Meet Shelley Dinges! Shelley has been an Infinity Fitness Member for 6 years and is in our March 2019 Member Spotlight

Infinity Fitness Member Shelly Dinges | March 2019 Member Spotlight

You’ve been a member of Infinity since 2013! What keeps you coming back?

It may sound cheesy but to be completely honest about what keeps me coming back to Infinity is that I truly do consider it my FitFam. I do not have family here in Arizona and I do not know what I would do if I didn’t have the people in my life from Infinity that I do truly consider my family. They are always there through the good and bad times for me.

What do you enjoy most about Infinity & how do you stay motivated?

The thing I love the most about Infinity is the people… from the staff, to the trainers, to all of the many friendships that I have acquired. If it weren’t for these people I would not be near as healthy and I would skip the gym a lot more. My friends and the staff and trainers keep me accountable. When I am not there I get lots of loving messages to find out where I am and motivating me to get back in. I love when I walk in people are genuinely happy to see me and that makes me feel so good. I also love that the workouts are different every day. I love that there are a variety of options like strength and cardio classes, boxing, spin, and even stretch (which I need the most but it is the hardest for me to do). There are so many things that I love about Infinity and to be honest not really anything that I don’t.

What is your career & what are some of your interests outside of Infinity?

I work at Notre Dame Preparatory as the Director of Alumni Relations, and as a coach of golf and tennis. I just transitioned into my new role, prior to that I was a teacher. As a coach, I think one of the smartest decisions I made was to bring my teams in to workout at Infinity. They have the opportunity to be pushed and trained by multiple people with different styles. There is definitely a huge difference in our endurance from the beginning of the season to the end and it is one of the things that helps us to continuously be among the top teams in the state in both golf and tennis.

My main interests outside of Infinity primarily have to do with coaching my teams and occasionally getting to play a little myself. I like doing anything active golf, tennis, hiking but what I enjoy the most is hanging out with friends for happy hour or getting brunch with friends after a morning workout.

As a long-standing member of our FitFam, what wisdom can you give to newer members or those just embarking on their fitness journey?

The best advice I could give would be the same advice I got when I first joined. I was told to keep coming back, especially when you are sore, it will get easier and you will start loving the way you feel once you begin working out consistently. Regardless of your level or ability, there is a place at Infinity for everyone and I think that is why we are such a FitFam.

Tell us something that not many people may know about you.

This is a tough one because I feel like I am an open book. One thing about me is that I am motivated the most when someone counts me out or tells me I can’t do something. Then I will do everything to prove them wrong. Which in turn links with my greatest fear, which is letting people down, whether they be family, friends, co-workers, my students, my athletes, or even people I just met. I hate letting people down and sometimes the fear of doing that holds me back from things.



Looking for a recipe that screams Summer but trying to avoid dairy and gluten? This pesto recipe (from Food52) is so good, no one knows that it’s dairy-free, and vegan to boot! The parmesan in regular pesto is replaced with Nutritional yeast, which has a cheesy flavor.  This pesto is great as a sandwich condiment, slathered on tomato slices, or as a pasta topping.

Wondering “What the heck is Nutritional yeast?”  Nutritional yeast is a significant source of some B-complex vitamins, and a serving (2 tbsp) has 60 calories and 5 g of carbs (four grams of which is fiber). A serving also provides a whopping 9 g of protein, and is a complete protein (providing all nine amino acids the human body cannot produce).  You can purchase it at most health-oriented grocery stores, as well as at some mainstream groceries.

Makes: 1 generous cup
Prep time: 20 min

  • 2cups tightly packed fresh basil
  • 1/2cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1pinch sea salt and freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3tablespoons nutritional yeast
  1. Place the basil, walnuts or pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor fitted with the S blade. Pulse to combine, until the mixture is coarsely ground.
  2. Turn the motor on and drizzle the olive oil in a thin stream. Add the sea salt, pepper, lemon, and nutritional yeast, and pulse a few more times to combine.


Our 9 week Summer Youth Program will transform your athlete giving them the edge over their competition! Our program is broken down by age group to ensure appropriate level of training. One hour of their session is dedicated to teaching the proper fundamentals of running technique to increase speed and the second hour is dedicated towards age appropriate strength training that will aslo include core, flexibility and mobility! We offer a variety of class times for all fitness levels to fit your schedule!

Schedule:

10 AM – 12 PM

Speed & Sports Performance/Ages 13-20

11 AM – 1 PM

Speed & General Physical Preparedness /Ages 7-12

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



My relationship with Infinity Fitness AZ was initiated by Scottsdale Soccer ‘Blackhawks’. The Blackhawks is the largest soccer Club in Arizona and we wanted to find a speed, agility and strength organization to align our training for the children in our Club. I was immediately impressed with Chase, Heather and Mike – their knowledge and their care.

BEFORE
AFTER

I started working out at the facility this summer and committed to the Fitness Challenge this past September. My goal for the Fitness Challenge was to lose over 20 lbs and the commitment was simple from Chase and Heather – commit to the facility three times a week and follow the eating and supplement plan. Three things really helped motivate me – My Fitness Pal is a great tool to hold you accountable and to give you a sense of your intake, the wall of either achievement or shame – depending on your outlook in life – was both humbling and motivating, and the 6am class is always a fun group to remind you if you start off course! Members who have completed previous challenges are also a great resource to help you particularly with nutritional ideas.

Through the experience I reached out to Chase and Heather a couple of times and they gave me great feedback and aside from being disciplined and accountable to myself, I simply followed the plan outlined. I ended up losing 22 lbs through the challenge and 4.3% in body fat.

If you are thinking of doing it in January, don’t hesitate – it is great fun, very motivating and for myself life changing.




Yes its December and Yes it is in the 70’s. GET OUTSIDE

It’s that time of year where it feels like the entire country decides to live here for a couple months, and with good reason. They love it here because the weather is fantastic. We’re lucky to live somewhere where winter means mid 70’s and sun. Get outside, enjoy it and get some exercise in at the same time. Here are some great hiking spots just a short drive from Infinity:


PIESTEWA (SQUAW) PEAK

LEVEL: MODERATE
DISTANCE: 2.0 MILES
TIME: 1-3 HOURS

CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN

LEVEL: DIFFICULT
DISTANCE: 2.2 MILES
TIME: 1-3 HOURS

SHAW BUTTE WITH TOWERS

LEVEL: MODERATE
DISTANCE: 4.5 MILES
TIME: 1-3 HOURS

TOM’S THUMB

LEVEL: MODERATE
DISTANCE 3.7 MILES
TIME:1-3 HOURS


My husband and I have always been active people. We’ve been members at a variety of different gyms throughout our entire adult life and thought of ourselves as healthy and in good shape. Three (+) years ago, a dear friend of ours introduced us to Chase Noll & Heather Weber. Our lives have been forever changed! Beginning our new health journey, we started with the Fit Challenge. The Challenge taught us how to make healthier choices, beginning with our diet and extending to our daily work out regimens. Chase, Heather, and the Infinity Fitness team are clearly educated and expert on implementing diet and fitness excellence.

Many years ago, my husband suffered a significant knee injury causing limited mobility with an enormous amount of degeneration. Our concern about joining a gym with such an intense program, was quickly eliminated by both Chase and Heather. Both have been wonderful with providing safe modifications that keep him active and involved with group training. Our exercise and overall health have significantly improved because of Chase and Heather. We have maintained weight reduction goals and improved our exercise technique.

The staff at Infinity Fitness is simply amazing. They treat us like family and greet us with a warm smile every day. The friendships we have developed with other members are as special as Chase and Heather. Exercising in an environment where all participants encourage each other makes Infinity Fitness exceptional and unique. We are grateful to be a part of this fitness family!

Dr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Aister



 

We’ve all seen them: the guy who looks like the Incredible Hulk yet can’t lift a thing, or on the contrary, a guy that looks like a complete slob but can lift a house. Or what about the guy that looks great, but can’t walk up a flight of stairs without needing CPR at the top? No matter what your age or gender, I recommend training like an athlete.

How do you train like an athlete?

1. Join us at Infinity Fitness.

2. Increase your work capacity (work capacity= the ability to repeat high QUALITY effort).

The higher your work capacity then the more prepared for training you are; the more prepared you are the more work you can do; the more work you can do the more gains you can achieve. (Gains can mean very different things!  For women look at it as *leans* ). To achieve this, shorten your rest times between sets, run stairs (hint,hint), throw cardio into the middle of a workout, do some ploy metrics. It’s not 1982 Golds Gym thinking is 2014 Infinity thinking to keep the heart rate up and continuously move throughout the workout. Maximize your time in the gym to maximize your feeling outside of it.

     3. Create or find variety in your workouts.

Find a gym that is not typical. Switch things up daily, don’t get stuck in a rut and move your body in every direction with resistance daily. Your mind and body wants to be pushed and needs to be pushed to create a healthier lifestyle. As they say variety is the spice of life, so spice that thing up!!!

4. Enjoy and embrace the push this type of training gives you.

Have fun. Working out has the word “work” which most people despise. But…..and a big one, it’s not work if you love it. As crazy as this sounds, it really is fun to…

  • Leave a pool of sweat
  • Stumble out of the gym after leg day
  • Have to catch your breath during a workout
  • Want to quit but continue
  • REALLY want to quit but give it just that little bit you have left
  • Hi-five someone that just killed their workout
  • Be the one who got the hi-five
  • Feel better about yourself

Mike Sheahan, CPT, PES



We all learned in Elementary school the method of creating “S.M.A.R.T.” goals, but may have forgotten this method as an adult. This is a perfect way to create a really good fitness goal! Put your goal somewhere for you to see every day as a reminder, post your goal on Social Media, tell everyone about your goals and ask them to hold you accountable! You’ll have a much better chance at accomplishing your goal if you don’t hide it to yourself.

Specific– Instead of creating a general goal, such as “I want to be in the best shape of my life”, make it as specific as possible. Your goal should answer the following “W” questions:

  • Who: Who is involved?
  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • When: Establish a time frame.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Measurable– You should be able to measure progress toward your goal. Don’t just step on the scale and use that as your only criteria; take body measurements with a tape measure, and also have your body fat taken. Re-assess every 3-4 weeks with these more specific measurements so you can see your progress. This will help keep you on track, stay motivated, and also will give you a sense of accomplishment to keep pushing you toward the end result.

Attainable– Make your goal something that you’re passionate about. This is YOUR goal, not someone else’s, so it has to have significant meaning to you. Believe it or not, if you set your heart on a goal, you will become emotionally attached to it and find a way (no matter how hard it is!) to achieve your goal. If you try to attain a goal that someone else has given you, you’re less likely to stick to it. Your list of goals, endeavors and desires will shape your self-image; you will develop characteristics and personality that will allow you to achieve these goals if you’re passionate about them.

Realistic– Your goal must be something that you are willing and able to work toward. No goal is too high, but if it’s so far out of reach you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. However, on the flip side of things, if you set a goal too low you will more than likely have an apathetic attitude if you don’t achieve it. You need to set yourself a goal that you can measure your progress along the way and still see the end result.

Timely– Give your goal a time stamp. Create a sense of urgency, create “deadlines” just as you would at work! Your goal will be realistic if you don’t just say “someday I will be in the best shape of my life.” Create a plan to dedicate yourself to your goals. You can start with a short term goal, for example you want to lose 8 pounds this month, lose 30 pounds by the New Year, while your long term goal is to lose 100 pounds this year.

T can also mean Tangible. When your goal is tangible, your goal is more likely to be specific, measureable, and thus attainable!

Goal setting can be overwhelming when you have so many you want to achieve. Write everything down that you want to accomplish, break them down into smaller goals, create a game plan for each one and this will make the light at the end of the tunnel a lot closer. And when you start to think about giving up on your goals, always remember why you started!

Heather Weber, NASM CPT, CES



 

Recovery is one of the most important aspects of exercise. Everything from how much you sleep to what you eat needs to be taken into consideration. Consuming protein after your workout is among one of the most important. So many people participate in high intensity exercise and then don’t consume post workout protein.

After exercise, your muscles are fatigued and depleted of its natural energy stores. Your muscles are broken down and need to be built back up again. The soreness you feel the day or two after exercise is due to small tears in the muscles fibers. These tears come from extensively working that muscle during your workout. These tears are also what allow your muscles to grow larger and stronger for your next workout. Your muscles contain protein, so in order for your body to repair these tears, you need to ingest protein. This is why post workout protein is so important to consume.

The reason you want to consume your protein post workout is so that it gets into your system as fast as possible. Studies show that the best time to consume post workout protein is within 30 minutes of finishing your workout. The max time to wait is 2 hours post workout. This is because your body’s metabolism speeds up both during and post workout. Within 2 hours is when the metabolic rate is at its fastest. This increase in metabolic rate can remain for up to 24 hours depending on the type of exercise. You want to take advantage of your increased metabolic rate when it comes to ingesting protein. The reason you want to consume your post workout protein as soon as possible is because your body does not efficiently digest protein. A major portion of your protein intake never leaves your digestive system.

The recommendation for protein intake for someone who participates in high intensity exercise is the same recommendation for athletes. These groups should consume at least 1.5 times their weight in kilograms, in grams of protein. For example, there are 2.2 pounds in a kilogram, so a 200-pound man is 91 kg, so he should consume at least 137 grams of protein per day. That is the bare minimum protein requirement for that man, so a little more wouldn’t hurt.

Consuming post workout protein will not only help cut down on that soreness after a workout, but it will also help you recover faster. Whether you have a protein bar or a protein shake of some kind, be sure to bring it with you so you can drink it on the way home from your workout!

Tony Milano, CPT