Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

SparkFit Foundations

Whether you’re totally new to SparkFit or you just want to brush up on your knowledge of the movements, the SparkFit Foundations classes will be a great resource. These classes are offered once a month, and open to the public - we high encourage our new members to attend at least one. It is our hope that every Sparky has the time to drop in on at least one Foundations class a year to brush up on the biomechanics, spinal alignment, and breathe required for push, pull, squat, hinge, and rotational movement patterns.

This class is included for all SparkFit members (and you are encouraged to bring a friend for free!) and non-members can drop in for $15.

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Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Barbell Workshop: Squat

The barbell squat is an essential movement when it comes to building strength that you’ll see in any gym and across all individuals! This workshop will cover both the front and back barbell squat variations. Students will leave with foundational knowledge on the lifts and applicable take-home drills to improve their skill and strength. Whether you’re new to barbell training or a seasoned veteran, if strength is your game, you won’t want to miss this workshop!

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SparkFit Halloween Party (Mario Bros. Style!)
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

SparkFit Halloween Party (Mario Bros. Style!)

Join us for an evening of Halloween fun, Mario Bros. style! Our party is from 6:00pm-8:00pm, after the Arkansas Cornbread Festival and TSC challenge. Come dressed your best for a costume contest, pizza, games, and lots of great prizes! Bring the whole family!

***Don't forget to stop by during the Arkansas Cornbread Festival between 11:00am-4:00pm earlier that day. If you're interested in officially testing for the Tactical Strength Challenge, check out our TSC event.

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Tactical Strength Challenge at SparkFit!
Oct
26
4:30 PM16:30

Tactical Strength Challenge at SparkFit!

The old saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Training is no different. If you lack a specific goal, the time you spend training may easily become a collection of random acts. The StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge is a goal worthy of your efforts.

Held twice each year all over the nation, the Tactical Strength Challenge is comprised of three exercises:

  • A max powerlifting deadlift (three attempts)

  • Pull ups for max reps (palms forward, no kipping, chin must clear the bar) or a flexed arm hang (in the Novice Women’s category)

  • Kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period (unlimited hand switches and different weights for different competitor categories).

Weights and category information can be found here.

Preparing requires your focus on different types of strength and endurance—as demanded by real life’s challenges. SparkFit is proud to be hosting Arkansas TSC challenge on October 26th, right here in Little Rock! To officially compete and be ranked via the StrongFirst leaderboard, sign up here. If you’re a member interested in participating for fun, reach out to us for a sign-up link. Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email with more details on your testing time.

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Nutrition On a Budget
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Nutrition On a Budget

Nutritious food doesn't have to drain your wallet! Learn how you can eat healthy while staying within your financial means. This workshop will discuss 5 real-world strategies to prioritize healthy foods while reducing cost. Plus 3 delicious and simple recipes to get you started! This workshop is open to the public and is donations-based.

Use this link to sign up!

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Sparky Serve Day: Arkansas Food Bank
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Sparky Serve Day: Arkansas Food Bank

We're excited to give back during our first "Sparky Serve Day" at the Arkansas Foodbank! Arkansas ranks second in food insecurity according to the USDA, and second in child hunger according to Feeding America. Arkansas also ranks in the top five for senior hunger and severe hunger. Over the past 30 years, Arkansas Food Bank, along with their recent merger with AR Rice Depot, has grown to include 450 local partner agencies and delivered over 24 million pounds of food in their 33-county service area. According to the 2014 Hunger in America study the Foodbank serves 280,000 people. We hope you'll join us with Sparky enthusiasm to volunteer for this very important organization in our community!

When: 9:00am-12:00pm (please try to arrive by 8:45am)
Where: Arkansas Foodbank, 4301 West 65th Street, Little Rock, AR 72209
Who: SparkFit members and friends ages 8 and up!

To confirm attendance, please sign up using this link.

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Barbell Workshop: Deadlift
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Barbell Workshop: Deadlift

Commonly referred to as the The King of Mass Builders, the deadlift is a must have skill of any lifter, novice or seasoned! Two variations of the barbell lift will be covered: sumo and conventional style. Students will leave with foundational knowledge and applicable take home drills to improve their skill and strength!

$30 ($24 for members)

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Pain Free Back
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Pain Free Back

“A man is as young as his spinal column” - Joseph Pilates

In this 90-minute workshop, we will take a comprehensive look at our spine: how it functions, back care basics, and how alignment and core engagement can be effective in managing back pain, avoiding injury, and staying active with an existing injury. We will work on flexibility and mobility using stretching and foam rolling, and learn how optimally move the spine and keep it stable.

$30 ($24 for members) | Sign up here!


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Turkish Get Up Workshop
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Turkish Get Up Workshop

Join us at SparkFit for an in-depth 90 minute workshop on the Turkish Getup. No other exercise simultaneously trains stability, mobility and strength across so many different joints and positions, and it is regarded as a "must" in any movement repertoire. SparkFit owners Glenn and Kecia McCracken will provide a thorough and personalized breakdown of the movement as well as modifications for participants of all skill levels. Space is very limited, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance! $30 ($24 for members).

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Fall Into Fitness
Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Fall Into Fitness

Fall Into Fitness is a month-long accountability group for people dedicated to getting back into a healthy routine! Created by Life Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor, Glenn McCracken, this supportive environment is designed to launch you into healthy, sustainable habits no matter what your current fitness level is. Rather than focusing on exercise or diet alone, you will examine and create goals on multiple areas of wellness (such as sleep, hydration, and stress).

In this program, weekly small-group meetings, Led by SparkFit Trainer Taylor McLain, will take place on Sunday from 3:00-4:00pm, and will run from September 15th to October 6th. In these meetings, Taylor will help you create a customized habit plan to track on your SparkFit app and answer your questions about exercise and diet. You will also receive unlimited access to our Foundation Fusion classes, a year membership to the SparkFit training app to track your workouts, meals, and habits, and a free SparkFit Foundation Workshop ticket.

Enroll by September 13th to reserve your spot! Program cost: $99 For questions or access to other meeting times, email hello@sparkfitlr.com

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Visualize to Actualize
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Visualize to Actualize

"You'll have to see it to believe it." Wayne Dyer

How many goals have you set and not accomplished? Reaching goals should change or support the way you think about yourself. The accomplishment should build your identity and make you more of who you can see yourself being. Guided by a licensed therapist, you will use a technique from Neuro-Linguistic Programming, to set a goal that resonates with your mind and your being. Participants will leave this workshop with a goal that they can see themselves accomplishing.

$30 ($24 for members) | Sign up!

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Mindfulness Workshop: Part II
Sep
7
3:00 PM15:00

Mindfulness Workshop: Part II

In this workshop, we will build on the foundation we established in part 1 by expanding the meditation, breathing and moving practices learned. This will include internal self observation by recognizing habitual thought patterns and emotional responses to these thoughts. Self observation as a mindfulness practice is grounded in non-judgement and loving kindness.

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3:00 - 4:30 PM | $30

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SparkFit Foundations
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

SparkFit Foundations

Whether you’re totally new to SparkFit or you just want to brush up on your knowledge of the movements, the SparkFit Foundations classes will be a great resource. These classes are offered once a month, and open to the public - we high encourage our new members to attend at least one. It is our hope that every Sparky has the time to drop in on at least one Foundations class a year to brush up on the biomechanics, spinal alignment, and breathe required for push, pull, squat, hinge, and rotational movement patterns.

This class is included for all SparkFit members (and you are encouraged to bring a friend for free!) and non-members can drop in for $15.

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Barbell Workshop: Benchpress
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Barbell Workshop: Benchpress

The bench press is a powerful strength builder that is often overlooked (especially in women!) The bench press is for everyone! And though commonly referred to as an upper body lift, the bench press is an expression of FULL BODY strength and power! Students will leave with an understanding of the what and what not to dos, the muscle and joint actions required, how to lift strong and safely, proper biomechanical breath, how to set up and finish, and applicable take home drills to apply directly in their training. Come attend to finally have an answer to the common question of, “How much do you bench bro!?”

Cost: $30 ($24 for members) | Sign up!

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Barbell Workshop III: Deadlift
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Barbell Workshop III: Deadlift

Commonly referred to as the The King of Mass Builders, the deadlift is a must have skill of any lifter, novice or seasoned! Two variations of the barbell lift will be covered: sumo and conventional style. Students will leave with foundational knowledge and applicable take home drills to improve their skill and strength.

Sign up here!

10:00am-11:30am | $30

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Nutrition Workshop: Eat More, Lose More
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Nutrition Workshop: Eat More, Lose More

We’ve all heard that to lose body fat, we need to eat less and move more, but this plan falls short for most and is super demotivating! The body is far more complex than simply calories in vs. calories out. This workshop will cover the basics of energy balance and provide a basic understanding of the factors that affect our metabolism. Students will learn effective strategies to choose the right foods while eliminating the wrong ones and how to work this into their daily life. By simply eating the right foods, in the right quantities, weight loss will take care of itself for most individuals!

Nicole McBride is a Precision Nutrition certified coach and began coaching others to improve their nutritional habits after struggling with her own habits her entire life. Always striving to outrun her bad diet, she reached a point where her weight was out of control and knew something had to change. Once she began to make small changes to her nutrition, it positively affected all other parts of her life! All of our actions, behaviors, and thoughts are fueled by what we feed our body so its importance cannot be overlooked!

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10:00 - 11:30 AM | $30

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Mindfulness Workshop: Part 1
Jul
27
3:00 PM15:00

Mindfulness Workshop: Part 1

What is Mindfulness? How do you use Mindfulness-based practices in your life to obtain a greater sense of well-being? You will leave this workshop with a foundation to create a mindfulness practice that works for you and your life. This will be an introduction to formal and informal practices that train your attention to return to the present moment in movement, stillness and daily activities.

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Saturday, July 27 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM | $30 | Kecia McCracken

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Barbell Workshop II: Squat
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Barbell Workshop II: Squat

The barbell squat is an essential movement when it comes to building strength that you’ll see in any gym and across all individuals! This workshop will cover both the front and back barbell squat variations. Students will leave with foundational knowledge on the lifts and applicable take-home drills to improve their skill and strength. Whether you’re new to barbell training or a seasoned veteran, if strength is your game, you won’t want to miss this workshop!

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Move Your DNA Weekend
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Move Your DNA Weekend

Our bodies were made to move. But modern technology has made everything so convenient that we barely move anymore, and we’re suffering the consequences.

Join us for a Move Your DNA Weekend based on Katy Bowman’s groundbreaking, award-winning book on alignment and human movement. Learn to move your whole body more, for whole-life benefits.

Your weekend includes:

  • 13 hours of instruction; 1:10 teacher-student ratio

  • Breakdown of 40 exercises from Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement

  • Learn about minimal footwear and barefoot time

  • Connection with lovers of natural human movement

  • Downloadable exercise workbook

Where: SparkFit

When: Saturday July 20th, 9:00am-6:00pm and Sunday July 21st, 9:00-4:30

Cost: $289 / $259 earlybird discount

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SparkFit Turns 2!
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

SparkFit Turns 2!

Time flies when you're having fun! Join us on Saturday, July 13th from 10:00am - 1:00 pm for a whole lot of birthday festivities in celebration of our 2nd year in business. We'll have a special workout at 10:00am, a food truck, music, and a prize drawing every 30 minutes until 1:00pm. Families welcome!

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Star Spangled Sparkys
Jul
4
9:00 AM09:00

Star Spangled Sparkys

Get your 4th of July started right with a fun group workout led by Coach Nicole McBride! Class starts at 9:00am, and members get to bring their friends and family for free. Wear your finest ‘Merica gear and bring your U.S.A. team spirit. Everyone who dresses for the occasion will be entered to win a raffle after class!

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Barbell Workshop I: Bench Press and Overhead Press
Jun
29
9:30 AM09:30

Barbell Workshop I: Bench Press and Overhead Press

This barbell workshop will provide students with the proper techniques and skills to perform two of the most foundational strength lifts known to man - the bench press and overhead press! Students will leave with applicable take home drills and skills to improve their technique in these major strength movements. When it comes to building upper body strength, these full body movements should not be overlooked!

Nicole is a Trainer and Nutrition Coach at SparkFit with certifications in SFL, ACSM, and PN 1.

June 29th | 10:00-11:30 AM | $30

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SparkFit Foundations
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

SparkFit Foundations

Whether you’re totally new to SparkFit or you just want to brush up on your knowledge of the movements, the SparkFit Foundations classes will be a great resource. These classes are offered once a month, and open to the public - we high encourage our new members to attend at least one. It is our hope that every Sparky has the time to drop in on at least one Foundations class a year to brush up on the biomechanics, spinal alignment, and breathe required for push, pull, squat, hinge, and rotational movement patterns.

This class is included for all SparkFit members (and you are encouraged to bring a friend for free!) and non-members can drop in for $15.

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Moving in Four Dimensions: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Moving in Four Dimensions: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

We are designed to move with ease and power. This work teaches you how to use your conscious thinking to tap into this inner resource. In this state, the activities of living begin to flow with ease and clarity.

In this workshop, Clifford Hicks will show you how to observe yourself calmly, and become more aware of what happens when you move and sense the influence of habits of tension. You will learn to use conscious choice to replace unhelpful habits for greater ease of movement, and begin the process of applying these skills to any physical/mental activity.

“Using the Alexander Technique empowers me and gives me a balanced sense of tension rather than relying on creating tension to do something in order to produce a sound or an act that is preconceived. I realized that I cannot control a set of circumstances outside of myself so I can go on a journey relying on the state of mind and body that the Alexander Technique gives me.” Alan Rickman Actor

Cliff has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique for over 20 years and has taught private lessons and workshops all over the world. His students have included members of the Interlochen Arts Academy and members of the theater orchestra in Osnabrück, Germany. As a member the American Society for the Alexander Technique, Cliff has completed over 1600 hours of training and adheres to a code of professional conduct and continuing education . A native of Tennessee, Cliff has lived and taught in Michigan and Germany before moving to Benton, Arkansas, where he now resides with his wife, Bethany, and their three children, Ben, Sam and Emma.

Workshop Price: $30
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SparkFit Speaker Series: Body Dysmorphia
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

SparkFit Speaker Series: Body Dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphia is defined in the DSM-V as a psychological disorder, marked by a person’s hyper-focus on some small aspect of their appearance that they find to be disgusting or unpleasant which often presents itself in compulsive behaviors related to the perceived flaw.

If you can relate to this definition, join Glenn McCracken, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Life Coach, and Personal Trainer, at SparkFit on Thursday, May 16th from 7:30-8:30pm for a discussion on body dysmorphia. Come and hear about Glenn’s personal journey with Body Dysmorphia and learn which cognitive behavioral skills can help you live your best life.


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Kettlebell Workshop Level 1
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Kettlebell Workshop Level 1

Level 1 KB workshop will provide students with technically sound instruction from certified KB instructors from StrongFirst. Students will leave with the skills of Goblet Squat, Swing, Row, Press and Goblet Clean. Other takeaways include sample workouts to be done at home, on the road and at the gym that you go to if

Glenn and Kecia have a combined 25 years in the fitness industry teaching & practicing a variety of movement modalities, including Kettlebells. Glenn has held an RKC Certification and has used Kettlebells as a primary training tool for over 10 years. Both Glenn and Kecia are currently Strongfirst certified and include regular Kettlebell practice in training programs at their gym, Sparkfit.

Reserve your spot HERE!


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SparkFit Foundations
May
4
12:00 PM12:00

SparkFit Foundations

Whether you’re totally new to SparkFit or you just want to brush up on your knowledge of the movements, the SparkFit Foundations classes will be a great resource. These classes are offered once a month, and open to the public - we high encourage our new members to attend at least one. It is our hope that every Sparky has the time to drop in on at least one Foundations class a year to brush up on the biomechanics, spinal alignment, and breathe required for push, pull, squat, hinge, and rotational movement patterns. This class is included for all SparkFit members (and you are encouraged to bring a friend for free!) and non-members can drop in for $15.

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Release + Recover: Myofascial & Soft Tissue Workshop
Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

Release + Recover: Myofascial & Soft Tissue Workshop

Active recovery is key to maintaining a strong workout routine and reducing your risk of injury, but it’s often overlooked. This workshop will teach you blended approaches to making recovery a daily part of your fitness, and show you how to safely use a variety of self-massage tools and dynamic stretching to improve your performance. Physical therapist Nick Hargett and yoga teacher Claire Admire will cover the basics of fascial work, including mobility, rolling, and dynamic stretching. There will be plenty of opportunity to address your specific problem areas and ask questions. Each participant will go home with a lacrosse ball (and know how to use it!)

Cost: $25

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The Practice Lab
Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

The Practice Lab

Breakdown, fall down, align, and strengthen during this 4-week class series with yoga teacher Nicole Decker. The 60 minute class will spend 30 minutes breaking down Crow and Headstand, and 30 minutes exploring the poses and movements you want to focus on.

Saturday March 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at SparkFit from 9-10 AM | $15 drop in, or $50 for series.

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The Practice Lab
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

The Practice Lab

Breakdown, fall down, align, and strengthen during this 4-week class series with yoga teacher Nicole Decker. The 60 minute class will spend 30 minutes breaking down Crow and Headstand, and 30 minutes exploring the poses and movements you want to focus on.

Saturday March 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at SparkFit from 9-10 AM | $15 drop in, or $50 for series.

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