up on the app, so we know you are coming! 

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Middle School Girls Sessions

Our last middle school session will begin April 11 and meet every Wednesday until April 25. The three-week session will meet once a week, on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. We will teach the girls about whole body health through mind, body, and spirit. We will focus on learning how to correctly perform exercises, the importance of nutrition, and how to feel your best on the inside and outside!  The sessions will allow the girls to work hard, laugh, sweat and finish with a time of stretching and inspiration in the 55-minute full body session. You can purchase the individual sessions or the three-week package on our FREE app HERE!

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We hope to see you in the studio throughout the month! We are so excited to work with you and help you achieve your goals this month! Let's live transformed and come ALIVE this April! We believe in you! Sign up for all sessions and events on our FREE TransFit app HERE! 

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Transform "Hard Core" Ab Workout

Hello sweet friends! It's time to finish April strong and come alive! This week we want to challenge you to come alive through a touching ab workout! You can add in this ab workout with our April challenge! You can find this workout on our YouTube page HERE


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Abs are one of the major areas where our diet plays a key role. Everyone always wants to work on their abs, "love handles," and the core of the body. Your core is a major part of all movement. Having a strong core will help you be able to do every day tasks better and with ease. We've got a great ab workout for you that, when paired with a healthy diet, will torch unwanted belly fat and assist in creating a super strong core! 

Four key components to a strong core

  1. Exercise- Doing a healthy balance of strength training and cardio is essential to toning your mid-section! You'll notice at the end of this awesome workout there is a jump rope minute! This minute of cardio gets your heart rate UP and helps you burn more fat! 
  2. Diet- Eating a balanced, healthy diet is KEY to maintaining a lean midsection! Fill your diet with greek leafy vegetables, lean protein and other nutrient dense foods to reveal those abdominal muscles! 
  3. Sleep- Rest is essentail to burning fat! Allow your body recovery time in order for it to burn fat most effectively! 
  4. Stress management- For many reasons, stress is detrimental to maintaining a trim waistline. When we are stressed, we not only tend to exercise less and eat less healthy- we cause stress on our bodies which hinders it from burning fat.

We are ending this month strong as we advance our entire body health in ways that we may never have before. Remember friends it is not about being perfect - it is about being better than you were yesterday! Keep making awesome progress and invest in your health this month. Please let us know how we can help you reach your goals! For more recipes and workouts, please click HERE to find our Transform section of our website! 

Blessings,

Team TransFit

Amazing Client Spotlight- Sara Swann

HAPPY FRIYAY! 

Each of you are COMING ALIVE this April! We hope that you have joined us for the April Arms Challenge!  Give you best today and complete the challenge stronger than when you began!

Today, we want to share the story of one of our sweet clients, Sara Swann! Sara's smile lights up a room and her dedication to a healthy lifestyle is inspiring! One word I would love to describe Sara is commitment! She is committed to giving her whole heart to her workouts, her running, her family, and her job!  Over the year, she has transformed in body, mind, and spirit and is a testimony to making the most of every opportunity!

Thank you Sara for living transformed and being such a joy to get to know!  Please enjoy Sara's story below about her total body, mind, and spirit transformation.


 I first started my journey at TransFit almost one year ago, in May of 2016. My sister in law, Allison Cass, had been attending classes and I could tell a big difference in her, she was transforming her body, becoming stronger and healthier, striving for better overall health and it showed. She encouraged me to try a Transformer class and I finally did, and I couldn't be happier and more thankful to her! I have exercised really since high school in various formats, mostly attending gyms, doing cardio, spin and strength training classes. I really wasn't unhappy but sometimes felt like I was in a rut and wanted something more. I decided to try TransFit and WOW, what an amazing experience!. Here, it wasn't just about getting your workout done to move on with your day, it was a total mind, body experience that was the BEST way to start my day. From day one, I felt the encouragement from Caroline and the sense of community with the other women. It is such an encouraging and motivating environment, and it made me push myself to do my best each time. I thoroughly enjoyed the high intensity of the Transformer class followed by the peaceful stretch and inspirational message to close out class. I remember having tears in my eyes, yes tears of joy, from an overwhelming total mind and body experience that first day. Now I try to attend 2-3 transformer sessions per week. 

I have also thoroughly enjoyed Lisa's running class on Tuesday mornings. I have always liked getting up and working out at 5:30 since its really the best and only time that fits my schedule and gets my day started off on the right foot. I have run on and off for many years, but never had any one show me proper form or body mechanics to help improve my technique. The track workouts are really fun and running with a group is encouraging and motivating. I'm always so inspired by all the women that get up early, put their tennis shoes on and hit the track to do something good for their bodies, and what an awesome way to see the sunrise with this wonderful community of women. I had run one half marathon in the past, pre-kids, and Allison and I decided we wanted to run the Chick Fil A half this spring (her first half). Lisa sent us a training schedule and we did each week together, holding one another accountable. I've never been one to brave the freezing temps or windy days for an outdoor run (I'd just take the easy way and hit the treadmill ;)) but there was such a sense of bonding and accomplishment to set a goal and stick to it and doing it with my sister in law was unbelievable. Thanks to Lisa and Caroline's encouragement and tips, we made it through our training and completed the Chick Fil A half just a little over 2 wks ago. They were there with us the whole time, even during the race, cheering us on, and I cannot tell you how much it meant to Allison and I to have such inspiring coaches and friends to share this experience with. We are now hooked, and are ready to find our next half marathon to tackle.

I cannot say enough about my experience at TransFit. I enjoy that it isn't just a place to exercise, but a total health experience to truly transform all aspects of your health. From healthy recipe ideas that I can cook for my family (even in a short amount of time for us working moms) to encouraging scripture that keeps me uplifted, to the accountability and friendships I've made. Caroline, Lisa, Katie and the women at TransFit have been such a blessing to me and I'm grateful to Caroline that she was lead to create this special environment for the women in the Athens community.


Let's finish April just as strong as we started! We want to remind you about our TransFit app. This app can be used to not only book your sessions, but to find inspiration, exercises, and recipes to try! The TransFit App great place to go when you need a quick workout or meal idea for your week. If there is anything you want to see on the app, let us know! We would love to help you! 

We look forward to seeing you in the studio! Let's come alive TODAY! 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Enjoying a Healthy, Joy Filled Easter! 🐣🌸

Easter is coming up, and for many of us that means a big family brunch followed by a massive helping of candy — think Cadbury Eggs, Peeps, and lots of jelly beans. While a few Easter treats are not “TERRIBLE” for you, weighing a basket down with chocolate, caramel eggs, and jelly beans can be the gateway to mindlessly snacking on candy for the rest of the week which, as you know, leads to you & your family feeling sluggish and groggy. Whether you're making a basket for a friend, little one, or someone special in your life, there are definitely some more fun and healthy ideas to sneak in along with a few pieces of candy. 

Our hope for you this Easter will be to enjoy your family and celebrate Christ’s resurrection!  Honor the amazing body that God has given you and fuel yourself with nutritious treats this Easter! This Easter we challenge you to step away from the candy and overconsumption, and instead focus on the real reason for the holiday Jesus' resurrection, and the blessings He has given you! 

Alternative Egg Stuffers

  • Money
  • Spring clothes
  • Bathing suits
  • Play dough eggs
  • Spring flowers like tulips, dahlias, or lilies.
  • Puzzles
  • Small toys
  • Stuffed bunnies
  • Stickers/Tattoos
  • Magnets
  • Disposable cameras
  • Packets of seeds and gardening tools
  • Silly Putty (it even comes in its own egg)
  • Pastel-colored socks
  • coupons for a special outing or later bedtime

Here are some of our TransFit Team's favorite nutritious Easter snacks to share with your family! We have many more healthy, family friendly recipes - click here.

Add baby carrots to a small flowerpot full of hummus for a fresh snack. Serve with additional veggies or crackers.


Add sesame seed eyes and a carrot nose to hard-boiled eggs for a protein filled snack.


Recipe from   Fire and Flavor

Recipe from Fire and Flavor

Grilled Chicken with strawberry feta salsa

Salsa

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced

Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 4 (6- to 8- ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Directions:

FIRST  In a medium bowl, combine strawberries, onion, lime juice, feta, and oil; set aside. 

NEXTPreheat grill or grill pan to medium heat. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 teaspoons lime juice and season with salt and pepper.  Add chicken breasts and toss to coat.  Grill chicken for 6 minutes per side or until meat thermometer reads 165° F. Loosely cover chicken with foil and let it rest for 5 minutes.

LAST Add chopped avocado to salsa and season with salt and pepper; toss gently. Top chicken with salsa and serve.


We pray that you fix your eyes of the resurrection of our Savior this Easter! He is RISEN! We look forward to helping you transform in body, mind, and spirit! 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

What's all the buzz about Probiotics?

What an amazing start to April! You have come ALIVE this week friends! Thank you! 

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of hearing from our TransFit team and special guest and gut health specialist, Jennifer Rickard. We learned about the importance of meal prepping and all the reasons we need to keep our gut healthy. Today, we want to share with you some of the key takeaways from our Lunch and Learn discussion!


Gut health is such an important part of whole body health. All diseases begin in the gut. 90% of our cells are bacteria cells and 10% are human cells. Thousands of species of bacteria all have different functions. Some of the bacteria digest foods, some produce different vitamins and hormones, some respond to medicines and infections, some control your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and some control your risk for obesity or diabetes. These bacteria control almost every process in your body! Our brain and gut are connected through the enteric nervous system. The belly and brain are connected physically and biochemically. So, this means that the types of bacteria in our guts control the way we think, behave, and feel. 

It is so important to maintain a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria. There are many reasons how the delicate balance of a healthy gut is compromised. We eat diets of sugar, processed foods, and alcohol. We consume antibiotics and have too much stress. The above areas create an imbalance causing the bad bacteria to shift from a single cell of yeast into a mycelial fungus. Thus, causeing gut diseases and other problems in our bodies.

So what can we do to keep it balanced and try to regain gut health?

  • Cutting back on sugar, processed foods, antibiotics, NSAIDS, steroids, and synthetic hormones 
  • Cut back on stress. Stress is harmful to our health and is actually the second cause of unbalanced gut flora.  
  • Read your labels to decrease sugar and processed foods
  • Eat whole, live, raw foods
  • Supplement with a quality probiotic (kombucha, supplement, fermented foods)

Be sure to avoid probiotic supplements that have sugar or glucose in the ingredient list. We can also get moderate levels of probiotics from a healthy diet rich in cultured organic products like yogurt, goat’s cheese, kefir and buttermilk. Many common leafy greens are also excellent sources of probiotics. The best greens for increasing probiotics include chlorellawheat grass, and spirulina. The advantage of getting these disease-fighting bacteria from green sources is that these foods are also extremely high in immune system-stimulating vitamins, minerals and nutrients. 

5 key benefits associated with the daily intake of probiotics include:

  • Enhanced immune system response 
  • Increased ability to digest food 
  • Alleviates many common digestive disorders
  • Increases the ability to assimilate the nutrients from food 
  • Reduces negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics 

Go out today and pick up some Probiotics, your stomach will thank you!


Flora-Flourishing Meal in a Jar

This recipe has all components of healthy meal: protein, whole grain, vegetable, fruit, and healthy fat. The natural yogurt and kefir provide a generous variety of gut-friendly bacteria and yeast. The oats and chia seeds provide food (probiotics) for your gut bacteria and in total, the recipe contains 11 grams of nutrient rich fiber. To round out the meal, add a serving of dark green or red vegetables. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup plain Kefir
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons raw multi-grain hot cereal (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds

Directions

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, Kefir, pumpkin, syrup, raw multi-grain hot cereal, chia seeds, and ground cinnamon. Let stand 5 minutes. Pour half of mixture into a pint container. Place frozen mixed berries in jar on top of yogurt mixture. Add remaining yogurt mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Top with almonds. Refrigerate overnight or up to two days. 

***Ingredient notes: Country Choice Organic Multi-Grain Hot Cereal is available at large natural food stores. It looks like rolled oats. If you can't find it, substitute rolled oats. 


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If you have any questions or would like to meet with our Nutrition Consultant to discuss your nutrition plan  you can email us at transfitathens@gmail.com or purchase a 1-1 session on our app! Don't forget to sign up for sessions in advance and check out our April specials.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit