Barre Fusion and Barre 30, Class Review & Comparison

Two years ago, just after my son was born, I was watching an infomercial during his routine 2:30am feeding titled “Get a Dancer’s Body.” I should have known this program was purposefully placed to prey on sleep-deprived mothers everywhere who would give almost anything to regain the body, not to mention the confidence that existed 9 months and 30+ pounds ago. Continue reading Barre Fusion and Barre 30, Class Review & Comparison

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

Developing Strong and Toned Arms

By Melissa Abramovich, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

Is it time to lose the sleeves and the jiggle? How about the double wave? You know, when you start waving, and your arm just keeps flapping in the breeze? Or maybe you just want to be able to carry the groceries easily, or play with and pick up your child or grandchild? So let’s talk about getting strong and toned arms. We’ll work together to make those pipes lean and mean! Continue reading Developing Strong and Toned Arms

Everyday Exercises Anyone Can Do: Front Plank Variations

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

Planks are a great all-around exercise for the core. Even though the abdominal muscles are the main focus in a traditional front plank, you’re also using a ton of other muscles to keep proper form (quads, lats, triceps, etc). One of the best parts about planks are their minimal time requirement. Continue reading Everyday Exercises Anyone Can Do: Front Plank Variations

Benefits of Whirlpool Therapy

Sit back and soak in the tranquility of Elite whirlpools. Let the jets massage your woes away.

Hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in whirlpools, consists of three main healing ingredients; heat, buoyancy, and massage. Together, they create an experience that is both relaxing and healthy. Whirlpool hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure. Water is so pure and simple, yet it can do the most amazing things. Whether you are experiencing joint or muscle pain, having trouble sleeping, or are just plain stressed out, spending time in a whirlpool can provide therapeutic benefits for just about everyone.

Benefits of Whirlpool Therapy-Elite Sports Clubs

Stress, headaches and sleep
Warm water massage stimulates the body to release endorphins that reduce stress naturally. In addition to stress reduction, a whirlpool’s hydrotherapy jets also dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches.

Muscles and joints
The hydrotherapy use of whirlpools by athletes has skyrocketed. Tennis Magazine said it best: “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” adding that, if muscles are injured: “A soak in a hot tub or whirlpool increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage.”

Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation concluded that warm water hydrotherapy in a properly designed spa can help those with arthritis.

Diabetes
Whirlpool hydrotherapy in can also help control diabetes. The use of a whirlpool lowers blood pressure and blood sugar level.

Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and more
The muscle relaxing and joint loosening benefits of whirlpools help those with depression, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Tendonitis, Scoliosis and Bursitis. Whirlpools have even been known to provide significant help for those afflicted with diseases as serious as Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy.

Overall, hydrotherapy studies have shown that the health benefits of immersion in warm water with massage jet action include the relaxation of muscles, lowering of blood pressure, loosening of arthritic joints, as well as help with the control of blood sugar and body weight.

Reminder: A body temperature of 101º F and above can raise concerns during pregnancy. It takes only 10-20 minutes in a standard whirlpool to raise your body temperature to 101º F or higher. Please use caution when choosing to partake in whirlpool therapy.

Whirlpools (co-ed or men/women-only) are offered at all Elite Sports Clubs. Adult use of whirlpools is included with all Elite Sports Clubs memberships, along with towel service and luxury locker rooms. Come take a tour of any of our 5 Milwaukee-area Elite Sports Clubs locations today!