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  • The Benefits of Working Out With a Friend

    The Benefits of Working Out With a Friend

    At Farrell’s, we are all about group fitness and having a blast with our fitfam. But did you know that there are several benefits of kickboxing and strength training with a friend? Working out with a friend allows you to hold your partner accountable, push each other along, and support one another along your fitness journeys. We know how hard it can be to make time to commit to yourself, and working out alone can make that commitment even more difficult. When you schedule your workout with a friend who is depending on you to show up, you tend to honor that commitment. Another added benefit to scheduling your workouts at the same time every day with your friend is that ....

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  • A Healthier Way To Grocery Shop

    A Healthier Way To Grocery Shop

    If you’re like me-you are all about time saving & efficiency. I thought it would be helpful to provide my best tips and tricks behind navigating the grocery store to obtain the healthy foods you are looking for, without wasting any time. So let’s dive in: Make a list: Fail to plan, and plan to fail, is a motto that Farrell’s taught me and I live by it to this day. Every time I go to the store, I make a list. My best advice? If you are going to a store whose layout you are familiar with-take an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and create your list by aisle, in the flow of how you naturally navigate the store. Create a Colorful Cart: Fruits and vegetables are ....

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  • Coffee and Health: The Research

    Coffee and Health: The Research

    Coffee has been a huge staple in our lives, as well as a topic of discussion in the health and fitness community just as long. Research has pulled us in multiple directions-some positive, some negative. So, what’s the deal ? Is coffee good, or bad for you? It’s not that simple. According to a recent review article in the New England Journal of Medicine , the caffeine in coffee doesn’t increase your risk for heart disease or cancer . Research suggests that 3-5 cups of coffee daily has actually been associated consistently with a reduced risk of several diseases, even death. There are, however, a few things to look out for, so let’s weigh the ....

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  • 5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office

    5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office

    5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office There is no denying the fact that most of us should be stretching more. But let’s be honest, how many of us actually have the time to do this... let alone meal prep, get to the gym, show up to work, and have time for family? Well, your days of deciding be tween 10 more minutes of sleep or getting up early to stretch before your gym session are over. Why? Because new research has found that stretching does not have to be an elaborate, lengthy routine. Even five minutes per major muscle group per week is enough to reap the benefits.¹ That equates to about one minute per day ....

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  • The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station

    The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station

    The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station By Bobby Turnquist Farrell’s National Challenge Finalist My entire adult life has been a rollercoaster ride of weight. Even in high school, I was never happy with the way I looked. I was never what one would call “fat”, but I always carried a little extra. Thankfully, I was also blessed with a pretty decent athletic ability. This kept me active and is likely why I was not an obese teenager. I never had a grasp on good nutrition and have always eaten whatever I wanted. Surely, as I have discovered over the last year, this was going to catch up with me eventually… I graduated from High ....

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  • Farrell's Got Me Off The Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck On

    Farrell's Got Me Off The Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck On

    Farrell’s Got Me Off the Hamster Wheel I Was Stuck In By Joy LeTendre , Farrell’s 2020 National Challenge Finalist At the close of 2018, I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I had been working the same job for 18 years, my husband and I lived in a little townhome with our two little girls, and I kept losing and gaining back the same 20 pounds. After having our two beautiful girls, I never dropped the extra baby weight. I felt like a hamster stuck in its wheel, not making any changes to truly better my life. I had tried a couple Farrell’s classes in early fall 2018, and I will never forget my first kickboxing class. What ....

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  • Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in Eden Prairie, there’s a good chance that one of your main goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat? Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s important to know the difference to help you achieve your goals. And keep them. Weight Loss Your body’s total weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t achieve ....

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  • 4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    Picture this: You hit the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in Eden Prairie, get the kids prepped for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more regularly, and eventually, it turns into your new morning routine. You think to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!” Ring a bell? If you’ve been through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve arrived at the ....

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  • How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    With changes going on in the world today, most of us are using more time in our houses. It can seem tricky to keep up with a positive lifestyle when your gym in Eden Prairie is closed. You could have found yourself becoming the teacher, home cook, and parent in your house. Or you are working from home for the time being and struggling to set up some structure in your day. In these changing times, it can be tempting to devote more time to the couch, checking the news and movie after movie, and casually losing your day-to-day workout routine. We may be passing more time at home, but we can always create ways to keep up healthy behavior! Below, find our preferred positive habits you can ....

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  • Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Doug Wespiser is a Farrell’s member at Farrell’s White Bear, Minnesota. Doug’s story is truly one of hard work and dedication. Keep reading to hear, in Doug’s words, how he became the father, husband, and man he always wanted to be! Chapter 41: How Did I Get Here? Growing up, I was full of ambitions and dreams. “Who do I want to be? What do I want to do when I grow up?” As a husky boy in my teens, I planned to be an avid hunter, camper, and fisherman, exploring remote locations and surviving off the land. Today, at 41 years of age and nearly 300 pounds, I think to myself, “How did I get here? How could I be so far away from what I had envisioned ....

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