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November 20, 2014

Rock City Fitness Personal Training

Good afternoon! I’m so glad to see some of you enjoyed reading this morning’s collection of random musings. Those kinds of posts are fun to occasionally put together, so I might just have to revisit them every so often.

Today I wanted to share a full review of the workout facility I have been training at for the last month or so!

Rock City Fitness – Personal Training

A little over a month ago, the owner of Rock City Fitness, a new personal training facility in Rochester Hills, contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their 30-Day Personal Training Experience Program.

His timing couldn’t have been better, as I received the email the day I passed my CPT test! I was excited to take him up on the offer and see everything I just studied in text come to life in an in-person one-on-one training experience.

Rock City Fitness Rochester inside gym

Rock City Fitness offers a unique workout environment with three different types of training formats: one-on-one, small group, and large group. Their memberships include a number of personal training options and classes to work with a variety of clients, needs, and budgets.

I started the 30 Day Personal Training Experience the week after running in the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. I mention this because the owner, Eric, ran in the same race, also a part of Team Kensington for the Hope Water Project! Small world, right?

I scheduled my initial consultation a couple days after the race, and we had plenty to talk about. He explained the ins and out of the introductory program and the services they provide.

Here is the best way to break it down:

• 1 on 1 training offers the most personal experience, including exercise and nutrition programs put together to reach your specific goals. RCF has four different 1 on 1 training plans you can read more about here. All 1 on 1 programs can be structured as private (1 client) or semi-private (2-4 clients), depending on what the client is looking for and what their training budget is.

• Group training is a great option for those who are looking for affordable training with plenty of guidance and motivation. RCF offers two types of group training: small and large group. Small gives more individual instruction while large group offers the dynamic atmosphere and energy of a “team” setting.

• Web-based training: is catered towards clients who want an affordable personal training experience, but prefer to exercise at home or at another gym. Web-based training features custom RCF-designed programs that are strictly online with a unique client dashboard, complete with program instructions, exercise videos, training calendar, progress tracking, and trainer/client messaging. This can also be added to any 1 on 1 or group training program.

I had a specific purpose of reviewing their 30 Day Personal Training Experience, which gives any prospective client an in-depth preview and overview of the gym’s services without having to make a long-term commitment.

Rock City Fitness outside

This program includes an initial client consultation, followed by three 1 on 1 training sessions (with fitness assessments), then three small group classes totaling seven visits. They call it the 30 Day PT Experience, but you set up all of the sessions to fit your individualized schedule and can easily finish before or after the 30 day period. It’s all up to you!

Happy to check it out, I arrived at my initial consult and was immediately impressed by the cool and intimate gym setting.

Rock City Fitness lobby inside

rock city fitness lobby

We began the consultation by going over my goals for training. I was asked questions like “What are your long-term fitness goals?” and “What does staying fit and being healthy mean to you?” He wanted specific answers, which is exactly what I was introduced to in my NASM text: probing for specific numbers or goals to reach towards, also known as S.M.A.R.T. goals.

My first workout session was a 1 on 1 personal training session with Eric. We started by doing a series of fitness assessments (all of which I recognized from my book!) and he quickly gathered information to help create a program specifically geared towards my needs and goals.

Rock City Fitness main gym

As it turns out, I have a slight arch to my lower back during certain exercises and winged scapulas (one predominately worse than the other). I had no idea about either problem! With this in mind, he gave me foam rolling, stretching, and strengthening exercises I could do at the gym and even at home to help those issues.

rock city fitness foam rolling exercises

Each one of my training sessions (both with him and another trainer) started and ended with a variety of these exercises.

My long-term fitness goals (for this program and beyond) are to build up my arm strength (months of mostly running and at-home workouts can only do so much!) and incorporate exercises that will strengthen my legs for running long distances. I’m not interested in gaining or losing weight, but to maintain where I’m at and keep an all-over toned physique.

I left my first training session with a new client binder filled with information on the gym, discounts to stores and services in the area, and plenty of health and fitness tips!

rock city fitness nutrition

At the end of each session, we went over my assessment results, talked about nutrition (the balance of calories in vs. calories out and numbers I should aim for), and overall goals to reach for.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 1 on 1 personal training sessions and was equally as excited to try out the small group classes.

rock city fitness equipment

First I tried FAST Fit, which reminded me of a CrossFit WOD type of class. There was only one other person in my 7 a.m. session, and we each went through a series of total body strengthening power moves on a timer. This class lasted 30-40 minutes and I felt sore before I even left.

Next, I tried out Strong, their resistance-based training class. It moves a little slower and concentrates on doing more (heavier and slower) lifting. This is the class I did dumbbell chest presses with a set of 25s for the first time!

free weight dumbbells rock city fitness

Last, I completed the Rockit class as my final session yesterday. That one was killer! It’s a high energy and fast moving total body workout that usually consists of circuits. The focus is on speed and pumping up your heart rate, so there is also a Rockit Lite class option for program newcomers. This session with high reps (up to 70!) and little rest challenged me the most!

All of their small group training classes and descriptions can be found here.

I really loved exploring the full Rock City Fitness experience.

RCF has a specific mission:

“Our desire is that your new exercise program with Rock City Fitness will do more than improve your physical health — we hope it helps you become more confident and accomplish more than you ever thought in all areas of your life.”

Rock City Fitness Michigan review

They want to build a solid foundation – or rock – to carry you through your happiest, healthiest, strongest you!

Right now, the 30 Day Personal Training Experience (including one consult and six personal training sessions!) is offered at the low price of $79, valued at $340!

Check out their website and give them a call if you’re interested in trying out the PT program for yourself. I highly recommend it to anyone at any fitness level, and especially to those looking for guidance in getting active, getting over injuries, and fitness enthusiasts looking to mix up their current routine!


I want to thank Rock City Fitness for allowing me to test out their program. The opportunity came at the perfect time, and I’m leaving it feeling revved up to jump into the world of training and teaching. I am one hundred percent on board with what their company stands for, and would love to continue training any time I’m invited!

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post. I was, however, offered to test out the Rock City Fitness 30 Day Personal Training Program for free in exchange for my review. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own!

November 19, 2014

2015 Planner for Active Living (Giveaway)

Hi! I feel like today totally flew by. Things are starting to happen and I am really excited to stop being so vague and share some real details with you.

Until then, I’ll distract you with pretty things and giveaways. Sound good?

Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe diary 2015

Backing up to this morning, I loved (slash loved to hate) my last personal training session at Rock City Fitness. I am pretending to say hate because it completely kicked my booty and I felt like a weakling. It was awesome, and very challenging on my entire body, which actually is enjoyable for me. After the fact, anyways.

I plan to share a full review of the training facility and my experience soon. For now, again, I’ll just distract you with pretty *white* things I saw on my way home from running errands after the gym.

driving in the snow

(Don’t worry… I fully stopped to take the photo.)

Followed by the current Winter Wonderland view from my window.

snow outside my window

Winter has arrived in Michigan, my friends!

As soon as I got home, I quickly heated up leftovers from last night’s dinner and topped it with the last of our rotisserie chicken and Parmesan cheese.

gluten free spaghetti with veggies and chicken

gluten free pasta with chicken and vegetables

It was the perfect warm start to my afternoon!

With (what feels like) a dramatic change in the seasons this week, it made me realize how incredibly fast this entire year went by. How are we already halfway through the month of November? I know I can’t be alone here.

The real wake up call that 2014 has almost come to an end came when I received this 2015 MNB Diary from my sweet contact over at Lorna Jane.

lorna jane active living planner 2015

I have mentioned the Move Nourish Believe (MNB) movement on the blog before, and this planner is the epitome of everything it stands for.

Lorna Jane Clarkston, the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear, designed a line that creates more than fashionable fitness gear. I actually got to hear her speak in person at the IDEA BlogFest over the summer. She’s an amazing woman! Beyond the LJ inventory, the brand shares quotes, workouts, and healthy recipes on their media channels, in books, and most recently in an everyday planner to support active living!

live your best life in 2015 lorna jane journal

It’s technically called the 2015 MNB Diary, because it does so much more than help organize your appointments. It organizes and helps you. Inside, you will find workouts (move), recipes and healthy eating tips (nourish), and inspirational quotes (believe) to get you through your days.

lorna jane diary workouts

lorna jane cooking vegetables chart tips

lorna jane quotes in diary

In between all of the active living inspiration is the traditional everyday planner features I need like a year snapshot, a month-by-month breakdown, and a place to fill in activities by weeks and days.

lorna jane mnb diary inside

The more pages I skimmed through, the more I fell for this adorable little book of awesomeness.

lorna jane arm workout in diary

lorna jane healthy recipe in diary

lorna jane active quote

Almost immediately, I noticed how much writing space there was to reflect.

Every so often, there is a page that asks questions and gives you an opportunity to stop and reflect on how your year is going. I took some time filling out my thoughts on this year, and thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing out my goals and reflections for the past, present, and future.

lorna jane diary planner

There’s numerous writing prompts and places to take notes throughout it, so I guess that would explain the importance of the word diary in the title!

I was sent my 2015 MNB Diary as a gift from the company and loved it so much that I asked my contact if I could host a giveaway to gift one lucky HWG reader a planner as well!

Win Your Own 2015 MNB Diary

This planner/diary is perfect for anyone who currently lives or wants to get into living a happy, healthy, active lifestyle. Enter to win one for yourself, or give it to a friend or family member you think could really use a push. <3

lorna jane planner diary picture

To enter:

Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what you love most about the diary, and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Monday, November 24th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, the 25th.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.

Good Luck! xx

Disclaimer: While the diary featured in this post was provided to me by Lorna Jane, I was not compensated for this review or to host the giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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