Smart Fit 3/25

Wednesday Round 2 for SmartFit. Coach Kathryn and Coach Keelin directing the show!


Angie Pirtle in Gazelle West Magazine

Check out this interview of Emerge’s Angie Pirtle in the upcoming Gazelle West Magazine.
Ang talks about entrepreneurship and family, and how she manages both while running her business.

Here is the link to the full article:

Run For Honduras!!

One of the absolute best parts of being part of the Emerge team…

I get to be around a group of people that make me better every single day.

Never get tired of having those “a-ha” moments.

No complacency, no being sedentary, constantly moving forward.



Inside Emerge: Trainer, Matt Wirth

We’re beginning a weekly post “Inside Emerge” which highlights one of our staff members each week. They will be posted every Tuesday! Wirth was drawn to be the first!

*Name: Matt Wirth
*Job Position: Trainer/Strength Coach
*Hometown: Sioux City, IA
*How Long Have You Worked at Emerge: 4 years
*Favorite Exercise: Deadlift
*Least Favorite Exercise: Bicep Curls
*Biggest Pet Peeve: People with a lack of gym etiquette
*Best Part About Working at Emerge: Staff/Clients
*Most Memorable Thing That Happened at Emerge: Company Get Togethers
*Favorite Healthy Meal: Steak & Sweet Potato
*Something Random About Me: I dislike running


Age is just a number

It’s said time and time again.

And it’s true.

In the fitness world, age is just a number.

Eric is 48, and in 3 weeks, he will participate in his first physique/ bodybuilding show.
This can be a very intimidating thing to do at any age.

Although fitness has been a part of his life since he was 13, he has been dedicated to a particularly strict nutrition and workout regime in prep for this show for the last 12+ weeks.

Go Eric! Your hard work and dedication are already obvious.

His show is on April 4th at the St. Charles Covention Center.

It’s Your Turn. Emerge.

-Matt Pirtle


Too good to be true claims & dietary supplements

When it comes to dietary supplements, if the claims sound too good to be true, they almost absolutely are.

Check with a trusted fitness professional before spending money on supplements with fantastic claims.

-Matt Pirtle


Monday Motivation: Never Quit

While finishing up a half marathon in South Mississippi this weekend we were told about an older gentleman, Mr. Glenn, who had fallen and was bleeding from his face, arms and legs. The EMTs tried convincing him to stop but he refused. He told them that he was going to finish. They also told him that the race timer was getting cutoff at 11AM to which he also said he didn’t care, as he was wearing a stopwatch around his neck.

We tracked down the race director and were able to have someone radio in his location so we could go meet up with him and help him finish the race. We caught up with him with about a mile to go.

He had to to make a few rest stops along the way but he was always conscious of the time. He kept asking how much more time he had b/c he didn’t want his break to make him miss the cutoff. He kept asking when the next turn was and how much further he had to go.

After he crossed the finish line we grabbed him a chair and he sat right there under the inflatable finish line. Right in the middle of the road. Too exhausted to move any further. We were able to sit and chat with him for a while and learned that his complete story was more amazing than what we thought we knew. He told us that he fell while trying to pick up a piece of trash, a ziplock bag that had blown out of his bag while running. Someone else told him not to worry about it that they would get it for him but he refused. He insisted on picking it up himself. Leaving it on the ground was not an option (I immediately thought of all of the GU packets that see see littering the road at every other event). As he leaned over to pick it up, he slipped and took a nasty fall. They were able to bandage him up enough so he could finish the race without the blood affecting his vision too badly.

Then he asked me if I wanted to hear something that was even more amazing than him finishing this run after falling. He then informed us that he is about 15 months post coronary artery bypass surgery. Not a single, double, triple or quadruple bypass surgery but a 7 bypass surgery!!! I don’t even know what that is…..septuple?!

He was such an inspiration to everyone who was able to witness his heart and pure determination.

May God bless you with many more miles Mr. Glenn!!!

Here’s a video of his finish!!


We were all beginners once

The gym can be so intimidating to a regular member, so you can only imagine how scary it is for a new person! If you see someone struggling, or looking a little scared, give them a little encouragement; even a smile can go a long ways. After all, we were all beginners once too!

-Kimberly Renoud

This Guy Had An Embarrassing Day at the Gym– and then Arnold S. Gave Him a Pep Talk