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i.d. Professionals: Staying Motivated During the Holidays

We often need some extra motivation to achieve our fitness goals, especially during the holidays. So we brought together our panel of "i.d. Professionals" to give us some tricks and tips for staying on course.


Marron Brookes

"Staying motivated these next few weeks for me is about focusing on being grateful for what I have and the quality of the time spent, not the eating and drinking. The holiday celebrating is such a fleeting time, I choose to enjoy it with my fiance, our families and friends.  

"Since I am training for some big races, I need to get my workouts in, so it's got to be in the morning. I lay out all my gear the night before so I throw it on and go -- rain, snow or shine -- but never on Christmas morning! There are some holiday-themed races and CrossFit competitions around that are a great way to stay in the game while having fun during the season. 

"Also, I make an effort to be active with my loved ones, so we go for a run or take a yoga class together. You can make new traditions that are healthy and active while still participating in what we know and love this season!"

When to find Marron: Vinyasa Flow, Mondays at 7 pm, Tuesdays at 10 am and Thursdays at 11 am; Treadmill Bootcamp, Tuesdays at 9 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm; Buff Yoga, Wednesdays at 7:15 pm; Pace, Saturdays at 9:15 am.


George Deoudes

"First, make better choices. We all have a choice. Reach for a banana instead of a brownie, go for water instead of soda, seek out chicken salad instead of pizza. Drink less alcohol and choose not to go out the night before to make weekend class in the morning, train five days a week instead of two days a week. 

"Second, learn to motivate yourself. No one is going to force you to come in the gym. Run the extra mile, take an extra class or do the extra push-up. Learn to push yourself. When you're at the gym, make a point to work out. Don't just read a magazine, watch TV or walk around and see others working out. Get the best out of your workout." 

When to find George: Tabata Circuit, Mondays at 10 am; Caveman Workout, Mondays at 5:15 pm. George also is available for personal training.


Barb Fellars

"It's definitely the hardest time of year to stay motivated, but I stay on track by creating a schedule of my workouts.    

"I like to map out my regimen a week in advance and figure out which days will be best for me to run, lift weights and so on.  

"I also decide ahead of time what classes I will take. A schedule helps me commit to keeping a healthy lifestyle, even around all the holiday goodies and festivities."

When to find Barb: Spinning, Wednesdays at 6:15 pm and every other Saturday at 8:15 am; Spin and Sculpt, Fridays at 6:15 am. 

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