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Optimize Your Health – An Intro To Wellness FX

9 Oct

At FIT, we are constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to optimize and strengthen the health of our FIT family. Today we are excited to announce that we are partnering with WellnessFX to bring you the opportunity to receive measurable data about your health along with tangible insights into how to optimize your well being through a set of comprehensive blood draws and nutrition consults.

WellnessFX is a web-based platform that gives you deep insights into the state of your health by combining advanced lab diagnostics and tracking along with phone consultations with certified health professionals. WellnessFX aggregates the underlying biomarkers of the primary detractors of wellness, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.


After being tested, a telephone consultation is booked on your schedule with a practitioner who will provide you with recommendations to make measurable improvements in your health. No office visit required. With your secure online WellnessFX dashboard, you will track your progress towards reaching your health goals.

On Friday October 12th and Tuesday October 16th, we will be hosting a blood draw at FIT.  The staff at FIT will be getting tested on Friday and there are a few spots still open.  To check availability, please use the links below.  If you can’t make it to our blood draw, there are several convenient locations to get tested near FIT.

Step 1:  Click on the links below to sign up to get tested (you will be invoiced via FIT)

Step 2:  Get tested!  After signing up, you can choose a time online for Friday (10-12), Tuesday (10-16) or choose another location/day that is convenient for you.  Please be sure to fast 12 hours prior to getting tested

Step 3:  You will receive your tests and can then schedule your online consult with a practitioner and share your results with your trainer
For more information, you can read the summary overview , a more detailed description of the various packages or watch the video below on the baseline testing.


Please talk to your trainer if you have any questions or for more information on the benefits of getting tested.

We look forward to working with WellnessFX and continuing to help you on your journey towards consistently optimizing your health.

Women In Healthcare: Behind the Scenes at FIT

31 Jul

From the outside, we may appear like a competitive bunch.  You will often see and hear bets on sporting events, workout challenges, food challenges and so on.  FIT is a male dominant workforce whose employees thrive off of competition (females included), but behind the scenes at FIT, we are anything but competitive.

I remember when I first started working at FIT (seven years ago), sitting in Thom & Tracey’s office and talking about their philosophy and mission as business owners.  They explained how their goal was to set each and every employee up for success and challenge us all to view ourselves as our own personal business owners.

As RockHealth, a health incubator in SF (where you can currently find me when not at FIT) kicks off XXinHealth to highlight the need for more women to be paving the path and leading healthcare (see movie here), I thought it was appropriate to explain what is going on “behind the scenes” and how FIT’s approach could be the ticket to encouraging others to climb the healthcare ladder.

You know I am a trainer and many of you know about FITBuddies, the special needs programs I run for adults and children with Down Syndrome and Autism.   A couple months ago, I added to the list, and took the leap to lead a healthcare startup focused on improving the collaboration and communication of overall care.  As I drove away from Page Mill after what felt like signing my life away, I immediately called my parents, “It’s official, I am really doing this.”

My Dad’s response, “Congratulations Founder, CEO, Board of Directors!!”

My Mom’s response, “You go girl (her usual) but does this mean you will not be training and working with your buddies anymore.  It is just so great what you do with them and I know you just love helping others.”

My Dad stated what most men would probably pick up on first: the titles.  But my mom reminded me immediately of why I took the leap in the first place.

It is my journey with my buddies and every single one of my experiences, in a variety of health related fields, that has led me to this new adventure.  It started as a doctor’s assistant at the age of fifteen (I hid my age behind scrubs and a mask).  In college, I was the student who felt job experience was more important than the titles after my name and squeezed all my classes into 2 days so I could work four jobs: behavioral therapist for autism, personal aide for a woman with muscular spinal atrophy, hospital aide and trainer.  In my ‘free’ time, I shadowed physical therapists and occupational therapists.  For the past fifteen years, I have submerged myself into the care and management of long-term care in a variety of settings:  hospitals, homes, clinics, schools, gyms, etc.

As we talk about women in healthcare, or the lack thereof, I do not believe it is as much of an issue of men plowing us over
but more so that we aren’t setting women up to take the leap.  In November, I attended StartUp weekend and pitched my idea
to a room of 150 strangers.  I immediately formed a team with 3 other females (I scared a lot of the men off because they said I had a “real” idea).  While I did not move forward immediately after the weekend, this weekend was my “test” leap.

In April, I attended another weekend event, this time focused on health IT solutions and made the decision – it was time to leap.  For most people I think this would usually mean either quiting your job or working on the project behind your employers back out of fear that they would not support a side venture.

In May, I was chosen to attend RockHealth’s XXRetreat highlighting women leaders in healthcare.  The entire day was full of inspirational stories and words of encouragement.  One particular comment struck a chord.  As we began the day, we were told to look around the room full of VC’s, angel investors, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and inspiring leaders in healthcare .  We were challenged to erase the competitive landscape so often seen in the startup or typical business world and look at each other as support; because in healthcare, competition will not achieve success nor solve any of our problems.

I remember introducing Tracey to some friends shortly after starting at FIT.  I, of course, introduced her as my boss and she quickly corrected me and said, “we’re co-workers.”  From day one,  Thom and Tracey have set up a non-competitive landscape that encourages every employee to move up the ladder and grow as professionals.  They do not look at their employees as ‘potential competition’ but instead spend their time educating and investing in our future as a team and as individuals.  They understand the need for well-educated health professionals is critical.  Not only do they encourage but they support us through these ventures.

I did not quit my job nor did I have to hide a project behind my employers back.  When I approached Tracey in May, she encouraged and supported me in taking the next steps, helping me set up a schedule so I can juggle multiple positions as I move forward.  I thanked her for her support she simply said, “we believe in you.”

In healthcare, women make up a significant part of the workforce but tend to be concentrated in lower level positions.  After fifteen years as a provider, I believe experience in the healthcare field is something you can’t get in a MBA, PHD or MD program.  It is critical that women with experience on the front line are encouraged to take on leadership roles as they truly understand the healthcare landscape.  I am fairly confident if more health focused businesses set up a non-competitive landscape the way FIT has, educating and encouraging their employees to climb the ladder, we would see more women emerge from these lower level positions.

For fifteen years I have watched families struggle as they try to manage long term care.  As a provider on the outside (outside of the doctors office and hospitals), I understand what goes on on an everyday basis and I have to at least try to do something about it.  Thom and Tracey gave me the final big push; they gave me the support needed to scale back from the front line of care (not an easy decision) and the confidence to take the leap from the front line into a leadership role.

I told Tracey I feel like FIT is its own health incubator.  I am not sure whether it is the laid back atmosphere of being in gym shorts and a t-shirt but FIT is a non-competitive atmosphere where many of silicon valley’s VC’s, CEO’s and entrepreneurs frequent and have been more than willing to share information, advice and support.  I am just in the beginning stages (and have a lot of obstacle to overcome – age, gender, etc)  but I can only hope that I am able to support and encourage others the way I have been supported at FIT.

“We are leading healthcare and you should watch and see what we do”

Email for more information about FIT@Work, FIT’s Corporate Wellness Programs.  Follow VidaPost on Facebook and Twitter  and help Jen tackle the communication and collaboration of care.

What’s for Dinner?

12 Apr

Thompson River Ranch’s Prepared Meals in the Freezer at FIT

When you know you will not have time to cook or your day gets away from you, stop by FIT to pick up dinner.

What we currently offer:

  • Beef Bourguignon

                   – Suggestion: Pair with cauliflower mash or mashed potatoes

  • Bolognese Sauce

                   – Suggestion:  Serve over spaghetti squash or sauteed greens

  • Braised Brisket

                   – Suggestion:  Serve over cauliflower mash or rice and pair with a vegetable of your choice

  • Beef Carbonnade

 Enjoy!  For more information visit Thompson River Ranch

The 9 Visual Rules of Wellness

8 Feb

Most of you are aware of Mark Sissson’s 10 rules of living a healthy life (if not, read them here).  Very similar but slightly different are Visual MD’s “The 9 Visual Rules of Wellness.”  Visual MD has created a website off of the premise that most of us are visual learners and that most of us respond to a story.  The result is a very comprehensive website full of information regarding your health told via videos, pictures and stories.

Below are the 9 visual Rules of Wellness as stated by Visual MD:

1) Baseline Your Health

2) Define Your Wellness Mission

3) Develop and Maintain Nutritional Balance

4) Get Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise

5) Never Smoke, But if you smoke now, QUIT

6) Take a Moderate Approach

7) Make Sleep a Priority

8) Manage Your Stress

9) Embrace Joy

To learn more about Visual MD, listen to the TEDMED video by Alexander Tsiarias and visit their website  Have fun exploring and learning!

The Happy Movie – Take 2

20 Jan

Join Us for the 2nd Screening of


Friday, January 27th @ 7:30pm

$10 Suggested Donation


The College of Adaptive Arts will be hosting a book signing by Beverly Wilmore, local author, mother, coach, consultant and inspirer, who has written a book entitled, “Motivating Greatness: Motivating Tips for Daily Greatness, at 6:30pm followed by a small awards ceremony for their students.  We will start the movie at 7:30pm.

Click here for more information on the movie


Holiday Updates

16 Dec

The holidays are here and we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  Just a reminder that FIT will be closed from December 25th – Jan 1st.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!  Below are a few reminders, updates and ideas for your last minute holiday shopping…

– FIT Family Gift Drive:  Ends Tuesday, December 20th.  We will deliver gifts to the Anderson family on Thursday, Dec. 22nd and will post pictures and updates after we surprise them with all of your generous gifts!

Gift Ideas still on the ‘wish list’:  inexpensive jewelry, size 10 athletic shoes, bike helmet (M or L), gas or grocery gift cards, or any other creative and fun items you can think of.  *Lightly used clothing is welcomed.  Donations can be made by writing a check to FIT (or charged to your account).  Email with questions.

A HUGE THANKS TO OUR FIT FAMILY – I don’t want to spoil the surprise so will wait to fill you in on the specifics after;  but we have received many great gifts for the Anderson family and we look forward to providing them with a great Christmas surprise.  Thank you for making this possible!

– Waygu Beef from Thompson River Ranch:  As many of your know, we are now selling Thompson River Ranch’s Wagyu Beef.  You can read more about the benefits of Waygu Beef here.  You can pick up your dinner or holiday meal at FIT or order online (when ordering, put ‘FIT’ in promo code)

 – Last minute holiday gift ideas from FIT:  Looking for some last minute gift ideas?

Gift Certificates

Personal training




Paleo Comfort Foods

Everyday Paleo

PB – Quick & Easy Meals

Healthy Reading

Primal Blueprint

Low Carbohydrate Living

Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill

Younger Next Year


Shirts & Socks

Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner – Now Served at FIT

14 Dec

Organic.  Grass Fed.  Free-Range.  These are just some of the words many now use when referring to a cut of meat and what most look for when approaching the butcher.  But are you really aware of the benefits of the above?  Do you know exactly what you are looking for, what to ask for, and most importantly WHY it is good for you?

Starting this week at FIT, we will be selling Thompson’s River Ranch Wagyu Beef.  At FIT, we believe in eating fresh, whole food that is not only good for you, but also taste good, which is why we want to make TRR’s Wagyu Beef readily available for you.

Below are the top 5 reason’s why TRR’s Wagyu Beef should be TOP on your list:

5)  Because you no longer have to wonder if your Butcher is skimping on the details.  Are you aware that Whole Food’s Beef is NOT rated?  Do you know exactly where your Beef comes from?  One of our very own clients at FIT, Clydene Bultman, pursued her passion for eating well and is now bringing us dinner directly from her Ranch.  She will answer ALL your questions and provide you with every detail from ranch to table.

4)  Because it is GRADED well.  The average USDA scale for meat is 3 levels – Select, Choice & Prime.  The Japanese scale has 12 levels.  TRR’s Wagyu beef is routinely graded on a Japanese level of 7-8 and over 90% are Prime cuts.

3)  Because it is not only WHAT the cow is fed but HOW LONG it is fed.  The average cow is slaughtered at 18 months but intense marbling does not take place until later in a cow’s life (28-36 months).  The combination of longevity and TRR’s nutrition program, which consists of a grass-fed/grain-finished regime, produces a slow healthy growth and fat production, intense marbling and incredible taste.

2) Because it’s GOOD for you!  Excellent source of protein, Vitamins B-6 & B-12, Beneficial Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids, 6:1 Ratio of Mono-Unsaturated Fatty Acids to Saturated Fatty Acids.  Still worried that it is Beef and Beef is “fatty”?  Take note:  Wagyu’s Beef fat profile is similar to that of Salmon.

1) Because it TASTE good.  Genetically different from the traditional American breeds, Wagyu (Kobe) beef are world renowned for their marbling abilities far surpassing the traditional American cut in taste and tenderness.

For more information about Thompson River Ranch, please visit their website,

A FIT Family Christmas Drive

29 Nov

Over the course of 10+ years of working with families and their children with special needs, I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people.  Most parents do not seek out the adventure of raising a child with special needs, but many embrace the challenge resulting in an unexplainable roller coaster of raising a very special child who gives you the gift of an entirely different outlook on life.  And then there are some amazing families who choose this journey by means of organizations such as Reece’s Rainbow.  The Anderson family chose to help not one,  but five individuals with differing abilities.  Needless to say, FIT is happy to adopt the Anderson family this holiday season…

Details:  This year, everything is listed online at MyRegistry  .  You may purchase gifts online and/or mail them to FIT or feel free to purchase elsewhere and just drop them off at FIT (monetary donations are also welcome).

*Being the selfless family that they are, we only got a few suggestions.  More information about the family is listed below.  Please feel free to get creative!!  They live a very simple lifestyle, in a very simple house w/ a wide range of abilities!

**If the above link does not work, go to and search for FIT Family

Dates:  Please deliver all gifts and/or money to FIT by Tuesday, December 20th.

Other ideas (not listed online):  hats, gloves, socks (basics), coats, family games, ipods or other musical devices, learning games (Wi games), cooking supplies or easy to follow cookbooks, basic living needs (toothpaste, shampoo, etc)

Questions??  email

About the Anderson Family

Thirty-one years ago, Sky and Fay Anderson began their family with the Adoption of Jonathon (31), a month old baby who would prove to have a talent for and love of music despite such substantial issues as Autism, vision impairments (legally blind), and other physical challenges.  They soon adopted Francisco (32) who had suffered different debilitating forms of abuse which left him with cognitive limitations and behavioral issues but he can now win you in a heartbeat with his warm, friendly, and all-embracing personality.  Francisco understands that he suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and has the ability to talk about it with a healthy attitude.  Sara was next to join the family, but due to severe medical problems she died in 1998 at age 14.  To this day, Sara remains an integral part of the children’s lives as they often speak lovingly of her as their sister “who is in heaven.”  Soon after Sara, this amazing couple had gone on to adopt a very sweet and lovely boy named Tim (20) who has Down Syndrome.  And the last to join the clan was Lisa (17) a girl on the Autism Spectrum with a sweet disposition who loves jewelry.

Sky suffers from a rare neurological disorder which keeps him in constant pain for which there is no relief.  Nevertheless, he is an ordained minister, and despite the physical challenges he endures, he continues to perform the duties of his ministry and has long been known to be an active advocate for the poor and marginalized in society.  To see him with his children is to see what it is to be a loving father.

Fay is a completely selfless individual who lives for her husband and children.  She is in a state of constant vigilance for the safety and welfare of each one, gracefully looking and turning, loving and supporting them with a gentle smile on her face while she, herself, manages diabetes and a bad right knee.  She has seven siblings in Arizona whom she calls every weekend but whom she has not seen since 2000.  She cannot leave her children due to their unique dietary, medical, and emotional needs.

Sky and Fay would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but the fact that they live in the most humble of homes while considering themselves among the most fortunate puts them in a league of their own.  As one finishes even a brief visit with them, one will be accompanied to the sidewalk and hear Fay’s lovely voice say to you, “God bless you.”  And after time spent with the Anderson’s, one has indeed been blessed.

A special thanks to Karen from CAA for the write-up

Tape "De"Spencer and Thom wrapping presents 2011

USA Weightlifting Athlete Spotlight

28 Nov

Check out our very own Danielle, featured in USA Weightlifting’s Athlete Spotlight.  Good luck to Danielle as she competes this week in Mobile, Alabama.

Name: Danielle Durante


Coach: Rob Earwicker

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA

Current Residence: Los Altos, CA

Birthdate: 10/1/1982

Weight class: 53kg

Height: 4’11”

What year did you begin lifting? 2003; serious training started in 2007

How did you get involved? While going to school at California State University, Sacramento I was introduced by Phil Alexander.

Favorite Competition Lift?  Snatch

Favorite Training Lift? Jerks from rack

Education: B.S. Kinesiology, Exercise Science

Personal Goals: make the Olympic Trials, be part of a World team.

Favorite Foods (I added the s): rigatoni and meatballs, deep dish pizza, and homemade Nachos.

Favorite Book: The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, It’s Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life, by Lance Armstrong.

Favorite TV Show: 24, Greys Anatomy, Castle, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Restaurant: Impossible

Favorite song that gets you motivated: Poker Face, Lady Gaga

Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Gymnastics, cheerleading, and hiking.

Most people don’t know that….


I’m on a mission to find the best:

-Cup of Coffee

-Chocolate Chip Cookie

-Plate of Nachos


I love fishing, especially with my family at Lake Shasta.  I love dancing and making room on the dance floor.  I enjoy going to Farmers Markets and making my own salsa. I have a sick, twisted sense of humor usually involving Adam Sandler and/or Ben Stiller.  I am a personal trainer at the gym I lift at.  I was born in Texas.  I love to sing on the top of my lungs.

FIT Turkey Trot and Crossfit Workout

23 Nov

Join us Thanksgiving morning for a little movement before the big meal…



– 5K Run/Walk for the whole family –

– Crossfit Workout –

*Email with any questions regarding the crossfit workout

We hope to see you at FIT tomorrow morning but for those who are unable to join us, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

 ~Your FIT Family~