Battle Ropes Basics and Sample Workouts

The use of battle ropes in workouts today is increasing tremendously. Gyms are providing them and trainers are continuing to incorporate them into client’s workouts. With the many benefits and simple execution, they’re becoming more and more popular for active people everywhere. According to John Brookfield, creator of the original battling-ropes system, “They’re a must-have tool for anyone looking to pack on lean mass. The key to their effectiveness is that they work each arm independently, eliminating strength imbalances as they sculpt your muscle…they also provide a killer cardio workout.” Continue reading Battle Ropes Basics and Sample Workouts

A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Cycling Classes

By Annie Farley, MS, CPT; Spinning Certified Star 3 Instructor & Group Exercise Director at Elite Sports Club-Mequon

Are you new to your gym and the indoor cycling (also known as “spinning”) scene? Well, have no fear! Indoor cycling is a great workout all year round for any level, expert cyclists and newbies alike. Nevertheless here’s 3 tips for those just starting a new spin class. Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Cycling Classes

Do You Actually Need Gym Equipment and a Trainer to Stay in Shape?

Melissa Abramovich ACE CPT, NASM CGT, AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

Muscle withers away if you’re not constantly building it, and muscle withers faster as we age. Waning muscle mass gives way to fat gain, stiff joints, stumbling and bumbling balance, and a precipitous drop in self esteem and functional strength. If you are willing to, fighting back will help us turn the hands of time, just a bit. This means getting strong. Lifting weights can do as much for your heart and lungs as cardio, in addition to building lean muscle, providing you with armor to weather the inevitable storms of time. Continue reading Do You Actually Need Gym Equipment and a Trainer to Stay in Shape?

What is CrossFit and Is It Right For You?

By Annie Farley, MS CPT, Group Exercise Director at Elite Sports Club-Mequon

Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few years…you’ve probably heard of the biggest fitness craze in recent times, CrossFit. Continue reading What is CrossFit and Is It Right For You?

Three Indoor Cycling Moves You Should Never Do

By Annie Farley, MS CPT, Group Exercise Director at Elite Sports Club-Mequon

Fitness trends…there are a dizzying array of ways that we are encouraged to get fit. From infomercials to celebrity endorsements, we are bombarded by the latest trends on a daily basis! Just like fashion…those legwarmers that were so cool in 1989 have been replaced by the LuluLemon yoga pants of the moment! Continue reading Three Indoor Cycling Moves You Should Never Do