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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

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

MetaFitness & Wellness Center

Dec
31

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: JUST SAY “NO” TO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology and the University of Scranton, the top 5 resolutions made on January 1, 2012 were:

1. Losing weight

2. Getting organized

3. Spending less and saving more

4. Enjoying life to the fullest

5. Staying fit and healthy 

With an overwhelming 38,200,000 Google hits for “Top New Year’s resolutions for 2013,”it seems Americans still want the same things in the coming year – they just don’t quite know how to achieve them – which explains why there are also 21,800,000 hits for “Making New Year’s resolutions stick”?

But why?  What’s so hard about making a resolution and seeing it through?

Research shows that 45% of Americans regularly make a resolution, while 17% will make one once in a while.  Of this population, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their goal, leaving 90% who just don’t follow through.

A search on Google turns up the following “tips” to make your New Year’s fitness resolutions stick:

• Ask for support; have an accountability buddy

• Make a plan, be specific, start small and track of your progress

• Change one behavior at a time

• Get out of your own way by throwing out the junk food

• Don’t beat yourself up over inevitable relapses and setbacks; prepare for them

• Make incremental goals

• Put it in writing or talk about it

The fact is, sticking to a resolution is hard. That’s why there are 21,800,000 hits on Google dolling out advice on how to do it.  But if it were just as easy as stating your goals, making a plan and asking for help, we’d all be thinner, more organized, have more in our bank accounts, enjoy life more and be fitter and healthier.  And the “Top New Year’s resolutions” each year would be different.

So maybe it’s not the advice. Maybe it’s us humans …

(note of interest: there are 835,000 Google hits on “why New Year’s resolutions fail.”)

Let’s face it, humans are imperfect and are filled with many reasons why we don’t follow what seems like perfectly good advice. 

So here’s a suggestion, DO NOT MAKE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION. At least not until February 14, 2013.

Then make just one resolution to yourself:

“This year, I will love myself, find the best in myself, focus on what I can do and what I am achieving, and be my biggest cheerleader. My mind will be focused on asking myself what can go right for me regardless of what’s in front of me.”

It’s the one resolution you need for all others to have any chance for success—high self-regard, high self-worth, high self-efficacy.

 

So, there you have it. While everyone else’s resolutions will have likely faded by February 14, 2013, you will just be moving into high gear, leaving everyone wondering what your secret is.

 

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.


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