Hard75 Challenge Experience


If you are any bit involved in the health and fitness industry whether as a client, coach or any measure of a fitness professional, you have probably at one point or another heard of the “Hard 75 Challenge”. 

If not, let me explain. 

The Hard 75 Challenge was a concept created by a man named Andy Frisella. He put together this challenge that is meant to go for a full 75 days. No stops. No rest. All in with no cheating. 

The Hard 75 Challenge Rules: 

  1. 2 Workouts a day; 45’ inside, 45’ outside 
  2. Follow a nutrition/ diet plan/ meal plan. 
  3. No alcohol. 
  4. No cheat meals. 
  5. Read 10 physical pages a day (no audiobooks!) 
  6. 1 progress picture a day. 
  7. 1 gallon of water a day. 
  8. Finally, there are no cheat days or cheat meals!

This sounds borderline psychotic and practically impossible to most. And that is exactly what I needed. Where I was at in my life, I knew I was about to endure a lot of change. I was about...

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Spartan Race Gym Workout

Spartan Race Gym Workout

Kick Your Spartan Race Training Into Gear

It doesn’t matter if this is your first Spartan Race or OCR or if you’ve competed in marathons before—we’re about to prepare you for your future race or races! In this post, we’ll show you how to get a great workout in at the gym (we’re hoping that it’s at Fitness On Fire!) or wherever your race training takes you.

Spartans know that race day is much more enjoyable when you’ve put in the work at the gym. The journey to a successful race begins with your training plan. Any obstacle race training requires preparation and Spartan Races are no different. If you want to enjoy race day and complete the course injury-free, training is mandatory. 

In this article, we’ll discuss how to kickstart your training plan so you can reach your fitness goals, become stronger and more resilient, and prove to yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to. Without...

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By, Kate Durham


As we enter 2021, we look back on a year full of unexpected challenges. Simultaneously, it’s been empty of many of the athletic events we’ve grown to expect to reminisce on in a year-end retrospect.  In our fitness-focused world, we’ve missed countless external finish lines this year, and we don’t know when they will return.  The pandemic has left us in a state of “Now What?”  How do we change our goal-setting perspectives to better prepare us for “Now What?” moments in life? 


To prepare for 2021 and beyond, we want to distinguish between an external finish line and an internal finish line.  So what is the difference?  An external finish line can be a literal finish line, or another physical achievement, such as climbing the rope for the first time or deadlifting 300 lbs.  An internal finish line is a goal that is met from within, such as learning to...

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Fitness on Fire: Member Spotlight

Meet Suzie Payne

By, Kate Durham


Suzie is one of our fantastic members here at FOF.  She is a three-time survivor of cancer, a triathlete, a marathoner, and a cheerleader to everyone she comes in contact with. We’ve asked her some questions. 


When and Why Did You Join FOF? 

Coach Mark was my coach at another gym last year.  When it closed in December, he programmed for me and I would work out at CSULB or Crunch.  He was looking for a new gym and I told him when found one to let me know, because I would follow him.  He tried a few and had me check them out but nothing fit.  In August, when he started at FOF, he told me to check it out, that he thought it would work for me as well.  When I met Jenny and saw your facility, I knew I had found a home. 



What Does the Term “Athlete” Mean to You? 

Having the physical ability to do what makes you happy. 


I love skiing and I want to be...

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Are You Ready For An Emergency? Go Bag Essentials

The past 7 months have been some of the craziest month’s of our lives! You would think I would have learned to create a “Go Bag” by now incase of an emergency, but it really took these recent fires and Irvine evacuations for me to really open my eyes. We luckily did not have to be evacuated in our area, but if we did, we would HAVE NOT been ready at all.


What is a “Go Bag?” A “Go Bag” is a bag that is by your door or in your car that includes everything you need to survive for 3-7 days. There are plenty of resources out there to help you create an emergency pack and I’ve compiled everything we’ve learned based on these findings. REI also hosts classes (currently virtual) that teaches you these different principles as well. They have some PRETTY DOPE classes too. 10/10 would recommend!


Below is what we have in our packs. Josh and I each have a Go Bag and don’t forget about your children and fur babies!



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The Perfect Breakfast?

Written by, Coach Noah Grime


Many struggle to determine what the perfect breakfast really is. What makes it right? Does a piece of fruit make sense? Bacon and eggs? What about skipping it all together?


Many philosophies will be determined on what we are used to doing and the way it makes us feel. Some will say they eat before heading out of the door for energy and to avoid a crash, while others make lunch their first meal. Who is doing it the right way? 


My philosophy about the first meal of the day is simple. Your first meal should be healthy, taste good, and easy to make. This rules out a donut or pastry from being the ideal situation. In the morning, we generally rush around to try and get our day started. This is when “grabbing something quick” might not be the best solution. Maybe it’s time to consider skipping that sugary cereal or meal bar and go for water and a simple coffee.


Sugar and a calorie overload is the opposite of...

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Playing to Win

Uncategorized Mar 11, 2020


By, Gabriell Smith


When it comes to obstacles that you face in life, are you playing to win or playing to not lose? When I first heard that question, I laughed a little because I thought that they were the same. However, when I examined it on a deeper level, I learned that I was wrong! I discovered a red flag. I was living my life with a “playing not to lose” mindset.

What’s the difference between the two? Someone that is playing to win has their focus on doing their best. They work vigorously to achieve whatever goals they have placed in front of themselves. They come from a place of growth. They are constantly in search of ways that they can improve or better themselves. Challenges excite them. They are full of optimism, working to always find the silver lining of difficult situations. On the other hand, people that are playing to not lose have already taken themselves out of the game. They fear change. The idea of failing makes them freeze,...

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Pre Race vs. Post Race Stretching: What's the Difference?

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2020


By: Crystal Salaz 

Fitness on Fire 


Have you ever ran a race and felt like the first mile is the hardest? It feels like your legs are sluggish, breathing is short, and your stride is short from the lack of range of motion. Or after a race, once you have driven home, trying to get your legs out of the car makes you contemplate just sleeping in the driveway. Chances are your Pre Race and Post Race stretching needs a little work. Now, I will admit that some muscle soreness is unavoidable depending on your fitness level, but understanding how to prepare your body and allow it to cool down are very important, for future recovery and increased performance. 


Now, how you stretch during these times is also important. Pre race stretching is quite different from Post race stretching. Pre race is more about improving blood flow, increasing muscle tissue temperature, and helping the muscles work more efficiently. Post Race Stretching is about returning...

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Spartan Beast Training: Simple OCR Beast Fitness Plan

spartan beast training Jan 30, 2020

Spartan Beast Training

Five Devastatingly Effective Spartan Beast Training Tips

Ready to get into Beast mode? We’re here to help! What follows is the Fitness On Fire training tips for repeat Beasts or Beasts in the making. Use these tips as a checklist to enhance endurance, increase your mileage, strengthen your grip, improve your obstacle game and prepare for the fun that lies ahead!

1. Understand The Beast Difference - More Trails, More Obstacles

The Spartan Beast brings it. It’s a half-marathon on challenging terrain with no less than (wait for it!) 30 obstacles. Here’s how the Spartan Beast compares to the Spartan Sprint and the Spartan Super in terms of mileage and obstacles:

  • Spartan Sprint: 5k/20 obstacles
  • Spartan Super: 10k/25 obstacles
  • Spartan Beast: 20k/30 obstacles

According to Spartan’s website, the Spartan Beast is “a soul-crushing half marathon, with brutal ascents and descents.” As Spartan Beast vets, we can attest to the sheer...

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Spartan Race Checklist: Obstacle Race Day Gear List

Spartan Race Checklist: Obstacle Race Day Gear List

By, Haydee Graves

The Spartan Race is one of the world’s leading obstacle course races. The races are designed to test endurance, mental toughness, and physical strength. So if you want to push yourself mentally and physically, the Spartan Race is where it’s at.

We created the Spartan Race Checklist to help you prepare for your upcoming race. Whether you’re new to obstacle course race training or a seasoned Spartan, one of the best ways to knock race day out of the park is to arrive feeling confident and ready to tackle the course. With this essential list, you’ll know you’ve got everything you need to rock it!

To make preparation even easier for you, we’ve created a Fitness On Fire Amazon store with most of the items we recommend. We don’t talk brands in this checklist because we want to keep it simple and we know everyone has favorites. If you’re looking for some of the brands we...

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