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Jul
14

A REMINDER TO NEVER STOP DREAMING

Hi, it’s Bonnie, back from another AYP Adventure!

This trip took me to for the North Central Regional AYP Conference, in The Dells, WI, a beautiful part of the country, where I had a pretty interesting and humbling experience which reminded me that we always need to keep our minds open and our dreams big.

Our goal at these shows is to expose Y professionals to the type of programming Total Gym offers with GRAVITY Inside and the Elevate Line, but I always end up learning something valuable as well. This time was no different.Rudy 1

While everyone, including me, was setting up our booths, a very nondescript, chatty man in workout clothes was walking through the show. He came up to the Total Gym booth, where we had a Total Gym GTS and a Total Gym® Core Trainer™, and asked in a loud, booming voice, “You got any freebies?? I’m looking for freebies!” I thought, ‘I’m going to make him WORK for it.’ So I tell him, “Sure, I got freebies! But only if you do a few exercises with me.” He took me up on the challenge.

We started with the Core Trainer, doing some basic SCRUNCH exercises. I then upgraded him to knee tucks, then to pikes and eventually had him doing dynamic planks and side rotations. At this point, he’s sweating – but we’re not done. I move him onto the GTS, and start him off with bicep curls, rows and tricep kickbacks — now he’s really sweating. However, he’s got more in him – I just know it. So we keep going! On to torso rotations, shoulder presses and extensions! Finally, after about 20 minutes, I feel like he’s earned his freebie – a simple drawstring backpack! I give it to him, and he goes on his merry way.

Later, that evening I go to see the keynote speaker and who should get up on stage? It’s the same guy I made sweat for his shwag! That’s when I realize, it’s not just any random person, it’s Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who inspired the famous “Rudy” movie. I felt so embarrassed! I couldn’t believe I made this inspirational, successful, legendary person sweat through a grueling demo for a measly (albeit useful) drawstring bag! Then again- this is a man who has always worked for what he wants – even if it is just a drawstring bag – which is a lesson in-and-of-itself.

As herudy 2 spoke to us about visualizing your dream, making the commitment to your dream, and stopping at nothing until you realize it, I couldn’t help thinking of my own dreams… some personal, some professional and some that didn’t necessarily start out as my dream, but I have become passionate about — like Total Gym’s dream: Helping millions of people get healthier! This has become an enormous part of my job, and I get to see it in action almost every day through clients like the YMCA. At the Saratoga Regional YMCA, the Total Gym GTS is part of the Livestrong cancer program. At the Coal Creek YMCA, the GRAVITY-TRX classes are part of a youth fitness effort to curb childhood obesity. Our dream is to help people get healthier through activity; our equipment is simply the vehicle. It’s our customers and everyone who uses our equipment that makes that dream a reality. And the best part about our dream – it’s never too late to get healthy. As Rudy said, “Begin at the beginning again. Dream like you did when you were a kid.” That’s why I am so proud of what we do as a company – our equipment lets people of all ages, sizes and abilities reach their fitness goals and beyond!

Later in the day, I walked back up to Rudy and introduced myself again. I apologized for making him endure the workout, but instead, he complimented me on the thorough demo and said the workout was much harder than he anticipated – this coming from the man who defied expectations to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

May
20

AN INSPIRATIONAL TRIP TO THE EAST COAST

Hi, it’s Bonnie, back from another East coast excursion!

RoddyThis time I had the opportunity to attend the Mideast Regional AYP (Association of YMCA Professionals) Conference in Philadelphia, PA, where I got to meet violin virtuoso Roddy Chong – the event’s keynote speaker.

Roddy, an inspirational public speaker who has toured with Celine Dion and Shania Twain, spoke about “Finding and Pursuing Your Passion.” His speech, had a profound effect on me.

His passion helped reinvigorate my enthusiasm for serving the YMCA community.

Here at Total Gym, we abide by “The P DIF,” the affectionate acronym we’ve coined to describe our core values: Trustworthiness, Honor, Excellence, Passion, Discipline, Innovation and Fun! Normally I’m focused on the “Fun” aspect of “THE P DIF,” but after spending time surrounded by impassioned Y professionals who exude a sincere enthusiasm for their work and after hearing Roddy not only speak, but perform, I realize that having fun is fine, but having passion is truly powerful.

Roddy reminded everyone to constantly ask themselves, “Am I checked out right now, or plugged in?”

I want to be “plugged in.” I want to help better serve the Y’s in achieving their mission.

We’ve been serving the YMCA community since 2003, when we launched our commercial-grade equipment into the health club market. Our equipment is now in use at more than 30 YMCA facilities across the U.S. and Canada! Most YMCA’s use our Flagship Line of multi-purpose machines for GRAVITY programming, which is small group personal training geared at strength training and Pilates. But since the inception of the Elevate Line this year, we have countless new YMCA customers that are utilizing this series of intuitive single purpose units on the gym floor for members to use in their own workouts.  image

Every single Y is different, and every single wellness center in the Y is different. Now, with our two lines of equipment, we are able to better serve whatever need that is. Whether that is retaining membership through programming that yields healthy results and brings in additional revenue, drawing a younger demographic with functional training, or providing a platform for cancer survivors to safely exercise using only a portion of their bodyweight to build back their strength.

Some of our greatest moments come through helping others, and here at Total Gym, that is our mission: Helping millions of people get healthier!

I’m happy to say that I am a part of making that mission a reality, so now I ask you, what are you plugged in to?

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!

 

Sep
16

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS CHALLENGES THEIR STUDENT BODY WITH GRAVITY

The University of Arkansas was looking for something unique to offer their campus community when it came to health and fitness — so they turned to GRAVITY — the premier small group fitness program by Total Gym.

“We enjoy how you can do a variety of exercises on Total Gym and still be able to customize each GRAVITY workout to the participants’ skill level,” says Kristin Durant DeAngelo, Associate Director of Fitness Facilities. “With so many different modifications, it provides an excellent workout for every participant.”

Since bringing Total Gym into the state-of-the-art UREC Fitness Center, University of Arkansas students and faculty have gravitated towards small group training on Total Gym with their Zero GRAVITY program, a fee-based fitness program.

Limited to just 6 participants, the University of Arkansas’ Zero GRAVITY small group training offers a unique opportunity to explore a new dimension of fitness by blending Group Fitness with Personal Training. Small Group Training classes provide a specialized format, focusing on  individualized progression and skill development.  These programs are designed for those who are looking to be challenged with the combination of camaraderie, creative workouts and education on fitness techniques and wellness concepts. 

Learn more about the University of Arkansa’ Zero GRAVITY programming below. But first, a little Q&A with the U of A:

Q: How have your students responded to GRAVITY?
A: Overwhelmingly positive! They like the challenging workout it provides them.

Q: What do your students like about GRAVITY?
A: Our students enjoy the diversity GRAVITY gives. There are so many different exercises that constantly challenge you.

Q: What has been the biggest benefit of GRAVITY programming to your facility and your students?
A: The biggest benefit is the visibility it has given our University Recreation Fitness/Wellness Program. GRAVITY draws attention and also offers unique programming for our participants.

Sep
4

HELPING TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Over the past four decades obesity rates in the United States have soared. And it’s not just adults.

kids fitnessWe have witnessed childhood obesity grow to epidemic proportions. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight—that’s roughly one child in every three.

These youngsters are at early risk  for developing serious health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, cancer, asthma and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood. In addition, overweight children often suffer from depression, low self-esteem and are frequently the victims of bullying. These psychosocial consequences can hinder kids academically and socially.

But childhood obesity is something we can fight.

The effort begins at home. Parents have enormous influence over their children’s lifestyles by the example they set and the decisions they make. By modeling healthy eating and physically active lifestyles, we can help children develop a lifetime of good habits.

Here’s what you can do:

Get Moving!

The American Heart Association and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommend that teens (middle and high school students) get 225 minutes (almost four hours) of physical education every week.

Although physical education is offered in schools, it may not be enough. So parents should consider supplementing physical activities at home.youth_SeatedCurl_web

Aim for 60 minutes of sweat-generating exercise a day.  Encourage your children to work out with you at the gym or on your Total Gym, go for family walks or jogs, sign-them up for after school activities like swimming, baseball, dance, nartial arts, etc…

You can even incorporate fitness into your child’s weekly chores – raking leaves burns almost 175 calories, sweeping floors – 156, vacuuming – 170,  washing dishes-88, carrying groceries or laundry upstairs can burn up to 442, even making the bed burns up to 68 calories.

The key is to get them moving.

Turn the TV off!

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that kids and teens spend about six hours a day in front of a screen, whether it’s watching TV, playing video games or using the computer for non-homework activities.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting the amount of time kids and teens spend in front of a screen to two hours or less a day (not counting the time they spend doing homework).

Encourage kids to play.  Traditional children’s games and activities like hide-and-go-seek, riding bikes, rollerblading, running through a sprinkler and playing tag with friends are not only FUN but burn calories.

Careful Consumption

Every serving of soda increases a kid’s risk of becoming obese by about 60 percent.  Sweetened drinks and fruit-flavored drinks offer nothing except sugar.  And even 100% fruit juice, despite the valuable vitamins and nutrients provided, is loaded with calories.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids ages 7 and older drink no more than 12 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice a day (one serving of fruit is equal to four ounces of 100 percent fruit juice).

Instead, keep water and milk on hand to quench kid’s thirst.

Bedtime Burn

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found a correlation between childhood obesity and the number of hours a child sleeps each night– the fewer hours of sleep each night increases the risk of being overweight or obese.

It’s suggested that kids 10 years old or older and teens need nine or more hours of sleep every day, but more than 90 percent of teens don’t get that much. In fact, 10 percent of teens sleep less than six hours a day. For every additional hour of sleep a child gets, the risk of obesity decreases by 9 percent.

And in addition to the extra hours of quiet you’ll reap from putting the kids down to sleep, your body actually burns calories while sleeping. On average, you could loose about 350 calories during eight solid hours of sleep.

Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

bowl of oatmealSkipping breakfast may actually make you gain weight. Kids who don’t eat in the  morning are not only more tired, irritable and hungry during the day, and they tend to reach for high-calorie foods to compensate.

So make sure to make time for breakfast – whether it’s a sit-down or a grab-and-go meal, a cup of yogurt and trail mix or peanut butter on whole grain toast goes a long way.

Family Dinners

Eating dinner together increases the chances of eating healthy. Sitting down for a home-cooked meal each night typically means less fried foods (obviously no fast foods) and more veggies.

A study found that when families ate dinner together more than five times a week, there was a 23 to 25 percent reduction in the number of kids with weight problems.

Snack Healthy

Snacking is actually a good thing – it just comes down to what kids are snacking on.

Snacks should be no more than 100 calories and preferably low in fat, sugar and sodium.healthy-food

Although a bag of potato chips, pretzels or candy aren’t out of the question, it takes a larger quantity to satisfy the craving in between meals.  So kids can eat these sugary or salty treats, but just not as much.

For example, kids can snack on two Oreo cookies or a whole cup of blueberries; twenty potato chips, or a cup of carrots and hummus.

Combining food groups also contributes to making a healthier snack. Protein and carbohydrates pair well (think cheese and crackers or fruit and yogurt). Combining food groups will fill kids up just enough and provide an extra burst of energy until the next meal.

Knowledge is Power

It’s simple – teach your kids how to take care of their bodies.

Bring your kids food shopping with you (Bonus: an hour of shopping can burn anywhere from 100 to 240 calories) or let them help out in the kitchen when you’re preparing dinner – this gives you a chance to explain what nutrients the body needs. Teach them about the food pyramid – it may not be what you learned as a kid, so educate yourself as well by visiting www.MyPyramid.gov.

Show your kids how to read a food label.  For example, the food label on a 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola reads100 calories. What kids might miss, though, is that it’s actually 100 calories per serving, and there are 2.5 servings in that bottle. Drink the whole thing, and you’ve consumed 250 calories—that’s almost the same amount of calories in one 7-layer burrito from Taco Bell.

Get Involved

Raising a healthier generation of kids means becoming aware of and involved in what’s going on in our community at large. There are a number of child obesity healthcare initiative’s already in place that you can take part of including First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program, Food Corps, The Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes “Childhood Obesity Initiative” and even local programs created by caring teachers who want to help their students.

And during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, look for local businesses who are supporting the cause. Jamba Juice is running a pledge promotion now through September 27th to help fight childhood obesity.  Go to www.myhealthpledge.com and make a weekly pledge to do something healthy.  Your pledge will donate $1 toward athletic and fitness equipment for a local school in need.

 

 

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.

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