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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
30

It’s Fun to Work with the YMCA…

Polly Dong, Outreach Director at YMCA of San Diego County is making certain all their members get a great workout.

She conducts regular onsite training sessions for the personal training and wellness staff to get them familiar with all the fitness equipment in their facilities. By keeping her staff informed, they can provide better workouts to their members by incorporating new training ideas and concepts into personal training workouts or simply by introducing members to new equipment they might otherwise forego without a friendly hand to guide them on how to use it.

photo 3We had the pleasure to join in on this training when we recently delivered two of our new Total Gym Core Trainers™ to the Mission Valley location. As one of the first locations in the country to have our new Core Trainer, the YMCA staff were excited to discover what “planking our way” truly meant.

There’s no question that the plank is the most prescribed core strengthening exercise by fitness professionals, but sometimes, depending on the person,  planking alone just isn’t enough and other times it’s too much.

By taking the plank position up on an incline, the Core Trainer makes this popular core exercise easier for those that don’t have enough strength to hold the position on the floor. But by adding a rolling glideboard, the Core Trainer allows users to progress the exercise by increasing the amount of instability in multiple ways and therefore increasing muscle recruitment and strengthening. photo 4

As we expected, the YMCA staff found themselves, and their entire cores, engaged.

 

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)

Mar
22

Total Gym – Total Success at IHRSA 2013

We just returned from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) 2013 tradeshow  in Las Vegas where we had our best show ever in the 10 years since we first began exhibiting at this amazing show.

With three NEW products launching at IHRSA, we had a lot to talk about. But by far, it was our new single station commercial fitness unit, the Total Gym Core Trainer™ that created the most buzz in our booth.scrunch_b_100

Designed to sit in the abdominal training area on the gym floor of commercial fitness facilities, the Core Trainer strengthens the abdominals while engaging the entire core musculature. Offering unparalleled versatility for an abdominal machine, the Core Trainer allows for two primary movements, the Dynamic Plank and the SCRUNCH®. Designed to be simple and intuitive, the Core Trainer accommodates all fitness levels to enhance basic core stability for beginners and provide advanced strengthening for conditioned fitness enthusiasts and athletes.  Built on an incline, the Core Trainer is a plank facilitator that provides assistance for novice exercisers while allowing for multiple progression options which will challenge even the most fit individual by creating additional instability for increased core muscle recruitment.

It was fun to see how creative some of our fellow colleagues in the fitness industry could get while trying out the Core Trainer, proving to us (and to everyone else) just how versatile and effective this machine is for working out your core muscles.  We were simply amazed by the positive response we got from everyone who, “got on board” and “planked OUR way,” and we’re certain you will all be seeing our new Core Trainer in a gym near you soon!

We were also excited to tell fitness professionals about our two new educational products, our new GRAVITY Workshops for small-group programming and our collaboration with the American Council on Exercise to deliver online training for personal trainers using Total Gym.

 

 

 

 

Feb
13

GIVE YOUR HEART THE GIFT OF HEALTH

Here are some helpful, useful and fun tips for Healthy Heart month that you can incorporate into your everyday life:

• Take the steps instead of an escalator.

• Park in a spot that is not so close to your destination.

• Sit on a stability ball at work or at home.

• Take a few minutes each day to stretch – just a few minutes will help you feel revived and more alert.

• Plan a workout date with a friend so that you stay committed and are accounted for the workout session

 

And of course, there’s no better gift you can give your heart than exercise, so here’s a way to ramp up the cardio component of your Total Gym workout.

Total Gym workout for a healthy heart:

Perform 3 exercises  combining cardio and strength on and off of your Total Gym:

1. Level 8, deep squats 10-20 reps, then add jump squats 10-20 reps

2. Level 5-8, pull-ups 10-20 reps, get off Total Gym for plié jumps on floor 10-20 reps

3. Level 3-5, pull over crunch -10-20 reps then add arm circle 10-20 reps. Get off the Total Gym for jump lunges 10 – 20 reps on floor

Repeat circuit

 

Hope these little tips and short workout help!

 

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

 

 

Feb
11

WHY HAVE A HEART HEALTHY WORKOUT DATE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY?

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but when matters of the heart are concerned, wouldn’t you rather say, “I Love You,” with heart healthy activities that will have your libido rising….

There’s no date like a workout date if you know the benefits of making your sweetheart your “sweatheart.”

  • Forget hitting the local pub, movie theater or pizza shop…you’ll have more time together with a gym date! Just don’t be a know-it-all or a fierce competitor…be supportive, share the decisions on cardio or weights or body weight exercise, and warm up each other’s hearts with words of encouragement. The key is keeping workouts light and playful and free of criticism.                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Want more sex? Uh, sure you do! Getting your bodies in shape and flexible,  getting those endorphin’s cooking, sweating together and increased exercise with eye-to-eye communication primes each other for more sexual activity.  After working out, women’s bodies respond faster and more intensely.  For men, increased fitness is also correlated with enhanced sexuality.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • You’ll not only find your abs, you’ll reconnect in wonderful ways. Working out together increases commitment, communication and positive body language.                                                                                                    

Follow Dr. Mantell on Twitter @FitnessPsych

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D., earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his M.S. degree in clinical psychology at Hahnemnann Medical College where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. He coaches world-class athletes and fitness enthusaists for performance enhancement. He is Senior Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for ACE, on the faculty of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, a national Community Ambassador for Experience Life Magazine’s health initiative and for FitFluentials, appears weekly on San Diego’s CW channel 6, is a consultant to Les Mills International, writes for IHRSA, is a member of the Sports Medicine Team at the Sporting Club of San Diego and the La Jolla Sports Club specializing in fitness psychology, writes the “San Diego Fitness Psychology” column and “San Diego Life Coach Examiner.” He is also a writer and consultant to the Total Gym company. Dr. Mantell has written two best-selling books and appears regularly on radio and TV.

 

 

 

Feb
1

TOTAL GYM INSIDE: HAPPY HEART HEALTH MONTH

 

Did you know that February is Heart Health Month?

 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. with an estimated 600,000 people dying each year, or 1 in 4 people. Heart disease affects both men and women, but more than half of the deaths in 2009 were men. The greatest risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight or obese, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive drinking.

Here at Total Gym, we recognize the importance of exercising in order to keep not only our hearts healthy, but our minds and bodies too. Our employees take full advantage of daily exercise programs we’ve established right in our own office. Of course we work out often on our Total Gym incline body weight trainers doing full-body, muscle-targeted training days, muscular strength and endurance programs , Hight Intensity Interval  Training and Pilates.

But we LOVE diversity and understand the benefits of switching things up, so we also incorporate many other workouts like willPower & grace, Tabata training, BodybladeBOSOU ball and kettlebell exercises and even basketball.

Let us know how you keep healthy?

 

 

 

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