6 Strength Training Exercises You Should Try Today!

Strength training and building muscle are essential parts of a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Many studies have shown that the more muscle mass you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate. So unlike traditional cardio, strength training gives you an afterburn. This means that your body will continue to burn calories for up to 72 hours after you are done working out. Burn more calories while at rest? We’ll take it!

Here are 6 strength training exercises you should incorporate into your fitness routine! Continue reading 6 Strength Training Exercises You Should Try Today!

Member Stories: Laura Mark

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: Continue reading Member Stories: Laura Mark

Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

By Dory Karinen, Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield

I believe that fitness should be just as much about how you feel physically (increasing your energy, sleeping better, decreasing anxiety) and emotionally (self-esteem, confidence, determination), as it is about how you look. Continue reading Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

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

It’s Time to Put the “Magic” Back Into Motivation

“Things do not change. We change.” – Henry David Thoreau, Author/Philosopher

There are many accomplishments for which I am proud.  Landing my first real job, receiving my Masters Degree, cultivating lasting friendships (some of which have lasted close to three decades); marrying my soul mate, raising my children…all of these come to mind.  But looking back, the one accomplishment that always pops to the top of my head is being named to the varsity long jump team in high school.  Yes, it was only for one meet (I broke my foot in practice the next day).  But the reason I always think back to this milestone in my life is for the sole reason that for all practical purposes, I had no business being on a track team, let alone in Varsity standing.  Yet, I believe the reason I made the team came down to two monumental factors; I enjoyed the process, and I didn’t allow my mind to paralyze my body.  I lost myself in the process and never thought about an end result.  I just lived. Continue reading It’s Time to Put the “Magic” Back Into Motivation