Instructor Highlight: Steve Cigich

Exercise has always meant freedom and escape. As a teenager, cycling meant excursions with friends on various adventures. Week long bike-packing trips from CT to PA or NH (to bike Mount Washington back when it was still allowed) until the ultimate trip in 1978: a 5,000-mile adventure through the Canadian Rockies and across the United States. It was a simpler time then. Continue reading Instructor Highlight: Steve Cigich

Class Review: Body Pump

Although I managed to injure myself before class even started (knocking myself in the face with the barbell), I had a great time in Angie’s Body Pump class at Elite Sports Club – North Shore!  This was my first ever Body Pump class and although I was initially intimidated by the use of a barbell, regulars to this class (who were beyond friendly) immediately put my nerves at ease by explaining everything to me, from how much weight I should use to how to adjust the weights.

Body Pump is offered at all Elite locations with the exception of River Glen and is part of the LES MILLS™ series.  The idea behind Body Pump is to provide a full-body workout that shapes and tones your entire body while simultaneously increasing core strength. Elite offers both a 30 minute and 60 minute class, but both are designed to get you toned…fast!  Continue reading Class Review: Body Pump

A Healthier You: Finding Wisdom in Winters

Wisdom Comes with Winters –Oscar Wilde

The first time I came across this quote was in high school.  It was the topic of a college entrance essay to which I was applying.  I remember, clear as day, staring at the blank sheet of paper as if it was looking right back at me just asking for me to think of something clever, meaningful.  I managed to write something witty enough to stand out but meaningful enough to convey thoughtfulness.  The events of this past holiday weekend reminded me of this quote which I have never forgotten, yet I have never really understood, until now.  Continue reading A Healthier You: Finding Wisdom in Winters

When’s the Last Time You Tried Something New?

By Alison Wanie, Summer Marketing Intern at Elite Sports Clubs

Joining a new fitness club is always a little daunting. A new building, new people and new equipment can be an overwhelming experience. With the right staff and environment, your experience should be enjoyable and fun! Continue reading When’s the Last Time You Tried Something New?

Member Stories: Emily Sydnor “Motivation was the most difficult part.”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

About a year ago, I had a bit of a wake up call. For a time prior, I was under a lot of stress and, in turn, gained a bit of weight. I knew I something needed to change.

My family joined Elite many years ago and I had always been around the club. I was a multi-sport athlete in high school, so I was no stranger to training and conditioning. Like most people, motivation was the most difficult part of change. Training for sports is much different, and in my opinion less difficult, than training for “pleasure.” When training for sports, coaches and other players are there to guide and motivate you through the process. When training by yourself, you have to push yourself.

Luckily, my mom has been going to Body Pump class at West Brookfield for years. I began going to Body Pump three mornings a week and developed relationships with the other members in the class. Having someone to workout with made the process so much easier. They were always so positive and complimented me as my weight loss became apparent.

After months of Body Pump class, cardio training, weight training, and watching what I ate, I lost 60 pounds. Everyone, including me, was so proud. My Body Pump family and support from family and friends were instrumental in my weight loss journey. Thank you, Elite, for helping me attain my goal!

Congratulations Emily for meeting your goal! Body Pump is a great class, and we are happy that along with support from others, it could help you lose weight.

For those of you out there still trying to lose the weight, have you considered incorporating regular exercise classes in your routine? Clearly it’s not just about exercise, it’s also very much about support and finding those who will help you push yourself.

What’s your favorite group exercise class? What about it makes the class “awesome”?

Submit your own “elite” story. Or tweet us @MyEliteStory with not just your major accomplishments, but also those little everyday wins too.