Winner of Business of the Year - Best Business Expansion 2014

Gainesville Health & Fitness was honored to receive the 2014 Business of the Year Awards - Best Business Expansion award from the Chamber during the festivities.... [More]

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One Good Decision Leads To Another

We make an enormous amount of decisions every day. Make one good choice today. Let it be a positive snowball effect for your life. [More]

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ACPS Food Drive 2014

Please participate in the Alachua County Public Schools Food Drive. GHF is providing collection points for your generous doantions at all 3 centers through December 10th. [More]

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Club & Class Holiday Hours - 2014

Thanksgiving Club Hours Main Center Wednesday, November 26th close @ 10pm Thursday, November 27th – CLOSED Friday, November 28th – open @ 5am Tioga Wednesday, November 26th 5am-6pm Thursday, November 27th – CLOSED Friday, November 28th 8am-6pm Women’s Center Wednesday, November 26th 5am-6pm Thursday, November 27th – CLOSED Friday, November 28th – 8am-6pm Holiday Group Ex Schedule Main Center Classes Wednesday Nov 2612:20pm Simply Stretch  will be the last class held on 11/26 AQUA 10:00am Water Works will be the last class held on 11/26 CYCLE5:45pm will be the last class held on 11/26 Thursday Nov 27 all 3 clubs will be closed for Thanksgiving Friday Nov 28 10:00am - 12:00pm "16th Annual Turkey Buster"10:00-10:20am - Warm Up - Sheila10:20-11:00am - Body Combat - Vonetta11:00-11:40 - Zumba... [More]

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Keep It Consistent

By: George Whitehead, NASM-CPTWhen I started working in the fitness industry my whole philosophy was for my clients to train hard, period. I believed that everyone needed to train hard; whether they be 8 or 80 or in between. I never hurt anyone. Rather, I don’t know of hurting anyone. I would push the client in front of me as hard as I could. I enjoyed pushing clients unmercifully and still do when appropriate. But as I matured in this industry, this philosophy changed. I still believe in working hard, but I now view consistency as the most important attribute of a fitness protocol coinciding with a concise plan. Over the years, many of my clients have been road warriors. That is they were on the road, in the air, or abroad doing business more than they were home. These A type personalities would come in wanting to train as hard they could that day, regardless if they had just got ... [More]

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Is All Stress Bad?

Let’s play a game. I’m going to start rattling off random words and you tell me how each of them make you feel…ready? Promotion…pregnancy…competition…wedding…holidays…family…dating…health. Ok, enough of that. I would imagine, depending on where you are in your life, you probably have a different outlook and reaction to each of those. Some may have elicited positive thoughts, others, perhaps negative ones. Each of these words has the potential to provoke a stress response. Stress is, simply, the reaction of your body to any given change that requires a response. But there are two kinds of stress: distress and eustress. Distress is the negative kind of stress that we are commonly referring to when we say, “I’m stressed.” It causes anxiety and worry. It’s unpleasant and usually decreases productivity... [More]

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Face Your Fitness Fears

I hate being scared. You will never find me watching horror movies or, even worse, at one of those awful theme park Halloween events. I was talked into going to a haunted house once in college…absolutely traumatizing.  Never.  Again. But something I hate more than being scared is being afraid. I know those seem like the same thing, but let me draw a distinction. I view “scared” as a quick reaction to something that jumps out at me or creeps me out. But afraid…“afraid” is fear on a deeper, more emotional level. Being afraid doesn’t apply to when ‘things go bump in the night.’ Being afraid comes with worry and anxiety that can alter your decision-making and even hinder your actions…if you let it. People are subject to this kind of fear in all aspects of their lives. Whether it’s being brave enough to apply for t... [More]

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The Power of a Tribe

How often do you tell yourself that you aren’t good enough? Or qualified enough. Or fit enough. Or just plain not enough. For me, it’s almost daily, in some way or another... [More]

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Get busy better: tips for staying fit (and keeping your sanity) when life gets busy

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, and for some of us, the end of the school semester. Along with the festive atmosphere, this season can mean a whirlwind of errands, shopping, visiting relatives, and (for myself at least) a plethora of term papers. So, in all of the madness, how are we expected to maintain a workout routine? [More]

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A Not-So-Dreadful Halloween

Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween…yikes, that’s a lot of candy. And being the festive Halloween celebrator you are, I would imagine you have, at some point, contributed to this massive candy purchase. Halloween is a day that revolves around candy; buying candy, trick-or-treating for candy, handing out candy, and eating candy! Yet, it’s no secret that candy is high in sugar and low in nutritional value...not exactly the healthiest of holidays. But you can still be health-conscious without being a party pooper! Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate, while maintaining some semblance of your healthy lifestyle: Avoid candy bowls. Workplaces love to put out candy bowls, but it’s just too easy to grab a piece every time you walk by. Chewing gum is one way to keep your mouth busy and lessen the temptation to pop a couple of ... [More]

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