Fitness Equipment Tutorial: The Back Extension Machine

Muscles targeted
This machine is primarily used to strengthen the muscles of the lower back, but also works the glutes and hamstrings.
Setup
You want to make sure you adjust the thigh pads so the tops of the pads come to just below the crease in your hips. This allows your body to hinge forward at the waist while providing you with as much support as possible. Place your feet fully on the platform and ensure your calves are supported by the calf pads.
Movement
Keeping a flat back, lower yourself down as low as possible while hinging at the hips.  You should look like an upside-down V from the side. Maintaining the flat back, bring yourself back up until your body is in a straight line. Repeat.
back extension machine exercise example
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There is Not Only One Way to Approach Eating, Diet & Nutrition-Finding the Program That Works for You!

Here's what 500 calories of food looks like! Each of these is 500cal!
Here’s what 500 calories of food looks like! Each of these are 500 calories that you could easily eliminate!

By Rita Larsen, R.D., Professional Dietary Counseling, Elite Sports Clubs

Many people will be confused in the thought that there is only one way to approach a new eating plan. If they do not follow it, they are sure to be a failure. Truthfully, diet and related eating plans will work in your favor almost every time as long as you have created enough change. This change will come through a number of situations, such as exercise, a new eating plan, or an alteration in the eating schedule. Let’s examine this idea a little further.

Experts suggest that any time there is a desire to change the quantity or quality of the foods we are eating for the ultimate “body transformation” it is possible to do with minimal changes to your current program. For example:

Weight loss occurs with the reduction of 500 calories at the most for a day. It does not need to be any more than that. If this is true, find the food in the least important spot; as a snack in the afternoon of a bag of chips or a candy, and eliminate it. It could be all that you need to do!

Next, plan to regroup the foods that you are eating into a new “schedule”. Eating earlier in the day works the best! If you cannot do this, then divide the foods evenly throughout the day so that it will make sense for your schedule. Never too much at any one time is a good guide!

Finally, plan to put a little more exercise in the works! Another 60 minutes per week will help your program a great deal. Most of the time, people have a harder time taking time for exercise than any concern with the exercise. Allow yourself the chance to do something new for you!

Ideas: Plan the food in a way that works for you!

  • Cut one food item out that doesn’t even mean anything!
  • Add just a little more exercise a week!

WHATEVER PLAN YOU COME UP WITH SHOULD BE THE ONE THAT WORKS ONLY FOR YOU!

Rita is available for one-on-one consultations and also offers group programs to help you reach your weight loss goals, starting with an easy approach to eating as mentioned above! Get started today by letting us know a little more about you and your goals!

This Week is National Women’s Health Week!

National Women’s Health Week, which runs May 12th -18th, is a campaign by the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health to raise awareness about women’s health issues. NWHW promotes 5 steps for women to improve their physical and mental health, including preventive health screening, healthy eating, sleep and stress management, and regular exercise. The health club is a safe, social, and supportive environment providing numerous resources to help women get active and adopt healthier habits.

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!