Why There’s No Such Thing as the Best Exercise

Last week we discussed the new and intriguing field of “nutrigenetics“, and how all of us, while we share a lot in common, do have individual differences in how our bodies respond to food, exercise, and other environmental factors. This week, I want to emphasize that in exercise, there’s no “one size fits all” solution. There is no one best exercise, there are lots of different types of cardio, weight lifting strategies, combination workouts and sports that people either naturally gravitate to, or find over time. As a trainer, I find that people come in with sets of issues, and it’s my job to navigate those to find not only the safest workout, but also the most palatable. And it needs to produce results! This can be a challenge, as you might imagine. Continue reading Why There’s No Such Thing as the Best Exercise

3 Minute High Intensity Interval Workout

Let’s do some High Intensity Interval Training! I have 3 minutes of exercises for you—40 seconds of one exercise alternating with 20 seconds of another exercise. There’s basically three little mini circuits total. Doing an interval workout is a great way to get in a variety of quick and intense exercises in a short amount of time. So, if you’re ready to get started with me, check out the video below and follow along! Continue reading 3 Minute High Intensity Interval Workout

Elite Instructor Highlight: Matt Bartz

Today you’ll get to meet another great instructor and staff person from Elite Sports Clubs. Take a few minutes and get to know Matt Bartz of our Elite Sports Club – River Glen club location. Continue reading Elite Instructor Highlight: Matt Bartz

Why YOU are the Key to Group Exercise Class Success

“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps.  We must step up the stairs.”-Vaclav Havel

It’s hard to believe nearly a year has passed since becoming a part of the Elite community. Joining Elite has given me the opportunity to challenge my limits and grow stronger both physically and mentally. Not to mention, I have also shrunk by 16lbs, but what has surprised me the most since joining Elite is something that has just recently snuck up on me out of nowhere. Through the strength of others here, both peers and instructors alike, I have become a leader. Continue reading Why YOU are the Key to Group Exercise Class Success

Time for Tabata

This past week marks the first time I have worked out since July 2013.  I have an excuse; at least for the first 9 months of my 17 month sabbatical.  I was pregnant with my son, and for numerous reasons, was advised not to exercise.  However, for the remaining 8 months each day was accompanied by a new excuse. “The baby was up 3 times last night,” “I ran out of coffee and I can only work out when I drink caffeine” (never mind the 24 pack of Diet Coke in the fridge), or my go-to, “I need to clean the house.” (Because, that takes at least 5 hours.) Well, sometimes it does but that’s not the point.  The point is that everyone knows the best clothes of the year come out in the spring, which means I’ve got roughly 4 months and 20lbs standing between me and a pair of seafoam dyed skinny jeans.

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