Coach Kat's Top 4 Benefits of Group Training

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Coach Kat's Top 4 Benefits of Group Training

Group classes can be extremely intimidating to anyone just getting started with fitness or maybe are getting back into it after a hiatus. Whatever your reasoning may be, we’re here to encourage you and give you confidence to walk into any room like a boss.

In general, group exercise has been proven to help individuals feel motivated while exercising and stick with it long term. Everyone has a competitive nature in them, small or large, and that in itself is just one of the reasons people love a group atmosphere.

Here are Kat’s Top 4 Physical & Mental Benefits of working out with a group: 

  1. Group exercise can help people stick to their program and their goals. Each person in class or the group may have their own personal reason for participation, but the bottom line is that you all showed up to complete the task at hand -- your workout (whatever it may be). You are there together and that creates an environment of shared goals and values. Feeling as though you are part of something bigger, and long term, can be a powerful tool in maintaining commitment. 
  2. Group settings can create and/or increase feelings of accountability, not only to yourself, but to others around you. After all, you all are in it together.
  3. Emotional and mental support. Do you ever have those days where you just feel off? Maybe you need some extra care? Participating in group exercise provides increased social support and companionship which can be a critical factor in helping people stay motivated and invested in themselves.
  4. Whether you seek encouragement from external sources or not, group exercise creates an opportunity for positive reinforcement from those around you. The positive reinforcement can be verbal, physical, or even emotional and can come from your peers or your coach/instructor. Sometimes we all need to hear "good job" or "one more rep" to keep us on our path!

We hope this inspires you to try something new and keep in mind all the benefits of why working out with a crowd is so beneficial to your health. If large crowds just aren't your thing, always remember to reach out and get enrolled in our next round of small group training (max of 6 people) or email info@athleticoutcomes.com for personal training info. 

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Studio Sitter + AO: Coming soon!

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Studio Sitter + AO: Coming soon!

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Studio Sitter is an “on-demand child care solution allowing parents the opportunity to keep up their active lifestyles, while simultaneously providing service-based businesses the solution to their need for child care.” 

What does that mean for all those moms and dads out there?

It means we’ve made it easy on all the parents in Austin (and who are members at AO) who want to get in their workout, find a routine, and not have the hassle of looking for a sitter.

When will it be offered at AO?

AO Fit45Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am. You'll have 15 minutes before and after class to drop off / pick up your kiddos. 

How it works? 

During scheduled hours/classes a day, AO will have the Studio Sitter trailer parked out front. You'll check in your child in the trailer up to 15 minutes before class begins, pop right inside to take class, and then pick up the kiddos up to 15 minutes after class! Studio Sitter offers 1, 5, and 10 session packages that allow you to schedule time well in advance or on the spot,  because they understand that sometimes parenting requires some last minute schedule changes.

Why we’re partnering with Studio Sitter?

Dr. B is a new mom herself, she knows how tough it is to find time to hit the gym! It can be challenging to find the time to workout, much less find someone to watch your child that you can trust PLUS the added convenience of Studio Sitter being right outside the gym, you’re able to get back in your daily routine without making any extra trips. We want help take away one less stress and turn that hour into a stress-release.

Check out their site for pricing, how to reserve your child's spot, and other places where you can use Studio Sitter! 

 

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Wellness Wednesday: An Experience with Plant-Based Eating

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Wellness Wednesday: An Experience with Plant-Based Eating

 

At Athletic Outcomes we focus on more than just fitness...

We take into consideration proper recovery, nutrition, and training. Dr. Brittaney Cook is co-owner, has her M.S. in Nutrition & Human Performance, and is a Level 2 Precision Nutrition Coach! If you couldn’t tell by her credentials, she takes nutrition very seriously. That’s because she knows how to properly fuel your body for optimal results and has a passion for helping others.

Recently, Athletic Outcomes held a 21 Day Plant-Based Eating Challenge lead by Dr. B that consisted of… well… 21 days of Plant-Based eating! Dr. B helped to coach the participants throughout by giving them daily tips, statistics, and weekly schedules to stay on track and complete the challenge in a healthy and efficient way.

After the challenge (which was a huge success!) we interviewed one of the participants to give you guys the run-down on how things went and the why that comes with plant-based eating!


Meet Christina.

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Christina was a virtual participant (she lives in Chicago!). Before the challenge, she and her beautiful family were regularly eating eggs, meat, and dairy.  Although she couldn't quite convince her 2.5 year old boy and her husband to participate in the challenge with her, she still decided to go for it alone. Read all about her experience below!


What motivated you to try the Plant-Based Eating Challenge?

My sister recently became vegan and a couple close friends. I was curious as to why and how they could not eat so many things. I am a pretty healthy eater, so thought I was up for the challenge.

 

Have you been plant-based before and if so, why did you decide to stop eating plant-based in the past?

I was vegetarian for a couple years in my early 20's. It was not really a strict vegetarian plan, so I fell back into eating more meat without hesitation after a couple years.

 

How would you describe your experience with the plant-based challenge?

The first week was tough. I was pretty tired, albeit that could have been life, but I associated it with the change in diet. After that first week, I felt great, got in more of a swing of cooking meals that tasted really good and didn't feel like simply a bowl of rice and veg.I definitely felt less of a 'full', uncomfortable feeling after meals and I noticed an uptick in my energy level at the gym and throughout the day.

 

What was something you learned?

I read a lot about the stress on the environment and resources with consuming meat and dairy products. It was kind of alarming and it felt pretty good knowing eating my little plant based diet would help slow down this depletion of resources.

Eating the plant based diet made my monthly cycle way more tolerable. Less cramps, bloating, irritability, and overall energy was higher. After reading about this connection it seems that all the hormones, inflammatory agents in meat and dairy were exacerbating the above symptoms. So, I'm super happy about that:) So is my husband!

 

What ended up being your favorite recipe that you discovered over the 21 days?

My favorite recipe was from Oh She Glows, the Vegan Lasagna. My sister came over and we decided to have a cooking night. I was thinking how the hell is this basil cashew concoction going to replace cheese....but low and behold it did and was actually better! My husband had a meat option for dinner and started with that, then ended up eating 3 pieces of the lasagna!

 

Are you still plant-based today?

I actually am and it's been a fairly easy transition. My husband and son are still eating eggs, meat, and fish, but less frequently because I'm cooking vegan options that substitute meat or fish for them. My husband feels like his energy level has been higher as well, even just cutting out meat a few nights a week.

 

For people who are hesitant to try plant-based eating- what advice would you give them?

I say try it. The evidence is there that plant based diets can reduce incidence of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Who doesn't want to live healthier and longer? Do it cold turkey and stumble through the first week like I did and then you'll most likely find a rhythm and find foods that taste as good as your old meals did. Oh ya, another thing that is amazing is your grocery bill! It is way cheaper to be vegan. Meat, eggs, dairy products are pricey. I was shocked at how much less we spent at the store.

 

What did you like most about the challenge?

I liked being able to commiserate with my sister about vegan recipes, be able to relate to her choices, how she feels when out to eat, or eating with the family. It definitely takes some extra work, but it honestly makes eating food feel more simple. You know exactly what it is and where it came from.

I'm still working on eating fruits and veg that are seasonally appropriate. The store makes it so easy to buy fruits and veg that are not in season. So, lots still to learn and I'm excited about it!

 

 

 

 

 

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