The Importance of Longevity and Fitness

Why do you train? What makes you show up for class 2, 3, or even 4 + times per week and push through workouts? Everyone has a different reason, as they should, and each reason is important. However, in the long run, there is one goal everyone should share and that goal is longevity. Family, fitness, fun, and health, are only a few of the reasons your longevity is so important.

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The Awesome That is Corporate Fitness

Over the past year OTL Fitness and more specifically, Coach Courtney Carlisle, have built up an awesome corporate fitness program with Austin based companies, BancVue and SpiceWorks. Although our reach to Austin Companies is only in the beginning stages, we have already seen the immediate effects of awesome that OTL training brings to the corporate world! From building relationships amongst co-workers, to improving the culture within an organization, OTL has helped provide it all.

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How To Do Ring Dips

Hey athletes! Ring dips may or may not pop up into your workout (they should) but in case they do and you have any questions about how to do them, here is a quick how-to video on small and large technique cues to look out for!

I hope you enjoy. Oh, and please let us know if there is a movement you need help with!

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How To Correctly Start Your Training in 2015


Yes, break is over and we are back at it again. To be honest, not a lot is changing. We do a pretty great job at keeping the training creative and our cycles seem to keep everyone strong and on their toes! But how do we approach the first week back into training? And how should you approach the new year and your goals? Let’s chat…

From a professional standpoint it would not be ideal for me to throw you all into a heavy barbell gauntlet immediately after your time off. Mon-Wed will be mainly bodyweight movements, light barbell work and dumbbell exercises. Although all of you got in the gym at least 3 times during the break (right?) we still want to get your bodies back to moving. We want those joints to find that range of motion again, but we will not stress the body with heavy lifting right off the bat. Your barbell work will come into play on Thursday as we go into a short 4 week squatting and pulling cycle which will focus on squat foundation for some and increasing those squat numbers for others. Obviously this cycle being our Strength/Power/Speed portion.

Our other main focus going into 2015, by request, is body weight strength. This ladies and gentlemen is the foundation of our strength, we must master it. We will be writing more about that as we go through it.

If you have made any goals for 2015, please share them with me either publicly or privately. We want to know what you want to accomplish so we can help you get there! Whatever your goal may or may not be, make sure that being better than last year is part of it!

Questions about training? Just let me know!


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Commitment to Self



There is only 1 real secret to accomplishing goals and it has 2 parts. They are: 1) Find a program 2) Commit to it. When Brian started our corporate boot camp program with BancVue, he did exactly those two things and has reaped the rewards ever since.

Last night Coach Courtney presented Brian with a few gifts. An OTL T-shirt, and some Kill Cliffs! He wasn’t gifted for weight lost in a certain amount of time, or for being the strongest, or fastest, but for his commitment. We can call him Cal Ripken, because like Ripken, Brian hasn’t missed a day of training. Well, let’s correct that. He trains 2x/week with OTL Boot Camps. The days he hadn’t been able to make it, he has always made it up within that week. We honor Brian’s ability to commit. Many of us can find 100 reasons NOT to do something, but rarely find 1 good reason to never quit.

Great work Brian! And it goes without asking that his results have come along with this commitment to the OTL Boot Camp Program and Coach Courtney. We cannot wait to see what 2015 brings for you, your health and your wellness.


 “Coach Courtney is awesome. She keeps us motivated and she is what keeps us coming back” – Brian.


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Maintaining Your Fitness Over The Holidays


Hey athletes, Coach David here and man I am excited about Christmas! I know not everyone is a holiday fan, but the family time it brings is my favorite.  But for those who have been working their butts off, it can be a difficult time in fear of indulging too much and getting away from their progress. The first thing I want everyone to do is enjoy their time off. The second thing I want you to do is not ruin what you have earned. That being said, here are a few things you can do to stay on track!

The first thing I would suggest is maintaining a morning routine. This goes for both morning and afternoon athletes. I’ve talked about it before, but when you get up in the morning, set a push up, sit up and squat routine. I suggest 50 of each, but if you need to start somewhere closer to 25, that works as well….just do it twice. The intensity may not be the same of that in the gym, but it will give your body a boost every morning and keep your body used to getting in some work.

The second thing I would do is use a week during the break to try yoga. Yoga is excellent for revitalizing your body and mind. It doesn’t have to be an intense flow, even something mellow will help your body recover during the break while still getting in some exercise.

Third, I would Stay on top of your water drinking and quality of food. Remember there is only 1 day during the break that really requires any time of celebration with food and that day is Christmas. Just because you are on break from the gym, doesn’t mean it is open season for food.  Don’t wait for 2015 to start getting better, use the days leading put to the new year to start getting adjusted to better eating and hydration.

Finally, I would try something new. Never been kayaking? Go rent a kayak at Zilker Park. Haven’t ran the trails in Austin? Hit up the Green Belt! There are so many great activities, we just have to get away from the TV and computer for a bit and go enjoy it!

So don’t let this Holiday be the days you let yourself get away from…well…yourself. There are no excuses to be had. Go enjoy the body you’ve been given and use it to move and explore. Stick with quality foods and be sure to stay hydrated. 2015 will be here quickly, make sure you aren’t behind when we start training again!


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Families That Train Together, Stay Together


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The spirit of the holidays embody several different meanings depending on your beliefs. However, one thing that never changes is the idea that the holidays are most importantly about family. In the spirit of the holidays, we would like to highlight families who have chosen to become healthier together at Of The Lion Fitness. Although each family member may have their own individual goal, the end destination seems to be the same. Each of these families (husbands/wives, Brothers/sisters, parents/children) come in, work hard, and push their limits in order to live a healthier and happier life not only for themselves but for their loved ones as well.  These families share the understanding that no matter what happens in life, their health and wellness can never be taken from them.

So to those families who have chosen us to bring health and happiness to their families/relationships, we would like to thank you for your trust and hope we can continue to add value to your life and to your families.

— Side note written in a few days after this draft—

Seriously guys, we really appreciate and value your trust in us. It is one thing to train with us on your own, but to trust us enough to bring your family here to do the same says a lot. Our love for you and all of our athletes is great and we hope to bring you many more years of physical, mental and emotional health!


 1) Ted and Kelly Nitka – Husband and Wife

2) Jay and Whitney Young – Brother and Sister

3) Lori Davis and Leigh Ann Sedam – Partners for life!

4) James and Claudia Kirk – Husband and wife

5) David and Jaclyn Rathman – Husband and wife

6) Roberto Loyala and Leticia Quintanilla – Mother and Son

7) Nick Reed & Michelle Reed – Son and Step Mother

8) Hugo “Buff wagon” & Jana Bermudez -Husband and Wife

9) Derrick and Jessica Head (along with The Baby P) – Husband and Wife

10) Richard Smith and Bianca Cervantez – Soon to be part of the “I do, Forever” crowd!

11) Sally Sanders and Paul Gore – Friends, Lovers, Soul mates!


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Drinks & Dreams – Ladies Only Night



Ladies, this one is for you! OTL will be hosting a ladies night of Wine and Vision Boards and you + a friend are all invited. Yes, it is that time of year to start creating and visualizing what your 2015 will look like and what better way to do it than with a Vision Board!

Here are the details:

– The Ladies will meet on December 19th on time from 6-9PM. Free 

– Please bring a poster board, scissors and a variety of magazines to share with everyone!

– We will have some fine wine (or the cheap stuff). So if you have a favorite, bring it with you

– This is a +1. So bring that best friend of yours that has always been there to support your goals and you theirs

– Positive vibes and good times. This is about living an awesome life in 2015, so leave the gossip at home and come ready to inspire

SIGN UP BELOW! If you are planning on coming. You AND your friend must sign up online. The link is below. 

We are really excited to give everyone a push into 2015 and hope you all will join us! It’s never to early to dominate 2015!


Sign up here > Drinks & Dreams Night