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At Total Gym, our mission is this: Helping millions of people get healthier! And we’re starting with ourselves…
To keep things interesting Scott Lord, ourÂ Physical Therapy Sales Associate, has introduced our team to CrossFitÂ style workouts in our warehouse.Â
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 justÂ keep up or surpass our fellow colleagues, the challenge keeps us motivated and that motivation keeps us improving.Â Â 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.Â 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 mark 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…
I 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 â€“ 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 theÂ prestigiousÂ American College of Sports MedicineÂ (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 â€œDynamic Tensionâ€ program, Betty Weider (then Betty Brosmer), Jacki Sorensen, who coined the term â€œAerobic Dancingâ€ and Judi Sheppard Missett, who trademarked JazzerciseÂ®.
Without these fitness trailblazers, who first opened up peopleâ€™s minds to the concept of bettering oneâ€™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.
Polly Dong, Outreach DirectorÂ at YMCA of San Diego County is making certain all their members get a great workout.
She conducts regular onsite training sessions for theÂ 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.
We had the pleasure to join in on this training when we recently delivered two of our new Total Gym Core Trainersâ„¢Â 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 mostÂ prescribed core strengthening exercise by fitness professionals, but sometimes, depending on the person, Â 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.Â
As we expected, the YMCA staff foundÂ themselves, and their entire cores, engaged.
Walt Disney once said, â€œIf you can dream it, you can do it.â€ Iâ€™ve found this to be true, but what he didnâ€™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.â€
â€œWhere I said?â€
â€œGili Meno. Itâ€™s just a two hour boat ride south of Bali.â€
Well Iâ€™d heard of Bali, but Gile Meno? Turns out itâ€™s a very small Indonesian island that you can walk around Â 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 â€“ the wedding sheâ€™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.
What was once just a dream, became one of the most magnificent and memorable weddings Iâ€™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 Â always knew it could be. From all the employees we’ve had over the years to nationalÂ dealers and international distributors like,Â Perform Better, Patterson Medical,Â DynatronicsÂ , HQH fitness, Physical Company and Total Gym GermanyÂ and of course all of our customers – all I can say is Thank You for helping me reach my dream.
We just returned from theÂ International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) 2013 tradeshowÂ 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 Trainerâ„¢ that created the most buzz in our booth.
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 SCRUNCHÂ®. 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.Â 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. Â We were simply amazed by the positive response we got from everyone who, â€œgot on boardâ€ and â€œplanked OUR way,â€ and weâ€™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.
Did you know that February is Heart Health Month?
Â Heart diseaseÂ 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 greatestÂ risk factors for heart diseaseÂ 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 Â TrainingÂ 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, Bodyblade,Â BOSOUÂ ball and kettlebell exercises and even basketball.
Let us know how you keep healthy?