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Why I Race – Meet Meredith!

Why I Race – Meet Meredith!

Sep 27, 2017

Featured Spartan: Meredith Hudson   Tell us about your Spartan story and what motivated you to do a Spartan race: I did my first race in April of 2017 in Charlotte. It was a way for my husband and John to spend some time together. I was terrified but knew I had him with me. It was such a wonderful feeling to finish it and I loved it, I was ready to do more. I am never going to be the one who does this for time, but I will do them just to have some time with some awesome people without a phone…. In your own words, how did Ferguson Fitness help you prepare for your Spartan race? I did my first race before I knew Ferguson Fitness. I did my second race after training for a few months with Ferguson. HOLY COW – they so prepared me for this race. I was able to finish some obstacles that 6 months before John had to help me on. I had some endurance, way more strength, both mentally and physically.   Talk about your experience in training with our Spartan Team and how that benefited your race preparation. I am not sure I have the words to describe how amazing and inspiring training with the team is. It is the most fantastic group I know. They never make you feel like you don’t belong, they welcome you, they include you, they are a family. They push you to do all you can and at the same time will help you get there. They believe in teamwork. They have pushed me out of my comfort zone and are making me a better person. I really wish I had the words to explain my experience, but I just can’t. There are no words for how wonderful Ferguson Fitness really is, they are just BADASS and wonderful. Describe your Spartan race day experience: OOOH, you know its going to be a good day when you start crying when you get over the entrance wall… It was a day of laughter, teamwork, more tears of joy than I have had in a long time and just an amazing...

Why I Race – Meet Robin!

Why I Race – Meet Robin!

Apr 21, 2017

Featured Spartan: Robin Kennedy       Tell us about your Spartan story and what motivated you to do a Spartan race: I’m not sure how I ended up down the Spartan Race rabbit hole! I’m not sure how it happened, but my spouse and I decided to sign up for a Spartan Race. We had both recently lost thirty pounds, and the race seemed like an excellent way to reaffirm (and celebrate!) our commitment to healthier choices. In your own words, how did Ferguson Fitness help you prepare for your Spartan race? I can’t imagine completing my first race without the training we received at Ferguson Fit, and I definitely can’t imagine finishing it without our team.   Describe what you did to prepare for your Spartan race: We attended SGX three times a week, and we came to one or two boot camp sessions each week.   Talk about your experience in training with our Spartan Team and how that benefited your race preparation. The two most important things that our SGX training provided were: 1) a knowledge of the obstacles/race environment, and 2) an amazing, supportive, motivating, welcoming, got-your-back team.  Understanding the obstacles and the strategies to beat them took away (most of) my race-day anxiety. I was able to enjoy the sunshine and the mud with our team. What changes have you experienced in preparing for your Spartan race? I can run a little longer without stopping. I can go across the monkey bars. I can flip tires, climb walls, and do a LOT of burpees. Mostly, I just have a lot more confidence in my abilities and my body’s abilities. We’ve already committed to completing a Super. I would have never believed I was capable of completing it. I know I won’t be perfect at every obstacle, and I won’t finish with the fastest time. But, I will finish! Describe your Spartan race day experience: Muddy. Challenging. Muddy. Fun. Muddy. Team Effort. Muddy.   What would you tell someone who is thinking about training for a Spartan race? DO IT. Seriously. Do it. It’s incredibly empowering to look back at the five mile/23-obstacle race we completed and say, “I did...

Ferguson Fitness on TV!

Here are links to a couple of our recent appearances on our local TV Talk Show Daytime Blue Ridge and our first ever commercial featuring our awesome clients!      ...

Lower Body Blast

I was so honored to get to visit my friends at Daytime Blue Ridge today for Workout Wednesday!  I created a fun, short, and intense Lower Body Blast workout to share.  Below is the workout and a video featuring all the moves! Lower Body Blast: This can be done in 30 minutes or less and using weights or just your body weight. Exercises are paired in super sets with 45 sec of work and 15 sec of rest and each round is repeated twice. Single sided exercises are meant to be done on the right side the first set and then the left side the second set. The bonus round is optional!  If you are new to working out, you can stick with just body weight for all these moves and add weight when you are ready.  Also you can increase the rest breaks or lengthen the exercise intervals to make it less or more intense as needed.  Check out the video for visuals of all the exercises!     Warm up – Light jogs, jacks, alternating lunges, side to side lunges, knee hugs and ankle grabs – 2-3 min. ROUND 1: Squats with a Hold the last 15 sec Single Leg Dead Lift ROUND 2: Split Squat (Stationary Lunge) with 15 sec hold Calf Raise Slow and Fast ROUND 3: Side Lunge with tap Bowlers Lunge with 15 sec hold/pulse *Note – work the same leg for both moves back to back. If stepping out with right leg in side lunge, keep right leg in front for bowlers ROUND 4: *Use a bench or chair Single Leg Glute Lift Runners Lunge with a triple pulse and tap ROUND 5: Climbing Beast All 4s Single Leg Bend & Extend BONUS ROUND: Sumo Squat/Squat Jump Inchworm Plank Lift Combo STRETCH!...

My review of the Beachbody performance line

My review of the Beachbody performance line

Jan 23, 2016

Our mission of helping others change their lives through fitness is one we love and take very seriously. Living the fitness lifestyle and leading by example is the only way to truly make sure that we are providing the absolute best information and support. You know the saying “never trust a skinny chef…well why would you ever trust a out of shape trainer? Over the years Johanna and I have consistently researched and then put numerous nutrition and training programs to the test before recommending them to clients. So this year while attending the Beachbody Summit in Nashville we finally got a chance to try the new performance line that we had been eagerly awaiting! We decided to try the entire stack for a month and see how it helped our performance and recovery. Now it has been over 6 months and we are still using the stack and very satisfied. As always I must stress to you that its vital to have your nutrition on target and check with your Doctor first before adding supplements to your program. Supplements are just that..a supplement to a healthy nutrition and workout program. The performance line is designed to work together as a stack but we an help you decide if even one of the performance line could make a big impact on your results. Let me breakdown each supplement and explain how and when I am using them ENERGIZE is formulated with key ingredients to help:*Boost energy and endurance • Improve exercise performance • Sharpen focus and reaction time • Increase muscle power output • Delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue. The key ingredients are  Beta-alanine, Low-dose caffeine (from green tea) and Quercetin. I love Energize and use two scoops before each workout. I start drinking it about ten minutes before and power through sessions feeling focused and well energized. What I like most is I have never felt the jittery, cold sweat feel I had experienced with other pre-workout products.   RECOVER • Speed muscle recovery • Combat exercise-induced muscle soreness • Reduce muscle breakdown • Promote lean-muscle growth • Improve adaptation to exercise • Improve muscle strength recovery • Support muscle glycogen recovery. Key ingredients: Pomegranate extract * 20 grams...

Gingerbread Balls

Gingerbread Balls

Dec 23, 2015

  I have purposely not done a lot of baking this year to avoid over-indulging in all the  yummy ingredients and finished product of cookies and sweets – one of my weaknesses.  But let’s face it, you still need something around to satisfy that sweet tooth and we’ve made lots of Shakeology treats before so these seemed like a great holiday version.  Yummy and at only 58 calories a serving, they will keep you on track with your goals!   Gingerbread Balls Total Time: 15 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: about 18 servings, 1 ball each Ingredients: ¼ cup almond flour ¾ cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. ground cloves 1¼ cups pitted dates, packed Preparation: 1. Place almond flour, oats, Shakeology Gingerbread Balls Total Time: 15 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: None Yield: about 18 servings, 1 ball each Ingredients: ¼ cup almond flour ¾ cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. ground cloves 1¼ cups pitted dates, packed Preparation: 1. Place almond flour, oats, Shakeology, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a food processor; pulse until mixture is the consistency of flour. 2. Add half of dates; pulse until well blended. 3. Add remaining dates; pulse until mixture forms a uniform dough. 4. Shape dough into eighteen walnut-sized balls; place in airtight container. 5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. , cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a food processor; pulse until mixture is the consistency of flour. 2. Add half of dates; pulse until well blended. 3. Add remaining dates; pulse until mixture forms a uniform dough. 4. Shape dough into eighteen walnut-sized balls; place in airtight container. 5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before...