By Jason Liegl, Elite Sports Club-Mequon Fitness Specialist
We have all had those days when we are running slightly behind and when we get into the gym we skip over our warm-up to save time. However, this is a BIG mistake. Incorporating a good warm up will help you get a better workout and can actually become a part of your workout. Continue reading Why Warm Up? Benefits of a Proper Warm-up
Many of us tend to forget the importance of regularly warming up before our workouts. Now, that warm up may vary from person to person, or workout to workout, but the point being, it should always be the first step you take before you even think of jumping into those Tabata sprints or that heavy lifting session. In this post, we’d even like to encourage you to limber up before you head out on your Black Friday or Small Business Saturday shopping sprees. Continue reading Workout Wednesday: Don’t Forget to Limber-up!
By Annie Farley, Elite Sports Club-Mequon Group Exercise Director & Trainer
Ladies… put down those teeny dumbbells you found stacked in the corner at the gym and confidently march over to the heavier weights. Do not fear those iron barbells and dumbbells – I promise they will not bite! Do not shy away from the squat rack – it’s not nearly as intimidating as it looks. Do not fear the sweaty, muscle-bound dudes that strut around you – they may look tough, but they’re not going to judge you. In fact, they’re more likely to admire you for ditching the elliptical machines to join them on the other side of the room! Continue reading WHY DO WE FEAR THE GYM?
We all know it’s a little crazy when we start seeing Christmas decorations popping up in stores immediately after Halloween. (If not before!) But maybe they have a point? Maybe we should start getting (our bodies) ready for the holidays a little earlier, rather than doing damage control afterwards. Continue reading Workout Wednesday: Start Prepping for the Holidays Now!
Five years ago Kay, Elite Sports Clubs owner, challenged her staff to share their passions with the members, the point being to connect with more members and go beyond being seen as just a fitness center, but also become a destination for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Bikes & Brews founder, Paul Alexander says he is “passionate about health and fitness, but I also love good food and great craft beer. Little old Milwaukee, Wisconsin has some great dining options, but the city and the state is truly becoming a mecca for craft beer. Before I went to college, I cooked for a living. I thought to myself; whip up some grub, pair it with locally brewed craft beer and share! ‘Bikes and Brews’ was born!”
In the years since, Elite has hosted many variations of Bikes & Brews. Paul started with your traditional indoor cycle class with craft beer tasting to follow, but then ventured outdoors to the Elite Sports Club-North Shore deck, and even biked the streets of Milwaukee on the now well-known Pedal Tavern!
Next week “Bikes & Brews” is switching up the location, and hosting the event at Elite’s West Brookfield location. Paul and co-host Melissa Mueller say that they are “excited for a change of atmosphere, and hopefully will see some new faces. We are also excited to welcome back craft beer samplings from Big Bay Brewery!”
Paul explained that “from past visits we have learned that Chris Piotrowski, one of the founders of Big Bay, has a wonderful story on how he named his beer company. He contacted a local historical society to find out if there was ever a brewery in Shorewood or Whitefish Bay in the past. Surprisingly, there never was a brewery in the North Shore. That’s not to say there wasn’t beer in North Shore.”
“Pabst Beer had a beer garden at Big Bay Park in Whitefish Bay and people took the trolley up Lake Shore Drive on the weekends. Chris’s beers utilize a unique hop to flavor the beers so they have a very distinct taste. One of my personal favorites is “Long Weekend,” a slightly hoppy and very balanced India Pale Ale. (It pairs very well with my honey jalapeno chicken wings!)”
Beer tasting at a health club? What does that have to do with health? At Elite, we believe a big part of health is balance, “Bikes & Brews” is a perfect example of this balance. Our members come to the club after a hard week of work, break a good sweat during a special cycling class, and then relax while learning about Milwaukee’s long history of being America’s brew city. We are supporting local small businesses, which is healthy for our local economy, and balancing our hectic, fast-paced lives with a little R & R.