The Importance of Functional Movement

In most things we learn, we often hear experts saying that you have to start from the beginning by learning the fundamentals. Exercise is no exception. Learning functional movements will have you using multiple muscles with each move and will minimize your risk of injury as you train. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a beginner, or an older adult, you will reap the benefits of taking exercise back to the basics with functional movement training. Functional movement focuses on training movement patterns, rather than isolating individual muscles. Below are some of the many benefits of this type of training. Continue reading The Importance of Functional Movement

Swim Fit: Taking You from In Shape to Swim Shape

The last time I swam laps with any serious intention was when I was 17, representing my high school swim team. Fast-forward 18 years later. I’m standing on the edge of the lap pool at Elite Mequon, wearing the same competition suit that I wore in high school (which fits a bit differently since having children). I’m about to try one of the newest signature training groups at Elite, Swim Fit.

I used to love swimming. I still do, but most of my pool time these days revolves around splash pads and floaties. So in an effort to channel my inner competitive swimmer, I decided to give Swim Fit a try. Continue reading Swim Fit: Taking You from In Shape to Swim Shape

Music: The Unsung Hero Behind Motivation

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

Some things in life just come naturally to us.  For me, fitness is not one of them. Whether it’s dealing with the daily shoulder pain I have from a high school swimming injury, or exploring a new yoga class which makes me feel like a rock star, (until the mirror stares me right back into reality), working out and staying in shape have never been my strong suits.  And yet, as I grow older, I look forward to challenging myself physically more than ever before.  Perhaps, it has taken me 30+ years to understand the sweetest rewards often follow bitter struggles. And I’m sure many of you know, starting a daily workout routine from scratch after 2 kids and a 5-year on-again/off-again relationship with the gym is a valid struggle to say the least. Continue reading Music: The Unsung Hero Behind Motivation

My Body, My Way: Why I Stopped Setting Deadlines and Started Enjoying the Process

“Life isn’t about ‘getting there’.  It’s about ‘being here’, and enjoying your journey”-Robert Holden

I remember telling my Grandpa that I was going to major in Vocal Performance in college.  I was so excited that I could barely contain myself.  What classes would I take?  What shows would I be in?   Where would I be in 20 years?  The possibilities! His reaction: “What’s your goal?”  The question stopped me dead in my tracks.  I hadn’t given it the slightest thought.  At 17, the only thing I knew is that I loved to sing, and that was really all that mattered.  I didn’t have an end goal, but at the same time, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  Music has always been a part of who I am.  It’s in my blood, my bones.  I will never be done with singing.  Enjoying the process of growing and evolving as an artist was the whole point of my decision to follow my dream of pursuing a career in music.  I subconsciously knew that even if I never achieved the goal of receiving a Tony or debuting at the Met, I would at the very least achieve my goal of following my heart and the path that would allow me to live a fulfilling and authentic life.  I never envisioned a finish line.  My fellow right-brained daydreamers know that’s not really our thing.  Continue reading My Body, My Way: Why I Stopped Setting Deadlines and Started Enjoying the Process

Do You Have Good Balance?

Jordan Meyer, Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor at Elite Sports Club-North Shore

Most people believe their balance is adequate at the worst because their balance isn’t really tested on a daily basis. After all, if you don’t fall down randomly how would you know if you have bad balance? Try this: stand on one leg for 30 seconds with the other leg suspended in the air in front of you, getting your foot as high off the ground as you can. Now try with your other leg. How much did you wobble or have to touch the ground with your raised foot? If you were shaking around like you had your own personal earthquake under your foot, you probably need some balance training. Continue reading Do You Have Good Balance?