Southwestern Squash Soup

Southwestern Squash Soup Recipe

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Just in time for Thanksgiving, try this seasonal soup featuring jalapeno peppers and onions to create a flavorful butternut squash soup perfect for your holiday gathering!

Prep Time: 45-60 minutes; includes ingredient preparation and cook time.

Serves: 8

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It’s Time to Put the “Magic” Back Into Motivation

“Things do not change. We change.” – Henry David Thoreau, Author/Philosopher

There are many accomplishments for which I am proud.  Landing my first real job, receiving my Masters Degree, cultivating lasting friendships (some of which have lasted close to three decades); marrying my soul mate, raising my children…all of these come to mind.  But looking back, the one accomplishment that always pops to the top of my head is being named to the varsity long jump team in high school.  Yes, it was only for one meet (I broke my foot in practice the next day).  But the reason I always think back to this milestone in my life is for the sole reason that for all practical purposes, I had no business being on a track team, let alone in Varsity standing.  Yet, I believe the reason I made the team came down to two monumental factors; I enjoyed the process, and I didn’t allow my mind to paralyze my body.  I lost myself in the process and never thought about an end result.  I just lived. Continue reading

What We Can Learn from Exercise Fads: Vibrating Platforms and Hot Yoga

Participating in fitness fads can be fun. It can add more variety to your workout because there are so many different fads to choose from. Elite Sports Clubs can help you sort through the trends to find out what is worth it and what is a waste of time and money. Let’s take vibrating platforms and hot yoga for example. Continue reading

Front Plank Exercise

Everyday Exercises Anyone Can Do: Front Plank Variations

By Jordan Meyer, Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor at Elite Sports Club-North Shore

Planks are a great all-around exercise for the core. Even though the abdominal muscles are the main focus in a traditional front plank, you’re also using a ton of other muscles to keep proper form (quads, lats, triceps, etc). One of the best parts about planks are their minimal time requirement. Continue reading

Learning Styles and Weight Loss

How Does Your Learning Style Affect Weight Loss?

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Every year there are new methods available to train individuals in the best way to lose weight effectively.

Some individuals like a formalized structure in order to provide the best and fastest results. Other individuals like a methodical system of learning that will provide them with general guidelines to think through each and every day with more flexibility.

So, what are those systems and how do they vary from highly structured, to more flexible? Continue reading