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Updated: Apr 12, 2019

So how can you can incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your everyday regimen for 2019? We've all done it before...we go full on in January and fall off the fit train after a few months. I'm here to share with you that you can stay on that train, despite what life throws at you! Listen up- I've done all the hard work for you here.... on how to get fit, be healthy, and successful for the New Year. Make a commitment to create a fitness lifestyle that fits your schedule and needs! Check these businesses out to see what may work for you. Feel free to comment or email me with any questions!


2993 South Grove Boulevard

Bargersville, IN 46106



CrossFit in Indy


I have NEVER done CrossFit in my life before. I've always followed a scheduling of pure lifting with some cardio sprinkled in so I was pumped and scared all at the same time! It may seem quite intimidating at the beginning but once I started to get the hang of things it was an awesome challenge. I went into District 135 Fitness near Christmas and they were running a high intensity workout for the holidays that included doing multiple reps with each movement- long story short: Do all the movements with all the reps for 30 minutes straight and then pass out at the end :) I chose a lighter bar my movements and lighter weights for deadlifts since this was all a high rep workout. The point of this is to keep your heart rate up at all times, resting only when you have to. The team at District 135 Fitness is super friendly, very knowledgable and ready to interact you in any way. After their instruction I felt comfortable at performing the movements not only with the correct body form, but with confidence. The more confidence you have, the better you push yourself while working out! Are you knew to CrossFit yourself? Here's some info:

CrossFit is an effective way to get fit. Anyone can do it. With constantly varied high-intensity functional movements, CrossFit is a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in a challenging yet accepting and encouraging environment. It is a fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout. Always varied, always changing, always producing results. Getting the results you want and helping you reach your fitness goals.

District 135 Fitness offers group and personal training. Specials for the New Year include a 2-for-1 special- sign up and get two months for the price of one!

Here's a sample of my workout I did a few weeks ago, let me tell you after about 12 minutes I was done!

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healthy food

hit your macros

So you want to get fit but you have no time to meal plan, choose healthier options or even track macros. Enter in a meal prepping service....and you're saved. Fit For Me does all the work for you! It's simple, convenient and quite cost effective. Here's more info about this meal prepping company:


Fit For me's mission is to provide quality, nutritious meals at an affordable cost to better fuel of the bodies of each individual and athlete in the community, while taking the stress and planning out of meal prep! All you need to do is microwave your food, enjoy and toss the container- no shopping, counting, cooking, measuring or dishes! Check out some of their meals below!

avocado ranch southwest salad
Southwest Salad: Lettuce, shredded cheese, black beans, tomatoes, chicken, corn, and red onion drizzled in avocado ranch. (P:25g, C: 22g, F: 8g, Cal: 282)

healthy breakfast muffin
Wonton Cups: Wonton flakey dough, ham, greek cream cheese, fried egg, and shredded cheese all baked into a breakfast bun. (P:31g, C:23g, F:9g, Cal: 290)

delicious blackened chicken
Blackened Chicken: Blackened Chicken breast with pineapple salsa and white rice. (P:41g, C: 52g, F: 4g Cal: 440)

All of these meals were fantastic! Great flavor, well prepared and portions are spot on! Interested in learning more? You can check them out HERE and do me one favor :) If you decide to place an order please let them know I referred you to them!

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Greenwood: 239 S State Road 135 Southport: 7045 Emblem Drive, Suite D Indianapolis

Avon: 7615 East US Highway 36

kickboxing fitness



HIIT Training


Another form of fitness I've never tried...kickboxing! If you have a love for kickboxing or just in general want to try something new, than you need this. You walk in- a bell goes off and you do each round for three minutes, followed by an active rest period. In total there are 9 rounds so you are in and out in 30 minutes! 9Round has multiple locations around Indianapolis, but I specifically learned about the locations in Greenwood, Southport and Avon. There are no set times to workout- and you can start the bell at anytime with coaches on staff helping through every movement.

Here's more about 9Round:

9Round is a specialized fitness center for people who want a unique, fun, and proven workout that guarantees results. 9Round offers a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. The programs consist of a proprietary system of nine challenging workout stations developed by a World Champion Kickboxer.

So what are they offering in the New Year? Sign up now and save $180. Startup fee is only $19 and that includes gloves, wraps, PULSE HR monitor, key tag and drawstring bag! They are also knocking down there monthly rate by $20, to $88 a month for three months. Other discounts include those in the military, first responders and teachers.

Here's my attempt at doing this workout, and yes it's perfectly acceptable to laugh :) BTW this is sped up!

And I did this when I was done! HAHA!

surviving kickboxing

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Martin Nutrition & Fitness

862 S. St Road 135

Greenwood, IN 46143

(317) 215-4570

fitness studio

Martin Nutrition & Fitness is your one stop shop for all things fitness. I had a great time learning from the pro herself, owner Stephanie Martin. We worked on a couple of movements I've been wanting to try and she was able to really work with me and my form, and push me so that I was doing each movement all the way much so that I am quite sore as I'm writing this! Check out this video of some of the movements that caused me not to want to walk the next day! (video is sped up)

One thing that I think is unique to Martin Nutrition & Fitness is that their trainers are VERY qualified and knowledgable. I also stopped in to see some of their classes which included a lifting class that focuses on movement and technique along with a bootcamp that was a mix of EMOMS and AMRAP. They also offer a variety of options when it comes to your workout regimen. You can come in and on your own, work with a trainer or take advantage of all classes that are offered! Classes range HIRT & HITT to Strength and Athletic Training. 

olympic lifting
Owner Stephanie Martin throwing down some weight!


About Martin Nutrition & Fitness:

Martin Nutrition & Fitness was developed to help individuals live an active, healthy lifestyle. Through nutrition and fitness, everyone can make a healthier change in their life. Our goal is to motivate, encourage, and provide people in the community a fitness studio they need to workout and stay active through fitness, but also a place where people can learn how to make better food choices and become healthier through nutrition. Whether one is trying to lose weight, maintain weight, get bigger , faster, or stronger, or simply trying to live healthier, Martin Nutrition & Fitness is here to help.

Specials for the New Year: 

Free Fitness Week January 2-7! Try any class all week FOR FREE & get 50% off 1st month of unlimited classes (with NO sign up fee). They also have an 8 & 12 week New Year Fitness program all complete with: -Custom Nutrition Plan -Unlimited Fitness classes -2 Private classes or Personal Training sessions per month -Private Facebook Group -Consults -Check ins and assessments (measurements and weigh ins) -Body fat analysis -Goal tracking

- ($800 value)

Pricing options: Current members (enrolled in Unlimited classes)- 8 weeks- $75/mo for 2 months (Only $1.34/day) 12 weeks- $70/mo for 3 months New members (not enrolled in unlimited classes)- 8 weeks-$190/mo for 2 months 12 weeks-$180/mo for 3 months

*If you would like to do the challenge from a far or at your own gym, they have a virtual option available!

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Email Jon Martin


prayer life

I think when it comes the New Year we are all on a quest to better ourselves, whether it be physically, mentally or spiritually. I don't know about you but sometimes life gets so busy that we literally don't make the time to stop, pray, or journal. I've been so guilty of that myself. A few years back I came across these journals, and with it came intentionality on my part. I chose to take 5-10 minutes of my day praying, writing things down and reflecting, and let me tell you when there's chaos all around you and you decide to do this; your perspective shifts and somehow that chaos isn't so bad. The first one with the verse on the front is a 6-month undated journal. Each month has specific sections outlined for you to be more intentional about the things you pray for: World & Nation / My Community / My Loves / My Family / Sweet Friends / The Burdens / Personal / Answered Prayers / Scripture / Quote

womens prayer journal

The next one is for kids! These are perfect for kids ages 6-11 and also has a similar outline: Little Children of the World | All God's Creatures | My Family | People Hurting | Friends and Classmates | Tests, Projects and Hobbies | Bible Verses | A Servant's Heart | I am Thankful For... | What Makes Me Smile?

I'd love for you to check out these prayer journals, I promise you they will be life changing! Keep an eye out on my Instagram for a giveaway I'll be doing where you'll have the chance to win both! If you can't wait, please support my partnership with Val Marie Paper and use this link HERE.

More to come on my wellness guide soon!

xoxo - JC

Community Life Center

407 N. Bluff Road

Greenwood, IN 46142


cafe, childcare, game room, gym, workout room

gym equipment, weights, cardio, stair master

youth basketball, open gym, adult basketball

The Community Life Center is a fantastic resource here on the Southside. Their annual memberships are amazing with what they offer! Once you join you get access to their full size basketball courts, childcare, a gaming room for older kids, an elevated track, fitness classes, weight and cardio equipment, bootcamps, and personal training. Plus they also offer youth and adult sport leagues throughout the year! If you're looking for a space that fits into your families needs, or maybe you're looking for something that offers an array of options, than this place is just for you. What I also love about the CLC is that they extend their resources to the community by hosting events around the year such as Fall Fun Fest, an Easter egg Hunt, along with partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation bringing Night To Shine (a prom centered on God's love for people with special needs.) to the greater Indianapolis community. Here's what they offer in terms of rates:

Ages 16+  All access

Ages 14–15 - All access (must be accompanied by parent or guardian 18+ in cardio room).

Ages 12–13 - Limited access: restricted to gym, game room, track

Ages 8–11 - Limited access: restricted to gym & game room with parent in facility and responsible for checking out equipment

Newborn–age 7 - Child care

Annual Membership Fees:

Family Membership — $200 per family unit that includes up to two legal guardians that are married or single parents with children 22 and younger living in household with same address.

Unlimited Child Care $10 per month, per child. (must be paid with credit card)  Or $100 annually per child (if paid in full at time of registration).

Individual Membership — $100 (16 years and older)

Senior Membership — $40 (60 years and older)

Senior Couple Membership — $70 (60 years and older) Includes: full access to gym, game room, track, cardio/weight room and most fitness classes

Student Membership — $40 (12–15 years old) Includes: full access to track, basketball courts and game room

College Student Summer Membership — $40

Daily “Drop-In” Passes are available for $5 per individual/per visit (any age).

Most fitness classes are included in your CLC membership fee. Classes with an additional charge are highlighted in yellow on the monthly fitness class schedule available at the CLC Control Desk.

Here's a sample of a workout I did. If you've been following me you know I've been sick so this was my first workout in two weeks! I wanted to just get my upper body going so here's what I did:

1. Lateral raises (everything 4 x10)

2. DB alternating curls

3. DB shoulder press

4. Alternating upright row SS (drop weight) with upright row)

5. Side one arm tricep extension SS with one arm tricep extension

6. Hammer curls

7. Shoulder rotators

8. Tricep kickbacks

9. DB rear delt fly

10. finish workout with rowing for 10 minutes

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The Girls in Grey

The Girls in Grey is a boutique started by three boss babes who love fashion, business, and all things grey. They love curating a collection of quality products, fun fashion, and boho with a little bit of an edge. What I love most about this group of women is that they exude love and confidence. Their community is all about encouraging and inspiring others to feel good and most importantly beautiful in your own skin! 

On top of the awesome fashion they have, they also sell athleisure which is a favorite of mine! These pieces can easily be worn at the gym, to go run errands, or just to lounge around in. In 2019, GIG plans to focus more on community, confidence and giving back, they'll be rolling out a bunch of fun things to help others along with loving women from all walks of life along the way! I highly suggest you check them out and while you're there use my code for a discount: jcruzza10

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There's so much more from The Girls in Grey! Check out all the rest of their athleisure HERE and click HERE for their new arrivals!

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