Health, Family, Job

SGO Fitness

When we first decided to start our own fitness company, I had a heartfelt conversation with my mother as to whether it was a good idea for us to strike out on our own. Was it smart to leave secure jobs with guaranteed salaries to follow our passion for fitness and make a name for ourselves? I knew a career in fitness would keep us in great health and give us more time with family and our young son, but could we really trade a comfortable paycheck for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship?

Her words were short and to the point. “Remember these three things: Health, Family, and Job.”

 These three things are the most important simple factors to consider in your life but they need to be ranked in the order I said: Health, Family, and then Job.

Now I’m going address them in reverse:

#3 Job: Yes you need a job. Unless you have earned enough money in life in order to retire in comfort now, you will be working in some form or other for a good portion of your life. It’s important to try and find a job that is fulfilling but above all it needs to put food on the table.

#2 Family: These are the people who stand by you through thick and thin. They are your support, your comfort and your happiness. These are the people in your life you would do anything for and they the same for you.

#1 Health: The most important part of your life you need to pay attention to. Everything else falls by the sidelines. If you are unhealthy you will not be able to care for your Family. If you are unhealthy you can’t do the Job that puts food on the table. Sadly this is always the first thing we neglect when times get tough. Taking time for ourselves and our own physical and mental health always seems selfish when we think of what we need to do the address #2 & #3.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!

Take the time to help yourself. Eat healthy meals, cook for yourself, exercise, go for walks, and enjoy the company of others rather than the company of TV. Go to the Doctor, Dentist, Chiropractor, or Acupuncturist. Get a massage. Try Shopping locally, Eating locally, Socializing Locally. Join a club, join a team, and build a community. Do the things you love and meet the people who love what you do. Make the most of this life. It’s yours. Don’t waste it.

Take care of your health and Family and Finance will follow.

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty

SGO Fitness

 

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Philip Rivers 5K

SGO Fitness

Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 at NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

This June Sarah and I participated in the Philip Rivers 5K. We took our little guy Evan along in our trusty BOB jogging stroller and joined the festivities.

This is a great run for a great cause: Rivers of Hope

“Rivers of Hope’s mission is to help children in need of a forever family  find permanent loving homes and their own sense of self-worth by developing and coordinating resources and programs to create community awareness, recruit adoptive families, provide financial aid for adoption and assistance for foster children and orphans.”

The Race:  We arrived bright and early at the park. I was pleasantly surprised to find ample free parking for this event. I’m sure in a year or two this will change as the support for this race is sure to go up.

We were given a timing chip for the race but they only timed from the gun start for the race. Since we had a stroller we had to start at the back of the pack. This cost us 40 seconds of running on the spot before we crossed the start for real but not a huge deal.

The race borders the edges of NTC Park and does a small over and back across the bridge at the west end of the park. If you’re planning on running the course with a stroller be prepared, the first 200 yards or more are over a rough unpaved section of path that is barely two people wide. You’ll get bogged down early.  Other than the opening bottle neck the race opens wide along the park paths. It was a great race with runners of all ages (especially kids running hard!) Sarah got a nice surprise halfway through the race when she realized she was running alongside Rivers himself!

If you’re a parent with young kids who like to run this is definitely a race where you all will be challenged and have a good time.

We finished in good time, Sarah finishing in a time of 24:30 making her 8th in her age group and 123rd overall. Evan and I rolled in at a respectable 24:27 for 15th in my age group and 121st overall. Not bad out of 1505 people!

Post Race:

This is where the Rivers 5K really excels. By far the biggest and most stocked post race event booths at a 5K so far. The food selection included the basic bananas, muffins and bagels but also featured Papa John’s Pizza, signature sub sandwishs, philly steaks, Rubios burritos, powerade, muscle milk, coconut water, full IHOP breakfast, Soup Plantation, and a host of vendor booths with heaps of free stuff.

There were bouncy castles and slides for the kids as well as a great live band. Several of Rivers’ NFL friends were there to sign autographs and mingle with the kids & runners after the race (Jammer, Tolbert, , and the punter for the NY Jets)  as well as a bib raffle for some really nice prizes such as Chargers Tickets, sea world passes, gift baskets and much more.)

Rivers then awarded the overall winners and the top three from every age group in the race with prizes as well.

Overall:

This is a great race that we as a family really enjoyed and intend to run again next year. With 1500 people attending it’s only going to get bigger next year so mark your calendars!

Pros: Great all ages race, Great parking, Amazing food and post race booths, Great prizes and Raffle, NFL players hanging out, solid entertainment, and a chance to run Rivers down on the course.

Cons: Tight course with rough terrain at the start, and although we were givien timers chips our times were only taken for the Gun Start rather than our actual times (we lost a good 40 seconds waiting to cross the start line. So get to the head of the pack if you don’t run with a stroller!)

Another race in the books for SGO Fitness, If you would like to run a race with us feel free to check out our monthly bootcamp schedule for the next one on our list http://www.sgofitness.com/SGOBinder1.pdf

We still have a couple of past races to blog about so keep your eyes peels for our next race post!

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty,  ACE-CPT 

Founder

 SGO Fitness

Phone 619.300.6821

info@sgofitness.com  |  www.sgofitness.com

NAMI Walks 5k Walk/Run

We decided to participate in the NAMI walks 5K this year at the recomendation of one of our bootcampers Jeanette Smith. This was an event close to her heart as a family member had been affected by mental illness. So we made it an important part of ours.

“Thousands of concerned citizens in over 80 communities across the nation walk/run together to raise money and awareness about our country’s need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness.”  –NAMIwalks.org

The 5K Walk/Run was hosted this year in lovely Balboa Park. This is an amazing park with so much to see even on a leisurely Sunday stroll. There were several vendor booths from local community programs, a live band and fun stretching activities prior to the race, and good post race snacks available such as bananas, juice and muffins.

Over a thousand people participated in the event this year so the crowds at the start were impressive. Sarah and I decided to run pushing our son in his BOB Running Stroller (a great investment for active parents!) and lined up with the other runners out in front. The course can be a bit confusing as it winds in and out of the main buildings and fountains in the park and actually turns back on itself on at least two occasions.The cheerleaders along the way are very helpful in pointing you in the right direction and have great energy and offer positive encouragement!  The course layout wouldn’t be so bad except for trying to run back across the bridge as a thousand walkers make their way across in the opposite direction. The other runners were able to slip through the crowds without too much jostling. Unfortunately running with a baby stroller tends to be a bit more cumbersome as we spent a good bit of time yelling “Stroller coming through!” as members of the walkers cheered us on for giving it our best.

We finished the race in 4th and 5th place with Sarah coming in as the overall female finisher.  But placing in this race isn’t important. As we waited at the finish line cheering on our fellow racers  it was great to see everyone hung around at the finish, talking with their fellow racers, encouraging and congratulating each other for a race well run/walked. It was a great community atmosphere!

Best Things about NAMI walks 2011:

A great cause, warm and welcoming environment, beautiful race venue, amazing cheerleaders, racers who cheer everyone on, and a non-competitive environment perfect for first time runners!

Things to improve the NAMI walks 2012:

Course layout could be clearer, make a lane on the bridge for runners coming back across, have a clear finish line and a visible clock at the finish.

If you are looking for a great event to get out for a walk with the family, challenge yourself to a 5K without pressure, or just enjoy a great event with super positive and supportive people, this is the run for you!

Dedicated to your success,

Sean Gogarty

www.SGOFitness.com

You Time

It’s very important to look at what we want to achieve and how we’re going to get to our goals.

The biggest hurdle I run into as a trainer when setting personal goals is time management. Most clients know what they want. We have a clear vision of what will make us happy. The issue we run into is we don’t schedule the time to accomplish them.
For example, if I wanted to climb Mount Everest (I know it’s a bit bigger than our usual goals), would I succeed if I only went to the gym a couple of times a week and fit in a few hikes when work permitted? No. I’d have to plan a training schedule and stick to it. I would have to budget my time to the best of my ability to get the hours of hiking and training needed to be prepared for such a journey.

Now let’s plan your “Everest”. Put it down on paper. Tape it to the wall and think about the small steps you’ll need to do to accomplish it. Easy right?

Now here’s the hard part, schedule the time.

For my business I have 4 colors I use on my calendar. Blue for Admin, Red for Marketing, Green for Training Clients, and Yellow for ME.

Yellow is where you need to schedule. It’s the sunny side of your life where you get to focus on the most important part, YOU. Take those things you’ve got to accomplish and mark them in yellow on your calendar. Now they’re as important as every other meeting.

Get out there and achieve your greatness!

Being Better

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I don’t do what’s best for me. Last night I stayed up way to late watching a show I didn’t really need to watch. Why? I didn’t ask myself a simple question.
WILL THIS MAKE ME BETTER?
If I’d asked myself “Will watching this show really help me be better?” I would have realized a good night’s sleep is better for me.
It’s a simple rule but the hardest one to follow when what we want and what we really need come into conflict.
Our task is simple. Ask this question to yourself as often as you can. Apply it to your work, diet, exercise and relaxation time. Will it make you better?
Start today. It will make you better!