Star-struck! U.S. Olympic Swimmer & 12-Time Medalist, Dara Torres was at Elite Sports Clubs!

Wow! How could we ever describe yesterday at our Mequon club?! We were lucky enough to host a 5-time U.S. Olympic swimmer & 12-time medalist. Dara Torres was not only extremely friendly, but also very informative! She was quick to share her experiences as an athlete training for the Olympics as well as a mom training for LIFE.

Elite spin class with Olympian Dara Torres, led by Elite Group Ex Director, Annie Farley.
Elite spin class with Olympian Dara Torres, led by Elite Group Ex Director, Annie Farley.

Dara was at Elite with Koss Stereophones to release a new line of fitness-oriented headphones made specifically for women. We even got to test them out during a spin class led by one of our very own Group Exercise Directors & instructor, Annie Farley. The class was intense, but the sweat-resistant, and slightly smaller earbuds stayed put, good job Koss!

Elite Sports Clubs Owner, Kay Yuspeh meets 5-Time Olympian, Dara Torres
Elite Sports Clubs Owner, Kay Yuspeh meets 5-time Olympian, Dara Torres.

Even Elite owner, Kay Yuspeh got in on the action. A quick chat with Dara, and it was like they were old friends! We were so lucky & pleased to have such an accomplished athlete visit one of our clubs, opening herself up to our members for photos & autographs after the Koss media event was over.

Elite members & the public get to meet Dara after the announcement of the new Koss "Fit Series" headphones.
Elite members & the public got to meet Dara after the announcement of the new Koss “Fit Series” headphones.

Now that everything is all said & done, it makes us wonder what can the “average joe” learn from a star athlete like Dara Torres? As Dara made us realize, it’s not just about pushing yourself physically, but also mentally (and music is a great way to help you do that!) She also stressed varying your workouts. As an Olympic swimmer (and now), she didn’t just spend all of her time in the pool, she used the elliptical, she would spin, and of course incorporate strength training. It seems as if Dara finds great motivation in music, which makes her partnership with Koss very fitting. But who doesn’t LOVE music?! So, what songs really get you pumped up for your workouts…maybe even feeling like an Olympian yourself?

Oh! And not to get too much of an ego, but here’s a video of Dara telling us how much she loooved Elite Sports Clubs!

And here’s what the rest of the world thought of Dara, her new headphones & the spin class at Elite Sports Clubs.

What I want to share with you however is what she said when I asked for her favorite memory from her Olympic career. When she was young, she just wanted to win but as she kept coming back for more Olympics, her mission became broader. (From JSOnline, read more.)

The champion swimmer, who helped design the headphone line, was at the front of a spinning class of reporters, fitness bloggers, models and other women as they tested out the product in action Wednesday at Elite Sports Club in Mequon. (From BizJournals, read more.)

The Real Milwaukee ladies head to Elite Sports Club in Mequon to take a spinning class. Did they survive? (From Real Milwaukee, watch the video.)

Interested in trying out a spin (indoor cycling) class yourself? Head on over to any of our five Elite Sports Clubs locations and check out our group exercise class schedule. All group exercise classes are INCLUDED in your Elite membership, so you KNOW you will get the variety in your workout that you need to get & stay in shape for LIFE!

Dara Torres Introduces New Koss Earbuds Designed Just for Women at Elite Sports Clubs!

Koss will be releasing their new Dara Torres earbuds designed just for women at Elite Sports Club-Mequon! Come for a chance to check out these headphones made for women, by women. They are designed for women who EXERCISE: they are sweat resistant, ultra lightweight, and extremely durable!

Five-time U.S. Olympian and 12-time medalist Dara Torres will be at the club to help announce her new line of headphones for women that she is co-designing with the Koss Corporation, the Koss Fit Series.

All Elite members and their friends are invited to this special day. Fans can meet the most acclaimed swimmer in U.S. history and get pictures and an autograph. Attendees can be the first to purchase the Koss Fit Series Headphones, win both headphones and memberships to the club, and much more.

The event is free to public Wednesday, May 8th, 2:30-4:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity! For more information, visit www.koss.com

Getting all set up for Dara Torres and Koss at Elite Sports Club-Mequon! — at Elite Sports Club-Mequon.
Getting all set up for Dara Torres and Koss at Elite Sports Club-Mequon!

Hope to see you there! But have no fear, if you can’t make it, stay tuned for an event wrap up!

May is Exercise is Medicine Month: How to use exercise to prevent disease

May 1st embarks the first day of the month-long journey known as Exercise is Medicine® Month. This is the time for you, your family, co-workers, friends and others to advocate and promote physical activity as a lifestyle change.

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There is no question that regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do to keep your body healthy and strong. In fact, a large body of research confirms that performing moderate-intensity physical activity on a regular basis can help you live longer and reduce health problems. In fact, people who exercise can avoid many common health issues, including obesity and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Exercise also strengthens the muscles and bones, which can reduce your risk of osteoporosis as you grow older, and may even lower the risk of many diseases, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease and some cancers. Regular physical activity improves sleep, increases energy, lowers stress levels and helps you maintain your independence. As a healthy adult, the key for you to maximize the benefits of exercise is to find activities you really enjoy and to follow a well-designed program that you can stick with over the long-term.

Getting Started

  • Talk with your healthcare practitioner before starting an exercise program and ask for specific programming recommendations.
  • The goals of your program should be to improve cardiovascular fitness, increase muscle strength and endurance, and improve range of motion.
  • If you are new to exercise, choose low-impact activities such as walking, cycling or water exercises, which involve large muscles groups and can be done continuously. Fitness classes geared toward beginners also are a good choice. If you’ve been fairly active until now, however, you can choose from a wide range of activities, including running, swimming, boot camp classes and sports like tennis or basketball. The key is to find something you love so you’ll stick with it over time.
  • If your fitness level is low, start with shorter sessions (10 to 15 minutes) and gradually build up to at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week. If you are trying to lose weight, try to increase the amount of time you exercise to 60 minutes per day—research suggests this will help you shed unwanted pounds.
  • Perform some type of strength training and whole-body range-of-motion exercises two to three days per week. This could include circuit training, high-intensity interval training, traditional strength training and even yoga.
  • End each session with stretching exercises for the whole body. Consider taking a yoga or tai chi class for both flexibility and mind-body benefits.
  • Closely monitor your intensity level and stay within your recommended target heart-rate zone. Take frequent breaks during activity if needed.
  • Wear good-fitting, activity-appropriate shoes and comfortable clothing, and don’t forget to drink fluids before, during and after your activity to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Exercise Cautions

  • If your fitness level is low to begin with, start slowly and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
  • Stop exercising immediately if you experience any pain or shortness of breath. Contact your physician if you experience chest pain, labored breathing or extreme fatigue.

Your exercise program should be modified to maximize the benefits while minimizing your risk of injury. Consider contacting a certified fitness professional who can work with you to establish realistic goals and design a safe and effective program that addresses your specific needs.

(From Exercise is Medicine®. View original resource.)

Congratulations to our Weight Loss Challenge Participants & Winners!

We are so proud of all of our Weight Loss Challenge participants & winners! You guys did an amazing job of taking (and keeping) the weight off! Here’s some stats to show how all the clubs did:

Weight Loss Challenge Congratulations

All Club Totals:
81 winners (lost 8 or more pounds)
896.7 pounds lost between all participants (who weighed out)

Brookfield Totals:
23 winners (lost 8 or more pounds)
244.5 pounds lost between all participants (who weighed out)

Mequon Totals:
21 winners (lost 8 or more pounds)
247 pounds lost between all participants (who weighed out)

North Shore Totals:
14 winners (lost 8 or more pounds)
167 pounds lost between all participants (who weighed out)

River Glen Totals:
14 winners (lost 8 or more pounds)
153.4 pounds lost between all participants (who weighed out)

West Brookfield Totals:
9 winners (lost 8 or more pounds)
84.8 pounds lost between all participants (who weighed out)

Introducing Elite’s Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor: Rita Larsen

Hello & welcome!

To start off, I have a very simple message:

Part of the reason that we, at Elite, take the time to work with each individual through exercise and diet is because each person is completely different than the next person. In other words, what works for one person, may not work for the next person. You are an individual and need to choose what is going to work best for you! It is in some ways, an awesome responsibility. Many people can get sidetracked with lots of other family & work responsibilities, and never take the time to care for themselves; through fitness and a good diet/nutrition program. As a result, they never really know “what is best for ME?” So, take some time to explore what your very “best” is. Type of exercise, days of the week, indoors or outdoors, a stable eating plan or one that is flexible (but very healthy). There are lots of choices for you!

Your Health & Fitness Journey Begins Today, But Where Should You Start Photo

With lots of choices to explore during your health & fitness journey, trying new programs and so on, you may just be able to LOCK IN your own personal fitness and nutrition plan that will last a LIFETIME. So, my task for you is: from now on, don’t just think about today and tomorrow; think about a lifetime of good health and wellness!

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you. And please come visit me during my open office hours “Ask the Dietitian” at our Brookfield, Mequon, and North Shore locations. Otherwise I’m always available by appointment!

Best wishes for a good start!

Rita W. Larsen, RD, CD
Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor
Elite Sports Clubs