Group fitness classes are a common offering in many gyms these days (including ours), with industry leaders like Les Mills, Pilates, and Zumba offering formats for fitness clubs large and small, alongside staples like yoga, strength training, and cardio equipment. But where did this phenomenon come from, and why is it a great way for you to get—and stay—fit? [···]
Opinions about stretching are almost as varied as the exercises out there to be performed. Some positive, some negative, and many with just enough of a mix of right and wrong to really hurt somebody. So let’s get down to the plain facts about stretching (and bust some myths). By applying them to your fitness regimen, you’ll likely see your mobility, flexibility, comfort, and even overall health improve. [···]
What is the most important gear any avid exerciser can invest in? Without a doubt—it’s shoes. Some types of workouts require other equipment, but even if you’re exclusively doing cardio and bodyweight training, you still need shoes. $20 discount store shoes won’t do, either. You don’t get replacement feet after you’ve worn them out, so what you put on them as you set your body in motion definitely matters. We’ve talked before about choosing shoes that offer the right types of support and motion for a variety of exercise types (for example, shoes that are ideal for running will not do so well for dancing). But after “what do I buy?” the next most important question is “when do I throw them away?” [···]
Nutrition labels show up at the earliest stages of a fitness journey. Learning to read them is critical to making informed and healthy decisions when buying (and consuming) food. Over the years, the nutrition facts label plastered over everything that lives on grocery store shelves has gone through some change, but it’s been awhile since a dramatic update has occurred. So get ready… a big overhaul is on the horizon. And to support your healthy lifestyle, here is what you need to know. [···]
Did you know that one of the most effective things you can do to your body is… confuse it?
Keeping your muscles—including your heart—guessing, is a powerful way to see fast fitness results. And a popular method we’ve just added at Club 14 Fitness is HIIT training, courtesy of the LES MILLS GRIT™ class. [···]
We love Les Mills BODYPUMP™ around here! It’s one of several outstanding group fitness classes we offer to both motivate and enjoy working out and making our bodies better. In just a few days we will gather for an energizing and exciting workout right outside Club 14 Fitness. It’s more than just a chance to get members and fitness enthusiasts together, but a celebration of the 100th release of BODYPUMP™! So exactly what is this workout we’re so excited about? [···]
The Christmas and holiday shopping window is nearly closing, but thanks to extended local store hours and free expedited shipping specials, you can still pick up some cool gifts for your favorite exercisers—avid athletes and average gym buffs alike. Check out these handy fitness-friendly gifts—and you may even want to pick up one for yourself! [···]
Water is essential for life and health, and experts and gurus constantly encourage us to drink more and more of it. Keep hydrated, flush the body of impurities, replenish after a workout, even support weight loss. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Can you drink too much water? [···]
It shouldn’t surprise you that around here we encourage women to lift weights. But when it comes to the heavy weights, even those who lift regularly may pause. I mean, how heavy is too heavy? Will a woman who lifts heavy look like “Ah-nold”? [···]
Even though football is one of the most energetic and intense popular team sports in America, for most of us, “Are you ready for some football?” means reserving a spot on the sofa and clearing the coffee table to accommodate chips, dips, and beer. While our sports heroes sweat it out on the gridiron, we’re packing on the pounds for winter.
That’s like eating ice cream—from the carton—while watching The Biggest Loser. [···]