Why Women Should Strength Train

By Melanie Mauer, Fitness Specialist & Personal Trainer, Elite Sports Clubs – West Brookfield

In some cases, the moment that we make mention of strength training to female clients can be a tense one—one that tends to be full of excuses. “I don’t want to bulk up.” “Ha! I’m not a body builder.” “But cardio burns more calories.” The truth is, strength training is one of the best things you can add to your exercise regimen 3-4 times a week—not only for a strong, lean-looking physique, but also for body-fat loss and overall long term health. Continue reading Why Women Should Strength Train

Know the Difference: Fat Burning Zone vs. Cardio Zone

By Melissa Radmer, CPT, Group Exercise & Fitness Director at Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield

You jump onto your favorite elliptical or treadmill, and you often see a graphic indicating “fat burn zones” and “cardio zones.” At first glance, it may appear that you burn more fat working at a lower intensity (55%-65% of your heart rate maximum) than you would working in a cardio zone (75%-85% of your heart rate maximum). This sounds like a good deal—doing little work to burn more fat—however, this information is misleading. Continue reading Know the Difference: Fat Burning Zone vs. Cardio Zone