TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 08/20/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 08-20-2018

Tuesday 08-21-2018

Wednesday 08-22-2018

Thursday 08-23-2018

Friday-08-24-2018

Saturday 08-24-2018

Sunday – 08-26-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 08-26-2018

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TJ’s Gym Weekly News 08/16/2018

 

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We are super grateful to have Lars back in the gym after a major bike wreck a few weeks ago. While it has not been scientifically proven, we are pretty sure his fitness helped. Stay safe, Lars! Great to see you doing so well! P.S. Be like Lars and always wear a helmet.


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Message from TJ:

Samuel* (name changed for privacy) was a client of mine a couple of decades ago. He was born to a single mother in another country. Based on Sam’s account, his mom was possibly the toughest mother I’ve ever heard of, a sort of Catholic school nun combined with prison guard. Sounded fun. She had one goal for her only child: to get him to the United States. Somehow, some way, she was successful. Through a series of almost miraculous events, she was able to get him into a private school back east when he was 13 years old. From day one, Sam’s mother made him speak his native language, along with English, even though she didn’t speak English very well. I joked that if I ever had anyone leave the outgoing message for the gym I was planning to open some day, it was going to be him. The mix of his accent, bass tone, and eloquence, would make Morgan Freeman blush. He graduated from Stanford, earned his MBA, started working for a major corporation in the Bay Area, and settled into life in San Francisco. He climbed the corporate ladder and eventually became a senior vice president. Well done, Sam.

Sam was in his late 50’s when we met. He was referred to me by another client, and I immediately fell in love with him. He was a wide-open, honest, laugh-out-loud human who immediately brought you into his life by making you feel like you were the most interesting person he knew. His care for his friends was his greatest gift, and he  welcomed me into his world as one of his oldest friends, even though we had just met.

Sam needed me to know his story before we ever started working out. He was HIV positive. You have to remember that this was 1995. There was no cure, no protocols, and, 20 years into the epidemic, very little hope for a cure. Sam was loaded up on steroids and Testosterone and was told by the best doctors in the world to gain 20-30 pounds of muscle in case he became sick and started to waste away. The protocol back then was to have more of you, to buy time, just in case a cure was developed.

Most folks didn’t last very long back then. Some were blessed with the ability to genetically fight the disease for a longer period of time, but many died in under a year. Sam’s partner had died of AIDS in just a few months, a year before I met him. Sam didn’t know he was HIV positive until after his partner died.

For five years, I had the absolute honor of spending time with this great man. He taught me about life, love, and being a man. I was a 25-year-old knucklehead just rolling through my days when I met him. He helped me realize that I had more to offer. He helped me figure out that Allison was the one. He helped me become who I am today.

He wasn’t able to make it to our wedding, but he gifted us two first class plane tickets for our honeymoon as a gift.

Shortly after that, Sam’s health deteriorated rapidly. His eyes jaundiced. His cough worsened. His energy depleted daily. The “cocktail” for HIV had been discovered, but it was too late for Sam. His death was very heavy for me and the rest of his friends.

I’m sharing my story about Sam, because I had a rough patch recently, and those patches will sometimes make me think of him. The memory of his ear-to-ear smile every time he saw me helps to pull me out of my funk. In the midst of my most recent fog, something absolutely beautiful happened.

Hyden is one of our members. He just graduated from high school and is taking a gap year before he heads off to college. He’s working in the city to gain experience in the “real world.” He is incredibly witty, smart, and driven.

I helped Hyden work on his senior project–a proposal to bring fitness to kids at the local community center. I helped him set up the program and told him what to expect and how to navigate the red tape of local municipalities. While the outcome of the project didn’t end up exactly like he had hoped, we both had a great experience connecting around it.

Hyden is thoughtful and kind, moreso than most adults, probably.  He gave me this gift:

This is a journal that HE MADE HIMSELF.

I write this blog to tell stories that, hopefully, make you take stock of your “haves” and “have nots.” I do it to differentiate this community from all others. I do it to try to give something back to the very best of you who constantly work at getting better every day.

I also do it to acknowledge the pretty amazing people I have the honor and pleasure of knowing. While I have thanked Hyden already, this is my true thank you note.

Hyden, Sam would tell you that you have so much more left to give and that you can’t stop trying to give it. He would tell you a story of how vicious the gangs were in his home country, but no where near as nasty as the corporate boardrooms he would one day encounter. His point would be that you are developing tools when you struggle as a young person, and you will use those tools later in life to help you succeed and find happiness.

Sam would be proud of both of us.

You have brought back many tear-filled memories of a wonderful friend of mine. I wish he were here to meet you, but selfishly, too, I wish he were here to be able to see what THIS knucklehead has become.

Thanks for confirming that Sam was right and that I’m doing the right thing.

~TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS


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

 

This one’s going to be good, and so are you! You won’t want to miss out. STAY TUNED!

Labor Day Schedule

YOUTH FITNESS at TJ’s Gyms:

SUMMER Session goes through August! 

*Mill Valley – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm

*Corte Madera – Monday/Wednesday (ages 12 – 16) 4 pm
*Corte Madera -Tuesday/Thursday (10 – 13) 4:30 pm
*Mill Valley – Wednesday 4:30 (12 – 16) – Girls-only
*Corte Madera – Saturday (12 – 16) 11 am

FALL Session starts in SEPTEMBER

Our next Teen/Tween session on Tuesday, September 4th

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 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 – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm **(New offering!)
*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.


Labor Day Schedule


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TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 08/13/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 08-13-2018

Tuesday 08-14-2018

Wednesday 08-15-2018

Strength – Wednesday 08-15-2018

Thursday 08-16-2018

Friday-08-17-2018

Saturday 08-18-2018

Sunday – 08-19-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 08-19-2018

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TJ’s Gym Weekly News 08/10/2018

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Shout out to Coach Nick for making people in Marin better, hour after hour, year after year.


WEEKLY NEWS FROM TJ’s GYM

Message from TJ:

Carmen B.

I’m taking the blog in a little different direction this week. The most interesting stories are the ones that happen right here in our own community.  Every once in a while, I think it will be cool to drop in a quick video about someone in our program whom you all might find as motivating as I do.

Carmen started with us back in 2011. He’s a transplant from Jersey, so there was an immediate connection. He was in his late 50’s when he started and immediately became a favorite student of all the coaches. He shows up, he wants to do things right, and he breaks into a huge smile faster than anyone.

This is his story, and he and I both hope you’ll enjoy it.

~TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS


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

 

This one’s going to be good, and so are you! You won’t want to miss out. STAY TUNED!

YOUTH FITNESS at TJ’s Gyms:

SUMMER Session goes through August! 

*Mill Valley – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm

*Corte Madera – Monday/Wednesday (ages 12 – 16) 4 pm
*Corte Madera -Tuesday/Thursday (10 – 13) 4:30 pm
*Mill Valley – Wednesday 4:30 (12 – 16) – Girls-only
*Corte Madera – Saturday (12 – 16) 11 am

FALL Session starts in SEPTEMBER

Our next Teen/Tween session on Tuesday, September 4th.

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 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 – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm **(New offering!)
*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.


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TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 08/06/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 08-06-2018


Tuesday – 08-07-2018

Wednesday 08-08-2018

Strength – Wednesday 08-08-2018

Thursday 08-09-2018

Friday-08-10-2018

Saturday 08-11-2018

Sunday – 08-12-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 08-12-2018

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TJ’s Gym Weekly News – 08/03/2018

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Todd, in green, turned 50 a couple of weeks ago, making him living proof that we can turn back the clock. This is the blog theme this week. Again. Happy Birthday, Todd! Keep crushing it.


WEEKLY NEWS FROM TJ’s GYM

Message from TJ:

Tom Cruise has got himself a monster hit on his hands. Mission Impossible 6 is going to break some serious records, and it currently has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  I’ve got another piece of information for you: Tom Cruise is 56 years old. I need you to click on your memory banks and transport yourself back to 1980. I know, some of you weren’t even born till decades later, but hang in there. Remember the movie Cocoon? Adorable movie about senior citizens who come into contact with alien life forms that give them the energy and vitality they had in their 20’s, as well as the power of immortality. Here’s a quick piece of trivia for you.

Tom Cruise is SEVEN years OLDER now than Wilford Brimley was when Brimley starred in Cocoon at the age of 49.

I will wait while your cynical brain Googles this. Be careful, you will stumble upon a huge wormhole of celebrities of different ages compared to their contemporaries from previous eras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do we know about aging? I’m not talking about our years on Earth. I’m talking about the process that causes our quality of life to deteriorate. I often hear the same comments from folks when we sit together during my intros:

“I don’t have the same energy I use to.”

” I don’t sleep as well as I use to.”

“My body doesn’t have the same tone it use to.”

“I’m not as strong as I use to be.”

“I’m not as happy.”

Ouch, that last one always gets me.

You see, all of the comments above have a causes. When your hormones decrease, you suffer consequences. Your skin, outlook, and health all change negatively.  When you increase your hormonal value, you reap the benefits.

We have removed the crystal ball to predict the future, and we have replaced it with data and science. Poor nutrition choices and lack of intentional activity lead to preventable,  chronic disease. They also lead to unnecessary long-term suffering if you happen to be in an unfortunate genetic category.  A tiny percentage might not be able to prevent some diseases, but the effects of them can be easily managed when you’re healthy.

Mr. Brimley is currently 83 years old. He has been acting for almost 50 years and has had Type 2 Diabetes since 1979.

Tom Cruise was last seen jumping from one 50-story building to another, and according to my friend who use to train him, is “strong as hell.” Sure he may have some personality quirks and believe in things I don’t, but the guy is faring pretty darn well when it comes to the physiological aging process.

Notice my trainer friend didn’t say “fit.” My friend and I had a long discussion about being fit vs.  functional. Fit to us means being able to run long distances slowly.  Functional means carrying a body out of a burning building. Fit means hiking for three hours. Functional means digging 50 post holes in a day. Remember, functional training increases fitness, but it doesn’t work the other way around.

I’m telling you right now that without training ALL of it, you’re not doing it right.  By all of it, I mean moving large loads, long distances quickly. That’s how you nudge the hormonal needle, and no amount of riding a bike in a dark room or using a “theory” of moving your bodyweight quickly to get Splat points is going to do it, either. That’s just science, not opinion.

Sorry, I had to go there.

Commit to the whole package, use your options, get your facts straight by talking through it. Then go do some Tom Cruise shit.

~TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS


 


We will be doing the 31 Heroes workout this Saturday, August 4th, at all gyms. To find out more about this workout and the heroes it honors, go HERE.

YOUTH FITNESS at TJ’s Gyms:

SUMMER Session goes through August! See Below for FALL Session info. 

 

Teen Summer Session Dates:  July 2nd – August 31st *

*No class Wednesday, July 4th.

Session Prices – We have flexible pricing for the Summer session. Please reply ASAP to me to secure a spot. As always, we also have monthly options available for our year-round members.

Summer Schedule
All classes are pending viable registration numbers. Our current class schedule will always be posted on our schedules page HERE.

*Mill Valley – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm

*Corte Madera – Monday/Wednesday (ages 12 – 16) 4 pm
*Corte Madera -Tuesday/Thursday (10 – 13) 4:30 pm
*Mill Valley – Wednesday 4:30 (12 – 16) – Girls-only
*Corte Madera – Saturday (12 – 16) 11 am

If you are interested in classes at our San Rafael location, please reach out!

*Classes expire at the end of the session. Make-ups can happen as needed throughout the session. Please share with anyone who might be interested in joining!

Our next Teen/Tween session on Tuesday, September 4th.

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 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 – Tuesday/Thursday (12 – 16) 4 pm **(New offering!)
*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.


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TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 07/30/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 07-30-2018

Tuesday 07-31-2018

Wednesday 08-01-2018

Strength – Wednesday 08-01-2018

Thursday 08-02-2018

Friday-08-03-2018

Saturday – 8/04/2018

Sunday – 08-05-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 08-05-2018

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