Workout Wednesday: Start Prepping for the Holidays Now!

Elite Workout Wednesday Start Prepping for the Holidays Now

We all know it’s a little crazy when we start seeing Christmas decorations popping up in stores immediately after Halloween. (If not before!) But maybe they have a point? Maybe we should start getting (our bodies) ready for the holidays a little earlier, rather than doing damage control afterwards. Continue reading Workout Wednesday: Start Prepping for the Holidays Now!

3 Ways Exercise Can Help You Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Elite Sports Clubs Trainers

3 Ways Exercise Can Help You Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

We love this time of the year. Fall is here once again! The changes in colors, the smells, perfect outdoor weather that’s not too hot and not too cold. And of course Packer football!! However, each year we’re surprised by how our bodies and mood are affected by the change in season. Have you noticed a change in your mood lately? Are you more tired and irritable than usual? Do you find that you are craving more carbohydrates? Is it harder for you to get out of bed in the morning? All of these are common symptoms of a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Continue reading 3 Ways Exercise Can Help You Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Elite Fitness Experience

When you become a member of the Elite family we want you to succeed in your quest for health and fitness.  At Elite, we believe the journey to a healthier you is a multi-faceted experience, that’s why we offer four different opportunities to help you achieve your goals. We don’t believe in saying “hey, here’s all our cool gym stuff, have at it and good luck!” That approach sets the stage for a poor fitness experience, we want to get you started on the right track right away. How do we do this? Simple, a FREE health and fitness consultation for all new Elite members! Say whaaaa?! Your eyes do not deceive you, it is true, it is FREE and it includes all this: Continue reading The Elite Fitness Experience

Member Stories: Margaret Zitzer “I always joked about losing my baby fat”

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:

I have struggled with excess weight my whole life. And it’s been a long struggle.

Elite Member: Margaret Zitzer (Before)

I celebrated my 50th birthday last October. My weight really ballooned after I had my children though. I always joked about not losing my “baby fat” after I had my babies. Well, my babies were no longer babies and I had to do something about my weight problem.

(Pregnant now? Don’t worry, you can safely maintain your exercise routine through pregnancy too!)

Two years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery to help me lose weight. The surgery is just one tool in losing weight, however. I still have to eat the right foods and exercise. I started exercising by just walking and then joined Elite.

I started out slowly by riding a recumbent bike and using the resistance machines. My son and I love to swim and enjoy the outdoor pool at Mequon.

I also joined Jane Zien’s Zumba classes on Monday and Wednesday nights in Mequon and Sunday mornings at River Glen. I love to dance and Zumba just makes me happy! Jane is a super teacher and so motivational. I don’t have a workout buddy, but knowing that Jane looks forward to me being in class motivates me to go. She worries about me if I do miss. She is a challenging teacher and I am so happy to have found her.

Elite Member: Margaret Zitzer (After)

Jane is also a runner, which I think has rubbed off on me. I am currently training for my first 5K run in September. Oh, by the way, to date, I’ve lost over 150 pounds!

Congratulations on your weight loss Margaret! You have done a great job diversifying your workouts and realizing that surgery is only one step to losing weight and keeping it off. We are so glad that Jane has been helpful in your journey. Elite strives to hire inspiring exercise instructors and trainers that help our members stay motivated and hold them accountable.

Share your own “elite” story of weight loss, conquering that first race, improving your tennis rating, or accomplishing some other goal! No story is too small, we are proud of ALL of our members! A person of few words? Check us out on Twitter @MyEliteStory too!

One (not-so-secret) Secret to Becoming Happier & Healthier

By Tom “Yogaman” Feest, Elite Sports Clubs Exhale Studios Director

In our fast-paced and demanding world, the ability to manage our health is becoming increasingly harder. Balance your lifestyle, as well as manage your mind and body. Become happier, healthier, and more effective in your everyday life–How? Yoga!

It's no secret, yoga makes you happier and healthier

Living a Yoga-Centric Lifestyle:

  • Relieve stress
  • Restore, relax and energize your body
  • Increase fitness and lean muscle growth
  • Improve your mood, focus and overall energy levels
  • Ease aches, stiffness and back pains

Start developing overall well-being and better health now!

Yoga is a gift, a pathway to better health, a pathway that has changed many lives, including my own. (Tell us how yoga has changed your life! Share your story!) Yoga can enhance every aspect of your inner life; yoga can help you generate strength, grace, as well as healing in your body, in your mind and in your heart. As we make ourselves feel better, our body gets stronger, more flexible and healthier. At the end of class you may have feelings of joy, a sense of peace, rejuvenation and a feeling of compassion during meditation, as we turn our attention inwards.

Some come to yoga seeking refuge, others needing a challenge. I ask only that you come to class with no expectations, no judgment and above all no competition. We don’t come to yoga to compete because being competitive is actually counter–productive, we come to yoga to find peace with our inner connection. A mindful yoga practice will bring results and as you increase your yoga practice over the weeks and months you will notice those results.

There are many variations of yoga such as; Beginners, Restorative, Vinyasa, Power Flow and many other styles at all of Elite Sports Clubs’ Exhale Studios. Styles and intensity will vary depending on the type and the demographics of the class. There is a style for you, just attend a class and soon you will find a connection between you, the instructor and your fellow yogis in the class.

Find a yoga instructor that regularly attends conferences and additional seminars staying current with the ever changing world of yoga. As a result, they will be able to make correct anatomy adjustments, and safe modifications, while being up to date with new yoga poses and movements.

You can view our full yoga schedule on our online calendar. Or contact us if you need help figuring out which class is right for you.


Tom Feest, Yogaman Elite Exhale Studios DirectorFeest, who has been a yoga instructor at Elite for five years, will now manage all of the clubs Mind/Body programs and provide business and educational support to the clubs 45 yoga instructors. Over the past few years, Feest has been instrumental in helping Elite Sports Clubs grow its Exhale Yoga Studios, a “club within a club” approach focused on providing a relaxing studio atmosphere and wide variety of yoga classes and workshops directed by certified instructors.

“Yoga was something I did when I needed to release stress, tension, and anxiety from personal and work life issues and it became a passion,” said Feest. “The sense of peace and rejuvenation as well as physical benefits that yoga provides is a gift that I want to share with everyone who attends classes here.”

Feest is also well-known for establishing his popular yoga classes at Bradford Beach during summer and fall which now draw close to one hundred participants.

“Tom is one of the most dedicated yoga practitioners I’ve ever met and we are fortunate that he will bring his great skill level and love for yoga to all of our Elite clubs.” said Kay Yuspeh, owner of Elite Sports Clubs.