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  • Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In By Joy LeTendre, Farrell’s 2020 National Challenge Finalist At the close of 2018, I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I had been working the same job for 18 years, my husband and I lived in a little townhome with our two little girls, and I kept losing and gaining back the same 20 pounds. After having our two beautiful girls, I never dropped the extra baby weight. I felt like a hamster stuck in its wheel, not making any changes to truly better my life. I had tried a couple Farrell’s classes in early fall 2018, and I will never forget my first kickboxing class. What surprised me most was that even though ....

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  • The Surprising Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin

    The Surprising Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin

    Vitamin D is getting a lot of time in the spotlight lately—and for a good reason. Best known for promoting bone health, this nutrient has also been linked to improving muscle strength , fighting depression , and preventing heart disease . Some studies have even shown vitamin D boosts immune system function , which helps your body fight off illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria. There was also a study that showed people with high levels of vitamin D get a boost in their workout routines at the gym and people who go to the gym regularly are more likely to have high vitamin D levels. Getting enough vitamin D can keep your hormone levels in ....

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  • Your Best Start Ever - How to Begin Your Exercise Journey

    Your Best Start Ever - How to Begin Your Exercise Journey

    Where there is a will, there is a way, and if you would like to bring exercise into your life, you can make it happen. Starting out may feel daunting and challenging, to say the least, but once you have realized why it is so important to include exercise in your life, you will be able to stick to it for the long haul. When you look around and see people working out it may be hard to imagine that at one point they were a beginner. But it’s true, they started as a beginner. The FXB Instructor at Farrell’s started as a beginner. The Fit Community Leaders started as a beginner. Even Lance Farrell started as a beginner! Getting good at any activity, including exercise, ....

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  • Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in West Des Moines, there’s a good chance that one of your main goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat? Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s important to know the difference to help you achieve your goals. And keep them. Weight Loss Your body’s total weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t ....

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  • 4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    Picture this: You hit the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in West Des Moines, get the kids prepped for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more regularly, and eventually, it turns into your new morning routine. You think to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!” Ring a bell? If you’ve been through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve arrived at the ....

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  • How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    With changes going on in the world today, most of us are using more time in our houses. It can seem tricky to keep up with a positive lifestyle when your gym in West Des Moines is closed. You could have found yourself becoming the teacher, home cook, and parent in your house. Or you are working from home for the time being and struggling to set up some structure in your day. In these changing times, it can be tempting to devote more time to the couch, checking the news and movie after movie, and casually losing your day-to-day workout routine. We may be passing more time at home, but we can always create ways to keep up healthy behavior! Below, find our preferred positive habits you ....

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  • Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Doug Wespiser is a Farrell’s member at Farrell’s White Bear, Minnesota. Doug’s story is truly one of hard work and dedication. Keep reading to hear, in Doug’s words, how he became the father, husband, and man he always wanted to be! Chapter 41: How Did I Get Here? Growing up, I was full of ambitions and dreams. “Who do I want to be? What do I want to do when I grow up?” As a husky boy in my teens, I planned to be an avid hunter, camper, and fisherman, exploring remote locations and surviving off the land. Today, at 41 years of age and nearly 300 pounds, I think to myself, “How did I get here? How could I be so far away from what I had envisioned ....

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  • How to Work on Self-Care During Unpredictable Times

    How to Work on Self-Care During Unpredictable Times

    There’s more to your well-being than just working out and eating healthy meals. Taking a thorough idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is vital for your overall health. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are a few of our favorite ways to practice self-care. Stay Connected We may be following social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect with others! Book a digital coffee break or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep it cheerful and tell each other one good thing that happened to you recently. Brainstorm plans for when you can meet again and how comforting it will be to give them a big, warm hug. Together ....

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  • Why Couldn't That Be Me?

    Why Couldn't That Be Me?

    Diane Beckler is a 2019 National Challenge finalist and member at Farrell’s Oakdale Coralville, Iowa. Diane’s story is one of true perseverance and dedication, and we are honored to have her as part of our Farrell’s family. Congratulations, Diane! Why Couldn’t That Be Me? When I was younger, I loved participating in sports. It was my social outlet, and I loved to compete. Despite my diet of Wendy’s double bacon deluxe combos meals, frozen pizzas, mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, nachos, powdered donuts, and pop, I managed to keep the excess weight off – until my sophomore year of high school. I’d look at my teammates, with their parents cheering ....

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  • Becoming Who I Was Meant To Be

    Becoming Who I Was Meant To Be

    James Werner is a 2019 National Challenge finalist and member at Farrell’s Andover, Minnesota. James’ transformational story is truly powerful. We are incredibly proud of him and honored that he is part of the Farrell’s family. Congratulations, James! A Symbolic Moment As I reflect upon this year and how Farrell’s has changed my life, I’m reminded of a day I spent on the golf course last Fall. My golf ball missed the green and went into a water hazard. Being the competitive person I am, and always wanting to improve, I punished myself in my mind for the mistake I had made. I sat in the golf cart to retrieve my ball, and a dragonfly landed on my leg. In ....

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