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It’s February which means we’re excited to celebrate the month of love! Our members mean the world to us and to show our love for you, we’re kicking off an Instagram giveaway.

Healthy Happens Together

Whether you’re new to the AF family or you’ve been with us for years, we couldn’t be happier you’re a part of it. The community found inside the walls of our gyms is our greatest pride and it wouldn’t be possible without YOU!

Show Off Your #AFLove

Feel like showing off your #AFLove? Next time you post a gym selfie to Instagram while you’re working up a sweat in your local Anytime Fitness, make sure to show off your purple pride with the hashtag #AFLOVE. Not into gym selfies? No problem! Try sharing a pic of your purple fob or your gym bag packed and ready to hit the purple turf. Whatever way you choose to show your #AFLove will make us smile!

Each entry posted with the hashtag #AFLove will be entered to win a gift basket filled with fit and fun goodies including a foam roller, an exercise mat, workout snacks and more. We’re here to help you continue to make healthy happen!

Get Posting

Here’s how it works:

  • Take a picture that shows your #AFLove
  • Post the picture to Instagram from February 11thto February 25husing the hashtag #AFLove
  • Each participant will be entered to win in a random drawing
  • We will repost our favorite entries on our Instagram page

We will draw a winner on February 26thand once the winner is chosen, we will reach out via direct message on your Instagram page!

Need more info? Check out the official details below and get ready to show off your #AFLove.

OFFICIAL RULES – ANYTIME FITNESS® #AFLove

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

These Official Rules for the Anytime Fitness® #AFLove Instagram sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Anytime Fitness, LLC (“Sponsor”). Void where prohibited.

Eligibility. To be eligible to win you must be at least 18 years old as of the date prizes are awarded and a legal resident of the United States.

Sponsorship. The sponsor is Anytime Fitness, LLC (“Sponsor”), located at 111 Weir Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125.  Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, shareholders, and employees, including without limitation, the immediate family members of such individuals, are not eligible to participate.  Sponsor will conduct the Sweepstakes substantially as described in these Official Rules.

Sweepstakes Period. This Sweepstakes period begins on February 11, 2019 at 12:01 AM CST and ends on February 25that 7:00 PM CST (“Sweepstakes Period”).

How to Enter. During the Sweepstakes Period, to enter, entrants post a photo to Instagram demonstrating why they love their Anytime Fitness club using the hashtag “#AFLove”.

Sponsor’s decisions and interpretations on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes and these Official Rules are final and binding in all respects.

Winner will be selected by random drawing and notified by direct message through Instagram.  Winners who fail to respond to Sponsor’s direct message within 72 hours may be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or winner and may refuse to award a prize to a person who is not eligible, has violated a rule, or gained unfair advantage.  No other form of entry is valid.  Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to review any entry for violation of the Official Rules and may, in its sole discretion, reject or otherwise exclude an entry if deemed invalid or ineligible.

Prize. One winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entrants and one (1) prize will be awarded to the winner.  The prizes will each consist of:  (1) athletic mat, (1) foam roller, (1) box of shower wipes, (1) electrolyte supplement, (1) Anytime Fitness jacket, (1) box of protein bars, (1) water bottle chosen at Sponsor’s discretion.  Each prize has an equivalent cash value not to exceed $175.00.

Winner agrees to accept the prize “as is” and entrants hereby acknowledge that Sponsor is not, in any manner, responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee relative to the prize.  Additional terms and conditions may apply and Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable in any way for any cancellations, losses or damages.

Winner is solely responsible for any federal, state, and local taxes. Each prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied, by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equivalent value.

Odds. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries.

Winners Names. Winners’ names are available only within thirty (30) days after the close of the Sweepstakes.  To receive the name of the winners, where permitted by law, or a printed copy of the Official Rules, please contact Kristen Pechacek at Kristen.pechacek@sebrands.com.

DISCLAIMERS, CONSENT AND RELEASE. By entering this Sweepstakes, you promise to abide by the Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which will be final and binding in all respects.

WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER WITH OR VANDALIZE ANY SPONSOR-OWNED WEBSITE OR MOBILE APPLICATION OR RELATED SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE, THE ENTRY PROCESS, OR OTHERWISE INTERFERE WITH OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE DRAWING, MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

By entering, each entrant releases, discharges and holds harmless Sponsor and its affiliated companies, and any other party associated with the development, communication or administration of this Sweepstakes, their parent, subsidiary, and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, shareholders, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”), from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Sweepstakes, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction or property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light).

Sponsor Entities, Instagram®, Inc., their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, any other entity involved in the development or administration of the Sweepstakes, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for any computer, network, technical, electronic, human or other errors or problems of any kind, for any injury or damage to participants or to any person’s computer or mobile phone relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with entering, or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, or late.  By participating, each entrant agrees to release and hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims and liability of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of their participation in the Sweepstakes.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram®.

By entering, you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding.  Sponsor Entities are not responsible for votes that are lost, late, misdirected, incorrect, garbled, or incompletely received, for any reason, including by reason of hardware, software, browser, or network failure, malfunction, congestion, or incompatibility at Sponsor Entities’ servers or elsewhere.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Sweepstakes if it is not capable of completion as planned for any reason as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, including, for example, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort.

Sponsor Entities are not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of this Sweepstakes, including without limitation mechanical, human, printing, distribution or production errors, and may cancel, terminate or modify this promotion based upon such error at its sole discretion without liability.

APPLICABLE LAWS AND JURISDICTION.

This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota without regard to any principles of conflict of laws.  All disputes arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in Washington County, Minnesota. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of Minnesota and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of Minnesota. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Sweepstakes and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.

 

 

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Why Active Rest Is Essential—And How to Get It

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You’ll be happy to learn that rest days are an essential part of your fitness journey. That’s right! Get rid of the guilt you have for not hitting the gym seven days a week. But if you think rest days are for laying completely perpendicular on the couch, think again. Taking a recovery day doesn’t always mean doing absolutely nothing. It’s time to start incorporating active rest days into your workout plan!

Why is rest important?

When you don’t give your body time to recover from your workouts, you run the risk of overtraining. Symptoms of overtraining may include extended muscle soreness, a weakened immune system, poor sleep quality, a decrease in performance during workouts, or even worse, injury. Not good!

Incorporating both active and passive rest days will give your body the time it needs to repair itself, recover, and grow. Scheduled rest days also give you permission to take a mental break from your taxing workouts and allow you to reenergize and get pumped for the next training session.

What is active rest?

Active rest days are meant to be light and easy compared to heart-pumping workouts. They will vary somewhat given your experience level. The active rest day of someone just getting started will look different and actually more intense from someone who crushes their workouts five days week. The goal is to get moving just enough to get your blood pumping and stimulate your body’s recovery process.

Opting for active over passive rest has other benefits, including elevating your mood, increasing energy levels, and helping you stick to your nutritional goals on your active days.

What can I do on active rest days?

Save Netflix binges for another time; you’re fit, active, and full of energy. In other words, keep it moving!

The following ideas will help you take full advantage of your time away from the squat rack:

  • Spend time focusing on dynamic warm-ups, mobility drills, foam rolling, and core strengthening exercises
  • Go for a walk in the park, or by the lake/beach
  • Ask some friends to get active outside of the gym by rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, or bowling
  • Make time to take the dog to the dog park
  • Spend time running around with the kids for quality active time
  • Make a special trip to a trampoline park
  • Play a game of kickball
  • Hit up the local playground
  • Go out dancing for date night or with friends
  • Opt for a lower intensity workout such as swimming, jogging, biking, a bodyweight workout, or hopping on the elliptical
  • Take a restorative yoga class for your muscles and your mind
  • Head to the gym for a light workout where you focus on breathing, form, and being present
  • Schedule a massage for yourself to really help those muscles relax

How long should I “rest”?

Active rest days look different for every gym-goer. For those of you attacking an intense program each day, your active rest day could be light. If you’re new to the #fitfam and your workouts have been light to moderate, you can take a more active approach. Aim for 15 to 60 minutes of activity.

Active rest is essential for everyone!

Choose an activity that keeps you moving, makes you happy, helps you relieve stress, and stops you from counting sets and reps every day. Give yourself permission to step back and enjoy your fitness journey. Your body and mind will thank you!

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Von Hollingsworth and his daughter, Anna, are helping others improve their lives – together

After 30 years as a manager in the electronics field, Von Hollingsworth had become “restless” and he was eager to do something more meaningful the remainder of his working days.  But he wasn’t particularly receptive to the idea when – seemingly out of nowhere – his daughter, Anna, suggested they go into business together by opening a gym.

“My initial response was, ‘You’re nuts. Absolutely no way,’” Von recalls telling Anna. “I said, ‘I’m too close to retirement to take that on at this point in time.’”

Von Hollingsworth and his daughter Anna, at their club in Concord Township, OH

But, in typical Anna fashion, she persisted.

“Next thing I knew my inbox was full of potential franchises,” Von said.  “I started to do a little research on the stuff she sent me. I didn’t give her much feedback because I wasn’t seriously interested at that time.  But the more I read about Anytime Fitness, the more it began to make sense.”

Less than a week before Christmas in 2012, Von and Anna opened an Anytime Fitness gym together in Concord Township, OH.

“At the time, I was only a few years out of college and not financially able to open a gym by myself,” Anna said.  “But I had a pretty good investor in mind, which was my dad.  I had the fitness expertise because I’d been in a gym and knew everything about the equipment and I was a certified personal trainer.  I had that to bring to the table.  And I’d always been a sales personality type.”

Right from the start, their complementary skill sets served the business well.  Von was the “big picture guy” while Anna handled most of the day-to-day operations of the gym.  But they were both motivated by the same thing – and it wasn’t money.

“The most fun that we have – my wife, Anna and I – is when we go out to dinner and talk about [a gym member] who’s lost 70 pounds,” Von said.  “Or we talk about another member who’s off her diabetes medicine.  We talk about the people who come to us and say, ‘You saved my life.’  That’s unbelievable stuff.”

And they’re not content merely helping members while they’re inside the gym.  Anna and Von have become somewhat famous in Concord Township for their various community engagement activities. Over the last three years, the gym’s “24 in 24” Challenge has raised $119,000 and helped make wishes come true for local children battling life-threatening illnesses.

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“Last year we had 108 members attempt the Challenge, which was 10% of our entire membership,” said Anna.  “This year we have an incredible 160 Challengers participating.  The ‘24 in 24’ has become the heartbeat of our small business and a huge part of our community.”

And that’s just the beginning.  Each of the last four years, Anna and Von have organized a “Miles for Mutts” 5K event, donating a combined $17,000 to their local Lake Humane Society.  Additionally, last year alone, the gym’s running club, which includes nearly 200 active members, has raised nearly $7,000 via various events for charities in the Concord area.

The fundraisers are important and impressive.  But it’s inside the gym where the magic happens – where Von and Anna have helped literally thousands of members significantly improve their health and fitness.

“I have a blast,” Von said. “I’m in the gym four hours a day and I just talk to people.  That’s what this is all about.  I’ve cried more working for Anytime Fitness than I ever imagined.  I’ve seen so many people improve their lives.”

“I think my dad’s ability to connect with our members is because they can relate to him and he can relate to them,” Anna said.  “He definitely creates a culture inside these walls of having a good time, smiling and just putting people in a good mood.  I usually just laugh when I see him talking to people because you never know what the heck he’s talking about.”

Regarding advice for others who might be thinking about going into business with a close relative, Anna believes being honest about each other’s skills and limitations is the key to success.

“You figure out who is best for a particular task and then you just kind of have to delegate responsibilities and then respect each other,” Anna said.  “With us, we knew that my dad would handle the finances and he would do our accounting and those types of things.  You also need to put someone who has the skills to run a gym in that manager role.  That’s where I feel comfortable.”

Despite his initial hesitations, Von now describes going into business with his daughter as a perpetual Father’s Day gift – and one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

“It’s ended up being the smartest thing we ever did,” Von said.  “It’s been a joy.  A whole lot of fun.”

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7 Surprising Ways to Find Time for a Parent Workout Every Day

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Having kids means experiencing the unbridled joy of forced insomnia, an overwhelming daily to-do list, an underwhelming amount of time to do it in and an endless treasure trove of cheerios in the cracks of your backseat. It also means loving someone more than you ever thought humanly possible which makes it all worth it. Eventually… it’s what I’ve been told. Being a parent also means it can be near impossible to find the time to take care of yourself. You’re too busy putting everyone and everything else first to shine the proper spotlight on yourself. As long as everyone else is taken care of, then all is well! At least that’s what you tell yourself when your schedule is jam-packed. 

Loving (and taking care of) yourself completely is what allows you to love others completely, as well. Imagine you’re a leaky rowboat tasked with ferrying your kids across a large, treacherous lake. Even though you have a leak and are taking on water, it’s not rapid or powerful enough to keep you from floating. Assessing the risks and deeming yourself seaworthy, you decide to set sail fully intent on providing safe passage to your little ones no matter what. However, about halfway through, the leak becomes too intense as your once-steadfast ship begins to sink. What I’m getting at is: taking care of yourself is like patching that leak and fortifying your back to carry the burden of parenthood before you find yourself drowning yourself in the midst of it.

Since every family dynamic is different there is no “one size fits all” solution to sneaking in workout time for yourself. Be that as it may there are definitely a lot of tips and tricks to share on the matter. Here are seven creative ways parents can sneak in a workout.

Introduce the Birds to the Bees

I might as well get the most obvious one out of the way… The details of this one are highly personal and left up to you.

Incorporate “Playtime” Workouts

Depending on how old your kids are, you can either workout with them or workout with them. The first involves things like challenging them to rock out some of your favorite exercises or making outdoor sports/games/hikes a regular thing to do together. The second means making them a literal part of your workout! Squatting whilst holding a baby or planking with a toddler on your back not only adds up if you’re consistent enough but will also help influence your youngsters to be health-conscious in the future. Win-win!

Get Hungry for “Exercise Snacks”

An “exercise snack” is the physical equivalent of grazing the appetizer table, but with fitness instead of delicious chips and cheeses. If you don’t have time to get in a full “meal”, then feed your fitness appetite with mini-workout sessions throughout the day, instead! You can make a list of some of your most beloved and essential exercises with a corresponding set of reps to be done when you have a few free minutes (sometimes that’s all you’ve got) and cycle through them as many times as possible:

  • 20 Push-Ups
  • 30 Squats
  • 25 Jumping Jacks
  • 50 Bicycle Crunches
  • 5 Staircase Climbs

You can alter the list each day with different exercises, even creating a theme (upper body, core, legs, cardio, etc.) if you want to take it up a notch. It all accumulates into one big workout by the end of the day!

Create Your Own “Home Depot”

This doesn’t mean grab a sweet orange vest and develop omniscient deck building skills, but rather develop an excellent backup plan of “tools-at-home” to exercise with when you can’t make it to the gym. With some thrifty shopping you can find affordable BOSUs, TRXs, dumbbells, resistance bands and anything else your heart desires to create a home space fit for living fit. The best part? You’ll get better at using the equipment in the gym from your at-home sweat seshes while also providing a constant visual reminder to keep your head in the game.

Schedule It 

Instead of saying you don’t have time… schedule the time. You schedule everything else, why not schedule 20-60 minutes of “you” time, too? Don’t get me wrong, I know this isn’t possible every day, but it’s possible most days. Try making time in the early morning before the kids are up, late at night when they’re already in bed or in the middle of the day before you head out on errands. If you write it down or plan for a workout on your daily agenda, it’s a lot easier to hold yourself accountable to it.

Eat for Health

Despite how great our bodies feel when we fuel them well, it isn’t always easy to stay on track. When we eat with our health in mind, our quality of life tends to go up drastically—but if it were easy, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Simply put, we’re creatures of instant gratification who unknowingly (or knowingly) turn to food in an effort to soothe our emotions. If you set your sights on the big picture of feeling well and keep your eating as clean as possible, you’ll feel much more up to the task of sneaking workouts in instead of feeling lethargic and unmotivated.

Turn Screen Time into “Me” Time

These days, we are completely surrounded by all kinds of screens. TVs, smart phones, tablets, and laptops are populating our households at an epidemical pace making screen management a hugely difficult undertaking. With the right perspective though we can use this to our advantage! If you’ve given your kids a daily screen-time allowance, odds are they covet their time with tech. When they’re lost in their tablet or TV time, take it as your chance to throw the hammer down on some personal exercise time! Challenge yourself to use this technique along with another from the list. You’ve got this, don’t be afraid to double up!

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