Which Exercise Classes are Right for You?

Looking for the right group exercise classes is a little bit like shopping. If you don’t have a specific item in mind, wandering the aisles of a store can be overwhelming. Similarly, reading the descriptions on a group exercise schedule can quickly become a confusing mix of adjectives and exclamation points, making it hard to choose the best option for you if you don’t have a specific exercise goal you’re trying to achieve.

As any experienced shopper will tell you, the way to have the most success is to have a clear idea of what you want before you walk in the door. When presented with a myriad of exercise options, it’s easy to make an “impulse buy.” If you make too many decisions that don’t fit your needs or goals, you might lose your motivation altogether!

So, how can you be more efficient with your time at your health club and foster your excitement about the potential exercise has for you? Continue reading Which Exercise Classes are Right for You?

How to Train Like a Pro Soccer Player

When’s the last time you saw a professional soccer player and thought “Wow that person is out of shape,” or “Wow that person is just unathletic”? Probably never, because unlike being a lineman in football or being 7’2’’ in basketball, you have to be lean, athletic, and in shape in order to excel at soccer.

Soccer players train in a very specific way to get their bodies ready to play, and it shows in their physique. I’m not saying that training like a soccer player will make you look like Cristiano Ronaldo, but it will definitely help get you in the best shape of your life. Through interval training and high volume lower body lifting with core work, training like a soccer player will help you lose body fat while building up strong leg and core muscles. Continue reading How to Train Like a Pro Soccer Player

Why Women Should Strength Train

By Melanie Mauer, Fitness Specialist & Personal Trainer, Elite Sports Clubs – West Brookfield

In some cases, the moment that we make mention of strength training to female clients can be a tense one—one that tends to be full of excuses. “I don’t want to bulk up.” “Ha! I’m not a body builder.” “But cardio burns more calories.” The truth is, strength training is one of the best things you can add to your exercise regimen 3-4 times a week—not only for a strong, lean-looking physique, but also for body-fat loss and overall long term health. Continue reading Why Women Should Strength Train

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

What is CrossFit and Is It Right For You?

By Annie Farley, MS CPT, Group Exercise Director at Elite Sports Club-Mequon

Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few years…you’ve probably heard of the biggest fitness craze in recent times, CrossFit. Continue reading What is CrossFit and Is It Right For You?