Instructor Highlight: Grace Selwitschka

Grace Selwitschka is an energetic and enthusiastic group exercise instructor and personal trainer at Elite – North Shore and Elite – Brookfield who loves to help people achieve their personal fitness goals. Learn more about Grace’s personality, her experience as a group exercise instructor, and her philosophies on health and fitness! Continue reading Instructor Highlight: Grace Selwitschka

Member Stories: Mark Westlake’s Mountain Climb for a Cause

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:

My first experience at mountain climbing/trekking was a two-day trek up Mount Fuji in Japan which sparked an interest and a realization that this was something I enjoyed doing and was a good way to keep fit. A few years later I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and then two years ago I went to Ecuador to climb four mountains in the volcanic area near Quito. Both of these were for charity organizations, the first for Cancer research after losing my brother to cancer (more info and donations via Just Giving website) and then Pancreatic Cancer after losing my mother to this in 2012 (more info and official Facebook Page). Continue reading Member Stories: Mark Westlake’s Mountain Climb for a Cause

Featured Member: Rebekah Schaefer

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:

Rebekah Schaefer Elite Featured Member

The tremendous amount of support and encouragement I’ve received from Elite training staff and members has been an integral part of my journey in the last two years. So much positive reinforcement! Never underestimate the impact of a few kind words.

Our daughter was a lovely surprise, but after her arrival in 2008 I didn’t recognize myself. I’d never been heavier, and wasn’t feeling especially confident in my tight, size 22 jeans. A broken futon, a plethora of blood pressure meds and the threat of Type II diabetes provided the kick in the pants I needed to get healthier. With the expertise and guidance of Elite’s Registered Dietitian, Rita Larsen, I’ve dropped over 90 pounds and take only one blood pressure medication.

Spin is my all-time favorite group exercise class; Elite’s excellent instructors keep it interesting and challenging. I’ve enjoyed the intensity of TRX training since October, 2010. It’s ridiculously hard (and I really suck at it), but I’m much stronger than I was a year ago. My “bingo arms” are gradually diminishing! Hooray! I like to zone out while logging mileage on the treadmill or in the pool, and I’ve discovered that yoga isn’t as boring as it looks.

Most of my workouts would not be possible without Elite’s playroom and friendly staff that has cared for my kids since they were infants. Two hours of free childcare* preserves my sanity and helps me meet my ongoing fitness goals. It’s often the only chunk of “me” time I can carve out of a day with two small, very active children, Matthew and Annaliese.

In August of 2011 Rebekah was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She has since adapted her lifestyle and is fitter than ever! Rebekah has been an Elite Sports Clubs member for 16 years!

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!

What gave you the “kick in the pants” you needed to get healthier? Tell us in the comments!

*Childcare is included in all Family memberships at Elite Sports Clubs.

Take Your Workout Into the Great Outdoors

By Jason Liegl, Elite Sports Club-Mequon Personal Trainer

As the weather gets warmer we all like doing more and more activities outdoors. The great thing is that we can get a really good workout in as well without the use of any special equipment.

If you are out for a run or walk, you can add in bodyweight exercises. Squats, lunges, push ups, pull-ups (or arm hangs), jumping jacks or burpees are easy to add. Every time you get to a corner or some other landmark, do your bodyweight exercise.

Park Bench Ab Workout

Another option is using the park. While your kids are playing, you can use the park benches for things like pushups, dips, step-ups, and planks. These will all help you get your exercise in (a great way to squeeze in more activity to reach the suggested guidelines!) Add in a jog from the play area to the bench you are using to incorporate cardio in your strength training.

So, save the gym for your more guided workouts, either with a trainer or in a group exercise class. With just a little creativity, you can get a great workout in while enjoying the great summer weather we wait for all winter! (And make sure you are staying properly hydrated in the heat & sun!)

We understand the value of outdoor workouts at Elite Sports Clubs! That’s why we offer many of our small group training programs outdoors too! Check out Outdoor Boot Camp at our Mequon location, or Train Like a Trainer out of our North Shore location. We also have great set-ups for outdoor yoga utilizing our pool & backyard decks, plus TRX, boot camp, functional, and obstacle course training using our outdoor green space at all of our clubs and specially built structures at our Mequon & West Brookfield clubs.

What is your favorite outdoor workout? How do you utilize park structures for bodyweight exercises? Tell us in the comments!