New Facts About Sugar Substitutes You Need to Know!

Some good research this year has brought us to the point where you may want to look again at your use of Sugar Substitutes. One such study has to do with drinking sugar-free soda versus regular soda and what it means for your health. The second study addresses drinking diet soda and how it affects your chances of losing weight or gaining weight. Let’s take a look! Continue reading New Facts About Sugar Substitutes You Need to Know!

5 Freestyle Swimming Drills for Your Next Swim Workout

Here’s a variety of freestyle swimming drills to make the stroke faster and more efficient. Even elite swimmers revisit these basics every so often to make necessary adjustments or strengthen weaknesses in their technique. Below are 5 freestyle swimming drills worth practicing regularly. Also, I’ve included two sample sets that I use often as a part of larger workouts. Continue reading 5 Freestyle Swimming Drills for Your Next Swim Workout

Skip the Donuts, Here’s a Dozen Reasons to Exercise

Donuts-Dozen Reasons to Exercise

Now that our Team Weight Loss Challenge has wrapped up–and we are so proud of everyone’s accomplishments!–those of you who made that concerted effort to change your lifestyle for the healthier have probably been bitten by the health bug. You may even feel like shouting off the rooftops the wonderful changes (for the better) you have experienced while becoming more active and eating right. Or at the very least, you are working to get your friends, family, and maybe even co-workers onto the health & fitness train. As many of you have probably realized by now, fitness is more than muscles, it’s medicine. Continue reading Skip the Donuts, Here’s a Dozen Reasons to Exercise

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!

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