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Coach Heather talks about the importance of warming up before your workout
My biggest pet peeve is people not warming up!  Not only does this mean you are not on time for class, but this also means that your body is not prepared for exercise, putting you at risk for injury which none of us have time for!
Warming up raises your blood temperature and increases blood flow to your muscle.  This will increase flexibility in your muscle fibers, allowing them to move more efficiently with more range of motion.  Without this, your muscles are similar to a dry sponge… have you ever tried to rip a dry sponge?  Way easier than trying to rip a wet sponge!  Start thinking of our muscles as sponges.  If you do this, you will begin to value warmup more if you don’t want to risk injury!
Not only physically, but warmup also prepares you mentally for activity.  Efficient warming up will increase your willingness to workout, getting you to focus on the task at hand, especially on days you might not be “feeling it.”  The movement will excite your happy hormones and set up your body physically and mentally for an productive and effective workout!
Now that your body is set up for an effective workout, once complete your entire day is more likely to be productive!  Whether you are heading to work with a schedule full of meetings, or you are staying at home to enrich the lives of your children, your body is energized and ready to go!
And finally, an effective warmup will help your body burn more calories!  With the increase in body temperature, the warmup alone by itself burns calories, but also sets the body temperature at a higher starting point for the workout forcing the body to burn more calories throughout the workout!  This will help increase your body’s metabolism over time, allowing you to burn body fat faster!
So let’s be on time for class, warmup, have a kick-butt workout, and burn that body fat!

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Coach Courtney shares her biggest health & fitness pet peeve and explains how to get around it!

Why is eliminating exercises because you don’t like them my biggest health and fitness Pet Peeve? Because every exercise put into a workout by knowledgeable trainers is put in there for a reason. Every exercise serves a purpose. The exercises we don’t “like” are probably the exercises we need the most. If they are too hard, it is probably because that’s an area you are weak in and you need to work to improve. The exercises we dislike most are probably the ones we need the most! 

What can we do: Modify the Exercise! Ask your coach for modifications and variations of the exercise in order to work your way to performing it correctly. Once that strength is built up, you will see that the exercise you once despised is now something you can do because you strengthened the muscles necessary to accomplish it.

Don’t be scared to try! Often times people see something that they don’t think they can do, so they immediately say No. Start with no weight, master the movement, then slowly add weight. Ask for a variation or a modification to get you started, and take the time to work your way to accomplishing it. My favorite thing as both a fitness coach and  a teacher is seeing somebody accomplish something they never thought they could!


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Coach Lisa Leier shares one of her biggest health & fitness pet peeves and explains why Flexibility Training is so important!
Coach Lisa Leier shares one of her biggest health & fitness pet peeves and explains why Flexibility Training is so important!

Stretching is one of the four main components to fitness, along with cardiovascular endurance, strength, and nutrition. But flexibility is the most neglected aspect of a person’s workout routine. A lot of people feel like they are wasting time or an intense workout opportunity if they take the time to stretch.

Here are a few reasons why you should make flexibility training a priority:

Flexibility Training Builds and Elongates Muscles:  Stretching increases your flexibility improving your overall physical ability by allowing you to move through the full range of motion with your workouts. You receive more of a benefit for weight training when the muscles are pliable and elongated allowing for each of the muscle groups to work independently as needed.

Flexibility Training Increases Blood Circulation:  Stretching helps increase blood flow to your muscles. Increased blood flow carries away toxins, like lactic acid (the waste by-products of working muscles), thus giving you more energy and less muscle fatigue. By increasing blood flow into the muscles you increase the length of relaxed muscles allowing for relief of tight muscle groups that aid each other.

Flexibility Training is Calming and Relaxing:  When you take time to slow down and calm the nervous system, the body responds with a more relaxed and calm emotional state. When the body moves through slow stretching exercises the muscles will begin to elongate, helping prevent muscles and joints from seizing up and helping improve body posture, performance and elasticity. The ultimate benefit is that overall your body will begin to release tension, reduce stress and sore muscles.

Flexibility Training Reduces Risk of Injury:  Look at stretch as a preventative medicine for your body. When muscles stay pliable, flexible and balanced it helps with coordination, muscle control, proper body technique, and prevents muscle tears. Flexibility also aids in speeding up recovery time from workouts and injury by aiding in muscular metabolism.

Stretching gives you improved flexibility with an increased range of motion. Being flexible benefits the human body in many ways not only physically, but also mentally. Allow yourself to have a BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE with the benefits of STRETCH!!

Do you include Flexibility Training in your Workouts? What is YOUR favorite form of stretch? Let us know!



*** July Member Spotlight ***

Meet Emmett Wooten!

Q: You’ve been a part of our Infinity family for a year now! Tell us what keeps you coming back.
A: I keep coming back to Infinity Fitness for a few reasons.  First, I enjoy the wide variety of workout routines and different classes such as boxing and spin so that I do not plateau.  I always learn something new!  Second, April, Bryan, Carlos, Courtney, Heather and Lisa ALWAYS push me to do my best and with the proper form.  Most importantly, I enjoy the overall positive atmosphere that all who go to Infinity Fitness bring to the gym every single day!

Q: What do you enjoy most about Infinity & how do you stay motivated?
A: I enjoy the wide variety and intensity of the workout routines that cover all aspects of the body!  I stay motivated because there is never a dull moment or boring workout routine at Infinity Fitness!

Q: What is your career & what are some of your interests outside of Infinity?
A: I have been in the Veterinary Medical Sales Field for the past eight years and I also travel on a regular basis in my profession.  My interests outside of Infinity Fitness include church, hiking, traveling, friends and family, reading, movies and finding new restaurants.

Q: Like many people, you are busy! How do you prioritize health & fitness in your life?
A: I make the time!  There is absolutely no excuse to not workout on a consistent basis.  Therefore, health and fitness are top priorities in my life.  Going to the gym regularly, eating healthy foods and being active in general result in a more positive outlook on life and a healthier future!


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We’re so excited to open up our youth summer program classes to the Public on July 10th!  Join us for any of our classes at no charge and see what the Infinity Fitness Youth Program is all about!

Give us a call at 480-418-1079 to register.  There’s NO catch, we just want to encourage the kids in our community to Get Healthy & Stay Healthy!



Schedule:

10 AM – 12 PM
Speed & Sports Performance/Ages 13-20

12:15 PM – 1 PM
Stretch (offered Wednesdays for Speed & Sports Performance, Pre-Registration Required)

11 AM – 1 PM
Speed & General Physical Preparedness /Ages 7-12

1:15 PM – 2 PM
Stretch (offered Wednesdays for GPP, Pre-Registration Required)

2 PM – 4 PM
Speed & Sports Performance /Ages 13-20

3 PM – 5PM
Speed & General Physical Preparedness/Ages 7-12

4 PM
Sports Performance/ Ages 13-20

5 PM
General Physical Preparedness/ Ages 7-12


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Coach April Wallace shares one of her biggest health & fitness pet peeves and 5 ways to avoid it!

These days, there’s an excessive amount of information about nutrition and, specifically, weight loss diets.  It can be overwhelming and utterly confusing.  Will Keto fix my problems?  What is Paleo all about?  During the fat-free craze, I loved eating my bagels with fat-free cream cheese, which now directly interferes with low-carb dieting!  Here are a few tips to help you reach your goals.

1.  Be Consistent
You’ve heard it before: results don’t happen overnight.  Once you determine which path you want to follow, give it some time to work (at least 2 weeks and that’s even cutting it close!)  It’s going to take some effort and patience.

2.  Don’t be a Hater
What works for one person may not work for you. No need to get all fired up.  As Fleetwood Mac says, you can go your own way.  It might take some experimentation to find out what works for your lifestyle and for your body.

3.  Track It
If you’re serious about making body composition changes, you’ll want to keep track of the foods you are putting into your body and how it’s responding. There are plenty of apps now that will help you do this easily and quickly.  Don’t guess.  Get solid information that will help guide you on what’s working or not.

4.  Use Your Common Sense
Is it the cabbage soup that is the magic to weight loss or the fact that you’re eating less than 1000 calories a day?  Being very calorie restrictive or eliminating entire food groups can (and will) work in the short term.  But, extreme deprivation will cause problems later (and that’s an entirely different article!)  Be realistic and understand what you’re getting yourself into before you begin.

5.  Go Back to the Basics
Eat fresh food.  Exercise more frequently.  Get adequate sleep.  Recognize that these (and other) simple actions are still relevant and can positively impact your health.  Stop overcomplicating things and look at the big picture.

If you’re still stuck from all of the conflicting advice and don’t know where to begin, focus on the long game.  Health is a lifelong journey with small incremental steps and adjusting as you move forward.  Reach out to your Infinity Fitness coaches.  We are here to guide, encourage and support you!

Did you find this article helpful?  We’d love to know your thoughts!



Meet Melanie Robinson!
Melanie is 16 years old & has been training at Infinity Fitness since December 2018.

Q: What do you enjoy most about Infinity?
A: What I enjoy most is the amazing, community atmosphere. Everyone is always there to lift each other and encourage one another.

Q: Would you recommend Infinity to a friend & why?
A: I would absolutely recommend Infinity to a friend. I would recommend it because even if you play a sport or just want to be in shape, Infinity can help you every step of the way, and make you feel amazing while you are there.

Q: What skills have you learned and improved on during your time here?
A: During my time at Infinity, I have learned everything I know today. Although I played sports when I started at Infinity, I had never lifted or focused on my running before. Through Infinity I have learned proper running technique, basic and advanced lifts, and how to create a workout for what I need/want.




*** June Member Spotlight ***

Meet Teresa & Jeff Mitchelson!

Q: You’ve been a part of our Infinity family since 2017! Tell us what keeps you coming back.
A: The trainers are great at what they do. They develop unique, challenging workouts each day and are great motivators. We also love the family feel at Infinity. The staff, trainers and members are always welcoming and care for each other.

Q: What do you enjoy most about Infinity & how do you stay motivated?
A: We really enjoy the variety of the workouts as well as the people. The competitive, but supportive environment makes it easy to stay motivated.

Q: What is your career & what are some of your interests outside of Infinity?
A: Jeff is a middle school teacher and Teresa is a Senior Director of Analytics for Aetna Healthcare. Outside of Infinity, we enjoy golfing, hiking, watching and attending sporting events, spending time with our kids and friends, and trips to Rocky Point.

Q: Like many families, you are busy! How do you prioritize health & fitness in your life?
A: We feel strongly about staying active. Outside of work and family obligations, it simply is one of our highest priorities. If we are not at Infinity we are doing something where we are moving. We want to be good role models to our kids and we want to stay as healthy and active as possible for all the great things the future holds.