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Father’s Day Gift for the Fit Hubby

  Thinking of the perfect gift can be difficult, especially for Father’s Day. We spend so much time digging through the internet and checking every store but usually come out with only a new tool or a gift card that he doesn’t actually need. If your hubby loves to workout, we have the ultimate gift. MyZone creates quality products that track your progress while you workout!

     The MZ-3 helps you achieve your goals with its features! Not only does it track your progress during workouts, it also sets goals for you. The MZ-3 has the following features:

  • Tracks physical activity
  • Works with your Apple watch or Android wear 
  • Lets you know your heart rate zone as soon as it is worn
  • Tracks your stats live so you can watch as you workout
  • Logs your workouts online
  • Connects to cardio machines
  • Sets monthly activity goals for you

      Don’t waste money this Father’s Day. The MZ-3 is only $75 rather than the normal $85 and he’ll be sure to appreciate it. If you’re feeling extra generous, you can opt to buy your man the MZ Switch! The MZ Switch is another MyZone product and has extra features. Some of the MZ Switch features include:

  • Switch between arm, wrist, or chest
  • Tracks physical activity
  • If you’re uncomfortable wearing a chest strap, you can still track your heart rate
  • Lets you know your heart rate zone as soon as it is worn
  • Built in memory
  • Tracks your stats live so you can watch as you workout
  • Logs your workouts online
  • Connects to cardio machines
  • Sets monthly activity goals for you

  These features make for an incredible workout tool. Not only can you check how long your workout has been, but you can also time your intervals, get updates on your heart rate, and so much more. Normally $129, The MZ Switch is being discounted at only $99! No more stressing about a Father’s Day gift. The MyZone products are affordable, effective, and sure to put a smile on his face. 

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How You Can Get Motivated for the Summer

Summer may seem far away when you’re bundled up and sunlight is minimal, but warmer weather is just around the corner! Spring is the time of the year when people often feel motivated and inspired to get a fresh start with their fitness journeys.

If you fell off track with your fitness this winter, don’t stress! Here are a few tips on how you can increase your motivation to get back to a healthier you leading into the summer:

  1. Establish a routine: The first club visit after the winter blues can be difficult. But, once you’re there, the familiar rush of endorphins and post-workout energy will all come flooding back to you. To set yourself up for success, set up a plan to establish a consistent routine. If you need some extra accountability or help developing a plan, our Energy FITFAM Mobile app equips you with a personalized Fit Plans to help you get started! Stay on track with a daily habit checklist and see your results come to life.
  2. Spring clean your fitness wardrobe: Never underestimate the power of feeling good while working out! Treat yourself to comfortable workout clothes and accessories that make you feel confident. Spring clean your closet and get rid of anything that makes you feel less than strong when you step into the club. Don’t have much in your fitness wardrobe? Build one with new workout clothes that will leave you feeling motivated in and outside the gym!
  3. Ask for help: We understand it can be intimidating to ask for help when it comes to fitness. However, the Energy team is equipped with the knowledge, resources, and answers you need to help guide you toward the help you’re seeking. Better yet, our team is available in-club and on-the-go with the Energy FITFAM App! Stay connected with your Elite Personal Trainer or Energy Community on the app with our class groups, workouts of the week and news feed to connect and find your motivation.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and nutrition but aren’t sure where to start, that’s where we come in. Step into summer feeling confident and motivated with a free five-day pass and experience the Energy!

Shape into Summer Promotion: Get out of hibernation and start getting your mind and body ready for warmer weather! Shape into Summer from April 20 through May 24 with a challenge made just for YOU. Check in to the club between these dates 20+ times to earn a $30 store credit. Plus, you’ll need to stay hydrated this summer, so we’re offering an exclusive Energy Fitness water bottle when you sign up! Stop by during your next visit for more details.

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Give your body love this Valentine’s Day with healthy choices

You may have thought the holidays and season of overindulgence were behind you, but grocery store aisles are lined with sugary sweets and other temptations for Valentine’s Day, testing even those most committed to their health. No matter if you have a Valentine, show yourself and your body some love this Valentine’s Day!

Stay on track and make healthy choices that will keep you feeling good and looking great, for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Dine-In: Instead of dining out at a restaurant that may not serve healthy options, opt to dine-in with your own healthy options that will help you avoid overindulging. Need some recipe inspiration? Our Energy Elite 1-on-1 Personal Trainers are ready to help guide you to proper nutrition for a healthier lifestyle beyond only Valentine’s Day!

Happiness Boost: Feeling alone this Valentine’s Day? Instead of indulging in ice cream and romance movies, do something for yourself that will make you feel good! One way to keep your spoon out of the pint, join Energy for a flowing yoga class to bring yourself serenity and inner peace. You may also want to try going for a walk outside or treating yourself to a full-body massage!

Choose heart-pumping activities: Conversation Hearts shouldn’t be the only way to your heart this Valentine’s Day! Get your own heart pumping daily with at least 30 minutes of physical activity to increase your heart rate and get a good sweat. Invite your “Galentine” or your even your date to try one of our 45-minutes Energy Strong Team Training Classes for a fun and effective workout that gets the job done and leaves you feeling ready to take on the rest of your weekend.

Don’t deprive yourself of treats: One of the main reasons people give up their commitments and routines is because they become burnt-out. To avoid burn-out this Valentine’s Day, allow yourself small indulgences or a day off. If you treat yourself and your body to what it craves, choose something that is worth it to you, like a chocolate protein shake from Energy or piece of dark chocolate, and get back to your regularly scheduled routine afterward.

Skip the impulse buys: We know it can be challenging to look the other way when the aisles of stores are lined with chocolates and brightly colored desserts. Snacking on a piece of chocolate here or there may not seem like a big deal, but it’s easy to lose track of the small treats that add up to big variances from your health. If you have a craving while at the store, try purchasing almond butter, fruit or Greek yogurt to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Ready to jump-start your heart and health this Valentine’s Day? Stay strong and healthy with Energy by getting your very own FREE 5-day trial pass!

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Strengthening Your Body with Core Exercises

You’ve heard of “core exercises,” but do you know what they are and why they are so important to your fitness routine?

Core exercises focus on exactly what the name implies, the core of your body! This includes the muscles surrounding and stabilizing your spine and hips, including your lower back, pelvis and abdomen.

Every movement you make is powered by this area of your body.

Together, these muscles give you strength and balance. To ultimately strengthen these muscles, your body should focus more on body weight, and less on props such as abdominal machines, benches and balls.

Core exercises are important because strong core muscles help you both inside and outside of the club. During exercise, your core muscles can help prevent injury and maximize the effectiveness of workouts. In your everyday life, a strengthened core helps prevent pain caused by daily activity or strenuous movement such as manual labor. When you incorporate these exercises into your fitness, you create a foundation for increased strength and endurance throughout your entire body.

During Energy’s 45-minute STRONG Team Training Classes, we focus on isolating and activating your core muscles with a combination of heart-pumping cardio and HIIT strength exercises to keep both your mind and body engaged. Many types of core-strengthening equipment used in an Energy STRONG Classes are a spin bike, air dyne bike, ski erg, rower, and, of course, body- and free-weights.

These 45-minute STRONG Team Training workouts are the perfect hybrid between HIIT and weight training to improve your core and overall health.

If you’re getting tired of your own core exercises, spruce up your fitness routine by signing up for an Energy STRONG Team Training class and see what the buzz is all about!

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5 Ways to Re-focus on your Health this New Year

Feeling sluggish instead of recharged after the Holidays? Instead of dwelling over the Holiday overindulging, use how you’re feeling as motivation to get back on track for the New Year!

Here are a few tips to help you feel motivated and recharged, and get a strong start to a brand new year, and each day beyond:

  1. Move forward. The worst thing you can do for your mental health is beat yourself up for overindulging over the holidays. Instead of feeling sluggish and guilty, use these negative thoughts as motivation to push harder and move forward toward your fitness goals. One way to boost yourself up is to create and incorporate motivating mantras into your everyday routine. YOU GOT THIS!
  2. Dump the junk: If you’ve been snacking on empty calories and sweet treats throughout the holiday season, your body is probably beginning to crave them as this has become a frequent part of your week. If you’re serious about sticking to your goals this year, do a quick sweep of your fridge and pantry to get rid of any foods that aren’t fueling your body or may tempt you to backslide to unhealthy choices.
  3. Sign up for team training: If you need some motivating energy, our STRONG Team Training has you covered! These 45-minute sweat breaking, heart pumping and fun STRONG Team Training classes will keep you inspired to making fitness a priority all year long. Sign-up for a class today!
  4. Hold yourself accountable: Science has proven that accountability motivates humans. If you think you might let yourself down, tell the world you’re on a fitness journey! Stay on track with our Energy FitFam app and create your own Fit Plan. The FitFam app is complete with workouts from our Elite trainers, and opportunities for you to connect with the Energy community to share your workouts and experiences. Talk about a Fit Family!
  5. Partner up with a personal trainer: You don’t have to travel on your fitness and nutrition journey alone. If you’re unsure of where to start, our Energy Elite personal trainers are ready to help you! All it takes to move forward is a conversation about where you are now and where you’d like to be in the future. A trainer will build a custom plan that fits your lifestyle and will be right there every step of the way. They can even help you create an accountable Fit Plan!

Ready to get inspired? Stop by one of our four locations to kick off the new year in good health. Claim your free five-day pass to get started today!

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Welcome 2020 with fitness-focused goals

The New Year is the time of the year when gyms across the country fill up with people who have promised to make health a priority. Many of those people start out strong, but slowly return back to their old habits.

So, what is the key to following through with your New Year’s fitness resolutions and getting in the best shape of your life?

Setting smaller, attainable goals that you can measure will make it easy to keep coming back to the club each day throughout the year. Here are a few fitness-focused tips to help you focus on health this year:

Break a sweat at least once a day: Even if you’re not feeling entirely motivated, staying in a consistent habit of getting at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping exercise each day will leave you looking forward to your workout the next day. If you can’t make it into the club, choose an activity that raises your heart rate like going for a walk or finishing an Energy Workout of the Week on the Energy FitFam app!

Have you ever heard anyone say they felt worse after a workout? We didn’t think so.

Have Fun: Working out is much more inspiring and motivating when you’re part of a community that supports you and keeps you motivated. Stay motivated and have fun with exercise by bringing a friend to an Energy STRONG Team Training class or group fitness class. If you’re friend isn’t a member, have them grab a free 5-day Trial Pass!

Rest when you need it: It may seem counterintuitive to getting in shape but resting between workouts is one of the most important components to developing a solid fitness routine that lasts. Incorporate rest days into your routine to allow your muscles time to repair so you’re recharged the next time you hit the club. Don’t forget to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of quality sleep daily to keep your energy levels strong.

 We would love the opportunity to help you crush your goals this year. This New Year, join Energy Fitness and receive $100 off your new membership!

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Staying Motivated in the Gym During the Winter Months

We know it can be challenging to keep your gym routine strong in the winter. It’s cold outside, there is less daylight, and there’s a lot on your to-do list outside the gym.

Instead of letting your fitness fall to the wayside, winter is the perfect time to kick it up a notch and pave the way for an upcoming year of strong health. Here’s how Energy recommends staying motivated for the gym during the winter months:

Hold yourself accountable: A little bit of extra accountability can go a long way. Our Energy Elite Trainers are here to help you create a personalized fit plan so you can accomplish your goals and stay on track. When you need some extra motivation, our Elite team is ready to help you take action. Create a fit plan on our app with your 1-1 trainer to stay on track in and outside of our clubs!

Meet our one-on-one training team.

Partner up with a gym buddy: It’s not only more fun to work out with a gym buddy, but setting an actual time and date to meet someone at the gym is a great way to stay excited and accountable to your fitness goals. Find a buddy that has similar goals as you and help each other stay on track. Get a workout sesh in together or sign up for one of Energy’s array of group training classes.

Join group training: Even if you’re short on time, you can still squeeze in an effective workout. Our Energy Strong 45-minute group trainings are designed to be fast, effective and, most importantly, fun. Join an upcoming STRONG class today!

Connect with the Energy community: If you’re feeling a little unmotivated, our community is here to help! Connect with your Energy FitFam through our app and create your own FIT PLAN to hold yourself accountable. Set reminders and check off your daily accomplishments as you go! The app is available for iOS devices with intro features to Android and more to come.

Tap into peak energy hours: Choose a daily workout time that works with your schedule, specifically at a time that you typically have your highest energy levels. Our clubs are conveniently open to members seven days a week, with hours that fit your lifestyle. Check out our club hours for your next workout!

Set and keep a gym routine: It’s a proven fact that setting and maintaining a routine ingrains good habits into your brain. The more you stick to a routine, the easier it is to keep at it. Set up your Fit Plan on the FitFam app to incorporate a daily workout so you’re sure to get moving, even on the days it’s a little bit harder to make it in.

Make Energy your partner in health and fitness all year long. If you need some extra accountability, we’d love to talk to you about strategies that will work for your life and specific goals. Take advantage of our free, five-day trial to get started today!

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Keep Your Immune System Strong This Winter

The most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived! Unfortunately, cheer and merriment aren’t the only things being spread around this time of year. Wintertime comes with extra germs and chances to catch a cold or the flu if you’re not prepared.

While the gym can expose you to additional germs, don’t let that disrupt your routine this flu season. Together, we can minimize the germs that make it into the gym and keep our Energy FitFam happy and healthy. Here are a few quick tips to stay healthy all season long:

Keep your gym routine strong: Did you know that staying physically fit keeps your body operating at its peak health and gives your immune system a boost? When you’re consistent in your gym routine, your body will have an easier time fighting off illness if you are exposed to germs. If you’re feeling sluggish, try simply walking on the treadmill or signing up for a flowing yoga class.

Keep your hands clean: Start and end your workouts by sanitizing your hands to make sure you’re not bringing germs into the club or into your home. There are hand sanitizer stations around each club to make this easy for you to stay germ free. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands regularly!

Stay on top of your nutrition: While you’re filling up your plate at holiday celebrations, add a couple of extra servings of fruits and veggies. Your body will appreciate the extra vitamins and antioxidants, and it will thank you with health and energy. In a rush? You can also order a nutrient-rich smoothie from Energy’s juice bar!

Disinfect cell phones: Many people don’t realize the large number of germs carried on our phones as we touch them with our hands then to our faces throughout the day. Germs are easily transferred from phones to machines and other surfaces, so be sure to wipe yours down after your workout.

Rest if you need to: We’re all about staying consistent, but that consistency shouldn’t come at the risk of exposing others to a contagious illness. The best way to let your body recover is to rest, so give yourself permission to take a day or two off when needed. Just make sure to pick it back up as soon as you’re healthy!

Wipe off machines: Before you set your belongings down on a machine or touch one, make sure it’s clean. Be a courteous Energy member and wipe down machines before and after you use them each time. There are plenty of disinfecting wipes throughout each club to keep you and our equipment clean.

Stay hydrated: We can’t stress this one enough! While you should be drinking at least a half-gallon of water daily, it’s especially important during cold and flu season. Water not only helps keep your immune system elevated, it helps flush out any toxins if you do catch a bug. Keep a water bottle with you at all times to make water consumption easy.

The best way to stay healthy all year long is to stay on top of your fitness and your health. Our team is readily available to talk with you about your fitness goals for the upcoming year. Keep these tips in mind for a healthier winter season!

Like these tips and want to learn more about Energy Fitness and how to become a part of our FitFam? Give us a try, completely free, for five days.

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Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes That Won’t Break Your Fitness Goals

Stuffing, pie, turkey…oh my! Thanksgiving is the one time of the year when wearing sweatpants for extra belly room is a necessity. While spending time with loved ones and indulging in an extra slice of pie is a pleasure, it can be easy to over-indulge and set your fitness goals backward. This Thanksgiving, however, we’ve made it easier for you to stay on track with these healthy and delicious Thanksgiving alternatives that will leave you feeling full, nourished and healthy.

While the protein-packed turkey is the heart of the meal, many friends and family members arrive early to the occasion for pre-feast appetizers. Satisfy your guests with this healthy avocado dip perfect for dipping with multi-seed crackers or fresh vegetables.

APPETIZER

Avocado & Herb Hummus

Ingredients:

  • ½ large ripe avocado
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas – rinsed and drained
  • ⅓ cup tahini, well mixe
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove – finely grated
  • ¾ teaspoon (or more) kosher salt
  • 10 cranks freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Process avocado, chickpeas, tahini, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and 1 cup cilantro in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. With the motor running, stream in 2 Tbsp. oil, then continue to process until hummus is very light and creamy, about 1 minute longer. Taste and season with salt, if needed.
  2. Transfer hummus to a shallow bowl. Top with pepitas and cilantro and drizzle with more oil.
  3. Serve with warm, whole-wheat pita bread triangles or multi-grain/seed crackers.

 

 

Side dishes usually mean reaching for seconds. With this lightened up green bean casserole, you’ll feel confident you’re reaching for a nutritious side dish without the added heaviness.

SIDE DISH

Healthier Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1/2cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2tablespoons chopped fresh parsley — plus additional for garnish
  • 4tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil — divided
  • 2 1/2pounds green beans — trimmed
  • 1medium onion — very thinly sliced
  • 8ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms — sliced (do not use plain white mushrooms, as they do not have much flavor)
  • 3tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2cups 2% milk
  • 1teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 7ounces 2% Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Position a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat to broil. Lightly coat a
    2-quart, broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the Panko, Parmesan, parsley, and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
    Set aside.
  3. Blanch the green beans: Bring a very large pot of water to a boil. Prepare an ice water bath and set out a large, clean kitchen towel. Place the beans in the water and cook just until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking, then drain and transfer to the towel. Lightly pat dry.
  4. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, wide saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and golden and the mushrooms brown and have given up their liquid, about 15 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle the flour over the top. Cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes more, until all of the flour turns golden and no white bits remain.
  5. Slowly add the milk a few splashes at a time, stirring between each addition to prevent lumps from forming. Increase the heat to medium high. Stir in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook and stir, allowing the sauce to bubble, running a wooden spoon or spatula along the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce reduces and thickens to resemble a creamy gravy, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Greek yogurt.
  6. Transfer half the green beans to the prepared baking dish. Spread half the sauce over the green beans. Add the remaining green beans and top with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top.
  7. Broil, watching closely, until the casserole is bubbling and beginning to brown on top, 1 to 3 minutes, depending on your broiler. Let stand for 10 minutes prior to serving. Garnish with additional fresh parsley.

 

 

From pies to cakes, Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to save extra room for dessert. With these keto friendly chocolate chip cranberry cookies, reaching for a third won’t break your belt or the scale!

DESSERT

Keto Friendly Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2cups blanched almond flour
  • 3tbsp coconut flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/4cup coconut oil– melted
  • 1/4cup maple syrup
  • 3tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine coconut oil and syrup and heat until warm. Whisk together until combined.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined. If the batter is crumbly, add extra applesauce (or a small amount of milk). Fold through your cranberries and chocolate chips.
  5. Using your hands, form 12 small balls of dough and place on the cookie sheet. Press into a cookie shape and top with extra cranberries and chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until just golden brown.
  7. Allow cookies to cool before serving.
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Holiday Gift Guide for Your Fitness Friends and Family

Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? It’s time to start thinking about everyone on your gift list, and that includes your FitFam. Here are a few ideas to delight the fitness lovers in your life. Don’t forget to treat yourself, too!

Water bottles: One of the most important accessories for every workout is a water bottle, and carrying a refillable bottle everywhere ensures adequate H20 intake both inside the gym and out. Pick out a sturdy bottle in your gift recipient’s favorite color so they think of you every time they hydrate.

Gym Apparel: Looking good in your workout gear is extra motivation to get to the gym. It’s easy to represent the Energy FitFam and look incredible while working up a sweat with merchandise from the Energy shop. We keep our online shop stocked with shirts, hats and totes that will make the gift recipient look as great as they feel after a workout. We’re adding new items all the time, so check back often.

Yoga Mat: A new yoga mat holds a special place in the hearts of true yogis, and it will make them feel extra cared for every time they hit the mat. Play detective by finding out what their favorite yoga brand is before shopping, and you’ll delight them every session.

Gym Towels: When you’re seriously committed to the gym life, you know that having a towel on hand can make or break your workout. Choose a few high-quality, ultra-absorbent towels to gift your gym buddy.

Gym Membership: Give the gift of long-term health by surprising your loved one with an annual gym membership. They will have no excuse not to conquer their goals when all they have to do is show up to their local Energy club.

Personal Training Session: Kick off your friend’s or family member’s health journey with a personal Elite Energy Training session or package tailored to their specific health and nutrition goals. Stop in to your club location to meet our team and tell us about the lifestyle of the person you’re shopping for, and our team of Elite training professionals can help you choose a package to meet their specific fitness needs.

If you’re shopping for someone who is already a member of the Energy FitFam but aren’t sure what to gift them, come by the membership desk the next time you’re in for ideas. Our gift to YOU is a free five-day all-access membership. Click here to claim yours today!