The Difference Between Static and Dynamic Stretching

Do you start your workout by stretching? If not, you should be in order to prevent injury. If you do, are you doing effective stretches and are you doing them correctly? There are two different types of stretches: static streching and dynamic stretching. In this blog, we will define, describe, and explain some common differences between the two stretching techniques and when they should be utilized.

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Finding Your Perfect Elite Smoothie

These newly redeveloped cream smoothies were reintroduced recently at all Elite Sports Clubs. Not long ago, I shared a favorite Elite smoothie of most members at the Mequon club, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. Since then, I have done quite a bit more reading about the Elite smoothies and their reformulation. Not often are companies able to improve taste, lower calories, and increase protein at the same time. I do admit that I like this product and will recommend it to you as a meal replacement and post-workout beverage. Continue reading Finding Your Perfect Elite Smoothie

To Snack or Not to Snack, That is the Question

Are you pro-snack or against snacking all together? The discussion of snacking has gone through many changes over the years. In some years, snacking has been considered a good idea to keep the calorie intake stable.

Other years, it was a point of hesitation because most people got enough good calories and nutrients at meals and experts did not feel that a between meal food was really necessary. Part of this concern was because there was the fear that too much food would be consumed with the snack or “grazing” period, so it was just best to keep it out of any plan. Research around the 1980’s found that people who ate three good meals had a good blood sugar range all day.

So, is it better to eat continuously or to have enough food at one meal that you don’t really need more until the next meal? Continue reading To Snack or Not to Snack, That is the Question

Member Stories: The 3 Dietitians – Christine, Mary, and Annie

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 experience:

March is National Nutrition Month – a time designated to focus on the important and wide-reaching impact of the Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). A RD‘s training and continuing education is designed for him/her to educate the public on how the foods we eat provide nutrients to our bodies for day-to-day functions as well as increased needs when our bodies are under stress, manage chronic or acute illness, or address the specific needs of athletes to improve their athletic performance. Continue reading Member Stories: The 3 Dietitians – Christine, Mary, and Annie

Pre-Workout Foods: What Should I Eat Before I Hit the Gym?

It’s really tempting to skip the calories, but the food you eat before you exercise fuels your workout and maximizes your efforts and results. If you eat correctly you’ll be able to work out harder! Eating before a workout also prevents low blood sugar, which can cause lightheadedness and fatigue while you’re active. That being said, resist the urge for the triple mocha latte, or a piece of cold pizza before you head to the gym!

There are some great choices to get you off on the right foot nutritionally and you can sneak them in an hour before you start your class or gym workout. Continue reading Pre-Workout Foods: What Should I Eat Before I Hit the Gym?