We’re extremely proud of our members who participated on the Elite Sports Clubs team for the Spartan Sprint at Miller Park on Saturday, November 2nd. Our members’ 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! Below are a few photos of some of the team members who participated in the race. Continue reading Member Stories: “We Are ELITE!” Spartan Sprint Team
By Annie Farley, Elite Sports Club-Mequon Group Exercise Director & Trainer
Ladies… put down those teeny dumbbells you found stacked in the corner at the gym and confidently march over to the heavier weights. Do not fear those iron barbells and dumbbells – I promise they will not bite! Do not shy away from the squat rack – it’s not nearly as intimidating as it looks. Do not fear the sweaty, muscle-bound dudes that strut around you – they may look tough, but they’re not going to judge you. In fact, they’re more likely to admire you for ditching the elliptical machines to join them on the other side of the room! Continue reading WHY DO WE FEAR THE GYM?
Boot camp has become a popular exercise trend because of the intense combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercises. Boot camp workouts are designed as a type of interval training—bursts of intense activity alternated with intervals of lighter activity. Different exercises that boot camp workouts may entail would include: pull-ups, push-ups, lunges, squats and crunches, as well as drills and sprints. These exercises may be performed using body weight only or with actual hand weights.
Boot camp workouts provide a total body workout that contributes to building both strength and endurance.
Individuals who participate in boot camp tend to thrive off of the challenging exercises and the relationships they build with other participants.
According to an article from Mayo Clinic, “a nonprofit fitness organization that studied boot camp workouts found that the average exerciser burns approximately 9.8 calories per minute during a typical boot camp workout.”
A well-structured boot camp workout will include at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise along with a variety of strength training exercises. AKA, the best of both worlds!
By participating in a boot camp workout once a week, you can get one step closer to meeting the minimum requirements of physical activity for a healthy adult.
Boot camp workouts are designed for fit individuals who are looking to mix up their routine and increase their intensity.
Boot camp workouts can easily be modified for the participants.
Please note: When considering trying a boot camp workout, ask the instructor about the basic structure of the class, instructor’s qualifications, and it never hurts to ask others who have participated before what they think. If you are older than 40, pregnant, haven’t exercised for some time or you have health problems, you should talk to your doctor prior to starting any type of exercise program. Also, when you decide to try out your first boot camp workout, inform the instructor that it is your first time and of any health issues. This will help ensure that your first boot camp workout experience is fun and successful!