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Apr
19

Trainer Dane Robinson – Success with GRAVITY

Spending Time with Dane Robinson.  Pro Coach, GRAVITY Master Trainer and Fitness Guru

Dane Robinson - GRAVITY Master Trainer

Dane Robinson

One of the best perks of my job is getting to meet and hang out with the most influential (and truly inspiring) leaders in the Fitness Industry.  Such is the case of Dane Robinson.

Dane has been there, done that and then some. He is open, honest and passionate about his work and has a long list of accomplishments that he is way too modest to talk about. I did my research; he morphed from a college football star to Pro defensive lineman on both the AFL and IFL.   He was the 2014 Coach of the Year and is the Head Coach for the Atlanta Steam, the professional female football team.  And yes, it’s full-on contact!

Like all of the best, he started from the ground up (yes, this seems to be the common thread).  Front desk, cleaning equipment and working on the gym floor – those jobs where we work the hardest, earn the least but learn the most.

Here are some of the key points we discussed.

In your opinion, what does the future hold for the fitness industry?

Dane: “Man, our industry is BOOMING! And it shows no sign of stopping.  From the insertion of the boutique studio to the dominance of wearable fitness tracking technology, people are taking their health seriously.  I think we are at a crossroads, where the more high-end, high-touch small fitness studios will start to siphon off the big ‘box’ gyms.  In the future, I also believe you will see a trifecta of rehabilitation, body maintenance and performance training all under one roof.”

Tell me a bit more about the team you coach.  How did you get involved with “The Steam”?

Dane: “It was the players who gave me a vote of confidence. I had no intention of becoming the coach of anything that first season but I dove in and accepted the challenge and here we are five years later impacting the lives of women throughout the sport of football: encouraging them to be the best football players they can be. What these women do, week in and week out, is phenomenal. They enrich my life so much and the product they put out on the field is pretty damn good too. It is endlessly rewarding to continue to encourage them to be the best football players, people and women they can be.”

What makes your studio stand out in the community? Why are your clients loyal, how are you different than the competition?

Dane: “We stand out because our emphasis is on personal touch and creating a relationship-building atmosphere every day. We know your name, we know what your emotional energy is for that day, and we always try to tailor the experience so you leave feeling better than when you came in, physically, mentally and emotionally. We are confident in who we are and we do not try to be everything to everybody.    We have a unique Total Gym program called GRAVITY that make the studio special and drives members.

Being different to our competition is our modality and with GRAVITY being so unique, our members and clients achieve success and we see profitability in our studio.  If your client is somebody that is missing a component of strength training and is looking for an all-inclusive workout that’s engaging, while providing massive impact they can feel right away, we know GRAVITY is the answer.”

Dane Robinson teaching a GRAVITY class

Dane teaching a GRAVITY class

How did you get involved as a GRAVITY Master Trainer?

Dane: Becoming a GRAVITY Master Trainer was something I wanted to actively pursue after I took the first GRAVITY educational workshop.  I thought ‘Hey, I could do this and probably do it really, really well!’ I love coaching.  I love teaching. I love motivating and helping people help themselves. So it became my goal.  Then when I got an opportunity to train in Buffalo, New York I got lucky.  I happened to fall into training the GRAVITY program when the current instructor couldn’t.  When I moved to Atlanta I knew there was one thing that I could do REALLY well; teach GRAVITY.  The popularity of my classes led to developing my own program in a club in Cumming, GA.  That program took off, allowing me to change course to a Gravity Studio full-time!

What is your best advice for someone who wants to become a full time trainer with or without their own business?

Dane: “My top three advice tips for anyone entering the fitness industry:

#1: If you’re looking to do it FOR the money, this is the wrong job for you. If you would like to MAKE money, that’s fine but be prepared to serve people at an all-time high.

#2: Find a way to learn from the best. Surround yourself with people who are doing what you want to do, at their pinnacle.  Learn from them, be a sponge, and try to reenact their actions.

#3: Learn to balance your dynamic, engaging, loving personality with your smart, educated, nerdy side of you. If you can bring the two together, you’ll be a deadly force.”

Dane Robinson on a Total Gym GTS

Dane on a GTS

How have you managed to keep your trainers and/or what do you see as the secret of longevity in the fitness field?

Dane: “We hone in on the five things that all trainers want:

  • Recognition
  • Coaching
  • Feedback
  • Feeling Valued
  • Competitive Compensation

We like to build a team of special individuals; not just be ‘a trainer’ but a true fitness professional in every sense. This stems from the hiring process and trying to find people that are intrinsically motivated to serve. I’ve used that term a lot but it means A LOT and it really shows character, strong values and a commitment to what we do in the small studio market we are in.”

What is your favorite exercise within the GRAVITY program and why?

Dane: “It has to be any variation of pull-ups/chin-ups with or without plyo!

Yes, these are very male ‘ego-boosting’ movements but damn… you feel so strong, massively confident and fluid doing them.  The GTS maximizes the pull-up and the chin-up very comparably to a regular pull-up bar, only better.  It’s also very adaptable to the client.

After progressing to the the dynamic versions, it is actually a little more exhausting when you do the plyometric pull-up and chin-up.  It doesn’t get any better than those movements for me!”

GRAVITY class at Sandy Springs, Atlanta

GRAVITY class at Sandy Springs, Atlanta

For a fitness professional looking to offer GRAVITY, what is the best way to incorporate it into a facility?

Dane: “I think one of the ideal ways to implement GRAVITY is to include the program with other offerings you already have. It makes a great addition to Barre, Boot Camp or H.I.I.T training for example.

If you don’t have other team training options, then running the GRAVITY program as a standalone is best executed as a small group offering and you need to make sure that your trainers are GRAVITY-educated and are innovative standouts that can bring it to life.

We have different formats of GRAVITY to focus on strength endurance, strength building, or metabolic conditioning. Our main focus is to increase our recurring memberships for which we have two tiers: unlimited or 8 sessions per month. We also rely on package renewals whether it be a 5, 10, or 20 class package they can use within a certain period of expiration.

Our personal trainers love GRAVITY because you can have a top-level athlete or deconditioned first timer, and everything in between, in the same session so it is easy to schedule and a great instructor can really maximize the unique multi-range of exercises available to all levels of different clients at the same time.”

What have you learned from your mentors over the years that has helped you to grow?

“I am so fortunate for not only the successes but for the failures I’ve encountered along way. I really try to hinge on the fact that I have been able to replicate my success based on my personality, my hard work and my drive. As an collegiate athlete in football you are just one part of a system of a team. I can’t do my job successfully without the support of other people around me.  We all have to work together for the common good: the team. I transcend that into my job in the fitness industry in situations where people are not used to being in a team atmosphere to stand out. We can all stand out when we all shine.

You can find Dane Robinson-BS, PES, NASM-CPT, Fitness Director at GRAVITY Studio Atlanta at gravitystudio.com/Atlanta  678.515.4006 (studio). Take a class and feel the love.

For more information on GRAVITY contact Ralph at 858 764 0078 | ralph@totalgym.com

About the Author

Debbie Beck - Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer.Deborah Beck is a six time Ironman athlete, coach and personal trainer. For over 25 years she has combined her love of sports and fitness with her passion for travel and adventure.  Her early work as a Fitness Director moved her throughout Asia, the Middle East and the UK.  She holds multiple certifications and is currently working towards her 500 hour Yoga Medicine.  Her training philosophy incorporates Pilates, yoga, Gyrotonic and strength to produce a balanced, unique approach to high endurance training.   This fall she is launching a global training and lifestyle company and online community.  When not traveling, she splits her time between Quogue NY and Telluride Colorado.

 

Apr
6

6 Top Tips for a Great Hiking Training Program

HIking

How to Train Your Weekend Warriors for Hiking

If you are like most personal trainers and coaches, then there is a great chance that you have a decent sized population of hikers as clients. In fact, hiking usually ranks as the 5th most popular outdoor activity (not necessarily exercise) in the US and it’s on the increase with a whopping 37 million Americans hiking regularly each year.

Several times per year, you get requests from clients to help them train for their upcoming hiking trip in a few months, where they will be exploring new lands and climbing high elevations.

This is all really great!  You are glad that your clients are motivated and have come to you to help them train but now you have to come up with a way to develop a top notch and effective training program for them. What are your go-to-moves or tips for these Weekend Warriors to help them for their hiking excursions?

Here are my go-to-tips to help give hikers the infrastructure for hiking success:

Create a Hiking Club – Identify all of the fun and challenging hikes in your community. Then select a day in the week that you regularly want to meet for a weekly hike. Next, invite a few clients from your studio that enjoy hiking and/or who have a hiking trip coming up to a form a 6, 8, or 12 week program. This can be a for-profit program to increase revenue. Or it can be a free program that you are using to help build camaraderie among your clients and loyalty to your business; completely up to you. The most important element is that your clients build a support team of hikers to increase motivation and accountability on a weekly basis.

Stretch After Hiking – The need to stretch after a hike is important because it decreases the chances of injury and accelerates the recovery process. Encourage your clients to stretch their entire bodies but to show a lot of focus on some of the bigger muscles in the lower bod such as their quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Perform a variety of stretches and hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds.

Strengthen the Core – As we tell all of our clients, it is extremely important to work the core because it is supposed to be the strongest group of muscles in the body, seeing how all of our movement comes from there. And with providing tips with hiking, this is no different. Stress the importance of the core to your clients and let them know all of the benefits that a strong core can produce, such as posture and injury prevention throughout, not only their hike, but also their day-to-day activities.

Add Intervals – Who doesn’t love intervals where you have stints of fast intensity followed by a slower intensity or full out rest recovery? Find an incline that your client can practice this on. Have them go up a hill at a fast intensity level and then instruct them to slow down when they get to a flat zone. Repeat this activity to help them with their speed, endurance, and recovery process.

Total Body Conditioning – Something that a lot of clients don’t realize is how much strength training will help them with their runs and hikes. Oftentimes they think that to improve their runs and hikes, the only thing that they need to do is run and hike. Although that is helpful, that is not all that needs to be done. Mastering upper and lower body movements are important, particularly muscles such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes.

Hydrate – Staying hydrated is key as well, no matter the weather condition. Aim for a minimum of 12 ounces of water per hour to avoid dehydration but not more than 25 ounces to avoid hyponatremia.

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Mar
29

Re-imagining Total Gym at IHRSA 2017

ELEVATE Circuit - IHRSA 2017

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Total Gym debuted a new look and feel at IHRSA 2017 in March. It was the perfect time to launch the re-imagined ELEVATE Circuit and so with new graphics around a yellow center stage and sleek new matte black range of products, Total Gym master trainers rocked attendees with some killer workouts!  Watch the video above to see the highlights and if you are a winner of the brand new Elevate Circuit, or if you won a unit of your choice, or a Leg Trainer.

Total Gym Booth - IHRSA 2017

Total Gym Booth – IHRSA 2017

What is ELEVATE?

ELEVATE is the only adjustable functional bodyweight resistance circuit on the market that works against gravity on an incline.

Consisting of five single station units, each focusing on different muscle groups, ELEVATE is ideal as a self-serve circuit or for personal and small group training providing a full body workout in 30-minutes.  Joining the Jump, Press and Pull-Up are the updated Core and Row Trainers which now provide seven adjustment levels to challenge any seasoned athlete and really work that core!

By using gravity on an adjustable incline members use a percentage of their own bodyweight as resistance. This means that someone who could not previously do a Pull-up on their own, for example, will be able to safely and successfully progress to complete one.   All Total Gym products work in this way and so each machine can accommodate the most highly-spirited athlete and the de-conditioned person alike which ultimately provides driven results for all.

Group Rowing at IHRSA 2017

Group Rowing at IHRSA 2017

The circuit facilitates over 90 exercises, from basic to challenging, including plyometric exercises, so the member is fully engaged time after time and not only is it a fun workout that takes up only 220 square foot of floor space, it’s a challenging and innovative way to keep your members coming back.

And for the personal trainer? There is a huge advantage in being able to accommodate all fitness levels in the same session and take the guess-work out of complicated scheduling.

Did you say Group Rowing?

At IHRSA, people were almost lining up to take a Group Rowing workout on the new adjustable Row Trainer.  Just take several Row Trainers and you have yourself a small group rowing class! Why might that benefit your facility? Group Rowing is fast trending. At the XYZ (Xtreme YMCA Zone) over 500 Y members have tried out the Row Trainer since its inception about a month ago. In such a short time, it has become the most popular program with an average of 22 participants per session.

Total Gym Group Rowing at XYZ

Group Rowing at XYZ

Rowing on an incline is a fun workout that emulates a rowing pattern but with the added ability to incorporate multi-planar movement such as an alternating side-to-side row or a bicep curl.  It provides a full body cardio workout and who doesn’t want to be burning at least 600 calories an hour?

More small group training options

GRAVITY is the program that partners with your GTS machine for small group training (soon to also be sold in matte black too).  Designed to invigorate, motivate and get results, GRAVITY boasts a full body workout in 45-minutes allowing the member the opportunity for a studio-quality workout without the typical high studio membership fees.

GRAVITY at IHRSA 2017

Black GTS at IHRSA

GRAVITY introduces total body transformation through dynamic, high intensity training for mind and body. The entire culture of GRAVITY is different and dynamic. The movement variables on the GTS change regularly so that clients are always motivated, challenged and surprised as they achieve more agility, balance, confidence and strength.

For more information on any of these products, contact Ralph at ralph@totalgym.com | 858 764 0078 | learn.totalgym.com/getelevate

Watch below to see more of Total Gym at IHRSA.

Total Gym Interview - IHRSA 2017

Total Gym ELEVATE Circuit

Mar
23

Maximize Your Clients’ Workout Results – Part 2

JayDee - Training with Mindfulness

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How to Keep your Clients More Engaged in Total Gym or GRAVITY classes.

Hey Total Gym Trainers, it’s Master Trainer JayDee here, back with some more tips on how to and why (benefits) it’s good to train your clients with mindfulness. If you missed the first part of this blog you can catch up here:

So let’s start with those important benefits.

Benefits for Your Client

> Continually cuing your clients during their entire training session will keep them engaged, focused, and centered in the present moment. Training the body and working out is like anything else you do in life. The more you’re focused and concentrating on what you’re doing, the more successful the results.  Thus, your clients will get better results, faster, and keep coming back for more.  Cha-ching!

> Your clients will also realize the difference between working out smarter versus working out harder.

> One of the biggest benefits for your client is the fact that if they are fully engaged in the present moment and in what they are doing, then they are NOT thinking about what to do for dinner, To-Do lists, the meeting at work, their kids, or anything else in the past or future.

> One of my favorite things I often hear from clients is “Wow, that went by fast.” If you keep them totally present and engaged the time will seem to go by much quicker.  Just like if you are fully engaged in your workout, a movie, a concert, or doing your favorite hobby, time seems to just fly by.

Benefits for You

> All these benefits aforementioned for your client will make them realize the unique value you create for them as a trainer. They will notice that you are also fully engaged and giving them 100% of your attention during their well paid-for session.

> The fact that you are super attentive and continually cuing them on neutral spine and posture, core engagement, proper breathing, perfect exercise execution, educational tips, etc. will also make the session go by quicker for you.

> Always search for new ways to cue your clients and constantly monitor them for ways they can improve.  It will keep you mentally sharp and challenged AND praise them for what they’re doing right.  It will help the both of you.

> Nothing upsets me more then seeing trainers who are checking out the hot girls or guys, watching TV, chatting with other members or trainers and not paying attention to their clients while they are performing an exercise.  I can guarantee you these trainers will not be successful and will probably ” burn out” because they are not fully engaged and interested in the task at hand.

A Final Tip

One of the best things I ever did for my personal training was getting certified in Pilates.  And since I turned 50 this year (oh my!) I decided to start taking a lot of yoga.  In both of these “mind-body” disciplines, the instructors are constantly cuing the entire session.  Now, if you’re not about to spend $3-$7K getting a credible certification in one of these disciplines, I simply recommend that you go take a couple of Pilates or yoga classes.  Going in with open ears and really soak up the beautiful adverbs and colorful ways in which they verbally cue will be a great inspiration for you, your cuing and your mind.

As professionals, we can always improve our training skills and the experience we create for our clients.  So add some mindfulness to your sessions and enjoy the powerful benefits for you and your clients!

About JayDee

JayDee Cutting III, MBAJayDee Cutting III, MBA is an Educator for the American Council On Exercise and holds 12 fitness certifications including Pilates, yoga, personal training, lifestyle and weight management.  JayDee is a Total Gym master trainer and spokesmodel since 2004.  He lectures and teaches wellness at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa and is featured in over 10 fitness DVDs and over 40 fitness television programs.  He developed his own Coregolf Fitness Program and founded the NiceDogYoga Company. His mission statement is: “My passion is inspiring people to enhance their lives through wellness, creating healthier, happier, higher qualities of life.”

Mar
2

Member Retention Strategies To Grow Your Gym

Keep Your Members – 3 Tips That Really Work

1936304If you’re like most business owners, then you’re always on the lookout for ways to grow your business, lower overhead, boost productivity, acquire more clients and increase revenue.

That is what building a business is all about!

As fitness professionals looking to make more money, I think that the natural mindset is to acquire more clients and more members at our facilities or in our group training programs.

But is it really?

Consider that our biggest assets may be right under our noses and we need look no further than our current clientele to help our business grow.

You have happy clients already working out with you, why not focus your marketing plan on them, versus spending lots of money on new and untested methods to try to attract a new ones?  The old adage in business is that, “it is easier and more affordable to keep a customer than it is to find a new one,” couldn’t be more true. If you keep a client happy with great results, not only will THEY reward you with years of loyalty (and income), THEY will also reward you with countless referrals.  And that, my friends, is the dichotomy that many business owners just don’t get!  It is amazing how overlooked that concept is to a lot of fitness professionals but it happens every day.

1934375Not to you though!  You will be ahead of the curve after reading this blog. And here is how you do it …

Create Relationships

It is extremely important to foster relationships with your Clients and even your staff.   For example, from day one in a “Customer Service 101”  we tend to focus on making a new client as comfortable as possible.   We extend this “service” for the first few times they visit the facility. We introduce them to a few people but then extra effort wears off.  What we need to do is introduce them to everyone they may come in contact with and everyone that makes our business successful.  That is not only staff and other clients but volunteers, interns, community partners and even your mascot, if you have one.  Let them know that they are apart of something SPECIAL and they’ll soon see that they don’t get this anywhere else.

And you don’t stop there…

You need to focus on finding what makes this person tick, what do they do for a living, who they are married to, what’s their pet’s name, when is their birthday, etc. It truly is almost like dating where you are acquiring a lot of information about this person (particularly in the beginning). This attention makes the person feel special by remembering and recognizing the exact things that actually does make them special. Then, once you learn these things, you can customize your invitations to them for events or outings that you think that they may enjoy, with other like-minded individuals because they love to be part of the team.

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Referral Initiative

We all know by now that word of mouth is the best marketing and truth be told, most clients who love you and your services will naturally already be talking about you to their network of people. However, you could always incentivize them via a competition with other clients for free personal or group training sessions, gift certificates to local restaurants, or even offering a nominal amount of money per referral to get the referrals coming in. Like I said above, clients will want to talk about you anyways, but will do so even more when you go the extra mile of sweetening the pot for them.

Provide An Unique Experience

Nowadays, there are no shortages of Gyms, Studios, Personal Trainers, Coaches, and Group Fitness Programs in our communities. So with that said, how are YOU going to stand out among locals as an authority and credible source? How are you going to happily get clients to stay with you for years and years moving forward? I’ll tell you how, you need to consistently provide an unique experience to your clientele from the moment they walk into the door, until the moment that they leave, and every day in between until you see them again for their next session. Remember that you’re competing with a lot of fitness options in your town, so you need to make your gym standout to create loyalty.

Treat your clients right!  Show empathy, show sympathy, challenge them in every workout, be sincere, show them that you care, and provide over-the-top-customer service. Create several touch points to impact their lives such as phone calls, texts, emails, social media connections, and even a monthly newsletter.

Be constant in their lives and become a part of their daily awareness.

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Feb
22

YMCA Gets Members Back on Track with GRAVITY

“Total Gym on the Road” Interviews GRAVITY Class Participants at Local YMCA

Our new “on the road” team recently spent some time interviewing at the local YMCA, Mission Valley, San Diego to see what members were up to and what kind of exercise classes they were taking.  Anne Stocking was one member Total Gym met up with after taking a GRAVITY Healthy Joints class with Personal Trainer, Jeff Groh.

Total Gym GTS machine

Anne on a GTS

“We moved to San Diego in 2013 and a friend told me about the Y nearby with a variety of classes.  I had a fairly serious cycling accident in 2012 that required multiple surgeries and a lot of time without physical activity. I was anxious to get back into some kind of shape. I began with water aerobics and then tried out Jeff Groh’s Posture Performance class.  After a few months of taking his class, I realized he had a lot of experience with people who had some physical limitations and this has really helped me along the way.

As a result of Jeff’s classes, I feel more confident overall.  That’s more confident with inner and outer strength.  I haven’t returned to cycling and will probably never participate in risk-taking sports, yet I know that every workout matters in the short-term and pays off in the long-term.

Total Gym GTS exercises

Anne pulling some moves!

I have to admit that the Y has really helped me make connections.  I am a bit of an introvert and it’s easy to hide in a group setting, but I’ve made friends and enjoyed the camaraderie”.

We asked her what had kept her motivated to keep going back to the Y.  She said,

“Wearing sleeveless dresses! Seriously, I love feeling strong and healthy and I don’t take it for granted. We make plans and think we have control over so many aspects of our lives, but in reality, there’s a lot we can’t control. For example, I fell last week and have to take a few weeks off from my normal routine. But I have the motivation to adapt to the situation and know that Jeff and other trainers at the Y will help me get back on track.

Anne with Personal Trainer Jeff Groh

Anne with Personal Trainer Jeff Groh

GRAVITY classes have helped me tremendously and made daily activities more enjoyable and more doable.  Last year, for example, we were hiking with our daughters in the mountains of Washington and I was able to cross a short footbridge that had no railings. I don’t think I would have had the courage to do that before joining the YMCA and working with Jeff. In addition, my grip strength has become a lot better. It seems like a small thing, but I don’t have to ask my husband to help me every time I want to open a jar.”

Bert and Renee Levine chose the YMCA at Hazard Center because their daughter, Lori was teaching GRAVITY classes there. Bert who is 80 finds that he feels much better after his classes.

“I have always exercised, so I can say exercise has become part of my life style,” he told us.

“As a result of the GRAVITY classes, we are walking more and when on vacation using the gym at the facilities there now too.   We really would encourage people to exercise; it makes a big difference in your well-being,” he continued.  Pretty cool advice, we thought, coming from an 80 year old!

Bert & Renee

Bert & Renee Levine

Then we found Scott, a retired Navy Seal who said “I feel fantastic and the GRAVITY program is great.  I use to lift weights, but my Doctor advised me to continue swimming and workout with my own body weight.  Long story short, GRAVITY has not only made me a believer in Total Gym, but a believer in myself”.

Scott attends the classes with his wife Joan.  She told us, “I have been attending GRAVITY Classes for a whole year now with Cara Beltran – we love her as a Personal Trainer.  I have never worked out in my life before but now I take GRAVITY classes 5 times a week.   I feel very energetic and proud of myself after a GRAVITY class.  I have developed muscles, something I never had before, my health is better and my neck injury will soon be history.  I am 59 years old, my under arms are firm, my legs are now toned and all the cellulite has gone!”

If you are not sure what class will work for you, just go and try one.  If you don’t like it, try another one, the Y makes it so easy to switch and change and with such a big variety of classes to do there’s something for everyone.

For more information on GRAVITY and how it can help your members feel great too visit http://gravitystudio.com/ or contact Ralph at ralph@totalgym.com | 858 764 0078.

Special thanks to Cara Beltran for her contribution to this blog.

Feb
8

Training for Snowboarding on a Total Gym GTS

Standing Squat and Side Stretch on a Total Gym GTS

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Strengthen Your Snowboarding and Skiing Clients with these 7 Total Gym GTS Exercises.

It’s that time of the year again when our clients are looking at their calendars to find weekends where they can escape to remote locations to enjoy hours and hours of uninterrupted skiing and snowboarding on snow-laden mountain sides.

Although skiing and snowboarding are a blast, they are also very tough activities that can push you to the limit physically and mentally and we need to make sure that our clients know that and are prepared for what is coming. Oftentimes when clients think of preparing for activities such as snowboarding, it is natural for them to think that they just need to focus on their lower bodies as they start to train for their trip. However, as qualified fitness professionals, we know that the entire body needs to be trained throughout training program to help avoid injuries and deficiencies in other areas of the body. Remind your client (especially if they are new to snowboarding) that they will be pushed hard in various ways on their trip and that preparation is key to a fun and safe experience in the snow.

So let’s make sure that your clients have a wonderful and safe time on their trip by helping them master the following exercises on the GTS, so that their bodies and minds are ready for action.  Watch the video to see a demonstration of all these exercises.

Jump Squats

Disconnect the pulley from the glideboard and stow handles.  Have them push the glideboard half-way up the rails, straddle the rails and sit at the bottom edge facing away from the tower.  Place the feet toward the top of the squat stand positioned shoulder-width-apart.  Normally you would have them lie back on the glideboard to do a plyometric squat but we’re going to engage the core more with them sitting upright.  Hands can be by their side, stretched out in front, or beneath the butt.  Have them start in a deep squat and from this position, explosively jump up as high as they can with both feet and be sure that they land with both feet simultaneously on the squat stand. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps).

Seated Two-Point Leg Swings

In the same starting position as above and with core engaged and sitting up nice and straight on the GTS, have them place the left foot on the squat stand. Perform a one legged squat on the left leg and as they come back up from the squat, they gently kick the right leg up as high as they can. Then repeat, but this time on their way back up from the squat, they kick the right leg out to the right side as wide as they can. After performing both kicks on one leg, that is considered one rep. Repeat this sequence as fluidly as possible by alternating the two directions on the leg for the desired number of total reps. Be sure to perform all reps on one side before switching and repeating with the opposite leg. (2 Sets of 10 Reps in Each Direction Per Leg).

Dips (Using Squat Stand)

From a standing position in front of the squat stand, facing away from the tower have them position hands behind them shoulder-width apart on the squat stand. Have them slightly walk away from the squat stand to incline legs out in front at a 45-degree angle. Straighten arms, keeping a little bend in the elbows to keep tension on the triceps and off elbow joints. Slowly bend elbows to lower the body toward the floor until elbows are at about a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep the back close to the foot platform. Once they reach the bottom of the movement, have them press down to straighten elbows, returning to the starting position. This completes one rep. Keep the shoulders down as they lower and raise the body. Please note that legs can be slightly bent to modify this exercise. (2 Sets of 10 Reps).

Incline Push-Up (Using Squat Stand)

From a standing position in front of the squat stand, face towards the tower.  Place hands on the edge the foot platform, slightly wider than shoulder width and walk feet back so that the body is at a 45-degree angle. Have them stand on their tip-toes with arms and body straight. Then they will slowly lower their torso down in a controlled manner and push torso up until arms are extended to complete the first rep. (2 Sets of 15 reps).

Standing Squat & Side Stretch

Raise the rails to the highest level.  Have them begin in a standing position turned sideways from the tower and place right foot on the glideboard and left foot on the ground. Then they will need to slowly squat on the left foot so that the right foot is raising the board up towards the top of the GTS. As they come back up from the squat position the glideboard will lower into the start position. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps with Each Leg).

Inverted Walking Plank

Remove the squat stand and with the glideboard closed have them come to a kneeling position on the glideboard, facing away from the tower. From there they place both hands on the floor below the lower rail base and get into a plank position.  Then they walk hands back towards the tower and as they do so, the glideboard should be sliding towards the tower. Once they walk in so far that they cannot go up anymore, then they slowly walk back down until they cannot go down any further. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 10 Reps).

Inverted Pike

Replace the squat stand and with the glideboard closed have them come to a kneeling position on the glideboard, facing away from the tower. Then have them place both hands on the squat stand with their head facing towards the ground. Place feet onto the bottom of glideboard, on tippy toes, with heels in the air. Their body should resemble an upside down letter “V” while in the starting position. While in this starting position, extend the full body outward so that they are completely straight, then bring the glideboard back in with feet to go back to the upside down letter “V”. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps).

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

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