TJ’s Gym Weekly News 08/30/2018

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Always a good time on weekend mornings in San Rafael! (Photo: Amy Perl)


WEEKLY NEWS FROM TJ’s GYM

Message from TJ:

There have been lots of questions about the Make-It-Happen program I’m asking you to join, so here’s an idea of what I’m trying to accomplish with this one.

We ask you to do hard stuff in here. We want you doing complicated core-to-extremity movements performed at uncomfortable intensities. We want you committing to a lifestyle that will spark your hormonal systems to create long-lasting changes in body fat, bone density, and lean body mass. These changes will give you a massive advantage in the fight against aging and chronic disease.

In countless ways, we challenge you to make choices that are initially uncomfortable and don’t necessarily offer immediate results. Most of you who choose to stick with those choices look back and acknowledge that they were worth the effort. This is especially true when you are forced into situations that border on the extreme: cancer, joint replacement, loss of a loved one, etc. If you go into those experiences with a strong, physical baseline and clear mindset, you will have a far easier time dealing.

Of course, not all improvements in life can be achieved physically. We need to be challenged in other ways and in other areas in order to be better, stronger, and more prepared.

The Make-It-Happen program involves a very simple request: Don’t eat sugar or drink alcohol from the day after Labor Day until Thanksgiving Day. I know this raises tons of questions, even though this is a pretty simple challenge. The answer will always will come back to this one basic rule: Don’t eat sugar or drink alcohol until Turkey time.

I know. You want this to be a game or have rules or points or an app or maybe a funny mascot.

Maybe you want it to have its own social media account or a group chat room or celebrity endorsement.

“Hi, I’m Tico Torres and if you haven’t tried MIH then you haven’t tried it. Thank you very much, and God bless.”

What we are doing here is asking you to NOT do something, and we aren’t going to sub in a bunch of other crap to distract you. We just want to give your incredible human body a f$@#ing break. To let it heal. To let it recover. To let it be awesome 20 or 30 years from now. Trust me, it needs a vacation.

What I’m offering is my help. I’ll help by asking hard questions. What do you want your life to look like ten years from now? Why this is so hard? Why did you fall off the wagon, and why won’t you get back on again? What is the plan once this program is over?

Accountability. The whole way through. It’s the missing piece. I’ve done it, myself, to work out my own demons. I know what to expect, and I know what you need. Here is the funny part: I’m not asking you to be perfect. I’m asking you to do this thing the whole way through, with me.

You’ll be reading a whole bunch more below about the suggestions we make. Are they rules? I don’t know, are they? Is there a winner? I don’t know, is there? Lean protein, clean carbs, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables will all be permitted, but you probably already knew that. How much? Until you’re full.

I look forward to the questions and comments. Make It Happen.

~TJ


ANNOUNCEMENTS


NEW Women’s Group with Dr./Coach Allison Starts September 27th!

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This is going to awesome! It’ll 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! Email allison@tjsgym.com with questions or to register.

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

 

 

 

Labor Day Schedule

 

 

YOUTH FITNESS at TJ’s Gyms:

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.

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!


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TJ’s Gym Workouts for the Week 08/27/2018

WORKOUTS FOR THE WEEK


Monday – 08-27-2018

Tuesday 08-28-2018

Wednesday 08-29-2018

Strength – Wednesday 08-29-2018

Thursday 08-30-2018

Friday-08-31-2018

Saturday 09-01-2018

Sunday – 09-02-2018

Barbell Club – Sunday 09-02-2018

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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

Strength – 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.


WEEKLY NEWS FROM TJ’s GYM

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.


 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 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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