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Why Not Set Crazy Big Goals? by Jess Mullen

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One of my favorite phrases is to live BIG. I’ve learned through experience that I get the most fulfillment, self-worth, self-confidence and contentment through working toward goals that can feel hard at times. Ones that require consistent dedication and ongoing work or there’s no chance of them happening. I may not always enjoy it in the moment but overall it results in a very happy and rewarding life.
One area I like to practice this discipline is through running-related goals. Sometimes my goals are performance driven but other times I like creative or rather silly goals.

To some they may seem rather pointless and not in the normal “box” of athletic goal setting / achievement but I find they can be very fulfilling without the same weight as performance goals. I am a more positive and light-hearted person when I have levity and silliness in my life. Running is my great love and an important area for me not to get too serious and lose sight of what really matters (the joy!). 

Now having said that I go through periods where I have been very performance driven, training and racing to see how well I can perform. And this is “fun” and very rewarding but I can’t do this year round over and over without burn out. So when I’m not serious about racing, I like to set and train for other running (often volume-based) goals. I seem to lose my commitment and follow-through with exercise when I don’t have goals.

SO. This blog post is because I have one of these silly goals coming up over the next two weekends and I wanted to share it with you all in hopes you’ll send me some good mojo (selfish!) and in hopes it might inspire you to try something silly or “crazy” that’s outside your norm. Not something stupid - I’d say this goal is appropriate for me and my experience level and background but maybe not so reasonable for a newer, shorter distance runner. So I urge you to dream big but not stupid or reckless.

And this goal makes me super NERVOUS and anxious and excited and afraid. I may not be able to do it - it’s unknown territory. Also now that I am putting it out there publicly to you all before I attempt it makes it even more obvious if I don’t complete it. But that’s totally ok, I’ve fallen flat on my face before and I didn’t die of embarrassment. Because there really is no failure other than not trying, right? Each time a goal didn’t work out the first time around, I look for the lessons and show up better the second time around. So even if this goal goes sideways, I can always train and try again, right? Right. 

Back to the point... what’s the goal you ask? I am going to try back to back 100+ mile running races - a 100 mile race tonight, Friday, May 17, 2019 to Saturday night down in California (near Santa Barbara) and the following Friday morning I will start a 150 mile race locally at Lake Youngs Water Preserve in Renton. I’ve never done back to back weekends of 100+ mile races and I’ve always wanted to see if I could do it and experience what it feels like. 

Some folks may think I’m a bit crazy and whether that’s true or not doesn’t need to be addressed here BUT what I do want to get across is that we only live one life! If you find an area of your life stale or stuck - can you start to explore “outside the box” ideas of how to make a new, creative goal or sense of purpose? What scares and excites you at the same time? What could be possible? And what training or work would that entail? And especially if it’s slightly silly or absurd - all the better! There’s nothing better than a new energizing sense of purpose.

Please consider sharing in the comments any dreams you have or stories of experiences that were BIG and meaningful. Write a blog for us at FUELhouse. Or come grab me at the gym and tell me a story. Or send me an email! I love hearing about how you LIVE your life. 

And in case you wanted to look them up - the first race I am doing is called Born to Run 100, https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=57987

The second is called Pigtails Challenge, https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=60294. Some of the coaches might even come out and pace me a bit - what a treat! 

Ok that’s it. Love to all of you!

Jess

Posted on May 17, 2019 .

FH RUN CLUB

Want to learn more about training for your first or fifth 5k/10k/Half/Full Marathon?

Ready to join our FH RUN CLUB and be in your best training shape for the June 2019 Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Run series?


Calling all FH runners! If you’re interested in training for the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on June 9 (or any other race you’re prepping for) with your FH friends, then our FH Run Club is for you!

We are hosting a 9-week FH Run Club for all who join our run club. We will plan to cover our training philosophy, and plan, share suggested training routes, talk all things gear, team socks, group runs, motivational workshops and so much more!

WHEN DO WE START?

Our 9-week FH Run Club Training begins April 9th!

WHEN ARE THE ORGANIZED GROUP RUNS?
Our organized group runs will officially kickoff on Tuesday, April 9th but that doesn't mean you have to attend our organized runs. If you join our Club and find a friend or a couple run buddies who want to meet at a more convenient time for you then that's fantastic.

WEEKLY SHORT RUNS BEGIN APRIL 9 (3-4 miles)
7am Tuesdays (led by Ann Sloan)
7am Fridays (caboosed by Molly Scott)

WEEKEND LONG RUNS
7am Before FH YOGA (Sundays)

We will provide maps for the long runs. We will plan to cover our training philosophy, and plan, share suggested training routes, talk all things gear, team socks, group runs, motivational workshops and so much more!

INVESTMENT
$47 FH members (ask Molly for discount code to get this rate)
$67 for non-members

This cover costs for our team socks, 3-Month training plan, workshops, organized coached runs, weekly emails covering everything around mindset, motivation, injury prevention, nutrition and more.

If you want to set yourself up for a great race day and make a few friends along the way, please join us. Our FH running coaches, Jess Mullen (MS, RD RRCA CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH), and Ann Sloan (USA Triathlon coach and Run Club Team Captain) will lead the way with a training program that will have you in peak condition on race day.

Our badass Coaches can’t wait to show you how FH cross training has made a positive impact during their races. Ask Molly about her first 1/2 marathon experience last year! It was amazing. For more info, please email molly@fuelhousegym.com

2019 SEATTLE ROCK AND ROLL DETAILS:
Our goal is to have the biggest team on our June 9 race day! And even if our group is small (but mighty), they’ve got rewards and prizes for EVERYONE!

Register at: https://www.runrocknroll.com/en/events/seattle

Use Discount codes:
FUELHOUSE10-Use for $10.00 off the half/full
FUELHOUSE5-Use for $5.00 off the 5k

TRACK YOUR RUNS with US:
FUELhouse has now created as a 'club' on the Strava App. Strava is a social app for tracking biking, running, swimming - and other activities. You can join for FREE.
Check it out to see if it's something you want to join to track runs for the RUNCLUB!
The group link = https://www.strava.com/clubs/510537/members

PS: Many many people WOG (Walk-Jog) a marathon or half marathon. There is no shame and most likely will be my method of survival with the goal of getting across that finish line. So for all you non-runners out there... join me in the most aggressive Walk-Jog of your life. Brunch at the end... #becauseeveryoneneedsanincentive

Epic Humans of the Month, March 2019

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OMG these two!!! We just love Katie and Greg for so many reasons. It’s been so amazing being a part of their combined fitness journey while at FH. And a little diddy that you may not be aware of…The Nakata’s are in charge of designing our NEW Front Entrance/Retail Area at FUELhouse. We cannot wait to reveal the finished product sometime by May/June!

Without further ado we give you Katie and Greg Nakata…

  1. Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?

    Katie and Greg are both Licensed Architects and work in Seattle. In our down time we can be found at home working on our house we named The Tree House.

  2. How'd you find out about FUELhouse?

    Katie discovered FH several years ago when trying to find a gym nearby her previous office.

  3. What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it?

    The desire to be healthy and active. Greg started coming to FH to support Katie and her goals but now comes to pursue his own goals.

  4. What's your favorite movement/workout?

    Katie and Greg love dead lifting! Katie also loves snatches and BB cleans!

  5. What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life?

    Katie and Greg are hoping to participate in TSC in 2019 and PR. Our personal goal that we recently achieved was to pass the 7 required exams for professional license in architecture.

  6. Tell us a little known fact about yourself.

    For three years of our relationship we were long distance, Greg was in NYC, and Katie in Boise. Lots of flying #worthit 

  7. What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?

    Canlis, where we celebrated our 5 year anniversary!

  8. What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?

    The ability to exercise in a supportive environment.

  9. We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on!  This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)!

    Fozzy Mill Pond Loop & Bob Thames Court - Guess who is who :)

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FH RUN CLUB

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Want to learn more about training for your first or fifth 5k/10k/Half/Full Marathon?

Calling all runners! If you’re interested in training for the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Run Series on June 9 (or any other race you’re prepping for) with your FH friends, then our FH Run Club is for you!

Join us for a FREE informational meeting for all humans (members and non-members) to learn all about our RUN CLUB and what's included on Saturday, March 9th at 11am @ FUELhouse!

Ready to join our FH RUN CLUB and be in your best training shape for the June 2019 Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Run series?


*INVESTMENT*
$47 buy-in FH Members (members please request discount code from Molly)
$67 for Non-Members
*covers costs for our team swag, 3-Month training plan, workshops, organized coached runs, weekly emails covering everything around mindset, motivation, injury prevention, nutrition and more.

If you want to set yourself up for a great race day and make a few friends along the way, please join us. Our FH running Captain, Jess Mullen (MS, RD RRCA CERTIFIED RUNNING COACH), and USAT Coach, Ann Sloan, will lead the way with a training program that will have you in peak condition on race day.

Our badass Coaches can’t wait to show you how FH cross training has made a positive impact during their races. For more info, please email molly@fuelhousegym.com or jess@fitfirst.net

#fuelhouse #fuelhousetribe #fhrunclub #seattlerockandroll #fitfirst

SEATTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DETAILS:
Our goal is to have the biggest team on our June 9 race day! And even if our group is small (but mighty), they’ve got rewards and prizes for EVERYONE!

Tactical Strength Challenge May 2019

EPISODE IX,
Tactical Strength Challenge

In a galaxy far far away…

It is a grueling time for the FH Rebel Alliance. Although the Tactical Strength Challenge awaits, Imperial troops are working hard at driving the Rebel forces from making Leaderboard gains.

Evading the dreaded Deadlift, Pullup, and Snatch test is NOT an option. A group of Freedom FUELers, led by FH Special Forces in partnership with the Rebel Alliance, has established a secret base in the remote rainy City of Seattle. They call it FUELhouse.

It is here the FH Rebellion stands bravely against the evil of the TSC Empire, never backing down despite overwhelming odds.

This May 4th, armed with the firepower of strong Hinges and Pullups, and the leadership of figures including Princess Scott and Admiral Sokol, the Rebel Alliance plans to triumph over the Empire at the Tactical Strength Challenge.

-May the 4th Be with You
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The @strongfirst Tactical Strength Challenge is a goal worthy of your efforts.

The three exercises that make up the Tactical Strength Challenge are:

1. A max powerlifting deadlift (three attempts)
2. Pull ups for max reps (palms forward, no kipping, neck must touch the bar) or a flexed arm hang
3. Kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period (unlimited hand switches and different weights for different competitor categories). If you are unable to perform KB Snatches, FH will give you the option to perform Single Arm KB Swings.

Preparing requires your focus on different types of strength and endurance—as demanded by real life’s challenges.

Join us for this fun spirited, worldwide strength event.

Participants will give it their all with deadlifts, pull ups and kettlebell snatches.

Individuals and groups from other gyms/studios are welcome.

Be sure to mark FUELhouse in Seattle, WA as your facility of choice. If you are interested in TRAINING for TSC, FUELhouse is your answer. We just launched our 12-week programming to make sure all levels are ready to compete!

Good people, new friends and BEERS after!!!

Couple of The Month: Ron and Melissa

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Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?

Ron: For the last 8 years I've worked at Adobe as Content/Knowledge Manager, but my tenure there recently came to an end. So looking for new opportunities in the whole Digital Asset Management, Knowledge Management, and Content Management fields. Tell your friends.

Melissa: I can be found planting more stuff in my garden, working on our house, traveling, eating and drinking! And when I work, I am an archaeologist. Typically writing reports in an office but sometimes I get to go out and do the fun stuff;)

How'd you find out about FUELhouse?

Ron: I was looking for a kettlebell gym relatively close to our house, but I didn't really want to do a CrossFit affiliate. Obviously CrossFit-style workouts are awesome, but I worry that their emphasis on increasing the speed at which you do specific workouts is a recipe for injury. FUELhouse just has a really great mix of stuff and the vibe I got from the website made me think Melissa would be comfortable as well. It has really surpassed all expectations though.

Melissa: Ron told me.

What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it?

Ron: The thought of losing mobility as I get older. Also, just about all the diseases run on both sides of my family, so trying to optimize my health so I don't have to worry about diabetes or heart disease. There is so much I want to do with my time on earth, I just don't have time for that shit.

Melissa: How it makes me feel overall—so much better! No matter how crappy I feel walking into the door, I feel better after, and then for the rest of the day.

What's your favorite movement/workout?

Ron: I like the bear complex, especially when paired with burpees. It's pretty much the only time I'm excited to do burpees because they seem like a nice break after a round of bear complex work.

Melissa: Slam balls! Getting out aggression and exercise—love itJ

What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life?

Ron: I think it'd be cool to swing The Beast. Personally, I’d like to do some more international travel this year. There are still a lot of countries in Europe I haven’t yet visited.

Melissa: I like to do pullups and heavier weights, but I have already accomplished so much and have done higher weights than I thought possible at the beginning! In my personal life—I would like to de-stress and work less (as you might expect, these go a bit hand in hand).

Tell us a little known fact about yourself.

Ron: If I told you, it would no longer be "little known." That's a paradox folks.

Melissa: I have been to Africa! It’s beautiful, amazing and scary. All at the same time. They have spiders the size of dinner plates there you know—they catch birds…! Don’t tell me that doesn’t freak the bejesus out of you!

What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?

Ron: Oh man, we went to Las Vegas recently for Melissa's birthday and hit up a couple of the casino buffets. I had never done a Vegas buffet before. The dinner buffet at Caesar’s Palace and the brunch buffet at the Cosmopolitan were both really good. Don't worry though, I only eat at buffets for variety, not volume... plus they both have time limits.

Melissa: Okay well I have to say something different here: Chocolate Crunch pancakes at the Little Goat Diner in Chicago. They were kind of amazing!!

What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?

Ron: The coaches. It's fun to come class. Molly, Kiel, and Brian put the pep in my step!

Melissa:  The positive space. Everyone is so supportive and super!

We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on!  This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)!

Ron: Nugget Ninebark - Which I think makes a perfect name for a pulp novel private investigator.

Melissa: Tiger Menahka—I named all my first cats tiger and they all ran away…I branched out after that;)

Posted on January 27, 2019 and filed under Member Spotlight.

THANK YOU 2018.

In a year of ups and downs, the world searched for "good" more than ever before. From the epic headlines to the everyday moments, here’s to all the good that people discovered in 2018 and here’s to all the good we will experience in 2019.

As 2018 draws to a close, we want to say thanks for being a part of our FUELhouse family. Thank you for trusting us with your body. For sharing your contagious energy when you walk through our front door. For supporting fellow FUELers in and outside of our HOUSE walls. For bringing laughter to our community. For believing in our cause, sharing our passion, and helping us spread our mission to your friends and family.

We are so very blessed and grateful to work with such an amazing group of humans who inspire us EVERY. DAMN. DAY.

Thank u 2018, next.

Much love, health, and peace for us all in the New Year!

-Molly and Your FH Crew

HOUSE POLICIES

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HOUSE POLICIES

1. Be ON TIME, otherwise, EARLY to class – Show up early to your class and take that extra time to hop on the rower, assault bike, or foam roller and get your body warm and moving. We are here to have fun, work our asses off, and walk away happier than when we first walked in. We are here to honor our bodies and minds. We ask you to leave your work behind, put your phones away or we will ask you nicely;). Give yourself an hour of peace from all electronics, open your mind to BE PRESENT WITH YOUR TRAINING and enjoy the lovely humans you’re sweating with - this hour is yours! Don't take it for granted. Cheer, clap and encourage others. Anything less is to cheat you of the experience and to rob others of the gift of your presence and support as part of the community. 

2. Clean Up – Wipe down and put away all your equipment after each workout. You don’t want to pick up the last class’ crap so don’t make them pick up yours.

3. Work Hard – Effort is more important than any other attribute. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed if you can’t lift as much or perform as well as other members. It doesn’t matter so long as you give your best each and every workout.

4. Be Patient – Accidents and injuries usually come as a result of impatience. Don’t be greedy. Slow down. Ask questions. Ask for help.

5. Have Fun – Yes; you’re going to work harder than you thought possible. Yes, it’ll hurt (in a good way). So what? Have fun with it. This is a playground and while we’re constantly increasing work capacity, we’re having a blast at the same time. 

6. Listen – We are the coaches and don’t want to see anyone get hurt or develop bad habits. When we tell you to reduce weight, stop, or do something during class, LISTEN and DO IT. We are here to provide a safe and motivating environment designed for your success.

7. Check Ego at the Door – This is a level playing field. We are one team. Clear your mind and work hard. When you’re done and you leave, you will be refreshed and your issues will be easier to deal with. We promise.

8. Know Where Your Children Are – We love kids here at FUELhouse and we think it’s important for them to see their parents leading active, healthy lives. However, we also want to keep kids and everyone else in our gym safe. Please make sure your kids stay in specified area during class. If you know your child will have trouble staying in one spot, please bring something that will help them stay put throughout class.

9. Eat Right – Nutrition is a HUGE part of your journey towards optimal performance, health, and body composition. Not sure where to start? Begin by centering your diet around a variety of high quality proteins, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and dense carbs as needed based on your activity levels. Try a variety of food and, to the best of your ability, cook most of what you eat. Focus on local, organic options if it's in your budget. Make sure you stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day. Eat meals slowly and minimize mindless snacking, refined/added sugar, and booze. Remember that what you eat should enhance your life. Need more help? Get in touch with Coach Jess to talk about how you can individualize your approach. 

10. Get Some Sleep – Seriously. This is where you will make your gains. Sleep is like an express train for recovery. Get as much as possible. Otherwise you’re only hurting yourself.

11. Be Loud – We are respectful but we are not politically correct. We joke, yell, swear, grunt, scream, sweat, spit, etc. You will too. Sure, there’s such a thing as gentle, quiet strength, but most of us haven’t mastered that yet.

12. Brag – Tell your family and friends. Tell them how you’re getting in the best shape of your life. You’re having fun.  You’re doing things you never thought possible. Be proud of this. Shout your bad-assery from the mountaintops.

13. Get Involved – Introduce yourself.  FUELhouse is more than just a gym, it’s a community. We are a family and you can get as involved as you like. Here we hold social events, contests, workshops, and charitable events. There are many opportunities for you to get involved and if you have any suggestions, we would love to hear them.

14. Attend Class – Get in here on a weekly basis! A workout may suck before and during, but you always feel better afterward. You won’t believe the kind of results you’ll see by coming at least 4 times a week. All you have to do is get your butt through the door. We’ll take care of the rest.

Posted on November 5, 2018 .