Will Power in the Kitchen Simple Food Swaps

Will Power in the Kitchen: Simple Food Swaps

You’ve been going to the gym everyday, you’ve been drinking plenty of water, and getting plenty of sleep, but you just can’t kick your unhealthy diet. You love your cupcakes, your pasta, and your chips. We say you can have your cake and eat it too with these fun, yummy, and simple food swaps! Continue reading

In the News Biggest Loser Conundrum

In the News: The Biggest Loser Conundrum

A number of articles have come out recently, discussing a study that was done with one season (Season 8) of the show “The Biggest Loser,” T.V.’s most extreme weight loss show. If you haven’t watched it, they take people who are morbidly obese and put them on a very low calorie diet, make them work out many hours a day at the “ranch,” and then have them compete to see who can lose the highest percentage of their body weight.

Kevin Hall, a scientist at a federal research center, had the idea to follow the “Biggest Loser” contestants for six years after the season finale. The project was the first to measure what happened to people over as long as six years after they had lost large amounts of weight with intensive dieting and exercise. Continue reading

Elite Instructor Highlight Debbie Novak

Instructor Highlight: Debbie Novak

We’re big fans of Debbie Novak over here at Elite Sports Club – West Brookfield. Not only is she an awesome group exercise instructor, but she’s also our Youth & Playroom Director! Here’s just a bit about Debbie and her work as an instructor, and we encourage you to try one of her classes or stop by and visit her in the playroom. Continue reading

When Mind Over Matter Becomes Dangerous - It's Time to Pay Attention to Your Pain

When Mind Over Matter Becomes Dangerous

Picture this, you’re at your top physical game. You’ve just started your freshmen year of college as a Division I swimmer. You’re excited to represent your school and crank out an amazing year.

But about a month into your season, you begin to experience back pain. You chalk it up to harder practices, increased muscle, and great stress on your body so you push through. Pain is weakness leaving the body right? You wrap up your year with best times and an easy spot on the Conference Championship team.

Welcome back sophomore year! Hard practices yes, the drive to perform well yes, back pain…yes. And it’s worse. But you’re not a newbie anymore, you have to keep your varsity spot on the team so you continue on as normal.  You wrap up the year with little improvement, barely make the Conference Championship team and more pain. Continue reading