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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 Voice in your Head

“As you listen to that voice in your head, that voice becomes your best or worst coach. Nobody will coach you more than that voice. If that voice was projected over the loudspeaker, would you be proud of it?

– Ben Bergeron.

Have you ever found yourself mindless scrolling through social media until a post comes along and grabs your attention? Well, this quote did just that for me while looking for “fitness motivation”. And by
“fitness motivation”, I mean I actually searched “Ben Bergeron quotes” on Pinterest. Yes, true story, but that’s besides the point. We are all typically our own worst critics. We’ve all heard this before, but have you ever paid close attention to what you tell yourself during the day? Or, for the purpose of this post, during a workout?

There is power in positivity, so why do we so often resort to negative thoughts/self talk during a workout? Ever since becoming a coach, I’ve sometimes felt like quite the hypocrite when it comes to this quote. I will tell you, “you CAN do this, to keep going, to stay strong, dig deep”, etc all class long. But, when it comes to my own workouts, that voice can quickly change into: “gosh this sucks, why are you so damn out of breath right now?, why can’t you go faster?, why are you
still resting? PICK UP THE BAR” I will physically start to shake my head when I feel like I should be doing better (just ask Coach Meg, she saw me do this). Sound familiar during your workouts? Maybe. Let’s keep going.

Think back to a day when you could barely perform or string together a movement that typically came easy for you? Or the weight on the barbell felt SO heavy when usually light? For me, one day in particular pops into my mind. The WOD was called “Flight Simulator” and it goes as follows: 5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-45-40-35-30-25-20-15-5 unbroken DU/SU’s for time. A workout of straight double unders? Sweet, I got this. 5…10…15…20…25…26, 27, 28, gosh, I could do this all da– and then it happened. I broke the set not once, not twice, but three times. I started to feel defeated by the workout. At that moment I knew, or at least told myself, I wasn’t going to finish the workout. The amount of obscenities coming into my mind (and let’s be real, out of my mouth) was absurd. So, what was the most logical thing to do in the moment? Grip those handles harder than ever, violently whip that rope up and around my body and show it who’s boss, right? Hard no. All I ended up with was what seemed like hundreds of rope marks on my shins and a time capped workout at 20min. I left in a sour mood with thoughts of how badly I had just failed that workout.

I’ll let you in on a little not-so-secret secret. We have the ability to control our thoughts and the voice in our head. The pressure we may put on ourselves before and during a workout? We create it. No, it’s not easy to change our thoughts especially in the middle of a tough workout, but it is something worth practicing.

Fast forward to the second time “Flight Simulator” came around. I knew I had to change something in order to finish the workout. Was I any better at double unders? Maybe, but not likely. Was I using a better rope? No sir, same one. Was I able to change my self talk during the
entire workout? You bet I was. After every single round I told myself, “breathe, stay calm, you only have to do 5 more reps than that set”. And guess what magical thing happened? I finished Flight Simulator completely unbroken. The “you suck at double unders…you can’t finish the workout…you might as well give up” voice turned into “just five more reps…you freaking got this…breathe and do another set, just like the last.”

Have I mastered the art of positive self talk and mindset? Heck no, but I have experienced what can happen when you switch that negative voice to a positive one. To the voice you want to hear over the loudspeaker, not the one you’d be embarrassed of others hearing. It can be as simple as, “Wow, this sucks. But I CAN do it. I AM doing it. Just keep going.” As a coach, I can encourage you all workout long, but a little positivity from that coach in your noggin’ helps a helluva lot
too. Whether you are trying to hit a PR or simply trying to finish a workout, don’t lose grasp of what your mind says to you. Don’t let it tell you that you can’t or that you won’t. I challenge you to try it out next time you workout. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, grab a few friends and give Flight Simulator a whirl.

~Coach Jennifer DiNizio

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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

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Future of Fitness

We all know that we are living in a different world right now. We have never gone through anything quite like the pandemic of 2020 and the question is how long will it last? I have heard up to 2 years…


There are a couple pieces of this that create FEAR and ANXIETY.  One is the UNKNOWN. We fear the unknown. We get anxious over the unknown.Not knowing what is happening, who may have it, how long will it last and how will it change the world?


The other is CHANGE. We fear change. We get anxious over having to change.My daily routine needs to change. My job needs to change. My expenses need to change. My habits need to change. My workout routine needs to change.


So how do we combat this fear and anxiety? We have to embrace change and we have to be ok dealing with the unknown to some extent. We cannot predict or know everything that is going to happen. As much as some of us love to try and control everything in our lives, we will have to ease up a bit. We also cannot wait for everything to go back to normal. How can you adapt to the current situation and come out on top? Start with the big things like your family, your job and your health.


We at Everlasting Fitness would love to help you as much as we can and your health is where we come in. Your physical fitness, your nutrition and your mindset. When we first opened in 2012 we were a gym and now almost 8 years later we have evolved from being just a gym to providing coaching services in areas of Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset.

Looking for a gym? Planet Fitness is down the street (for now).  

Looking for help achieving your goals? Let’s go!


The honest truth is, the fitness industry has to change right now and if a fitness related business wants to survive, they’re experiencing change in one way or another. The hard truth is, the way you are used to working out will change. Can you adapt and overcome? Will you let the fear of change hold you back? If you get into a hole now, it only makes it harder to get out of later. Why not embrace change now and let’s see where this thing goes? Let’s see how far we can go!


If you are a member of our community, you have certainly seen some changes. You will see more as we go because we are not afraid to change. We want to be here for you and we will fight to do that.
If you are not a member of our community, we would love to show you a better way. Reach out to us for a FREE consultation and we can discuss your goals related to Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset.  https://crossfiteverlasting.com/

~Coach Bret

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Are you off the Wagon?

Has it been awhile since you have been to the gym? It doesn’t matter why –  injury, laziness, busy with life, etc. Does it feel like a daunting task to go back? You are not alone, this is a pretty common thing after a prolonged break from whatever fitness thing you are into.
So how do you make that first step back in? Deep down or maybe not so deep for some people, you have a reason to exercise. It was the reason you signed up in the first place. Maybe you wanted to lose weight, or gain weight or meet people in the community. Maybe you “should” be physically fit for your job, or maybe you want to be healthier to play with your grand kids. Maybe you have some life goals as well, like running a marathon or completing a Spartan Race. It might not be something you have shared with anyone, but you definitely know what that reason is.
Do you feel like you are starting over? So what? Start over. At least you are back on the path to finding, discovering or reaching your WHY.  Everyone encounters set backs in their life but if you gave up every time things got hard, what would you accomplish?
Revisit your reason or your “WHY”, is this still something you want? If so, lets do it! And if you have never considered your “WHY”, sit down and write down a few goals to close out 2018, and jump start your list for 2019. After you’ve determined some goals – right down your WHY – Why are they your goals? Why are you trying to accomplish them? Who are you doing this for? When thinking about these things, also think about what motivates you? What drives you to be a better version of yourself?
Grab a friend or a coach, tell them when you are going and keep yourself accountable. Get yourself a calendar and cross out everyday you go. Go 15 times this month. It doesn’t matter if you go sit in the corner and stretch because you are sore. You got up, you went, and you are recreating a habit and working towards your goals.
Start today – don’t wait! You will never ALWAYS be Motivated, you have to LEARN to be Disciplined!