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Tony Williams

Get Off The Scale

I wanted to write this blog and dedicate it to Kyrstal Reynolds the Blaze Fit Studio Founder. When I first joined the studio Kystal was asking me some of my goals and I remember telling her that I wanted to get down to x pounds. She immediately said "Tony never go by what a scale says, always go by how your body is transforming".  I took this information to heart and I wanted to impart this to all the female blazers that consider achievement by what the scale reads or defeat by what the scale reads. This blog is for you!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”  


Tony Williams

How to Make Working Out a Lifelong Habit

After College I found myself to be one of those guys who could never stick to his workout plan.

I’d always start off with plenty of enthusiasm.  I’d research all my workouts, set strict meal plans, have a specific goals of X pounds of muscles within X weeks…

But by week 3, I’d already get bored.  Start slacking.  And once I miss a workout or cheat on my meal, it was all downhill from there.  And yes, this happened many, many times.

Was I just lazy?  Did I just not have any self-discipline?  At the time, I thought the answer was most definitely “Yes…you just suck at life.”

But let’s fast forward to now.  I’ve been working out consistently for the past 6 weeks at Blaze Fitness Studio. I’ve been eating healthy under the direction of Krystal Reynolds our Queen Ignitor!  I feel better and look better than I ever have before.

I finally did it! But how?  Did I miraculously become a self-disciplined, non-lazy, butt-kicking machine?  Uh no!

The only difference is that I changed my reason for working out.

See, back then, the only reason I was working out was so I could look better.  So I could finally have a beach body that I wasn’t ashamed of.  So I could finally turn some girls’ heads.

But this was a terrible reason for me to stick to my gym schedule day in and day out.  Progress was slow (especially after the first few months) so I wouldn’t see the harm in skipping a workout.  Or two.  Or three…

And “looking better” just wasn’t important enough to me.  Let’s face it: working out and eating right is hard work.  It takes dedication.  Yeah sure, I wanted chiseled abs, but I didn’t want it so badly that I’d sacrifice everything else in my life for it.

But as of 6 weeks ago, here’s my new reason for working out: to feel better. To have more natural energy throughout my day. To start off my days with a bang and a rush of endorphins.  To feel great all the time.

This new reason for working out has changed everything for me.

Now when I hit Blaze Fitness Studio, I know I’m getting a ton of instant benefits:

 

  • My energy levels shoot up for the rest of the day.

 

  • Higher energy leads directly to me being more productive, creative, and even social.

 

  • Immediately after my workouts I feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and even happiness (thanks endorphins!)

  

With all that to look forward to, why would I ever want to skip a workout?  I actually look forward to them now.  Crazy, huh?  I never thought I’d be one of those people who say that.

A few other tips that’ve helped me:

 

  • Workout first thing in the morning.  Wow…this factor alone is changing my life! 

     

    But in the morning?  It’s the perfect way to wake you up, boost your energy (better then a cup of coffee), and to start your day off feeling accomplished, energetic, and happy.  I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

 

  • Keep your workouts short and intense.  No one wants to spend all day at the gym.  Make your workouts short, but make them count.  If you’re yawning at the gym, you’re doing it wrong.  You should be either busting your but or breathing hard as you recover – nothing in-between.

 

  • Use music to get into the zone, not as a distraction.  I recommend listening to high energy music when working out so you can just get in the zone and really focus on your burn.

 

 

  • Workout more frequently.  If you only workout 2-3 times a week, it really begins to feel like something you have to go out of your way to do.  But if you make exercise a part of your daily routine (at least from Mon. to Fri.), it just becomes something you do without thinking about – like brushing your teeth.  Turn it into a habit.

 

  • Pick a routine, any routine, and stick with it.  I honestly don’t think it matters which routine you decide to go with.  Just pick a routine and stick to it for a few months. 

      

Now I can finally be one of those people who say, “I feel weird when I miss a workout”.  Wow.  I never thought that’d be me.

Ever since I changed my goal from “looking better” to “feeling better”, not only do I feel on top of the world, but ironically, I also look better then I ever have before.  

And I now know that working out and health will be a top priority for the rest of my life. 

It feels good to say that.  It feels even better to live it. Blaze Fitness Studio and its founder Krystal Reynolds not only changed my life but saved my life and she can do the same for you if you committ to making working out a lifelong habit!


Jenny Taylor

You Really CAN Do This by Jenny Taylor

This is a blog post written by our very own Jenny Taylor who to this date has lost over 50 pounds.  (I do not go by weight, but for those that do, imagine that).  We first met by her amazing friend Barbie who is also a "Blazer."  Let me just say there has noting in the way of stopping this amazing womans mission and goals.  People will find out where her spot is to know where they want to go for the Indo-row challenges (one her team of course).  She blasts through the Cross Fire stations and hearing her encourage other people melts my heart.  What a transformation she has made within herself and everyone she comes across.  All she had to do was start!  This article is a wonderful repsonse to all the emails I get that say "I am too intimidated to come" "I am scared" "I need to get into shape befor I come..."  You come to Blaze to get in shape. Let me remind you of the motto: We help the unfit become fit and the fit become fitter! GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY AND START!  We have your back and always will, all you have to do is sign up and show up and we'll lead you the rest of the way. xoxoxo Krystal Reynolds 

You Really CAN Do This

by Jenny Taylor 

“That looks really hard.  I don’t think I can do that!”  If that thought even once crossed your mind when you considered trying a class at Blaze Fit Studio, please give me a few paragraphs of your time and let me convince you otherwise.

I am not going to sugar-coat it, the workouts are tough.  You will sweat, lose your breath and maybe even feel like puking.  You will also walk out of the class feeling better than you ever have about yourself.  If you are looking for something easy, this isn’t it. The whole point is to work hard to get the results you want.  But, no matter who you are, what you weigh or how much you currently exercise I can promise you that these classes are not impossible.  In fact, they are fun!

I am not thin or fit (yet).  I would not go running unless someone was chasing me and even then I would have to think about it.  I am not a professional fitness expert trying to convince you this is possible.  It wasn’t all that long ago that I would lose my breath climbing a flight of stairs and knew I needed to change my life.  Now I actually look forward to an hour of spinning and rowing or whatever else the awesome instructors dream up for the classes.

Blaze is the least intimidating place you could imagine.  The classes are full of people all different ages, sizes and fitness levels.  Some of them are in amazing shape already, some of us are still struggling to get to that point, but we all come together for an hour or so and give it all we have.  What I’ve got to give is not going to be the same as the person next to me.  But it doesn’t matter.  I’m not there to beat that person.  I’m there to do something good for me.  If you can’t do what the person next to you is doing that is ok.  There are modifications to every move and you can go at your own pace.  I certainly stop to take an extra breath or ten.  I do regular lunges when other people are doing jumps with theirs.  The instructors are skilled motivators and as long as you know you are pushing yourself, you are getting what you need out of the class.

Now, there is an element of competitiveness in some of these classes with the Indo-Rowers.  If that scares you, please understand that it is not what you envision.  I was always the last kid chosen for the kickball team and no way was I going to sign up for the adult version of that particular emotion.  It turns out that it is my favorite part of the class.  It doesn’t matter how good you are, the other members of the class will cheer you on.  Just give the best you can give and challenge yourself.  I promise, you will be so caught up in beating your own time on the rower or beating the other team in good natured competition that you will forget you are exercising and are out of breath until it’s over.  Win or lose, you will feel amazing.

Krystal Reynolds has created a supportive environment for people of all fitness levels.  The equipment is state of the art, but easy to use.  You will get a lesson on how to use the bikes and rowers at the beginning of each class.  There is no reason not to try this.  You will get a tough and challenging workout, but you will leave with a sense of accomplishment and a few new friends.