Weekly News 9/15- He who has a why can bear almost any how

FitWit folk,

This week we welcomed a fresh crop of organic, non-GMO, free-range newbies to FitWit. High-five and welcome them to the gym if you haven’t already.

Before I get to the weekly news items, I wanted to share some thoughts from a book I just finished – Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl.

Frankl was a psychiatrist who survived the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, and he detailed his experiences in the camps as well as his own theories on finding meaning in life.

There are many lessons from the book we can apply in our lives, but to be clear, I’m not suggesting we compare our temporary discomfort from a workout to the mental and physical agony of a concentration camp. That said, Frankl’s advice about meaning is helpful to us in our own moments of trial, suffering or depression, and somewhere in all of this, I think we can bolster our own reasoning for why we are working out, eating healthier and trying to get stronger. A few main points:

  • You can get used to anything. The human body is much stronger than you think.
  • He who has a why can bear almost any howFrankel references this thought by Nietzsche throughout the book, offering us some confidence when overcoming obstacles.
  • There is meaning in suffering.
  • You can resist your environment’s influence. I actually referenced this in a recent conversation with one of my kids who got his feelings hurt. We talked about how the only thing you can truly control is your mindset and reaction to any given situation – no matter the pain or another person’s words or another person’s actions. You ALWAYS have the ability to control how you react and no one can take that away from you. Frankl says, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”

If any of that strikes a note with you, treat yo self and pick up a copy of the book.

Now, some news for yous:

Member Report – I know I’ve included this the last three weekly emails, but some of you still haven’t read it. 🙂 And, newbies now get to read it too. Newbies, the attached report represents our findings and responses from a survey we did with our 200+ members in the gym. It sheds some light on our overall workout and gym philosophy.

Did you see? – John Davis is our Member of the Month! Get to know him a bit better in this month’s profile.

FitWit Kids Classes – Sandybell and Renell are on fire with the FitWit Kids program. If you’ve got a kid or know a kid that could use a little FitWit, please go here to sign up for a free class. Ages 5 – 17. Fun for all!

Sept Challenge – There’s still time to hop on the September gym challenge! Complete the following 20-min session for 8 total sessions (2/week):

  1. Band Shoulder Work Video 1:  Video 2
  2. 1-minute active hang from a bar. This means keeping your shoulders pulled into their sockets. This is important because it’s going to prepare all the muscles of your shoulder girdle that will later help you pull yourself up while strengthening your grip.
  3. If can not complete Pull Ups 3×5 TRX Pull Up. Rest as needed to keep good form (At least 1 Minute Between Sets). If you can complete 5+ Unbroken Strict Pull Ups: 3 Sets of Max Reps Rest as needed to keep good form (At least 1 Minute Between Sets).
  4. 3 Sets of 5 Negatives Rest as needed to keep good form (At least 1 Minute Between Sets) .

September 23 Social – We’re doing a Sunday picnic at Bessie Branham Park on Sept 23. Bring a lunch, a kickball, football, basketball, kids, dogs and whatever else you need to have a good time. 11:30 – 1:30 pm. See you there!

Fat loss or muscle gain goal? – If you have a fat loss or muscle gain goal, the InBody test will give you some valuable data to help you refine your plan and maximize success. All FitWit members save a little cash too by signing up here with the coupon codes in your emailed weekly news.


9/21 – Kirkwood Wine Stroll. Stop by the FitWit booth!

9/23 – FitWit Picnic at Bessie Branham Park

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Have a great weekend! I’ll be out of town until Friday next week, so hope to see you at the Wine Stroll when we return.