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:
My name is Dan Buss and I’ve been a member of Elite for about two years now. I’ve never been someone who lived a very active lifestyle and have been overweight most of my life. Two years ago, it all came to a head. I hit an all-time high weight, the result of bad eating habits and no exercise while I juggled getting my MBA and frequent travel for work. I decided I needed to make a change!
That’s where Elite comes in. I decided to join the club on the recommendation of a coworker. It was a great experience from day one. Since I was so new to the fitness scene, I took advantage of a promotion the club was running for a package of personal trainer sessions. I worked with Ariel to do a fitness assessment and come up with a base workout plan that I could build on. What I appreciated most was how comfortable everyone made me feel. Ariel would offer encouragement whenever she saw me, and other trainers like Rob and Sue would stop and give me pointers when they saw me trying something new. While the facilities at Elite are wonderful, it really is all the great people that make it such an outstanding experience!
Today, I’m happy to say that I’m down over 100 lbs from my peak! That’s a goal I thought was impossible two years ago. I’m working out six days a week doing strength training and some running. I’ve participated in several 5K races, including the Warrior Dash and have even started taking swimming lessons with Laura, for a new challenge. My time at Elite has become part of my routine and I look forward to it every day. Thanks for helping me completely change my life!
We are so proud of Dan for reaching his goal and exceeding his own expectations. We are happy our staff could be there to help you on your fitness and health journey! You are truly an “elite” member!
If you have an “elite” story to share about your own personal accomplishment or someone else’s please share it with us at MyStory@eliteclubs.com or tweet it to us @MyEliteStory! We’d love to hear from you too!
The Gravity Training System (GTS) is used in clubs throughout the world to teach a series of high intensity muscular endurance exercises while providing a time efficient full body workout. For those of you who are not familiar with GTS, it is very similar to the Total Gym used by Chuck Norris that can be seen on television. Gravity is divided into group training sessions and private training sessions at health clubs in order to provide a variety of workouts for members. GTS uses your body weight on a glideboard with an adjustable incline, while incorporating a dynamic pulley system to perform strength training exercises.
Often, people will complain that there is not enough time to get in a full body workout, however the primary advantage of using GTS is time efficiency. Most Gravity training sessions vary from 30-minute to 45-minute strength training sessions. You might be asking yourself how can you get a full body strength training workout in 30 minutes? When training on the GTS in a class format or in personal training, a sequence of exercises can be performed without even getting up off of the machine. In each selected body position on the glideboard multiple exercises can be executed to utilize time in an effective manner. The GTS workouts also minimize transitions in order to do as many exercises in each body position as possible. The GTS muscle sequences are put into an order that maximizes performance for efficiency and recovery while providing an intense endurance workout.
Gravity sessions are taught by certified personal trainers that have been certified through EFI Sports Medicine on how to use GTS and teach training sessions. Getting the guidance of a personal trainer while exercising will provide a more specific workout based on each individuals’ needs and exercise goals while eliminating the stress of figuring out what exercises to perform. You will not have to figure out how many sets, repetitions, or how long to perform each exercise.
The design of GTS is a benefit in itself. By performing exercises at an incline clients do not have to bear their entire weight load. This will minimize stress on the joints especially for clients who are beginners, overweight, or who have had injury issues. For example, if someone is at level 6 (or 21 degrees) on the glideboard and weighs 200 lbs, that individual is only moving 40% of their body weight or 81 lbs. If the exercise were to be done using the pulleys it would cut the resistance in half.
By employing the use of the free motion pulley/cable system on the GTS, individuals are able to do over 150 different exercises with variations. The pulley systems offer a free range of motion during upper body exercises, which helps you move beyond a fixed range of motion. The pulley system will improve overall strength through multiple ranges of motion. For example, I have personally worked with individuals who have had limited range of motion in the shoulder joint capsule who now have full range of motion.
The Gravity Training System has many strength training advantages. The GTS works all of the major muscles in the body while minimizing the time in the process. Formats for the training sessions last 30-45 minutes while transitioning from one exercise to the next with minimal interruptions. By not resting between exercises little to no time is wasted and the heart rate of clients stays at a high level, burning more total calories while also improving cardiovascular fitness. Working with a personal trainer on the GTS or using the Total Gym at home is a very time efficient and fun way to workout.
Most of you have probably heard of the term “functional training.” Maybe it was in a magazine, at the gym, or even from your trainer. But what does this term really mean, and first and foremost, why should we be adding functional training to our workouts?
The best way I can define functional training, or functional exercises, is that they are movements that are done by us as humans in everyday life. By doing these exercises and training the body to do these movements, we will get stronger in any and all activities we would normally do on a day-to-day basis. Functional training involves full-body movements and incorporates multiple muscle groups, just like the things we do in our everyday life. Because more muscle groups are involved in each exercise, we need to have more neuromuscular control in order to perform that exercise. In other words, that specific exercise will be harder for you to perform and will require more concentration, balance, and energy.
This type of training is also considered multiplanar (which means moving through different planes of motion), and not isolated, which is working through a single plane of motion to isolate a certain muscle group. A good example of this would be to picture yourself performing a lunge with a dumbbell shoulder press, as opposed to just sitting on a machine and performing a leg raise, or leg extension. Obviously, you can figure out from the example which exercise will be more challenging.
Lastly, I would like to touch on the fact that functional training is a great way for you to maintain or even increase balance. As we get older, we want to be able to have good balance, as well as strength, not only to lead a more productive life, but also to prevent falls and injuries that may occur. Functional training should be something we all should be incorporating into our workouts, whether we are an athlete, avid exerciser, or just somebody that wants to live a healthier life.