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Role of Failure

Your Mindset Leadership Team


Contact Info: Allyson@MindsetPT.com

Dr. Allyson runs point for all clinical things! This includes physical therapy, massage services, deep health coaching and more!


Contact Info: Ellen@MindsetPT.com

Dr. Ellen is your go-to for all things gym and operations, and the brain behind our upcoming swag release!

This Week’s Info

Mobility Focus: Hip Extension

Stability Goals: Hip Extension / Single Leg Stance

Skill Work: Lunge

Mindset: Role of Failure

WOD Programming Schedule (through October 7th)

  • Monday – Strength
  • Tuesday – Pliability
  • Wednesday – MetCon
  • Thursday – Strength
  • Friday – Pliability
  • Saturday – MetCon


HURRY!! Only a couple more days left!

Dr. Allyson has a show coming up on September 30th at 7:30pm right here in Kalamazoo!!

Click HERE for more information about in-person and virtual viewing options!!

We are so proud of you! We love you more than you know!

Let us welcome Kailey Shaffer to the team!!  

You will see her as a rockstar COACH on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, as well as supporting administrative tasks!

Kailey grew up in Kalamazoo and graduated from Western Michigan with a BA in Management. She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach through ISSA. She has been involved in fitness her whole life. She ran Girls on the Run, then track and cross country through middle and high school. She rowed crew at MSU, ran a few half marathons, and fell in love with lifting!

She recently got MARRIED as well!! Feel free to reach out and say HELLO to her at Kailey@MindsetPT.com!

Health Tip

Let’s keep talking about FAT and how it works!

Just a reminder, this is also one of the 3 macronutrients that you eat and is a powerhouse for energy, nutrient absorption and protection.

Check out this awesome article from Harvard about the good, the bad and the accurate info about fats!

Functional Medicine Corner

Recently, I had a patient come in for a scheduled office visit. When she arrived, her blood pressure was quite low at 76/40. Understandably, she was quite fatigued and felt a little faint. She has diabetes, and she assumed she had low blood sugar.

As we were discussing this, I mixed up some LMNT electrolytes in an 8 oz mug of water to try. She drank it all within 5 minutes and asked for another mug as she was beginning to feel better. After 16 oz, about 20 minutes and without any additional glucose, her blood pressure was 102/64 and she was able to walk out confidently with more energy and stability. Even though I talk about the importance of electrolytes all the time, this significant and quick turnaround was impactful even for me.

As we’ve discussed before, staying hydrated is important for all of us working out here at Mindset. And an important aspect of truly hydrating ourselves includes getting enough electrolytes as well as water, especially since we are losing these essential minerals while we sweat. However, this patient wasn’t coming from a workout – in fact, due to chronic illness, she is not able to exercise much at all right now. Still, adding in electrolytes helped drastically change how she felt. So how do we know if we are electrolyte depleted? Other than exercise, what other conditions can predispose us to electrolyte depletion? 

First, we can rely on symptoms to guide us. When we are depleted in sodium, magnesium and/or potassium, we can experience symptoms such as: fatigue, brain fog, muscle cramps/tremors and/or weakness, palpitations, or fast heart rate and even headaches or migraines.  

However, there are also several health conditions as well as medications that can put us at increased risk of electrolyte imbalance. Chronic kidney concerns, vitamin D deficiency as well as vomiting or diarrhea can lead to symptomatic mineral imbalance. In addition, diuretic or laxative use, calcium supplementation and even over-hydration with plain water can sometimes tip the delicate balance and create electrolyte deficiencies.  

Next week we will discuss a few ways we can work to keep proper mineral balance through dietary routes alone. However, feel free to stop by our office if you have questions or would like to sample a packet of LMNT electrolytes!

~ Carrie Palmer PA-C, IFMCP
Please feel free to reach out to Carrie directly with additional questions at 269-224-1659!

Member of the Month

Hey there Mindset community! Happy September!

Since it is a new month we have a new member to spotlight all month long. If you don’t already know her, meet Jean!

Jean is one of our noon and 8:30 am WOD regulars! She is consistent, listens to her body, and takes on challenges with a positive attitude. We have admired how hard she has worked in the gym since joining us and her gentle spirit is one we have loved having in our atmosphere.

Jean, we love having you in classes and we are always eager to see you hit new goals. We love you more than you know!

Help us shower Jean with love all month long!

Community Partners

Green Box: The Farmers’ Market in a Box from Of the Land!

Of the Land is a family and community farm that believes in the power of food and the beauty in sharing the nature that is around us. They provide organic faire, catering, and one of a kind wedding and event experiences. (And it is run by some pretty incredible human beings–Bridgett and Trent Blough!)

One of the great services Of the Land offers is their Green Box–otherwise referred to as the “Farmers’ Market in a Box!” The Green Box is a way to source locally grown produce, meats, eggs, dairy, kitchen staples, complete meals, and much more–all from the Of the Land farm and other local farmers, artisans and producers!

You can access the green box via the virtual marketplace here! In the growing season, they offer weekly and bi-weekly subscriptions–you can also do a one-time order as long as you have an order of at least $35!

Here is a great video to learn more about Of the Land and Green Box!


We are overjoyed to announce our partnership with MRC Artworks!

This is an incredible organization! Their mission is to encourage and support individuals living with a disability to achieve the fullest potential through employment, skill building, and active community involvement.

We have 14 pieces for sale! We will be collecting any sales then giving all the proceeds back to MRC. Artists will receive 75% commission on all sales!

Come check them out at our office or at their downtown location!


Another AMAZING partnership we are bringing to you is our very own local juicer – JuicyLeaf!

Come check them out at our office or at their downtown location or schedule a pick up at Mindset every Tuesday from 3-7pm! 

**Place your orders before NOON on SUNDAYS**

Does Juicy Leaf use organic fruits and vegetables?

What’s the difference between a juice and a smoothie?

  • The main difference is fiber. Most of the insoluble fiber is removed in the juicing process.
  • By taking the fiber out, you can pack more fruit & veggie nutrients into a juice than you can into a smoothie of the same size.
  • The lack of insoluble fiber allows your body to rapidly absorb the nutrients while expending minimal digestive effort.
  • Smoothies are made by pulverizing fruit/veggies with liquid in a blender. The insoluble fiber, which helps keep things moving through your system, is maintained in the process.

What are the benefits of juice?

  • Several servings of fruit & veg nutrition effortlessly absorbed without energy taxing digestion.
  • Easy way to incorporate more fruits and veg in diet than eating produce alone.
  • Boosts immunity and energy. Alkalizing, chronic illness prevention, helps aid in weight loss, clear skin, healthy hair.