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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?

 

 

 

Jan
25

TOTAL GYM INSIDE – AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION CSM 2013

Yesterday marked the final day of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Section Physical Therapy convention in San Diego with over 11,000 attendees.

The physical therapy market is our longest and most successful market place.  I can remember back in the late “70’s”  we were actually asked to never exhibit at this convention again.  The Total Gym was perceived as a gimmick and not a serious piece of physical rehabilitation equipment.

However over the years the market started to change and in the early to mid “80’s” there was a paradigm shift away from single joint “Iso Kinetic” machines to a more functional approach and a total body observation.  With this shift Total Gym became the most versatile , functional, body weight equipment and can now be found in over 10,000 physical therapy locations in the USA alone.

I have always appreciated the true  interest that physical therapists have in helping their patients to get back to normal function in their lifestyle. And I was excited once again to attend and visit with all the customers and friends we have meet over the last 35 years,  as well as the next generation of upcoming physical therapists.

It was great seeing you all in San Diego!

Yours in good health,

Tom Campanaro

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

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