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July 1, 2019

It’s summer.  How do you feel about swim gear?  I hope that being at the pool or beach is a time to feel confident about your body instead of regret that you didn’t live up to your promise of getting healthy this year.  Summer reminds me of a story a client told me many years ago.  She was organizing some photos and noticed that she was absent from most pictures of her family during the warm months of the year but present during the winter shots.  Suddenly, she burst into tears after realizing that she had been avoiding the camera when wearing lighter clothes or swimsuits because of being embarrassed about being overweight.  She used that moment as a catalyst to stop making excuses and get serious about her health.  She came to class later that week with a new, hard ass approach to training and nutrition.  Fast forward 9 months…  She brought a photo of herself with her family on the beach with a giant smile on her face.  She thanked me with a big hug…it was a pretty cool moment.  Her husband’s job forced them to leave the area but she kept in touch with more great moments that were made possible by being healthy.  Remember this, nothing tastes as good or last as long as being healthy feels.

The Tues/Thurs Meramec 0545 & 0930 starts a new session tomorrow (off the Fourth of July).  All other classes are off this week but start new sessions next Monday.  We will have the Saturday Whitecliff class on 6 July.  All the registration details are below.  Most new clients report knowing about our program for months or years before pulling the trigger and joining for fear that they need to pre train before starting the program.  That’s just an excuse to put off what should have been done long ago.  Cut the crap…start now.

What do you deserve?  I often find myself in conversations about weight loss and health when it’s revealed that I own a fitness company at social events.  Inevitably, the individual begins by telling me that they need to lose weight then I get a run down of their current efforts to make progress.  I cringe when these interactions begin because rarely do people want to hear the truth about what it takes to lose weight and get fit.  They want to hear that drinking alcohol, eating crap and walking the dog around the block are the keys to success.  The opening monologue usually ends with, “What do you think of (fill in the sub-par nearly useless exercise program they are currently involved in)?”  Now, they are asking for my opinion so I take a deep breath and begin my assault which usually starts with, “That program sucks and as long as you chug glasses of wine like it’s water…you’re not going to lose the weight you’ve spent the last 15 minutes complaining about.”  I make a lot of friends at these parties.  I provide a candid unbiased, professional assessment of their exercise choice and ask if they are exhausted and sweaty at the end followed by soreness the next day.  “I don’t like to sweat or be sore” is a common answer.  Then comes some good old fashion math.  If you have a glass of wine once a day, that comes to 15.6 pounds of fat each year.  If you add 100 calories of sweetener or flavor to your morning coffee five times a week that’s 7.4 pounds of fat annually.  Combine the two and you need to train at your highest intensity (90% of your max heart rate) for 134 hours just to break even.  While I’m delivering the good news, I roll my pants leg up for the crap they are about to shovel my way…”I work hard and DESERVE my wine every day…not giving that up.”  I respond with, “Then you deserve to be overweight…it’s your choice.”  I’ve had this, or similar, conversations hundreds of times over the last 19+ years…it’s the truth.  If we are having this conversation, it’s likely that your current plan isn’t working out so well…maybe it’s time for a change.  You choose what your body looks and feels like…and those decisions are YOURS to control.  Being overweight and unhealthy sucks and I’m paid to help you get to a better place by telling you what you NEED to hear instead of what you WANT to hear.  The fitness industry has been invaded by programs that care more about kissing your ass instead of helping you lose it.  Shark Fitness gets it done for those motivated enough to DESERVE results.

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JULY PROGRAMS

M/W/F 5:45am-STL Community College-Meramec/Kirkwood

M/W/F 6:00am-Shaw Park/Clayton

M/W/F 6:00am-Francis Park/St. Gabriel-St. Louis Hills

T/Th 5:45am-STL Community College-Meramec/Kirkwood

T/Th 9:30am-STL Community College-Meramec/Kirkwood

T/Th 5:30pm-Shaw Park-Clayton

Sat 8:00-9:30am-Whitecliff Park-Crestwood

UPCOMING PROGRAMS (in order of start date)

WHITECLIFF PARK-CRESTWOOD-SATURDAY MORNING (8:00-9:30am)-This is an ongoing program.  You may take a single class for $25 or buy a 2019 5 class punch card for $90 ($18 per class).  To register, please email keath@sharkfitness.net for a release form and details.  Do not contact the community center.  The class meets near the sand volleyball court. Class cancellation info may be found on the front page of our website or on Facebook. Instructor:  Keath Hausher, CMFT.

ST. LOUIS COM. COLLEGE-MERAMEC-TUE/THU MORNING (5:45-6:45am)-Session begins Tuesday, 2 July 2019.  Register by calling the Continuing Education Dept. at 314-984-7777(PEDU 755  S06).  Class fee is $159 for the 12-class program.  Participants may use the locker and shower facilities.  Please park in lots “P” and “O” off Geyer Rd and meet near the gym entrance. Instructor:  Keath Hausher, CMFT.  Note: The class may inside outside if weather is severe.

ST. LOUIS COM. COLLEGE-MERAMEC-TUE/THU MID-MORNING (9:30-10:30am)-Session begins Tuesday, 2 July 2019.  Register by calling the Continuing Education Dept. at 314-984-7777(PEDU 755 S07).  Class fee is $159 for the 12-class program.  Participants may use the locker and shower facilities.  Please park in lots “P” and “O” off Geyer Rd and meet by the softball field.  Instructor:  Keath Hausher, CMFT.  Note: The class may train inside if weather is severe.

ST. LOUIS COM. COLLEGE-MERAMEC-MON/WED/FRI MORNING (5:45-6:45am)-Session begins Monday, 8 July 2019.  Register by calling the Continuing Education Dept. at 314-984-7777 PEDU 755 SO5).  Class fee is $195 for the 15-class program.  Participants may use the locker and shower facilities.  Please park in lots “P” and “O” off Geyer Rd., the gym entrance faces those lots.  Instructor:  Sarah Jaskiewicz, CFT.  Note:  The class may train inside if weather is severe.

SHAW PARK-CLAYTON-MON/WED/FRI MORNING (6:00-7:00am)-Class begins Monday, 8 July 2019. Class costs $156 members/residents/$168 nonresidents (Code 22301) for the four-week program.  You must register with the Center of Clayton in person, call 314-290-8500 or online at:  https://www.claytonmo.gov/government/parks-recreation/recreation-programs to pay with credit card. Participants may use the locker and shower facilities.  Class meets at the south end of Shaw Park near Forest Park Parkway and can move inside the Center of Clayton gymnasium in the event of severe weather. Instructors:  Keath Hausher, CMFT/Brigit Johnson.

FRANCIS PARK -STL HILLS -MON/WED/FRI MORNING (6:00-7:00am)-Class begins Monday, 8 July 2019. Class costs $195 for the 15-class program.  Please register with dale@sharkfitness.net before to the start of the program.  Outdoor classes start on Donovan near the playground and can go inside St. Gabriel’s gym when the weather is extreme.   This program CAN BE JOINED MIDSESSION.  Instructor:  Dale Bauer, CFT.

SHAW PARK-CLAYTON-TUE/THU EVENING (5:30-6:30pm)-Class begins Tuesday, 9 July 2019. Class costs $130 members/residents/$140 nonresidents (Code 22280) for the five-week program.  You must register with the Center of Clayton in person, call 314-290-8500 or online at:  https://www.claytonmo.gov/government/parks-recreation/recreation-programs to pay with credit card. Participants may use the locker and shower facilities.  Class meets at the south end of Shaw Park near Forest Park Parkway. Instructors:  Keath Hausher, CMFT.

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