Rearview Mirror

This Weeks Thought: The Rear-View Mirror

On a car a Rearview Mirror is really important, in life and when you are trying to make a change it’s one of the most crippling causes of failure. Often times when presented with an opportunity or new program we quickly check our past accomplishments, “No, I’ve never achieved at that level before. In fact, I’ve failed time and time again!”

Not looking behind you can have its advantages, when it’s moving forward and attacking a goal or when you are pulling your first ever 26 foot camper like I was 4 years ago.

Brandy and I had camped for nearly a decade, we both loved it! It was an opportunity to unplug, reconnect with each other and in general just be in nature. The struggle came when the miracles we call Seth, Sam and Brooklynn were born. God bless my wife, she was determined it wasn’t going to stop us from camping so she would do everything in her power to make it happen.

Including breastfeeding an infant in a three man dome tent (the kind you can’t even stand up in).

This lasted for several years, until one fateful night of pouring rain, a stomach virus that had all three kids throwing up and a zipper breaking on the front door leaving us without a blanket and getting rained on in the North Georgia Mountains.

That’s it, we’re DONE.

A few months later we bought our first ever camper (26 feet of awesome-ness!). Only problem, I’d never really pulled anything before. Never-the-less something this big and complicated to hook-up, steer and back-up!

After only a few minutes on the road I realized something – I can’t use my rear-view mirror! I can’t look behind me at all. For miles and miles I would, out of habit, look in the mirror before trying to change lanes. It was really frustrating, to say the least.

Then something started to happen, I started trusting new tools; such as Brandy helping me back-up into spots and add on side mirrors but the kicker was when I decided… I’ve got to stop looking behind me and focus on whats in front of me.

This week, your “Mission, should you choose to accept it” is to stop thinking about your goals in terms of past failures. Start looking to the future and begin using new tools and beliefs to get you there. Here are a few suggestions to how you can STOP looking at why you didn’t achieve the goal last time, but what you CAN do to achieve the goal this time!

Action Item:

  • Once per day (either before bed or first thing in the morning) write down your goal and that you WILL reach it. For now, don’t give it a deadline but rather focus on the positive affirmation instead.
  • Share the goal with your coach, accountability partner, spouse or anyone you think will help hold you accountable.
  • Write down ONE thing you will do that is different than what you’ve been doing, that will help you reach the goal.
  • If you find yourself saying something  like what I used to say a lot, “SEE, that’s just my luck”  when the first obstacle comes your way repeat this mantra… I’m STRONG and I will work around this new obstacle. Don’t slouch, stand up tall pull your shoulders back and BELIEVE what you say… Even if you don’t really believe it, fake it until you make it.

This week, don’t look back, look ahead and go after your goals my friends. You are capable of so much, now lets make it happen!

Be S.T.R.O.N.G.

Coach Jeremy

P.S. If you’ve enjoyed this article and think it would benefit you or a friend, we can get you on the Monday STRONG Motivational Email List, Email Kari.


Bridge the Gap Between Right Now and What You Really Want

Do you know what you want to accomplish, do you know your goal weight, strength needs and what you want your body to look like, but don’t know how to bridge the gap between where you’re at and the goals you have. That gap can seem like the Grand Canyon if you don’t know the right action steps. This can have you feeling like you will never reach & maintain your goals. If you will stay with me, I can show you how to fix all that.

You and I are living in a time and place that offers more gyms, more fitness magazines filled with insider secrets, personal trainers, crossfit facilities and resources than ever before. Yet, most everyone has yet to tap into their full potential and reach their health and fitness goals. I’m not cool with that, are you?


Have you ever felt like you’ve gotten really close to your big goal, maybe even reached that goal but failed to maintain it? Perhaps you’ve felt like you’re constantly chasing your potential, getting closer and closer but every-time you scroll on Facebook you see people who “must” have it figured out and suddenly you feel further away than ever! Their posts and their before and after pictures are amazing, what do they know that you don’t know?

I call this the Canyon Effect. Meaning you see the body and the life you want on the other side yet you feel stuck. You know what you want, but you don’t know exactly whats needed to bridge the gap and cross that canyon.

Here are the four most common mistakes I see,
*Frustration over lack of progress. I know I know, we want it NOW.
*Spending too much time thinking about the actions we should be taking to create the results we desire but then we don’t take those actions. Otherwise known as Analysis Paralysis
* Thinking that the first few days of the new habit are how the habit will be forever, these 7-10 days are short term and with a proper plan it will move from Unbearable to Uncomfortable to UNSTOPPABLE!
*Trying to do it all alone. Finding a workout friend, accountability partner or a coach increases your chances for success by over 300%.

The Canyon varies in size from person to person. Whatever the case is for you (driving the golf ball further than your buddies, running faster and easier than your girlfriends or being strong enough to get down on the floor and play with your grand-kids), know that you can absolutely positively bridge the gap and start living up to your full potential.

I can assure you through my own transformative journey- from the depths of making excuses about life being too busy and too demanding to almost instantly obtaining decade long goals that I almost never thought possible – your commitment to this daily development is going to be instrumental in your own transformation.

Time to Reach your 20x Potential

As a mentor of mine would say (Mark Divine/ “You are capable of 20x more than what you think you can do”. Another reason people don’t bridge the gap of the canyon is they feel Overwhelmed and Overrun by the day-2-day schedule and demands.

Stop allowing current life situations to eat up all your time and energy needed to work on your dreams and aspirations. The actions that are more important WILL get done, and we can help you, right here in this very moment you can make the same choice that I made. In order to save your life from one of mediocrity and become what we call GTS Strong (mentally and physically strong enough do anything in life that brings you joy) I only need 6 weeks from you.

The other side of your life, the 20x side, the side void of regret and blah can be yours. Are you ready?

If so, Email Kari, to begin construction of the bridge that leads to the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined.

I can’t wait to hear your success story.

Your Coach

Jeremy Gritton
Owner, Gritton’s Training System

P.S. Be sure to ask Kari about the “early bird” special when you email her.

Routine vs Extra Sleep

Let me tell you a little story about a man named Jed, the poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed… then one day he was shooting at some food… Anyone know the rest of the song? When my family moved from the back woods of eastern Kentucky to Augusta Georgia, I swear I heard that theme song when we pulled out of the driveway. In case you don’t recognize it, it’s the theme song from Beverly Hillbillies.

It’s totally random I know, but I wanted to tell you a story and it popped in my head 🙂

So here’s the story;

Yesterday, morning my normal early morning athlete (who is an absolute superstar at McIntosh) that is 16 and actually gets up before school to come train with me, was heading out of town to visit a prospective college.

So, that meant I got to sleep in a bit.

I was so excited, but then I got to thinking about my schedule. Normally I see her, have about 30 minutes to read, pray and practice what is called Miracle Morning then I see Sue Zeller for her private torture session then immediately go for a tempo run.

It’s become my routine, and is working really well.

Since I was sleeping in, I decided to ask Sue to meet me later in the morning when the studio was clear of classes.

That meant, I got to see the kids off to school, complete my morning ritual and then it hit me… I’m off schedule. I’ll see Sue at 10:30, then I have a consultation and a couple of meetings then have to get my brakes worked on before heading out of town. Then I got to see another one of my favorite people, Patti Kadkhodaian for coffee.

I was supposed to be breaking in my new trail shoes before an 8k trail race this weekend and my big 50mile hike next week on the Appalachian Trail. But I don’t want to run at 3pm, it’s supposed to be 90 degrees. Arghh…

Can you see how easy it is to miss or skip a workout (or something important) when you don’t follow your schedule?

What started as excitement on getting to sleep in, turned to a little chaos as I tried to figure out WHEN I would get this important run in.

That’s why Routines and Schedules are SO important when exercising. Without it, life can take over, things come up and before you know it it’s evening time and all you want to do is relax after a long and busy day.

A few extra zzz’s may seem exciting, but as it pertains to workout success it can be a HUGE obstacle.

I know everyone doesn’t have set schedules for work every single day and week, but try your best to stick with a time each day that is dedicated to YOUR workouts.

Hope you have an amazing weekend, filled with lots of outdoor activities.

Your Coach


P.S. Yes, I did get my run in 🙂

Quit Dieting

Why do 95% of people who go on a diet end up gaining back more than they lost?

Because they thought their weight was the problem.

Rather than focusing on THEM, they focused on IT (the number on the scale).

Here’s a quick quiz to see if you are focusing on IT, rather than YOU.

  1. Do you weigh-in more than once per week?
  2. Are you often times happy or sad, based on a number on the scale?
  3. In the past month, have you ever said… “I feel strong today”? If you say NO, count that as a YES in the totals below.
  4. Do you keep several “sets of clothes” in your closet? (ie… skinny clothes, normal and fat clothes)
  5. You often refer to yourself as fat or overweight (non verbal and or outloud)?

If you answered YES to at least 3 of the above, you might need to re-evaluate what you focus your attention on.

My assumption is that you did, so here is a little tip to help you shift your goals to YOU instead of IT.

Tip #1 – Gratitude of Power: Pick two body-parts that you feel are an attribute and either say them out loud or write them down every day! (Such as, I’ve got really great calves or I feel like my core is really strong)

Tip #2 – Shift your goal setting to a Habit Goal instead of a Weight Goal. Something specific like, 2 extra 30 minute cardio sessions each week.

Tip #3 – Put the scale away and ONLY get on it once per week, in the morning, just to check progress rather than obsessing everyday and night about IT.

I know these are relatively Small changes, but that’s what makes them do-able. I also think it makes them something you can fit into your life without doing any kind of crash or fad diets that are doomed to the 95% failure rate.

Over the past decade, the vast majority of my clients who have taken this approach are the ones who have those dramatic life changes. Some are amazing body transformations and others are more mental shifts in thinking and confidence.

Here is a perfect example from a former client:
“Well, I want to share how much your staff and you have inspired me and helped me get back on track with exercise and healthy living.

Although I was not able to continue with the 5am boot camp, i am currently training for my first 5k run (with the C25K app) in November, and I’m continuing to lose weight and eat healty. I’m in my third week of training and am excited and anxious at the same time. :-%

It was your generosity and encouragement that made me want to push myself and believe that I could do more. Thanks again for helping me get back on track”

It’s not always about dropping a bunch of weight or getting back into your skinny jeans (guys, I know y’all have them too).
Wishing you an amazing day!

Your Coach


One Year Anniversary

Oh what a day this was one year ago… Sep 1 was our first day at the new studio and something I had dreamed of for nearly 10years. Although we didn’t even have our Occupancy Permit yet, so we did everything on the sidewalk.


If you are new to the GTS family you are probably not aware of HOW we got here.

I wanted to share this amazing journey (to show my thanks and to hopefully inspire you)

Every single night for 10 years I would go to a place I called the Theatre of my Mind
and I would visualize my studio. All the way down to the colors on the walls, the natural
light flowing in the windows, the kind of people who would be in class and the quality of
the leaders (coaches) I had in place.

Over those 9+ years I came close multiple times, including having a second space in
conjunction with one of the local gym owners. That was doomed to failure by my own
mistakes during the negotiation period.

Closed it after 16 months, drained my life savings, downsized and got very very humble.

The home office was a folding white table and DIAL-UP internet. I kid you not, we live
out in the country and satellite was out of our budget so we actually had DIAL-UP
internet until about 4 years ago!

Throughout all this, I held the dream really close to my heart not sharing any details with anyone, but every
night I continued with this visualization.

Then the good Lord blessed me with the RIGHT coaches and leaders to take my business
to the next level. Kathy, Jodi and Molly (Kim was already in place and being a wonderful instructor).

So a year or so later I began the process of trying to leave my shared space at this gym, only to run into
road block after road block.

After a year of diligent visualization, saving every penny possible (which is hard for someone with
a shoe addiction…yes, I have over 50 pair) and continued to battle for a legal exit from my place of employment.

BUT, I knew the time was right and I knew that we would find a way. So we left, scared/excited and
pumped for this next chapter in the GTS journey.

After the decision was made and only having 6 weeks to turn this dump of a space into what it is today,
was going to take around the clock dedication. I’ll never forget the conversation Kathy and I had
2-weeks before we were officially supposed to open.

Kathy – “boss… there’s a hole in the back slab, the air isn’t on, the floor isn’t down, we have no permits
and it smells awful in here, are you sure we are going to be able to open?”

Me – Oh, we WILL open Sep 1st

Kathy – as only a woman could do, a slight smirk and an “OKAY Boss”…

Whether it was fate, my amazing clients and coaches taking time off from work and away from their families
or the big man looking out for me… We did it!!!!!!!!

All I can really say is,


Thank you to everyone who has made this past year truly something special.

Thank you especially to:

  1. Our amazing clients, some who have been with me for over 8 years!
  2. GTS staff (including our newest star, Ruthie Brown) who held together through all the struggles
  3. Those clients who came and helped build this place throughout those 6 weeks of renovation.


  1. My wife, Brandy, for trusting me and believing in my dream (even though there had been multiple failures in the past)
  2. My personal coach Camelia, who has taught me so much
  3. All our new clients to join the GTS family, my dream was to make a bigger impact on our community and that is YOU

From the bottom of my heart I want to say, THANK YOU to everyone who has enabled this dream to become a reality.

More amazing things to come in year two, I hope to share the journey with many continued friends and clients
as well as a host of new relationships.

My main goal for this email is Gratitude, but I also want to make sure you know that Dreams do come true
if you NEVER GIVE UP on them!

Whatever your dream is, fight through the failures, the struggles, the humbling events and hold tight to what
you really want. This studio, the GTS Home, is a living breathing testament to Dreams becoming Real.

Here’s to your dreams and thank you again.


Current GTS clients, just a reminder that we are closed Monday.

Also for current clients, be READY… We’ve got a Celebration Workout and Snacks planned for next week!