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  • Working Out to "Earn" Your Calories?

    Have you ever caught yourself saying, "I'm going to workout hard so that I can eat whatever I want!"? If you have, you are not alone. This is one of the more common statements I’ve heard as a coach over the years. We talk about mindset in our gym frequently. Since we are big on creating long term changes in areas such as fitness, nutrition, and body composition, you MUST have a healthy approach to how you view your daily habits. Having an “earn your calories” mentality is an extremely dangerous mindset when it comes to your health. Some of the main pitfalls to thinking like this are: -The amount of calories you burn during a workout should not be the main metric you use ....

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  • Is Weight Loss As Simple As "More Cardio"?

    Is weight loss as simple as “more cardio”? ------------------------------------------------------------ I hear two statements more often than almost anything else: #1 - I need to burn more calories during my workouts and #2 - I kill myself during workouts so that I can eat whatever I want ------------------------------------------------------------ In regards to the first statement, there is a LOT of misinformation out there about “cardio” and “getting your heart rate up” in order to burn more calories and lose more weight. This leads people to do all sorts of crazy exercises and circuits, bouncing ....

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  • The Fitness Secret Formula

    Secret formulas - it seems these days everyone is looking for them. One of the most famous examples is Coca Cola’s secret recipe that is kept under lock and key in downtown Atlanta and only a few people in the world know the exact ingredients. If you’ve spent more than 30 seconds on Instagram or Youtube recently, I’m sure you’ve seen ads desperately clamoring for your attention to sell you the “secret hack” you’ve been missing to either lose weight, gain muscle, or my personal favorite - MELT the fat away in just two weeks. Want to know the funny thing about almost everything related to your health? ....

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  • Meet the Owners: Adam Tenny!

    Get to know one of our owners - Adam Tenny! In case you didn’t already know, Adam was a faithful Creed member for many years before he was an owner at our Creed Athens location! We recently sat down with him to hear more about how he first ended up at Creed, what his experience was like as a new member himself and how it changed his life enough to make him want to open a gym himself. So tell us, what was going through your head before you came to your first Creed class about 6 years ago? “I had a lot of friends that went to Creed but I wasn’t particularly fond of the idea of coming in. I grew up playing sports most of my life and I ....

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  • "I Workout So I Can Eat Whatever I Want!"

    Don't say this phrase around your Creed coach... “I workout so I can eat whatever I want!” This is one of our least favorite phrases to hear! Why? It’s an unhealthy way to view exercise and nutrition - it implies that exercise is simply a means to excuse poor eating. “I can eat whatever I want” implies you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want and if you're truly pursuing your health and fitness, you just can’t do that. It’s not quite as simple as calories in/calories out because not all calories are created equal! Calories from coke are not the same as ....

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  • Avoiding Goal Failure in the New Year

    With the new year comes lots of new fitness goals and resolutions. But many of these goals don't last long and often get abandoned altogether once February hits. We find that people often struggle with failure when it comes to their resolutions/goals in 2 main ways: They set new year's resolutions or goals but fail to actually get started People get caught up in what they see everyone else around them doing and feel like they have to set these “big goals” for the upcoming year. This is terrible motivation for setting goals and won’t be what keeps you sticking to those goals when the going gets tough. They try to find that ....

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  • Are Deadlifts Bad For My Back?

    Is Deadlifting Bad For My Back? The deadlift is probably one of the most feared weightlifting movements we do in the gym and the one that also gets the worst rap! This is because we’ve all heard of someone legitimately injuring their back doing a barbell deadlift and thus the negative connotation of “deadlift = back problems” was born. We get it though, ain’t nobody got time to be dealing with low back pain! ❌ BUT this way of thinking just isn’t true! ❌ In fact, it’s just the opposite! Injuries usually happen with this movement when people try to lift too much too soon and with improper form (hello curved spine 😫) ....

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  • Fitness Influencers: Legit or Not?

    Fitness Influencers... Any of us who have social media have seen them and know exactly what most of their pages look like. We see them doing ridiculous, attention grabbing movements at the gym or making claims like "Do this 5 minute workout routine to get six-pack abs" or "Do these two movements to get rid of arm flab" or "Take this one supplement to lose 20lbs fast." This begs the questions, is their content legit? Are their claims true? With so many voices speaking about the health and fitness industry these days (many that have no business speaking on the topic), it can be hard to know what to believe and who to trust. Here are 3 important things to remember a s ....

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  • How To See Consistent Progress At The Gym

    Feeling frustrated with your progress at the gym? We’ve all been there! Here are 4 key things for you to focus on in order to see that continued progress at the gym: 1. CONSISTENCY Stop stopping! Lots of people go really hard at working out for a short period of time but then get tired, overly sore, injured, burnt out and then stop. Establish a workout routine that is sustainable for you! Shoot to find a workout(s) you can do consistently 3x a week Our programming at Creed is always mixing things up with different styles of workouts and components of fitness (strength, cardio, accessory work, etc.) so it is a great option to help ....

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  • How to ACTUALLY Tone and Sculpt!

    Have you ever heard someone say or even found yourself saying you want to “sculpt” or “tone up” a bit? Having been in the fitness industry for many years, we’ve heard these terms a lot. But where did they come from and what exactly do people mean when they say them? These words originated as marketing terms! In the past (and even still today), a lot of women were intimidated by strength training. They thought that lifting weights would make them bulky and look like a body builder. In reality, the bodybuilders most women are imagining spend 3+ hours in the gym every day for years and years, eat thousands of calories and maybe ....

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