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.
By Tom “Yogaman” Feest, Elite Sports Clubs Exhale Studios Director
In our fast-paced and demanding world, the ability to manage our health is becoming increasingly harder. Balance your lifestyle, as well as manage your mind and body. Become happier, healthier, and more effective in your everyday life–How? Yoga!
Improve your mood, focus and overall energy levels
Ease aches, stiffness and back pains
Start developing overall well-being and better health now!
Yoga is a gift, a pathway to better health, a pathway that has changed many lives, including my own. (Tell us how yoga has changed your life! Share your story!) Yoga can enhance every aspect of your inner life; yoga can help you generate strength, grace, as well as healing in your body, in your mind and in your heart. As we make ourselves feel better, our body gets stronger, more flexible and healthier. At the end of class you may have feelings of joy, a sense of peace, rejuvenation and a feeling of compassion during meditation, as we turn our attention inwards.
Some come to yoga seeking refuge, others needing a challenge. I ask only that you come to class with no expectations, no judgment and above all no competition. We don’t come to yoga to compete because being competitive is actually counter–productive, we come to yoga to find peace with our inner connection. A mindful yoga practice will bring results and as you increase your yoga practice over the weeks and months you will notice those results.
There are many variations of yoga such as; Beginners, Restorative, Vinyasa, Power Flow and many other styles at all of Elite Sports Clubs’ Exhale Studios. Styles and intensity will vary depending on the type and the demographics of the class. There is a style for you, just attend a class and soon you will find a connection between you, the instructor and your fellow yogis in the class.
Find a yoga instructor that regularly attends conferences and additional seminars staying current with the ever changing world of yoga. As a result, they will be able to make correct anatomy adjustments, and safe modifications, while being up to date with new yoga poses and movements.
Feest, who has been a yoga instructor at Elite for five years, will now manage all of the clubs Mind/Body programs and provide business and educational support to the clubs 45 yoga instructors. Over the past few years, Feest has been instrumental in helping Elite Sports Clubs grow its Exhale Yoga Studios, a “club within a club” approach focused on providing a relaxing studio atmosphere and wide variety of yoga classes and workshops directed by certified instructors.
“Yoga was something I did when I needed to release stress, tension, and anxiety from personal and work life issues and it became a passion,” said Feest. “The sense of peace and rejuvenation as well as physical benefits that yoga provides is a gift that I want to share with everyone who attends classes here.”
Feest is also well-known for establishing his popular yoga classes at Bradford Beach during summer and fall which now draw close to one hundred participants.
“Tom is one of the most dedicated yoga practitioners I’ve ever met and we are fortunate that he will bring his great skill level and love for yoga to all of our Elite clubs.” said Kay Yuspeh, owner of Elite Sports Clubs.
It’s amazing how quickly summer comes and goes. Before you know it, the air is crisp, the leaves are turning and the sweaters are coming out of the back of the closet. Just because cold-weather clothing provides a little more coverage, doesn’t mean we have to let that summer body go. With “back to school” time comes a little more routine and therefore the capability for a consistent workout strategy to help you maintain that physique you worked so hard for this summer.
Try some of the tips below to get started in creating your own Back to School Fitness Routine.
Just like you plan out the kids’ schedules on the family calendar, build in some workout time for yourself as well. Remember, just 30 minutes a day can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Things can get hectic and you may not be able to get away on your own to the gym. Don’t forget to take advantage of your health club’s child services or playroom. If unavailable, try playing basketball with the kids or taking advantage of the pool. We often forget that play is not just fun, but also a good workout.
If you think of working out as something as necessary as brushing your teeth, you won’t feel inclined to pass it up if you get busy. It will just become a part of your daily routine.
Be flexible and get creative. Sometimes the unexpected will interfere with your plans, that’s inevitable. Don’t beat yourself up over it though. Take a deep breath, and re-adjust. See if your group exercise class is offered at a different time or club location, or even do squats and lunges while you make dinner.
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:
About a year ago, I had a bit of a wake up call. For a time prior, I was under a lot of stress and, in turn, gained a bit of weight. I knew I something needed to change.
My family joined Elite many years ago and I had always been around the club. I was a multi-sport athlete in high school, so I was no stranger to training and conditioning. Like most people, motivation was the most difficult part of change. Training for sports is much different, and in my opinion less difficult, than training for “pleasure.” When training for sports, coaches and other players are there to guide and motivate you through the process. When training by yourself, you have to push yourself.
Luckily, my mom has been going to Body Pump class at West Brookfield for years. I began going to Body Pump three mornings a week and developed relationships with the other members in the class. Having someone to workout with made the process so much easier. They were always so positive and complimented me as my weight loss became apparent.
After months of Body Pump class, cardio training, weight training, and watching what I ate, I lost 60 pounds. Everyone, including me, was so proud. My Body Pump family and support from family and friends were instrumental in my weight loss journey. Thank you, Elite, for helping me attain my goal!
Congratulations Emily for meeting your goal! Body Pump is a great class, and we are happy that along with support from others, it could help you lose weight.
For those of you out there still trying to lose the weight, have you considered incorporating regular exercise classes in your routine? Clearly it’s not just about exercise, it’s also very much about support and finding those who will help you push yourself.
What’s your favorite group exercise class? What about it makes the class “awesome”?