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  • Thriving Through The Holidays

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! But for some, it can be the most stressful time of the year as well. As we enter the holiday season, it’s important to recognize that this time of year brings added stress. Even with all of the JOY and CHEER, our body can still be registering stress. Less sleep, gift lists, travel plans, possibly hosting events, potential family drama, increased amount of drinks and the temptation of desserts - just to name a few! We’re not suggesting you forgo the celebrations by any means!! But, having a PLAN for navigating the season and managing the stress is key to staying healthy. We recently invited our Chicago clients and friends to ....

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  • My Fast & Fit Journey: Robbie Lehman - Part 3

    Part 3 - Making Progress Yes, it’s a cliche. But cliches are cliches for a reason - because they are true. So you ready for this one? It’s so much easier to achieve a goal when you have two things: a coach and a plan. It’s really that simple. Having someone who can guide you, keep you accountable and is versed in whatever area your goal may be in is key, because there inevitably will be days where you won’t feel like completing your next task. This is also where the plan that the coach provides comes in, as they remind you of the effects of missing one step in the process will have on the overall timeline. ....

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  • The Difference Between ‘Training’ and ‘Working Out’

    The Difference Between ‘Training’ and ‘Working Out’

    By Mike Thomson There are a zillion different ways to sweat, and any exercise is better than none at all. That being said - there is a major difference between TRAINING and WORKING OUT. Training: following a customized program specifically geared toward accomplishing a goal, with an experienced coach guiding the process. Working Out: completing random exercises lacking a proven system, no goal in place and no coach for accountability and tracking progress. As a coach and personal trainer who spends A LOT of time in the gym, I see this scene all the time: A personal trainer trains 6-8 sessions back to back to back, implementing the same ....

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  • My Fast & Fit Journey: Robbie Lehman - Part 2

    Part 2: Initial Assessment & Goals There I was in Coach Mike ’s office, with my shirt off, and he was pinching my belly with some plastic object. Not going to lie, I was excited but also a bit nervous for my initial assessment. As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, I’m far from where I want to be with my fitness after suffering a broken wrist playing basketball. But, in order to get to where I want to be, it’s important to take the time to get a full scope of where things currently stand. Measurement is going to be a key part of the training process. Anyone who begins a training program with Fast & Fit Coaching will undergo an ....

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  • My Fast & Fit Journey: Robbie Lehman - Part 1

    My Fast & Fit Journey: Robbie Lehman - Part 1

    Part 1: The Setback and the Comeback It was a split second decision that I wish I could take back in October 2018. Let's rewind to October 2018. My buddies and I were attempting to defend our rec league basketball title from the season before. I turned the ball over at the top of the key as my defender was guarding me pretty dang close. (No foul, ref?!) Immediately, my body instinctively turned to sprint toward the other basket. Let’s be clear: I don’t give up easy layups to anybody, no matter what. Especially if I’ve made a turnover. Even as I chased down the dude with the ball, something in my head was telling me not to challenge the ....

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  • Staying Fit & Having Fun: Lessons from "Chiberia"

    Staying Fit & Having Fun: Lessons from “Chiberia”
    posted on February 17, 2014 Yes, this year’s winter in Chicago (and many other cities across the U.S.) has been uncharacteristically brutal. Maybe it’s a sign of changing weather patterns & a glimpse into similarly tough winters coming our way, or maybe we were due for a rough winter after the past few years of relatively mild winters. I’m hopeful of the latter, but either way, this winter has reminded me of a few “lessons” in fitness. Know Your Limits
    I think it is safe to say that this winter’s weather has tested the patience & ....

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  • What is Fast & Fit?

    What is Fast & Fit?
    posted on February 10, 2014 Fast & Fit athletes, There are many exciting things happening at Fast & Fit, many of which you’ll hear more about from Angie in the coming weeks, but first, we wanted to kick things off with a little background on FAST & FIT. We understand that the need for speed isn’t everyone’s priority. We also know not everyone wishes to run a marathon. Although a great percentage of our clientele at Fast & Fit ARE runners with goals of achieving new personal best race times, that doesn’t describe ALL of our clients or everyone that we WANT to coach. We have a number of athletes that ....

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  • Thanksgiving Day Tips

    Thanksgiving Day Tips
    posted on November 26, 2013 Hey Fast and Fit Athletes!
    If you are going to enjoy yourself over the holidays, here are some tips that will keep you lean and free from packing on the LBS over these next couple of days/weeks. 1. Clean the diet up now to reduce the influx in body fat and to make you more carb sensitive. AKA: Dial it in! 2. Don’t starve yourself during the morning and/or afternoon leading up to the feast. Eat a breakfast, lunch and snacks just like you normally would so that you don’t gorge on everything in sight when the big Thanksgiving meal occurs. 3. Take HCL and probiotics to help with digestion. HCL is naturally secreted in ....

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  • Breaking Out of Your Post-"A" Race Fog

    Breaking Out of Your Post-“A” Race Fog
    posted on November 20, 2013 You finished your big race for the season, you celebrated, and now a few weeks later, you find yourself. Except you’ve had a couple thirty too many drinks, fried foods, and/or servings of dessert and that belt buckle is heading up to the next notch. Your workouts, when you do them, don’t have the same pop or focus. Some might even call this feeling a post-race depression. So, what can you do to get your mind and body back on track? 1. Write out your workouts for the week ahead of time. Be consistent with your training. You don’t have to do anything off the wall, but you should keep the ....

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