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Welcome to Everlasting Fitness

Hello! 

Here at Everlasting Fitness we focus on you.  We like to meet with you first, get to know you, find out your goals and what you are looking for.  We do this in our FREE intro session, you can sign up for yours HERE.

 We offer Personal Training, Nutrition Accountability, Teen classes, Kids classes, Group Fitness classes, Group CrossFit classes, Group Endurance classes and we have a fully stocked Pro Shop. Do you have pain, an injury, an imbalance or something holding you back? We offer FREE movement screens to uncover these issues and have the ability to address most of them.
We have 12 experienced and well trained coaches ready to lead you on your fitness journey. Every class is coached and every member’s journey is unique.

Our membership base is like family.  Close knit, friendly and supportive.  We want you to surround yourself with those who will make you better!  We have all ages, all ability levels and all shapes and sizes.
Our facility is a 10,300 sq ft gym specializing in Cardio, Strength training, Endurance, Gymnastics and Weightlifting.  We are not a gym full of machines, you are the machine.

Schedule your FREE intro, stop in or give us a call or email.  
We can’t wait to meet you and get you involved in our community!

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Are you a Thermometer or a Thermostat?

I heard this analogy from Jim Kwik and it was perfect for the start of 2021. A Thermometer has one job, read and report. Read the situation (temperature) and give us the results. It is what it is.

A Thermostat has a similar job, reading the situation(temperature). The Thermostat takes it another step further though. If the situation it finds is not within our desired parameters it will change the outside environment until our desired parameters are back in line.

Have you ever used the phrase “It is what it is”? It sounds like giving up. It sounds like excepting your situation without putting up a fight. It sounds like being stuck in a rut.

What if you realized your situation and did everything you could to change it. What if you could change the outside environment to put yourself in a better place? Change who you hang out with, change the food you eat, change the places you go, change your bad habits. This would give you a fighting chance. Maybe you can find others on the same path. Maybe you will inspire others along the way.

Change the temperature. Be a Thermostat.

Coach Bret

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2020 Broke Me, and I Couldn’t Be Happier About It

Coach Meg Smith


I think, like many, I went into 2020 with hope. I enjoy the chance to start fresh, make goals, let go of burdens, and see potential in the possibilities ahead. While I’m never one to say “THIS is my year!!” I knew that so many good things were coming my way.
And then…2020 happened. For me, it started at the end of January. We were putting the Christmas decorations away in the attic. I carried a tub on my shoulder, pushing it towards Chris, but was a little short. So I puuuuushed. And my shoulder didn’t like it and was aggravated for a few days. I just kept plugging away at life, and in the gym, because “I was fine.” By late February, it became clear I actually wasn’t fine, so I saw my doctor and she ordered an MRI.

And then March. COVID became a pandemic, and our world changed overnight. We closed the gym, my MRI got cancelled because it wasn’t critical, and I was left to deal with it on my own. I was frustrated. I own a ton of equipment, but being WITH people helps me focus and push. Yes, I have been a CF coach for 10 years, and in the fitness industry for nearly 20, so I knew how to modify for my shoulder, but I didn’t want to “suffer alone.” And I didn’t. We did Zoom classes, and I chose to really focus on why I was online. For the first time in a long time, I stopped thinking about what I should be doing. I couldn’t see anyone else, and it was an awakening in me that “moving for me” without a care about anyone else was refreshing. I also didn’t compare myself to, as I like to call it, “use-to-could.” It didn’t matter what I would have done under more ideal circumstances, it mattered what effort I could, and did, give that day. I “moved for me.”

When we reopened the gym, I’d really gotten into a groove of “moving for me” and looked forward to continuing it. I rescheduled my MRI, only to have in cancelled because of a COVID case at the MRI facility, and then rescheduled and cancelled again because my referral was expired. What a blow! A chance for progress…for answers…taken away. I had two choices. Be frustrated and just push, or continue to respect my body’s need for rest and recovery, and “move for me.” 

In August, I bought a new pair of running shoes. I was really enjoying the jogging and long walks COVID life had afforded me, and my kicks needed an upgrade. Low and behold, they weren’t the right shoes for me, and I developed a painful (and still aggravating) case of bursitis in my ankle. What a set back! My jogs were no more, my walks and hikes really hurt, and I was having to modify in the gym for ANOTHER part of my body! Gah! But it stripped away some bad, too. I didn’t care if I was Fitness or Sport…fast or slow, keeping up, falling behind, or leading the pack. I “moved for me.”

It’s a good thing I’d been using this year (by choice, or by force!) to reset my wellness priorities. In October, when leaving a special baby shower, I got rear ended. (Maybe it’s because I went back for another Rice Krispy treat??) I didn’t really realize how bad it was, either from adrenaline, or because I drive a tank and damage to my car was minimal. It wasn’t until the next day where it became clear I had whiplash and a back injury. Luckily it was only muscular, but the impact on my daily life and my gym life was substantial. I could hardly pick up a bar without real pain for about 3 weeks. But…it was ok. I did what I could, I got good advice from the coach on duty about modifications I could do (because every athlete needs to be coached, and our coaching staff has a lot of good ideas!), and I “moved for me.”

  Then the end of October came along. Let’s recap. My shoulder was finally feeling reasonably good and I was moving light weight overhead. My bursitis was manageable with modifications, and my back pain and whiplash were subsiding, and I could move more comfortably. Things were looking good!! Until I got my bloodwork back. You see, I’d been having some stuff go on. Hair loss, rapid and unexplained weight gain, afternoon fatigue, serious temperature issues, and legit brain fog. The diagnosis? Hypothryoidism with some follow up stuff to sort out. This means lots of appointments, blood work, medication additions and adjustments, and more. It also means giving myself a LOT of grace for my workouts, knowing my body won’t be able to keep up with what my mind knows it should be able to do. 

Is this annoying? Sure. But you know what? I’m SO glad that this year has put me through the paces. Without all of these steps in my journey, I can assure you I would be in a worse place. Disordered eating, depression, anger, blame, anxiety, overuse or over-exertion, comparison and failure…all of it. Instead, this year has taught me something I’ve always tried to be aware of as a coach…respect for the whole person—an awareness that every day brings a different version of each athlete into the building. My job as a coach is to adjust WITH these changes, to help that athlete have the best hour possible. And I learned to do that this year for myself, too. “I moved for me.”

My hope for you, moving into the new year, is that you recognize the nuances of each day. That you take inventory of what has happened in the previous 24 hours that would impact your workout. How full is the plate you’re balancing? Did you sleep well, eat well, recover from yesterday’s workout? Do you need to warm up more because of an injury, a preexisting issue, or higher stress? Should you modify, even though you always use a particular weight? Could your coach give you a recommendation that will actually make your workout better, rather than you ‘sucking it up’ so your workout looks like everyone else’s or because you know what to do? Should you work out in a different spot in the gym so you aren’t influenced by others? What do you need to do to say “I move for me”?

Interested in talking about your mindset for the new year? Sign up for a chat with Coach Meg HERE

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The Struggle is Real

Even before the onset of COVID-19 and shut-downs, isolation, and uncertainty, we have all often heard (and used) the phrase “The struggle is real!” It is a cute hashtag, a camaraderie builder, and even an excuse. But what does it really mean, and what is it really about? Food
choices? Relationship problems? Going to work each day for a job you don’t love? Or feeling unable to have tangible goals in the gym with an inconsistent schedule? Often, then, after lamenting the “struggle,” comes the question of “How do I overcome the uncomfortable?”


I was recently re-reading my old blog, and I was reminded of the many times our dog Misty has helped me answer that question. I take Misty jogging if the weather isn’t too hot, and she loves the opportunity to smell the smells and earn a hard nap. I’ve never been one to really enjoy running, but I push myself to go a couple of times a week for the challenge, as well as the physical (and mental) growth. Having Misty along gives me a partner, and more importantly, someone else to focus on during something that doesn’t excite me.


One April morning Misty and I went for a run. On this particular day, the struggle really WAS real. I didn’t want to go, but she clearly did. I would have been quite content going for a (much preferred) walk, listening to the birds and looking for the first signs of Spring. But alas, she was pulling on her leash, making it clear we were going to jog. We got onto our 3 mile out-and-back course, with me trying to figure out how I would get through this without being annoyed at myself, the process, and at Misty. However, the more I watched Misty, and the more I coached her through the run, I came to realize I had made a decision to be led. I followed her up the hills because I really had no choice—I could have walked, but I would have slowed down HER
progress (and her excitement), and I would have been annoyed at myself for getting in her (and my own) way. And because of that decision, I ultimately served myself better, so that the rest of
my day—in my roles as a parent, a wife, a friend, a business owner—went more smoothly. In that decision, I put aside my “know better” and my plans, and I let someone else guide me to a better end result.


This run, this lesson, was less about being in charge and was more about being a follower. I recognized that sometimes we have to lean on others, trust in their guidance, and listen to their nudges that get us through “the suck.” Whether it is fitness, work, love, or just life, your
foundation of strength comes from within. However, the supporting structures—those things and people that make your foundation strong even on days it feels rocky—are important too. Big things can be achieved by accepting help when it is offered… and allowing others to give you their strength is not only a gift to you, but to them as well.


During this time when we might default to “The struggle is real!” even more than ever, are YOU willing to rely on others? Where can you become better in putting aside your “use-to-could” and be coachable, both in the gym and in life? In what ways can you put aside expectations, and instead, follow someone else’s lead for a better end result?


Uncertain times don’t make the struggle any more real than it has ever been. Instead, uncertain times offer us each an opportunity to give ourselves grace to re-learn what we think we know, grow stronger in areas we didn’t know we need to grow, and to lean on each other for those days when we don’t know where we can grow, how we can do better, or what lesson we can learn.

~Coach Meg Smith