Goat Yoga: Keeping fitness FUN

Fun AND Fitness?

Not everybody views exercise as being fun. But who says it can’t be?

I take my fitness pretty serious, and if I let it, it consumes many of my thoughts and actions. This past weekend my daughter and I had the opportunity to join in on some Goat Yoga. With a full training schedule, I really didn’t have time to go, but also didn’t want to pass up on some quality time with my daughter or a few cute goats! Being a small farm girl, I love animals, and I knew if nothing else, the antics of the goats would have me laughing!

Goat yoga ended up being so much more than I thought it could be!  I was intrigued by the yoga aspect, and wasn’t sure how the two could be combined. While going through the yoga poses, I got plenty of goat nibbles and did plenty of laughing. I had fingers and toes mistaken for carrots, I had goats crawling under me, and even had a goat fall asleep under my booty! But by being distracted by the goats, I forgot about the discomfort I was feeling as my super tight muscles were being stretched! Not to say I didn’t FEEL the stretches from the poses, but I wasn’t FOCUSED on them. Sadly the yoga session flew by all too fast, but my body felt great, and I felt immensely….happy. My daughter and I laughed all the way home, and again while looking at pictures and videos.

Fitness for thought….do you know how many muscles are worked by laughing? Lol…me neither. However, a good laugh helps tone your abdominal muscles as well as various muscles in your face, jaw and throat! Laughing increases endorphins, increases oxygen intake and gets your heart pumping thereby improving cardio respiratory health. It also produces a sense of well-being to yourself and those around you! So then, is laughing a form of fitness? Heck Yeah!

So again I ask you. Can fitness be fun? Absolutely! Maybe Goat Yoga isn’t the route for you, but don’t be afraid to put your running shoes on the shoe rack for the day and go enjoy something entirely new.

If you’re interested in checking out Goat Yoga in Tallahassee, check out Milk and Honey Acres. They have an amazingly peaceful location and the sweetest little goats.

Keeping it Healthy and Real,

Chef Carmen

#Hydration with Chef Carmen

We have heard time and time again that we need to be drinking our water. But if you are anything like I was a few years ago, I thought drinking water was boring, and my Diet Coke tasted so much better! I seriously went from my half pot of coffee in the mornings to drinking 6 cans of Diet Coke and then back to coffee again. I think it was such a norm for me that I didn’t realize how bad my body really felt. But bad it was. There reached a day where all that soda started to catch up on me and I realized the damage it was doing on my body. The first couple weeks of giving up soda were almost painful. My body CRIED for a good ice cold Diet Coke. After that, things got easier physically, but I went through mental withdrawals for almost a year. On occasion things will still spark a desire in me for a Diet Coke. Which is crazy, because a couple years ago I tried it again and didn’t like the taste of it. All that to be said, if I can go from drinking virtually no water, to drinking nearly 100 ounces a day, so can you. And I’m going to give you some helpful tips to help you get there!

But first, why water? Did you know water helps control body temperature, regulates blood pressure, rids the body of wastes and toxins, transports nutrients, lubricates joints and cushions vital organs, aids in digestion, reduces fatigue, improves skin condition, stabilizes body temperature, and helps to promote a healthier immune system among other responsibilities?* It’s crazy to think of the impact water plays on our minute to minute health and well-being.

So how much water should your drink? At Just Get Fit we recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you should be aiming to drink at least 100 oz. /day. If you are highly active or outdoors for long periods of time, you may need even more! Sounds like a lot, and at first it will feel like it! But here are some fun tips to help you along!

  • Try infusing your water. Add berries, cucumbers, mint, and/or herbs. Be creative and combine flavors. I wish I could say I had a favorite, but I enjoy them all!
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times. Invest in a nice bottle. It may sound silly, but decide how you want the water to come out! Do you drink better with or without a straw? Do you like the feel of glass over plastic? Does the bottle with encouraging words draw you? Or how about the color? Whatever helps you feel connected to that bottle and will help you drink the WATER inside, go for it!
  •  If you’re having a hard time remembering to drink, set an alarm! Yes….SCHEDULE your drinking time! Your body will look forward to it and thank you!
  • Freeze! Try freezing pureed fruits and vegetables in popsicle moulds and enjoy a healthy, hydrating snack! Freeze chunks of fruit and either eat them as a healthy snack, or add them to your water!
  • Speaking of freezing fruits, did you know that a LOT of produce is hydrating? Leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, most fruits (to name a few)….they all contain high levels of water! So while enjoying your salad at lunch or your peach for mid afternoon snack, know that you are not only reaping the nutritional benefits of eating produce, you are also hydrating your body!

Hopefully this will help you on your quest to get and stay hydrated. If you have any tips or tricks that you use, or if you have a favorite flavor for infused water, I would love to hear it!

Keeping it healthy and real,

Chef Carmen

Meet Coach Raegan

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.

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I am a certified personal trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and am studying Exercise Physiology on a pre-med track at Florida State University. When I am not studying, I spend my time running, cooking, or hanging out with friends.

Growing up, my parents prioritized their health, so exercise and healthy eating were a regular part of our schedule. I danced for ten years and then began running track and cross-country my junior year of high school. I began running because I wanted a tangible goal—like races to train for—and more structured workouts. I decided to continue running on my own in college, but I quickly realized how easy it was to skip a workout because I was swamped with homework or because I had had a long day.

I knew that my life was only going to get busier, so in order to prioritize my health I needed a plan. I love cooking and baking healthy foods, so I got back into the habit of meal prepping my food every Sunday. Since I enjoy running, I found a half-marathon and made a training plan. The hard work paid off and I felt better physically and mentally. I was able to reach a goal I had set for myself in the half-marathon, and that confidence carried over into my schoolwork and pursuing my future career. This experience taught me that when it is inconvenient, prioritizing physical activity, rest, and healthy eating are always worth it.

I am thankful for the opportunities I have had this past year to shadow physicians from various specialties including orthopedics, dermatology, and family medicine. I also had the opportunity to work in the Human Performance Research Lab at FSU. I learned an incredible amount about the human body and its response to exercise and was blown away by how much potential the human body holds, if we just nourish it and take care of it right. These experiences make me more excited to work with my clients on improving and maintaining their good health through exercise and nutrition and I am seeking additional training through ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine program.

My senior year of high school, I led a group exercise class at Just Get Fit for teen girls called Mahlerfit. This fall, I am re-vamping Mahlerfit for ALL athletes who want to mix up their training. Mahlerfit is designed to challenge you while making fitness FUN. Join me for high energy, full-body workouts that use bodyweight and functional movements for ALL fitness levels. Kickboxing, relays, monkey bars, tire-flipping, etc. you never know what to expect when you come to this class, so grab a workout buddy and come ready to WORK!!

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Training philosophy: Exercise is often the first element of a healthy lifestyle that people add to their lives. I work hard to expose my clients to forms of exercise that are enjoyable to them, so that they begin their health and fitness journey with a positive experience. For my clients who are familiar with exercise, I am always looking for new ways to challenge then and help them grow stronger physically and mentally. It is my hope for all my clients—regardless of their age or fitness level—that they not only reach their goals but also enjoy the process and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle along the way. I have experienced this in my own life, so I encourage you to decide today to take care of your health. Let’s make a plan and do what you love. You won’t regret it!

Meet Jashua

JGF welcomes Jashua Rodriguez as our newest Keiser University Tallahassee Campus extern.

His story…
My name is Jashua Rodriguez in 2016 I suffered injuries from an auto accident. Those injuries progressed to get worse over the course of the year and pushed me into a severely sedentary lifestyle. Depressed because of the amount of weight I gained and the lack of motivation I had, I decided to inquire about Keiser‘s sports medicine and fitness program. In 2017 I decided to take that jump and enroll into Keiser University‘s sports medicine and fitness technology program hoping to help kick me into gear. On top of enrolling into this program, I also made a commitment to surgically correct my injuries to help me get back into my day-to-day routine’s.

November 21, 2017 I had anterior cervical disc fusion and vertebrae‘s C5, C6, and C7. I also had carpal tunnel release and ulnar nerve decompression in the left arm. That entire year of 2018 I spent dedicating myself to the rehab of my physical body and too the athlete in my mind!

While in rehabilitation I learned the importance of what exercise and wellness can do for the body. This process pushed me to jump back into the gym but I still felt like I didn’t look the part to be in a gym. I was intimidated by all the eyes on me, even if they weren’t. So at this point I used that to drive me! How many people feel that same way? You want to get better, you want to eat healthy, you want to change your life but mentally hold yourself back because of fear of judgment and ridicule. One of my goals is to get NASM certified as a Personal Trainer providing the safe and cohesive space where anyone no matter fitness level or physical appearance can come and get the training they need without feeling judged! So I have dubbed myself the #FatTrainer!

Upon achieving my certification and attaining my associates degree in July 2019, I intend on continuing my education. My long-term goals are to receive my bachelor’s degree in Exercises Physiology or Sports Medicine which would allow me to attain my Strength and Conditioning certification. This would allow me too pursue a job as a strength and conditioning coach for the high school level which I have dreamed of doing ever since I volunteered as a football coach at Cobb Middle school for summer training in 2017. Through the process I learned that being a coach and being able to help student athletes reach that next level was so fulfilling. That is one of my many but primary driving reasons for pursuing an education in sports medicine so I could be a better more well rounded coach.

The education that I have received thus far has really helped with remolding the fabric that I and my family live by. Being a father of three, being obese over 300 pounds, being in my mid-30s, and being sedentary couldn’t continue anymore. My wife is also in the medical field so she really has helped pushed for this change. Being able to participate in sporting activities with my kids whether if it’s soccer with my five-year-old, volleyball with my nine-year-old or football with my 11-year-old, eating right and being active and actually gaining the education behind why this is so important for our bodies has really changed my outlook on life. In 9 months I have managed to lose 66 pounds. So I look forward to what comes next with the amazing staff here at Just Get Fit and reaching my goal of 280 by October 17, 2019 my daughters 6th birthday! Wish me luck and remember “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” ~ Charles R Swindon

Only Natural Energy + 21 Days to JGF

My health and fitness journey with JGF started with a 21 day group 2 years ago. I had goals but felt I was lost and didn’t know which direction to go anymore to reach those goals. I walked in the doors of JGF completely new to attended the informational meeting for the program and knew instantly I had landed in the right place. Everything Jaqui, our Registered Dietitian, Coach Alexis and Coach Jen talked about made complete sense. Eating ONE became a fun ‘challenge’ that I dove into. I enjoyed shopping for ONE foods and modifying my recipes to be ONE. The accountability and support of the coaches and peers helped keep me focused. Something that I had definitely lacked in the past. My first 21 days gradually evolved into where I am today. 

This program has brought such simplicity to my life. No points, no pills, no supplements, shakes or special drinks. Just real food; fun, supported fitness, and the accountability I needed to be successful. 
What started as a 21 day commitment, evolved into me becoming part of the JGF team as Chef Carmen. And now I’m excited to walk beside and support you on YOUR health and fitness journey by sharing ideas and recipes and even bringing samples of ONE recipes to our support group meetings!

Keeping it ONE,
Chef Carmen

Do you experience chronic pain and/or fatigue?  Do you suffer from Type 2 diabetes, overweight, arthritis, hypertension, high cholesterol… or are you finding it difficult to stick to a regular exercise plan, make healthy eating choices, maybe even lack the motivation to get started to a healthier you?  

If you answered, YES, to any of the above, then just eat fit ONE + 21 Days to JGF is for YOU!

Join Jaqui Griffith, our just eat fit Registered Dietician – Monday, July 1 at 5:30pm (Just Get Fit) to learn just why this program is for you.

Local, sustainable, eco-friendly, healthy and fun.  What is it you say?  JGF 21.  Come learn how to be your healthiest YOU.

-Jaqui Griffith, MSRD/LDN

Get to Know Madyson, JGF Marketing Team Leader!

Hi Just Get Fit fam! Today I’m excited to share a little bit more about myself, what I love, and what drives me! I’m so blessed to be a part of the team here at Just Get Fit as the IMG_3984Marketing Team Leader. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about me. 

Growing up, I always had such a drive to find ideas for businesses. I would set up lemonade stands outside on Saturday afternoons and always look forward to the weekends when my parents had a garage sale and I could bake cookies and cupcakes to sell. As I got a little older, my younger sister Raegan and I started making jewelry and selling it wherever we could. We started setting up a booth once a year at Market Days and came up with different ideas to make money. 

As a kid, we would always visit our sweet elderly neighbors who taught us to crochet. Once Rae and I started, we found so much success selling our items on Etsy, a handmade marketplace online. After another year at Market Days, we had both made enough to buy our first cars and were still looking for ways to expand our business or try something new. In the past few years, I started using my instagram that I had originally created for our Etsy shop as an avenue to share my heart and thoughts about my faith and just life in general. I began a blog and was amazed at how quickly it took off and the connections it allowed me to build with other people online. I moved away from making products and started to produce writing and photo content online. 

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The growth of my instagram and blog has allowed me to work with many brands including Victoria Secret Pink, Abercrombie, Outdoor Voices, The Bumble App, Sugar High Clothing, Daniel Wellington Watches, Colgate, and more. I’ve learned how to build a brand and earn money through instagram, all while using my voice and love for writing to reach people and encourage them. It has been an incredible opportunity for me. I have been amazed at the community social media can build. I am passionate about using social media in a positive way, to encourage, inspire, and motivate!

I am currently going into my junior year at Florida State, studying marketing with a minor in communications. Although I’m not 100% sure what I’d like to do with my degree once I graduate, I’m excited to collect as many experiences as I can and hope that eventually those experiences will lead to owning a successful and impactful small business of my own. 

I am so blessed to be able to use my love for social media, marketing, and small business here at Just Get Fit! 

 

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What small changes can you make?

Improving your health may not be as complicated as you think. In fact, sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference! Today we’re excited to welcome Marney Richards to the blog. 

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I’ve been thinking about how we can all take small steps towards health and happiness in our lives – how making little shifts can be the way to go.

I worked with a Naturpathic physician who had some patients whose diets were really contributing to health problems. She asked one particular patient just to start eating a green salad for lunch. Just that – a green salad. A small step that could lead to bigger changes.

My neighbor wanted to stroll leisurely in the evening with her daughter, but the active teen found that pretty boring. As they walked by last night, the Mom was strolling and bouncing a tennis ball on the street, her daughter jogging and zigzagging after the ball. A little shift – but lots of laughter from both.

I’ve been feeling busy trying to finish some extra projects I agreed to take on. This morning I did yoga with a group of women and moved through a slow, meditative moon salute. A step toward slowing down and feeling a cooling, more relaxed lunar energy.

We can take small steps on the path to health and wellness – a green salad, an evening stroll, or a slow, moon salute.

What small steps are you taking towards improving your health? Sit down and brainstorm for a bit. Think about what these small changes might look like in your own life.

About Marney

RCA_8827My interest in fitness and athletic activity began in college when I started running, working out and joined the FSU Flying High Circus. In graduate school I worked in the University Fitness & Wellness Center helping members design and implement personal exercise programs. I also assisted with testing in the Human Performance Lab and with rehab programs for individuals in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Soon after school I attended the Florida School of Massage and enthusiastically started massage and bodywork. My exercise science background gave me credentials to begin teaching kinesiology at Core Institute of Massage Therapy. For many years I’ve loved and practiced yoga. I studied with a variety of yoga instructors and began teaching under the guidance of my primary teachers. Later I completed a 200-hour instructor program and became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor. I teach in hatha yoga in the Kripalu style which emphasizes mindful movement and breath awareness, and I bring my kinesiology expertise and rehab background to my teaching. I especially enjoy teaching yoga to individuals who are new to the practice or think that yoga might be out of their reach.

                                   

Just Get Started

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I believe one of the biggest things that hold people back from reaching their goals is their fear to start. Many people do not start because they do not know where to begin or they feel like they are inadequately prepared. Maybe they’ve compared themselves with their peers or fitness gurus on social media who seem to have it all together and have a lot of knowledge in their field. I can relate to this most of all—I’m a perfectionist and I can get caught up in thinking I have to have every step planned out before I can begin something. Many times I put off doing things just because I know it won’t be perfect the first time I do it. But you cannot improve on something you do not to start with. In order to finish a marathon, you must first take a step.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being prepared—it’s absolutely necessary to count the costs of something you want to achieve—but you do not have to reach your goal the first time you try. Allow yourself to figure it out—you will learn so much more this way. Yes, eating healthy and working out consistently do take some planning ahead. But you do not have to have everything figured out to get started. Health and fitness are different for every person, so allow yourself some time to get to know your body, how you respond to various foods and workout routines, and find what works best for you. Your dreams aren’t going to achieve themselves. You do not have to have it all figured out in order to begin, so stop putting it off and just get started.

>> Here are some changes to help you get started:

  1. Drink water every morning – I’m sure you’ve heard you should drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. If you’re only used to getting 30-40 ounces of water a day, that sounds pretty daunting. One easy way to get 8-10 more ounces a day is to place a glass of water on your night stand or by your bed each night and to drink it right when you wake up in the morning, whether you’re thirsty or not. Not only will this help you get closer to your goal of drinking half your body weight in ounces, but it will help you wake up and feel more refreshed in the morning!
  2. Move for 5 minutes – and if you’re already active, move for 5 more! A brisk walk, jumping jacks, planks, or pushups are good ways to get your blood flowing and create healthier habits.
  3. Meal prep – an hour a week can make a huge difference in reaching your goals and it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Quick and easy meals to make ahead of time for the week include overnight oats, quinoa, rice, seasoned beans or lentils, soup, pasta salad, grilled/baked chicken, or stir fry.
  4. On-the-go options – Having healthy snacks in my car is something that helps me avoid processed snacks and fast food. Snacks like trail mix, dried fruit, jerky, apples, homemade popcorn, roasted chickpeas, homemade muffins, granola, Lara bars, etc. are all good options when you’re short on time and need something to hold you over until you can get a nutritious meal.

Each of these are small, sustainable steps that can set you on the path to your health and fitness goals. But they aren’t going to do anything for you if you don’t get started. So make your mind up that you are going to achieve your goals and just get started, you’ll be amazed with what YOU can do!!

About Raegan

RCA_3664I began working at Just Get Fit in June 2017 and have since then began FitKids, exercise and just eat fit healthy eating classes for kids, as well as Mahlerfit, a workout community for teen and pre-teen girls. I’m passionate about health and nutrition because I’ve seen the impact it has had on my own quality of life. Growing up, I danced for ten years and ran track and cross country during my junior and senior years in high school. I love running and am planning on continuing my running career in the future. Through athletics and my own upbringing, I’ve learned the value of exercise and healthy eating and am eager to share it with others/inspire others to live a healthier life!

3 Keys to Fitness: Consistently Challenge Commitment

Consistently Challenge Commitment.

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One of the most important aspects of becoming your BEST athlete is Consistency. Consistency can be defined as acting or doing the same things over time or in an unchanging manner. If your goal is to form a healthy lifestyle it is essential to build and practice good eating and exercise habits, and to break negative ones that are keeping you from your potential. The quote, “practice makes perfect” should be stated “practice makes permanent.” Whatever habits you practice, whether they are good or bad, will become a permanent part of your lifestyle. While certain negative habits are very difficult to break, taking one step in the right direction is the key towards progress in health and fitness. 

Consistently Challenge Commitment.

The second key to becoming your best athlete is to Consistently Challenge yourself. Goals are a great way to motivate, challenge, and push yourself. If you want to see progress in your journey, it is important that you create daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. While consistency is crucial to success, if you continue doing the same exact thing over and over without adjusting to your body as it strengthens, your body will adapt and you will begin to plateau. There comes a time that in order to move past and level up, you have to challenge yourself more than you did before. Although creating bigger goals is hard, it is important in order to grow. You have to be open to trying to new exercises, changing the volume, repetitions, and frequency of your workouts, and challenging you’re eating habits. Surround yourself by an environment and people who empower and push you to grow. You can do it

Consistently Challenge Commitment.

The final key in reaching your full potential is commitment. You have to Consistently Challenge yourself through Commitment. There is a saying that goes a little like commitment is like eggs and bacon. The chicken was invested but the pig was committed. Be the pig! When you commit to something, you sacrifice to be a part of it when it’s easy, tough, challenging or when you want to throw in the towel and quit. Pick up that towel, wipe the sweat off and keep going. Not only will your body be healthier, but your self-discipline, will, and mind will be stronger as well. 

About Coach Chris

chris-headshotMy name is Chris Maignan and I am honored to be a part of the JGF team. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and now live in Tallahassee, Florida. I was very involved with athletics and fitness throughout high school and college. I developed a passion for fitness and grew to cultivate my mission to positively empower, influence, and impact others when it comes to health, fitness or in life.

Just JUMP | Just Get Fit

“Impossible is just an opinion.” -Paulo Coelho

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For many years I had this opinion. I had this opinion and belief about two things, one being that it was absolutely impossible for me to ever think that I would ever have the financial means or family support to open up my own health and fitness brick & mortar business and two, that there was absolutely NO WAY in H-E-double toothpicks that I was EVER going to EVER JUMP OUT of an AIRPLANE, “WERE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!”
And, then … something “clicked.” Just one day, I decided to CHANGE ME!!! It wasn’t just like hot to cold. It was like coming out of a dark hole, trying to get out of quicksand, deep quicksand…all by myself, at least at first. Then I began finding a mentor, well… make that a few mentors – people that scared me – challenged me – moved me, made me work for the BETTER. Along the way, I met this very strong young athlete who began taking my early morning boot camp workout, she asked lots & lots of questions, why this and why that about exercises and body aches, etc.. Before I knew it, she started training with me as a personal fitness training client. As I learned more about my new energetic and very strong athletic client, I found out that she was an Exercise Science student at FSU. You just know my mind was beginning to churn. You see, my numero uno mentor, Todd Durkin, taught me to start finding my tribe – my team. Well, before I knew it, this client of mine, became my first Just Get Fit employee in 2009. Things were beginning to move…
Only, not so fast. We both were training out of another gym and traveling to peoples homes, so still I was feeling that brick and mortar business was completely out of reach. Still an impossible dream. At the end of 2011, my young athlete and I parted ways – as I felt it best that we both find our own wings, our own dreams, and soar.

Well…year 2015 arrives, and WE ARE BACK, together again, STRONGER THAN EVER. That young athlete, now a graduate of FSU in Exercise Science, plus she followed up with going to massage therapy school to become a licensed massage therapist (sounds like somebody else I know) and to top that off, she completed the IRONMAN. She is an IM, make that – she shines “I AM POSSIBLE!” Meet Jen Bricker, Health and Fitness Coach!
Jen and I teamed up in 2015 to co-manage Sweat Therapy Fitness Uptown. We are both grateful for the opportunity and time managing STF Uptown as it opened our eyes to “OH YES WE CAN OPEN UP OUR OWN BRICK & MORTAR BUSINESS.” So, after six months, we both gave our resignations and decided to go for the gusto, go into a partnership – Just Get Fit, LLC, and that we did!
Here’s where today’s picture comes in… I said to Jen Bricker (her name at the time), “If we actually sign a lease for a brick & mortar (which I never ever would think could or would happen) I want to face my other absolute fear, jump out of an airplane, announcing the opening of Just Get Fit.” She was like, “…HECK YEAH!”
So, that’s our story for the most part… and we’re sticking to it.

Oh, and by the way… WE ARE POSSIBLE! #believeachieve #justjump#justgetfit

-Alexis, Founder/Owner of Just Get Fit, LLC

“Nothing is Impossible. Even the word itself says ‘I’m POSSIBLE.’” -Audrey Hepburn

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Never would I EVER have thought 10 years ago that I would be where I’m at today…in fact, if you told me that I would have my own business, let alone a storefront, I probably would have laughed and said “yeah right.”

I had recently changed from an Actuarial Science major to Accounting at FSU because I thought I was going in the direction that I “should” be.  Around this time I had re-discovered fitness and was focused on bettering myself after a period of “letting myself go” if you will. A few months later I had begun to pursue what I thought would be a fun “hobby” of teaching Group X classes and decided I needed an additional push from a trainer, since I had had a “Coach” for as long as I could remember as an athlete.  All of this started coming together very quickly when I met Alexis, a trainer with energy and drive I had never seen from anyone else at the gym before.  After training with her for a bit she quickly convinced me that you can in fact make a career of the fitness industry. After struggling through boring Accounting courses decided it just made more sense to switch to Exercise Science.  Shortly after I began working for her, helping with a Boot Camp she had started, and training some clients too. 

Not only was I learning SO much about health and fitness, but about my self as well.  She became the mentor and “big sister” I never had growing up.  She said the law of attraction brought us together.

We took a break for awhile, at the time I couldn’t see as a good thing, but looking back now I think it was what we needed to grow in other parts of our lives.

They say everything happens for a reason. And I had to believe this when we came together again to manage another fitness facility in town together. At this point I think we both realized that the TEAM we were together was one of a kind, and started talking more seriously about opening up a brick and mortar “Just Get Fit, a ‘Dream’ that we had thrown around from the beginning.  After leaving that facility and re-grouping, crunching the numbers, and putting pen to paper, we decided to seriously start looking for a place to open.  At a lunch meeting one day she said to me, you know what, the day we sign a lease, I want to go sky diving, are you in? …of course I said HECK YES! So we didn’t tell anyone. Which was quite the surprise to her husband and my boyfriend at the time (now hubby) when they got the text with us standing in front of the airplane, parachutes on, READY, GO! 

Then just like that. We are OPEN!  Even now almost 2 years later, a year in our second location, it still seems surreal from time to time.  I love the TEAM that we have become.  Are we Perfect? Heck no. I think we are more like the sisters I thought we were years ago now, more than ever before.  Some days we are best friends, other days not so much, but I think about every STRONG relationship and you know what… the BEST one’s are not the ones that are perfect, but the ones that persist through ALL situations. 

We are your #go2girls… Just Get Fit.

-Jen Bricker Simpson, Owner, Just Get Fit, LLC

We are both excited to have you follow along our journey. Get ready for a blog full of inspirational content when it comes to everything mindset, food, and fitness! Be your BEST athlete!