The CrossFit Company, founded by former gymnast Greg Glassman, has taken the fitness world by storm since its development in 2000. Glassman, who was a teen gymnast seeking to achieve better results in all areas of fitness not just one specialized ability, developed his high-intensity fitness routine of varied functional movement exercises to help people build muscle faster, and promote quicker recovery times, while becoming a part of a fitness community.Read More
By Meggan Barnett, Personal Trainer
The Village Health Club and Spas, DC Ranch
You’re spending several hours a week on the courts; practicing your footwork, improving your fitness and perfecting your swing. Yet, you’re stalled, maybe plateaued, and not seeing much progress. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s what you’re not doing.Read More
How Many Runners Practice Yoga Today?
According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study (conducted by the Yoga Journal, Yoga Alliance and Ipsos Public Affairs) there are 36.7 million people practicing yoga and 79% of those people also engage in running, cycling or weight lifting. Why? Yoga is just flat out good for you, it can increase flexibility, strength, athletic performance and decreases stress. Check out the report for more information regarding how Americans view yoga and what motivates them to practice this ancient technique.Read More
It's Trainer Tip Thursday! Gainey Village Personal Trainer Erik Pence says that when you're training muscle groups, it's best to start big, working multiple muscle groups, then work down to isolating specific muscles at the end of your workout to get the maximum effect.Read More
Earlier this month, members at Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa were introduced to MYZONE, a state-of-the-art new personal fitness wearable system to assist in the quest to achieve personal fitness goals. At the center of the MYZONE system is the MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt, a next-generation heart rate monitor used to provide members with instant, accurate effort feedback - from anywhere.Read More
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced lifter, perfecting the form that you use during any given exercise should be the primary focus, as opposed to how much weight you are lifting, pushing or pulling.Read More
Summer is here, and so is the sun. Cool off on your next workout and take a lap in the pool to see the benefits - check out these 8 reasons why swimming is good for your health.Read More
It's Trainer Tuesday! Gainey Village Trainer Christopher Morrin has been a personal trainer at the Gainey Village for 9 years teaching Kinesis and many specializing in complete body toning. Practicing what he preaches, Christopher has trained hard in the club to broaden his fitness lifestyle outside of the Village. In the last year, Christopher has competed in multiple triathlons, completed a Tough Mudder race, and most recently ran his first full marathon in January! See how he can help you reach your fitness goals on our YouTube channel:Read More
As cooler weather moves us inside, and the kitchen feels like the place to nurture our spirits, let’s step back and look at the
changes that can be diet dangers. Which do you need to address?
- Busier Schedule–Vacation time is over, activities resume and classes are often added to the normal week’s routine. The key to managing a busy schedule is planning and being organized. Make healthy eating and exercise a prioritized part of the routine. That starts with grocery shopping that brings into the house the foods for a healthy diet. You’ll eat the food that’s around and convenient. Think about your meals the day before. Planning meals ahead saves time and stress in the long run.
- Sports–Football food, whether it’s tailgating at the stadium or in front of the television adds to the day’s calories. Your indulgence in high calorie, traditional football fare does nothing to improve your team’s game. Some healthy alternatives to the “norm” are lean chicken, lunchmeat, sausage, jerky or cheese; veggies or fruit; soy nuts or low fat popcorn; CNC protein snacks or protein bars and tea or flavored water. Kid’s sports can interfere with regular family meals and schedules. Plan a healthy snack, or pack a balanced dinner for the kids and yourself. Use their practice time to work-out at a nearby gym, or to walk in the park.
- Heavier Meals–Cooler weather sometimes puts the grill to rest along with fresh salads and fruits. You can grill inside too. Cooked vegetables and recipes that combine vegetables with your protein such as stir fry, chili, and crock pot recipes warm the spirits. Homemade soups with broth and tomato bases, as well as healthier canned soups (check the labels) are great warm salad alternatives to get those vegetables.
- Colder and Darker–When you have to bring your exercise inside, you’re forced to change a routine that may have gotten boring to both you and your muscles. Variety in exercise is recommended. There are still opportunities to run, walk, bike, etc. outside on nice fall and winter days. Have an alternative for the nastier dark days either at home or at a gym or pool. Fight the winter “blahs” with exercise. If short days trigger some “seasonal affective” depression, recognize it. Stay active and involved with friends or consider light therapy. Just remember, eating more isn’t the remedy.
- Holidays Ahead–We start with a candy holiday! What used to be a lollipop or candy bar from house to house has evolved to handfuls for each trick-or-treater at the door. My grown daughters still remind me of their humiliation when their dietitian mother handed out a box of raisins. Lately I’ve received sincere appreciation for a granola bar alternative to the enormous amounts of candy the kids have in their sacks. MODERATION is a concept healthy kids have to learn. Allow them to choose a few favorites to space through the days and weeks ahead. Teach sharing by bringing the excess to CNC, and we will see that it’s distributed in small goodie-bags to needy kids on the Texas-Mexico border for a holiday treat.
Getting in physical condition for tennis should be done with intentional progression. There is no such thing as “hurry up tennis” or cramming for finals. At any level; however, becoming more physically fit will help your tennis. If you are active in either another sport or fit from attending group exercise classes, you can play tennis as much as your body tells you can. If you have not been active, start easy with cardio classes and build up to longer and more strenuous sessions. Any of our group exercise classes will be a good start. Our personal trainers will also be able to access your physical condition and help you plan a successful course of activity.Read More