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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!

 

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…

 

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)

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

Dec
19

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: DE-STRESS AND WORK YOUR SMILE MUSCLES*

The holidays are filled with friends, family, and many things occurring at once which can be fun, yet stressful at the same time.

One way to keep the stress at a low but your spirits lifted is to incorporate some mind-body training of Pilates or yoga. These can be done on a mat, however, try incorporating a few movements from Pilates on your Total Gym followed by some warrior poses from yoga.

 

 

All exercises of these two modalities can be performed by using the Total Gym.

 

*Smile muscles; a common term in Pilates means: The muscles at the base of your buttocks, where the backs of your thighs insert into your pelvis. They form a smiling U shape under each buttock when engaged.

 

 


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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