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May
7

Giving “Thanks” Where it is Due…

374704_10152763832585483_2089170013_nI was recently inducted in to the National Fitness Hall of Fame along with some of my fellow fitness professionals, Brenda Dykgraaf, Clyde Emrich and Anibal Lopez, whom I hold in high esteem. It is an honor that I am truly thankful for, especially since inductees are chosen based on a public vote – so a sincere “Thank You,” to everyone who voted for me. It is a blessing from above to have your product and passion recognized.

But kudos should really go to Mr. John Figerelli, creator of the National Fitness Hall of Fame. A veteran in the fitness industry himself, John began his career in 1981 teaching the then-popular, Slimnastics and Men’s Fitness classes at local park districts. He went on to earn his official certification as a Health-Fitness Instructor with the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 1991 and later created the NU-SHAPE Weight-Loss & Fitness Program and in 2004.

However, several years ago, John found that little was being done to recognize and remember the efforts that so many have made promoting health and fitness to the American public. So in December of 2004, in order to preserve the history of the fitness industry, John founded The National Fitness Hall of Fame & Museum (NFHOF&M) to provide both a physical and virtual place where the lifelong efforts of individuals and organizations are acknowledged and showcased.

Today, the museum houses the most extensive collection of fitness artifacts, products and memorabilia dating back to the 19th Century. It highlights the careers of industry pioneers such as Joe Weider, Bob Hoffman, Charles Atlas with his “Dynamic Tension” program, Betty Weider (then Betty Brosmer), Jacki Sorensen, who coined the term “Aerobic Dancing” and Judi Sheppard Missett, who trademarked Jazzercise®.

Without these fitness trailblazers, who first opened up people’s minds to the concept of bettering one’s physical health and well-being through exercise, Total Gym would not exist. And without the efforts of John Figerelli, their stories and the evolution of our industry would not be immortalized forever so that millions of generations can continue to be inspired to carry on the tradition of physical fitness.

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Apr
10

TOTAL GYM INSIDE: DREAMS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM

wedding 1Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I’ve found this to be true, but what he didn’t say is how much work goes into achieving a dream, something I know very well from experience and something I was recently reminded of.

Years ago, my daughter Shanan said “If I marry Nick it will be on Gili Meno.”

“Where I said?”

“Gili Meno. It’s just a two hour boat ride south of Bali.”

Well I’d heard of Bali, but Gile Meno? Turns out it’s a very small Indonesian island that you can walk around  in less than an hour.

A few years and a proposal later, my wife and I, joined by a few friends and family, watched as Shanan married Nick along the scenic shores of Gili Meno – the wedding she’d dreamed of.

You can imagine the amount of work that went into planning a wedding on such a remote island from our home base here in San Diego, but somehow we pulled it off, or more specifically, Shanan and my wife, Joy, pulled it off. From halfway around the world, and with the help of the fantastic Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, they managed to plan every detail from the flowers at the ceremony to the cake at the reception on Lombock island, a 15 minute boat ride from the ceremony.

photo 4What was once just a dream, became one of the most magnificent and memorable weddings I’ve ever attended.

Likewise, as I look back on almost 40 years in the fitness business, from the day when Total Gym was just a dream to where we stand today, a global leader in the industry, I can think of many, many people who dedicated their time and considerable talents to making Total Gym the success I  always knew it could be. From all the employees we’ve had over the years to national dealers and international distributors like, Perform Better, Patterson MedicalDynatronics , HQH fitness, Physical Company and Total Gym Germany and of course all of our customers – all I can say is Thank You for helping me reach my dream.

 

 

 

 

Mar
26

TUESDAY TESTIMONIAL: GRAVITY “LIVESTRONG” AT THE YMCA IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.

In November 2012, the Saratoga Regional YMCA kicked off its pilot session of the GRAVITY “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA” program. “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA” is a 12-week small group exercise program for adults affected by cancer, under the guidance of specially trained health and wellness staff, and offered at no cost.Saratoga GAVITY 2

 

“We welcomed six survivors to our program and within the first few classes, realized we wanted to keep the group together during class as often as possible, but with such varying ability and fitness levels, it was difficult to do.

One of our instructors asked the group one day if they’d be willing to try GRAVITY on our Total Gym machines and they jumped on the opportunity. After one 30-minute session on the machines they were sold – and so were we! Total Gym machines allowed all the survivors to participate in the same activities, at the same time while remaining at their own ability and comfort level.  GRAVITY quickly became a staple of the program and several of the survivors plan to continue GRAVITY classes at our facility post-program.” –  Melissa McCreary, Group Health & Wellness Director

 

Saratoga GRAVITY“GRAVITY makes me feel younger – it allows me to do so much more on the machine like jumping and leg work that I cannot normally do because of my feet and balance issues. It leveled the playing field for all of us survivors. We could all do the same activity at the same time. Not to mention, it’s fun!” – Mary (survivor)

 

“In addition to being a good time, it’s a great workout. My mastectomy and reconstruction rendered my upper body weak. However after a few sessions on the Total Gym machines, I was able to increase my range of motion and strength. It’s a great alternative to the basic nautilus machines and free weights.” – Tracey (survivor)

Jan
21

TOTAL GYM INSIDER QUOTE

A little Monday motivation…

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.”

-       Pat Riely

Jan
9

HELP ALANA WIN THE TITLE OF “BEST PEE WEE GOLF SWING”

Check out the golf swing on this lil’ girl….

That’s Alana Kutt, the 7-year-old future LPGA superstar and our very own, Consumer Sales Specialist, Matt Kutt’s little daughter showing off her very professional looking golf swing.

Help her win the  Little Linksters “Best Pee Wee Golf Swing” contest by liking her YouTube video below.

 

In order to win, Alana’s video needs to get as many “Likes” & Views as possible. So feel free to share this link with all of your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!

Dec
27

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: SNEAK IN SOME EXERCISE WITH THIS “SUPER” SET

It’s the final countdown to 2013, so for those who plan on making “Fitness,” their New Year’s resolution, why not start today — all you need is 5 – 10 minutes on your Total Gym!

Total Gym GRAVITY Master Trainer, JayDee Cutting takes you through a challenging superset for your chest and abs. Don’t worry about reps, just concentrate on form taking take each movement to fatigue.

 

 

 

 

JayDee Cutting is a GRAVITY Master Trainer, certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor and creator of the “Core Golf Fitness” program. JayDee’s Core Golf Fitness DVD offers on-course and warm-up exercises proven to help advance your golf game and is available for purchase at http://coregolffitness.com.

Dec
23

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: 5 MINUTES A DAY TO KEEP HOLIDAY EATING AT BAY

The Holidays seem to come and pass so quickly each year- so why not commit to a ‘quick’ training routine that focuses on a fast paced, short circuit that maximizes the muscles used in minimal time!

Plus- by doing this type of workout, you can blast away any extra calories you want  melted off!

 

 

 

• Keep the workout tight by only performing exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once. Combination moves on your Total Gym are an excellent way to do this.

• Plan to work out first thing when you wake up so you don’t get preoccupied with everything else going on in your day.

• Boredom can undermine your best intentions, so try switching things up and focus on a different area of your body each day — adding variety not only helps renew motivation but broadens your physical abilities as well.

 

Maria 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

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