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Nov
1

A CONVERSATION WITH TOTAL GYM FOUNDER – TOM CAMPANARO

Tom Campanaro (Web)Tom Campanaro, the founder of Total Gym, joined the ranks of  ”Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness,” when he sat down with Motionsoft’s Hossein Noshirvani & Leigh Kessler for their weekly podcast to discuss his journey in making Total Gym a recognized name in fitness.

The driving force behind the brand that’s now in over 14,000 physical therapy clinics, health clubs, hospitals and fitness centers as well as in more than 4 million homes world-wide, Tom tells how he came up with the concept of Total Gym and shares some funny stories of how he developed Total Gym into the well-known brand it is today.

Discover how dentistry and sex therapy actually played a part in building the brand. And find out what advice Tom has for entrepreneurs embarking on their own path.

 

 

Oct
4

A CONVERSATION WITH TOTAL GYM PRESIDENT – JESSE CAMPANARO

JesseTotal Gym was founded by Tom Campanaro almost 40 years ago, making the company that first revolutionized functional body weight training older than its current President. But there’s no better person suited to take Total Gym into the next generation than Jesse Campanaro.

Making fitness a family affair has been the norm in the Campanaro household. As a kid, Jesse began helping to assemble units in their own garage, then graduated to selling units and now he’s taken the reigns and is leading the company he grew up with into the future.

Recently, Jesse spoke with Motionsoft’s Hossein Noshirvani & Leigh Kessler for their weekly podcast, “Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness,” which features unscripted interviews with the pioneers and innovators behind the best-known names in the fitness world.

Hear what Jesse had to say about growing up with the iconic fitness brand, where he see’s the fitness industry heading and how he plans to take Total Gym along for the ride.

Oct
1

READY, SET, SQUAT!

The Total Gym team is taking the 30 Day Squat Challenge!
Challenge

The benefits of squats are numerous. This one simple move doesn’t just develop the muscles of the lower body (legs, glutes, abs and lower back),  but provides a complete cardio workout.

According to Dr. Mercola’s Peak Fitness, squats are an essential total-body exercise. They’re one of the best functional exercises that anyone can do, whether standing on the floor or laying on a Total Gym.

squatAnd aside from getting stronger, sexier “stems”, squats  help build endurance and improve flexibility while promoting balance, mobility, fat burning, and body-wide muscle development.

So how does the 30 Day Squat Challenge work?

It’s easy!

On day one, do 50 squats consecutively. After that, each day you do squats, increase the number of repetitions by 5 and then rest (do NO leg exercises) every fourth day. The day after each rest-day, you should add 10 more reps than the last day you did your squats. The final 8 days of exercise, increase reps by 20 instead of 10.

So join us for the next month and by November you’ll be boasting about the benefits of squatting too!

 

Jul
26

TAKING A TOUR OF THE EAST COAST

 

Hi everyone, GRAVITYBonnie here!

It’s been a busy few months here at Total Gym. We  transversed the U.S.A not once, but twice, to visit with customers in Portland, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, New Jersey  and New York.  A West Coast native, it was so much fun to see a part of the country that I had never been to before.

IMAG1237Starting in Maine, we were able to make some time for a lobster dinner with the folks from the YMCA of Southern Maine, where, the next day, we hosted a workshop to introduce them to the GRAVITY program!  Check out their trainers doing torso rotations utilizing the adjustable glideboard on the New GTS! We even got some of their members on for a demo, and they loved it!YMCA Southern Maine

 

 

 

 

 

As we made  our way south  to Boston, I learned a couple of things, like, “Subs” are referred to as “Grindas” and the fact that there’s a wicked need for a GRAVITY Foundation Course in the area (or rather,  are-ah). Stay tuned for more details on a date…

Next stop…New York City.

Excited to be in the Big Apple, my initial reaction wasn’t quite what I expected… We arrived late at night and as we drove through, I thought, ‘HOLY COW is it dirty here!’ IMAG1253Everywhere I looked I just saw piles of garbage bags lining the streets. It wasn’t until I returned to San Diego where our resident New Yorker in the company clued me in to the fact that, that’s how garbage pick-up works in NYC. Ohhhh……

New York did however live up to its nickname as “The City that Never Sleeps.” We stopped by Times Square and experienced first-hand, the bustling nightlife, including a party of decked out high school seniors enjoying some after prom festivities on the streets of Manhattan.

But of course, we were in New York to work, and that we did. While there, we got to meet some new faces at Blink Fitness, where we introduced our new Total Gym Core Trainer to their fit-astic staff who had fun SCRUNCH-ing and planking OUR WAY to a tighter core and awesome abs! If you are in the area, we definitely recommend checking this place out for a workout – you can take advantage of their FREE TRIAL and try out our Core Trainer as well.

Just across the bridge in New Jersey, we received an up-close (too close actually) and personal welcome from one of its residents when we were unexpectedly rear ended. Aside from the initial shock (and the damage to our rental car), all parties were OK and as it turned out, the woman who hit us was a member of, The Atlantic Club, one of our customers! She kindly explained that, ‘everyone in New Jersey is really nice and she just wanted to get really close to welcome us to town…’ Fortunately, the people at Budget rental cars were extremely understanding and although it took a few hours to find a vehicle that would fit our Total Gym machines, they did their best to get us a new rental as soon as they could. But in the meantime, The Atlantic club happily took us in while we waited and allowed us to enjoy all that their facility has to offer: fitness facilities, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and access to their on-site café. So a BIG, “thank you!” to The Atlantic Club for your hospitality. Jersey is the best!

SkyClubWhile in New Jersey, we also had the chance to stop by SkyClub Fitness in West Caldwell and see how their GRAVITY programs are shaping up. Offering a full array of different classes from GRAVITY Strength, GRAVITY Pilates, GRAVITY Ride & Glide, and GRAVITY Strength, The SkyClub is taking full advantage of the versatility Total Gym machines provide.

Moving on down the Jersey Turnpike, we met up with the folks at the UFC Gym in Paramus where we treated them to a “parking lot demo” of the Core Trainer. We were really impressed by the owner, Peter Rivera, as he knew EVERY single client that came into his gym – now that’s a good gym owner!

Finally, the conclusion of our East Coast expedition brought us to “The City of Brotherly Love,” for the 2013 YMCA General Assembly tradeshow. We had a phenomenal time in Philadelphia with all the YMCA employees, especially the group from Indiana who we had the pleasure of dining with.Indiana YMCA

Thank you again to all of our customers and all of the facilities we visited. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all in person and having the chance to talk face-to-face about your programs and about our latest products here at Total Gym. While I could not mention everyone, you all made my first trip east spectacular!

Casco Bay YMCA, YMCA of Greater Portland, Saco Sport & Fitness in Saco, Maine, The Workout Club in Londonderry, NH, GymIt in Watertown, MA, Mount Auburn Club in Watertown, MA, Body Natural in Barrington, RI, Perform Better in Cranston, RI , Hoover Health Systems in North Scituate, RI, Healthtrax , Crunch, TSI Corporate

Jul
1

ASK DR. SALADA – STICKING WITH YOUR WORKOUTS DURING SUMMER VACATIONS

Healhty happyIt’s officially Summer and the vacationing has begun!

Time to relax with a good read, lay out at the pool or on the beach, visit distant family and friends… But while you’re living it up during the “lazy days of Summer,” don’t neglect your workout routine.  Trust us, when the vacation ends and it’s time to get back to workday reality, you’ll be happy you didn’t.

Dr. Elizabeth Salada shares some helpful tips on how to incorporate your fitness into fun activities:

“I love summer time, because it gives us all an opportunity to ‘mix things up’ a bit and try new activities.

If you are vacationing with children and family, now is a great time to do family exercises that everyone can enjoy like snorkeling, swimming, surfing, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, bike riding, kayaking, hiking, or just walking as you explore new cities.

Staying active doesn’t always have to be considered “work.” Think about the hundreds of steps that it takes to hike a mountain or a historic building in Europe, or to the top of the Empire State Building! Now that’s a work out! You will be using muscles you never knew you had and your body, mind and spirit will love the variety.

Also, now many hotels and cruise ships have amazing fitness facilities ( some even with Total Gym Equipment in them). Set aside 15 minutes to half an hour to get a quick workout in so you won’t fall too far off track.   Staying with friends or family elsewhere? Take the opportunity to explore the fitness centers in other cities. Many clubs offer free trials of their facilities or drop-in day rates. Perhaps whomever you are staying with is a member of a gym; ask if they have free guest passes you can use during your stay.

The goal is to just continue to work out, in some capacity, every day and by the end of summer you may just be fitter than you ever imagined. It’s mind over matter really, so go enjoy the quality time away with family or friends, rest, rejuvenate, recover and keep on keeping on. Whatever you do, just keep moving!”

 

I look forward to hearing what creative adventures you discover!

Happy summer! Until next time…
Dr Salada

 

Dr. SaladaElizabeth Salada, MD

Dr. Salada is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been in practice in San Diego since 1996. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University where she received high honors in Family Practice and Internal Medicine. Her final training was obtained from Pennsylvania State University where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine. Visit Dr. Salada’s website for more information: http://elizabethsaladamd.com.

Jun
18

AVOID EXERCISE BURNOUT BY CHANGING UP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE

TG soloSummer is here and no doubt you’ve been working out for months prepping for bathing suit season. But chances are, by now, you’re growing bored with your workout routine.  And when it comes to fitness, boredom = burnout  and that does not bode well for your body.

To keep things interesting, add variety to your Total Gym workout routine by getting creative with new exercise combinations, music or a change of scenery.

Music:

If you don’t normally workout with music, try. Recent studies and research suggest that working out with music not only improves your mental acuity while you train, but also helps you train longer and harder since you’re more focused on the rhythm of the music than the difficulty of your exercises.

Avoid predictability by mixing things up on your MP3 player.  While you may have a favorite artist or band, listening to just one record will not result in waking up your fitness routine. Create playlists with various artists and songs with different beats. An unexpected change in tempo can rev up your workout and challenge you without you even realizing. Don’t have an MP3 player, no worries, a radio is the original ipod shuffle.

Change of Scenery:

A change of scenery is also key. Although we know you love working out at home on your Total Gym, it’s Summer! So take advantage of the beautiful, warm weather. There’s nothing like taking a workout outdoors for a change of pace and fresh air.  Indulge in outdoor activities like volleyball, swimming or softball.

Can’t bare to tear yourself away from your Total Gym completely – there’s a compromise. Spend 10 minutes on your Total Gym for a quick tone-up and then take your Woman with Weightsworkout for a walk, run or light jog outside to boost your cardio.

New Exercise Combinations:

You don’t ever need to get off your Total Gym to get a great workout, but you can…

Get “off the board” in-between Total Gym sets and add functional exercises like squats, skaters and lunges to your workout. Adding hand weights, kettle bells or Plyo Balls as you perform these will further challenge you and create a more exciting and intense workout.

Don’t believe us? Then just give this workout a shot:

*Perform each exercise for 1 min

*proceed to the next exercise with little or no rest.

*TG is set to a Mid to High level with the squat stand connected.

On Total Gym:

1. Jump Squats

2. Splits Jumps

3. Pendulum Jumps

4. Side-to-Side Ski Hops

Repeat two times 

8 minutes total

Off Total Gym:

1. Jack Squats (for beginners you can also so Plyo Jacks)

2. Skaters

Repeat two times 

4 minutes total

On Total Gym:

1. Mogel Hops

2. Single Leg Mogel Hops

3. Single Leg Hops

4. Side Lying Single Leg Jumps – Right Leg

5. Mogel Hops

6.  Single Leg Mogel Hops

7. Single Leg Hops

8. Side Lying Single Leg Jumps – LeftLeg

8 minutes total

Off Total Gym:

1. Jump Lunges (or regular Alternating Leg Lunges without jumping)

2. High Knees (to decrease intensity try High Knee Raises)

Repeat two times 

4 minutes total

 

Total Workout Time: 24 minutes if no rest is taken. ( To be safe, plan for 30 minutes)

 

Workout and tips provided by Total Gym Inside Blog Contributor, Maria Sollon Scally.

 

Maria Sollon ScallyMaria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Masters Degree in Performance Enhancement/ Injury Prevention and Kinesiology.  She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national fitness conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, and MVe Peak Pilates.  Maria teaches traditional and progressive fitness classes throughout Southeast Florida.  She has also added her own brand of classes suited for her more advanced training clients.  Maria is also active in free lance writing for Fitness accredited magazines. www.groovysweat.com

 

Jun
12

TOTAL GYM INSIDE – WAREHOUSE WORKOUTS

Warehouse workout 1At Total Gym, our mission is this: Helping millions of people get healthier! And we’re starting with ourselves…

Of course we work out using our own Total Gym equipment and GRAVITY programming, but we also like to try other types of workouts  - as they say- variety is the spice of life.

To keep things interesting Scott Lord, our Physical Therapy Sales Associate, has introduced our team to CrossFit style workouts in our warehouse. IMAG1377

The interesting thing about these workouts is the “challenge” aspect. We find ourselves constantly challenging each other and ourselves to better our performance.

Whether trying to complete sets faster, do more cycles in the allotted time or just keep up or surpass our fellow colleagues, the challenge keeps us motivated and that motivation keeps us improving.  sets faster, do more cycles in the allotted time.

But the same could be said for business. In fact, it often has:

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselveses. To break our own record, to outstrip our yesterday by our today, to do our work with more force and finer finish than ever, this is the true idea, to get ahead of ourselves” – Stewart B. Johnson

We live in a competitive world. Whether its competing for business, a job or a sport – competition is unavoidable.

Why not use it to become the best that WE can be – as a business, as a team and as individuals – this is our mentality everyday. There is no downside to competing if it makes us better in the end.

So as we continue our warehouse workouts, we’ll focus on doing and being the best we can. We’ll try a little harder with each day, dig a little deeper within ourselves and IMAG1382mark our growth as we go along. We’ll challenge ourselves to do better than the week before and in this way, we’ll always be moving forward, both in our health and our business.

Now we challenge you to do the same…

 

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