September Client Spotlight: Kimmarie Simonsen

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This month we would like to celebrate a very special client and friend, Kimmarie Simonsen. Kimmarie is the kind of person who always makes her presence known in class with a huge smile, infectious laugh and friendly personality. She is known for cheering on her fellow boot campers, all the while challenging herself to reach her own fitness goals. She welcomes each and every new person in class with a smile and a hand shake and makes sure to learn their name. Kimmarie has consistently met and exceeded our expectations and pushed herself to lose weight and gain strength. She is our pint-sized powerhouse!

In her personal life, Kimmarie is a devoted wife and mother. She is active in church and often volunteers her time to help others. She has a huge heart, and makes everyone around her feel special. And did we mention she also has a killer sense of humor?!

And P.S. If you need an insurance agent who knows her stuff and always has your best interests in mind, she is your gal!

Kimmarie, Wright Way would not be the same without you. You have changed all of our lives for the better and taught us so much. Becky and I are very thankful for you! Keep killin’ it lady!

What Makes a Community Special?

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Every event you do or that we do, is about community. It’s about how can we all come together and what can we do to bring each other together some more?

Just a few weeks ago we did the Hollywood sign hike. It’s honestly one of our most fun events that we do. It’s an event that really puts together what we do here at Wright Way Fitness or what our goal is about community.

We put together an event.
We have the hike.
It’s something new and exciting, and people get out of their comfort zones.
People feel excited to see the Hollywood sign; it’s something on people’s bucket lists.
It’s a drive up the coast which makes it more of an “event” as oppose to a simple hike.
It’s a road tip there and a road trip back.
It’s fun and exciting. It’s all these things..

Then you get to go up on this amazing journey itself.

You walk and hike. You battle heat. We packed bags and had water and snacks. Then you get to go up this cool trail and navigate your way around. People were climbing on rocks and falling down a couple of times. Having to run up some things. All these fun things were a part of the journey, right?! All these really really cool things were put together that really made the event.

And this is what makes us unique.

It’s having these community events to make people feel stronger. And it’s about bringing in new people, mixing them in with current clients, old clients, friends and family.. and having them all go on this journey together.

Even the Hollywood sign hike, as it may seem so trivial and so simple.. but those are the things that get people excited. These are the events that get people excited to be more active and do more fitness activities and to help them even learn something about themselves. All the while taking things off your bucket list, meeting new people and possibly even seeing old friends you haven’t seen in a while. But all these things together, these are the things that keep our group and our community special. Doing those things.

If we didn’t have those events, it would be just like everyone else.. lose weight, join a class, etc. And it’s the events, that make Wright Way Fitness special.


you will never understand the unabashed power of a community until you're part of one

Do you run your day or does your day run you?

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How do you manage your days? Think about it..

What does your schedule look like? Do you have your goals written down like we talked about in a previous post? Do you have your goals written down for the year? What about this month.. or even this week?

I think it all comes down to what your time management is like. It’s something I know being a business owner, being a husband, being a dad.. it’s one of the hardest things to do. But how do you schedule out your time? What do you write down? What do you write out each and every day? Do you have a schedule of stuff? Because if you don’t schedule things in, do you ever really get it done? Think about it..

I know for me, if I don’t have it written down, I almost never get it done. I’m always scrambling and trying to figure things out, then I get stressed because I don’t feel like I got anything done today. And that’s on me. I didn’t write anything down, I didn’t have any notes. I didn’t make it a priority to figure out what my top 3 things are that I need to get done today.

Think about that..

Are you writing things down.. we’ve talked about this before but it really is that important. Do you have your schedule and your goals written down? Do you think about where you see yourself? Do you know where and what you want to be?

If you do.. great! All it is is writing your priorities down which creates a plan and leads to action. All the while, realizing you only have a certain amount of time and being realistic with your expectations.


the bad news, time flies.. the good new, you're the pilot

How Fit is Your Trainer?

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How fit is your trainer? Think about it..

If you’re trying to tell people to lose all this weight, change their lifestyle, not do or do certain things, to eat certain foods, to not drink alcohol… are you also doing those things?

Seriously. Think about it..

You pay this money, change your life, do all these things, wear their shirts, buy the shoes they suggest to you, and then the trainer themselves is overweight, can’t run a mile, can’t do a pull-up, can’t do a push-up, is always eating pizza and drinking wine.. and this is the person you’re listening to? Really!? You’re paying money to this person who is doing the exact opposite of what they’re telling you.

Think about it..

The person who you should be choosing to go to for fitness and/or health and community should embody (mind and body) exactly who and what you yourself want to represent.


Be the leader you would want to follow

If you don't use it, you lose it!

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Think about it, if you don’t move, you lose it. We’re only going to get older, right!? Or at least as far as I know.

If you don’t move, you lose it.

I remember so many times in class, you have a client say..
“Oh, I don’t want to do that. I’m too old!” ..or,
“Oh, I can’t do that because of my knee.” ..or,
“Oh, my back hurts; I shouldn’t do that.”

Well guess what, if you stop jumping or moving or you don’t do anything at all, you’re going to lose it.

Do you think it’s smart to start hampering every little thing you think you might not do well? Or should you try it out? If you can’t jump too high or run too far.. start out small. Maybe go up on your toes to do something; there are always modifications. Because, if you’re not going to be using these parts of your system, yeah, you’re not going to be able to use them anymore.

I had a young athlete tell me one time that he didn’t have a good vertical jump; did you never have a good vertical jump because no one ever trained you right, or you just don’t ever try, or you don’t try to jump as high as you can time and time again over 6-8 weeks with proper resistance training?

Think about it.

Or you have someone say, “Hey I’m in my 50’s and I used to run all the time but now I don’t/can’t because my back hurts.”

No, you CAN run, you just may need to run a shorter distance, or increase your strength training, or maybe just make modifications.

If you don’t keep using things, you lose them.


Never let a stumble in your journey be the end of your story

Are you putting in the work?

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We had a post a couple of months ago about doing work. The results you want to have, the way you want to look, how you want to feel…

Remember those goals you write down whenever you sit down with either me or someone on my team and we ask you some of these questions…

Where do you see yourself going?
Why do you want to do this?
Why do you want to come in here?
Why does this matter to you?
Why do you want to be healthy?

Are you showing up?
Are you putting in the work?
Are you watching what you eat?
Are you writing down what you have in that meal?
Are you talking to our coaches about how you can be more successful?
Are you talking to your personal accountability partner about how you can be more successful?

Are you?

Where are you on that?
Have you been doing it?

You still got to do work. You have got to put that time in!

There’s a difference between what you say you want and what you end up doing.

So this is the follow-up blog.. are you doing it? Are you on top of it? Are you committing to your goals? Are you showing up all the time?

You cannot be successful only coming to our fitness classes once or twice a week. You have to show up minimally 3, ideally 5 times a week; that is going to be an active and healthy person. And not only an active, healthy person for your fitness goals, but it’s also an active, healthy person for you to be able to keep disease away, to be able to keep injuries away, to be a happier person who sleeps better and is more productive, etc.

So, are you doing your work? And if you are not doing your work, why not?


some dream of success while others make it happen -- quote

Why do I need an accountability partner?

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Who is holding you accountable?

We had a post a few weeks ago about how important your community is and how important it is to have other people help you succeed. But who is YOUR accountability partner? Is it your husband, wife, partner, best friend, neighbor.. who?

Think about it.

You’ve GOT to have that person who helps you get into the gym every single week. The MOST successful people in our gym (and when I say “success,” it means the people who are achieving the goals they want to achieve within our fitness community), they have an accountability partner. Every single one of them. They have the one girlfriend, the husband or wife, the neighbor they carpool with.. someone else they can rely on to get them to go to the gym.

If you do not have an accountability partner, you’re only making it harder on yourself. Even if you think you’re that person who needs your “space” or you think you can do it on your own; it doesn’t work that way. Out of all our clients, only 1 or 2 actually come in on their own. All others have an accountability partner.

So to have that success within our community, find your accountability partner. Got it? If not, you’re making the whole journey towards being a happier, healthier, and more fit you, a lot more complicated.


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How Strong Are You?

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How strong are you really?

Does it really matter if you can really run that far, or does it matter if you can sprint really really fast..?


I think the thing that matters the most is how strong you are. The more we age, the most important thing is STRENGTH.

Can you push yourself out of a chair?
Can you get yourself out of bed?
Can you hold yourself up if you were to fall, or if you were to fall, could you get yourself back up?

The older we get, we need to think about strength.

Strength. Strength. Strength.

Yes it’s important that we look good and feel good. But how STRONG are you?


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The importance of creating habits when you're young

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I think about young athletes training.

You’re a young person which means you’re between the ages of 10 and 18. What means the most to you?

Do You care about how your body looks?
Do you care about how much weight you can push?
Do you care about the food you’re eating?

No. You honestly don’t really care about any of those things.

The most important thing with any youth strength training, and what we really focus on here at Wright Way Fitness in our youth programs is, do you feel better?

Do you feel better now that you’re stronger?
Do you feel better now that you’re sleeping better?
Do you feel better now that you’re eating a little bit better?
And do you feel better because you’re seeing an improvement in your performance on the field, or court, or your respective sport?
Do you feel better that you’re faster, stronger.. do you feel like you can react better?
Do you feel better now that you’re an active person?

So if you’re playing a sport, it makes sense to do strength training classes to increase your likelihood of not being injured and to increase your performance. The other thing you need to look at too, and this goes along with the bigger picture is, are you creating a healthy habit?

Not every young person who comes in to train wants to be the star of the team; sometimes they’re just looking to live a healthy and active lifestyle. And if we can get them to learn these great active habits, great eating habits, and feel how wonderful it is to be active at a young age, then they will have a lifetime of activity, and that is what I think about the most.


we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

You Must Always Start With the Basics

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Start with the basics

When you look at how people are training and what people are doing, does it really make sense?

Think about it.

For instance, if you have a 70-year-old retired fireman who has had 2 shoulder surgeries, and has trouble just walking, does he really need to be doing Olympic lifts, heavy plyometric movements, sprinting all the time… Probably not.

They need to be doing movement-based items; things that are going to help complement them moving better, and basic FUNDAMENTAL strength movements: push-ups, squats, single-leg deadlifts, etc.

This is something we spend a lot of time on within our business too. Everyone becomes really good at the fundamentals.

Think about it.

If you’re not good at the fundamentals, why would you start doing all the complex things? #thinkaboutit