TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 09/24/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 09-24-2018

Tuesday 09-25-2018

Wednesday 09-26-2018

Strength – Wednesday 09-26-2018

Thursday 09-27-2018

Friday-09-28-2018

Saturday 09-29-2018

Sunday – 09-30-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 09-30-2018

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TJ’s Gym Weekly News 09/20/2018

WEEKLY NEWS FROM TJ’s GYM

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Noon classes in San Rafael are ALWAYS a good time. You just have to be willing to put up with the incomparable Dr. Doug. (Photo by Amy Perl)


Message from TJ:

How to Live Forever

Hopefully that caught your eye. Honesty, living forever doesn’t sound that awesome to me. Being a hot bloodsucker like Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire doesn’t even look appetizing. Feeling like I’m 50 for that last 40-50 years of my life sounds way better.

Increase and maintain lean body mass.  Do the same with bone density.  Keep bodyfat levels low.

That’s pretty much the formula. Everything you could suffer from can pretty much be remedied through these pathways. Brain function, musculoskeletal health, hormonal stability, and cardio/pulmonary strength will take care of most of the possible issues you could face, as well as your genetic hand of cards.

Eat a diet of quality, non-inflammatory foods to satiety. Perform functional movements at uncomfortable intensities 5-6 days per week. Vary your activities to stimulate your body and your mind.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and listening about this stuff, and I think the next few blog posts are going to be dedicated to this.  Let’s face it, writing blogs is a form of helpful information and narcissism.

My recent interest in this subject matter started with a podcast featuring Dr. Peter Attia, a longevity doc.  In one of his podcasts he told a story of how a patient came to him with a ream of paper containing results of all of the blood work he’d had done over the last twenty years. Attia tossed it aside and said “None of that matters. All I need to know is what your parents died from.”

Whoa.  According to him and the stats he then spewed out, genetics are the key. Avoid what killed your parents (barring fatal accident), and you should be fine. What!? Cancer?  Stroke? Heart Attack? I need to worry about everything, right? Not according to Attia. Your body loves certain things and hates other stuff. Your job is to figure it out.

So, let’s do it.

Ok!  Let’s kick this off with Carol’s* story. I’ve known her for almost five years. She’s 73 and originally from a Far Eastern country. She moved here for college and stayed. Every year, she diligently went in for her yearly check up. Over the last ten years, she slowly but surely gained fourteen pounds  Oh well, what are you going to do, right? Age is age, and this stuff happens. The problem is that, along with that weight, her other numbers started to creep up. We talk a lot about the deadly quartet. Besides cancer, it’s what kills us.  Hyperinsulinemia, Upper Body Obesity, High Blood Pressure, and High Cholesterol. Along with her weight (bodyfat) increase, came an increase in the other numbers. Everything was up. Not good. She was already on some low doses of medication for BP and Cholesterol ,and because her A1C (blood sugar) was increasing, her doctor told her that she was now pre-diabetic. Overall check-up grade? D-

Let me tell you a little bit more about Carol, or more importantly, about her family. Her Dad died at 85 of an infection he got from the hospital where he was being treated for something routine.

*Rule 1–  Do everything you can do to stay out of the hospital. Doctors and nurses tell me this all the time.

Her mom lived to 86 and died of cancer. Her aunts and uncle lived to late 90’s and many past 100.

*Rule 2– Don’t get untreatable cancer. How do you keep a cancer cell alive in a lab? Feed it sugar.

Carol’s dad never drank or smoked, but many of her relatives who outlived him did. He was incredibly fit and healthy. He swam every day in the ocean and played nine holes of golf every single morning before work. He practiced Yoga and Tai Chi and worked in his company every day, nearly till the day he died. He also ate a “Plain Jane” diet of a few simple things, in moderation. Carol is a no-bullshit person.  She enjoys wine and noodles. She enjoys going out to restaurants with friends and family or entertaining at home. She travels extensively. I see her often. She’s a powerhouse of a person housed in a tiny frame. The things she’s accomplished and continues to do with her life astound me. We were chatting about her previous week, and she told me that she’d had another check up.

“It’s been a year already?” I said.

“A little less,”  she answered.

“Well?” I asked.

She shrugged and nonchalantly said “I’ve lost 16 lbs.”

I almost fell over. How was this possible? I see her twice weekly. Even though she wears loose-fitting workouts clothes, I surely should have noticed. I felt terrible for not noticing.  I apologized, and again she shrugged and told me to get over it, no big deal.

“How’d you do it?” I asked.

After her poor checkup score the last time around, she took a page from her Dad’s lifestyle book and decided to simply eat and drink, a little less. At every single meal. For 11 months.

Her Dr. was ecstatic. She was no longer pre-diabetic, as her A1C had plummeted. Her other medications were cut in half, because at this new weight she was getting dizzy.  She didn’t need that big dose anymore.

I asked her if she cut out anything. Not as much wine, but still some. Not as many noodles, but still some. Not as many desserts, but still some, and in general, she just ate a little less.  No need for snacks or “I’m bored or stressed” food. She just stopped.

What difference did this make long-term for Carol? Probably all of the difference in the world. Did her diet have a name? No. Did she track calories and weigh and measure her food?  No. She kept it simple.

I’m going to be writing about what science is currently telling us, versus what we’ve been sold. My hope is to make it interesting and not technical. My hope is that you will engage and ask questions or start conversations with somebody–anybody. Your personal advocacy is so important, and not getting caught up in the minutiae is huge.

I’d love to discuss this with you if you want. The key to creating and reaching goals is showing them to someone. I want to help.

Have a great week.

~TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Please help us spread the word about our upcoming offerings and events!

Q4 TJ's Gym Calendar of Events


TJ’s Gym T-Shirts, Tanks, and Champion Hoodies for the Fall! ORDER EXTENDED! Order yours now!

Men’s T-Shirts are back for the Fall! $25.92. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Women’s Tanks are back for the Fall! $28.60. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoodies are back for the Fall! $69.61. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Hoodies are back for the Fall! $69.61. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

 

 


11th Annual TJ’s Rodeo/Community PARTY: REGISTRATION IS LIVE!

It’s ALMOST Rodeo time! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2018 at TJ’s San Rafael.

Start time TBD, but it’ll be 8/9am to 1pm, with a big chunk of that being a PARTY!

REGISTRATION IS LIVE! Just click on the image above to register before October 22nd to give us enough time to make teams and plan the workout. Register on your own–we will create evenly-matched teams of THREE (one woman, two men) to take part in THREE workouts over the course of 90 minutes. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! We will design the workouts so every team member has something to contribute, and every team member has a specific role.

Participating the Rodeo is a great way to get out of your comfort zone in the safety of a loving community, and that will be especially true this year. Even if you don’t compete, you’re still welcome to join the community party (RSVP avenue coming soon).

Get ready for an insanely fun day!


TJ’s Gym LEGENDS FITNESS FOR AGES 60+

Check out our TJ’s Gym Legends fitness program, a new curriculum designed for the needs of 60+ people. We will include work on strength, balance, mobility, stamina, and general functional life movements. Coach Nick is a perfect fit for this work, and we hope you’ll help us spread the word to all 60+ people you know who want to join (existing TJ’s members can join, as well!).

*Inaugural LEGENDS session: Wednesdays and Fridays, October 3rd-November 16th from 10:30-11:30am at TJ’s Gym San Rafael. The work will continue in sessions from there…


Women’s Group with Dr./Coach Allison Starts September 27th! Sign up NOW!

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This will be a great forum for women to come together for a whole bunch of camaraderie and support as we bounce around thoughts on all sorts of topics related to being a woman (fitness, health, kids, work, body image, sleep, nutrition, relationships…). Open to non-TJ’s members, as well, so please spread the good word! We need more bodies to make it a viable group!

Email allison@tjsgym.com with questions or to register.


The MAKE-IT-HAPPEN Fall Lifestyle and Nutrition Program with TJ.

It’s not too late to join in on the fun and progress! Email jessica@tjsgym.com to MAKE IT HAPPEN now.

 

 

 

 

 

 


YOUTH FITNESS at TJ’s Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Teen/Tween session started on Tuesday, September 4th. No worries…we prorate for late starts! Here are the details:

Session Dates:  September 4th – October 28th

Session Pricing – 8 Weeks

$176 (one day a week)*

$320 (two days a week)*

$430 (three days a week)*

Please reply ASAP to secure a spot. As always, we also have monthly options available for our year-round teen members.

Fall Schedule
Our current class schedule will always be posted on our schedules page HERE.

*Corte Madera – Monday/Wednesday (ages 12 – 16) 4 pm
*Mill Valley – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm
*Corte Madera -Tuesday/Thursday (10 – 13) 4:30 pm
*San Rafael – Tuesdays (12 – 16) 4 pm **(New offering with Coach Nick!)
*Mill Valley – Wednesday 4:00 (12 – 16) – Girls-only **PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME
*Corte Madera – Saturday (12 – 16) 11 am

*Classes expire at the end of the session. Make-ups can happen as needed throughout the session. Schedule subject to change based on registration numbers. Email jessica@tjsgym.com to register.


TJ’s BOOTCAMP!

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SOCCER BALLS BENEFITTING KIDS WITH CANCER

All season soccer JFJ Flyer

If anyone in your family needs (or wants!) a new soccer ball, please consider buying this one. 100% of profits go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Just click on the image above to order yours from our great friends at All Season Soccer, THE place to go for all of your soccer needs!


 SOCIAL MEDIA

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TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 09/17/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 09-17-2018

Tuesday 09-18-2018

Wednesday 09-19-2018

Strength – Wednesday 09-19-2018

Thursday 09-20-2018

Friday-09-21-2018

Saturday 09-22-2018

Sunday – 09-23-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 09-23-2018

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TJ’s Gym Weekly News 09/13/2018

WEEKLY NEWS FROM TJ’s GYM

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Glen has been at this thing for quite awhile. True model of consistency and getting the job done, week after week, year after year. Rumor has it that his father-in-law will be joining our new Legends program, making this a three-generation family affair for Glen and his wife, Stephanie, whose daughter, Brynn, is also a TJ’s athlete. Very cool! We are lucky to have you all!


Message from TJ:

How the End of WW2 Made Us Fat

I found this subject matter interesting, and I hope you will, too. It involves the cavalcade of events that preceded the obesity and chronic disease epidemic with which we are now dealing some 75 years later. This is my unofficial timeline of how the end of WW2 is currently killing now.

Roughly 16 million men and another 350,000 women were involved in both the European and Pacific campaigns of WW2. Countless events happened while our bravest fought overseas. These events were a combination of happenstance and planned motivation from well intending parties, as well as profit-seeking industries.

When war personnel returned home, there was a massive housing shortage. Within a couple of years, the baby boom had started and, because of the massive industrial revolution the war machine had ignited, farming and factory jobs had significantly diminished.  Young men and women flocked to the cities, where the booming economy had created millions of “white collar ” jobs.  Suburbs, like Levittown, NY, had started to crop up outside of the now flourishing urban areas. These planned housing developments came with all of the latest amenities, first and foremost, the freezer/refrigerator combo. The freezer/refrigerator combination was brand new at this time. 40% of households had this technology before the war and upwards of 85% had them when the generation returned from war.

*FUN FACT: Albert Einstein created one of the first self-contained models with no moving parts. It was the safest option of the time. He sold the patent, and that money went to help fund the Manhattan Project.

The introduction of the freezer meant that, for the first time in US history, the convenience of having food last a while was available to a majority of the country. Poor quality, high-calorie, easily-frozen foods began to be marketed as the savior to the busy mother at home while her commuting husband was on the road.

During the War, farmers were told what to grow. For the most part, it was sugar and corn. These items were high in calories and traveled well. Keeping our soldiers fed was of upmost importance, especially after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor caught us completely unprepared from a supply standpoint. The only problem was that this decree took more than a year to ramp up. When it did, we had a few things going for us. The innovation of industry created by WW2 helped immensely in a myriad of ways. First off, the U.S. was able to create a hybrid corn product.  It was for sure high in calories, but it had the nutritional value of a weed.

*FUN FACT: this is the same corn that we eat today. Corn before WW2 was a much different vegetable providing a much stronger nutritional punch. Those days are long gone.

There was also a massive surplus of ammonium nitrate, the main component of explosives. Scientists soon figured out that this made a fantastic fertilizer and was used in massive doses throughout the corn belt, offering farming the ability to have close to 90% crop success. This also caused a massive excess of grain.

*FUN FACT: All crops grown before WW2 were organic, since none of them used pesticides up until that point.

When the war started to wind down, corn production hit full steam. We had such a large surplus that new ways of food production began to explode. During WW2, there were around 2,500 grocery stores selling a few hundred items. By 1955, there were nearly 5,000 stores that had tripled in size to handle the almost 40,000 new products that were being stocked in new middle aisles. Twenty years later, big food company scientists made a discovery that put the final nail in the chronic disease coffin: high fructose corn syrup.

Advertising and marketing companies, with the help from the government, pounded the message home that MORE was better. Fill the plate, clean the plate. There are kids starving in China who would kill for that can of creamed corn, or Eggos. Be grateful. Eat them all. Cows, pigs, and chickens were forced into corn-based feedlots for the first time, because the demand for meat began to soar. Meat was seen as a sign of upward mobility by the Boomer generation raised by Depression-era parents.

Today, the United States leads the world in chronic disease (obesity, diabetes, heart disease). Through hair analysis, it has been shown that US citizens have more corn deposits in their DNA than any other country’s citizens, including Mexico, where corn was born.

Something to think about. Know your food, and know its history. This data can’t just be a coincidence.

~TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS

It’s fire around here, with TONS going on, so be sure to check out the full post below so you don’t miss out. Mark your calendars with the important events coming up!

Our TJ’s GYM 2018 4th Quarter Calendar is HERE!

 


11th Annual TJ’s Rodeo/Community PARTY!

 

 

It’s ALMOST Rodeo time! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2018 at TJ’s San Rafael.

Start time TBD, but it’ll be 8/9am to 1pm, with a big chunk of that being a PARTY!

REGISTRATION IS LIVE! Just click on the image above to register. Don’t delay–registration closes October 22nd to give us enough time to make teams and plan the workout. Register on your own–we will create evenly-matched teams of THREE (one woman, two men) to take part in THREE workouts over the course of 90 minutes. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! We will design the workouts so every team member has something to contribute, and every team member has a specific role.

Participating the Rodeo is a great way to get out of your comfort zone in the safety of a loving community, and that will be especially true this year. Even if you don’t compete, you’re still welcome to join the community party (RSVP avenue coming soon).

Get ready for an insanely fun day!


TJ’s Gym T-Shirts, Tanks, and Champion Hoodies for the Fall! ORDER YOURS by 9/20/18!

Men’s T-Shirts are back for the Fall! $25.92. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Women’s Tanks are back for the Fall! $28.60. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Hoodies are back for the Fall! $69.61. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Hoodies are back for the Fall! $69.61. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!


TJ’s Gym LEGENDS FITNESS FOR AGES 60+

We are thrilled to announce our TJ’s Gym Legends fitness program, a new curriculum designed for the needs of 60+ people. We will include work on strength, balance, mobility, stamina, and general functional life movements. Coach Nick is a perfect fit for this work, and we hope you’ll help us spread the word to all 60+ people you know who want to join (existing TJ’s members can join, as well!).

*Inaugural LEGENDS session: Wednesdays and Fridays, October 3rd-November 16th from 10:30-11:30am at TJ’s Gym San Rafael. The work will continue in sessions from there…


Women’s Group with Dr./Coach Allison Starts September 27th! Sign up NOW!

Marin Strong Flyer.jpg

This will be a great forum for women to come together for a whole bunch of camaraderie and support as we bounce around thoughts on all sorts of topics related to being a woman (fitness, health, kids, work, body image, sleep, nutrition, relationships…). Open to non-TJ’s members, as well, so please spread the good word! We need more bodies to make it a viable group!

Email allison@tjsgym.com with questions or to register.


The MAKE-IT-HAPPEN Fall Lifestyle and Nutrition Program with TJ.

It’s not too late to join in on the fun and progress! Email jessica@tjsgym.com to MAKE IT HAPPEN now.

 

 

 

 

 


YOUTH FITNESS at TJ’s Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our new Teen/Tween session started on Tuesday, September 4th. No worries…we prorate for late starts! Here are the details:

Session Dates:  September 4th – October 28th

Session Pricing – 8 Weeks

$176 (one day a week)*

$320 (two days a week)*

$430 (three days a week)*

Please reply ASAP to secure a spot. As always, we also have monthly options available for our year-round teen members.

Fall Schedule
Our current class schedule will always be posted on our schedules page HERE.

*Corte Madera – Monday/Wednesday (ages 12 – 16) 4 pm
*Mill Valley – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm
*Corte Madera -Tuesday/Thursday (10 – 13) 4:30 pm
*San Rafael – Tuesdays (12 – 16) 4 pm **(New offering with Coach Nick!)
*Mill Valley – Wednesday 4:00 (12 – 16) – Girls-only **PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME
*Corte Madera – Saturday (12 – 16) 11 am

*Classes expire at the end of the session. Make-ups can happen as needed throughout the session. Schedule subject to change based on registration numbers. Email jessica@tjsgym.com to register.


TJ’s BOOTCAMP!

Bootcamp MV

SOCCER BALLS BENEFITTING KIDS WITH CANCER

All season soccer JFJ Flyer

If anyone in your family needs (or wants!) a new soccer ball, please consider buying this one. 100% of profits go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Just click on the image above to order yours from our great friends at All Season Soccer, THE place to go for all of your soccer needs!


 SOCIAL MEDIA

If you’re on Facebook, please request to join the TJ’s Gym Members Facebook Page (current, active members) for all of our most up-to-date announcements and offerings. You can also follow us @tjsgyms on Instagram.



 

 

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TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 09/10/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 09-10-2018

Tuesday 09_11_2018

Wednesday 09-12-2018

Strength – Wednesday 09-12-2018

Thursday 09-13-2018

Friday-09-14-2018

Saturday 09-15-2018

Sunday – 09-16-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 09-16-2018

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TJ’s Gym Weekly News 09/06/2018

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11th Annual TJ’s Rodeo/Community PARTY!

It’s ALMOST Rodeo time! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2018 at TJ’s San Rafael.
Start time TBD, but it’ll be something like 8/9am to 1pm, with a big chunk of that being a PARTY!
That’s right, the Rodeo is back with a few changes this year, making this a true community event. With the input of your coaches, we (Allison TJ are the ones to whom you can complain if you don’t win) will create evenly-matched teams of THREE (one woman, two men) to take part in THREE workouts over the course of 90 minutes. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! We will design the workouts so every team member has something to contribute, and every team member has a specific role.
It’s going to be AWESOME.
Participating the Rodeo is a great way to get out of your comfort zone in the safety of a loving community, and that will be especially true this year.
So let’s do it! Throw your hat in the ring, and make the 2018 Rodeo a highlight of your fitness year. If you don’t compete, you’re still welcome to join the community party! Registration will go live early next week, and we will blast you with the links then. Get ready for an insanely fun day!

 


WEEKLY NEWS FROM TJ’s GYM

Message from TJ:

TONS of announcements this week, so be sure to scroll all the way down! Don’t miss the awesome new apparel order way down there! Here’s this week’s message:

Curves.

The story of Curves has always been fascinating to me. Curves International was started by Gary Heavin in Waco Texas in 1992. By 2006, Curves had grown to over 10,000 worldwide franchises.    Curves has the distinguished record of being the fastest franchise to 10,000 locations. It took McDonalds and Subway 25 years to hit 10,000. Curves did it in 8. Unfortunately, they also hold the record for closing the most number of franchises in record time. Today, only 562 locations remain.

What happened?

There is no definitive article or book on this phenomenon, but I would imagine it had a lot to do with marketing. Marketing ruled the fitness and diet world until 2002, when Greg Glassman wrote an open-source journal linking science and fitness, destroying the myths and exposing the charlatans who were looking to cash in on this thing called fitness. My hope is to link the history of fitness, fad diets, and marketing in this country to figure out how Curves failed in what is now a trillion dollar industry. Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane with my unofficial timeline.

Jack Lalanne

In 1936, Jack opened the first “health club” in the United States, in Oakland. He parlayed that into a television show and eventually into a chain of gyms. He designed equipment and performed amazing feats of fitness. He was a pioneer in fitness whose goal was to get people fit and moving. He preached the benefits of a low-calorie diet, heavy in vegetables and fruits, with moderate protein. He lived to 96 while performing his exercise routine up till the day he died. He kept his message as simple as possible (eat clean and workout every day), while also embracing that, as a nation, the jobs were moving away from farming and factory work and towards a desk. . He knew people were becoming sedentary.  Absolute stud.

Gold’s Gym

Joe Gold opened Gold’s Gym in 1965. He was a merchant marine machinist who was a hardcore Venice Beach weightlifter when he was in town. He built a cinderblock box for the bodybuilders and strongmen when the city closed the original “Muscle Beach.” A young bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger had joined the gym in 1969. The gym made zero dollars, so in 1970 Joe decided to sell the business, the building, the property and HIS NAME for $50,000, so that he could go back into the merchant marine.  Thirty-five years later, the gym chain was bought by a hedge fund for 160 million. Sigh. Fun fact: when Joe returned from the high seas, he sued to get his name back but lost. He promptly opened Worlds Gym, which quickly became the second largest gym chain at that time.

Pumping Iron

In 1977 this seminal documentary starring Arnold was released. While it didn’t blow the doors off the box office, enough people were intrigued to start walking in the doors of the gyms where these “meatheads” trained. More and more gyms started opening and drawing in a crowd of mostly men, but some women braved the terrain. Joe Weider’s magazine company started to boom, and “bodybuilding” started to become a term most people recognized.

Jim Fixx

Jim wrote the Complete Book of Running in 1976.  He had been a heavy smoker and had become obese. This book was his story of how running cured him of his bad habits and also contributed to his better psychological health via what he called “the runners high.” A million copies were sold, and people like my dad, who were overweight, put on their tennis shoes, their Rocky sweat pants and V neck t shirts, and started pounding the pavement. Within a month of running in either Chuck Taylors or Stan Smiths, most folks threw in the towel. But some stuck with it and became addicted, and one company in particular took advantage of this new craze.

Nike

An enterprising young track fan, Phil Knight, along with a long-time collegiate track coach, Bill Bowerman, started Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964. Phil and a few salesman sold sneakers out of the back of their cars at high school and collegiate track meets for more than a decade. In 1977, they changed their name and took the big leap by hiring an advertising company. Kismet! Knight noticed that most people ran like crap, but it wasn’t his responsibility to teach them how to run, so he did the next best thing and started padding the slipper-like shoes that pro runners still wear to this day.  Soon people were running on mattresses, and by 1980, Nike owned 50% of the recreational shoe business. You know the rest.

Richard Simmons/Jane Fonda/Aerobic Studios

In the late 70’s, Richard Simmons was a maitre de in Beverly Hills. He became very interested in eating healthy and lost over 100 pounds by listening to Jack Lalanne and by shunning the other fad diets that had become popular. He opened his first “aerobics” studio in 1980 and began building his business around his personality, which he quickly realized appealed to people who were very uncomfortable walking into the gyms that were opening like crazy. His idea of having a place where anyone could come and be supported started the group exercise craze. In 1982, Jane Fonda found “Aerobic Classes” to be a great way to stay in shape after a ballet class injury. She wrote a book and quickly moved into the burgeoning videotape business by launching the exercise craze that swept the nation into the next frontier: American living rooms.

Health Clubs

By the mid 80’s through present time, large facilities housed everything from weights to cardio machines to racquetball to swimming pools. They were huge warehouses that had everything you wanted but didn’t need. Large chains like Golds, Worlds, and 24hr Fitness started the trend of selling equity to large investment firms.  Celebrity endorsers were hired, more locations were opened.  We’ve all been there, seen that. Not much has changed in that arena, except now these chains are traded by hedge funds to each other to show diversity in their portfolios.

Fitness Studios

There were a number of different companies that jumped into the fitness space at this point. Curves was far from the first but was the most aggressive in its franchise model. The problem that I see is that there was no pivot for these types of gyms. The Curves or Spinning or Aerobics style of workout didn’t work for one simple reason: it didn’t get people fit or healthy. Yes, it provided a place for people to come and be social. Yes, it made you good at the activities inside of the studio, but it didn’t translate into results you wanted OUTSIDE of the facility, for the most part at least.  When folks started to realize this, they left. The franchisees began screaming at the corporate office to let them to try new things, new moves, nutrition, stretching, anything! But Curves International wouldn’t budge, and poof, they disappeared.

So What’s my Point?

Your individual goals are our lifeblood. Without us constantly asking and without your constantly telling us, we aren’t living up to our end of the bargain. Health, performance, and aesthetic are our jams. We want to connect you with the satisfaction you’ll get when you achieve your goals. Our greatest strength is complete honesty, by way of empirical data and science. It’s our vision to help every person who is willing to ask for our help, and we will continue to preach to anyone and everyone who is pretending not to listen.  We won’t get caught in the trap of the past–the marketing of bad science, or the selling of our ideals to the highest bidder. We can’t, because science doesn’t lie. We are here to help you get where you want to be. You keep telling us what you want, and we’ll keep finding a way to offer it.

I’ll leave you with a quotation from Jack Lalanne:

“Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Stay tuned for next week when I write about how the end of WW2 changed us forever.

~TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS

It’s fire around here, with TONS going on, so be sure to check out the full post below so you don’t miss out. Mark your calendars with the important events coming up!

Our TJ’s GYM 2018 4th Quarter Calendar is HERE!


TJ’s Gym LEGENDS FITNESS FOR AGES 60+

We are thrilled to announce our TJ’s Gym Legends fitness program, a new curriculum designed for the needs of 60+ people. We will include work on strength, balance, mobility, stamina, and general functional life movements. Coach Nick is a perfect fit for this work, and we hope you’ll help us spread the word to all 60+ people you know who want to join (existing TJ’s members can join, as well!).

*Inaugural LEGENDS session: Wednesdays and Fridays, October 3rd-November 16th from 10:30-11:30am at TJ’s Gym San Rafael. The work will continue in sessions from there…

Women’s Group with Dr./Coach Allison Starts September 27th! Sign up NOW!

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This will be a great forum for women to come together for a whole bunch of camaraderie and support as we bounce around thoughts on all sorts of topics related to being a woman (fitness, health, kids, work, body image, sleep, nutrition, relationships…). Open to non-TJ’s members, as well, so please spread the good word! We need more bodies to make it a viable group!

Email allison@tjsgym.com with questions or to register.

The MAKE-IT-HAPPEN Fall Lifestyle and Nutrition Program with TJ.

We are a few days into the program, and everyone’s doing great! There is still time to join in on the fun and progress! Email jessica@tjsgym.com to MAKE IT HAPPEN now.

 

 

 


 

 


 

YOUTH FITNESS at TJ’s Gym

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our new Teen/Tween session started on Tuesday, September 4th. No worries…we prorate for late starts! Here are the details:

Session Dates:  September 4th – October 28th

Session Pricing – 8 Weeks

$176 (one day a week)*

$320 (two days a week)*

$430 (three days a week)*

Please reply ASAP to secure a spot. As always, we also have monthly options available for our year-round teen members.

Fall Schedule
Our current class schedule will always be posted on our schedules page HERE.

*Corte Madera – Monday/Wednesday (ages 12 – 16) 4 pm
*Mill Valley – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm
*Corte Madera -Tuesday/Thursday (10 – 13) 4:30 pm
*San Rafael – Tuesdays (12 – 16) 4 pm **(New offering with Coach Nick!)
*Mill Valley – Wednesday 4:00 (12 – 16) – Girls-only **PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME
*Corte Madera – Saturday (12 – 16) 11 am

*Classes expire at the end of the session. Make-ups can happen as needed throughout the session. Schedule subject to change based on registration numbers. Email jessica@tjsgym.com to register.


TJ’s Gym T-Shirts, Tanks, and Champion Hoodies for the Fall! ORDER YOURS by 9/20/18!

Men’s T-Shirts are back for the Fall! $25.92. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Women’s Tanks are back for the Fall! $28.60. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Hoodies are back for the Fall! $69.61. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!

Hoodies are back for the Fall! $69.61. Order closes 09/20/2018. Click on the picture to place your order now!


 

 

TJ’s BOOTCAMP!

Don’t forget about our awesome BOOTCAMP classes in Mill Valley! It’s a great class for people who want to get fit without using a barbell!

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SOCCER BALLS BENEFITTING KIDS WITH CANCER

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If anyone in your family needs (or wants!) a new soccer ball, please consider buying this one. 100% of profits go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Just click on the image above to order yours from our great friends at All Season Soccer, THE place to go for all of your soccer needs!

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You can also support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the upcoming Miracles on the Bay Gala, where Hollis of Juggling for Jude will be speaking as honoree. Email allison@tjsgym.com for discounted tickets to this super-fun night out in San Francisco, or if you or your company is interested in discounted table sponsorships. They also need auction items! Thank you for considering!


 SOCIAL MEDIA

If you’re on Facebook, please request to join the TJ’s Gym Members Facebook Page (current, active members) for all of our most up-to-date announcements and offerings. You can also follow us @tjsgyms on Instagram.



 

 

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TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 09/03/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK



The rest of this week’s workouts will be posted tomorrow, Monday, September 3rd.

Monday – 09-03-2018

Tuesday 09-04-2018

Wednesday 09-05-2018

Strength – Wednesday 09-05-2018

Thursday 09-06-2018

Friday-09-07-2018

Saturday 09-08-2018

Sunday – 09-09-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 09-09-2018

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