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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, Bodyblade, BOSOU 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

Jan
9

HELP ALANA WIN THE TITLE OF “BEST PEE WEE GOLF SWING”

Check out the golf swing on this lil’ girl….

That’s Alana Kutt, the 7-year-old future LPGA superstar and our very own, Consumer Sales Specialist, Matt Kutt’s little daughter showing off her very professional looking golf swing.

Help her win the  Little Linksters “Best Pee Wee Golf Swing” contest by liking her YouTube video below.

 

In order to win, Alana’s video needs to get as many “Likes” & Views as possible. So feel free to share this link with all of your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!

Jan
8

TUESDAY TESTIMONIAL: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

A a global company, we work closely with a number of international distributors to deliver our world-class products and services to home consumers, commercial fitness professionals and health & wellness practitioners. It is our mission to ensure that everyone who we work with receives the highest level of service  and individual attention possible, not only from us but from our carefully selected team of distributors.

So we had to share this truly wonderful testimonial given to our Canadian dealer, STAK Fitness.

Thank you STAK Fitness, for continuing to provide the level of excellence we ourselves strive for everyday!

I want to let you know that I am impressed with the customer service and professionalism of everyone at Stak Fitness and Total Gym. It’s on rare occasion these days that businesses even care about customer satisfaction, never mind deliver on it, and it is rare to find businesses that are run with integrity and values. I have been very pleased with every aspect of my dealings with Stak Fitness and Total Gym since my first inquiries beginning in 2009 with Bonnie Lee, to meeting Roz in Toronto last summer, with Helen for the GRAVITY training and with you for setting up the training and for your assistance. The information on theTotal Gym website, the marketing help and materials, the GRAVITY DVD’s, instructor training videos on the website and even the GRAVITY training manual have all contributed immensely in making my addition of the Total Gyms a positive and rewarding experience.

 I can’t thank all of you enough for that!

Thanks again.

 Judy Cooper

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