Getting Fit Should Be About Being More – Not Less

When we think of getting fit, we think about shedding weight. We think about shedding pant sizes. We think about shedding inches, or clothes to show more skin. What we need to think about, is gain.

Gain confidence. Gain self appreciation. Gain discipline, strength, and muscle. Getting fit needs to mean gaining something. What’s one way to gain? Strength and weight training.

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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

Everything You Need to Know About Muscle

Learning the basics of muscle development can help you to reach your health and fitness goals.

Types of Muscle Fibers

We have two main types of muscle fibers in our skeletal muscles, Type 1, or slow-twitch, and Type 2, or fast twitch. The Type 2 are further separated into Type 2a, and Type 2b, and depending on your goals, your training methods will affect, to some extent, your results. Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Muscle

7 Important Tips for Resistance Training

By Alex Oldakowski, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield

Resistance training is an important aspect of any workout regimen, but there are a few things you need to remember in order to reap all its benefits. If you don’t keep these tips in mind, you may not see any progress, or worse, get injured. So, read on to see if you have been forgetting something important all along! Continue reading 7 Important Tips for Resistance Training

A Healthier You: Finding Wisdom in Winters

Wisdom Comes with Winters –Oscar Wilde

The first time I came across this quote was in high school.  It was the topic of a college entrance essay to which I was applying.  I remember, clear as day, staring at the blank sheet of paper as if it was looking right back at me just asking for me to think of something clever, meaningful.  I managed to write something witty enough to stand out but meaningful enough to convey thoughtfulness.  The events of this past holiday weekend reminded me of this quote which I have never forgotten, yet I have never really understood, until now.  Continue reading A Healthier You: Finding Wisdom in Winters