Your Keys to Fitness Victory

November 14th, 2018


Have you ever told yourself that you are going to lose weight and get fit in time for spring, only to be frustrated when warm weather rolls around?

It’s easy to hide behind heavy winter clothes, but when the mercury starts climbing, the clothes get lighter and we can’t hide any more.  “Why didn’t I start working out weeks ago?” we ask ourselves.  “If only I had started sooner!”

Regret-Proof Your Spring! Set a Deadline

The best way to protect yourself from a regret-filled spring is to set a deadline and start NOW.  Deadlines are powerful motivators.  Without a deadline, you really have no set-point toward which to work.  You have nothing pushing you, and we need to be pushed.

Deadlines create a sense of urgency.  They help you position yourself to succeed, because that final date is always staring back at you.  It forces you to prioritize and strategize.  Otherwise, you will let things slide…you will keep putting off the workout, and insisting that tomorrow you will start eating better.  Without a deadline, tomorrow never seems to come.

It’s Time to Shake Things Up

If you keep doing what you have always done, you will get the results you have always gotten.  It’s time to do something different.  Ask yourself this question:  If I keep doing what I am doing right now, will I achieve what I want to achieve?  If you answered no, then it’s time for a change.

Get your calendar out and decide when you want to see your first wave of results.  Be realistic:  make sure you give yourself time to really dig in and see changes. But challenge yourself too—make it a little tough so you can take full advantage of the power of urgency.

Prevent Deadline-Creep.  Get Competitive

But a deadline may not be enough.  Why?  Because you may be tempted to move it.  Deadlines are not supposed to be moving targets!  The best way to prevent deadline-creep is to get competitive.

Entering into a competition or contest is a sure way to give you the edge you need to keep yourself on track and finish strong.

There is something very motivating about competing with others.  Just knowing that your effort and results are going to be measured alongside others really will give you an extra boost in motivation.

This is a time when a little peer pressure is useful!  And you will find that those with whom you are in competition will also be your biggest cheerleaders:  they know exactly what you are going through and will be there to encourage you to keep moving.

Deadlines and contests form the perfect combination to guarantee your fitness success: put them to work for you!  Spring is close enough to give you a push, but still far enough away to ensure that you have enough time to get some serious work done.  Plan now to greet spring and warmer weather with no regrets!


November Employee of the Month – Michael O’Reilly

November 8th, 2018

This month’s Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club Employee of the Month is a true home-grown talent. Rolesville High student Michael O’Reilly “came up through the ranks” by serving in our Junior Counselor Program for four years before becoming a full-fledged counselor and Kid Zone associate.

By participating in the Junior Counselor program, Michael developed the skills and maturity to become a valuable member of the Youth Programs team. Youth Programs Director Brandon Metzel said, “Michael has grown in the Junior Counselor Program and proven to be a dependable asset to the team. He has also developed significant leadership skills in his time with us.”

An avid football fan (Fly Eagles Fly), Michael quotes legendary coach Vince Lombardi when asked to give his approach to life, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”.

As for the future, Michael is gearing up for a great year and summer here at the Falls. He also hopes to attend Appalachian State upon graduating from High School. Until then it’s all systems go for this up and coming talent. Please join me in congratulating Michael O’Reilly as this month’s Employee of the Month.

Please join us in congratulating our Employee of the Month: Michael O’Reilly!

Evan & Olivia Wilkerson Make Waves at the Paralympics

October 25th, 2018


We are proud to have Olivia and Evan Wilkerson represent the Granite Falls Makos in the 6th annual Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet in Augusta, GA on October 20-21. The Fred Lamback Meet is ​a paralympic swim meet ​open to swimmers with a psychical or intellectual impairment from all over the nation.

Paralympic wimmers are classified by a sports class based on their impairment, such as limb deficiency, visual impairment, short stature or intellectual impairment.  Evan and Olivia are both visually impaired swimmers and are currently classified in an S12 sports class.  There are three different sport classes for visually impaired swimmers, S11, S12 and S13.  Swimmers who are in an S11 sports class are almost blind or completely blind and need to swim with blackout goggles.  S12 and S13 swimmers have reduced vision but are not completely blind.

Olivia had a great swim meet achieving her personal best times in all her events she swam.  Olivia was also given the Amazing Grace Meet Award.  This award was created by McClain Hermes in honor of her swim team friend Grace, who recently passed away in December.  Olivia’s determination and optimistic attitude made her successful at the meet.

Evan also competed in multiple events during the meet and dropped time in everything he swam.  Evan swam the 50 yard Breaststroke in 49.44 seconds. Evan didn’t only have a great Breaststroke, his time also broke an American Record! Evan is now the NEW American Paralympic Record holder for the S12 classification male 50 Breaststroke event.  Evan was also less than half a second away from breaking 2 other American records!

Congratulations Evan and Olivia! You make us proud!

Why You Need A Personal Trainer

October 17th, 2018



There’s a reason why celebrities and other highly successful people use coaches and trainers…  BECAUSE IT WORKS.

And that is why so many people are turning to personal trainers to help them move from mediocre to excellence in their pursuit of health, fitness and weight loss.

The Reality

More than 91% of people who start an exercise program quit early—even before their new routine becomes a habit, and 61% will give up within the very first week!

Why?  Because changing your lifestyle is hard.  In spite of all the infomercials and ads claiming that you can lose weight and transform your body in thirty days (or six weeks at the longest), the truth is, getting fit requires a lifestyle makeover that takes

  • Time
  • Determination
  • Support

If any of these components is missing, the odds of success plummet.

The Fix

The good news is that one component virtually guarantees the continued presence of the other two, and that is support. And guess what? Support is the heart of what a good personal trainer provides.

A personal trainer helps with the time factor in two ways:

  1. Finding time in your schedule to actually work out
  2. Sticking with your program long enough to reach your goals.

A personal trainers supports you looking at your schedule and find ways to make fitness fit.  A seasoned personal trainer has much wisdom in the area of time management and is a master at figuring out how to work exercise into even the busiest schedules. He can also design workouts that are both efficient and effective.  Finally, a personal trainer can also provide the motivation that you need to keep going, long after you would have stopped were you doing working out by yourself.

Determination is also an area that a personal trainer supports you in.  At the beginning of your new fitness program, you have excitement, novelty and the joy of discovery to keep you going.  But eventually, what used to be new and fun becomes old and boring.  If determination fades, you will find yourself wandering off track in search of the next exciting pursuit.

Your personal trainer will help you keep your determination.  He or she will remind you why you are doing what you are doing.  Your trainer will get into your life and help you move past obstacles that arise, and he will talk you out of excuse-making.  They will constantly hold before you the consequences of your choices.  He or she will keep you moving forward.

And finally, a personal trainer supports you as your source for practical, step-by-step instructions for building health.  Your personal trainer is an expert in the field of exercise science.  While under the tutelage of a personal trainer, you do not have to design your own program of fitness, constantly wondering whether you are doing the right exercises in the right way.  A personal trainer will create a customized blueprint that will help you achieve your goals.

A personal trainer is your insurance policy against being another number in the appalling fitness drop-out statistics.  Don’t try to go it alone; we all need help.

Position yourself for success by working with a personal trainer and watch fitness and robust health become part of your life. At Granite, we have a team of absolute top-tier personal trainers. Let us match you up with a personal trainer who will help you with your health, fitness, and weight loss goals.

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October Employee of the Month – Sarah Roskilly

October 17th, 2018

Sarah Roskilly has seen it all at Granite Falls. “My role at GF has progressed over the past seven years from member to group fitness instructor to personal trainer,” she said. That seven-year journey began with the Roskilly family – husband Paul with children Charlotte and Mike – relocating here to Rolesville. Now as a valuable and integrated fitness team member, Sarah has earned the designation of Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club Employee of the Month for October.

Sarah’s growth as a trainer is evident by her accomplishments. Her team won the annual “Biggest Chooser” weight loss challenge on her first try. She subsequently created and implemented her own group training programs “Foundations of Fitness” and “Headstart Advantage Wellness” which encourages clients to “tidy up their eating habits and exercise more.”

Sarah quotes Joshua Welch when verbalizing her training philosophy. “Wellness is a connection of paths: knowledge and action,” she relates. Sarah summed up her formula for success with this thought, “I will always be grateful to Granite Falls for giving me many fabulous friends and a challenging job which is so enjoyable and rewarding.” Sarah, we are grateful to have such an outstanding fitness personality on our team. Congratulations once again on being named the Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club Employee of the Month.