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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. 

Fitness and CovidCategoriesEnergy Blog

Taking the First Step Back into Fitness after COVID

COVID has made this past year very difficult especially when it comes to our physical and mental health. Many of us have created different routines and have sought out more creative ways to keep our bodies moving. Others haven’t moved their body very much at all since last being at the gym. Whether you stayed active or not during COVID, the gym can sound very intimidating or even feel like it’s your first time stepping into one all over again! Don’t worry, we have the MAP ( motivation, accountability & plan ) to ensure you feel more confident in the gym than ever before.

       So, you’ve been home for the past few months and don’t know where to start? The key to getting back into fitness is to take things slow. Your body may not be used to working out the way that you used to and coming back to the gym can feel like a lot at once. Taking things step by step is ideal to finally get into the gym and make it long-lasting. Everyone’s steps can look different but here are a few simple steps to get started:

Reach out to your local gym and reactivate that membership! (this is the hardest part!) 

Speak with your personal fitness & lifestyle coach to put together the perfect “back to the gym” fitness plan.

Meet with your personal trainer at least once a month (or more if you can!) 

Listen to your body, take breaks as needed!  Going too hard too fast can lead to injury, and we don’t want that!

     Calling your gym is the first step and can often be the most difficult part. It is important that you remember why you’re calling! The gym staff often knows how to help you stay motivated and guide you through the process of rejoining the gym. Let your gym know that you’d like to meet with a personal trainer who can help you create a fitness plan. Your trainer will know how to ease you back into your workouts and will give you a plan. Once you’re past these steps, it is important to listen to your body. Giving yourself breaks when you need to is essential to getting back into your gym routine. 

      Being away from the gym for a long time can be hard but it can feel even harder to come back. When health and fitness are a priority, it is important that you take the necessary steps to create a healthy lifestyle. Fitness is the best medicine for your mental health and after COVID, many of us need that extra boost. Energy Fitness supports you taking care of yourself and pushing yourself to be your best. Call your gym today and get started!

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Perspective

PERSPECTIVE

How changing your perspective can reduce stress & introduce levity to your life.

by Tania Scaduto

We are all familiar with the anecdotal “Is the glass half empty or half full?”, but the there is no objectively correct answer. So why bother asking? The reality is that our perception of a situation (especially a negative one) often shapes the way we perceive subsequent situations, manifesting in our psyche as a stain on the lens through which we interpret the world around us. That interpretation either contributes to our stress level, which can compound over time, or avoid and even alleviate stress. So what can be done to control our perspective? Start with an open mind & your environment.

Your enviornment & you.

Your environment plays a tremendous role on your perception. Think about your favorite vacation or the best restaurant you’ve ever been to. Chances are the bed you slept on on vacation or the 40 ounce ribeye you ate was only a fraction of what made your experience so great. The view from your room, the temperature outside, or the attentiveness of the waitstaff and ambient lighting & background music contributed to your favorable recollection of the experience.


While consciously we may not be aware of the impact our environment has on perception, neuroscientists have shown that 95% of the information we process is done so subconsciously. If this is the case, why don’t we spend more time crafting an environment that favors reduced stress levels and promotes positivity and calm? When we feel positive and relaxed internally, the lens through which we perceive the world around us becomes clearer, and emotional triggers that might otherwise spiral us to a “glass half empty” mentality are reduced. Here are few simple tips to help change your environment to a zone of low-stress and high positive emotional response.

Setting the stage.

REDUCE CLUTTER. 

A disorganized or cluttered space can often add unnecessary stress to our thought process, especially when trying to focus or execute a cerebral task. Check out “The Heaviness of Clutter” from the New York Times discusses the adverse impact of clutter on our health and decision making skills. 


ACCESS NATURAL LIGHT

According to the Harvard Business Review, natural light is the #1 desired office perk desired by employees.  Studies show that just 10-30 minutes of natural light can reduce depression, headaches, eyestrain and drowsiness. 73% of people polled said they benefit from a walk outside or natural light after continuous time looking at a monitor or screen. Try and set up your workspace near a window or even take a short a walk at lunchtime to allow those Vitamin D rays to soak in! 


BE PROACTIVELY POSITIVE

If you naturally have a glass-half-empty mentality, this next tip might evade you at first. The good news is there’s absolutely no downside to trying it! Priming your mind for a good day helps set the tone for exactly that.  First, define what a good day looks like to you. “I will find joy today!” “I will stay relaxed today.” “I am creative.” “I am a good friend.” Whatever your positive affirmation, write it down and keep it somewhere visible. 


No different than coming across a reminder from a bad breakup  can inadvertently sour the rest of your day, “bumping” into positive messages around your home and workspace can have the opposite effect, often leading you to find evidence of the positive response you seek. “What you see often depends on what you’re looking for.” 



CategoriesEnergy Blog

Desk Culture: Preventing Hip, Back and Shoulder Pain While at Work

Taking Back your Back

Whether you’re working from home or adding a commute to your office, you may be one of the many people suffering from the adverse effects of desk culture. Tight shoulders, neck pain, lower back and hip soreness are all common symptoms of poor posture and excessive time spent seated improperly. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic the average adult spends 6.5 hours a day sitting. These effects can be counteracted by intermittent breaks incorporating stretching, walking or even standing. For people who average 8 hours or more of sitting with no counteraction, the risks posed can be comparable to smoking and obesity. Hard to just sit on those stats, no? Back pain is one of the most preventable ailments, however it’s currently ranked 6th in the most most costly conditions in the United States and one of the leading reasons for days work days missed among Americans. In this issue we’ll review a few tips to improve your poster while seated and how to capitalize on your breaks to help increase bloodflow to underutilized muscles and relax and lengthen tight ones.

7th Inning Stretch

Even professional athletes wouldn’t play their sport for 6-8 hours straight, every day with no breaks. Deliberately scheduled periods of adequate recovery are one of the most critical components to endurance and sustainable, long term results. Even dedicating an entire day to active recovery will reveal measurable improvements in physical performance, mental sharpness and more restful sleep. Approaching desk culture in this same light will help improve susceptibility to the avoidable aches and pains that’s stem from remaining seated for extended periods of time.

Relaxing Your Hip Flexors

Relaxing Your Hip Flexors Relaxing Your Hip Flexors

Flex & Flow

Making the time to stretch around your work schedule.

To incorporate a new habit into your routine, the best time to start is first thing in the morning, before the work day can sweep you away with impending deadlines and unexpected curveballs. Set a realistic and maintainable personal goal that dedicates the specific time and space you will use to complete your stretches. Maybe it’s before you check your phone or while your coffee brews. Remember: Prevention is more cost-effective than treatment and often more effective, too. Lunch breaks are also great opportunities to take 5 minutes to stretch prior to eating your meal. Even bathroom breaks can serve as an opportunity to pick one exercise to incorporate before settling back into your chair. For added accountability, using your FitPlan on the Energy FitFam app is a great way to set reminders and receive positive nudges from your FitFam community. If you haven’t set up your FitPlan yet, be sure to schedule a quick Energizer with your Energy Concierge to set it up. Finally, for those who want a little more emphasis on alleviating sore muscle and improving overall flexibility, be sure to try our FLEX and FLOW classes given daily and open to all. Group and private sessions are available. We want to hear from you! Questions? Comments? Which topics would you like to see featured on our newsletters? Email us at: tania@energyfitfam.com
CategoriesEnergy Blog

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.

CategoriesEnergy Blog

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!

CategoriesEnergy Blog

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!

CategoriesEnergy Blog

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!

CategoriesEnergy Blog

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!