Infographic: Should You Exercise When Sick?

With flu and cold season here in full effect, we thought it was a good time to share this great infographic from the guys at Precision Nutrition. We currently have a couple of coaches working through their Level 1 Certification and have found them to be a great resource. 

*Note on this infographic: Make sure you read the entire infographic...especially the Textbook Guidelines for Exercising While Sick. If you think you might be sick you do not want to expose others. Instead, choose low to moderate activity that you can complete by yourself and indoors.

Seven Women Who Make Time to Work Out

Many will make excuses to miss a workout. The number one excuse will be time. There aren’t enough hours in the day and we all know that’s the truth. You must make time for what is important and your health should certainly be #1. I recently read that we will all die, how will you live?

Here are examples of how 7 busy women make time to workout at enduraLAB and why it is so important to them.  

Jessie Dearien - Account Director at iProspect

“Starting in 2014, I made exercise a priority in my life - no matter how busy I get, I know how much better I will feel physically, mentally, and emotionally if I hit the gym.

I try to work out first thing in the morning. This eliminates the possibility of excuses for not exercising later in the day. Plus, I start my work day feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

I also travel a lot for work. Being on the road can be a major temptation to give up the workout regimen. Before I leave for a few days, I'll plan out the days/times I am going to exercise and work with one of the trainers at the Lab to craft a workout that's easy to do in a hotel room or even outside. Then, I stick to it!”

Priscila Dilley- School Leadership Director for FWISD and mother of 2

“As a working mom and wife, there are many responsibilities in the day that you need to keep up with.  It is important that I take time to invest in myself and in my health.  Taking an hour out of my day to work out allows me to be more productive at my job and a better mommy.  Time is always a factor, but if you plan your schedule ahead and commit to a better YOU, everyone benefits, most importantly yourself. “

Jo Anna Leuck- Vice Chair of Academics in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Mother of 2

"I work out to stay sane.  I have chosen a high stress career that is well known to quickly cause burnout. I find that a trip to the Lab after a busy shift allows me to sweat out any stress and to return home to really be present with my family.  I love being around other people who thrive on healthy choices.  This inspires me to model healthy eating and staying active for the kids.  The how is harder than the why, but the key is being flexible and not accepting any excuses about fitting it into the day. Whether I need to get up early or stay up late (or both!) it is worth it to feel healthy to be the best mom that I can be."

Sonya Bailey- Stay At Home Mom of 2

“With the goal of putting God first, family second and myself third, I have found that working out must take priority. My mood is much more positive and energy level is raised to new heights when I am consistent with my workouts and healthy eating choices. I have found that working out before the kids are up and my day has gotten started make the most sense as the excuses to put it off can be overwhelming.”

Cami Fausset- Nurse

"I make time for the gym because I have become addicted to enduraLAB workouts. I love the high intensity programming and have been going for almost two years now. With a busy nurses schedule (13 hour shifts) I hardly have the option to workout on the three days a week that work. However, a lot of the times I will go to the 5am classes on workdays, although exhausting. If I don’t end up doing the 5am classes before my shift, I double up on the days I’m off work. I like to get 5 or 6 workouts a week at the gym so I like to go to the 9:30am class and then I will go to the 4pm open gym later that afternoon." 

Lisa Gardner- Private practice Gynecologist/ Surgeon

"I make time to workout everyday bc I lived with chronic back pain since I was 17. I was involved in a swimming accident that left me with thoracic spinal fusion. This year has been the first year since then that I've been pain free,  thanks to lifting weights and strength and stability training at Enduralab.

I get up early before I see my patients, Monday through Friday to go to the Lab. I run 2-3 days a week also. I workout Saturday by myself and sometimes on Sunday.

I can't miss a day anymore bc it's a habit I have adopted since starting my training with Lee. Working with Enduralab has changed my life and has propelled me forward into seeing fitness as a lifestyle."

Kathleen McNaughton- Elementary Literacy Network Specialist for FWISD

“I choose to make time to work out for a couple of reasons. First of all I feel so much better physically and mentally when I work out, but probably the most important reason I work out is because the time I take to go to the gym is almost the only time I take just for myself. It is the time I work on being the person I want to be, stronger, more confident, and ultimately happier. When I meet a goal at the gym, I feel like I do just about anything.“

So you see, everyone can be too busy. It’s up to you to fit it in your schedule. No matter how high the wall, if you want what’s on the other side you will find a way to get it.

Strength Training For Runners

Strength Training For Runners

Runners often neglect one of the most effective ways to boost running economy, performance, injury resistance and neuromuscular coordination...strength training. Whether it's lack of time, access to facilities, knowledge or intimidation, we're here to explain why you need to add strength training to your endurance program.

4 Reasons Why an enduraLAB Gift Card is a Great Gift

Christmas is getting closer and the shopping days are dwindling away. You keep debating in your mind what would make the perfect gift. Being completely unbiased (okay maybe a little biased), we think an enduraLAB gift card would be the greatest gift under the tree.

Here are 4 reasons why:

  1. “I’m running out of time but need an awesome gift” - Easy! Go to our online store (, pick your value and DONE! You can have it mailed to you, your recipient, or you can pick up from the LAB.
  2. “I prefer cash” - For all of those family and friends that really just want to buy their own presents. An enduraLAB gift card allows them to choose a fitness program that fits their needs. So you win by getting them something specific and they win by getting to spend it how they wish.
  3. “I’ve been wanting to check out enduraLAB” - BINGO. Wouldn’t you love to be the person to give them A) something they actually want and B) and experience that keeps giving long after Christmas.
  4. “I bet an enduraLAB gift card would go great with...” - Make it special by supplementing a gift card with an enduraLAB water bottle, t-shirt or technical hat. You could get even fancier and couple it with a new GARMIN or new pair of Inov-8’s.

Debate no longer. You’re doing the right thing.

Merry Christmas!

THE ENDURALAB FIXATION: one LAB rat's story of transformation


Guest Post by Melanie Fowler

“Just go.  Try it,” my husband said.  “It’s not your run of the mill workouts.”

His body began to really change.

He was by no means “out of shape” when he first began but something clearly was changing.  His energy, his determination,… his awesome buttocks region. <smile>

I tiptoed through the door one morning.  I was plateauing in my workouts.   

What I saw was nothing short of crazy…at least to my naive eyes.

Where were all of the machines, the tricked-out muscles… the upselling gimmicks???

Not here.

It was and is simplicity at it’s finest.

I had never picked up a barbell or weights with handles… Oh, I mean kettlebells.

What are turkish get-ups?  Overhead squats and box jumps?

Burpees??? <I still giggle>

There is a science behind The LAB where quality is always in the forefront with every movement, every goal…every objective.  It is, well, methodical.

There is a reason behind every movement.  

This is where most regimens fall short.  These questions must be answered in order to reach optimum results.  Call me nerdy, but this is pretty extraordinary.

A regimen with reason if you will.

Oh, and I ask a lot of questions.  I always have. They have answers, not run-a-rounds.  I have been fiddle played before…

The LAB is nothing short of brilliant.

Stay with me here.  It’s like getting a one-on-one consult, an individual advisory plan, and complete training experience every time you go.

This is not for the faint of heart.  You do have to want it, to own it.  The work must get done.

Why do I choose The LAB?  The answer is so simple.  

It is a necessity.

There are times when I must hold my 9 year old son.  There are times when I must hold down my 9 year old son.  <look at this again if you think they are repetitive>

Are there many more reasons for being a LAB rat?  Yes.  

However, autism slows down for no one and I must be on the top of my game 24/7.

This is my motivation. Just keepin' it real.

What’s yours?  You will need one.

So, did The LAB spike my plateau?  What do you think??? <smile>

Take off your blinders, bring on your desire for change and check your non-sweaty Lulu’s at the door.

See you at The LAB.