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!

Elite Sports Clubs Trainer Interview on Kettlebells

We don’t like to brag (okay, maybe we do) but often our Elite Sports Clubs trainers are sought after by area writers and bloggers for their fitness expertise. Our trainers are featured regularly in Modern Health and Living, and have been a source of information for the Chin Up blog on JSOnline, among others.

Anthony Moro Presses a Kettlebell Overhead at the RKC Workshop
Photo via Dragon Door

Recently, Elite Sports Club-Mequon trainer Anthony Moro was interviewed about his experience with kettlebell training by Dragon Door. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Dragon Door: How did you first get involved with fitness?
Anthony Moro: I’ve been an athlete my whole life. My parents kind of pushed me in that direction—as a kid I played nearly every sport! In high school I played football and ran track. And I’ve been in the Marines since high school graduation at age 18. When I finally came into the Reserves, I went to college for a semester before I was deployed again. So during my freshman year I played football and went to Afghanistan. After I came back, I started back with football and running track right into my senior year this year.

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Use Exercise to Reduce Stress

By Amy Hall, Group Exercise Director & Personal Trainer, Elite Sports Club-North Shore

Who among us isn’t stressed in some way or another? As we go through life we experience many situations that can lead to either short or long-term stress. I’m not about to start naming them, but I can certainly give first hand testimony to that! Raise your hand if you agree…

Exercise Relieves Stress

Okay, so how do you handle it? Exercise! It’s a proven stress-buster. Just one exercise session can generate 90-120 minutes of relaxation response. This is caused in part by the increase in production of endorphins, your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. They improve your mood and leave you feeling relaxed. Clinicians have actually done studies on this and have measured a post-workout decrease in the electrical activity of tensed muscle and an increase in the flow of oxygen.

Exercise can also be a very positive distraction from life’s daily struggles. Concentrating on your body’s movements can cause you to forget about whatever else may be on your mind and replace it with a new sense of calm and balance. This creates a reduction in anxiety which may continue on to other aspects of your life and even improve your quality of sleep.

Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. Any form of movement will do as long as it’s something you enjoy so that you’ll stick with it and want to do it on a regular basis – that’s the key. For some exercisers an all-out sweat session is in order, while for others the focused and controlled movements of yoga or pilates are more desirable. All varieties are sure to improve your mood and body, therefore increasing your self-confidence.

Think about what works for you, your body and your daily schedule. Make it a priority and write it on your calendar. Work out alone or ask a friend to be your workout buddy. Find a personal trainer who can motivate, inspire, and encourage you to reach your goals. Make it your controlled environment, you have the power. Stop stressing and start moving!

Check out our Mind/Body calendar for a list of yoga & pilates classes. Or get started with a personal trainer (special training packages available for new members!)

What do you do to reduce the stress in your life? How does exercise affect your stress levels? Tell us in the comments!

Member Stories: Eric Ensminger “110 Pounds Later-Racing with Friends, Inspiring Others”

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:

No secret way to lose the weight and get fit – Diet and Exercise

I was 36 and not satisfied with a lot of things in my life. I was overweight with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My family has a history of stroke and heart attack. To compound the issue, I was carrying a lot of stress due to work/life in-balance issues.

Elite Member Eric Ensminger

2006 – Time for a Change
I vowed that summer to lose 10 pounds by eating better and walking when I played golf. By September, I met that goal and set my mind on losing an additional 10 lbs. I continued to play more golf and ate healthy and limited alcohol. By November, I had lost another 10. The golf season was over and holidays were coming soon. I joined a gym and met with a personal trainer once. My workouts included walking and bike riding and by the end of 2006, I was 25 pounds down.

Elite Member Eric Ensminger

2007 – Plateau
My goal was a BMI of 23.5, center of the average range. That Spring I joined a Capoeira (Brazilian Kick Boxing) group. By May, I was frustrated. According to the charts my BMI had reached a plateau. For the second time, I met with my trainer. She accurately measured my body fat at 17.5. I had BLOWN past my goal. She was not surprised; I became an athlete. I was 60 lbs lighter than high school graduation.

Elite Member Eric Ensminger

In October, a friend suggested racing. Convinced I could do it, I registered for my first race and haven’t looked back.

2008 – Inspiration
I raced my first duathlon, 5K, triathlon; eight events in total. Late that season, I was in the top 20%.

Elite Member Eric Ensminger

I encouraged those around me to become healthier and more active. Some had never run before, started racing. Friends who were overweight said, “Eric if you could do it, so can I.”

2009 – Firsts
Half Marathon
Olympic distance triathlon
Teaching a beginning running class linked with weight loss
Biking and discussing slow foods with my daughter to show her the importance of a healthy lifestyle

Elite Member Eric Ensminger

2010 – Getting Ready for Ironman
Full marathon – 3 hours, 52 minutes
Half Ironman Triathlon – 5 hours, 39 minutes
Race the Lake – 90 mile bike race 3 hours, 50 minutes

2011 – The Year of a Lifetime
2012 Olympic Triathlon Course in London as a test event
Ironman Wisconsin
NYC Marathon

2012
Ironman Louiseville 96 degrees

Elite Member Eric Ensminger

2013
Planned Ironman Tahoe

Eric is an amazing example of what one can do with a little help and a lot of determination. Not only has he accomplished great things himself, but he has inspired others to do so as well. Congratulations Eric on your weight loss and racing success!

Submit your own “elite” story. Or tweet us @MyEliteStory with not just your major accomplishments, but also those little everyday wins too.

Elite Outdoor Fitness Facilities: Mequon & Brookfield

Adventure course, obstacle course, boot camp, TRX rack, outdoor fitness structures, outdoor training facility, whatever you want to call it, we are excited to be able to offer such facilities to our members on BOTH sides of town! Many of you have been following our progress as we build our new outdoor fitness facility at our Mequon location, however not all of you seem to know that we have an existing functional training space and structure at our West Brookfield location. Check out photos of both facilities below!

Elite Sports Club-Mequon Outdoor Fitness Facility:

Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield Outdoor Fitness Facility:

Many of our small group training programs and personal trainers take advantage of each of these spaces when the weather permits. Check out our fitness calendar for current small group training programs. Interested in the outdoor facilities, but not sure where to start? Let us set you up with a trainer and a fitness plan!

Have you used the outdoor training facility at either club? What are your favorite exercises to do using the outdoor structures? Tell us in the comments!