Meet Vicki Purugganan!

 
Q: You’ve been a part of our Infinity family a little over a year! Tell us what keeps you coming back.
A: I have been an Infinity member for a little over a year. What keeps me coming back are the trainers, staff, other members, and the variety of classes Infinity has to offer. (Boxing, Spin, Stretch, and Spartan Training) I’ve tried them all! Also, what seems like a small thing, left a big impression on me – the staff and trainers greeted me by name the second day I walked into the gym and took a genuine interest in me and my fitness goals. They’re professional, and they’re serious about their training, health, and wellness.
 
 
Q: What do you enjoy most about Infinity & how do you stay motivated?
A: What I love most about Infinity is that the workouts are so challenging and always so different. The trainers and staff are encouraging and motivating. There are so many instances where I didn’t think I had it in me to push myself any further….. and well, let’s just say, a coach stepped in and said, “Yes, you can” and so I did! I recently participated in the Spartan Sprint as a result of this encouragement. (Thank you, April!) I have met a lot of people and made new friends. When I don’t show up for a week or so, the staff or friends check in to see if all is well. Not many places go above and beyond like this. I feel so inspired and motivated by my workout “buddies” and their stories to health and wellness. At the end of the day…Infinity is my Fit-Fam!
 
Q: What is your career & what are some of your interests outside of Infinity?
A: I was an Elementary School Teacher for 27 years. I had the privilege of teaching 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in an inner city school setting. Ten of those years were spent as the school librarian. Currently, I am retired and I could not be happier!
 
Outside of Infinity, I love cooking and trying new recipes. Eating healthy has always been important to me, and I love preparing healthy meals for my family. I also love to read – especially articles on health and fitness. I have a lot of fun attending sporting events, playing games, watching movies, and enjoying good food with my family and friends!
 
 
Q: Tell us something that not many people may know about you.
A: I am quietly determined and competitive. If I make up my mind to do something, I am going to do it! During the Spartan Race, I was struggling to cross the Monkey Bars, but I had made up my mind I was not going to drop. As a result, I probably hold the record for spending the longest amount of time on the monkey bars without falling off!


Meet Infinity Youth Member Aliyah Anderson!

Aliyah has been working with Coach Carlos at Infinity Fitness for over 3 years.    She is a talented, 14 year old, dedicated to playing club soccer with SC Del Sol.  She trains with Infinity year round (twice per week in-season).  She’s a hard worker, not only on her soccer skills, but in off-the-field development. 

We asked her why she keeps coming back to Infinity:

“Infinity has been tremendously helpful in achieving my goals of improving my speed, agility, and overall strength.  I would recommend Infinity to any youth athlete because the environment is FUN, challenging, focused, and you will achieve results if you put in the work.” – Aliyah Anderson 



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