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Fitness
Published Thursday Jun 18, 2020 by Bob Algard

Father’s Day Advice from a Fitness Pro

Fitness

Hey dads, 
 
Have you ever wanted to unlock the secrets to owning your day while balancing fitness and fatherhood? 
 
My name is Bob Algard, co-owner of Solid Rock Training, and I just entered first-time fatherhood with my wonderful wife, Bekah, and our beautiful son, Robert Paul. Here’s my Father’s Day gift to dads just like you and me. But before you get into all my secrets, I have to warn you, not all of them are “easy,” but they are proven to work, and have worked, for hundreds of men. 


Secret #1 - Prepare your go-bag and clothes 

Just as a soldier is expected to have their gear ready to go at all times, so should you. Get your bag packed the night before and lay out the clothes for the upcoming day. No more thinking required—it’s go time! 


Secret #2 - Wake up at a similar time every day 

Keeping the same waking schedule is proven to help you stay at the top of your game because your body craves consistency. Fatherly duties require us to be alert, attentive, and ready for action, and waking up at the same time helps make those attributes routine. 


Secret #3 - The “No Snoozing” rule 

I learned this one while at military college. When your alarm goes off, it’s time to get up. You set your alarm. Honor it. This is your first commitment of the day. You, your family, and your purpose can’t afford to be snoozed on. NO SNOOZING. 


Secret #4 - Drink 24oz of water upon waking  

It’s a scientific fact that when you wake up in the morning your body NEEDS water. While you slept, your body and mind did serious work repairing muscles, replacing cells, removing toxins, and reorganizing your memory files. Hydrate, hydrate, and when you are about done, hydrate some more. 


Secret #5 - Set daily intentions 

What you pay attention to will dominate your focus, so setting powerful intentions daily will ensure laser focus on what really matters. Intentions are about your life’s vision and purpose. For example, my intentions every day are built using a simple framework. I break everything into the 5 F’s. Faith. Family. Fitness. Finance. Freedom. It’s your duty to give an ‘F’ about the things that matter. 


Secret #6 - Fuel your body 

Every morning after I’m done setting my intentions for the day, I have a smoothie to fire up my metabolism and fuel the beast within. Typically, I’ll have a healthy serving of fruits, vegetables, fat, organic matcha, and vegan protein.  
 
Pro Tip: Put it all in the blender, minus the frozen ingredients, the night before to give yourself a five-minute head start. 


Secret #7 - Get moving 

You’ve got two options based on how your body feels. Go for a 20-minute walk to get your blood flowing and joints lubricated or get a quick 20-minute strength and mobility flow in. As the old saying goes, a body in motion stays in motion. 
 
Now, you are off to the races! The best part of all this will take you no more than 45 minutes, so you can focus on crushing your day and owning the most important aspects of your life. 
 
Let’s get to it. 

Interested in learning more about Bob Algard and how he’s reopening Solid Rock Training? Check out our Fitness Showcase webinar!  

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Written by
Bob Algard
Co-Owner, Solid Rock Training
About the author
Bob Algard is a co-owner of Solid Rock Training, the Southwest's premier functional fitness studio based in Norman, Oklahoma. Solid Rock Training offers a Pain-free, coach-led fitness formula in just 45 minutes, designed to transform your body, torch fat, build lean muscle, increase strength, and improve your cardiovascular endurance.
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Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.